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RISING STARS 2020

Independent News | January 30, 2020 | Volume 21 | Number 5 | Photos by Natalie Allgyer

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MARCO RUBIO & RICK SCOTT The U.S. senators last week sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to honor those involved in the NAS Pensacola shooting. Rubio and Scott asked the Office of the Secretary of Defense to award the Secretary of Defense Medal of Freedom to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies that responded to the incident. The deputies who took out the terrorist and risked their lives were Escambia County deputies, not Okaloosa. This is getting to be ridiculous. GUY THOMPSON The former mayor of Milton was sentenced to more than four years in prison for defrauding United Way of Santa Rosa County while he ran the organization. Thompson embezzled over $650,000 from the United Way between 2011 and 2018. United Way of Santa Rosa County was forced to close because of the fraud. Its services have been taken over by United Way of Escambia County, which has been renamed United Way of West Florida. "DOCTOR" TRUMP The Defense Department reports that 34 American service members have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury from the Iranian missile attack on Iraq's al-Asad base—contradicting President Trump's claim their injuries were "not very serious." Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said that eight of the service members affected have returned to the United States after being previously transported to an American military hospital in Germany. The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has asked Trump to apologize for his "misguided" remarks.

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THE B.E.S.T. Last Friday, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced his replacement for Common Core that he said would achieve Governor Ron DeSantis' goal to raise academic standards by returning to the basics of reading, writing and math. His proposal, Benchmarks for Excellent Student Training (B.E.S.T.), was developed by engaging more than 80 teacher organizations and stakeholder groups in an open standards review and revision process over the past year. Civics will be embedded in the classroom beginning in kindergarten through 12th grade with a civic literacy list that includes foundational American documents. Under Common Core, the U.S. Constitution wasn't introduced until 11th grade. The B.E.S.T. standards will teach it in fifth grade. The B.E.S.T. standards will emphasize classic literature so that students will learn and understand the concept of cause and effect, story progression and character development. Rhetoric will be moved from ninth to sixth grade so students will learn the art and science of writing and how to connect to readers sooner. Cursive writing will be brought back to the classroom. The B.E.S.T. standards include benchmarks to create courses for students struggling with literacy. Common Core didn't have an instructional focus on helping those students reading below grade level. On the math side, the B.E.S.T. standards will require students to memorize addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. There will be a clearly defined Algebra

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I class, which Common Core lacked. All students won't be steered solely to college. Multiple career paths will be offered in several trade and technical fields. Less time will be spent on testing. The ninth-grade statewide, standardized English Language Arts assessment and Geometry end-of-course assessment will be phased out. Other state tests will be replaced with the SAT or ACT, which Corcoran wants to see the state provide at no cost to families. Students would not need a particular SAT or ACT score to graduate from high school. The Florida Civic Literacy Test would be administered to high school seniors. Passing the test would not be a graduation requirement. However, students who pass the test would receive a credit for meeting the civic literacy postsecondary assessment requirement in Section 1007.25(4), F.S., before admission to a state college or university. Starting in the 2020-21 school year, seniors will be required to complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in order to graduate from high school. Parents are allowed the discretion to opt out their children from this requirement. The next step for the B.E.S.T. standards is for the State Board of Education to approve them. Once teachers are trained, they will be introduced in the classroom by the 2021-22 school year. I look forward to the change. {in} rick@inweekly.net

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SURVIVING THE BIG BANG By Jeremy Morrison After another long night, another "all hands on deck" situation, another shooting, Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter decided to drop by the hospital and check on the woman who had been shot in the chest at point-blank range. "Just to check in, let her know we're workin' it, and we're going to work it until we can't anymore," Lyter said. The Jan. 22 shooting—one in a string of recent shootings in the region —is related to a robbery. The Dollar General clerk was shot after two masked gunmen held up the Garden Street store. "What you've seen over the last several years is an uptick in the general violence of criminals and criminal activity and their proclivity to use firearms," said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. "This has been growing for some time." Just like all the other shootings, the Dollar General robbery elicited a swift, sweeping response from law enforcement. "I was out there this morning actually, just driving around, seeing if I could see anything—I try to get out of the office as much as I can—and when I was out there, I saw no less than 10 of my officers out there doing the same thing," Lyter said. Pensacola's police department ran through this same exercise earlier in the month, following a rolling shootout that ended with a crash at the McDonald's at the intersection of Cervantes Street and Ninth Avenue, flushing out into the surrounding neighborhoods and canvassing the community for information leading to the suspects. "Every available officer—I was over there, my captains were over there and we were out looking for these guys, tracking them with K-9s," Lyter said. "We made arrests in it pretty quick." Sometimes responding to events involving gun violence is all that can be done. Morgan noted, "As much as we don't like to admit it, we're not so much in the crime prevention business anymore as much as we're in the response business." "We're going to have a hard line in the sand," Lyter said, explaining his department's efforts to tackle gun violence. "It's old-fashioned police work. It's good guys versus bad guys."

SPILLING INTO THE STREETS

The early January shootout that crashed into the McDonald's parking lot on a Friday afternoon was a spectacular mess. "What happened that Friday was gangrelated," Chief Lyter said. "Two rival gangs, one of them spotted the driver of the other car and decided that they were going to shoot it out. And they had this rolling shootout through the city that ended in the parking lot of McDon-

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ald's. The driver of the car, the intended target, got out, and as he was running into the McDonald's, they were still shooting at him." Like most of the gun violence in the region, this incident was rooted in the drug trade. Local groups had apparently been ripping each other off. Lyter said, "That's where it started, was drug rip-offs. And then it just escalates, you know, spirals out of control quickly, if you're not careful." But it is also representative of a dangerous shift in the dynamic. Things are increasingly spilling out into public. "Our stance has always been, if you are not in the drug trade, the chances of you being the victim of a violent crime in the city are near zero. All of the violence that we were seeing surrounded the drug trade," Lyter explained. "But this group has changed that dynamic. Now, if they see each other, and they happen to be standing in the parking lot of wherever they are, they're much more inclined to shoot it out." That's what happened last May, when Elizabeth Harris was killed during a shooting near the Platinum Club. "That poor woman had nothing to do with narcotics dealing. She was a nurse; she was a fine, upstanding citizen, and she happened to be standing at the wrong place at the wrong time when these two guys decided to shoot it out," Lyter said. After the Platinum Club shooting, Chief Lyter reached out to federal law enforcement partners and initiated a joint task force to address gun violence. The task force, which has so far netted 117 arrests, included the U.S. Attorney's for the Northern District of Florida, the State Attorney's office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "I think the task force was a great success," Lyter said, describing one instance in which federal partners assisted local efforts in pursuing suspects. "We were literally standing in a parking lot at, like, two o'clock in the morning and reached out to our federal partners. And they made a phone call to the U.S. Attorney's office and they said, 'Go ahead and take the case.' And that doesn't happen. I don't know if it's ever happened to my knowledge. As a chief, it's the first time. So, that's the level of cooperation that we're getting with our federal partners." The Pensacola Police Department is also coordinating efforts with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, with the two agencies working together to address an issue that doesn't recognize city-county boundaries. "It paid dividends immediately, because as soon as we got together, we started sharing information," Lyter said. "We had a big piece of the puzzle, the sheriff department had a huge piece of the puzzle and once we put 'em together, we had enough for some warrants that day."

A number of city police officers, in fact, have been deputized by the sheriff's office so that they can work either side of the city-limit divide. "If a bad guy isn't living in the city, it's hard for us to really go out there really and put pressure on him and chase him. So, it handicapped us a little bit," Lyter said. "What it does is give us reach outside of the city."

WHY THINGS TURN UGLY

When Chief Lyter took the lead at PPD, he was determined to get a better handle on violent crime and gun violence. And he's enjoyed a few years of fair weather. "I'm going to knock on wood here. Our homicide rates continue to be at historic lows; our crime is at historic lows," Lyter said. "So far in the city, I think we're still in a decent spot." But recent events have put the chief on edge. He's haunted by the thought of losing another innocent bystander in a public crossfire. That's why he increased the patrol from around 30 officers up to 80 during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade after receiving information about threats of violence which he deemed credible. "We felt uncomfortable about the threats," Lyter said, explaining the decision to increase security during the parade. "The problem we have is if you get it wrong, then the implications are just tragic. I'm not going to lose a city resident to violence if I have anything to do with it." Something about the selfish, vicious mindlessness of the recent shootings also shakes the chief. Like that Dollar General clerk—why'd they have to shoot her? "That is tragic," Lyter said after visiting the victim in the hospital. "That poor woman has been a school teacher for 25 years, teaching first grade and kindergarten. And she has kid so she works there part-time to help make ends meet. And those guys went in there and shot her—I saw the video, and I can't understand why they shot her. There was no reason for them to shoot that poor woman." Sheriff Morgan sees the lack of respect and decency in society today for the rise in gun violence. "Otherwise, why would you indiscriminately pull out a gun—you know, it's a lack of maturity; it's a lack of self-control," said the sheriff. "I get angry with you, and we're sitting at a restaurant, so I pull out a gun and start shooting at you. You know, I don't think of anyone or anything other than my momentary anger, that I want to lash out at you. And obviously there's a lot of innocent people around. And there's never an excuse to allow violence to escalate to that." He continued, "So why would I do that? Again, poor parenting, a lack of discipline, a lack of self-control—I'm running with a group or crowd that embraces that sort of behavior. That's not a law enforcement problem; that's a societal problem." {in} inweekly.net


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DOWNTOWN SAFETY The Downtown Improvement Board has continued to invest in technology, partnerships and infrastructure to make the 44-block district safe and secure for those who work, live and play downtown. In December, the City of Pensacola Community Redevelopment Agency put two additional dedicated patrolmen on downtown streets. The DIB also drove an initiative that paired Pensacola Police Department and downtown businesses to combine police surveillance cameras with private security systems installed in and around downtown. With access to a more comprehensive view of the area, the police are able to intervene faster and more knowledgeably if and when an incident occurs. "The DIB district is rapidly evolving with a lot of moving parts," said Lissa Dees, DIB executive director. "Our challenge is to approach difficulties and opportunities with innovative solutions so we can create and maintain a safe, secure environment for everyone who enjoys downtown." In addition to new law enforcement officers and shared surveillance video, DIB has developed other ways to keep downtown safe: LED Lights in DIB Parking Lots and Jefferson Street Garage: City of Pensacola Public Works replaced the lights in the DIB-managed North Palafox lot with brighter, safer LED lights, and an upgrade to the lights at the Tarragona Street lot was completed by NextEra Energy. Lights in the Jefferson Street Garage were completely replaced with LED lights in 2019. After-Hours Ambassador in the Jefferson Street Garage: A DIB ambassador now patrols the Jefferson Street Garage during the late evening-early morning hours. Security Monitors: The monitors were installed in the DIB office, accessible to police officers assigned to patrol the downtown area. Jefferson Alley: The once-dark and empty alley between the Jefferson Street Garage and the rear of Palafox businesses is now a well-lit, active community space

with plants and planters, paint, lights and planned public art. Parking App: Downtown visitors need not exit the security of their cars to pay to park in DIB-managed parking lots, on-street parking or the Jefferson Street Garage now that the DIB has launched its Passport Parking app.

A SMALL STEP Gov. Ron DeSantis and

the Florida Cabinet last week unanimously approved a proposal that would make it easier for felons who owe restitution to get their rights restored. The revamped clemency rule would allow felons who have waited at least seven years after they have completed their time behind bars and have fulfilled other requirements but owe restitution to victims to request a hearing from the clemency board. Under the current rules, restitution must be paid in full before felons can apply to have their rights restored. Attorney General Ashley Moody called the new process "a great first step," saying that a series of recent court rulings "will give us the opportunity to more comprehensively look at the rules and determine how we can best tackle the backlog of cases." The change didn't go far enough for Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who sits on the Florida Cabinet with Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. "This only actually applies to citizens that require a board hearing by rule," said Fried. "This will have no effect on the current backlog of over 10,000 pending RCR (restoration of civil rights) applications." Desmond Meade, executive director of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, called the vote a small step in the right direction but agreed with Fried that more needs to be done. "Lost in the political chatter are the lives of real people, public safety and Florida taxpayers," said Meade in a statement released to the media. "It is well documented that restoring civil rights drastically reduces recidivism rates (from 33% to 11% according to the Office of Offender

Review study), saves hundreds of millions of Florida taxpayers' dollars annually and allows Floridians from all walks of life to stimulate our economy and democracy through inclusion."

