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CONTENTS features

48 THE SARASOTA BALLET’S AN EVENING BOTH LIGHT & DARK

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By Sylvia Whitman

54 COOL CAR DUDES Three Sarasotans share their passion for vintage cars and modern classics By Ryan G. Van Cleave

64 MANLY DRINKS Potent cocktails by local mixologists

73 MEN ON THE SCENE Meet 45 local entrepreneurs and professionals Profiles by Sue Cullen Photos by Nancy Guth

114 BRIGHT STAR

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Florida Studio Theatre’s Shining, Foot-Stompin’ “Dramedy” By Ryan G. Van Cleave

ON THE COVER Photo of Chris Cogan, Larry Fox and Jurgen Otto at Sarasota’s Corsa 7 Motorsports by Nancy Guth.

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SOCIAL SCENE

22 THE LIST October Events Calendar

30 PARTY PICS SCBB Red Hot Event

123 SCENE TOGETHER

Couples on their Wedding Day

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117 SCENES FROM AN INTERVIEW Mark Donahue: Baseball Player, Author & Filmmaker By Gus Mollasis

128 EDUCATION MATTERS

126

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By Jacqueline Miller

By Ryan G. Van Cleave

INSIDER 36 THE FIND First-Class Finds for Fashionable Men

145 LAUGHING MATTERS Ryan vs. Netflix By Ryan G. Van Cleave INHEALTH

140 More than a Cosmetic Problem:

ART & CULTURE 130 BEST SEATS Performing Arts Calendar

134 GET INSPIRED

Cultural happenings brought to you by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

142 LITERARY SCENE

Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

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141 Dreams, Vanity, Hype and Reality By Sumeet Bhanot, MD, FACS

PHILANTHROPY 42 Opening the Doors to a Happier Place By Jacqueline Miller

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IN MY CONTINUING EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH NEW COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS AS SARASOTA SCENE’S NEW PUBLISHER, I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with several organizations over this last month. Among them are The Ferrari Driver’s Group of Sarasota, a wonderful group that gives value to their members, but also has a strong civic-minded focus. All Ferrari Group events benefit the charitable foundation Flight to the North Pole—an important organization that gives support to critically ill children and their families. In an effort to assist the group in its charitable efforts, Sarasota Scene will sponsor several club events. One of these events took place in late September (Exotic Car Festival on St. Armands). The other two upcoming events are Ferrari’s on the Circle on November 2, and the Exotic Car Festival in Lakewood Ranch on February 17, 2020. I encourage you to come on out to both these events and help support the club’s philanthropic efforts and see some great looking cars! I also attended the season opener at The Players Centre for Performing Arts—Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat—which was most enjoyable and very well done. The Players Centre, a true community treasure, is celebrating its 90th anniversary season. If you’re new to the area, The Players gives amateur talent an opportunity to perform in a big stage environment. The organization’s long-term commitment to entertain, educate, and engage the community shines bright with its Players Kids program, which allows children ages 7-17 to experience the theatrical arts and inspires a variety of life lessons. Take a look at The Players Broadway Season lineup at theplayers.org and be sure to get your tickets early. This month, Sarasota Scene sponsors a fabulous wine dinner benefi ing Josh Provides, a local organization working to improve the quality of life of those living with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. We are also a sponsor of Sarasota Opera’s Curtain Raiser, its beautiful season kick-off event. Be sure to check out the Opera’s upcoming season at sarasotaopera.org. It has been my pleasure to meet with several businesses and organizations over the last few weeks to present Sarasota Scene’s new digital program suite—the perfect complement to a print campaign in the magazine. The digital programs have been very well received and its deliverables exceed anything currently being offered in our market. In the coming months, I am looking forward to getting to know more about many other important organizations. The legacy we share is an important part of the fabric of this community and one that I will do my best to strengthen. If you recognize me on the street, please say hello. I am always keen to listen to people’s insights and suggestions on what we can do to better reflect the community. You may also email me at john@scenesarasota.com. Till next time!

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AS I PREPARED FOR SOME OF THE CONTENT IN THIS ISSUE, it occurred to AS Ithat PREPARED FORSarasota SOME OF THE CONTENT THIS ISSUE,media it occurred to me oftentimes Scene, as well as IN tons of other around me that oftentimes Sarasota Scene, as well as tons of other media around the globe, highlight “women of influence” or “women of power”—whichever the the globe, highlight “women of influence” or “women power”—whichever are chosen words to describe the impact of the of profiled women who are the chosen words to describe the impact of the profiled women who make a difference in our community. make a difference in our community. And rightfully so. The number of women in the workforce continues to And rightfully Thewomen number womentheir in the workforce continues to grow. More andso. more areofstarting own businesses, and many grow. More and more women are starting their own businesses, and many are placed in leadership roles in corporate America. There’s also another are placeddynamic in leadership in corporate There’s tend also another important when itroles comes to workingAmerica. women. Women to want important dynamic when it comes to working women. Women tend to want to support other women. They help each other. Their collaborative and to supportimpact other iswomen. They help each other. Their collaborative and collective powerful. collective impact is powerful. Yes, women “get it” when it comes to putting themselves out there. They’re Yes, women “getthan it” when comes to putting themselves there. They’re tough and more readyitto multi-task, successfully faceout what comes their tough and more than ready to multi-task, successfully face what comes way, and unlikely to complain about it. I can’t help but wonder how thistheir rise way, and unlikely to complain it. I can’t helpthat but by wonder thismen rise in women power makes someabout men feel. It is true naturehow many in women power makes some men feel. It is true that by nature many men are more competitive and are less collaborative and less supportive of their are more competitive are less collaborative and less supportive of have their male co-workers than and women are of others in the workplace. Studies male co-workers than women are of others in the workplace. Studies have proven this. My guess is that it comes from a stereotypical “survival of the this. My guess is that it comes from a stereotypical “survival of the fiproven test” trait. fi test” trait. The truth is the strengths of men and women in the workplace are quite The truthand is the strengths of men andare women workplaceAccording are quite different working together, they great in forthe businesses. different and working together, they are great for businesses. According to gender science results, men are linear in their thought process and are to genderinscience results, menbreak are linear their thought process andand are narrower their focus, so they downinproblems into components narrower in their focus, so they break down problems into components and solve it. Women see problems holistically, understanding a situation without solve it. Women problems a situation without needing to knowsee all the parts. Aholistically, balance ofunderstanding both perspectives in a successful needing to know all the parts. A balance of both perspectives in a successful workplace is ideal. workplace is ideal. In this issue, “IT’S RAINING MEN”! It’s time to showcase some of our local In this “IT’S MEN”! It’s to showcase some of ourtalent local men ofissue, impact whoRAINING make a difference intime our community through their men of impact who make a difference in our community through their talent and treasure. and treasure. Featured are our 2019 “Men on the Scene”—Scene’s triennial profi es of Featured are our “Men on the Scene”—Scene’s triennial profiofesour of professionals and 2019 entrepreneurs whose contributions to the fabric professionals entrepreneurs contributions of our community areand invaluable. Since wewhose are always supportiveto of the localfabric businesses, community areyou invaluable. are always supportive of local businesses, we encourage to learnSince their we stories and consider utilizing their services, we encourage you to learn their stories and consider utilizing their services, patronizing their businesses, and supporting their causes so we may continue patronizing their businesses, and supporting their causes so we may continue to thrive as a community. to thrive as a community. Also featured in this issue are three car guys who love the roar of a luxury Alsoengine featured in more this issue are three car guys who lovethere’s the roar of a luxury car – the powerful, the better! And while no doubt that car engine – the more powerful, the better! And while there’s no doubt that there are many ladies who enjoy a strong cocktail, we asked several local there are many ladies who enjoy a strong cocktail, we asked several local establishments to share cocktail recipes ordered more by men than women. establishments sharehigh-end cocktail products recipes ordered by men than women. Plus, we featureto some for themore discerning male. Plus, we feature some high-end products for the discerning male. It’s beautiful October. The weather is ideal. Our town is buzzing. Season is It’s beautiful October. Thearound weather is ideal. Our town is buzzing. Season is starting. Hope to see you town! starting. Hope to see you around town!

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OCTOBER 2019 EVENTS CALENDAR This month, doggies dance, we “raise the roof” for women, amazing wines are sipped for a very worthy cause, we continue making strides against breast cancer, and ghosts and goblins come to Lakewood Ranch and St. Armands. Yes, October is the start of our very active social season. Get ready, get set, and start helping!

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4 » Donte’s Den Top Dog 2019: Kennel 54, Doggies Do Disco Bird Key Yacht Club 6:30 p.m. $125 | dontesden.org

4 » Sarasota-Manatee Originals Set the Bar 2019 Universal Flight Training Hangar 6:30 p.m. $35 | eatlikealocal.com

5 » CANDance: The 20th Anniversary Art Ovation Hotel 6:30 p.m. $300 | cancommunityhealth.org


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5 » Hands Across the Bay Tampa Bay Dancing with the Stars

Benefits SPARCC Michael’s On East 7:00 p.m. $125 | sparcc.net

TPepin Hospitality Centre 6:00 p.m. handsacrossthebay.org

12 » Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce 25th Anniversary Gala

5 » Taste of New Orleans Dinner

Art Ovation 6:30 p.m. $150 | latinchamber.us

Benefits Truly Valued Laurel Oak Country Club 14 » Meet Me at the Barre 6:00 p.m. Benefits The Sarasota Ballet $50 trulyvalued.org/taste-of-new-orleans FSU Center for Performing Arts 5:30 p.m. $65 | sarasotaballet.org 6 » Team Tony

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Nathan Benderson Park 7:00 a.m. $25 – $75 | teamtony.org

15 » Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Lunch and Learn

10 » Visible Men Academy Love Lunch 2019

Bay Preserve 11:30 a.m. Free conservationfoundation.com

Michael’s On East 11:30 a.m. $125 | vmacademy.org

12 » Easterseals Happiness House Art for a Purpose State of the Arts Gallery 5:00 p.m. easterseals-swfl.org

17 » Second Chance Last Opportunity Share the Light Luncheon Michael’s On East 11:30 a.m. $65 secondchancelastopportunity.org

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18 » Share Care Global An Evening in India Michael’s On East 6:00 p.m. $175 – $250 sharecareglobal.com

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» JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation Wine Dinner Café L’Europe 6:00 p.m. $295 | joshprovides.org

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19 » Anna Maria Island Chamber 19th Annual Bayfest Pine Avenue 10:00 a.m. Free | annamariaislandchamber.org

19 » Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event Nathan Benderson Park 7:00 a.m. nathanbendersonpark.org

19 » UnGala 2019 | The Evolution The Ringling 6:00 p.m. $375 | ringling.org

19 » Payton Wright Foundation 4th Annual Palette The Devyn 7:00 p.m. $125 – $175 | paytonwright.org 26

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19 – 20 » St. Armands Boat Show Circle Park 10:00 a.m. starmandscircleassoc.com

21 » Argus Foundation Annual Golf Tournament Laurel Oak Country Club 11:00 a.m. $200 | argusfoundation.org

24 » HOPE Family Services, The Women’s Resource Center Handbags & Happy Hour Collaborative Fundraiser Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club 4:30 p.m. $40 – $150 hopefamilyservice.org

24 » NAMI Sarasota Out of the Blue Mote Aquarium 6:00 p.m. $50 | namisarasotacounty.org

25 » Lakewood Ranch Boo Fest LWR Main Street 6:00 p.m. lakewoodranch.com

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25 » Gulf Coast Builders Exchange Fall Golf Tournament Founders Club 10:00 a.m. $200 | gcbx.org

26 » Oceanic Evening 2019 Benefits Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota 6:00 p.m. $300 | mote.org

26 » Manatee Children’s Services Neptune’s Seaside Bash Gala Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill (Cortez) 6:30 p.m. $130 | manateechildrensservices.com

26 » Suncoast International Dragon Boat Festival Nathan Benderson Park 9:00 a.m. nathanbendersonpark.org

31 » St. Armands Circle Fright Night 6:00 p.m. Free | starmandscircleassoc.com

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Estate planning and tax attorneys, John Compton and Christopher Fowler of Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A., a Sarasota law firm, concentrating in real estate, estate planning, business, tax, trial practice, and dispute resolution, have developed legal and tax planning strategies to aid clients, including a checklist of criteria to help clients demonstrate that they have made the lifestyle and other changes necessary to establish Florida domicile. Effective in 2018, deductions for state property, income, and sales taxes are capped at $10,000, which can create significant additional tax liability for some taxpayers. California, for example, has a top marginal income tax rate of 13.3 percent. “Years ago, if you spent the majority of your time in Florida, changed your car registration, registered to vote, and got a Florida drivers license, you could be considered to have established Florida domicile,” Compton said. “Now, many state tax authorities are getting very aggressive, such that minor cosmetic changes won’t suffice anymore. State tax authorities are looking in-depth to see whether someone really has moved his or her life to Florida on a case-bycase basis. There is no cookie cutter solution.” It’s no longer enough to buy a Florida condo, but keep everything else in the former state, such as country club and golf memberships, bank and brokerage accounts, boat or vehicle registrations, religious affiliations, and even cherished items like family heirlooms. As a first important step, taxpayers desiring to establish Florida domicile must spend the majority of their time in Florida. The rule of thumb is six months and a day. Keeping an activity log and detailed records are a must. If possible, holiday and special occasions should even be celebrated in Florida. New residents also should file for a homestead exemption and a declaration of domicile for Florida property. It is very important to terminate any homestead exemption in the former state. Florida tax authorities are vigilant, and penalties are severe for taxpayers claiming two homesteads. “If you’re audited, they may even look at where your pets are located. States are going to amazing lengths to put the burden on the taxpayer,” Fowler said. “Some states

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OPENING THE DOORS TO A HAPPIER PLACE By Jacqueline Miller | Photo by Nancy Guth I want you to imagine. Imagine growing up in a home with no love—only hurt, isolation and pain. Imagine the trauma two small children suffer as they are taken away in the middle of the night in a police car, victims of abusive or neglectful parents, not knowing if they will ever see one another again. So vulnerable. So scared. If you grew up in a loving and nurturing environment, it is very hard to imagine this happening. But the sad truth is that far too many of our children are affected every day by heartbreaking abuse and neglect. Is there hope for a brighter future for these traumatized children? The answer, at least right here in Sarasota, is a very exciting YES! Thanks to the passion and vision of local philanthropists Graci and Dennis McGillicuddy, children in need of foster care will soon have the opportunity to experience a life of love, hope and fulfi lment when the All Star Children’s Foundation Campus of Hope and Healing celebrates its grand opening in January 2020. As the McGillicuddys escort a visitor around the campus grounds, witnessing Graci’s optimism and excitement for what will soon be a safe haven for children to heal is quite special. It’s hard not to want to help. Here’s the tricycle trail, shares Graci, which will circle the playground, and the central park lined with majestic

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oaks where kids will play, gardens will grow, and foster families will relax and picnic. A beautiful arbor, lush landscaping and a gate connects foster homes with the clinical treatment center, ensuring privacy for the children. There’s a courtyard with benches made up of bricks showing the names of community supporters. The back wall of the treatment center will double as a screen for outdoor movie nights. You can easily see that Graci is a woman about to achieve her dream of helping vulnerable children in need of a brighter future. “I just want our kids to find a happy place on the Campus so that when they go back home and experience difficu ty, they can mentally put themselves back here, in their happy place,” Graci says. She’s always seen the possibilities. For decades, Graci and Dennis have supported services for abused and neglected kids. Through their passion and philanthropy, they opened the new home of the Child Protection Center (CPC) in 2010 – a vital Sarasota organization that aids in the prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse. It was through Graci’s experience and commitment to breaking the cycle of child abuse that she realized that children who are removed from their homes need a safe place to go where


