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

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

 Social Events are part of our regular programming, designed to keep you connected to your fellow members in a fun atmosphere with no solicitation.  

 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 Kimberly Manooshian. 

Upcoming Events

    • 06-Oct-2021
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club

    How CEOs Can Use Technology to Deliver Amazing Customer & Employee Experiences

    CEO Forum members Pete Peterson and Jaime DiDomenico are two of the region's leading adopters of technology. In a Q&A format with CJ Fishman, they will share how they have used technology personally and company-wide to propel their businesses.

    Pete Petersen

    An enthusiastic entrepreneur and leader, Pete Petersen has been a member of the tech landscape of beautiful Sarasota, Florida for over 15 years. In that time, he sold his first company at the age of 23 prior to taking on growing S1 Holdings to over $100M in revenue in under ten years. While with S1, previously known as Lexjet, Petersen was responsible for aligning technology, operations, and growth for all S-One companies including Hewlett Packard, Kodak, and LexJet brands globally. The next challenge Petersen tackled is the position he is currently in: CEO and Managing Partner of Dealers United, a social media marketing partner and AdTech company focused on the automotive vertical. In addition to inspiring and motivating his team daily, he spends time with his two energetic boys (Kai and Landon), a brilliant daughter (Raine), and amazing wife Kristin. He is passionate about giving back to the community he loves and has even been featured by the Business Observer, AutoNews and Inc. Magazine for his out-of-the-box thinking and community involvement, A lifelong learner, Petersen spends whatever free time he manages to round up listening to podcasts, audiobooks, and boating.

    Jaime DiDomenico

    Jaime DiDomenico was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island. He moved to Florida in the 1980s and has been working in home services ever since. After being selected to join a consolidator, he facilitated the purchase of Cool Today in 1998. He then purchased it for himself with a couple of partners in 2004. DiDomenico used his passion for people to transform Cool Today into the wildly successful business and tight-knit community it is todayCool Today focuses on building lifelong relationships with each and every customer. This mentality has helped them to grow from their base in Sarasota to now service the Tampa, Naples and Orlando communities.

    Corporate Sponsors


    Breakfast Sponsor

    • 19-Oct-2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • State Street Eating House| 1533 State St, Sarasota, FL


    It's time to celebrate fall! Join us for lite bites, cocktails and conversation at our Members Only Happy Hour on Tuesday, October 19th from 5:30-7 pm.

    RSVP Required | Limited Availability | Members Only

    • 10-Nov-2021
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club

    Building Tomorrow’s Workforce in Today’s Economy: A Framework for Action

    Dr. David DeLong is an author, speaker and president of Smart Workforce Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations find solutions to critical skill shortages and risks of knowledge loss. Dr. DeLong is also:

    • A research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College, teaching MBA’s “Leading & Managing Change.”
    • An acclaimed keynote speaker and co-author of the The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management from McGraw-Hill.
    • Author of the widely praised Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce from Oxford University Press.
    • Veteran researcher who has spent more than 20 years studying the strategic impacts of changing workforce demographics and knowledge loss on organizational performance.
    • A source of insights from over 600 interviews in knowledge-intensive organizations developing solutions for the knowledge retention and workforce development challenges posed by Baby Boomer retirements and changing values of Millennials.
    • Author of Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market, based on more than 50 case studies of Millennials who have successfully launched their careers.
    • Widely quoted in the New York TimesFortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial TimesCIO MagazineS. News & World Report, and the Boston Globe.
    • Interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.”