NEW HIGH SCHOOL The Diocese of

Pensacola-Tallahassee is opening of a new Catholic high school in August for students with special needs. Morning Star High School of Pensacola will be an independent institution located on the campus of Pensacola Catholic High School, 3043 W. Scott St. Morning Star High School of Pensacola will provide a faith-filled Catholic education to students with special needs in the Pensacola community. By serving students with love and support, the administration, faculty and staff will prepare students for independence and success after high school. The curriculum goal is for students to earn a high school diploma after five to six years, taking into consideration that the student will need more time and assistance, as well as an alternative means of assessment as they progress toward that goal. "It is our goal to help parents educate and form the minds and hearts of all of our students, including those who may need extra care and help. Morning Star High School of Pensacola will ensure that all of our brothers and sisters receive an excellent education together with their classmates across the diocese," said Bishop William A. Wack, CSC. Tuition is expected to be $12,500 per year. The McKay Scholarship Program or the Gardiner Scholarship Program may be applied toward tuition. The diocese anticipates needing $200,000 in startup costs to open the school. To date, pledges have exceeded $186,000. Once the goal is met, the overage will help offset additional operational costs and provide scholarships for families who can't afford the full tuition rate. "I have been truly humbled by all the hard work of the committee members over the past two years and excited by the

strong show of support from the founding donors who have stepped up to make this high school a reality for these students," said Dave Kimbell, committee chair. "In the coming months, we'll be hiring a program director, beginning the admission and enrollment process, and preparing the site for a classroom building." Currently, there are 11 pre-registered students for the program. The diocese anticipates 15 enrolled students by August. There are currently two elementary/ middle school Morning Star programs in the diocese—Sacred Heart Cathedral School and St. John the Evangelist Catholic School. Both are located in Pensacola. For more information, visit ptdiocese.org/morningstarhs.

YOUTH SOCCER After a record-breaking

season, the newly-reorganized Pensacola Youth Soccer is opening registration for the spring season. Over the past decade, the city's youth soccer league has grown from around 300 players to last fall's record membership of more than 900 players. The league is open to boys and girls ages 4 to 17, with the Under-5 and Under-6 age groups being co-ed teams. Phil Nickinson, president of Pensacola Youth Soccer, Inc., said the growth in the soccer program was due to many factors, but the biggest draw was the many volunteer coaches and parents who make the league encouraging and fun but still provide a competitive experience for players at every age group. "This league just would not happen without the coaches who volunteer their time to help these kids learn the game of soccer in a supportive and fun environment," said Nickinson. Nickinson said the league's focus this season will be to provide more training for volunteer coaches, soccer skill drills for different age groups, ways to manage practices with energetic youngsters and health and safety awareness. For the first time, the league will conduct a "rookie camp" for first-time soccer

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players of all ages to help those children (and parents) get some basic pre-season training on the basics of soccer. "Our goal as a league is to teach kids to love soccer and to learn the basic skills of the sport," Nickinson said. Registration is open for players through Feb. 16, and more information can be found at pensacolayouthsoccer.com. Adults interested in coaching a team can also contact the league through the website. A background check is required.

HURRICANE HEALTH SURVEY Earth Ethics, Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental and social issues, outreach and education, advocacy and action, and The CLEO Institute, a Florida based nonprofit organization focusing on climate literacy, education and advocacy, have partnered up with The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to understand the public health implications of Hurricane Michael. Hurricane Michael brought intense winds, heavy rain and life-threatening storm surge that wreaked havoc in Northwest Florida. Over a year later, people living in the areas hit hardest by the storm are still working to pick up and rebuild their lives. The stresses of hurricanes are great. Hurricanes can cause job loss, ruined homes, limited or no access to food, water, healthcare, and the loss of electricity for prolonged periods. Citizens are left in tenuous economic, health and safety situations. If individuals were impacted by Hurricane Michael directly or indirectly, they can fill out our survey at ch.miami.edu/fl/michael. SCHOOL VOUCHERS The Escambia County School District had the third-largest percentage of students using vouchers for private schools under the Family Empowerment Scholarship program. This is how the Florida Department of Education describes the program— "The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program is one of Florida's greatest victories for low-income and working-class families, and it is the first of its kind to extend support to middle-income families." Florida had 9,095 students receive vouchers for private schools this past fall—4.4% lived in Escambia County. When given a choice, parents opted their children out of Escambia County public schools. Of the state's 67 counties, Escambia ranked No. 12 in total vouchers handed out under the program—402 vouchers. Santa Rosa County had only 74 Family Empowerment Scholarships. Okaloosa County had 95. PSYCH BEDS The Agency for Health Care

Administration, the chief health policy and planning entity for Florida, last week published its report on the need for adult, children and adolescent psychiatric beds as well as adult substance abuse beds for July 2025. January 30, 2020

The agency said there's a need for 24 new adult and seven new children psych beds in Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. Meanwhile, there's a need for 26 new adult psych beds in Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union counties.

HEART SYMPOSIUM Baptist Heart &

Vascular Institute will host its fifth annual Cardiovascular Symposium 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Sanders Beach Community Center at 913 S. I St. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Structured for physicians, nurses, case managers and allied health providers, the symposium provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals to enhance their skills and learn about innovative practices for cardiovascular care. Speakers include experts from BHVI, Nemours Children's Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Philips Research and VITAS. Continuing education hours are available. Online registration is available through Feb. 10 at ebaptisthealthcare.org. Registration is required.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Foo Foo Fest 2020 Kick-Off Meeting will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Palafox House, 196 N. Palafox. The meeting is for those interested in potentially submitting for a Foo Foo Festival grant, becoming a Friend of Foo or finding out how your business or venture can benefit from the festival and its marketing and advertising. The Pensacola Beach Advocates group will host a meeting to discuss 2020 spring break safety and law enforcement plans 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, Beach Community Church, 920 Panferio Drive, Pensacola Beach. Florida SBDC's "Starting a Business" workshop is 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, Santa Rosa Economic Development Office, 6491 Caroline St., Ste. 4, Milton. Attendees will learn legal business structures, best management practices, funding options, basic marketing strategies and more. After attending, you will be assigned a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to get assistance (at no cost to you) in moving through the stages of your business venture. Fee is $50. To register, visit sbdc.uwf.edu and click on "Training & Events." Escambia County Development Review Committee will meet 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 W. Park Place. Escambia County Community Redevelopment Agency will meet 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building, 221 S. Palafox. Escambia County Commission will meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building, 221 S. Palafox. Open forum begins at 4:30 p.m. {in}

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A critical part of our community's progress is the retention of young talent. Since the inception of our weekly newspaper, we've accepted this premise and worked to create an environment that would help those under the age of 40 prosper. We recognized that too many of our best and brightest were leaving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties after repeatedly being told to wait their turns. Inweekly refused to accept the status quo. In 2006, we facilitated the creation of the Pensacola Young Professionals to help those under the age of 40 get a seat at the decision-making table. We saw the

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proposed Community Maritime Park as a public-private partnership that would catapult the city of Pensacola to the next level of growth and economic success and foster an environment for young professionals to thrive. After the park referendum passed, Inweekly took another step. In 2008, we created Rising Stars to recognize those young leaders seen by their peers, clients and bosses as up-and-coming leaders in their fields and the community. It has been a source of pride for this newspaper to see many of them move on to further success and become major influencers in our community, region and state.

Every January, we select 64 men and women from a field of over 200 nominations that come from various professions—including doctors, nurses, lawyers, accountants, artists, teachers and entrepreneurs. At first, we worried that we might run out of professionals to honor, but the list of nominations has steadily grown. With the Rising Class of 2020, Inweekly will have recognized 705 up-and-coming leaders over the past dozen years. This class, like its predecessors, will be difference makers. We look forward to seeing their contributions to our community.

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RISING STARS PAYTON ANDERSON

Account Manager, HIP Creative; Owner/ Photographer, Payton Anderson Photography What makes your job 'click' for you? People and projects. I love working with a team or client to see a project through from start to finish, the opportunity to express creativity and to constantly learn from experiences or others.

SCOTT BEMISS

Recruiting Coordinator, Pensacola State College What makes your job 'click' for you? My previous experience in the business industry has allowed me to serve the community by communicating with and motivating prospective students to take advantage of all the educational opportunities that Pensacola State College has to offer.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. My photography business. This journey has brought me incredible learning experiences and opportunities, challenged me to be innovative and brought me close to others that I will eternally be grateful for.

What's on your regular reading list? Salvation Strength & Performance Instagram posts, photography blogs, food blogs and The Daily Skimm. My favorite podcast is How I Built This with Guy Raz. What keeps you in Pensacola? My family and growth. Growing up, I always thought I had to leave Pensacola to be successful. I am extremely proud to say that is not the case. This city has so much to offer, and those of us here now have the opportunity to witness Pensacola soar.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Two things come to mind—1) Treat everyone fairly with kindness and respect in whatever you do, and 2) Always put your best foot forward by giving 100%.

grandfather used to take computer classes. I love that connection.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The most rewarding project is diversifying our recruitment strategies to reach every facet of the community. I love having the opportunity to communicate with people in the community to inspire them to take the next steps to invest in themselves.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Oftentimes, the most difficult projects can end up being the most rewarding. I've learned some unexpected lessons about myself as a designer and as a person through projects that didn't go smoothly. I've also been fortunate to work with my brother on past projects, and that is always a blast.

What's on your regular reading list? I scan a wide variety of local, national and world news daily to enhance my understanding of current affairs. What keeps you in Pensacola? I grew up in a small waterfront community. Pensacola offers me the opportunity to raise my family in a similar environment, bestowing the same values. It's rewarding to know that my children will experience fond memories growing up in a coastal lifestyle.

SAMANTHA BREEDLOVE

Co-Owner, Rusted Arrow Mercantile What makes your job 'click' for you? Our shop is a place where creativity, inspiration, community and making an impact all come together. It allows me to challenge myself to continuously think outside of the box. Owning Rusted Arrow has taught me the beauty in failure but also the excitement, joy and impact of the successes. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Many of the biggest moments in my life, 212 1

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Have a growth mindset. Also, treat others how you want to be treated.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Keep it simple, stupid.

LACEY BERRY

Graphic Designer, Office of Institutional Communications, University of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? My bosses and coworkers are so supportive and awesome. I am also a third-generation UWF graduate, and I love contributing to a school that is so special to my family. My office window faces a building where my

my mom would say, "When you get the choice to sit it out or dance...dance." These lyrics and words have stayed with me and continually remind me to jump in and take the risk rather than watch from the sidelines. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Opening Rusted Arrow Mercantile and being mom to my daughter Grace and my son Nathan have been my greatest achievements. I have felt overwhelming joy in building our shop with my family and being a part of something bigger than I ever could have imagined.

What's on your regular reading list? I check the national news most mornings. I also enjoy Bon Appetit, Brand New, The Dieline and No Such Thing as a Fish podcast. What keeps you in Pensacola? Family, friends and food.

What's on your regular reading list? Currently love reading and always inspired by anything from Joanna Gaines along with "When Less Becomes More" by Emily Ley and a lot of Pinterest. What keeps you in Pensacola? There is always something wonderful happening in Pensacola—festivals, parades, baseball games, Christmas lights and beautiful sunsets. It is filled with creatives, makers and doers. It's the perfect place for my family to continue to grow, and I look forward to being a part of Pensacola's growth as well.

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? Never judge a person by their physical attributes. Do it by the content of their character. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being a board member of Chain Reaction. There are ongoing projects that help develop teens and prepare them with self-awareness. A highlight is raising close to $40K gross over two years at an event at Blue Wahoos Stadium, the Boo Dash 0.5K race.

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Property Manager, Beck Partners What makes your job 'click' for you? The people. Working with a team that is committed to each other is paramount. Without the right people, it doesn't click.

What's on your regular reading list? Anything by Neil deGrasse Tyson or science-related. Publications about commercial real estate are weekly as well. What keeps you in Pensacola? My wife, my family and the quality of the people that inhabit Pensacola.

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? No matter what life throws at you, maintain your integrity and exercise grit. The sky is always blue beyond the clouds. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Four years ago, a group of friends and I started a nonprofit organization called onbikes Pensacola. Through hard work and the continuous support of our community, we have built and donated over 2,000 bikes to deserving children in the Gulf Coast area.

COURTNEY COBIA

What's on your regular reading list? HFMA Daily, Accounting Today, theSkimm, PNJ, and I am currently reading "The Energy Bus."

What makes your job 'click' for you? I have always had an analytical mind and a passion to help others. In my current role, I have the opportunity to provide leaders with data that drives decisions as well as work with a team to ensure we are here to care for our patients during life's greatest challenges.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is special because of its beautiful beaches, charming character and rich history. Most of all, I love Pensacola because of my family, friends and the community that resides within the city.

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RISING STARS What's the best advice you've ever been given? Trust yourself. You know what to do.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? You only fail when you give up. You won't always succeed on your first attempt, but learning from your failed attempts will lead you to achieving the goals you've set.

JACKIE COONAN

Operations Support Manager, Emergency Care Partners What makes your job 'click' for you? I work in a tremendously collaborative and engaging environment. My job clicks for me because everyone is empowered to identify challenges and develop solutions and implement ideas with the collective support and knowledge of a talented and experienced group of physicians.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. This past year, ECP exhibited at a large national conference (ACEP) for the first time. I assisted with the project from the conceptualization of the booth design to the execution of the event. Each step led to another more fulfilling and educational experience and concluded with a very successful event. What's on your regular reading list? I truly love reading. From daily news like theSkimm to comic books and novels, reading brings me to my happy place. What keeps you in Pensacola? I moved from Miami to Pensacola in 2004 to attend UWF, and it has been home to me ever since. Between our beautiful beaches, amazing community and a career that makes me incredibly happy, I can't imagine a better place to live.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I recently served on the conference planning team for the Association of College Unions International Regional Conference at the University of Tennessee. To be able to collaborate with other student union professionals and create a positive professional development experience for my fellow higher education colleagues was incredibly rewarding.

