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Thursday December 14th 2017

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Winners & Losers 6/1/17

Winners
Cox Communications
DiversityInc ranked the communications provider No. 18 on its 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. Cox was also recognized as No. 8 among Top 13 Diversity Councils and No. 13 on the Top 15 Companies for Mentoring list. The Top 50 list, issued annually since 2001, recognizes the nation’s top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans.

Robyn Philips & Victoria Phillips
CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, named AppRiver’s Senior Channel Sales Advisor Robyn Philips and Channel Sales Account Manager Victoria Phillips to its prestigious 2017 Women of the Channel list. The executives who comprise this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.

Coach David Grant
The longtime Pensacola Christian Academy coach is retiring this year. Throughout his 45 years with the school, he coached baseball, basketball, cross country, and track, and led the school to numerous district championships and state playoff appearances. He was selected by the Pensacola News Journal as the 2015 Cross Country “Coach of the Year”. For 40 years, Coach Grant also served as the assistant director at Camp O’ the Pines, a summer camp in north Escambia County.

Losers
Hawkshaw Land
The city-owned property on South Ninth Avenue has become an albatross around the necks of Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and Pensacola City Council. Last week, the selection committee rejected the two bids received. The rejection came after the Pensacola City Council hired a consultant to help draft a new Request for Proposal for $25,000. Two years ago, the council rejected three proposals on the site, which prompted the hiring of Urban Design Associates. In 2006, the 1.92-acre site was sold to developers, but the land was returned to the city three years later when the real estate market crashed.

Florida Department of Agriculture
Nearly 500 people may have had their Social Security numbers obtained in a data breach at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Also, the names of 16,190 concealed-weapon license holders, out of more than 1.75 million in the state, may have been acquired in the hack. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to help review his department’s cybersecurity measures.

Project Vote
The non-profit that helped millions of Americans register to vote and successfully fought lawmakers in courts over voters’ rights has suspended its operations. In an email to supporters, Project Vote staff wrote, “For a single-issue nonprofit like Project Vote—without a diverse portfolio of work to fundraise on—we were ultimately forced to admit that our current model had become unsustainable.”