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The 2019 LSP class project is…

Class Chair Tee Grizzard announced the 2019 Leadership St Pete class project will be Academy Prep.

Progressive hiring 1,500 in Tampa

Progressive Group of Insurance Companies expects to hire more than 10,000 people in the next year, including 1,500 customer services, sales and claims representatives in Tampa. The new hires will support rapid growth. Applications are here.

How Raymond James did in a tough market

Raymond James posted $249 million in net income, or $1.79 a share, on revenue of $1.9 billion for Q1 FY 2019. Revenue was up 12 percent and profit up 109 percent compared to last year, despite challenging markets, a news release said.

USF Federal Credit Union offers scholarships

University of South Florida Federal Credit Union is establishing new scholarships and expanding existing ones for a total of $205,000. The program coincides with USF FCU’s 60th anniversary this year, a news release said.

Raymond James buys boutique firm

Raymond James Financial (NYSE: RJF) agred to buy Silver Lane Advisors, a boutique investment bank focused on M&A in the financial services sector. Financial terms were not disclosed in a news release announcing the deal.

MarineMax posts sales and earnings gains

MarineMax (NYSE: HZO), a Clearwater-based boat and yacht retailer, reported net income of $4.9 million, or 19 cents a share, on revenue of $241.9 million for the three months ended Dec. 31. Read more here.

Raymond James, Tech Data are ‘most admired’

Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg and Tech Data in Clearwater are on Fortune’s new list of most admired companies. Publix Super Markets is the top Florida company. See the full list here.

Bouchard Insurance sells to Marsh

Marsh & McLennan Agency will buy Bouchard Insurance, a full-service agency in Clearwater. Terms were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close this month. Bouchard will keep its offices and CEO Doug Bouchard will continue to lead the business.

How your Florida commute stacks up

Florida ranks No. 19 on WalletHub’s new list of best and worst states to drive in. The state gets high marks for access to vehicles and maintenance, but fares poorly on traffic and infrastructure, a report by Wallet Hub said.

South St. Pete CRA business grants

The 2019 cycle of the South St. Pete Community Redevelopment Area grant program is underway. Three grants are available to help with outside and inside building improvements and revitalization. Grant requirements and a workshop schedule are here.

St. Pete digital marketer merges

Revital Agency in St. Petersburg has merged with Oyova Software in Jacksonville. The combined application development and digital marketing firm will operate as Oyova. David McGraw of Oyova is CEO and Jonathon Tsourakis of Revital is president.

Eckerd makes ‘hidden gems’ list

Eckerd College in St. Petersburg is on OnlineSchoolsCenter.com’s list of Hidden Gems of the Southeast. The list includes colleges and universities that get less recognition yet have the same prestige as more well-known schools, a news release said.

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