Cynthia Wilkins has been promoted to vice president, mortgage administration manager and Esther Fife-DeFreitas has been promoted to officer, retail bank manager, both at HomeBanc at their Rocky Pointe location in Tampa. Wilkins has been with HomeBanc since 2010 and has more than 31 years of mortgage banking experience. She previously held the position of closing and post closing manager. Fife-DeFreitas has been with HomeBanc since 2012 and previously held the position of assistant retail branch manager.
Mainstay Construction, Tampa, announces that Michael McCandless and Eric Meister are now owner/principals at firm. McCandless was a construction manager and Meister was a project manager, both at Hardin/DPR Construction.
Edward Buggy has been promoted to assistant vice president at Wallace, Welch & Willingham (WWW), St. Petersburg. Buggy is a commercial insurance adviser and has been with WWW for eight years.
William C. "Bill" Frye has been presented the Herbert G. Goldburg Memorial Award by the Trial and Litigation section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. The award recognizes a trial lawyer with a distinguished legal career exhibiting fairness, integrity courtesy, zeal, forensic skills, legal acumen, good sense and respect for other lawyers. Frye is a founding member of the law firm Trenam Kemker in Tampa.
Patrick Skelton is the recipient of the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award. The award recognizes a Hillsborough County attorney who has made significant contributions to ensure legal services are available to people who otherwise could not afford them. Skelton is a partner and practices in the areas of creditors' rights and real estate-related litigation at Holland & Knight, Tampa.
Laura Ward is the recipient of the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award. The award recognizes professionalism, service to community and involvement with the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Ward is a commercial litigator at DLA Piper, Tampa.
Hill Ward Henderson, Tampa, announces that E.D. Armstrong III and Katherine E. Cole have joined the firm and will be based from the firm's new Clearwater location. Armstrong is a shareholder and Cole is an associate, both in the real estate practice group. Armstrong comes from Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns LLP, where he served as a shareholder for the past 27 years. Cole was previously employed in the media relations and government affairs sectors.
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, Tampa, announces that Erin Smith Aebel has been appointed to the Florida Bar Health Law Certification Committee. Smith Aebel is partner and is certified as a health law specialist by the Florida Bar. She earned her juris doctorate, cum laude, from Loyola University. Also, Stathia Sferios has been named an associate at Sferios joins the bankruptcy, insolvency and creditor's rights and commercial litigation departments and earned her juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.
Howard L. Mills has been named the president of the board of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Mills is the corporate credit manager and in-house counsel for Tampa Armature Works.
Karen Swager has been promoted to vice president of phosphate mining operations at the Mosaic Co., Tampa, a subsidiary of Mosaic Fertilizer LLC. Swager has been with Mosaic since 1994 and was the general manager of the Four Corners Mine.