• October 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 1

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    October 06, 2015
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Staffing Update
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is pleased to announce the addition of new managers in a few key patient care areas. Steve Hardin, registered nurse with 25 years of healthcare experience, is the new patient care manager of the Family Birth Place. Melissa Day, registered nurse with 13 years of healthcare experience, is the new patient care manager of the Medical/Surgical Department. Tina Withrow, registered nurse with 21 years of healthcare experience, is the new patient care manager of the Emergency Department. Bryan Pruess, registered nurse with 25 years of healthcare experience, recently accepted a full-time position on the House Supervisor team. 

    Okaloosa County Hires New Transit Operator
    Okaloosa County representatives welcomed Maruti Fleet & Management as the local transit system’s new operator on Oct. 1, 2015. Okaloosa County has awarded Maruti with a five year contract as the system operator. The Maruti team manages both public and private transportation agencies, providing an array of services, including fixed route transit, paratransit, and shuttle services to local communities. 

    Local Public Relations Practitioners Earn Professional Accreditation
    Leslie Moland and Stephanie Pettis of the Northwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) recently earned the professional accreditation in public relations and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR). Moland and Pettis now join the more than 5,000 professionals nationally that represents an elite group of highly skilled public relations professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards. Moland has served as the public relations specialist at White-Wilson Medical Center for almost two years. Pettis is the director of marketing and public relations for Northwest Florida State College and has 16 years of experience in the public relations field. 

    Taylor Haugen Foundation Featured in National News
    The Taylor Haugen FoundationLocal non-profit organization The Taylor Haugen Foundation was recently featured on ABC News Nightline and on the USA Today High School Sports website. It also had a recent fitting for abdominal safety equipment at John’s Creek High School in Georgia and has an upcoming fitting on Oct. 13 at Harrison High School in Farmington, Mich., with Drew Stanton, backup quarterback for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. For more information on the foundation and its upcoming Nov. 4 Savor the Season event, visit www.TaylorHaugen.org.

    Best of the Emerald Coast Benefits Junior League of the Emerald Coast
    Emerald Coast Magazine is hosting its 16th annual Best of the Emerald Coast event at Grand Boulevard on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 6-9 p.m. Benefitting the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, this charitable celebration honors top restaurants, services and businesses. Tickets may be purchased in advance at EmeraldCoastmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Emerald-Coast-Tickets for $30. General admission will be $40 at the door.  For just $75, guests may upgrade to a true VIP experience with a private lounge, additional food and drink, and a gift bag filled with deals from around the region.

    Emerald Coast Association of REALTORS® Announces New CEO 
    Emerald Coast Association of RealtorsAfter an extensive national search, the Emerald Coast Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors has selected A. Keith Dean as its new leader. Dean has 15 years of solid experience in association management, most recently serving as executive director of the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association, based in Tallahassee. Dean earned a Bachelor of Science and a Post-graduate degree in Accounting from Florida State University. Dean will take the CEO post effective Oct. 19, 2015. 

    Grasses in Classes Celebrates its 5th Year of Implementation
    The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College in partnership with AmeriCorps is celebrating the start of its fifth year with the kick off of the 2015-2016 Grasses in Classes Program. This year, CBA will be implementing 21 Grasses in Classes Programs throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties. Throughout the month of October, CBA and AmeriCorps members will be establishing 63 saltmarsh nurseries with 3rd and 5th graders. For more information about the Grasses in Classes program, or to schedule an interview, please contact Brittany Tate at (850) 217-5382 or tateb@nwfsc.edu.

    CBA Volunteer Opportunity: Invasive Plant Removal
    The Longleaf Alliance is partnering with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of Northwest Florida State College to cut down invasive Chinese tallow and mimosa trees, and volunteers are needed to haul the tree debris (limbs and cut up trunks) from participating properties to a collection point. Dates needed are Oct. 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, and 23, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day. Wear clothes and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring sunscreen, snacks, a water bottle, and a hat. Water, snacks, and gloves will be provided. Meet at the South Walton NWFSC Center at 109 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Please RSVP to Rachel Gwin at gwinr@nwfsc.edu.

    Toes in the Sand Benefitting The Arc of the Emerald Coast 
    The Arc of the Emerald Coast wishes to thank the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation for its annual Toes in the Sand event held at The Sandbar, on Saturday Sept. 26. The event benefited The Arc of the Emerald Coast and its children services. The sunset event was attended by 40 guests, who enjoyed an evening of delectable cuisine and exquisite wines.  Guests were served by volunteer supporters of The Arc of the Emerald Coast and enjoyed live music provided by local musician Jason Findley.  

    Celebrity Server Luncheon $12,000 Raised for "All Kinds of Art"
    Local celebrity servers rallied together in late September at Bonefish Grill to bring awareness for arts education and raised $12,000 to fund Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's "All Kinds of Art", an educational outreach program serving students and children with special needs in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Congratulations to top celebrity server Jennifer Lovell (Wonder Woman), who raised more than $1,200 and to Gail Pelto (Wicked Witch of the West) for best costume.

    Coastal Bank and Trust helps “Keep History Alive!”
    Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida - Coastal Bank and TrustCoastal Bank and Trust managers Ellen Herzack and Debbie Elliot present a check for $2,000 to Crystal Brown and Gina Marini, both with the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.  The donation is in support of three annual events - Saturday in the Park, Night at the Museum, and Yule of Yesteryear.

    Emerald Coast Foundation Donates $35,000 to CIC Kids
    Children In Crisis - Emerald Coast FoundationThe Emerald Coast Foundation selected Children in Crisis again this year to be one of the benefiting charities of the ECF Boat Week and Poker Run and donated a check for $35,000.  The funds raised by the events help feed the at-risk children and sustain operations of the CIC Neighborhood. Seen here, Lynn Dominique, president of the Emerald Coast Foundation Board, and other Board members present the donation to Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO; Lauren Walls, CIC volunteer and events director; and Allie Noah, CIC development director.

    United Way Announces 2015 Coast for Kids at Christmas
    United Way of Okaloosa & Walton CountiesIt’s that time of the year for the United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties and its partners, A & A Transfer & Storage, The French Laundry, and Destin Cleaners, to collect coats for the Annual Coat Drive…Coats for Kids at Christmas. Last year, more than 2,200 coats were distributed. Now through Dec. 1, drop off your gently used coats at any of the following locations: The Arc of Walton County, BBVA Compass Bank, Beach Community Bank, Boeing Company, all CHELCO locations, Coastal Bank and Trust, Destin CleanersEglin Chapel, Eglin Federal Credit Union, First City Bank, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, French Laundry, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores, Northwest Florida State CollegeOkaloosa School District OfficesOkaloosa Sheriff’s Chaplains, Publix Super Markets, Regions Bank, Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest FloridaTrustmark National Bank, and Twin Cities Hospital

    New Hotel Coming to Destin Commons
    Turnberry Associates announced plans to build a 150-room select service hotel connected to Destin Commons, Northwest Florida’s premier open-air lifestyle center. The hotel will be developed and managed by Turnberry Associates Hospitality Division. Turnberry also owns and manages Destin Commons. The hotel will be located adjacent to SR 293/Danny Wuerffel Way and feature approximately 5,000 square feet of meeting space for corporate meetings and social functions. Turnberry Associates expects to break ground on the hotel in spring 2016, with construction scheduled to be completed in about 18 months. 
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