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2012 Rising Stars BUFFI BARRINEAU BAILEY, 32

Director of Interventional Rehabilitation, Sacred Heart Hospital; Adjunct Professor, Pensacola State College Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: 2012 LeaP Day Chair, Healthcare, Education, and Technology; Leadership Pensacola 2011; Sacred Heart Hospital Caduceus Society; Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society; Episcopal Day School, Safety Committee; Sacred Heart Hospital, Nurse Manager of the Year (2010); Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society; Gaietes des Femmes; Mystic Maids; Daisy Dukes (2008-2011); Pensacola Young Professionals Local mentor or role model: Susan Schmidt. From her influence, I believe that I’m driven to identify the things that are most important to me and make them a priority and success, while keeping my family a top priority. What’s your thing about Pensacola: You would think this to be a simple answer, but for me it’s just in my heart and soul. I have always had a connection to Pensacola, through my Grandfather Barrineau.



Marketing Manager, IMS ExpertServices Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: Pensacola Young Professionals; Pensacola Professional Development Institute; Waterfront Rescue Mission, Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen, United Way and Council on Aging Local mentor or role model: Mike Wein. He has taught me more about business and marketing than I learned in four years of college. He’s always willing to be a sounding board and help me figure things out on my own. What’s your thing about Pensacola: The fresh local seafood. I love crawfish, shrimp and other gulf seafood—especially at the festivals.

Corporate Insurance Advisor, Fisher Brown Insurance Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards:

Baptist Health Care Corporation Board; Baptist Health Care Christian Emphasis Committee; Florida Marine Contractors Association Board; former Young Agent Council chairman, Florida Association Of Insurance Agents; Greater Pensacola Seminole Boosters Club Board, Pensacola Young Professionals Local mentor or role model: Buddy McCormick of Offshore Inland. He is one of the unsung heroes of Pensacola’s revitalization. What’s your thing about Pensacola: As a native Pensacolian, I love many things about our town, but if I had to only choose one thing, it would have to be the people. It’s hard to find nicer people than here in Pensacola.


Attorney, McDonald Fleming Moorhead

Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards:

Pensacola Young Professionals; Young Lawyers Division, Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association; Inns of Court Local mentor or role model:

Don Roe is my role model as a dedicated family man. Brigadier General Mike Ferguson, for his service to his community and country, is a role model for all of us. What’s your thing about Pensacola: Despite the fact that the greater

Owner, Play Pensacola, Inc. Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards:

Florida Public Relations Association, Distinguished UWF Alumni Award Local mentor or role model: Rick Outzen. If I can’t list him,

it would be Eileen Perrigo, UWF professor. What’s your thing about Pensacola: Potential, potential,


Pensacola area has continued to grow, it has retained its friendly, familyoriented, military-supporting, small-town character.


Regional Director, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: Ex-Officio Appointee to the statewide Council on Homelessness Local mentor or role model: Liz Kuehn, MSW, Vice President, Organizational Excellence and Corporate Compliance, Covenant Hospice. Not only was Liz instrumental in bringing me to the area to work with Catholic Charities, she has been a true confidant and guiding force for me.


Engineer Intern II, Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. Local mentor or role model: Marie Young What’s your thing about Pensacola: Pensacola is vibrant and beautiful. From seeing downtown poking out of the trees to the view along Bayfront Parkway, my commute is like a vacation.

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What’s your thing about Pensacola: I love that Pensacola caters their local planning and activities for the benefit of the people who live here and not only tourism as other areas in Florida. I love going to great restaurants that are locally owned and events that celebrate Pensacola natives and their traditions.

2012 Rising Stars FARRON COUSINS, 28

Magazine Editor, The Trial Lawyer Magazine; Radio Producer, Ring of Fire Radio; Blogger, DeSmogBlog Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: MENSA; cited in’s list of Top 25 Blogs of 2011; listed in TreeHugger. com’s “Best Writing on The BP Oil Spill” in 2011 Local mentor or role model: Everyone that has helped push me to become a better person, professionally and personally. What’s your thing about Pensacola: There’s never a shortage of people to argue politics, even when they lack the facts.


Attorney, Beggs & Lane, RLLP Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Leadership Pensacola, United Ministries Board of Directors Local mentor or role model: Carolyn Appleyard What’s your thing about Pensacola: There has never been a better time to live here. Downtown Pensacola looks better than ever, we still have the world’s whitest beaches, more young people want to move here and a DoubleA baseball arrives in two months. We are not without problems, but we have assets that make this a very attractive city to live and work.


