1. Business

People notes: personnel appointments, promotions and announcements

Design consultants

Gresham, Smith and Partners, Tampa, announces that Altan Cekin has been named an associate at the firm. Cekin is a senior architect in the firm's aviation market and is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Financial services

Jim D. Albert has been named chief financial officer at Bankers Financial Corp. (BFC), St. Petersburg. Albert brings more than 30 years of experience to BFC, including leadership positions at AT&T, Idea Integration and MPS Group/Modis International. He most recently was managing director of IT/engineering at the Adecco Group in London.


Brad Kimbro has been elected vice president of the University Club of Tampa's board of directors. Kimbro is executive partner of Holland & Knight's Tampa Bay region and practices in the areas of commercial litigation. He's been a member of the University Club's board of directors since 2009.

C. Douglas McDonald has been elected to the board of directors for the Ferguson-White Inn of Court (the Inn) for a one-year term. McDonald has been a master of the Inn for six years and is a shareholder at Carlton Fields, Tampa. He practices in the areas of intellectual property law, with a particular focus in patent, trademark and copyright matters.

Carlton Fields announces that the following attorneys have been included in the 2012 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. St. Petersburg attorneys are: Matthew J. Conigliaro, Steven C. Dupre, Richard C. Linquanti, David R. Punzak and Lee H. Rightmyer. All are shareholders. Tampa attorneys are: D. Matthew Allen, Cathleen G. Bell Bremmer, Mark A. Brown, David P. Burke, Robert L. Ciotti, Chris S. Coutroulis, Richard A. Denmon, Nathaniel L. Doliner, Robert S. Freedman, Jaret J. Fuente, Edward W. Gerecke, James J. Kennedy III, Ruth Barnes Kinsolving, John J. Lamoureux, Joseph H. Lang Jr., David Hywel Leonard, Edgel C. Lester, John P. McAdams, Douglas C. McDonald, Kathleen S. McLeroy, George J. Meyer, Kevin J. Napper, Michael F. Nuechterlein, Edward J. Page, Luis Prats, Hardy L. Roberts, Thomas J. Roehn, Samuel J. Salario, Gary L. Sasso, Donald R. Schmidt, Roger D. Schwenke, Paul J. Ullom, Sylvia H. Walbolt, James R. Wiley, Wm. Cary Wright and Gwynne A. Young. All are shareholders except for Bremmer and McAdams, who are of counsel. Sasso is president and chief executive officer.


Michael Murray has been named chief product officer at Catalina Marketing Corp., St. Petersburg. Murray brings more than 20 years of experience in data and information technology, product development, marketing and business management. He most recently served as chief marketing officer/e-commerce and online for Sears Holding's, where he led all acquisition, social marketing and online customer communications for


Doug McClain has been named vice president of marketing and communications at Tampa Bay & Co. A 20 year veteran in the marketing industry, McClain most previously served as director of marketing for the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association.


Joe Wanner has been named a clothier at Tom James Co., Tampa. Wanner has spent the past seven years running a development firm in Chicago.

Transportation management

BlueGrace Logistics, Tampa, announces that Nick Klingensmith has been promoted to vice president of sales development and Magnus Edling has been promoted to vice president of franchise performance. Klingensmith was director of sales and personal development; and Edling was director of business development.


Pilgrim Software Inc., Tampa, announces the appointment of Heather Valentine as executive vice president of sales, marketing and product management. Valentine was vice president of global sales for Thermo Fisher Scientific in its informatics division.