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LEGAL

Adam R. Seligman, an equity partner at Ward Damon in West Palm Beach, has been named as a 2014 Legal Elite Up and Comer by Florida Trend magazine. This is the fourth consecutive year that Seligman has been honored.

The Law Firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath in West Palm Beach had five partners make the Super Lawyer Annual List. Joseph J. Reiter, Lake Lytal Jr., Lake H. Lytal III, Scott B. Smith and William S. Williams were included in the 2014 list. In addition, Christopher J. Keller was nominated as a 2014 Rising Star.

Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach has named Michael J. “Micky” Grindstaff, a longtime Shutts & Bowen partner in real estate and land use law, as managing partner. After receiving his B.S.B.A. from University of Central Florida, Grindstaff graduated cum laude from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

MEDICAL

Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach introduced the newest member of their Women’s Healthcare team, Kathi Eppler. Formerly of Planned Parenthood, Eppler comes to the company with 30 years of family planning experience.

NONPROFIT

The American Cancer Society announced the 2014 Committee Leadership Team for its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Palm Beach County. The annual event will take place October 18 at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Committee leadership includes event chair Donna Kleban, income vice chair Stacey Halpin, operations vice chair Jane Hutton, survivorship committee chair Colleen Campbell, publicity committee chair Jennifer Martinez, team retention chair Angie Herrington, team recruitment co-chairs Tamara Pogue and Ashley Pogue, online marketing chair Sara Johnson, sponsorship committee chair Todd Johnson, logistics committee chair Heather Jones and mission integration chair Lorna Johnson.

Charity Navigator, evaluator of charities, has awarded Opportunity, Inc. its 4-star rating. The rating indicates that Opportunity Inc. adheres to good governance, and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities, and consistently executes its Mission in a fiscally responsible way. Charity Navigator applies data-driven analysis to help charitable givers make intelligent “Giving Decisions.” The organization provides information on ten times more charities than any other evaluator. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much an organization spends per dollar raised, what percentage of the funds go to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health. It then assigns the rating, with four being the most prestigious. Opportunity Inc.’s mission is to empower children of low income, working families to achieve future academic and life success by providing the best early childhood educational programming and support services, and by assisting their families with strategies to achieve self-sufficiency.

OTHER

Associated Industries of Florida announced its 2014 ‘Champions for Business’ award recipients. These ‘non-voting’ awards are given to those elected officials who have proven to be strong and forceful advocates for Florida business. Joe Negron (R-Palm City) is receiving his fourth AIF Champions for Business Award. His legislation, SB 156, rolls back vehicle registration fees to pre-September 2009 levels.

Visiting Angels in Delray Beach received this year’s Best of Home Care Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, quality assurance firm for private duty home care. The award is given to home care businesses that consistently rank among the highest in 18 or more, out of 22 quality metrics assessed by Home Care Pulse.

Pilates and Your Palate, a boutique Pilates studio in downtown Stuart welcomed two new instructors to the team. Amanda Tsang has a passion for group fitness. She enjoys motivating people to better their health, well-being and fitness ability. Also hired was fitness enthusiast Diana Isaia, whose love of Pilates was established with her very first class. A decade later and exposure to every body type has only deepened her admiration for Josephs Pilate’s philosophies and methods. She is also Thai Yoga Massage certified.

Greenberg Traurig in Boca Raton received the Gold Award recognition from JDRF’s Greater Palm Beach County Chapter (formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) for the firm’s fundraising efforts in connection with the Walk to Cure Diabetes. The Gold Awards honor the Top 10 corporate and family fundraising teams from the Boca Raton two-mile walk held in April at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Greenberg Traurig’s walk team raised $7,275 to benefit JDRF. In total, the 2014 Boca Raton Walk raised more than $375,000 — its highest grossing fundraising in the chapter’s history. This year’s donations will help to fund research, support the development of life-saving technology and clinical trials.

RADIO

Public radio WQCS/88.9 FM is the recipient of five Associated Press news honors. WQCS news director Jill Roberts received three of the Associated Press honors in the following categories: first place in Public Affairs for a story on White Cane Safety Day, first place in the Light Feature category for a story on the Little Free Library in Sewall’s Point in Martin County and second place in the Hard News category for a story on an Indian River County high school student having an affair with an under-aged lesbian lover. Morning Edition host Drew Mello received first place honors in the newscast category. This is the fifth consecutive year he has been honored with the award. WQCS intern Tiffany Termine received second place in the college student hard news category for her story warning against leaving dogs in hot cars. Termine is now a reporter at WQCS. The station, on the air since March 1982, is a public radio station licensed to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

TRANSPORTATION

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority has named Richard Chess of director of finance. He is a graduate of Dillard University and holds a master’s degree from University of Phoenix. In addition, the governing board unanimously elected Miami-Dade county commissioner Bruno Barreiro as chair and Broward County businessman James A. “Jim” Cummings as vice chair. Barreiro is an active community participant and has received numerous awards for his service and dedication to the city, county, region and his constituents. Cummings graduated from University of Florida with a bachelor’s of science in building construction.


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