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  • 25 Jul 2019 12:32 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    Pro-Motion Notions is excited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their Sarasota based promotional products distributorship. Annette Sciolino-Gueli, President, moved Pro-Motion Notions to Sarasota, Florida in December of 1998. In the years since, Pro-Motion Notions’ Florida sales have grown to exceed several million dollars. They acquired four competing Manatee and Sarasota based firms between 2004 and 2011 and have been an approved Florida certified MBE for 15 years.  “A lot has happened in our world since 1989. Technology, the way we communicate, printing techniques, marketing strategies and inevitable market changes that have taught us to be nimble and quick. It’s nostalgic recalling the early days in Buffalo, NY where I started the business out of my parents garage while attending college. The industry now exceeds 25 billion and our small, woman owned business, continues to excel both regionally and nationally. We attribute our success to employees and mentors who’ve shared their brilliance with us for 30 years. Our community relationships have allowed the annual sales of tangible advertising specialty items to soar to new heights”  recalls Miss Sciolino. She has served in leadership roles on several boards, created and launched successful annual events and has earned numerous awards over the past three decades. Sciolino states that her biggest personal accomplishment to date, “is not only surviving but thriving post breast cancer!”

    Pro-Motion Notions is proud to have supported over 785 fundraisers and events for 82 community nonprofits. Their strengths include attention to detail, business integrity and our passion for on time delivery. “21% of our clients have been with us for over 12 years. 67% of our clients have been with us for over three years. We participate at national conferences to stay up on industry trends. We learn about our customers need and align those with the benefits of our branded products.” cites Rachel Tompkins, Production Manager

    Each month, Pro-Motion Notions will be doing something different to recognize their 30th milestone. Fun contests, donations to local nonprofits and custom branded product giveaways are all in store. Watch for details of the upcoming VIP event, client appreciation discounts and the ongoing 12 month long marketing and advertising campaign underway.

    Call 941-952-1119 for an appointment at their showroom located at 2803 Fruitville Rd in Sarasota or visit www.notionsunlimited.com to learn more.

  • 24 Jul 2019 4:19 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – For too many lower-income workers in our region, the costs of living without access to reliable and affordable banking services can add up quickly. Employees without bank accounts must rely on services such as check-cashing businesses, which charge anywhere from 1-10% of a check’s value, or be paid in cash cards, which incur significant fees. According to NerdWallet, being unbanked can cost individuals or households hundreds of dollars each year – and those who are unbanked can least afford the expense.

    Goodwill Manasota and Axiom Bank are partnering to lower the barriers to banking services for Goodwill employees who are unbanked and are paid through payroll debit cards. The partnership grew from a meeting of two executives during a Bank On Suncoast Financial Inclusion Summit, spearheaded by United Way Suncoast and attended by representatives of regional organizations interested in learning more about getting their employees connected to checking accounts and on the path to financial stability.

    Bank On is a national grassroots movement supported with strategic and financial support from national nonprofit organization the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. Bank On programs work to connect residents to safe, affordable banking accounts that meet the Bank On National Account Standards.

    “People shouldn’t need to pay money to get their paycheck,” said Jonathan Mintz, president and CEO, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. “Connecting to a safe, affordable bank or credit union account that meets Bank On National Account Standards – like the Axiom Go account – is a critical part of being financially stable, and we are thrilled to support Bank On Suncoast and Goodwill Manasota in this important partnership.”

    With the certification, under the Bank On National Account Standards, of its “Axiom Go” digital platform, Axiom Bank is now able to offer human resources departments the ability to get new employees signed up for banking services in a matter of minutes. While there is a $5.99 monthly disclosed fee for these accounts, it is waived if the worker is paid through direct deposit and/or if they use their debit card at least once per statement cycle.

    “As long as they’re using the account, there’s no cost at all. We don’t have any obstacles for the customer to overcome,” said Pete Longo, vice president of digital banking and marketing for Axiom Bank. “This partnership is a great fit: it furthers our mission of building greater financial literacy throughout the community and correlates to our core value of making customers’ lives easier. It even allows us to go out and partner with organizations, and bring banking services to areas where we may not even have a bricks-and-mortar branch!”

    Longo notes that Axiom Go has a free, built-in personal financial software suite that allows the user to add other bank accounts, track loans and credit card expenditures, create budgets, set life goals, and see their full financial picture through an intuitive interface.

    “Working and earning money is just the first step to financial stability; having access to safe, affordable banking is a crucial step in helping people to budget, establish credit, and save for the future,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Margie Genter. “To be able to speak with new hires, educate them about the value of using banking services, and get them signed up for an account in a matter of minutes is of great mutual benefit – the savings in terms of time and expense will be tremendous.”

