Business Briefs – May 2018

Welcome To The Team

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Randall Ewers to the College of Central Florida District Board of Trustees. He will represent Marion County for a term beginning March 13, 2018 and ending May 31, 2021. Ewers, 50, former city of Ocala mayor, is a strategic sourcing manager with Hale Products. Ewers succeeds Ronald Ewers, his father. Ewers is an Ocala native and has been extremely active in the Ocala/Marion County community, involved with Locks of Love, Kimberly’s Cottage and United Way. He currently serves as the head coach for the Vanguard High School volleyball team. He served two terms as Ocala mayor. 

“We are excited to welcome Randy to the College of Central Florida board,” said Dr. James Henningsen, CF president. “His expertise in working with community groups, including our manufacturers, will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our academic programs at the college.”

A New Dog In Town

Chewy, the leading online retailer of pet food, products and supplies, recently announced the opening of its first fulfillment center in its home state of Florida and sixth in the country. This new, 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center will create an estimated 700 new jobs within the next year in the local Central Florida community. Hiring at this location will include positions in management, administration, processing, packaging and shipping. 

Home Sweet Home

A Family of four recently received keys to a new Habitat for Humanity home, which was sponsored by Deluca Toyota and Publix Super Market Charities. Habitat of Humanity of Marion County recently celebrated the construction of over 220 homes. Ms. Gavin and family earned over 461 sweat equity hours working on their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners. The family purchased the home with a no-profit loan, and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat homes in Marion County. 

The new homeowner, Ms. Gavin, said, “I have reached my goal, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and its staff. I now own my own home, and for that I am very grateful.” Ms. Gavin said she is overwhelmed with pride and joy.

Plant A Tree

Ocala Electric Utility, in partnership with Energy Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation Program, will provide residents with one free tree through Thursday, May 31 while supplies last. This program is designed to help residents better understand where to plant trees on their property for maximum energy savings. According to city staff, by planting the right tree in the right place, residents can reduce energy consumption by approximately 20 percent annually. To reserve a free tree, visit For more information, contact Ocala Electric Utility at (352) 629-2489.

At The Top

Congratulations to Marc Hallick, Senior Financial Advisor of Wells Fargo Advisors in The Villages, on being named to the 2018 Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors ranking. This annual list recognizes advisors as among the top in America. Wells Fargo recognizes the importance of excellent service and trusted investment advice. To learn more about Wells Fargo Advisors’ focus on helping clients achieve their financial goals, visit

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