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Jerome R. Stockfisch, Times Staff Writer

Jerome R. Stockfisch

Jerome R. Stockfisch covers local businesses for the Tampa Bay Times. He's a Milwaukee native who has worked at newspapers in his hometown, in Phoenix and in the Tampa Bay area. He moved to Florida for a six-year stint at the Times in the '90s, then jumped ship to the Tampa Tribune, where he spent roughly 20 years covering business, state government, city hall, education and whatever else was called for. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he studied journalism.

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  1. See what happened when a Tampa Bay Times reporter with a fear of heights piloted an airplane

    Airlines

    TAMPA

    My state of mind was not conducive to crawling into the cockpit of a light sport aircraft designed to reinvent personal aviation.

    Fear of heights? Check. Bad experience on a small plane? Check. Seen a few too many episodes of Why Planes Crash on the Weather Channel? Check.

    And while it's never approached the level requiring medication or hypnosis, I've never been a big fan of hurtling through the air trusting the physics of aircraft lift based on wing design....

    Despite a fear of heights and a previous scary experience aboard a small plane, Tampa Bay Times business reporter Jerome R. Stockfisch went up in -- and even briefly piloted -- the new ICON A5 sport plane that launched at Peter O. Knight Airport recently .SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  2. Tampa's GulfShore Bank acquired by Stuart-based Seacoast Banking Corp.

    Banking

    Stuart-based Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida announced Friday it has acquired the parent company of GulfShore Bank in a deal valued at $54.8 million.

    GulfShore's three branches, two in Tampa and one in St. Petersburg, will be absorbed into Seacoast Bank.

    The move extends 90-year-old Seacoast's service area to Florida's west coast. It has 47 branches stretching from Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach north to the Daytona Beach area. Earlier this year, it acquired Floridian Financial Corp. and the BMO Harris Orlando banking franchise, bringing it to the center of the state....

    Joseph L. Caballero, CEO of GulfShore Bank. WILLIE J. ALLEN JR.  |   Times
  3. Duke Energy names new Florida boss

    Corporate

    ST. PETERSBURG — Duke Energy has named Harry Sideris, currently senior vice president of environmental health and safety, the utility's new state president in Florida effective Jan. 1.

    Alex Glenn, 51, who has held the top Florida spot for the last four years, will move to the position of senior vice president of state and federal regulatory legal support at Duke national headquarters in Charlotte, N.C....

    Now a senior vice president, Harry Sideris’ new role begins Jan. 1.
  4. Spano, challenger Frazier square off in closely watched District 59 race

    Politics

    In a neighborhood diner, Rena Frazier pulls out a four-page letter, hand-written, front page and back, presented to her by a resident of state House District 59 who had been contacted by her campaign.

    She didn't want to share details, saying it was personal, but Frazier summarized the letter this way:

    "They feel like they don't matter," she said. State legislators "have forgotten about folks like her. That's what I want to address. The quality of life issues that are affecting everyday people. That's what we need to start focusing on, not criminalizing whether a man and a woman can live together when they're not married, not that we're providing tax incentives to sports franchises and corporations."...

    Dr. Paul Sanberg of USF strolls down the school's Inventors Commons last year with U.S. Rep. Cathy Castor, center, and USF President Judy Genshaft. The university set a record for technology transfer in fiscal 2016. Photo by JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times
  5. Bay area companies compete for, but miss out on, $100,000 VentureTech prize

    Corporate

    TAMPA — A Naples medical device company commercializing a new design for a total shoulder replacement system and a Boca Raton company that develops real-time monitoring for public safety were the big winners in the 2016 VentureTech Showcase on Tuesday night.

    Catalyst OrthoScience LLC earned the $100,000 top prize for its Catalyst Shoulder Replacement System, which is less invasive, preserves more bone and is faster than traditional surgery. EagleEye Intelligence picked up $50,000 for its communications platform that organizes information in emergencies with the use of drones. ...

    Dan Stewart, co-founder and CEO of Happy Grasshopper, an email creation and delivery service,  speaks during the VentureTech Showcase in Tampa on Tuesday.
  6. Sports can fix society's inequities and bind nation, ex-Lightning executive tells USF students

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — The negative headlines coming out of the National Football League are symbolic of the times we live in, a top league executive said Wednesday night during a visit to the University of South Florida.

    Players kneeling in protest of racial inequality during the national anthem. Domestic violence. Concussions that may affect players' future health. These are some of the issues Tod Leiweke now tackles after leaving a key executive position with the Tampa Bay Lightning last year for NFL headquarters in New York....

    Tod Leiweke, chief operating officer of the NFL and a former Tampa Bay Lightning executive, chats with USF students Wednesday night after his talk at the Sun Dome.
  7. Once again, USF is among the top public universities in the nation for generating new inventions

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — Once again, the University of South Florida ranks among the best schools in the nation when it comes to spreading research breakthroughs from the lab to the marketplace.

    USF ranked ninth nationally among U.S. universities for license and option agreements with companies that have contracted to further develop research into commercial products. The 133 agreements in the fiscal year that ended June 30 represent a record for the school, a 12 percent increase over the previous fiscal year at an institution dedicated to commercializing research....