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Graci and Dennis McGillicuddy restorative, compassionate and science-based treatments will help put them on the path to healing. Without a loving and nurturing environment combined with the best trauma therapies, the heartbreaking cycle of child abuse will continue to repeat itself and that is unacceptable to the McGillicuddys. Imagining “what could and should be,” at the All Star Campus the McGillicuddys are addressing all aspects of a child’s experience. The campus will be a place where siblings can remain together; where evidence-based programs and the best therapies enrich the whole child; where they will be cared for by a compassionate team of qualified specia ists. Through the discovery of neuroplasticity, brain science has proven that even severe trauma can be healed. If a child’s trauma is traced to its source, the specialists at the All Star Campus will help children consciously build new habits, responses and choices. Their healing begins, their hope is restored, and their spirits are renewed. So important is this campus of hope and healing that in 2017 the State of Florida awarded the All Star Children’s Foundation

$2.5 million for building expenses. The Barancik Foundation pledged another million so that John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, one of several university research collaborators, could design the trauma-informed treatment and research programs. Local philanthropists and local businesses added millions more as the McGillicuddys searched—and found five wooded acres for sale along 17th Street, an unofficia social service corridor in Sarasota.The McGillicuddys’ goal is to replicate the treatment models developed at the All Star Campus in foster care systems throughout the country. With reams of research and collaborative input, Graci and good friend, architect Peter Hoffman, designed the 6 foster homes, the clubhouse and the clinical treatment building for the five-ac e All Star Campus. Their design was based on research of the environmental aspects of trauma-informed treatment, including lighting and colors. Project development is being done by a team of professionals hired by Brian Lever, from Tandem Construction, who Graci describes as “incredible.” And to ensure nothing is overlooked, Graci has been involved in every facet of the project, including attending construction planning meetings every other Monday from the start. OCTOBER 2019 | SARASOTA SCENE

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400,000 children are in the foster care system in the US Every

10 seconds a report of child abuse is made

80% of prisoners were abused as children

77% of children who die from abuse in Florida are under the age of 4

50% of siblings are separated due to a shortage of foster homes

Statistics courtesy of All Star Children’s Foundation

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While January will be the grand opening, clinicians are moving into the treatment center in November. All Star has already received 100 referrals since its clinical staff began working offsite in April, so more hires will follow. They have also held four 8-week training classes in trauma-informed care for 56 foster parents. Graci always saw what could be; now she can confiden ly describe what will be. In the 6 homes, thanks to PGT Innovation who donated all of the windows, natural light fi ls white and airy spaces. Clerestory windows bring even more light in from the top of the walls. In the Clinical Treatment Center, a family room allows for supervised visitation, not far from a children’s boutique where children who come to the Campus with only the clothes on their backs can pick out new clothing. Upstairs, there are multiple therapy rooms, including 8 offices, 4 with one-way glass for observation. There’s an art room with its no-matter-what-splatters concrete floor. Another room with throw cushions on the floor invites kids to get comfy as they practice exercises to find peace in the present moment. A mix-use clubhouse will also include the “All Star Academy” to help children prepare to go back to school. The clubhouse will also include a pantry and large indoor playroom to celebrate birthdays and holidays. “Everything you see is researchbased to give the kids the best cocoon to heal and thrive,” Graci says. Children may not notice the details of purposeful design, but they will likely hear the good wishes whispering from the walls. Before construction crews drywalled the All Star Treatment Center lobby, they whitewashed a piece of plywood nailed to a stud, and Graci invited donors to take a colored marker and leave a message to the children so that the love would be embedded in the fabric of the walls.


philanthropy They did, with hearts and stars and swirls: Know You Are ALWAYS Loved & NEVER Alone! Dance! Sing! Love! Be Who You ARE! Love Heals Hope Builds & Inspiration Changes Lives Forever! WE CARE! Dennis’s favorite came from his brother: Within these walls, we will witness the rebirth of the human spirit. “To me that captures what we’ll be doing,” Dennis says. “These children—born innocent and then having suffered the way they’ve suffered—we’re giving them an opportunity for a rebirth.” Graci took a photo of the messages and plans to hang it on the second floo . For the kids with the rawest wounds who are new to the child-welfare system, the ones who might arrive in a squad car, taken from a dangerous situation, the residential section, Dennis explains, “allows us to create models for best practices when children are first removed. Because the sooner we can get them into services that can actually heal the trauma, the better.” In the lead-up to the grand opening, the McGillicuddys are also deeply involved in defining and hiring ideal foster parents, who will contribute to the clinical studies. “The child comes to your home and has an invisible suitcase,” Graci explains. “What the foster parent has to figu e out is what’s in that invisible suitcase that is causing them to act and react. Part of it is to question, not ‘What’s wrong with you?’ but ‘What happened to you?’” All Star welcomes sincere couples to apply for foster parenting. The McGillicuddys’ work won’t end in January. “I’m going to be here every day,” says Graci, the mother of 2 children, who now anticipates adding scores more under her wing. “It’s going to be a happy place,” she says.

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During the construction, Graci often chats with the framers and drywallers, plumbers and electricians while monitoring the progress. “Workmen would often ask, ‘Is this building really going to be for kids? … We’ve always worked on buildings for profit, we’ve never built a building for kids.’ Every one of them opened up their hearts and really put so much love and care into what they were doing. They realized the need, the vision and importance of the Campus and that showed in their wonderful work,” shares Graci. “When you walk into the Clinical Treatment Center, the love is palpable”. She’s so grateful that what she envisioned has come to pass. While the Campus is almost completed, there’s still lots more work to be done now and in the future. The McGillicuddys need your help. And most of all, the kids need your help. For who are we as a people if we don’t help our most vulnerable treasures? Don’t let a child become a victim of their past. Help transform foster care through the innovation, science and compassion being realized at the All Star Children’s Campus of Hope and Healing.

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The Sarasota Ballet’s presentation of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Las Hermanas stirs memories for Margaret Barbieri, the ballet’s assistant director and répétiteur. First staged in Stuttgart in 1963, the one-act tragedy captivated London audiences in 1971—with Barbieri dancing one of the three leads in the Royal Ballet’s original cast.

the 1930s, just before the Spanish Civil War. Cast as the sensual youngest sister in this oppressive household, Barbieri recalls the exhilarating challenge of dancing this character. Moving toward a window in the gloomy set, she wasn’t just bourréeing but looking and longing for the suitor to arrive.

Based on The House of Bernardo Alba by Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, Las Hermanas explores the poisonous relationships of five sisters and their widowed mother in

“We weren’t just doing steps,” she says. “We were thinking of the people we were portraying.”

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KATE HONEA AND RICARDO GRAZIANO IN GEORGE BALANCHINE’S WESTERN SYMPHONY

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MacMillan oversaw the Royal Ballet’s performance, coaching Barbieri and the rest of the cast. Think about it: just one degree separates the renowned choreographer from The Sarasota Ballet. Although Barbieri isn’t staging the performance, she will be tutoring the dancers, and her advice comes straight from her firsthand experience. Las Hermanas falls in the middle of The Sarasota Ballet’s otherwise upbeat November program, Symphonic Tales,

an arrangement of three one-act ballets. The evening opens with choreographer George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, set to a Tchaikovsky score. “It’s very regal and elegant, and very demanding technically,” says Barbieri. Born in St. Petersburg, Balanchine graduated from the Imperial Ballet School, and Theme and Variations reflects the choreographer’s professional upbringing. “It’s reminiscent of the Russian Imperial style,” says Barbieri.

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Margaret Barbieri in the Royal Ballet’s Las Hermanas (1971)

“You come off that stage, and you feel like you’ve done a threeact ballet. You’re so exhausted—not from the technicality, but from the emotion.” Ellen Overstreet and Marcelo Gomes in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Las Hermanas

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Another Balanchine ballet, Western Symphony, serves as the closer, tipping a ten-gallon hat to the choreographer’s adopted country. It’s a frontier hoedown in ballet, a celebration of American exuberance. “You have your cowboys and dancehall ladies,” says Barbieri. “He used folk music and folk dance.” Broadway and ballet composer Hershy Kay arranged the tunes. Strategically placed on the program between Balanchine’s cheerful roots and wings, Las Hermanas snares the audience in an all-too-real thicket of desire thwarted by circumstance. For the lead ballerinas, it’s a full mind-body workout. ” says Barbieri. “You’re so exhausted—not from the technicality, but from the emotion.” Dancers, she explains, need to “find the choreography” even as the score—Frank Martin’s Concerto for Harpsicord and Small Orchestra—demands full attention. “Musically it’s quite difficult,” she says, “but I found it helpful to have such a strong story line.” Two of the sisters—“we used to call them the mice,” says Barbieri—have small parts, but the eldest, middle, and youngest sisters are complex characters. MacMillan encouraged the dancers to find things for themselves—to act as well as dance.


Margaret Barbieri in the Royal Ballet’s Las Hermanas (1971)

Kate Honea and Ricardo Rhodes in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations

Danielle Brown and Marcelo Gomes in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Las Hermanas Without overacting. “He got angry if people overplayed it,” says Barbieri with a laugh. “This was a famous line he always said: ‘It’s all in my choreography. You don’t have to do anything extra.’” Barbieri agrees. As the controlling mother maneuvers to marry off her brood, the eldest sister’s pas de deux reveals a very rigid, embittered young woman. She dances with clenched fists. “The choreography describes her character very well. She’s afraid of sex. She wants to be tempted, yet she can’t be,” explains Barbieri. “The younger sister, who’s beautiful and has a sense of her sexuality—her choreography shows that off. Then you have the middle sister, the spiteful one, and her choreography is all sharp and strong. She’s always spying.” The dramatic narrative of Las Hermanas comes with a caution in the program book that the ballet explores themes for a “mature audience.” “There was a slightly dark side to some of Sir Kenneth’s ballets,” Barbieri notes. He was able to plumb the misery of this family and create a work of art both “powerful” and “relevant,” she says.

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Danielle Brown and Ellen Overstreet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Las Hermanas As part of a company touring Las Her manas, Barbieri remembers encountering this psychological drama play out in real time. When their bus stopped at a roadside restaurant in Portugal, the cast gasped as the proprietor’s two daughters—the elder homely, with a unibrow, the younger attractive and flaunting it—vied for a man under the stern gaze of their mother. The Sarasota Ballet first staged Las Hermanas in the 2007-2008 season, and, despite its grim plot, aficionados have asked for its return. This year’s cast enjoys an advantage. Not only does The Sarasota Ballet now have a live rehearsal pianist, Anastasiya Poff, but she also plays the harpsichord. And they have an empathetic ballet mistress in Barbieri. “It’s hard for dancers who’ve only done technical roles,” she says. “But it’s challenging and rewarding.” Barbieri believes the range of the three one-acts in November will appeal both to subscribers diving deep into the season and dabblers just dipping in a toe. “It’s a great program for new people to come to because there’s something there for everyone,” she says. First, in Theme and Variations, “you’ve got the majestic imperial Russian styled ballet. It’s very elegant and beautiful and what everyone thinks of as ballet—the tutus and the chandeliers.” Las Hermanas introduces MacMillan’s dark theatrics. “I think it’s going to be appreciated by a lot of scholars who know the piece. And anyone can really be taken by the drama in the story.” Finally, Western Symphony shows off Balanchine’s playful side. The evening ends with “fun…a little bit of folk song and dance,” Barbieri says. “You know, send everybody home happy.”

SYMPHONIC TALES, The Sarasota Ballet’s second program, runs November 22 – 23, 2019, at the Sarasota Opera House, accompanied by the Sarasota Orchestra. It encompasses: • Theme and Variations Choreography by George Balanchine Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky • Las Hermanas Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan Music by Frank Martin • Western Symphony (Company Premiere) Choreography by George Balanchine Music—American folk tunes arranged by Hershy Kay For tickets, call 941.359.0099 or visit sarasotaballet.org.

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here are few things as iconically American as the automobile. Sure, it represents the freedom of wideopen roads and the wanderlust spirit that moves us. And, yes, it’s a lasting testament to creative design and virtuoso engineering. But I believe that what really propels cars into the status of nostalgic heirlooms is how we link our key life events to them, such as the front seat of the early 1980s orange Chevy Chevelle station wagon where I first kissed a girl (August 1984), the silver 1992 Mazda pickup upon whose hood I sat and scanned the sky for Halley’s Comet (April 1986), and the seawater blue 1997 Toyota Camry I was driving en route to work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison when I heard 9/11 was happening. Others feel the same way about it. Just ask my buddy Tony about any 1980s song, he recalls the first time he heard it and where he was driving at the time, since the only occasion he listened to the radio was, of course, in his sickly yellow-orange Dodge Omni that he drove all over, often shifting from Drive to Neutral while hauling along because he much preferred a stick shift versus the automatic that it was. Or ask one of the many celebrities who are well known for their distinctive cars or entire car collection. Charlie Sheen and his (several!) black Mercedes S Class cars. Paris Hilton and her Bentley Continental GT Coupe that she had West Coast Customs turn pink in 2008. Brian Johnson (of AC/DC fame, who lives right here in Sarasota) and his 2007 Rolls Royce Phantom drophead coupe. Plus, there’s Jay Leno, whose 150-car collection is one of the most impressive in the world, including such beauties as a powder-blue 1954 Jaguar XK120M Coupe and a black 1994 McLaren F1(worth a cool $12 million). Sarasota, too, has its fair share of collectors who’d give these car enthusiasts a run for their steering wheel when it comes to their passion for and commitment to vintage cars and modern classics.

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Take Larry Fox, for example. He’s loved cars since he was a kid dreaming of that first car he’d own—a 1964 Pontiac GTO he got at age 15 so he could spend the year prior to getting his license fixing it up. He purchased a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa when his company, Symix Systems, went public. “An IPO present to myself,” he says. “But I was afraid to drive it at first.” Today, he’s got more than 20 vintage and modern vehicles, though his everyday use car is a Bentley Continental GT that he loves driving. Collecting isn’t for everyone, though, he admits. If you’re doing it as an investment, he urges people to steer toward stocks and bonds which are typically far less volatile. If you’re doing it out of love for the cars, then you’re on the right road. He also adds that car collecting doesn’t have to be extraordinarily expensive, saying that “there are collector cars in every price range.” Something Larry was surprised to discover was how differently old cars drive now versus how he remembered them. This first became clear when he bought a 1969 Camaro Z/28 that was identical to one he drove in high school. “I remember how fast it was, how well it handled and how great it ran,” he said. “After about ten minutes of driving the car 45 years later, I realized how poorly those old cars ran compared to today’s cars!” He’s still on the hunt for his dream car, though—a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. “I’m not REALLY looking for one, but if I ever win the lottery, that will be my first purchase!” he says with a laugh.

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Larry’s friend and fellow car collector, Jurgen Otto, was born into a family car dealership, so it was natural to make the move into collecting. “I started at the age of three, though the cars were appropriately small and from a single manufacturer: Matchbox!” Jurgen’s first collector car? A 1954 Triumph TR2, bought at the age of eighteen. He followed that purchase with a 1959 Austin Healey 3000. “By the time I was twenty-one,” he explains, “I’d graduated into much more exclusive cars like a 1968 Aston Martin DBS formerly owned by no other than David Brown [the owner of Aston Martin & Lagonda, thus the DB in the model designation] himself. Countless dreams on wheels have come and gone since.” For those interested in collecting cars, Jurgen has four tips based on hard-won knowledge and years of experience: 1. Never buy a car solely as an investment. 2. Only buy what you like and always buy the best car you can afford. 3. 99% of time, the cheap car is the more expensive one in the end. 4. Pay for the best and enjoy the instant gratification. One of the things he likes most about being part of the car collecting community is that “you’ll always find someone else with oil and gasoline running through their veins. There’s such a great sense of camaraderie, no matter if you own a Fiat 500 or a Rolls Royce Phantom.” When it comes to dream cars, Jurgen says that he’s very content with his current collection of German and Italian performance cars and classics. “But tomorrow is another day!”