KENNYATTAH COX

Assistant Director, Building and Event Services, University of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? I get the opportunity to really have an impact on the students I oversee. As a former student employee, I know how important it is to have good employment experiences in college. Knowing I get have a positive impact on someone's life is what makes my job so special.

What's on your regular reading list? I love cooking, so I am constantly reading up on new recipes and books on how food has influenced someone's life. What keeps you in Pensacola? This is my home, and I love living and working in Pensacola. I feel completely invested in the community's growth and success, and there is no better way to help ensure that than by working for my alma mater. UWF believed in me and has given me wonderful opportunities.

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2020 What's the best advice you've ever been given? There is only one person who decides whether you are successful or not—you. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. It is hard to focus on one thing. Every case where we make a difference and the client says, "Thank God I found you guys," or, "Thank God I called y'all first." The appreciation is the most rewarding thing.

CHRIS CRAWFORD Owner, Crawford Law

What makes your job 'click' for you? I like to fight, and I like to solve problems. For me, it is a perfect combination. I want to do everything I can for my clients. That is the promise we make at my firm.

What's on your regular reading list? About every morning, I read the local news from WEAR-TV, PNJ and North Escambia. From there, I read all case law updates. What keeps you in Pensacola? My whole family is from this area. It is in my blood. I eat oysters, enjoy Mardi Gras, love the sight of blue water and appreciate how tough and resilient our Gulf Coast people are.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Stay positive, work hard and don't take life too seriously. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I'm renovating my first home on my own. To gradually see a fixer-upper restored to function and beauty has been an incredible and rewarding experience. What's on your regular reading list? Fine Homebuilding magazine and home improvement blogs.

MORGAN CRAWFORD Mortgage Loan Originator, Hancock Whitney Bank

What makes your job 'click' for you? I love a good challenge and also want to help people. As an MLO, I get to strategize and make the numbers work to make the dream of buying or building a home a reality for people in our community.

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What keeps you in Pensacola? The pace of the city is just right for me. There's so much opportunity, yet it's not so busy that you can't relax. I'm looking forward to raising my son (who's 10 months old) here.

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RISING STARS NICHOLAS CROGHAN Director, Pensacola Museum of Art, UWF Historic Trust

What makes your job 'click' for you? Working at the PMA clicks because it allows me to be creative, curate exhibitions and plan public programming that sparks curiosity, contemplation, joy and the unexpected "ah-ha" moment. The combination of problem solving, learning something new every day and interdisciplinary collaborations with brilliant minds keeps things fresh and interesting.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Follow your bliss," a quote by Joseph Campbell shared via a former teacher. In other words, pursue your passion and you will live the life you were meant to live.

What's on your regular reading list? The Pensacola News Journal, wuwf.org, pbs.org, Artforum, Hyperallergic, Colossal and, for a bit of escapism, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. As part of the inaugural Foo Foo Festival, Suzanne Robbert and I developed the 3D mapping performance "A Tale of Five Flags," which was projected on the facade of the Old Escambia County Courthouse. It was inspiring to see the impact this artistic collaboration had on the community.

What keeps you in Pensacola? My colleagues and the fun working environment at the museum, teaching at UWF, the creative Pensacola community and living near the Gulf with some of the best sailing in the region.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Stand tall. Take chances. Never stop learning. Less is more. Forgive and let go; then kill them with kindness. Thanks, Mom!

What's the best advice you've ever been given? A few—1) Always stay humble and remember your origins; 2) Use your successes in life to make this world a better place; 3) Surround yourself with smarter people in order to keep growing.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I love being involved with Rally Pensacola and am honored to serve as committee chair for Rally's Day of Shopping, where we bring local community retailers together for a fun shopping soiree benefiting Rally Foundation. Also "Yoga for a Cure," where we raise funds and awareness to cure childhood cancer.

DONNA DICKEY

Certified Yoga Instructor and Owner, Yoga Abode

What's on your regular reading list? Yoga Journal, Inweekly, Elizabeth Gilbert and all things health and wellness. Does curating yoga class playlists count? I read a lot of song lyrics!

What makes your job 'click' for you? Teaching yoga is the most fulfilling and satisfying work I have ever done. Through Yoga Abode, I am passionately committed to making yoga accessible to anyone, anywhere. I love collaborating with local businesses to offer yoga through portable pop-up classes and events in our beautiful community.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Family, friends, the most beautiful beaches in the world, growth, opportunity and the renewed energy in this city...all the things that inspired me to return home. I love our community, and I am proud to call Pensacola my home.

SAMANTHA ECKISS Owner/Chef, Le Dough

What makes your job 'click' for you? When the ideas swirling around in my brain come together for a kick-ass menu. When the window opens and there is a line of people waiting for their Le Dough fix. When we can make someone's day a little sweeter, it all clicks into place. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Be confident in yourself and your work.

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DANIEL REYES DURAN Research Associate, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

What makes your job 'click' for you? I work on projects that are very different from each other and at the technological edge of what's possible. It is highly challenging and demanding making every day different. I get to invent software and mechanical systems that contribute to the national defense of the country.

Being a little uncomfortable means you're doing something right. Be true to yourself and your vision. And my favorite, "The haters gonna hate, hate, hate … You just gotta shake it off, shake it off."—T.S. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Le Dough, 100%. From a business idea to making it a reality. Building, running and growing a business from the ground up is the most terrifying and rewarding project all in itself. Sometimes I still can't believe that I get to do this for a living. So grateful!

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Most recently, the development of the Drone Program for the Pensacola Police Department. It allowed me to positively impact the community by providing tools to improve the safety of officers and residents. It is very rewarding to know that I contributed to make the community a better place. What's on your regular reading list? I like to read defense-related R&D blogs and papers. I typically have very little spare time, so I must be very selective. What keeps you in Pensacola? Family, weather and work! I am lucky to have all my family with me. Pensacola is a relaxing and slow-paced city with a vibrant community. This is very hard to get nowadays.

What's on your regular reading list? Food blogs/magazines, Inweekly and shamelessly anything by a Bravolebrity. What keeps you in Pensacola? One, it is my home and where I grew up. Second, the growing and booming food scene that includes a plethora of insanely talented and driven entrepreneurs whom I admire. Pensacola always has something going on and is a perfect balance of small town with a big city vibe.

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2020 What's the best advice you've ever been given? Be who you say you are. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Working as a mentor for current undergraduate students looking to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. It feels great to be able to help students find their passion in life.

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What's on your regular reading list? Pensacola News Journal, ESPN, Fortune and Huffington Post.

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Associate Veterinarian, Ark Animal Hospital What makes your job 'click' for you? Being able to help animals who cannot communicate with words. It's a rewarding puzzle.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is a great place to live and raise a family. I love my job and my wife, and I have a great family support system here.

and a title. That job won't be rocking on the front porch with you when you're 80. If you do trade your family for the paycheck, then nobody will be rocking with you on that front porch when you're 80."—Roger Poitras Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I am blessed to be able to work on so many rewarding projects. It is hard for me to narrow this down to just one. I find so much of my passion in the projects that allow me to express some aspect of my creativity and vision.

JACOB FISCHER

Director of Clinic Operations, Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart What makes your job 'click' for you? I work for the best boss in Pensacola, hands down. I get to work on some innovative projects, and my boss allows me the freedom to challenge myself and grow—all this while also being able to maintain a family life that keeps me grounded in who I am.

What's on your regular reading list? The Bible, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Advisory Board, "My Utmost for His Highest," Google News and the Wall Street Journal. What keeps you in Pensacola? My family. My church. My organization. My beach. My people. I've invested so much of my heart and soul into this place and the beautiful people that live here. From the beach to Warrington to Scenic Heights, Pensacola is my city, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Don't trade your family for a big paycheck

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RISING STARS What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Don't ever be afraid to ask questions," repeated to me often by my mom, who is continuously asking questions and never apologizes for it. I'd love to include some things from my Dad too, but none of it's fit to print.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Concentrate on what you do best, and the work will come. Don't get caught up in what others are doing. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. This would probably have to be the first house I ever built on my own. It was under budget, on time and profitable. This really proved to me that I could do this alone and succeed.

BLAINE FLYNN

CEO and Founder, FlynnBuilt What makes your job 'click' for you? For me, being able to build a product that is literally in the everyday heart, soul and breath of people's livelihood is what drives me. A home is most folks' single largest life investment, and I am honored every time someone chooses me to entrust with that duty.

What's on your regular reading list? Forbes magazine, NAHB weekly newsletter and Fox News. What keeps you in Pensacola? Growing up in Pensacola, I really can't imagine leaving. I have family and business ties, weather's great and I enjoy raising my children around good Southern hospitality. I travel often, and the big city feel is nice for a few days; then I am ready to get back to Pensacola.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I recently worked on a 16-week social media campaign called #WeAreEscambia with Christian Garman of the Innovation Institute. The campaign highlighted different county employees and departments who are doing amazing things throughout the community and was so fun and inspiring to put together!

HANA FRENETTE

Senior Communications Specialist, Escambia County Board of County Commissioners What makes your job 'click' for you? I love that my job provides me with so many opportunities to build relationships through direct interactions with citizens, representatives from partner organizations and members of the media. I'm also able to utilize my journalism and photography background every day, which is really fulfilling.

What's on your regular reading list? The New York Times, The Cut, Oxford American and all local media outlets daily (Pensacola News Journal, Inweekly, Rick's Blog, WUWF, WEAR, 1620 NewsRadio and NorthEscambia). What keeps you in Pensacola? While I never made the conscious choice not to move, it seems reasons to stay are getting bigger each day. (Yes, that response is basically just Willie Nelson lyrics.)

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Jacob Fischer Director of Clinic Operations, Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart

Jennifer Henry Director of Clinical Operations for Pediatric Services, Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Most recently, I worked on a project at IRIS where we launched a new product within our customer base. Being part of this project and developing processes that directly impact patient lives was extremely challenging and rewarding.

JACOB GERMAN

Asset Management, Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems (IRIS) What makes your job 'click' for you? IRIS has provided me the opportunity to learn and grow personally and professionally. Having the ability to work with new

Erica Karr

What's on your regular reading list? PNJ, LinkedIn and The Athletic. What keeps you in Pensacola? My wife and I were immediately drawn to the people of Pensacola. We believe that is a great place to raise kids while also giving us a great place to grow our careers.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Schedule time for everything, including for relaxation and being with loved ones. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In college, I mentored children in an underserved community. I had to reflect on my privileges and fortune as I strove to help children dealing with problems I never faced. To this day, what I learned from my interactions with the children shaped my personal and professional goals.

BRENTON GOODMAN

What's on your regular reading list? The New York Times, Pensacola News Journal, Bleacher Report, Mental Floss, law360 and, of course, Inweekly.

What makes your job 'click' for you? My job gives me the resources, ability and encouragement to pursue cases against corporations that care more about the bottom line than people or honesty.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Family, friends and quality of life. Nearly everything I love can be found in Pensacola, and I believe the city always provides me with wonderful opportunities to learn and grow.

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RISING STARS STEVEN GRAY

Commercial Photographer, Camera & Flask What makes your job 'click' for you? I take immense personal and professional satisfaction in helping my clients with the visual presentation of their businesses. I love the entire process, from concept to execution. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Under-promise, over-deliver."—Gary Michaels, Levin Rinke Realty

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Two stand out. Opening Long Hollow Creatives with my wife and partners was huge. It's exciting to offer a new resource to Pensacola's creative community. On the photo side, shooting for Willett Distillery in Bardstown, Ky., was a huge professional milestone and one of my favorite projects to date. What's on your regular reading list? My regular consumption is mostly podcasts/audiobooks—Mark Twight's "Dissect," Sam Harris' "Making Sense," Dr.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? DWYSYWD—was a sign in my parents' home and office. "Do What You Said You Would Do" has proven a good practice both personally and professionally.

CLARE HAENSZEL Senior Manager, Warren Averett

What makes your job 'click' for you? I'm privileged to work with smart people each day. I am challenged by my colleagues and clients to work through emerging issues. Additionally, the firm provides incredible support through resources and mentorship. These things together have allowed my job to 'click' on many levels.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Northerners by birth, Pensacola was at first a temporary stop. However, rewarding jobs, a healthy and happy place to raise kids and friends who have become like family have kept us here. We have loved living and working downtown and being a part of the growth over the past years.

FREDERICK HAYDN-SLATER Account Director, Ideawörks

What makes your job 'click' for you? My job provides me with new challenges every day and gives me the space and freedom to continually adapt and improve. I enjoy learning new ways to approach problems and the sense of accomplishment that comes with solving them.

