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Conversations with Top Sarasota-Manatee Business Leaders
PNC WEALTH MANAGEMENT In just four years, your wealth management ofďŹ ce
Those words are used all the time, but here we take it
has grown from two employees into one of the most
very seriously and work to demonstrate that to our clients
prominent in the area. To what do you attribute such
every day. We also have sought out the best talent
growth and success?
available for this office. Our professionals are some of the
Foremost, everything that I and our professionals do is
most sophisticated and experienced wealth management
designed to deliver highly personalized client service
experts in the country who have a strong appreciation for
with the maximum degree of integrity and honesty.
the importance of excellent, individualized client service.
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Just as important, we have the stability, oversight and
including Fleet Bank and U.S. Trust in management and
tremendous depth of one of the largest diversified financial
business development positions prior to founding this
services organizations in the nation.
office four years ago. In college, I was a political science major with a minor in business administration and Citibank
What do you mean by personalized client service?
recruited me for a position in private banking. I found I
We do not try to fit clients into standardized offerings.
had an affinity for wealth management and a drive always
We believe each individual and each family is unique,
to be considered the best in class. I still have that drive,
and we make recommendations based on their specific
and I am still enjoying the business 20 years later.
circumstances. With us, clients never have to call an 800 number. They can come in to our office and speak
PNC Bank has earned a lot of awards and recognition
directly with our professionals who want to be sure that
they fully understand any recommendations we make and
Yes, PNC is a Fortune 200 company and was named
ensure all their questions are answered before they make
to this year’s Most Admired Companies list by Fortune
magazine. Gallup also gave PNC a Great Workplace Award for Employee Engagement, and we were named U.S. Bank
What is the scope of services you offer?
of the Year by The Banker magazine in 2010. PNC also has
PNC Wealth Management’s core business is trust and
been named one of the Top 50 Companies for Executive
estate planning, retirement planning, wealth and charitable
Women by the National Association for Female Executives
planning, investment management and private banking.
and one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother magazine.
Have you been impacted by all the upheaval in the ﬁnancial industry?
PNC Wealth Management and you personally have been
Our entire industry has lost a lot of trust going back to
very active philanthropically in the Sarasota/Manatee
the Enron and WorldCom scandals. That’s why it is so
area. Is that going to change?
imperative that we act with absolute trustworthiness.
Absolutely not. I plan to remain involved and am currently
Fortunately, PNC was never involved with home mortgages
chairman of the Sarasota Manatee World Affairs Council
or issuing risky securities, and its financial strength has
and on the Sarasota Opera’s Professional Advisory Board.
allowed the company to continue to expand. On a personal
Philanthropically, we also actively support many other
level, I believe that if I continue to focus first on how my
organizations, including the Asolo Repertory Theatre,
clients and community can get ahead, then we will grow
the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Forty
and succeed as well. I don’t just view my role as a job or
Carrots, the Ringling School of Art and Design, Girls
career, but as an obligation to represent my industry with
Incorporated, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe and Big
the highest level of integrity.
Brothers Big Sisters. In addition, our professionals are actively encouraged to volunteer their time and talents to
Earlier this year, you’re responsibilities were expanded.
community organizations that support causes for which
What does your new role encompass?
they have a passion.
I now have responsibility for the market from Naples to Tampa. My role is to ensure we capitalize on the best
Will Sarasota continue to be your home base?
practices from each of our offices to give our customers a
Sarasota is home for me, my wife, Lori, and our two
consistent high-class, high-touch service. The goal is for
daughters, Madeline and Ella. We have a long term
our clients to have the same excellent experience whether
commitment to this community and to PNC, both of which
they walk into our office here or anywhere else in the PNC
have been extremely good to us, and we want to serve
them the best we can.
What is your background, and how did you become a ﬁnancial services executive? I have been in the wealth management business for 20 years now, working with a variety of financial institutions,
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Anne Folsom Smith
ANNE FOLSOM SMITH INTERIOR DESIGN
Anne Folsom Smith Interior Design is approaching 30 years
are conservative, and our approach is eclectic, the blending
in business and has grown to a staff of 10 professionals. To
of the best styles. People like the anonymity they can have
what do you attribute the business’ longevity?
in Sarasota and have a great appreciation for our wonderful
I’ve been in Sarasota for 45 years now, and we deﬁnitely
lifestyle. At heart, we deliver lifestyle, and our clients understand
know our market. We ﬁnd that for the most part, people here
and appreciate the integrity that goes into creating a beautiful
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interior. I think they especially appreciate our ability to discern
What type of projects have you done?
what they want even though they may not be able to fully
We’ve designed many private residences from Longboat
articulate their desires.
Key to California and internationally. That includes everything from 2,000 square foot apartments to 20,000
You are a licensed interior designer. What other types of
square foot homes. Our commercial work includes
professionals do you have on your staff?
Michael’s on East Restaurant and Ballroom, Atrium on
We have tremendous expertise in this ofﬁce, including
Biscayne Bay, Cancer Care Center, Bleu Claire, Marquee
two architects, one of whom is LEEDS certiﬁed, as well as
En Ville and Marquee on the Bay. Historically, we did a great
designers and installers. Everyone makes a contribution to
deal of projects for Arvida and Taylor Woodrow.
the client whether they are installing knobs or making sure the sheets are washed. Most people have been here for years, and
Why do you think people choose your company for design?
we are a wonderful consortium of minds who understand how
The very ﬁrst thing we sell is service. We will take a project
this business works. I sometimes say our work is like building a
from the ground up and ﬁnish it by making up the beds if that
ﬁne car. We know how all of the parts mesh so the ﬁnal result
is what they want. Mostly people ﬁnd us because someone
is that beautiful Bentley.
gave us a great reference or through our website. While we have a beautiful ofﬁce where we’ve been for 30 years, you have
Do you have a style in which you specialize?
to want to ﬁnd us because we don’t really have a storefront.
We don’t have a particular style of design, so you can’t really
We have, however, always had an ofﬁce cat adopted from a
buttonhole us. Being around for as long as we have, we are
shelter that greets visitors when they come here.
mindful of being labeled. Since people are all different, the lifestyles we create for them are unique to their individuality.
Quite a few national magazines have featured your
If you look at our website, it’s clear we have a wide range of
projects, and your own home has earned awards.
expertise. Because of our business longevity and success,
We are proud to have won several Aurora and FAME Awards,
some may assume that we are expensive. We just ask to
DCOTA Designer of the Year and Who’s Who in Interior Design.
be given the chance to explain how we do business. Then,
We’ve been featured in Southern Living, Architectural Digest
people can decide if we are the right choice for them and
and Coastal Living to name a few. My personal residence
whether we are at the top of our game.
won a Founders Garden Tour Award two years in a row.
How do you translate people’s thoughts and dreams
You are an extremely accomplished pianist and very
about what they want in a room or a home into a 3-D
involved musically within the community as well as with
a variety of arts and humanitarian nonproﬁts.
First of all, our work is based on emotion. It must appeal to the
My mother was a piano teacher and taught me how to play.
emotional aspects of how someone lives in a home, and that
I now sing in my church choir and play as needed. You really
has to be articulated into a budget, which also can be emotional.
can’t keep the music in me. I have the music in my soul. I’m
My college minors were psychology and music, and I know that
on the board of the Sarasota Orchestra and am co-producer
what clients are not saying may be as important as what they
for the Florida Studio Theatre. I’ve chaired many fundraisers,
are saying. Getting to their lifestyle means spending the time and
including for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, and
asking very probing questions. Clients may show me a picture.
I served on the New College Foundation Board for six years.
They look at it from an emotional standpoint, and I look at it
Community involvement is the glue that holds me together.
from a technical point of view. So, I want to know what about it appeals to them. Is it the lamp, the sofa or the view? For me, taking something as airy fairy as “I want it to be blue and white and like a child” and making that come together is the joy of the work. It is the meringue on the lemon pie to know that we have made someone happy with their decision to choose us.
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Steven Roskamp, Gregory Patterson, Gail Chase & Frank Herold
SARASOTA BAY CLUB If someone is considering moving into a retirement
is no guesswork. They know their purchase price and for
center, what do they need to know about Sarasota Bay
estate planning purposes, they know exactly what they or
their estate will receive for the unit by a specific date.
