Monday, August 20, 2018
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St. Pete — Clearwater executive among this week's movers and shakers

Aviation

Thomas Jewsbury, executive director of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, is the recipient of the 2016 Aviation Leadership Award present by the Florida Airports Council). FAC presents the award to those individuals who demonstrate outstanding service and contribution to the Florida aviation/airport community, the FAC board of directors, the FAC education foundation, or one or more FAC committees. Jewsbury has more than 25 years of airport management experience. He served as FAC president on the board of directors, continues to be an active member, chaired various standing committees, and had the distinction of receiving several recognition awards over the years for his involvement. Jewsbury has chaired various regional and statewide committees in support of Florida's aviation system development, active member of several national aviation trade associations, is a private pilot and a board member for a local chamber of commerce and aviation society.

Banking

Joe R. Ritchie has been named vice president, business development officer at NorthStar Bank, Tampa. Ritchie brings more than 40 years banking experience to NorthStar; he most recently worked at Centennial Bank in Tampa. Ritchie will be responsible for developing and enhancing new and existing banking relationships for business and personal accounts and growing NorthStar Bank's presence in the Tampa Bay market. He earned his bachelor's of science degree in business administration from Rowan College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Ritchie is a member of the Westshore Alliance, Tampa Chamber of Commerce, a Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful board of trustee and a Leadership Tampa Bay 2012 alumnus.

Health care

Memorial Hospital of Tampa announces the appointment of Dr. Benjamin Mena and Frances M. "Kem" Toole to its board of trustees. Mena is an active member of the hospital's medical staff and has been affiliated with Memorial Hospital since 2010. He also maintains a private practice in South Tampa and currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing and LECOM Medical School. Toole currently serves as "of council" at Hill Ward and Henderson, and spent most of her legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice, retiring from there in 2010.

Insurance

Jessica Peskin has been named vice president of marketing at American Strategic Insurance (ASI) for its newly created builders division. Peskin will responsible for business development through regional and national builders and will lead a team of representatives supporting the builders she brings on board. Her experience in the insurance industry includes being vice president and owner of a real estate title agency for more than 10 years. She has several years experience of handling claims at ASI and five years working as an account executive for ASI's national builder partners.

Legal

Paul Gargagliano been has named chief financial officer at Hill Ward Henderson, Tampa. Gargagliano comes to Hill Ward Henderson from Diversified Maintenance Systems, where he was chief financial officers. Gargagliano is a United States Coast Guard veteran, having served over 20 years where he retired as a master chief boatswains mate. He also served in the Airborne Infantry of the U.S. Army, primarily stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He earned his bachelor's of science degree in business administration from the University of South Florida.

Joshua Magidson, a shareholder at Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, Tampa, is the 2016 recipient of the Barney Masterson American Inn of Court Award. The "Barney" is awarded annually to a lawyer who demonstrates the highest degree of professionalism, ethics, civility and legal excellence in the practice of law. Magidson focuses his practice primarily in the areas of business litigation and real estate litigation. He is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law and currently serves as its chairman of the board of overseers.

Adams and Reese, Tampa, announces the addition of Jennifer Wilson to firm, as a government affairs advisor, a non-lawyer lobbyist, on the government relations practice team. Wilson has brings a decade of experience working for the Florida Legislature to Adams Reese, where she drafted and analyzed legislation as a staff member for four elected officials. Prior to joining Adams and Reese, Wilson worked as a top adviser and campaign manager for several Florida state senators and representatives including Florida Senators Tom Lee and Jack Latvala, former Florida Sen. Victor Crist, and Florida Sen. Alan Hays.

Technology

Laura B. Seletos has been named a technical account manager for Florida at Qualys Inc., a network security and vulnerability management company, Tampa. Prior to joining Qualys, Seletos previously worked as an information security system administrator at Raymond James Financial and as an IT security engineer and consultant at ReliaQuest. Seletos is a member of Infragard, a non-profit partnership between the FBI and private sector professionals that works to prevent hostile acts against the United States. She is also the secretary of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) of Tampa Bay and helped organize its recent "Women in Security" event. Seletos earned her bachelor's of arts degree in computer information systems with dual minors in management information systems (MIS) and business administration from Stetson University.

Telecommunications

Melanie Williams has been appointed to a three-year term on the University of Tampa's Board of Trustees. Williams is senior vice president and general manager of Florida at Frontier Communications. In addition to serving on the board, Williams will also have at least one trustee committee assignment. The board works with staff leadership to formulate policy and oversee program and resource development related to the growth and well-being of educational and administrative programs at the institution.

     
         
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