IN Rising Star

Matthew A. Bush Matt is a native of Pensacola and an associate with McDonald Fleming Moorhead. His primary areas of practice are construction law, business litigation and real estate litigation. Prior to entering the


legal profession, Matt gained valuable experience

Director of Social Media, Jewelers Trade Shop

in business, having worked for nine years in the

Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Council on Aging of

automotive diagnostics and repair industry. Matt

West Florida, Board of Directors; Florida Public Relations Association, State Level Award of Distinction, 2011; Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 2010-2011; UWF Alumni Association

earned his B.A. from University of West Florida and his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law.

Local mentor or role model: DeeDee

Davis and Ashton Hayward What’s your thing about Pensacola:

Downtown Pensacola! It has such a historically rich, culturally diverse atmosphere. It is my hope that with the help of current developments like the Maritime Park, downtown Pensacola will continue to grow and evolve into not only a “hot attraction” for locals but Pensacola area visitors as well.


Assistant State Attorney, Special Prosecutor— Gangs and Guns, State Attorney’s Office Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Hillcrest Baptist Church What’s your thing about Pensacola: The

beach and the seafood.

We are proud to see Matt recognized for his talents and passion for making our community a better place.

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2012 Rising Stars JARED GRANGER, 25

Graphic Design+Art Director+Creative Dyn-o-mite, idgroup Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: Published in iheartlogos Vol. 2, LogoLounge Vol. 7, Logonest Vol. 1 and Logonest Vol. 2; 2011 AIGA SEED Award; 2011 Silver Telly Award & Bronze People’s Telly Award; Regional Silver ADDY Award; Local ADDY Best of Show: Print & TV; Local ADDY Judges Award; Multiple Gold Local ADDY Awards Local mentor or role model: Well, since the mentor cannot be family or work related, such as my mother—Lisa, father—Dane, grandmother—Patricia, wife—Kelsey and work family at idgroup, it’s hard to say. I tend to look up to the people I hold dearly in my life. If I had to pick one outside of this area, I would say Paul Rand (August 15, 1914 – November 26, 1996)—an iconic, forward thinking graphic designer whom is known for his logo work. His words were wise and thoughts were creative. What’s your thing about Pensacola: Unlike the concrete jungles that many designers and creative type live in, Pensacola provides entertainment on multiple levels, anything from national music events to kayaking and hiking practically in your own backyard. practically in your own backyard.


Co-Owner, Graduate Gemologist, Reed & Co. Jewelers Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Gulf Coast Kids House Local mentor or role model: Teri Levin and Marci Goodman What’s your thing about Pensacola: Small town feel with opportunities.

ROBERT JERNIGAN 26 Engineer II, Gulf Power Company


Executive Vice President, Pensacola Blue Wahoos Local mentor or role model: Mort O’Sullivan What’s your thing about Pensacola: Perfect mix of city and beach living.

Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Gulf Power Engineering Society Board, Villa Venyce Homeowner’s Association Board, Engineering Explorers Post Advisor, 2012 Gulf Power Employee Development Program Local mentor or role model: Ashley Keough What’s your thing about Pensacola: It’s tough to beat the smell of salt in the air while driving across Pensacola Bay at sunset.


Program Director, Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council Local mentor or role model: Joe Denmon, behavior specialist at the Lacey A. Collie Sensory Complex and a recognized Goodwill Ambassador of Pensacola


What’s your thing about Pensacola: Its eclectic assortment of independent bars and restaurants—Ozone’s, Wisteria, Elbow Room, Paradise Inn, Leisure Club and New Yorker Deli to name a few—and the free yoga for members at Ever’man.

Broker Associate & Community Association Manager, Island Realty of Pensacola Beach Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: National Association of Realtors; Florida Association of Realtors; Pensacola Association of Realtors; Top Gun Award, Florida Women’s Council of Realtors; Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce; 2010 Grand Marshal Krewe of Wrecks Parade


Attorney, Moore, Hill & Westmoreland, P.A. Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Pensacola Young Professionals Board; Escambia/ Santa Rosa Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Board; Pensacola Opera’s Encore! Club Board; Florida Bar Association; Alabama Bar Association; Every Child a Reader in Escambia (ECARE) Local mentor or role model: Rodney Rich What’s your thing about Pensacola: I’d really like to see our education system improve. How can we attract business or retain talented individuals without an education system to match? 212 1

betterment of a community that he believes in.