Patterson: We operate as a condominium, and our residents own their apartments free and clear. It’s all the
With the real estate market the way it has been, what
positives of home ownership with none of the negatives. For
if someone needs to move in, but can’t sell their
instance, if something breaks inside someone’s apartment,
we take care of it. When a resident moves in here, there
Roskamp: Our Freedom Purchase Program is designed
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to take away the stress and anxiety of owning two homes
intellectual stimulation. Our Masterpiece Living® program
while ensuring that someone gets the care they need. We
gives residents the opportunity to make improvements
have extended closing dates up to 12 months to allow
physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually to encourage
someone time to sell their home, and we offer assistance
healthy living for continued independence and a high
from experienced realtors who can prepare their home for a
quality of life.
quicker sale at a better price. We also offer the option of either
Chase: If residents’ needs change and they require
moving into their new residence with a reduced monthly fee
additional support, our Clubcare Home Health Services
to offset the costs of having two homes or allowing seniors
helps them stay in their own homes by assisting with
to enjoy our amenities, such as our excellent dining facilities
everything from housekeeping and shopping to home
and Clubcare services prior to moving in.
health care and private duty nursing. Our care management program helps them navigate the complexities of the
For what reasons does someone choose to move into
healthcare system if needed.
one of Sarasota Bay Club’s condominiums? Roskamp: It’s a combination of our physical amenities and
Please explain your Florida Medical Retreat program
lifestyle. Our residents have lived active, accomplished lives
and why you started it.
and have had a positive impact on our community. We help
Roskamp: This is our venture into medical tourism, which
them continue to be able to do that by taking care of life’s
we see as additional revenue to allow us to maintain our
more mundane things so they can do what they enjoy doing
high level of skilled nursing care at The Inn. We have
when they want to do it.
teamed with 12 surgeons and Sarasota Memorial and
Herold : One of the biggest concerns people have when
Doctors hospitals while we provide post-surgical care and
going into any retirement center is that others will be
making decisions for them. That just does not happen here. We are very innovative in customizing services and
Sarasota Bay Club is known as a good neighbor and
making them available as our residents need them and to
for its contributions to the community. What have you
the extent they need them. We like people to know that
been involved in recently?
moving here is a very positive decision that can improve
Patterson: Bob Roskamp continues his quest to tame
their quality of life.
Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders at the Roskamp Institute. We also have been very involved with the
What amenities do you offer?
North Trail Redevelopment Partnership and helping improve
Patterson: Our setting is exceptionally beautiful with
the park next to us. We support many local organizations
some of the best views in Sarasota. Our condominiums are
like Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Senior Friendship
spacious and very nicely appointed, and we offer some of
Center, the VanWezel, Sarasota Opera, Florida Studio
the best fine dining anywhere. We have five dining venues
Theatre and the Sarasota Ballet.
ranging from casual to formal, or residents can choose to dine in their condominiums. We also offer 24-hour valet
What’s in store for the future?
service or provide transportation for shopping, lunch with
Herold: We are fortunate to be on solid ground financially
friends or theatre and other events.
thanks to the strength of our ownership and the direction
Chase: Also, the Inn at Sarasota Bay Club is a highly-
of Bob Roskamp. Our management team is very strong
regarded skilled nursing facility with a complete rehabilitation
with many years of experience in senior housing and
program that not only is used by residents but also by
strong ties to our community. Our commitment remains
members of the community whose physicians have referred
to live by our three pillars of providing an environment of
them to the Inn for pre-admission care, rehabilitation, and
love, support and security. At the end of the day, that’s
restorative and respite care.
what it’s all about.
You also have a variety of activities and lifestyle options. Herold : We do provide many activities that reflect our residents’ interests and their desire for continued
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Michael Saunders & Company 941-376-2688 DeborahBeacham@michaelsaunders.com LuxuryPropertyInSarasota.com
DEBORAH BEACHAM, REALTOR You’ve earned a remarkable number of accolades in eight
concerns, insurance requirements, and the building process. I
years as a realtor. What recognitions have you received?
have built and/or renovated several homes, so my understanding
I have been fortunate to rank consistently in the top 1 percent
of the intricacies of construction helps me assist customers in
of more than 3,000 Sarasota realtors, and in 2010, I was the
evaluating the potential of different properties.
3rd highest producing individual agent for Michael Saunders & Company in Sarasota County. In 2009 I represented the
With what type of clients do you usually work, and what
seller for the highest sale on Bird Key, and I have had the
has made your work with them so successful?
second highest sale so far in 2011 on Bird Key. I also am a
Over the years, I have worked with entrepreneurs, CEOs of
ﬁve-year winner of the 5-Star Customer Satisfaction Award.
major companies, as well as ﬁrst-time home buyers. It doesn’t matter with whom I’m working, my philosophy is simple. Treat
That is a very notable track record in a relatively short time,
everyone the way that I want to be treated and always follow
what was your background before you became a realtor?
up. My customers tell me that they appreciate my tenacious
I was director of sales and marketing for our family owned
attention to detail, ability to create order out of chaos, out-
business, Beacham Publishing in Washington, D.C. I also
of-the-box thinking and always serving them with dedication,
previously sold computer software for Lotus Development
integrity and enthusiasm.
and have co-authored best-selling computer books with my husband, Walton.
Your community involvement reflects wide ranging interests.
In what areas of real estate sales do you specialize?
Yes, I served as president of Key Chorale for six years and
I specialize in luxury real estate with speciﬁc emphasis on
currently am on the board of La Musica. I also support Girls Inc.,
waterfront homes. Having lived on the barrier island of Casey
the United Way’s Realtors for Kids Program, Asolo Repertory
Key for the past 17 years gives me real insight into environmental
Theatre and The Players Theatre among others.
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Marjorie Broughton 766 South Osprey Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-1021 email@example.com rocksolidconstructionsrq.net
ROCK SOLID CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC. Although relatively new, Rock Solid Construction rode
Conservation Project changing street-light ﬁxtures and installing
out the construction downturn very well thanks to some
LED lighting as the minority subcontractor. Another “new” area
savvy business moves. How did you achieve that?
for us is handling Division 10 for commercial buildings — items
Historically we have relied on advertising our services by referrals
such as ﬁre extinguishers, signs, towel and soap dispensers.
from satisﬁed customers and by building relationships. We have continued to emphasize our commitment to integrity, quality,
The company has won many awards, and most recently,
and good client communication. Our reputation is for being on-
the Sarasota Chamber named you its Entrepreneurial
time, within or under budget, and consistent craftsmanship. At
Woman of 2011.
times, this requires us to walk away from opportunities rather than
That was a personally gratifying award. RSC was the Chamber’s
sacriﬁce our principles. We have creatively adapted to market
Young Business of the Year in 2008, won SRQ magazine’s
variations and adjusted our target audience and services.
platinum award for Best New Home (under $3million) in 2009, and Better Homes & Gardens magazine featured one of our
You have had a diverse background from technical
projects in its Kitchen + Bath Remodeling special issue in 2010.
editor on the Apollo Project and as a publicist, marketer, and publisher, to methods analyst and nonproﬁt
Given the business and personal challenges you have
fundraising. How has this helped you?
faced over the past six years, have you been able to
When the construction market ﬂuctuated, I drew on learned
maintain your community involvement?
skills and ﬂexibility to think both practically and creatively. For
Although I have reduced my level of participation, adding my
RSC, I have focused on identifying market trends and looked for
daughter Nikki Taylor to the management team has reinforced
niche markets where we could make an impact, such as aging-
our community involvement through board and volunteer
in-place homes and green design. We’re currently working
services. And we also provide construction services to non-
with Siemens Corporation on the City of Sarasota’s Energy
proﬁts on a no-cost or cost-only basis. SCENE Magazine
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SUNCOAST COMMUNITIES BLOOD BANK
1760 Mound Street Sarasota, FL 34236 941-954-1600 firstname.lastname@example.org scbb.org
Describe the organization and your role.
era of unprecedented consolidations in the blood bank
Suncoast Communities Blood Bank (SCBB) is a not-for-proﬁt
industry, especially in Florida. Because we are local and
organization with more than 130 employees, plus a ﬂeet of
deeply rooted in the community, we have a passion to
volunteers, who have enabled us to serve the community
ensure that we provide the best services possible, and
for more than 62 years. SCBB provides blood products and
help reduce the cost of healthcare in our area. In the midst
services to 12 area hospitals and healthcare facilities within
of these challenges, SCBB has not only survived, it has
Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte Counties. As
thrived. Within the last 18 months, SCBB has opened two
CEO, it is my responsibility to ensure that SCBB operates
new collection centers in Manatee County and has been
efﬁciently, effectively, and as openly as possible.
approached by four more area hospitals that wish to utilize SCBB’s services. SCBB has grown at a rate of almost 10
What sets your organization apart from others?
percent per year over the last five years and should eclipse
Our commitment to community and ultimately to our top
this mark in 2012.
stakeholders, our patients and volunteer blood donors. SCBB believes in giving back to the community. We have done so by
What else can you tell us about SCBB?
awarding more than $80,000 in scholarships to high school
We have a dedicated and passionate staff. It’s great to be
seniors who donate blood, and supporting causes such as
the CEO of such a caring and dedicated group. I often hear
Relay for Life, the Heart Walk, and Manasota Operation Troop
compliments about the competency and friendliness of our
Support, to name a few.
staff. Everybody believes in our mission, and that’s what makes us great as is evidenced by the Florida Association of
What is the impact of what you do for individuals and/
Blood Banks, which has awarded SCBB management staff
or on the community as a whole?
members “Executive of the Year” for four straight years. I’m
As the economy struggles to recover, we have seen an
honored to be part of this team.
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3750 South Osprey Avenue Sarasota, FL 34239 941-388-8144 email@example.com extremeremodelersofsarasota.com Paradise Homes has quickly become a success story
despite tough economic times. What’s your secret?
entrepreneur crossover into the construction business?
There is no secret. I adhere every day to my basic business
During my years in manufacturing, I recognized that there are
plan, which I crafted from many years of listening to the needs
ways to improve the construction process. I am a believer
and expectations of my clients, and I deliver every time.
in being vertically integrated. Therefore, I hired employees
Today’s buyer seeks quality and value without compromising
rather than subcontracting, which creates loyalty and enables
lifestyle and luxury amenities. I simplify their selection process
us to effectively facilitate scheduling. Our remodeling division,
and exceed expectations with our “Jewel Box” Series. Buyers
Extreme Remodelers, allows us to develop relationships with
are delighted to discover that each Series contains a plethora
trusted and top-end luxury name brands.
of exceptional appointments and ﬁnishes, along with trusted luxury name brands of such quality as Viking appliances, Wood
How does the new Viking Culinary Center in Lakewood
Mode cabinetry and Hinkley lighting. I believe the “Jewel Box”
Ranch connect with the Paradise Homes lifestyle?
