James Barr has opened Barr/Associates, an advertising and marketing firm, at 100 E Madison St., Suite 300, Tampa. Barr, a co-founding partner of Peak Barr Petralia and Biety, also runs a film and video production company, Barr/Welch, in St. Pete Beach.
P. Dennis Barletta has been named vice president and director of human resources at United Financial in St. Petersburg. Barletta was human resources director at Bisk Publishing Co.
David M. Coffin has been named vice president of business development in St. Petersburg at First Union National Bank's Capital Management Group. Coffin was senior vice president and portfolio manager at Peninsula Asset Management.
Sharon Hunt has been promoted to vice president and branch administrator at Southern Exchange Bank in Tampa. Hunt was a compliance officer and auditor.
Frankie Vandeboe has been promoted to regional sales manager for the central Florida market at Southeastern Companies Inc. in Tampa. Vandeboe was a sales representative.
Florida Public Broadcasting Service Inc. has announced the following promotions: Jim Moran has been named president and chief executive officer; and Mike Seymour, president. Moran was executive director; and Seymour, vice president of centralized programing service.
Chip Angenendt has been named regional manager at Metric Constructors' new Orlando office. Angenendt was operations manager at the company's Tampa headquarters.
Charles C. Bray has been promoted to vice president of professional service at Right Management Consultants' Tampa Bay office. Bray was a professional services consultant.
GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corp. in Tampa has announced the following appointments: John Ayers has been named vice president of commercial loan production in Tampa; and Edward Busansky, vice president for commercial real estate loans in the Southeast. Ayers was a vice president at SunTrust Mortgage; and Busansky, vice president of the asset management division at Hanford/Healy.
Fred Kraus and Don Waechter have opened Quantitative Investment Disciplines Inc. at 601 N Franklin St., Suite 700, Tampa. Kraus was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Allen & Co. of Florida; and Waechter, director at LBS Capital in Clearwater.
Mark C. Terrell has been named managing partner for the west coast of Florida at KPMG Peat Marwick in Tampa. Terrell was managing partner of the company's Rio Grande business unit in Albuquerque, N.M.
Michael McGuinness has been named director of network operations at St. Augustine Health Care Inc. in Tampa. McGuinness was mid-Atlantic regional vice president of network development at Unicare.
John Rutan has been named senior network manager of the Tampa market at Aetna U.S. Healthcare. Rutan was network manager for the company's metro New York market.
Joyce Smith has been named marketing director at The Regency Club in St. Petersburg. Smith was marketing director at Carriage Inn Assisted Living Facility.
LaRelle Szumski has been named director at Arden Courts Manor Care Health Services in Palm Harbor. Szumski was executive director at The Village at Manor Park in Dunedin.
Bon Appetit in Dunedin has announced the following appointments: James Greiner has been named service manager; and John Scaduto, director of operations. Greiner was a manager at Applebee's; and Scaduto, director of catering operations at Innisbrook Westin Resort.
Curtin & Pease/Peneco in Dunedin has announced the following promotions: Carol Nippes has been named vice president; and Kim Sherman, administrative account manager. Nippes was a senior account executive; and Sherman, assistant account executive.
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