July/August 2015 Agenda

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Awards & Accolades


  • Tallahassee Costco Manager Armando Zapata was presented the Rotary Club’s Ethics in Business Award at an April luncheon. Also nominated for the honor were Tom Carella of Furrin Auto; Alexis McMillan, manager of Economy Drug Store; Linda Nelson, founder of EarthSTEPS; and Tony Shah, owner of EXPRESS Printing. The annual Ethics in Business Award is presented by the seven Rotary Clubs of Tallahassee, Wakulla and Monticello to a business person who exhibits outstanding ethical practices in dealing with employees, customers and other businesses. 
  • Mark E. Holcomb, a partner with Madsen Goldman & Holcomb, LLP in Tallahassee, has been named the Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year for 2014–15 by the Tax Section of The Florida Bar. 


  • Gigi Rollini, a shareholder and attorney at Tallahassee law firm Messer Caparello, P.A., has been recognized by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers as one of Florida’s “Extraordinary Women.” Rollini is an AV-rated “Super Lawyer” in appellate and administrative law and has been previously recognized as one of the Florida’s Top 40 Litigators Under 40, Florida’s Most Productive Young Lawyer, a FAWL Leader in the Law, and one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2014 “25 Women You Need to Know.”
  • First Florida Credit Union recently received a 2015 Credit Union National Association Diamond Award for the organization’s innovative project CREATE campaign, designed to roll out the company’s merger with State Employees Credit Union. First Florida Credit Union was one of only two credit unions in Tallahassee to win the award, which recognizes exceptional marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.
  • Tadlock Roofing was recently awarded the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. This award reflects an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local community and the consumer review site in 2014. Winners meet strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. 
  • Syn-Tech Systems was the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County’s “Made in Tallahassee” featured business for the month of March. Syn-Tech, located in Southside, has more than 150 employees and was established in 1970. The local company’s flagship product, FUELMASTER, is a fuel and fleet management unit utilized by commercial and military fleets. 

Dr. Al C. McCully and Dr. Armand B. Cognetta, Jr.

Betsy Barfield Photography



  • Two local physicians, Dr. Al C. McCully and Dr. Armand B. Cognetta, Jr., were honored March 26 during the Celebration Awards Dinner held in recognition of Doctor’s Day at the University Center Club. McCully took home the 2015 I. B. Harrison, M.D. Humanitarian Award and Cognetta received the 2015 Outstanding Physician Award. 
  • Canita Peterson, a shareholder and director of Thomas Howell Ferguson’s tax services department, was recently recognized by the National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals as one of the Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals in Florida for 2014. Peterson has more than 20 years of experience providing consulting, tax, and accounting services to clients in a variety of industries. She is a current board member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and First Commerce Credit Union, and the immediate Past Chair for the Tallahassee Downtown Re-Development Commission. 
  • Emily Kennedy of Tallahassee was recently awarded a Fulbright Research Grant for her proposal on access to clean water in Claypole, a low-income community outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Each year, approximately 1,700 students receive a Fulbright U.S. student grant to go overseas. Kennedy earned her degree in global studies from Providence College in Rhode Island. 
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