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THE GREATER SARASOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER MAGAZINE

OCTOBER 2018

BRIDGE CONNECT

PROMOTE

SUPPORT

PARTNERING WITH EMPLOYERS

CAREEREDGE PILOTS EXPRESS TRAINING PROGRAMS PAGES 6 & 7

CHAMBER WINS BIG AT FACP CONFERENCE

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YPG UPDATE

S’MAC DOWN & YP OF THE YEAR

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WELCOME LEADERSHIP CLASS OF 2019

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C H A M B E R S TA F F Kevin Cooper President/CEO kcooper@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4050 Brittany Lamont Vice President blamont@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4040 Dillon Buckland Communications Coordinator dbuckland@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4039 Mireya Eavey Chief Workforce Officer meavey@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4045 Craig McGonigal Membership Engagement Manager cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4034 Christine Miller Executive Assistant to the President cmiller@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4051 Tim Thomas Events Coordinator tthomas@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4031 John Vitolo Membership Investment Representative jvitolo@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4058

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

YOUR CHAMBER CULTIVATING PROSPERITY & QUALITY OF LIFE Your Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has closed out an incredibly successful, productive fiscal year. Our mission has been, in all things we do, to cultivate our community’s prosperity and quality of life through business-focused leadership and action. The Chamber reaffirmed its long-standing strategic effort to support education and workforce development in the community when we hired Mireya Eavey as our Chief Workforce Officer. In this role, Mireya is managing CareerEdge Funders Collaborative through the Chamber, focusing on providing a labor force to our region’s growing industries. In partnership with a diverse group of local organizations and community leaders, The Chamber is undertaking the “Change the Date” effort, formerly known as “Decide the Date,” through which we are seeking to amend the Charter of the City of Sarasota in an attempt to address extremely low voter participation in City Commission elections. Currently, the City’s elections are held in the spring of odd-numbered years. We are seeking to have these elections changed so that they occur in the fall of even-numbered years. We firmly believe

SERVING OUR BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce works to cultivate Sarasota’s prosperity and quality of life through our member businesses.​ P: (941) 955-8187 | F: (941) 366-5621 PARTNERING TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS MAGAZINE DESIGN BY DILLON BUCKLAND, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

KEVIN COOPER

CHAMBER PRESIDENT

this will serve to double or triple the turnout among a broad array of City voters -- and voter participation is the cornerstone of representative democracy. We are pleased that this proposed Charter amendment will be presented to the City voters as a referendum on the November 2018 ballot. In recognition of the community-shaping impact of the Bayfront 20:20 Planning Initiative, now known as “The Bay,” The Chamber is supporting that effort financially and with volunteer leadership. In May, we were pleased to be joined by AG Lafley, former president and CEO of Procter & Gamble and Chairman of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (“SBPO”), and Bill Waddell, managing director of SBPO, at our “Big Idea” luncheon where we discussed the vision for the community’s use of the over 50-acres the City of Sarasota owns in downtown perched upon our beautiful Sarasota Bay. It is an honor to serve as your President/ CEO and to be a part of an important and special organization like The Chamber that has been serving this community and effecting positive change for almost a century. I am proud to be a part of that history. Our work this year has been incredibly rewarding and I thank you for the privilege.


UPCOMING EVENTS

ANNUAL EVENTS We all want better service. At stores, hotels, restaurants – wherever we invest our time and money. When it comes to service that affects your quality of life at home, Conditioned Air goes all out to give you the greatest comfort, value and peace of mind possible.

98TH ANNUAL MEETING & YOUR STORY Friday, October 19 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Sarasota

Presented by: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Take A Turn For The Better.

2018 CHAMBER EXPO with Manatee Chamber

We say what we’ll do and do what we say. We offer options and solutions that fit your needs. And we calm your concerns by making the complicated simple and the simple reassuring. For the better way that creates your better day, turn to the team that makes home comfort easy.

Wednesday, November 7 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center Presented by: Sam’s Club

Every day, we are guided by our mission and core values when working with our customers, stakeholders, vendors and fellow team members.

