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  • 16 Apr 2019 5:39 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)
    (Bradenton, FL – April 15) – The volunteers stood out in the sea of people at the Bradenton Area Convention Center with their vivid orange T-shirts that said “Parkinson’s EXPO.” The 126 member volunteer crew, a mix of area residents, students, professionals and retirees, were on hand to help the 7-person Neuro Challenge staff execute the EXPO from check-in to helping people get to where they needed to be to delivering a boxed lunch to each person in the arena within the 10-minute window before the noon speaker. They succeeded.

    The Parkinson’s EXPO, attended by more than 1,300 people from southwest Florida and beyond, represented 15 states and 23 counties in Florida.  The free educational event, the largest of its kind in the country, featured national Parkinson’s experts on the latest research, treatment and disease management options for every stage of Parkinson’s as well as diverse resources for attendees to explore.

    “Parkinson’s is a complicated disease, showing up differently for each person diagnosed which is why we provide such an array of resources and Parkinson’s expertise; there is no one answer that fits everyone,”  said Neuro Challenge CEO Robyn Faucy-Washington.    

    Neuro Challenge provides the Parkinson’s EXPO at no charge. Next year’s Parkinson’s EXPO is scheduled for February 29 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Find out more about living well with Parkinson’s at neurochallenge.org or call 941-926-6413.

  • 15 Apr 2019 10:04 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Throughout the month of April, Veteran Air Conditioning is holding a donation drive to support Goodwill Manasota’s mission services. All month, the company is picking up gently-used items that its clients in the Sarasota-Manatee area no longer want or need, and transporting them to Goodwill, where they are being sold in retail stores throughout the area. Proceeds support Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work.
     
    Veteran Air Conditioning owner Kevin Henault, who has been a proud Ambassador for Goodwill Manasota for several years, supports the organization in particular for its commitment to helping veterans reintegrate into their families, jobs and communities. Henault – who served in the Army – comes from a long line of veterans. He notes that many of the men in his family have served in the Armed Forces, in every conflict since World War I. And his son returned from Afghanistan in 2015, where he served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
     
    "I appreciate that Goodwill works to help and employ veterans through its many programs and services," said Henault. "Especially given my own family’s tradition of service, I'm honored to partner with Goodwill to help the veterans in our community as well as those who are seeking to improve their lives through career services, education and training."
     
    Henault, who employs numerous veterans, has hired veterans through Goodwill's Veterans Services Program. He also notes that his wife, Adriane, is a Goodwill fan. “She loves to shop there – I can’t keep her out of Goodwill’s stores!”
     
    “This is a wonderful example of a local business showcasing great corporate social responsibility. Through our Ambassadors Program, we are proud to partner with companies like Veteran Air Conditioning for events and donation drives throughout the year,” said Gray Videnka, vice president of the Goodwill Manasota Foundation. “We are grateful to Veteran Air Conditioning for helping us to give chances – not charity – to deserving people in our community.”

    Items appropriate for donation include clothing, shoes, jewelry, furniture, functioning computers, household items and décor, kitchenware, books and more. Veteran Air Conditioning, which will provide a donation receipt for tax purposes, held a similar donation drive to benefit Goodwill in 2016.

    Through Goodwill Manasota’s Ambassadors Program, community members make a commitment to share the mission of Goodwill with the greater community by volunteering at events, speaking on the organization's behalf, creating new fundraisers, and introducing their friends, family and colleagues to Goodwill. For more information or to get involved, contact Pavitra Ciavardone at pavitra.ciavardone@gimi.org or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 163.

    Photo ID: Kevin Henault, owner of Veteran Air Conditioning (left), with Goodwill’s director of donation development, Donna Evans

    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.


  • 15 Apr 2019 9:46 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    “Did you know that SunCoast Blood Bank provides 100% of all blood products to 10 hospitals near you?! SunCoast can’t operate without the support of strong community partners, especially during the summer when our inventory levels are at their lowest. We will bring the bloodmobile to your place of business, your organization, or your event and provide everything needed to make the blood drive a success. All it takes is 8-10 donors, and your effort in an investment in your community. To host your own blood drive contact Tanja Malkovich @ tmalkovich@scbb.org.”


