Friday, February 22, 2019

February 2019 Business Briefs / Member News Part 2

White Is President-Elect Designate of Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division
Emmanuel Sheppard & CondonAttorney Adam J. White is president-elect of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Association. He was elected without opposition at a recent board meeting in St. Augustine and will be sworn in as president in June 2020. White is a partner at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, where he focuses on corporate litigation, including real estate, construction and employment law.





Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Hires New Personal Trainer at Serenity by the sea Spa
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa announced the appointment of Janice Harris as personal trainer at Serenity by the sea Spa. A fitness and wellness professional for more than 10 years, Harris joins the Serenity team with extensive certification in nutrition, sports medicine, holistic life coaching and more. In addition, Harris is certified in ELDOA, an innovative form of exercise developed to improve blood flow through specific postures. With her ELDOA certification, guests will now have access to advanced corrective exercises at Serenity. Before stepping into her new position, Harris was a personal trainer and Pilates reformer at Holland Health & YMCA in Oklahoma. Prior to that, she was the owner and instructor at Balance Pilates & Wellness Studio. 

Southern Rentals & Real Estate Launch Business Development Website 
Since 1995, Southern Rentals & Real Estate has been perfecting vacation rental property management across Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama. Southern has recently launched a new website JoinSouthern.com, an initiative aimed at partnering with property owners in all areas of operation.  The new site gives property owners a comprehensive view into the services and culture of the vacation rental management company. Designed with owners in mind, it answers many of the questions investors ask while showcasing Southern’s strengths, with the intent to offer owners peace of mind with their rental property. Southern’s experienced teams of managers work hard to maximize the rental’s revenue and owners’ net income, all while taking the best possible care of each property. By employing strategic marketing tactics, customer care, financial management and more, Southern’s services are designed to net owners more.  For more information on partnering with Southern and to watch a video on what Southern can do for you, visit JoinSouthern.com

SETCO Services Cares About Our Military
SETCO Services offers a 20% discount to all veterans, active duty, retirees and first responders. Click here for details.

Foundations Medical Center announces new Physician Assistant
Foundations Medical Center is excited to announce the addition of a Physician Assistant Amy Drab. Alongside of Drs. Kyle and Mandy Chavers, Drab will work to address patients’ unique issues on their health and wellness journey. She is a mother, wife, physician assistant and previous associate professor of education at Kettering College of Medical Arts. She has more than 20 years of experience as a physician assistant.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Professions/Physician Assistant from Kettering College of Medical Arts and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska.  She has practiced in the specialties of family practice, OB/GYN, urgent care, and emergency medicine and is an IFM (Institute for Functional Medicine) certified practitioner. Most recently, Drab worked at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, where she had an opportunity to collaborate with some of the most prominent thought leaders and practitioners in functional medicine evaluating and treating challenging functional medicine cases from around the world.

The Henderson’s Inaugural Art Wave Event Raises $7,768.20 
The HendersonOn Thursday, Jan. 10, The Henderson hosted Art Wave, an art exhibition dedicated to celebrating local artists who have art displayed throughout the resort. This sophisticated artist’s bazaar raised a total of $7,768.20 for the South Walton Artificial Wreath Association (SWARA). Art Wave gave event goers the unique opportunity to view live paintings and mingle with featured local artists, including Jeff Waldorff, John Maher, Justin Gaffrey, Lori Drew, Mary Hong, Melissa Mercer Brown, Russ Gilbert, and Tony Mennillo. The Crystal Ballroom of The Henderson was transformed into an underwater cosmopolitan atmosphere with various balloon installations from Mingle and fresh flowers, lounge seating, and d├ęcor. Seen here for the check presentation are (left to right) Andy McAlexander, Founder & President of SWARA; Tim Bugas, Director of Sales & Marketing of The Henderson; and Jim Richard, Vice President of SWARA.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Receives the Highest Rating of Quality for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has again achieved a 3-star rating for Coronary Artery Bypass surgery. This is the highest category of quality awarded by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for this procedure. In 2018, only 10-15 percent of hospitals in the nation received the “3 star” rating. In the current analysis of national data covering the period from January 2018 through December 2018, the Coronary Artery Bypass surgery performance at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center occupies a position in this highest quality tier, thereby receiving a STS 3 - star rating. 

1st Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association Helps CIC Children
Children In Crisis - Okaloosa County Sheriff's OfficeChildren In Crisis (CIC) President and CEO Ken Hair (left) receives a donation of $750 from Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriff Capt. Mark Raiche, representing and vice president of the 1st Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association.  The funds will be used to continue the CIC Child safety and educational programs for the 100 plus children that will live at the CIC Neighborhood this year.