2018 SPORTING CLAYS TOURNAMENT

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Friday, December 14 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Knight’s Trail Range

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Thursday, November 15 Create U DIY Workshop

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Thursday, October 18 Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) with Keith Mericka 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Applying the 5 Languages of Love to the Work Environment with Larry Face Greater Sarasota Chamber 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 18 Sarasota Architectural Salvage

November To Be Announced

$15 YPG/Chamber Members $20 Future Members/Walk-Ins

Thursday, December 20 H&R Block

December To Be Announced

YPG APPRECIATION PARTY

POWER HOUR LUNCH

CHAMBER 411

$20 Prepaid Members $35 Future Members/Walk-Ins

Complimentary for Members

GOOD MORNING SARASOTA 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14 Mattison’s City Grille

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Boardroom Tuesday, November 20 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 12 Florida Studio Theatre

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5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Complimentary for Members $15 Future Members

Thursday, November 1 Amore Restaurant Thursday, January 3 University Town Center (UTC)

Friday, December 7 Willis Smith Construction 8 p.m.

Complimentary for YPG Members

TRUSTEE EVENTS TRUSTEE RECEPTIONS

TRUSTEE LUNCH

Complimentary for Corporate Trustees, Community Builder, & Economic Driver Members

$25 for Corporate Trustees, Community Builder, & Economic Driver Members

Thursday, October 25 BMW of Sarasota

Wednesday, November 2 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 13 Herald-Tribune Media Group

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YPG AFTER HOURS

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November 9-12, 2018

CRYSTAL CLASSIC

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INTERNATIONAL SAND SCULPTING FESTIVAL Live Music every day!

Something for Everyone!

Headliners include:

• Food, Drink & Retail Vendors

Reverend Barry & The Funk,

• 60 ft. Party Tent

Twinkle, 22N, Kettle of Fish,

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• Quick Sand Speed Sculpting

Fun Activites for Kids & Adults! Free Amateur Competition Sand Sculpting Demos & Lessons

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OPEN UNTIL 9 PM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WITH LIVE MUSIC AND LIGHTED SCULPTURES

NEW MEMBERS

J U LY 2 0 1 8 - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8

Abrams Center for Women

Even Hotel - Lakewood Ranch

PRANILA, LLC

Acceleration Academy

Farmers Insurance - Bob Adams Agency

Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional

AddictionRep

Forty Carrots

Pain Medicine

AMAZING WEBSITES!

Front Street

Raymond James

American Cancer Society

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood (GMC)

Retriever Payment Systems

Apple Spice

Grand Cru Wine Bar

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Homes

Armortech Windows and Doors

Greenfield Advisors, Inc.

Roni’s Cafe

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Hampton Inn Sarasota - I-75 Bee Ridge

See Spot Grooming, LLC

Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory, Inc.

IHOP Restaurant - Tamiami Trail

Shred-Medic

Bloom Organics Day Spa & Boutique

Indigenous Restaurant

Sleep Inn Sarasota North

Blu Kouzina

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

Speaks Clam Bar

Calusa Kitchen & Bath

Keller Williams - Comerford Group

SpecOps Group Inc.

Catalist Realty LLC

Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A.

Stage Door Studios, Inc.

Cellar Fifty-Five Wine Storage

Maloney Funeral Home

Staples - Beneva Plaza

Chick-fil-A - Clark Road

Mattamy Homes

Suncoast Ducts LLC

Citisleeper

My Area Network/941Area.com

The Literacy Council of Sarasota

Create U DIY Workshop

OE Wheels

Tommy’s Express Car Wash

David Weekley Homes

Omnis Bookkeeping and Business Solutions

Two Maids & A Mop of Sarasota

Design Scapes

Optimum Tax Solutions LLC

United Electric

Escape Reality

OurCare Health

Yellow Strawberry Salons

eTrainetc, LLC

Palm Tower Suites Corporate Trustee

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PARTNERS WITH EMPLOYERS TO PILOT

