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Joe Part, owner of Alltrust Insurance in Safety Harbor and a member of the CEO Council Tampa Bay started the Gulf Coast CEO Forum with Matt Walsh of the Observer Media Group. Both were members of the Tampa Bay CEO Council and recognized the need for a CEO Forum here in the Sarasota-Manatee area. Jane Toombs, then the Executive Director of the Tampa Bay CEO Council, along with Guy King, the founding chair of the Tampa Bay CEO Council, and Clayton Kreis, then chair of the Tampa Bay CEO Council came down to speak to the approximately 20 people Part and Walsh had gathered.


Out of that luncheon at the Polo Grill, in June 2011, 16 Founding Members were established and are as follows:

Alltrust Insurance
Observer Media Group
Al Purmort Insurance
Kerkering Barberio
Williams Parker Harrison 
SouthTech Solutions Inc.
CoolToday/Plumbing Today
CAPSTAN Financial
Michael Saunders
Schroeder-Manatee Ranch
Sutter Roofing
Longboat Key Club
Neal Communities
Medallion Homes
Willis Smith Construction
Gateway Bank


Joe Part
Matt Walsh
Allen Purmort, Jr.
Robert (Rob) Lane
William (Bill) Seider
Paul Hoffman
Jamie DiDomenico
Matthew Depalma
Drayton Saunders
Rex Jensen
Steve Sutter
Michael Welly
John Neal
Carlos Beruff
David Sessions
Shaun Merriman

Co-Founder/Insurance
Co-Founder/Media
Insurance
CPA
Law
Technology
Services
Financial Services
Real Estate
All industries
Construction
Hotel/Resort
Construction
Construction
Construction
Banking

 
The Gulf Coast CEO Forum has maintained 90+ members at any given time. Our companies are representative of the industries of "small business" in Southwest Florida, which makes up 80-90% of all businesses here. 

The need for second-stage companies to exchange information is critical to the learning curve of the CEO in charge. Our goal is to fulfill that need well into the future by providing RELATIONSHIPS, IDEAS and SOLUTIONS.



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