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LWRBA Events

Please find listed below upcoming Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance events and committee meetings.
Cancellations made after 2 days prior to a fee event will be invoiced since guarantees have been made on your behalf.

Upcoming events

    • 17 Dec 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events & Fundraising Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The events committee was formed to create events and promotional opportunities to build awareness of the LWRBA businesses in the community.

    Committee responsibilities consist of scouting locations for socials, assist with event setup and tear down, negotiate rental and catering agreements and fundraising events. Special projects are also assigned when needed.

    Committee participation is limited to members of the Alliance and offers an additional opportunity to meet other members. Committees also help to guide the future direction of the Alliance.

    Meeting Location: 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 LWR 34202

    If you would like to attend please contact the

    Events Committee Chairs 

    Co-Chair: Al Benincasa, E-mail:

    Co-Chair: Cherri Kessler, E-mail:





    • 25 Dec 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202


    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    General Responsibilities:

    Help to build our economic development message

    Define the economic development resources we would like to offer our members

    Time Commitment: 2 to 3 hours monthly

    Chair: Ken Swan, E-Mail:

    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch

    Join us for our first Networking Social of the year at the newly opened Grove Restaurant (formerly Polo Grill & Bar). Connect with fellow Alliance members and enjoy complimentary appetizers courtesy of Grove’s incredible kitchen. Cash bar.

    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Keiser University - 6151 Lake Osprey Drive

    Learn the principles to identifying and hiring the best talent from a panel of three local giants in the hospitality industry: Damien O’Riordan, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, John Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar, and Mike Quilen, Owner of Gecko’s Hospitality Group.

    Networking & Continental Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
    Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.




    This event is your opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader in our region. Allen Carlson, director of UF’s Sarasota Innovation Station and former President & CEO of Sun Hydraulics, joins us to share his philosophy on business and leadership.

    About Allen Carlson
    Allen Carlson joined the University of Florida’s College of Engineering in May 2016. Mr. Carlson’s role is to launch UF’s Sarasota Innovation Station (an economic development and engineering education initiative) in the Sarasota region.

    Prior to this, Carlson spent 20 years with Sun Hydraulics, the last 16 years as President and CEO. During this time, Sun transitioned from a privately held company to a public company (1997 ipo / NASDAQ-SNHY). As a public company, revenue grew from $50m to $225m and with a market cap from $50m to $1.2b. 

    * Please note the date change to Friday, February 17th

    This event is limited to 20 attendees.
    Networking & Breakfast at 7:30am
    Continental Breakfast will be served.

    • 25 Jan 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Grove -10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch
    • 182

    See what’s in store for the Alliance in the coming year. Our 2019 Annual Membership Luncheon will honor our outgoing board members and reflect on the successes of the past year, as well as introduce the 2019 Board of Directors.

    Luncheon Sponsored By:

    Cancellations made 2 days prior to the event will be invoiced since guarantees have been made on your behalf.

8430 Enterprise Circle, STE 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

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