Series has been the driving component to Paradise Homes
For today’s consumer, it is all about buying a lifestyle. At the
becoming the number one luxury builder in Lakewood Ranch.
Center, everyone can experience hands-on testing of Viking appliances and participate in live demonstrations and events.
How does the “Jewel Box” Series exceed expectations?
The selection of Viking indoor and outdoor appliances is a
We take the stress and price guessing out of the process and
natural extension of your home and reinforces the comfort
create a smooth buying experience. Buyers can relax and
and lifestyle buyers seek.
preview the ﬁnishes and amenities in each of our “Jewel Box” packages at our 6,000 square foot Design Center. Once their
What is your greatest accomplishment?
expectations are met and their selections are made, the price
The support team I have at home. Without my wife, Sharon,
is set. There are never any surprises at the end.
and four amazing children this would not be possible. SCENE Magazine
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SUNTRUST BANK, SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Chairman, President & CEO SunTrust, Southwest Florida 1777 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-3386 suntrust.com
SunTrust Bank has a reputation for being very involved
Please explain how SunTrust, with the ﬁnancial power
philanthropically in the community as part of its
of a large bank, effectively delivers services to local
community reinvestment approach. Does that hold
businesses and individuals.
We bring the full capability of a large bank delivered by our local
Yes, we are very engaged in the community. We were founded
team empowered to make decisions. Financial solutions across
on the vision that as you build your community, you build your
the spectrum are provided by teammates who live and work
bank, and I wholeheartedly support that belief. In practice, we
right here in Southwest Florida. They know the market and their
try to participate in varied activities and support a number of
clients well and make decisions from that perspective.
different causes to ensure our giving reﬂects the diversity of With such a tremendous amount of ﬁnancial expertise,
how does SunTrust assist its diverse client base in the Isn’t it true that SunTrust employees are given time off
from work for volunteer activities?
SunTrust is committed to serving our diverse client base by
Yes, we have a program called Solid Gives Back which
providing solid ﬁnancial solutions to help people and institutions
encourages our teammates to become involved in the community
prosper. That is our mission. In addition to delivering banking
and they are given time off to do so. Our teammates support
services, we provide ﬁnancial education to our clients and our
very diverse organizations and causes in human services, arts,
community. Everyone beneﬁts from being ﬁnancially savvy.
the environment and a great number of other areas. In addition
We’re currently working partnerships with Goodwill, Habitat for
to ﬁnancial support and volunteerism, we encourage leadership
Humanity and the Salvation Army to help people with budgeting
through serving on boards and participating in community
and saving as well as with the proper use of credit. We are really
events and fundraisers. Financial Education is one of our
trying to make a difference, so we support our clients and the
greatest passions on the volunteer front.
community on multiple levels.
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Dr. Anne Chauvet
CRITICAL CARE & VETERINARY SPECIALISTS OF SARASOTA
4937 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231 941-929-1818 firstname.lastname@example.org criticalvetcare.com What inspired you to become a veterinary neurologist?
we created was up to us, and we had to work together.
When I was six, I saw how my brother grieved when our
Wanting that strong sense of community drives me to
dog passed away. I decided then to help animals with
advocate cooperation rather than competition within our
their physical pain and their owners’ emotional pain. I saw
veterinary community and also on a personal level. Last
myself as a wildlife preserve vet or even James Herriot, but
year, my son, Vincent, and I welcomed Devan into our
ultimately, I fell in love with surgery and neurology. Being
lives. I have always dreamed of adopting, and although
able to help owners enjoy more quality time with their pets
I researched many options, I chose to work with the
always inspires me.
wonderful Safe Coalition Center and adopt a child from our community.
You founded CCVSS, an advanced veterinary medical center offering services not previously available here.
You have been tremendously active in the community,
What does this mean to pet owners?
currently serving on the Humane Society of Sarasota
CCVSS offers emergency, intensive care and surgery for
County and United Cerebral Palsy boards. CCVSS also
pets that is similar to the technology and 24-hour monitoring
treats local K-9 teams, provides subsidized services to
by specialists in a human hospital. We have on-site MRI, a
shelters and rescues, and donated pet oxygen masks
mechanical respirator, digital radiography and other advanced
to the ﬁre department and emergency ﬁeld kits to the
technology as well as compassionate veterinary specialists to
allow us to prolong the lives of precious family pets.
It’s always about helping animals and children’s charities. I also recently started Specialists for Animals Inc., a 501(c)3
Creating a strong sense of community also is very
nonproﬁt to help pet owners who cannot afford the cost of
important to you.
specialist treatment. I want to do my part to create magic and
It is. I grew up in a remote African village where everything
miracles in our community. SCENE Magazine
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Captain Jerry L. Chitwood
3591 Bayou Circle Longboat Key, Florida 34228 941-383-5232 or 1-800-769-1399 email@example.com chitwood-charters.com
CHITWOOD CHARTERS In what kind of experiences does Chitwood Charters
Oceans of the World. Our yachts feature two or three staterooms,
and their seaworthy and dependable performance ensure long-
We have supplied luxury yachts for short and long term
range, economical performance with luxury. Our clients are very
charters for 33 years from the Hyatt and also Marina Jack.
discriminating, and we give them the care, quality service and
Our cruises range from four-hour and all-day trips to rentals
memorable on-the-water experience they expect.
by the week or month. Clients who own yachts may choose to captain themselves or hire one of our captains. We will also
Your four-hour and day cruises are very popular.
teach prospective buyers how to handle a yacht.
People charter cruises for every occasion imaginable, including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, scenic cocktail
Where do people generally cruise?
parties, and real estate tours, even for services to spread
Clients depart the Hyatt Sarasota, turn south to the shell
ashes. We work closely with the concierge staff at the Ritz
beaches of the barrier islands of Sanibel, Captiva, Boca Grande
Carlton and Hyatt as well as individual clients. Our four-
and Marco Island. Ports in Venice, Fort Myers or Naples await
hour cruises have been very popular with the Stars who are
their experience! Unspoiled beaches, cool ocean breezes,
performing at the VanWezel.
privacy aboard! They enjoy the curious, playful antics of a friendly porpoise or taking a refreshing dip in one of many secluded
What prompted you to get into the business of chartering
bays. Longer charters may choose to cruise the Bahamas.
yachts, and why Sarasota? I always have had yachts and enjoyed the water. As a licensed
What kind of yachts do you charter?
pilot and former experimental hovercraft pilot, I was used to
We offer the Rolls Royce line of Grand Banks Trawlers and
handling powerful vehicles, so yachts were a natural ďŹ t. I chose
Selene Passagemakers and were the ďŹ rst company in the world
Sarasota because it is the Jewel of the West Coast with its
to charter these yachts. Both have proven themselves on the
white sand beaches, beautiful water and wonderful people.
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Michael Saunders & Company 941-724-HOME(4663) Sales@CrabtreeHomes.com CrabtreeHomes.com
MICHELLE CRABTREE, REALTOR With nearly 30 years as a licensed real estate salesperson,
You have a broker’s license and long list of professional
what’s your secret to your longevity and success
recognitions and certiﬁcations. What drives you to this
especially during the past few difﬁcult years?
level of professional achievement?
I believe my longevity and success are due to my community
I like to stand out professionally and believe that knowledge
expertise and strong client satisfaction, from which I
is power. The more you learn, the better you can service
gain many referrals. I also believe my integrity, honesty,
your clients. I hold 10 certiﬁcations (CRS; CIPS; GRI; ABR;
education, excellence and professionalism are key factors.
PMN; TRC; RSPS; SFR; AHWD; and the ”Green” designation)
Despite the economy, last year was my best year ever, and
giving me added expertise in resort and second-homes and
this year I’m on target to exceed it. My goal is to always
working with international clients. The Women’s Council of
exceed client expectations, provide outstanding service
Realtors named me its 2009 “Business Woman of the Year”
and follow-up. As a third generation Sarasotan, I love selling
and 50th president. I served as director for the Sarasota
the community I know so well – it is paradise. I want to be
Association of Realtors and graduated from their “Emerging
your Realtor for life. My flyer, “Why live in the Sarasota area”
Leaders Program” in 2009. I have also been named to the
shows the variety we offer. Additionally, through Michael
Florida Realtors Honor Society for the 4th year.
Saunders & Co., every listing is exposed to an enormous pool of buyers via web marketing in 35 countries and over
Why do you think being a native Sarasotan gives you an edge?
2,000 internet sites. My personal website has community/
I’m not just selling a home, I’m selling a lifestyle. I grew up
neighborhood information and a 13-language translation
in Oyster Bay, lived on Siesta Key and now near University
bar and my Facebook page, “Sarasota Insider – A Guide to
Living in Paradise”, is updated daily with local activities. It
Information Center and worked for the developer. I really
also has an MLS link with translation bar so there is world-
know and love our community, am very involved and eager
wide exposure to area properties.
to share my expertise.
