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  • 08 Nov 2017 6:03 PM | Anonymous

    Chris Johnson Joins GATES Construction as Senior Superintendent

    SARASOTA, Fla., (November 8, 2017) – GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Johnson as Senior Superintendent. Johnson will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Johnson has over 30 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in multi-family, retail, and religious construction. Johnson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Columbus State University. Johnson will be based out of GATES Construction’s Sarasota office.

    GATES Construction, with offices in Florida, North Carolina and the Republic of Panama, is a full service general contracting firm providing construction management and design-build services with a diversified project portfolio in all types of commercial, institutional, industrial and residential construction projects.  For more information on GATES, please call (239) 593-3777 or visit the website at

  • 31 Oct 2017 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    CareerEdge Funders Collaborative announces the completion of another “express” training course with the graduation of 16 individuals in Manatee Technical College’s pilot program in Plumbing and Electrical service.

    Given the high demand for skilled workers in our region, CareerEdge is partnering with local educational institutions to provide short-term programs in order to quickly move individuals into apprenticeshipbased occupations in the trades.

    CareerEdge partnered with Manatee Technical College on the Plumbing and Electrician programs by helping to recruit individuals, providing funding for the courses and offering a soft skills training for the students. Graduates of the 3-month program receive certifications in the following industry-recognized credentials: NCCER, CPR, Forklift and OSHA.

    “MTC is thrilled to partner with CareerEdge to help meet the talent needs in the community. Getting to know the students and seeing the impact they will have in the community is uplifting, explains Manatee Technical College Business Services Director Martha Meyers. Starting wages for these entry-level plumbing and electrical technician positions are approximately $15 per hour, with average wages between $40,000 and $50,000. At the end of the program, CareerEdge organized a job fair with 10 local employers participating in the recruitment of the students.

    Aqua Plumbing’s Service Manager Charlie Stephens said, I was surprised at how much knowledge the students have for an express program and how eager they are to learn. The future of the industry depends on programs like this.”

    The next cohort of express programs will begin in January 2018, with a daytime Plumbing class and an evening Electrical course. According to Mary Dougherty of Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, “Programs like this help to address the tight labor market local employers are dealing with. It provides an on-ramp to career laddering jobs here employers can continue to develop these individuals through apprenticeship and work-based learning strategies.

    To learn more about upcoming express programs at Manatee Technical college, please contact Martha Meyers at 751-7900 X1022.

    About CareerEdge Funders Collaborative CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency. It is also supported by contributions from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, JP Morgan Chase, Scheidel Foundation, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and United Way Suncoast. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit or call 941.328.6985.

    About Manatee Technical College Manatee Technical College is a postsecondary career and technical education center with four campuses within the School District of Manatee County offering over 50 career preparation programs, continuing education, adult general education, and personal enrichment classes. Manatee Technical College is fully accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The mission of MTC is to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities and the workforce by producing highly skilled individuals and resourceful eaders through collaborative education.

  • 26 Oct 2017 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    The Sarasota construction firm Atlas Building Company recently hired James Pastor.

     The Sarasota construction firm Atlas Building Company recently hired James Pastor as senior project manager. Pastor began his construction career as an apprentice after high school and steadily progressed to positions of project superintendent, project manager, estimator, project executive and vice president of pre-construction services, working in both the public and private sectors. Pastor’s recent project management experience includes the 40,000-square-foot, $4.2 million Manatee School for the Arts and two FedEx office and warehouse distribution centers of 190,000 and 125,000 square feet.

  • 23 Oct 2017 8:58 AM | Anonymous

    Chris Fowler and Alexandra Salerno Glauser Join the Firm as Associate Attorneys Sarasota, Florida – October 23, 2017 – Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A. (Norton Hammersley), a leading business and litigation law firm serving the state of Florida, is proud to announce the addition of Chris Fowler and Alexandra (Ally) Salerno Glauser to the firm’s growing team of associate attorneys.

    “Our firm is actively growing to continue satisfying the needs of our clients,” said Sam D. Norton, shareholder of Norton Hammersley. “We are pleased to have Chris and Ally join us with their experience and backgrounds to help build out and expand our tax and estate planning, and real estate and transactional practices.”

