Partner awards announced
The Central Florida Community Action Agency has named CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion its 2018 Partner of the Year for Marion County.
The agency, which serves Marion, Levy and Alachua counties, provides energy assistance and other programs for low-income families, particularly the elderly and disabled. Last November, the agency moved its Marion County office to CareerSource CLM’s career center in Ocala.
During the awards event July 12 in Gainesville, agency CEO Charles Harris said the move resulted in “substantial financial savings to the agency and more importantly, provided convenience for our shared clients.”
Harris joined CareerSource CLM’s board of directors earlier this year.
The Partner of the Year awards also recognized the Chiefland Police Department as Levy County Partner of the Year and Wells Fargo as the Alachua County Partner of the Year.
New board members named
Episcopal Children’s Services recently welcomed four new members to its board of trustees:
• Jennifer Holden CFP(R), CDFA, Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
• Heidi Maier, Superintendent, Marion County Public Schools
• Bob Ohrablo, President, Jacksonville IceMen
• Brooke Yencarelli, Division Director, Accounting Principals, Ajilon and Parker + Lynch
Officers of the board for the 2018-19 fiscal year are:
• President — Derrick Smith, Principal, Grand Central Ventures LLC
• Vice President — Vickie Adams, Senior Risk Officer, VyStar Credit Union
• Secretary — Kristi Aiello, Market Development Senior Manager, Florida Blue
• Treasurer — Jennifer Holden
Air service added
Boomerang Air Charter has announced additional aircraft to service the Ocala, Tampa, Tallahassee and Northwest Florida region.
Through a collaboration with JM AVIATION, Boomerang will base at Ocala International Airport. The Air Charter Company will offer a nine-passenger Turbo-Prop Pilatus PC12 aircraft, which will fly such routes as Ocala to Marsh Harbour, the Bahamas or Lexington, Kentucky, for equestrian clients.
New office in Ocala
CMIT Solutions of Ocala has opened an office at 1294 SE 24th Road, Suite 2. Phillip Smith is the owner.
The company will serve small and medium-sized businesses throughout the area.
Smith joins CMIT Solutions with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy and 10 years’ experience in healthcare IT consulting as a project manager.
Business leader donates time
Arborjet Inc., which specializes in plant health care, has a history of promoting philanthropic charities and educational initiatives. The company owns a majority interest in Ecologel Solutions in Ocala.
Jim Spindler, Director of Agronomy at Ecologel Solutions, recently participated in his 13th mission trip for Catholic Heart Workcamp, which provides teens opportunities for service work and learning across the United States and in several foreign countries. The camp, founded in Orlando in 1993 with 100 participants, and grew to more than 13,000 this year.
Spindler escorted and worked with a team of high school teens from California, Boston and Florida in an outreach with the Community of Hope in Melbourne and joined another team to help the Daily Bread, which assists the homeless and hungry.
Company gives to community
N-Tact Security is a private security firm in Ocala, owned by Bobbi, Mitchell and Kendall Tucker, that offers armed and unarmed security.
According to a news release, the agency recently hosted a community outreach event for residents of the Promenade Apartments complex so their officers could connect with the tenants on a personal level.
The event included a bounce house, face painting, music and free food and drinks for the residents. The day ended with the agency donating more than 300 hot dogs and condiments to the Salvation Army.