VyStar Credit Union Opens New Branch, Contact Center Hub in Tallahassee
VyStar Credit Union is proud to announce its second Tallahassee branch is now open at 3208 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308, continuing the credit union’s efforts to better serve residents in the Florida Panhandle. Tallahassee-Mahan Drive, VyStar’s 68th full-service branch, will also house a regional Contact Center, adding 25 jobs to the area. Additionally, a Starbucks Coffee® will open onsite in 2023, providing an even more enjoyable experience for members who visit the branch.
“Our new Tallahassee branch is a dynamic space where we can help our members reach their financial goals, while also supporting our entire membership base through our Contact Center,” said VyStar EVP/Chief Operations Officer Chad Meadows. “We have made many meaningful connections and partnerships since our first Tallahassee branch opened in 2021, and our team is excited to expand on those efforts as we continue to live out our purpose to Do Good in this vibrant community.”
Holland & Knight Celebrates 50 Years in Tallahassee with Fundraiser for Elder Care Services, Inc.
The law firm of Holland & Knight celebrated its 50th year in Tallahassee on November 16 with an open house reception in its offices on South Calhoun Street. The event included a fundraiser for Elder Care Services, which is also celebrating its 50th year of serving Meals on Wheels in Tallahassee. With nearly 120 guests in attendance, Holland & Knight proudly raised $10,000 in donations for Elder Care Services.
Holland & Knight opened the Tallahassee office in 1972 and is currently led by executive partner Shannon Hartsfield. The office is home to 15 lawyers and policy advisors who represent companies throughout the United States in all types of matters involving Florida government. In addition to providing legislative and executive branch lobbying services, Holland & Knight represents clients in a variety of regulatory matters, including those involving regulation of healthcare, education, insurance, the environment, state and local taxation, public utilities, education, transportation and data privacy. It also regularly represents clients in state and local government procurement matters, administrative law, commercial litigation, appellate matters, and internal investigations.
In 2022, Florida Trend named Holland & Knight one of the Best Companies to Work For in Florida. Additionally, the Tallahassee office received eight first-tier rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Guide in 2022.
About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with approximately 1,700 lawyers and other professionals in 32 offices worldwide. The firm’s lawyers and advisors provide representation in litigation, corporate and finance, real estate and governmental matters. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with efficient access to attorneys throughout the firm. www.hklaw.com
2023 Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® (TBR) Officers and Directors Installed
The 2023 Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® (TBR) Officers and Directors were installed at a ceremony on November 15, 2022 officiated by Mayor John Dailey. The 2023 TBR Board of Directors are:
Danielle Galvin, President, Jim Butler, President Elect, Anthony Gifford, Secretary, Lee Snowden, Treasurer, Justin Peel, Past President, Joe Brannon, Director, Othell Broger, Director, Alex Carroll, Wakulla Chapter Director, DeAna Herndon, Director, Stewart Proctor, Commercial Director, Dean Pugh, Affiliate Director, Sarah Springer, Director, Carla Stephens, Director
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher named to National Academy of Inventors
A Florida State University researcher who pioneered power conversion technology has been named to the National Academy of Inventors.
Fang Zheng Peng, distinguished professor in engineering, is one of 169 distinguished academic inventors who are part of this year’s NAI class.
“I’m honored that the NAI would recognize my work, and I’m humbled to be included in such a distinguished group of scientists and engineers,” Peng said. “I’ve had the fortune throughout my career to work with really talented people, both in industry and academia, and that is certainly true at FSU. There is still a lot of work to be done in high-power converter technology and how it can be applied to our power grids. I’m excited to see what my group can do next.”
The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Election as a Fellow is the highest professional distinction awarded to academic inventors.
NAI Fellows hold more than 58,000 U.S. patents, which have generated over 13,000 licensed technologies and companies and created more than one million jobs. Their discoveries have generated over $3 trillion in revenue.
Peng, an expert in power electronics, received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Wuhan University in China and his graduate degrees from Nagaoka University in Japan.