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Car lover Chris Cogan grew up in Louisville, KY with eight siblings who all appreciated their father’s love for things mechanical—he owned a mechanical engineering firm, after all—but none shared his passion like Chris. “From the time I was four or five,” he explains, “I would get up early on weekends while everyone else was asleep to join my father in the garage for the latest modifica ion or upgrade project. One of his favorite cars, and mine, was a heavily-modifie Corvette with Chevrolet’s legendary 427 L-88 engine.” To put it plainly, Chris had the car bug from his earliest memories. While his father never allowed himself the luxury of joining car clubs because they’d take him away from the family for too long, he let Chris join the Falls City Corvette Club at age 11. It didn’t seem right to Chris that he’d be part of a Corvette club and not have one himself, so “after considerable pestering,” his father allowed him to use grass cutting money to buy an old Corvette 60

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“in a million pieces” that they kept in boxes in the back of a barn. “That project kept me busy for several years and, in the end, became a respectable ’64 Corvette Roadster,” Chris says. “My next project, a ’63 Split-window Coupe Corvette, took three years to restore and eventually became a bona fide 100-point show car.” Chris wasn’t just building cars, though. He was driving them too, thanks to his father letting him practice on their private road at age thirteen. By fifteen, Chris began racing solo events and Gymkhana. By age 20, he was collecting cars on his own and racing most weekends. The thing he likes most about collecting is that it’s not one-sizefits all. While Chris enjoys the thrill of driving them and learning the different mechanical characteristics of each type and model,


affordable.” Almost any era of car has models which can be affordably collected—it all depends on what your tastes are. Sure, you might have to look a little harder or perhaps use your imagination a bit more, but you’ll find something, Chris believes. And he points out that for many, the chase is half the fun!

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At the end of each day, when Chris has tucked his wife and daughter safely into bed, he always thinks and dreams about cars. Since he was a boy, there was never a time he DIDN’T dream about cars, he admits. “Although I always have a car I’d like to drive or get to experience in some way,” Chris says, “I’ve never let my desire to own any car ruin my enjoyment of all cars.  I know there will always be ones I can’t afford or shouldn’t invest my money in. I don’t let that bother me. That said, I’m fortunate to be partnered with Jim Glickenhaus of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, a company based in NY which builds bespoke Hypercars for the road and racetrack costing up to $2.5 million. When you work with cars like that on a daily basis, you don’t have to go too far to fin inspiration for big dreams.”

he’s got an older brother who has a collection of museum-quality cars, mostly 50s and 60s Ferraris, but he never drives any of them.” Instead, Chris’ brother loves reading about and studying them. “Every car he touches seems to turn to gold,” Chris admits, “but I’m certain I have more fun! It’s great though because we travel the world together attending various events and now our children are getting involved and they enjoy participating with us.” Like Larry, Chris believes you don’t have to have millions to collect cars. “I own Renn Haus, a top European Auto Service Center right here in Sarasota,” he says, “and I recently purchased a Honda Type R for the guys in the shop to take to auto cross and solo track events. We’ve all had a blast with that car and it’s very, very

I get it. When I was in college, a neighbor lady wanted to sell off her recently-deceased husband’s 1950 Nash four-door—you’d know one if you saw one because they look like upside-down bathtubs. I had the money she wanted for it, but I figu ed if I wanted a car like hers, I could get one some other time. Wrong. To this date, I haven’t seen one that wasn’t three times the price. Hearing the passion with which Larry, Jurgen, and Chris have for this engaging hobby has me certain that the next time I have the chance at landing a collector car at a bargain price, I’ll consider how it’s far more than simply about the money.

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ON THE CIRCLE A dazzling array of Italian exotics assembled on St. Armands Circle. All proceeds benefit Flight to the North Pole, a charity that provides financial and emotional support to terminally ill children and their families in Sarasota/Manatee Counties.

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Sarasota Scene is pleased to present “Men on the Scene”, profiles of local professionals and entrepreneurs of

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various backgrounds and skills. Each of them contribute greatly to the fabric of our community and are committed to providing excellence in their chosen fields. We encourage you to utilize their services and support these local businesses as their success is our success.

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J.L. Bainbridge & Company was founded in 1981 by experienced wealth managers whose purpose is to use time-tested investment initiatives to help clients achieve their financial goals. Each client has a dedicated portfolio manager who is a fiduciary and because they sell no products and don’t participate in commissions, they are solely aligned with their clients’ interests. Management fees are based on a flat rate, and clients are not obliged to pay them unless they are completely satisfied. J.L. Bainbridge invests with a long-term strategy of identifying quality growth companies at the top of their industries that demonstrate exceptional financial strength with a record of double-digit earnings growth. Although the firm manages $700 million in assets, its philosophy is that professional money management should be widely available and has a moderate investment minimum of $200,000. Jerry Bainbridge and his wife, Fay, founded the firm when they tired of large corporate bureaucracy after 24 years. “Our motivation was a love for investments and having our own business,” Bainbridge

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says, “but we quickly discovered the true joy is helping clients achieve their financial goals.” Giving back is an important value for Bainbridge, and an ongoing goal is to provide meaningful support to select local charities making a significant impact in the community. These include the Child Protection Center, Habitat for Humanity, Harvest House, and the two-generation program in several elementary schools. The Bainbridges, who have been married 58 years, also contribute to a college scholarship program associated with their high school in Wyoming, Michigan. Senior Vice President John Leeming is a Certified Financial PlannerTM and Five Star Wealth Manager who has been with J.L. Bainbridge since 2003. Leeming is a member of the firm’s investment committee. He manages portfolios and creates financial plans for his clients. Leeming is a graduate of Brown University and, before becoming a financial services professional, held executive positions in several industries, and his extensive business experience aids in evaluating investments. He also is the


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J.L.BAINBRIDGE & COMPANY author of Breakthrough Decision Making and is extremely active professionally and in the community. Among other volunteer activities, Leeming has served on Keiser College’s CFP program advisory board, has been a coach and President of Sarasota Crew, and has served on the boards of Sarasota/Tampa Bay Make-a-Wish and Gulf Coast Heritage Association. Joel Oldham is Senior Vice President and joined the firm in 2002. Oldham offers a wide range of investment services to his clients and is dedicated to helping them achieve their financial goals and has been recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager for the past four years. He also serves on the firm’s investment committee. Oldham’s approach is high touch/high contact and strives to respond immediately when clients contact him. “It is so rewarding to go on the journey with my clients,” he says. “It’s really satisfying to be a trusted partner for my clients and to watch so many of them accomplish their goals.” Oldham and his wife, Kristin, live in Lakewood Ranch and—with two daughters

who love to act, dance and sing—support the performing arts. He also has been involved with the Sheriff’s Activities League for more than 10 years. Ryan Thompson is a Certified Public Accountant who started his career as a tax accountant. Thompson has worked in the financial services industry for seven years and has been in wealth management since 2015. He is a native of Sarasota whose family moved to the area in the 1960s. Thompson graduated from Riverview High School’s International Baccalaureate program and received degrees in accounting and economics from the University of Central Florida. He focuses on client services and building relationships on honesty, dependability, transparency and trust. Thompson is Treasurer of the Kiwanis Foundation of Sarasota and serves on the Pines of Sarasota board. Outside of work, he enjoys outdoor activities and admits to a robust exercise habit that allows him to indulge his love of good food.

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Attorney Herb Hofmann knows he can’t restore what someone has lost when his or her life has been shattered by a wrongful death or severe personal injury. While he can’t change the past, Hofmann is passionate about ensuring people are treated with dignity and achieve a fair resolution for their future wellbeing. Increasingly, that has meant fighting to achieve that in court, and with the resources of a well-known national firm behind him, Hofmann has recently secured $9 million in compensation for three local clients. Hofmann, who grew up in Sarasota, has worked with Morgan & Morgan for 20 years. He is Managing Partner of the firm’s Sarasota office, which he opened in 2014 with one staff member. In just five years, Hofmann has overseen its growth to seven attorneys and 26 staff members, and he now also manages a fully staffed 8,000-square-foot office in Bradenton. He is a partner for Morgan & Morgan in three additional states.

very impressive because damages are partially based on how long someone must live with a permanent injury. Hofmann emphasizes that Morgan & Morgan does not just litigate large cases. “Our founder John Morgan has never been concerned about spending money on smaller cases,” he said. “He saw insurance companies as bullies that no one was standing up to because they have money. He wanted to create a firm that could stand up to them. Out of pocket expenses for small cases can easily be $10,000, and many smaller firms can’t afford to take those cases to trial.”

“It is getting more difficult to get a fair resolution for people. Insurance companies are driven to increase profit margins, and they do that by taking premiums from people, but paying as little as possible for claims,” Hofmann said. “These companies get people to sign releases for next to nothing. If insurers treated people fairly and with dignity, clients wouldn’t need us.”

Experience also is important, and Hofmann has been in the courtroom since he received his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University in 1991. He worked as a trial attorney for two local law firms and prosecuted criminals as a Assistant State Attorney for the 12th Judicial Court before joining Morgan & Morgan. Hofmann also is active professionally and has been recognized for his accomplishments by his peers. He is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, a recognition given to less than 1 percent of attorneys, and serves as local chapter President of the American Board of Trial Advocates, which is devoted to maintaining superior professional standards. He has earned the prestigious AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

One example is the $3.7 million verdict he obtained for a teenage driver who was severely injured in a Venice auto accident. “The insurance company offered $100,000,” Hofmann said. “Clearly, six strangers on a conservative community jury understood what she needed for her future. Being able to help her overcome that challenge is what keeps me engaged.” In Manatee County, he secured a wrongful death resolution of $4.3 million for a couple whose young child drowned at a vacation rental property. He also won more than $1 million for a 102-year-old woman who was struck by a car, which is

Hofmann also devotes time to the community. He is on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs and supports law enforcement by serving on the Sheriff’s Advisory Committee of Sarasota County. Hofmann raised $10,000 for Manatee County Hungers End Food Pantry during the holidays, and the firm was the main sponsor of We Are Sarasota, which chronicles Sarasota’s journey from a segregated to multicultural community. The performance was sponsored by several organizations including the 12th Judicial Circuit’s Diversity Committee on which Hofmann serves as a member.

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JONATHAN ABRAMS Jonathan Abrams has quickly made his mark in local real estate sales. Abrams ranks among the area’s top agents and consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of sales in Sarasota. In 2017, he was the number one agent at Michael Saunders & Company. Abrams has built a reputation for selling high-end new construction, s tar ting when he quickly sold out the 10-story Sansara luxury high rise in downtown Sarasota and currently represents over $100 million in listed and proposed new development. With success selling “new,” Abrams is now actively representing three luxury developments including Oceané on Siesta Key, Banyan Beach Estates on North Longboat Key, and The Collection in downtown Sarasota–with a fourth on the horizon. Very much a people person, Abrams is excited to be part of the area’s vibrant growth. He also has experience in commercial real estate and stays on top of all opportunities, on or off market, which aids both buyers and developers. “A lot of what buyers come to Sarasota for are our cosmopolitan downtown and the sun soaked surrounding keys. From Longboat to Casey Key, I work to find the perfect home for each specific buyer.” he says. “We’ve recently seen a lot of activity in our luxury $3 million-plus market as people are coming here every day from higher tax states.They want to establish a Florida domicile, desire new construction, and know that it helps to have someone to assist in that process.” For those in the market to buy or sell a new home, there are many nuances to the new construction contract. Experience matters, and Abrams helps through the process from start to close.

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For Scott Zelniker and Jason Hughes of UBS Financial Services, assisting people with their financial needs is more than a profession, it’s a passion. Longtime fixtures in the financial services business—Zelniker since 19 92, Hughes since 20 0 0 —they have gained the knowledge and experience with family dynamics, financial markets and businesses that only extensive practice can bring. So, when the timing was right to merge their talents, Zelniker and Hughes seized the opportunity. Hughes says, “Joining together seemed natural. I’m excited to bring the experience and knowledge that Scott has gained from working in Manhattan.”

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Zelniker is a founding member of The Zelniker Dorfman Group, a Private Wealth Management team in New York. Private Wealth Management is an exclusive division within UBS created to help clients take advantage of the unique opportunities that come with substantial wealth. Hughes is a founding partner of The Heritage Group of Sarasota with Justin Leins. The Zelniker-Hughes partnership is unique in that they deliver clients the resources of a big city in a local market with a boutique feel. Their concierge service model includes customized investment solutions, proactive asset management, private banking, tailored lending, estate planning, and liquidity options for business owners. The result is a financial planning entity that gives the advisors the ability to service clients through a holistic, multi-generational lens. “We want to be the first call for all our clients’ financial needs, and we believe we can be better together,” says Zelniker Hughes has been a Sarasota resident for 35 years. Zelniker has been serving local clients for 15 years. He and his family are now full-time Lakewood Ranch residents.

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mason AYRES Taking the lead in keeping this area on the forefront of healthcare are t wo men who have forged a partnership based on trust, respect and mutual goals. Mason Ayres, President of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, leads philanthropic efforts that support patient care, research, education, facilities and technology at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. Philanthropy is critical as Sarasota Memorial President and CEO David Verinder oversees the hospital’s largest expansion in its 95-year history. Currently under construction are a full-service hospital in Venice and an eight-story comprehensive cancer center that will provide world-class cancer care close to home. “We are thrilled that the community continues to step forward and get involved. It makes a tremendous difference,” Ayres says. “We call philanthropy the margin of excellence.” Since he joined the Healthcare Foundation 80

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david VERINDER in 2016 after 10 years as Development Director for NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Ayres has been actively involved in identifying the healthcare needs and conveying those to donors whose interests may align. This has resulted in successful fundraising for life-saving equipment in trauma and cardiac care, for example. Verinder, who joined the hospital in 2006, served as CFO and COO before being named CEO in 2014. He shepherded the growth of graduate medical education programs with FSU to help address local physician shortages. Those efforts, with philanthropic support, have helped the hospital rank among the top 100 in the U.S. and earn the highest quality and safety rating by Medicare. “We continue to provide care and grow our programs, and the Healthcare Foundation puts an extra layer on top of that,” Verinder says. “They take a great hospital and help make it even greater.”


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SUMEET BHANOT Family ties have always been paramount in the life of Dr. Sumeet Bhanot, who grew up in India. He was born into a military family in Chandigarh, while his father was on the battlefield. At the age of eight, he immigrated to the United States after his father fell ill and needed advanced medical care. This exposure to the medical field is what inspired him to become a physician. Pure dedication and perseverance helped him realize his dream and earned him scholarships to prestigious schools such as NYU and Yale University. This life altering experience fostered the mettle that has shaped him into the surgeon he is today. Dr. Bhanot relishes the quality family time spent with his wife and three children at home as well as the relationships he has cultivated with his patients over the past sixteen years in the intimate atmosphere of his Sarasota office. His passion is surgery for the aging face, which includes facelift, neck lift, eyelid lift and brow lift, as well as cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty, and facial reconstructive surgery. 82

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Dr. Bhanot feels that the pendulum has swung too far with trends going more towards the unnatural appearance of an over-filled and stretched face. He emphasizes a more “natural beauty” by restoring aging anatomy as opposed to excessive artificial augmentative techniques. His solution is a rare deep plane facelift that repositions facial volume, restoring natural proportions and contours. Dr. Bhanot’s patients look like themselves—only younger. Patients are astonished by this perspective since they have never been presented with the possibility of achieving such a natural appearance nor could they ever imagine it was attainable. Dr. Bhanot is double board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. His blend of ar tistr y and exper tise combined with a compassionate, warm manner has earned him ranking as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for eight consecutive years.


