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PHCC director wins software innovation award

From left, Katherine Johnson, PHCC president; Arla Altman, PHCC dean of institutional advancement and executive director of the PHCC Foundation; Janice Cessna, PHCC director of management information services; and Michael Taylor, chief executive officer of Software & Management Associates.

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From left, Katherine Johnson, PHCC president; Arla Altman, PHCC dean of institutional advancement and executive director of the PHCC Foundation; Janice Cessna, PHCC director of management information services; and Michael Taylor, chief executive officer of Software & Management Associates.

Automation award honors PHCC director

Janice Cessna, director of management information services at Pasco-Hernando Community College, was selected by Software & Management Associates of Texas to receive the 2008 Automation Innovation Award for her approach to solve business problems with its software product, OpCon/xps.

Cessna, of New Port Richey, discovered she won the award and a $1,000 prize when she received a call from the Houston company's chief executive, Michael W. Taylor.

Will Pulley, technical products manager, had visited PHCC to perform updates on the advanced software product and offered her name for recognition. Cessna used the software to automate the interface between student records and the learning management system.

Taylor and Pulley joined Cessna and her staff at the awards ceremony Aug. 20 at PHCC's West Campus in New Port Richey.

"SMA's software has really assisted PHCC in automating a lot of our processes that would normally be run manually, saving us valuable operator time," Cessna said.

The company also donated $1,000 to the PHCC Foundation on Cessna's behalf.

Cessna, who received her associate's degree from PHCC before continuing her studies, earmarked the prize for first-generation students. The state matches her contribution.

Sun Toyota donates $140,500 to Habitat

Sun Toyota will present a $140,500 check to West Pasco Habitat for Humanity today in conjunction with World Habitat Day. The presentation will be at the latest West Pasco Habitat for Humanity project, 6714 Atis St., New Port Richey.

Trinity association showcases local firms

Trinity Business Association will have a Business Expo on Tuesday, open to the public, to showcase many of the businesses that serve the Trinity area. The expo will be at the Fox Hollow Country Club from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The expo will begin with motivational speaker Debbie Lundberg, who has built a national reputation as a life coach and authority on commitment and interpersonal growth. She also brings experience from corporate leadership, consulting and team building.

The business association was started in fall 2003 as a professional organization supporting businesses and professionals in the Trinity area. Members work together to expand and promote business opportunities. In addition, the association is committed to improving the community through charitable works. Membership per profession is limited to a select number. All members must live or work in the Trinity area. For more information, visit

Tropical Realty recognized for service

Prudential Tropical Realty was recently awarded the 2009 QE Award, recognizing the top real estate companies and real estate offices in service quality and customer satisfaction.

Quality Service Certification Inc. and Leading Research Corp. of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., identified the 10 leading companies and 10 leading individual offices in North America that, according to consumers, deliver the best service quality and customer satisfaction.

The Prudential Tropical Realty's Land O'Lakes office was presented with the Quie award as one of the top 10 offices in the United States that deliver service excellence. The office is managed by Russ Laggan.

"The QE Award is based upon feedback from 200,000 consumer surveys of more than 500 participating companies and their 25,000 real estate agents," said Larry D. Romito, chief executive officer of Quality Service Certification.

Selling 14 homes earns sales, producer honors

Susanna Vizzari, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker of New Port Richey, was named the top sales professional and top producer for July and August for having sold 14 homes.

Hospitals win heart association laurels

The hospitals in the Hernando/Pasco market of the HCA West Florida Division recently received the American Heart Association's Start! Fit-Friendly Company Gold Award.

Community Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point were all recognized. The three hospitals are multiple-year recipients.

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