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Winners & Losers 12/13/12

Winners

AppRiver and Allan Bell
Governor Rick Scott recently announced the winners of the 2012 Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards. AppRiver received the Governor’s Export Excellence Award for its new or significant increases in documented export sales in 2011. Bell, a partner with Hewes & Company, won the Governor’s Innovators Under 40 Award which recognizes Florida residents under 40 who own or lead a Florida company with annual revenue of $1M or more and who have created at least 10 jobs since January 2011.

Jim Barnett
The head of Facilities, Development and Operations at the University of West Florida has been named the interim CEO for UWF Business Enterprise, Inc. (BEI). The BEI board also voted to begin a search after the first of the year for a permanent executive officer.  He replaces Matt Altier, who also held the position of Vice President of Administrative Services. President Judy Bense has made the recommendation that those roles be separated.

Trevor Webb
The former Independent News columnist became an Internet sensation when his middle school love note, written over 20 years ago, to his new bride caught the attention of the New York Daily News, the Huffington Post, ABC News and the Daily Mail.

Losers

Wilson Robertson
The Escambia County commissioner has started to act like our “crazy old uncle”—bless his heart. He tried to flex his famed “old man” political muscle and stifle moves to find a replacement for the interim county administrator and expand the advisory for the use of the RESTORE Act funds.  The young whippersnappers, Grover Robinson, Lumon May and Steve Barry, just wouldn’t listen to his crazy talk.

Ashton Hayward
One month after his Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee released its report, the mayor of Pensacola held a press conference at the foot of Palafox Street to thank the committee members and tell the public that he had read the report and deemed it to be good.  In another 30 days, he might tell us what he will do with the report. Maybe he will include a diorama.

New Orleans Pelicans
According to news reports, the New Orleans Hornets are expected to become the New Orleans Pelicans, perhaps as early as next season. Owner Tom Benson already has the rights to the Pelicans nickname and said he wanted to change the team’s name win he bought the NBA team last April. We can already picture the “Pelic-can’ts” signs.