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EVENT SCHEDULE


The Gulf Coast CEO Forum provides a comprehensive yearly event schedule devoted to cultivating relationships, ideas and solutions

MORE THAN A GREAT BREAKFAST.
 Monthly Breakfast Meetings
feature a dynamic speaker and presentation with actionable takeaways on leadership, management, trending national topics and business performance.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE NETWORKING.
 Social Events are part of our regular programming, designed to keep you connected to your fellow members in a fun atmosphere with no solicitation.  

LEADERSHIP SECRET WEAPON.
 Roundtables provide a confidential environment for members of non-competing industries to ask advice, tackle hard topics and glean ideas to keep their companies competitive. After all, it shouldn't be lonely at the top. To learn more about roundtables, contact Kim Miele

Upcoming Events

    • 17-Jul-2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    SOCIAL EVENT

    Catch up over cocktails during our summer social at Sarasota Yacht Club. Members are invited for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and sweeping views of Sarasota Bay on Wednesday, July 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Be sure to RSVP! 

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    • 18-Jul-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Capstan Financial


    • 14-Aug-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    EVERYONE IS AN INFLUENCER:

    BUILDING YOUR BRAND THROUGH THE POWER OF PARTICIPATION


    Kelly is a speaker, coach and business owner who has been specializing in brand and culture development for over two decades.  He is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University who opened his first ad agency at the age of 24. In 2009, he developed a Brand Story process to clarify, define, and summarize the most inspiring aspects of a company's brand. That same year he began Brand Story Experts where he works with a team of innovators who specialize in Culture Development Marketing by using their trademarked process to guide and develop brands across the United States and into Canada. In 2018, Kelly partnered in the development of The All In App, an internal communications app that creates a cohesive system for keeping teams informed while gamifying internal content creation. 


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    • 11-Sep-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Grove Restaurant | 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch
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    • 18-Sep-2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Field Club | 1400 Field Road, Sarasota, FL 34231


    MEMBER SOCIAL

    Mark your calendars for our annual joint social with Gulf Coast Builders Exchange on Wednesday, September 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Enjoy great food, cocktails and one of Sarasota's most iconic views. Be sure to RSVP! 


    • 19-Sep-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Capstan Financial


    • 09-Oct-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    CULTURE THAT ROCKS


    A Training & Development veteran for 30+ years, Jim Knight facilitates on a variety of interactive topics, including sessions around organizational culture, world-class service, building rock star teams, employee branding & engagement, performance management, philanthropy and facilitation training.

    Jim cut his teeth in the training field through the Hospitality industry, starting out as a restaurant staff-­level employee for Olive Garden and Hard Rock Cafe. He eventually became the head of the School of Hard Rocks, running  point on all training & development functions for Hard Rock International.

    Although part of a small training group that supported all cafe, hotel and casino properties, Jim Knight’s role at Hard Rock involved many facets of organizational training, including creating/managing all staff and management training materials & programs, facilitating its corporate university, overseeing management training locations, producing training DVD’s, directing company e-­Learning initiatives, facilitating leadership transitions and traveling to property locations to deliver on-­site classes & measure standards.

    Jim has put his experience and creativity to work, which has consistently developed cutting-­edge  training concepts. During his 21 years with the Hard Rock brand, his team won coveted Telly Awards in 2000 for their guest service video, took top honors in 2007 for their menu rollout video, garnered Training Directors Forum’s 1998 prize for “Reengineering Training” and won Brandon Hall’s Gold Best in Class Award for their “Service Recovery” e-­Learning course.  Jim Knight was recognized by Training Magazine as representing one of the Top 125 training companies in the world out of all industries & businesses and he has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine and Fox Small Business News.

    Jim has a music degree in Vocal Performance & Education and taught in the Florida public school system for 6 years, before catching the “hospitality bug.” He is a long-­time member of CHART (The Council of Hotel & Restaurant Trainers) and People Report, previously sat on the Certification Governing Board of the National Restaurant Association and started a regional training forum & networking group with over 100 active members in Central Florida, to share best practices and discuss common issues with other industry professionals. Networking is a big part of his success.

    Currently, Jim is the Owner/Founder of Knight Speaker, which positions him to facilitate at any association or company event as a keynote or breakout speaker. 

    Jim is also the Best-Selling Author of Culture That Rocks: How to Revolutionize Your Company’s Culture, a how-to business book designed to amp up a brand in any industry.

    A portion of his book, speaking and training program proceeds goes to No Kid Hungry to eliminate childhoodhunger in the U.S. and Teen Cancer America, started by The Who’s Roger Daltry & Pete Townshend, which supports cancer research & therapy for cancer kids in the U.S.