Local role model: Quint Studer. I respect his willingness to take risks for the

What’s your thing about Pensacola: I enjoy living in a waterfront community with so much natural beauty and historical significance.

2012 Rising Stars EMILY MACKS, 27

Senior Forensic Investigator, District One Medical Examiner’s Office

CAREY KING, 31 PRC Team Leader, Studer Group

Professional/ Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Alzheimer’s Family Services, Executive Committee Secretary and Treasurer, Chair of Nominating Committee (2009), Board Member since 2008; Chain Reaction Convention Logistics Committee (2009); Fiesta Forces (2008-10); Making a Difference program, Hallmark Elementary (Fall 2008) role model: Debbie Ritchie

Local mentor or

What’s your thing about Pensacola: The small town feel and sense of community combined with the added fun of the beach being just a few minutes away.


Network Engineer, Saltmarsh Cleaveland & Gund Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Pensacola Young Professionals; Junior League of Pensacola; Delta Zeta Alumnae Pensacola Chapter Local mentor or role model: Service men and women of Pensacola What’s your thing about Pensacola: When I think of Pensacola, I think of the beautiful relaxing beaches and the laid back lifestyle. One of the best times on the beach is when the Blues Angels fly. What’s better than sitting on the beach watching one of the best shows around?

Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Safe Sleeping for Infants Coalition, Group Member; Take Stock in Children, mentor; Florida Association of Medical Examiners, Associate Member; American Academy of Forensic Sciences-Trainee Affiliate; The National Association of Medical Examiners, Affiliate Member; American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)- Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator Local mentor or role model: Dr. Joanne Curtin, University of West Florida. She was my advisor in college and helped me to discover my place within the field of forensics. What’s your thing about Pensacola: I’m from Pensacola and love that I was able to complete my education and begin my career here. I also have family in the area and have grown up enjoying our surrounding environment with boating, fishing and our beautiful beaches. What’s your thing about Pensacola: I’m from Pensacola and love that I was able to complete my education and begin my career here. I also have family in the area and have grown up enjoying our surrounding environment with boating, fishing and our beautiful beaches.

Congratulations to Lee


and all of the 2012 Rising Stars

Lee Elebash | 850-432-2451 | 501 Commendencia Street January 19, 2012



Programs & Events Manager, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: American Chamber of Commerce Executives; Florida Association of Chamber Professionals; Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big sister; Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae Association Board of Directors, Secretary; Pensacola Young Professionals, Internship Pensacola Committee; Trinity Presbyterian Church; United Way Emerging Leaders Society Local mentor or role model: Leah Harrison and Shelley Yates What’s your thing about Pensacola: I love the quality of life and southern hospitality.


Civil Rights Attorney, McKenzie, Hall & De La Piedra, P.A. Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: Florida Bar; Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights; Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; American Association for Justice; Florida Justice Association; Phi Alpha Delta Local mentor or role model: Leroy Boyd What’s your thing about Pensacola: Returning to my hometown after more than 15 years, it has been overwhelming to see how much this city has developed into a vibrant community that has an awakening sense of purpose. This is exemplified by the people you meet here now and can also be physically seen in the growing culture of Pensacola and its downtown area.


Executive Director, Marketing & Creative Services; Adjunct Faculty, Communication Arts, University of West Florida Professional/Community Honors/Awards: American Advertising Federation, multiple Local ADDY Awards; Graphic Design USA Magazine Multiple National Design Award; Southern Public Relations Federation Multiple Lantern Awards; Emerald Ladies Journal Outstanding Business Woman, 2006-2008; Florida Public Relations Society Multiple Image Award & Judges Choice; Florida Trend Magazine’s “Young Guns” (2006); American Advertising Federation 4th District President of the Year (2005); Alabama Public Radio Jon Sandige Commitment to Excellence Award Community/Professional organizations: American Advertising Federation, Southern Public Relations Federation, Past President; 4th District American Advertising Federation; Pensacola Bay Area Advertising Federation; American Marketing Association; Public Relations Society of America; Santa Rosa Young Professionals; Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Committee; Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Committee Chair Local mentor or role model: Jerry Hunnicutt who lost his battle with cancer several years ago. Jerry had a profound impact on the lives of so many young professionals and I was blessed to be one of them. He served as the Creative Director at BBDO in Detroit and was responsible for the re-launch of the Dodge Ram Truck campaign back in the 1990s. What’s your thing about Pensacola: Growing up in Northwest Florida, I’ve had the opportunity to watch this area come alive with arts, culture and educational opportunities. I am looking forward to getting downtown more often and particularly thrilled that the Saturday Palafox Market will continue year-round. I am also looking forward to my daughter’s first trip to the T.T. Wentworth Museum. 414 1


