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Judy Gettle, owner of Deja'Vu Laser Services; Drs. Sanford Schwartz and Craig Oldham of Family Dentistry; and Michael McEnany of McEnany Contracting were winners in the recent Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year awards. Each won in a category for their respective number of employees.

Bernard Morse, Steven Berman and Alberto Gomez Jr. formed the law firm of Morse, Berman and Gomez P.A. Morse and Gomez graduated from the University of Florida and from Stetson University College of Law. Berman graduated from Florida State University and from the University of Florida College of Law. With a combined 20 years of experience in bankruptcy law, they will limit their practice to bankruptcy, insolvency and financially related litigation. Berman was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. Their office is at 400 N Tampa St.

Julie Vieson, lawyer with the law firm of Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal and Banker, was elected to the board of directors of the Children's Cancer Center Inc. She is a member of the firm's real estate department and a graduate, with honors, from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Paul A. Peluso joined Ross Realty Group Inc. as an associate specializing in industrial properties. He has more than 15 years of experience in the business.

Charles Sabas joined engineering, facilities and environmental consulting firm, GLE Associates Inc. as project manager in the firm's Orlando office.

Kari M. Swanson, a recent graduate of Stetson University College of Law and Stetson University College of Business, where she earned her law degree and doctorate and master's degrees in business administration, joined the law firm of Wetherington, LeFloch and Hamilton. She will specialize in business law.

Keith M. Carter, Daniel P. Mitchell, S. Allison Hicks and Alan Scharf have joined the law firm of Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings and Evans. Carter, Mitchell and Scharf joined the insurance defense department, representing insurance carriers in civil litigation matters. Carter and Mitchell are certified circuit court mediators and will be a part of the firm's alternative dispute resolution practice group. Hicks will join the creditors' rights department Lara K. Roeske, a law clerk, has also joined the firm's mediators' rights department.

Robert Wolf was chosen as the 1997 Outstanding Chief Business Officer for Region XII, which includes Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He is the vice president for financial affairs for Hillsborough Community College.

Linda Keyes and Joan Young joined the management team of Columbia Bank. Keyes is the office manager of the Seffner branch, and Young is the assistant manager in the same office. Together they have more than 20 years of banking experience.

Tuyen L. Tran joined King Engineering Associates Inc. as an engineer. She will work in the civil engineering department. A member of the American Society of Highway Engineers, Tran earned her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida.

Freida Sclafani Williams, president of Sclafani Williams Court Reporters Inc. was recently installed as vice president of the Florida Court Reporters Association.

James B. Loper was elected president of the Tampa United Methodist Center's Board of Directors. A lifelong resident of Tampa he graduated from Hillsborough high School, the University of South Florida and he earned his law degree from Florida State University.

Ringhaver Equipment Company has announced these personnel changes: Bert Hammett was promoted to heavy equipment sales representative for Lake County; Matt Weaver to assistant used equipment manager; and Matt Riggs to rental manager in Tampa.

Emily P. Jenkins, Julie Sneed and Phillip Day joined the law firm of Trenan, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O'Neill and Mullis. Jenkins and Sneed joined the litigation department, and Day is in the tax department. Sneed earned a degree in public relations from the University of Florida and her law degree from Florida State University College of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Team. Jenkins earned her bachelor's degree in political science at Rhodes College and her law degree at the College of William and Mary School of Law, where she served on the Moot Court team. Day earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University and his master's degree from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law. He also earned a master's in taxation from the University of Florida.

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