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Corporate Report: October 26

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IC Intracom management hires former 3M exec as president
Michael Thiel, CEO of Tampa-based IC Intracom, announced a restructuring in the consumer electronics company's leadership, naming Don Barry to the newly created position of president.

According to the company, Barry is being tasked with evolving IC Intracom, as well as its Manhattan and Intellinet Network Solutions brands, to better meet the quick changing technology marketplace.

Barry's experience included sales and sales management positions at SC Johnson Wax, 16 years at 3M in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including brand director and global key accounts director and managing director of 3M Consumer and Office Europe. In 2005, he became the senior vice president of sales, marketing and international business for Dorman Products, a supplier of automotive aftermarket replacement parts and hardware. In 2008, he was tapped to turn around OttLight Technologies, a private equity-backed consumer lighting company.

“IC Intracom has achieved a great deal during its 25 years in business, but the owners feel the company is capable of much more,” Barry says in a press release. I completely agree; and as such my job will be to build upon the company's achievements and help take things to the next level.”

Lazydays promotes CFO to interim CEO
Seffner-based Lazy Days RV Center Inc.'s chief financial officer Randy Lay has been promoted to interim CEO, succeeding John Horton. The firm's board of directors has started a search for a permanent CEO.

Lay has been chief financial officer of Lazy Days RV Center since September 2007. The management firm credits him with handling a financial restructuring of the company. In addition to his financial responsibilities, he is responsible for managing Lazydays' retail finance and insurance operations, human resources and purchasing functions.

He has held senior-level operating and financial positions throughout his 30-year career, including serving as the president and CEO of telecommunications services provider Universal Access Global Holdings and senior positions with International Specialty Products, United Technologies and the Xerox Corp.

Valet Waste plans purchase of similar Texas company
Tampa-based doorstep waste and recycling collection company Valet Waste has announced plans to acquire Addison, Texas-based Zodiac Valet Trash. Upon completion of the transaction, the resulting Valet Waste is expected to be the first truly nationwide provider of doorstep trash collection.

“The combination presents a significant opportunity to jointly bring our products, services and geographic coverage to the next level,” Campbell Kerr, CEO of Zodiac Valet Trash, says in a press release. “Together, we will be a more attractive and exciting company for our employees, and a more impactful partner for our customers.”

Seven Seas Water Corp. hires Air Products VP as CEO
Tampa water treatment services company Seven Seas Water Corp. hired Robert Dixon as the company's CEO.

Most recently, Dixon was the senior vice president and general manager of the $4 billion merchant gases segment for Air Products and Chemicals Inc. and a member of the corporate executive committee. He also managed all of Air Products' major joint ventures around the world, representing more than $2 billion in revenues.

He was previously president of Air Products Asia, based in Singapore, where he was responsible for Air Products' business throughout the Asian region.

“Bob was our leading candidate because of his proven ability to lead top performing teams, his strong operational skills and his financial acumen,” Douglas Brown, Seven Seas Water's chairman, says in a press release. “He has developed global and regional strategies for a multi-billion dollar organization and has invested in the operational expertise required to successfully implement those strategies.”

Dixon succeeds Brown, who has been CEO since 2007, and will remain chairman on the board of directors.

Two condo association law firms join forces for Goede, Adamczyk & DeBoest
Attorneys John Goede, Mark Adamczyk and Richard DeBoest, II have combined their practices to create the new community association focused law firm Goede, Adamczyk & DeBoest PLLC. DeBoest is co-founder and partner of the Fort Myers-based Condo & HOA Law Group PLLC and Goede and Adamczyk are co-founders and partners of Goede & Adamczyk of Naples and Miami.

Since 1963, DeBoest's Condo & HOA Law Group PLLC has provided legal services to condominium and homeowner associations. His father, Richard D. DeBoest Sr., drafted the first Declaration of Condominium ever filed in Southwest Florida. The firm continues to represent some of the very earliest condominium associations.

Goede & Adamczyk, PLLC also has a concentrated focus on condominium and homeowner association law. It represents hundreds of community associations throughout the sate.

“By combining our legal staff in the new firm, we can enhance client service, adding Goede & Adamczyk's real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law expertise,” Goede says in a press release.

The legal teams will continue to work with their existing clients.

The new firm will operate from offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Miami.

McClain's Old Florida Gourmet buys Citra Products of Florida
Sarasota-based distributor McClain's Old Florida Gourmet purchased the assets, product rights and intellectual property of Winter Haven-based Citra Products of Florida. The acquisition follows a distribution partnership McClain's Old Florida Gourmet signed with Nancy “Nan” Norman, president of Citra Products in 2010.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Citra's first products were invented in the early 1900s by Norman's grandfather Charles Schiller, who was a citrus grower. After research and experimentation, the first Citra fruit gadget was created with the goal of making it easier to eat oranges and grapefruit. The Citra Sipper was taken to the 1933-1934 World's Fair in Chicago and more than 50,000 were sold in Florida prior to World War II.

Citra products now include the Citra Sipper, peeler knife, fruit spoon, sqeeter, Mr. Skinner and many more. The products are sold in many Florida grove stores, LegoLand, fresh fruit markets and a number of other Florida locations.

McClain's says it plans to maintain the “iconic integrity” of Citra and keep production of products in the United States. It also plans to expand distribution of the products throughout the country, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Citra Products of Florida's products will continue to be produced from a facility in Tennessee.


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