  • 03 Apr 2019 8:17 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Brad West has been elected as the new board chair. New to the board this year is Matt Nessetti; he joins directors Peter Crowley (Emeritus), Debbie Douglas, Rae Dowling, Rod Hollingsworth, Sandy Kirkpatrick, Jacqueline Moore, Allen Weinstein and Richard Wharton. Coming off the board are longtime, dedicated leaders and past board chairs Steve Boone and Rob Morris. The 2019-2020 board assumed its duties on March 20.

    West has been a director on the Goodwill Manasota board since 2016. He is the current senior vice president of corporate development and treasurer for PGT, where he has worked since 2006. He previously held positions including vice president and controller, and Chief Financial Officer, before his recent promotion. West, who has two decades of management experience in manufacturing organizations, earned a B.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, and is a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia.

    “We can only succeed in our mission of changing lives through the power of work if we are all working together toward the same goals. A key element in our success is the leadership from the Board that we have in place at Goodwill Manasota,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO. “Our leadership’s dedication to removing barriers to employment for people who want to improve their work skills and gain financial independence is clear; we look forward to our new board’s service to Goodwill and our community.”

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

    Photo ID: Goodwill Manasota board chair Brad West (left) and president and CEO Bob Rosinsky

    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.


  • 29 Mar 2019 9:05 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Atlanta, GA, March 29, 2019– Mauldin & Jenkins is proud to announce the acquisition of Jon Campbell & Associates, an advisory firm providing professional services to financial institutions in Florida. On March 15, Jon Campbell & Associates officially joined the Bradenton, Florida office, one of eight Mauldin & Jenkins locations.

    Both firms bring a rich heritage to the combined entity with over 100 years of quality service within the accounting industry. Jon Campbell & Associates is made up of experienced professionals who provide trusted advisory services including risk management, internal audit, regulatory compliance, and information technology as well as other value-driven services. Their proven success adds to the wealth of services Mauldin & Jenkins offers. Providing quality service to clients, building a firm that will stand the test of time, and providing opportunities for employees remain Mauldin & Jenkins' key objectives.

    This combination gives the Mauldin & Jenkins’ financial services team additional resources while significantly increasing our firm’s presence and recognition within the State of Florida. We believe this combination will strategically integrate and align with both our existing Florida financial services practice as well as our firm-wide financial services practice by continuing the Jon Campbell & Associates’ long-term reputation and legacy for excellent client service. – Hanson Borders, Managing Partner, Mauldin & Jenkins.

    Jon Campbell & Associates’ success has been built on a framework of providing outstanding customer support and serving as an informational resource for our clients. This merger will further enhance the level of financial services expertise and informational resources that our community banking clients rely on in outsourcing their overall risk management, internal audit, regulatory compliance and loan review functions. – Jon B. Campbell, President, Jon Campbell & Associates

    Mauldin & Jenkins is a Top 100 Certified Public Accounting firm providing assurance, tax and advisory services since 1918. The firm has eight offices located across the Southeast, including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The firm serves clients in a range of industries including government, health care, construction, not-for-profit, financial services, film & entertainment, entrepreneurial, and higher education. For more information, please visit www.mjcpa.com.


  • 26 Mar 2019 9:52 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Conditioned Air, the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 380 employees across Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties, announced the appointment of Tim Russell as Vice President of Finance. Russell will assume the finance responsibilities from Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Carol Papesh, who is retiring and has accepted a position on the company’s Board of Directors. Conditioned Air Chairman Theo Etzel, III, said “Tim has watched our company for many years and brings extensive knowledge in mergers and acquisitions and in integrating companies. This experience will be advantageous as we continue to expand our operations throughout Southwest Florida.” Originally from Indiana, Russell has lived in Southwest Florida for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Conditioned Air, he was CFO for Fusion Industries and Director of Finance and Business Development for its predecessor Stevens Industries. Before that, he served as CFO at Pulte-Knipper, a construction and development firm. Russell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with honors from Florida Gulf Coast University with a minor in Real Estate. He has professional experience in construction and development, manufacturing, and related businesses. He also has been a computer company owner and business consultant which adds to his talents beyond accounting. Russell succeeds Papesh, who is retiring after 33 years in construction accounting. Papesh began her career with Conditioned Air 14 years ago as assistant controller. In 2006, she was promoted to the position of CFO, and in 2013, she was additionally named as Senior Vice President. She remains an owner in Conditioned Air.