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    • 13-Nov-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    • 21-Nov-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Capstan Financial


    • 11-Dec-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    LEADERSHIP IS AN INVITATION


    Brett Culp is an acclaimed filmmaker and social entrepreneur whose work has inspired audiences around the world.  He is the personal cinematographer for Hollywood stars, music icons, beloved authors, hall of fame athletes, and royal families.  His films are featured on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

    With his uplifting documentary film Legends of the Knight, Brett pioneered a ground-breaking approach to community building and relationship-driven engagement.  Rather than launching this feature film through normal distribution channels, he offered anyone in the world the opportunity to screen it in their local movie theater with proceeds benefiting the charity of their choice.  This unique plan gave individuals the freedom to use the movie as an open-source tool for bringing people together to make a positive impact.

    Without a single dollar spent on marketing or advertising and no paid staff, the feature film successfully screened in theaters in 110 cities across the globe raising $100,000 for charity.  Each showing was hosted by local volunteers who took the initiative to organize and promote the event.  Brett inspired thousands of people, many of whom had never planned a community event, to become leaders engaged in a passionate mission. 

    For Brett, this experience re-framed leadership as an art form that invites people to connect with a noble vision and make a difference together.  Rather than thinking as a traditional filmmaker, his projects are collaborative efforts, pulling diverse groups of people into dialogue and ultimately leading to stronger communities and greater impact.  Brett has developed an expertise for creating 'mini-movements' that inspire the heroic spirit in everyone.

    His work as a filmmaker has built MORE than a fan base of followers.  He empowers people to find their own path to leadership.

    Brett’s uplifting keynote speeches deliver practical methods for aligning teams behind a meaningful mission and creating growth through trust and genuine connectivity.  His high energy programs are filled with touching moments, extraordinary filmmaking stories, humor, and insights about developing rewarding relationships through generosity and authenticity.  His message impacts audiences on a personal level, motivating them to find the best within themselves and bring it to their world.

    Brett has been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Tonight, WIRED, The LA Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime, WEtv, and many more.  The newest edition of the college textbook Documentary Storytelling devotes an entire chapter to Brett’s production style.

    His book Look to the Sky takes readers on an inspiring, behind-the-scenes journey into his most recent filmmaking project.  Filled with real-life stories of hope and heroism, the book explores the positive possibilities within all of us.

    Brett is the co-founder of The Rising Heroes Project, a 501c3 that supports charitable organizations and empowers community leaders.

    Audiences will leave his speech with a renewed sense of hope for the future and belief that their efforts can make an impact.  They will find themselves more in-touch with their own capacity for 'everyday leadership' and equipped to inspire it in others.  His message is perfect for groups seeking good news and desiring to be re-invigorated with purpose at every level. 