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SENIOR HOME COMPANIONS, INC
3902 Somerset Drive Sarasota, FL 34242 941-924-0494 firstname.lastname@example.org seniorhomecompanions.com Senior
We’re locally owned with strong ties to the community, and
Anniversary this year. Homemaker services weren’t very
we have a 20 year track record of trustworthy service. I take
common in 1991, what inspired you to start this business?
my senior clients’ wellbeing very seriously. Not only do I visit
We actually were one of the ﬁrst senior home care companies
all of my clients’ homes, I interview all of our homemakers in
in Florida. I saw a real need for caring in-home services when
their own homes. It takes a lot more time, but then I know
my grandmother was in a nursing home, and I didn’t like her
how they themselves live.
being there. I am very passionate about this because I thought she would be better off at home. People live longer and are
Wasn’t Senior Home Companions recently honored by
happier in their own environment as long as they can stay
the Sarasota Chamber?
there safely. That’s what our homemakers help them do.
Yes, we have been recognized in its Small Business Awards for the past two years.
What does your company do for seniors? In addition to caring companionship and friendship, we assist
You have been very active in the community. What can
with personal care, light housekeeping, meal preparation,
you say about your involvement?
overnight care and respite services for caregivers. We match
The Sarasota County Commissioners have appointed me
homemakers and clients to ensure compatibility and therefore
to the Senior Advisory Council. I also am involved with the
continuity of care. Our caregivers are seniors themselves who
Sarasota Women’s Alliance, the International Women’s
want to stay active and help other seniors remain independent.
Forum, UNIFEM, Tiger Bay Club and the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. It is very important for people to be involved
Using seniors to help other seniors seems an uncommon
in their community. We have so many dynamic people here
approach. Is there anything else that makes you
who donate their time, talent and money, and that makes a
different from other services?
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Photo by Phyllis Ensley
Michael Saunders & Company 941-350-3743 email@example.com newhomeadvice.com
BARBARA DUMBAUGH, REALTOR How does being a Sarasota resident since 1977 help your
What do others consider to be your outstanding attributes?
real estate clients?
I believe that frequent communication and follow up are keys
As a self-described “Ambassador for Sarasota,” I have a vast
to success and I pride myself on my direct feedback and quick
wealth of local knowledge drawn on 34 years of working and
responses to my client’s need. I also believe communication and
volunteering in Sarasota. My experience includes operating a
networking with my colleagues is a critical part of my job, enabling
successful retail operation on St. Armands Circle, working for a
me to promote each of my listings as often as possible.
local builder, and building and remodeling homes myself. I enjoy all aspects of construction and make it a point to help educate
What extras do you offer clients?
each customer regarding understanding home or condo issues.
If needed, my clients enjoy the added beneﬁt of my creative
My daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria, graduates of Riverview and
ability to stage their home. With many years of staging
Pine View, were also involved in many extra-curricular activities.
experience, I have built up quite a collection of furniture, rugs
My experience on all these levels has proved invaluable when
and accessories that I use to maximize the desirability and
assisting new families moving to the area.
therefore the “salability” of each property.
What approach do you take to your real estate business?
How did you become involved with dog agility?
One of my favorite sayings is, “The harder I work, the luckier I get!”
I have always had a love for dogs so after seeing Agility competitions
My family instilled in me an incredible work ethic – get to work
on TV, I became quite intrigued. I started training my Papillon, Titus,
early and leave late. I enjoy all the challenges each day brings
as a puppy and we started competing when he was almost 2 years
and working diligently through them. My husband, John, a Board
old. Now, at 4, Titus has several “Excellent” titles. We frequently
Certiﬁed Real Estate Attorney, and I work together as a team.
travel around the state competing. It is deﬁnitely a passion of mine
There has never been a problem that we have not been able to
that brings great joy. Thanks to technology, I am able to work from
work through, which gives my clients a great advantage.
anywhere to handle any client needs that arise. SCENE Magazine
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Richard R. Gans
FERGESON, SKIPPER, SHAW, KEYSER, BARON & TIRABASSI, P.A.
1515 Ringling Boulevard, 10th Floor Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1900 firstname.lastname@example.org fergesonskipper.com
In what areas of the law do you practice?
Elite and as a “Best Law yer in America.”
I’ve specialized in estate planning and estate and trust administration ever since I became an attorney in 1988.
What is your background, and why did you choose estate planning?
What approach do you take with your clients?
I became ver y interested in China throughout college
My first three rules of practice are “Listen, Listen, Listen.”
and into the 1980s, and spent a couple of years living
What good is my technical knowledge if it does not help
in China and honing my Mandarin Chinese skills. The
my clients to accomplish their goals? I try very hard to
same love of learning that led me to Chinese studies
treat my clients as I would want to be treated. I get a lot
led me to ta x and estate planning. I’m ver y analy tical,
of satisfaction from helping people.
which enables me to look at both the legal and practical aspects of a client’s situation to find the right solution.
You have been very active in the legal community
I really do like my job.
and have received a number of recognitions. I have been involved with The Florida Bar on a
You also are very involved in the community.
volunteer basis for many years. I have had a hand in
I have taught the wills and trusts course for the State
draf ting several estate planning laws, and I frequently
College of Florida’s paralegal program for the past
speak at legal education seminars. My work with the
eight years. I serve on the boards of the Community
Bar keeps me on top of new developments, and that
Foundation of Sarasota, the Women’s Exchange,
adds value for my clients. I’m especially proud to have
the Sarasota Concert Association and the Pines of
been selected as a Fellow of the American College
Sarasota Foundation. Sarasota has been good to me
of Trust and Estate Counsel, and am grateful to have
and my family, and I want to give back to the place I
been recognized by my peers as a Florida Trend Legal
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Joe C. Hembree
HEMBREE & ASSOCIATES 1335 2nd Street Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-1776 email@example.com hembreeco.com
Hembree & Associates is a full service commercial
associates and is one of the largest commercial brokers in
broker that offers property management and other
Sarasota and Manatee counties.
services. How does that give you an advantage? We work very diligently to make sure we are experts in the
You mentioned that you place a large emphasis on
ﬁeld. In addition to property management, we do sales and
leasing, receivership work, tenant representation, and market
We do. We listen to whoever has an interest in the property
research and consulting. I know properties from the ground
to ﬁnd out what they want. Then we look at the property’s
up. I know what the numbers mean, the cyclics on roofs and
current value and the encumbrances against it and try to
what replacement costs are. I know how to value properties
marry those into an acceptable solution. We step back and
and evaluate best case scenarios for our customers.
ﬁnd the common ground between the world as it is and the world they would like.
How have you been able to help your clients weather a tough environment?
As a drilling Naval reservist, serving your country is still
We have assembled the most experienced team of
part of what you do.
commercial real estate professionals in the bi-county area
That’s true. I spent 66 days last year in the Middle East. I
who continue to match people successfully with property
also am personally active in the community. Next year, I will
solutions during the downturn. We pursue technologies,
be on the Board of Realtors. I am a graduate of Leadership
and personal connections, that allow us to keep on top of
Sarasota, a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Council,
the market. We do a lot of work with banks, and people
and have served on committees for the Gulf Coast Builders
who are having issues with banks, to position the property
Exchange and Young Professionals Group. I have a lot
to have the best outcome. With this level of expertise,
of optimism about our market and extreme pride in our
Hembree & Associates has grown to 15 commercial
community. SCENE Magazine
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3906 Mockingbird Hill Sarasota, FL 34231 941-951-2699 firstname.lastname@example.org hollidaygroup.com
HOLLIDAY GROUP, LLC Holliday Group is recognized for its extensive experience in
How does this impact your work?
commercial construction. What about residential projects?
We run our projects in an environmentally friendly way. My USGBC
We are a commercial contractor, but we also are a high-end
certiﬁcation training opened my eyes to a multitude of ways, large
custom residential builder with design-build capabilities. In
and small, to minimize jobsite waste and provide a clean and safe
fact, we’ve done everything from a $55 million condominium
jobsite. Little things we’ve enacted such as recycling of building
development to a $15,000 bathroom addition.
materials has reduced the waste we send to the landﬁlls by over 60%. Additionally, a Lido Key project we recently completed is
You emphasize the importance of teamwork and value
proposed for a LEED Platinum rating, the highest rating possible.
engineering, which can be lacking in residential construction. Teamwork is a concept that grew from my father Jim’s teaching.
What type of commercial work do you do?
He was a Sarasota School architect who emphasized the
Our commercial work includes a wide variety of projects from
importance of architects and contractors working together.
freestanding retail and industrial buildings to interior build-outs
Architects create spaces, but those spaces need to work. As
of existing spaces. We also do quite a few restaurants and
a team, we can bring clients exciting ideas and, because they
work with companies such as Tommy Bahama® and Moe’s®
have been value engineered while being designed, there are no
throughout the entire state.
surprises cost-wise. I love it when people try our suggestions and then tell us it turned out gorgeous. When someone is
You have been in this community a long time. What
building their dream home, we do whatever we can to fulﬁll that
organizations have your support?
dream. The biggest reward for me is when a client calls me to
We support the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls
do another job or refers me to a friend.
Clubs, Sarasota County Sheriff, F.D.L.E. and the F.O.P. We are also members of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, City of Sarasota
You have your LEED AP certiﬁcation for green building. Leading The Scene
Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.
