On the Move – March 2017

Assistant PRCA Director elected President of Florida Recreation and Park Association Foundation

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) Assistant Director Michelle Park, C.P.R.P. has been elected as President of the Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) Foundation to serve on the Foundation Board through 2018.

Michelle Park has been with the City of Gainesville for more than eight years. Previously, she worked with state associations in Ohio and Maryland, and was the Director of Recreation in Palm Beach County. She has also worked for the National Recreation and Park Association. While at PRCA, Park has accomplished significant goals, such as guiding the adoption of the PRCA Vision 2020 Master Plan and the departmental accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies.

The Florida Recreation and Park Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity that operates with a charitable and educational focus in support of the recreation, parks and leisure services profession. The foundation was established in 1998 to support the development and education of parks and recreation professionals, students, and citizen advocates in the state of Florida.

Comfort Keepers appoints new Director of Business Development

Comfort Keepers announced in February that Warren McCullough will be joining the company as the Director of Business Development. McCullough has an extensive background of over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry that includes sales, management, clinical and business development.

“We are excited to have an impressive and dynamic individual like Warren join the leadership team and help us expand our care offerings and increase the number of families we can help with the aging process across our footprint,” said JR Anchors, General Manager of Comfort Keepers.

Comfort Keepers is a leading franchise network in the in-home care market for seniors and other adults and provides in-home senior care throughout Lake City, Gainesville, Ocala, and The Villages.

James Moore – On the Move

  • James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) recently announced the following promotions in their Gainesville office:
  • Karsten Derendorf has been promoted to Senior Accountant.
  • Tamara Howard has been promoted to ACS Staff Consultant.
  • Kris Hutchins has been promoted to Manager.
  • Dawn Taylor has been promoted to ACS Senior Consultant.
  • Blair Westfall has been promoted to Tax Administrative Assistant.

Lentz Dodd Financial Group moves to Tower 24

The Drotos Ryals Group of Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC. is pleased to announce that Lentz Dodd Financial Group will be opening a new office in Tower 24 at 2550 SW 76th Street. Lentz Dodd will join an existing tenant lineup including Tipple’s Brews, Progressive Insurance, Spa Royale, Bill Allen Law Firm, Zen Fitness, Ideal Weight Management, and Emergency Physicians Medical Center.

The new 2,388 square foot suite was custom designed and constructed by Robinshore Inc. The firm was originally founded in 1962 and has become a trusted source in Gainesville for financial planning, investment management, insurance, and retirement income strategy. Co-owners, Franklin Lentz and Chris Dodd joined the Raymond James platform in 2013 to utilize the company’s network of resources and cutting edge technology.

Local Certified Forester Elected Chairperson of SESAF’s Florida Chapter

Jib Davidson, president and Certified Forester for Columbia Timber Company; president and Broker for United Country Land & Lifestyle Properties; and one of four national subject matter experts on timberland for over 700 United Country offices nationwide, has been now also been elected chair of the Florida Society of American Foresters.

As a Certified Forester, Davidson’s number one priority is to find appropriate timber and farmland investments for a variety of individual needs that incorporate a sustainable and environmental quality in land management recommendations to landowners. As an advocate for the landowner and the environment, a Certified Forester’s responsibilities include helping landowners define their personal goals and objectives for the land, identify appropriate government financial incentive programs, ensure Best Management Practices (BMPs) are followed, attract diverse and abundant wildlife if requested, improve water quality, help landowners potentially save or make money and many other land management responsibilities.

The Southeastern Society of American Foresters (SESAF) is one of 33 multi-state/state professional forestry societies that make up the national body known as the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SESAF is composed of professional foresters and forest technicians from the three state region of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The SAF’s objective, since 1900, has been to improve the health and productivity of America’s Forests. The SAF provides opportunities to share information and networking to assist its nearly 18,000 members.

Davidson moved to the Gainesville area in 1974 to attend the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences where he earned his forest management degree. A few years later he earned a Finance and Real Estate degree from UF’s Warrington College of Business.

New fleet management director selected

Douglas Weichman has been selected as the new fleet management director for the City of Gainesville. Weichman assumed his new duties as of Monday, February 27th.

Weichman is the immediate past president of NAFA Fleet Management Association, serving as its 32nd president. NAFA is the world’s premier not-for-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, law enforcement vehicles, trucks and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe.

NAFA selected Weichman’s fleet as its Vocation Fleet of the Year, and has honored him as Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year. He is a recipient of NAFA’s FLEXY Award For Member of the Year, and he has published numerous articles and teaches various fleet seminars. Weichman has also been recognized by his peers by his induction into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame.

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