Thursday, May 24, 2018
Business

Tampa Bay area personnel appointments, promotions and announcements

Audiovisual

Tom Thomas has been named global service operations manager at AVI-SPL, Tampa. Thomas brings 15 years experience to AVI-SPL and previously served as chief information officer at Qoncert.

Legal

Stann W. Givens has been included in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Givens was recognized in the areas of marital and family law. Givens is founder of Givens Law Group, Tampa.

Chris Knopik has been named to Florida Trend's 2012 edition of the Florida Legal Elite. Knopik is a founding member of Knopik Deskins Law Group, Tampa. The firm specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, commercial litigation, medical malpractice and business disputes.

Mac R. McCoy has been named chairman of the Young Lawyer Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. McCoy will serve a three-year term. McCoy is a shareholder and concentrates on complex state and federal litigation matters, including class action defense, business litigation, corporate litigation and consumer financial services litigation at Carlton Fields, Tampa, and earned his juris doctorate, cum laude and a dual bachelor's of arts degree magna cum laude from Stetson University College of Law.

J. Logan Murphy has been appointed as the Young Lawyer Liaison to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyer's Professional Liability (LPL). The LPL is a source for information on legal malpractice claim statistics, insurance for lawyers and malpractice prevention information and help. Murphy is an associate in the commercial litigation practice group at Hill Ward Henderson, Tampa.

Morris "Sandy" Weinberg Jr. is the recipient of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section's Charles R. English Award. The award recognizes distinguished work in the field of criminal justice by judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and academics. Weinberg opened Zuckerman Spaeder's Tampa office in 1991 and represents clients in the areas of health care fraud, government contract fraud, securities fraud and tax fraud cases.

Elizabeth Bergen Zabak has been named to the advisory board of the University of California Hasting Leadership Academy for Women. Zabak will also participate in the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Tampa 2013 class. Zabak is chief marketing officer at Carlton Fields, Tampa.

Fowler White Boggs, Tampa, announces the addition of Court S. Terrell and Timothy M. Zwerner to the firm's government, environment and real estate practice groups. Terrell earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and earned his law degree from the University of Florida. Zwerner earned his undergraduate degree from Furman University and his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Not for profit

David Allen has been named to the board of directors of the Children's Dream fund. Allen is chief technology officer at Raymond James Financial and leads the newly formed architecture and core services team. Real estate

Elizabeth S. Grebenschikoff has been named team manager of the St. Pete Tropical Team at Keller Williams Realty, St. Pete. Grebenschikoff was marketing executive at Comfort Home Health Agency.

Recruiting

Ferreri Search, Tampa, announces that Mike Korman has been named a senior IT consultant and Jason Basye has been named a senior account manager in the IT division. Korman was regional director at Essential Data Corporation and Basye was division director at SNI Technology at SNI Companies.

Restaurants

Ray Atwood is the recipient of the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award. Presented by Darden Restaurants, the award is presented to general managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by showing strong and inspiring leadership while achieving top financial performance in the company's previous fiscal year. Atwood is general manager of the Bahama Breeze Island Grill in Tampa.

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Published: 05/24/18