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Winners & Losers 4/7/14

Winners
Julian MacQueen
The CEO and Founder of Innisfree Hotels received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Alabama at its National Alumni Association’s Annual Awards Gala. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have demonstrated significant achievement and leadership in their field over an extended period of time.

Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition
March of Dimes Florida Chapter has presented community awards to organizations across the state to address unmet maternal and child health needs. The Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition will receive one of the 19 community awards handed out across the state. The award will give attention to significant maternal and child health issues, such as access to prenatal care, family planning and preconception health.

Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union
The credit union that began as Chemstrand Credit Union, then Monsanto Credit Union, celebrated 60 years of service on April 9. Gulf Winds serves more than 50,000 members and has 11 branch locations throughout Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Milton, Tallahassee, Crawfordville and Atmore, Ala. and Brewton, Ala. For nearly 79 consecutive quarters, Bauer Financial, Inc., the nation’s leading bank and research firm have recognized Gulf Winds as a 5-Star Superior-Rated credit union. Bauer has also awarded Gulf Winds the additional honor of being a “Sustained Superiority Credit Union.”

Losers
Malcolm Thomas
The Escambia County Schools superintendent needs the support of voters to get $100 million of Local Option Sales Tax dollars for his planned construction projects. Some of those projects were part of his predecessor’s capital plans that Thomas chose not to do in favor of projects that would help his re-election campaign in 2012. The LOST extension will help him win a third term in 2016.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
On April 10, the board approved a committee recommendation to drop the recreational red snapper season to 11 days. Most charter boat captains and commercial fishermen believe the federal management of red snapper has been a disaster. Dates and regulations are changed constantly, sometimes even after seasons have already opened. The state of Louisiana has retaliated by extending the season in its water

State Department
The State Department went without an inspector general from January 2008 until last summer when President Obama appointed Steve Linick to the position. It didn’t take long for Linck to find $6 billion in private contracts that did not have sufficient documentation. His published alert is not quite the kind of report former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs as she prepares to run for president in 2016.