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COVID-19 UPDATE:
Our staff and committees are committed to providing new opportunities for connection and engagement during this time. Keep an eye on this calendar and our email announcements to stay up to date on upcoming online events and programs.

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

    • 06 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 01 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Community Engagement Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee will work with our local partners such as SMR, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities, Manatee/Sarasota Schools, our member non-profits and other regional partners to bring the needs of our community to our members.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Wednesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours

    Chair: Britney Guertin

    Email: bguertin@visitsarasota.org


    • 08 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 10 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    COMMUNICATIONS

    COMMITTEE MEETING

    Committee Meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is focused on all communications and technology that help our members connect with each other, with the Lakewood Ranch Community and our region as a whole. The committee is integral in working to protect our brand by overseeing both internal and external communications across all platforms, media, website, social media, eblasts etc.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Friday of the Month, 8:30 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Julie Fanning
    Email: juliefanning@benderson.com



    • 13 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 08 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The GAC committee is responsible for strengthening Alliance relationships with the all local, regional and state government officials. This committee stays at the forefront of all governmental issues that could impact our members or business community. Note: The GAC committee requires an application process to participate.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Wednesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Committee Chair: Susan Goldstein

    E-Mail: susangoldstein@michaelsaunders.com

    Interested parties please fill out the online application 

    GAC Application


     

     

    • 26 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 28 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
     

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is focused on strengthening Alliance relationships with the local Economic Development Corporations, with SMR and with local business owners. This committee is a resource of community knowledge and connection for any Alliance member and new businesses looking to relocate to LWR.

    Meeting Time:
    4th Tuesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: John Holz
    E-Mail: jholz@prarch.com


    • 02 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 07 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 11 sessions
    • 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
      

    MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Membership team is focused on engaging and retaining our current members, as well as identifying and inviting new prospective businesses to become a members of the Alliance. This committee shares the benefits of the Alliance, welcomes new members, hosts membership appreciation events, assists with member ribbon cuttings and identifies potential new members.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Tuesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Ashlyn McCarty
    E-Mail: amccarty@buffalolodging.com


    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Register


    This event is for prospective members to learn how to get involved with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and what membership can do for you.      

    • 22 Apr 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 5100 87th St E, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
    Register



    Members Only Event, Limited space

    One representative per company.

    Door Prizes are welcome!!

    Sorry we cannot accommodate walk-ins.

    There's something to be said about doing business with people you know, you like and you trust. Bring your business cards and connect with other professionals dedicated to promoting one another. Hosted this month at Rosedale Golf & Country Club, this is a perfect opportunity to expand your network & build a rapport with like-minded individuals.

    $22 fee includes a light lunch & non-alcoholic beverage

    Please note: This is a traditional, in-person event.

    Like you, we are eager and looking forward to getting back together in a safe environment. Attendance is limited to 15 people. Attendees will be socially distanced, seated 6ft apart, and hand sanitizer will be available.

    In order to protect you and your fellow members, we will kindly ask you to observe and respect the following precautions:

    • Face coverings will be required at this event. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and while attending event. (Except while eating and drinking.)
    • Practice social distancing. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible.
    • Avoid handshakes, hugs and close contact.
    • You will be asked to review and agree to a Waiver of Liability & Assumption of Risk when registering for this event.


    Do NOT attend if:

    • You are experiencing any symptom of illness (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell).
    • You have been diagnosed with Coronavirus/COVID-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by State of Florida officials.
    • You have been exposed to any individual with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
    • You have traveled internationally or to an area in the United States of America that is known to be a high-risk location with respect to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the last 14 days.




    • 22 Apr 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sarasota Polo - 8201 Polo Club Lane Sarasota, FL 34240
    Register


    Alliance Sunset Polo with YLA

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

    5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Sarasota Polo - 8201 Polo Club Lane Sarasota, FL 34240

    This event is for members only.

    Join the party for Sunset Polo Happy Hour at the Sarasota Polo Club, on the West Field next to the Polo Clubhouse (not the Championship Field where Sunday Polo takes place), alongside your Alliance and YLA friends on Thursday, April 22nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Enjoy exciting polo action, food, drinks, and divot-stomping against a backdrop of a breathtaking sunset.

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    Please note: This is a traditional, in-person event.

