Appointments at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and World of Beer highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

Published June 23 2017
Updated June 23 2017


Tampa Bay Watch Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary, has announced two new employees. Pamela Arbisi is the new development director. Her responsibilities include stewardship of corporate and individual support, major gifts, donor acquisition and business development. Ian Pike has been hired as membership coordinator.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay announced that Scott Bendert has joined the leadership team of the non-profit organization as chief financial officer. Bendert, who has more than 30 years of experience, most recently served as chairman and CEO of JHS Capital Advisors, a Tampa-based financial brokerage and investment advisory firm. Through his career he also served in executive roles at Home Care Associates and Sykes Enterprises.

Health care

BayCare Health System announced that vice president for finance Janice Polo has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer. Polo has been with BayCare for more than 28 years, serving as interim CFO since the departure of former CFO John Gantner in February. Polo, a CPA, graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of South Florida in 1986. She worked as a cost accountant for two years before being hired in finance at St. Joseph's Health Care, which became part of BayCare in 1997. In 1999, she was promoted to BayCare's director of finance, and in 2010 was named vice president of finance.


World of Beer, a craft beer tavern franchise headquartered in Tampa, has promoted its vice president of operations, Dave Reid, to a new role as chief operating officer. For the past year, Reid has overseen the operations and growth of the business. Prior to joining World of Beer, he was the chairman of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and spent 21 years as the executive vice president at Miller's Ale House.

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