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Tampa Bay area personnel appointments, promotions and announcements


Aaron Zimmerman has been named director of programming at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. He was director of programming at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami-Dade County.

Financial services

Carmen Carazo has been appointed investment adviser representative of MetLife Securities Inc., Tampa. She was a financial adviser at Edward Jones, Lutz.

Health care

Dr. Enrique Grisoni has joined the HealthPoint Pediatric Surgery group at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa. He has been professor of pediatric surgery and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; professor of pediatric surgery at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine; and clinical professor of surgery at the University of Arizona's medical school.

Gina Vittetoe has been named a staff prosthetist-orthotist at St. Petersburg Limb & Brace. She was a staff prosthetist-orthotist at Superior Medical Equipment, Largo.


James E. Felman has been named Tampa "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyer. Felman was recognized in the white-collar criminal defense category. He is a partner and concentrates in the area of criminal defense at Kynes, Markman & Felman PA. Tampa.

Richard A. Jacobson has been re-elected to the board of directors at TerraLex, an international network of 160 law firms serving clients whose requirements transcend their state, provincial or national boarders. He is a shareholder and member of the international practice group at Fowler White Boggs, Tampa.

Fisher & Sauls PA, St. Petersburg, announces that the following have been named Tampa Bay Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay magazine: Louie N. Adcock Jr. and Marilyn M. Polson, trusts and estates; and Richard T. Earle III and Kenneth E. Thornton, real estate.

Holland & Knight, Tampa, announces that these attorneys have been named Best Lawyers in America for 2011: Rod Anderson, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights; Chester E. Bacheller, corporate governance and compliance law, corporate law, international trade and finance law, mergers and acquisitions law, and securities law; Anderson L. Baldy III, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions; Bernard A. Barton Jr., tax law; Stacy D. Blank, antitrust law and commercial litigation; Noel R. Boeke, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights law; Michael L. Chapman, commercial litigation; William B. deMeza Jr., labor and employment law; William S. Dufoe, alternative dispute resolution, bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation; Richard D. Eckhard, real estate law; William Keith Fendrick, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights law; Leonard H. Gilbert, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights law, commercial litigation and equipment finance law; Fred Grady, commercial litigation; Robert J. Gramming, corporate governance and compliance law, corporate law, international trade and finance law, leveraged buyouts and private equity law, and securities law; Richard B. Hadlow, corporate governance and compliance law, corporate law and securities law; John Arthur Jones, trusts and estates; Bradford D. Kimbro, bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation; Robert James Klein, trusts and estates; Edward F. Koren Jr., trusts and estates; William R. Lane Jr., trusts and estates; Jack A. Levine, tax law; and Frederick M. Rothenberg, employee benefits law.

Tampa Bay area personnel appointments, promotions and announcements

11/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:43pm]
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  1. A meatless burger that tastes like meat? Ciccio Restaurants will serve the Impossible Burger.

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The most red-hot hamburger in the nation right now contains no meat.

    Luis Flores, executive chef at Ciccio Restaurant Group, prepares an Impossible Burger at Epicurean Hotel's Food Theatre. Impossible Burger is a plant-based burger that will launch on Sept. 27, 2017 in all the Ciccio Restaurant Group locations, except for Fresh Kitchen. "This burger caters to the carnivorous, not just the vegetarians" said Jeff Gigante, co-founder at Ciccio Restaurant Group. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
  2. Construction starts on USF medical school, the first piece of Tampa's Water Street project


    TAMPA — Dozens of workers in hard hats and boots were busy at work at the corner of South Meridian Avenue and Channelside Drive Wednesday morning, signaling the start of construction on the University of South Florida's new Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

    Construction is underway for the new Morsani College of Medicine and USF Health Heart Institute in downtown Tampa. This view is from atop Amalie Arena, where local officials gathered Wednesday to celebrate the first piece of what will be the new Water Street District. The USF building is expected to open in late 2019. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times]
  3. Tampa Bay among top 25 metro areas with fastest growing economies

    Economic Development

    Tampa Bay had the 24th fastest growing economy among 382 metro areas in the country for 2016. According to an analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Tampa Bay's gross domestic product, or GDP, increased 4.2 percent from 2015 to 2016 to hit $126.2 billion.

    Tampa Bay had the 24th fastest growing economy in the country for 2016. Rentals were one of the areas that contributed to Tampa Bay's GDP growth. Pictured is attorney David Eaton in front of his rental home. 
  4. Tampa Bay cools down to more moderate home price increases

    Real Estate

    The increase in home prices throughout much of the Tampa Bay area is definitely slowing from the torrid rate a year ago.

    This home close to Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa sold for $3.055 million in August, making it Hillsborough County's top sale of the month. [Courtesy of Bredt Cobitz]
  5. With successful jewelry line, Durant High alum Carley Ochs enjoys 'incredible ride'



    As a child Carley Ochs played dress up, draped in her grandmother's furs.

    Founder Carley Ochs poses for a portrait in her Ford Bronco at the Bourbon & Boweties warehouse in Brandon, Fla. on September 19, 2017. Ochs is a Durant High and Florida State University graduate.