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J. Patrick Duffy has been named president of Lee Arnold & Associates at 121 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. He has been with the Arnold companies for nine years, most recently as senior vice president and sales manager. In his new position, he is to head the brokerage services division. Duffy is chairman of the National Advisory Board for the Retail Council of the new American Network. He is a guest speaker for the National Association of Realtors, New America Network, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and Century 21 Commercial Real Estate.

Rick Norberg has been named food and beverage director of the Holiday Inn Surfside at 400 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. He previously was food and beverage director at the Holiday Inn Gulfview. A native of Glenview, Ill., Norberg has worked 10 years for JP Hotels, which owns five Tampa Bay area Holiday Inns and hotels in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Virginia and California.

Larry McSparren has joined the sales staff of Coastal Bay Real Estate at 23 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. In addition to marketing agricultural and waterfront properties, he will assist Rose Wujick, recently promoted to manager of the property management/rental division. McSparren is vice president of the Tarpon Springs Main Street Association and commander of the Clearwater Civil Air Patrol.

Rana Holz has joined the law offices of N. David Korones at 1245 Court St., Clearwater. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport. Ms. Holz is a member of the Florida Bar and the family law sections of the American Bar Association and the Clearwater Bar Association.

Heidi Hillier and Cristina Snyder have joined the accounting firm of Lewis, Birch & Ricardo as tax specialists. The company is at 33 N Garden Ave., Clearwater.

Brian J. August, has been named director of public affairs and programing at Vision Cable at 2530 Drew St., Clearwater. Before joining Vision Cable in 1988, he was director of advertising sales and production and programming manager at Heritage Cablevision in Wilmington, Del. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wilmington College, Delaware.

Student Scholarship Services has opened at 3404 Brian Road S in Palm Harbor. The company, a licensee of "Money For College" in Granada Hills, Calif., offers guaranteed financial aid, SAT score improvement, computerized career selection and college selection service. Dr. H. Paul Jacobi, a retired dentist with 30 years experience as and author an lecturer in the field of dental management, is president. The company has offices in more than 10 states. Joe Scerbo is the Florida area director.

Ky M. Koch has opened a law office at 630 Chestnut St. in Clearwater. He works in marital, family and criminal law. He also lectures on marital and family law and is serving a second term on Florida Bar board of governors. His memberships include the Clearwater Bar Association, Pinellas County Trial Lawyers, Pinellas County Criminal Trial Lawyers, Academy of Florida Trial lawyers and the American Bar Association.

Leslie M. Conklin, Gyneth S. Stanley and Paul F. Probst have opened an office at 1465 S Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 202, in Clearwater. Their practice will include civil litigation, family law, estate planning, probate and real property law. The lawyers previously worked at the firm of Larsen & Bobenhausen in Clearwater and Holiday.

Awards, citations

Chuck Nelms, president of West Port Construction in Largo, has been awarded the certified graduate remodeler diploma from the National Association of Home Builders. Nelms is one of nine Florida contractor graduates to receive the certificate after completing studies involving business administration, design and insurance reconstruction. His memberships include the National Association of Home Builders and its Remodeler's Council, Contractors and Builders Association of Pinellas County and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. West Port Construction is at 12998 Walsingham Road, Largo.

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