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Business Digest

By CHRISTINA K. COSDON
Published May 27, 2007


Old Harbor Bank chairman to retire

CLEARWATER - Old Harbor Bank has announced the retirement of Barry K. Miller, the bank's chairman and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1.

Under his leadership Old Harbor has grown from a start-up in July 2003 to a bank with total assets of $200-million. He will continue to serve as a director of the bank.

William W. Short, the bank's chief executive officer and president, will become chairman and CEO. He is a founding director of the bank.

The bank board has elected Gregory A. Mohr as chairman and Robert P. Symanski as vice chairman. Mohr, a founding director of the bank, is executive vice president of Financial Transaction Services LLC. Symanski, who joined the board shortly after the bank opened in July 2003, is a partner of Symanski & McKnight CPAs.

Old Harbor, based at 2605 Enterprise Road, Clearwater, provides commercial banking services in Pinellas, southwestern Pasco and northwestern Hillsborough counties. It has branches in Belleair Bluffs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Trinity.

TBE Group VP named to utility board

Nicholas M. Zembillas, a principal of TBE Group of Clearwater and senior vice president of its utilities division, has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Utility Locating Contractors Association, an organization of contract locators, facility owners, excavators, subsurface utility engineers and industry suppliers.

Zembillas is an internationally recognized expert in subsurface utility engineering, a process that incorporates civil engineering, surface geophysics, surveying and mapping, non-destructive excavation and asset management technologies.

TBE Group, incorporated in 1984, is a full-service international consulting, design and engineering firm. It is headquartered at 380 Park Place Blvd. and has more than 40 offices in the United States, Canada, China, Great Britain and Puerto Rico.

PrimeNet hires automotive executive

Kristen Lynds has joined PrimeNet in a new position in its automotive division as a business development executive. She will be responsible for current automotive clients as well as the development of new clients.

PrimeNet provides nationwide direct marketing services to marketers of retail, publishing, financial, automotive and other services. Its data processing, printing and mailing service facilities are at 2100 Palmetto St. in Clearwater and in St. Paul, Minn., and Milwaukee, Wis.

Wellness center opens in Largo

A Therapy Above of Indian Rocks Beach has opened a wellness center in Largo at 1590 Seminole Blvd. The business specializes in thermal imaging, acupuncture, acupressure, massage and other therapies, and offers programs in yoga, quitting smoking and weight loss.

Printing company honored in Clearwater

Clearwater Printing, a commercial printing company that has operated continuously since its inception in 1893, received the Heritage Award from Clearwater's Downtown Development Board. The award recognizes companies that have made a commitment and investment in downtown Clearwater.

The company was established in downtown Clearwater as a combination newspaper and printing company. The newspaper ceased publication in the late 1940s.

Clearwater Printing, at 1002 Grove St., has been owned by a company headed by Bob Clark since 1982. It specializes in one- to four-color printing and rubber stamp manufacturing for some 500 clients.

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