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What keeps you in Pensacola? Over the last decade, Pensacola has grown into a land of opportunity, and I am grateful that I can pursue my passion here and use it to invest back into the community. Beyond work, Pensacola is a beautiful place that brings me peace. It will always be home.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? My Poppop once told me that every day is an opportunity to learn something new. Growing up, he would ask me, "What'd you learn today?" This question caused me to stop and reflect on the day and made me appreciate my experiences, regardless if they were good or bad.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Each project I work on helps a client meet unique financial goals. It's rewarding to work close enough to become a part of their team and share in their successes. What's on your regular reading list? The Wall Street Journal, PNJ, The Economist, SMP Living and NYT Cooking.

Jordan Peterson's lectures and anything by Tim Ferriss and Naval Ravikant.

JOSHUA HARRIS

Attorney, Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. What makes your job 'click' for you? I enjoy being in a position to help people who have been injured or wronged. What's great about my job is I am able to help others while learning from the best lawyers in the country and improving my own abilities for the benefit of our clients.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "The most dangerous risk of all—the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later." Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Finding inner peace and acceptance. It's an ongoing pursuit (as it should be), but I'm generally happier and more fulfilled than I have ever felt before.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Levin Papantonio is currently representing cities and counties across the country in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Knowing that our team is helping hundreds of thousands of people wronged by opioid manufacturers and distributors keeps me motivated and excited to get to work every day. What's on your regular reading list? Wall Street Journal, Pensacola News Journal and ESPN. What keeps you in Pensacola? It has something for everyone! From the downtown nightlife to the beautiful beaches, there's always something to do. I also have a great group of friends and coworkers to spend my time around town with!

What's on your regular reading list? The Week, Wired, Thrillist and the occasional Marvel comic. Currently reading Stephen King's "On Writing" and Chuck Palahniuk's "Survivor." What keeps you in Pensacola? This is an exciting time to be in Pensacola. I enjoy the energy people are putting into this city, whether it's an arts festival or unique new business, there's always something fresh and exciting happening.

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2020 What's the best advice you've ever been given? "God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with your testing, he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13) Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. There is not one project that means more to me than another. Any time you are able to increase needed access to healthcare in the community you raise your family in, every project is just as rewarding as the next.

JENNIFER HENRY

Clinical Director of Operations, Pediatric Services, Ascension Sacred Heart What makes your job 'click' for you? Inspiring new and young leaders. Being able to be a part of the strategic planning for our community's only Children's Hospital. Watching the new pediatric clinics care for our community's most vulnerable population and knowing I had a hand in the amazing care they are receiving.

What's on your regular reading list? Magazines—Inweekly, which keeps me up to date on all community action and events. Blogs—The Way Women Work and 20-First. What keeps you in Pensacola? This community is absolutely amazing. The growth that has transpired over the years is astonishing. We have the ability to be successful in our careers but also feel safe raising our children here.

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What's the best advice you've ever been given? Everyone you meet is fighting a battle that you can't fully appreciate; always be kind. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Acting as Site Leader/Volunteer for MLK Day of Service and as Advisor/Volunteer for Epsilon Sigma Alpha, I have contributed to community projects and service offerings for impoverished individuals and those with health-related challenges. Without these opportunities, I may not have fully realized the extent we can impact others' lives.

DR. KATHLEEN "KATIE" HUDON Director, Student Affairs, Pensacola State College

What's on your regular reading list? I read higher education-focused trade journals, professional development books and articles, management and marketing reports, and historical biographies and fiction pieces.

What makes your job 'click' for you? My position allows me to help a variety of students achieve success in college and beyond; work collaboratively with inspiring campus partners to provide important resources and programs; benefit from leaders invested in serving students and empowering employees; and lead and support a talented, hard-working team.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Being "Aunt Katie" to my nieces and nephews obviously influences my whereabouts. Also, I'm a third-generation Gulf Coast native who strives to give back to my home community, which has enabled me to become the person I am today. Finally, I'm proud of Pensacola and the opportunities it offers.

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RISING STARS What's the best advice you've ever been given? I tend to be pretty hard on myself, so my husband continuously reminds me that it's okay if I'm not THE best, as long as I do MY best.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Do the right thing, and the rest will fall into place. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I worked on a pro bono matter with a client who was wrongfully sued for a debt she didn't owe. Without my assistance, she would have been unable to successfully defend herself.

MARC HUFF

What's on your regular reading list? The Bible, Pensacola News Journal, Apple News and Tigernet.com (for Clemson fans).

What makes your job 'click' for you? I have always enjoyed writing and problem solving, and my legal practice allows me to combine these skills to help clients meet their goals.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola has good weather, great people and a vibrant downtown. The quality of life offered here is second to none. Pensacola is thriving, and I am excited to see what is next for our city.

Partner, Beggs & Lane, RLLP

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. While teaching personal finance at a high school, I led the Personal Finance Dual Credit Exam every semester. It was a great opportunity for students to receive college credit before ever stepping foot on a college campus. I enjoyed helping students start their journey from high school to college.

MELISSA JERNIGAN Workday Testing/Training Specialist, Pensacola State College

What makes your job 'click' for you? My heart lives for education, but technology is my passion, so when given the opportunity to combine the two, I couldn't pass it up. Training the entire faculty and staff at PSC on our new ERP system is an exciting challenge, and I can't wait to see what comes next. ­

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What's on your regular reading list? Lately, leadership books. "Results That Last" (Quint Studer) left an impression on me and my leadership style. For fun, I recently started "Game of Thrones." What keeps you in Pensacola? Family ties brought us back to Pensacola, but my current workplace is what keeps my family and me here. PSC offers so many opportunities, and I enjoy how rooted the college is within the community. You can't walk 10 feet without meeting someone who has been impacted by PSC.

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RISING STARS AMANDA KADERAVEK Co-Owner/Operator/Pastry Chef, Kingfisher Restaurant

What makes your job 'click' for you? Getting to do everything I love, connecting with people, taking care of guests, lots of baking and lots of good eating and friends. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "There are no shortcuts to quality." Hansen's Snowballs, New Orleans, La.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. By far, Kingfisher has been my most awesome undertaking. Being part of the growing community, having the opportunity to create and serve great food with a focus on hospitality, I love what I get to do every day and the people and guests I get to spend my time with. What's on your regular reading list? Inweekly, The New York Times, Pensacola News Journal, Cherry Bombe, Eater, Bon Appétit and Food & Wine.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Pray first.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we're curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."—Walt Disney

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The creation and launch of an online platform that gives leaders and teams across industries access to our research-based content and approach to continuous improvement and organizational excellence. It's a game-changer for systems that are committed and willing to invest in the development of their people to advance the whole.

ERICA CALLAWAY KARR

Product & Content Manager, Studer Education/ Huron Consulting What makes your job 'click' for you? I love that our team gets to help leaders and systems improve through practices and structures that move them toward excellence. I get energized every time a leader or team we serve has a breakthrough or learns something new because of content or training we've provided.

What's on your regular reading list? The Bible, Educational Leadership, Ed Week, EntreLeadership, HBR, The Bump, Women's Health and Vogue. Podcast addictions—Dolly Parton's America, How I Built This and Accelerate Your Performance. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola has a unique charm. It is a special place that has served as the backdrop to a life beyond what I could have imagined and work that serves the best people in the best ways.

BRETT LEMOX

Chief Operating Officer, De Luna Coffee International What makes your job 'click' for you? This job is my legacy, my family's legacy and the legacy we leave on our community. That in and of itself makes my job and day to day click for me. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Outwork the guy/gal next to you. Hustle

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What keeps you in Pensacola? Everything—the people, the beach, the food! We have been welcomed to Pensacola with so many open arms. We have traveled all over, and we have found our place here in Pensacola and have felt very welcomed by all!

MOLLY KINCAIDE

Director of Marketing and Communications, Pensacola Opera What makes your job 'click' for you? The opportunity to integrate my love of design with the efforts of talented performers who are creating innovative ideas in the Pensacola arts community brings me joy every day. Reaching new audiences and showcasing timeless storytelling through opera keeps art growing here in Northwest Florida.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Partnering with the Gulf Coast Transgender Alliance to assemble our art gallery "Identity in Focus" was the most rewarding experience of my career thus far. Being able to showcase the joy in our local transgender community was an honor and a truly incredible experience. What's on your regular reading list? I like to keep up with local news by reading Inweekly, Downtown Crowd, Pensacola Magazine and PNJ, as well as design publications. What keeps you in Pensacola? As someone new to the area brought here by the military, I love seeing the progress and change in Pensacola over the span of just a few years. The vibrant and collaborative art scene, beautiful beaches and welcoming people make Pensacola one of a kind.

and determination will overcome any lack of skill you may have. Live your passion, and that can be your unmatched fuel. Don't be afraid to make mistakes; thrive off them to make you better at what you do.

What's on your regular reading list? I read almost anything that Gary Vaynerchuk puts out there, four books so far. I'm also currently reading "Own the Day" by Aubrey Marcus.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. One of my favorite moments was getting the phone call that Publix was going to put us in stores all throughout Florida. The most rewarding project has been our partnership with PPD and the Rally Foundation of Pensacola to create our Midnight Shift Coffee.

What keeps you in Pensacola? I'm so excited about the growth we are seeing in Pensacola, and it's only just begun. Our business is deeply rooted in Pensacola, and we have barely scratched the surface on what we want to accomplish locally. My immediate family and most of my closest friends are all here too.

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2020 What's the best advice you've ever been given? Happy wife, happy life.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. It is always rewarding to witness successful business transactions that I was involved with. However, being a father and a husband still remains as my most rewarding "project." What's on your regular reading list? Gatorcountry.com, WSJ, The Economist and The Onion.

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What keeps you in Pensacola? Friends, family and the beach.

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What makes your job 'click' for you? I enjoy the task of solving complex problems.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Recently, I was placed in charge of a team that organizes the agenda for the SFOC Leadership Development Institute. At LDI, leaders among the company attend a two-day intensive on leadership abilities and professional development. I was honored to be recognized as a lead on this impactful project. What's on your regular reading list? I love historical nonfiction, memoirs and professional development books. I've recently read "Defender" by Ethan Michaeli, "Becoming" by Michelle Obama and "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell.

MIKAYLA MARACLE Manager, Bodacious Shops

What makes your job 'click' for you? The Studer Family of Companies' mission is to improve the quality of life in the community. All of the profits of the Bodacious Shops go directly back into the workers and the community, so through my job, I am working toward that mission every day. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Be stubborn with your vision but flexible with your plan.

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What keeps you in Pensacola? I love the passion and innovation here! The growing downtown is one of my favorite places to be, and there is a constant stream of events that didn't exist while I was growing up here. I want to continue to be a part of shaping this community alongside local leaders.

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RISING STARS Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Running a law firm with my husband. It comes with its challenges, but there is nothing better than loving who you work with and what you do. We make a great team.

the ring; they're merely recognized there." I learned as a young trial lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice that there's no substitute for preparation. When the action starts, you're down to your reflexes. That means your preparation. That's where your roadwork shows.

MATTHEW MASSEY Attorney, Beggs & Lane, RLLP

What makes your job 'click' for you? I work with a talented team of professionals to figure out practical solutions to complex issues. The "click" for me is seeing a client's satisfaction when we successfully navigate a difficult path or effectively prepare for life's curveballs. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Joe Frazier said, "Champions aren't made in

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I currently work on the legal team that is seeking justice for and the release of Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who performed private investigative work for the United States government. Mr. Levinson has been held hostage for approximately 13 years by the Islamic Republic of Iran. What's on your regular reading list? Wall Street Journal, Florida Bar Journal and SmartBrief on Leadership. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola has it all—a growing economy, incredible outdoor activities, culture, history and the saltwater. My wife Eleanor and I could not imagine raising our family anywhere else. We're proud to call Pensacola our home.

What's on your regular reading list? Newly published opinions from the First District Court of Appeal and Pinterest, of course.

THERESE FELTH MCKENZIE

Owner, McKenzie Law Firm, PA

What keeps you in Pensacola? My family. Growing up in Sweden and spending most of my adult life in South Florida, I never imagined I would end up in Pensacola. My husband is a Pensacola native and convinced me to move here. I am happy he did. Pensacola is an exciting place to live!

What makes your job 'click' for you? Connecting with people, learning about their stories and using that information to help them through their crisis. What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands. They just don't."—Elle Woods

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2020 What's the best advice you've ever been given? I have received a lot of great advice over the years from business mentors and bosses. However, the best advice I have ever been given is from my grandfather who said, "Know and understand, deliver as promised and continue to grow and improve every day."

