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Jim Hizer joins Convergent Nonprofit Solutions

Jim Hizer joins Convergent Nonprofit Solutions

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, one of the country’s preeminent fundraising and capital campaign management firms, has announced the addition of Jim Hizer, CEcD, CCE as project director. In his new role, Hizer will assist nonprofit organizations in meeting their fundraising objectives. His first [...]

Gulf Coast Community Bank raises $3.055 million

Gulf Coast Community Bank raises $3.055 million

Lee Bradley, Senior Managing Director of Community Capital Advisors, Inc., ("CCA") recently announced the successful capital raise of $3,055,000 for Gulf Coast Community Bank ("GCCB") in cooperation with the bank's management team and Directors. Jason Niziol, Vice President of CCA, developed [...]

House of Sticks: Kneading (or Needing) the Dough

House of Sticks: Kneading (or Needing) the Dough

Grab your favorite search engine (Google always works for me) and type in "55 trillion". A Bloomberg article dated 10-18-11, featuring writers Bob Ivy, Hugh Son, and Christine Harper, will appear. A Seeking Alpha article, dated 10-21-11 and written by Avery Goodman, will appear. A San Francisco [...]

Varona hearing on temporary injunction today, 2 p.m.

Varona hearing on temporary injunction today, 2 p.m.

Varona Enterprises of Florida will have its day in court today, that is unless the city can reach an agreement. As of last night, the hearing was set for 2 p.m. Varona has asked Judge Gary Bergosh for a temporary injunction enjoining the City of Pensacola from removing the company's equipment [...]

Varona tells employees good bye and thank you

Varona tells employees good bye and thank you

Note: Steve Barnes sends in articles occasionally for this blog. His focus has been sports, but he sent me this on Robert de Varona's final meeting with his employees. Robert de Varona hosted on Tuesday a dinner at O’Brien’s Bistro for his former employees and their families. In fact, it [...]

Studers partner with Vigodskys on BLAB TV

Studers partner with Vigodskys on BLAB TV

Today BLAB TV and Studer Community Development announced a partnership to build on the 30-year history of BLAB TV and local programming. "Brenda and I could not be more pleased," said Fred Vigodsky, BLAB TV president. "We love this area and have been looking for the right group to continue and [...]

Varona attorney confirmed no deal

Jesse Rigby of Clark Partington Hart called to confirm there is no deal between his client, Robert de Varona, and the city of Pensacola. He said his firm has had no direct communication with Mayor Hayward, City Attorney Jim Messer or Airport Director Greg Donovan. All conversations have [...]

Wait a second. Varona says there is no deal

Just got off the phone with Robert de Varona. There is no deal with the city. "There is no agreement at all," said Varona. "This is very unprofessional of the mayor to release anything about items of a potential agreement while we are still negotiating."

Hayward says deal struck with Varona

Statement from Mayor Ashton Hayward regarding airport concessions In order to ensure a smooth and orderly transition, the City has agreed to carefully store Varona’s equipment, at no cost, for a period of 60 days. Our new concessions vendor, OHM, is up and running and we are getting great [...]

Innovation Awards: Northwest Florida Tech Business Plan Competition

Innovation Awards: Northwest Florida Tech Business Plan Competition

Innovation Coast, Space Florida, and the Florida Small Business Development Council (SBDC) Network are joining forces for an exciting high-tech business plan competition that will help innovators jumpstart big ideas in a variety of tech fields. Open to businesses and entrepreneurs across the [...]

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

Who at the city of Pensacola hired John Trawick?

I asked Tamara Fountain who hired the Coastal Association Law Group attorney to represent the city on its dealings with Robert de Varona. I also requested who approved the letter that Trawick sent on Friday - Varona. Fountain said that Trawick was hired by the city attorney, Jim Messer. "I [...]

Varona files suit against City of Pensacola

Varona files suit against City of Pensacola

Mayor Ashton Hayward warned the Pensacola City Council that the city would be sued if it didn't give the concessions contract to OHM Group. Apparently he did get his lawsuit, not from OHM but from Varona Enterprises of Florida. Sources close to Robert de Varona told me last night that he felt he [...]

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