Business People

Published: Monday, December 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 10:05 p.m.
  • Jim Cason, president of Nature Coast Financial Services, recently participated in the Great American Advisors Inc. 2003 Advisor Summit in San Francisco. The three-day conference provided an opportunity to learn about the latest developments and strategies in the increasingly complex financial services industry.
    Cason also received an award for attaining the Gold Level of Achievement with Great American Advisors Inc. for 2002-2003. This achievement ranks him in the top 3 percent of the roughly 500 registered representatives affiliated with the corporation nationwide.
  • Former sales executive and interior designer Debbie Bullock was recently hired as Options coordinator for Oak Hammock at the University of Florida.
    Bullock was previously employed by JII Promotions Inc., and formerly owned a corporate gift basket business and Interior Motives. Bullock has been active in the Downtown Rotary Club, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce.
  • William and Sarah Carte of Suwannee County drove away in a new Dodge Ram quad cab truck, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co., and $500 courtesy of the Dodge Division of Daimler-Chrysler Corporation, as winners in the Florida Farm Bureau Federation's Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher competition.
    The Cartes also received an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they represented Florida in the national YF&R competition. The winner of the national competition receives a Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab 4x4 SLT pickup with a 5.9L 24-valve Cummins diesel engine and an Arctic Cat 454 4x4 All-Terrain Vehicle.
    The Cartes manage diversified agricultural operations in Suwannee County.
  • Jason Clifford Gionet, a registered representative with Morgan Stanley in Gainesville, has earned membership in the 2003 Leadership Society for PLANCO, a wholesaler of investment and insurance products for The Hartford. Leadership Society memberships are reserved for those representatives who produce over $3 million Hartford Leaders sales in a calendar year.
  • The Board of Directors of the Agriculture Institute of Florida Inc. elected 2003-2004 officers at its annual meeting in Daytona Beach in November.
    Re-elected to serve a second one-year term were president, Susan Howard, director of corporate communications for DUDA; first vice president, Casey Pace, director of public affairs for Florida Citrus Mutual ; second vice president, Rod Hemphill, director of public relations for Florida Farm Bureau ; secretary, Allison Didier, director of communications for Dairy Farmers Inc.; re-elected, treasurer, Don Poucher, assistant vice president, marketing and communications, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; re-elected to the executive committee as member-at-large, Ray Gilmer, director of public affairs for Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association; and serving a second term as immediate past president is Lisa Backman, executive director of Florida Ag in the Classroom.
    Business People is your weekly column about promotions, new employees, professional achievements and workplace awards. Please mail brief announcements with photo (only photos with identification on them will run), if desired, to Business People, The Gainesville Sun, P.O. Box 147147, Gainesville, FL 32614-7147. Announcements without photos may be faxed to 338-3128. You can also submit online (with clear identification on any photo) at Business People is compiled for WorkLife by Joe Gordon.
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