Contracts Analyst, Governance, Risk and Compliance, Baptist Health Care Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Pensacola Young Professionals; Mentor, Escambia County School District, Youth Motivator Program Local mentor or role model: Jerry Maygarden, my mentor during an internship in my final year of graduate school. It was during this time that I gained the confidence I needed to take the next steps in my career. What’s your thing about Pensacola: I love the fact that Pensacola was recently declared “run friendly” by the Road Runners Club of America, which means we have community support, government support and the infrastructure necessary for a run-friendly community. There is nothing better than a run in downtown Pensacola, along Bayfront Parkway or along any of our beautiful beaches.

MATTHEW NEWCOMER, 34 Business Banker, Hancock Bank

Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: Selected to attend Hancock Bank’s annual Commercial Credit School and the three-year Florida School of Banking program; Pensacola Young Professionals, Pensacola Little Theater Board Member, Junior Achievement Local mentor or role model: Johnnie Wright has been a senior lender and market leader for Hancock Bank the past six years. I not only consider him a colleague, but a friend as well. What’s your thing about Pensacola: I was born and raised in Tampa. The quality of life is completely different here. I truly appreciate everything Pensacola has to offer and the ability to raise my daughter in a smaller community.


Dentist, Fairfield Dental Center Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: American Dental Association; Florida Dental Association; Esca-Rosa Dental Society; American Association of Women Dentists; St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic Volunteer Dentist; Fiesta Forces Volunteer Local mentor or role model: Drs. Greg Woodfin and Sal Cabassa of Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics What’s your thing about Pensacola: I appreciate the Southern hospitality in Pensacola as well as the pride that locals share for the history of this city. I also enjoy the great local restaurants that are unique to Pensacola and the beautiful beaches that make it easy to participate in many fun outdoor activities.

2012 Rising Stars ROSS OVERSTREET, 29 CEO & Founder, Overgroup

Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: Gulf Coast Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Board; Boys & Girls Clubs of Escambia County; Hawkshaw Lagoon Missing Children Memorial Local mentor or role model: Leo Cyr – for his willingness to share his invaluable insight and clarity from a highly entrepreneurial life so freely with myself and others who are able to then solve what seemed to be overwhelming challenges with confidence. Quint Studer, for his completely selfless and relentless pursuit to continually improve the lives of everyone around him through his personal sacrifices. What’s your thing about Pensacola: Downtown! For many reasons: waterfront, flourishing arts and entertainment, technology park, maritime park, CiE incubator, Admiral Mason Park beautification, increasing professional opportunities and so much more.


Business Service Officer, BB&T (Branch Banking & Trust) Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Leadership Pensacola Class of 2012; ARC Gateway Foundation Board; Pensacola Opera Board, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair; Tri Gulf Coast Board, Treasurer; Founding Charter Member, Pensacola Seville Rotary Club; Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club Board, Vice President and 2012 Pensacola International Billfish Tournament Chairman; Pensacola Sports Association; Fiesta Forces and Commando Board; Pensacola Young Professionals; BB&T Annual Sterling Performance Award Winner for Region in 2010; BB&T Quarterly Sterling Performance Award Winner, First and Second Quarter, 2011 Local mentor or role model: Quint Studer and Donna Fassett What’s your thing about Pensacola: In the words of the late Vince Whibbs: “Pensacola is the place where thousands live the way millions wish they could.”