TIFFANY MEECE

Director of Commercial Marketing, Complete DKI What makes your job 'click' for you? Having the ability to listen, understand my business partners' needs and being an outgoing person definitely makes my job click. I understand knowledge is power, and the more knowledgeable I am in my industry the more value add I am to my business partners.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Personally, being a new mom to my 4-monthold little girl is definitely the most rewarding. Professionally, I work in an industry where we are putting people's lives and businesses back together after a disaster or catastrophic event. So every project is rewarding. What's on your regular reading list? I read Pensacola News Journal, trending topic articles and, most recently, children's books. What keeps you in Pensacola? I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved here 3.5 years ago, and I absolutely love Pensacola! The people are very welcoming; the community is growing and thriving; the beaches and weather are beautiful. Pensacola is a place for growth, development and opportunity!

work—"You are most yourself when you are wrapped up in your purpose, not your position." This keeps me grounded and reminds me that my purpose on this earth is far more important than anything else. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The most rewarding project I have worked on is completing my master's thesis last year. I interviewed women leaders around the country and learned that "calling" is what drives them to achieve at such a highlevel. I worked hard on this project, and I'm very proud of the outcome.

ANAMARIE MIXSON

Director of the Office of the President, University of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? I enjoy working in an environment that encourages lifelong learning, strategic thinking and allows me to impact my community in a positive way. At UWF, I get to do all of these things. I am so grateful to do the work I do. What's the best advice you've ever been given? I keep this saying pinned to my wall at

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What's on your regular reading list? The Bible, leadership books, memoirs and cookbooks. I just finished "The Life-Giving Leader" by Tyler Reagin and highly recommend it. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is my home. I grew up here and have watched Pensacola grow and change. I feel like we are finding our identity and becoming a city full of difference-makers who will have a positive impact in this world. We also have the best beaches!

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Owner, The Daily Squeeze Juice Bar & Cafe What makes your job 'click' for you? My personal values and the core values at The Daily Squeeze intentionally align, which allows me to love what I do every day. I truly enjoy my job, the people I work with and the community we serve.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Eat a rainbow every day" and "Don't spit in the wind."

What's on your regular reading list? "Sula" by Toni Morrison and "Red at the Bone" by Jacqueline Woodson. I also enjoy The Economist and The New Yorker.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In addition to the interior build-out for the juice bar, we completed a large renovation on the entire building. It was exciting to see the project from its early design stages until its completion. I learned many valuable lessons throughout the process.

What keeps you in Pensacola? My husband and I are both from Pensacola, and being near our families is important to us. Seeing the changes and growth in Pensacola over the last 10 to 15 years is also exciting. Did I mention the beach?

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Continue to keep your head up even when the odds are faced against you.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Work hard and be nice to people." It is framed and strategically hung on the wall so that I pass it at least 50 times a day.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I won the most upcoming leader award at church in 2014. What's on your regular reading list? I like to focus on and read the newspaper and blogs.

CLINTON MURPHY P & D Driver, R & L Carriers

What keeps you in Pensacola? The city has a small Southern home feeling and the fact of having elderly grandparents and parents.

What makes your job 'click' for you? My job is outstanding in the ways that I can develop and great relationship with people on a daily basis. It provides a moment where you can either make them smile on the worse day that they may be having.

Director of Human Resources, IMS ExpertServices

What makes your job 'click' for you? Being a part of an organization that builds company strategy with a people-centered focus—for an HR professional, there is nothing more rewarding. The role of HR has evolved from paper-pusher to workforce adviser, and working with a company that embraces that mentality is invaluable.

JENNY NOONAN Sales Associate, NAI Pensacola

What makes your job 'click' for you? Every day is something new. I enjoy helping people find the right space to help them grow their business. What's the best advice you've ever been given? My mom told me after college to start a career in another city so if I wanted to come back home, I could bring that ex-

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perience with me. I was fortunate enough to spend many years in NYC and Miami before coming back home. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I was lucky enough to work for Christian Dior Couture in Miami. I was part of a team that put together their Art Basel events. It's the second-largest art show in the world and was the most stressful, yet rewarding, project for me.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. IMS values giving back to our communities through time and treasure. A couple of years ago, we were supporting many charities but not serving any of them particularly well. We created our "Mike Wein Good Deed of the Month" and now support a specific organization or event each month. What's on your regular reading list? Huge HR nerd—give me all the workplace culture books and podcasts. What keeps you in Pensacola? The sense of community but with big-city ideas and opportunities.

What's on your regular reading list? Inweekly, PNJ, Pensacola Magazine, NY Daily News, Miami Herald, anything pertaining to the University of Florida (Go Gators!). What keeps you in Pensacola? Family and the chance to be part of the renaissance Pensacola is experiencing.

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RISING STARS What's the best advice you've ever been given? Make sure that you do something you love. If things are stressful or you are experiencing something difficult, always remind yourself to find the fun. It will bring you back to realizing why you love what you do.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? My mentor shared this advice with me, and I apply it in many aspects of life—Be great. Have faith in yourself and/or a greater power. Look damn good doing it. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I feel more rewarded by the moments where I see how my work has an impact on someone's experience and life—I may have designed a flier that got them to a career fair that led to their first professional job after college.

JIMMY ORUM

Senior Assistant Director of Design and Communication, University of West Florida What makes your job 'click' for you? No two days are alike, and I get to tap into a variety of skills, experience and knowledge that contribute to the mission of UWF. Plus, I work with amazing people who appreciate my weirdness—most of the time.

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What's on your regular reading list? I read a mix of local, national and world news outlets to stay current. Then I throw in celebrity gossip blogs to balance everything out. What keeps you in Pensacola? I am from Alabama, so while not totally new to Pensacola, I have lived here only a few years and still discovering the city.

BRIANNE PERCIBALLI

Manager, IT Services, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund

What makes your job 'click' for you? I love helping people! The fact that my job consists of making sure that our clients are operating at peak levels in their IT needs is the most fulfilling feeling.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I participated in the planning committee for Relay for Life Pensacola. It was an amazing group of volunteers who truly wanted to make a wonderful fundraising event that was also incredibly special to those who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. What's on your regular reading list? TIME, Better Homes and Gardens, The Guardian, Southern Living, The New York Times and any books I can get my hands on. What keeps you in Pensacola? I love the community here in Pensacola. The beautiful beaches don't hurt, though!

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RISING STARS "No one case [issue] is worth your reputation." In most workplaces, one can get deeply involved in whatever task/issue is at hand. Although passion and confidence are vital, one must never forget the big picture. A person's reputation is paramount—to any one case— and must be revered accordingly.

on a plaque in my office: Good, Better, Best Never let it rest 'til your Good is Better And your Better is your Best Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I am sure everyone in our area is well aware of the litigation between the property appraiser and Pensacola Beach. I had the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful team of professionals that was able to settle over 16 years of litigation in 2019.

GARY "BUBBA" PETERS Chief Deputy Appraiser, Escambia County

What makes your job 'click' for you? For the past 17 years, I have had the opportunity to serve this great community in the capacity of a public employee at the property appraiser's office. The greatest human ever (Jesus) "came not to be served, but to serve," so that is what makes my job "click" for me. What's the best advice you've ever been given? My grandfather had a saying; it now hangs

What's on your regular reading list? North Escambia, PNJ, WEAR ABC3, Island Times, Fox News, Daily Mail, Irish Illustrated, ESPN, Bleacher Report and, of course, Rick's Blog.

GEOFFREY "GEO" HILTON LEON PITTMAN

What keeps you in Pensacola? I am fortunate to have all of my immediate family (and in-laws) here in Pensacola, which makes for some hectic holidays, but I would not have it any other way. Also, our tight-knit community and quality of life is second to none.

What makes your job 'click' for you? People! I love being around people. I find the joy of the law is its application to ALL people. This career is built upon interactions/relationships/conversations with all types of persons, from every kind of background. I thoroughly enjoy the privilege of interacting with people from all walks of life.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Hard to pick any one project as being best/ most rewarding—however, it is quite rewarding coaching soccer to children in the City of Pensacola leagues. This is especially true given that I played and learned soccer on the same fields, and in the same league, I now coach! What's on your regular reading list? I regularly read World/Geopolitical news (through many sources—NPR, BBC, Reddit, etc.). For Manchester United News (most important news!) I frequent r/Reddevils. What keeps you in Pensacola? The whole lot—the size, the entertainment, the growth and the people. I've lived many places and enjoyed these places. However, the majority of my life has been spent here in Pensacola, and it truly feels like home. My love of Pensacola certainly influenced marrying my wife, a fellow local!

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2020 What's the best advice you've ever been given? Be quick to listen and slow to speak. Then, when you are ready to speak, do so with radical candor. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Taking brand new Army National Guard recruits and turning them into soldiers. There are few projects in my experience that equate to running alongside a recruit in full battle gear and ensuring they get to the finish line.

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Process Improvement Leader, IMS ExpertServices What makes your job 'click' for you? I have the privilege of working with stakeholders to identify pain points in their everyday workflows and generate solutions. An optimal day for me is when a carefully planned process improvement is deployed and the reaction from co-workers is thank you instead of a list of new complaints :)

What's on your regular reading list? I am more of a podcast type—Wondery, Planet Money, The Dropout, The Daily and Heavy Weight. What keeps you in Pensacola? My family and I stay in Pensacola because of the opportunities at my current employer, IMS ExpertServices, the wonderful medical providers, the location (near the beach but close to many other cities we like to visit) and the diverse culture.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "The past is behind; learn from it. The future is ahead; prepare for it. The present is here; live it." Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being a part of Escambia County's Summer Youth Employment program that employed close to 100 youth within this county was by far the most rewarding and fulfilling project I've ever worked on. Independence, responsibility and interpersonal skills were taught, which enhanced future employment while steering youth in the right direction.

JAMILA RICHARDSON First Grade Teacher, Lincoln Park Elementary School

What makes your job 'click' for you? With the ability to relate, reach and change the lives of many in a way that can be lifechanging to an entire family is what makes my job click for me. My goal in life is to successfully inspire, motivate and teach the youth of the next generation.

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What's on your regular reading list? Regularly, I enjoy reading several magazines such as TIME, ESSENCE and Inweekly. There are times that I read various news-related blogs as well. What keeps you in Pensacola? What I have to offer this city when it comes to the improvement of education and communities around is what keeps me here in Pensacola. Our city has a crucial need for educational changes. A better education path will decrease the crime rate and increase both graduation and employment rates.

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RISING STARS What's the best advice you've ever been given? Remind yourself that the only thing you can truly control is yourself and how you react to what the world throws at you.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Make things happen!" During my first few months with International Paper, this was said during one of the vice president's presentations to all new engineers. If you can make things happen, you are getting things done.

MARCINA ROGERS

Quality Technical Leader, International Paper What makes your job 'click' for you? I am in a field that has an impact on the environment and community it surrounds. In my current role, I have been able to make connections with our customers to understand their needs and work with the teams at the mill to grow together.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I was the coordinator for the United Way Day of Caring for the mill in 2019. I was able to safely and successfully have volunteers do landscape work at Kingfield Elementary and Boys and Girls Club for a full morning in October. What's on your regular reading list? The majority of my reading is related to leadership and professional development. I recently finished "Braving the Wilderness" by Brene Brown. What keeps you in Pensacola? My career and the great friends I've made in my short time here.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Most recently, a colleague and I prepared and delivered an incredibly thorough three-hour on-site email encryption system demo to a government agency which sealed the deal. It was extremely challenging, which made it all the more rewarding to earn the win!

JUSTIN SAXTON

Director, Cloud Implementation & Customer Care, Zix | AppRiver What makes your job 'click' for you? Being a part of a local company from startup to $100 million that exudes a phenomenal culture, ranks as one of the best places to work in Florida and where your ideas and input matter while helping businesses of all sizes become more cyber secure, productive and compliant.

What's on your regular reading list? DPReview, leadership & coaching books and content, various tech blogs, Stab Magazine and I'm a visual learner, so a lot of YouTube tech tutorials. What keeps you in Pensacola? It's the only home I've ever known, and it just keeps getting better. I lived, gone to school and worked in the Pensacola area my entire life. My family is here, my work, the best beach in the world, world-class fishing, fun surf, Blue Angels, friends and community.

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2020 their trust and being able to achieve a great result for them is very fulfilling. What's the best advice you've ever been given? The best advice I have been given is to pick and choose your battles, which has been important in litigation. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I was very fortunate to assist in opening a new practice at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon that helps our local veterans. Our veterans serve us, so it is rewarding to do our part and serve them.

RACHEL SHEFFIELD

Associate Attorney, Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Law Firm What makes your job 'click' for you? The people—I enjoy being able to help individuals who are going through one of the more difficult times of their life. Having

What's on your regular reading list? I enjoy reading science fiction and thrillers, but I usually listen to podcasts and audiobooks. What keeps you in Pensacola? My work family. I am very fortunate to work with people who continue to teach me and make every day fun.

ing than you are to feel yourself into action. This has proved true time and again for me. Sometimes you might not feel inspired, and the hardest part of taking action is just getting started. Once you've started, the rest is easier. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. In 2019, KPB attempted to purchase the historic Coca-Cola bottling plant on North Palafox as the permanent home for our nonprofit. Though we didn't achieve the desired outcome, we learned so much from the process and about ourselves and are wiser and stronger for it.

