Monday, July 21, 2008

Movers & Shakers

Each week the Daily Sound highlights local professionals who have made a career change, been promoted in their jobs or have been recognized for outstanding performance. This week we acknowledge Blake Parsons, Denise Sanford and David Winter.

Blake Parsons has joined family-owned Parsons Group, Inc., a Santa Barbara-based company that owns, operates and provides management services for low-income and market-rate senior communities.
Parsons earned a degree in sociology from UC Irvine in 2005 and has a graduate development certificate from the university. He spent the past three years involved in residential and commercial real estate in Corona, Calif. Parsons is an avid surfer and is fluent in Spanish.
Parsons Group owns Garden Court in Santa Barbara and Friendship Manor in Goleta.

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Founding member Denise Sanford will head a new private banking division of Business First Bank.
With more than 28 years of experience in lending, investment sales, portfolio management and risk management, Sanford will provide banking services and advice to high net worth clients. Her responsibilities will include handling credit needs, providing depository account services, and coordinating investment, financial and estate planning services.

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David Winter, president emeritus of Westmont college, has assumed the role of interim headmaster at Providence Hall, a Christian preparatory high school in Santa Barbara.
After former headmaster Ron Grosh left the school earlier this month to return to his consulting practice, Winter agreed to hold the position until a new headmaster is appointed.
Winter, 77, served for 25 years as the president of Westmont until 2001. In 2006, he returned as interim president for one year. He also recently joined the board of Providence Hall. After losing 90 percent of his vision in 1998, Winter has become actively involved with the Braille Institute, Young Life, and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, as well as Habitat for Humanity and the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

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