From The Chair’s Corner: A Legacy of Leadership

A Legacy of Leadership

I am both honored and excited to enter into my term as Chair of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For me, this is a legacy moment in many respects. I look forward to following in not only the legacy of leadership that the Chamber has demonstrated through its many years in Sarasota, but also the legacy of leadership that my firm, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, has demonstrated over our more than 90 years in Sarasota. It is with great pride that I follow in the footsteps of a name partner in my firm, George A. Dietz, a past Chair of the Chamber, to carry on the rich history of the Chamber in a community with an equally rich history.


Chair| Charlie Bailey | Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen


As we look toward the year ahead, we do so with a focus on strengthening our connections – both within the community and with our membership. Your story is our story – the story of the Chamber is the story of its members. As an organization, ensuring robust layers of connection amongst our membership and bringing their businesses’ stories to life is our greatest priority. It is with that understanding that we enter this year with a tireless commitment to engage members both new and long-standing. We are setting our sights on being the voice of business in the community and focusing on the headline issues facing Sarasota. As an example, in partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SRQ Media, we are hosting Grid Un-Locked, a six-week program series featuring expert-led workshops which explore the facts, plans, and future of transportation in Sarasota.

We also are pleased to officially welcome Visit Sarasota County as they relocate Sarasota County’s Official Visitor Center to the Chamber of Commerce building on Fruitville Road. We are confident that this partnership will benefit both organizations, our community, and visitors to our beloved area.

We are proud to be an organization for those who are as focused on doing business as they are on where they do business. Your Chamber is here to support, promote, and connect its membership and the greater Sarasota area. We want your experience to be professionally and personally rewarding. As Chair, I can certainly say my experience has been nothing less, and I am committed to making sure yours is as well. I encourage you to stay connected with me throughout this year and I look forward to continuing to write the story of business in our community.

Charlie Bailey

Chair of the Board

Welcoming Chair of the Board, George McGonagill

As I begin my year as Chair of the Board I want to first off thank Lisa Krouse for her

Chair | George McGonagill | Questar Construction

leadership as Chair of the Board this past year.

The Chamber has come to mean so much more to us: from readying our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow to preparing our future leaders to engage in this community. I am honored to be this year’s incoming Chair of the Board. I know I have — “tall heel”s — to fill. I want to take a moment to thank our volunteer leadership, in particular, our Executive Committee, who has diligently and wisely guided our Chamber to this point, and whose support I will continue to rely on in this coming year.

The goal has been clear. To leave the Chamber in the strongest position possible to move forward with its new President. The team that will be supporting our new President is dedicated, knowledgeable and just chomping at the bit to create new opportunities to represent, support and be responsive to our members’ needs.

Our adoption of Chamber membership tiers will transform the way we deliver benefits and services for our members. Customized. Resonant. Relevant. It’s complex, not complicated, and in the best possible way. This new framework will ultimately allow each member to get the most of what they want out of their membership and maximize unique growth opportunities for their business.

I look forward to working with each of our members, volunteers, and staff to continue to bring benefits and support to our members and the community.


George McGonagill

2016-2017 Chair of the Board

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Board of Directors!

The 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Suzanne Atwell | City of Sarasota

Michael Beaumier | Gilbane Building Co.

Jeff Benninghoff | WWSB – ABC 7

Charles B. Brown, III | Insignia Bank

Matt Buchanan | Sarasota Ford

Kelly Caldwell | Caldwell Trust Company

Paul Caragiulo | Sarasota County Government

Jennifer Compton | Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick, LLP

John M. Cranor, III | Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

Dr. Michael Crosby | Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Dean Crowley | Crowley Services, Inc.

Lee Delieto, Jr. | Michael Saunders & Company

Andrew Dorr | Githler Development, Inc.

Pat Dorsey | Herald-Tribune Media Group

Rae Dowling | Florida Power & Light

Shawn Dressler | Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

Beth Ebersole | Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

Ted Ehlrichman | CareerSource Suncoast

Susan Flynn | Bon Eau Enterprises LLC

Chris Gallagher | Hoyt Architects

Rick Halloran | Sabal Palm Bank

Virginia Haley | Visit Sarasota County

Teri A. Hansen | Barancik Foundation

Tom Harmer | Sarasota County Government

Peter Hayes | Tandem Construction

Steven High | John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Fay Lynne Huang | Clayton’s Siesta Grille

Mark Huey | Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County

Jeff Jackson | PGT Industries

John LaCivita | Willis Smith Construction

David Lafferty | Tidewell Hospice

Ashley Leon | Northwestern Mutual

Lisl Liang | SRQ Media Group

Jeff Mayers | The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Bruce McDonald | Hyatt Regency Sarasota

Robert Meade | Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Phil Mott | Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Dennis Murphy | Gateway Bank of SW FL

Ursula Nixon | Zenith Insurance Company

Dr. Donal O’Shea | New College of Florida

Mark Pritchett | Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld | State College of Florida

Tom Roberts, CFP(R) | A New Approach Financial Planning

Myron Robinson | Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

David Rovine | Baltimore Orioles

Byron Shinn | Shinn & Company

Jim Shirley | Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Dr. Sandra Stone | USF Sarasota-Manatee

Dr. Larry R. Thompson | Ringling College of Art & Design

David Verinder | Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System

Richard S. Webb, IV | Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.

Lori White | School Board of Sarasota County

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Non nobis solum nati samus. Not for ourselves alone are we born.

During the 2015-2016 year, Chris Gallagher, Hoyt Architects, served as the Chair of the Board of Directors. As the Chamber Program year comes to a close this month, Gallagher takes the time to reflect on his past year.

IMG_9352Fellow Chamber Members:

A simple thought as my chairmanship draws to a close: One of the really neat things about Chamber membership – as we build our own careers and our own businesses, we help build a better, stronger community.

Mick Fleming, President of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, said it best, “Chamber of Commerce missions have always been two pronged: profitability for members today, and prosperity for community tomorrow.” Continue reading “Non nobis solum nati samus. Not for ourselves alone are we born.”