    Genter said that of the most recent group of new hires onboarded in June, nearly 40% were unbanked. Goodwill is vitally interested in connecting its employees with safe and affordable banking services so they can improve their financial prospects.

    Earlier this year, Goodwill Manasota received a grant of $40,000 from the CFE Fund in order to implement the “Bank On” program integration for its more than 700 employees as well as veterans and Job Connection customers served by Goodwill.

    By using a reliable and affordable banking product, community members can save more, prepare for crisis, have an entry point for a path to savings, and know their money is safe and insured. Additionally, they can build a credit score, open lines of credit and move toward life goals such as home ownership. In its 2019 scorecard, Prosperity Now noted that 17.8 percent of households in Sarasota County are either unbanked or underbanked.

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

    Photo ID: (From l-r) Peter Longo and Joshua Ocampo of Axiom Bank with Goodwill team member (and Axiom Go account-holder) Lydia Jackson and vice president Margie Genter

    About Goodwill Manasota Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.

    About United Way Suncoast United Way Suncoast serves the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by operating and funding support services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability. United Way Suncoast creates lasting community change by mobilizing the caring people of the communities it serves to give, advocate and volunteer. For more information visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org.


  • 24 Jul 2019 8:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    NAPLES, FL. – Conditioned Air Company of Naples today announced plans to build a 52,710-square-foot operations center in Fort Myers to accommodate the air-conditioning contracting and service firm’s current and future growth throughout Southwest Florida.

    The building will be located at the intersection of Jetport Loop and Global Parkway in the Southwest International Commerce Park just across from the Southwest Florida International Airport and will provide easy access to Interstate 75. The building will encompass approximately 10,800 square feet of office space, 31,110 square feet of warehouse space, and 10,800 square feet of mezzanine for storage and future expansion.

    The building will be Conditioned Air’s central hub for the growing Lee and Charlotte County markets and provide operational support for its Naples headquarters and Sarasota branches. It also will serve as the company’s main training facility with a fully functional training lab for hands on continuous education and onboarding of entry level technicians.

    The new operations center will replace an existing smaller facility nearby on Jetport Loop. Permitting is currently underway on the location. It is anticipated that ground will be broken on the site in October with completion and occupancy scheduled for July 2020.

    The building, which is designed by the architectural firm of McHarris Planning & Design and will be built and developed by Seagate Development Group, will feature a dramatic exterior that is similar to Conditioned Air’s recently renovated corporate office in Naples.

    “We designed this building specifically with our brand in mind,” said Tim Dupre, President and Chief Executive Officer for Conditioned Air. “We are proud of our brand and want it to be representative of who Conditioned Air is and the quality we stand for.”

    Conditioned Air, headquartered in Naples, had been searching more than two years for the right location to meet its needs due to continuous growth and strategic plan of the company. The company currently has 185 employees in Collier County, 124 employees in Lee County and 61 employees in Sarasota County with plans to double in size in the next five to seven years. A majority of that growth will be in Lee and Sarasota counties.

    “We are very excited about the future of Conditioned Air with a combination of organic growth through the company and potential acquisitions,” Dupre said. “This new location will house our Residential Replacements team, Lee County Service and Maintenance teams, Estimating, and Lee County Production Housing team and will enable us to further expand our employment base and serve our residential and commercial clients.”

    Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is currently the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with a total of 370 employees serving 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 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit  www.conditionedair.com


  • 22 Jul 2019 11:38 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has been the recipient of the prestigious Program Excellence Award given by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) for a four-year partnership entitled “Air Plants and Other Epiphytes of Belize: A Collaborative Project Between Two Botanical Gardens and a University.”

    The Program Excellence Award is presented to an APGA member who has shown an innovative spirit in the development of an original program and has pioneered in disciplines that are important to horticultural institutions, including education, conservation, development, botany, gardening, horticulture, research, extension or administration. Selby Gardens was presented with this honor for its successful partnership with Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Botanical Garden and the University of Belize-Environmental Research Institute, to promote in Belize the study, conservation and display of epiphytes.

    Through work with these botanical organizations in Belize , about 860 accessions, or plant materials, were collected for Selby Gardens and Caves Branch living collections. More than 2,000 mounted specimens were added to Herbarium collections at both Selby Gardens and Belize National Herbarium. 


  • 15 Jul 2019 1:43 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Brad Jeffers has been named the general manager for The Lake Club, admired as the most exclusive village in Lakewood Ranch. In his position, Jeffers will oversee various aspects of Lake Club living and work closely with other members of the team to ensure resident and builder satisfaction and goal success. Jeffers comes to The Lake Club with a years of experience in hospitality, club management, and community governance, including years spent managing clubs, such as The Ritz-Carlton Club, and implementing hospitality programming throughout Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality, Restaurant and Travel Administration from Southern Illinois University and is a designated Florida Community Association Manager.

