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  • 14 Oct 2019 9:33 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    PGT Innovations a national leader in the premium window and door category, recently revealed its 24,500-square-foot iLab, an extension of the business that serves as a product incubator and micro-factory, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday. The new iLab operations include creating prototypes, developing initial product builds, and, if needed, assisting in setting up mass-production plans for products. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees toured iLab, viewed its products and heard from PGT Innovations executives and Venice Mayor John Holic. The crowd also saw an impact-resistant glass demonstration, a part of PGT Innovations’ stringent testing protocols. 

    “The iLab supports PGT Innovations’ mission to manufacture highly engineered and technically advanced products that can withstand some of the toughe st weather conditions and revolutionize the way people live by unifying indoor and outdoor living spaces," said Jeff Jackson, President and CEO of PGT Innovations. "With this state-of-the-art facility, we’ve brought together an exceptional team of inventors, tinkerers, engineers, and dreamers who also have in-depth industry knowledge.” 


  • 11 Oct 2019 1:20 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Children First has been recognized as one of the top 30 employers in Sarasota-Manatee in the “Best Places to Work” competition. Hosted by independent firm Best Companies Group and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the competition identifies and recognizes the area’s top employers who demonstrate workplace excellence and are known for retaining and recruiting the best and brightest employees.

    In order to qualify, the agency of 187 staff members was asked to complete a confidential Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey. Worth 75% of the overall score, this process was crucial to securing a place on the list and required at least a 40% response rate to qualify. Dedicated project managers also completed a questionnaire regarding company policies, practices, and demographics. 

    Best Companies Group evaluated the selection and ranking of entries, analyzing participating companies in eight areas: leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationships with supervisors; training, development and resources; pay and benefits; and, overall engagement.

    Companies representing thousands of local employees all vied to make the list. With the second highest number of employees of the companies who were named, and one of only five nonprofits, Children First was selected for its mission-driven approach to employment.

    “From our newest employees to those with over 30 years of experience, our staff is what truly makes us great. Every employee has the opportunity to be extraordinarily successful and feel a tremendous sense of gratification as a part of the Children First family. Since 1961, we have celebrated our staff and now, together, we celebrate what makes our agency a best place to work!” says CEO Philip Tavill.


  • 11 Oct 2019 12:31 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Women are natural-born leaders. Yet, many feel overwhelmed by attempting to juggle life’s demands and have it all—home, family and career. How to balance work and home life? The Women’s Resource Center will explore these issues with BeingWE (Being Women Empowered), a guided conversation series for women by women, created by Keren Lifrak, an area-based entrepreneur and real estate professional. “Smart, capable, talented, funny, fascinating women around the world experience the same frustrations and share the same victories,” says Lifrak. “What will start with an inquiry will lead to an open conversation, guided by a variety of relevant topics and facilitated in an empowering way.”

    The series launches with three sessions (and three more will be announced): The Superwoman Badge (Thursday, October 29); Women in Business: Creating What’s Possible Against All Odds (Tuesday, December 3); and Follow Your Bliss: How Our Brains Are Uniquely Wired to Take Action (Thursday, January 23). Each session is 4:30-7:30 p.m., and all genders are welcome to participate. The fee per session is $25, with a sliding scale available. To register, visit BeingWE.net.

    Lifrak says that participants will “inquire into what it means to be an empowered woman in the 21st century. We’ll uncover myths, share commonalities, and discover valuable tools and practices that provide clarity, freedom, and inspire us all.  BeingWE is a space where we get to step into the author role in our own life, rather than reacting to a life given to us by our environment or conditions.  We get to redefine our potential as women and leaders.”

    She adds that by collaborating with the Women’s Resource Center, “our aim is to create a space where women acknowledge each other and our shared struggles. We listen and learn from the women participating in the conversation as the heroes and leaders we are—while also allowing for being vulnerable and authentic. That’s what real courage is, and that’s where a real opportunity arises for a shift in our experience and owning our power.”

    Ashley Brown, president and CEO of Women’s Resource Center, explains that “more than ever, women are taking the lead in conversations about change, empowerment and our role in supporting and mentoring each other in those efforts. It is great that WRC has the ability to open our doors for programs like BeingWE.”


