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ACCOUNTING

Arthur Andersen in Tampa has announced the following appointments: Mike Blount has been named managing partner for the Central Florida practice; and Dave Walker, partner-in-charge of the assurance and business advisory practice for Florida and the Caribbean basin.

BANKING

Louie N. Adcock Jr. has been elected to the board of directors at First State Bank of Pinellas. Adcock is a lawyer at Fisher and Sauls.

Gulf West Banks Inc. in St. Petersburg has announced the following appointments: Barry K. Miller has been named executive vice president, chief financial officer and secretary; Douglas Winton, executive vice president; and Jeffrey P. Seligsohn, treasurer.

Huntington Bank has announced the following appointments: David A. Austin has been named Tampa city executive; R. Michael Little, vice president, West coast sales manager, business banking; Christine Bell, assistant vice president, business banking; Joyce Hudgins-Joyce, vice president, business banking; Bill Reid, vice president, business banking; Joe DeCato, business specialist; Michael L. Briggs, assistant vice president, business banker; Roy Binger, senior vice president, market executive; and Joan Mitchem, vice president, regional operations executive.

FINANCIAL

Krista Farinas has been named vice president of client services at Financial Engineering Alliance and operating officer at Capstone Capital Management in Clearwater. Farinas was compliance administrator at LBS Capital Management.

Gary W. Pajak has been named vice president of national net branch marketing operations at Republic Trust and Mortgage in Largo.

James W. Springer has been named branch manager at Raymond James Financial Services Inc. in Madeira Beach.

HEALTH CARE

Emily Benham has been named vice president of development at Bayfront-St. Anthony's Health Care in St. Petersburg. Benham was executive director of the Bayfront Health Foundation.

Marianne Fisher has been named chief executive at Clarkson and Kidd, which does business as Oakhurst Medical Clinic and East Bay Medical Center. Fisher was group administrator.

Rita L. Johnson has been named director of investigational studies at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Johnson was assistant director of the University of South Florida's division of pharmaceutical studies.

INSURANCE

OneSource Group Inc. in Clearwater has announced the following appointments: Cathy Chafin has been named vice president of property and casualty; and Sherry Holthusen, account executive.

MANUFACTURING

Kelly Soud has been named employee relations specialist in the human resources department at Celotex Corp. in Tampa. Soud was a lawyer at Thompson, Sizemore and Gonzalez.

PROFESSIONAL

Chris Griffin has been elected chairman of the Outback Bowl board of directors. Griffin is a partner in the law firm of Annis, Mitchell, Cockey, Edwards and Roehn in Tampa.

Michael S. Hooker has been named president of the Federal Bar Association. Hooker is a lawyer at Glenn Rasmussen and Fogarty.

Insurance Women of St. Petersburg has announced the following appointments and designations: Barbara Small has been named secretary; and Mary Lou Milch, 1999 Claims Professional of the Year.

Robert A. Kersteen has been elected to the board of trustees of the Tampa Bay Research Institute. Kersteen is a St. Petersburg City Council member.

Kelly Stuart Williams has been elected to the board of directors of the National Mental Health Association as vice chairwoman for public affairs. Williams is director of development at the University of South Florida's Louis de le Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.

REAL ESTATE

Seth B. Layton has been named executive vice president at RMC/Konover Property Trust in Tampa. Layton was vice president, real estate and store development at Bealls Inc. in Bradenton.

RESTAURANT

Curt Gaither has been named director of operations at Columbia Restaurant Group in Tampa. Gaither was general manager of the Columbia Restaurant in Celebration.

RETAIL

Eckerd Corp. in Clearwater has announced the following appointments: Lorraine Coyle has been named vice president of marketing; and Jim O'Neill, vice president merchandising for convenience and greeting cards.

TECHNOLOGY

William N. Rocktoff has been named corporate treasurer at Sykes Enterprises Inc. in Tampa. Rocktoff was corporate controller.

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