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Talk of the bay: Busch parks name bosses in reorganization

By Times Staff
Published November 2, 2007


More dominoes fell into place Thursday after Anheuser-Busch Cos. announced a management shake-up that includes moving the 55-employee headquarters of the brewer's theme park unit to Orlando. Dan Brown, 53, executive president and general manager of Busch Gardens Africa and Adventure Island in Tampa since 2003, has been named to a similar job overseeing Sea World, Discovery Cove and the new Aquatica water park, which opens next spring in Orlando. Donnie Mills, 49, general manager of Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Va., will take Brown's place in Tampa. Mills, who started his theme park career parking cars at Busch Gardens in Tampa, rose to vice president of operations there.

Tampa wins bid for health data grant

Tampa wrestled against more than 90 communities, beat co-finalist Silicon Valley and walked away with a $3-million grant in software that would help accelerate the adoption of electronic health records in the region. The Center for Community Health Leadership, sponsored by North Carolina-based Misys Healthcare Systems, said Tampa won the award because of its health care reputation and its commitment to community data sharing. Tampa's application was spearheaded by David Schlaifer, CEO and president of Doctors' Administrative Solutions LLC. Area medical organizations can learn more about the application process at

Senator questions insurer's motive

Is State Farm exacting revenge? Sen. Bill Posey, head of the Senate Banking and Insurance, said he's concerned that State Farm is targeting him and dropping homeowners policies in his district as revenge for his work extending mandatory no-fault auto insurance laws. Posey, who has authored much of the insurance policy that's lately been tough on the industry, said he's been in contact with Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to make sure those dropped get a seamless transition to Citizens, if they so choose. "I can't imagine that State Farm would penalize customers and agents because a state senator tried to make them behave," Posey said Thursday morning. State Farm denies targeting Posey's district or any other area.

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