    Like you, we are eager and looking forward to getting back together in a safe environment. Attendees will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer will be available.

    In order to protect you and your fellow members, we will kindly ask you to observe and respect the following precautions:

     

    • Face coverings will be encouraged at this event. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and while attending event. (Except while eating and drinking.)

    • Practice social distancing. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible.

    • Avoid handshakes, hugs and close contact.

    • You will be asked to review and agree to a Waiver of Liability & Assumption of Risk when registering for this event.


    Do NOT attend if:

    • You are experiencing any symptom of illness (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell).

    • You have been diagnosed with Coronavirus/COVID-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by State of Florida officials.

    • You have been exposed to any individual with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

    • You have traveled internationally or to an area in the United States of America that is known to be a high-risk location with respect to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

    • 23 Apr 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Grove - 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch
    • 34
    Register


    Diversity Equity & Inclusion:

    The Art of Building Bridges in Business

    In this thought provoking and inspirational session, two exceptionally passionate thought leaders will share their deep knowledge, personal experiences, and expertise to support you in increasing your organizations’ diversity and creating a more inclusive work environment. Dr. Davis-Cotton and Shannon Rohrer-Phillips are deeply committed change makers who have lead DEI initiatives across the country, and now call the Sarasota Manatee region home.

    Diverse organizations have proven to be more capable than their counterparts in attracting top talent. In a recent survey conducted by Glassdoor, two-thirds of job seekers reported that workplace diversity was something they considered when looking for a job.  Diverse organizations develop stronger relationships with customers and increase employee engagement and satisfaction. Incorporating diversity of thought and perspectives helps achieve better outcomes and better decisions. Companies that have diverse teams yield 35% more revenue.

    The objectives of the session are to: 

    • Analyze how the dimensions of one’s racial agency shapes their views, values, and perceptions in the workplace
    • Increase participants insights to their own racial identity
    • Build awareness and sensitivity to racial inequality
    • Understand barriers and opportunities in Communities of Color
    • Learn 10 essential “Bridge Builder” do’s and don’ts
    • Identify strategies to build a culture of inclusion in the workplace
    • Define and explore how greater cultural humility can increase empathy and appreciation for others who are not like you
    • Recognize why diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to team and organizational success
    • Learn how to identify microaggression in the workplace

    Luncheon Sponsored By


    Luncheon in partnership with Sarasota Manatee Human Resource Association



    Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton

    Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton is the Director of the Florida Center for PAInT -  a state-wide resource in arts-integrated pedagogy.  She is an esteemed professional and educator and author of Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me).

    Dr. Davis-Cotton is a Milken Foundation internationally recognized educator, Michiganian of the Year, Crain’s Forty under Forty Recipient, and Past President of Arts Schools Network. She served as the as Founder and First Principal of Detroit School of Arts (DSA). She also received two Keys to the City of Montgomery (Alabama), the Congressional Record Recognition by the 106th Congress, is recognized as a Distinguished Alumni - Alabama State University, and the University of South Florida’s First Director of the Statewide Florida Center for Partnership for Arts-Integrated Teaching, a Center of Excellence.

    She is dedicated to promoting equity and access in arts education and to promoting achievement through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) initiatives. Thus, providing a balanced intellectual sphere that includes divergent thinking and creativity.

    Her lifetime commitment is to arts education and educational equality. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English and Theater from Alabama State University (B.S), and obtained a master’s degree in Speech communications from the University of Montevallo. She obtained her Education Specialist Certificate and Doctoral Degree in Education Administration and Supervision, with a cognate in Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State University.


    Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, MSW

    Shannon Rohrer-Phillips is a social entrepreneur, speaker, and producer committed to gender and racial equity work. Shannon is the Founder of the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit (VVWS) in Sarasota, FL. The VVWS convenes diverse, cross-sector female leaders with a mission to empower women, expand networks & opportunities, and elevate the voices of diverse women. Shannon’s advocacy work spans three decades with experience in public and private sector collaboration, fundraising, and diversity, equity and inclusion work in healthcare, education, and business. Shannon has worked with over 20,000 women over the course of her career, helping them find their Voice + Visibility. From her early days as a social worker in the urban trauma and ICU hospital units, to her most recent impact as Producer of the VVWS, the stories of diverse women and their strength have inspired her dedication to elevating female leadership. Her recent TEDx Talk is entitled Failure and Forgiveness in the New South.

