One Liners Pinellas
New announcements from around the county
►Shorecrest Preparatory School received an anonymous $2 million gift for its Transform campaign, which is the largest in the school’s history.
►The Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation partnered with CareerEdge to develop a website, stpeteworkforce.com, to list workforce-related resources available to employers in the greater St. Petersburg area.
►Bankers Insurance Group, a St. Petersburg-based insurance firm, was upgraded by global rating agency AM Best for its financial strength and its property/casualty subsidiaries to “B-plus-plus” from “B-plus.”
►Bovie Medical Corp. in Clearwater changed its name to Apyx Medical Corp. and named Tara Semb its chief financial officer.
►Cholesterade, a part of Go Epic Health, signed a manufacturing agreement with Protech Nutraceuticals in Largo, to make the company’s product, which was created to reduce cholesterol.
►Largo-based Sunstar Paramedics’ clinical services coordinator, Robert Stanley Jr., received the Marilyn Cronk EMS Pioneer Award from the Florida Department of Health.
►The Florida Orchestra named Mark Cantrell its new president and CEO.
►Hole in One Donuts is opening another location in Tarpon Springs at 39024 U.S. Highway 19 N.
►MarineMax promoted Bryan Riley to regional service and parts manager of its Midwest and North Florida stores, and Manny Alvare joined MarineMax as corporate counsel.
►Sprouts Farmers Market opened its Clearwater store, located at 23656 U.S. Highway 19 N.
►The Grand Plaza Hotel and Beachcomber Beach Resort Hotel on St. Pete Beach were sold to a venture led by Gencom, a Miami-based real estate group, for $100 million.
►An affiliate of Apollo Global Management in New York bought the Brookdale Pinecrest community, at 1150 Eighth Ave. SW, in Largo, for $93.4 million.
►Franklin Street arranged the lease of 60,000 square feet of Class A office space at the Tampa Bay Times’ headquarters building in downtown St. Petersburg to global firm L3 Technologies.
►Alltrust Insurance in Palm Harbor named Austin Brooks director of pricing and analytics.
►The executive board of the Clearwater Downtown Partnership selected Eric Sullivan, owner of downtown businesses The Sports Facilities Advisory and The Sports Facilities Management, as its chair.
►The St. Petersburg Free Clinic added four new board members to its board with Tim McMahon, Jodi Perry, Nadine Smith and David Warner.
►PowerChord named Nikki Vegenski as vice president of marketing and strategy.