Veteran of the Year Award, new license, new banking committee chairman

On Veteran’s Day during an observation at VFW Post 3233, Army Veteran Todd Hughes was recognized by the Sarasota County Veterans Commission with the John H. McLain Veteran of the Year Award. Hughes is the manager of the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services Program.

The award is the highest honor the commission bestows annually on a veteran. Hughes served in the Army in Iraq. He was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) and although he had some immediate health effects, he ended his business trip before returning home a few months later.

Upon returning home, he was diagnosed with a severe head injury that severely affected his day-to-day well-being and his ability to keep a job.

He was the first administrator of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Veterans Program and helped raise funds for the construction of a dedicated veterans center on campus.

Then he joined the team at Goodwill Manasota. At Goodwill, Hughes – along with his service dog, Ghost – works to remove barriers to employment, provide opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, and connect veterans with needed social services.

He is also Senior Vice Commander of Disabled American Veterans Post 97, a member of the Vietnam Brotherhood Alpha Company, and the coordinator of the Lutz Buddy Up program, which brings together area veterans for networking and support.

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Jordan NoyesSarasota-based financial services company Access Advisors has received a Series 7 license from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Noyes is now a Registered Assistant at Access Advisors LLC, founded in 2005 by investment advisor Amanda E. Stiff. The Series 7 license expands Noyes’ responsibilities and enhances his ability to help research, interact with clients, and conduct business under brokerage direction so that he can sell almost all types of investment products.

Candidates for the license must first pass the Securities Industry Essentials exam and the Series 7 exam.

Noyes joined Access Advisors in early 2020 as Client Relations Manager. He holds a BA in Professional and Technical Communication from the University of South Florida.


RG “Kelly” Caldwell Jr.The CEO / President of Venice-based Caldwell Trust Co. was elected Chairman of the Florida Bankers Association’s Trust Executive Committee.

A long-time member of the Florida Bankers Association, Caldwell has been a strong supporter of the 45-strong FBA Trust Division for nearly two decades and has served several terms as a member of the Trust Executive Committee that helps shape trust education programs in Florida, among others. He took over his new role as chairman on October 1st.

The FBA, one of the state’s oldest trade associations, was founded in 1888 to advocate for Florida banks and promote the state’s banking industry.

Caldwell Trust Co. is an independent trust company with offices in Venice and Sarasota.

The Suncoast Jewish Family and Children Service recently added three members to its board of directors: Attorney Michael D. Goldman; Mark Gordon, managing editor of the Business Observer; and Ken Waters, Vice President of Resident Services, Sarasota Housing Authority.

Goldman, a retired Potter Anderson partner, practiced corporate law in Delaware.

Gordon has served the community not only as an award-winning journalist and managing editor of one of his major business publications, but also as a volunteer focused on children and families.

Waters’ 18-year tenure with the Sarasota Housing Authority has been instrumental in developing avenues for family self-sufficiency, a goal that JFCS shares. The Housing Authority’s Resident Services Department provides affordable housing and training, employment, and education opportunities.


Two new members have joined the Sarasota Military Academy Board of Directors. Pete Skokos and retired lieutenant colonel. Tessa Suplee.

Skokos and Suplee will improve the governance, diversity and leadership of SMA and add new ideas to the organization.

Skokos is a local legal practitioner, while Suplee brings gender diversity with hands-on experience in the US Air Force’s medical field.

Skokos is a partner at Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, PA and a member of the company’s Real Estate Practice Group focusing on real estate, banking, and business transactions.

Suplee retired from the military with the rank of lieutenant colonel after a distinguished career as interim squadron commander, deputy squadron commander, and flight nurse instructor. Her missions included tours in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan.

She is a registered nurse and has worked in intensive care units in Sarasota County for over 20 years.

The SMA Foundation, the exclusive fundraising arm of Sarasota Military Academy High School and Sarasota Military Academy Preparatory School, also appointed two new trustees. Tony Baade and Tom McElheny.

Both Baade and McElheny bring their own strengths and experiences to the SMA Foundation, with Baade bringing his active experience in Panama, Iraq, Kosovo and post 9/11, and McElheny bringing his background with the Marine Corps and passion for management and education.

Baade graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1991. During his more than eleven years of active activity, Baade achieved the rank of major.

Baade now lives in Longboat Key and is currently the FedEx captain. He is responsible for multi-million dollar aircraft and ensures on-time logistics and deliveries around the world.

McElheny served in the Marines for seven years and rose to the rank of captain. For actions in Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star with Bravery Device, Combat Action Ribbon and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

He is a former elected member and chairman of the Sarasota County School Board and was a trustee of New College.

Four prominent community leaders have joined the 2020-2021 Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.

The new candidates are David Arch, Chairman and CEO of Blistex Inc .; Michael Martella, President of Boar’s Head; Carolyn Mason, Former Sarasota County Commissioner; and Kelly Wade, CEO of Crown Roofing.

Kelly Wade has been named CEO of Crown Roofing and Advisor to Crown Capital Management.

Wade was led to grow Crown Roofing and Waterproofing and Crown Residential Services by leveraging her background in sales, marketing, and strategic development, as well as the family tree of senior management.

Wade’s career spanned 27 years. He leads people, develops unique cultures, and builds a wide variety of businesses. Prior to joining Crown Roofing, based in Sarasota, Wade was CEO of North American Roofing, Inc., one of the largest national commercial roofing companies based in Asheville, North Carolina and then in Tampa.

She was previously the executive director of The Goss Agency, a respected advertising agency based in Asheville.

Wade earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Miami University and a Six Sigma certificate from Villanova University. She is an MBA candidate from Ashland University.

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