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Innisbrook hires sales and marketing director

By CHRISTINA K. COSDON, Times Staff Writer
Published August 31, 2007


James Mason Bullock has joined Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club as director of sales and marketing, as well as corporate sales and marketing director for the resort's new owner, Salamander Hospitality.

Bullock has more than 25 years' experience in the hospitality industry. He most recently was regional vice president of sales and marketing for Benchmark Hospitality International, a Texas hotel and conference center marketing and management company. He held several key management positions and was corporate marketing director at International Conference Resorts, which Benchmark purchased in 2001.

Salamander Hospitality, owned by Sheila C. Johnson, purchased the Palm Harbor resort July 16. Salamander president PremDevadas reported that the company's plans for Innisbrook include developing a full-service luxury spa and completing renovation of its 65,000 square feet of meeting space.

With the purchase of Innisbrook, Johnson is the first African-American woman to have sole ownership of a PGA Tour Championship golf course. She is a founder of Black Entertainment Television BET and the first woman to have a stake in three professional sports teams.

Old Harbor Bank adds a division manager

Old Harbor Bank has hired Buck Floyd as a vice president and residential mortgage division manager at the bank's corporate office at 2605 Enterprise Road, Clearwater.

He previously was co-manager of Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. in Indian Shores and has more than 20 years' experience in the mortgage, management and customer service fields.

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

Librarian hired for youth, young adults

Kathryn "Katie" Banks has joined the Palm Harbor Library as its young adult/youth services librarian. She will be the facilitator for the library's Youth Advisory Board and will focus on teen and preteen programs and services. She also will assist with children's activities.

Banks most recently worked as a library specialist at the University of South Florida and as a contract cataloger for the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. She has a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Florida.

The Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., is a full service facility.

New law firms, appointments

- Pinellas County Judge John Carassas, who presides over misdemeanor cases, has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the nine-member state Commission on Open Government, which will evaluate the public's access to government meetings and records.

The commission's findings and recommendations will be presented to the governor, the Senate president and House speaker by Dec. 31, 2008.

Other members of the commission are Gerald Bailey, commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Bob Butterworth, secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families; Sandy D'Alemberte, lawyer and president emeritus, Florida State University; State Sen. Paula Dockery of Lakeland; Jeanne Grinstead, deputy managing editor of the St. Petersburg Times; Hillsborough County Attorney Renee Lee; State Rep. Will Weatherford of Wesley Chapel, and Barbara Peterson, president of the First Amendment Foundation.

- Clearwater Bar Association Executive Director Karen France has been appointed by St. Petersburg College president Carl Kuttler to the Legal Assisting Advisory Committee for a one-year term. She also has been appointed vice chair of the Florida Bar's Lawyer Referral Service Committee and a member of the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee.

- Timothy M. Ingram and Edward S. Eno have formed Ingram & Eno in Clearwater. The firm's practice includes personal injury, wrongful death, products liability and insurance coverage.

- Drew Tanney, Tony Griffith, Brian Guenther and William J. Tanney have formed Tanney & Griffith at 29605 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. The firm handles cases in personal injury, wrongful death and products liability.

Business seminars, classes, assistance

- Pinellas County Business Development Center, 13805 58th St. N, Suite 1-200, in the Icot Business Center near Largo. Programs are free and meet from noon to 2 p.m. To speak with a business counselor or register for classes and seminars, call (727) 453-7200.

How to Start a Business meets every Wednesday. The introductory workshop offers information on how to conduct feasibility studies and develop business plans, how to obtain licenses and permits to be a legal business in Pinellas County and more.

Understanding Entrepreneurship meets the first Thursday of each month. Find out if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and discover the challenges and rewards of owning your own business. Evaluate your business acumen.

Understanding Accounting and Tax Procedures meets the second Thursday of each month. The seminar is designed to help small-business owners understand proper record keeping and accounting methods to satisfy federal and state requirements for taxes and payrolls.

Marketing Your Small Business meets the third Thursday of each month.

Financing Your Business meets the fourth Thursday of each month.

- Business Assistance Center at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday and also from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For an appointment, call (727) 784-4287.

The center provides information on starting and growing a business in Pinellas County. Assistance includes business plan development, permitting, zoning, government-regulations information and more.

The business assistance specialist also provides information to assist local companies looking to export their products and foreign companies wanting to establish operations in Pinellas County.

News of businesses and business people can be faxed to the Business Digest at 445-4119, e-mailed to or mailed to Business Digest, 710 Court St., Clearwater, Fl 33756. We are interested in new and unusual businesses, promotions, expansions, commercial sales and major new contracts. Photos can be mailed or e-mailed by jpeg file.

[Last modified August 30, 2007, 21:24:03]

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