Friday, June 15, 2018
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Candace Glewen was recently honored by the Community Service Council of West Pasco with its 2013 Humanitarian of the Year award. Glewen's selection was based on her generous spirit, going above and beyond to serve the mission of the Community Service Council. She has been a part of Senior Spruce-Up Day, helping organize a group that rejuvenated the landscaping and exterior of the home of an 84-year-old woman who shared her home with her disabled veteran son. She also has led a Thanksgiving Day effort to feed more than 2,000 individuals, and during Christmas was the energy behind "Operation Shoebox" that delivered "shoeboxes of love" filled with candy, tea, toiletries, cameras and board games to active-duty servicemen and -women. Glewen is a senior vice president and senior commercial banker at Synovus Bank of Florida, St. Petersburg.

Tiffany Ingram has been named vice president and branch manager at Synovus Bank's West Shore banking center. Ingram has nearly a decade of financial experience. Before joining Synovus she served as market leader for Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) in Tampa.

Greg Stahl has been named vice president and wealth adviser at BT Wealth Advisors, Tampa. Stahl brings to BT Wealth Advisors nearly 10 years of investment advisory and wealth management experience, all of which has been spent in Tampa Bay. He was previously employed by SunTrust Investment Services as a vice president and financial adviser.

Real estate

Julie Folden has been named a real estate adviser at Coastal Properties Group International, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate in Tampa Bay. Folden brings more than 20 years of real estate experience and was previously with Coldwell Banker at its Belleair office.

Robert Paredes was recently appointed president of the board of directors for the Realtors Care Foundation of Greater Tampa Association of Realtors (GTAR) for a one-year term. Paredes will oversee fundraising efforts, disaster relief, community outreach and education programs. Paredes is a vice president for Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay)'s residential lending division.

   
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