Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Business

People notes: Personnel appointments, promotions and announcements

Banking

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.

Engineering

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.

Health care

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.

Insurance

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.

Legal

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.

Marketing

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.

Universities

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.

Comments
Many Americans still cannot afford a $400 set back

Many Americans still cannot afford a $400 set back

Could you pay an unexpected $400 expense?More than four in 10 Americans said they couldn’t without borrowing money or selling something, according to the Federal Reserves Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households released Tuesday.That’s ac...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Saturday was Jacob Kosinski’s big day. His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.89 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude....
Updated: 2 hours ago
It’s picking time at Brooksville blackberry farm, one of a handful in the region

It’s picking time at Brooksville blackberry farm, one of a handful in the region

BROOKSVILLE — Black follows blue in the berry patches of Hernando County, but blackberry proponents claim they’re worth waiting for.Today’s blackberry brambles are thornless and don’t require bending over to pick. Their fruits are mouth-full juicier,...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Amazon is selling facial recognition to Orlando law enforcement - for a fistful of dollars

Amazon is selling facial recognition to Orlando law enforcement - for a fistful of dollars

Amazon has been providing facial recognition tools to law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Orlando for only a few dollars a month, according to documents obtained by American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, paving the way for a rollou...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Report: Downtown Tampa has least amount of vacant land of top 25 metros

Report: Downtown Tampa has least amount of vacant land of top 25 metros

Tampa is facing major landscape changes as projects like Water Street Tampa gear up. But despite the ongoing and upcoming major development, a new CommercialCafé study says, downtown Tampa has a big challenge with the least amount of vacant land of a...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tampa-backed company with candy-like coffee thins inks deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

Tampa-backed company with candy-like coffee thins inks deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

TAMPA — Tampa-based private equity firm ProspEquity Partners paid $18.2 million less than three weeks ago for a two-thirds stake in Tierra Nueva, a Miami company with a new idea for coffee, and already it has some big news.Tierra Nueva has inked a de...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Brink: Which Florida companies have the biggest gaps between CEO and worker pay?

Brink: Which Florida companies have the biggest gaps between CEO and worker pay?

The typical Publix employee earns $19,531. At Duke Energy, it’s $122,365. Home Depot: $21,095.Last year, that financial information would have been hard to find. Now, it’s easy, thanks to a new requirement that publicly traded companies disclose the ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
One of Ybor City’s most historic blocks about to see construction of four-story boutique hotel

One of Ybor City’s most historic blocks about to see construction of four-story boutique hotel

TAMPA — Developers are poised to launch construction this week on one of Ybor City’s biggest new projects in years — a four-story, $50 million boutique hotel being created by a Chicago company that seeks out neighborhoods rich in color and character....
Updated: 2 hours ago
Shoppers begin Publix boycott as chain continues supporting Adam Putnam for governor

Shoppers begin Publix boycott as chain continues supporting Adam Putnam for governor

Publix has been Florida’s favorite grocery chain for decades — but some shoppers are turning their backs on the store after learning it donated more than half a million dollars to gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam. A handful of state advocacy group...
Updated: 3 hours ago
FPL parent wants to expand its Florida footprint with new purchase

FPL parent wants to expand its Florida footprint with new purchase

TALLAHASSEE — The parent company of Florida utility giant Florida Power & Light announced Monday that it will buy the largest electricity producer in Northwest Florida, Gulf Power, in a $6.4 billion deal.Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Inc. said in a...
Updated: 9 hours ago