Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Business

Port Tampa Bay, WUSF personnel moves top this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

Ports

Port Tampa Bay announced recently that due to growing business demands on his time, Port Commissioner John Grandoff will forgo a re-appointment and will vacate his position from the board of commissioners. His term ended in November 2015, but he has remained on the board pending a replacement.

Grandoff is a shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson and is co-chair of the firm's land use group. His practice involves zoning, comprehensive planning, developments of regional impact, vested rights, platting, subdivision control and eminent domain.

He represents clients before state, regional and local governmental agencies, as well as trial and appellate courts.

Media

WUSF Public Media has hired Stephanie Colombini for the WUSF News team. She will serve as a producer of Florida Matters, WUSF's public affairs show, and contribute to state and local news coverage as part of the Health News Florida team.

"It's a real honor to join such an esteemed group of journalists," Colombini said. "I am excited to start covering news in the Sunshine State."

Colombini comes to WUSF with years of broadcasting experience in major media markets. A New York native, Colombini was previously a reporter for CBS Radio's flagship station, WCBS Newsradio 880 in Manhattan. Her assignments varied from breaking news stories such as the 2016 bombings in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and Seaside Park, to political campaigns and New Year's Eve in Times Square.

Colombini graduated from Fordham University, where she began her career in radio. She served as a reporter and anchor at the NPR member station WFUV, and helped launch the news department's first podcast series, Issues Tank. Her work in feature reporting and podcast production has earned awards from the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and the Alliance for Women in Media.

Automotive

Joe Marazzi Jr. has joined Sun Toyota in Holiday as its executive manager. In his new position, Marazzi is responsible for monitoring market trends to ensure Sun Toyota always has the right daily mix of new and used vehicle inventory on hand. He also appraises trade-in vehicles and works with other dealerships and auction houses in relocating automobile inventory to meet the needs of Sun Toyota's customers.

Originally from New Jersey, Marazzi and his wife, Dawn, recently returned to Florida from Cape May, N.J. ,where he was sales manager for an auto dealership. He originally relocated to Fort Myers in 1991 and spent 17 years at Ft. Myers Toyota.

Real estate

Senior adviser John Milsaps recently joined SVN Florida Commercial Real Estate Advisors in Tampa, increasing the firm's presence in one of the state's fastest-growing CRE markets.

Milsaps has been a commercial real estate sales associate for the past 12 years, most recently with Century 21 Elite Locations in Tampa. His specialties include landlord or tenant representation assignments, especially for medical office or retail space. He also has extensive experience in industrial, retail and land sale transactions.

Milsaps, a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker, graduated from Georgia State University, where he earned bachelor of business degrees in real estate and risk management.

   
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