    Shannon’s first book is entitled “Visible Narratives” and she is the Co-founder of Visible Men Academy, a public charter school for low income boys in Bradenton, Florida. Shannon received the Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the year award in 2019, was inducted into the Women in Business Leadership class of SRQ Magazine in 2017, and has served on the Women’s Resource Center Executive Board.

    In 2020, Shannon created the Bridge Builders Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training programs and speaker series to equip individuals and businesses with insight, cross-cultural awareness, and tactical solutions to close racial equity and opportunity gaps and accelerate DEI in the work place. Shannon is passionate about illuminating issues of unconscious bias in the white community. Although Shannon has contributed greatly to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, she still considers herself a DEI student with a lot to learn.

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    Please note: This is a traditional, in-person event.

    We are eager and looking forward to getting back together in a safe environment. Attendees will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer will be available. Seating will be limited to six (6) people per table.

    In order to protect you and your fellow members, we will kindly ask you to observe and respect the following precautions:

    • Face coverings will be required when entering this event. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and while attending event.

    •  Face coverings may be removed once seated at your table.

    • Practice social distancing. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible.

    • Avoid handshakes, hugs and close contact.

    • You will be asked to review and agree to a Waiver of Liability & Assumption of Risk when registering for this event.


    Do NOT attend if:

    • You are experiencing any symptom of illness (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell).

    • You have been diagnosed with Coronavirus/COVID-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by State of Florida officials.

    • You have been exposed to any individual with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

    • You have traveled internationally or to an area in the United States of America that is known to be a high-risk location with respect to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the last 14 days.


    Cancellations made 2 days prior to the event will be invoiced since guarantees have been made on your behalf, and special meal requests must be selected upon registration in order to be guaranteed at the luncheon.

    • 29 Apr 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Mall at UTC - 140 University Town Center Drive Sarasota, Florida 34243
    Register



    Join the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance in the East parking lot at The Mall at University Town Center for our Open Air Showcase - Outdoor Business Tradeshow. The Open Air Showcase will allow businesses to connect and engage with members and the public in an outdoor and distanced setting. The Budweiser beer truck will be on location, and Alliance member restaurants will provide appetizers at their booths.

    As a member of the Alliance there are many ways for your company to showcase your business - elevate your visibility with a booth space or sponsorship.

    > Vendor/Sponsorship Flyer

    Attendee tickets are free - Advanced registration requested.



    Media Sponsor


    Beer Sponsor



    Wine Sponsor



    Entertainment Sponsor


    Booth Vendors

    2FORYOU LLC

    360 Orthopedics

    Achieve Credit Union

    Bayside Pet Resort

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

    Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Bradenton

    Blake Medical Center

    Buffalo Lodging Hotels

    Coastal Hearing Care

    Cool Today Plumbing Today and Energy Today

    CoworkLWR

    CryoXL

    DigiSphere Marketing

    Dutchman Hospitality Group

    Entech

    Farmers Insurance

    Finecraft Custom Cabinetry

    Gorilla Kleen, LLC

    Grow Financial Federal Credit Union

    Home-Tech

    Humane Society Of Manatee County Inc

    IBERIABANK/First Horizon Bank

    Mattison's Restaurant & Catering

    McGrath's Irish Ale House

    MDP Events

    Observer Media Group

    Salem Media Group

    Serbin Print Marketing & Publishing

    Skyline Chili

    SouthTech

    State College of Florida

    The Center for Skin Wellness

    The Pickleball Club

    Total Air Solutions, LLC

    Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.

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    Please note: This is a traditional, in-person event.

    We are eager and looking forward to getting back together in a safe environment. Attendees will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer will be available.

    In order to protect you and your fellow members, we will kindly ask you to observe and respect the following precautions:

    • Face coverings will be encouraged when distancing is not suitable. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

    • Practice social distancing. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible.

    • Avoid handshakes, hugs and close contact.

    • You will be asked to review and agree to a Waiver of Liability & Assumption of Risk when registering for this event.


    Do NOT attend if:

    • You are experiencing any symptom of illness (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell).

    • You have been diagnosed with Coronavirus/COVID-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by State of Florida officials.

