Welcome, CareerEdge Funders Staff!

Deborah Chapman

CareerEdge Program Director

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Deborah manages the major workforce development initiatives of the collaborative, including sector-focused employer partnerships, job seeker training programs in high demand occupations, an internship reimbursement program and youth career and college access strategies at CareerEdge Funders.

With over 25 years of experience in the consulting field, Deborah has spent her career working with organizations, teams, and individuals to achieve their transformational goals. Her focus is on improving strategies, structures, systems, and cultures to drive results-based outcomes. Her analytical style, attention to detail and engaging demeanor have made her a respected and sought-after advisor. As a skilled strategist and researcher, Deborah has proven acumen in:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Meeting Facilitation

As the former Director of Customer Research at Kaset International (now part of MHI Global) an international customer service training and consulting firm, Deborah managed a team of consultants providing client services in customer satisfaction research. She developed and validated survey instruments, designed supporting research processes, and implemented internal customer satisfaction & training product research functions. Prior to this role, Deborah was Director of Strategic Planning & Development at Kaset. She worked with CEO to define and integrate quality concepts into the organization’s core programs; developed service quality consulting materials for executive workshops; and led the Strategic Planning Committee.

Prior to Kaset, Deborah worked as a consultant at Vantage Consulting Group where she evaluated stakeholder relationships, developed strategic communications plans and designed and implemented customer satisfaction surveys. Deborah began her career with Behavior Management Consultants where she analyzed performance deficits and developed appraisal systems to improve productivity; trained supervisors in behavioral evaluation processes; and co-taught a Performance Management course to business professionals and government employees.

Deborah graduated from Florida State University cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and received an MBA from the University of Alabama, where she was awarded the Graduate Council Fellowship.

You can contact Deborah at dchapman@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4038.


Lauren Meyer

CareerEdge Program Coordinator

lauren-meyer-headshot-300x300-e1529937104836.jpgLauren joined CareerEdge Funders Collaborative as the Program Coordinator in 2016. She is responsible for assisting with data management, social media, and community/media outreach. Lauren is thrilled to be a part of the CareerEdge team! In her free time, she likes to dance ballet, read books, and travel.

Lauren is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree Cum Laude in Communication Digital Media Studies, with a Business minor. Her main focus has been in areas such as public relations, marketing, and digital media.

Before joining CareerEdge, Lauren held internships in television and news production at Florida State University with University Communications. She was responsible for planning news stories, interviews, and developing branded content. She also has participated in the Disney College Program and has interned with an event consulting company Suncoast Connections assisting with event planning and logistics. She was responsible for coordination with clients, social media outreach, press releases, and the overall management of the planned events. Lauren also assisted a tech start-up, Viva Green Homes, as their Media and Communications Coordinator. She was able to develop a branded press and social media campaign for the new company and assisted the president in market research to grow and bring awareness to the company.

You can contact Lauren at lmeyer@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4029.


Want to learn more about CareerEdge Funders?

Please visit careeredgefunders.org.

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Welcome Megan Neal & Darlene Martin to The Chamber Team!

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members to The Chamber Team! 

Megan Neal croppedMegan Neal joins us as our new Membership & Events Coordinator. Megan will assist the Membership Team as the go-to person for your event and member related questions. She is the friendly face you will see at registration and at our upcoming networking events. Raised in Sarasota, she spent most of her days growing up on our gorgeous Gulf beaches and is a graduate of the University of South Florida. Outside of her professional pursuits, she spends her time writing, enjoying time with her wonderful husband, traveling to her favorite Disney parks, and being a proud aunt to 17 beautiful nieces and nephews.

“As a true Sarasotan, it’s rewarding to be at the forefront of the growth and development that is flourishing throughout our amazing community. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve an organization that truly looks towards bringing together a greater good within our city and am excited to dive into my role here at the Chamber!”

You can contact Megan at mneal@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4031.


Darlene Martin croppedDarlene Martin joins us as our new Membership Investment Representative, responsible for bringing in new Chamber members. Hailing from New York originally and growing up in Atlanta, GA. Darlene is a graduate of Kennesaw State University in Georgia with an associate’s degree in Business Administration and comes to us with over two decades of sales and business-to-business experience working to increase value to customers. She resides in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and enjoys the beaches, water and practicing hot yoga for the past 5 years.

“From being a member of The Chamber in my past role, I am excited to be an ambassador in the community to new and existing businesses in the Greater Sarasota area!”

You can contact Darlene at dmartin@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4029.


Please join us in welcoming Megan & Darlene to The Chamber team. We are excited to have both of them onboard!

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

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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.

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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


Visit our website to see events and happenings at The Greater Sarasota Chamber.