MARK VAN DEN BROEK When designing flawless integrated home automation systems for a discerning clientele, Mark van den Broek draws on both the latest technology and a background steeped in culture and the arts. In 1997, van den Broek left a successful corporate sales and marketing career to found SmartHouse Integration when the home automation industry was in its infancy. The company specializes in integrating all of a home’s or business’ subsystems onto a single platform for clients’ comfort, convenience and security. Van den Broek incorporates advanced technology from human centric lighting tuned to circadian rhythms to invisible sound systems with concert hall quality, but his eye for aesthetics and design sets him apart. He draws inspiration from the innovative, minimalist Dutch style of his family heritage and a strong international influence from extensive travels, including with his French-born wife and three children. “I come from an art family and see things differently from the tech guys,” he said. “I’m interested in the end result and take a very high level but common sense approach. I look at what will enhance an individual client’s lifestyle and the design elements.” SmartHouse Integration monitors and services its systems after the sale, which creates long-term relationships with clients. This holis tic approach has ear ned numerous awards for the company including recently as the Top Elan Dealer in Florida and the Top Elan Flagship Dealer in North America. On the personal side, he and his wife, Aurelie, keep extremely busy with the activities of three accomplished children, and she also manages her ar t business. Van den Broek, who has dual degrees in marketing and glass blowing, currently is using his glass blowing skills to design a hand-blown glass speaker. OCTOBER 2019 | SARASOTA SCENE

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CLAYTON CLAYTON BREDLAU BREDLAU Dr.Dr. Clayton Clayton Bredlau Bredlau is is a highly a highly credentialed credentialed cardiologist cardiologist who who takes takes anan in-depth in-depth approach approach toto cardiac cardiac care care with with emphasis emphasis onon patient patient education, education, empowerment empowerment and and overall overall health. health. HeHe is is triple triple board board certified certified in in internal internal medicine, medicine, cardiovascular cardiovascular disease disease and and interventional interventional cardiology. cardiology. Dr.Dr. Bredlau Bredlau is aisHarvard a Harvard College College graduate graduate who who attended attended medical medical school school at at the the University University of of Cincinnati. Cincinnati. HisHis cardiology cardiology training training and and interventional interventional cardiology cardiology fellowship fellowship were were completed completed at at Emory Emory University. University. HeHe performs performs emergency emergency coronary coronary stenting stenting forfor acute acute heart heart attacks attacks at at Sarasota Sarasota Memorial Memorial and and Doctors Doctors Hospital. Hospital. Dr.Dr. Bredlau Bredlau has has expanded expanded hishis practice practice toto include include a unique a unique Hybrid Hybrid Concierge Concierge Cardiology Cardiology Plan Plan forfor patients patients with with complex complex conditions conditions who who prefer prefer him him to to bebe their their healthcare healthcare advocate advocate with with more more focus focus onon prevention prevention and and wellness. wellness. AllAll concierge concierge patients patients have have 24/7 24/7 access access toto Dr.Dr. Bredlau Bredlau and and same same oror next next day day appointments appointments that that areare thorough thorough and and personal. personal. 84

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Patients Patients pay pay a flat a flat feefee forfor this this plan, plan, but but unlike unlike fullfull concierge concierge practices, practices, insurance insurance is is billed billed making making the the feefee affordable. affordable. During During a visit a visit with with Dr.Dr. Bredlau, Bredlau, hehe is is focused, focused, attentive attentive and and helps helps patients patients understand understand their their medical medical conditions. conditions. AsAs a comprehensive a comprehensive diagnostician, diagnostician, Dr.Dr. Bredlau Bredlau offers offers individualized individualized nutrition, nutrition, medication medication and and lifestyle lifestyle counseling counseling toto optimize optimize health health and and wellness wellness over over a person`s a person`s lifespan. lifespan. “I “I trytry toto look look at at and and treat treat the the whole whole person person toto ensure ensure better better quality quality of of life,” life,” hehe says. says. Additionally, Additionally, hehe offers offers fullfull in-office in-office cardiac cardiac testing testing forfor allall patients, patients, including including EECP EECP therapy, therapy, a leading a leading edge edge treatment treatment forfor refractory refractory angina. angina. Dr.Dr. Bredlau Bredlau is is a devoted a devoted family family man man and and loves loves spending spending quality quality time time with with hishis wife, wife, Annegret, Annegret, and and their their 8-year-old 8-year-old daughter. daughter. HeHe prides prides himself himself onon teaching teaching their their daughter daughter honesty, honesty, responsibility, responsibility, love, love, and and the the value value of of hard hard work work in in pursuit pursuit of of herher dreams. dreams. Together Together they they enjoy enjoy skiing, skiing, biking, biking, hiking, hiking, and and leisurely leisurely after-dinner after-dinner walks. walks.


PHILIP TAVILL Seeing the impact his father’s work as a physician in public health had on people’s lives sparked Philip Tavill’s desire to help others prevail over their life circumstances. That ambition led Tavill to earn dual masters degrees at Case Western University in social work and nonprofit management. He began his career in vocational rehabilitation where he developed a particular interest in aiding people living in poverty with a focus on very young children. When an opportunity came to work with Children First in Sarasota, he didn’t hesitate. As its President and CEO, he will lead the agency in celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021. Children First’s mission is to serve children from pregnancy through age five, helping them to be kindergarten-ready and providing a basis for success in life, while assisting their families, who live below the poverty level, achieve goals that move them toward self-sufficienc . Tavill’s leadership has created a mission-focused

organization where everyone’s purpose is to support the Teachers and Family Advocates who work directly with the children and families. That dedication has helped Children First earn recognition as a Program of Excellence from the National Head Start Association, a rare honor currently given to only nine of more than 1,800 Head Start programs nationally. The accolades keep coming. Children First was awarded WEDU’s Nonprofi of the Year at its 2019 Be More Awards and is recognized as one of the top 30 best places to work in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The most important thing in his life is spending time with his three grown children who now live in Colorado. Tavill unwinds by riding his bicycle, kayaking, connecting with nature, traveling, and doing a little glass blowing. OCTOBER 2019 | SARASOTA SCENE

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GREGG GREGG CARLSON CARLSON and eventually and eventually joined joined Lee Wetherington Lee Wetherington HomesHomes as an as an As CEO AsofCEO Lee of Wetherington Lee Wetherington Homes, Homes, GreggGregg Carlson Carlson estimator, estimator, then working then working his wayhis into way positions into positions with more with more brings brings years of years hands-on of hands-on experience experience and a passion and a passion for for responsibility. responsibility. In the In early the2000s early 2000s he washe the was division the division building building to the to Lakewood the Lakewood Ranch-based Ranch-based homebuilder. homebuilder. president president for twofor national two national builders builders in Tampa in Tampa where where he he CarlsonCarlson was recruited was recruited for the for CEO theposition CEO position over a dinner over a dinner gained gained executive executive experience experience running running large divisions. large divisions. with Lee with Wetherington, Lee Wetherington, who founded who founded the company the company in in 1974. Since 1974.taking Since taking the helm theinhelm 2016,inhe 2016, has he spearheaded has spearheaded SettingSetting high expectations high expectations is an important is an important part of part Carlson’s of Carlson’s creation creation of a land ofdevelopment a land development company company and successfully and successfully role as role CEO.as“ICEO. want“I towant be sure to be our sure customer our customer experience experience is is ex panded ex panded grow th grow by th adding by adding more more moderately moderately the finest theinfinest the industry, in the industry, and ourand homes our homes have fithave and finish fit and finish pricedpriced homeshomes in the in $300,000 the $300,000 to $600,000 to $600,000 range.range. that is that better is better than the than competition,” the competition,” he says. he“Building says. “Building a homea is home a major is a endeavor major endeavor for people, for people, and weand want wetowant to CarlsonCarlson had extensive had extensive experience experience in homebuilding in homebuilding and and make itmake as smooth it as smooth and enjoyable and enjoyable as possible.” as possible.” Carlson Carlson prior experience prior experience with Lee with Wetherington Lee Wetherington HomesHomes beforebefore also also continued has continued the company’s the company’s legacylegacy of giving of giving back back being named being named CEO. He CEO. grew Heup grew in Arcadia up in Arcadia and started and started in in has to the to community. the community. Company Company philanthropy philanthropy has primarily has primarily construction construction as a teenager. as a teenager. “I started “I started at the very at the bottom, very bottom, been focused been focused on Harvest on Harvest House House and Boys and and Boys Girls and Girls and that and provides that provides a broad a broad perspective,” perspective,” Carlson Carlson says. says. Clubs in Clubs Sarasota in Sarasota and Manatee and Manatee counties counties with charitable with charitable “I really, “I truly really,enjoy trulyit. enjoy It’s not it. It’s justnot a living just afor living me.” forAfter me.” After donations donations over the over past thedecade past decade of almost of almost $1 million. $1 million. servingserving in the U.S. in the Navy, U.S.he Navy, dove heback doveinto back construction into construction 86

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BERNABE SOMOZA Bernabe Somoza restyles vintage branded high quality furnishings into unique, ontrend pieces. Based in Sarasota, Somoza’s Mission Avenue Studio (MAS) transforms American-made furniture predominantly from the 1960s and earlier. He ships nationwide to customers who find the company online through social media or at MissionAveStudio.com, Chairish and SothebysHome. Locally, he works with interior designers and individual customers who want to repair, refinish or reupholster cherished or outdated pieces. Somoza also now is offering a design consultation service to match homeowners’ budgets, tastes and styles, either through MAS or a vetted interior designer. “You can’t find the high quality woods of vintage pieces today without paying astronomical prices. Our furniture is completely re-done inside and out, and left like new. The value is a huge advantage to our customers,” Somoza says. “We are very innovative and can mix stains for unique colors and use new and trendy materials, such as featherweight concrete instead of painting. Wrapping wood furniture in fabric, wallpaper, and faux leather is an up and coming thing and creates very interesting pieces.” Somoza, a native of Nicaragua, has been a successful businessman for 30 years with businesses in his native country, Europe and the U.S. ranging from wine importing to thoroughbred horse breeding. For 20 years, he sold 19th Century paintings. When his youngest son began playing baseball at IMG Academy eight years ago, Somoza moved to Sarasota and launched Mission Avenue Studio. He plans to expand its offerings with furnishings designed by MAS and sourced from Central American artisans. Somoza also has been impressed by The Pines of Sarasota’s mission to ensure the elderly have a lifelong home even if they outlive their funds, and he routinely donates furnishings for its thrift shop. OCTOBER 2019 | SARASOTA SCENE

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BOB CARTER Philanthropy is so deeply rooted for Bob Carter that his volunteerism and career have melded into a life devoted to helping charitable organizations worldwide. While his classmates at Johns Hopkins University were electing careers in medicine and on Wall Street, Carter began teaching British and American literature. He was drawn into fundraising–eventually for his alma mater and then for Ketchum where he spent 15 years as President and CEO of its fundraising arm. Carter’s “retirement” lasted less than three months, and he founded his namesake firm, Carter, in 2011. The company has grown to 30 professionals, each with no less than 15 years’ experience, who work locally, nationally and internationally helping nonprofits with fundraising, governance and strategic planning. Carter has aided West Coast Black Theatre Troupe’s capital campaign, Sarasota Ballet, Boys and Girls Clubs Manatee County, and is working with the Van Wezel

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Foundation’s performing arts center bayside. Carter has chaired seven nonprofit boards, including Mote Marine Laboratory’s board on which he still serves. He currently is volunteering with a committee to establish a foundation that will allow the World Health Organization to receive funding through private donations for the first time. Another project involves raising funds for a new university in Switzerland alongside a Russian entrepreneur. Carter has received many awards throughout his career, including being named a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow. A gifted athlete who helped take Johns Hopkins’ lacrosse team to two Division I championships, Carter was a three-sport athlete at The Boys Latin School, which honored him as an Outstanding Alumnus. He and his wife, Carol, past Vice Chancellor at University of Pittsburgh, are both active in international and local philanthropy, and she now serves as an Anna Maria Island commissioner.


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Paul Romero chose to enjoy the active, toes-in-the-sand lifestyle of Florida’s Gulf Coast, and working in hospitality allows him to offer those same pleasures to area visitors. As Director of Sales and Marketing for The Sarasota Modern—an 89 room Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott—Romero is enthused about the exceptional experience offered by the new luxury boutique hotel. As its name implies, the Rosemary District hotel pays homage to the city’s modern architectural heritage of the Sarasota School of Architecture. “We’re the only hotel in the area with Sarasota first in its name,” he says. “We are in the city and part of the city.” Romero is experienced in operations and sales, which provides added insight into how he can deliver the best experience possible. He discovered an affinity for hospitality after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, which he joined after graduation from

Villanova University where he studied business and finance. Romero was stationed in Puerto Rico and found he preferred a more tropical climate than his native Long Island. He came to Tampa where he began his hospitality career at the front desk of a hotel where he worked his way up to general manager. Prior to coming to Sarasota, he headed sales for a specialty Kimpton hotel in St. Pete Beach. Romero appreciates The Sarasota Modern’s many lux touches it offers guests, including bay views and rooms with special features like lofts, terraces and claw-foot hot tubs on the balconies. The hotel also has 5,000 square feet of meeting space, lap, cool plunge and hot tub pools, and a Sunset Deck. When he’s not helping guests and clients, Romero is serious about beach volleyball, playing locally and throughout Florida in tournaments.

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glenn SHIPLEY Glenn Shipley, Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for Northern Trust, has turned a youthful interest in investments into a successful career. Shipley’s innate understanding of the value of investing for the future also sparked his interest in supporting Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast’s mission to preserve Florida’s natural beauty and resources. A fourth generation Floridian, he grew up in Seminole and moved to Sarasota 26 years ago. “I was a Boy Scout and grew up with lots of woods to play in. Now, that whole area is developed,” he says. “I’ve seen the same thing happen in Sarasota, and I think we should try to preserve what’s left for future generations.” Shipley is incoming Chair of the Conservation Foundation board, which he joined in 2015 after learning about its success in saving nearly 10,000 acres along the Gulf Coast. Those preserved 90

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lands are vital to tourism, economic growth and quality of life. “What keeps me engaged with the organization is its great staff and volunteers,” he says. “They not only save land but also offer a lot of educational programs and events.” Those include nature experiences for at-risk youth and family-friendly events, such as the Wild About Nature Festival each November. As part of the Northern Trust team providing holistic wealth management for ultra high net worth clients, Shipley primarily works on the investment side. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst who is active with the CFA Society Tampa Bay, where he served as past President, and volunteers for the CFA Institute. Shipley also is Vice President of the Resurrection House of Sarasota board and is on the Advisory Board of the USF Applied Securities Analysis class.


Brian CARTER Having a gift for math is what led Brian Carter to become a Certified Public Accountant. What has kept him engaged and excited about his career for the past 23 years is looking beyond the numbers to help clients achieve their missions. Carter is a partner with Mauldin and Jenkins, a Top 100 CPA firm that just celebrated its Centennial last year. He works broadly in tax, auditing and business, but has a specialty in working with nonprofit organizations as does the firm. “CPA firms are expected to do the right job whether that’s an individual tax return or an organizational audit,” Carter says. “We do that, but our firm also has a high degree of partner involvement with clients, and we provide value added services to our nonprofit clients at no charge.” He personally conducts continuing education programs for clients with subjects intended to inform nonprofit leadership about financial topics. Benchmarking is also an important, and sought after, service. “Our clients provide us with organizations they would like to compare themselves to,” Carter says. “Using GuideStar, we show them where they stand across a variety of financial metrics.” In addition to philanthropic suppor t of local nonprofits, he and others in the firm provide substantial volunteer suppor t with quar terly community projects. These have included support for the Salvation Army, Humane Society, Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. Carter also serves as President of the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature and on the boards of the PACE Center for Girls and Manatee Chamber of Commerce. He’s just approaching his one-year wedding anniversary, and he and his new wife, Bethany, enjoy spending time together on the water and taking advantage of the area’s many other amenities.