    A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in business administration and Florida International University College of Law, Fowler joined Norton Hammersley in March 2017 as a member of the estate planning, estate administration, and asset preservation practice group and the business and tax law practice group. Fowler focuses his practice primarily on estate, business, tax and asset preservation planning.

    Glauser graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a degree in finance and a double major in marketing. She  graduated from Florida State University College of Law with her J.D. and earned the Business Law Certificate with High Honors. Glauser joins Norton Hammersley as a member of the real estate practice group, handling matters concerning real estate as well as business law and corporate transactions.

  • 17 Oct 2017 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Tony Redcay as Senior Superintendent. Redcay will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Redcay has over 30 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in retail, commercial, office, and multi-family construction. Redcay received a degree in Business Management from Lebanon Valley College. Redcay will be based out of GATES Construction’s Sarasota office.

  • 17 Oct 2017 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    Three Attorneys Also Earn “Lawyer of the Year” Awards
    Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. (Icard Merrill) – a Sarasota-based, full-service law firm – announces that six of its attorneys have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 in 13 categories. In addition, Charles J. Bartlett, Thomas F. Icard Jr., and William W. Merrill III have received Best Lawyers 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” awards. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession. 

    The Icard Merrill attorneys chosen for Best Lawyers in America 2018 are: 

    Charles J. Bartlett – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Real Estate 

    Michael J. Furen – Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law 

    Thomas F. Icard Jr. – Construction Law, Mediation 

    Robert G. Lyons – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs 

    William W. Merrill III – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning 

    Jaime L. Wallace – Family Law 

    The Icard Merrill attorneys chosen for 2018 Sarasota-area “Lawyer of the Year” are: 

    Charles J. Bartlett – Litigation – Construction 

    Thomas F. Icard Jr. – Construction Law 

    William W. Merrill III – Land Use and Zoning 

    Law Best Lawyers compiles lists of attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. More than 17 million readers see Best Lawyers’ lists in dozens of city and regional publications in the U.S., including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune, as well as in major business and general publications around the world.

    The 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2018) includes 58,000+ attorneys in 140 practice areas, covering all 50 states. Inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 7.4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by their peers.

    Additional recognitions are also awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location.

    For more about the criteria for Best Lawyers in America, please see

  • 03 Oct 2017 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    David E. Gurley, Esq. of Gurley Vitale to Join Esteemed Presenters in Miami Sarasota, Florida – October 3, 2017 – Gurley Vitale, a Sarasota law firm specializing in construction law, is pleased to announce that David E. Gurley, Esq. was selected for the second consecutive year to serve as a presenter for the 6 th annual Florida Construction Law seminar. The event, organized by The Seminar Group, takes place on October 19 and 20, 2017, at the Hampton Inn & Suites – Brickell in Downtown Miami. The conference is geared toward attorneys/legal staff, contractors and subcontractors, design professionals, developers and landowners, architects and planners, real estate professionals, government officials, and engineers.

    A sought-after authority and one of a small percentage of lawyers statewide to be board certified in construction law, Gurley will present on the topic of Insurance in the Construction Industry, regarding OCIPS, CCIPS and subcontractor default insurance. “I am especially honored to be asked to speak at this conference for the second year in a row, as the panel is composed of the preeminent construction lawyers in Florida,” said Gurley.

    The Seminar Group is an AI ACES Approved Provider, and courses have been approved for credits and hours by The Florida Bar, the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Construction Industry Licensing Board (pending), the IRMI, and The American Institute of Architects. In addition to earning continuing education credits, attendees will learn about the key issues faced by their particular professions.

    For more information about the event, visit

  • 02 Oct 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    John Corbett, Chief Executive Officer of CenterState Bank, announced recently that Shaun P. Merriman has been named Regional President for the bank’s West Region of Florida effective January 1, 2018. In this capacity, Merriman will take on leadership of the bank for the region including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, and Manatee counties. Merriman will work closely with three other Community Presidents while continuing to maintain his current role as Community President of the Sarasota and Manatee counties. His office will remain located in Sarasota, Florida.

