March/April 2017 Agenda

Local Honors

Karen B. Moore, founder and CEO of Moore Communications Group, was recently honored as Communications Partner of the Year by the Big Bend Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Moore was also recently inducted into the TCC Alumni & Friends Hall of Fame for her years of philanthropic work.

▪ Leon County commissioners recently honored Commissioner Jane G. Sauls’ longstanding service to the community by dedicating the Jane G. Sauls Ft. Braden Branch Library in her honor. Commissioner Sauls has been at the center of many of the county’s key projects and initiatives, including the Ft. Braden Branch Library, Ft. Braden Community Center, Woodville Branch Library and the Public Safety Complex.

Linda England, the sales and marketing director for Harbor Chase of Tallahassee, recently received the Sales & Marketing Director of the Year Award from Florida Argentum. Florida Argentum is an organization that represents professionally managed senior living communities in the state of Florida.  

Julian Dozier of Thomas Howell Ferguson recently received the 2016 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Forensic and Valuation Services Standing Ovation recognition. He is a director in the firm’s assurance services department.

Cascades Park, a 24-acre park in downtown Tallahassee, recently received a Great Places in Florida Award from the American Planning Association. The park was nominated based on its ample amenities and creative use of public land. It features multi-use trails, a large amphitheater, children’s play areas and a commemoration of the Smokey Hollow neighborhood. It also serves as a significant storm water management facility.

▪ The Council on Culture & Arts recently announced the recipients of the 2017 COCA Cultural Grant Program. Twenty Leon County-area non-profit arts and cultural organizations have been awarded a total of $992,440 for fiscal year 2017 programming. The recipients are: 621 Gallery, $10,387.80; African Caribbean Dance Theater $41,775; Artist Series of Tallahassee, $28,790; Challenger Learning Center $101,593; FSU Museum of Fine Arts, $15,000; and FSU Opera Outreach Program, $14,000.

Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union was recently awarded a $1.768 million grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury to help revitalize the local economy in the Big Bend Region. The Community Development Financial Institution Fund issued grants to 23 financial institutions in the country, three of which are in Florida. 

▪ Tallahasee’s iGrow Enhancement and Expansion program was selected out of hundreds of communities nationwide to participate in a national health challenge.

iGrow was chosen by an expert panel to be one of just 50 cities and counties across the U.S. to participate in a new program to test how communities can improve the health of their populations.

Aegis Business Technologies has been named to After Nines Inc.’s ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list and research. Aegis Business Technologies is a managed services provider in Tallahassee and provides technical support for organizations of any size.

FL Aviation Center has once again been honored with a spot on the 2016 Flight Training Excellence Awards Honor Roll by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The AOPA evaluated 789 flight schools, but of that number, less than 10 percent earned this recognition. The award recognizes the best pilot training schools in the industry. FL Aviation Center was founded by Faith Drewry and Lacey Smith in 2012.

New Beginnings

Ben Wolf is the newest Tallahassee team member of ISF, Inc. In his new role as client partner, Wolf will focus on business development, executive management and client relations as ISF continues its commitment to helping businesses and government operate smarter, better and more efficiently.

Local Happenings

Erin Sjostrom has joined Ameris Bank’s Tallahassee location as a commercial banker. Sjostrom will be responsible for new commercial business development and maintenance of commercial banking relationships. 

Ted Frazee has been appointed president and Sean Githens has been appointed vice president/chief operating officer of Redwire

Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. recently welcomed Seth Grantham and William Groom to the firm. The firm also announced that Christopher Howell has been admitted as a shareholder and will join the eight other shareholders as owners of the CPA Firm. In other THF news, the firm recently welcomed the return of Paola Blackburn. Blackburn, now a senior in the tax services department, took a brief break from THF to work in the accounting department of a manufacturing company. Matt Walker has been promoted to manager in the assurance services department, Kavisha McCranie has been promoted to manager in the tax services department and Catherine Carver, Myroslava Bune, Ryan Barnes and Trevor Godfrey have been promoted to senior positions in the Assurance Services Department.

▪ Five Tallahassee businesses have been selected to participate in PowerUP’s inaugural 2017 class. PowerUP is a 12-month-long incubator program for local entrepreneurs who are ready to expand the market footprint of their existing small businesses by delivering new products and scaling-up operations. The 2017 PowerUP class includes Nic’s Toggery, Chop Barbershop, Catalina Café, the FL Aviation Center and Secure Records Solutions. The program is made possible by a partnership between Domi Station and First Commerce Credit Union.

Joshua Brian has joined Broad and Cassel’s Tallahassee office as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group. Brian previously served as an assistant regional counsel in the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel in Tallahassee.

▪ A $20,000 grant from Comcast means Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend will continue its efforts to help Godby High School prepare students for college and career success. This grant will help students participating in a technology-enhanced mentoring program that focuses on college and career readiness.

▪ Tallahassee’s Target Print & Mail recently acquired Modern Mailers. This expansion will integrate Modern Mailers’ expertise in direct mail campaigns and mail distribution with Target Print & Mail’s unmatched service and experience in graphic design and innovative printing services.

▪ International law firm Greenberg Traurig P.A. recently announced the addition of former Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration Secretary Liz Dudek as Director of Healthcare Affairs. Based in the Tallahassee office, Dudek will join the firm’s state and national Health & FDA Business Practice, as well as the Government Law and Policy Practice. 

Compiled by Jason Dehart

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