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  • 11 Feb 2016 6:41 PM | Anonymous

    Movers and Shakers: Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange Members Support Local Arts Organization

    Three Six Oh PR•Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

    SARASOTA, Fla. – The Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange (GCBX), a not-for-profit trade organization, recently hosted a New Year networking social to join current and prospective new members and preview a private piece from the Sarasota Opera.

    On Thursday, Jan. 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. almost 100 members gathered at the Sarasota Opera, prior to the opening show of the season, Aida, that Saturday. The event, catered by Nelli’s Deli, featured the stunning snippet by two of Sarasota Opera’s singers as well as networking.

    “Our commercial contractors support arts and culture in our community,” said Mary Dougherty, the executive director of the Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange. “Sarasota’s arts and culture organizations attract people and companies from around the globe so there is a natural synergy between businesses and groups like the Sarasota Opera.”

    The GCBX’s next event is the newly formatted 7th annual GCBX 500 on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Andersen Race Park in Palmetto. There will be great spectator and driver activities, including an endurance race for drivers. For tickets, visit

    About The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange

    The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange was established in 1952 and is a not-for-profit corporation operating as a trade organization. Under the guidance of a volunteer Board of Directors, the organization’s philosophy of “members working with members” has been successful in helping individual members grow. This success has become the foundation for the continued development of the organization.

    The GCBX membership is comprised of over 300 companies in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. It includes some of the most respected contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, service providers and businesses in construction‑affiliated industries. For more information, visit


  • 23 Jun 2014 6:43 PM | Anonymous

    Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange Launches Proud to Build Campaign

    By Candice McElyea 

    The Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange (GCBX), a not-for-profit trade organization, has launched the “Proud to Build” campaign to promote and support its diverse group of members.

    The campaign will be incorporated across several mediums including the GCBX website, e-mail marketing, social media and member initiatives.

    “Our members are an integral part of the economic development of the southwest Florida community, and this campaign will bring their stories to light,” said Mary Dougherty, executive director of the Lakewood Ranch-based trade organization. “Regardless of their specific profession within the building community, our members contribute to this region in so many ways – from smart growth initiatives to philanthropic efforts; we are proud of our strong and varied membership and are pleased to promote these efforts to the entire community,” said Dougherty.

    In partnership with Sarasota-based public relations firm 360 Degrees PR, the GCBX campaign will feature stories about members and their local history in the region, highlighting why they are proud to be a part of the building community.

    “The building industry recruits and retains strong young talent to the area,” said Russ Bobbitt, board chair of the GCBX and Partner/Agent at Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency. “These people are raising their families, paying taxes and volunteering in our community. The building industry certainly has a strong social and economic impact on our region. In addition to that, our members are improving the area by building with environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art structures,” said Bobbitt.

    Member stories will be displayed online at the GCBX website and shared through the Proud to Build Facebook page and Twitter accounts.


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