Company Profile: Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

Poised for the Future

Founded in 1972 in a small office located on St. Armand’s Circle, Kerkering Barberio has grown in the Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Tampa communities to become one of the leading Certified Public Accounting firms in Southwest Florida.

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From its simple beginnings, Kerkering Barberio has expanded its services in tax and accounting services to a multifaceted business and financial organization.  As one of the area’s largest full-service independent accounting firms, KB’s wide array of services include audit, estate and trust planning, financial services, individual and business tax consulting, healthcare consulting, nonprofit organization services, outsourced accounting, retirement planning and administration, and succession (exit) planning.  In addition, the Kerkering Barberio international tax team attracts not only local clients but serves individuals and businesses all over the world.

Kerkering Barberio’ s mission is bringing together the best people, quality services, and innovative products to assist clients in achieving their personal, business and financial goals.  As client needs change and grow, so does KB.  Kerkering, Barberio & Co. is poised for the future.

Learn more about the Kerkering Barberio team at KBGRP.com.


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Meet Our Members: Greater Sales Growth

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Give us a brief history of your business/organization.

Greater Sales Growth is the product of almost 30 Years specializing in Sales and Business Management. I have sold $30+Million in Products and Services. Along the way, I perfected many strategies that consistently produce explosive sales results. Using these methods I have repeatedly helped businesses grow 10% – 25% annually.

What are your business/organization’s core values, goals, and overall mission?
We help Small Businesses achieve financial success, peace of mind and a bright future.
How long have you been in business in the Greater Sarasota Community?
16 MONTHS
In a nutshell, what does your business/organization provide its customers/clients?
Greater Sales Growth | The Sales Experts | We Increase Sales Fast
Complete this sentence: “When a customer/client walks into my business/office, they can expect…”
The Most Experienced and Accomplished Sales Experts.
What makes your business/organization unique?
Greater Sales Growth is unique because of its primary focus on Small Businesses. We give Small Businesses, Big Company Resources. We use the same strategies that Fortune 500 Companies have used for decades. Using our methods any business can achieve DOUBLE DIGIT ANNUAL GROWTH
What benefit attracted you to The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce?
The Chamber does a great job supporting small businesses. Since our primary clients are Small Businesses it just made perfect sense for me to join.
Is your company/organization involved in any community/civic activities?
Giving back to the Community is a very high priority. We offer FREE SERVICES TO many SMALL BUSINESSES that are seriously in need providing expert guidance, mentoring and support.
Where do you see your organization in five years?
A Book is in the works. I also hope to add more experts to our Team. We want to help 50 – 100 small businesses in the next 5 years
What are three things your business/organization can’t live without?
No Business can live without (People + Process + Planning) As well as… (Tools + Tactics + Training). We make all of these critical business components work together seamlessly. That is our focus every day!

For more information about Greater Sales Growth, visit their website, follow Show Management on Facebook and Twitter.

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“See and Be Scene” at Sarasota Film Festival

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The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best-known and emerging independent voices. Although the Sarasota Film Festival is one of nearly 850 film festivals in North America, they continually rank in the top ten percent.

In February, the Sarasota Film Festival unveiled their new campaign artwork created by Tyler Mathis, a Motion Design student at Ringling College of Art and Design. The annual celebration of film returns to Downtown Sarasota March 31st – April 9th, and the theme is a multidimensional play on words: See & Be Seen, Sea & Be Seen, and See & Be Scene. “For that reason, we are excited to share an artwork triptych, each of which captures the different iterations. Which one is your Festival?”

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This year’s Festival will welcome some celebrity star power, as well. Oscar-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, Golden Globe-nominated actress Rosanna Arquette, actress Diane Lane, documentarian Rory Kennedy and actress-filmmaker Aisha Tyler are set to attend this year’s festival.

For more information and tickets to the Sarasota Film Festival, please visit their website here!


The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is a Proud Supporter of the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival!

 

Meet Our Members: Show Management

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Give us a brief history of your business/organization.

In 1976, Show Management opened its doors and became the producers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The company now produces five boat shows each year along with hundreds of special events throughout the year. Specializing in event production, Show Management has made the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachts Miami Beach, formerly the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, and the Palm Beach Boat Show, three of the World’s largest in-water boat shows, and the St. Petersburg Boat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, two of the Gulf Coast’s largest in-water boat shows.

How long have you been in business?

Since 1976.

In a nutshell, what does your business provide its customers/clients?

