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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. Record $417 million awarded in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

    Nation

    LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

    A bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed. On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman confirmed that a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. [Associated Press]
  2. Superior Uniform acquires Los Angeles-based PublicIdentity

    Corporate

    SEMINOLE — A subsidiary of Seminole-based Superior Uniform Group has acquired Los Angeles-based branded merchandise company PublicIdentity Inc.

    Superior Uniform Group CEO Michael Benstock
[Courtesy of Superior Uniform Group]
  3. FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

    Personal Finance

    The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms — scams that can put staffers' Social Security numbers and other critical information in the hands of thieves.

    The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms.
[McClatchy DC/TNS file photo]
  4. Walmart expands grocery delivery service in Florida markets

    Retail

    TAMPA — Walmart is formally launching its grocery delivery service in Tampa, the company announced Monday, as it expands its delivery test into Orlando and Dallas. Five locations around Tampa are offering delivery for online grocery orders.

    Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery to Tampa, the company announced Monday. | [Times file photo]
  5. Marina at Hudson Beach poised to become 24-unit condominium-hotel

    Business

    HUDSON — One of the mainstay businesses at Hudson Beach is poised for redevelopment into a 24-unit condominium-hotel.

    The owners of Skeleton Key Marina in Hudson have filed preliminary plans with Pasco County to redevelop the site into a 24-unit condominium-hotel.