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Past Events

12-Jun-2019 Molly Bloom: Bet on Yourself and You'll Always Win
23-May-2019 May Board Meeting
08-May-2019 Robyn K. Levin: Trends In Digital Marketing
10-Apr-2019 Steve McClatchy: Decide - Work Smarter, Execute Faster and Lead by Example
08-Apr-2019 Happy Hour at Sarasota Waterworks
21-Mar-2019 First Peek: CoolToday Stadium for the Atlanta Braves!
21-Mar-2019 March Board Meeting
13-Mar-2019 Dennis Deaton: Destination Thinking for Leaders
13-Feb-2019 Gene Hammett: Achieve Hypergrowth
12-Feb-2019 A Night at Asolo Rep
17-Jan-2019 January Board Meeting
09-Jan-2019 Stuart Hoffman: 2019 Economic Forecast
31-Dec-2018 2019 Membership Renewal
12-Dec-2018 Kristen Soltis Anderson
10-Dec-2018 Seas & Greetings Holiday Party with Galati Yachts
15-Nov-2018 Board Meeting
14-Nov-2018 Taryn Morgan
30-Oct-2018 Mind The Gap
10-Oct-2018 Rod Hershberger
13-Sep-2018 Board Meeting
12-Sep-2018 Cyber Security with Tampa FBI
08-Aug-2018 Scott Greenberg - Joint Meeting with LWRBA
19-Jul-2018 Board Meeting
18-Jul-2018 Cocktails at Sarasota Yacht Club
13-Jun-2018 An Interview with AG Lafley
23-May-2018 Member Social at The Field Club
17-May-2018 Board Meeting
09-May-2018 Taddy Hall
24-Apr-2018 Member Social - Happy Hour at Oak & Stone
11-Apr-2018 Michael Tougias
28-Mar-2018 A Night at Asolo Rep
14-Mar-2018 Julissa Arce
08-Mar-2018 Board Meeting
14-Feb-2018 Les McCurdy
18-Jan-2018 Board Meeting
17-Jan-2018 AllTrust Presents Gregory L. Williams, CEO of Acrisure
10-Jan-2018 Eric Bailey
19-Dec-2017 2018 Dues
13-Dec-2017 Colonel Danny McKnight
11-Dec-2017 Bolly-Holly Bash
16-Nov-2017 Board Meeting
08-Nov-2017 Joshua Lifrak
11-Oct-2017 Taryn Morgan at IMG Academy
21-Sep-2017 Board Meeting
13-Sep-2017 Taddy Hall
09-Aug-2017 Mark Wilensky
20-Jul-2017 Board Meeting
19-Jul-2017 Cocktails at Sarasota Yacht Club
14-Jun-2017 Recruitment & Retention: Who's Getting It Right
18-May-2017 Board Meeting
10-May-2017 Rick DesLauriers
05-May-2017 Lawn Bowling on Cinco de Mayo!
12-Apr-2017 Nassir Ghaemi
23-Mar-2017 Board Meeting
09-Mar-2017 A Night at the Asolo
08-Mar-2017 Kerry Johnson
08-Feb-2017 Anirban Basu
19-Jan-2017 Board Meeting
17-Jan-2017 January Happy Hour
11-Jan-2017 Chef Jeff Henderson
19-Dec-2016 Holiday Party
07-Dec-2016 Janine Driver
17-Nov-2016 2017 Dues
16-Nov-2016 Trivia Night!
09-Nov-2016 Ken Gronbach
12-Oct-2016 Mind The Gap - Featuring John Zogby
14-Sep-2016 CEO Forum Breakfast - John Simmons
27-Aug-2016 R-Night with the Bradenton Marauders
10-Aug-2016 CEO Forum Breakfast - Karen Eber Davis
22-Jun-2016 Member Happy Hour
08-Jun-2016 CEO Forum Breakfast
11-May-2016 Philip Kotler
13-Apr-2016 Penelope Trunk
23-Mar-2016 Innovation Conversation
21-Mar-2016 Spring Training Game
15-Mar-2016 A Night at the Asolo
09-Mar-2016 Anne Grady
15-Feb-2016 Lunch and Lecture with Daymond John
06-Jan-2016 Dr. James Otteson
16-Dec-2015 Josh Bleill
07-Dec-2015 Holiday Party
11-Nov-2015 Yong-Gon Chon
14-Oct-2015 Why Smart Employees Under Perform-7 Hazards to Avoid
09-Sep-2015 Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team
08-Jul-2015 Ron Hamilton
18-Jun-2015 VIP Event at new Microsoft Store
10-Jun-2015 A Night In The Shark Tank
13-May-2015 Commander Kirk Lippold
08-Apr-2015 Bob Kelleher
19-Mar-2015 Cocktail Social
11-Mar-2015 Mark Thompson
05-Mar-2015 Spring Training Game!
11-Feb-2015 Frank Bucaro
04-Feb-2015 Night at the Asolo
14-Jan-2015 Mark Vitner
15-Dec-2014 Gulf Coast CEO Forum Holiday Party
10-Dec-2014 Matthew Christensen
12-Nov-2014 Michael Tougias
16-Oct-2014 Herb Meyer
08-Oct-2014 Chris DeRose
10-Sep-2014 John Simmons
13-Aug-2014 No Speaker Meeting In August
09-Jul-2014 Dean Eisner
11-Jun-2014 John Moore
14-May-2014 Tom Gilovich
09-Apr-2014 Jim Knight
02-Apr-2014 R-Night, Philadelphia Here We Come
12-Mar-2014 David Marquet
27-Feb-2014 R-Night Social with Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
12-Feb-2014 Jeffrey Ma
08-Jan-2014 Anirban Basu
11-Dec-2013 Bealls - Chief Executive Officer Steve M. Knopik
13-Nov-2013 John Ratey: How Exercise Optimizes Brain Function and Performance
09-Oct-2013 Paul Hrabal: Risk Taking
11-Sep-2013 Kelly Keenan: Rethinking ROI of Social Media
10-Jul-2013 Les McKeown- Achieving Predictable Success
12-Jun-2013 Derreck Kayongo- Finding Value in Your Work!
08-May-2013 Mike Staver; Leadership Isn't For Cowards
26-Apr-2013 Golf at the Longboat Key Club Harborside
10-Apr-2013 Ed Tseng, The Missing Link in Peak Performance: How State of Mind Affects Bottom Line
13-Mar-2013 Danielle Berg and Blair Caplinger, Sponsored by MGA Insurance Group
07-Mar-2013 R-Night, Sponsored by Lou Marinaccio, MGA Insurance Group
09-Jan-2013 Joe Hahn
12-Dec-2012 Workplaces of Passion, Purpose and Productivity
14-Nov-2012 Fueling Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace
11-Oct-2012 A Conversation with Honorable Florida Gov. Rick Scott
12-Sep-2012 The Happiness Advantage and Positive Leadership
11-Jul-2012 Our Age of Transformation: Major Trends in the 21st Century
13-Jun-2012 What Private Equity Investors Expect from a CEO
24-May-2012 Gulf Coast CEO Forum Golf Event
09-May-2012 Making Hockey work in a Non-Traditional Market

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