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  • 11 Dec 2018 2:54 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Sarasota, FL – Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc announces the addition of Jay W. Berman as their Major Gifts Officer.

    In this newly created position, Berman is responsible for cultivating donors to support the fundraising goal of $7 million toward Lives Transformed: The Campaign for Hammock Place.

    Berman is a Sarasota native with a 30-year career as a financial advisor. A community leader, Berman has served on the Sarasota County Human Services Advisory Council; is alumni of Leadership Sarasota County; and raised his two sons in Sarasota. Berman received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

    “We are pleased to welcome Jay to our Habitat Sarasota team. His relationships within the community will elevate our fundraising initiative toward the Hammock Place neighborhood.” says Renee Snyder, president & CEO.

    Berman joins Habitat Sarasota as Major Gifts Officer to support Lives Transformed: The Campaign for Hammock Place, an initiative to build a 40-home neighborhood. The fundraising goal for the campaign is $7 million and was started with a $3 million commitment through a partnership with the Kolter Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

    Jay comments, “I am fortunate to be joining such a respected organization that prides itself on providing permanent affordable housing.” 

    About Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc.

    The mission of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota is to partner with God and community to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families. Habitat Sarasota homebuyers are qualified based on their need for improved decent and affordable housing, their willingness to partner by completing a minimum of 300 volunteer hours, participation in a series of homebuyer classes, and their ability to pay back a zero percent interest home loan. A dedicated, volunteer workforce provides on average 2,500 labor-hours per home. The organization builds new homes (and renovates purchased properties) with an emphasis on energy efficient features using building materials and techniques for sustainability, culminating in lower monthly expenses for homeowners. The ReStore sells gently used furniture and home improvement materials to fund their mission. To learn more about Habitat Sarasota visit www.habitatsrq.org.



  • 04 Dec 2018 10:28 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL. – Conditioned Air announced that Chairman W. Theodore Etzel, III presented at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Service Leadership conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 8th. The session on “Company Culture and the Leader’s Influence Factor” provided real life examples and discussions around leadership style and why company culture is so critical.

    The Service Leadership conference began 11 years ago and has been one of the most successful annual contractor conferences of its kind. More than 300 attendees heard from business owners, service leaders and other industry experts on how to beat competition.

    A native Floridian, Etzel graduated from Stetson University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance from the university’s School of Business. He has served as the Chairman and as an owner of Conditioned Air since 1995, helping to guide the company into the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 350 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    Etzel is author of the book “Invest Your Heartbeats Wisely,” which focuses on practical, philosophical and principled leadership concepts for business and life. He has spoken to several groups recently on entrepreneurship, including Florida Gulf Coast University and Ave Maria Law School. He also is a part of Vistage, an international association of CEOs dedicated to constant improvement of business practices and personal development.

    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 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit  www.conditionedair.com.


  • 03 Dec 2018 2:42 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    SARASOTA, Fla. (December 3, 2018) – Visit Sarasota County (VSC) has appointed Britney Guertin communications & content manager and Adam Cellini content coordinator. The new additions will be responsible for all aspects of the communications, public relations and content creation and will work in concert to increase the visibility and recognition of Sarasota County as a visitor destination.

    “These are very key roles in telling the stories of our area which directly leads to generating quality tourism,” said President Virginia Haley. “I am particularly delighted that we were able to find local talent to fill these roles and am confident that these two experienced and enthusiastic professionals will work diligently and passionately on behalf of Sarasota County.”

    In her role with VSC, Guertin will manage all domestic and international PR initiatives, including press relations, visitor information, partner and stakeholder communications and event and campaign promotions. Guertin most recently worked as the PR & Social Media Director with Grapevine Communications. She is the incoming Chair with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance’s Young Leaders Alliance and the current VP with Designing Daughters of Sarasota.

    As Content Coordinator Cellini will develop, optimize and maintain the content for VSC including, websites, social media and all other marketing and advertising needs. Cellini spent the last three years as a reporter and weekend anchor for Sarasota’s television news station, WWSB-TV. A former college baseball player and fundraiser host, he will be an asset with VSC’s spring training partners old and new as well as the many local nonprofits and charities.

