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Appointments at Kelley Kronenberg and Northwestern Mutual highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

Law firm Kelley Kronenberg announced that Adam J. Hardman has been elevated from attorney to partner in the firm's Tampa office. [Company handout]
Published Feb. 16, 2018


Law firm Kelley Kronenberg announced that Adam J. Hardman and Travis A. Harvey have been elevated from attorneys to partners in the firm's Tampa office. Hardman focuses his practice on Mortgage Banking and Lending Services, primarily involving mortgage foreclosure litigation. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Malone University and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Harvey focuses his practice on Mortgage Banking and Lending Services. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from High Point University and his Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Financial services

Northwestern Mutual promoted West Shore office district director Nikki Stokes to managing director of a new office in New Tampa. Stokes will start with more than a dozen advisors at the new office at 8800 Grand Oak Circle, with plans to add another dozen in the coming year. The daughter of Grammy-nominated University of South Florida jazz professor and composer Chuck Owen, Stokes grew up in the bay area and graduated from USF. with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in public health.


HNTB Corp. announced 60 new officer appointments firmwide, including three in the company's Tampa office: Eric Saggars, senior project manager, to vice president; Steven Johnson, senior project manager, to associate vice president; and Stephen Novosad, senior project manager, to associate vice president. HNTB currently is involved with some of the most high-profile transportation infrastructure projects in Florida, including the Brightline passenger rail service; Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority's Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot; and the Florida Department of Transportation's I-4 improvement project.

Health care

Neurologist Barry L. Leber, MD, has joined BayCare Medical Group. He is accepting new patients at Morton Plant Neurology, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, inside the West entrance of Morton Plant Hospital. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida and then completed an internal medicine internship and neurology residency at the University of Florida.

Business services

The Tampa Bay office of CBIZ and MHM P.C. (Mayer Hoffman McCann) announced the promotion of Dana Burton to managing director at CBIZ MHM, LLC and shareholder, MHM. Burton has been with CBIZ and MHM for more than 17 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of South Florida.

Information Technology

IT services provider Vology announced the appointment of Jay Grubbs as vice president of sales. Grubbs earned his master's degree from the University of Colorado and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University.

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  3. The lobby bar at the Current Hotel on Rocky Point in Tampa serves eclectic cocktails and locally brewed coffee. SARA DINATALE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Take a look inside Tampa Bay’s newest boutique hotel.
  4. The Florida Supreme Court building in Tallahassee. SCOTT KEELER  |  Times
    The Tampa Bay Partnership, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. filed a brief in the Florida Supreme Court.
  5. Tech Data's headquarters in Largo. TD AGENCY  |  Courtesy of Tech Data
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  6. Former WTSP-Ch. 10 news anchor Reginald Roundtree, shown here with his wife Tree, filed a lawsuit Friday against his former employer alleging he was fired because of age discrimination and retaliation. [Times file] WTSP  |  FACEBOOK
    The suit comes after a federal agency took no action on age discrimination complaints he had filed.
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  10. Bay area gas prices increased by double digits since last week, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Pictured is a man in St. Petersburg filling up in 2017. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2017)] SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Oil refineries’ seasonal maintenance, as well as wholesale gas prices, pushed prices higher.