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Business Digest

Published January 29, 2007


Who's news

James P. Duncan, chief executive officer of Sumter Electric Cooperative, has won the 2007 J.C. Brown CEO Communication Leadership Award conferred by the electric co-op industry's Spotlight on Excellence Awards program. One such award is given each year to a CEO from one of the nearly 1,000 electric cooperatives across the country.

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RE/MAX Realty One has announced that Kevin Mullen has been added to its sales team in Crystal River.

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ERA American Realty and Investments has announced that Steve Latiff has been named the top producing agent in the county for 2006. In 2005, he was the top ERA agent in Florida and No. 9 in the United States out of 27,000 ERA agents.

The firm also announced that Karen and Gary Baxley, Anita Wesolowski, Barbara Banks, Bobbi DiLego, Annie Adams, Mary Roeser and Kathryn Rankin are multimillion-dollar producers. Robert Poth and Alan DeMichael are million-dollar producers.

In December, Roeser, Tasia Seijas and Jennifer Lehman were the top listing associates. Roeser, DiLego and Mark Augustsson were the top selling associates. Jackie Davis, DeMichael and Augustsson had the top sales volume.

The Baxleys and Dawn and Joe Theroux recently satisfied all requirements to be awarded the Graduate Realtors Institute designation.


Inspired by Mercedes Homes' participation in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in early 2006, the home builder and its trade partners in the county united to provide a holiday makeover for a local family with two wheelchair-bound teenagers. All labor and materials were donated during the seven-day period. Local companies that participated include AAro Fencing, Banko, Collis Roofing, Color Wheel of Spring Hill, Constantino Paint, Gale Insulation, Gator Door, Lighting Gallery, Lou Hall Framing, Progressive Floors, Residential Drywall and Sun Dazed.

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Liberty Tax Service has launched a food drive incentive for Citrus United Food Bank. Donate nonperishable food items at 1470 U.S. Highway 41 N, Inverness. Call 344-8042.

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International Networking Week, an initiative of BNI, will be Feb. 5-9. The purpose is to raise the profile of networking in the wider community with a goal of recognizing and celebrating the key role networking plays in the development and success of businesses in every part of the world. For information on speakers and events e-mail Elizabeth Joseph at or visit www.internationalnet

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Magnatone Hearing Aid Corporation has selected Dan Gardner Inc. as its exclusive research clinic. The clinic is also using a grant provided by Omni Hearing Systems and Stark Laboratories to conduct a survey that will determine the impact of mild to moderate hearing loss in new hearing aid users. If you are interested in participating, call 795-5700.



The American Business Women's Association invites businesswomen to network and enhance their business skills by joining Citrus County's Manatee Chapter. The group meets the second Monday of each month at American Legion Post 155, 6585 W Gulf to Lake Highway, Crystal River. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 and business meeting begins at 7. Call Ellen Saunders at 527-6556.


Suncoast Business Masters meets at noon Wednesdays at Black Diamond Country Club, 3333 Black Diamond Circle, Lecanto. Suncoast Masters networks through leads from members. Only one business of each type is represented. Call Charles Richer, president, at 637-4070.


The Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers meets the second Thursday of each month and is open to any mortgage industry professionals in Hernando, Pasco, and Citrus counties. Call John Mince at 352 666-8225 or e-mail

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals meetings are at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Road, Spring Hill, and are open to any accountants or tax professionals within Hernando, Citrus or Pasco counties. Call Barbara Tremblay, 795-1532.


Citrus Business Network meets at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at B & W Rexall, 214 U.S. 41 S (Citrus Plaza), Inverness. The purpose of CBN is to assist its members to grow their businesses through the exchange of contacts, leads, ideas and marketing savvy.

The Nature Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association meets the first Friday. The lunch meeting is $15 for members and $18 for guests. For information on time and place, call Amy Kingery at (352) 249-3100 or visit

The Ocala chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association has a luncheon meeting the third Friday of each month at 11:45 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton on State Road 200. The cost is $20 for guests and members not prepaid. For information visit

If you have any announcements to share with our readers, please mail the details to Gail Hollenbeck, Citrus Times, 301 W Main St., Inverness, FL 34450. To appear in the Business Digest, announcements must be received by noon on the previous Tuesday. They may also be faxed to 860-7320.

[Last modified January 28, 2007, 23:00:19]

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