Make us your home page

New appointments at Holland & Knight, Achieva Credit Union and GrayRobinson highlight this week's Tampa Bay businesss Movers & Shakers

Banking/credit unions

Achieva Credit Union announced the appointment of long-time credit union leader Janice Hollar as chief financial officer.

Hollar, who began her post March 1, took over for Dennis Holthaus, who is taking a new position within the credit union. Hollar will oversee all aspects of financial affairs at the organization, including financial reports, audits, mergers, capital markets and regulatory reporting.

Hollar was previously with RP Financial and the Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union, among other institutions. Most recently, Hollar served as senior vice president at the Shared Services for Credit Unions organization based in Palm Beach Gardens. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, and received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Holland & Knight announced that Jameson Rice has transferred from the firm's Washington, D.C. office to the Tampa office. Rice focuses his practice on the transportation industry. He authors the motor carrier regulatory column for the Association of Transportation Law Professionals' bi-monthly Highlights publication. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida, J.D. degree from Boston University, and an M.A.T. degree from Johns Hopkins University.

GrayRobinson, P.A. announced that attorneys Daniel Fleming and Philip Mokris have joined the firm's Tampa office.

Veteran trial attorneys Fleming and Mokris join as shareholder and of counsel, respectively. Both previously worked at the Tampa firm of Melkus, Fleming & Gutierrez, PL. Board certified in civil trial law, Fleming has tried more than two dozen trials around the nation on behalf of a variety of clients in cases involving matters as diverse as wrongful death and allegedly defective workplace conditions. Mokris, who has served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and as staff counsel with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Washington, D.C., focuses his legal practice on insurance defense and estate planning matters.

Fleming is a graduate of University of Florida College of Law; Mokris is a graduate of University of Dayton School of Law.


Vector Solutions, which provides eLearning and performance support solutions for the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, among other fields, said Victoria Zambito has been promoted to senior vice president of product, content and communication. She was previously vice president of product management and content development.

In her new role, she will be responsible for aligning and rationalizing Vectors' library of over 5,000 courses across its multiple brands.

Health care

Palms of Pasadena Hospital has announced that Brandy Hershberger, DNP, RN, CEN, is the hospital's new chief nursing officer.

Dr. Hershberger was previously at Fawcett Memorial Hospital. She has 13 years of health care leadership experience. Prior to Fawcett, she also served as trauma program director at Osceola Regional Medical Center and as executive clinical director of surgical and emergency services at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital.

She earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with honors from Chatham University, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science at Mount Aloysius College, graduating cum laude.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announced the promotion of Jessica DeMauro, MHA, to director of wound care. DeMauro was promoted from her position as director of patient experience.

She came to the hospital from Atria Oakridge in Raleigh, N.C., where she served as executive director for Atria Southport Walk-In in Durham. She holds a master's degree in Health Care Administration from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Purdue University.

Business to business

Zennergy, LLC announced the appointment of Robert "Rob" Kantor as senior vice president for sales & corporate culture. Kantor, a graduate of the University of South Florida, started his career in Tampa Bay selling coffee to area businesses. His company, Suncoast Coffee Service and Vending, expanded to include everything from fresh fruit and healthy snacks to janitorial supplies.

Tampa-based Zennergy sells patented technology designed to reduce water consumption and lower water bills, without impacting business operations.

Aging services

DeeWynn Cox has been elected president of the Florida Chapter of the Aging Life Care Association. She has been a member of the board of directors for the Florida Chapter since 2008 and has been in the Aging Life Care profession for over 25 years.

New appointments at Holland & Knight, Achieva Credit Union and GrayRobinson highlight this week's Tampa Bay businesss Movers & Shakers 03/03/17 [Last modified: Friday, March 3, 2017 5:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park


    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  2. Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.
  3. Line of moms welcome Once Upon A Child to Carrollwood


    CARROLLWOOD — Strollers of all shapes and sizes are lined up in front of the store, and inside, there are racks of children's clothing in every color of the rainbow.

    At Once Upon A Child, you often as many baby strollers outside as you find baby furniture and accessories. It recently opened this location in Carrollwood. Photo by Danielle Hauser
  4. Pastries N Chaat brings North India cuisine to North Tampa


    TAMPA — Pastries N Chaat, a new restaurant offering Indian street food, opened this week near the University of South Florida.

    The menu at Pastries N Chaat includes a large variety of Biriyani, an entree owners say is beloved by millions. Photo courtesy of Pastries N Chaat.
  5. 'Garbage juice' seen as threat to drinking water in Florida Panhandle county


    To Waste Management, the nation's largest handler of garbage, the liquid that winds up at the bottom of a landfill is called "leachate," and it can safely be disposed of in a well that's 4,200 feet deep.

    Three samples that were displayed by Jackson County NAACP President Ronstance Pittman at a public meeting on Waste Management's deep well injection proposal. The sample on the left is full of leachate from the Jackson County landfill, the stuff that would be injected into the well. The sample on the right shows leachate after it's been treated at a wastewater treatment plant. The one in the middle is tap water.