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Winners & Losers 8.01.13


WINNERS
Julian MacQueen
The founder of Innisfree Hotels, Inc. has been elected to the Gulf Power Company board of directors. Stan Connally, Gulf Power President and CEO, praised MacQueen for bringing “a wealth of entrepreneurial experience, wisdom and leadership to our board.” MacQueen founded Innisfree Hotels in 1985 and has directed the acquisition, development, sales and refurbishment of properties in the company portfolio. Some of those properties include the Hilton, the Hampton Inn and the Holiday Inn Resort on Pensacola Beach.

Jerry Maygarden
The Greater Pensacola Chamber Board of Directors recently announced its selection of former Pensacola mayor and Florida House Majority leader to serve as its interim president and chief executive officer. Maygarden, who was unanimously voted on by the Board, will oversee all operational aspects of the Chamber and its tourism arm, Visit Pensacola. He also was the president and chief executive officer for the Baptist Health Care Foundation. Maygarden is expected to run between 90 and 120 days, after which the Chamber expects to find a permanent CEO.

Humane Society of Pensacola
The organization has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate Program to continue through 2014 a free spay/neuter project that originated in 2012 by Emerald Coast Animal Allies. The eventual goal is zero euthanasia for healthy, adoptable animals in Escambia County.

LOSERS
Aaron Wiese
The Texas developer whose company recently received approval from the Escambia County Utilities Authority board to purchase the ECUA property on Main Street for $7.6 million has been charged with drunk driving. Aaron Wiese, president of Houston-based HT Land Company, did not appear at ECUA meetings and reportedly had never met with any ECUA or city officials. Now we know why.

Escambia County Public Schools

About half of the county’s public school students are reading, writing or able to do math on their grade level, which earned the district a C grade for the second consecutive year, the first time that has happen since 2004 and 2005. More than half of Escambia County’s elementary and middle schools, 27 out of 46, dropped one letter grade. The district has five schools with F grades, the worst in district history. Good thing Superintendent Malcolm Thomas isn’t up for re-election again until 2016.

Anthony Weiner
The New York City mayoral candidate is struggling to resurrect his campaign after he confessed to three online flirtations after he quit Congress in 2011 in disgrace after tweeting a photo of his, uh, weiner to a reporter. The Democrat won seven terms to Congress, never receiving less than 59 percent of the vote. If there ever was someone who needs to disconnect from social media, it’s Weiner.