Southeast Florida Roundup
Data storage facility proposed in Palm Beach County
JUPITER — Scripps Florida laid off 14 employees.
PALM BEACH — Netscape founder Jim Clark listed his ocean-to-lake estate for $137 million. He bought the five-acre property in 1999 and made significant improvements to it. Meanwhile, the Ziff family estate in Manalapan is for sale for $195 million.
RIVIERA BEACH — The city council, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board overseeing the marina redevelopment project, by a 3-1 vote fired CRA executive director Tony Brown, who had been chosen for the post in 2010 after his predecessor was fired. Scott Evans, the CRA director of planning and development, was chosen to replace Brown.
WEST PALM BEACH — Vision Group Holdings, which operates the Lasik Vision Institute and TLC Laser Eye Centers brands, opened its new headquarters.
PORT ST. LUCIE — The city sold the former Liberty Medical building to an investor who leased it to call-center company Teleperformance, which is hiring 600 employees.
Innovation Candidate Review
Boca Raton startup Candidate.Guru offers a service to help companies avoid hiring mistakes in the $50,00- to-$250,000 annual salary range. Founded by former executive recruiter Chris Daniels along with co-founder tech sales executive Steve Carter, the company ranks job candidates by cultural fit with a prospective employer and manager. It analyzes data across thousands of variables such as tenure at a former employer, hobbies, interests and other data for both the candidate and manager. It then ranks the candidates. The company has five full-time employees and four part-timers or contractors and is generating revenue from its platform launched in January.
» Roland Smith, CEO of Boca Raton-based Office Depot, will retire once the company chooses a successor. The company also announced executive vice president for retail Troy Rice will become COO North America. Rob Koch, senior vice president for real estate, gets the newly created post of executive vice president for business development.
» Boca Raton Regional Hospital hired H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and University of South Florida neurosurgeon Dr.Frank D. Vrionis as director of its Marcus Neuroscience Institute. Vrionis was chief of neurosurgery at Moffitt and professor of neurosurgery, orthopedics and oncology at USF.