April 16, 2024

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| 11/27/2023

› Bank names top lending exec for Tampa, Central Florida markets
First American Bank's Tampa headquarters says the bank hired Tony Sasso as senior vice president for commercial lending. In the role, Sasso, according to a statement, will oversee business development in the bank's West Florida and Central Florida markets. First American Bank is a privately held bank with more than $6 billion in assets. It primarily serves the Chicago, Miami, Tampa and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, markets.

› Jacksonville is one of eight Tyson plant closings nationwide
Just days after Tyson Foods Inc. filed a notification of the closing of its Jacksonville meat-processing plant, the food company said it is one of eight plant closures in 2023. “We will continue to evaluate our production footprint and network to drive efficiencies,” CEO Donnie King said in a conference call with analysts after Tyson’s fiscal year-end earnings report, according to a transcript posted by the company.

› Program to teach Orange County tourism workers language skills expands
Graduates of a pilot program to teach English to hospitality workers in Orange County are raving about the impact of the lessons on their lives and jobs, encouraging supporters to offer the classes to businesses outside the tourist district. Multilingual teachers will work next year not only with hospitality workers at hotels and resorts on I-Drive but also with employees at Amazon’s fulfillment center on Boggy Creek Road and businesses inside the Orlando International Airport, said Jennifer Haddad, director of business partnerships with UCF Global, which provides the instructors.

› Nonprofits, at the helm: New execs at BEAM, Better Together, OneJax, Junior Achievement
Two Jacksonville-area nonprofits — Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, or BEAM, and Better Together — have new executive directors in place in time for the new year. BEAM hired Jeff Winkler to succeed the retiring Lori Richards, who had been at the helm since 2017. Winkler was formerly head of basic needs at the United Way of Northeast Florida, where he served in several positions over a 17-year career and often partnered with BEAM.

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