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Tourism Council elects officers

The president and CEO of Dolphin Research Center in the Middle Keys has been re-elected to chair the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the volunteer board that administers tourism promotion for the Florida Keys and Key West. Rita Irwin was unanimously chosen during a recent TDC meeting at the Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand[…]

KEYS’ Free retires after 28 years

Keys Energy Services’ Kim Free retired on Nov. 17 after nearly 28 years of service to the utility.  Free was hired in 1990, when the utility was named City Electric System. During her tenure, she held the positions of cashier and Customer Service Department staff assistant, before ending her career as the Executive Assistant and[…]

KEYS’ Finigan ends 30-year career

Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Dale Finigan retire after 30 years of continuous service to the utility on Nov. 17.  Finigan was hired in 1987, when the utility was named City Electric System, after working two summers as a college engineering intern. During his tenure, he held the positions of electrical engineer, Supervisor of Electrical/Substations and[…]

KEYS names Finigan top employee

Dale Finigan was recently named Keys Energy Services’ Outstanding Employee of the Fourth Quarter for 2017. Finigan has worked for the utility for 30 years and serves as the Director of Engineering and Control. He also has served as an electrical engineer, Supervisor of Electrical/Substations, and Superintendence of Engineering. The Employee of the Quarter Committee[…]

First State’s O’Brien, Mench mark 15 years

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently announced Assistant Vice President/Assistant Treasurer Jenny O’Brien, and Treasury Management Representative II Charlie Mench celebrated 15 years with the bank. O’Brien began working for First State Bank as a teller in the Summerland Office. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2002 with a degree in[…]

CFFK’s Songer receives certification

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys recently announced accountant Mark Songer, CPA, completed the Not-for-Profit Level I Certificate Program offered by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Songer’s achievement underscores CFFK’s commitment in its financial accounting and reporting functions.       Since moving to Key West in 2005, Songer has participated in the[…]

Sunrise Rotary welcomes four members

Key West Sunrise Rotary recently welcomed four new members. The members, AIDS Help Executive Director Scott Pridgen, AHA Sales President Marty Hirsch, Key West Distilling owner Jeff Louchheim and Elizabeth MacLaughlin, a Monroe County property appraiser who also serves as secretary-elect for Rotary District 6990, all transferred from the Rotary Club of Key West. Key[…]

KEYS’ Stefan retires after 30 years

Keys Energy Services employee Stefan J. Washington retired on Nov. 3 after 30 years of continuous service with the utility.  Washington was hired in 1987 when the utility was named City Electric System. During his tenure, he held the positions of auxiliary operator oiler and general helper before completing his career as a tree trimmer[…]

Upper Keys Rotary adds member

The Rotary Club of the Upper Keys recently welcomed Kim Sovia-Crandon to the organization. Sovia-Crandon, sponsored by Judi Cooley, is the director of development at VNA/Hospice of the Florida Keys and a long-time resident of Key Largo. Upper Keys Rotary focuses its local efforts on raising money to support youth initiatives through athletic programs, funding[…]

Realty company welcomes Stauffer

Berkshire Hathaway Knight and Gardner Realty recently welcomed Jenna Stauffer to its team of licensed real estate professionals. Stauffer is a Ball State University graduate and began her career in Indiana as a television reporter and anchor at WIPB-TV. After anchoring and reporting the news in eastern Indiana, Jenna decided to switch  to sports. That[…]