Pensacola, Florida
Monday October 15th 2018


Winners & Losers 6/9/16

Carly Johnston

The International Association of Venue Managers Foundation has selected Carly Johnston, Director of Marketing and Sales at the SMG-managed Pensacola Bay Center, for its 30|UNDER|30 program. The program engages the best and brightest young professionals in the venue management industry by recognizing emerging leaders and their talents, which help accelerate the industry and carry it into the future.

Sheree’ Welch
The Institute for Healthcare Excellence recently honored Sheree’ Welch, Patient Experience Analyst at Sacred Heart Health System, with its Leading Light Award. The award recognizes exemplary work in the hospital education process and consistent monitoring of patient experience survey results. Welch works tirelessly to develop strategies to educate staff on survey results to assure understanding and success.

Carla Gabriela Dias
The Pensacola High School junior was among the state’s highest-achieving eleventh grade STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) scholars honored at the Sunshine State Scholars conference. The two-day conference, presented by Lockheed Martin, celebrated the accomplishments of Florida’s elite students and provided a unique venue for the state’s colleges, universities, and employers to recruit their talents.

UWF Chemistry Department
The University of West Florida Department of Chemistry has received a $649,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will provide scholarships, research opportunities and professional development for academically talented, financially disadvantaged students in STEM fields.

Donald Trump
The Republican presidential frontrunner has used his bully pulpit to attack the federal judge hearing two lawsuits against his Trump University. Donald Trump called U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel a “hater of Donald Trump” and said he believed the Indiana-born judge was a “Mexican.” On a positive note, Trump didn’t say that Judge Curiel would have to pay for the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fentanyl Overdoses
Toxicology tests for Prince concluded that the entertainer died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl, according to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. The Florida Panhandle has a fentanyl problem, too. Earlier this year, the Florida Medical Examiners released a report revealing that the First District, which encompasses most of Northwest Florida, had a 34 percent increase in drug-related deaths, particularly in fentanyl-related deaths.

Florida Department of Management Services
Florida auditors reported the DMS did not initially document costs incurred by the vendor hired to oversee the charitable campaign. Under Gov. Rick Scott, control of the campaign was shifted from the United Way of Florida to a New Jersey company, Solix. A Tallahassee Democrat investigation revealed that Solix made more money than it was distributing to charities. DMS officials told auditors late last month the contract had been modified to reduce payments to Solix.