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  • 10 Sep 2019 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, Florida, August 30, 2019 – Shaun P. Merriman, Regional President – West Florida, announced that Brian D. Hall has just been named Senior Vice President and Community President for CenterState’s Sarasota/Manatee Market effective immediately. Hall takes leadership of commercial and retail banking for Sarasota and Manatee counties following the recent retirement of Jim Kuhlman after his long and distinguished banking career.

    During the announcement, Merriman noted, “We are excited to have Brian lead our Sarasota and Manatee banking operations. Having more than 30 years of successful banking experience, Brian has built a tremendous reputation as a proven leader which will significantly contribute to the bank’s strong growth in our community.” Merriman continued, “Over the past several years, Brian has been instrumental in motivating his teams to provide remarkable service, and he is thoroughly committed to developing and carefully managing strong customer and business relationships.”

    Reporting to Hall will be Chris Perkins, Area Executive/Commercial Team Leader, who now takes on the additional oversight of commercial banking for Sarasota County as well as Manatee County. Also reporting to Hall is Renee Brady, Private Banking Team Leader, who oversees the local Private Bank as well as Cindy Denison, Retail Market Manager, who oversees all nine full-service branches across both counties.

    In his reaction to the announcement, Hall responded, “I am excited to take on this key leadership role with CenterState.” He added, “It is an honor and a privilege to work with an incredible team of caring and committed CenterState associates who are focused on providing exceptional service to our clients and the communities we serve.” Hall joined CenterState Bank in 2013 after serving eight-years as President, CEO, and Organizing Director of Sarasota-based Sabal Palm Bank. He also held various senior management positions with the former SouthTrust Bank in Sarasota, as well as for Star Bank and Irwin Union Bank in Ohio and Indiana. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his participation as the Board Chair for Plymouth Harbor of Sarasota Bay, Brian is Past Board Chair and current Chair of the HR Committee for Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast, and is a Member of the State of Florida Bar Association Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. Previously, he participated in the Selby Scholars Mentor program, served as a Regional Director and past Campaign Chair of United Way Suncoast, and served as the past Director and Treasurer of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

    CenterState Bank is a $17 billion Winter Haven, Florida based bank operating in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, which provides online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages and investment services. Locally, the Sarasota/Manatee Community has $733 million in bank assets with nine (9) banking centers. CenterState has a history of quality service and community focus. Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team. We believe that local ownership and local management translate into a better bank.

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  • 04 Sep 2019 8:59 AM | Anonymous

    PGT Innovations, a national leader in the premium window and door category, has penned an exclusive partnership deal with southwest Florida’s premier luxury builder John Cannon Homes. PGT Innovations will provide windows and doors from the manufacturers’ family of brands in the two new model homes opening in late summer 2020 at The Islands on the Manatee River and Skye Ranch.

    Throughout his home designs, John Cannon is known for using products that exceed code standards. Impact-resistant windows and doors from WinDoor®, one of PGT Innovations’ luxury brands, will be featured in both The Tindarra and The Kylie models. The brand was selected, in part, due to its reputation for having some of the highest-performing products in the industry that exceed code requirements, as well as its product styles that complement the designs of John Cannon Homes. Additionally, high-style, contemporary products from the exclusive PGT Innovations’ iLab may also make an appearance in some of Cannon’s highly customized designs.

  • 22 Aug 2019 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Jack Cox is waiting, and watching. Mostly watching.

    Cox is the president and CEO of Halfacre Construction, which is thriving in its commercial and industrial construction business as growth continues to fuel the number of projects coming to the Manatee and Sarasota counties area.

    He still watches, though, because part of his job is seeing what is around the next corner, or the corner that is 10 miles down the road.

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  • 20 Aug 2019 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    Inc. magazine has named DeAngelis Diamond No. 3881 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, a prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents an inside look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become a hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

    The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. DeAngelis Diamond is an innovative, award-winning, national construction management firm, specializing in commercial, multifamily, and healthcare construction with more than 20 years of general contracting experience across the United States and in the Caribbean Islands. 

  • 19 Aug 2019 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    Sweet Sparkman Architects adds Michele Demperio as Firm Partner. Sweet Sparkman Architects is pleased to announce Michele Demperio has been named a Partner at Sweet Sparkman Architects.

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  • 19 Aug 2019 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, FL (May 8, 2019) – Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. is pleased to announce that Alden Jones has recently been promoted to the position of Project Manager. Alden has four years of construction management experience and earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida’s M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management.

    Alden first worked with Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. as a summer intern in 2012. Upon graduation, he began his career with a general contractor in Tampa, FL. He then re-joined K&K in 2017.

    Alden has gained a wealth of experience in his previous position at Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. while co-managing hospitality projects in Georgia and retail projects in Southwest Florida. Alden has amassed nearly $40 million in hotel project experience in his short tenure at the firm.

    In his new role as Project Manager, Alden’s responsibilities will be expanded to include pre-construction functions, accounting duties, and client relations. Alden will also be responsible for mentoring assistant project managers/engineers. His new role will continue to require management of new projects, supervision of subcontractors and field operators and working alongside Project Executives.

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  • 19 Aug 2019 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    The picture is – robust. In the past five years, Florida has added nearly a million jobs. The current economic expansion, which began in June 2009, is now entering its second decade, and Florida has never seen a job market like today’s. Employment in virtually every sector in every metropolitan area in Florida is up markedly since 2014, and wages are growing as well. Notably, the fastest-growing areas have been in better-paying sectors like construction, health care and professional services. [Source: Florida Trend]

  • 16 Aug 2019 1:26 PM | Anonymous
    Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, recently completed a 13,365-square-foot welcome center addition and renovation for the First Baptist Church of Palmetto, which opened in 1892.

  • 31 Jan 2019 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    (VENICE, Fla.) January 25, 2019 – DMK Associates, Inc. (DMK), a local civil engineering and surveying firm, has adopted Ruscelletto Park as part of the City of Venice’s Adopt-a-Park Program for 2019. Ruscelletto Park was DMK’s top choice for the program because the firm designed the park in 2008.

    Participating in the City’s program is a natural choice for DMK, says Karl Kokomoor, President and CEO of DMK. “Our firm believes in building better communities and investing our time in this park supports that sentiment.”

    DMK staff will be volunteering their time throughout the year to help maintain the park. “We are pleased to be involved with the maintenance of a project that we helped create,” says Kokomoor.

    This is the first year for the Adopt-A-Park Program for the City of Venice, says Patricia Matero, the City’s program coordinator. “We love the background that DMK has with this park.”

    DMK Associates, Inc. is a full-service surveying, engineering, planning, and design firm with offices in Venice and Englewood. DMK has been serving Charlotte and Sarasota County for over 30 years in the public and private sectors.

  • 23 Jan 2019 5:01 PM | Anonymous

    Venice’s J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp. was recently awarded the contract for the exterior renovation of a 2,200-square-foot outdoor dining area for the Bird Key Yacht Club. The $340,000 project is slated to begin this spring, with a three-month schedule to revamp the space. The construction team will demolish the existing deck and add an extension and exterior design details, including a new stainless steel railing, tile flooring and updated lighting and cabinetry. An awning system will also be installed and the outdoor seating capacity will double to approximately 60 seats.

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