The Show Management Convention Services division offers a full line of decorating and material handling services for consumer and trade show exhibits, including customized floor plans, booth furnishings, storage, and shipping. The Show Management Concessions division manages event food, beverage, and live entertainment services.

Currently Show Management consists of five divisions to better serve the event industry. The two divisions that manage and produce boat shows, offer floating docks and a full line of clearspan tents from 60′ to 165′ in width are Yachting Promotions, Inc. and Yachting Promotions Gulf, Inc.

What are your business/organization’s core values, goals, and overall mission?

The company now produces five boat shows each year along with hundreds of special events throughout the year. Show Management is actively seeking new venues for additional boat shows in the future.

The 35th Annual Suncoast Boat Show takes place in downtown Sarasota on April 21-23, 2017, at Marina Jack’s, #2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236. Enjoy the great outdoors while pricing and comparing hundreds of boats from the Gulfcoast’s leading boat dealers. See various types and styles all in one place. Cruisers, Runabouts, Bowriders, Sportfishers, Center Consoles, Motor Yachts, Inflatables and more. Shop tents full of electronics, accessories, jewelry, art and clothing all in a festive atmosphere with food, drinks, music and much more. Plenty of downtown parking. Visit www.showmanagement.com for more information or to purchase tickets!


For more information about Show Management, visit their website, follow Show Management on Facebook and Twitter.

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Meet Our Members: Human Resources Simplified

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Give us a brief history of your business/organization.

Partner with businesses with outsourced human resources (from hiring to terminating), training, facilitation, coaching, and investigating functions.

What are your business/organization’s core values, goals, and overall mission?

Human Resources Simplified is an experienced and full-service human resources consulting company providing clients with strategic people and team planning, recruiting, training, mentoring and facilitating using consulting and coaching. If you have staff, we have solutions. Win the game of business with our specialists.

How long have you been in business in the Greater Sarasota Community?

With 20+ years of experience, we have seen it all. You’ll also enjoy receiving our best counsel, advice and guidance and straightforward honesty (yes, it may hurt) as we work with you, not just for you, so that you achieve your business goals.

In a nutshell, what does your business/organization provide its customers/clients?

HR Consulting, HR Interim Leadership, HR Virtual Management, HR Projects, Management Development, Staff Training, Mentoring, Coaching, Meeting Facilitation, Event Planning, Workplace Investigating,

Complete this sentence: “When a customer/client walks into my business/office, they can expect…”

…helping their business do more with less.

What makes your business/organization unique?

I am the only HR Consultant who is also a Chamber member. I have clients local to SW Florida and out of state.

What benefit attracted you to The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce?

Business resources.

Is your company/organization involved in any community/civic activities?

As time permits.

Where do you see your organization in five years?

Continuing to serve businesses.

If your business/organization were a book, song or famous artwork, what would it be and why?

Find Your Fit book – just published – I am one of the co-authors. This is a career development book aimed at job hunters. I am a recruiter and certified resume writer also with a second business: Career Advice Simplified.


For more information about Human Resources Simplified, visit their website, follow Tri County Air on Facebook and Twitter.

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Meet Our Members: Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

Future Focused

Since the early 1970s, Kerkering Barberio & Co., CPAs has served the Sarasota community and beyond with the highest quality accounting and business consulting services. From the firm’s earliest days, founding members Dick Kerkering and Allan Barberio knew the importance of serving clients differently, and through their leadership and the guidance of firm leaders following in their footsteps, Kerkering Barberio has grown to be one of the largest locally owned CPA firms in Southwest Florida.

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Beyond guiding clients in the development of their business succession plans, KB Managing Shareholder, Rob Lane, also helps to guide Kerkering Barberio’s next generation of firm leadership. Following extensive “Firm of the Future” studies in 2015, Lane hosts monthly Managing Shareholder luncheons for KB’s up and coming leaders to have an opportunity to weigh-in on the firm’s growth and influence future direction of the Sarasota accounting firm.

Three leaders embracing Kerkering Barberio’s future focus are Patricia Entsminger, Brian Leidel and Heather Williams. Entsminger, a ten-year shareholder, stepped outside of her traditional audit role in 2016 to create a new position, providing an all-inclusive experience for clients looking for guidance in tax, audit, internal controls and CFO outsourcing.