    Paul Sanberg, USF senior vice president for research, innovation and economic development, strolls through the school’s Inventors Commons last year with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, center, and USF president Judy Genshaft.

  8. See how this Tampa business is cleaning up with a military talent pool

    Working Life

    TAMPA — When Marissa Davis' husband was transferred from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana to MacDill in Tampa in February 2015, she reached out on a military support Facebook page for advice on local jobs.

    Julie McAdoo, a veteran who had always been active on the sites, offered some suggestions.

    Then she and her husband, Kevin, who run an Office Pride commercial cleaning franchise in Tampa, hired Davis themselves....

    Marissa Davis works from her desk at Office Pride in Tampa on Oct. 12, 2016.   Davis is a manager at Office Pride, a local office cleaning company headed up by a couple of veterans. Her husband is active duty in the U.S. Air Force. They make an effort to hire trailing spouses of active duty military. They've been through it and know how hard it can be to have a decent employment record/references/etc. when you bump from base to base following your spouse through the military. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  9. So how exactly did Tampa land Johnson & Johnson? A J&J executive offers some insight

    Economic Development

    Luring a company to establish or relocate a corporate headquarters in your hometown is the stuff economic development officials dream of. So there was quite the celebration Wednesday when Johnson & Johnson formally opened its new North America Global Services Center in the Hidden River Corporate Park off E Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75.

    Gov. Rick Scott flew in, and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave his traditional effusive yet boastful rah-rah speech. ...

    Erin Champlin, Johnson & Johnson’s vice president of global services, said the bay area’s talent base was key in the company’s decision to open a service center here.
  10. Leaders celebrate new Johnson & Johnson center — and 500 Tampa jobs

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — Lauding the city as "a magnet for well-educated millennials," executives from Johnson & Johnson were joined Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in formally opening the company's new North America Global Services Center, which will ultimately employ 500 people by 2020.

    "J & J chose Tampa because of the quality of the people here — people with experience in business services. Smart, talented people. People with multilingual capabilities," Erin Champlin, the company's vice president of global services, told hundreds of employees and guests....

    Gov. Rick Scott and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, center front, joined several hundred employees and guests Wednesday as Johnson & Johnson formally opened its North American Global Services Center in the Hidden River Corporate Park. At the podium, company Vice President Dominic Caruso described Tampa as "a magnet for well-educated millennials." [Jerry Stockfisch   |   Staff]
  11. U.S. House | District 15

    Kyc

    Incumbent Dennis Ross faces a challenge from Jim Lange, a political novice with little money or name recognition. Lange says the problem-solving skills he honed as a business consultant are what is needed to get Congress working again. It's been a quiet campaign, with Ross recovering from heart surgery to correct a birth defect. He trounced his Democratic opponent in 2014 and ran unopposed in 2012....

    Dennis Ross
  12. State House | District 59

    Kyc

    It's a lawyer-vs.-lawyer contest in this district, which spans the Brandon, Riverview and Valrico areas. Rena Frazier handily defeated fellow Democrat Naze Sahebzamani in the primary, while Ross Spano faced no Republican challenger. Spano narrowly won the district seat in 2012 by a 51-49 margin, but breezed to victory two years later with 58 percent of the vote. This swing district leans slightly Democratic....

    Rena Frazier
  13. At tech boot camp Iron Yard Academy Tampa Bay, students learn to crack the code

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG — As a writer, actor, musician and songwriter, Matt Schwartz is innately familiar with the creative process.

    "What is so interesting is that there have been three moments in my life where I've entered into a kind of flow zone where I forget that time is passing, and two hours later, I have a finished piece," the 30-year-old Palm Harbor resident said.

    The first was in college, when he wrote a short play. The second was a piece of music composed on the piano. "And it happened with this project," Schwartz said. "It would be three in the morning, and I was in that flow state that artists covet."...

    Friends and family members of graduates at the Iron Yard Academy in St. Petersburg applaud during Demo Day. The Iron Yard Academy is an intensive coding school that is trying to address the nationwide shortage of programmers.
  14. Looking for work? Amazon could provide a happy holiday

    Retail

    Amazon will hire 120,000 people for seasonal positions across its U.S. network of distribution centers, sorting centers and customer service sites this holiday season, the Seattle-based online retailer has announced.

    The company said that last year, more than 14,000 seasonal positions transitioned into regular, full-time roles after the holidays, and it expects to increase that number this year. ...

    Amazon employees pick, pack and ship orders at the million-square-foot distribution center in Ruskin. JAMES BORCHUK/Times
  15. Day care facility at Moffitt Cancer Center closing; here are some options for nervous parents

    Working Life

    TAMPA — Moffitt Cancer Center has announced it is shutting down its day care center at the end of the year while it builds a new and bigger facility, putting the families of roughly 90 children in limbo as they seek alternate arrangements.

    Moffitt's Child Development Center, on the University of South Florida campus, has been providing child care services for more than 20 years. A new center, to be built at the McKinley campus one mile south of USF, will open in 2018....

    
The new Child Development Center, scheduled to open in 2018, will be at Moffitt's McKinley campus just south of USF.

 [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]