SIGRID SOLGARD

Executive Director, Keep Pensacola Beautiful What makes your job 'click' for you? I am passionate about being able to build capacity and improve and streamline processes, and there has been plenty of that to do at KPB! I also love being a small part of creating a more beautiful community and educating people on the best practices in sustainability. What's the best advice you've ever been given? You're more likely to act yourself into feel-

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RISING STARS What's the best advice you've ever been given? My dad always told me to never take life too seriously because nobody gets out alive. This reminder to not let life get in the way of life has helped me learn to appreciate smaller moments.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? If the information changes, change your conclusions—John Maynard Keynes, paraphrasing Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. My firm encourages community involvement, and, thanks to this, I serve on the board of our bar associations' Young Lawyers Division, the Gator Club and, most recently, The Pensacola Museum of Art. These organizations perform important work in our community, and I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Each time I get to work in our community, I find it rewarding. Whether it is renovating a youth baseball field or bringing our mascot to visit schools, each experience is more rewarding than the last.

Attorney, Clark Partington

What's on your regular reading list? PNJ, the Economist, Florida Bar Journal, NPR and ESPN.

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What makes your job 'click' for you? The American adversary system is a cornerstone of our free and democratic society. Being a part of the administration of justice makes my job as a civil litigator meaningful.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Family and friends, Pensacola history, the growth of downtown and the abundance of redfish.

What makes your job 'click' for you? Having a positive impact on our community. Each day I get to create memories and experiences for people both inside and outside of the ballpark.

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Merchandise & Community Relations Manager, Pensacola Blue Wahoos

What's on your regular reading list? I am more of a podcast listener—Pod Save America, Stuff Mom Never Told You and anything that covers true crime. What keeps you in Pensacola? As a transplant, I have been able to build a little village of support here in Pensacola. Growing up in a small town has made me appreciate the closeness of our community and has made it feel like home.

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2020 What's the best advice you've ever been given? My father told me when I was a little girl that the key to success is always doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. When I first started at Fishbein Orthodontics, our team only consisted of 10 people. Since then, I've had the privilege to create and implement systems to train and sustain over 90 additional employees who work in all areas of our office, from front desk to clinical assisting.

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Director of Operations, Fishbein Orthodontics What makes your job 'click' for you? I have always had a passion for empowering and uplifting those around me. It's an honor to have the opportunity to lead and encourage a team of 90. Guiding them through their career and seeing them excel is the most rewarding part of my job.

What's on your regular reading list? I love personal development and leadership books. I recently read Quint Studer's "The Busy Leaders Handbook" and "Extreme Leadership" by Jocko Willink. What keeps you in Pensacola? After 2-plus years as a military dependent and countless moves across the globe, in 2008, I finally found my forever home. I fell in love with the white sandy beaches, sense of community and the friendships I've made along the way.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Make time on your calendar for the important and meaningful tasks that make a difference in your career. Taking control of my calendar and prioritizing the big rocks has opened a door for me to really develop myself and stop spinning my wheels on tasks that don't move me forward.

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Cox Business Marketing Manager, Florida & Georgia What makes your job 'click' for you? I love that every day in marketing is different. From executing campaigns to hosting events and analyzing metrics, I feel like each experience allows me to use a variety of skills. And the industry is always changing, so there's always something new to learn!

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Cox hosts an event called the Inspirational Heroes Awards. Students who have overcome adversity in life or school are selected to receive a medal in front of an audience. Working on this event made me proud of my company and inspires me to continue to give back daily. What's on your regular reading list? TheSkimm! I love their tongue in cheek take on world events. For local news, I keep up with Inweekly and PNJ. What keeps you in Pensacola? Two words—Family & Community. I grew up in Pensacola, and I love that my daughter can enjoy her grandparents and cousins all the time. I also love how Pensacola is a tightknit but unpretentious community with deep roots and a kind spirit.

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RISING STARS SHELBY TUDOR Marketing Account Manager, Innisfree Hotels

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "Don't spend money you don't have."—my Dad

What's on your regular reading list? TheSkimm, Inweekly, Downtown Crowd and PNJ.

What makes your job 'click' for you? It might be cliché, but it's the people. Our marketing department is full of young talent whom I learn from daily. We have to be flexible and adjust our schedule and workflow constantly to stay up with trends and regular requests. It's not always easy, but it's worth it.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Innisfree allows me to be hands-on with our CSR programs, and one of my favorite memories is watching students from Dixon School of Arts and Sciences open their new Christmas sweaters we purchased from our fundraising efforts.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola keeps it local, and I love it. I love how we support our local grocery stores, markets, restaurants, farmers, bakeries, breweries, creatives and photographers as a community.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? It's all about what you believe you are capable of, and from that place, there are no obstacles.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? I keep a print by Anthony Burrill over my desk that says "Work Hard & Be Nice to People" as a daily reminder.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. The best project was a renovation of the Mid-America Science Museum in Arkansas, which included a very extravagant treehouse and skywalk through the Ozark woods. The most rewarding are the schools we have been able to design for Escambia County and the recently completed Ever'man grocery on Nine Mile Road.

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Architect, Bullock Tice Associates What makes your job 'click' for you? I enjoy collaborating with people to turn ideas, big and small, into reality using the creative process. The process itself is rewarding, but seeing the joy in the clients and the people who use their spaces is priceless. Having a lasting monument to the work is very fulfilling.

What's on your regular reading list? I am an avid consumer of educational and self-development podcasts, primarily the Tim Ferris Show, Life is a Marathon and The Stress Mastery Podcast. What keeps you in Pensacola? I've found a home with a great group of people to work with which creates the opportunity for career development I had not experienced previously in other places. I also have a beautiful son who was born in 2008 and is the light of my life.

PAM VANNESS

Chef and Owner, SaBai on Jefferson What makes your job 'click' for you? I have a big family and we enjoy cooking. It comes naturally to me. It's almost as if I have been training for this my entire life. I love experimenting, and that goes hand in hand with what I do day to day. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Shut up and do it.

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Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being able to collaborate and work with a team of high performers has been the most rewarding experience so far. We just came off a record-breaking year, and I'm grateful to have been a part of it.

STEPHAN VANCE

Marketing Director/Realtor, The Mark Lee Team at Levin Rinke Realty

What's on your regular reading list? PNJ, Inweekly, Dwell Magazine, also podcasts like NPR's Up First and The Minimalists. Currently enjoying "Faculty Department Vol. 2" by Justin Chung.

What makes your job 'click' for you? In real estate marketing, it allows me to combine my marketing background with my creative passions for photography and design each and every day.

What keeps you in Pensacola? As a Pensacola native, it has been great watching the creative and energetic growth of the area. You can't beat the culture, food and lifestyle here.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. I would say creating and building SaBai on Jefferson from scratch. We had a small café in Tiger Point, and we built a solid clientele there. It's very rewarding to see my vision come to life at SaBai on Jefferson. All that hard work has paid off.

What keeps you in Pensacola? Now that we have put our heart and hard work into building SaBai on Jefferson, we are here for the long haul. My daughter and husband work with me every week. We have built a business here, and it's a great feeling to be a part of this town.

What's on your regular reading list? With my crazy schedule, I don't find myself reading much. However, I try to catch a few chapters of "The Busy Leader's Handbook."

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CASEY WHITE

Branch Manager, Pen Air Federal Credit Union What makes your job 'click' for you? People. Whether it's Pen Air's members or employees, I love getting to impact lives on a daily basis. Having the ability to find solutions for our members and knowing that it is leaving an impression is the most beneficial thing I could be a part of. What's the best advice you've ever been given? In life, you are either the thermostat or the thermometer. Thermostats dictate the

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Being a Pen Air NEXT educator, getting the opportunity to teach financial education at our local high schools and colleges. There's a major need these days for our younger generation to be educated on basic life skills, specifically financial literacy. To me, there's no greater reward than educating younger generations. What's on your regular reading list? I have read, several times, "Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss. Also, I am drawn to any type of professional development books, blogs and articles. What keeps you in Pensacola? I tell everyone Pensacola is the little city that could. It's a small town with a big-city mindset, and you get the best of all worlds. From the thriving downtown to the beautiful beaches, and all the country roads in between, there's nowhere else I want to live.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." —Wayne Gretzky/Michael Scott/Quinton Williams Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Directing the Symphony, Sparks and Stars this past July was a proud moment for my team. We used a lot of new technology and equipment and trained to make sure we broadcast the live event without a hitch.

QUINTON WILLIAMS Production Manager, BlabTV

What makes your job 'click' for you? I enjoy creative problem solving, which is necessary when working in television. From working on commercial shoots to live sports and TV shows, every day is different from the last. I also enjoy being out in the public and meeting new and interesting people.

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What's on your regular reading list? There's always an Inweekly at the office, so I read that every Thursday. I'm always multi-tasking or driving, so I get my news from WUWF. What keeps you in Pensacola? The Pensacola area is where I grew up, went to school and made friends. It's also where my cat lives.

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RISING STARS What's the best advice you've ever been given? Dream but don't make dreams your master. Think but don't make thoughts your aim. Meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.

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Director of Operations, Camelot Academy of Escambia County What makes your job 'click' for you? Going to work every day, knowing I will be faced with new challenges to conquer and knowing that I'm making a difference with my students.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Starting my very own nonprofit organization, Thoroughly Immersed Inc. Thoroughly Immersed is committed to easing burdens and eliminating barriers for educators in Pensacola and surrounding areas. Our Tools for Teachers initiative allowed us to adopt two schools this year and supply them with over $3,000 worth of classroom essentials.

What's the best advice you've ever been given? Be kind; it's easy. I think any good advice pushes you to reconsider your approach rather than tells you what to do exactly. It sticks better that way.

CHARLOTTE YARBROUGH

Director, IRIS Reading Center, Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems (IRIS)

What's on your regular reading list? Uncommon Life Daily Challenge. It's my morning devotional. What keeps you in Pensacola? I've lived in three cities since I left my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, in 2003. Pensacola was the first place to feel like home for me. I embraced Pensacola and it embraced me back.

What makes your job 'click' for you? At IRIS, we're disrupting healthcare by blurring the lines of traditional delivery models, solving access and cost crises. We're identifying eye disease in patients who'd otherwise go blind and tangibly improving lives. It's rare to be able to align both personal and professional goals, but at IRIS, I can.

Tell us about the best/most rewarding project you've ever worked on. Less of a project, per se, because it is ongoing and infinite, but I enjoy building relationships with my physicians. It is single-handedly the best tool in my tool belt for leading our national telemedicine physician group and provides an immense return. Nurturing authentic and genuine connections is always fulfilling. What's on your regular reading list? Staying fresh on local happenings means I'm a regular consumer of Pensacola publications—Inweekly, Pensacola Magazine, Business Climate, etc. But I'll never go without NYT Magazine on Sunday or NPR. What keeps you in Pensacola? Pensacola is home. I moved here in 2012 from Seattle and quickly grew to love it. Pensacola offers the coveted small-town feel alongside incredible diversity and a cultural richness that cannot be emulated anywhere else. Last year, my husband chose Pensacola for his company's HQ location. We're rooted here!

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Catching Up on the Oscar Noms: A Lazy Person's Guide By Jennifer Leigh

The Academy Awards (or the Oscars, as most folks call them) is typically aired in late February. But this year, they will be Sunday, Feb. 9, which means you have less time to catch up on a bunch of movies. Pensacola has a lot to offer in the culture department, but we're currently lacking an art house theater. That's where Pensacola Cinema Art comes in. Jim Norton has owned movie theaters since 2005 (including Cinema 4 in Gulf Breeze) and

began Pensacola Cinema Art as a way to show films that are otherwise hard to find locally. "We don't have a projector. We just show the Bluray. But people from Destin to Mobile come to see them because they want to see independent or foreign films," said Norton. And when the Oscar nominations come around every year, Norton works to make some of those films available for viewing, especially the short films, which can be harder to find in a small market. "The Oscar shorts are always great quality," said Norton. "And at some point, those directors will be the next big director for the Marvel comic book movies." Pensacola Cinema Art is located inside Studer Community Institute, and most showtimes are matinees. It's more of a passion than a money-maker. The movie space is donated, and ticket sales go right into paying for utilities and movies. At the end of February, Pensacola Cinema Art will be hosting its annual film festival, which helps raise funds to keep the space going year-round. "If we had other independent theaters,

I could finally retire," Norton joked. "But I do love this."

WHERE TO WATCH

If you want to properly fill out your Oscar ballot, here's your chance to get caught up. We narrowed down to the films nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress, Best Documentary, Best Short Films and Best Animated Films. We don't watch all the technical awards, do we?

Still in theaters*:

Available to rent online (Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes and/ or Vudu):

1917 Bombshell Ford Vs. Ferrari Jojo Rabbit Joker Little Women Once Upon a Time in Hollywood *Subject to change, but as of our press deadline, all of these films were playing at one or both of the area AMC theaters.

