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  • 29 Aug 2019 12:02 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, today announced its acquisition of Comprehensive Benefit Administrators (CBA), effective August 1, 2019. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    A LWRBA member, Janice Belmonte, represents CBA in the Sarasota Manatee area.  The company also has offices in Tampa and Norwell, Massachusetts.  CBA creates benefits programs that are focused on exceeding client expectations while minimizing costs. Their expertise in brokerage services, claims administration, and enrollment allows them to design tailored benefit plans that deliver measurable results for their clients.

    “We are excited to welcome Comprehensive Benefit Administrators to the Alera Group team,” said Alan Levitz, CEO of Alera Group. “Mike McKenna and the CBA team’s professionalism and industry expertise are an exciting enhancement of our existing solutions as we continue to enhance the client experience.”

    “Becoming an Alera Group company is a fantastic step for our firm as we continue to serve our clients with excellence,” said Michael McKenna, President of CBA. “We look forward to offering national resources to our clients alongside our powerful local relationships.”

    All CBA employees will continue operating out of the firm’s existing locations under the name Comprehensive Benefit Administrators, an Alera Group Company, LLC.

    Alera Group was formed in early 2017 and is one of the nation’s foremost independent insurance agencies. For more information on partnering with Alera Group, visit Partner With Us at www.aleragroup.com.


  • 29 Aug 2019 8:33 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Visit Sarasota County (VSC), Sarasota County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO), has received a Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) re-accreditation with distinction at Destinations International’s (DI) Annual Convention. This is the highest international recognition in the travel and tourism industry and marks VSC’s eighth year of accreditation. Of the 48 DMOs that received a DMAP seal at this year’s DI Convention, there were nine, including VSC, that received accreditation with distinction.

    According to DI, the DMAP accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas. The standards cover nearly all aspects related to the management and marketing of destination organizations including governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research. To earn accr editation with distinction, a DMO must also achieve the 21 aspirational standards, which are such due the variances in budgets between each organization. VSC met 20 of the 21 aspirational standards, with categories like long-range planning, employee wellness and social responsibility. 


  • 28 Aug 2019 4:34 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)



    Sarasota, Florida, August 30, 2019 – Shaun P. Merriman, Regional President – West

    Florida, announced that Brian D. Hall has just been named Senior Vice President and

    Community President for CenterState’s Sarasota/Manatee Market effective immediately.

    Hall takes leadership of commercial and retail banking for Sarasota and Manatee counties

    following the recent retirement of Jim Kuhlman after his long and distinguished banking

    career.

    During the announcement, Merriman noted, “We are excited to have Brian lead our

    Sarasota and Manatee banking operations. Having more than 30 years of successful

    banking experience, Brian has built a tremendous reputation as a proven leader which will

    significantly contribute to the bank’s strong growth in our community.” Merriman continued,

    “Over the past several years, Brian has been instrumental in motivating his teams to

    provide remarkable service, and he is thoroughly committed to developing and carefully

    managing strong customer and business relationships.”

    Reporting to Hall will be Chris Perkins, Area Executive/Commercial Team Leader, who

    now takes on the additional oversight of commercial banking for Sarasota County as well

    as Manatee County. Also reporting to Hall is Renee Brady, Private Banking Team Leader,

    who oversees the local Private Bank as well as Cindy Denison, Retail Market Manager,

    who oversees all nine full-service branches across both counties.

    In his reaction to the announcement, Hall responded, “I am excited to take on this key

    leadership role with CenterState.” He added, “It is an honor and a privilege to work with

    an incredible team of caring and committed CenterState associates who are focused on

    providing exceptional service to our clients and the communities we serve.” Hall joined

    CenterState Bank in 2013 after serving eight-years as President, CEO, and Organizing

    Director of Sarasota-based Sabal Palm Bank. He also held various senior management

    positions with the former SouthTrust Bank in Sarasota, as well as for Star Bank and Irwin

    Union Bank in Ohio and Indiana. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance

    from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his

    participation as the Board Chair for Plymouth Harbor of Sarasota Bay, Brian is Past Board