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Admitted as shareholders in 2016, Heather Williams and Brian Leidel are also making an impact in their community and respective areas of expertise. Heather, a recipient of the Chamber’s Young Professional of the Year Award for 2016, offers expertise in individual and business tax consulting with a focus on estate and trust planning, while Brian specializes in individual and business tax consulting with a special concentration in developing new client relationships in the firm’s expanded Tampa office. Heather, Brian, and Patricia are very active in the community and are embracing the opportunity to become Kerkering Barberio’s next generation of leaders.


Learn more about the Kerkering Barberio team at KBGRP.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Meet Our Members: Tri County Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.

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Give us a brief history of your business/organization.

Tri County Air is a Christian, 2nd generation family-owned air conditioning and heating company. William Swanson, Jr., known by colleagues, staff, and customers as Billy, is president and owner of the company founded by his father in 1977. He began working full time at Tri County in 1987 and took over the business in 2001 following the death of his father. Billy holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and is a ministry leader in our local community.

What are your business/organization’s core values, goals, and overall mission?

The mission of Tri County Air is: “To comfort all in such a way that (1) they are compelled to tell others about their experience, and (2) it honors the Great Comforter, Jesus Christ.”

The mission statement is inspired by 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

How long have you been in business in the Greater Sarasota Community?

Tri County Air is pleased to have faithfully served the Sarasota, Florida area since 1977.

In a nutshell, what does your business/organization provide its customers/clients?

Tri County Air provides customers with air conditioning and heating maintenance, service, sales, and installation. Beyond simply providing comfort through HVAC and indoor air quality, the non-profit arm of Tri County Air, the Tri County Community Foundation, works to further complete the mission by providing emotional and spiritual comfort to our community by meeting the needs of the people they serve.

Complete this sentence: “When a customer/client walks into my business/office, they can expect…”

When a customer calls Tri County Air, they can expect to speak with a live Customer Service Representative who is kind, knowledgeable, and respectful of the customer’s needs.

When a technician or Comfort Adviser walks into a customer’s home, that customer can expect to see a Tri County Air employee who is clean, in uniform, on time and respectful.They will put on booties, inform the customer of what they are doing, and answer any questions along the way. They are not pushy or rude, they will listen to the customer’s needs and offer advice accordingly.

What makes your business/organization unique?

Tri County Air is unlike any other HVAC company because it is their goal to provide more than simply the comfort that comes with a working air conditioning and heating system. Every employee is trained to go the extra mile when they answer a call or enter a home. If a customer expresses distress, employees are trained to speak to them about the Tri County Community Foundation and all of the resources offered through Tri County Air’s non-profit. If they need help paying their bills, finding affordable childcare, or even need counseling, the Foundation is able to either meet the need right then and there or connect them with local resources in our community who would be able to do so. The comfort of the customer, in every area of life, is Tri County Air’s heartbeat.

What benefit(s) attracted you to The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce?

Tri County Air joined The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to get to know the people who represent the many businesses in the Sarasota area and to give back to our community.

Is your company/organization involved in any community/civic activities?

In addition to the everyday community service provided by the Tri County Community Foundation, Tri County Air is responsible for putting on Make a Difference Day in Venice, FL. This past October for Make a Difference Day, over 400 people from 24 different organizations came together to beautify the city of Venice.

Where do you see your organization in five years?

In 5 years, Tri County Air is poised to make over $20 million in revenues, have over 125 employees, and donate over $500,000 per year to charitable organizations.

What are three things your business/organization can’t live without?

1 – Our Ambassadors: The mark of a good company is that it has customers who are so happy that they turn into customer-making-customers. Tri County Air Ambassadors are customers who tell others about us and the great service they received. Each Ambassador who refers a new customer to Tri County Air receives giftcard(s) as a thank-you (and may even be invited to exclusive Tri County Air Ambassador events).

2 – Our Employees: We are so thankful for each and every employee who has chosen to be a part of our Tri County Air family. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to serve our community like we have been able to for the past 39 years. Not only do our employees perform their jobs with excellence and respect, but they also take on our mission and work to comfort our customers and each other on a daily basis.

3 – Our Community: Tri County Air would not be able to survive without the people and businesses who make up our community. Over the years, we have served our community and have been served by our community. Southwest Florida is not only made up of a beautiful landscape but also of beautiful people who work together to help each other when they are in need. We are so thankful that we have been blessed to serve the Sarasota area for what will be 40 years in 2017.


For more information about Tri County Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc., visit their website, follow Tri County Air on Facebook and Twitter.

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