Here are a few things we’ve heard about on the EC scene …

▪ The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) named Legendary, Inc., chief executive officer Peter Bos Hotelier of the Year.

▪ Legendary Marine has appointed Wanda Kenton Smith of Orlando to head up strategic dealership marketing efforts.

Tiffanie Shelton and Julie Richardson have formed Panache Event Services, an event management company.

Joel Linn and Sue Ann Armstrong Cagle, Allied ASID, both designers at Linn’s Prestige Kitchens, will serve as board members of the Emerald Coast Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association for the upcoming year. Linn has been elected vice president of communications and technology, while Cagle has been chosen as the vice president of academic relations.

▪ The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is proud to announce that Gary Brielmayer has been promoted to General Manager from his role as Manager of Hotel Operations at Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel.

▪ The Hilton Sandestin Beach is the 2010 recipient of Hilton’s “Best Social Media Engagement” brand award in the Americas region.

▪ The company led by Mike Ragsdale that has distributed more than 140,000 “30A” stickers all along the coast will partner with numerous retailers in the weeks ahead to offer a wide variety of new products sporting the 30A icon.

▪ The culinary talent of the Emerald Coast has gotten the attention of the acclaimed James Beard House, which has selected the Pensacola Celebrity Chefs to showcase Gulf Coast cuisine this summer in New York City. On June 28, chefs Dan Dunn of H2O at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, Irv Miller of Jackson's Steakhouse, Jim Shirley of the Fish House, Gus Silivos of Skopelos/Nancy's Haute Affairs and Frank Taylor of Global Grill will prepare a regional tasting menu for an intimate foodie audience at the James Beard House.

▪ Cotton & Gates Attorneys at Law announce the addition of attorney Chris E. Smith, Esq.  Smith joins the firm from the Office of State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit of Florida and will handle cases involving personal injury, product liability, criminal defense, civil litigation, foreclosure defense and wills and estate litigation.

Brian Voyles has been named general manager of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

Suzanne Tuzzeo has joined ResortQuest as director of marketing, working out of the Fort Walton Beach headquarters.

▪ EC Magazine bids a fond farewell to two well-respected marketing and public relations professionals: Traci Markel and Angela Triplett of Silver Sands Factory Stores. We will certainly miss seeing them on the scene and wish them much luck in their new endeavors.