    Chair and current Chair of the HR Committee for Samaritan Counseling Services of the

    Gulf Coast, and is a Member of the State of Florida Bar Association Unlicensed Practice

    of Law Committee. Previously, he participated in the Selby Scholars Mentor program,

    served as a Regional Director and past Campaign Chair of United Way Suncoast, and

    served as the past Director and Treasurer of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

    CenterState Bank is a $17 billion Winter Haven, Florida based bank operating in Florida,

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    Georgia, and Alabama, which provides online banking, commercial lending, residential

    mortgages and investment services. Locally, the Sarasota/Manatee Community has $733

    million in bank assets with nine (9) banking centers. CenterState has a history of quality

    service and community focus. Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of

    sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team. We believe

    that local ownership and local management translate into a better bank. For more

    information on CenterState Bank, please visit, www.CenterStateBank.com.


  • 28 Aug 2019 10:58 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Southeasternbased CPA firm Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, is proud to announce

    the appointment of four new firm partners, effective Sept. 1.

    Jon Schultz, CPA, is a Partner with Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC in the Firm’s Atlanta office. Jon received his

    BBA in Accounting from Georgia Southern University in 2004, and his Masters of Accounting (MACC)

    from Georgia Southern University in 2005, and has since been with Mauldin & Jenkins.

    Jon specializes in providing various attestation and consulting services for the notforprofit & education

    practice. In addition, Jon has significant experience in providing various attestation and consulting

    services for the entrepreneurial services practice; including construction, healthcare, and professional

    service industries.

    Jon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Georgia Society of

    Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), the National and Southern Association of College and University

    Business Officers (NACUBO and SACOBO), Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee Chamber of

    Commerce, and the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

    Matt Hisey, CPA, is a Partner with Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC in the Firm’s Chattanooga, TN, office. Matt

    received his B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has worked in public accounting

    since 2008, joining Mauldin & Jenkins in 2015.

    Matt provides a wide range of both individual and business tax services. He enjoys working closely with

    smalltomedium sized business owners and assisting individuals with tax savings and estate planning.

    He also has extensive experience with notforprofit tax compliance including community foundations,

    educational institutions (secondary and college) and private foundations.

    He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA), Tennessee Society of

    Public Accountants (TSCPA), Hamilton Place Chattanooga Rotary, Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, and

    Chattanooga Estate Planning Council. He also serves on the firm’s Tax Committee and is a member of

    Silverdale Baptist Church.

    Trey Scott, CPA, is a Partner with Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC in the Firm’s Savannah, GA, office. Trey has

    been with Mauldin & Jenkins since 2008, after obtaining his Master of Professional Accountancy degree

    from the University of West Georgia. Trey has been licensed as a certified public accountant since 2010,

    and is currently licensed to practice in the States of Florida and Georgia.

    Trey works in the governmental practice of Mauldin & Jenkins, and his experience covers a wide variety

    of state and local governments in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.

    Trey is involved in a variety of organizations to both support the governmental industry and to promote

    the CPA profession overall. Trey is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Georgia Institute of

    Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of CPA’s, the Georgia Government Finance Officer’s

    Association, and the Government Finance Officer’s Association.

    Kristen Lord, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer of Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC. Kristen received her B.B.A in

    Accounting and a Masters of Accountancy from Georgia Southern University and works out of the

    Atlanta office of Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC.

    Kristen joined Mauldin & Jenkins in 2006, and focused her career on audits of financial institutions

    before transitioning to the CFO role.

    Kristen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of

    Certified Public Accountants. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia. She has

    attended the National Banking School at the University of Virginia. She was a member of the Leadership

    Cobb Class of 2015. Kristen currently serves on the Georgia Southern Alumni Association Board of

    Directors and the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Executive Board. Kristen was a 2017 Cobb Young

    Professionals Next Generation Award nominee and a 2016 Georgia Southern University Alumni 40

    Under 40 award recipient.






