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Studio@620 honors 6 community leaders

Johnnie B. Mack and David Fischer, right, were among six leaders honored by Studio@620. Assistant police Chief Cedric Gordon is at left.

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Johnnie B. Mack and David Fischer, right, were among six leaders honored by Studio@620. Assistant police Chief Cedric Gordon is at left.


St. Petersburg's Studio@620 recognized six community leaders at its 2012 Studio Honors dinner, presented in the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort.

The award recipients include David Fischer, a onetime St. Petersburg mayor and recently retired president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay; Jai Hinson, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Life Force Cultural Arts Academy and artistic director of the Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet; Johnnie B. Mack, a St. Petersburg neighborhood Crime Watch founder and Council of Neighborhood Associations member; Bill Maxwell, Tampa Bay Times columnist and educator; and Mark Medoff, playwright, director, screenwriter and educator.

Glenn Grieves, who has produced and stage-managed shows in St. Petersburg and has been a member of the development team for MCC Theater in New York, received the 2012 Emerging Artist Award.

Bonnie Agan and Rob Lorei were masters of ceremonies for the program, which included presentations from studio artistic director Bob Devin Jones, singer Sharon Scott, the Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet, Jerry Bickel and his Giant Puppets and a John Lamb jazz trio.


She had little athletic aptitude, and her earliest career goal was to be the best legal secretary possible. Even after she discovered that her particular passion was customer service, Colleen Barrett said, she practiced what is now known as servant leadership, using civility and "Golden Rule behavior" to guide her.

Barrett, who is president emerita of Southwest Airlines Co., addressed an audience of around 500 at the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Iconic Women of St. Petersburg luncheon. She said she repeatedly returns to St. Petersburg and Tampa because the communities embody the values of the business she once led: They're full of warm, caring, fun-spirited people accomplishing things for the community and themselves.

HSN chief executive officer Mindy Grossman was named Business Woman of the Year for companies having more than 50 employees at the luncheon, held in the ballroom of the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.

Additional award recipients were Bernie Young, founder and president of "Bernie" Young & Associates, Community Service Woman of the Year; Barbara Inman, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, Nonprofit Woman of the Year; Ashley Rhodes-Courter, child welfare advocate, International Woman of the Year; Kanika Tomalin, vice president of strategic planning and public affairs for Bayfront Health System, Woman to Watch; Karen Krymski, CEO of WomenPowerUp, Entrepreneur Woman of the Year; and Crystal Culbertson, CEO of Crystal Clear Technologies, Business Woman of the Year for companies having fewer than 50 employees.

Additional finalists were Nancy Preis and Mildred Steckman, Community Service Woman of the Year; Mary Jane Dann and Susan Rolston, Nonprofit Woman of the Year; Rhonda Shear and Leslie Waters, International Woman of the Year; Audra Earle, Emilie Kuperman and Brittany Maxey, Woman to Watch; Leslie Gay and Dianne Kipp, Entrepreneur Woman of the Year; Deborah Duffey and Pauline Hill, Business Woman of the Year (fewer than 50 employees); and Linda Chamberlain, Dorene Thomas and Yvonne Ulmer, Business Woman of of the Year (more than 50 employees).

Choreographing the event were co-chairs Laura Fage and Barbara Marshall, awards chair Andi Gordon and chamber programs coordinator Ivory Blackwood.

Studio@620 honors 6 community leaders 03/31/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 31, 2012 4:30am]
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