High School Reading Teacher on Special Assignment, Escambia County School District Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: Escambia County Reading Teacher Association; International Reading Association; National Council for Teachers of English; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; RAP International Christian Ministries, mentor, and reading tutor; 2010 Escambia County High School Reading Coach of the Year; 2011 Pensacola Black Girls Rock Honoree Local mentor or role model: Dr. Wendy Bennett and Bishop Charles Young What’s your thing about Pensacola: The sense of community. Repeatedly, I have witnessed people giving of their own personal resources to try to help someone have a better life, day or even a moment. I think our city is large enough to have a diverse population of people, but small enough to see the impact people are making. January 19, 2012

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2012 Rising Stars CHRISTOPHER G. PAULOS, 34

Attorney, Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: American Association for Justice; Florida Justice Association; Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association; American Bar Association; William L. Todd Jr. American Inn of Court, Fellow; TJSL Center for Law, Technology and Communications; Who's Who: American Law Students, 2009; Thomas Jefferson Pro Bono Honors Award Recipient 2010; "Best Back" USC Varsity Rugby Club, 2000 Local mentor or role model: Past and Present—Reubin O'Donovan Askew and Ashton Hayward



Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida

Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Independent Insurance Agents of Pensacola, President; City of Pensacola Neighborhood Services Board; The First Tee of Northwest Florida Board; Pensacola BAMA Club, Vice President

Executive Director, Escambia County Public Schools Foundation

Local mentor or role model: Laverne Baker, partner with The Visioneering Group and my non-profit colleagues—their insight and advice is invaluable. What's your thing about Pensacola? Living in a smaller city like Pensacola, we are able to really become involved in our community in a meaningful way. We can actually effect change if we have the desire and the commitment to make a difference.

Agent/Producer, Hiles-McLeod Insurance, Inc.

Local mentor or role model: Ashton Hayward What's your thing about Pensacola? This city has tremendous potential, and I am glad to see that we are starting to head more in the right direction for the future with the new form of government in place.

Promoting global relationships “one handshake at a time.”

What's your thing about Pensacola: The vibrant and diverse community made up of resilient, hardworking and friendly people. The beach—and the Bushwhackers aren't bad either.



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2012 Rising Stars BLAKE RUSHING, 29

Executive Chef and Co-Owner, R & R Fine Catering Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Best of the Coast, Best Up and Coming Chef; Nominated for Best New Restaurant in Country by James Beard Foundation; Featured in Southern Living for Local Seasonal Food and My House Cured Bacon; won, with my wife Amber, Iron Chef Competition for St. Paul Catholic School Fundraiser Local mentor or role model: Many people have mentored and supported me in Pensacola, I just don’t feel comfortable picking one person, but I have great respect and appreciation for all of them. What's your thing about Pensacola: It’s a great city that cares about its local businesses and is constantly growing with the times.

Congratulations to our Rising Star, Abby Wiggins!


IT Business Analyst, Senior, Gulf Power Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Connect Florida; United Way of Pensacola Local mentor or role model: Rev. Dominic Phan Sa, St. Mary Catholic Church, because of his strong faith in God, his inspirational sermons and his love of life. Father Dominic was once a prisoner of war in his own country of Vietnam. It was his continued prayer and never-ending faith in God that kept him alive.

800.423.7026 Member FDIC

What's your thing about Pensacola: I think the greatest thing about Pensacola is the diversity that it offers its residents.


Tax & Accounting Services, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Certified Public Accountant–Florida; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Fiesta of Five Flags; National Rifle Association Local mentor or role model: Jim Locke, Hillcrest Baptist Church What's your thing about Pensacola: The people here are second to none and you get that “small-town” feeling wherever you go. Pensacola is a place where you can have a very successful career without living the “big-city” life.


Outside Sales Representative, Ram Tool & Supply Company Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: Ram Tool Million Dollar Club, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011; PYP Board Member of The Year, 2010; PYP Member of The Year, 2009 Local mentor or role model: Rodney Rich What's your thing about Pensacola: A vibrant downtown with plenty of arts, festivals and entertainment. January 26, 2011


2012 Rising Stars JONATHAN E. THOMPSON, 30

Vice President, Thompson-Briggs Developers; Academic Tournaments Coordinator, Escambia County School District


Financial Consultant, Rodney Rich and Company Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: President-Elect, Pensacola Young Professionals; Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Northwest Florida Board; Propeller Club of Pensacola Board; Leadership Pensacola Class of 2010; Charter Member, Seville Rotary Club Local mentor or role model: John Pharr What's your thing about Pensacola: I love the attitude. I get to work downtown and enjoy the rich history, awesome restaurants and year-round festivities. Then I get to jump on the boat and go fishing or hit the beach whenever I want. I think that’s pretty cool.

Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Board; Friends of the Saenger Board; manage the Sherri Hemminghaus Children's Fund; Pensacola Young Professionals, VP of Programs and help manage both the Pensacola Professional Development Institute and Internship Pensacola; Escambia County All-Star Academic Team coach ; author of the Rattler & Friends series of children's books. Local mentor or role model: I very much admire the civic leadership and vision that has been demonstrated by men like Mayor Hayward and Quint Studer. I also admire the artistic vision of PSO maestro Peter Rubardt, who has turned our orchestra into something magnificent! What's your thing about Pensacola: I dislike both big cities and small towns, so Pensacola is just the right size for me. My favorite thing has been the sense of momentum that has permeated Pensacola over the past decade or so. At long last, our city is moving forward!


Founder, President, Zander House Publishing Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: U.S. Patents 7,677,426 and D540136; European Patents EP2083969, EP2295204, EP2295205, EP1764190, EP1764190; Editor’s Choice Award, Tools of the Trade Magazine; University of Rhode Island Intellectual Property Award; International Joint Tribology Conference Outstanding Research; Exhibitor San Diego Science Museum; Certified Project Management Professional (PMP); Founder and President of University of Rhode Island Habitat for Humanity chapter; Volunteer Assistive Trail Guide for Alpenglow Adventures; former Assistant Director Alpenglow Adventures; studied at renowned Institute of Children’s Literature; professional writer and author coach Local mentor or role model: Music producer Larry Butler. He has an incredible passion for life, amazing stories to share and is willing to lay it all on the line for his friends and his community. What's your thing about Pensacola: Big-city generosity and community activism with a smalltown, neighborly atmosphere.

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2012 Rising Stars REGINALD L. TODD, 27

Mathematics Instructor, Pensacola State College Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Pensacola State College Faculty Association; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; National Education Association; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church; Top 5 Finalist, Escambia County School District Teacher of the Year, 2010. Local mentor or role model: Elvin McCorvey and Ramonia Turner What's your thing about Pensacola: All of my family resides here in Pensacola. Also, I am able to motivate and encourage the younger generation in a city that did the same for me.

Congratulations to

Matt Newcomer from your Hancock Bank family

The energy you invest in making Pensacola an even better place for families and businesses to thrive inspires us all.


Senior Staff Psychologist, Diversity and Outreach Coordinator for Counseling and Wellness Services, University of West Florida Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Employee of the Month, University of West Florida (April 2010); University of Akron, Division of Student; Affairs Celebration of Diversity Award (2008); Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2007); Graduate School Merit Scholarship; Executive Board Member UWF Black Employee Association; UWF Division of Student Affairs Multicultural Competency Committee; UWF Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee; Community Drug and Alcohol Council; UWF Excellence Matters Award Committee; Co-Sponsor/ Committee Member for the Annual UWF Men of Color Retreat; Advisor for UWF Chapter of The African American Student Association What's your thing about Pensacola: I am an undercover history buff. Since I moved here in 2008 I have taken to reading and watching as much as possible about the City of Five Flags. The history, the architecture, the experiences of the city, its people, and the potential future all keep me riding with my windows down, music up and finding new niches to indulge in.


Executive Vice President/CFO and Interim President/CEO, Pen Air Federal Credit Union Professional/Community organizations/Honors/Awards: 2011 National Association Federal Credit Union of the Year; Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce; Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Pensacola; Leadership Santa Rosa; Milton Veterans Memorial Board of Trustees; Pensacola Navy League; Santa Rosa Navy League; CUES Board of Directors; CUNA CFO Council Membership and Benefits Committtee; CUES On Deck Premier Networking Group; CUES Finance Experts Panel; Board of Governors Fiesta; American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Local mentor or role model: There are so many who have helped me throughout the years; I cannot narrow it down to one. What's your thing about Pensacola: It’s all about the people. The people who comprise this community are extraordinary. The sense of community and creating something greater than ourselves is seen throughout the area. The passion for our area is amazing and I get the honor of sharing each and every day. January 26, 2011

Member FDIC


Congratulations to one of our outstanding leader’s who puts our philosophy to work. Perry Palmer, Business Services Officer 5061 North 12th Street, Pensacola, FL 32504 850-475-3259 • Congratulations on being named one of Pensacola’s Rising Stars. Your leadership is valuable to our organization and our community.