  • 27 Aug 2019 9:00 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Entech has been recognized in the Business Observer’s 2019 Top 500. Each year the Business Observer spends seven months researching companies on the Gulf Coast to rank the top 500 companies from Tampa to Naples by their gross revenues. On this year’s list, which reflects 2018 fiscal year data, Entech ranked No. 430, with 6.15 million dollars in revenue. Headquartered in Fort Myers, and with an additional location in Bradenton, Entech is an IT Managed Services and Integration provider doing business in Southwest Florida since 1998. 


  • 27 Aug 2019 8:59 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota-based Firmo Construction has been recognized in Business Observer’s 2019 Top 500 in the region, as well as one of the top fastest growing companies. The list ranks the 500 largest companies by gross revenues for consistency and comparability. Firmo ranked as the 35th fastest growing company in Sarasota and beyond.

    Established in 2003, Firmo Construction was formed with the purpose to design and build in a sustainable, forward-thinking manner. The construction management firm is licensed in over 15 states. An early adopter of USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system, Firmo began implementing sustainability and efficiency practices into projects, and is known for projects such as the expansion of Rosemary Square in Downtown Sarasota, the ground-up build of Hampton Inn and Suites by SRQ Airport and the build-outs for White Sands Physical Therapy and Center For Sight. Firmo has been expanding its expertise towards the Southern Gulf Coast region.  


  • 21 Aug 2019 8:32 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Goodwill Manasota earned significant recognition during the recent Goodwill Industries International summer conference. The organization won the “Retail Excellence: Market Leadership by Share of Used Goods” award (for the sixth consecutive year) for having the highest market penetration of its donor market, the “Retail Excellence: Market Leadership by Donations” award (for the fifth year in a row) for capitalizing on the highest proportion of its available used goods market, and the "GILPS Organizational Safety" award (its first), recognizing the organization’s commitment to positively influence safety policies and practices that strengthen its Goodwill. The organization is evaluated in the medium-sized agency category, which includes Goodwill agencies with revenues between $26.9 and $57.3 million. During the annual conference, Goodwill Industries International recognizes Goodwill agencies that have maximized revenues, capitalized on the highest proportion of the available used goods market and been efficient in running their operations. 


  • 21 Aug 2019 8:27 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has been recognized as the Large Agency of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The organization was selected based on growth in the number of children served, quality and length of mentoring matches, and increased revenues, which ensure the agency can continue to grow and serve more children. The agency also made key strategic decisions that have allowed it to innovate and grow over the past year. The winning agency has focused on growing the number and maintaining the quality of mentoring relationships (“matches”) between caring adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and youth (“Littles”). This past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has served over 1,800 youth across a 10 county footprint.  


  • 20 Aug 2019 12:18 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Inc. magazine revealed that Liquid Bottles is No. 1,111 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within theAmerican economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow,and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.“Justin and I believe in taking the right risks at the right times. We are really proud that our decisions have resulted in a successful business that allows us to take care of our families.” Adam Wait, Owner.

    “We started literally out of my garage. It’s amazing that we have grown so fast. The cornerstones of our business are having the products our customers want in stock at affordable pricing and providing our customers with a personalized service experience.” Justin Hertz, Owner.

    Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

    “The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.” The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation. Liquid Bottles, LLC is one of the largest wholesale packaging distributors in the country, headquartered in Bradenton, Florida. We stock over 1,000 SKUs of glass and plastic bottles and other packaging, including a large variety of closures which are used in several industries such as CBD, Beverage, Nutraceuticals, E-liquid, Cosmetics, and Food. Our team of packaging specialists prides themselves on delivering an exceptional and personal service experience, assisting customers in the selection of high-quality products at very competitive prices. With warehouses in Florida and California, we are able to stock the products that manufacturers, copackers, and retailers want and ship them same day for orders paid by 2 pm ET. Liquid Bottes … Fast Delivery. Personal Service. Competitive Pricing.


    https://www.inc.com/profile/liquid-bottles

  • 20 Aug 2019 8:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Inc. magazine has named DeAngelis Diamond No. 3881 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, a prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents an inside look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become a hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

    The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. DeAngelis Diamond is an innovat ive, award-winning, national construction management firm, specializing in commercial, multifamily, and healthcare construction with more than 20 years of general contracting experience across the United States and in the Caribbean Islands. 






Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

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