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CONSTRUCTION

Mark D. Matheny has been hired as a project coordinator for Brandon Construction Co. at 557 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. He has six years of experience in construction carpentry and is to graduate in December from St. Petersburg Junior College with an associate of science degree in building construction technologies.

CONSULTING

Dee Calloway has joined Gerson Goodson as a senior consulting associate. Her responsibilities will include new business development _ offering the company's marketing and management consulting services and programs to physical therapy centers and medical and dental practices. She will work in the company's corporate office at 2451 McMullen-Booth Road, Suite 5, Clearwater.

EXPANSIONS

Decker Ross Interiors, owned and operated by Suzan Decker Ross, has moved to a 4,500-square-foot showroom and warehouse at 936-C Cleveland St. in Clearwater. Services also have expanded to include a fine furniture consignment gallery.

Harlacher & Associates, advertising and public relations company, has expanded to Clearwater and has opened an office at Oakbrook Tower, 2451 McMullen-Booth Road, Suite 200.

Dave Plevich has joined Harlacher as vice president. He most recently worked four years in marketing, advertising and recruiting for the Michelle Pommier agency in Miami. Before that, Plevich taught health and science at Seminole High School.

Plevich said that the Clearwater office is the company's new headquarters and that its south county office at 4970 98th Way N in Seminole will remain open.

The Prudential Florida Realty has opened an office in the Brooker Creek Shopping Center at 36175 East Lake Road in East Lake. The office, managed by David Smith, will focus on residential and commercial real estate business in the north Pinellas community.

HEALTH CARE

Larry Kaufman has been appointed chief operating officer of Largo Medical Center at 201 14th St. SW. He worked the past eight years for Columbia/HCA and most recently was chief executive officer of Athens Community Hospital in Athens, Tenn. Largo Medical Center is a subsidiary of Columbia/HCA Health Care Corp. Kaufman is a graduate of Notre Dame University and has a master's degree in health administration from Indiana University.

LEGAL

Marilyn M. Polson of Fisher & Sauls has become a shareholder in the law firm. She has been with the firm since 1988 and primarily practices in wills, trusts, estate planning and environmental and real property law. She graduated in 1987 from Stetson University College of Law. She practices in the firm's St. Petersburg and Seminole offices.

MARKETING

Rosemary Sturgess has joined American Realty Title Agency of Florida as marketing representative for the Clearwater office at 24701 U.S. 19 N, Suite 102. The Palm Harbor resident previously worked in marketing in the Clearwater area. American Realty Title Agency has been providing title insurance and closing services in the Clearwater area for more than 10 years. The company also has offices in Belleair Bluffs, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Orlando.

REAL ESTATE

Louise "Lou" Quish has joined Bobby Byrd Real Estate as manager of the company's Countryside office at 2250 State Road 580, Clearwater. She has worked 13 years in real estate management. She most recently was a partner in a local brokerage firm and a regional manager of a nationally franchised real estate company. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and has started work on a master's degree at the University of South Florida.

Sue Flaig, assistant manager of the Prudential Florida Realty's Clearwater office, has been elected president of the Greater Clearwater Association of Realtors. She has more than 20 years of experience in real estate in Florida and Missouri. David Smith, manager of the company's Countryside office, has been elected secretary of the association. Andy Burwell, Realtor-associate in the Clearwater office, has been elected to the association's board of directors.

News of businesses and business people can be faxed to the Business Digest at 445-4119 or mailed to Business Digest, Clearwater Times, Largo-Seminole Times and North Pinellas Times, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 34616. Photos can be sent, but not all will be used and they cannot be returned.

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