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Business Briefs 09.17.15
West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015 3 years ago

Business Briefs 07.16.15

by: Michael Eng Executive Editor

+ Mead retires from West Orange Orthopaedics

West Orange Orthopaedics administrator Glenda Mead retired after more than four decades of service. Mead celebrated her retirement June 27, with Drs. Kevin Cox, Randal Rust, Matthew Hubanis and William Cox. She has worked in West Orange since 1966 and has been at West Orange Orthopaedics since 1972. She was lovingly known as “WOO Mama” to her fellow employees.

+ Royal Oak to host open house

Royal Oak Homes will host an open house this weekend to showcase two new models at Black Lake Preserve in Winter Garden.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 18, at Black Lake Preserve, a gated community off Avalon Road south of State Road 50 in Winter Garden.

Matt Orosz, co-president, said Royal Oak Homes plans to build 91 new three- to six-bedroom single-family homes priced from the high-$300s.

Royal Oak is premiering two new models. The two-story William features more than 5,200 square feet of living area, with two master suites, priced from the $469,999. The Baldwin includes more than 3,200 square feet in a ranch configuration with optional bonus room. 

Royal Oak homes at Black Lake Preserve come with the latest in technology called Nest that can be integrated with smart phones or other devices to remotely control thermostats, appliances and cameras.

Black Lake Preserve is adjacent to SunRidge Elementary School and convenient to major arterial highways and the attractions, Orosz said.

+ McGuire earns VP slot at Sysco

Ocoee native Jason McGuire recently joined Sysco Hampton Roads as it vice president of sales.

McGuire started with Sysco Central Florida in 1994 as a driver and then moved into the MA Training program six months later. 

After taking over a territory in 1995, he was awarded Rookie of the Year honors and went on to win Chairman’s Club (two), Presidents Club (two) and Torch Bearer honors. 

In 2001, he accepted a position with Sysco Jacksonville as DSM and won District of the Year and Pacesetter. He also held potions as a business development manager and regional sales manager. 

In 2007, McGuire came to Sysco Columbia as director of business development and also took on additional responsibility later for business review, business resources, and regional and local contract sales manager.  

He has three children: Gabriella, 23, Jake, 16, and Grace, 1.

+ Mickle earns Ambassador title

Nicole Mickle, real-estate agent and new construction specialist for both Winter Garden and Windermere at Olde Town Brokers’ Windermere office, has been named as an Ambassador at the upcoming Inman News Real Estate Connect.

Mickle is one of 40 in the country selected to serve to support Inman News at the industry conference, scheduled for Aug. 4 to 7 in San Francisco. She is the only Ambassador chosen from Florida. 

“I proudly represent Olde Town Brokers in getting the word out and create even stronger relationships worldwide while sharing my love and energy for this business that I have been a part of for 19 years,” Mickle said. “Helping clients receive the best results in buying or selling their most important asset has always been my No. 1 priority.”  

Real Estate Connect Ambassadors are leaders chosen for their outstanding work in the industry, dedication to the vision of Inman News and their work in raising the bar via education and events. 

Mickle, a leader in social media in Central Florida, has been working with Orlando’s ever-expanding tech startups. It is this work that led to her selection as an Ambassador for this year’s Real Estate Connect in San Francisco.   

Mickle, who has worked for Olde Town Brokers since November 2014, began her real-estate career in the banking sector in 1996. Becoming a mortgage broker then led to Mickle owning her own nationwide mobile closing company. 

For more information on Nicole Mickle, visit

+ Stirling Sotheby’s selling W.G. property

Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty was named the exclusive sales and marketing agents for 8.39 acres of commercial property that includes a four-bedroom, 3,202-square-foot house and a five-car garage in Winter Garden.

The property, at 15401 W. Colonial Drive, has 400 feet of frontage on West Colonial Drive and a traffic count in excess of 25,000 cars per day. It currently is zoned C2 for flexible use of retail or medical/professional offices.

“The property is ideal for an investor,” said Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty founder and owner Roger Soderstrom.

Stirling Sotheby’s associates Beatrice Moxey and Barbara Ashley-Jones are representing the property, which has been listed at $915,000.

The property is located minutes from a new Florida Hospital opening in the fall, Winter Garden Village Mall, historical downtown Winter Garden, the massive Horizon West residential development and some of Florida’s major attractions.

For more information, contact Beatrice Moxey, (407) 247-9370, or Barbara Ashley-Jones, (407) 448-5450.

+ Goodwill names new COO

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently hired Karla Radka as chief operating officer. In the newly created role, Radka is responsible for overseeing the nonprofit’s administration, business development and marketing, financial management, performance, retail services, training, and vocational and community services.

Radka brings nearly two decades of experience in program and operational management to Goodwill. Previously, she served as vice president of community impact and leadership development at Community Based Care of Central Florida. She also held several roles with Workforce Central Florida.

“Karla’s ability to direct complex projects from start to finish will be invaluable as Goodwill expands our footprint with new retail stores, Donation Xpress Centers and Job Connection Centers in our region,” said Bill Oakley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “Her leadership will allow us to serve more people in our community with job training and placement programs that help them find meaningful work.”

Radka earned a bachelor’s degree from the National Autonomous University of Honduras and a Mini-MBA from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. She is also a graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 82 and Leadership Seminole Class 23.


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