    • You have been exposed to any individual with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

    • You have traveled internationally or to an area in the United States of America that is known to be a high-risk location with respect to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

    • 05 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Esplanade Golf & Country Club - 12951 Malachite Drive Lakewood Ranch, Fl 34211
    Register




    Join us for a Cinco de Mayo celebration alongside your Alliance friends on the beautiful terrace overlooking the 18th hole at Esplanade Golf & Country Club of Lakewood Ranch. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

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    Please note: This is a traditional, in-person event.

    Like you, we are eager and looking forward to getting back together in a safe environment. Attendance is limited to 50 people. Attendees will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer will be available.

    In order to protect you and your fellow members, we will kindly ask you to observe and respect the following precautions:

     

    • Face coverings will be required at this event. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and while attending event. (Except while eating and drinking.)

    • Practice social distancing. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible.

    • Avoid handshakes, hugs and close contact.

    • You will be asked to review and agree to a Waiver of Liability & Assumption of Risk when registering for this event.


    Do NOT attend if:

    • You are experiencing any symptom of illness (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell).

    • You have been diagnosed with Coronavirus/COVID-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by State of Florida officials.

    • You have been exposed to any individual with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

    • You have traveled internationally or to an area in the United States of America that is known to be a high-risk location with respect to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

    • 06 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Programming Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Programming Committee’s role is to plan and implement educational programs and events. They strengthen your business through education and learning by identifying relevant business topics, and vetting potential speakers. This committee focuses on helping members to be the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, by creating exciting and relevant luncheons, executive briefings, workshops and other specialized programming. Programming brings businesses, individuals and our region together.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Thursday of the Month, 8:00 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Mark Gordon
    E-Mailmgordon@businessobserverfl.com


     

    • 10 May 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    YLA Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The purpose of this committee is to provide opportunities for young professionals to enhance their leadership, communications and project management skills by creating events and programs specifically for the YLA organization.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Colleen Bankuty
    Email: cbankuty@kbgrp.com


    • 11 May 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6263 Lake Osprey Dr, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240


    • 12 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Via Zoom Meeting
    Register


    Creating a Culture of Collaboration through Cross-Generational Coaching



    Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.

    The workplace is evolving. A new generation is entering the workforce, and with that comes the potential to impact a company’s culture. At our May LEADS program, four generations come together for a lively panel discussion as they share experiences and insight to help you and your company foster a workplace poised for cross-generational success. During this event you will learn the most important takeaways to develop a culture in which talent of all ages can work together to innovate and create success for your company. You'll learn how to empower others to become more effective in the workplace and advance your performance through collaborative coaching.


    • 17 May 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com


     

    • 26 May 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Grove- 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch
    • 98
    Register


    Prioritizing Mental Health in the Workplace

    One in five U.S. adults experiences mental illness, meaning chances are good you work alongside someone living with a diagnosis. As we manage residual mental health impacts from pandemic isolation and prepare for a return to in-office work, it’s more important than ever for employees and their employers to prioritize mental health in the workplace. Unfortunately, stigma and fear prevents many from seeking the treatment they need. Learn from experts at NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties and Northern Trust how mindful leaders and their employees can increase team wellbeing, productivity, and loyalty by advocating for themselves and supporting their teams.



    Colleen Thayer

    Colleen Thayer, APR, CPRC is executive director of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties, where she leads a team devoted to improving lives of individuals with mental illness, their families and caregivers through support, education, awareness and advocacy.



    Michele Miller

    Michele Miller is a senior trust advisor and vice president for Northern Trust Corporation, and a board member for NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Previously, she was an attorney in private practice specializing in estate planning and trust law. She also offers experience managing human resources and employee benefits.

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    Please note: This is a traditional, in-person event.

    We are eager and looking forward to getting back together in a safe environment. Attendees will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer will be available. Seating will be limited to six (6) people per table.

    In order to protect you and your fellow members, we will kindly ask you to observe and respect the following precautions:

    • Face coverings will be required when entering this event. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and while attending event.

    •  Face coverings may be removed once seated at your table.

    • Practice social distancing. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible.

    • Avoid handshakes, hugs and close contact.

    • You will be asked to review and agree to a Waiver of Liability & Assumption of Risk when registering for this event.


    Do NOT attend if:

    • You are experiencing any symptom of illness (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell).

