Pensacola, Florida
Monday October 14th 2019


Winners & Losers 8/9/18

Troy Rafferty
The International Academy of Trial Lawyers recently inducted the Levin Papantonio shareholder into its fellowship. The Academy limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States and honors those who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice. Chartered in 1954, the Academy’s general purposes are to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reforms in the law, facilitate the administration of justice and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.

IMS ExpertServices
The Pensacola-based company was recently named to the prestigious Best Companies To Work For in Florida rankings in the mid-sized employer category. In its inaugural year on the rankings, the company placed 12th. Organizations underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. IMS ExpertServices ranked 98 percent for many areas, including overall employee satisfaction.

National Flight Academy
AT&T has awarded the National Flight Academy (NFA) a $25,000 grant to support STEM Saturdays, an introductory science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program designed for young children in third through sixth grades. Held the third Saturday of every month, STEM students spend a half-day at the NFA engaged in hands-on activities aboard the world’s only landlocked aircraft carrier, Ambition. STEM Saturday programs cost between $40-$50 per child. Thanks to AT&T underwriting the tuition costs, the NFA will be able to run the program from August 2018 through May 2019 at only $30 per child.

Ken Detzner
The Florida Secretary of State fought allowing early voting on college campuses until a federal judge ruled last month the ban was “facially discriminatory on account of age.” Detzner has agreed to comply, but elections supervisors in Alachua, Leon and Hillsborough counties say it’s too late to secure early voting sites before the Aug. 28 primaries, and they’re not sure whether they can nail down on-campus locations before the November general election.

Koch Brothers
President Trump isn’t a Republican. He’s not a Conservative. He’s not a Libertarian. And those who are of any of these three political persuasions are not welcomed in the White House. The latest to learn this lesson are Charles and David Koch, who have raised millions for GOP candidates in the past and bankrolled the Tea Party movement. They aren’t fans of tariffs and deficits, which upset the President. Last week, Trump tweeted, “The globalist Koch brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circle.” The Republican National Committee has told GOP candidates to avoid the Koch brothers. This is getting weird.

Florida Department of Transportation
The state will reimburse Florida drivers hit with overdraft charges as the result of the backlog of millions of SunPass tolling transactions. The toll vendor, Conduent State & Local Solutions, botched a system upgrade that created the delay. Drivers who had passes that automatically renew have seen their bank accounts drained as Conduent drafted them.