COLDWELL BANKER, LONGBOAT KEY Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-387-1803 LynneKoy.com
You have done consistently well in luxury real estate
trust is there because they know how I work.
sales, ranking in the top one-half of 1 percent of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide and the top 100 in
You were a realtor/broker associate in Chicago early in
Florida. How have you managed to be so successful in
your career. What brought you to Sarasota?’
a down market?
I came here in 1985 to help my parents and didn’t know
It’s a combination of technical knowledge and people
Sarasota at all. What a wonderful and delightful surprise.
skills. I consider myself a problem-solver. I have a lot of
This is a beautiful, magical place, and I hope I convey that
market knowledge, but I’m also a good listener and can
get a feel for what clients want. From a seller’s standpoint, I understand marketing and have sold virtually all of my
You donate a lot of your time to local causes.
listings. Organizational skills are also critical. I think I have
Yes, I deliver Meals on Wheels. My territory is North Sarasota,
more checklist and systems in place than anyone, and
and I love it. I am a crisis counselor for Safe Place and Rape
that allows us to move along at a good clip. Earlier this
Crisis Center (SPARCC), and I am a Make-A-Wish wish
year, in just 30 days, we closed 12 sales and listed eight
properties. How do you ﬁnd time to explore international places What is your approach when working with clients?
I really do believe you treat people as you want to be treated,
While I’m totally dedicated to my business, I like to travel
and I incorporate that into my business practices. I’m a user-
outside the country and have been to Papua New Guinea
friendly person when people need me. It’s so important to
and other places in Indonesia as well as to Africa. I care
build trust, which is done through consistent feedback and
about our community, but travel makes me care about the
responsiveness. That way when we get into negotiations, the
world as a whole. SCENE Magazine
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THE 8558 GROUP
3665 Bee Ridge Road, Suite #210 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-400-6333 email@example.com 8558group.com
What exactly does the 8558 Group do?
What sets you apart from your competition?
We are business advisers to the commercial lending industry.
I’d say our ability to gain access to someone who can make a
We work with both lenders and borrowers as a mediator, coming
decision is probably what sets us apart. If you can get access to
up with new and unique ideas to try and save the relationship
the decision maker at a bank, and you can defuse any animosity
between the borrower and the lender, to preserve the business
that exists between the institution and the borrower, that’s 90
in the community.
percent of the battle.
When did you start this business?
How did you gain the experience you need to run this
I started in Destin, Florida, about three and a half years ago.
company? Since the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, I’ve spent the lion’s share of
What prompted you to form your company?
my career helping companies get back on track. When you go
Over the years I’ve managed major companies through
in and work with a company, dismantle it, reorganize it, re-staff
bankruptcy reorganizations. When this recession hit us, it was a
it, refocus its business plan, every one of those experiences is a
natural segue. Debt restructuring is a component of turnaround
tremendous education in business operational concepts.
work. So it was an easy migration for me to make. What is your greatest accomplishment? Your company slogan is, “Advising business in transition.”
Over the last three and a half years, my company has restructured
What does that mean, and how do you do that?
or settled in excess of $10 billion in commercial debt. There have
Part of my job is to come up with options and persuade
been several instances where we’ve gone beyond the issue of
borrowers and lenders to take a course of action that beneﬁts
simply restructuring the debt relationship and helped save the
both. We’ll ﬁnd people to come in and buy part of someone’s
company. And turned the company around, so that it is actually
debt, for instance.
starting to grow again.
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ABITAR CONTRACT FURNISHINGS
184 Tall Trees Court Sarasota, FL 34232 941-955-5940 firstname.lastname@example.org abitarfurnishings.com You’ve had a 30 year career in the commercial design
have you been working on lately?
and furniture industry. To what do you attribute your
Yes , my work can be seen many places in Florida, including
The Patterson Foundation, College Hall at New College, Premier
I learned a long time ago that customer service is the most
Properties (now Signature Sotheby’s), Lake Club, Palm Aire
important thing. My mission is to create value through excellent
(shown in photo), Ocean Reef Club, to name a few. I also work
customer service and quality products. I’m also an out-of-the-
nationally and internationally and I am currently working on a
box thinker who continually looks for new opportunities to bring
timeshare condominium in Aruba and a restaurant in Bonaire.
more to the table for my customers. I recently joined a large buying group so am able to offer more than 50,000 products
Give us some details about the new business you are
that go beyond just standard design furniture products.
starting that is focused on networking. I am very much known for my networking. In fact, people call
What does your work entail?
me the Networking Queen. Shortly after I came here, I started
We are a full service procurement company that also provides
the PowerNet..Lunch networking group for women and the
furniture planning, move management and project management.
Team Effort Networking (TEN) referral group a year later. I have
We deliver and install everything from furnishings and ﬂoor
been encouraged by many people to help others improve their
coverings to millwork, artwork and accessories. I do a lot of
networking skills, so I have founded the Lister Consulting Group.
work in hospitality, but also have experience with condominiums,
I will continue my Abitar Contract Furnishings business, but I
timeshare resorts, healthcare and retirement facilities, shopping
also will be offering networking classes, networking training and
centers, restaurants, corporate and medical ofﬁces, banks, and
coaching, business development services and some specialized
services delivered by other experts. I want people to understand that the secret to being a good networker is to ﬁrst be willing to
You’ve worked on a lot of high proﬁle projects. What
help others. Never forget the Golden Rule. SCENE Magazine
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MGA INSURANCE GROUP 9024 Town Center Parkway Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-907-3828 mga-insurance.com
MGA Insurance Group has capabilities beyond what
entrepreneurs get started and assist them in their success.
smaller ﬁrms can offer, such as personal and commercial insurance in all 50 states. Why is your ﬁrm different?
MGA recently made a very significant investment in
We are a sizeable ﬁrm with 46 licensed, well trained employees
technology. What will that do for your customers?
dedicated to serving our community. Another difference is
We invested $2 million to upgrade our customer relationship
that we have direct access to adjustors and claims agents
management and accounting systems. Combined with our
to help make the claim adjudication process easier. We do
call center, that allows us to have 24/7 response time to those
have the ability to write insurance nationally. We relocated
making an inquiry or a claim. We also have a back-up data
MGA from Chicago, IL in 1999 and have been able to attract
port in Atlanta that will get us running within 24 hours should
underwriters here from the East Coast and the Midwest to
we be impacted by a disaster locally.
assist our clients with more choices for insurance. You and your company have been very active in the You’ve also created departments that are devoted
business community and philanthropically.
exclusively to providing comprehensive services to
Yes, even though we are larger than most local insurance
particular types of customers.
ﬁrms, we are still a family business. My wife and daughter
Yes, we recently invested in a new department offering
have executive positions here, and we have very strong ties
comprehensive senior care products including Medicare
to this community. I am active in the local Chambers and was
supplement and long term care insurances, advanced
one of the original founders of the Lakewood Ranch Business
planning and assistance with proper use of retirement funds.
Alliance. We are the lead sponsor for the Sarasota Polo Club,
We also have a staff of 8 employees dedicated exclusively
support the Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy
to personal insurance like homeowners, auto and umbrella
and participate in fundraisers for the Payton Wright and the
policies. On the business side, I personally enjoy helping
Jimmy V Foundations.
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3750 S. Osprey Avenue Sarasota, FL 34239 941-705-1158 Barbaran@paradisesarasota.com paradisesarasota.com
After a successful career with Michael Saunders &
while maintaining timeless elegance for years to come.
Company, what prompted your to transition into new home sales?
Paradise Homes is building your new home so you
My new position with Paradise Homes as the Director of
certainly understand a homebuyer’s perspective.
Custom Home Sales & Marketing has been a natural and
I place a high value on cultivating long-term relationships with
exciting transition. Some might say it’s a leap of faith. Ever
clients and become intimately acquainted with their preferences
since I was a little girl, I remember ﬁnding the design and
and wishes. Today’s buyers, just like me, are seeking high-
architectural elements of homes fascinating. I remember the
end amenities and ﬁnishes without compromising quality and
ﬁrst time I walked into a house built by Paradise Homes, I
value. Paradise Homes offers just that to each of our buyers
was instantly impressed by the outstanding attention to
with its “Jewel Box” Series. The purchase of a new home is
detail, architectural elements, style, and most importantly the
one of the most signiﬁcant transactions that my clients will
infusion of a terriﬁc lifestyle.
make. I want to be sure to provide the level of service that I myself would expect.
How has your approach to new home sales been inﬂuenced by your past experience and what can
Giving back also is important to you.
homebuyers expect when they come to see you?
My husband, Joe, and I truly are blessed with two amazing
With longtime careers in high-end retail and as a Luxury
children. We believe it is important to continue to enrich our
Real Estate Consultant, bringing my boutique-style service
community so that our children and children’s children enjoy
experience to the new home arena is the perfect ﬁt. A home
the beneﬁts. I am a Board Member of the Lakewood Ranch
makes a fashion statement and it’s a haven from the stresses of
Community Fund and my fundraising efforts have beneﬁted
the outside world. I am adeptly qualiﬁed to assist my clients in
South Florida Museum and Easter Seals, where my husband
customizing their home to suit their lifestyle, desires and passions
has served on the Board for 15 years. SCENE Magazine
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NICKEL & NICKEL COMMUNICATIONS
941-928-5572 email@example.com kristinenickel.com
You are an award-winning communications professional
You also have expertise in media training.
who has worked for many of the leading organizations
I have helped many high-powered executives here better
here, such as Tropicana, FCCI and Tidewell Hospice.
understand the media and how to work with them effectively
How can you help your clients be successful?
while getting their message across. My understanding of
We specialize in helping individuals and organizations craft clear,
how the media works comes from sitting on both sides of the
customized communication strategies, develop appropriate
desk: as a PR professional and as a features writer for many
content and methods of delivery. That could range from a traditional
publications, the Herald Tribune and Sarasota Magazine being
media-based PR campaign to a social media campaign. We’re in
two of my favorites.
such a dynamic, transitional environment; it really takes a pro to come up with a workable plan within a client’s resources that has
What does delivering good value mean to you?
a high degree of creativity to cut through the clutter.
