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  • 11 Jun 2018 9:27 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, has broken ground on the new 12,000-square-foot building for Cast-Crete USA, Inc., the largest manufacturer of precast lintels and sills in the nation. With other locations throughout Florida, the company will return to Sarasota with this new two-acre prime site. The pre-engineered metal building will contain 1,000 square feet of executive office space and an 11,000-square-foot construction products distribution facility with a warehouse and a large outdoor asphalt storage area. The facility will also feature state-of-the-art rebar fabrication lines. Located off Claxstrauss Drive in Sarasota east of Interstate 75 and Fruitville Road, the $1.2 million project is slated for completion in fall 2018. Formed in 1955, Cast-Crete USA pioneered the use of precast U-lintels. The company engineers products for the residential, commercial and institutional construction industries. Cast-Crete USA distrib utes its precast concrete products, rebar and other products used in concrete masonry construction through a statewide network of distribution facilities. 

  • 11 Jun 2018 8:46 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    USRowing will be partnering with Visit Sarasota and the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA) to bring the USRowing Youth National Championships back to Florida for the next three years, the organizations announced on Sunday.

    Nathan Benderson Park, which hosted the 2017 World Rowing Championships last September, will play host to the event from 2019-2021.

    “Visit Sarasota County is thrilled to welcome youth rowers from across the U.S. back to our community for the next three years,” said Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley. “USRowing has been instrumental in helping Sarasota County achieve our status as a world-class rowing destination. We look forward to continuing to grow our partnership and are dedicated to producing outstanding events for the Youth National Championships.”

     USRowing’s goal in seeking a three-year agreement was to provide the best, most consistent racing experience for the athletes and coaches, provide cost stability and savings to re-invest into the event, spur venue and community development around the sport of rowing, and develop greater commercial and sponsorship programs in association with the local organizing committee to support the sport.

    “We are excited to partner with SANCA and Visit Sarasota in bringing this premier event back to Sarasota,” said USRowing Chief Executive Officer Patrick McNerney. “Nathan Benderson Park is a beautiful facility and will provide our young athletes with a world-class racing experience to end their racing season.”

    Nathan Benderson Park is striving to play a significant role in the development of the sport. Hosting national championships such as the USRowing Youth National Championships and winter training for collegiate teams will help prepare athletes to enter onto the international stage.  

    Hosting the USRowing Youth National Championships for three consecutive years provides SANCA with the opportunity to raise the bar, providing an enhanced experience for the coaches and athletes each year,” said SANCA/Nathan Benderson Park CEO President and CEO Stephen V. Rodriguez. “We look forward to providing the athletes and coaches a memorable and first-class racing experience in Sarasota, Florida.”

    Dates for the 2019 regatta will be released later this summer.


  • 05 Jun 2018 3:03 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Joe Hwang has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.  Andy Guz, Chief Executive Officer of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center said, “We welcome Joe’s leadership and patient-centric style.  He’s coming on board at an exciting time as the hospital is in the midst of our largest expansion to date.  Joe is a strong complement to the hospital’s team.” 

    Joe most recently served as Associate Administrator at The George Washington University Hospital, where he was responsible for the Patient Logistics Center, Laboratory and Transfusion Services, Rehabilitation Services, Environmental Services, Food Nutrition Services, and Wound Healing and Limb Preservation.  Prior to that, he served as the Assistant Administrator at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.  During his career, he has held a number of leadership roles at Lehigh Valley Health Network, where he also completed his Administrative Fellowship.  He completed an Administrative Residency with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

    Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from New York Institute of Technology and his Master of Health Administration from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Joe is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Manatee and is actively involved with the American Heart Association Suncoast Heartwalk.  He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


  • 05 Jun 2018 1:18 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Jake Young has been named SNN Sports Director.  He replaces Don Brennan who moved to co-anchor the SNN Morning Edition, weekdays starting at 6am.

    Young is a graduate of Kent State University. Previously, he worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in Bradenton.  

    "He has big shoes to fill," said SNN Vice President and General Manager Charles Cusimano.  "We love his enthusiasm, energy and intimate knowledge of sports," he added.

    Young joins Grant Boxleitner, Hallie Peilet and Chief Meteorologist Justin Mosely weeknights on SNN Evening Edition, starting at 5pm.


