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New leader at Religious Community Services in Clearwater highlights this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

Philanthropy

Religious Community Services in Clearwater has appointed Kirk Ray Smith as chief executive officer. He will succeed Caitlin Higgins Joy, who has stepped down after five years to take a yearlong sabbatical trip around the world.

In his new role, Smith will give direction and leadership toward the achievements of RCS's mission, fundraising goals, and annual and strategic goals and objectives.

Smith has been an executive level operator of non-profit organizations, community centers, and community-based initiatives. He most recently led operational and financial growth for a premier Area Agency on Aging in Virginia as an executive vice president. He has also provided leadership and oversaw long range development to YMCA organizations in several cities. Smith also served in the Army for seven years and achieved the rank of corporal. He holds a Bachelor of Science of Human Services and a Master of Science of Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College.

Financial

The Tampa Bay Trust Company recently announced the addition of the firm's new chief compliance officer, Darryl S. Gordon, CFE. Gordon's responsibilities include oversight of the company's strength of internal controls and audits; adequacy of earnings, compliance with governing instruments, applicable laws and sound fiduciary principles.

"As a firm with $1.4 billion of assets under management, substantial fiduciary responsibilities, and offices now spanning from Tampa and Belleair to Marco Island . . . we believe the prudent addition of an in-house Chief Compliance Officer in Darryl, provides the proper counsel warranted for a company of this caliber and size," said CEO Terence M. Igo.

Prior to joining The Tampa Bay Trust Company, Gordon was a regulatory financial examiner in Tampa for the Florida Office of Financial Regulation for 17 years. In addition to managing similar components for The Trust Company, he frequently served as the examiner in charge, responsible for all phases of the examination process, which included reporting on the findings.

Gordon also worked for the Florida Division of Retirement as a benefit specialist reviewing retirement accounts to determine benefit payment obligations according to Florida Statutes. He counseled retirees and beneficiaries concerning survivor benefits under the Florida Retirement System.

Gordon is a certified fraud examiner and received his degree in accounting with a minor in Finance from Jacksonville University graduating with honors, magna cum laude.

Health

Access Health Care announces that Dr. Richard R. Caradonna is now affiliated with Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers, Access Health Care's oncology arm. Dr. Caradonna will practice at Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers' office in Brooksville.

Caradonna is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine and comes to Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers from Florida Cancer Affiliates where he practiced medical oncology and hematology. He is a graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., and received his medical degree from St. Louis Medical College. He then completed an internship at St. Louis University Hospital followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in medical oncology at Albany Medical College. Caradonna has held faculty positions at the Albany Medical College and Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine. In addition, he has served as principal investigator for clinical research trials, authored articles in the field of oncology, and has been actively involved in the treatment of cancer patients for over 35 years. He has practiced in Hernando County for nearly three decades.

Caradonna has extensive experience both in the hospital and outpatient management of cancer and blood disorders and he treats all types of malignant conditions. With his many years of research and the treatment of all types of malignant conditions, he is in a unique position to handle the most difficult cases and devotes much of his clinical practice to the diagnosis and treatment of the most complicated and challenging malignant disorders.

Insurance

Lee Jay Hart, who climbed the corporate ladder from sales agent to lead AmeriLife's Career Agency's sales division, was promoted to President of Career Agencies, governing all functions of AmeriLife's Career Agency operation.

Hart will lead the life and health insurance sales component of AmeriLife' career distribution operation, which has hundreds of sales agents working from 37 offices in eight states, primarily in the southeast.

The announcement was made by AmeriLife's CEO Timothy North, himself a one-time AmeriLife sales agent who eventually became an owner and leader of the nation's premier life and health insurance marketing organization.

AmeriLife is headquartered in Clearwater.

"AmeriLife has always operated as a meritocracy, and nearly every manager was promoted from within," said North. "In Lee Jay Hart we have the epitome of a prudent director with the experience of a successful manager, and the heart of a shrewd sales agent. He's the right man to drive our organization's expansion."

Legal

Stockham Law Group, a boutique Tampa law firm focused on first party property insurance disputes, nursing home and assisted living abuse, medical malpractice and personal injury litigation, announced today that James M. Ragano has joined the firm as a senior attorney. With more than 20 years as an attorney, Ragano will focus his practice on nursing home negligence and abuse, medical malpractice, wrongful death and other serious personal injury insurance disputes.

Ragano received his J.D. from Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. Before that, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College. He has served on various community boards and has a long history of involvement in local youth sports. He is currently the middle school JV boys basketball coach at the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa.

New leader at Religious Community Services in Clearwater highlights this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers 12/09/16 [Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2016 5:06pm]
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