  • 21 Mar 2019 1:39 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The U.S. Healthcare System is dynamic in every way and offers formally trained Administrative Professionals tremendous career opportunities in a broad range of disciplines. 

    The LECOM School of Health Services Administration is now in accepting applications for all three of our exciting master’s degree programs starting in late May 2019.  No GMAT is required A 10% tuition discount will be awarded to LWRBA members and affiliate applicants for all three of these programs which teach the business of healthcare.

    These 24-month degrees are taught through our robust on-line learning platform, specifically designed for busy working professionals and professional students.

    Masters in Public Health                                              

    Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics

    Masters in Health Services Administration

    Simply submit a 2-minute on-line inquiry to receive detailed information about these programs or call 941-405-1533 to share your professional goals with one of our program directors.

    Take that first important step to becoming a healthcare industry leader that is truly prepared to facilitate wellness for generations to come!

    Quick Link to Submit 2 minute Inquiry to MSBE, MPH or MHSA Programs

  • 11 Mar 2019 2:09 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch, Florida – Merrill Lynch today announced the opening of a new office in Lakewood Ranch to provide comprehensive wealth management strategies and personalized advice and guidance for individuals, families and businesses in the surrounding area.

    “This opening is another exciting step towards broadening our network of strategically located offices in growth regions,” said Erik Vatter, Market Executive. “Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is centered on the enduring relationships between our financial advisors and our clients, and with Bank of America, clients have access to even more resources and bank offerings to help them with all aspects of their financial lives.”

    The new office will be located at 6311 Atrium Drive and the space will accommodate growth and the addition of new financial advisors and employees. To reach a financial advisor at the new Merrill Lynch office in Lakewood Ranch, please call 941.413.4520.

    The public is invited to attend an open house event on March 19, 2019 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at 6311 Atrium Drive to learn about the offerings and services available through Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

    Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Time: 9am Ribbon Cutting - In partnership with Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance

               9am-2pm Open House - Refreshments served

    Location: 6311 Atrium Drive, Lakewood Ranch

    Bank of America Corporation

    Merrill Lynch is a leading provider of comprehensive wealth management and investment services for individuals and businesses globally. With 14,838 financial advisors and $2.3 trillion in client balances as of September 30, 2018, it is among the largest businesses of its kind in the world. Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, specializes in goals-based wealth management, including planning for retirement, education, legacy, and other life goals through investment, cash and credit management. Within Merrill Lynch, the Private Banking and Investment Group focuses on the unique and personalized needs of wealthy individuals, families and their businesses. These clients are served by approximately 200 highly specialized private wealth advisor teams, along with experts in areas such as investment management, concentrated stock management and intergenerational wealth transfer strategies. Merrill Lynch is part of Bank of America Corporation.  

    Banking products are provided by Bank of America, N.A., and affiliated banks, Members FDIC and wholly owned subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.

    Merrill Lynch Wealth Management makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S) and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.

    Investment products:

    Are Not FDIC Insured

    Are Not Bank Guaranteed

    May Lose Value

    MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation.


    © 2018 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved. ARL3WLWC


  • 11 Mar 2019 10:18 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Report cards are out for the nation’s hospitals, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital again received the highest 5-star rating. It is the only hospital in Florida — and one of just 52 across the nation — to consistently earn the federal government’s highest quality rating for the fifth consecutive rating period, since the star program’s inception in 2016. Of 3,724 U.S. hospitals evaluated, less than 8 percent earned the federal government’s highest rating in the February 2019 update on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Like previous years, most hospitals received two, three or four stars.  


  • 11 Mar 2019 10:14 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Children First was recognized as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year at the 14th annual WEDU Be More Awards. As recipient of the Be More Unstoppable Award, Children First was chosen from a field of the Tampa Bay area’s most esteemed organizations. The winner was selected by an independent judging committee and given to the organization that, through a superior level of service, helps their constituency Be More. Children First received a second accolade, the “Be More Knowledgeable” Award, recognizing the longtime Nurturing Dads Program. The award is for the organization that, through a specific project, offers guidance, knowledge, and emotional or physical support aimed at improving specific aspects of community life

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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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