Newman-Dailey Real Estate Sales Division Awards 2018 Fourth Quarter Top Producers 
Newman-Dailey Resort PropertiesNewman-Dailey Resort PropertiesReal Estate Agent Shannyn Stevenson (left) and Real Estate Broker Associate Mark DeSalvo were recognized as the 2018 Fourth Quarter Top Producers in Newman-Dailey’s Real Estate Division. Stevenson was the top sales agent, and DeSalvo was the top listing agent for October through December 2018. A resident of the area since 1980, Stevenson knows the Emerald Coast well. With years of experience assisting sellers and buyers with their real estate transactions of luxury real estate properties along the Gulf Coast, she creates successful investments for her clients. 

DeSalvo continues to specialize in listing and pricing properties for sellers. Serving buyers and sellers for more than 17 years, he is a seasoned professional with extensive experience leading clients through the buying and selling process. DeSalvo continues to be named Top Sales and Top Listing agent with Newman-Dailey on numerous occasions. 

Destin Commons Announces New Restaurant Openings
Foodies Rejoice! New restaurants and food centric events abound making 2019 the most "craveable" year yet for Destin's award-winning lifestyle center, Destin Commons. Restaurants opening in 2019 include Gulf Coast Burger Co., Another Broken Egg Cafe, Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, and Destination Little Donuts & Cups and Cones. Other recent additions to the center include energizing new events like the Mac & Cheese Festival benefiting the Boys and Girls Club and Parrot Head Chili Cook Off benefiting The Arc of the Emerald Coast. Those interested in following all things foodie related are encouraged to follow CraveDestinCommons on Instagram and tag the center in all Insta-worthy food posts with #cravedestincommons. 

Coastal Seniors of South Walton Partner with the Boys & Girls Club to Promote Healthy Activity 
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald CoastLife-long healthy activity is important to all ages. To help local residents, the Coastal Seniors of South Walton (CSSW) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast (BGCEC) have partnered to support this effort by starting recreational pickleball at the South Walton BGCEC Club. Coastal Seniors have donated three nets to support open recreation pickleball that takes place every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon in the South Walton Club’s gymnasium. The cost is $5 to participate. A membership card can be purchased for $30, which allows members to participate for just $2 per session. Paddles and balls are available for beginners to use, and instruction is available upon request.

Saltmarsh Volunteers Help Children in Crisis
Children In Crisis - Saltmarsh Cleaveland & GundVolunteers from the Fort Walton Beach office of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund donated their time and hard work at a recent Firm-wide community volunteer day at the Children in CrisisNeighborhood.  Seen here (left to right) are Danielle Kessler, Chuck Landers, Bethany Donegan, Teri Elkins, Glenn Scharf, Stacy Denton, Elena Davis and Nicole Fife. The volunteers sorted donated clothing and food and provided landscaping services around the Children’s Neighborhood.

Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Announces Spring Rotation Artists
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the 21 local artists who were recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Spring Rotation, which runs Jan. 29 through April 22, in the Grand Boulevard Town Center location and Feb. 5 - April 29, in the Ruskin Place Artist Colony location. The selected artists for the Grand Boulevard location are Melody Bogle, Gayle Campbell, Donnelle Clark, Skip Deems, Sandra Horne, Linda Kernick, Jason Lindblad, Rosalyn O’Grady, William Polley, Mary Redmann, Kathleen Schumacher, Nikki Staks, Jenna Varney, Krista Vind, Judy Walton, and Heather Clements. The selected artists for the Ruskin Place Artist Colony locations are Melody Bogle, Marscha Cavaliere, Donnelle Clark, Patrick Connolly, Skip Deems, Victoria Guennewig, Marian Pacsuta, Mary Redmann, Nikki Staks, Jenna Varney, Krista Vind, Judy Walton, Christon Anderson and Heather Clements. Chosen by jury, all artists are members of the Cultural Arts Alliance and each will exhibit and sell their work in their own section of the gallery.  

Boys & Girls Clubs Search for Participants in Mac & Cheese Festival
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald CoastThe Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast ( BGCEC) is actively searching for local restaurants and businesses to participate in a new fundraiser, the area’s first-ever Mac & Cheese Festival, which is set for May 19 at the Destin Commons. Featuring gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food, this family-friendly event will pit our area’s favorite restaurants against each other in a competition to see who has the best mac on the Emerald Coast. Restaurants competing have a chance to win three awards, People’s Choice, Kids’ Choice and Judges’ Pick. In addition to searching for restaurants to compete, the BGCEC encourages businesses outside of the restaurant industry to participate by becoming a sponsor. Sponsors, which receive a number of marketing benefits for their support, remain a vital part of this fundraiser, allowing the BGCEC to raise money to further its mission in our area. To learn more, visit www.emeraldcoastbgc.org or contact info@thehivecreativeconsulting.com. 

Cobb Named Firm Director
Emmanuel Sheppard & CondonEmmanuel Sheppard & Condon is pleased to announce that attorney Adam C. Cobb has been named a director with the firm.