Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Jim ‘N Nick’s named one of 50 Breakout Brands

Restaurant trade publication Nation’s Restaurant News has named Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q one of the industry’s “Breakout Brands” of the year. “The NRN 50” list highlights the most exciting emerging restaurant concepts that make their marks through innovation experiences and cutting-edge cuisine.

The article cites Jim ‘N Nick’s emergence as a visionary for effecting change in the national food system through a combination of networking with the farming community, to utilizing local produce and heritage-bred, free-range pork. Owner Nick Pihakis is commended for connecting pitmasters, fine-dining chefs, and other likeminded individuals to further this movement and devotion to high-quality food.

A state-of-the-art inventory and personnel-management system are other factors warranting Jim ‘N Nick’s inclusion in this esteemed group.  

DWU wins top honors from U.S. Environmental Protection

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen the 2011 EPA Safe Drinking Water Act Excellence Award recipients, and the winner of the Large Ground Water System category from Region IV is Destin Water Users Inc. The award recognizes public water supply companies that demonstrate effective operations and maintenance programs, and display a profound commitment to maintaining and protecting public drinking water supplies. DWU won this designation above all nominations within EPA Region IV, including suppliers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“I’ve been involved in some fashion with Destin Water Users for many, many years,” said Tom Weidenhamer, DWU Board President. “And for us to be recognized in this way is a true testament to our company’s core value system, and how we do our best to live it every day.”

Peter Mayer selected as Okaloosa County TDD Agency of Record

Okaloosa County Florida, through the Tourism Development Department (TDD), has selected Peter Mayer Advertising, a New Orleans based advertising agency, to promote Okaloosa County as a world-class travel destination. Mayer was approved by the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners and began working with the TDD last month. Okaloosa County is in Florida’s panhandle region and includes the communities of Destin, Fort Walton and Okaloosa Island.

“We are excited to bring our destination marketing expertise to Okaloosa County,” said Mark Mayer, president of Peter Mayer. “Working with the TDD, we hope to showcase the exceptional cultural assets and visitor attractions that make Okaloosa County a world-class destination.”

New attorney at Conerly, Bowman & Dykes

Conerly, Bowman & Dykes recently announced the appointment of Monica M. Albarello, Esq. to the team as an associate, where she will practice personal injury, complex civil and business litigation, torts, real estate litigation, and municipal law.

"Monica brings numerous valuable qualities with her to Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, including her fluency in Spanish and proficiency in American Sign Language,” said partner, Bruce Bowman.

Partners Lamar Conerly, Bruce Bowman, and Hayward Dykes are excited for the team’s growth with the addition of Albarello. 

“Albarello’s strong communication skills and attention to detail make her a great addition to Conerly, Bowman & Dykes’ well established legal team,” said Dykes. “We welcome the unique insight and experience she brings our team, and look forward to her great success.”