Value means different things to different people. To me, it means achieving the objectives of the client on time
Can you give examples of successful projects?
and on budget with a high degree of professionalism and
Communication is about telling stories, so when the Suncoast
Communities Blood Bank celebrated its 60th birthday, we focused on a day in the life of a recipient. We brought in the
Next year, you will chair the well-regarded Town Hall
recipient and many of the donors whose blood saved him.
It was a great story, and Good Morning America sent a ﬁlm
Yes, my passion is the Ringling College Library Association,
crew to the celebration. Recently, I am working with non-proﬁt
which is the largest contributor to the college through funds
organizations at the board level, crafting key communications
raised by the lecture series and is totally run by volunteers. I am
platforms that deliver that organization’s messages to their
really excited by its impact as one of the cultural and intellectual
audiences, telling their story most effectively.
pillars of the community.
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Julie Parker 551 North Cattlemen Road, Suite 106 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-341-9774 or 1-877-Lady-Justice japarker@parker-lawﬁrm.com CallLadyJustice.com
JULIE PARKER, LADY JUSTICE
You are known as Lady Justice. How did you earn that
entire team — we know exactly what our clients are going
through; their feelings and fears...and ﬁnancial concerns. This
When I founded Parker Law Group 10 years ago, a fellow
is why we are so caring about our clients, and why we ﬁght so
networking member nicknamed me Lady Justice because I
passionately for their rights.
am equally passionate about not only the law, but also the men and women I help during one of the most difﬁcult times
The ﬁrm has grown signiﬁcantly in 10 years. To what do
of their lives. The Lady Justice icon symbolizes unrelenting
you attribute your growth?
strength and fairness, so naturally I was happy when the
Our reputation. At the end of the day, we’re known for being
extremely client focused. We hold their hands through the entire process and make sure they get the medical care and
What does the Parker Law Group do differently for clients?
the compensation they deserve.
As I’m sure you know, some injury attorneys tend to view their clients as numbers. At Parker Law Group, we have a different
It seems that much of your community service supports
belief. In our clients, we see ourselves. And because of that,
children and also individuals with disabilities.
we combine our intense expertise, along with our unique level
Yes, I am a Take Stock in Children mentor, serve on the
of caring, to help people who are injured in accidents to be
Manatee Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors and am
compensated for their injuries.
a past Board Member of Easter Seals. I have a 6-year-old daughter with special needs who is an amazingly talented
In your clients you see yourselves...are you referring to
singer, dancer and artist despite her challenges. Seeing
your own accidents?
how she has overcome those challenges inspires me to help
Yes. In 2009, I was the victim of two severe car accidents
my clients overcome whatever obstacles they face when
which turned my world upside down. So for me — and my
recovering from a challenging life event like an accident. SCENE Magazine
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Jeffery Kin & Michelle Bianchi Pingel
THE PLAYERS THEATRE
838 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-2494 firstname.lastname@example.org theplayers.org
The Players has been on quite a roll the past few years,
Pingel: We’ve also surrounded ourselves with great people on
taking a bit of a risk in 2010 with “The Who’s Tommy,”
the staff and empowered them to take leadership. That’s what’s
which was a big hit, and winning the 2011 Sarasota
making us so successful.
Chamber’s Cultural Organization of the Year Award.
Kin: And we have fun.
Pingel: Yes, we also were ﬁnalists for the Longboat Key, Lido
Pingel: Even after 11 years, I feel like I’m still volunteering. That’s
Key, St. Armands Key Chamber’s Small Business Awards and
how fun my job is.
the Sarasota Economic Development Corporation’s John Cox Community Partner of the Year.
Why is community theatre important?
Kin: After coming through the past three years of a down
Kin: People don’t know how much we are part of the fabric of
economy, we needed that boost and to feel the joy of being
the community. There’s not an event in town that we don’t help
respected by our peers.
supply costumes, or talent, or support of some kind. Pingel: And, with our performing arts school, we are
What has been the secret to your success?
grooming the future patrons, performers and leaders of
Kin: People ask us what’s our biggest asset.
theatre in this town.
Pingel: It’s our board of directors because they hired us. People have been calling us from across the nation to ﬁnd out how our
Where is The Players headed in the future?
dual management style works.
Pingel: We need to address funding. We earn 85 percent of our
Kin: Having one person in charge of everything is too much.
income from ticket sales, which is great, but that must change
With dual management, someone looks after creative goals
so we can survive future economic downturns.
and someone looks after ﬁnancial goals. Michelle and I are very
Kin: And we’re continuing to up the ante and create great
different, but our goals and our vision for the Players is the same.
shows. This is not your Grandma’s community theatre. If you
We want make sure the players is around in another 80 years.
haven’t seen us recently, you haven’t seen us at all.
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SARASOTA MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION 1515 South Osprey Avenue, Suite B4 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-1286 smhf.org
How do you define your role with Sarasota Memorial
stays that way. Sarasota Memorial is the only nonprofit
hospital in the county, so any surplus revenues stay in
I see my role as being an ambassador for the hospital and
our community and can be reinvested in staff, ser vices
an advocate for patients, physicians and staff as well as for
and facilities. The hospital is ver y forward-thinking and
the administration and the board. We can be the creative
always looking at how to do a better job, improve the
mind behind how we continue to move forward and remain a
educational level of physicians and staff and ensure we
trusted organization with high integrity that people can invest
stay ahead of the cur ve in technology. I feel privileged to
in with confidence.
be a part of that.
What does the Foundation do?
What is your philosophy and approach to fundraising?
The Foundation is 35 years old, and its mission is to improve
For me it’s about truly recognizing the value of our donors
the quality of medical care for everyone in Sarasota. It was
and trying to match their particular interest with that of the
set up as autonomous from the hospital, but its goal is to help
hospital. Our relationships are not just built on money, but on
Sarasota Memorial grow, provide the best service possible and
getting to know the individual donor and what’s important
ensure a return on the investments people make in it by having
a positive impact on the quality of life for people here. We also have the ability to support other organizations that work in
What makes you most proud about the Foundation?
collaboration with the hospital like the Suncoast Communities
I’m very proud that the Foundation was a grassroots
Blood Bank and the Community AIDS Network.
organization formed by a group of individuals who wanted to improve the quality of care for everyone in Sarasota. That
What motivates your work with the Foundation?
vision has helped ensure people are able to stay right here to
We have a fabulous hospital and want to ensure it
receive the best care. SCENE Magazine
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Rev. Don Roberts & Bob Rosinsky
7501 15th Street East Sarasota, FL 34234 941-355-2721 email@example.com goodwillindustries.org Goodwill is known as a place to donate goods or to get a
job, housing assistance if needed and coordinate any other
bargain. Where does the money from your stores go?
services required for them to be successful.
Roberts: Goodwill gives individuals opportunities through employment and an evolved social service delivery system
Goodwill Manasota is focusing on obtaining monetary
that impacts the whole family and the community. Creating
donations for its Foundation. Why?
employment is part of that process, targeting people others
Rosinsky: Our vocational programs are totally self-funded,
generally will not hire. Our goal is to help people earn a steady
but we need money in addition to goods to meet our
paycheck and move them into home ownership providing a
mission needs. Because we are a business with a social
more stable environment for the next generation. The stores
purpose, we have expenses for capital requirements and
also help 1.4 million customers annually ﬁnd bargains on a
our buildings require ongoing maintenance. We also plan
to partner with other social service agencies to deliver a greater scope and depth of services more cost efficiently
You say you don’t believe in charity, but a chance. What
– services such as a stronger school-to-work program for
does that mean?
young adults since there are few programs answering the
Roberts: We support the whole person and do whatever it
work needs of those students.
takes to help individuals achieve self-sufﬁciency. We offer a hand up rather than a hand out.
Is it true that you also help other Goodwill organizations improve their operations?
How does Goodwill Manasota support the whole
Rosinsky: We have helped several Goodwill’s from the brink of
bankruptcy by helping them implement the effective practices
Roberts: A job is the ﬁrst step, but may not be enough. We
we have developed for operating a mission-integrated
provide life coaches to ensure a person adjusts well on the
donated goods enterprise.
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Beverly St. Hilaire Beverly St. Hilaire, ASID, IIDA, LEED®AP 2315 Harbour Oaks Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-504-3303 firstname.lastname@example.org sthilairedesign.com FL Licenses #ID5012 & #IB26001283
ST. HILAIRE DESIGN, LLC You have a really broad range of experience with interior
You also work as a realtor in Michael Saunders St.
design across many sectors. What are they?
Armands Circle ofﬁce.
