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agenda ▪ Nic’s Toggery was recently presented with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. Nic’s Toggery is a Tallahasseebased menswear specialty store established by Nic Gavalas in 1950. The family business now has three locations in Tallahassee and has 15 employees. ▪ Leon County recently received four “Project of the Year” awards recognizing outstanding public works projects. Each year, the American Public Works Association spotlights special projects in the community that have achieved certain goals within budget while exceeding public expectations. ▪ Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding received the 2017 Faith and Profession Award from Tallahassee Christian College Harding and Training Center. Harding has been a shareholder with the law firm Ausley McMullen since he retired from the court in 2002 and today is a member of St. Peter’s Anglican Church. ▪ Broker Bert Pope, founder and owner of Bert Pope & Associates LLC, recently marked a 28-year milestone selling the largest homes in Tallahassee. He has sold more than a dozen million-dollar homes. ▪ Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer recently received the 2016 Silver Medal Award at the American Advertising Federation Tallahassee’s American Advertising Awards ceremony in February. This annual event recognizes the best and the brightest in the industry. ▪ André J. Thomas, Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music in the FSU College of Music, recently received a high honor when he was named the 2017 Robert Shaw Choral Award winner at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference this spring. ▪ CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has placed Aegis Business Technologies on its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual listing honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size. ▪ Hancock and Whitney Bank has earned an impressive 18 national and regional 2016 Greenwich Excellence Awards for small business banking and middle market banking. The banking organization, which does business under the Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank brands, has won a total of 115 Greenwich


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Award designations — eight Best Brand Awards since 2013 and 107 Excellence Awards since 2005.

NEW & NOTABLE ▪ Petty Officer 3rd Class Darryl Garland, a Tallahassee native and Rickards High School graduate, is currently a yeoman at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. Garland is assigned to the Commander Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and is responsible for correspondence, unit mail and greeting incoming sailors. ▪ BumbleBee Waxing and More recently celebrated the grand opening of its ultramodern day spa in downtown Tallahassee. The newly finished spa blends unique services with a healing atmosphere, creating a new flavor of indulgence. ▪ Local CPA firm James D.A. Holley & Co. has merged with top 25 CPA and advisory firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. All James D.A. Holley & Co. personnel will now operate under the CRI name, and the team will also relocate to CRI’s new Tallahassee office on Centennial Boulevard. ▪ Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open this summer in Tallahassee at 1600 W. Call Street. This will be the first Fuzzy’s built in the Capitol City. It will be owned and operated by franchisees Torry Brand and Brian Watson. ▪ Wendover Housing Partners, a privately held real estate development, investment and management company, recently announced the opening of its senior apartment community, Kenwood Place. Kenwood Place provides senior residents with an active, stress-free community to call home. According to a market brief from American Seniors Housing Association, the demand for senior housing will grow from 1.4 million units in 2015 to 3.2 million units by the year 2040.

▪ Jason Zaborske, founder of Capital Events, Inc. has joined Legal Services of North Florida as the organization’s new resource developer. For nearly 20 years, Zaborske has planned and executed events as well as raised funds for various area non-profits including Capital City Youth Services, United Way, Children’s Week and FICPA Education Foundation. His new duties will include fundraising, sponsorships and facilitating special events. ▪ Bill Moore has been named president of Tallahassee State Bank. Moore is a Leon County native and has been with Moore Tallahassee State Bank for more than 20 years. He most recently served as executive vice president and commercial banking manager. ▪ Tallahassee banking veteran Matt Brown has been hired by Thomas County Federal to help expand the Brown Thomasville bank into Tallahassee as the Tallahassee market president. ▪ Tallahassee native and Maclay graduate Dr. John Ratowski has joined the staff of Chaney, Couch & Associates Family Dentistry.




▪ John Medina has been promoted to senior vice president/ chief experience officer at First Commerce Credit Union. Medina will provide leadership

to First Commerce’s operations teams and member delivery channels. ▪ Hillary Haythorn has been named trust officer at Capital City Trust Company.




▪ Phil Focaracci of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. recently passed all four parts of the CPA exam and received his CPA license. Focaracci is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Nick Gilpin, a senior in the tax services department, also passed all four parts of the CPA exam and received his CPA license.

▪ Steven Lohbeck has been promoted to senior vice president, commercial banking manager, at Ameris Bank. He will be in Lohbeck charge of oversight of the commercial banking team in the Tallahassee market along with his duties as a commercial loan officer.

APPOINTMENTS ▪ Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed four prominent Tallahassee individuals to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. These are Timothy Cerio, an accomplished attorney who had previously served as general counsel to the governor and in 2013 was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the First District Court of Appeal; Emery Gainey, a member of the attorney general’s senior executive management team and currently the director of law enforcement; Brecht Heuchan, founder and CEO of ContributionLink, LLC, a leading political intelligence, data analytics and fundraising company; and Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, who has served as an educator and administrator for 37 years. The 37–member Commission convenes every 20 years to review Florida’s Constitution and propose potential changes to be approved by Florida voters. ▪ Megan Fay has been appointed director of policy by Gov. Scott. She has worked in the governor’s office since 2013 and has served as a chief analyst in the office of policy and budget, deputy director of cabinet affairs and, most recently, as deputy director of legislative affairs. Fay fills the position left vacant by Jeff Woodburn, who is now the executive director of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. ▪ Patti Ketcham has been appointed to the Florida Real Estate Commission. Ketcham, of Tallahassee, owns Ketcham Realty Group, Inc. She Ketcham succeeds Darla Furst and is appointed for a term beginning March 20, 2017, and ending October 31, 2020. ▪ Gov. Scott recently appointed four Marianna citizens to the Jackson County Hospital District. John Milton is a local business owner and real estate investor. He succeeds William Floyd and is appointed for a term beginning March 23, 2017 and ending September 5, 2019. Shareta Wright is the director of The Wright Foundation. She fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning March 23, 2017 and ending July 31, 2020. Kelly Connolly is the vice president of finance for Tri State Automotive Warehouse. She succeeds Sandra Helms and is appointed for a term beginning March 23, 2017 and ending July 20, 2020. Dr. Robert “Bob” Hoff is a retired family practitioner. He succeeds David Carrel and is appointed for a term beginning March 23, 2017 and ending July 19, 2018. — COMPILED BY JASON DEHART



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