GREG STRADER The Executive Director of the Be Ready Alliance for Community Emergencies (BRACE) is one of the 17 local leaders honored at the White House as Champions of Change who help prepare their communities for disaster and build a more resilient nation. The honor is bestowed on those who have demonstrated significant innovation and creativity in working to get their communities ready for the unexpected and embraced the approach of involving all members of their communities in emergency preparedness and response.
PAM DANA The State University System Board of Governors has appointed the senior adviser of strategic initiatives for the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition to the University of West Florida Board of Trustees. Dana has more than 30 years of experience in economic, business and university leadership. Dana served under Florida Governor Jeb Bush as director of the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development.
NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Fortune magazine ranked the credit union number 95 on their 15th annual list of The 100 Best Companies To Work For. Navy Federal was selected for this prestigious recognition in 2008 and has the distinction of being the only credit union to have ever been selected for the list.
ASHTON HAYWARD The “Egg McMuffin of Mayors” skipped the MLK breakfast held annually on the Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A year ago, he committed to being a regular at the event in gratitude to the community that elected him Pensacola’s mayor. Whether he received a written invitation or not, Mayor Hayward should have fulfilled his commitment.
PATRICK MCKINNEY The president of Paradise Bash misled the media and the public that singer Cupid would be in Pensacola to promote his attempt to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest line dance by having Pensacolians dance the “Cupid Shuffle.” McKinney claimed the City of Pensacola would provide a helicopter for aerial shots. The city doesn’t have a helicopter. GWR didn’t have anyone here to verify the count.
BRIAN SCHEUBLE The co-founder of the Port St. Lucie travel agency Go With God Travel tried to gain publicity last week by offering Casey Anthony, the Orlando mother who was acquitted of killing her daughter, free airfare to Washington D.C. and free hotel accommodations provided that Anthony attended the March for Life rally at the capital and agreed to never conceive or adopt another child. At least, he wasn’t from Pensacola.