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Heather Sandford has been named digital media manager at Ad Partners Inc., Tampa. Prior to joining Ad Partners, Sandford was director of media buying at Pyper Paul + Kenney, Tampa, where she was lead on Checkers/Rally's Restaurants and the ASPCA.

Banking

Shyam C. Mundra has been named vice president and senior business banker at Synovus Bank, Tampa. Mundra brings more than 20 years experience in the business and financial industries to his role at Synovus and most recently served as vice president of the private client group for NorthStar Bank.

Financial

Paul Auslander has been named director of financial planning at ProVise Management Group LLC, Clearwater. Auslander was the co-founder and chief executive officer of American Financial Advisors Inc.

Legal

Michael E. Boutzoukas has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Community Development Board of the City of Clearwater. Boutzoukas is a partner in the real estate practice group at Becker & Poliakoff, Clearwater, and focuses his legal practice in the areas of commercial real estate and business transactions, leasing and financing.

James E. Felman has been elected chairman of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. Felman will serve for a one-year term commencing in August. Felman is a laywer at Kynes, Markman & Felman PA, Tampa, and concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal defense and criminal appeals in federal and state courts.

Holland & Knight, Tampa, announces the addition of attorneys Latour "LT" Lafferty and Donald R. Bly as partners in the firm. Lafferty joins the firm's litigation practice and Bly joins the firm's real estate practice. Lafferty was previously a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs and served as practice leader of the firm's white-collar crime, government investigations, and corporate compliance and ethics practices. He is a former federal prosecutor who worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Tampa for 10 years. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Bly was a principal with Squire Sanders, Tampa. Bly focuses his practice on commercial real estate and related federal and state tax matters. His experience includes structuring and negotiating real estate joint ventures between Fortune 100 clients and large developers

News and notes on people in business news 04/11/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2014 5:36pm]
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  1. DOT shows alternatives to former Tampa Bay Express toll lanes

    Transportation

    TAMPA — State transportation officials are evaluating at least a half-dozen alternatives to the controversial Tampa Bay interstate plan that they will workshop with the community for the next 18 months.

    Florida Department of Transportation consultant Brad Flom explains potential alternatives to adding toll lanes to Interstate 275 during a meeting Wednesday at DOT's Tampa office. Flom presented seven diagrams, all of which swapped toll lanes for transit, such as light rail or express bus, in the I-275 corridor from downtown Tampa to Bearss Ave. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON | Times]
  2. Claim: State pressured CFO, used secret recordings to shut down Universal Health Care

    Banking

    ST. PETERSBURG — The founder of St. Petersburg's Universal Health Care alleges that Florida regulators conspired with the company's chief financial officer to drive the once high-flying Medicare insurer out of business.

    Federal agents raided the headquarters of Universal Health Care in 2013, ordering employees to leave the building. The insolvent St. Petersburg Medicare insurer was then in the process of being liquidated by state regulators.
[DIRK SHADD   |   Times file photo]

  3. Aramis Ayala defends stance against death penalty: 'I did what I believe was proper'

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala on Wednesday strongly defended her "absolute discretion" to never seek the death penalty in murder cases, as skeptical justices of the Florida Supreme Court bombarded her lawyer with pointed questions.

    Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala, far right, said she was "very well pleased" with her lawyer's case. "I violated no laws." [STEVE BOUSQUET | Times]
  4. Tampa Chamber of Commerce offers boost to black and Hispanic-owned businesses

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — There's a disconnect in Hillsborough County's minority business community.

    Gaston Meredith of Gaston's Culinary Services listens to LaKendria Robinson, Director of Minority Business Accelerator & Economic Inclusion during an information session at the Robert W. Saunders Library in Tampa on Tuesday.
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  5. Wesley Chapel, Greater Pasco chambers of commerce merge

    Business

    LAND O'LAKES — Two chambers of commerce representing more than 850 business members from west Pasco to Wesley Chapel and New Tampa are merging into a single organization.

    Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Hope Allen will lead the combined chambers of commerce announced Wednesday. The yet-to-be-named chamber will represent more than 850 businesses that currenlty are members of the Greater Pasco and Greater Wesley Chapel chambers.
[JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]