Rick Scott fires up nomination pen by signing 16 appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott fired up his nomination pen last  week by singing in class of sixteen appointments, including one promotion to the Children and Youth Cabinet-level post. A majority of the appointments are subject to Florida Senate approval.

Gulf Coast State College District Board of Trustees

Don Crisp, 71, of Panama City Beach, is the vice president of First American Title Insurance. He has previously served on the Bay County Airport Authority and the Gulf Coast Community College Foundation. Crisp succeeds Danny Estes and for a term ending May 31, 2017.

Elizabeth Kirvin, 42, of Apalachicola, is the assistant principal of Apalachicola Bay Charter School. She has previously served as board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida. Kirvin succeeds Denise Butler for a term ending May 31, 2016.

Steve Millaway, 57, of Panama City Beach, is a self-employed electrical engineer. He has served as member of the Gulf Coast State College Advanced Technology Center advisory group. Millaway fills a vacant seat and for a term ending May 31, 2017.

David Warriner, 48, of Port St. Joe, is the owner and president of Tapper & Co. He was previously a legislative assistant with the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. Warriner’s reappointment ends May 31, 2017.

The appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Polk State College District Board of Trustees

Ricardo Garcia, 52, of Lakeland, is president of the Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation. He served in the United State Air Force and as treasurer of Polk Vision, a community-led partnership of organizations, businesses, and government. Garcia currently serves on the board of directors for Sun ‘n Fun International Fly In and Expo. His reappointment ends May 31, 2017.

Children and Youth Cabinet

Wansley Walters of Miami Shores is Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She will serve as chair of the Cabinet, reappointed for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

Board of Pilot Commissioners

James Winegeart, 54, of Jacksonville, is a harbor pilot with the St. Johns Bar Pilots Association. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending October 31, 2017.

Carolyn Kurtz, 49, of Tampa, is a harbor pilot with the Tampa Bay Pilots Association. Her reappointment ends October 31, 2017.

Stephen Nielsen, 70, of Davie, is the vice president of Caribbean Atlantic Shore Operations for Princess Cruises. His reappointment also ends October 31, 2017.

The appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc., Board of Directors

Robert Adamiak, 58, of Ocala, is executive director of Marion Regional Manufactures Association. He has served on the board of directors for the Manufacturers Association of Florida and on the executive committee of the Regional Workforce Development Board for Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. Adamiak succeeds Richard Kravitz for a term ending September 30, 2016.

Shawn Bush, 46, of Orlando, is president of I-CON Systems Inc. He served as members of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. Bush fills a vacant seat for a term ending September 30, 2016.

Alan Garey, 50, of Parkland, is president of Decimal Engineering. He has served as past chair of the South Florida Manufactures Association and as a current board member of the Manufacturers Association of Florida. Garey succeeds Rochelle Matza for a term ending September 30, 2015.

Carlyle Holder, 56, of Clermont, is president of Correctional Management and Communication Group. He served as warden of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and as national president of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Holder succeeds Walter Hill for a term ending September 30, 2017.

Harry “Gregg” Nicklaus, 57, of St. Petersburg Beach, is president of Sirata Beach Resort. He served on the board of directors for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and as past president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of Skal International. Nicklaus succeeds William Dresser for a term ending September 30, 2014.

Tadar Muhammad, 40, of Orlando, is vice president of the Home Builders Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Florida Juvenile Justice Association and Jobs for Florida Graduates. Muhammad succeeds John Medina for a term ending September 30, 2016.

 Vicki Lukis, 55, of Tallahassee, is partner of Sylvester Lukis & Associates LLC. She served as an advisory board member for the Florida TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice and as vice-chair of the Department of Corrections Reentry Advisory Council. Lukis’ reappointment ends September 30, 2014.

 The appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

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