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North Pinellas business digest for Jan. 19

On Jan. 16, Sea Dog Brewing Co. began pouring concrete in anticipation of the installation of a new 20-barrel brewery at the Sea Dog Brew Pub, 26200 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater.

The 20-barrel system is coming from the Shipyard Brewport, which used to operate at Orlando International Airport as the world's first airport microbrewery.

"Demand for Shipyard and Sea Dog beer here in Florida has been very strong, and the craft beer movement continues to grow," said Fred Forsley. Forsley, along with brewer Alan Pugsley, co-owns Shipyard Brewing Co., which acquired Sea Dog when it faced bankruptcy more than 10 years ago.

Once installed, Clearwater's Sea Dog brewery will produce beer for Sea Dog and Shipyard Brewing, as well as special limited edition brews available only at the pub.

Florida native Bobby Baker has been named head brewer at the facility.

The brewery is expected to open in March with an annual production goal of 10,000 barrels.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County recently announced the members of its 2014 board of directors.

Stepping into the role of board president is David Fox, senior vice president of manufacturing and advertising content for Cox Target Media/Valpak, who follows immediate past president Lisa Letizio, chief human resources officer at HSNi.

Board co-vice presidents are Joe Murray from the Christian International School of Healthcare Professions and community volunteer Beth Vivio. Treasurer is Michael Attinella of HSN.

New board members are Bethlee McLaughlin, senior vice president of the project management office and partner relations team at HSN; Todd Simmons, vice president of operational and service effectiveness at Ceridian; and Debbie Booth, executive vice president of global operations for Catalina and board chairwoman for the Catalina Charitable Foundation.

Additional members of the 2014 board of directors include Sergio Cadavid, treasurer of Jabil; Allie Cantonis, community volunteer; Alex Chamberlain, executive director of EasyLiving Inc; Sheri Chancey, Hernando and Citrus counties representative; Katie Cole, attorney at Hill Ward Henderson; Sean Goodrich, first vice president of investments at Raymond James & Associates Inc; Kevin Hawkins, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Finance; Michael Kalt, senior vice president of development and business affairs for Tampa Bay Rays Baseball; James Nichols, president of Nichols Insurance; David Phillips of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, P.A.; George Spowart, chief marketing officer of PODS Enterprises Inc.; Joe Trepani, senior vice president and corporate controller of Tech Data Corp.; and Damita Davis Wren, president of DavisWren CPA & Associates.

Emeritus members include Robert A. Buchanan, president and CEO of Criterion Security Group LLC; Dan Doyle Jr., president and CEO of DEX Imaging; Lonnie Hawkins, retired; Henry Goldhammer of Pinellas County Schools; Barry Nikodem, senior manager at Allstate Insurance; Michael "Frenchy" Preston, owner of Frenchy's Restaurants; Tim Stroyne, president of Monogram Builders; Debbie White, owner of DJW Properties; and Alice Young, director of sales and marketing at La Quinta Inn, Clearwater Central.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation's largest donor- and volunteer- supported mentoring network.

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North Pinellas business digest for Jan. 19 01/17/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 17, 2014 6:25pm]
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