    • You have been diagnosed with Coronavirus/COVID-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by State of Florida officials.

    • You have been exposed to any individual with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

    • You have traveled internationally or to an area in the United States of America that is known to be a high-risk location with respect to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

    Cancellations made 2 days prior to the event will be invoiced since guarantees have been made on your behalf, and special meal requests must be selected upon registration in order to be guaranteed at the luncheon.

    • 02 Jun 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Waterside Place at Lakewood Ranch - 7500 Island Cove Terrace, Sarasota, Fl 34240
    Register



    Lakewood Ranch’s newest retail and entertainment center, Waterside Place, will host us for a “Sneak Peek” street party. Join your fellow Alliance members for an early look at Waterside before it opens later this year!




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    Please note: This is a traditional, in-person event.

    Like you, we are eager and looking forward to getting back together in a safe environment. Attendance is limited to 50 people. Attendees will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer will be available.

    In order to protect you and your fellow members, we will kindly ask you to observe and respect the following precautions:

     

    • Face coverings will be required at this event. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and while attending event. (Except while eating and drinking.)

    • Practice social distancing. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible.

    • Avoid handshakes, hugs and close contact.

    • You will be asked to review and agree to a Waiver of Liability & Assumption of Risk when registering for this event.


    Do NOT attend if:

    • You are experiencing any symptom of illness (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell).

    • You have been diagnosed with Coronavirus/COVID-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by State of Florida officials.

    • You have been exposed to any individual with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

    • You have traveled internationally or to an area in the United States of America that is known to be a high-risk location with respect to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

    • 03 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Programming Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Programming Committee’s role is to plan and implement educational programs and events. They strengthen your business through education and learning by identifying relevant business topics, and vetting potential speakers. This committee focuses on helping members to be the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, by creating exciting and relevant luncheons, executive briefings, workshops and other specialized programming. Programming brings businesses, individuals and our region together.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Thursday of the Month, 8:00 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Mark Gordon
    E-Mailmgordon@businessobserverfl.com


     

    • 09 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Via Zoom Meeting
    Register


    Exploring Effective Venues of Online Media



    Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.

    Learn how to maximize your online presence in today’s environment, Experts from Abacus Web Services, Sokos Social, and Grapevine Communications join us to share trends, behaviors, and benchmarks that are shaping the business of the future from an online media perspective.


    • 14 Jun 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    YLA Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The purpose of this committee is to provide opportunities for young professionals to enhance their leadership, communications and project management skills by creating events and programs specifically for the YLA organization.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Colleen Bankuty
    Email: cbankuty@kbgrp.com


    • 21 Jun 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com


     

    • 23 Jun 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club - 7650 Legacy Blvd Bradenton, Fl 34202.
    • 99
    Register


    Tourism and Travel: Post-Pandemic Impacts on Sarasota-Manatee Business

    An all-star panel, including Virginia Haley (Visit Sarasota), Elliott Falcione (Bradenton Area CVB), Rick Piccolo (SRQ Airport), and Nate Huff (Miles Partnership), joins us to discuss the impacts on local and state tourism and travel following the pandemic.



    Virginia Haley, CDME

    Visit Sarasota

    Virginia Haley has served at the helm of Visit Sarasota County (VSC) since 1999.  VSC is an independent partnership organization serving all of Sarasota County and delivers an innovative $4.5 million tourism marketing campaign to benefit the citizens of Sarasota.  Previously, Virginia was Director of Communications & Government Relations at Mote Marine Laboratory.  Virginia came to Sarasota in 1989 to run the local office for Congressman Porter Goss.  Prior to that time, she worked in Washington, D.C. in President Ronald Reagan’s administration as the Director of Scheduling, Security and Protocol for the Department of Health and Human Services and she worked on Capitol Hill for a number of years

    Virginia is a past Chair of VISIT FLORIDA and Destinations Florida.  She serves on the Board for the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club.  Virginia was a leader in founding the Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 community redevelopment effort that is now known at The Bay.



    Elliott Falcione

    A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Elliott’s 30-year career has allowed him to work for two organizations; the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club in Pittsburgh, and for the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

    During his business career, Elliott has always surrounded himself with talented and hardworking individuals that has helped him serve customers in a unique manner.  Any success he has experienced in his career has resulted in an empowered creative staff and strong community partnerships.