  • 31 May 2018 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

    Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, Fishermen’s Village will host their annual 4th of July Celebration. Admission and parking are free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

    The always popular Freedom Swim begins at 11 am. Due to ongoing construction projects, those arriving by boat will start on the north side of the southbound US 41 bridge. Those utilizing ground transportation will start from the public sandy beach on the east end of Gilchrist Park by the PG Waterfront Hotel and swim out and turn by Marker 4 into the harbor to meet up with rest of participants and proceed to the landing point at Fishermen’s Village. The Green Hibiscus Trolley will provide transportation between Fishermen’s Village and Gilchrist Park beginning at 10 am and continuing until 3 pm (no kayaks, and inflatables must be deflated). The trolley ride is free (tips are appreciated!) Other festivities will include: Live Music by Country Express and Ambush, The Band, 12 noon-9 pm in Center Court. Singer Rita Beach will perform 12 noon-4 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café. Harpoon Harry’s will be featuring live music and kids crafts throughout the day. Viewing of annual fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor begins at 9:00 pm. King Fisher Fleet will be offering a Fireworks Cruise, departing at 7:30 pm and returning to Fishermen’s Village at 9:30 pm. Tour Charlotte Harbor, watch the sunset and enjoy the fireworks display. Call 941 639-0969 for rates/reservations.

    Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village. Call (941) 639-8721 for more information or visit on line at www.fishville.com.


  • 29 May 2018 3:30 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    VENICE, FL: Gina B. Jordan, CTFA, CFP®, has joined Caldwell Trust Company as a senior vice president and trust officer according to R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr. “We welcome Gina enthusiastically,” Kelly said. “She brings extensive experience in trust and estate administration that she’s acquired over 30 years in the industry.”

    Jordan comes to Caldwell after 25 years with Northern Trust, most recently as a senior vice president and team leader of Northern’s personal client services group in Sarasota. Before that she was a trust officer with Southeast Bank/First Union Bank. She graduated magna cum laude from Wheeling Jesuit College with a B. S. in business administration and has continued to broaden her education over the years, graduating in 1991 from the National Graduate Trust School with the designation of Certified Trust and Financial Adviser. In 2007 she earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner.

    Besides her commitment to the needs of clients, Gina is an active community volunteer. She and her husband Bill—a real estate appraiser with Chapman and Associates—are passionate proponents of therapy dogs and owners of a therapy rottweiler. They are certified handlers through their training with Southeastern Guide Dogs as well as members of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. In addition, Gina has been a past board member for Children First and Children’s Haven and has also volunteered her services to Rotary, Tidewell Hospice, and Women's Leadership Initiative.

    She is based in Caldwell’s Sarasota office. To contact Gina, email gjordan@ctrust.com or call 941.926.9336.

    Established in 1993, Caldwell Trust Company is an independent trust company that manages a billion dollars in assets for clients throughout the United States. The company offers a full range of fiduciary services to individuals including services as trustee, custodian, investment adviser, financial manager and personal representative. Additionally, Caldwell manages 401(k) and 403(b) qualified retirement plans for employers.


  • 29 May 2018 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    SARASOTA, Fla., May 29, 2018 The Bank of Tampa today announced the opening of its downtown Sarasota office, which is located at 1858 Ringling Blvd., in Sarasota, Florida. The new location is The Bank of Tampa’s first full-service banking office in Sarasota County.

    "We are looking forward to opening our first office in Sarasota, staffed with Sarasota bankers who have deep roots in the Sarasota market,” said Bill West, president and CEO at The Bank of Tampa. “Our bank’s focus for the past 34 years has been to serve owner-managed businesses, professional firms and families that want a strong, local connection with their bank and banker.”

    The 4,300-square-foot office’s lobby and drive-thru are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will also offer a 24-hour drive-thru ATM, night deposit services and safe deposit boxes. The Sarasota office is led by Charlie Murphy, market president for Sarasota and Manatee,  John Stump, market director, Sarasota, and Bryan Boudreaux, market director, Lakewood Ranch and Manatee County. 

    “The Bank of Tampa’s expansion to Sarasota offers the unique opportunity to contribute to and positively impact a prosperous, thriving community through economic growth and local decision making,” said Charlie Murphy, market president, Sarasota and Manatee counties. “Our team has been actively supporting clients and prospects here in Sarasota since we first announced the expansion last year. We are thrilled to officially be open for business, and we look forward to expanding our presence in Sarasota and Manatee counties.”

    The Bank of Tampa has operated throughout the Tampa Bay area since its inception in 1984. Currently, the bank has a total of twelve offices, including its new downtown Sarasota office. For more information on The Bank of Tampa in Sarasota, contact Charlie Murphy at (941) 248-1800.

