Movers & Shakers


Gordon joins Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Michael Gordon has joined the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club as its new vice president and general manager. In his new role, Gordon is responsible for leading key operations, overseeing sales and marketing, and leading a staff of more than 700 at the AAA Five Diamond resort.

Gordon joins the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club from his most recent position as general manager at The Barnsley Resort, a luxury resort in Adairsville, Georgia. Prior to The Barnsley Resort, he served as president and managing director of The Greenbrier in West Virginia as well as various positions within the Ritz-Carlton hotel company.

 “We are delighted to have someone with a background as extensive as Michael’s as the vice president and general manager of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club,” said Dale Haney, president of Gate Hospitality Group.

 A Ponte Vedra resident, Gordon attended Florida State College.

OneOcean promotes Wittman

One Ocean Resort & Spa has promoted Stephen Wittman II to director of food and beverage. In his new role, Wittman will be responsible for the vision, direction and development of One Ocean’s award-winning restaurant, Azurea restaurant, Azurea Lounge, Lobby Bar and in-room dining. He will also oversee the banquet servers and manage more than $6.5 million in annual banquet and outlet revenue for the resort’s meeting and event space.

Wittman has more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, previously serving as banquet manager and director of outlets at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel and event manager at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham, Alabama. He began his hospitality career as event services supervisor at Ritz-Carlton Orlando and holds a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen School of Hospitality Management.

FirstAtlantic welcomes new vice presidents

FirstAtlantic Bank recently welcomed two new vice presidents. Kevin Carlton joined the bank as vice president, commercial banker. His responsibilities include developing new customer relationships in the bank’s targeted markets of businesses and professionals. Carlton brings 21 years of financial services experience to his new position. He was most recently with TD Bank. A board member for the Rotary Club of Mandarin and Athletes to Champions, Carlton is a mentor for the Financial Matter$ Program through the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center and an instructor with Money Smart for Small Business. He received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Ginger Brelsford joined FirstAtlantic as vice president, retail regional manager. Her responsibilities include overseeing the growth and retention of consumer and business customer banking relationships and managing the leadership of five financial centers in the bank’s east region. Brelsford brings 22 years of financial services experience to her new role. She was most recently with the former CertusBank. Brelsford is a member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club, a board member and treasurer for the Easy Peasy Kids Fitness Foundation, and a board member and treasurer for the Louis Sheffield Elementary PTA.

James joins Beach House

Charles James has joined Beach House Assisted Living & Memory Care in Jacksonville Beach as executive director. A board-certified nursing professional with more than 20 years of experience in assisted living, James has worked in a variety of health care facilities, including nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and assisted living facilities.

Beach House offers 64 private alcove, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments for residents needing assistance with the activities of daily living. The facility also offers 20 private suites for residents requiring specialized memory care for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Clockwork Marketing receives builder’s award

Clockwork Marketing Services received an Excel Award from the Florida Home Builders Association. Presented at the annual Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) in Orlando, the award honors excellence in marketing and design.

The company created a marketing brochure on behalf of ICI Homes designed to introduce potential buyers to the builder’s high-end homes in Northeast Florida and inserted in The Wall Street Journal’s Northeast Florida circulation, targeting households in the region’s 10 wealthiest zip codes.

“Clockwork Marketing is honored to receive this recognition from our industry peers,” President Maxine McBride said. “Our team takes great pride in producing memorable work and exceeding expectations.”

Jimerson & Cobb honored by Florida Trend

Jimerson & Cobb, P.A. was recently named one of Florida’s “Best Companies to Work For” by Florida Trend magazine. This was the second consecutive year the law firm received the honor.

To qualify for the list, companies had to employ at least 15 workers in Florida and have been in operation for at least one year. Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

“It is deeply gratifying to have our firm recognized not only for our dedication to our clients, but also to our employees,” said Managing Partner Charles Jimerson, who noted that the firm was also honored recently by Jacksonville Business Journal as one of Northeast Florida’s fastest-growing companies. “It is only through the enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of our staff that we have continued to grow and develop so rapidly as a firm.”