2012 April 12th
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• Foundation Financial Group promoted Rolf Wilck to chief information officer. He has been working in the information technology field for 18 years and is now the top executive for all information technology and telecommunications at Jacksonville-based Foundation Financial Group, covering seven regional centers, a branch network of retail locations and four business units across the United States.

• Jacksonville Jaguars CFO Bill Prescott and his wife, Kim, announced their eighth “Dine with us Downtown.” This month’s event is planned April 26 at Casa Dora Italian Restaurant at 108 E. Forsyth St. The Prescotts made reservations for 7 p.m. and ask others to make reservations from 5-9 p.m.

• The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors reported that closed home sales in March in Jacksonville fell 7.2 percent from the year before, from 1,529 to 1,419, but were up from January and February. Pending sales hit 2,018 — a 17.4 percent jump from a year ago. The percentage of lender-mediated sales also showed a stronger market: 40 percent, or 567, of total sales were lender-mediated while 60 percent, or 852, were traditional sales.

• University of North Florida economics professor Paul Mason is scheduled as the keynote speaker to the Sales & Marketing Council of the Northeast Florida Builders Association breakfast. The event is 7:30-9:30 a.m. Friday at the UNF University Center. Information: www.nefba.com.

• Meanwhile, the Realtors announced that median and average sales prices both posted increases. The median price rose 4.8 percent over the year, from $128,000 to $133,000, and the average price rose 10.4 percent, from $158,744 to $175,181.

• Palatka City Manager Elwin “Woody” Boynton has been hired as St. Johns River Water Management District assistant executive director. Boynton starts May 10 and will replace Dave Fisk, who retired in March after serving as assistant executive director for 10 years.

• Jacksonville-based FIS, which provides banking and payments technology, announced the launch of the FIS Travel EMVCard to provide consumers with secure payments technology. The card is targeted specifically to consumers who travel abroad. The card combines chip technology and a traditional magnetic stripe, providing financial institutions with an instant-issue product to offer consumers. FIS said U.S.-issued credit and debit cards use magnetic stripe technology, which is not widely accepted abroad.

• Wounded Warrior Project announced the public launch of Restore Warriors, an online resource designed to help injured service men and women dealing with the mental health wounds of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or combat and operational stress. Restore Warriors features video diaries of warriors sharing personal experiences with combat and operational stress and helpful coping strategies the warriors used to overcome the issues. For more information, visit restorewarriors.org.

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