Six South Walton restaurants Golden Spoon winners



Each year, Florida Trend highlights the top restaurants throughout the state with the Golden Spoon Awards. This year, six South Walton Restaurants, more than any other area in the Panhandle, have received the designation. The 2014 honorees include:



Vin’tij Wine Boutique and Bistro — Miramar Beach



Fleming’s — Best Brand — Sandestin



Bud and Alley’s — Hall of Fame — Seaside



Fish Out of Water — WaterColor



Restaurant Fire — Gulf Place



Grayton Bar & Grill — Best New — Grayton Beach 



New member of Phi Kappa Phi



Pamela Lathinghouse of DeFuniak Springs was recently initiated at University of West Florida into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.



Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.



Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., the Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines.



Jeff Armstrong joins McCullar & Company



McCullar & Company, certified public accountants & advisors, announced that Jeff Armstrong, CPA has joined the firm.  Armstrong has more than 25 years’ experience in financial leadership including positions as president, CFO, and controller in a wide array of industries.  Prior to joining McCullar and Company, Armstrong had been involved in the real estate, resort, and construction industries for more than 20 years, including experience as the CFO of Alys Beach, a resort town on Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A.



With Armstrong’s addition to the firm, McCullar & Company, CPAs is launching the creation of a series of online workshops for entrepreneurs beginning on Dec. 20. 



“These are exciting times,” said Armstrong. “The business owners we have met with recently feel they are in the best financial position in years.  I am excited to be a part of a CPA firm with a long history of outstanding service to small businesses and the individuals who own them.” 



Members of food, beverage team at Hilton Sandestin elected to board



Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa officials recently announced that two members of the resort’s food and beverage team have been elected to the 2014 board of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Northwest Florida Chapter. Angelina Covington, director of food and beverage, has been appointed president, and Nichole Moen, food and beverage assistant and special events coordinator has been elected as secretary. Both Covington and Moen will be installed to the board on Jan. 6, 2014.



“Angelina and Nichole demonstrate outstanding leadership skills as a part of our team and will make great additions to the FRLA’s local board,” said Gary Brielmayer, Hilton Sandestin Beach general manager. “We encourage their active participation in the association and are proud to have them represent the resort and our industry.”