EXPRESS TRAINING PROGRAMS

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CAREEREDGE HAS PILOTED A UNIQUE MODEL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EMPLOYERS, post-secondary institutions, and communitybased organizations to provide short-term training programs in high demand skilled trade occupations. Given the tight labor market, employers are desperate for talent and willing to help develop workers with on-the-job training,

mentorships, and apprenticeships in order to close skills gaps. At the same time, under-employed local community members are eager to learn a trade and earn credentials which will allow them the opportunity to enter a career pathway with family-sustaining wages. Companies cannot wait months or years for trained talent, and individuals cannot afford to attend costly long-term post-

secondary programs while trying to support themselves and often family members. CareerEdge recently concept-tested this “Express Program” model in the Trades Sector to provide foundational training with industryrecognized credentials, as well as soft skills training and financial education through CareerEdge’s successful Bridges to Careers curriculum. As part of the Express Program, employers offer ongoing work-based learning opportunities to further develop the graduates. Technical fast-track programs piloted include those in Electrical, Plumbing, Broadband, and

Automotive Technicians. Graduates of the Express Programs are placed directly with employers in full-time paid positions with benefits. While some participants will enter formal apprenticeship or mentorship programs, others will begin as interns in CareerEdge’s Internship Reimbursement program which incentivizes employers with up to $1,000 in reimbursement funds. Major goals of this project include minimizing industry skill gaps and assisting regional employers to meet their workforce needs, while also helping unemployed, low-wage and low-skill workers earn industry certifications and obtain

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employment at livable and competitive wages. This win-win strategy facilitates growth in our regional economy by meeting the supply-anddemand side of the workforce needs. According to the National Skills Coalition, these ‘Middle Skill’ jobs (those requiring more than a high school

diploma, but less than a college degree) account for the majority of Florida’s current labor market, with projected demand to remain high. The first step in the development of the Express Trainings is to begin with the employers. Without their involvement in the curricula design and program structure, there would not be quality jobs available for individuals to enter. Proactive participation from the onset has been the key success factor for CareerEdge in the past. The program requires a strong commitment by employers to delineate the skills needed and to develop graduates once they have completed the foundational skills training. As an example, CareerEdge

worked with Gettel Automotive and industry consultant Rick Bond to develop an express Lube Technician program at Suncoast Technical College, which has now expanded to include eight local dealerships as a third cohort of students is set to graduate at the end of the month. CareerEdge began the automotive program by hosting a roundtable of industry representatives and developed a plan based on their input. Gulf Coast Community Foundation donor Walt Eppard also was instrumental in helping this program to

launch. Currently, CareerEdge is partnering with Manatee Technical College and local HVAC (Heating & Air Conditioning) employers to develop a fast-track HVAC Installer program to train individuals for this high-demand occupation. CareerEdge will continue to work directly with employers to find solutions to their talent needs, and to encourage them to be active participants in the workforce development process.

For more information, go to www.careeredgefunders.org.

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TA M PA B AY B U C C A N E E R S L U N C H E O N

J U LY 2 0 1 8

Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota | In Partnership with the Manatee Chamber of Commerce

S TAT E O F T H E C O M M U N I T Y L U N C H S E R I E S

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Presented by Mapletronics | In Partnership with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance

BOWLING TOURNAMENT

AUGUST 2018

Presented by Cornwall Analytics | Photography by Cassandra Dowd Photography

2018 GOLF CLASSIC

SEPTEMBER 2018 Presented by WastePro of Florida

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

NETWORKING EVENTS

KERKERING, BARBERIO & CO., Certified Public Accountants, announced that it has been ranked one of the Top 25 Accounting Firms in Florida by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Power Hour Lunch Holiday Inn Lido Beach

APPLE SPICE BOX LUNCH DELIVERY & CATERING CO., a 30-year-old, corporate-catering company based in Salt Lake City, UT, announced the grand opening of its first-ever location in Sarasota, Florida. CENTAURI INSURANCE, a property and casualty insurance provider operating across nine states, was recently ranked #86 among the Business Observer’s 2018 Gulf Coast Top 500 companies reflecting a 15 percent growth from the previous year’s listings. JMX BRANDS has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for the fifth year in a row, and sixth time since first making the list in 2012.

