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Executives – Unplugged: What do they do when they go ‘off the grid?’ Casting Aside Business

September 26, 2010

Walter R. Franklin, 63, director of interactive services at the Cotton & Co. ad agency in Stuart, sits in front of a 27-inch iMac monitor 10 hours a day. His iPhone is a lifeline for the other 14 hours. He disconnects on Saturday mornings by learning the intricacies of fly rod casting on Hutchinson Island in Martin County. Franklin says the focus is on muscle control and movement rather than on intellectual acumen. “A sense of competition against oneself evolves as the number of successful casts increases. Going from one successful cast out of 20 to one out of 10 provides a feeling of accomplishment.” Setting Parameters Recently back home after taking the red eye from Las Vegas, Cheryl Whitman,… Read more »

Martin County Partnering for Success

May 3, 2010

Partnerships between education and business communities are critical to the success of America’s youth in the 21st century job market. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified two careers projected to grow more than 20 percent by 2016, not only on the Treasure Coast but also in Florida. To address the growth of these technological careers, Jensen Beach, Martin County, and South Fork high schools have partnered with local businesses to provide students with the requisite knowledge, skills — and industry certifications — employers demand. Career and Professional Education Act In 2007, the Florida Legislature passed the CAPE Act as a statewide planning partnership between business and education communities to attract, expand, and retain targeted, high-value industry and to sustain… Read more »

South Florida Business Report

May 2, 2010

Stephann Cotton is interviewed by CBS News Channel 12 Click here to view video

2010 Cotton Report: Investors and Relocation Driving Market Recovery

April 5, 2010

The Cotton Report’s latest survey focused on buyer confidence and attitudes about market recovery among roughly 1,000 individuals pursuing real estate purchases. As a follow up to the 2009 Cotton Report, the latest survey produced measurable year-to-year transition in the market. “The current transactional marketplace is made up of investors capitalizing on foreclosures and primary homebuyers relocating. The second home and vacation home market has retracted and lifestyle buyers are delaying purchases” Laurie Andrews, COO of Cotton & Company, explains, “The current transactional marketplace is made up of investors capitalizing on foreclosures and primary homebuyers relocating. The second home and vacation home market has retracted and lifestyle buyers are delaying purchases,” Andrews adds, “We anticipate increased momentum in 6-12 months… Read more »

A Glimmer of Hope in Housing Market

March 23, 2010

Stephann Cotton of Cotton & Co. explains that a recent survey on buyer confidence shows that 34% of those polled expect a housing-market bottom within six months and 65% see a bottom within 12 months. Kelsey Hubbard reports. Click here to view video

Cotton & Company Expands Marketing Team

December 18, 2009

STUART, Fla. (Dec 18) | Cotton & Company is pleased to announce the addition of two executive team appointments. James Salvia is the new Chief Financial Officer and Laura Biller joins Cotton & Company as a marketing Account Executive. “We see tremendous opportunity in the market as we rebound from this economic cycle,” said Laurie Andrews, Chief Operating Officer. “We’re expanding our team immediately to service the growing needs of development partners re-entering the market. The new economy requires a new financial model, and Jim Salvia will be guiding our financial growth into the next decade.” Before joining Cotton & Company, Mr. Salvia began his accounting career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. There he worked with public and multinational clients, IPO engagement,… Read more »

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