Currently streaming:

The Irishman (Netflix) A Marriage Story (Netflix) American Factory (Netflix) Brotherhood (Vimeo and YouTube) For Sama (PBS, YouTube, and Amazon Prime) Hair Love (YouTube) Honeyland (Hulu) How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Hulu) I Lost My Body (Netflix)

In the Absence (Vimeo) Kitbull (Disney+) Klaus (Netflix) Learning to Skate in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) (A&E) Life Overtakes Me (Netflix) Missing Link (Hulu) Nefta Football Club (Vimeo and YouTube) The Neighbors' Window (Vimeo and YouTube) Toy Story 4 (Disney+ Feb.4) The Two Popes (Netflix) Walk, Run, Cha-Cha (Vimeo)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Ford v Ferrari Harriet Jojo Rabbit (Available onlin Feb. 4) Joker Judy Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Pain and Glory Parasite The Cave {in}

2020 OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS AT PENSACOLA CINEMA ART

WHEN: 1 and 4 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 4 and Feb. 6 WHERE: Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden St. COST: $7 DETAILS: pensacolacinemaart.com

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WORK ON THE FLORIDA TRAIL 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Every Thursday. Three miles north of Deaton Bridge Road. meetup.com/ftawesterngate COMMUNITY PILATES 9 a.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org YOGA WITHIN REACH 9-10 a.m. Free. Community Health Northwest Florida, 2315 W. Jackson St., Room A. healthcarewithinreach.org HILTON PENSACOLA BEACH JOB FAIR 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Innisfree Hotels, 113 Bay Bridge Drive, Gulf Breeze. BREAKERSPACE ELECTRONICS 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. mywfpl.com PAIN AND GLORY 1 p.m. $7 (cash only). Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden St. pensacolacinemaart.com PARASITE 4 p.m. $7 (cash only). Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden St. pensacolacinemaart.com FLIGHTS AND BITES 5-7 p.m. $20 per person. Thursdays. Wine and food pairings. The District, 123 E. Government St. districtsteaks.com FAMILY STEAM NIGHT: GLASS ETCHING 6 p.m. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. mywfpl.com AWM WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. Free. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. facebook. com/aragonwine COMING OUT IN THE SOUTH AUTHOR SIGNING 5-8 p.m. Dolce and Gelato, 2050 N. 12th

Ave. facebook.com/dolcegelatopensacola YAPPY HOUR 5-10 p.m. Through Feb. 27. 5% of proceeds benefit Escambia County Animal Shelter. Red Fish Blue Fish, 5B Via De Luna Drive. redfishbluefishpensacolabeach.com MOLINO MELODIES 6 p.m. Thursdays. Molino Branch Library, 6450-A Highway 95A. mywfpl.com MEDITATION AND ENERGY HEALING 6 p.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org ZUMBA WITH SHANNON AND FRIENDS 6-7 p.m. $4. Homestead Community Center, 7830 Pine Forest Road. END OF THE LINE THURSDAY DINNER 6-9 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. Sign up for the newsletter for menu. eotlcafe.com PANHANDLE CONSCIOUS COLLECTIVE

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MEETINGS 7 p.m. Asher and Bee Apoth-

ecary and Tea House, 3014 N. Ninth Ave. facebook.com/asherandbee SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! 7:30 p.m. $17. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com TRAVIS TRITT 7:30 p.m. $42 and up. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. pensacolasaenger.com

FRIDAY 1.31

SHOPPING AND COOKING THE CO-OP SALES 11 a.m. Ever'man Educational Center,

327 W. Garden St. everman.org

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 1 and 4 p.m.

$7 (cash only). Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden St. pensacolacinemaart.com HAPPY HOUR COOKOUT 5 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISM WITH JOHN OBERG AND THOMAS GOODMAN 5:30-6:30

p.m. Open Books Bookstore & Prison Book Project, 1040 N. Guillemard St. facebook. com/openbooksbookstore ACOUSTIC SONGWRITERS NIGHT 6 p.m. Every Friday through March 27. Frazier's Country Wines, 3130 Barrancas Ave. fromthegroundupgardenpensacola.com TOBYMAC 7 p.m. $26-$96. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! 7:30 p.m. $33. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com AN EVENING WITH JORDAN RICHARDS

8 p.m. Odd Colony Brewing Co., 260 N. Palafox. facebook.com/oddcolony AJJ 8 p.m. $20. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com GLOW BOWL 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Every Friday and Saturday. $12 per person. Strikerz Entertainment Center, 3200 N. Palafox St.

SATURDAY 2.1

DOUBLE BRIDGE RUN 7:30 a.m. Blue Wa-

hoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. pensacolasports.org/doublebridgerun/ PARKRUN/WALK MEETUP 7:30 a.m. University of West Florida, Rec Plex North Field, 11000 University Parkway. parkrun.us/recplexnorth OCEAN HOUR CLEAN-UP 9-10 a.m. Bay Bluffs Park at junction of Summit Boulevard and Scenic Highway; Chimney Park on Scenic Highway and Langley Avenue. oceanhourfl.com SANTA ROSA FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1

p.m. Fresh local produce, honey, baked goods and live music. Pace Presbyterian Church, Woodbine Road. PALAFOX MARKET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques. Items originate directly from participating vendors, including dozens of local farmers, home gardeners and area artists. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox. palafoxmarket.com YOU SELL IT HERE FARMER'S MARKET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Every Saturday. 8600 Pensacola Blvd. facebook.com/yousellithere SHOP-A-LATTE VENDOR EVENT 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Shirley's Café & Bakery, 1014 Underwood Ave. facebook.com/shirleyscafepensacola EVER'MAN COOKS: DEBBY'S KITCHEN 10 a.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org KITTEN & CAT ADOPTIONS Noon-5 p.m. Every Saturday & Sunday in January. PetSmart, 6251 N. Davis Highway. aaflorida.org THE PLANT-BASED DIVA WITH ANITA LESKO

Noon. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org TEA GARDEN MAGICK 1 p.m. $15. Asher and Bee Apothecary and Tea House, 3014 N. 9th Ave. facebook.com/asherandbee FEBRUARY DAY BAY CRUISES 1-3 p.m. Select Saturdays and Sundays. $20 per person. Pensacola Bay Cruises, 750 Commendencia St. pensacolabaycruise.com OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 1 and 4 p.m. $7 (cash only). Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden St. pensacolacinemaart.com PUBLIC ICE SKATE 1:30-4:30 p.m. $9-$12. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com CHESS CLUB 2 p.m. Saturdays. All levels welcome. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. mywfpl.com RAFI'S BIG BIRTHDAY ART-STRAVAGANZA

4-8 p.m. Dolce and Gelato, 2050 N. 12th Ave. facebook.com/dolcegelatopensacola THE CHERRY ORCHARD 7 p.m. $5-$7. Pensacola High School Auditorium, 500 W. Maxwell St. PENSACOLA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: MOZART MADNESS 7:30 p.m. $10. First United

Methodist Church, 6 E. Wright St. pensacolasymphony.com SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! 7:30 p.m. $33. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com

14TH ANNUAL ALL-STEINWAY SCHOOL CELEBRATION 7:30 p.m. Free, tickets required.

Center for Fine and Performing Arts, University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 82. uwf.edu/cfpa WHITE TIE ROCK ENSEMBLE 8 p.m. $28-$38. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. pensacolasaenger.com HIP HUGGERS BALL 8 p.m. $65. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com SATURDAY SWING OUTS 8 p.m. $5. Saturdays. Breathe Yoga Studio, 505 S. Adams St. GLOW BOWL 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Every Friday and Saturday. $12 per person. Strikerz Entertainment Center, 3200 N. Palafox. IMPROVABLE CAUSE 10:30 p.m. $11. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com

SUNDAY 2.2

THEMED BRUNCH AT PERFECT PLAIN 10 a.m. Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. facebook.com/perfectplainbrewingco FORAGING WITH KAT AND MARNI 10 a.m. $12. Asher and Bee Apothecary and Tea House, 3014 N. 9th Ave. facebook.com/ asherandbee TRANSMISSION MEDITATION WORLD SERVICE 10:30 a.m. Ever'man Educational

Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org

BIERGARTEN YOGA WITH TINA SCHLAUDER

10:30 a.m. $12. Gary's Brewery and Biergarten, 208 Newman Ave. facebook.com/garysbrew BRUNCH WITH LIVE MUSIC 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Café Single Fin, 380 N. Ninth Ave. facebook.com/cafesinglefin SUPER BOWL WATCH PARTY 11 a.m. Red Fish Blue Fish, 5 Via de Luna Drive, Unit B. facebook.com/redfishbluefishpensacolabeach VEGAN BRUNCH 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up for the newsletter for menu. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. eotlcafe.com SUNDAY BRUNCH AT H20 11 a.m. $28.95 for adults. Free valet parking and 15% off with local ID. H20 Hilton, 12 Via De Luna Drive. facebook.com/hiltonpensacolabeach SUPER BOWL PARTY AT WORLD OF BEER

Noon-until. $49 all-inclusive MVP package. Raffle prizes benefitting Mr. Robbins' Neighborhood and Xbox tournament at 2 p.m. World of Beer, 200 S. Palafox. facebook.com/wobpensacola KITTEN & CAT ADOPTIONS Noon-5 p.m. Ev-

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ery Saturday & Sunday in January. PetSmart, 6251 N. Davis Highway. aaflorida.org FEBRUARY DAY BAY CRUISES 1-3 p.m. Select Saturdays and Sundays. $20 per person. Pensacola Bay Cruises, 750 Commendencia St. pensacolabaycruise.com CARD PLAYERS CLUB 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. mywfpl.com PUBLIC ICE SKATE 1:30-4:30 p.m. $9-$12. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. pensacolabaycenter.com SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! 3 p.m. $33. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com SUPER BOWL PARTY AT PERFECT PLAIN 4 p.m. $4 beers, $5 margaritas, and the big game on the projector. Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. facebook.com/ perfectplainbrewingco

MONDAY 2.3

WOW FACTOR 5:30 p.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org THE ODDLING TROT 6 p.m. Mondays. Join Odd Colony running club for a three-mile run and enjoy $2 off pints after the run. Odd Colony Brewing Co., 260 N. Palafox. facebook.com/oddcolony HANDMADE SUSHI COOKING CLASS 6 p.m. $60. So Gourmet, 407-D S. Palafox. sogourmetpensacola.com SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS 6 p.m. Runners meet in front of Seville Quarter for a run around downtown Pensacola. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com WHITNEY 7 p.m. $25. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com GENERAL KNOWLEDGE TRIVIA NIGHT 7-9 p.m. Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. facebook.com/perfectplainbrewingco

TUESDAY 2.4

YOGA WITHIN REACH 9-10 a.m. Free. Community Health Northwest Florida, 2315 W. Jackson St., Room A. healthcarewithinreach.org JOHN APPLEYARD TALK: BOXES, BARRELS AND FISHING IN 1870 9-10 a.m. Pensacola

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OPEN STEAM LAB 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. mywfpl.com ASTARA STUDY GROUP 1:30 p.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 1 and 4 p.m. $7 (cash only). Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden St. pensacolacinemaart.com COMPLIMENTARY WINE TASTING 4-6 p.m. Bodacious, 407-D S. Palafox. sogourmetpensacola.com FUNKY YOGA 6 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org ZUMBA WITH SHANNON AND FRIENDS 6-7 p.m. $4. Homestead Community Center, 7830 Pine Forest Road. NINTENDO MARIO KART TOURNAMENT

6:30-10 p.m. Odd Colony, 260 N. Palafox. facebook.com/oddcolony COUNTRY TWO-STEP DANCING 6:30 p.m. $12. Whiskey Runners Saloon, 610 E. Nine Mile Road. dancecraftstudios.com THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA 2020 7-9 p.m. National Naval Aviation Museum, 1878 S. Blue Angel Parkway. navalaviationmuseum.org THE DEVIL MAKES THREE 8 p.m. $25. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. vinylmusichall.com

WEDNESDAY 2.5

COMMUNITY PILATES 10:30 a.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org 2020 SNOWBIRD EXTRAVAGANZA 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15 per ticket. Skopelos at New World, 600 S. Palafox St. CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL Noon. Old Christ Church, 405 S. Adams St. VINYASA YOGA 6 p.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. everman.org HABACHI STEAK AND SHRIMP COOKING CLASS 6 p.m. $6 p.m. $40. So Gourmet, 407-D

S. Palafox. sogourmetpensacola.com WEST COAST SWING DANCING 6:30 p.m. $12. Whiskey Runners Saloon, 610 E. Nine Mile Road. dancecraftstudios.com

TRANSMISSION GROUP WORLD SERVICE MEDITATION 7:15 p.m. Ever'man Education-

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calendar Arts & Culture

≥Events

CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSIONISM RECEPTION 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 30. Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. pensacolastate.edu

PMA GALLERY TOURS 2:30 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free with museum admission. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. pensacolamuseum.org

≥Current Exhibits NEW BLUES On view

through Jan. 31. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. bluemorninggallery.com

JOHN MARKOWITZ: RECENT WORKS On

view through Feb. 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jef-

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ferson St. pensacolamuseum.org 2020 On view through Feb. 27. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. artelgallery.org CORNERED On view through Feb. 27. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. artelgallery.org GALLERY 1060'S GREATEST HITS

On view through Feb. 28. First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. firstcityart.org 66TH ANNUAL YOUTH ART FOCUS

On view through March 1. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. pensacolamuseum.org CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSIONISM On

view through May 1. Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. pensacolastate.edu

DOCUFLORIDA 3 On view through May 3. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. pensacolamuseum.org COTTON FIELDS TO CONGRESS: THE LIFE AND CAREER OF EARL HUTTO On

view at the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, 330 S. Jefferson St. historicpensacola.org GALLERY DAYS

Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Featuring local artists. To be featured, contact Angel at 941-7354586 or call the restaurant at 4770035. TGI Fridays, 1240 Airport Blvd.

