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Junior Achievement award winner, new Gator Bowl leadership and more

  • By Scott Sailer
  • | 5:42 a.m. May 1, 2018
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The Village Commons shopping center.
The Village Commons shopping center.
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Shircliff wins Junior Achievement Thompson S. Baker Award

Bob Shircliff received the 2018 Thompson S. Baker Award for excellence in business and philanthropy April 17. Inductees to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame included Scott Sauer, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP and current member of JA board of directors; Holmes Whitaker, JA board chair 1974; and Johnson & Johnson Vision. 

Gator Bowl Sports names new leadership

Jamie Shelton, president of bestbet Jacksonville, is the new chairman of Gator Bowl Sports. Shelton’s primary focus will be the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl game along with the JaxSports Council and JaxSports  Charities. Rich Thompson, will serve as chaiman-elect. Thompson is the regional head of human resources, North America, U.K. and Ireland for The Adecco Group.

Nemours fundraising campaign

Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville launched “Our Promise: A Campaign for Children’s Health.” The money will benefit the Nemours Hearing Loss Program, The Nemours Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders and a renovation of the clinic lobby. The fundraising goal is $7 million. For more information, visit

Sulzbacher rebranding

The agency will now be known as “Sulzbacher” with the tagline “Housing. Healthcare. Hope.” referencing the agency’s three core services.

Village Commons sale

 Colliers International brokered the $5.25 million sale of Village Commons. Seller Rimrock Southside LLC developed the 12,000-square-foot retail center at 4490 and 4492 Southside Blvd. in 2017. Colliers International faciltated a 1031 exchange wth Bronx Wendy’s SCH LLC and Southside RMR LLC.

Suddath subsidiary buys Sterling Mobility

Jacksonville-based The Suddath Co. said its Lexicon Relocation subsidiary agreed to buy United Kingdom-based Sterling Mobility. It said the combined companies will provide more than 32,000 annual global relocations with 15 regional offices serving 180 countries. The sale is targeted for an early May completion.

Entrepreneur finalists

Five Jacksonville entrepreneurs are finalists for Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year 2018. They are: Quang Pham, Espero BioPharma Inc.; Doug Brady and Michael Siegel, Ideal Aluminum Products; Mark Lowery, JAX Refrigeration Inc.; Paul Bertozzi, Live Oak Contracting; and Jason Mabry, Optimum Healthcare IT. The awards will be announced June 7. 

Baptist Medical Center parking

The P-2 Parking Garage is open at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. It replaces the Palm Avenue garage.

People on the move

Promotions, hirings and happenings for business people in Northeast Florida.

• The Rev. Kyle Reese, senior pastor of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, was named to the board of directors for Baptist Health.

• Kim Collins joined Brunet-Garcia as executive vice president of engagement strategies, leading the public relations and social media team.

• Troy Novotny opened a Brightway Insurance office, The Novotny Agency at 5150 Timuquana Road, No. 12.

• Baptist Health Foundation appointed five new members to its board of trustees: Cheryl Rackley, Lauren Rueger, Mark Shorstein, Kimberly Tonning and Elli Zimmerman.

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