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Notices about Hillsborough County business news and events should besent to Michelle Jones in the Times' Brandon office, Oak Park Plaza, 723 Lumsden Road, Brandon 33511-6261.BRANDON _ Jose' A. Alvarez was recently honored with two national honors. He was honored by the Marquis Editorial Review Board with inclusion in Who's Who in the South and Southwest. He was also honored in Who's Who in American Accounting, in which selection is based on experience, educational background as well as accomplishments in the accounting field. A graduate of the University of South Florida and a Florida certified public accountant, Alvarez began his practice in 1975 in Brandon and merged several times to the point where he is now operating under the name of Alvarez, Bishoff & Company in Tampa. Alvarez is a Brandon resident and active in community service.

TAMPA _ Timothy Norstrem, C.P.A., has joined the tax department of Pender Newkirk & Company, and Paul Nettina, C.P.A., has joined the firm's auditing and accounting department.

BRANDON _ Midge Walsh has been promoted to advanced manager with Discovery Toys, an international toy designer and distributor of developmental toys, books and games for children. Walsh began distributing the company's products six years ago in the Brandon area. In her new position, she will manage an independent business and train other consultants working as distributors. Recently, she attended a four-day conference outside Denver for the company's senior-level sales represenatives.

TAMPA _ Hernan Leon, M.D., was recently elected president of the 1991-92 Hillsborough County Medical Association. Others elected were W. Hunter Eubanks, M.D., president elect; Pierre J. Bouis, vice president; Dennis Agliano, M.D., secretary; and Waite S. Kirkconnell, M.D., treasurer. Elected to a two-year term on the executive council were Stephen Kreitzer, M.D.; Carmelo Saraceno, M.D.; A. John Saranko, M.D.; Martin Silbiger, M.D.; Barbara Bachman, M.D.; and Daniel Sprehe, M.D. Elected to the board of trustees for a four-year term was Brad Bjornstad, M.D. Lee Kirkman, M.D., and Gordon Puryear, M.D., were elected to the board of censors for a three-year term. Delegates elected to the Florida Medical Association are William Branch, M.D.; Bruce Crowell, M.D.; Glenn S. Hooper, M.D.; Ralph Rydell, M.D.; Bruce Shephard, M.D.; and H. Stewart Siddall, M.D. During the May meeting F. Lane France was awarded the association's Outstanding Physician Award. France has practiced pediatrics at Tampa Bay Pediatrics since 1971 and served as president of the association during 1988-89. He also served as president of the Hillsborough County Pediatric Association, Rotary Club of Tampa and the Hillsborough Constituency for Children.

TAMPA _ Mike Anzinger, eastern Hillsborough County machine sales representative for Ringhaver Equipment Co., recently was awarded for outstanding sales performance in Caterpillar's "Winning Professionals" contest. Of all the North American Commercial Division's Eastern region dealerships, Anzinger achieved the highest number of small/medium machine sales. He received a trip to Hawaii.

TAMPA _ Beatriz Maria Carta has joined the Tampa law firm of de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., where she will specialize in commercial litigation. Carta graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law after receiving an American Jurisprudence Award in Tort Law from the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. She earned her bachelor's degree in the arts in international studies from the University of South Florida.

TAMPA _ Robert Davis has been selected as Centurion Hospital of Carrollwood's Employee of the Month. He received the "Shining Star" award in recognition of his outstanding performance and positive attitude. Davis serves as a radiology technologist at the hospital. He will receive a check for $50 and a parking place for one month.

TAMPA _ Mark P. Buell of Schropp, Buell & Elligett, P.A., has been elected president-elect of the Hillsborough County Bar Association for the 1991-92 term. He will become president for the 1992-93 term. Buell, a board certified trial lawyer, also recently was elected a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization of jury trial lawyers.

TAMPA _ John Gifford, director of management engineering at The Tampa General Hospital, was named a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Gifford, past president and founding member of the Central Florida chapter has been at Tampa General since 1984 and is one of 80 Fellows in the world. He earned his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.


TAMPA _ The Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Tampa Bay Area Inc. has expanded its Tampa office at 4265 Henderson Blvd. "By nearly doubling the space, expansion has allowed us to add three counselors, for a total of seven, to better serve our clients," said Diane Trithart, president of the company. In addition, the company has added a community education department as well as a meeting room designed for community education programs. The Consumer Credit Counseling Service is a community sponsored United Way non-profit credit counseling agency that provides free confidential budget and credit assistance for all consumers.

TAMPA _ The University of South Florida Alumni Association has won a silver medal from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as one of the top alumni relations programs in the county. "This kind of national recognition is a tribute to the hundreds of outstanding alumni leaders who work tirelessly in support of their alma mater," said Lee Patouillet, USF Alumni Association executive director. USF also received a bronze medal in the volunteer programs category for Homecoming '91. The association has more than 10,000 members with numerous chapters and clubs throughout the world. The college of public health at USF announced a $20,000 gift from the Arthritis Research Institute of America. Scholarships will be established with the gift to support research in arthritis epidemiology _ the study of the distribution of diseases, risk factors and their effect upon populations. Two doctoral students in epidemiology will be assisted in their research efforts this year.

CLEARWATER _ Faust Realty Inc. of Clearwater has sold 30 acres of commercial property in Ellenton to The Prime Group Inc., one of the nation's largest real-estate developers. Prime Group paid more than $1.7-million for the property, on which it is building a manufacturers' outlet center. The parcel is in Manatee County off the U.S. 301 exit of Interstate 75, just north of the Manatee River.

SUN CITY CENTER _ Wayne Smith Blocker, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, has opened an office in Sun City Center, in the Sun Hill Medical Arts Building, 4020 SR 674, Suite 12, adjacent to South Bay Hospital. His telephone number is 633-2694.

TAMPA _ Francis M. Williams, president of Kimmins Environmental Service Corp., presented a check in the amount of $70,000 to Dr. Lindy McGowan, president of the Faith Children's Home. The presentation was made during a reception held May 21 at the offices of Kimmins in Ybor City. Each year Kimmins conducts a fund-raiser for a community service organization. Contributions are solicited from customers, suppliers and employees who are invited to the reception.