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2012 Rising Stars JENNA VALLIMONT, 27

Convention Services Manager, Dancy Association Management Company Professional/ Community organizations/ Honors/ Awards: Board Secretary of Pensacola Young Professionals; 8thgrade mentor for Take Stock Florida; Alpha Delta Pi alum Local mentor or role model: Natalie C. Smith What's your thing about Pensacola: I truly am a beach and water type of person. I think it's wonderful that once you cross over any bridge in the area, you are suddenly surrounded by completely different scenery as well as a different culture. Crossing the Bob Sykes Bridge is one of my favorite moments of each day.



Business Development Officer, United Bank

Trial Lawyer- Personal Injury, Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. Professional/ Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Florida Board of Governors, American Association for Justice; Board of Directors, Florida Justice Association; Bench/Bar Professionalism Committee, First Circuit; Member, Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association; Inductee, Order of Barristers; President, Young Adult Ministry, Englewood Baptist Church; Board of Directors, YMCA of Northwest Florida; TV Personality, BLAB TV, Law Line Show; Member, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Rotary Club of Milton; Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce; Santa Rosa Young Professionals; Leadership Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa Medical Center Women’s Advisory Council; Pace Chamber of Commerce; Jay Chamber of Commerce; Recognized as a 'Santa Rosa County Emerging Young Professional' by the Santa Rosa Press Gazette and McKenzie Motors; President of the Rotary Club of Milton when the club was named 'Club of the Year' for the 2010-2011 year Local mentor or role model: Jayer Williamson What's your thing about Pensacola: City with great potential and a great place to raise a family.

Local mentor or role model: Emmitt Smith (fraternity brother) What's your thing about Pensacola: Pensacola is my hometown. I have a lot of fond memories of Pensacola. My family is here. My heart is here. I want to give back as much as possible.


Pensacola’s Rising Stars!

Thompson-Briggs Developers would like to congratulate its vice president,

Jonathan E. Thompson,

on his selection as an Independent News “Rising Star” for 2012

We’re proud of Robin Larrieu and Justin Smith!

Thompson-Briggs Developers, Inc. has provided Class-A office space in downtown Pensacola for the last 40 years. We pride ourselves on offering high-quality office space with full-service leasing, all within the confines of our beautiful and historic buildings. If your company is looking for office space in the heart of downtown, please call us at

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2012 Rising Stars LINSEY WILLIAMSON, 27

Recreation Programs Coordinator, City of Milton Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: City of Milton Employee Executive Committee Chairman; City of Milton Public Information Officer; Santa Rosa Young Professionals; Milton Rotary Club; Leadership Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa County Chamber; Olive Baptist Church Local mentor or role model: Andrea Farage, President/CEO of United Way of Escambia County What's your thing about Pensacola: I'm lucky to live in a place that is so close to the water and beautiful white sandy beaches. In just a 20-minute drive I can feel like I'm on vacation year-round.


Creative Director, University of West Florida, Marketing and Creative Services Professional/Community organizations/Honors/ Awards: Pensacola Bay Area Advertising Federation; American Institute of Graphic Arts Local mentor or role model: Lynne Marshall, promotions director, WUWF Public Media. Lynne is a friend I can count on for good advice. She is always kind, genuine and an excellent listener. What's your thing about Pensacola: On the weekends my family and I often explore the variety of natural areas that Pensacola has to offer, and I’m lucky enough to have a job where I can hop on my bike for a jaunt down a nature trail on my lunch break during the week.

STEPHEN F.X. ZIEMAN JR., PH.D., 34 Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychological Associates

Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Alzheimer’s Family Services Community Board; West Florida Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic Local mentor or role model: Rick Spencer, Ph.D., Psy.D; Andy Somesan M.D. What's your thing about Pensacola: Getting to live in an area that combines the best of southern hospitality with a laid back, beach-town atmosphere. It’s the difference between just living somewhere versus living in a community.


Assistant Dean of Students, University of West Florida Professional/Community organizations/ Honors/Awards: Junior League of Pensacola; Impact 100; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; Association of Fraternity Advisors; Alpha Omicron Pi; Vanderbilt University National Commodore Club; Vanderbilt University Alumni Association What's your thing about Pensacola: Beautiful city and community with endless opportunities to get involved and make a difference. January 26, 2011


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Rising Stars 2012  


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