One Liners Pinellas: Achieva Credit Union, Big Storm Brewing and more

Sorrento Sweets, a bakery and coffee shop that specializes in classic Italian desserts, is opening at 667 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. (Pictured above)

OriginClear completed its move out of California, co-locating corporate headquarters with its manufacturing division near Dallas, and setting up administrative facilities at 13575 58th St. N., Clearwater.

Achieva Credit Union, based in Pinellas County, reached a definitive agreement to merge with Tampa-based Coast 2 Coast Financial Credit Union, gaining 1,900 new members in the process.

Rohland Bryant

Achieva Credit Union board member Rohland Bryant was recognized by The League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates with its Volunteer of the Year Award for promoting financial literacy in the St. Petersburg community.

Melissa Seixas, vice president, Florida government and community relations at Duke Energy, ended a three-year term as chair of the board of directors of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and will be succeeded by Derek Houston, partner and co-founder at Houston Taylor Law, in St. Petersburg.

TruAmerica Multifamily, a multifamily investor and operator based in Los Angeles, purchased a 292-unit apartment complex at 3975 Country Place Lane, Palm Harbor for $47 million.

Cushman & Wakefield arranged the sale of Worthington Court, a 152-unit apartment community located in New Port Richey, for $15.6 million.

Marlene Debel, executive vice president at MetLife (NYSE: MET), joined the board of directors of Raymond James Financial.

Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, will serve as chair of the Executive Directors Council of the Florida Regional Councils Association in 2021. 

The Portopiccolo Group, an investment management firm based in New Jersey, bought Jacaranda Manor, a nursing home at 4250 66th St. N., St. Petersburg.

Ineta Kalnina and Samantha Locke joined Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach as Realtors.

Clearwater-based Big Storm Brewing was awarded the gold medal at the 2020 U.S. Beer Open Championship for its Maple Rum Huracan Imperial Stout.

Monin Americas, a Clearwater-based flavoring manufacturer, sold its distribution center in the Starkey Lakes Industrial Center in the Largo area to GID, a real estate investment firm in Boston, for $14 million.

Pamela Lee was named chief financial officer of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties.

Pilot Bank named Roy Binger as St. Petersburg market executive.

Buddy Brew is opening in St. Petersburg.

Buddy Brew is opening its eighth café, and first Pinellas County location, at 2424 4th St. N., St. Petersburg.

Crown Automotive Group, headquartered in St. Petersburg, acquired Kelly Subaru, a dealership in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Susana Weymouth, executive director of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, joined The Florida Orchestra as chief development officer.

Flaharty Asset Management, a wealth management firm in Clearwater, expanded its Florida footprint to the Naples-Fort Myers area by merging with AWA Investment Advisors in Punta Gorda.

Commercial Partners Realty’s QA Team of Dan Quarles and Austin Karrick represented Mainstream America in the sale of the Petersburg Commerce Center in St. Petersburg.

The Connor Group, a Dayton, Ohio-based real estate investment firm, bought Bayside Arbors, a 436-unit luxury apartment complex in Clearwater for $93.25 million.

St. Petersburg-based 1347 Property Insurance Holdings changed its name to FG Financial Group.

Scherer Development closed a $10.65 million construction loan with American Momentum Bank to finance the construction of a new 60-unit townhome community 3301 Whitney Road, Largo.

PTM Partners, the Miami-based real estate investment firm behind the Edge Collective project in St. Petersburg, named Thomas Strand as vice president of acquisitions and capital markets.

Greystar Real Estate Partners, based in Charleston, purchased vacant land at 225 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg for $15.075 million.

General Services Corp., a Virginia-based multifamily rental housing investor, purchased Gull Harbor Apartments at 17105 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach for $55 million.

The Tampa Bay Innovation Center, a business incubator and coworking entrepreneurial center in St. Petersburg, was announced as a finalist for Powderkeg’s 2020 National Tech Culture Awards.

City Furniture, a home furniture retailer headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, purchased land at 16915 U.S. Highway 19 N. and 16991 U.S. Highway 19 N. in Largo for $7 million.

Choice Hotels International, whose brands include Rodeway Inn, Econo Lodge and Comfort, opened a new hotel under its Cambria Hotels flag at 15015 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach.

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