    About Sarasota County

    Visit Sarasota County leads and supports the tourism industry in Sarasota County by providing the highest quality, and most innovative, marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel from visitors around the world. It is the mission of VSC is to make Sarasota County the must experience destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast. To learn more, visit www.visitsarasota.com.


  • 29 Nov 2018 9:08 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Robyn Faucy-Washington, executive director of the Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, was recently elected vice chair of the national Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations. Faucy-Washington is slated to become the organization’s chair for 2020. The Alliance is a consortium of regional independent nonprofits that work to enrich programs available to the Parkinson’s disease community across the country. Neuro Challenge has been improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers since 2008.

  • 20 Nov 2018 1:36 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    VENICE, FL: Caldwell Trust Company’s vice president of marketing and public relations has been named a 2018 Finalist for the national PR People “Marketer of the Year” award by PR News. A seven-year veteran of the trust company, Sheryl Vieira is one of only five finalists nationwide who have been short-listed in this classification. PR News will highlight the top talent and their achievements at the PR People Awards Luncheon December 4 at the historic National Press Club in Washington, DC.  

    Vieira has also been honored locally this year for her professional accomplishments. Most recently she received the Ginnie Duffey Troyer Award of Professionalism by the Central West Coast Chapter of Florida Public Relations Association. Vieira also secured an ADDY for excellence in advertising by AdFed Suncoast, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Caldwell Trust Company was also awarded the Top Trust Banking Firm and the Top 500 Largest Companies on the Gulf Coast this year, all while celebrating monumental milestones as the company surpassed a billion dollars in assets under management and marked its 25th anniversary.

    “I’m honored to be chosen as a finalist and to have the work carried out by our firm recognized,” Vieira said. “It’s sure to be an exciting occasion and I’m looking forward to meeting some of the other finalists chosen from across the country.”

    Sheryl is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and Florida Bankers Association. She was appointed as a member of the RESIDENCE International Marketing Advisory Committee representing this region of the United States. She has received The President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in conjunction with the National & Community Service and USA Freedom Corps. She was a member of the Young Professionals of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and was also a member of the Junior League of Sarasota.

    To contact Sheryl Vieira, email sheryl@ctrust.com or call 941.493-3600. To learn more about Caldwell Trust Company, call 1.800.338.9476 (toll-free), 941.493.3600 (Venice) or 941.926.9336 (Sarasota); email info@ctrust.com or visit www.ctrust.com


  • 19 Nov 2018 4:21 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – Three decades ago, Margie Genter got involved with Goodwill Manasota as an intern. Little did she know that she would still be at Goodwill 30 years later – continuing to grow in and love her work, and changing lives through the power of work. The organization feted her milestone anniversary during a recent Recognition Breakfast.

    From Genter’s beginnings as an intern, she rose through the ranks in positions including work adjustment training counselor, store manager, and director of housing before earning her current post of vice president of mission services. She has been instrumental in bolstering the local community by creating resources to empower persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment to become more self-sufficient through programs that enhance skills, move students towards degrees and certifications, and assist in obtaining and retaining jobs.

    Genter develops, plans, and executes activities and programs that focus on employment, including Job Connection, which provides free job-placement services to individuals seeking community-based jobs; the Good Partner Coach Program, which provides mentoring and coaching services to all Goodwill team members; the Goodwill Works Program, which helps people who need extra help in developing job skills; the Workforce Education Program, which provides opportunities for people to earn a high school diploma; and the Veterans Services Program, which helps veterans to transition back into civilian life.

    Additionally, she is the direct supervisor of the Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International accreditation for the Goodwill Job Connection career services program; she has helped secure this certification for Goodwill Manasota since 1988.

    “We appreciate the work Margie does every day to help community members become more employable and move toward financial stability,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Goodwill is fortunate to have someone of Margie’s caliber who has dedicated nearly her entire professional career to changing lives through the power of work.”

