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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Doxey joins Capital Bank

Capital Bank recently announced the appointment of William "Bill" Doxey to vice president/commercial loan officer. He replaces long-time Keys resident and Capital Bank lender, Kym Collins, who announced her retirement earlier this month.

In his new role, Doxey is responsible for servicing existing and developing new commercial loan relationships in the Upper Keys and Homestead, states a press release from the bank.

Doxey has 20 years of banking experience, including 11 years of commercial lending experience. He joined Capital Bank in 2012 as the Key Largo branch manager. He also spent six years with Farmers & Merchants Bank in Statesboro, Ga.

Doxey will have offices in the Islamorada and Homestead branches.

For more information about Capital Bank, visit capitalbank-us.com or call 800.639.5111.

Mariners appoints 2 board members

Audra Hill and E. Carlton "Buddy" Wilton Jr., were recently elected to the Mariners Hospital Foundation board of directors for two-year terms.

Hill is a graduate of Coral Shores High School who has a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in taxation, according to a hospital press release. Hill, a certified public accountant, is a partner at the local accounting firm of Tolley & Hill. She is involved in many local organizations and currently serves on the boards of Leadership Monroe, the Key Largo Community Preservation Foundation, Jack Hill Child Care Center, Mariners Hospital Young Philanthropists of Baptist Hospital and the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition.

Wilton has been in the real estate development, construction and property management business for 30 years. He was president of Wilton Companies in Richmond, Va., and in 2004 founded Wilton Capital Management Service, where he is president and CEO. Wilton is involved in various philanthropic endeavors in Virginia, Florida and Idaho.

"Their enthusiasm and commitment to Mariners as well as their financial acumen are wonderful assets that will benefit the hospital, its patients and our community," said Wendy Gentes, development officer for Mariners Hospital Foundation.

Abyss designated a Blue Star dive program

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary recently welcomed Abyss Dive Center of Marathon into the sanctuary's Blue Star education and conservation program. Abyss is the 15th Keys dive operator to earn a Blue Star designation and the second from the Middle Keys.

Launched in 2009, Blue Star salutes charter companies that help protect the Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem by promoting responsible snorkeling and diving practices, and educating their patrons on the role humans play in reef health, according to a sancturay press release. Unlike some of the more global causes of reef decline -- such as climate change -- damage to reefs from snorkeling and diving is considered easily preventable through education and experience.

Blue Star operators are required to attend annual training on issues affecting coral reefs, sanctuary regulations and coral reef etiquette. Blue Star operators in turn educate their customers by incorporating the information into certification classes and dive briefings. They also must offer conservation-related dive courses and participate in activities such as fish counts and reef clean-ups.

Community Foundation elects officers

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK) recently announced the appointment of businessman and attorney Robert Spottswood as chairman of CFFK's board of governors. Spottswood is president of Spottswood Companies Inc., a real estate development, management and hospitality company. He replaces retiring Chairman Doug Mayberry, who served six years on the board and was elected chair in 2011.

In addition to Spottswood, the foundation's new executive committee, as of July 1, includes Brian Wruble (vice chair), Ann Reynolds (vice chair - grants), Susan Cardenas (vice chair - development), Karen Sharp (vice chair - finance and treasurer), Roger Heinen (vice chair - marketing) and Greg Oropeza (secretary). Mayberry will remain on the executive committee as immediate past chair.

Five current CFFK board members were also elected to a second three-year term: Susan Cardenas, Todd German, Rita Linder, Karen Sharp, and Robert Spottswood.

The Community Foundation encourages philanthropy and facilitates grantmaking to community nonprofits. It helps strengthen nonprofit leadership and leads community conversations around critical issues, among many other programs and services. CFFK currently manages 117 funds and endowments for individuals and nonprofit organizations. It has granted more than $16.8 million from these funds to support the important work of nonprofits in the Keys, according to a foundation press release.