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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Samess joins American Caribbean

Kyle Samess has joined American Caribbean Real Estate -- Middle and Lower Keys as a sales associate.

Samess grew up in South Florida and attended Florida State University. After college, he joined the U.S. Army and served in its 1st Ranger Battalion, a special operations unit.

After completing six combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Samess decided to return to South Florida and join his family in Marathon. His father, Dr. Ronald Samess, is a local family practice physician, and brother Daniel is the chief executive officer of the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce.

"I am impressed with Kyle's no-nonsense approach to business, and we are very proud to have him on our team," said Ginger Henderson, broker for the company.

Samess will be working out of the Marathon office at 9141 Overseas Highway.

American Caribbean Real Estate-Middle and Lower Keys, an exclusive affiliate of Christies International Real Estate, has offices in Marathon, Ramrod Key and Costa Rica.

StayFit honors Brown

StayFit Studio congratulates Eden Brown as recipient of the May "Fit Member of the Month" award.

Stay Fit created the award to recognize outstanding 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.

Dietrich joins REEF

Reef Environmental and Education Foundation (REEF) recently welcomed Jamie Dietrich as the foundation's new trips program and communications manager.

As her title implies, Dietrich's main responsibilities revolve around managing REEF's Field Survey Trips Program. Each year, the nonprofit foundation leads 10 to 15 week-long international field survey trips to dive destinations across the world.

Dietrich will also manage communications and marketing efforts for all of REEF's programs.

Dietrich is a Midwesterner at heart, but comes to the Keys from the Big Apple, where she spent eight years after college working in experiential marketing.

Ohayon wins Dartmouth alumni award

Sid Goldman, who represents the Dartmouth Club of the Florida Keys, recently presented this year's Dartmouth College Alumni Book Award to Anthony Ohayon of Key West High School.

The award is presented annually to outstanding juniors who have demonstrated highest academic success, high moral character, made a positive impact on the life of the school community and excelled in nonacademic areas, Goldman said during the award presentation.

"This year's recipient exemplifies all the qualifications," Goldman said of Ohayon.

Ohayon gratefully accepted the award, which was a book of poems by Robert Frost, who attended Dartmouth College and lived in Key West.