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Winners & Losers 5/31/12

WINNERS

Tommy Tait
Summit Bank NA has named him president of its Pensacola, Fla. operations.  Tait, formerly of Hancock Bank, is a seasoned banking veteran and a native of the Pensacola/Milton area. He has long-standing relationships in the area’s banking and finance sectors, and is also former CFO of the West Florida Medical Center Clinic.

Blaise Adams
The regional president of PNC Bank is the unsung hero of the negotiations between 4-H, Escambia County and Navy Federal Credit Union over the financial institution’s purchase of the 240-acre Langley Bell 4-H Center for $3.6 million. Adams, a former chairman of the Greater Pensacola Chamber board of directors, worked tirelessly on the many hurdles involved in the deal. Navy Federal expects to add 600 employees there, bringing its Pensacola total to 3,000 within a year.

Cyndee Pennington
Venues Today, an international trade publication, recently recognized the General Manager and Southeast Regional Director of Live Entertainment for SMG, as a nominee for the Women of Influence award. Pennington was nominated for her tireless dedication to the Pensacola Civic Center since opening its doors in 1985.
While hosting some of the largest touring acts throughout the years, Pennington has played an invaluable role by successfully managing almost 600 events just in 2011.

LOSERS

Rick Scott
Florida’s governor stepped into “it” again. When meeting Spain’s King Juan Carlos, Scott used as his icebreaker, “I’ve ridden elephants, I’ve never tried to shoot one.”
King Carlos had been hit in April with scathing criticism for going on an expensive elephant hunting trip in Botswana amid the nation’s deep financial woes. He didn’t need another reminder from Scott. Of course, Spanish media gave the faux pas wide exposure. When he returned to Florida, Scott insisted that he had done nothing wrong.

Malcolm Thomas
The early Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test results aren’t positive for the Escambia County Public School District that Superintendent Thomas runs. The district is behind state averages and those of neighboring Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. Rather than spend his funds on improving classroom instruction, the first-term superintendent has chosen to nearly double his unrestricted reserves to over $68 million. The new tests and standards are tough, but the man at the top has taken some responsibility. To date, he has not.

Daily Newspapers
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Mobile Press Register, Birmingham News and The Huntsville Times recently announced that they would only publish a print edition on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The announcements sent shockwaves across the region.