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Dr. JAMES COCCO Born on the Jersey Shore, Dr. James Cocco grew up enjoying summers on the boardwalk, great pizza, and not having to pump his own gas. His love of the outdoors also calls him to the mountains, where he learned to snow ski at the age of two. Dr. Cocco also excelled in both football and baseball, continuing his baseball career into college and medical school. Although he initially felt destined for veterinary medicine, his career aspirations eventually shifted to healthcare. Dr. Cocco followed his calling to the honors program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he attained his bachelor’s degree in biology. Continuing on to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, he earned his medical degree in 2000. Eager to return to the beach, Dr. Cocco entered a residency program for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of South Florida in the summer of 2000. There, his hospital affiliations included All Children’s Hospital in Saint Petersburg, where he met his wife, Tara, who worked as a pediatric ICU 92

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nurse. She is now a nurse practitioner in Sarasota and mother to the couple’s two sons, Logan (12) and Blake (9). After residency, Dr. Cocco became board-certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics, practicing with First Physician’s Group in Sarasota for 12 years. In 2016 he joined the concierge medical practice of LernerCohen Healthcare. There, his exclusive concierge-style practice allows him the flexibility to provide immediate appointments, manage his patients when hospitalized, and even make housecalls. “I believe in the doc tor-patient relationship and enjoy developing a genuine bond with each person I treat. It’s this personalized approach to medicine that makes a difference,” he said. In his spare time, Dr. Cocco is an avid boater and still enjoys snow skiing, as well as everything outdoors with his family and three dogs.


JOE RHEM

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Tech entrepreneur and Sarasota native Joe Rhem is doing something he does best, starting a new company providing game-changing functionality for businesses. WiredIQ is his sixth tech business. Rhem launched his first in high school. Previous notable ventures include Mindwave Technologies, which Rhem launched in Sarasota after graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in information and computer science. He sold that company to the colossal Computer Associates. Rhem then began tinkering with a concept for an internetbased business telephone system, which quickly grew into Star2Star Communications, now with worldwide annual revenue of $90 million. As usual, he thought bigger with Wired IQ. He created a patented system that manages the total technology needs at a business location or across many locations via one intelligent appliance, the WiredIQ BrainBox, providing better, safer technology for less money. It includes IT management, voice communicationsand premise security with surveillance, alarms

and access control, and “internet of things” controls for lighting and HVAC. Network security is managed with pre-audited PCI and HIPAA compliant templates, and revolutionary SD-WAN technology securely connects the office to the cloud and other locations with military grade encryption over multiple Internet providers providing faster, safer connections that rarely ever fail. Rhem also incorporates Star2Star telephony and acquired Sarasota tech company Kangas Cloud. All of this is monitored and managed 24/7. At 55, he says Wired IQ is his last business, but he’s defining retirement in his own way. Rhem’s plans include establishing his own winery in Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula to pursue his love of wine, working with farm-to-table groups developing sustainable, non-GMO hydroponic farming, and providing incubator space for new generations of Sarasota-based high-tech entrepreneurs. OCTOBER 2019 | SARASOTA SCENE

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Mac deCarle, Executive Chef at The Mac deCarle, Executive Chef The at Founders Golf Club, hasatworked Founders Golf Club, has worked at some of the area’s most exclusive someestablishments of the area’s most exclusive and has earned establishments hasculinary earnedfield. top honors and in the top honors in the culinary field. Chef deCarle served as Executive deCarle served as Executive ChefBistro at the award-winning Beach at theon award-winning Beachand Bistro Anna Maria Island helped on Anna Maria Island and helped open the highly regarded Cork openand theBottle highlyShop regarded on St.Cork Armands and Bottle Shop on St. Key. He was invitedArmands by the James Key. He wasFoundation invited by the James Beard to cook dinner Beardfor Foundation to cook dinner guests at the Beard House– for guests theprestigious Beard House– twice. at That honor led twice.toThat prestigious honor his nomination as Bestled Chef in to histhe nomination as Best Chef in Southeast. the Southeast. deCarle came to The Founders Golf deCarle came to The Club a year agoFounders after nineGolf years at Club another a year ago after years club. Henine enjoys the at private another club. He enjoysbecause the private club environment it allows club environment because it allowsmore him to get to know guests him to get to know guests more personally, including their families, personally, including their families, stories and food culture. “That’s the stories and foodofculture. “That’s the says. lifeblood a club,” deCarle lifeblood a club,” deCarle says. and “Youof feel a greater connection, “You that feel apersonalizes greater connection, and and the cooking that personalizes the cooking and serving experience.” Since joining serving experience.” Since joining The Founders Golf Club, deCarle The Founders Golf has added a Club, fresh deCarle component has added a fresh component to its elegant and casual dining to itsexperiences. elegant and deCarle’s casual dining creative experiences. deCarle’s creative and menus change seasonally, menus seasonally, andmany hischange creativity expands into his creativity into many themed expands dining events, including themed dining recognized events, including nationally winemaker nationally recognized hosted dinners,winemaker orchestrating hosted dinners, orchestrating lavish food events and curating lavishfood foodrelated eventsexperiences and curating for the food membership related experiences the of a that arefor“one membership kind”. that are “one of a kind”. Initially intending to go to law Initially intending tole,gowto s c hool, deC ar ho law always s c hool, d eC ar le, wchanged ho always loved cooking, course lovedafcooking, changed course who ter talking to at torneys af terunanimously talking to atsaid torneys they who wouldn’t unanimously saidthe they wouldn’t recommend field to their own recommend field to to their own what children.the Deciding pursue children. Deciding to pursue what he loved, he worked his way up in he loved, he workedindustry, his way up in he the hospitality where the hospitality industry, where he met his wife of 20 years, Jennifer. met his wife of two 20 years, Jennifer. They have sons, ages 16 and 11, They have twoasons, ages 16 11, that and are very tight knitand family and are a very tight knittime family that at enjoys spending together enjoys spending time together at the boys’ sporting events, traveling the boys’ events, traveling and sporting on the water. and on the water. 94

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Dr. VIENGSOUK PHOMMACHANH Dr. Viengsouk Phommachanh of Fyzical Health is a board certified otolaryngologist who finds fulfillment in providing a tangible benefit to patients seeking help with their ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions. Dr. Phommachanh can’t remember a time when he did not want to be a doctor and help people, but he was not satisfied with a healthcare system that fostered a narrow focus on specialties. Rather than bounce patients among practitioners to address their health needs, Dr. Phommachanh prefers a more holistic approach. “If someone comes to us to get treatment for vertigo, they may still need help for balance issues,” he says. “We were the first ENT practice to partner with Fyzical to offer physical therapy for prevention of falls and overall preventive health for seniors. That leads to better quality of life.” Fyzical Health’s four board certified ENTs provide the full spectrum of care, including dizziness and balance issues, sinus problems and speech or swallowing disorders. Early evaluation and treatment of hearing loss are encouraged because research has linked poor hearing with dementia risk. Dr. Phommachanh, who specializes in minimally invasive sinus surgeries, is President of the Sarasota County Medical Society, Chief of Otolar yngology at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and delegate to the Florida Medical Association. Born in Laos, Dr. Phommachanh came to the U.S. at age three. He received a Dean’s Honor Scholarship from Tulane University where he earned undergraduate and medical degrees. Dr. Phommachanh completed his training at the University of South Florida. When he’s not helping patients or spending time with his wife and two children, Dr. Phommachanh can sometimes be found doing standup comedy in open mic contests and guest performances at clubs along the southwest Gulf Coast.

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TIMOTHY DEL VESCOVO Creating distinctive buildings and environments that evoke emotion and stimulate memorable experiences are hallmarks of Timothy Del Vescovo’s designs. As founder of Del Vescovo Design Group, he specializes in residential, hospitality and mixed-use projects. His creativity in his buildings and interiors promote spaces that are healthy, sustainable and employ renewable energy such as the Rosemary District’s European-inspired Citrus Square and Citrus Residences. Nurturing each client’s individual vision and needs, Del Vescovo creates designs that excite and inspire through the interplay of form, light, material, color and texture. Del Vescovo strives to interact positively with nature and human life and believes that healthier environments and sustainable communities are achievable though innovation and problem solving. Through Espiritu Loci (The Spirit of the Place), he advocates for higher living standards globally and promotes community development that connects people and enriches the environment. His designs are also influenced by innovative building technologies

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to The Masters’ use of light, shadow and form. Studying extensively in Europe, Del Vescovo has degrees in architecture and interior design which are his foundation for creating harmonious relationships between a building’s exterior and interior. An intense intellectual curiosity drives him to explore concepts from architectural history and archeoastronomy, using techniques in unexpected ways, such as a moon-gate that aligns with a homeowner’s birth star much as ancient megalithic structures like Stonehenge were designed to showcase celestial events. Proactive in preserving our planet, Del Vescovo works to alleviate the worldwide housing shortage by collaborating with NGOs, charitable organizations and governments. He applies a pragmatic solution using leading edge building technologies to construct safe, healthy attainable housing powered by renewable energy sources in the US, Central and South America, Africa and the Middle East.


DONAL O’SHEA As President of New College of Florida, Dr. Donal O’Shea understands the excitement of finding a field of study that engages a passionate interest for a lifetime. That perspective resonates with New College’s student-focused independent study and active learning approach. While O’Shea has spent more than 20 years in leadership positions at liberal arts colleges, his love for his own field–mathematics–is apparent. He studied mathematics at Harvard University and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Canada’s Queen’s University. “I love mathematics. People think it is very defined, but it’s also a dreamy field, and the shapes involved are very wonderful,” O’Shea says, “but I also got interested in the role liberal arts plays in preparing students for scientific careers.” Since becoming President in 2012, O’Shea has introduced New College’s first graduate program, a master’s degree in data science. He secured

funding for a new science building and is playing a significant role in developing a consortium of local colleges and universities, which benefits the local community as well as students. “This has tremendous implications,” O’Shea says. “We have the human capital and research capabilities. It’s not just potential. It’s already here.” That speaks to a current goal of raising awareness of New College’s major contributions to science and mathematics. It is the alma mater of the late Bill Thurston, one of the 20th Century’s greatest mathematicians. National Science Foundation statistics show more than one in eight New College graduates subsequently earn doctorate degrees in science and engineering. Only three universities–Caltech, Harvey Mudd and MIT–exceed that proportion. O’Shea still keeps a hand in his own field of study. He finds time daily to mull math problems and regularly publishes in the field.

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RICKY && RICHARD RICKY RICHARD

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offers aoffers high level of level support from advising on suitable If any one builder can be can saidbe to said havetohelped shape shape a high of support from advising on suitable If any one builder have helped lots to assembling a team to compliment what thewhat client the beauty of the area’s it may be Perrone lots to assembling a team to compliment the client the beauty of thewaterfront, area’s waterfront, it may be Perrone needs. needs. “We are truly fine custom home builders,” he Construction. Since 1980, PerronePerrone has focused “We are truly fine custom home builders,” he Construction. SinceRichard 1980, Richard has focused says. “Over years, wewhat do, we butdo, it but it on waterfront homes homes custom-designed for a particular says. the “Over thewe’ve years,honed we’ve what honed on waterfront custom-designed for a particular basically is a single Take your responsibilities property to fit each Together with with basically is a formula. single formula. Take your responsibilities property to client’s fit each unique client’s lifestyle. unique lifestyle. Together seriously, do whatdo you say you say will you and will success will follow.” his son, Ricky, they apply their expertise in the complexities seriously, what and success will follow.” his son, Ricky, they apply their expertise in the complexities of coastal building to create that gothat beyond of coastal building to homes create homes go beyond Ricky grew upgrew visiting job sitesjob with hiswith father began exceptional exteriorexterior beauty.beauty. The Perrones continually Ricky up visiting sites hisand father and began exceptional The Perrones continually workingworking summers doing a doing varietyaof jobs from framer trim to trim seek out materials that willthat stand to the summers variety of jobs fromto framer seek out materials willup stand up waterfront to the waterfront carpenter and laterand as project and superintendent. environment and incorporate the latest–proven–products carpenter later asmanager project manager and superintendent. environment and incorporate the latest–proven–products He nowHe works with clients throughthrough the preand smart that clients in want their in homes. now closely works closely with clients the preandtechnologies smart technologies that want clients their homes. construction phase to help to bring vision fruition. construction phase helptheir bring theirtovision to fruition. a team professionals who enjoy what they do they do RichardRichard always had an affinity building and a love “We haveof a team of professionals who enjoy what always had an for affinity for building andfor a love “We for have in placeinthat make comfortable great design architecture. The firstThe home builthe in builtand and systems place thatclients make feel clients feel comfortable great and design and architecture. firsthe home in systems out are of town,” “I says. like to“Ienjoy Sarasota was resold a record he has as builteven evenare if they out of Ricky town,”says. Ricky like to enjoy Sarasota wasfor resold for aprice, recordand price, andbuilt he has as if they the process with ourwith clients make fun for many asmany four houses for one for client. Construction the process our and clients anditmake it them.” fun for them.” as four houses onePerrone client. Perrone Construction 98

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JOE JOE JOE DEVORE DEVORE DEVORE

Joe Devore’s association with older Joe Joe Devore’s Devore’s association association with with older older adults came early as a dishwasher adults adults came came early early as as a a dishwasher dishwasher in a nursing home. At that time, his in in a nursing a nursing home. home. AtAt that that time, time, hishis grandfather developed Alzheimer’s grandfather grandfather developed developed Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s disease, which sparked an interest disease, which which sparked sparked an interest interest in disease, the aging process thatan has fueled in in the the aging aging process process that that has has fueled a 30-year career in continuing fueled care a 30-year a 30-year career career in in continuing continuing care care retirement community administration. retirement retirement community community administration. administration. As Plymouth Harbor’s Senior Vice As AsPlymouth Plymouth Harbor’s Harbor’s Senior Senior Vice Vice President of Health Services, Devore President President of of Health Health Services, Services, Devore Devore inspires his staff to get to know the inspires inspires hishis staff staff toto get get toto know know the the communit y’s residents, and their communit communit y’s y’s residents, residents, and and their their fascinating life stories. fascinating fascinating life life stories. stories. “In a continuing care community, we “In “In a continuing aa continuing care community, community, wewe learn lot aboutcare residents, and that learn learn aalot adifference. lot about about residents, residents, that that makes There isand aand direct makes makes a difference. a difference. There There is is a direct aofdirect correlation between the quality the correlation correlation between between the quality quality ofof the the relationship and the the quality of care,” relationship relationship and the the quality quality ofof care,” care,” he says. “Ourand staff and residents get hehe says. says. “Our “Our staff staff and and residents residents get get to know each other, translating to low toto know know each each other, other, translating translating toto low low staff turnover. When friends ask me staff staff turnover. turnover. When When friends friends me me what they should look for inask aask care what what they they should should look look for for in in a care a care facility, I tell them to look at the staff facility, facility, I tell I tell them them to to look look at the the staff staff turnover rate. You have toatlove what turnover turnover rate. rate. You You have have to to love love what what you are doing.” you you are are doing.” doing.” Devore, who joined Ply mouth D e Dveovroein r,e2013, ,w h wohis oj oresponsible jioniende dP lPy lm yfor m o uo tuht h Harbor the Harbor Harbor in in 2013, 2013, is is responsible responsible for for the the continuum of care from the home continuum continuum of of care care from from the the home home care agency through skilled nursing care care agency agency through through skilled skilled nursing nursing and memory care. Plymouth Harbor and and memory memory care. care. Plymouth Plymouth Harbor Harbor suppor t s resident s’ health via a suppor suppor t s t s resident resident s’ s’ health health via viaa a modern fitness facility and a robust modern modern fitness fitness facility facility and and aa robust adirect robust wellness program. “There’s wellness wellness program. program. “There’s “There’s a direct a direct correlation between my professional correlation correlation between between my my professional professional success and the quality of the team success success and and the the quality quality ofof the the team team I have the fortune of working with Ieach have I have the the fortune fortune of of working working with with day,” he says. Devore grew each each day,” day,” he he says. says. Devore Devore grew grew up in Columbus, Ohio, earning a up upininColumbus, Columbus, Ohio,earning earning aa psychology degreeOhio, from The Ohio psychology psychology degree degree from from The The Ohio Ohio State University and a master’s in State StateUniversity University anda amaster’s in in gerontology from and Miami ofmaster’s Ohio. He gerontology gerontology from from Miami Miami of of Ohio. Ohio. He is an avid OSU and Cleveland sportsHe is is anand an avid avid OSU OSU and and Cleveland Cleveland sports sports fan enjoys local amenities like fan fan and and enjoys enjoys local local amenities like like biking the Legacy Trailamenities and listening biking biking the Legacy Legacy Trail Trail and listening listening to live the music. Devore isand active with toto live live music. music. Devore is is active active with with the Rotary ClubDevore as its immediate past the the Rotary Rotary Club Club asas itsits immediate immediate past past President and supports its mission to President President and supports supports itsits mission mission toto help local and schoolchildren. help help local local schoolchildren. schoolchildren.

