May/June 2015 Agenda
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Additions & Appointments
- Katrina Rolle, a Tallahassee-area attorney and community volunteer, is the new president and chief executive officer of United Way of the Big Bend. She has served as a board member for UWBB since 2012, and as a member of the UWBB Strategic Planning Committee during its most recent session. As the current chair of the UWBB Health Council, she led a group of local health care professionals in addressing the most critical health care issues facing the community. She directed strategic planning and fundraising efforts as a board member for many charitable organizations, including Children’s Home Society of Florida, Community Foundation of North Florida and the local chapter of Jack and Jill of America. She was also a board member for the alumni association of the University of Florida, her alma mater, where she earned a juris doctor degree.
- Rob Lane was recently named Tallahassee city president and Cindy Weier has been named vice president and branch manager for PeoplesSouth Bank’s new office at 2920 Kerry Forest Parkway. PeoplesSouth is a full-service commercial bank with 24 locations throughout Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. Lane worked 16 years with Wachovia and BB&T. Weier has 17 years of banking experience at Farmers & Merchants Bank, Premier Bank and, most recently, ProBank.
- Ted Nation has joined Waddell & Reed as a financial adviser, where he will help develop customized financial plans, recommend investment strategies and help clients throughout the area. Before joining Waddell & Reed, Nation was an owner of Nation One Financial, where he had worked for four years.
- Brian Proctor has joined NAI TALCOR as a commercial adviser. Proctor has more than 25 years of real estate experience and specializes in site selection, multi-family developments, and sales and leasing of office buildings, warehouses and large tracts of land in North Florida and South Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and is a licensed broker in Florida and Georgia. He serves on the board of the Apalachee Land Conservancy and The Red Hills Wounded Warrior Group.
- In other news, NAI TALCOR and timberland management group Land & Timber Management Inc. have joined forces to launch NAI TALCOR Ag & Timber Group. The partnership is designed to offer timberland investors access to a global network of investment capital through international NAI affiliates, local timberland real estate expertise, and professional timberland investment analysis and management services in one central location.
- Wood+Partners Inc., a regional land planning and landscape architecture firm, recently welcomed back Meghan C. Mick, LEED, AP, ALSA, as project manager in its Tallahassee office. She has more than 15 years of experience in design and planning. Mick’s most recent experience included five years as the founder of From the Ground Up, an outdoor environment planning and design firm.
- James Miller, formerly the vice president of communications and marketing for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Leadership Tallahassee and Access Tallahassee, is now the communications director for the Florida Retail Federation. He will be based in Tallahassee.
- Ben Graybar is the new vice president and commercial banker at Hancock Bank. Graybar has more than 20 years’ experience working in the Tallahassee financial industry; in his new role, he will help businesses with their credit facilities and treasury management tools and provide the kind of service that has earned him a reputation as one of the city’s top bankers. He was previously vice president and commercial banker for Tallahassee State Bank.
- Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer was recently appointed to the National League of Cities’ 2015 Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee. Ziffer will play a key role in shaping the NLC’s policy positions and will advocate on behalf of the nation’s cities and towns before Congress, the Obama administration and at home.
- Catherine Carver and Mark Hays are the newest additions to the accounting firm Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Carver will serve as a staff team member in the assurance services department and Hays will work as a staff team member in the tax services department.
- Dan Phillips has joined Syntech Systems–Fuelmaster as the new vice president of sales and marketing. Phillips spent more than 20 years with Sun Automation Group before coming to Syntech. At Sun, he started out as a project engineer and worked his way up the ranks to become vice president of sales and marketing, which enabled him to place the company on the global sales stage. He also used his engineering background to bring more than 200 innovative products to market.