    About the Women’s Resource Center
    For more than 37 years, the Women’s Resource Center has been dedicated to engaging, educating, enriching and empowering women of all generations and socioeconomic levels. Today, WRC serves thousands of women and families in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Its vision is to provide unique strategies and programs that strengthen women through life’s transitions and provide balance, confidence and determination, which not only meet their immediate needs, but also provide hope for the future. To learn more, visit MyWRC.org.


  • 09 Oct 2019 10:41 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota and the Florida Department of Corrections are partnering on the “Second Chance Job Fair” on Wednesday, October 30, at Goodwill’s Corporate Campus (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event, while it is open to all job seekers, will focus on assisting members of the public who are currently on probation.

    Attending employers are from fields including staffing companies, roofing, construction, auto repair, landscaping and lawn care, janitorial services, contractors, and more. All of these companies are second-chance workplaces that welcome applicants with criminal records. Additionally, at noon, a representative from Gulfcoast Legal Services will give a presentation about the requirements and process for getting a criminal record expunged.

    One in three Americans has a criminal background. Approximately 700,000 inmates are released from state and federal prison each year. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics:
    • Within three years of their release, about two-thirds of released prisoners are rearrested for a new crime.
    • Within five years of release, about three-quarters of released prisoners are rearrested.

    Numerous studies by experts in the field indicate that employment is an incredibly important factor in stabilizing someone’s life after release from prison. Yet somewhere between 60-75% of ex-offenders remain unemployed one year after their release from prison. Ex-offenders have a 27% unemployment rate (Prison Policy Initiative, “Out of Prison & Out of Work”).

    “At Goodwill, we believe that anyone who wants to work and strive for a better future deserves the opportunity to do so,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Margie Genter. “We find that the individuals with a criminal record that we’ve hired are extremely motivated to work – they are hardworking, reliable, and eager to get on the path to a stable, successful future. We are proud to help them get there.”

    For more information about the job fair or Goodwill's Job Connection program, contact the Job Connection office at (941) 355-2721, ext. 160.

  • 08 Oct 2019 9:10 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    FCCI Insurance Group was recently named by Business Insurance in their annual Best Places to Work in Insurance program, which recognizes employers for their performance in establishing workplaces where employees can thrive, enjoy their work and help their companies grow. FCCI ranked in the ‘Medium Sized Employer’ category as the third highest-ranked company. The company earned the ranking for the third year in a row. The company’s strong emphasis on employee growth and support have helped create a culture of employee satisfaction.

    Best Places to Work in Insurance is an annual feature presented by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group that lists the agents, brokers, insurance companies and other providers with the highest levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. Best Companies Group identifies the leading employers in the insurance industry by conducting a free two-part as sessment of each company. The first part is a questionnaire completed by the employer about company policies, practices and demographics. The second part is a confidential employee survey on engagement and satisfaction.

    View the full list of winners at bestplacestoworkins.com 


  • 02 Oct 2019 9:08 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Icard Merrill Attorney Stephen D. Rees, Jr., has been selected to serve as a mentor in the Booker High School Law Academy for the upcoming school year. 

    The BHS Law Academy provides students with a rigorous academic program in conjunction with course work in law studies and criminal justice. Students receive innovative instruction, curriculum materials, and real world experience. A mock courtroom is set up to simulate a real courtroom to allow students to apply their knowledge and skills. The mentoring program was established by the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion and is spearheaded by Judge Frederick Mercurio. The purpose of the program is to assist in retaining students in the Law Academy program, and to provide students with a mentor who can be a shining example of quality lawyers and human beings giving back to the community. 

    Rees’ law practice focuses on land use, zoning, municipal law, and real estat e. He brings many years of experience to his representation of developers, landowners, and others in rezoning cases, obtaining development approvals, and handling the myriad complex issues that arise in the development and use of real estate. 


  • 02 Oct 2019 9:03 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has been identified as a national leader among community foundations according to an independent third-party that evaluates philanthropic funders for effectiveness. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) ranked CFSC in the top 99th percentile for overall donor satisfaction and impact on the community after conducting a 2019 Donor Perception Report that compared local results with CEP’s broad dataset of nearly 10,000 donors from more than 70 community foundations across the United States. “While we are tremendously proud of these results, what these numbers ultimately reflect is the generosity of our community and our commitment to community impact,” said Roxie Jerde, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “These numbers represent the passions of the donors making a difference every day in the lives of families and individuals. 