    A few of Elliott’s philosophies include:

    • “It’s not about what you have accomplished in the past, it’s what you have accomplished today.”
    • “Having unconditional love for people can only help you succeed in your career and life.”
    • “A higher education is really important; but being honest with yourself and maintaining a positive attitude is paramount.”



    Frederick "Rick" Piccolo, A. A. E.

    President, CEO Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

    Fredrick Piccolo has over forty-nine years’ experience in the aviation industry and has been President, Chief Executive Officer of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport since 1995. He began his career as a janitor at the Buffalo International Airport, and after earning a BS degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, held several airport positions that include Building Superintendent, Property Manager, Assistant to Airport Manager, and Assistant Director of Operations. Locally, he worked in the Operations Department at Tampa International Airport and prior to his position at SRQ, he was the Assistant Airport Director at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

    Mr. Piccolo has served as President of the Florida Airports Council. He has achieved executive accreditation to the American Association of Airport Executives, the largest professional airport managers association in the world. Mr. Piccolo served as the 2007 Chairman of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), an aviation organization that represents local, regional, state, and national governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States, Canada, and the Virgin Islands. From 2013 through 2015, he also served as Chairman on the Board of Directors of Airports Council International - World, which unites all the airports in the world into a single organization. With the departure of the ACI-World Past Chairman in January 2018, he has accepted that position at the request of the ACI World Board through 2021.

    The Florida Department of Transportation selected Mr. Piccolo as the 2005 Aviation Professional of the Year. The Federal Aviation Administration also chose him as the 2005 Airport Manager of the Year. In October 2009, Airport Revenue News announced Mr. Piccolo as the winner of the “Small Airport CEO of the Year for 2009.” Members of the aviation industry nationwide vote on this award.

    Mr. Piccolo is past Chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a past recipient of the Premier Volunteer Award, an honor given for his significant leadership commitment to the Chamber and community. In November 2018, he was honored with the Rick Fawley Economic Development Award of Distinction presented by the Bradenton EDC. He is currently a member of the campus Board of Trustees, University of South Florida/Sarasota Manatee, serves on the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Bradenton Economic Development Council Board of Directors. He was recently appointed to the Board of the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Association and served as Chair of the United Way Suncoast Campaign ending in the spring of 2020.


    Nate Huff

    Senior VP, Miles Partnership

    Nate Huff is a Senior Vice President at Miles Partnership, a marketing agency that specializes in the travel and tourism vertical. Nate has spent the last 15 years working with destinations and travel partners to craft brands and develop digital content and media strategies that generate measurable results. He works with clients including Brand USA, San Francisco Travel, Discover Puerto Rico, Visit SLO, Visit Santa Barbara, St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Explore Minnesota. He is currently leading Miles Partnership’s Destination Optimization services, which were unveiled at Destination International’s 2017 Annual Conference and now include more than 200 participating destinations worldwide. When not travelling for work or fun, Nate spends his time playing competitive wiffle ball, racing old Japanese sports cars and watching his two young daughters dance.

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    Please note: This is a traditional, in-person event.

    We are eager and looking forward to getting back together in a safe environment. Attendees will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer will be available. Seating will be limited to six (6) people per table.

    In order to protect you and your fellow members, we will kindly ask you to observe and respect the following precautions:

    • Face coverings will be required when entering this event. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and while attending event.

    •  Face coverings may be removed once seated at your table.

    • Practice social distancing. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible.

    • Avoid handshakes, hugs and close contact.

    • You will be asked to review and agree to a Waiver of Liability & Assumption of Risk when registering for this event.


    Do NOT attend if:

    • You are experiencing any symptom of illness (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell).

    • You have been diagnosed with Coronavirus/COVID-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by State of Florida officials.

    • You have been exposed to any individual with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

    • You have traveled internationally or to an area in the United States of America that is known to be a high-risk location with respect to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

    Cancellations made 2 days prior to the event will be invoiced since guarantees have been made on your behalf, and special meal requests must be selected upon registration in order to be guaranteed at the luncheon.

