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Selling your company or buying another business is an art-meets-science combination of timing, attention to detail and forethought —with a bit of a willingness to take a chance. Hear from a pair of seasoned business leaders on both sides: John Giglio, who recently sold Freedom Boat Club, a $24 million business, and Jeff Jackson, President and CEO of PGT Innovations, a $700 million company that’s bought a handful of businesses in the last three years. Moderated by Observer Media Group Publisher Emily Walsh. Complimentary appetizers and beverages.
This event is in partnership with ACG Tampa Bay (Association for Corporate Growth).
$55 for Members of LWRBA or ACG
$75 for Non-members
Includes logo recognition on marketing and event materials.
Gold Sponsors (10 Tickets): $950
Silver Sponsors (5 Tickets): $500
President & CEO, Freedom Boat Club
A business graduate of Florida Southern College with an MBA from the University of South Florida, John was part owner of a 20-chain auto body repair firm prior to joining Freedom Boat Club in 2004 as operations manager for its corporate-owned stores, a post he held for three years. He was promoted to sales manager, and within six months, was named director of sales and operations. He and his former partner purchased the company in 2011 and John was named president of Freedom Boat Club LLC. Just a little more than a year later, in May 2012, he bought out his partner and became president and CEO, with direct responsibility for all franchise and corporate operations.
President & CEO, PGT Innovations
Mr. Jackson joined PGT Innovations in November 2005 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President. In 2006, Mr. Jackson helped lead the Company's IPO and was later named Executive Vice President. In 2014, Mr. Jackson became President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibilities overseeing the Company’s strategic direction. In 2016, Mr. Jackson was appointed to the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining PGT Innovations, Mr. Jackson held various executive management roles. In 2004 Jeff joined The Hershey Company as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Prior to Hershey, Mr. Jackson served in positions of increasing responsibility with Schwan’s Bakery, including Senior Vice President - General Manager of Emerging Channels and Senior Vice President and CFO. In addition, Jackson worked for Flowers Foods, Inc., Coca-Cola, and KPMG.
Mr. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of West Georgia and is a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia.
Publisher, Observer Media Group
Emily Walsh is the Publisher of the Longboat, East County, Sarasota and Siesta Key Observers; Season and LWR Life magazines and YourObserver.com with the Observer Media Group, a family-owned multimedia company that publishes 12 newspapers, three magazines, seven web sites, mobile app and multiple social channels in Florida. Previously, Emily ran the Observer’s digital operations for seven years and as Social Editor for eight years. Emily also was a professional ballerina with the Sarasota Ballet from 1995 to 2000. Emily serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Ringling College Library Association, Bay Park Conservancy, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease; American Jewish Committee – West Coast Florida Chapter; and Florida Press Association. She serves on the national Board of Directors of the America’s Newspapers. Emily is member of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXIV and the International Women’s Forum. Emily’s awards and achievements include winning Girls Inc.’s “She Knows Where She’s Going” award in 2006, being named one of Sarasota Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People” in Sarasota in 2007, Editor & Publisher’s “25 Under 35: The Next Generation of Publishing Leaders” in 2012, First Step of Sarasota’s “Caring Heart of the Year” in 2012; American Jewish Committee’s Civic Achievement Award in 2016; and Women’s Resource Center’s “Wonder Woman” award in 2018. Emily's most proud achievement is her nine-year old son, Rhys Parry.