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T.J.

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T.J. Nutter literally grew up in Sarasota’s construction industry– both his father and grandfather owned roofing companies, and he spent college summers remodeling beach condos. Now, Nutter brings his more than 20 years of experience to his own construction company, Nutter Custom Construction, which is family run and specializes in building custom luxury waterfront homes. “I take a concierge approach,” he says. “If someone can dream it, we surround ourselves with the best in the industry to achieve it. Having lived here all my life, we have the contacts to get things done. I’ve known a lot of our trade partners since elementary and high school.” Working his entire career here has given Nutter in-depth knowledge of the area as well as expertise in the challenges of coastal construction. “I am hands-on. I involved with every

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job and speak to every client,” he says. “We are a familyrun operation, and that’s what we want to be in order to give the level of service we provide. It is important to me to be a relationship contractor, and we often maintain lasting friendships with clients after their homes are finished.” Because Sarasota is his home, maintaining his good name is very important to him and fuels his desire for responsible construction and growth. “I live here, too,” Nutter says. “When I’m not working, I’m enjoying this area with my family.” He also coaches youth football and is an active member of Riverview’s Football Boosters Club. Nutter played college football at Tennessee Tech and the University of South Florida where he is a season ticket holder. He also supports local worthy causes and currently is building six foster homes for the All Star Children’s Foundation.


STEPHEN VICTOR EMILIO DURST YOUNG TORRES Buying a luxury or ultra-luxury vehicle is exhilarating and brings with it certain expectations about what the experience will be like. The leadership team at BMW of Sarasota and Lamborghini Sarasota understand that and strive to deliver the ultimate premium experience for their customers. Leading the team at BMW of Sarasota is Victor Young, President and co-owner. While his responsibilities are broad, including finance, team development, customer concern resolution, technology, sales campaigns and more, he still loves to sell on occasion. “I make sure we’re always stretching to meet our clients’ expectations, and I enjoy the continuous improvement we’re always implementing,” says Young, who purchased the dealership in 2008 with Larry Morgan. “I feel we’re racing against technology and new client expectations every day and am always looking for new solutions.” Emilio Torres works alongside Young as General

Sales Manager with responsibility for the new and pre-owned vehicle departments and customer retention. His background is in finance, and he has been with the dealership since 2012. He now has responsibility for 30 staff including the sales and finance teams, product geniuses and valets, and emphasizes a Ritz-Carlton approach to service. “I truly believe in long lasting customer relationships as they are the key to success in any business,” Torres says. Stephen Durst serves as General Manager at sister company Lamborghini Sarasota, and considers this his dream job. He knows customers have extremely busy lives and strives to accommodate their schedules and ensure work is done on time. “We try to treat every customer as family and make them feel right at home. They want a premium experience, and that is what we try to give them,” Durst says. “We have an amazing group of people here.”

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TYLER FUSHIKOSHI Tyler Fushikoshi wanted to bring a new experience to local diners when he opened Fushipoké a year ago in downtown Sarasota. Poké, pronounced po’-kay, is a traditional Hawaiian diced raw fish dish most often made with tuna. Fushikoshi’s concept was to “bring to Sarasota a healthy, delicious meal my customers could custom build without a wait.” His patrons are treated to the freshest tuna available as he flys his fish in daily from Hawaii. Other protein toppings such as salmon, chicken, steak and tofu are also offered. The bases for the poké bowls are kale, soba noodles and rice. Garnishments include seaweed salad, edamame, and kimchi pickles. The poké bowls can be finished with sauces such as the traditional poké sauce, Japanese citrus ponzu sauce, wasabi avocado and spicy mayo. Fushipoké’s dinner menu includes ramen noodle bowls and, for treats, an assortment of South Pacific confections. Dining can be eat-in, carryout or delivery. Born and raised on Maui, Hawaii, Fushikoshi grew up attending local ohana (family) gatherings that included an assortment of fresh ocean to table seafoods served poké style and prepared from recipes passed down through generations. He is no stranger to the restaurant industry spending many early childhood days in the kitchens of family friend and one of Hawaii’s most famous chefs, DK Kodama of the Sansei Seafood Restaurant Group. After moving to Sarasota as a teenager, Fushikoshi attended Riverview High School and USF where he earned a finance degree. But he couldn’t shake the restaurant bug, so after stints managing Owens Fish Camp and The Shore establishments for the Caragiulos, Fushikoshi took the entrepreneurial leap and opened Fushipoké at the age of 25. When he can break away from the business, he enjoys a good workout and a bridge run with his Portuguese water dog, Peri. 1 02

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JEFF LABELLE Helping clients with customized financial advising based on their individual needs and goals is in Jeff Labelle’s blood. His father was an executive for a large national brokerage house, and Labelle followed his footsteps into the financial world by becoming a registered general securities representative in 1987. As President and CEO of Gulf Coast Wealth Advisors, Labelle leads a team of professionals devoted to providing fiduciary financial advising that is in clients’ best interest and based on their specific needs for growth, income and liquidity. “I customize every portfolio for my clients and quantify risk relative to each client, which means I invest their funds based on what they are trying to achieve rather than on an impersonal computer-generated portfolio,” Labelle says. “We take a logical, educational approach and employ a conservative, realistic outlook on the markets. Interest rates are the number one problem for today’s conservative investor, and the old fashioned way of putting money in bonds is not an effective strategy.” Gulf Coast Wealth Advisors has aligned with LPL Financial as its independent broker dealer. “One of the benefits of our affiliation is the vast resources available such as financial planning,” Labelle says. “Clients benefit from having a written plan updated yearly to identify if changes need to be implemented.” Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. Gulf Coast Wealth Advisors and LPL Financial are separate entities. All investing involves risk including loss of principal. No strategy assures success or protects against loss. OCTOBER 2019 | SARASOTA SCENE

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Vlado Konatar is building a reputation as the wunderkind of local real estate. Just 27 years old, Konatar already has a track record that rivals some of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most seasoned agents. He has opened Kona Realty, a brokerage that will sell close to $60 million in properties this year, and also is developing homes on individual home sites. He exudes energetic self-confidence along with a fun-loving spirit and a disarming humility. Konatar learned construction working with his father in New Jersey where his family emigrated from Montenegro 15 years ago. He moved to Sarasota when he was 20 and rehabbed his first home while working full time in his handyman business. Because he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to hire an agent to sell his property, Konatar obtained his real estate license and sold it right away for close to his asking price. He then persuaded a property owner to let him sell a $1.3 million luxury home that had languished for seven months. The property sold in nine days, without dropping the price. Later, Konatar became the youngest agent to represent an entire development. Using marketing methods he developed to reach buyers and appeal to their desires, the Kona Realty team is handling a portfolio of multi-million dollar listings, and Konatar also is developing luxury spec homes. Because of his quick success, he has gained a following of young people who are seeking a successful path for themselves. He believes strongly in giving back and is active in his church. Every year, Konatar helps a single mom or young family struggling with housing. He provides what they need to purchase a home, including help with closing costs or assisting them with boosting their credit score.

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ANDREW ANDREW ANDREAS ANDREAS GUENTHER GUENTHER GUENTHER GUENTHER Forty Forty years years ago, ago, when when Andrew Andrew Guenther Guenther began began installing installing burglar burglar alarms alarms and and security security systems systems in very in very high-end high-end homes, homes, thethe concept concept of of a fully a fully integrated integrated smart smart home home was was in in thethe realm realm of of science science fiction. fiction. With With a natural a natural talent talent forfor understanding understanding how how things things work, work, Guenther Guenther has has stayed stayed at at thethe forefront forefront of of smart smart home home systems systems asas thethe leading leading edge edge has has morphed morphed from from home home theaters theaters and and media media rooms rooms to to fully fully integrated integrated lighting, lighting, mechanized mechanized window window treatments, treatments, heating/cooling, heating/cooling, audio/video audio/video and and security security systems. systems. HeHe and and hishis son, son, Andreas, Andreas, hishis partner partner in Advanced-ESI, in Advanced-ESI, understand understand that that design design is key. is key. The The goal goal is delivering is delivering aesthetically aesthetically pleasing pleasing systems systems that that areare easy easy forfor clients clients to to operate operate from from anywhere anywhere onon their their mobile mobile device. device. “We “We have have been been doing doing this this thethe longest longest byby far,far, and and wewe start start with with lighting,” lighting,” says says Andrew, Andrew, who who was was West West Coast Coast Florida’s Florida’s first first residential residential Lutron Lutron lighting lighting control control dealer. dealer. “Lighting “Lighting showcases showcases

everything, everything, and and most most homes homes areare notnot properly properly lit.lit. Anyone Anyone who who sees sees a good a good lighting lighting design design can’t can’t believe believe they they were were living living without without it.”it.” Andrew Andrew does does a lot a lot of the of the design design and and encourages encourages showroom showroom visits visits to to see see thethe technology technology in action, in action, including including a fully a fully functioning functioning kitchen. kitchen. Andreas Andreas has has worked worked in in thethe business business forfor more more than than 1515 years, years, starting starting in in the the warehouse warehouse and and installation installation and and moving moving into into sales sales before before becoming becoming a partner a partner four four years years ago. ago. AsAs operations operations manager, manager, hehe touches touches allall areas areas of of thethe business business from from ordering ordering and and scheduling scheduling to to employee employee management management and and assisting assisting clients. clients. “Helping “Helping mold mold clients’ clients’ wish wish lists lists into into real real projects projects is fun is fun and and anan accomplishment,” accomplishment,” hehe says. says. “We “We areare a big a big family family here here and and like like to to spend spend time time together. together. WeWe help help each each other other and and gogo thethe extra extra mile mile forfor clients. clients. WeWe want want to to bebe sure sure they they feel feel heard heard and and areare comfortable comfortable that that they they understand understand everything everything about about their their systems.” systems.” OCTOBER 2019 | SARASOTA SCENE

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James (Jimi) Goethe’s approach to life may be framed in a quote from his very famous ancestor, literary giant Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who said, “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” That creative spirit has led Goethe to start several primarily tech companies over the past 20-plus years. Those have included GPS tracking systems, cybersecurity, an online radio station, and the first online marketing company in the area. Goethe started coding when he was nine years old and later attended Eckerd College with focus in business management and information systems. He worked in corporate technology, including IT director for a Fortune 500 franchise company. He now heads Sarasota-based Hypercube Technologies, which takes a unique approach to business IT services. Hourly and retainers just cause techs to work slower, so instead, his team delivers unlimited service for a flat monthly fee with no contract. The company also specializes in Internet marketing and SEO for local and international companies. In addition to often offering services for free to non-profits, which has landed him a spot on CNN, he has plans to launch a new software program to support the tech needs of very small businesses. A third generation Sarasotan, Goethe is a member of Mensa and the International High IQ Society. His interests range from astronomy, physics, electronics and chess to cooking and mostly being a father. He loves programming and speaks several languages as well as plays the guitar and piano. “It’s essential to have ambition in your life,” Goethe says. “I love what I do. My business is my hobby.”

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JEFFERY KIN Managing Artistic Director Jeffery Kin is the backstage dynamo at the Players Centre for Performing Arts who has earned community theater a respected seat among the area’s professional companies. Kin is a versatile artist with numerous awards to his credit. Although he is deft at turning the spotlight on others, Kin has won many awards as an actor and director. He also has written awardwinning plays and founded ETC, The Eclectic Theatre, which produces the one minute play festival that has raised more than $100,000 for cancer research over the years. Now Kin is turning his talents —and the hard-driving work ethic born of an Ohio farm upbringing—to help shape the future of the Players Centre as it makes its planned move eastward to a new theater complex near Fruitville Road and I-75. “I do appreciate the accolades I’ve received, and even though I’m an actor at heart and like the attention, I try to put other people and the theater first,” he says. “In this position, I’ve never said ‘thank you’ more.” Theater seems to have been an inborn part of Kin’s life. His first role as Rumpelstiltskin in the first grade led to an acting career in New York and elsewhere. It ultimately brought him to Sarasota in 1991. Although he never saw himself becoming an artistic director, it is a role he has embraced. And as the Players Centre celebrates its 90th season, Kin envisions a redefined role for the theater. “I want to entertain people and make their lives better,” he says. “We will always be a community theater at heart, but we’ll also be wrapping our arms around other arts groups and artists by giving them a home.”

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AUSTIN AUSTIN BRANDON BRANDON HELMUTH HELMUTH STONE STONE in learning in in learning learning the background the the background background of paintings of of paintings paintings and sculpture.” and and sculpture.” sculpture.” A lot of AApeople lot lotof ofpeople people dreamdream dream of turning of ofturning turning an engrossing an anengrossing engrossing avocation avocation avocation into into into StoneStone Stone also began also alsobegan began working working working antiques antiques antiques showsshows shows in college, inincollege, college, whichwhich which a successful aasuccessful successful business, business, business, but Austin but butAustin Austin Helmuth Helmuth Helmuth and Brandon and andBrandon Brandon StoneStone Stone meantmeant meant meeting meeting meeting people people people from all from from over all allthe over over world the theworld and world gaining and andgaining gaining have made have havemade that made a reality. that thataareality. reality. 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ARUN KHAZANCHI Dr. Arun Khazanchi of Florida Digestive Health Specialists brings a high degree of professional expertise and a compassionate nature to his patients whether they are facing a serious disease or when helping improve their digestive health. Dr. Khazanchi is board certified in gastroenterology, hepatology and internal medicine. He specializes in esophageal and pancreatic cancers along with conditions of the gallbladder and bile ducts. Dr. Khazanchi is one of only a few Florida physicians who perform endoscopic ultrasounds for biopsies of the lungs, esophagus, lymph nodes, rectum or pancreas for staging cancers, which is critical in fin ing the best treatment options. Whether working from his Lakewood Ranch office or his suite at Doctors Hospital, Dr. Khazanchi purposefully creates warm, homelike environments. “Family is very important to me. I consider my office staff part of my family, and patients are an adopted family,” he says. “I am a compassionate person, and I don’t want anyone to feel intimidated. I believe in a friendly atmosphere.” Dr. Khazanchi also emphasizes the importance of a competent staff and taking time to create individualized treatment plans. Patient education is important to him because he believes that in many senses we are what we eat. “The care and feeding of our digestive systems is important. An improper diet can lead to issues that develop in the gastrointestinal tract,” Dr. Khazanchi says. “The problem is that these issues may not be apparent right away. They may not show up until later in life, but they will show up. I always found that to be very interesting, and it’s what drew me into gastroenterology.” When he’s not devoting time to patients, Dr. Khazanchi loves spending time with his wife and teenage daughter.