  • 15 Jul 2019 11:17 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – July 15, 2019 – Blake Medical Center welcomes new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Kimberly Hatchel.  Hatchel will be responsible for the overall direction of nursing services, provision of clinical care and program direction for the department of nursing in collaboration with physician and healthcare leaders.

    Hatchel comes to Blake from Lexington, Kentucky, where she has been serving as the Market CNE and Senior VP for Saint Joseph Health, a market of 8 hospitals. She was previously in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she served as the chief nursing officer (CNO) for Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children's Hospital, a 690-bed acute care hospital in the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) system. In 2017, she was awarded the Nurse Administrator of the Year by the March of Dimes in Las Vegas.

    Prior to that, Kim served as the CNO at Medical City McKinney in Texas, where she was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business and the recipient of Studer's "What's Right in Health Care Award" for improvement in overall emergency services. She credits her experience at HCA's Clinical Services Group, as assistant CNO, where she developed her passion for hospital throughput and health information technology. She utilized this experience to implement organizational change, successfully improving throughput metrics and implementing an all-electronic documentation platform across more than 160 emergency departments.

    “Kim is a great addition to our senior leadership team,” said hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Randy Currin.  “She brings outstanding experience, a well-suited leadership style and passion for excellence.  We are very pleased to have her here at Blake.”

    Hatchel received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Her master's degree in nursing and health care administration is from University of Phoenix and her doctorate in nursing practice is from Vanderbilt University.


  • 10 Jul 2019 11:40 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Mauldin & Jenkins is pleased to announce Jeff Dorris, CPA, as the Director of the Firm’s SALT Practice. Jeff joined the Firm in June 2019, after over a decade of service at UPS.

    “Jeff will provide additional expertise to our State and Local Tax Practice,” said Jeff Fucito, Partner in Charge of the Atlanta office. “His practical experience will be an asset to our clients in implementing and managing solutions to minimize tax exposure.”

    Jeff’s experience in State Income Tax, Sales and Use Tax, Personal Property Tax, as well as Credits and Incentives allows Mauldin & Jenkins to expand their footprint into the multi-state realm to create a nationwide SALT practice. Jeff enjoys state tax planning and organization restructuring to reduce the client’s overall state tax burden.

    Jeff is a licensed CPA and is actively involved in the accounting profession.

    Contact Jeff and learn more about our SALT Practice by visiting our website at www.mjcpa.com.


  • 03 Jul 2019 10:34 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Icard Merrill Shareholder Mike Foreman was honored by The Florida Bar for 50 years of dedication to the practice of law. The 50-year members were recognized at the Bar’s 69th Annual Convention in Boca Raton during a luncheon hosted by the Senior Lawyers Committee. To be recognized, attorneys must be members in good standing of The Florida Bar, active or inactive, and attain their 50th anniversary of admittance to the practice of law in 2019. Foreman joined the Bar in 1969. His legal practice focuses on estate and trust planning and administration, guardianships, and real estate, with a particular emphasis on planning for incapacity, family wealth planning, fiduciary relationships, accountings, and health care advance directives.


  • 03 Jul 2019 8:41 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County has announced the promotion of two key staff members as the agency prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. Michael Doyle has been named Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Yolanda Mancha has been promoted to Vice President for Advancement. Both will play instrumental roles in enhancing and expanding the organization’s infrastructure and programmatic opportunities that help thousands of youth at six Boys & Girls Clubs across Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

    Mancha started working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County in 2016 as the agency’s Director of Advancement, and, in the past three years, has reinvigorated the organization’s execution of resource development strategies. Doyle joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County in 2014, and, over the past five years, has directed the agency’s vision of resource development strategies. In his new role, Doyle will work closely with President/CEO Bill Sadlo to assess community needs, identify growth opportunities and secure support for new initiatives. 


  • 03 Jul 2019 8:40 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, recently selected Kristen Lessig Schenerlein for the position of Program Director. In her new role, Lessig Schenerlein will execute and oversee all programming content, including all monthly programs in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Pinellas, Marion and Sebring counties. She will also recruit and train program volunteer ambassadors, identify and implement new programs and organize and lead the nonprofit’s Distinguished Speakers Series, among other responsibilities.

    Most recently, Lessig Schenerlein served as the association executive director of youth development for the Sarasota Family YMCA. She also worked as the executive director for The Center of Anna Maria Island Inc. and was a co-founder and executive director of Virginia-based Sportable Richmond Adaptive Sports and Recreation. In addition, she is a consultant with the Patterson Foundation as an engagement member for its Suncoast campaign for grade-level reading and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Manatee through the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. 


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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