One Liners Pinellas

►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,, 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.

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.

Austin Brooks

►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.

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