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Business briefcase


By Times Staff Writer
Published January 30, 2006


AccellCPAs, Lutz, announces these appointments: Amanda Varnell has been named director of sales and marketing; and Mary Thomas has been named tax and accounting consultant. Varnell was an escrow officer at LandAmerica Lawyers Title Insurance, Tampa; and Thomas was a purchasing manager at Sho Me Natural Products, Brooksville.


Harold Becker has been named business strategist at Response Mine, Atlanta. He will be based in Tampa. Becker was vice president of business development at both Soltoff Direct and Direct Net Advertising, St. Petersburg.


Fassil Gabremariam has been reappointed to serve on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Jacksonville branch. Gabremariam is president and founder of U.S. Africa Free Enterprise Education Foundation, Tampa.


KCI Technologies Inc., Tampa, announces these promotions and appointments. The promotions are: John Padavich, vice president; and Gregory McKnight, assistant division chief of Tampa engineering. The appointments are: Richard S. Reynolds, water resources and drainage project engineer; Albert A. Truman, project administrator; Gerardo "Jerry" Traverso, senior transportation engineer; and Scott D. DeReus, senior project engineer and CEI area manager. Padavich, in addition to his new responsibilities as vice president, will continue to serve as division chief of the Florida CEI Group and director of construction services; McKnight was chief surveyor and survey department manager; Reynolds was a self-employed private consultant in Pinellas County; Truman was a project administrator at Carter Burgess, Orlando; Traverso was a condemnation engineer at the Illinois Department of Transportation; and DeReus was a senior project engineer/area manager at Geotech Consultants International Inc., Orlando.


Veatrice Farrell has been named vice president for business coaching and development and assisting small to midsized business with growth capital financing at Hennessey Capital Southeast, Tampa. Farrell was vice president of the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation Inc., St. Petersburg.

Mitch Freifeld is the recipient of the 2005 Businessman of the Year Award given by the Business Advisory Council. The award is given to a U.S. business leader who has effectively integrated business and financial success. Freifeld is president of Global Branch Solutions, Clearwater.

Pinnacle Financial Corp., Tampa, announces these appointments. Cindy Smith and Sara Cederberg have been named mortgage loan officers. Smith will be based at the Hidden River Parkway branch in North Tampa and was a loan officer at First Priority Financial in Fairfield, Calif.; and Cederberg was marketing/production assistant and loan officer assistant at Bank of America, Tampa.


Steve Mason has been appointed to the Florida Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Council by the Agency for Health Care Administration, Tallahassee. Mason will be a representative of nonprofit hospitals. Mason is president and chief executive of BayCare Health System , Clearwater.


American Strategic Insurance, St. Petersburg, announces these promotions : Mike Darrow, claims manager; Ed Fowler, field claims manager; and Cheri Boorn, inside claims supervisor. Darrow was a field claims manager; Fowler was a field adjuster; and Boorn was a senior claims adjuster.


Mel Sembler and Marty Nealon have been named to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute's board of advisers. Sembler is chairman of the Sembler Co., St. Petersburg, and is a retired U.S. ambassador to Italy and Australia; and Nealon is president of HSN, St. Petersburg.

Jonathan Cox has been appointed to serve on the Business Advisory Council for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Cox is owner of Computer One Inc., Tampa.


The American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay, announces its 2006 board of directors: Harvey Goldstein, president; Randy Stribling, vice president and president-elect; Gary Smith, past president; Steve Erdmann, secretary; Pete Karamitsanis, treasurer; Andrew Hayes, east director; Ed Hoffman, west director; Richard Pritts, state director; and Kim Headland, associate director. Goldstein is director of Florida aviation architecture at PBS&J, Tampa; Stribling is senior architect at Tampa International Airport; Smith is program manager at Cay Clubs at PBS&J, Tampa; Karamitsanis is owner of Lighthouse Advisors, Tampa; Erdmann is an architect at Collman & Karsky, Tampa; Hayes is executive vice president at rulye.hayes+jennewein, Tampa; Hoffman owns Hoffman Architects, Tarpon Springs; Pritts is principal at Collman & Karsky, Tampa; and Headland is an intern architect at Walton H. Chancey and Associates, Tampa.

The CEO Council of Tampa Bay, Tampa, announces its 2006 officers and new members to its board of directors. Officers are: Dean Akers , chairman; Kevin Hourigan, first vice chairman/vice chairman of programs; Dick Lange, vice chairman of relationships; Penny Hulbert, vice chairwoman of member recruitment; Oscar Horton, vice chairman of member retention; Andrew Cohen, vice chairman of sponsorships; and Alan Bridges, vice chairman of roundtables. Jeffrey Darrey has been named a board member. Akers is chief executive of Ideal Image Development, Tampa; Hourigan is president and chief executive of Bayshore Solutions, Tampa; Lange is president and chief executive of Hillsboro Printing, Tampa; Hulbert is president of RBC Centura, Tampa; Horton is chief executive of Sun State International Trucks LLC, Tampa; Cohen is president and chief executive at Vertical IT Solutions, Tampa; Bridges is chief executive of Allpoints Equipment Co., Tampa; and Darrey is founder of Marketing Associates USA Inc., Tampa.

Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA), St. Petersburg, announces its new officers and board members. Officers are: Cynthia Stokes, president; Jean Krause, past president; David Fuller, secretary; and Dan Mageras, treasurer. New board members are: Elaine Martin and Kimberly Rodgers. Stokes is vice president of operations at Synovus Bank of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg; Krause is a community volunteer in St. Petersburg and retired teacher; Fuller is a registered investment adviser at WealthCare Planning Inc., St. Petersburg; Mageras is a financial adviser at Raymond James & Associates Inc., St. Petersburg; Martin is a retired human resource generalist from Progress Energy, St. Petersburg; and Rodgers is executive director of Community Law Programs, St. Petersburg.

The Mental Health Care Foundation, Tampa, announces its 2006 officers on its board of trustees. Andrew Cohen, chairman; Barrett Spencer, vice chairman; Ken Walters, vice chairman; Laurie A. Johnson, treasurer; and Barbara Reeves, secretary. Cohen is president, chief executive and founding partner of Vertical IT Solutions, Tampa; Spencer is president and chief executive of Strega Realty, Tampa; Walters is president of Ken Walters Promotions and Products, Tampa; Johnson is a philanthropic activist from Tampa; and Reeves is a retired executive from the Tampa General Hospital Foundation.


Rian Smith has been promoted to associate director at Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc., Tampa. Smith was an associate and is part of the industrial/technology services group.

Paula Buffa has been elected president of the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors Inc. Buffa is a director of office services at GVA Advantis, Tampa.


Craig McDonald has been named Northeast regional sales consultant at Vertafore Benefits, Tampa. McDonald was a business analyst with Corporate Synergies Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J.

[Last modified January 30, 2006, 15:00:29]

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