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Richardson Gypsum Joins The US LBM Team
Originally founded in 1960 by Jack Richardson, Richardson Gypsum has been a full service provider of construction supplies, acoustical products and equipment to both commercial and residential contractors for over 55 years.
Bay Harbor Islands Residents To Choose Three Council Members On April 21
Three of seven seats on the Bay Harbor Islands town council are up for grabs on April 21. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article18503951.html#storylink=cpy
Event Hits High Notes
Indoor concerts were standing room only as international jazz greats wowed audiences during the Second Annual Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival April 8 through 11. Although rain cut short Saturday’s outdoor concerts where the turnout was...
Partnership For Philanthropic Planning Presents "i Want To Give You My Monet"
The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) of Lee County will present “I want to give you my Monet” at the Thursday, April 23 meeting. Attendees will learn how to navigate the interesting waters of gifts of arts, and how to...
Boomerang Children: Pros, Cons Of Helping Adult Kids Financially
The American dream used to include raising children to be independent, and once "out of the nest," enjoying a comfortable retirement. Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2015/04/14/5744659_boomerang-children-pros-cons-of.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
KSDT Hires Caridad Vasallo as Manager, Forensic and Business Valuations Services Practice
Miami-based accounting and tax advisory firm Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos and Company (KSDT) today announced it has hired Caridad “Carey” Vasallo, as manager of its Forensic and Business Valuation practice. A certified...
Wallace: Gruters Gets Set For State Office Bid
Sarasota Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters is preparing to run for the Florida Legislature in 2016.
Jones Still Fired Up About Sportsability In 25th Year
David Jones began Sportsability in 1991 as a class project while enrolled in the College of Business at Florida State University. An avid outdoorsman, Jones had been shot in a 1988 hunting accident that left him partially paralyzed. So Jones...
Are Your NCAA Tournament Office Bracket Winnings Taxable?
March Madness has become such a big part of popular culture, some say more money is bet on the NCAA tournament than the Super Bowl.
Nova LifeStyle Inc., Announces Engagement of Crowe Horwath (HK) CPA Limited
Nova LifeStyle, Inc. (NVFY), a U.S.-based fast growing, innovative designer, manufacturer and distributor of modern LifeStyle furniture, today announced that the Board of Directors approved by unanimous vote on April 1, 2015, pursuant to the...
Aesthetic of a Southern Gentleman
You can't take the Levi out of a southern gentleman, but in Florida you might find some tropical fashions woven into his style and, of course, some cowboy boots to top off the look. Naples resident 60-year-old Mike Abell, in fact, owns at least...
How to Understand and Comply with 'Affordable Care Act' Requirements
The "Affordable Care Act" (ACA) is five years old, and yet many people still struggle to understand the law and its implications. Frequent changes and differing requirements for businesses of varying sizes complicate efforts to stay up to date. A...
Three Holmes County Candidates Heating Up WFEC Elections
Each year at this time, the West Florida Electric Cooperative based in Graceville holds elections for the board members whose terms expire each spring. Although the board members receive compensation and sometimes must deal with powerful issues...
Colleen Bankuty of Kerkering Barberio is Awarded USF Sarasota-Manatee Spring 2015 Outstanding Graduate
Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that Colleen Bankuty, an in-charge accountant, was awarded “Outstanding Graduate” for the Spring 2015 semester by the University of South Florida...
Bradenton CPA Firm Counts On New Principal
David Lanni has been named a principal with Shinn & Co., one of the largest independent accounting firms in the Sarasota-Bradenton region. - See more at:...
Senior-level Hires And Promotions For The Week Of March 30
BANKS Oliver Benitez has been named vice president and manager of the Brickell Banking Center of City National Bank. Before joining the bank, he was vice president and managing director at TotalBank. Robert C. Noroña has been named senior vice...
Wellington Chamber Welcomes Johnny Meier As President
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce swore in its 2015-16 executive board members and directors during a luncheon at the Wanderers Club on Wednesday, welcoming Johnny Meier of My Community Pharmacy as the chamber’s new president.
Corporate Report
Terra Nova Transcription hires new chief operating officer Terra Nova Transcription, which has offices in both Tampa and St. John’s, Newfoundland, appointed Steve Sanchez of Miami its new chief operating officer. He will be responsible for...
Leslea Ellis LLC Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary
March 25th marked the two-year anniversary of Leslea Ellis LLC’s service to the community.  The CPA firm provides tax preparation, accounting and bookkeeping, as well as fraud examination, forensic accounting and litigation support.  ...
Jesse Speltz Joins DHG Private Equity as National Business Development Executive
Charlotte , N . C . , March 1 7 , 201 5 – Jesse Speltz has joined DHG as a National Business Development Executive for the firm's national Private Equity practice. He has more than 25 years of professional experience...
Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning April 1)
Wednesday Night Concert Series Listen to a free concert with the music of Hotel California from 7-9 p.m. April 1 Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. • April 8: Blues Brothers • April 15: The Return • April 22: Walt Wise • April 29:...
CPA Scott R. Karp Joins Yip Associates
Yip Associates, a consulting firm with offices in Miami, Boca Raton and New York specializing in forensic accounting, financial investigations, litigation support, valuations, bankruptcy tax consulting, bankruptcy consulting, receiverships and...
Davis & Associates Offers International Tax & Consulting Services Department
Davis & Associates Certified Public Accountants (www.JohnDavisCPA.com) is one of only a handful of CPA firms located in Southwest Florida with a designated international tax and consulting services department that specializes in U.S. taxation for...
Business People
The landscape architectural firm of Stewart-Washmuth & Co. Inc. has hired Ryan Sollars as a senior designer and project manager. Sollars graduated from the University of Florida in 1997 with a degree in landscape architecture and has 17 years of...
Hires And Job Promotions For The Week Of March 23, 2015
ACCOUNTING De La Hoz, Perez & Barbeito, P.A., has named two new partners: Cristina Perez and David Barbeito. They were previously directors at the firm. Perez’s sub-specialty is international taxation. Barbeito is principal in charge of...

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