    About The Bank of Tampa

    The Bank of Tampa is one of the largest community banks in the Tampa Bay area. It has been privately held by our staff, directors and clients since the banks inception in 1984. The Bank of Tampa has offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties and assets totaling more than $1.6 billion. To learn more, visit www.thebankoftampa.com, or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


  • 29 May 2018 10:47 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    One of the most popular Suncoast TV personalities returns to weekday mornings.  Don Brennan joins “SNN Morning Edition,” starting Monday June 4, replacing Ben Bobick who is taking a position in Chattanooga, TN.
    SNN Vice President and General Manager, Charles Cusimano said the decision was an easy one. “With his long, previous experience as a morning anchor in the market, we quickly determined that having Don reassume such a position would serve viewers well. We’re genuinely excited to see him return to a role that viewers are accustomed to, and one that suits him perfectly.”
    Brennan, who joined SNN as Sports Director in July 2017, teams up with Kathy Leon, who has anchored mornings on the Suncoast for more than 20 years.  Rounding out the SNN morning team are Meteorologist Marco La Manno and Traffic Reporter Chuck Whitaker.
    "Sports is my passion," Brennan said.  "But I can't tell you how many people have told me they miss me in the morning, so when the opportunity presented itself, I was ALL in.”
    Brennan started his career working for the WWE and WSTC News Radio in Connecticut. He moved to Florida to pursue a Master’s Degree.  After earning his degree, Brennan went to Miami’s 560 WQAM, covering the Florida Marlins, Miami Heat, Miami Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, and Miami Dolphins. He later joined WZVN (ABC), Fort Myers and from there spent 10 years at WWSB.
    When he is not working Don enjoys time with his two sons, Trey (13) and Logan (11), and two dogs, Mia and Venus.
    WSNN is a part of the Citadel Communications family which also includes ABC affiliates WLNE, Providence, RI and KLKN, Lincoln, NE.
    For more information and media inquiries, please contact Kelby Miller at kelby.miller@snntv.com or (941) 361-4651.                                                          


  • 29 May 2018 8:53 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    NAPLES, FL. – Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced the appointment of Jon Kunz as Director of Construction Services. In this role, Kunz oversees and directs new construction activities, provides training to the construction team, manages project budgets, and maintains quality service standards for residential and commercial clients.

    A native of Park Forest, Illinois, Kunz has more than 35 years of industry experience. He attended air conditioning trade school while in high school and later obtained his Florida State Class “A” Air Conditioning Contractor’s license. Kunz moved to Fort Myers in 1997 to take a general manager’s position with a large publicly traded company. Kunz then managed several air conditioning firms prior to starting his own business in 2001.

    Based in Naples, Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is the area’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with over 345 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 239-643-2445 or visit www.conditionedair.com.


  • 24 May 2018 3:14 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota based Sutter Roofing Company has received several large contracts on significant projects in our area. The company was awarded the contract on the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Stadium and Clubhouses with Construction Manager Tandem / Barton Malow. Sutter will perform all the low slope roofing and sheet metal on the new $125 million-dollar facility. The firm said their experience on similar projects and the fact that they are a local contractor played a part in their selection. “We have successfully completed Spring Training projects at Ed Smith Stadium (Orioles), George M. Steinbrenner Field (Yankees), McKechnie Field (Pirates) Joker Marchand Stadium (Tigers) and also the Nationals Stadium in Melbourne” said Doug Sutter, company President. “We have proven that we can perform on these demanding, fast-track projects”

    Sutter also received contracts on new construction projects in Manatee County including the East Manatee Middle School with Willis Smith Construction, North River High School with Gilbane Construction, and IMG Academy Hotel / Dormitory with Tandem Construction. “These are all significant new institutional projects with long-term customers that we enjoy working with. These facilites are necessary due to the tremendous growth of our area. They will enhance the already excellent education system in Manatee County and we are proud to be a trade partner on these projects.”

    Sutter is also known for large reroofing projects and the company is current working on the Desoto Square Mall with Madison Properties, Southeast High School with AD Morgan Construction and several large condominium reroofs due to Hurricane Irma in Collier County.

    The projects above are estimated to take almost 60,000 man hours to complete have an aggregate contract value of approximately $10 million. “The market is as robust as I have seen it in my 30-year career” remarked Doug. “These projects will keep a lot of local employees here on the Gulf Coast busy for months to come. There is even more work out there if we could get additional workers into our industry. That is an on-going challenge. However, we have the manpower to meet our clients objectives and schedules for these projects.”


Recent Member News





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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