Workshops & Classes

FIBER 101: SEWING

5-7 p.m. Jan. 30. Studio South, 955 E. Nine Mile Road. studiosouthon9mileroad.com

FLUID ACRYLIC PAINTING CLASS

10 a.m.-noon. Feb. 1. $45 per person. Alyssa's Antiques, 4586 Chumuckla Highway. shopalyssas.com FIBER FREESTYLIN' AT STUDIO SOUTH

Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for non-members. For more information, visit firstcityart.org. INTRODUCTION TO POTTERY ON THE WHEEL Every Mon-

5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Open to all knitters, crocheters, weavers and more. Studio South, 955 E. Nine Mile Road. studiosouthon9mileroad.com

day from 6-8:30 p.m. at First City Art Center. Classes are $40. For more information, visit firstcityart.org.

QUILT, STITCH, AND SEW OPEN SESSION

workshops are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon at First City Art Center. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for nonmembers. For more information, visit firstcityart.org.

1-3 p.m. Thursdays. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. mywfpl.com POTTERY ON THE WHEEL Six-week

workshops are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon, Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at First City Art

CLAY HAND BUILDING Six-week

CLAY SCULPTURE

Six-week workshops held Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at First City Art Center.

Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for non-members. For more information, visit firstcityart.org.

Bars & Nightlife

≥Live Music

THURSDAY 1.30

BOBBY VAN DEUSEN

5:30 p.m. The District, 123 E. Government St. districtsteaks.com LIVE MUSIC 6 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. fivesistersbluescafe.com LIVE MUSIC 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. peglegpetes.com BLOO GAROO 7 p.m. Hub Stacey's 312 E. Government St. hubstaceys.com OPEN COLLEGE JAM WITH MIKE BOCCIA

7:30 p.m. Goat Lips Chew and Brew-

house, 2811 Copter Road. DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O' Grady's Dueling Piano Show. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com OPEN MIC/JAM

8-11 p.m. Goat Lips Brewhouse, 2811 Copter Road. Use our instruments or bring your own. NATHAN MULKEY BAND 8 p.m. Sand-

shaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. sandshaker.com ALEXA BURROUGHS

9 p.m. End O' the Alley Courtyard, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com LIVE DJ: MR. LAO 10 p.m. Phineas Phogg's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. sevillequarter.com

FRIDAY 1.31

LIVE JAZZ WITH JOE OCCHIPINTI Noon.

The Drowsy Poet Coffee Co., 655 Pensacola Beach Blvd. LIVE MUSIC 6 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. fivesistersbluescafe.com LIVE MUSIC 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. peglegpetes.com SLIGHT RETURN

6-10 p.m. Paradise Bar and Grill, 21 Via de Luna. paradisebar-grill.com RAY 'BIG DOG' COLEY 6-9 p.m.

Cazadores Mexican Restaurant 8183 W. Fairfield.

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free will astrology WEEK OF JANUARY 30 ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): My

favorite ancient Greek philosopher was the rascal Diogenes. As a joke, he carried around a lantern during the daytime, proclaiming, "I am just looking for an honest man." When Alexander the Great, the most powerful man in the world, came to meet Diogenes while he was relaxing outside and asked him if he needed any favors done, he replied, "Yeah, stop blocking my sunlight." As for Plato, Diogenes complained that the famous philosopher talked too damn much and misinterpreted the teachings of Socrates. I encourage you to borrow some of Diogenes' attitude in the coming weeks. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, it'll be healing for you to experiment with being brassy, saucy and sassy. Emphasize what makes you most unique, independent and self-expressive.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Taurus

Congratulations to our 2020 Rising Star:

COURTNEY COBIA

author Anthony Trollope (1815–1882) published his first novel at age 30. During the next 37 years, he completed 48 additional novels and 18 works of nonfiction. Critics liked his work well enough but were suspicious of his prodigious productivity. When they discovered that one of Trollope's motivations for writing was to make money, they disapproved. Then they found out that Trollope kept a watch nearby as he worked, determined to generate 250 words every 15 minutes. The critics hated that even worse. Creative artists are supposed to court inspiration, not adhere to a schedule—at least according to the critics. But I approve of and recommend Trollope-like behavior for you in the coming weeks, Taurus. Cosmic forces will be on your side if you do.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): In acVoted Pensacola's Best Charity Event & Runner Up Best Nonprofit

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cordance with the astrological indicators, I invite you to rise and soar and glide during the coming weeks. I encourage you to expand and enlarge and amplify. Don't wait around hoping to be asked to explore and experiment and improvise—just do those things. It's high time for you to enjoy stirring quests and research projects and missions dedicated to discovery. Be a funloving pioneer. Sample the joys of being a maverick and outlier.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): I love

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living in the material world. Its crazymaking demands and exhilarating rewards are endlessly entertaining. Despite having been born as a fantasy-prone, overly sensitive Cancerian, I've become fairly earthy and well-grounded. I have a good job, a nice house, a smart wife and an interesting daughter. On the other hand, I also love living in the soul's realm. I have remembered and recorded an average of three dreams per night for many years. Although I don't take drugs, I cultivate alternate states of consciousness through meditation, prayer and ritual. I've long been a student of depth

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psychology, which has trained me to be as focused on my soul as my ego. In accordance with current astrological omens, my fellow Cancerian, I urge you to hang out more than usual in the soul's realm during the coming weeks.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): Can I talk you

into being more tender and open-hearted toward the people who care for you? I don't mean to imply that you are currently too hard and closed. But all of us can benefit from enhancing our receptivity, and the coming weeks will be prime time for you Leos to do just that. I think you'll find it easier than usual to deepen your listening skills and intensify your sensitivity. You'll have an acute intuitive grasp of the fact that you can earn yourself huge blessings by expressing love and compassion in very practical ways.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): All of us are in service to someone or something—to certain people or ideas or situations. We provide them with help or energy or mirroring or love. We are dutiful in attending to their needs and wants. For some of us, our service feels like a burden. It's grating or humbling or inconvenient, or all of the above. For others of us, being of service is fulfilling, even joyful. We find a rich sense of purpose in our devotion to a higher cause or deeper calling beyond our selfish concerns. Among the 12 signs of the zodiac, you Virgos are more likely than most to carry out the latter kind of service. I bring these thoughts to your attention because the coming weeks will be an excellent time to re-evaluate, reconfigure and reinvigorate your own service.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): Author David Markson imagined what it would be like to write a novel that lacked conflicts or confrontations—in other words, a novel unlike any ever created. Libran author Ursula Le Guin also fantasized about stories with plots that weren't driven by strife and struggle. Since many of us are addicted to entertainment that depends on discord to be interesting, we might find it hard to believe Markson's and Le Guin's dream would ever happen. But I'm pleased to inform you, Libra, that your life in the coming weeks may be exactly like that—a fascinating adventure with few hassles and wrangles. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): According to Scorpio painter Georgia O'Keeffe, success is irrelevant. The most crucial life-long effort that anyone can be devoted to is "making your unknown known." Did she mean making your unknown known to yourself? Or making your unknown known to other people? Or both? According to my analysis of the astrological omens, the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to do both. So I hope you will tease out your best and biggest mysteries from their hiding places. Give them expression. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): You

Sagittarians have a talent for burning bridges that really do need to be burned. Your intuition

often guides you to assess when the time is ripe to withdraw from connections that no longer benefit you. On the other hand, you sometimes burn bridges prematurely. You decide that they are in such disrepair that they're of no use to you, even though it might serve your ultimate interests to fix them. I offer these thoughts as a preface for my advice—1. Refurbish rather than burn a certain bridge you're a bit disenchanted with. 2. Build at least one new bridge that will be valuable in the future.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): The shape of the planets' orbits around the sun is elliptical, not circular. Capricorn astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) was the first person to figure this out. He didn't like it. He really wanted the orbits to be circular. That would have been more satisfying to his aesthetic and spiritual sensibilities. Explaining the arduous labor he did to arrive at his conclusion, he wrote, "Take pity on me, for I have repeated these calculations seventy times." In the big picture of our understanding of the universe, of course, his discovery was felicitous. It's not a problem that the orbits are elliptical, merely the truth. In the coming weeks, Capricorn, I foresee you engaging in a process that's metaphorically comparable to Kepler's. Hard work will yield useful, if unexpected results. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Please

don't imitate or repeat yourself in the coming weeks. Refrain from relying on formulas that have worked for you before. Resolve to either ignore or rebel against your past as you dream up fresh gambits and adventures. Treat your whole life like an improvisatory game that has just one purpose—to attract and stir up useful novelty. If you do these things, Aquarius, I can practically guarantee that you will win the game.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Poet Robert

Bly believes that each of us has a special genius, and the key to understanding and fully activating that genius is in our core wound. In other words, the part of us that got hurt the worst is potentially the generative source of the best gifts we have to give. Do you know where that is in yourself—the wound that could be the source of your blessing? Now is a great time to investigate this tantalizing mystery.

THIS WEEK'S HOMEWORK: Avoid the Tragic Magic Triad—Taking things too personally, too literally and too seriously.

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news of the weird WEIRD SCIENCE On Jan. 22, the National Weather Service expanded its cold-weather warnings in South Florida to include falling iguanas along with falling temperatures. According to the Associated Press, the NWS alerted folks that the reptiles can become stunned by the cold and fall from their perches in trees. As temperatures rise during the day, they wake up, unharmed. Males can grow to 5 feet long and weigh 20 pounds. They aren't considered to be dangerous to humans (unless they land on your head). ANIMAL FARM A Polish pig farmer in his 70s who had been missing since Dec. 31 is believed to have been eaten by his livestock, Fox News reported. Lubin District Prosecutor Magdalena Serafin told local media the farmer's remains, consisting of bones and skull fragments, were found by a neighbor, who called police after spotting the bones while fetching water from a nearby well on Jan. 8. The farmer's animals were roaming freely in the yard, and officials indicated it was clear that the pigs had feasted on him. They suspect he died of a fall or heart attack. THE LAST STRAW After numerous complaints going back six months, according to a neighbor, Robert Wayne Miller, 57, was arrested at his home Zephyrhills, Florida, home on Dec. 22 for disturbing the peace with his lawn mower. Body-camera footage obtained by WFLA shows Pasco County Deputy Michael O'Donnell arriving at Miller's property and calling out to him, followed by a revving of the mower's engine. "I've had four people come out and tell me that they can't take it anymore," O'Donnell told Miller, who responded, "Whatever," before turning on the mower again. Dwaine White, who lives across the street, told The Washington Post the mower isn't even capable of cutting grass. "He'll run that tractor all night, and it echoes all over the neighborhood," White said. Miller was ultimately arrested for disturbing the peace and not complying with a law enforcement of-

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ficer's command. If convicted, he could spend 18 months in jail and pay a $1,500 fine. EXTREME MEASURES An unnamed 55-year-old man from the town of Pitalito, Colombia, got cold feet before his scheduled marriage over the weekend of Jan. 18, but lacked the courage to tell his fiancee. Instead, with the help of his best friends, he faked his own kidnapping, reported Oddity Central. The groom's pals told authorities they had seen a group of armed men on motorcycles abduct their friend, and because kidnappings for extortion are not unknown in Colombia, the local police responded in force. Police Commander Nestor Vargas ordered roads closed, sealing off the town, and began a search. That's when the friends got nervous and admitted they'd made the whole thing up. Authorities kept the groom's identity a secret to protect him from other townspeople, who've been down this road before: This is the second time the groom has left a bride waiting at the altar. He and his cohorts will likely face jail time of up to six years. NEWS THAT SOUNDS LIKE A JOKE If you've always thought those nail clippers in your kitchen drawer were a harmless tool, think again. Kathleen Ayala, 30, has been charged with murder in Cumberland County, New Jersey, following an altercation with her husband on Jan. 12, the Associated Press reported. Authorities said Ayala, of Millville, and 35-year-old Axel Torres got into an argument in their home that became physical, and Torres left the premises. Ayala chased after him and stabbed him numerous times with the nail file tool on the clippers, causing wounds to his feet, hands, shoulders and left leg. When police arrived, they found Torres unresponsive and transported him to the hospital, where he died the next morning. {in}

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