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Sunday, March 9, 2014

First State promotes Hadas

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently promoted Kerry Hadas to vice president/branch administration officer/training manager.

Hadas was hired in 1990 as a teller at the main office. She progressed with the bank, holding positions including customer service representative, head teller, assistant branch manager, personal banking officer, and branch manager.

In 2013, she was promoted to assistant vice president/ branch administration officer/training manager, before assuming her current role as vice president.

Originally from New Jersey, Kerry has lived in Key West for more than 20 years with her husband.

Babich named general manager of the Year

Each year, the Florida Keys Lodging Association recognizes a general manager from Key West, the Lower Keys and Upper Keys who has done a particularly outstanding job. The recipient should demonstrate exceptional qualities in overseeing his or her property, has inspired staff to high levels of guest service and who has always managed to maintain the composure and grace that is the hallmark of a first class manager.

This year, Matt Babich was named Key West general manager of the year for the second time in his career, and is the only GM to do so.

Babich, GM of the Southernmost Hotel Collection and Southernmost Beach Cafe, does not like to take all of the credit for the success of his career.

"I am honored to have received this award not once, but twice now in my career," he said. "2013 was the year for change at our collection of hotels, and we have conquered it together with our continued passion for hospitality. What has made the Southernmost Hotel Collection an award winning resort, is not only the people who stay here, but the people who work here."

Romano chosen as conference speaker

Cody Romano was one of the presenters at "frank," an annual gathering in Gainesville for social change communicators and public relations specialists.

Romano, who attended Gerald Adams Elementary School and graduated from University of Florida, is a developer for Mobiquity, a mobile software company in Boston. He works with various clients such as Biogen developing apps for patients with neurological disorders, and Hasbro, creating video games that kill exploding aliens and adding technology to their game "Life."

At the conference, Romano discussed his side project, "Geopackages," a smartphone application that promotes social change through location-based storytelling.

Romano is the son of Womankind Executive Director Kim Romano.

StayFit Studio congratulates Thomas

Stayfit Studio recently selected Ali Thomas as its "Fit Member of the Month."

"Ali is a wonderfully well-rounded member who works hard and always stays positive," said Raquel Robbins-McCarthy, StayFit Studio Owner. "Her dedication is an inspiration to us all."

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 complimentary massage at the studio.