One Liners Pinellas: Bayfront Health, KnowBe4 and more

Nord Bay Capital of Tampa and its advisor, New York-based Tri-Artisan Capital Advisors, has closed on the acquisition of Clearwater-based Hooters of America from H.I.G. Capital, a Miami-based private equity and alternative assets investment firm.

► Hampton Inn and Suites, a $14 million project, opened at 2641 Michael Place, Dunedin.

Sunstar Paramedics, the 911 service provider for Pinellas County residents, has been renewed as an accredited medical transport system by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg named Sharon Hays CEO.

Finitive, a financial technology platform providing institutional investors with direct access to alternative lending investments, closed a $100 million senior secured warehouse line of credit for Platinum Auto of Tampa Bay.

Kari Jacobs

Tegna (NYSE: TGNA) promoted Kari Jacobs to president and general manager of WTSP-Channel 10 in St. Petersburg. 

The Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County voted unanimously to appoint Beth A. Houghton as the new chief executive officer and accept the terms of a two-year employment contract.

CareerSource Pinellas has accepted an offer from the City of St. Petersburg to buy the Science Center at 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg for $3.15 million.

Pilot, the parent company of Pilot Bank and National Aircraft Finance Co., moved to the OTCQX market.

Jiffy Lube franchisee South Bay Lube acquired a four-bay store at 9420 Ulmerton Road, Largo, which is currently open and operating under the name Jiffy Lube Multicare.

MarineMax (NYSE: HZO), based in Clearwater, entered into an agreement for the acquisition of the Fraser Yachts Group from the Italian-based Azimut/Benetti Group.

SPCA Tampa Bay’s Animal Resource Center opened at 34088 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor.

Franklin Street arranged the sale of 45 percent of the units at Enclave at Sabal Point, a garden-style condominium community at 2148 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg for $7.3 million, or $66,972 per unit.

Catherine Stempien

►Catherine Stempien, president of Duke Energy Florida, received the 2019 Glass Ceiling Award as part of the Florida Business & Professional Women’s Club’s 100th anniversary conference.

KnowBe4, a provider of security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, will receive a $300 million investment led by leading global investment firm KKR, with participation from existing investors Elephant and TenEleven Ventures, valuing the company at $1 billion.

Accenture, a professional services firm in St. Petersburg, named Julie Sweet as its global CEO.

Bluewater Media, was named the winner of the Gold Stevie Award in the Best Viral Video category in the 17th Annual American Business Awards.

Behar + Peteranecz Architecture

►Kathryn Younkin, former deputy zoning official for St. Petersburg, has joined Behar + Peteranecz Architecture’s St. Petersburg team.

RCS Pinellas has formed a partnership with St. Petersburg College and launched the RCS Express Center at the St. Petersburg College Midtown Campus, which will provide services such as small meal ingredients, immediate turn-around referrals and direct support related to homelessness, domestic violence and energy assistance.

Sandy Waterbury has been named managing broker of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s St. Petersburg office at 120 2nd Ave. N.E., Suite 102A.

TAO Connect, a St. Petersburg digital health company, has received a half-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and launch a chatbot.

► Apyx Medical Corp., formerly Bovie Medical Corporation, (NASDAQ: APYX) has been added to the Russell 3000 and Russell 2000 Indexes.

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