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Sarasota Chamber Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

Plus, the Sarasota EDC presented its annual awards and impact report and Turning Points was named Sarasota-Manatee Neighborhood Champion by Bank of America.

By Staff December 12, 2022

Cordell Jeter, President of EcoRover Chairs, was presented with this year’s Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award at the Sarasota EDC's Annual Meeting & Luncheon.

Cordell Jeter, President of EcoRover Chairs, was presented with this year’s Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award at the Sarasota EDC's Annual Meeting & Luncheon.

Long-time staff member Darren L. Gambrell has been promoted to associate director for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus.
Three Sarasota County teachers have been named finalists for the Sarasota County Teacher of the Year Award. They are Timothy Ferguson, Garden Elementary School (elementary);  Joseph Conner, Venice Middle School (middle school); and Courtney Smith, Booker High School (high school).

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2022-2023 board of directors. They are Emily Walsh, Observer Media Group (chair);
Teri Hansen, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation (chair-elect); Dennis Murphy, Gulfside Bank (immediate past chair); Erin McLeod, Senior Friendship Center; Jennifer Rominiecki, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; Matt Brockway, Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, PA; Joe C. Hembree, Hembree & Associates; John LaCivita, Willis Smith Construction; Dennis Murphy, Gulfside Bank; Elizabeth Stamoulis, Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen; John Stump, The Bank of Tampa; Dr. Larry Thompson, Ringling College of Art and Design; Eric Troyer, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.; Taylor Aultman, Willis Smith Construction; Nathan Bailey, SouthTech; Jeff Benninghoff, WWSB ABC 7; Ian Black, Ian Black Real Estate; Paul Caraguilo, Caragiulos Italian American Restaurant; Laura Cole, Lakewood Ranch Commercial; Dr. Michael Crosby, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium; Dan DeLeo, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Ernest F. DuBose II, DuCon Construction; Christopher Gallagher, Hoyt Architects; Lexie Guanchez, Boyd Insurance; Jennifer Grondahl, Baltimore Orioles; Andy Guz, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center; Dr. Karen Holbrook, University of South Florida; Kelley Lavin, Sarasota Arts & Cultural Alliance; Lorrie Liang, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; Kim Livengood, The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime; Will McComb, Berlin Patten; Mike McCoy, Valley National Bank; Chris Pfahler, Tidewell Foundation; Mark Pritchett, Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Dr. Carol Probstfeld, State College of Florida; Michael Quillen, Gecko’s Hospitality Group; Darrin Rohr, HH Staffing Services; Jason Toale, Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home; Daria Tiubio, STAR Student; Don Vichitvongsa, PGT Innovations; Kristina Vorndran, Mariner Wealth Advisors; and Stephanie Whitfield, Bank of America.

Caldwell Trust Company has hired Kendall Peacock as vice-president and senior portfolio manager.

Visit Sarasota County recently hired Olivia Turpening as its new communications project coordinator. She will be responsible for supporting the organization's communications efforts, media relations and storytelling.

Ian Black Real Estate has promoted Tracy Page to office manager. In this role, Page will play an integral role in supporting the firm’s sales and property management teams. Page previously served as assistant property manager at the firm. She’s been with Ian Black Real Estate since 2012.

Gulfcoast South AHEC recently elected new board officers and members. They are Christine Coviello, board chair; Rodica Vasilescu, vice-chair; Cirelle Fitzimmons, treasurer. Ximena Granada and Taylor Collignon were elected as new members, joining Diane Ramseyer, Victoria Reinhartz, Caitlin Auers and Karina Clarke.


Local nonprofit Turning Points has been named the 2022 Bank of America Neighborhood Champion in Sarasota-Manatee. The nonprofit received a $50,000 grant in support of its work to provide, coordinate and facilitate services to prevent and reduce homelessness.

S-One Holdings Corporation, a global company headquartered in Sarasota with a focus on the digital imaging industry, has been named an honoree of the Inc. 2022 Best in Business list in the Sustainability category.

At its recent Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County highlighted its work in the community and presented the Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award to Rob Lane of Kerkering Barberio and the Ringling College of Innovation by Creative Design Award to Cordell Jeter of EcoRover Chairs.


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