Congratulations to Michael Kline, our Ambassador of the Quarter!
Michael is the 13th of 14 children born into poverty to an alcoholic father living in a junkyard. He lost his mother at age 7 and discovered powerful lessons about resources. His journey from junkyard to country club is proof that anyone can do anything. He became the turn-around president of a franchise company with 35 locations, then a six-time successful entrepreneur. He is a Certified Jack Canfield Success Trainer, a RIM Master, and Success Coach, working with clients here and around the world. He and his partners provide corporate training and coaching in the areas of leadership, communications and emotional intelligence. Having grown up in Orlando, Mike moved back to Florida just over a year ago with his husband Sal, after 21 years in New England.
Congratulations, Michael! We greatly appreciate the dedication that you give to The Chamber and to The Chamber Ambassadors’ program. Michael’s inviting personality and engagement through the Chamber Ambassadors with welcoming and on-boarding of new members makes him a great representative of The Chamber. Thank you, Michael, & keep up the excellent work!
A big thank you to all that attended our 96th Annual Kick Off Breakfast last Friday, February 19th. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce welcomed nearly 400 business and community leaders to The Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch.
The event featured keynote speaker Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. Carvajal focused on the Florida Chamber Foundation’s upcoming 2030 project, which will stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future and engage business and community leaders in identifying key trends and factors that drive the state and local economy.
Carvajal stated, “by 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home. To prepare for this continued growth and ensure Florida remains successful, we need a plan for Florida’s future economy that ensures high-wage jobs, global competitiveness and vibrant communities.”
His presentation also discussed the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars framework and how much progress Sarasota has made by implementing these strategies. Through collaboration and focus on regionalism, Sarasota can attract and retain businesses and improve the quality of life for residents.
Other highlights of the event included Chamber Chair Lisa Krouse, FCCI Insurance Group, announcing goals of collaboration, engagement, growth and targeted strategies for The Chamber in 2016. The Chamber recognized Member Volunteer Troy Peterman from PayServ Systems with The Chamber 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award.
Other Member Volunteers recognized as 2015 Chamber Ambassadors of the Quarter were Fay Lynne Huang from Catering by Clayton’s, Gigi Kovach from PayServ Systems, Phil Mott from Morgan Stanley, and Hank Prograr from AIM Safe Money Advisors.
Congratulations to our Ambassador of the Quarter, Phil Mott! Mr. Mott is a financial advisor in the Wealth Management group at Morgan Stanley focusing on retirement income; investment management; asset allocation; education funding; lending, liquidity, and cash flow planning; and in life, disability, and long term care insurance. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Mott served in the US Navy as a surface warfare and intelligence officer for 29 plus years involving deployments and assignments to the Mediterranean and Norwegian Seas, Persian Gulf, Haiti, Germany, and Iraq. His final assignment was as the US Navy’s liaison officer to the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Mott has a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary and a M.A. in National Security Affairs from Georgetown University. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ and holds Series 7, 63, and 66 registrations.