CEO Connect: Lisa Holland talks leaving her comfort zone, mentoring women in aviation and more

Lisa Holland was appointed as chief executive officer of the nation’s largest privately owned aviation services and real estate network a few weeks before COVID-19 shut down the world and while dealing with the unknowns of a global pandemic that essentially grounded air travel until the world adapted. Meanwhile, she was finding her foothold as

One Liners Sarasota and Manatee: Pulte Homes, University Town Center and more

► Gateway Commons Shopping Center, in Palmetto, has added Pure Barre, Mid-Florida Insurance Group, the Blend Coffee & Cocktails and will soon announce a fast-food restaurant, a wireless provider and a medical group, a statement said. (Pictured above)  ► The Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority announced Kent D. Bontrager, vice president, engineering at Sarasota Bradenton International

Hillsborough County’s general aviation airports are soaring

The travel industry took a hit in 2020 while stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions meant people were not going anywhere, or at least, not going as far as often. “This year has been a year like no other, but we have since rebounded,” says Brett Fay, Director of General Aviation at the Hillsborough County Aviation

One Liners Polk: Watson Clinic, Checkers and more

► Board-certified rheumatologist Lilliam E. Ayala Garcia joined Watson Clinic Main at 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland. ► Dream Finders Homes is selling five different floor plans at pre-construction prices in Haines City’s Hammock Reserve, being developed off Prado Grande Street near the intersection of Old Haines City/Lake Alfred Road and U.S. Highway 27. ►

Hands on, up in the air and remaining grounded. Harry Hedaya does it all.

Harry Hedaya won’t invest in a company unless he has a role in the operations of it. He’s learned the hard way, if he’s not involved it doesn’t work. It’s not because he knows more than anyone else, but because he needs to be invested in a more profound way than signing a check. He’s

Elliot Mintzer found his passion in Wings and tails

Elliot Mintzer idolized Joe Hackett. Hackett was one of the main characters from the 1990s NBC situation comedy Wings. He was the “nice guy” and a highly responsible pilot. It’s not a leap to find the resemblance between Mintzer and Hackett. Mintzer is owner and president of My Sky Aviation, a management consulting and aircraft

Flying High: Will Smith Aviation

As a pilot, Will Smith glances down thousands of feet and sees the big picture: people small as ants, neighborhoods arranged in tidy grids. The world has an order from this height, a predictable pattern. Not long ago, he’d arranged life that way too—building a family and a solid career. He was, in his words,