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Business notes: Personnel appointments, promotions and announcements


Kurt H. Beste has been named senior vice president, credit risk officer at Patriot Bank, Trinity. Beste has 14 years of banking experience and most recently served as vice president, commercial lender at Pilot Bank.

Aaron Sherwood has been promoted to vice president and business banker at Synovus Bank, Clearwater. Sherwood joined Synovus Bank in 2007 as branch manager of the Bryan Dairy office and was later promoted to vice president and branch manager of the downtown St. Petersburg office. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and has been recently accepted into the Leadership of St. Petersburg Class of 2013.

Karyn Talarico has been promoted to senior vice president at BB&T, Tampa. Talarico has been with the bank since 2008 and is the private adviser team director for the Gulf Region with BB&T wealth. She earned her bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Scranton and her master's in business administration from Moravian College.

Health care

Dr. Jay Flens has been admitted as a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology after earning his board certification in clinical psychology. Flens is a clinical and forensic psychologist and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has a private practice Valrico.

Dr. John T. Sinnott has been appointed chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa. Sinnott is the James P. Cullison Professor of Medicine and has served as director of the college's Division of Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine and as the associate dean of the USF Medicine International. He is co-director of the USF Health Signature Interdisciplinary Research Program in Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease. He has served as chief of medicine and vice chief of staff and was the first university physician ever elected to the staff at Tampa General Hospital.


Tom Haines has been named general manager of the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. A 20 year veteran of the hotel industry, Haines started his career with Hyatt Hotels in New Orleans, then later at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and the Hyatt Regency. He spent the last nine years with Lowes Hotels at Universal Orlando at the Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel where he served as the director of food and beverage, director of conference management and most recently as the executive assistant manager.


Mark Bauer has been inducted as a distinguished fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. Distinguished fellows must be internationally known leaders in their field, have made a significant contribution to the field of elder law and provide original and substantive academic contributions in their area of expertise. Bauer is a professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport.

Real estate

Jan Bruzas has been named the Realtor of Year by the Pinellas Realtor Organization (PRO). Bruzas is a founding partner of Realty Executive Homes in Florida, St. Petersburg and serves on PRO's board of directors and is the district president for Florida Realtors. She was PRO's chairwoman in 2011 and has served other positions since 2007.

Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT, announces that Jaye Love has been promoted to state commercial director for Florida and Dee Maret has been promoted to assistant manager for the Tampa Bay region. Love has more than 26 years of experience in commercial real estate, and has been the commercial director for the West Central Florida region since 2011. She holds a certified commercial investment member (CCIM) designation and is a past president of the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors. Maret has been a consultant with Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT since 2007 and began his career in real estate in 2004. He previously served as a newspaper editor and manager at the Tampa Bay Times and the Tampa Tribune.


Betsy Bennett has been named chief financial officer at IC Intracom, parent company of Manhattan and Intellinet Network Solutions brands of computer products and accessories. Bennett brings 27 years of experience to IC Intracom having worked at Ernst & Young, Tampa, served as chief financial officer at PSCU, St. Petersburg and was the founder of Bennett Consulting Services. Bennett earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and earned her master's degree in accounting from the University of South Florida.

Business notes: Personnel appointments, promotions and announcements

01/05/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 3:34pm]
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