Welcome September 2016 New Members!

The following local businesses joined The Chamber during the month of September in 2016. Please join us in welcoming these members at your next networking event.

Accredited Pet Care, LLC

Aerotek

Anderson York Inc.

Autumn Leaves on University Parkway

Direct Auto & Life Insurance

Ear-Resistable Hearing Centers

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

Hawk’s Flight Partners, LLC

Hunter, P.A.

Jonathan Herbert Studio LLC

Massage and Lypossage

Overture Grand Oaks

RSVP Sarasota

SensibleTec Solutions, Inc.

Shapes Fitness for Women Sarasota

The Coolinary Restaurant & Bar

THG Consultants

White Oaks Wealth Advisors, Inc.*

Windstream*

*Bold denotes trustee.


Interested in learning more about membership? Contact Matt Gower, at mgower@sarasotachamber.com  for more information.

Learning how to maximize your membership? Visit us at our next Chamber 411, new member briefing and information session on Tuesday, November 15 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Welcome New Members – August 2016

The following local businesses joined The Chamber during the month of August in 2016. Please join us in welcoming these members at your next networking event.

August 2016 New Members


Approved Home Health
Chili’s – Tamiami Trail
Christine Nicole Photography
Cityside Apartments
First Page Advantage
Florida Affordable Air*
Glorious Beautiful Hair Supply & Training Center
Gulf Coast Wealth Advisors
K2 Insurance PLLC
McMullen Properties
Rasheen Davis Author Lecturer
Springs at Bee Ridge
Suncoast Credit Union

*Bold denotes Trustee

Interested in learning more about membership? Contact Matt Gower, at mgower@sarasotachamber.com or Sarah Felder, at sfelder@sarasotachamber.com, for more information.

Learning how to maximize your membership? Visit us at our next Chamber 411, new member briefing and information session on Tuesday, September 20 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Welcoming the Leadership Class of 2017

Leadership Sarasota County, a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce the roster of leaders for the Class of 2017.

The year-long program offers an opportunity to connect with the leaders within the Sarasota County area and gives participants a unique orientation to the Sarasota community. One day a month, the class learns about topics like Health & Human Services, Government, Arts & Culture, Education and Commerce & Industry. An opening retreat and closing retreat are also an integral part of the experience and helps to build teamwork among participants. The class will also select and carry through a project geared toward the betterment of the community.

Class of 2017


Tiffany Blackden, Gulf Coast Home and Lawn Services
Kristi Bracewell, FCCI Insurance Group
Alyson Busse, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Melissa DeAngelo, West Florida Insurance
Kyle Deery, U.S. Masters Swimming
Erin Duggan, Visit Sarasota County
Chris Enger, Aviance Capital Management LLC
Jessica Farrelly, Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.
Alice Fernandez-Krawczyk, Concept Digital Media
Kayla Frimmel, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare
Amanda Gambert, State Attorney’s Office
Samantha Gholar
Stacy Groff, Tidewell Hospice
Jake Grollman, Office of the Public Defender
Evan Guido, R.W. Baird – Private Wealth Management
Andre Hoefer, City of North Port
Jeff Hole, JSH Consulting Group, Inc.
Kat Hughes, Observer Media Group
Patrick Jackson, Florida Studio Theatre
Kathy Jordan, WUSF Public Media
Miranda Lansdale, Sarasota County Government
Anthony Manganiello, Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.
Andie McHugh, State Attorney’s Office
Tracy Meehan, Waste Pro
Brian Meinberg, Sarasota Sheriff’s Office
Andrea Nierenberg, Nierenberg Consulting Group
Anand Pallegar, ATLARGE, Inc.
Kari Queen, Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning and Heating
Ryan Riley, Synovus Bank
Joe Rill, State College of Florida
Patrick Robinson, City of Sarasota
Renee Ryckman, Escape Countdown
Kenny Slezak, Willis Smith Construction
Liz Stamoulis, Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen
Craig Steinhoff, HBK CPAs & Consultants
Lori Sutton, Northern Trust Company
Charles Thorpe, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Josh Tomlinson, ME&S
Terrance Torvund, Myakka River State Park
Greg Trippel, Herald-Tribune Media Group
Eric Troyer, Kerkering, Barberio & Company
Craig Tuley, SunTrust Bank
Marco Veliz, Sun Hydraulics
At the completion of the program, these participants will join an elite group of Leadership Alumni. Most graduates of the Leadership Sarasota County adult program refer to it as one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences of their adult careers and lives.

We are excited to welcome to the 2017 Leadership Class on another successful year of community and personal development.

For more information about the Leadership Sarasota program, contact Barbara Hines at bhines@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4026.