    Additionally, CFSC was ranked as the largest community foundation in Florida by asset size, according to the results of the 2018 Columbus Survey released in August by CF Insights, a knowledge-sharing platform operated by Candid, a national nonprofit organization focused on transparency among charitable funders. Read more here.  


  • 02 Oct 2019 8:49 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Conditioned Air and Honest Air Conditioning of Venice announced a partnership under which Honest Air will be acquired by Conditioned Air and operate as a division of the air-conditioning contracting and service firm. This merger expands Conditioned Air’s presence in Sarasota County and enables Honest Air Conditioning to provide enhanced products and services.

    “This is a great partnership as our two companies share the same core values and a commitment to serve our customers with honesty and integrity and to provide service that will exceed their expectations,” said Tim M. Dupre, President and Chief Executive Officer for Conditioned Air.

    Once the transaction is completed, Honest Air Conditioning will operate under its existing name as a division of Conditioned Air. A number of improvements also are in the works to allow the company to better serve customers, such as an updated dispatching/operating software program.

    “We will have more access to employee training programs to ensure that we have the best technicians in the market,” said Nicholas J. Masher, President of Honest Air. “Our service fleet also will have increased inventory, which will allow us to serve customers faster, and improved buying power will ensure our ability to provide fair and competitive pricing in the local market.”

    Headquartered in Naples, Conditioned Air is currently the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with a total of 390 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties. The company expanded into Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties in 2011, mostly to serve existing clients in those markets. The company has since experienced tremendous growth, increasing revenue and boosting its employment throughout the region.

    To accommodate further growth in the northern region, Conditioned Air last year moved into the remaining flex space in its northern headquarters building located on Knight’s Trail Road in North Venice, growing from about 5,000 square feet up to 15,000 square feet. The company also has been increasing employment and expects to hire an additional 15 to 20 people over the next year.

    The acquisition of Honest Air Conditioning fits with Conditioned Air’s strategic plan to grow the company both organically and through acquisitions of companies with similar corporate cultures.

    Honest Air Conditioning has served the South Florida community since 2000. It is owned by husband and wife team, Nick and Brooke Masher. The couple is committed to the local community, to providing superior service to their customers and to running a successful company that provides a rewarding career to their employees. The Mashers will remain in a leadership role.

    Founded in 1962, 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 additional information or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit  www.conditionedair.com.


  • 01 Oct 2019 1:33 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    On Thursday, October 24th enjoy an evening of fun presented by Sally Ullman Photography.  Ms. Ullman is an acclaimed professional photographer with many of her works featured in national publications.  This is a one-night-only photography presentation from her Safari to Africa and her trip to the American Southwest.  Admission is FREE and complimentary beer, wine and appetizers will be served.  Donations will benefit Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue and photography sales will benefit the African Wildlife Foundation.  Win a chance for a Two (2) night stay at the EVEN Hotel or a Cork & Kale restaurant gift certificate.  A special thank you to the event sponsors: Gold Coast Eagle, The EVEN Hotel, Cork & Kale, Michael’s on East and Fiorelli Winery.  The event will be held on Thursday evening October 24, 2019 – 5:30 Reception, 6:15 Show - at Gold Coast Eagle, 7051 Wireless Court, Sarasota, FL 34240.


  • 30 Sep 2019 11:27 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch, Florida, September 27, 2019- John D. Rojas, MBA, Vice President of Bank

    OZK starts his fourth quarter of 2019 and the season of giving focusing on the community at large.

    The business community and the residents are invited to this networking event with the spirit of

    giving blood if you are able to do so. Suncoast Blood Bank will be onsite and there will be food

    and mingling. It is open to the public.

    Bank OZK is a member of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Commercial Investment

    Division (CID) of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) and Manatee County

    Chamber of Commerce.

    “We are looking forward to the blood drive at our location,” said Mr. Rojas. “I believe we need

    each other for our businesses and this is an opportunity to connect while giving,” he continued.

    It’s All About The Community and the season of giving starts at 3:30 p.m. at 2025 Lakewood

    Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, Florida 34211.

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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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