YP Summit: Ignite The Westin Sarasota

Frontier Airlines announced they will begin service at the SARASOTA BRADENTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SRQ) with nonstop flights to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Shumaker Chamber University Herald-Tribune Media Group

ALLEGIANT PRIVATE ADVISORS, an independent firm in Sarasota, Fla., announced its Chief Investment Officer Benjamin W. Jones, CFP®, AIF®, has been named to the Forbes’ Top 1,000 Next-Generation Wealth Advisors list for 2018. MUSIC COMPOUND welcomes musicians of all ages and provides a music hub for local artists and rising stars at their second location in Downtown Sarasota. Bring your creativity to life with custom home decor, unique wood signs and charming gifts at CREATE U DIY WORKSHOP, now open in Sarasota. RYNTAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, a leader in Residential Property Management, celebrated a major milestone of 10 years of successful business operations. THE PLAYERS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS is excited to announce that the sale of its property on 9th street and N. Tamiami Trail in downtown Sarasota is completed.

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To book your Ribbon Cutting for a grand opening or relocation, contact Craig: cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4034.

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Acceleration Academy 935 N. Beneva Road, Suite 301 Sarasota, FL 34232 www.accelerationacademy.org

Apple Spice 1447 Tallevast Road Sarasota, FL 34243 www.applespice.com

Camelot Community Care 5569 Broadcast Court Sarasota, FL 34240 www.camelotcommunitycare.org

Citisleeper 665 S. Orange Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236 www.citisleeper.com

Create U DIY Workshop 5045 Fruitville Road, Suite #135 Sarasota, FL 34240 www.createudiy.com

Farr Law Firm 7244 S. Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34238 www.farr.com

Grand Cru Wine Bar 1528 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236 www.gcwinebar.com/

Restaurant Depot 1361 W. University Parkway Sarasota, FL 34243 www.restaurantdepot.com

Ryntal Property Management 7184 21st Street East Sarasota, FL 34243 www.ryntal.com

Salons by JC Sarasota 200 Central Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236 www.salonsbyjc.com/sarasota-downtown/

See Spot Grooming and Daycare 7326 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 www.seespotflorida.com

Zenquility 5714 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34233 www.zenquilitydayspa.com

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YOUR CHAMBER WINS BIG AT FACP CONFERENCE THE GREATER SARASOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EARNED ITS CERTIFIED PLUS DESIGNATION and won 2 awards for Outstanding Communications submissions at the Annual Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Conference this past week in Sanibel Island, Florida. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, in addition to the Greater Tampa Chamber and West Orange Chamber, earned the Certified Plus designation, which only 19 Chambers hold in the State of Florida. This designation recognizes Chambers for sound business practices and for providing responsible and innovative programs to benefit their membership and denotes our Chamber as a leader in the state. “The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals congratulates the recipients of this prestigious distinction,” said Tammy C. Bracewell, President of FACP. “We are proud of each Chamber’s dedication and commitment to excellence within the business community. The Certified Chamber of Commerce program sets standards within the industry and recognizes chambers that have met those standards while offering guidelines for those to improve their effectiveness. In many ways, it is like the good housekeeping seal of approval for a chamber of commerce.” The other two awards were Outstanding Communications Excellence, and we submitted the Decide the Date campaign in the Public Relations category and our Annual Meeting Your Story videos in

the Audio-Visual category. We won best in the State of Florida in both categories in a year with a record amount of submissions. These awards prove that your Chamber is a leader in many areas and we are working to bring innovative ideas to our business community to cultivate prosperity and quality of life through our member businesses.

ABOUT THE CERTIFIED PLUS DESIGNATION:

In, 2003, FACP implemented the distinction of Florida Certified Chamber to recognize standards of professional excellence in Florida. In 2012, the association enhanced its certification program to include a Certified Plus designation, for chambers of commerce that score an 86 or above during the judging process or are an Accredited Chamber through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Both the Certified and Certified Plus designations recognize chambers that have met high standards and strengthened free enterprise by protecting the business environment.

