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John Certo, 34, Panama City Beach

John Certo, 34, Panama City Beach

Runs a restaurant in Panama City Beach where everybody may not know your name, but he does. A third generation chef, his mantra is, "We don't do fancy … we do fresh." A local favorite, Andy's Flour Power has been featured in Southern Living and many travel magazines and John has served as a celebrity chef at plenty of local fundraising events. Three of his four grandparents were Italian, the fourth came from Bay County, which he visited while on vacation in 2005 and then decided to make his home.
Phillip Singleton,  27 Tallahassee

Phillip Singleton, 27 Tallahassee

Legislative director for the Pittman Law Group in Tallahassee and, at the age of 27, has already worked with Fortune 500 companies, the Florida Legislature, collegiate sports teams and the banking industry. Last year he was recognized by the Florida Conference of Black Legislators as an "Emerging Leader" in politics. He works to raise money for a wide range of charities, teaches basketball to underprivileged kids and also runs his own company, PGR Outreach Consultants, which provides opportunities for college students and young professionals in the marketing and political world.
Kim Rivers, 34, Tallahassee

Kim Rivers, 34, Tallahassee

Loves the art of the deal and her work shows it. Inkbridge, the Tallahassee company she runs with partner J.T. Burnette, last year closed New Market Tax Credit transactions totaling approximately $60 million to commercialize solar technology developed out of Florida State University. That resulted in two manufacturing facilities, three solar demonstration sites that will provide power to local utility companies and new jobs. So far in 2012, the company has invested in ProBank, a local community bank, to help launch an SBA lending platform and purchased two limited service hotels, among other investments.
John 'Jay' Bloxham Smith II, 38, Tallahassee

John 'Jay' Bloxham Smith II, 38, Tallahassee

Vice president and owner of Ajax Building Corporation, a Tallahassee-based company started by his grandfather 55 years ago. He oversees 130 workers and the company's active projects, which can range from 15 to 30 in design or construction at the same time. He also leads business development efforts throughout the southeast and helps with the management of JBK Insurance.
James and Josh Hosman, 35 and 34, Pensacola

James and Josh Hosman, 35 and 34, Pensacola

John and James Hosman earned their MBAs from the University of West Florida and have been active in the Pensacola business world and community ever since. As young alumni the brothers helped found Pensacola Young Professionals and started CollegeFrog.com, a website that James Hosman describes as "a combination of Match.com and Monster.com, connecting accounting students with accounting firms." Both remain active in that endeavor. While James has worked to help Panhandle business owners obtain financing for commercial real estate, machinery and equipment, John is a partner in a financial advising firm.
Nathan D. Boyles, 29, Crestview

Nathan D. Boyles, 29, Crestview

Earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Florida State University, and while going to school became a real estate agent and broker. He then went on to get a law degree. Today, he runs his own law firm in Crestview, plus a land title company, plus Yellow River Winery, where local fruits are made into wine. In his spare time he campaigned for and was elected to the Okaloosa County Commission.
Kayla Gude, 22, Pensacola

Kayla Gude, 22, Pensacola

Learned the farming business while growing up on a citrus farm in Central Florida. In her first job out of the University of Florida, where she earned a degree in food and resource economics, she serves as marketing director for the Panhandle Fresh Marketing Association. Tapping into a surprising set of business skills for a 22-year-old, in a few months she built the organization to where it is helping farmers diversify their crops and market local produce to WalMart and several other retailers in the region.
Sound Bytes December/January

Sound Bytes December/January

New beginnings, name changes, local honors and appointments by Gov. Scott
Franklin County Seafood Industry Needs Help

Franklin County Seafood Industry Needs Help

Congress and the state should work together to find some long-term solutions.
The Enormous Regional Dinosaur is Coming

The Enormous Regional Dinosaur is Coming

The Airbus assembly plant is a major game changer for our region of Florida in many ways.
Russian Émigré Envisions Panhandle as Caviar Capital

Russian Émigré Envisions Panhandle as Caviar Capital

Mark Zaslavsky runs a farm in Jackson County where he raises sturgeon that produce caviar, which can sell beyond $100 an ounce.
82 Years and Still Going

82 Years and Still Going

The RockTenn paper mill is still going strong after 90 years, pumping $85 million a year into the local economy.
Growing Catering Bsiness Began In A Church Kitchen

Growing Catering Bsiness Began In A Church Kitchen

Carrie Ann & Company now reaches as far as Destin and into Georgia.
Reel Enthusiasm

Reel Enthusiasm

When Pamela Dana hangs a "Gone Fishin'" sign on her office door, it doesn't mean she is playing hooky from work.
40 Years of Success in the Restaurant Business

40 Years of Success in the Restaurant Business

The names may have changed, but the address — and the reputation — for Andrew Reiss' downtown restaurants have stayed the same for 40 years.
Where Have All the Oysters Gone?

Where Have All the Oysters Gone?

What's behind the dire Apalachicola oyster situation, and what's being done to help save them?
Businesses Need to be Well-‘accounted’ for

Businesses Need to be Well-‘accounted’ for

How to know when your business needs to hire a professional accountant.
A Supporting Role

A Supporting Role

How a Department of Defense program helps workers and their employers when duty calls in the form of a deployment to Afghanistan.
Working on the Road

Working on the Road

If you have employees who travel on company time, it's best to set up a policy so everyone follows the same rules.
Success Ddvice: Pursue Opportunities, Be Tolerant

Success Ddvice: Pursue Opportunities, Be Tolerant

A Q and A with John Thiel, a Florida State University College of Business graduate who heads Merrill Lynch U.S. Wealth Management and the Private Banking and Investment Group.
Greg Tish: Music Man

Greg Tish: Music Man

From playing his cassette tapes at church to becoming Tallahassee's most famous DJ, Greg Tish built a career out of what he loves.
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