Monday, December 11, 2017
Business

People notes: personnel appointments, promotions and announcements

Banking

American Momentum Bank announces the addition of Kevin Riffey as senior vice president and business banking manger, and Gwynne M. Davey as senior vice president and Tampa Bay senior commercial lender. Riffey has 17 years of financial services experience. He previously served in a similar capacity at Florida Bank and was at Capstone Capital as a managing member. Davey brings 24 years of experience to American Momentum Bank, having served as senior vice president in commercial banking at Bay Cities Bank and vice president of commercial banking at Regions Bank.

Health care

Maria Ortega de Rivera is the recipient of the National Home Health Aide of the Year award from BAYADA Home Health Care. Ortega de Rivera was recognized for exemplifying the highest standards of care and support for her clients.

Legal

Bryant Miller Olive, Tampa, announces that the following attorneys have been included in the 2012 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Duane Draper was recognized in the bonds and government finance practice area. Draper currently co-chairs Bryant Miller Olive's public finance practice area. Sam Queirolo was recognized in the real estate practice area and is chairman of Bryant Miller Olive's real property practice group. And Mike Davis was recognized for his work in the government/cities/municipalities practice area. Davis practices in the state and local government litigation and appellate areas.

Hill Ward Henderson, Tampa, announces that Mark J. Criser has been appointed to a three-year term of the Florida Bar's Professional Ethics Committee, and Benjamin H. Hill IV and S. Gordon Hill have been elected to the 2012-2013 Hillsborough County Bar Association's board of directors. All are shareholders in the firm's litigation group.

Charles R. Gallagher III has been named a Rising Star in the 2012 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Gallagher was named in the consumer law category and is founder of Gallagher & Associates Law Firm, St. Petersburg.

Wesley K. Jones has been named an associate at Bush Ross PA, Tampa. Jones joins the community associations practice group and concentrates on civil litigation involving community association law, real estate and foreclosure litigation, real estate closings, title disputes, deed restriction enforcement, contract disputes, construction defects and collections. Jones earned his juris doctorate from Stetson University College of Law.

Lee Rightmyer is the 2012 recipient of the "Barney Award." This award is given by the Barney Masterson Inn of Court and is presented to a trial lawyer who demonstrates the highest degree of professionalism, ethics, civility and legal excellence in the practice of law. Rightmyer is a shareholder and concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation and business-related disputes at Carlton Fields, St. Petersburg.

Glenn Rasmussen PA, announces that these attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA 2012: Sharon Docherty Danco, corporate, mergers and acquisitions and private equity; Robert B. Glenn, bankruptcy and restructuring; Mark A. Hanley, labor and employment; Matthew D. Pipes, associates to watch, corporate, mergers and acquisitions and private equity; Robert C. Rasmussen, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity; Edwin G. Rice, bankruptcy and restructuring and Alysa J. Ward, labor and employment. Danco, Glenn, Hanley, Rasmussen, Rice and Ward are shareholders. Pipes is an associate.

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