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2018-2019

G R E AT E R S A R A S OTA C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair-Elect of the Board

Chair of the Board

PAUL CARAGIULO

Immediate Past Chair

Caragiulos Italian American Restaurant

JOHN LACIVITA Willis Smith Construction

Williams Parker Attorneys at Law

RICHARD BEDFORD Schroeder-Manatee Ranch

CHRIS GALLAGHER Hoyt Architects

DR. DONAL O’SHEA New College of Florida

JEFF BENNINGHOFF WWSB ABC 7

RICK HALLORAN Sabal Palm Bank

MARK PRITCHETT Gulf Coast Community Foundation

MATT BROCKWAY Icard Merrill

TERI HANSEN Barancik Foundation

DR. CAROL PROBSTFELD State College of Florida

MATT BUCHANAN Sarasota Ford

PETER HAYES Tandem Construction

MICHAEL QUILLEN Gecko’s Hospitality Group

KELLY CALDWELL Caldwell Trust Company

JOE C. HEMBREE Hembree & Associates

MYRON ROBINSON Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

JENNIFER COMPTON Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

STEVEN HIGH John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

JENNIFER ROMINIECKI Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

KEVIN COOPER Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

DAVID LAFFERTY Tidewell Hospice

DAVID ROVINE Baltimore Orioles

DR. MICHAEL CROSBY Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

JIM LEY Hibiscus Suites

RENEE RYCKMAN Escape Countdown

LEE DELIETO, JR. Michael Saunders & Company

LORRIE LIANG Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

JOE C. SEIDENSTICKER TableSeide Restaurant Group

STACY DILLARD-SPAHN Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln

JEFF MAYERS The Resort at Longboat Key Club

ELIZABETH STAMOULIS Williams Parker Attorneys at Law

ANDY DORR Githler Development

ROBERT MEADE Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

DR. LARRY THOMPSON Ringling College of Art + Design

SHAWN DRESSLER Kimley-Horn & Associates

DANIELLE MIKESELL PGT Industries

EMILY WALSH Observer Media Group

BETH EBERSOLE Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

DENNIS MURPHY Gulfside Bank (In Organization)

DICK WEBB Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.

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FOR THE LOVE

OF CHEESE

THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP, a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, hosted its inaugural S’Mac Down Mac N’ Cheese Cookoff at JDub’s Brewing Company on Saturday, September 29. Seven local restaurants competed in the battle for the distinction of best macaroni in town from the hundreds who gathered to test-taste. From the participating restaurants, three were crowned with awards of distinction. Attendees sampled each vendor’s mac n’ cheese recipe then voted for their favorite in three categories. If a sample was not enough, a larger portion was available for purchase!

Participating Mac N’ Cheese Vendors: The Capital Grille Sarasota, Chefs2U, Melange, Oak & Stone, Seafood Shack, Daiquiri Deck, & Sonny’s BBQ.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Applying the 5 Languages of Love to the Work Environment with Larry Face Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10 YPG/Chamber Members $15 Future Members/Walk-Ins

IGNITE YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONGRATULATIONS, RACHEL DENTON! 2018 YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

The Sarasota Young Professionals Group proudly hosted the 3rd Annual YP Summit - Ignite, presented by Kerkering, Barberio & Co., on Friday, August 10, a half-day event focused on learning new ways to grow personally, professionally, and as a leader in the community we love.

This year’s keynote speaker was Trey Lauderdale, CEO & Founder of Voalte and the 2018 Young Professional of the Year was awarded to Rachel Denton, Communications and Voter Outreach Manager at Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections.

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WELCOME TO THE CLASS OF 2019 LEADERSHIP SARASOTA COUNTY, a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, offers an opportunity for those enthusiastic about and interested in the leadership and welfare of our community to go behind the scenes and see “how things work.” The program is a chance to meet new people, make solid life-long friendships, and experience networking opportunities that might not otherwise be available. ​It is about growth – in leadership and teamwork skills, and growth in both personal and professional self. Interactions and face-to-face discussions with community leaders stimulate creative thinking and encourage class members to become more involved. Each year, the Adult class adopts a class project leaving a lasting impact in the community.

ADULT LEADERSHIP PRIYA ACHARYA, Pranila LLC

MICHELE FULLER, Ian Black Real Estate

CHARLENE ALTENHAIN, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human

ROBBIE GRONBACH, Willis Smith Construction, Inc.

Services Center

MARK HARVEY, Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.

ROBIN ALTMANN, Stratum Health System Inc.