    She is dedicated to the well-being of others outside the workplace as well: Genter donates her time and leadership to numerous area nonprofits. She serves on the board of directors for Turning Points, which provides, coordinates and facilitates services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Manatee County. She serves on the board for Beneva Oaks Apartments, which offers affordable, barrier-free living options for people with disabilities.

    She has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Vocational Evaluator, and Certified Occupancy Specialist. She has served as president of the local and state chapters of the Florida Rehabilitation Association and president of the Florida Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association, which represents the interest and needs of human service professionals who work with people in support of their endeavors in training, employment and education to enhance successful attainment of career goals.

    “When I came to Goodwill Manasota 30 years ago, I was looking forward to assisting the organization with delivering its mission of ‘changing lives through the power of work.’ Little did I know that the first life I would change would be my own,” she said. “It has been a privilege to get up every day and go to a job that provides me with real meaning and purpose, one that has had an enormous positive impact on so many in our community.”

    For more about Goodwill, please go to experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721.

    Photo ID: Margie Genter (front, tan jacket), vice president of mission services for Goodwill Manasota, with Goodwill’s mission services team


  • 13 Nov 2018 8:47 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Hall Architects of Sarasota has hired two Designers, each with over 30 years of experience in architectural design, project management and construction administration.

    Christopher Wenzel brings expertise with developing technical documents for a wide range of facility programming building types including educational institutions, sports facilities, correctional facilities and medical buildings. He also has extensive historic preservation experience in evaluating historic structures and implementing restoration and rehabilitation goals.  Mr. Wenzel studied facility programming in the Florida A&M School of Architecture Master of Architecture program, and holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida, College of Architecture.

    Douglas Driscoll has worked in both the public and private sectors as a project manager for architectural and engineering practices. He brings extensive knowledge of materials, systems, product analysis and a comprehensive understanding of local codes and regulations. Mr. Driscoll has a host of technical capabilities including practical experience working on projects with sustainable goals.  He attended Manatee Community College and the University of South Florida.


  • 08 Nov 2018 11:52 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Lakewood Ranch, FL, November 8, 2018 – Lakewood Ranch Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

    “It’s very rewarding to receive consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grades.” says Andy Guz, Chief Executive Officer of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “Our entire team here at the hospital is committed to continually providing superior quality patient care, and we are honored by this distinction.”

    “Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Lakewood Ranch Medical Center that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

    Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

    Lakewood Ranch Medical Center was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

    About The Leapfrog Group

    Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

    About Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

    Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is an acute care hospital providing patients access to a medical staff of more than 550 physicians and allied health professionals who practice in a comprehensive range of specialties, and who use the hospital's advanced medical technology. In addition to an emergency department (ER) that serves individuals of all ages 24 hours a day 7 days a week, the hospital offers a range of services including Orthopedics, Breast Health, Surgery, Cardiovascular, Childbirth, Imaging/Radiology, Physical Therapy, Stroke and Cerebrovascular, Sleep as well as Wound Healing and Hyperbaric medicine.  To learn more about the hospital and why we're recognized as one of the safest hospitals in the nation by the Leapfrog group, visit www.LakewoodRanchMedicalCenter.com .


  • 07 Nov 2018 10:33 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Recently, Everglades University - Sarasota Campus and Goodwill Manasota's Veterans Services Program partnered on a donation drive to benefit area veterans. Through October, Everglades students, staff and faculty collected business clothes for donation to Goodwill's "Suits for Vets" effort to provide appropriate attire for veterans searching for a job - or seeking a better job.


  • 07 Nov 2018 10:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Conditioned Air Company of Naples received the Southern Business Unit (SBU) Outstanding Achievement Award at the Mitsubishi Diamond Dealer Meeting on October 29th in Baltimore, Maryland. The company was one of just three Florida firms to earn the honor and the only one from Naples to Sarasota. The SBU Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes Conditioned Air as the largest heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company in its market, utilizing state-of-the-art inverter-driven intelligent systems as the future of the industry and home automation. Based in Naples, Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 375 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.






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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