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A free, two-day Community Homebuyers and Credit Rebuilding Workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 at the Greater Tampa Board of Realtors, 2918 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. The workshops, sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Consumer Credit Counseling Service, provide low to moderate income people with information about credit rebuilding and down-payment and closing-cost assistance. Participants will receive a homebuyer education workbook. Those who attend both sessions will receive a certificate of achievement. For reservations call (813) 371-1727.

Bovie Medical Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of electrosurgical products, has reacquired 2-million "convertible preferred" shares from Advanced Refractory Technologies in exchange for the equipment, licensing and manufacturing rights to the DYLAN technology previously granted by ART to Bovie.

Red Baron Pizza will join the sponsors of the Southwest Airlines Gasparilla Pirate Fest on Feb. 5 in Tampa. The frozen pizza company is teaming up with its new national partner, Miracle Flights For Kids, by playing host to a group of children on the company's float. Red Baron also will provide two, 20-minute aeronautical acrobatic demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1:25 p.m. Miracle Flights for Kids is a non-profit organization that offers free air transportation for children and families to hospitals and specialized health care facilities around the country.

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce has announced the members of its new board of directors. Earl Haugabook, director of TECO Energy's Central Tampa Initiative, is now the chamber chairman. Former chairman of the membership, golf and membership campaign committees, Jeffrey Reynolds, of Merrill Lynch, has been named chairman of the executive board. Rand Baldwin, with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, is secretary and treasurer. Kim Boyle, who serves on the education committee, will serve as chairwoman elect and will take over the chair in February 2001. Other board members include Jack Butcher; Robert Chunn, Hillsborough Community College; Julian Craft, Craft Properties; Glen Cross, Shimberg Cross Co.; Bruce Drennan, Brandon Chamber president; Mike Edenfield, Battle and Edenfield; Cookie Ellis, Cookie Ellis Public Relations; Mike Fencel, Brandon Regional Hospital; Jim Harbridge, Mail Boxes, Etc.; Ed Hunzeker, assistant county administrator for Hillsborough County; Buddy Johnson, BuddyFreddy's Restaurant; Amy Kowalski, K2 Engineering; Cindy Kraft, Executive Essentials; state Rep. Sandra Murman; Anne Nymark, Professional Accounting and Consulting; Frances Register, Sunshine State Federal Savings and Loan; Steve Saunders, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office; Paul Senory, Sencommunications; John Sullivan, John Sullivan, P.A.; Tom Thomson, planning and transportation administrator for Hillsborough County; and Arlene Waldron, BankAtlantic.

Attorney Lee E. Nelson, a member of the Real Estate and Business Transactions Department of Williams Reed Schifino and Mangione, P.A., presented "A Real Estate Primer for Environmental and Land Use Lawyers" at the Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section's "Doing the Deal: Real Estate Transactions for Environmentally Sensitive Properties" seminar recently held in Miami.

Steve Glickman, sports medicine program coordinator for Memorial Hospital of Tampa's Center for Comprehensive Rehabilitation, was honored by the Tampa chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame for his support of high school football in Hillsborough County during the past 20 years. Glickman, who has worked at the rehabilitation center since 1997, was a volunteer athletic trainer for Robinson High School for 15 years and recently was recognized at the football foundation's annual high school coaches' appreciation luncheon. An athletic trainer for Plant High School for four years, Glickman also has volunteered as the medical tent coordinator for the Gasparilla Distance Classic and as the medical team coordinator for the Outback Bowl for the past 14 years.

John A. Rhon has been named director of information systems for Memorial Hospital of Tampa and Town and Country Hospital. Rhon, a former systems integration manager for Ernst and Young health care consulting practice, earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from Florida International University in Miami and his master's degree in health science administration from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill.

Cuba Trade and Investment News, a Tampa-based monthly newsletter published by Andrew Goddard, of the North American Trade and Investment Group, has been recognized by the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association as the outstanding newsletter dealing with business, trade and investment developments in Cuba.

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors has announced its new chapter officers and directors. Randy Vann, of R.J. Vann Mechanical Corp. in Fort Myers, was named president. Dave Wade, of Peter Brown Construction in Clearwater, is president elect. Jack Olmstead, Tri-City Electrical Contractors of Tampa, is second vice president. Keith Ellis, Ellis Construction Co. of Tampa, is treasurer. Ray Bouchard, of Roger Bouchard Insurance of Clearwater, is secretary. The new board of directors includes Meg Lashley, Mill-Rite Woodworking, Pinellas Park; Tim Squires, Centex-Rooney Construction, Fort Myers; Wayne Fernandez, J.O. DeLotto and Sons, Tampa; Rick Baldwin, Construction Tech. Group, Plant City; Ron Lay, Dooley and Mack Construction, Sarasota; Louie Wise III , CCS Mechanical, Ocala; Mark Montini, Cast-Crete, Tampa; Jim Cacini, Creative Contractors, Clearwater; Bill Robey, Hardin Construction, Plant City; Frank Canto, Craig Tile, St. Petersburg.

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