    • 01 Jul 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Programming Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Programming Committee’s role is to plan and implement educational programs and events. They strengthen your business through education and learning by identifying relevant business topics, and vetting potential speakers. This committee focuses on helping members to be the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, by creating exciting and relevant luncheons, executive briefings, workshops and other specialized programming. Programming brings businesses, individuals and our region together.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Thursday of the Month, 8:00 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Mark Gordon
    E-Mailmgordon@businessobserverfl.com


     

    • 12 Jul 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    YLA Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The purpose of this committee is to provide opportunities for young professionals to enhance their leadership, communications and project management skills by creating events and programs specifically for the YLA organization.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Colleen Bankuty
    Email: cbankuty@kbgrp.com


    • 19 Jul 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com


     

    • 05 Aug 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Programming Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Programming Committee’s role is to plan and implement educational programs and events. They strengthen your business through education and learning by identifying relevant business topics, and vetting potential speakers. This committee focuses on helping members to be the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, by creating exciting and relevant luncheons, executive briefings, workshops and other specialized programming. Programming brings businesses, individuals and our region together.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Thursday of the Month, 8:00 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Mark Gordon
    E-Mailmgordon@businessobserverfl.com


     

    • 16 Aug 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    YLA Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The purpose of this committee is to provide opportunities for young professionals to enhance their leadership, communications and project management skills by creating events and programs specifically for the YLA organization.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Colleen Bankuty
    Email: cbankuty@kbgrp.com


    • 23 Aug 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com


     

    • 02 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Programming Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Programming Committee’s role is to plan and implement educational programs and events. They strengthen your business through education and learning by identifying relevant business topics, and vetting potential speakers. This committee focuses on helping members to be the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, by creating exciting and relevant luncheons, executive briefings, workshops and other specialized programming. Programming brings businesses, individuals and our region together.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Thursday of the Month, 8:00 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Mark Gordon
    E-Mailmgordon@businessobserverfl.com


     

    • 13 Sep 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    YLA Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The purpose of this committee is to provide opportunities for young professionals to enhance their leadership, communications and project management skills by creating events and programs specifically for the YLA organization.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Colleen Bankuty
    Email: cbankuty@kbgrp.com


    • 20 Sep 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com


     

    • 07 Oct 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Programming Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Programming Committee’s role is to plan and implement educational programs and events. They strengthen your business through education and learning by identifying relevant business topics, and vetting potential speakers. This committee focuses on helping members to be the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, by creating exciting and relevant luncheons, executive briefings, workshops and other specialized programming. Programming brings businesses, individuals and our region together.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Thursday of the Month, 8:00 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Mark Gordon
    E-Mailmgordon@businessobserverfl.com


     

    • 11 Oct 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    YLA Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The purpose of this committee is to provide opportunities for young professionals to enhance their leadership, communications and project management skills by creating events and programs specifically for the YLA organization.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Colleen Bankuty
    Email: cbankuty@kbgrp.com


    • 18 Oct 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com


     

    • 04 Nov 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Programming Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Programming Committee’s role is to plan and implement educational programs and events. They strengthen your business through education and learning by identifying relevant business topics, and vetting potential speakers. This committee focuses on helping members to be the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, by creating exciting and relevant luncheons, executive briefings, workshops and other specialized programming. Programming brings businesses, individuals and our region together.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Thursday of the Month, 8:00 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Mark Gordon
    E-Mailmgordon@businessobserverfl.com


     

    • 08 Nov 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    YLA Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The purpose of this committee is to provide opportunities for young professionals to enhance their leadership, communications and project management skills by creating events and programs specifically for the YLA organization.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Colleen Bankuty
    Email: cbankuty@kbgrp.com


    • 15 Nov 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com


     

    • 02 Dec 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EST)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Programming Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Programming Committee’s role is to plan and implement educational programs and events. They strengthen your business through education and learning by identifying relevant business topics, and vetting potential speakers. This committee focuses on helping members to be the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, by creating exciting and relevant luncheons, executive briefings, workshops and other specialized programming. Programming brings businesses, individuals and our region together.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Thursday of the Month, 8:00 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Mark Gordon
    E-Mailmgordon@businessobserverfl.com


     

    • 13 Dec 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    YLA Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The purpose of this committee is to provide opportunities for young professionals to enhance their leadership, communications and project management skills by creating events and programs specifically for the YLA organization.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Colleen Bankuty
    Email: cbankuty@kbgrp.com


    • 20 Dec 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com


     

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