    “Shaun has a distinguished career of building and leading great teams. His energy, experience, and commitment to our core values make him the ideal choice to be our new Regional President of West Florida,” stated Corbett as part of a series of changes in bank leadership across Florida. The strategic reorganization is to prepare for successful growth with the upcoming integration of Harbor Community Bank and Sunshine Bank as CenterState crosses over $10 billion in bank assets.

    In response to the announcement, Merriman noted, “I am delighted to take on this additional responsibility and look forward to the future growth of CenterState in the Greater Tampa Bay Region!” He added, “We welcome the Harbor Community Bank and Sunshine Bank associates to this growing family of exceptional bankers. We are absolutely committed to our culture of outstanding customer service resulting in long-term banking relationships.”

    CenterState Bank is a Florida based community bank and one of Florida’s largest publicly traded banks providing online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages and investment services. CenterState has a history of quality service and community focus.

    Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team. We believe that local ownership and local management translate into a better bank. For more information on CenterState Bank, please visit,

  • 21 Sep 2017 6:11 PM | Anonymous


    By Staff report

    Posted Sep 21, 2017 at 8:28 AM Updated Sep 21, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Randy Benderson, CEO and director of Manatee County’s Benderson Development Co. and leader of the Nathan Benderson Community Park Foundation, has been named USRowing Man of the Year, the national sports federation said in a news release at 11:14 a.m. Thursday.

    That was a corrected release, because at 7:48 a.m. the Princeton, New Jersey-based organization had announced that the annual award had been won by Sarasota Crew executive director and head coach Casey Galvanek.

    “Randy Benderson is our Man of the Year,” USRowing spokeswoman Allison Mueller said in a brief telephone interview. “Casey Galvanek was in the running and we just made a mistake.”

    USRowing said the award is presented “in recognition of outstanding contributions to men’s rowing and/or to an outstanding man in rowing.”

    Randy Benderson is a member of the board of the Nathan Benderson Park Foundation, which is responsible for raising private funds to partially support construction at the Nathan Benderson Park rowing facility. He was instrumental in securing the bid to bring the 2017 World Rowing Championships back to the United States for the first time in 20 years.

    Benderson Development, one of the nation’s largest private real estate companies — owning, developing and managing retail, commercial, hotel and residential properties in 38 states — worked with Sarasota and Manatee County officials and world rowing experts to transform Cooper Creek Park into a world class international rowing course, USRowing noted.

    “I am very honored by USRowing’s award,” Randy Benderson said Thursday in an emailed statement.

    “There are countless members of our community who worked tirelessly to make Nathan Benderson Park a world-class rowing facility. The partnership built by Sarasota and Manatee counties and the state of Florida, along with our local rowing clubs, has deepened our sense of community and elevated our local rowers to a national and international stage.

    “The World Rowing Championships couldn’t be a better reflection of what’s possible when our community works together. The park was graciously named in honor of my dad a number of years ago and I couldn’t be prouder that it has become a place where young rowers and rowers and paddlers who are young at heart come together to build and celebrate their health and well being.

    “This is a great moment for our community and I’m deeply grateful to USRowing for making it happen with us.”

    Benderson is a member of the board of directors of Kobernick House of Sarasota and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He also received the “Excellence in Leadership Award” for the Buffalo United Way Campaign and was a co-recipient of the 2008 National Federation for Just Communities Family Philanthropy Award.

    Born and raised in western New York, Benderson and his wife, Lori, moved to Sarasota in 2003 when the Benderson corporate headquarters were moved here.

    The earlier release cited Galvanek’s successes at Sarasota Crew and as a junior national team coach.

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune 



  • 14 Sep 2017 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    For anyone who needs to repair or rebuild a home or business, the back-to-back hurricanes coincided with a national shortage of carpenters, electricians, drywall installers and other skilled workers. Many construction workers left the industry after the housing bubble burst a decade ago and haven’t returned. More from the Daily Commercial and the AP.

    - Florida Trend


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