Nate Cross has joined Gainesville Raceway as sales and marketing manager. He most recently was the client development executive for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team.
The North Central Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association has re-formed after a four-year hiatus. New board members include president Peter White of Chef Brothers Catering, John Barli of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, who will serve as vice president representing restaurateurs, Susan Perkins of the Archer Road Hampton Inn , who will serve as vice president representing the hoteliers; Billie DeNunzio of Eastside High School’s culinary program, will serve as secretary; and the treasurer is Jeremy Hood of David’s Real Pit BBQ.
The Gainesville Chamber recently honored the following people for their contributions to the local business community:
Brian Harrington of M.M. Parrish Construction and Terri Lowery of Jones, Edmunds & Associates were named Volunteers of the Year.
Phoebe Cade Miles, Cade Museum president, and Anthony Lyons, Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency manager, were honored as Innovation Advocates.
The staff of FloridaWorks was recognized with the Chairman’s Award for helping to bring more than $4 million in wages to Alachua and Bradford counties.
Also Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors was recognized for its 100th year in business and its 87th year as a member of the local chamber.
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 the following 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
Red Mango, the yogurt desert shop, has expanded into a second location and plans to soon open a third. Owners Bernadette Castro, Terri Keogh and Jon Austin expanded by purchasing the former Yogaberry locations on West University Avenue and in the Oaks Mall and converting them to Red Mango stores. Red Mango opened its first Gainesville location last summer.
David Hipschman has joined ThemeWorks, Inc. of High Springs as director of communication & exploration. Hipschman, a veteran journalist who also has a background in film and theater, will explore new relationships, markets and alliances. ThemeWorks creates sets, dioramas and other environments for theme parks, zoos, museums and attractions.
University of Florida senior Elizabeth Schmidt has re-opened the Calzatura fashion boutique at 201 Southeast 2nd Avenue in Union Street Station.
Ark Remodeling & Construction of Gainesville recently helped build a new home for the Prewitt-Brewer family in Middleburg as part of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show. This was Ark Remodeling & Construction’s second Extreme Makeover build. They also served as builder in December of 2010 when the show helped a Gainesville family.
The Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services has honored Thomas Lane, with its outstanding board member of the year award for his work as volunteer president of CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services. Lane is co-founder and CEO of MarkeTech of Gainesville.
ERA Preferred Properties of Gainesville has affiliated with the Cartus Broker Network, a nationwide real estate referral system.