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North Pinellas business digest for Feb. 23

For the second year in a row, the Thorn Collection of Coldwell Banker has been awarded the designation of the Legend Society by Coldwell Banker, the highest award given in Florida. In 2013, the Thorn Collection sales totaled more than $68 million, with every member of the team surpassing their goal for 2013.

Top producer Karen Bravo had more than $19 million in sales; other top producers were K.J. Kein, Leslie Gerlach and Donna Harper.

The Thorn Collection of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a real estate team created by Martha Thorn to combine the unique talents and expertise of the top professionals in real estate.

"We are very grateful to our clients for making us successful in 2013," said Thorn. "Our clients are number one and we thank each and every one of them for putting their trust in our team."

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Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A., a regional certified public accounting and business advisory services firm, marked 40 years of successful business operations in Tampa Bay with a celebration Wednesday at its Clearwater office at 311 Park Place Blvd.

The celebration was attended by clients, government officials, partners, friends of the firm and other stakeholders.

From this location, 15 firm employees provide accounting and audit services, business advisory services, tax planning and compliance, and health care consulting services to meet the needs of businesses in varying stages of growth.

Steve Jones, CPA, a shareholder and vice chairman of the firm's board of directors, leads the Clearwater office.

"In this day and age, it's an honor to have served our great clients in the Tampa Bay marketplace for the past 40 years, and we look forward to serving many more clients in the future," said Jones, who has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, primarily serving clients in the long-term care industry. "From the very first day of operations, Moore Stephens Lovelace has been committed to helping our clients successfully and strategically grow their businesses and that commitment still guides our actions today."

Founded in St. Petersburg in 1974, Moore Stephens Lovelace is one of the largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms in the southeastern United States.

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The first class to complete an 18-month, clinically based, integrative manual massage course graduated Saturday at the Center for Neurosomatic Studies, 13825 Icot Blvd. in Clearwater.

The students now have the necessary skills for licensure as massage therapists and have completed the specific coursework needed to reach the Certified Neurosomatic Therapist level.

"We are exceptionally proud of this class of graduates," said Kevin Wade, campus director at CNS. "Not only are these graduates exceptional massage therapists, but having been through what many equate to a master's-level education in anatomy and physiology, they are equipped to help meet the goal of all neurosomatic therapists — ridding the world of pain, one patient at a time."

Graduation speakers included Karen Roth, president of the Florida Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, and Dr. Richard Labrone, chiropractic radiologist and former head of the chiropractic program at St. Petersburg College.

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