BUSINESS PEOPLE: Miles Partnership chairman named to Hall of Leaders – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Roger W. Miles, chairman of the board of Miles Partnership, will be honored as the 2021 inductee into the U.S. Travel Association Hall of Leaders.

Distinguished individuals are named to the Hall of Leaders for “sustained, noteworthy contributions that have positively impacted the travel industry and raised industrywide standards.” With this induction, 103 travel industry luminaries will have been named to the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders since it was established in 1969.

Miles founded Miles Partnership in 1990, in Sarasota. He leveraged his background in business and engineering to bring an analytics-driven approach to destination marketing, leading to the development and evolution of groundbreaking digital marketing strategies.

Miles played an instrumental role in the creation and utility of destination travel websites. He is also credited as a leading voice in evolving cooperative marketing models from media-driven display advertising into content-rich storytelling. Core to this approach was the creation of tangible assets – articles, photos, videos and more – to help destination marketing organizations (DMOs) promote themselves to digital audiences.

Prior to founding Miles Partnership, Miles had more than 17 years of management experience in the publishing industry.

He will be honored by the U.S. Travel board of directors at a dinner Nov. 17, during its fall meeting.

Kimlyn M. Walker has joined the law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen, and Ginsburg, P.A., as an associate in the Sarasota office. Walker focuses her practice in the areas of land use, zoning, municipal law and real estate.

Before obtaining her law degree, she worked for the Hillsborough County Planning Commission as a land-use planner. She has in-depth knowledge and expertise in rezonings, special use requests, land development regulations, comprehensive plans, plan amendments, developments of regional impact, community redevelopment area plans and neighborhood studies.

Walker has counseled and advised clients on development issues in both unincorporated counties and city municipalities.

She received her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Florida and her J.D. from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Attorney Michele B. Grimes, a board-certified expert in real estate law at Williams Parker, has been named a 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” by “Best Lawyers in America” for her work in real estate law in Sarasota.

The 2022 edition of “Best Lawyers in America” highlights the top 6 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. The “Lawyer of the Year” designation is awarded to only one lawyer in a specific practice area and location.

Fifteen other Williams Parker attorneys were also named to “Best Lawyers in America.” They are: Charles D. Bailey Jr. (Land Use and Zoning), John T. Berteau (Trusts & Estates), Peter T. Currin (Real Estate Law), Gail E. Farb (Employment Law), Ric Gregoria (Trusts & Estates), J. Michael Hartenstine (Real Estate Law), Thomas B. Luzier (Real Estate Law), Patrick W. Ryskamp (Real Estate Law), Mark A. Schwartz (Litigation – Trusts & Estates), William M. Seider (Real Estate Law), Jeffrey T. Troiano (Trusts & Estates), James L. Turner (Real Estate Law and Trusts & Estates),  E. John Wagner II (Tax Law) and Michael J. Wilson (Corporate Law).

Attorney Fletcher H. Rush (Trusts & Estates) was recognized as a 2022 “Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch.”

Recognition by “Best Lawyers” is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. 

Metro Cabinet Co., of Sarasota, recently hired Declan Mcilvenny, a designer specializing in closets and storage spaces. Mcilvenny has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in manufacturing, installations and interior design.

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mcilvenny started with a three-year apprenticeship in his family’s remodeling business. He went on to study interior design at Belfast Metropolitan College.

He later obtained his National Vocational Qualifications, a professional certification in the United Kingdom based on training in the workplace, rather than the classroom.

Visit Sarasota County has hired Lani DeJesus as sales and marketing coordinator and recently promoted Carolyn Perry to industry development manager.

DeJesus graduated from State College of Florida in 2020 with an associate degree in business and marketing administration. She has worked in finance, health and fitness, real estate and the restaurant industries in the Sarasota area.

Perry was sales coordinator at VSC before being promoted to industry development manager early this summer. She will oversee the partnership program.

Linda Ferrara has joined the Trust and Investment Management Services division of Charlotte State Bank & Trust as a trust operations specialist charged with facilitating trust department operations, working with trust team members and assisting clients with inquiries, requests and support.

She has worked in the banking industry since 1979 and also has experience in retail sales, employee engagement and customer service.

PGT, a national leader in the premium window and door category, recently named Eric Kowalewski as executive vice president of Florida operations.

Kowalewski has more than 20 years of operations experience in an executive role, with eight of those years in the building products industry, where he has been successful in developing high-performance teams and cutting-edge global supply chains, while also leading multisite and multinational manufacturing locations.

Most recently, he was senior vice president of operations for Cornerstone Building Brands Residential Group.

Kowalewski received a Master of Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Ohio University. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

He will be based in the PGT Innovations corporate headquarters in Venice.