Business People

Published: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 10:04 p.m.


  • Jason Furry, Suwannee Parks & Recreation's owner, will serve on the leadership committee of the Certified Youth Sports Administrators Society by the National Alliance for Youth Sports.

    This committee will determine the direction for the society as well as participate in the 2004 International Youth Sports Congress.

    Furry is the parks & recreation coordinator for Suwannee Parks & Recreation. He is a certified parks and recreation professional as well as a certified youth sports administrator and aquatics facility operator.

  • Dorota Haman, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, has been elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID).

    The USCID is the United States member of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, a non-governmental, international organization of more than 70 countries founded in 1950 to develop the science and technique of irrigation engineering.

  • Tom Searle was recently selected to serve as president of CH2M Hill's Water Business Group.

    As president, Searle is responsible for global business development and project performance on all conventional and at-risk water projects for the firm.

    In this role, he leads a business unit with more than $600 million in revenue and a staff of more than 1,500 worldwide.

    Searle, a career employee at the company since 1977, received a bachelor's and master's in civil engineering. He also serves as a board member on the CH2M Hill companies LTD Board of Directors.

  • Dr. Clint Greene, veterinarian at Butler Plaza Animal Hospital, has earned board certification in canine and feline practice from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

    Certification requires either a residency program in the specialty or six years of clinical veterinary practice and submission of detailed medical reports and professional education records for review.

    Greene is one of only 27 veterinarians certified in canine and feline practice in the state of Florida and is the only veterinarian in North Central Florida in private practice with ABVP certification in canine and feline practice.

  • Jason C. Gionet, CFP, vice president at Morgan Stanley in Gainesville, has been authorized by Certified Financial Board of Standards Inc. to use the CFP, Certified Financial Planner, and CFP (with flame logo) certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements.

    These marks identify those individuals who have met the experience and ethical requirements, have successfully completed financial planning course work and have passed the CFP certification examination.

  • Byron E. Kentor has joined Holloway Financial Services as the client service manager. Kentor was previously an equity research analyst for Eden Capital Management, a hedge fund in Houston, Texas.

    Kentor graduated with honors from the University of Texas and holds a bachelor's degree in business and finance.


  • Ferrell Asbell, senior account manager of radio stations WTRS-Thunder Country, WBXY -Star 99.5 and WXJZ-Smooth Jazz 100.9, was recently honored as the company's most important employee of 2003.

  • Gainesville State Farm agents Emory Davis, Frank Hickox, Dick Howells, Derek Korbly, Wendy Lapointe, Bill Matchell, Perry McGriff, Mark McGriff, Ron Trowell and Jim Wilson have been recognized for their efforts in helping State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company earn top honors in a recent J.D. Power and Associates survey that ranks State Farm highest overall for customer satisfaction for auto collision repair.

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