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People notes: Personnel appointments, promotions and announcements


Jacquelyn Roth McIntosh has been named vice president of commercial lending at 1st United Bank. McIntosh will be based in the Countryside banking center and brings with her 17 years of banking experience. She most previously served as market leader in Tampa Bay at EverBank.


Steve Cona III has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Cona joined the association in 2007 from Syniverse Technologies and has served as the chapter's chief operating officer and marketing/communications director.


Holly Kremers has been named 2012 Region IV Volunteer of the Year by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association Florida Section. The award recognizes Kremers' efforts in the community by chairing the organization's Water for People Committee, assisting in fundraising events and educational activities. Kremers is a project manager in the water resources group at Wade Trim, Tampa..

Health care

Laser Spine Institute, Tampa, announces that Dr. Jed Weber has joined the Laser Spine Institute as a neurosurgeon. And Dr. Robert Gruber has been promoted to chairman of the department of physiatry and interventional spine. Before joining the institute, Weber spent 12 years specializing in minimally invasive spine procedures in private practice. Gruber has been with the Laser Spine Institute since 2008 and served as the director of spinal diagnostics and therapeutics.


Brian P. Deeb has been included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Deeb was recognized in the area of construction law. Deeb is managing shareholder at Deeb & Kimpton PL, St. Petersburg.

France "Kem" M. Toole has been appointed to a three-year term on the Federal Court Practice Committee of the Florida Bar, which serves as a liaison to the federal courts, federal bar organizations in Florida, the 11th circuit judicial conference and others interested in federal practice. Toole is "of counsel" in the bankruptcy and creditor's rights group at Hill Ward Henderson, Tampa.

Phyllis J. Towzey was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2013. Towzey was recognized in the field of labor and employment law. Towzey has been an employment attorney in St. Petersburg since 1992 and is board certified by the Florida Bar in employment law.

Payroll and human resource services

Modern Business Associates (MBA), St. Petersburg, announces that Ellie Finehout has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing and Kris L. Simonsen has been promoted to vice president of finance. Finehout has been with MBA since 2000 and has served in director-level position in both operations and client services. Simonsen has been with MBA since 2003 and previously served as controller.

Public relations

William E. "Bill" Carlson Jr. is the 2013 recipient of the University of Tampa's Alumni Achievement Award. The award recognizes University of Tampa alumni who have made great accomplishments in their chosen professions and civic involvement. Carlson is president of Tucker/Hall, Tampa.


Karen Etzkorn has been named chief information officer at HSN Inc., St. Petersburg. Etzkorn brings 25 years of technology and IT experience to HSN and most recently served as a senior vice president and chief information officer at Ascena Retail Inc.

Senior communities

David H. Coe has been named general manager and chief operating officer at Heritage Pines, a 55-plus adult community in Hudson. Coe was a large-scale community division manager for IPM Corp. in Arden, N.C. Before that he was the general manager of Keowee Key Property Owners Association.


JP Guilbault has been named chief operating officer at Inc., St. Petersburg. Guilbault brings more than 20 years experience in established, high-growth and early stage SaaS and technology companies. He most recently served as vice president of sales and indirect channels with Constant Contact Inc.

People notes: Personnel appointments, promotions and announcements 02/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 2:22pm]
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