Dodi Froehlich has been named vice president of business development at Patriot Bank in west Pasco County. Froehlich was vice president and branch manager at Synovus Bank, Wesley Chapel.
Kara LeComte has been named vice president, director of training at USAmeriBank, Clearwater. LeComte was vice president of training specialist at SunTrust Bank.
Jody Barksdale has been named senior vice president of water services at Gresham, Smith and Partners (GS&P), Tampa. Barksdale brings 24 years of consulting engineering experience to GS&P and was previously Tampa business unit leader and chief engineer at MWH Global, where he recently provided design coordination for three large pump stations for the Tampa Bay Water's regional water supply system. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation and serves on its residuals and bio-solids committee and the bio-energy technology subcommittee.
Dr. Robert E. Malka has joined the staff of Malka Institute of Neuroscience and Disease or MIND, which has offices in Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando counties. Malka graduted from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medcine and stayed to complete his residency He has trained at Tampa General Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center.
Bankers Insurance Group, St. Petersburg, announces the following new appointments. Lisa Bage has been named vice president of product development; Tim Stroble has been named vice president of personal lines; Svetlana Townsend has been named chief financial officer. Bage was a senior vice president at Unitrin Speciality and earned her MBA from Case Western. Stroble brings 16 years of experience in to Bankers Insurance group and has worked with Safe Harbour Underwriters, All Risks Ltd, Zurich and Farmers. Stoble is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned his management degree from Hawaii Pacific University. Townsend has served in controller roles at Bankers since 2007. She's earned a law degree and bachelor of science degree in education from Voronezh State, Russia, a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from the University of South Florida and a master's degree in accounting from University of Texas-Austin.
Charles Alexander Buford has been included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Buford is a partner at Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns LLP, Clearwater and is board certified in both civil trial and business litigation.
Chris D. Codling has joined Givens Law Group, Tampa. Codling previously served as an assistant state attorney for both Hernando and Hillsborough counties and as a trial lawyer defending law suits including wrongful death, nursing home and commercial litigation. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Florida State University and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Florida College Law.
James E. Felman has been awarded the Federal Bar Association's 2012 Earl W. Kintner Award which recognizes Felman's distinguished serve to the Federal Bar Association and the Tampa Bay Chapter. Felman is partner and concentrates in the areas of criminal defense and criminal appeals at Kynes, Markman & Felman PA, Tampa.
Chris Knopik has been included in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Knopik was recognized in the areas of commercial litigation, medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. Knopik is a founding member of Knopik, Deskins Law Group, Tampa.
Kyle Smith has been named a new accounts representative at WebbMason , Tampa. Smith is a recent graduate of Florida State University where he earned a degree in finance.
Laura Cheek has been promoted to publications/marketing coordinator at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. Cheek joined Stetson in 2011 as communications coordinator and previously worked for the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and the Tampa Bay Lightning.