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Movers and Shakers, short and sweet



Session's here, and apparently that means everybody stopped moving and shaking -- or maybe they just forgot to email with personnel updates. Don't forget for next week's round-up!

Holly Benson has a new job. The former secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Business and Professional Regulation is now a senior vice president at Centene Corporation, a Medicaid managed care company. Benson, a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Florida College of Law, is also a former state rep. She was most recently in the news for losing the GOP nomination for attorney general to Pam Bondi last year. She will focus on national and state health care policy at Centene, the company announced.

We'll quickly acknowledge this isn't news to most new-media types, but we're including it anyway: Jordan Raynor, owner of online communications firm Direct Media Strategies, reminded us he recently joined Engage, a D.C. political media firm, as vice president of media and public affairs. Raynor, based in Tampa, previously managed and is an alumnus of Florida State University.

This is C.B. Upton's second time in Movers and Shakers. Gov. Rick Scott hired him in January as one of two deputy counsels, but Upton left the $100,000 job a month later for a law firm in Tallahassee. He now works for GrayRobinson, a corporate law firm with 10 offices in Florida.

And CoreMessage celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month. The public relations firm was founded by Cory Tilley, Gov. Jeb Bush's communications director and deputy chief of staff.

[Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2011 5:38pm]


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