Business digest

Published May 21, 2007

Who's news

Marie McLaughlin of ERA Pearson Realty, 4054 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, has received her real estate broker's license. Over the past four years, McLaughlin has received the following certifications: certified residential specialist and graduate of the Realtor Institute. She can be reached at 683-4820.

Susan Garrett of ERA Pearson Realty, 2178 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, has been awarded the designation of accredited staging professional.

Garrett completed a course and passed an examination on preparing homes for sale. She can be reached at 683-4820.

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Jennifer McLaren of Spring Hill, is a new independent consultant for Big Yellow Box by Crayola, a national in-home selling program from Binney & Smith, the maker of Crayola products based in Easton, Pa.

As a consultant, McLaren does in-home presentations of a unique and simple-to-make line of crafting projects.

McLaren can be reached at 666-1503.

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Carmen Jones, Mary Ann Ryan and Marcia Jones, Realtors with Future Home Realty, 12549 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, have completed a six-hour course, "At Home with Diversity."

The course focused on the changing demographics and market trends, locally and nationally.

Jones, who is bilingual, can be reached at 584-8973; Ryan, who is a relocation residential specialist, can be reached at 238-2655; and Jones, who specializes in first-time home buyers, can be reached at 573-7315.

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The staff at Wilson Technology Group, 3407 Rackley Road, Brooksville, attended a training session in Tampa. Those attending included Charles Wilson, president, Rachel Underwood, Doug Cord and Tony Coelho.

The training was conducted by Beth Halpern and Jeff Yeary from Panduit Corp., which manufactures structured cable and associated hardware.

For information, call 796-9891.

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Dr. Donald L. Wexler of Wexler Orthodontics, 1222 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, has qualified as an Invisalign premiere provider for 2007. Only 5 percent of Invisalign providers in North America achieve this status. Wexler also qualified in 2005 and 2006.

To qualify, a provider must submit 15 cases during a six-month period prior to enrollment and meet minimum requirements for clinical education participation.

The Invisalign system is a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Wexler can be reached in his Spring Hill office at 688-0331. He also practices in Lecanto.

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Dr. James P. Gills, founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute, presented a paper, Advantages of Neutralizing Povidone Iodine Solution for Cataract Surgery, at the annual Symposium and Congress of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons in San Diego from April 27 through May 2.

The society is an organization dedicated to raising the standards and skills of eye surgeons through education.

St. Luke's has offices in Spring Hill, Bayonet Point and St. Petersburg, with the main office in Tarpon Springs. Gills can be reached, toll-free, at 1-800-282-9905 or at 727 938-2020.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" - associates of the month - for May. Each month, an associate representing each of the hospital's three areas of service - nursing, ancillary and support - is chosen in a process that involves nominations and voting by the staff.

This month's stars are: Chris Langston, Deborah Burnham and Valerie Walters.

Langston, a registered technician, joined Oak Hill's radiology department in August 2006. He is a radiographer responsible for providing patient care while performing diagnostic examinations with the use of X-ray, fluoroscopy, C-arm and CAT scan. Langston and his wife, Carly, live in Citrus Springs.

Burnham, a registered nurse, began working on third-floor medical in November 2005. She and her husband, John, live in Spring Hill with their daughter and son.

Walters, a decision support analyst, began working at Oak Hill in December 1998. She has worked in physical services, the business office and has been the home infusion services coordinator.

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Dr. Michael Higgins of Hernando Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery, 10429 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, attended the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedic 47th annual Post-graduate Course in Atlanta, May 4 and 5.

The course was on current concepts and treatment options for joint replacements, pediatrics and spinal conditions.

Higgins may be reached at 688-6035.

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David Donato has been named senior vice president and county executive for CenterState Bank West Florida N.A.'s operations in Hernando County. The bank has an office at 12435 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, and will be opening a second office at 704 S Broad St., Brooksville, in July. A third office is planned for early 2008 at California Street and Spring Hill Drive.

Donato began his banking career in 1977 with the Hernando State Bank, now SunTrust, where he worked until May 2005. He was the community president for Capital City Bank's Hernando and Pasco operations from May 2005 until August 2006, when he joined CenterState Bank as senior vice president.

Donato grew up in eastern Hernando County and graduated from Hernando High School in 1975. He returned to Brooksville after graduating from Lake-Sumter Community College in 1977.

Donato has been active in the community, serving as a founding director of the Hernando County Education Foundation; past member of the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville and Ridge Manor; member of the Chamber of Commerce; coach, director and officer of Hernando Youth Leagues; past chairman of the Parrott Middle School and Hernando High School advisory councils, and president of the Leopard Quarterback Club.

Donato and his wife, Gail, a Hernando County native, have been married for 30 years and have two children. He can be reached at 597-3187.

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Mary Ann Finneran has joined the Capital City Banc Investments as an investment representative in Hernando and Pasco counties.

Finneran can be reached at 797-6705.


The Business Networking International will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

Bring your business cards and network with other area business professionals. Cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast. For information, call Kathleen Richardson at 592-2225.

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The Hernando County Business Professional Women will meet Tuesday at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. New officers will be installed.

Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and speakers at 6. Speakers include Kerry Fitzgerald of Dynamic Rehab, along with Amy Gulbrandson. The topic will be "Benefits of Massage Therapy." Reservations required. Call Barbara Ferrara at 796-8559, ext. 122.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly breakfast meeting Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

Networking and business card exchange begins at 7:15 a.m., with the program at 7:45.

The cost is $12 for chamber members, $15 for nonmembers. This month's sponsor is Brooksville Regional Hospital. The chamber's building committee will speak on the "Vision of the Chamber." For information, call 796-0697, ext. 15.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at Downing Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. A grand opening will follow. Refreshments will be available. For information, call Mark Downing at 684-5334.

If you have announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also e-mail items to jhayes@sptimes.com or fax them to 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.