JMX Brands, the parent company of the largest online store of Amish furniture, has hired Leslie Heller as its inaugural human resource manager. The Sarasota-based business has added over 20 full-time positions in the past year, growing to 67 full-time employees.
Heller has a wealth of relevant experience, previously working in human resources management at Lowe’s, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Conway Department Stores and other companies.
As human resource manager, Heller works alongside CEO Jim Miller and Business Manager Doug Tuck to shape policy, develop talent and enhance company culture.
Heller holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from DeVry University and a Master of Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Englewood Bank & Trust recently promoted all five of its principal retail banking officers.
Michelle Ravagni and Kristina Watts were named vice presidents, while Charlene Dorio, Alison Henderson and Gretchen Holla became assistant vice presidents.
Ravagni is the retail banking officer who manages the bank’s main office, while Watts is business relationship banker.
Dorio is a retail banking officer supervising the support team at the main office, Henderson is the retail banking officer at the Rotonda/Cape Haze and Gulf Cove offices and Holla is the retail banking officer in Boca Grande.
Williams Parker, of Sarasota, has been named a 2022 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.
The firm was regionally ranked in four categories: Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Law.
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys.
Attorney Michele B. Grimes, a board-certified expert in real estate law, was also named a 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” by “Best Lawyers in America” for her work in real estate law in Sarasota.
The 2022 edition of “Best Lawyers in America” highlights the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. The “Lawyer of the Year” designation is awarded to only one lawyer in a specific practice area and location.
Fifteen additional Williams Parker attorneys were also named to “Best Lawyers in America”: Charles D. Bailey Jr. (Land Use & Zoning), John T. Berteau (Trusts & Estates), Peter T. Currin (Real Estate Law), Gail E. Farb (Employment Law), Ric Gregoria (Trusts & Estates), J. Michael Hartenstine (Real Estate Law), Thomas B. Luzier (Real Estate Law), Patrick W. Ryskamp (Real Estate Law), Mark A. Schwartz (Litigation – Trusts & Estates), William M. Seider (Real Estate Law), Jeffrey T. Troiano (Trusts & Estates), James L. Turner (Real Estate Law and Trusts & Estates), E. John Wagner II (Tax Law) and Michael J. Wilson (Corporate Law). Attorney Fletcher H. Rush (Trusts & Estates) was recognized as a 2022 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch.
Recognition by “Best Lawyers” is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.