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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 5 years ago

BIZ BUZZ: Workers honored with state, national recognitions


The Florida Small Business Development Center chose a local worker as its employee of the year; Ormond Beach mediator ranks third in nation; the hospital recognized for technology; and more.


Franssen named business employee of the year

The Florida Small Business Development Center, at Daytona State College, has named Nancy Franssen, a senior assistant, its regional employee of the year.

A former paralegal, and SBDC worker since 2005, Franssen has been the “go-to person when it comes to keeping the administrative side of the house operating efficiently and effectively,” said Ned Harper, facility director.

Call 506-4723, or email [email protected].

Local mediators recognized nationally

Ormond Beach’s Sandra and John Upchuch, of Upchurch Watson White & Max mediation firm, in Daytona Beach, attended the Florida Bar Annual Convention last month, where John Upchurch spoke about his experience working with the courts following the death of Dale Earnhardt, in 2001, and how mediation can be used in creative ways to avoid formal cases.

John Upchurch was also ranked third among United States mediators by the National Law Journal in April. The ranking was conducted through a national survey of 5,000 readers, and Upchurch was the only mediator in the Southeast to be a finalist.

Upchurch formed his practice in 1996, after being elected the youngest circuit judge in Florida history, in 1976, and as a charter member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Mediation and Arbitration, in 1989. He was also selected in 2005 to the Academy of Court Appointed Masters, and in 2012, he was inducted to the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation.

The Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, in Birmingham, Ala., also honored Rodney A. Max as its 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year earlier this year. Max’s mediation practice extends to all areas of civil litigation, particularly mass and class actions and complex catastrophic injury or damage cases.

Call 800-264-2622.

Around town …

ICI Homes has appointed Matt Boltz, with more than 20 years of home-building experience, as sales manager in its East Central and Central Florida sales divisions. Call  236-4178.

Hospitals & Health Networks has named the Adventist Health System, which comprises 44 health care facilities including five Florida Hospitals throughout Volusia and Flagler counties, as one of the nation’s Most Wired, for the 15th straight year. The designation is given to facilities that use technology to their advantage. Visit

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