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DIRECTORY ABRAMS, JONATHAN Realtor Michael Saunders & Co 5100 Ocean Blvd Siesta Key, FL 34242 941.232.2868 jonathanabrams@michaelsaunders.com srqhouse.com AYRES, MASON, CFRE, CFP® President Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation 1515 S Osprey Ave, Ste B4 Sarasota, FL 34239 941.917.1286 smhf.org

CARTER, BRIAN Partner Mauldin & Jenkins 1401 Manatee Ave W, Ste 1200 Bradenton, FL 34205 941.741.2229 bcarter@mjcpa.com mjcpa.com

FUSHIKOSHI, TYLER Owner Fushipoké 128 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236 941.330.1795 fushipokesrq@gmail.com fushipoke.com

COCCO, JAMES R., M.D. LernerCohen Healthcare 1921 Waldemere St, Ste 814 Sarasota, FL 34239 941.953.9080

GOETHE, JAMES DAVID VON Owner Hypercube Technologies 5824 Bee Ridge Rd, #284 Sarasota, FL 34233 941.954.3282 info@hypercubetech.com hypercubetech.com

BHANOT, SUMEET, M.D., F.A.C.S Bhanot Facial Plastic Surgery 2038 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941.966.32223

deCARLE, MAC Executive Chef The Founders Golf Club 3800 Golf Hall Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240 941.371.9720 mdecarle@thefoundersgolfclub.com thefoundersgolfclub.com

BREDLAU, CLAYTON E., M.D. Physician/ Owner The Heart and Vascular Center of Sarasota 1217 S. East Ave, Ste 104 Sarasota, FL 34239 941.365.0433 heartcenter.com

DEL VESCOVO, TIMOTHY A. Principal Del Vescovo Design Group 451 North Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 Phone number: 941-321-9507 timothy@deldesign.com deldesign.com

CARLSON, GREGG CEO Lee Wetherington Homes and West Coast Land Partners 6985 Professional Parkway East Sarasota, FL 34240 941.922.3480 gcarlson@lwhomes.com lwhomes.com BOB CARTER, CFRE Chairman Carter Global 400 Madison Drive, Ste 204 Sarasota, FL 34236 941.388.3414 carter.global

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I’ve been a fan of Steve Martin since his frequent “The Tonight Show” visits, his many SNL guest appearances, and the Parenthood movie series. And I was so impressed by his Grammy-winning (Best Bluegrass Album) The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo that when I heard he’d partnered with 1980s indie star Edie Brickell on a musical entitled Bright Star, I made a point of planning to see it. “Planning to” is key, because while I intended to go, I managed to miss its short Broadway run that both began and ended in 2016. Imagine my surprise and joy when I heard Bright Star had a new regional theater run and was coming to Florida Studio Theatre, which always has an intimacy and immediacy that often makes their shows as impactful as Broadway productions!

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Here’s what you need to know about Bright Star. Set in the 1920s through the 1940s in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, it’s the story of an editor of a Southern literary journal, Alice Murphy, at two points in her life. Figuring prominently in her world is young writer Billy Cane, whom she chooses to mentor. In many interviews he’s given about the musical, Martin himself explains that “it’s a story about a baby that had been thrown from a train in a suitcase, and it lives. And someone discovered the baby in the suitcase and raised it.” He sums it up by saying that it’s about love lost and found, and of lives that intersect in surprising ways. FST’s Music Director for this musical, Paul Helm, provides insight into this show, which was inspired by the Grammy-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album Love Has Come for You by Martin and Brickell. “I got to see it on Broadway and was charmed by the original production,” he says. “It’s full of Americana but also features dark tones and powerful emotions to this love story.”

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He first notes that bluegrass isn’t a genre you easily find in musicals. It’s much more than that, though. It’s also got 1940s swing and jazz, all with a Southern flair to it. Helm notes that part of what makes things interesting in FST’s production is that there’s no band off on the side playing all the music. Many of the cast members themselves play instruments, which really helps bring this tale into the realm of a more intimate, collaborative storytelling experience. “It’s so unique—a first of its kind.” Bright Star is an original musical, too, versus being tied to a novel or movie in any way, like so many are these days, it seems. Helm’s also especially excited to be working with the lead, Meredith Jones. “Her voice? Oh my gosh, it �lls a whole room and then some. She’s got this Southern charm about her, too. She’s a perfect fit.” Jones—who captured audiences’ hearts as the eponymous character in last summer’s Mainstage hit Always…Patsy Cline—explains that her character, Alice, is a multi-dimensional woman full of flaws, doubts, and weaknesses, as well as strength, talent, and pluck. “She’s 100% human,” says Jones, “making her character one that most people can relate to. It makes it easy for the audience to instantly connect with her and have a stake in wanting to see her story play out on stage.” 

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Though Steve Martin is perhaps best-known as a comedian, Jones says that she wouldn’t describe Bright Star as only a comedy, just as she wouldn’t describe Steve Martin as only a comedian. “There are absolutely some laughout-loud moments that help to break up the dramatic nature of the show,” she says, “but to label it as a comedy doesn’t capture the show in its entirety. If I had to label the show, I would call it a ‘dramedy,’ because it leans more toward drama.” Like most who’ve heard the Bright Star music, she recognizes that it’s the result of a special partnership between Martin and Brickell. “When you look at Edie Brickell and the artist that she is, you begin to understand how the musical turned into the complex piece it is. It’s funny, and heartbreaking, and beautiful, and sad, and loving and hateful and so many things wrapped up into one.” What this does, Jones explains, is put the musical into a very real place, steering away from any cynicism or irony. How is this accomplished in terms of the craft of acting? “When you root yourself into a character that is so real and human, the work in turn comes from a place of heart and truth.” Martin is a genius. Brickell is amazing. FST, Paul Helm, and Meredith Jones are all assets that our community appreciates. Taken together, “Bright Star” looks to be another magical experience for us all where feet will stomp, hearts will be warmed, and love will win the day once again. For more information on “Bright Star” or any of this season’s shows, please visit FloridaStudioTheatre.org or call 941.366.9000.

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SCENES FROM AN INTERVIEW

MARK DONAHUE BASEBALL PLAYER AUTHOR FILMMAKER by Gus Mollasis

Mark Donahue loved playing baseball from the time he was a kid. His passion for the game grew greater as he got older and played ball with future Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and major leaguer Steve Yeager. Today he still plays hard ball, wins championships and gives his best impersonation of Robert Redford in The Natural displaying his reasons why he “loves baseball.” He’s turned his passion for the game into a book Last at Bat, about the incredible journey of major leaguer cut in the mold of a Mike Trout. His next swing for the fences? Mark’s working on turning Last at Bat into a major motion picture that he hopes will be shot on Sarasota’s Field of Dreams. Recently, I had a chance to go a few innings and throw a few questions to Mark Donahue.

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Tell me when you first fell in love with baseball. When I realized I wasn’t very good at it. I started playing when I was nine years old and was by far the worst player on my team. I had never played before. I guess the challenge of trying to conquer something prompted me to end up loving it and playing it my whole life. I still play in a men’s senior baseball league. In college, I was good enough to be scouted, but there comes a time when you realize that you’re just not good enough. And that happened my senior year in college. As you went down the base path of your life, you played with and against some top big leaguers. Yes, I played with Mike Schmidt and Steve Yeager. A lot of guys I played with ended up playing college or pro ball. Most of us ended up being scouted. We had a good team and were all from the Dayton, Ohio area. All the guys got offers, but there comes a realization when you’re playing with or against a guy like Mike Schmidt that they got a lot better and we didn’t. We were good for college players and All Americans—but that’s a big difference when going against a Schmidt, Johnny Bench or Tony Perez. Those guys are Hall of Famers and there’s a big gap between that talent level and ours. I had a chance to sign, but knew that even if I made it, I wouldn’t be a superstar and have a long career. I decided to get into business instead, but I continue to love and play the game. What league do you continue to play in today? There’s a Roy Hobbs League that runs throughout Florida. And then I play in the men’s Senior Baseball League, which has the World Series in Phoenix, Arizona every year. I’ve missed a few years, but I’ve played ball since 1988. The cool thing about it is you go up in age group. You’re not playing against 20-year-olds all the time. You’re playing against 30, 40, 50 or 60-year-olds—whatever it is. They have guys who are 70 to 75 years old still playing. For what it is, it’s a relatively high level because most of the guys played college or pro ball. There are a lot of former major leaguers who’ve played in that league. A couple of my teammates were Jose Cardenal and Jerry Hairston who continue to play because of their love of the game.

time to truly appreciate how skilled these guys are. For people who have never played the game, I suggest you go to a batting cage. Turn it on high and stand there. You’re going to understand what these guys face because you’re facing a fastball coming at 86 mph, but it’s straight. Add a breaking ball to that and a change-up. A slider or forkball or knuckleball. There is nothing harder than hitting a baseball especially when it can kill you.

What is it that you love about the game? What some people who aren’t baseball fans don’t like, I do like. I think it’s the pace of the game. If you are an aficionado of baseball, you understand and begin to love the nuances. People get bored when there is a 10 pitch at bat, when there is a 3-2 count and the guy keeps fouling it off. To me that is so exciting because you don’t know what’s going to happen. Both guys are zoned in. Neither one is giving up. It’s that drama. I think that you have had to have played the game a long time or been a fan a long

Tell me about how your baseball novel, Last at Bat, came to be. I was flying back from a Senior World Series Championship in Arizona. I went to the men’s room and I was washing my hands and we hit an air pocket. We dropped what felt like a million feet. I went to the ceiling and hit my head. I was thinking that if this plane crashes, am I safer here in the bathroom or safer back in my seat in the tail section of the plane? Every time I’ve seen a plane crash the only thing that seems to be left is the tail section. So, I went back to my seat and thought that if everybody on the plane is killed except one person and that person loses memory, then that person would have the chance to go back

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Please take a swing at synopsizing the story of Last at Bat. It’s the story of the greatest player of his era who has won a number of MVP awards. He’s 25 and gets hooked on opioids because of an injury, loses track of his finances and subsequently gets sent to jail. On the way to jail, his plane crashes and everyone on board is killed except him. He has no memory of who he is. He is discovered by a country doctor in the hills of South Carolina. He’s badly burned, his face is gone. No one knows who he is. At a picnic about three years later, he hits a ball some 400 feet at a softball game. He thinks to himself that he may have played this game. And that begins our story of what happens to Dylan Michael, who is our lead character and how he comes back for one “Last at Bat.” You’ve transformed Last at Bat into a screenplay with hopes of bringing it to the big screen and potentially producing the film n Sarasota while working with a major league team. Where are you right now in the process? In Field of Dreams there are no real baseball scenes aside from those with the ghosts playing a little baseball on the �eld. It’s really a story about a father and a son. We wanted to have more baseball action but we wanted it realistic. Most baseball movies have terrible baseball action. We wanted to combine a love story with a baseball and a comeback story. I think the story accomplishes that. We’re looking to team up with a major league team to be the team in the �lm, but we don’t have to. If you remember in The Natural, the Knights were the team. So we can fictionalize the team. If a major league wants to partner with us, that would be great for us and the team. It’s a feel good story and people are going to come out of the theater feeling

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good. There are laughs, tears and romance. We’re prepared to move forward without the assistance of a major league team. Frankly it will be easier to proceed that way. There are endless parks where we can film. Because of computer-generated imagery, we can make any park look like Yankee Stadium. As part of Sugar Studios in Los Angeles, I understand you are looking at expanding Sugar Studios to Florida and possibly to Sarasota. Where does that stand? We decided that we wanted to expand while keeping our operation in LA because of distribution and the amount of business we have out there. We want to get to a place where we could drop anchor and create a Warner Brothers from the 1940s—find a small area where we could bring to the table a lot of jobs and business for the community. Selfishly we could be a big fish in a small pond, and we don’t apologize for that. We have a connection to LA and we’re doing very well out there, but we can make seven to ten to twelve films wherever we go. We can fundamentally change the complexion of a community because people would literally come from all over the world to Sarasota. The big difference is that a lot of companies will come in and make one film over a two-week period. They stay in town, go to some restaurants, then leave town. And that’s not what we want to do. We will find a community where we will come in and be there for the duration. There are so many production companies in LA. We want to separate ourselves. By creating Sugar Studios FLA, we think we can bring something to the community. Tell us about the number of films that you believe are Florida or Sarasota-centric and could be filmed here. We own 21 or 22 scripts now. We figure that from 12-14 of those could be made in a Florida location. It takes minor rewriting in some of the scripts. Our vision was to create a partnership, where people aren’t just investors. They come in and help us finance the film but they’re also integral to the film. By doing that, we create a different kind of business model for these films reducing risk and having people who see a long-term involvement in filmmaking and not one film. What response have you received from Sarasota’s film commission and Ringling College? While Jeanne Corcoran at the film commission have been very helpful, trying to reach out and talk to some people has been a little bit different than what we’re used to. Normally when you reach out to a facility like that, they have rate cards and information

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that’s easily attainable. We were surprised that there wasn’t a little bit more of a reach out to us because we can use that facility (Ringling) to produce 10, 15 or 20 films over the coming years that will make a huge impact on that facility. Candidly, no one has ever called us. How is your team different than others who have come here with a filmmaking plan? The thing I have noticed in filmmaking communities like Sarasota and across the country, is there are always a lot of talented creative people around that can quite frankly do things that I wish I could do. But they don’t have a business background as much as I think they should. Many have no idea regarding the business side of the film business. They know how to make a film. They might even have a good script. But that’s not all you need. You need people who understand returns on equity and investment and cap rates and all these technical terms that go into the business side of the film business. We have that. I’ve worked for two Fortune 500 companies. We understand the business side of the business and want to link that with the artistic side and create something that is really unique. What makes a good baseball movie or any good movie? I think you know you have a good movie when people talk about it in the car on the way home. If they don’t do that and are talking about where they are going to eat, you probably didn’t make a good movie. And that’s not tied to budget. You can have big budgets that turn out to be lousy films. We believe we have scripts and stories that will make good films. With all the technology improvements, it’s hard technologically to make a bad film. But you still need good stories. And we have good stories. When you think of a baseball scene that is most memorable to you, which one comes to mind? That’s a loaded question. It’s one of the scenes in Last at Bat. It’s a scene where Dylan Michael, our star, is on his way to prison, and he stops at a ballpark and peers through the gate of a field he used to play on thinking he’ll never play again, realizing what he’s lost. That scene would mean a lot to me, to see that on screen, because I know how much he loved baseball. And to have that game taken away from you like that is heartbreaking. If you’re interested in talking to Mark Donahue about Sugar Studios, please call 937.433.2077 or email mark@markrdonahue.com (website: markrdonahue.com).


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RAKSAKANT + GRAEFF Every culture has its wedding traditions. In America, we sometimes throw uncooked rice, the bride wears something old, something borrowed and something blue, and at the end of the celebration, the bride tosses her bouquet to a group of unmarried women. But when it comes to wedding traditions, Sarasota’s Michael Graeff could never have known that one day he would experience the beauty, splendor and traditions of a Thai wedding on his own special day. Michael is the son of Bonnie Morton and the stepson of Morton’s Gourmet Market owner Eddie Morton. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is a self-employed glass blower. He met the beautiful Thidarat on social media. Thidarat lives in Bangkok and works in inventory control for a Japanese company. They communicated for some time before Michael decided to visit Thailand for an extended vacation. After spending six weeks together, Michael knew that Thidarat was the woman for him. He proposed to her on top of Thailand’s tallest structure, the iconic King Power

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building. After learning of the difficulty in obtaining a fiancé visa, the couple decided to obtain a spousal visa, which has less stringent requirements. So, Mike retuned to Thailand a month later to marry Thidarat and begin the visa process. Their wedding was held in Thidarat’s parents’ home in the Issan region of northern Thailand. The couple wore traditional Thai garments, and guests were seated on a carpet where a small ceremonial tree was placed in the center. The wedding date of May 16 was chosen by a Thai monk as a day that would bring good things into the couple’s lives. The ceremony was conducted by one of Thidarat’s former high school teachers in a mix of Thai, English and an Issan dialect called Yawt similar to the language spoken in nearby Laos. Thidarat is trilingual. As is Thai tradition, gifts were exchanged—a gold necklace, bracelet and ring were presented to the bride. Each guest removed two white strings from a little tree and tied one on each of the newlywed’s wrists as they gave them a monetary gift. The strings were to remain tied for three days to ensure good luck. The couple was then led upstairs and told to lie in a bed where they were asked to pretend to sleep. A minute later they are told to

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awaken from their dream of success, wealth and many children! For the rest of the day guests ate traditional Thai dishes and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere. Michael and Thidarat left the next day for a beautiful four-day honeymoon on the tropical island of Koh Lipe on the Andaman sea, off Thailand’s west coast. A few weeks later, Michael returned to Sarasota and began the spousal visa application, a process that could take seven months. He currently awaits notification that Thidarat will be able to join him in the United States and they will soon begin their forever after.


