Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Thomson Broadcast to Cypress Point

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Thomson Broadcast to Cypress Point

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Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer

Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions Inc., which bought the video division of Jacksonville-based ParkerVision Inc., appears to be setting up at Cypress Point Business Park.

Cypress Point owner HGL Properties L.P. Ltd. applied to the city for a permit to renovate 13,400 square feet of space at the business park for Thomson. Plans show space for a development lab; training studio, classroom and control room; office space; customer service; managers' offices for technical services, products and engineering; and more.

HGL Vice President Will Stout expects Thomson to move into the building about Aug. 1.

ParkerVision announced May 14 that it completed the sale of its video division to Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions and Thomson Licensing for about $14 million.

ParkerVision designs, develops and makes wireless products technology. The division bought by Thomson is related to to its CameraMan and automated television studio systems products and services.

Chairman Jeffrey Parker said in a statement that the sale allowed ParkerVision to use the proceeds to continue to focus on the marketing and development of the ParkerVision wireless products.

Paris-based Thomson provides technology and service solutions to integrated entertainment and media companies. Stout said that Chuck White of Commercial Jacksonville Inc. represented Thomson in the Cypress Point negotiations.

The permit application shows that Thomson will move into 7140 Baymeadows Way. Holtsinger Construction Inc. of Ponte Vedra Beach will handle the $400,000 construction build-out, the permit shows.

Distinguished business leaders

University of North Florida President John Delaney probably doesn't commute downtown as much as he did when he was mayor.

Delaney, who joined UNF almost a year ago, gave a keynote address last week at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel downtown, necessitating a commute into town.

He told a group gathered for the UNF Prime awards that he reminds Mayor John Peyton that "traffic was a lot better when I was mayor."

Peyton apparently has a ready response.

"He said the courthouse was a hell of lot cheaper too," Delaney said.

Delaney spoke at The Prime F. Osborn III Distinguished Business Leaders Prime Award luncheon on Thursday.

Retired Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc. Chairman Michael Cascone, one of the three Prime winners, supports the college's focus on ethics and offered his observations after decades of corporate leadership.

"I doubt any of those people walked up an ethical cliff and stepped off," he said.

He warned that the process is slow one. "Once you take a step on the gradual decline, it's very difficult to get back up."

Meanwhile, Prime winner Jim McCollum, BellSouth regional director of corporate and external affairs, took his turn at the podium to tell the group that controversial Jacksonville projects will be resolved so that future generations can benefit. …

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