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• Goodwill Industries of North Florida named Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. as chair of its board of directors.
It also named six members to the board:
Edward Brownlee, president, Brownlee Global LLC.
Shantel Davis, vice president and group manager of Southeast Sales with The Greenbrier Companies.
Orville “Orv” Dothage, senior manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace.
Scott Mattson, partner, Assurance Dimensions.
Isabelle Renault, president and CEO, St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce.
Kerri Stewart, vice president of business analytics and strategic initiatives, Miller Electric Company.
• The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens board of trustees appointed four new members. They will serve a three-year term.
Atiya Abdelmalik is a speaker and the author of “A Life Worth Saving: A Nurse’s Journey from Sickness to Healing.”
Yared Alula serves as vice president and assistant general counsel of the PGA Tour.
Howard Dodson Jr. recently served as the director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Howard University Libraries.
Nathanial P. Ford. Sr. is CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
• The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors installed its 2021 officers:
President: Missi Howell, The Legends of Real Estate
President-elect: Mark Rosener, Watson Realty Corp.
Treasurer: Diana Galavis, Watson Realty Corp.
Secretary: Rory Dubin, EXIT Real Estate Gallery.
• NEFAR also announced the winners of its 2020 Awards Program:
Realtor of the Year: Michael Hodges, First Place Management.
Affiliate/Business Partner of the Year: Lee Osborne, Osborne & Sheffield Title Services
Circle of Honor: Sherry Davidson, Davidson Realty.
Golden R: Terrell Newberry, Century 21 First Coast.
Newcomer of the Year: Cherrae (Rae) Laws, Farrell International Realty.
Property Manager of the Year: Philip Scarborough, Elite Realty Group.
• Gov. Ron DeSantis made several area appointments.
To the Florida Commission on Ethics:
Former Florida Rep. Travis Cummings, of Fleming Island, is the vice president of benefits at The Bailey Group.
To the Florida Commission on Community Service, also known as Volunteer Florida:
Brea Kratzert Todd, of Jacksonville Beach, is the vice president of business development for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Sharon Funk, of Ponte Vedra, has volunteered with area nonprofits.
Amanda “Mandy” Morrow, of Ponte Vedra Beach, is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty.
Maria Sullivan, of Ponte Vedra Beach, is a former program assistant with The Sontag Foundation.
To the St. Johns River State College District board of trustees:
Wendell Davis, of Fleming Island, is a retired executive vice president of Watson Realty Corp and a former Clay County commissioner. He has served on the board since 2014.
Judson Sapp, of Orange Park, is the owner of W.J. Sapp & Son, a railroad contractor business he started in 1970.
To the Florida Commission on Human Relations:
Pamela Payne, of Jacksonville, is the vice president of Northern Florida Recruiting and Consulting Services. Previously, she was a director and supervisor with Duval County Public Schools.
To the Florida Board of Physical Therapy:
Andrew Koenig, of Jacksonville Beach, is the center manager at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital and a licensed physical therapist.
• The Stellar design, engineering, construction, refrigeration and mechanical services firm announced that Robert Brodsky has rejoined as the new divisional vice president of its Thermal & Roofing Division and Gabe Crafton was promoted from assistant general counsel to chief legal officer. He will assume responsibility for all corporate legal proceedings.
• The Fiorentino Group named Davis Bean as a principal with the government relations and business development firm. Bean creates strategies to assist clients with appropriations, agriculture, local governmental matters, economic development and education issues.
• Chris Greco, Anthony Brooks and Christopher Herb, formerly of Sawgrass Asset Management in Jacksonville Beach, are opening an office in Ponte Vedra Beach for Waycross Partners LLC, which is based in Louisville, Kentucky. Waycross said it hired Greco as CEO, principal and director of institutional sales. Brooks is a portfolio strategist and Herb joined as its director of marketing and communications.
• Cantrell & Morgan promoted Sean McGill to director of brokerage.
• The National Utility Contractors Association’s board inducted Lauren Atwell as chairman. Atwell is the chief operating officer of Jacksonville-based Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors Inc. He has been part of the company’s executive team since 2014. Petticoat-Schmitt specializes in clearing and grading for underground utility, roadway, and water and wastewater treatment plant construction.
• Elizabeth R. Ondriezek, P.A, has added mediation services pertaining to family law issues, contested guardianship and adoption. She has practiced marital and family law for more than 20 years.
• The Bolles School announced Ed Martin has joined as leadership gift officer for the school. He previously was chief philanthropy officer for the Old North State Council, an independent nonprofit operation of Boy Scouts of America, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
• The North Florida TPO board elected its executive team through December. Jacksonville City Council member Sam Newby will be chair, replacing St. Johns Commissioner Jim Johns. Clay County Commissioner Wayne Bolla was elected vice chair replacing Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham, who was term limited. Commissioner Mike Cole from the Nassau County Ocean, Highway and Port Authority was elected treasurer,
In addition, Reuben Franklin, St. Augustine public works director, was elected chairman of the renamed Technical Advisory Committee replacing Robert Companion in Nassau County. Lynn Rutowski, city manager of Keystone Heights, was elected vice chair.
• The Citizens Advisory Committee elected Bo Norton, a Clay County resident, as chair replacing Austin Chapman, a St. Johns County resident. John Stack, a Nassau County resident, was elected vice chair.
• The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta appointed Bill Lazar, executive director of St. Johns Housing Partnership in St. Augustine, to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council. The council helps FHLBank Atlanta fulfill its community lending and affordable housing mission and works closely with the FHLBank Atlanta board of directors and management to ensure the community lending and housing finance needs of communities within the bank’s district are met. Lazar has worked with nonprofit affordable housing programs for 30 years.
• Downtown Vision, Downtown Jacksonville’s nonprofit Business Improvement District, presented its sixth annual #DTJax Award winners.
Downtown Ambassador of the Year: Johnny Duckett.
Downtown Project of the Year: Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center, Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
Downtowner of the Year: Jessica Santiago, ArtRepublic
Small Business of the Year: Manifest Distilling
Downtown Achievement Award: Maria Hane, former president of the Museum of Science & History.
DVI also recognized its first executive director, Terry Lorince, who served in the position for 14 years.