People notes

By Times Staff
Published September 18, 2006


Cronin, Jackson, Nixon & Wilson CPAs, Clearwater, announces the following appointments at the firm: Jim Carlstedt has been named managing partner; and Kathie Jackson and Paul Dechario have been named shareholders.

Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp PA, St. Petersburg, announces the following promotions: Bob Batz and Kevin Essex to audit senior managers; Amy Goodwill, Erica Hutchison and Dana King to audit managers; Melissa Albano and Jarrod Langhans to audit seniors; Shakera Fernander, audit staff II; Marnie Singell, to tax senior; and Lisa Cronauer and Mark Marquez, to tax staff II. Batz and Essex were audit managers; Goodwill, Hutchison and King were audit seniors; Albano, Langhans and Fernander were audit staffers; and Singell, Cronauer and Marquez were tax staffers.


Chuck Nelms has been elected president of the Indoor Billboard Advertising Association IBAA. Nelms is president of Advantage Indoor Advertising, Clearwater.


Lori Miller has been named vice president of consumer loans at First State Bank, St. Petersburg. Miller was vice president and branch manager III at Mercantile Bank, St. Petersburg.


Heyward Whetsell has been named vice president of marketing at Valpak, Largo. Whetsell was senior vice president of marketing at Uno Restaurant Corp., Boston.


Dr. Catherine Carrubba is the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Physician Award from the Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA). The award recognizes the contributions to the air medicine profession and lifetime achievement and service to the air medical community. Carrubba is aeromed medical director at Tampa General Hospital.

John D. Couris has been promoted to chief operating officer at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, New Port Richey. Couris was vice president of health services and ambulatory care.


Art Liggio has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing at First Advantage Investigative Services, St. Petersburg. Liggio was director of risk insurance services at CEI Group in Trevose, Pa.


James J. Evangelista has been re-appointed vice chairman of the casualty committee for the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). Evangelista is a shareholder and group leader for the health care practice group at the law firm of Fowler White Boggs Banker, Tampa.

Cheryl Thompson has been named a shareholder at the law firm of GrayRobinson, Tampa. Thompson practices in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy and creditor's rights.


Elizabeth Leib has been named creative director at Spectrum Communications Media Group, Oldsmar. Leib was editor of Community News Publications, Land O'Lakes.


Vince Caruso has been named marketing director for the Florida State Fair Authority (FSFA), Tampa. Caruso was vice president of marketing and public relations at Spectrum Marketing in Louisiana.


Doyle McClendon has been appointed to the board of directors of the Florida Orchestra, Tampa. McClendon is chief executive officer at McClendon Corp., based in Virginia.


Trey Carswell has been named senior associate at Trammell Crow Co., Tampa. Carswell was associate director of industrial services at Advantis, Tampa.


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