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Winners & Losers 3/14/13


WINNERS

Dale Knee

The president and CEO of Covenant Hospice and the Covenant Hospice Foundation, has announced his plans to retire from Covenant Hospice and its affiliates in December 2013. Knee has led the organization for 20 years and is co-founder, with Quint Studer, of the Studer Covenant Alliance that provides coaching and consulting services nationwide in post-acute organizations.

Gulf Coast Kid’s House
Gulf Coast Kid’s House has been awarded re-accreditation by National Children’s Alliance. As the accrediting agency for the Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and puts the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

Mark Kilgore
The Pensacola resident was recently elected National President of the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), a congressionally chartered military and veterans’ service organization serving current and former enlisted members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Kilgore enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1972. He eventually became one of the initial 140 Sailors and 20 Marines selected to the Navy’s new Religious Program Specialist rating. He retired in 2001.

LOSERS

Tamara Fountain & Derek Cosson
The Olsen twins for Mayor Ashton Hayward’s unofficial, but paid for by the taxpayers, political affairs office declared the Independent News an illegitimate news outlet and refused to send the paper notices of meetings and press releases. Fountain blamed a hot-tempered Cosson, but he made clear in phone conversations with the paper that he wasn’t acting alone. The pair rescinded the declaration a few hours after the phone conversation. It must have been something we wrote.

Jim Hizer
The Greater Pensacola Chamber mishandled the BP Amex gift cards that were supposed to help build tourism. The chamber’s CEO places the blame on his handpicked CFO/COO, Brian McBroom. Hizer had worked with McBroom on the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, where he has CFO. Hizer removed COO from McBroom’s title last year and eventually fired him on Jan. 7, nearly a month before the auditors discovered the problem.

Jeb Bush
The former Florida governor has a new book out, “Immigration Wars,” that declares denying a path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants is “absolutely vital to the integrity of our immigration system that actions have consequences.” Last week, he reversed his position and now supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.