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North Pinellas Business Briefs for Aug. 4

The Thorn Collection in Belleair Bluffs is featured as one of the top 250 real estate teams in the country based on closed transaction volume for 2012 of $69 million. It was the only Pinellas County real estate team to make the Top 250 list.

The milestone is part of the Top Thousand, an annual list of America's top 1,000 real estate professionals and teams compiled by the Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends Inc.

"We are so proud to be among such a distinguished group and are very pleased that our hard work has paid off with such a wonderful tribute," said Martha Thorn, a 26-year veteran real estate agent who leads the Thorn Collection, a nine-member real estate team doing business under Coldwell Banker at 598 Indian Rocks Road N, Belleair Bluffs.

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Lori Smith has been named corporate sales manager for Senior Management Advisors, where she will be responsible for sales and management efforts for the company's independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer's care residential communities.

"Lori has a great track record in sales and marketing in the senior living industry," said Monique Spruill, SMA's assistant director of sales and leasing. "SMA is growing rapidly and we look forward to her being an important part of that growth. She is working with our executive directors to mentor and develop the sales teams within the communities."

Prior to joining SMA, Smith was rehab community liaison for Mease Manor, Dunedin; community marketing liaison for Emeritus facilities in Venice, Bonita Springs and Clearwater; and account representative for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in a seven-county area for Rads Mobile XRay. She also supervised marketing and events for Marriot/Sunrise facilities in Pinellas County.

Smith studied business administration at Akron University and St. Petersburg College.

SMA operates full-service independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer's care residential communities in Florida and Georgia. It specializes in rejuvenating and stabilizing senior living communities for owners, financial institutions, private investors and government agencies. Its services include consultation, management, development and renovation of residential communities.

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Preparing for employment and income management requires the understanding and implementation of a specific skill set. The North Greenwood Branch Library, 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Clearwater, hopes to make the endeavor a little easier for teens ages 12 to 18 by presenting a two-part seminar on job skills and financial literacy.

The seminar will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday's class will focus on job search skills. Thursday's class will cover how to manage finances after employment has been secured.

The programs include incentives, giveaways and educational games and are free for participants. Meals are also included.

Pre-registration is required. Call (727) 562-4970 or visit

North Pinellas Business Briefs for Aug. 4 08/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 3:30pm]
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