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North Pinellas business news for March 23

After a nationwide search, Eckerd announced that it has recruited Christopher J. McCabe as its new chief development officer.

"We are thrilled to have Chris McCabe, with his distinguished record of achievement in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, join Eckerd," said David Dennis, president and CEO. "He will lead our efforts to link community donors and national foundations with Eckerd to augment public funding and enhance the potential of transformative public-private partnerships in child welfare and juvenile justice."

McCabe is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a master's of business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

As senior executive of development for Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine and Howard County General Hospital (a member of the Johns Hopkins Health System), McCabe led efforts to raise tens of millions of dollars for medical research, scholarships, endowments and capital projects.

"I am honored to be joining the Eckerd organization. Its mission of serving at-risk children and families has been mine for over three decades," said McCabe, who began his duties March 10. "I am inspired by their strategic plan, the people I have met, the board of directors and the opportunity to support the legacy of the late Jack and Ruth Eckerd and their children. I am impressed by its multistate operations and its role as a national thought leader in child welfare and juvenile justice."

McCabe has held public roles at the local, state and federal levels. In 1991 he was elected to the Maryland General Assembly. During his tenure in the Maryland Senate, he authored legislation to expedite adoptions and provide greater information to adoptive parents of children in need of permanent homes.

After three terms, he was appointed director of intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he served as Secretary Tommy G. Thompson's chief liaison to state and local government on national heath and human services issues.

He later served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources from 2003-2007 under former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., where he was responsible for the state's child welfare and public assistance programs.

McCabe and his wife, Deidre, have four children, ages 14 to 23.

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The Gus Stavros Institute in Largo was the venue for the Pinellas Education Foundation's annual Career Education Breakfast on March 19. About 200 community, business and education leaders came together to raise money for career-oriented programs and initiatives in Pinellas County schools. They also gave awards to business and education leaders.

Keynote speakers were Kyle and Danny Mastronardo of Nardo's Natural, a local, family-owned organic skin care line, who appeared on ABC's Shark Tank.

For their development of a universal soldering attachment, Jason Wilkinson, Shea Akerman and Jason Williams of East Lake High were named winners of the Next Generation Entrepreneurs Program, a yearlong business competition involving high school juniors and seniors. They will receive $10,000 as they meet various milestones to start their business.

The Frances Stavros Career Education Champion Award was presented by Ellen Stavros to Pinellas School Board member Linda Lerner, who has actively supported career education. A $2,000 scholarship to the Frances Stavros Career Education Program will be awarded to a deserving student in Lerner's honor.

The 2014 Career Educator of the Year Award went to Chris Borg of Lakewood High's Applied Robotics Program in St. Petersburg and Dan Smith of Countryside High's Center for Computer Technologies in Clearwater. Each will receive a $2,000 classroom grant.

The 2014 Academies of Pinellas Outstanding Achievement Awards went to Dunedin, Countryside, East Lake and Pinellas Park high schools. Each will receive $2,000 toward its programs.

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ProVise Management Group LLC of Clearwater recently announced that Nancy B. Croy, a certified financial planner with a master's degree in business administration, was promoted to executive vice president. She has been with ProVise since March 2000 and previously served as a senior vice president.

"Nancy consistently demonstrates the principles upon which ProVise was founded through her exemplary attention to and caring for our clients and her co-workers," said Ray Ferrara, a certified financial planner and the company's president and CEO.

Croy, of Clearwater, is a graduate of Florida State University and received her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She started her career as a certified public accountant and obtained her CFP designation soon after joining ProVise.

Of her promotion, Croy said, "While thrilled with this opportunity, the real opportunity is to continue to serve our wonderful clients."

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