The Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors recently honored these top professionals at its annual banquet. Gia Arvin was named Realtor of the Year, Keith Fritch was recognized as Affiliate of the year, Vince Garguilo received the Jim Parrish Award for community involvement/ achievements, and Eddie Foster earned the Tom Dobson Past Presidents Award.
Damion Wasylow, the creative director of Group 5 Advertising, has been promoted to vice president. Wasylow joined Group 5 while still a marketing student at the University of Florida and has been with the firm for 11 years.
LA Comply has been hired as executive assistant to Bosshardt Realty Vice President Mike Ryals, Jamie Kennedy, who returned to his home country of Scotland.
Three local officials recently served onGovernor-Elect Rick Scott’s Economic Development Transition Team. Among those advising the governor were Bernie Machen, University of Florida president; Rich Blaser, chief financial officer of Infinite Energy and Brent Christensen, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.
Bailey’s Powerhouse Gym at 3441 West University Avenue has expanded its offerings by adding stand up tanning beds with facial tanners. The beds will be available as an addition to select gym membership plans.
Bryan Nazworth, the owner of Quality Plumbing, has launched a second business named Quality DesignWorks. The new company, which specializes in designing and building kitchens and baths, is located at 13570 NW 101st Drive in Alachua.
Shands at the University of Florida has been awarded silver and bronze Medals of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resource and Services Administration for increasing the number of organs available for transplantation.
Shands received a silver Medal of Honor for its overall organ donation rate (77.8 percent) and its donation after circulatory death rate (31.4 percent). It earned a bronze Medal of Honor for its high kidney transplant rate.
Marguerite and Mike Mumford, owners of the Paul Davis Restoration offices Gainesville and Jacksonville, have entered a partnership agreement with Northeast Community Association Managers, which gives them access to a network of experts in the community association and management field. Paul Davis Restoration specializes in emergency mitigation, clean up and restoration of properties damaged water, fire, smoke, mold, vandalism and other losses.
Tom Ares, Kindra McGehee, and J.J. Soto have joined the Farm Credit staff at the Alachua location. Ares joins as a credit analyst, McGehee as a loan assistant and Soto as part of the Credit Analyst Team. Farm Credit of North Florida is an agricultural lending cooperative owned by its member-borrowers.
The Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors recently named these 2010 Commercial Award Winners:
- Persistance Award: Perry Pursell, REMAX Professionals
- Innovative Marketing Award: Seth Lane, Coldwell Banker MM Parrish
- Lance Armstrong Award: David Miller, Brice Group.
- Lemon in to Lemonade Award: Todd Rainsberger, Coldwell Banker MM Parrish
- Outstanding Commercial Real Estate Affiliate: Bob Page, Alarion Bank
- Ironman Award: Eddie Foster, Prudential Trend Realty
- Dean of Commercial Real Estate: Beau Beery, AMJ, Inc. of Gainesville
University of Florida senior Elizabeth Schmidt has re-opened the Calzatura fashion boutique at 201 Southeast 2nd Avenue, in Union Street Station.
Titletown T’s, the Gainesville manufacturer of the I [HEART SIGN] T Bow line of shirts, bags, ski cap and other products, recently participated in the 2010 Denver Merchandise Marts’ Gift, Home, Jewelry and Resort Show. With the popularity that former Gator Tim Tebow is generating as a Denver Bronco quarterback, Titletown T’s saw the presentation as a way to expand its sales west.
Keep Alachua County Beautiful received a $1,000 cash award from Keep America Beautiful as part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Nestle Waters North America to encourage local plastic bottle recycling during the 2010 Great American Cleanup.