Pensacola, Florida
Sunday May 27th 2018


Winners & Losers 12/19/13

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Humbug subsidiary of the Winner & Losers division of the Independent News media and entertainment empire offers up only winners for this week.

Ruth W. Orth
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, has named Dr. Ruth W. Orth, chair of Pensacola Opera’s Board of Trustees, the recipient of the 2014 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award. In its seventh year, this award honors outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building efforts on behalf of their respective opera companies.

Debbie Douma
The Pensacola State College dean recently received the national Campus Impact Award for Outstanding Grants Professional at the 47th annual conference of the Council for Resource Development in Washington, D.C. Douma heads the PSC Institutional Effectiveness and Grants Department and was cited for her dedication to improving access to higher education and her tireless work to empower others to succeed.

Jay Bell
The Pensacola native and two-time National League All-Star infielder has been named to the 2014 coaching staff of the Cincinnati Reds as the team’s bench coach.
Bell, 47, spent last season as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ hitting coach under manager Clint Hurdle. In 2012, Bell was the hitting coach for the Southern League champion Mobile BayBears.  In 18 Major League seasons, he hit .265 with 195 HR and 860 RBI.

Susan Story
American Water Works Company Inc., the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, has announced that Story will become its president and CEO in May 2014. She is currently American Water’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. Before joining American Water, Story served as executive vice president of Southern Company. She also served as president and CEO of Gulf Power Company before that promotion.

Larry Johnson
The Pensacola City Councilman for District 4 sponsored the ordinance that created a Domestic Partnership Registry for the city of Pensacola. The ordinance, drafted by the American Civil Liberties Union, was passed on second reading by an 8-1 vote and awaits Mayor Ashton Hayward’s signature.

Ascend Performance Materials
The company, formerly known as Monsanto, is celebrating 60 years of service to our community. In the spirit of service, Ascend employees committed to increase their United Way workplace campaign by 10 percent. They wrapped up their campaign with a whopping $300,000 in employee and corporate donations to help meet community needs, and they currently hold the title as number one workplace campaign in Escambia County.