I have expertise in hospitality, residential, corporate, medical,
Yes, I always thought I wanted to get into the real estate
contract and academic design. I have worked from Los Angeles to
business. I’ve invested in a lot of real estate over the years and
Florida and also internationally over the past 20 years. As a licensed
dealt with architectural design and construction. I’ve been in real
interior designer, I am also accredited by the NCIDQ, National
estate about two years now, and it really is going well. With my
Council for Interior Design Qualiﬁcation, a Professional member
design background, I can help sellers stage their homes to get
of ASID and IIDA, and now am a LEED Accredited Professional, a
them in the best shape for showing. As a result of many years of
green design certiﬁcation status under the USGBC.
designing renovations, I also have expertise in assessing costs vs. return on investment.
What are some of the high proﬁle projects on which you’ve worked?
How do you approach your interior design work with
It has been my pleasure to work on some lovely properties like The
Carolina, a historic hotel at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina and
The design process is a team effort that should involve and respect
the Washington Duke Inn on Duke University’s campus. Right now,
the vision of the client as well as the designer. I see myself as a
I’m completing a project at the Bird Key Yacht Club and working on
tool clients use to meet their dreams and expectations whether
a new construction home West of the Trail on Floyd. In addition, I am
they have a home or a business. It is the same in real estate.
the consulting “Director of Design” for a ﬁrm in Winchester, Virginia
I have to be a very good communicator, and with my design
where I am working on the renovation of a CCRC, Senior Living
background, I can tell them whether a house has the potential
Community. I’ve worked on many other projects as well, all with the
to become their dream home. The end result, in both cases, is a
goal of coming in on concept, on budget and on schedule.
tribute to the client and reﬂects their unique personality. SCENE Magazine
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1500 North Washington Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-0755 serbinprinting.com
SERBIN PRINTING What can you tell us about Serbin Printing?
What sets you apart from your competition?
Serbin Printing has provided leading edge print marketing
First, dedication to our customers’ success is the core driver
solutions for 41 years throughout the Suncoast and around
behind why we continue to invest in people, equipment and
the world. Our goal is to ensure the quality of our products
technology. This allows us to offer our clients the best single-
from “concept to mailbox.” We were the first printer in
source, cost effective, print solutions available in the marketplace.
our market to bring many services together under one
And secondly, more than 50 percent of our employees have been
roof. Those services included electronic typesetting and
with us more than 10 years. Our employees are key to building
prepress, graphic arts, six-color press with integrated
a strong business foundation and supporting our customers’
color control, full-service direct mail operation, and now
growth. This continuity is another reason our customers are
a fleet of cutting edge digital presses and software.
receiving the quality and service they deserve.
Working in concert, these services provide our customers the highest return possible on their marketing and
Do you have an example of a successful marketing campaign?
We partnered with Xerox Corporation in the fourth quarter of 2010 to produce and deploy a national print and mail
How is Serbin leading the Scene?
campaign announcing the debut of its groundbreaking
We offer to businesses of all sizes personalized, direct mail
Color 1000 Press. This multi-piece campaign was extremely
campaigns that were previously only available to large, national
successful and featured sophisticated levels of personalized
companies. Personalized or variable printing allows the
messaging that included each recipient’s personal and
sender to change names, photos, offers, copy, personalized
company name, their salesperson’s name, mailing address
URLs and even QR Codes based on the intended recipient.
and bar code, Variable QR Codes and Personalized URLs.
This kind of customization adds relevance for each recipient,
Exceptional marketing power is how we are able to support
which in turn, leads to higher returns.
the success of every one of our customers, large or small.
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5001 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard North Sarasota, Florida 34240 941-366-3116 email@example.com willissmith.com
WILLIS A. SMITH CONSTRUCTION Besides building and restoring many of Sarasota’s land-
it in 1989 and became CEO in 2000. How have you helped
marks, including the Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine
shape Willis A. Smith Construction?
Laboratory and Ringling College, what other projects do you do?
I wear every possible hat imaginable to run this business, set the
We’ve been privileged to participate in projects for both the
strategic direction, and provide the leadership to achieve success.
public and private sector with a strong emphasis on educational,
We’ve hired talented people and empowered them to follow their
performing arts, and green construction. Our education projects
passion and to make decisions that serve our organization by
include the Out-of-Door Academy, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal
providing good value for the customer. Good value means providing
School, Sarasota County Technical Institute, and the rebuild
excellent customer service, a competitive high quality product and
of Booker High School. Our performing arts projects include
always placing the clients’ best interests ahead of our own.
the historical restoration of the Sarasota Opera House and the Historic Asolo Theatre. We also construct healthcare, museum,
Besides the Small Business of the Year for Sarasota and
commercial and religious facilities.
Manatee Counties, and the Service Business of the Year Award from the Sarasota EDC, what other awards has
What projects are you working on now?
your company won?
We recently completed Tervis Tumbler and renovated a Sarasota
We have earned many awards for our sustainable practices, such as
landmark symbol, the courthouse tower. Current projects
the Sarasota EDC’s ﬁrst ever Green to Gold Award and recently added
include rebuilding much of Booker High School, replacing the
the Keep Manatee Beautiful Award from Manatee County. This year
campus of Sarasota County Technical Institute, and building
we received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for donating
the new School of Dental Medicine at the Lake Erie College of
more than 2,000 hours of community service. Our employees
Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in LWR.
volunteer their time with 36 local, not-for-proﬁt organizations every year. I truly believe that any successful business has an obligation
You have been with the company since 1988, purchased
to serve this community and make it an even better place. SCENE Magazine
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Tim & Jan Solomon
2 Marina Plaza, E-18 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-346-SAIL (7245) keysailingsarasota.com Key Sailing has a reputation more as a lifestyle than a
“Sailing Home — You Can Go Home Again” shares the story of a
simple business. Can you explain?
young ﬂautist from paradise who (with her childhood sweetheart)
We offer our local and global community true rest from the stress
sets out to change the world. When she returns after serving
of daily life. Key Breeze group charters carry only three couples off
in every continent but Antarctica, she discovers the world has
into the sunset, so your “date night” never includes someone else’s
“come to her” marina, right across from the bay front veterans
children. Private charters are affordable for family reunions, sailing
park named in honor of her father. “25,000 Miles from Home”
instruction, birthdays, marriage proposals and even weddings.
shares the inspiring stories of those ﬁrst 12,000 guests sailing 25,000 miles in less than four years.
You survived a foiled kidnapping while serving as a relief worker in Colombia. How has that affected your
What are some of the accolades you have received in this
This second chance at life was the gift that inspired our business.
Since 2007, Key Sailing has been recognized as a Sarasota Top
My U.S.C.G. Master Captain/Minister husband Tim and I are still
Five Star Tourist Attraction by Trip Advisor; Ofﬁcial Educational
interacting globally, but there is also a certain mission in serving
Vessel of Sarasota by county proclamation; winner, “Siesta
“Fresh air, ﬁne chocolates, and a few hours of peace on earth.”
Key Business Person of the Year;” winner, Sarasota Chamber
And while I do live with constant pain from the facial nerve
Small Business Awards’ Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence;
damage caused by the Colombian incident, my story is not the
has nominations for environmental excellence, guest service
most touching told from the Key Breeze.
excellence, and “Tourism Leader of the Year” and has been a ﬁlm site for both motion picture and national television.
As a published author with doctoral work in cross-cultural studies, you focused previously on educational journals
What’s next for the “Key Breeze?”
and religious books. What are your latest projects?
Sailing another “25,000 Miles from Home.”
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JETT THOMPSON ANTIQUES & INTERIORS
447 West Dearborn Street Englewood, FL 34223 941-460-2777 firstname.lastname@example.org jettsantiques.com
Jett Thompson Antiques is one of the area’s most eclectic
to consulting on total remodel projects. My clients like a look
and unique shops. What prompted you to open a retail
that feels more natural, less staged and doesn’t feel “done.” It
outlet on Englewood’s historic Dearborn Street?
feels more comfortable to them. I also love re-purposing items
I wanted to help revitalize Dearborn Street. We have a great
into a myriad of different uses to achieve the unexpected.
opportunity to create a quirky Bohemian village that can attract people to the area. I decided to plant my feet there and do
You also have a space in Webster & Co.’s showroom
something different. It was somewhat risky, particularly on the eve
in Naples, and you accessorize room settings there for
of one of the country’s worst ﬁnancial disasters, but it has done
Ralph Lauren Home.
well and opened new avenues for me in design consulting.
That has been great opportunity for me, and I’ve met some amazing people. Ralph Lauren hosted “accessories queen”
How would you describe your style both in terms of
Charlotte Moss’ book tour kick-off, and she was very compli-
merchandise and your approach to design?
mentary and even bought some pieces from me for her own home.
I buy what inspires and interests me, and hope it will do the same for someone else. I love to mix rustic and organic
Having grown up in Englewood and Manasota Key, how
objects with those that are more reﬁned and polished. I carry
else have you been involved in the community?
antique textiles and antique and vintage furniture like vintage
In addition to being active in the revitalization of downtown
rattan and some Palm Beach Regency style pieces. Much
Englewood, helping the Hermitage Artist Retreat with the
of my stock is sourced from my trips to Africa, Thailand,
work they do to support artists is my passion. I am on the
Vietnam, England, France and Italy.
board, was past president and am very actively involved. Through my travels, I’ve seen amazing artists, and I work with
What type of design consulting do you do?
an organization in Nairobi, Kenya, that ensures village artists
People ask me to do everything from helping them accessorize
get a fair percentage of what is sold. SCENE Magazine
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Dr. Larry Thompson
RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234 941-351-5100 email@example.com ringling.edu During your tenure, Ringling College of Art and Design
Community outreach has expanded tremendously with
has become an internationally acclaimed school on its
Art Centers in Englewood and Longboat Key. Now you’re
way to becoming the world’s preeminent art and design
building the Sarasota Museum of Art. What’s your thinking
college. What has led to this success?