KYLE HEMBREE, Hembree & Associates Inc.

JEANNE ARMOUR, Regions Bank

JEFF JAMISON, SVN Commercial Advisory Group

CRAIG BADINGER, Hermitage Artist Retreat

JENNIFER JOHNSTON, Gulf Coast Community Foundation

C.J. BANNISTER, Sarasota Military Academy

KARI-JO KOSHES, JMX Brands

GARY BLACKDEN, Heritage Pavers

ROBYN LAPORTA, Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center

MICHAEL BRAGA, Herald-Tribune Media Group

NAN MORGAN, Planned Parenthood of SW and Central FL

DANNY CALDWELL, Synovus

LUKE NICHOLAS, Allegiant Private Advisors

CHANDRA CARTER, SERVPRO of South Sarasota

ANDREW OPPENHEIM, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

ALICIA CHALMERS, Junior League of Sarasota

JESSE OSBORNE, Gilbane Building Company

STEPHANIE CHEN, PGT Custom Windows & Doors

STERLING PHILLIPS, The Venice Institute for Performing Arts

ARIC CHEVTAIKIN, The Bank of Tampa

NICOLE PRICE, Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.

LEAH CROSS, Harmony Outdoor Brands

LAURA RANDALL, Sarasota Christian School

LIZ DIAZ, Williams Parker Attorneys at Law

JORDY RICCARDI, Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.

KELLY DUYN, Venice Theatre, Inc.

SARAH ROCCO, Keller Williams / The Rocco Group

JAY ECKERT, U.S. Masters Swimming

JODI RUBERG, Kirk Pinkerton, P.A.

DAVID EVANS, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

LAUREN VENABLE, The Westin Sarasota

REBECCA FERDA, State College of Florida

ALLISON WHITTEN, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

YOUTH LEADERSHIP KELSEY BLANCHARD, Riverview High School

QUINN NOWADLY, Cardinal Mooney High School

KEVIN BROCK, Sarasota Christian School

GWYN PETERSEN, Pine View High School

LEAH CROWLEY, Sarasota Christian School

SAM REISKY, Riverview High School

LUCA DOMINGUEZ, Cardinal Mooney High School

KOLTEN RICKWA, Sarasota High School

LINDSAY FARB, Pine View High School

ANDREA SEEDORF, Cardinal Mooney High School

EDWARD HAMBURGER, Cardinal Mooney High School

AMANDA SNYDER, Riverview High School

MAX HENDERSON, Cardinal Mooney High School

REED SPAHN, Pine View High School

ALINA JEGLIE, Sarasota Christian School

SANTIAGO STONE, Cardinal Mooney High School

JOE KELLEY, Sarasota Christian School

NICHOLAS SWENSK, Sarasota Military High School

MEREDITH MASON, Sarasota High School

SARA VIGNE, Riverview High School

JAELA NIXON, Sarasota Military High School

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SARASOTA FAST FACTS The Orioles’ economic impact in Florida is more than

$97 million annually

The Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge teaches more than

* SARASOTA COUNTY GOVERNMENT 2017 REPORT

Thanks to more than

in tourism focused media provided by the Orioles to Sarasota County,

in 6th to 8th grade each year about healthy living, including exercise, eating right, and being tobacco-free.

the number of yearly first-quarter visitors from the Mid-Atlantic has grown by more than

985,000 fans

300%

have enjoyed Orioles baseball at Ed Smith Stadium

since 2009

AND in 2016, Baltimore-Washington ranked in origin of out-of-state visitors to Sarasota

#2

Since moving year-round operations to Sarasota in 2010,

the Orioles have donated more than

$3 million

in cash and in-kind contributions to the Sarasota community * AS OF DECEMBER 2017

4,500 kids

$10 million

In the nine years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, more than

The Orioles’ Arts in the Ballpark event series has drawn approximately

22,000 attendees

More than

160,000

to 12 shows at Ed Smith Stadium since the program’s inception in 2013

players, families, and spectators have participated in various youth baseball tournaments and games at Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex since 2013. That’s an average of nearly 27,000 each year! * INCLUDES PROJECTION THROUGH 2018

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