Barnes and Noble Monday announced that Michael P. Huseby has been named the company's new chief financial officer. Huseby will report to CEO William Lynch.

Linear said Wednesday that Duane Paulson has joined the company as senior vice president of product & market development. Paulson, a former president of Gibson Audio and CEA board member, will report to Linear President Mike O’Neal.

Trey Brunson doesn’t get one foot in the door at Nick’s noon soul food buffet before the hand shaking begins. Captain Fenwig, who runs the local ship harbor, says hello. Ben, the bank president; Larry and Jay, the real estate guys; and Mike, the little league coach, all greet him and ask after his parents. By the time Brunson has sat down and had two deep fried pork chops, he has talked to more than 10 people he’s known nearly all his life and has even heard opinions about his new showroom, H&H Lifestyles, which just opened in a nearby shopping center. “There are

Age: 37 Education: St. Petersburg College Career History: Mike got his start installing car stereos in 1987 and was quickly moved away from installations. Then he managed a car audio retailer and established a custom installation and home theater department. In 1993, he joined M.A.G. Sales and C&E Marketing, a manufacturers representative company in Florida, for which he is now an equal partner with Allen Lundy. Greatest Business Achievements: “I’m still trying. I’ll let you know when I get there.” Advice: “When I was coming up in the industry, it was full of old school sales people. You know the type, pushy and rude.

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