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AG Lafley Rejoins Bay Park Conservancy as CEO

Lafley replaces outgoing CEO Stephanie Crockatt. Plus, USF's Karen Holbrook named chair of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. and more.

By Staff October 30, 2023

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The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the non-profit organization responsible for designing and developing 53 acres of city-owned land on Sarasota Bay into a signature park, has announced that president and chief executive officer Stephanie Crockatt has stepped down to pursue other opportunities. The BPC board has asked AG Lafley, founding BPC CEO, to rejoin as CEO, effective immediately.

USF Sarasota-Manatee regional chancellor Karen Holbrook will be the next chair of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp., as the organization works to develop aviation-related industries in the area.

Save Our Seabirds (SOS), one of the largest bird rescue and rehabilitation centers in Florida, recently welcomed Brian Walton as its new executive director after a nationwide search.  

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) has named Susie Bowie, president and CEO of The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, to its board of directors.

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently appointed Bradenton Chief of Police Melanie Bevan to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Bevan is also the secretary/treasurer of the Florida Police Chiefs Association.

Cumberland Advisors has named Benjamin Pease as managing director of fixed income and chief innovation officer, effective immediately.

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that the following sales advisors have affiliated with the company’s Sarasota area sales gallery locations: Darren Beddoe, Lakewood Ranch; Julia DeCastro, downtown Sarasota; Valerie Esposito, Lakewood Ranch; Brandi Fano, downtown Sarasota; Judy Heuerman, Lakewood Ranch; Jill Michaud, Lakewood Ranch; Wally Palmer, downtown Sarasota; and Alex Turco, Lakewood Ranch.

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s inaugural Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) Awards event recently took place at the Westin Sarasota, and several local hospitality employees were recognized, including Victoria Garcia-Sanchez, Michelle Sarkis, Janie Wolfe, Danielle Berry and Kathy Martin (Gecko's Hospitality Group); Luis Valenzuela, Embassy Suites Sarasota; Marvin Palacios, The Resort at Longboat Key Club; Molly Glen, Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside; Raymond Alexander, Michael's Wine Cellar;  and David Gunn, The Westin Sarasota.

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