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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CEO Spotlight: Rob Lane of Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

 

Better Together – The Power of Collaboration in the Community

 

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Robert J. Lane, CPA | Managing Shareholder of Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

As managing shareholder of Kerkering, Barberio & Co., one of the largest independent CPA firms in Southwest Florida, it’s easy to understand how Rob Lane might have a lot on his plate, but this doesn’t keep him from being actively involved in several different community organizations as a board member and volunteer. Kerkering Barberio has a long history of volunteerism in the Sarasota community, and it’s through the example and leadership of Rob and those who came before him that the organization holds over a 50% volunteer rate among employees, who are involved in everything from participating in community events to serving on boards.

 

Rob learned early in his career the value of giving back, thanks to two early mentors at Kerkering Barberio, Dieter Gebhard, and Charles Baumann. Gebhard was very active with The Chamber, and quickly encouraged Rob to become involved. Rob discovered his passion for connecting economic development and social initiatives, recognizing that the two go hand in hand in making a community great. Through his involvement with the Economic Development Corporation Sarasota County and United Way Suncoast, Rob found outlets to share his expertise and make a difference in fostering a strong economic base in the community that, in turn, provided opportunities for employment and advancement.

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“I think the biggest takeaway for me in all of my years of community involvement has been the power of collaboration to reach a common goal,” Lane said. “Bringing together government, non-profits, business and even media to address a single issue, it’s amazing how effective that cohesive unit can be. You don’t have to do this on your own; that’s been a valuable insight for me.”

Heeding those words, Rob has maximized KB’s impact in the community by becoming a connector in his own organization, mentoring the next generation of KB leaders in getting involved. While not mandatory, community involvement is a big part of the Kerkering Barberio culture, beginning in the interview process, where prospective employees are made aware of different opportunities to give their time and talents. Employees are offered paid time off to be involved in organizations that are meaningful to them, which Lane says is key to being successful as a volunteer, to find something they personally enjoy doing.
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One recent group volunteer effort was the construction of a house from the ground up as part of a Habitat for Humanity initiative. More than ten employees shoveled, hammered and worked the day away to create a home for a young family in need. KB team members have also raised Southeastern Guide Dog puppies, cleaned shorelines for Sarasota Bay Watch and almost everything in between that inspires their passion to serve.

“Volunteers are such an important part of the success of this community,” Rob concluded. “And while my involvement has helped fulfill a need in the community, personally, I’ve had the opportunity to work side-by-side with a diverse group of professionals to see their viewpoints and how they handle different situations. It’s made me a stronger leader.”


For more information on Rob Lane, please click here.

For information on Kerkering, Barberio & Co. please visit Kerkering’s website.

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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Meet Our Members: X 30 Fit Bootcamp

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Give us a brief history of your business/organization.

We opened up with Free Community Sessions June 2016. We are using the exact same program that has helped members lose over 50,000 lbs and 50,000 inches in under 3 years. We are committed to the success of SRQ residents.

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

Results, Community, and Relationships.

Our goal is for our members to lose 20,000 lbs by the year 2020. We love to be community involved and give back. We have partnered with Sweat Angels and have a different cause every month. Our goal this holiday season is to help support up to 5 families in need through the local school system.

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

We opened our doors July 11, 2016.

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

Our specialized After Burn workouts use a combination of (HIIT) High-Intensity Interval Training and Active Rest Training to get your body to burn more fat and calories than traditional workouts that are twice as long.

Every group training session is led by experienced and certified personal trainers and is designed to be fun, high energy and challenging all while burning maximum fat and toning your muscles.

Our customized nutrition program will have you eating healthier than you have in years. We believe in eating whole foods that are good and tasty for you. You will not be hungry on our program.

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

A fitness family Including Full-time Coaches and Trainers who care about YOUR GOALS and YOUR WHYS!

What makes your business/organization unique?

We are using the exact same program that has helped members lose over 50,000 lbs and 50,000 inches in under 3 years. We are committed to the success of SRQ residents. Our goal is to help SRQ shed 20,000 Lbs of fat by the year 2020! We know that nutrition is the key and have a fabulous program eating lots of real food. The plan is customized to each person and their needs. All of our coaches/trainers are full-time with benefits.

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

Like minded community benefits and vested interest in each company. Love all the events!

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

Sweat Angels daily and we tie months cause to a local cause. For instance, September was helping pets and we accepted donations of pet food and bedding for local humane society.

We are hosting our 1st Holiday Families in Need project. It is our goal to support up to 5 families in need this holiday. This next week every new membership is gifting $50 is going towards this cause!

Where do you see your organization in five years?

3-5 locations in SRQ.

A work family of 25 full-time coaches, trainers and Admins Having exceeded our goal of 20,000 pounds and 20,000 inches. Working on our 40,000 lbs goal

What does your business/organization do to keep office culture fun and exciting?

Every client is a part of our FIT Family and we rock out different themes from Super Sock Saturday to Super Hero day to 80’s Rock on workouts. It’s always FUN! Our office is the Fitness workout floor! What could be more fun!?


For more information about X 30 Fit Bootcamp, visit their website and like them on Facebook.

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Meet Our Members – Kim Lege

 

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Give us a brief history of your organization.
Mary-kay-logo-vectorI am an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mary Kay Ash started this company in 1963 to help women gain opportunities. She made it a company dedicated to making life more beautiful for women. She founded it on the Golden Rule of “praising people to success” and on the principle of placing faith first, family second and career third.

What are your organization’s core values, goals, and overall mission?
Mary Kay Ash’s vision, courage and unwavering spirit continue to bring women the opportunity to achieve their potential and bring their dreams to life. With more than 2.5 million Independent Beauty Consultants in more than 35 markets worldwide, Mary Kay Inc. carries on the legacy of Mary Kay Ash – inspiring, enriching and empowering women. Continue reading “Meet Our Members – Kim Lege”