Leadership Florida Selects JMX Brands Employee, 2022 Super Lawyers

Kari-Jo KoshesDirector of Stores and Execution at JMX Brands in Sarasota, has been accepted into the Florida Leadership Program.

Koshes joined JMX Brands in 2013 and oversees innovations in product delivery, manages the warehouse and factory outlet in LaGrange, Indiana, oversees the experience and ongoing expansions of DutchCrafters showrooms in Sarasota, Alpharetta, Georgia and Howe, Indiana, and planning the future showroom. Locations.

Koshes holds a bachelor’s degree in general business with a minor in international business from the University of Central Florida. She received her MBA and DBA from Columbia Southern University and graduated in 2019 from Sarasota County Leadership.

Leadership Florida’s mission is to continuously discover and bring together committed individuals, to enhance and recharge their leadership skills by introducing them to a powerful community through which they find knowledge and inspiration.


All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota has created and filled a new position in human resources, hiring experienced professionals DD Goerke as the new Senior Director of People & Culture.

In this role, Goerke will be responsible for contributing to the strategic leadership of All Faiths, serving as a guardian of the organization’s culture and ensuring continuous improvement and innovation; talent acquisition and management, including assisting team members with individual professional development plans; human resource administration; and general administration.

The ultimate goals of this senior management position are to develop HR strategies that will result in a high performing organization and a culture characterized by energetic and engaged team members, as well as to develop effective and creative HR solutions that will support the mission and organization of All Faiths. Goals.

Goerke arrives at All Faiths from Turning Points, where she served as the Director of Human Resources. Previous roles include Director of People and Culture at PropLogix (Sarasota), Director of Human Resources at HCR ManorCare (Venice), Area/Regional Human Resources Manager for Xanterra Parks & Resorts (Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming) and Manager Regional Human Resources for Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana.


Nine Icard Merrill attorneys have been selected to Florida’s 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers; less than 5 percent of the state’s attorneys are selected each year.

Icard Merrill’s lawyers on the list are: Drew ClaytonSecurities litigation; Thomas F. Icard Jr.Construction litigation; William W. Merrill IIIland use and zoning; Alyssa M. Nohren, Immovable; and Telese L. ZubererImmovable.

The rising stars are: Natalie G. ColdironImmovable; Worth GrahamSecurities litigation; Bianca N. Manos, Family law; and Jordan RicardoEstate planning and probate.

Super Lawyers selects lawyers using a patented multi-phase selection process. Nominations and peer reviews are combined with independent research.

Icard Merrill is a Sarasota-based full-service law firm.


Hershorin Schiff Community Day School in Sarasota recently hired Tracey Bortz as Director of Programs for the Early Childhood Education Center. She was chosen after a six-month nationwide search, according to dan ceaserprincipal.

Bortz was previously director of early childhood education at Gross Schechter Day School in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Bortz, who was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, graduated from Johannesburg College of Education and received her master’s degree from Siegal College of Jewish Studies, Cleveland.

The Hershorin Schiff Community Day School serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school opened a new campus last summer.


The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, has named two new hospitality professionals to its sales leadership team: Jillian Dampier as Group Sales and Catering Director and Pierre Francois as Transitory Sales Manager.

A native of Indiana, Dampier’s hospitality career began in Indianapolis after earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University. With 20 years of experience, she has held various leadership positions with renowned brands such as Hyatt, Conrad Hotels and Resorts and other Marriott Bonvoy portfolio properties.

She brings her extensive knowledge and expertise in group management and catering to her new role, where she will lead sales for the luxury hotel’s group events. She will also oversee weddings, social events and corporate catering meetings.

Francis holds an MBA from Crummer Graduate School of Business in Winter Park. His 28-year career in the hospitality industry began at Walt Disney World, followed by an 18-year tenure with various Marriot Bonvoy brands.

He started with the group sales team at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando Grande Lakes and JW Marriott Grand Lakes Orlando and went on to work in the group segment for The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. and JW Marriott, Los Angeles. at LIVE.

He launched his leisure sales experience just under a decade ago when he joined the Ritz-Carlton team, Bachelor Gulch, and has since gained experience at other properties, including The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Caribbean and Mexico, and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

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