The recognition we’ve received is the result of our decision to
We’ve always had continuing education, but we wanted to
grow and diversify the curriculum with the addition of eight new
reach out to become the community citizen we really are. Plus,
majors, including digital ﬁlmmaking, and we became the ﬁrst
creativity and design thinking is critical to the future of our
school to offer an undergraduate program in the business of
economy. The number one leadership quality for tomorrow is
art and design to bust the myth of the starving artist. We also
creativity, and we want to be a creative epicenter.
are the world’s most technologically advanced art college. All of that has helped us grow from 850 to 1,400 students. We’re
What about you? You’re a mathematician and attorney by
constantly reinventing to ensure we stay relevant.
training, and you are leading one of the most renowned centers of creativity on the planet.
Ringling College has reshaped a good slice of the north
I definitely am a left brain guy in a right brain world. What
Trail in recent years under your leadership. What’s next?
people may not know is that I also have a master’s degree in
Our campus footprint has expanded with three new buildings,
counseling and education. I love being with people and am
and we are creating a professional post production ﬁlm studio
passionate about the beneficial impact art has on a person.
that will attract ﬁlmmakers here and lead to major economic
I am deeply concerned that art is one of the first things
development opportunities. As it now stands, the College has
to go in budget-strapped schools. We won’t survive with
a local economic impact of at least $100 million a year with the
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) alone
funds we and our 350 employees spend here as well as our
– we need STEAM – and that’s [adding ‘A’ for] the arts, the
students and parents.
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NELDA THOMPSON & ASSOCIATES
447 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, FL 34223 941-475-6027 firstname.lastname@example.org neldathompson.com
Manasota Key is renowned for upscale living in a very
beauty that brought us to this perfect paradise.
relaxed tropical style, and Nelda Thompson Associates is known for being “the” real estate brokerage on the
You actively encourage other realtors to work with you.
Key. How did that come about?
Why is that?
I’ve lived in Englewood and Manasota Key for 42 years, and
We love to co-broke and invite other realtors to bring their
when my husband became ill, I got into real estate sales.
clients to the Key. We enjoy helping them and their clients
Then I got my broker’s license and started this business
discover the beauty of Manasota Key and help them find
in 1988. I realize that Manasota Key is my haven, and 90
properties. We try to work in partnership with other realtors
percent of what we do is on the Key. We know everybody
and let them know they don’t have to have all the answers
and have been the preeminent brokerage almost right from
when it comes to life on the Key. We have the answers.
the beginning. The Key has its own peculiarities, and you really have to know what you are doing to sell real estate
You also have been incredibly active in many community
here. We don’t just show customers properties; we help
organizations. How do you find the time?
them learn about the association and the community.
It does bring additional responsibilities and takes extra hours in the day to raise money for causes, but I am a ﬁfth generation
What is different about selling real estate on Manasota
Floridian and was raised to do things to improve the community.
Key that requires such a high degree of expertise?
I donated a building to be used for a walk in clinic on Dearborn
It is a huge responsibility to know the environmental sensitivities
Street and I am proud to say I helped start The Hermitage Artist
and the special attention required relative to rules and regulations
Retreat and was a founding board member. I also served on the
with the county and the state. We guide buyers so they understand
Venice Regional Medical Center Board for 15 years, am on the
the impact these regulations have in the land use and future value
State College of Florida Foundation Board and just ﬁnished a
of the property. After all, it is important we preserve the natural
term on the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Board. SCENE Magazine
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2033 Main Street, Suite 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8100 email@example.com icardmerrill.com
ICARD MERRILL Tell us about your practice and what attracted you to
but being overly-aggressive is not effective in getting a fair
agreement. Today, the public is getting more and more
Family law is the real human area of the law, and that is what
educated on family law issues, and the strong role of
attracted me. I deal with marital agreements, divorce, custody
mediation in divorce cases is becoming more widely known.
cases and post-divorce issues like modiﬁcations of custody, child
Being competent, prepared, and managing the case well to
support and alimony. I have lots of client contact and some very
get resolution is more effective than being aggressive. It is
dramatic situations can arise. Staying calm and patient helps me
possible to be internally tough and not inﬂuenced by the other
guide people through such a life-altering experience.
attorney without being overly aggressive, and in my opinion, that methodology best serves my clients.
You’ve worked in other areas of the law and served at the Florida Supreme Court. How has this helped your work?
What approach do you take to your work?
I’ve practiced law since 1984 and family law exclusively
Because this is such an emotional time for clients, I believe
since 1990. For the ﬁrst six years, I worked in real estate,
in remaining analytical and taking a realistic and practical
commercial litigation, banking and bankruptcy, which has
approach to achieving the best possible outcome.
been a good foundation. I am very proud to have worked at the Florida Supreme Court as a judicial clerk after law school.
You’ve been very committed to Girls Inc. since 1988
I saw many outstanding attorneys argue cases in Tallahassee,
as a volunteer and board member. What inspires your
and I really was able to hone my analytical skills.
involvement? The girls do, of course. Currently, I’ve put all my energies into
What’s the biggest mistake people make when getting
the Growing Girls Circle. We help girls realize how important
it is to be able to support themselves, and we give them skills
People often think they have to get the toughest attorney,
to become self-sufﬁcient.
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LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB
2700 Gary Player Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34240 941-378-3608 firstname.lastname@example.org laureloak.com
In the six years you have been with Laurel Oak Country
How would you describe your leadership style?
Club, you have brought it through some major changes
I’m a very service oriented person who anticipates members’
in the midst of a tough economy.
wants, and that philosophy encompasses the whole staff. I
The club has come a long way since I started and is thriving, but
let every employee know that they are empowered to own a
it’s because of the hard work of many people. My challenge was
problem and solve it. Staying sharp professionally through
to oversee the completion of a major renovation, address the
continuing education and professional involvement also is a
ﬁnancial realities, ensure our amenities are top tier and create
strong value, and I’ve been very active in leadership positions
policies to make membership very attractive. Today, we have
with the Club Managers Association and have earned its
a beautiful 45,000 square foot clubhouse, 36 well-conditioned
Honor Society Pin.
holes that includes our redesigned Rees Jones course, and have not had to increase dues for a couple of years.
Of what are you most proud? Many things. One is the generosity of our members who have
What are your goals for the club in terms of lifestyle
rallied to support one of our pros who has prolonged health
issues as well as the Special Olympics and All Children’s
I want to ensure we continue to be warm and welcoming in
Hospital. We have also recently completed the certification
a comfortable, family-oriented environment because clubs
requirements with the Audubon Society for environmentally
are about socializing, hanging out with old friends and
friendly practices; however, I am most proud of how our
making new friends. We’ve been successful attracting many
employees have reacted to a tough economy. Regardless
younger professionals who like making business connections
where they work, everyone makes sure all areas are running
and enjoying time with their families here. They ﬁnd value
smoothly. We want members to think they can’t afford to
in the lifestyle the same as our members who are enjoying
leave because they will never get our level of dedication
anywhere else. SCENE Magazine
Leading The Scene
VENICE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
540 The Rialto Venice, FL 34285 941-485-7711 email@example.com veniceregional.com
Do you think starting your career as a registered nurse
one of the country’s Top 100 Hospitals and a Top 50
has given you a different perspective than you might
Cardio Hospital by Thompson Reuters. To what do you
have had otherwise as CEO?
attribute these achievements?
Starting as an oncology nurse, I learned about what it takes
Venice Regional is not just a quiet community hospital
to work bedside with patients and their families. It taught me
that transfers critical patients. For instance, time is a
that you constantly must strive for good outcomes and that
critical factor in a stroke patient’s recovery, and our
service is vital. People know when the room is not sparkling
door to drug time is one of the best in the country. Plus,
or the food is not good. You also must treat people like
our doctors and staff are particularly sensitive and well
people and focus on their needs instead of yours. That’s part
able to handle the unique medical needs of older adults.
of servant leadership.
We also have the latest da Vinci® SiTM robotic surgical system, a leading edge Cath Lab, and the county’s only
Why do you place such an emphasis on servant
MAKOplasty® capability for knee replacement.
leadership? Because its three guiding principles lead to success. After
The hospital has a robust philanthropic program,
you focus on others ﬁrst, then it’s about doing the right thing
and you’ve been doing some fundraising yourself
in the moment to meet the needs of patients, and those with
whom you work. The third principle is never to settle. Do a
Yes, I had a great time chairing the American Cancer Society’s
great job, feel good for a couple of minutes and then move
Relay for Life event in Venice earlier this year, and I was also
on to the next level.
honored to chair the American Heart Walk beneﬁtting the American Heart Association in Sarasota in September. As one
Venice Regional Medical Center has earned some
of the nation’s top hospitals, it’s important that we act like a
signiﬁcant recognition recently, including being named
leader in the ﬁght to save lives.
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