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Breaking Ground #1: Amick recently mailed off the proposal to the Board of County Commissioners of Manatee County that revealed their plan to create a new conservatory. “We’ve already outgrown our space, and we know there’s a need for a teaching center in the theater and performing arts,” she says. “Our hope is to purchase the three-story, 14,000-square foot building most know as the GTE building. It’s got ideal, amazing bones—high ceilings, wooden floors.” Among other the performers, the commitment they have is impressive, Amick and her colleagues love sharing their space. “We’re benefits, the idea of being able to have all of their rehearsals considering that they’ve committed to �ve days a week excited to host Theatre Odyssey’s One-Act Play Festival this versus having people drive all over town to go of practice 7-10pm for three months as preparation for year [October 31 through Novemberin 3].one We place get a charge every to different locations to practice? Amazing. Plus, a donor has two-and-a-half-weeks of performances. “Many of them Tuesday when the Bradenton Kiwanis club meets here. We’re already stepped up with a lead gift, so things look promising. come in after a long day of school or a hard day or work,” so much more than the productions we put on. We’re here for theater, and dramas is sure to help m Amick Acting says. “Yet they do it because they love it. They have the community. This facility is here for them.”Ground #2: The innovative the concerts, films, lectures, and Breaking Through Action passion for this world.” As do we all. spaces are being used, and that lo program is informing the community about important issues. Ultimately, Amick is still as excitedFor toexample, be part last of Manatee and more likely. year, they put on a production of The Father, That’s the same sort who’s of passion Performing Arts Center as she was when she arrived in 2005.by Why? the acclaimed play Frank Langella about a man in that keeps Amick and her thatManatee their successes are colleagues forward in their Amick goal of says making “We’re still on a journey,” she days, “not the finish line. the close early to stages of dementia. One of themoving partners for that workcommunity of the eleven full-time and six p production Roskamp Institute, and every evening Performing Artsingle Center exactly what theater We’re just now starting the conversation aboutwas howthe impactful work to provide thelives two-and-a-half week run,and theyahad people in the lobby community-focused facility tirelessly is meant to be—a place diverse and theater and entertainment can be inofthe of individuals.” for the community. She’s also extrem after the show,they’d mixing and mingling, providing information where we all belong. She adds that if anyone sat in her of� ce for a day, think a forward-thinking board that stay about dementia, including sharing how and where to get local she lived in a stampede of constant chaos. But to Amick, that’s three to five years out. “They’ve be support and resources. Many of the audience members had how she prefers it. “I love threading things together, using the information and taking smart risks no idea that these opportunities existed. Amick explains that best resources around to make something great.” about what type of legacy they’re c “Our goal is to build upon what we’re just sparking andFignite O R M O R E IN F O R M AT IO N we make. I couldn’tArts wishCenter, for a better community-wide passion about issues that matter.” For more information on the Manatee Performing Perhaps the greatest thing the Manatee Performing Arts Center please visit manateeperformingartscenter.org does is serve as the hub where community members Amick and her colleagues love sha Breaking Ground #3:can “We’ve been in this building for six 941.748.5875. or call partake—as performers and as audience members—of excited to host Theatre Odyssey’s O years,” Amick says,theater “and we now think this is the year we can experiences in a safe, supportive, andbreak creative year [October 31 through November theenvironment. $1 million markFor in revenue.” Their growing reputation Tuesday when the Bradenton Kiwani for presenting and producing professional-quality musical, 00

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Varicose veins are dilated rope like blood vessels that protrude from the surface of the skin. But did you know that you might have varicose veins and not even know it? This is because many of these abnormal veins lie beneath the surface of the skin and are not visible. Varicose veins affect more than 25 million people in the United States. Although many patients can be unhappy because of the cosmetic appearance of spider veins and varicose veins, they may in fact have more serious problems like chronic venous insufficienc . It is more likely to be present on patients who have vein related symptoms like heaviness, itching, fatigue, charley horses, leg swelling, cramping, restless leg syndrome and chronic leg pain. For years, many people have been told by their health care providers that spider veins and varicose veins are purely a cosmetic problem, do not cause problems, and should be largely ignored. Over the past 15 years, advancement in the understanding of venous disease and treatments have spawned a new medical specialty—Phlebology, or the study of venous disorders. Much of the knowledge developed from the recent interest in vein diseases has not yet reached the majority of health care providers, which may leave the patient with inaccurate or inadequate information. Phlebologists are uniquely qualified to help patients understand the significance of their vein problem and how it can best be treated.

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Spider veins can be purely cosmetic, or they may be an indication of something more serious affecting your veins. When spider veins are located on the inside of the knee or the ankle area, the chances are higher of those veins being a medical problem. For patients with spider veins in these locations, a venous reflux ultrasound is always recommended. Veins have on the inside one-way valves that help the deoxygenated blood return back to the heart. When a one-way valve fails, blood goes in the wrong direction (venous reflux and pools in the veins increasing the pressure inside of the vein and causing dilatation of the vein wall. This pressure is transmitted to the capillaries, which are very tiny vessels that can’t be seen when normal, but they form spider veins when they become dilated due to increased pressure. MEDICAL TREATMENTS Endovenous laser ablation: This is a minimally invasive procedure performed in the office. It involves the use of laser heat through a catheter or cannula to heat up and seal the affected veins. Once blood can no longer pass through those veins, less blood pools there. Subsequently, flo is improved as the blood will be rerouted to other healthy/proper functioning veins. Endovenous laser treatment also gets rid of varicose veins and helps to heal venous ulcers. Local anesthesia is used for this procedure. Radiofrequency ablation: This is highly similar to endovenous laser therapy, with the only difference being that radiofrequency energy is the source of heat instead of lasers.

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What do we desire when it comes to our appearance? The answer is simple yet the “hype machine” derails us from reality. We are looking for a natural, rested, rejuvenated appearance with the least cost, recovery and greatest of ease (the mythical magic wand or fountain of youth). Is that possible? NO!  What do we end up doing when we are in pursuit of what doesn’t seem logical, possible or real? Usually what we do best—buy “snake oils”.  Yes, we fall prey to the latest modalities that promise everything—shiny machines that purport magical scientific properties and substances that replace lost youth. Why do we believe it?  The answer is that we don’t want to face the truth that anything worthwhile in life requires a great deal of knowledge, diligence, perseverance and effort, along with recovery time and cost. What took mother nature 4 – 6 decades to degrade cannot be remedied in 20 minutes. There is a multibilliondollar industry that is more than willing to take our money on false promises. I am a scientist and a doctor foremost committed to dealing in the currency of truth. So here it is... Aging is defined by the change in proportions or volume distribution

“We need to ignore social media hype, internet promises and our endless search for the best technology.” in the face, not by the individual wrinkles, lines or depressions in the face. In our youth, we carry the majority of the volume in the upper face and cheeks maintaining a more defined jaw and neckline. As we age, the relentless pull of gravity takes a toll on the integrity of the supporting structures of the face causing a descent of the volume to the lower face and neck which creates jowls, hollows in the cheeks and lower eyelids. How do we fix this? One option is to see the face as “baggy pants”—the solution being to fill the pants with volume, so they stretch out and lose all the wrinkles. This leads to a cherub-like, overly-filled face. Option two is to pull the skin tight, leading to an overly stretched face with sagging volume.  Option three combines the first two ideas by filling in parts while supporting others – SMAS facelift with fat injection. This is a very reasonable solution that is performed well by many of my colleagues whom I

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A DEBUT BOOK, A POLITICAL THRILLER, AND A WITCHY AND WONDEROUS STORY ARE THIS MONTH’S PICKS Billed as Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give, Brittney Morris’ debut novel is ambitious, exploring the connections and intersections between community, social justice, and diaspora. It’s the story of seventeen-year-old honors student Kiera Johnson who runs into a real-world internet troll who’s fully committed to trashing the Black Panther-inspired video game she made called SLAY. Equally troublesome is that the troll’s efforts are threating the safe community SLAY provides for Black gamers as they duel online via their Nubian avatars. Kiera is the best type of story hero. She’s compassionate, tough, and capable, plus her passion for gaming is contagious (even to non-gamers, so say my non-gamer friends who’ve read SLAY). Kiera’s also got a deep love for others that’s beautiful to see in action. Toss in a believable love-hate (mostly love) relationship with her sister, Steph, and I’m a fan—Kiera is terrific.

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version of themselves at work or school, and only get to be themselves among people who share their experiences.” She scores on all these points, for sure. While there are some of the usual �rst/ early-book issues here (some superchunky paragraphs, a few erratic point-ofview maneuvers, some pacing concerns where things resolve one beat too fast, and the plot hiccup of having Kiera create and run SLAY for years without her friends or anyone else knowing—I work at an art college, and I know the endless hours of coding, bug-fixing, character rigging, etc. that anything short of a huge team couldn’t manage), it’s ultimately an empowering, relevant, and, highly-readable book that will resonate with readers of all ages. And let’s not ignore how the gaming scenes are exciting, the story is sex positive, and it prompts the discussion of our right to safe spaces—three very good things for any book, debut or otherwise! Rating:

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MOONCAKES by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

Let’s start with the obvious—this young adult fantasy graphic narrative is witchy and wonderous, with wildly good art. There are two (essentially) main characters, as well. Nova, who is Chinese-American (and hard of hearing) and dealing with the devastating loss of her parents while living with her two grandmothers. The other is the punster Tam, who’s also Chinese-American, but Tam’s a nonbinary werewolf who recently left their family Schedule a FREE Assessment!because that family couldn’t accept them.

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Clearly, issues with parents are at the heart of both character’s trauma, so it only makes sense that the come together for deeply-needed support. As Wendy and Suzanne offer in a note at the front of the book, “Mooncakes is a story of reunion— two childhood crushes who find each other again and find out whether their friendship could be something more.” Add in some supernatural mysteries and horse demons and you’ve got conflict aplenty. Now, let’s consider the less obvious aspects of the book. (1) The specifics of the magic system are a bit underdeveloped (2) The backgrounds of the characters feel a bit thin beyond the obvious elements (see above). (3) There’s a bit of the “insta love” trope in operation here. Still, there’s much to admire in this oldfashioned love story with a contemporary, magical twist. For anyone looking for a YA tale that fully embraces diversity, this might be an ideal fit. Rating:

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Laughing MATTERS RYAN VS. NETFLIX By Ryan G. Van Cleave | Illustrations by Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

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n 1997, Silicon Valley success story Reed Hastings tardily returned a VHS copy of Apollo 13 to his local Blockbuster video rental store, and he got popped with a $40 late fee. Though he’d just sold his software company, Pure Atria, for $700 million, the principle of this fee irked him. So, he partnered with Marc Randolph and founded Netflix, a company that rented DVDs by mail and allowed viewers to keep them as long as they wanted. That’s a lovely—if largely discounted as apocryphal—origin story of one of today’s more successful companies. But here’s the important thing. I was visiting my secondcousin Rudy in Scott Valley, California in January 1997. We were at a Starbucks where I had ordered, I don’t know, some type of mocha-choca whatever (I don’t drink coffee and just get whatever sounds least awful) and I said to Rudy, “You know, the thing about coffee is that everyone likes it, and no one wants to make it. We should start up a coffee delivery subscription service that brings people a fresh coffee first thing in the morning, piping hot and truly first-rate, so they can start their day right. Like the old milkman thing, only caffeine-ier.” I remember Rudy eying me over his grande Nitro Cold Brew with Cascara Cold Foam (I’m making that up—I have no idea what overpriced nonsense drink he had), and he said to me in a voice cool as an iced espresso: “I think there’s something wrong with your brain.”

I say all this by way of pointing out that while I’m adequately employed—if you didn’t know, I’m a parkour specialist, semiprofessional penguinologist, and amateur Rasputin impersonator–I’m reassessing my entertainment expenses. By that, I mean that keeping up with the must-have streaming options? My wallet is taking a beating. So, I’m hereby claiming the IP I created at that time and place, which then obviously inspired the creation and future success of Netflix, the next logical step beyond my coffee delivery subscription service that anyone would have made. As of early 2018, Netflix was worth a smidge more than $100 billion. I’m thinking my fair share of that giant pie of money should be . . . $40.95/month for the REST OF MY LIFE + 20 years. Here’s how I came up with that amount. • $8.99/month for Netflix. (Hello, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.) • $5.99/month for Hulu basic. (Letterkenny. Say no more.) • $8.99/month for Amazon Prime. (Good Omens. Hubba hubba.) • $6.99/month for Disney+ (How else am I going to OD on Marvel movies?) • $9.99/month for Apple TV+. (Spielberg rebooting Amazing Stories? C’mon!)

Here’s the part that’ll shock you. I THINK that Reed Hastings—co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Netflix, and person on the board of Facebook, the Pahara Institute, and the KIPP Foundation—was sitting right behind me. As in so close that he surely overheard my super-genius coffee delivery subscription service idea. In preparation of writing this potentially legal-issue-creating piece, I did research. I looked at Reed’s Linkedin account. He has a goatee. The guy sitting behind me at that Starbucks had a goatee! I said the idea would make millions. Netflix DID make Reed Hastings millions. I said it’d change the face of the coffee drinking industry. Netflix changed the face of the media delivery industry. This incident happened in Scott Valley, CA. Netflix was founded in Scott Valley, CA! See what I mean?

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insider Why the extra 20 years? Because I plan on hanging around as a ghost to see how The Simpsons actually ends. Now I don’t mean to get all lawyerly etc., but this is about as clear of an open-and-shut case as one gets in the world of intellectual property law, I imagine. To ensure I’m in the right, I’ve now watched three—count ‘em, THREE!—videos on the subject on YouTube, including one entitled Intellectual Property Rights Workshop 2 by a guy named Nigel at Anglia Ruskin University that has 68 views since it was released in 2016. Yeah, I’m kind of a pro when it comes to understanding IP. Morton’s Gourmet Market, circa 1970s.

I’ve also now watched “The Top 50 Funniest Doritos Commercials of All Time (Hilarious)” and “Justin Bieber – Baby ft. Ludacris (Official Music Video)” which has 2.1 billion views and 10 million dislikes. Well, 10 million and 1, now. That’s fodder for another day, though. To bring this story full circle, when I showed a draft of this piece to Rudy, he mentioned that the guy sitting across the table from Reed Hastings looked suspiciously A LOT like the guy who started up DoorDash Restaurant Delivery. “I’m pretty certain about it,” Rudy claimed. I’m looking into it. Details to follow as they emerge.

Ted & Pauline Morton, pictured here with son Eddie, opened their independent grocery in 1969.

Four generations of Mortons have contributed to the store’s success.

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We are grateful to all our customers for allowing us to serve them over the past five decades. It is truly an honor to reach this milestone, and we couldn’t have done it without you! Stop by our store for delicious prepared meals, gourmet goodies, and custom meats and seafood. Enjoy a sweet treat from our bakery or pick up some fine wine or fresh produce. We hope to see you soon!

In the meantime, I’m hosting a Disney+ watch party in November 2019 when it goes live. I figure by then I’ll be sitting pretty with all my fancy streaming services being direct-billed to Reed Hastings. Maybe, too, he can set me up with a lifetime supply from his pal, Orville Redenbacher. I hear they’re bigtime mini golf buddies. If anyone has the phone number for Tony Xu, the CEO of DoorDash, please let me know. I’d like to make him an offer he can’t refuse. (My IP for free Wendy’s Frosties for life. Plus 20 years, because ghosts have to eat, too, right?) *** Have your own gripe with Netflix or another streaming service? Want to tell me how your genius idea made someone else gazillions? Want to pitch me a series idea that’d be perfect for Netflix and that you’d like me to pass on to my new bestie, Reed Hastings? If so, run—don’t walk—to your nearest computer and email me tout suite and email me at ryan@scenesarasota.com with the 411 about these incredibly wowtastic things. If we get enough interest, we might start a club, though I refuse to be treasurer or secretary.

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