Pensacola, Florida
Friday November 24th 2017

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Winners & Losers 9/7/17

Winners
Chad Henderson
The Florida Northwest Chapter of the American Institute of Architects honored him with its Patron of the Profession award. Henderson is the CEO of THG Investments, a private investment firm headquartered in Pensacola. THG’s holdings focus primarily on healthcare-oriented real estate and business ventures throughout the Gulf Coast. In the last two years, Mr. Henderson has made significant investments in downtown Pensacola, including the acquisition of the 1940s era Rhodes Building and the site of the former Warfield Grocery.

Blues Angels Music
Its Blues on the Bay Summer Concert series with its grand raffle and concession sales raised more than $6,000 for the Blues Angel Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports music education and music therapy in our community.

UWF Center for Cybersecurity
The center is partnering with Metova CyberCENTS to create the Florida Cyber Range, which will provide advanced training and testing solutions for academic, government, military and commercial organizations through various cybersecurity exercises and activities. The Florida Cyber Range is expected to revolutionize cybersecurity education and operations within the state.

Cody Martin
The Pensacola Opera recently announced Martin’s appointment as its Director of Education for Pensacola Opera. Martin will oversee a program that impacts 40,000 children and adults throughout Northwest Florida. He will also directly supervise Pensacola Opera’s Artist in Residence Program and will make his Pensacola Opera conducting debut leading performances of Maria de Buenos Aires on Nov. 10 and 12.

Losers
FHP Ticket Quotas
Last week, the second-highest ranking officer in the Florida Highway Patrol resigned after acknowledging he wrote an email in May encouraging troopers to write at least two tickets per hour. Thomas’ resignation came after Maj. Mark Welch, a troop commander who oversees eight counties near Tallahassee, stepped down earlier for sending a July 28 memo to troopers that also had been seen as a mandate for a ticket quota. Also, Chief Mark Brown, the North Florida operations regional commander, was suspended three days without pay. Ticket quotas are illegal under Florida law.

Trump Tower Wiretaps
The Justice Department said in a court filing late Sept. 1 that it had no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s assertion in March that Barack Obama wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower before last year’s election. “Both FBI and NSD confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017, tweets,” the department’s motion read. NSD refers to the department’s national security division. The motion came in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by American Oversight, a 501(c)(3) organization with deep ties to the Democrats that has focused on holding the White House accountable to the public. On March 4, Trump tweeted: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found.” The DOJ motion was filed late on Friday, Sept. 1.