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Sunday, April 28, 2013

U.S. 1 Radio wins broadcast award

US 1 Radio News recently won an Edward R. Murrow Award from the 2013 Radio Television Digital News Association for Best Small Market Radio Use of Sound.

The recognition is for the station's coverage of Southwest Airlines' arrival at Key West International Airport. It was the very first time the low-cost carrier flew into the Southernmost City. The story, "Southwest at Key West", was written and reported by Assistant News Director Ezra Marcus, produced and edited by Station Manager Erika Perkins, and supervised by News Director Bill Becker.

"We owe a big thank-you to Monroe County Airports Director Peter Horton," said Marcus. "He gave us terrific access to the inaugural flight's arrival on the ramp and passengers on the ground. There were multiple opportunities to record some amazing sound."

The entry now advances to the national Edward R. Murrow award competition. Winners will be announced in June and honored in October at a black-tie awards banquet in New York.

Centennial Bank honors star tellers

Centennial Bank congratulates Dee Bergstrom, Kathy Elmore, Michelle Cummings and Gina Valencia for earning the Star Teller Award last month.

The monthly recognition program acknowledges the challenges tellers face in providing best-in-class customer service, according to a bank press release. Centennial Bank designed the Star Teller Program to highlight the importance of error-free work. Tellers are rewarded for having no unscheduled absences, and a minimum number of errors for every given number of transactions. Each Star Teller receives a monetary award and a Golden Star to be placed on his or her name plate, indicating to customers the teller provides stellar customer service.

Coldwell Banker honors employees

During March 2013, several Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Company (CBSREC) sales associates achieved milestone service anniversaries in March.

Barbara McKee of the Middle Keys Office celebrated 15 years, and Jan Keller of the Islamorada office marked 11 years with CBSREC.

Other agent milestones Keys-wide included Sally Stribling and Vern Bodker, who each reached the seven-year mark last month, according to a company press release.

"Barbara has consistently set the standard for vacation and long-term rentals management in the Keys as well as for sales associates, while Jan has long been one of the Upper Keys' top producers and an exemplar in our Islamorada office," said President Brian Schmitt. "We want to express our thanks and appreciation for each of our people marking anniversaries this month."

First State recognizes Cole, Gilbert

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently congratulated Lison Cole, Summerland branch teller and Gayon Gilbert, loan servicing specialist, on their fifth year with the bank.

Cole originally worked for First State Bank's Big Pine branch from 2005-2007, and returned to First State in 2008 as a teller at the Summerland Branch.

Gilbert joined First State Bank as loan servicing specialist in 2005. She has 17 years of experience in the mortgage industry, according to a bank press release.

StayFit honors Conroy

StayFit Studio congratulates Flower Conroy, who received the studio's Fit Member of the Month award for April.

"We are proud of Flower's development, hard work and attitude towards reaching her goals," said Raquel Robbins-McCarthy, StayFit Studio owner. "Flower is an inspiration to others, and we are happy to award her as Fit Member of the Month."

Stay Fit created the award to recognize outstanding StayFit members who are well-rounded, show determination, consistency, and commitment to her/his goals and health. Each "Fit Member of the Month" receives free classes and a free massage at the studio.

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