Movers & Shakers


Dunlap receives ABOTA award

Attorney David Dunlap received the Joseph P. Milton Professionalism and Civility Award from the North Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates at its recent annual dinner. Presented Dec. 3 at the San Jose Country Club, the award honors an ABOTA member who exemplifies the character and commitment to the legal profession and the administration of justice of founding member Joseph Milton.

A founding partner of Dunlap, Ravis & Miller, PLLC, Dunlap has been practicing civil trial law in Jacksonville since 1989. He has been designated a “Pre-eminent Attorney” with an AV rating through Martindale-Hubbell, a nationally recognized attorney rating organization. A recent past president of the Jacksonville Justice Association, he has been a member of the Florida Justice Association for many years, serving as a member of its board of directors and receiving awards for excellence in trial work.

Dunlap was elected by his peers in 2009 to join the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization comprised of civil trial lawyers representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He practices law with his wife, Holly Green Dunlap, at the firm’s Beach Office located at 1400 Marsh Landing Parkway in Jacksonville Beach. A Ponte Vedra resident for 28 years, he is a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach, serving as club president in 2011-2012.

PGA Tour names Todd Anderson director of TPC Sawgrass Performance Center

Golf instructor Todd Anderson has been named director of the PGA Tour’s expanded Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, which is scheduled to open following THE PLAYERS Championship in May. The newly upgraded center will serve as the centerpiece of the new practice grounds that reopened Nov. 15 in along with the Stadium Course.

“I am very excited about this opportunity with the PGA TOUR and look forward to using our state-of-the-art performance center to create programs that will help players of all levels improve,” said Anderson, the 2010 PGA Teacher of the Year.

Anderson, who will begin leading the performance center staff in February, has been a Class A member of the PGA of America since 1987 and has held a number of high-profile instruction jobs since then, including at the Elk River Club, Old Marsh Golf Club and Sea Island Golf Performance Center. Since 2000, Anderson has been listed among Golf Digest’s 50 Greatest Teachers and since 2002, he has been one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors.

Dumadag, Herbstritt join Watson Realty’s Nocatee office

The real estate team of Heather Dumadag and Kerry Herbstritt recently joined the Nocatee office of Watson Realty Corp.

An accounting and finance expert, Dumadag holds a degree in accounting and an MBA from Purdue University. Herbstritt also has a background in finance. Prior to becoming a real estate professional, she traded at the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange for 10 years. After meeting Dumadag at the University of Chicago, they both decided to pursue their MBA at Purdue University.

One Ocean welcomes Mendoza as resort chef

One Ocean Resort & Spa has named Jay Mendoza as the resort chef responsible for Azurea, the resort’s award-winning restaurant. In his new role, Mendoza will be responsible for menu development, staff recruitment and management while overseeing daily restaurant and bar operations. Bringing knowledge and experience in the luxury hotel and restaurant market, Mendoza has worked at top-rated hotels and restaurants in New York, California, Alaska and Louisiana, including three Michelin star-rated restaurants.

“We are thrilled to have Jay join our team at Azurea,” said Ted Peters, vice president of culinary for Remington Hotels. “He has a dynamic background and has worked in some of the top restaurant kitchens in the country.”

Mendoza’s professional experience spans more than 14 years at an array of restaurants, resorts and hotels throughout the country. Beginning his culinary career in California, Mendoza held positions at Los Angeles hotspots including Bouchon Bistro, Sona Restaurant, Ortolan Restaurant and Patina Restaurant. He went on to hold a chef de cuisine and executive pastry chef position at Hotel Indigo in Santa Barbara, California; executive chef and director of food and beverage positions at Stonebridge Companies/Hilton Properties in Anchorage, Alaska; and Le Pavillon Hotel in New Orleans.

The Bridge names Pace CEO

The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Inc. (The Bridge) has named Elaine Pace as the organization’s next chief executive officer.

“After a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased to have found Ms. Pace to assume leadership of this world-class organization,” says Brian King, chair of The Bridge Board of Directors and chief strategy officer for Acosta Sales & Marketing. “Her wealth of experience and demonstrated leadership will guide The Bridge in its mission to provide integral services which promote the development of healthy, productive, self-sufficient youth and families in greater Jacksonville.”

Prior to The Bridge, Pace served as the president of USANA True Health Foundation, a public charity making grants for global disaster relief and child hunger; as CEO for the Girl Scouts of Utah; and in several other top leadership positions for organizations committed to improving people’s lives. She has guided the evolution and growth of organizations through a multitude of challenging circumstances, setting and achieving aggressive programmatic and financial goals. She holds an MPA in Negotiations and Conflict Management, Nonprofit Management from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a BA from the University of North Florida.