    A former researcher at both Harvard Business School and MIT’s Sloan School, Dr. DeLong is also:

    • Co-author (with J.F. Rockart) of Executive Support Systems: The Emergence of Top Management Computer Use from Dow Jones-Irwin.
    • Presenter of dozens of keynote talks and workshops in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and South America
    • A widely-published writer whose work has appeared in journals and magazines such as Harvard Business Review, The New York TimesSloan Management Review, The Boston GlobeNewsweek InternationalOrganizational DynamicsComputerworld, and Magazine.
    • Recipient of a doctorate in organizational behavior from Boston University and an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    Corporate Sponsor


    Breakfast Sponsor

    • 18-Nov-2021
    • 7:30 AM
    • Norton Hammersley Lopez & Skokos | 1819 Main St UNIT 610, Sarasota, FL 34236

    • 01-Dec-2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Michaels Wine Cellar | 1283 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239

    The Gulf Coast CEO Forum cordially invites you to our annual holiday party. Join us for a festive evening with fellow CEO members while enjoying fine wine, cocktails and delicious hors d-oeuvre's. Bring your holiday spirit as this evening is sure to be a memorable occasion!

    Wednesday, December 1st 5:30-7:30
    Holiday Cocktail Party 
    Attire: Festive Business/Cocktail Attire

    $55 per person, Spouses or Plus Ones Welcome

    • 08-Dec-2021
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club

    Economic Forecast

    Philip Rich has 35 years’ experience in the trust and investment management business. He currently serves as the Chief Market Strategist for Seaside. In that capacity he is responsible for the research and selection of asset management strategies for private banking clients, as well as the construction of customized investment portfolios designed to achieve their financial objectives. Prior to joining Seaside in 2007, Mr. Rich was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Trusco Capital Management, SunTrust’s Registered Investment Advisor subsidiary. In this role, Mr. Rich was responsible for institutional investment sales in Florida, including sales of endowments, foundations services and retirement services.

    Prior to Trusco, Mr. Rich was responsible for the development of SunTrust’s Rollover Solution Center, a specialized advisory group designed to serve the needs of participants transitioning out of 401(k) plans. He also managed SunTrust Bank’s Central Florida Trust & Investment Management Group, including its trust division and retail investment services unit. Mr. Rich began his career at SunTrust developing and implementing workout plans for defaulted municipal securities. He later managed SunTrust’s Corporate Trust Division and its Retirement Services line of business across all of SunTrust’s markets.

    Prior to earning his MBA, Mr. Rich had been the inaugural Assistant Director of Tufts University’s European Center in Talloires, France. There, he was responsible for the restoration, staffing and operation of a medieval priory in the French Alps that serves as Tufts University’s European Campus and international conference center.

    Mr. Rich serves on the Board of Directors of the Orlando Health Foundation and chairs the Investment Committee for Orlando Health. He serves on the Advisory Board of Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business and has served on the Boards of the MacJannet Foundation, the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College and the United Arts Standards and Allocations Committee. He received a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College, Winter Park, Fl.

    Corporate Sponsors


    Breakfast Sponsor

Past Events

16-Sep-2021 September Board Meeting
08-Sep-2021 Alex Sheen: Because I Said I Would
11-Aug-2021 Tom Morrison: WHATS Next? The Future, Post COVID-19
15-Jul-2021 July Board Meeting
14-Jul-2021 Member Summer Social
09-Jun-2021 Dean Saby Mitra + Dr. Damon Woodard: What Every CEO Needs to Know About Artificial Intelligence & Analytics
20-May-2021 May Board Meeting
12-May-2021 Tony Moore: Change the Culture, Change the Outcome
14-Apr-2021 Dr. Jan Pullen: EQ in the Workplace
24-Mar-2021 Spring Member Only Social!
18-Mar-2021 March Board Meeting
15-Mar-2021 Spring Training Baseball
10-Mar-2021 Simon Anderson: Emerging Technology
10-Feb-2021 Jaleigh White & Andy McKay: Succession Planning & Transition Readiness
30-Jan-2021 2021 Membership Renewal
19-Jan-2021 2021 Board of Directors Workshop
13-Jan-2021 Brant Menswar: Values-Based Leadership - Better Decisions, instinctive Motivation & Extraordinary Results
14-Dec-2020 Annual Holiday Party
09-Dec-2020 Michael Stritch: Geopolitics and the Pandemic
19-Nov-2020 November Board Meeting
17-Nov-2020 Member Happy Hour
11-Nov-2020 Meagan Johnson: 5 Generations in the Workforce
22-Oct-2020 BONUS Meeting: Stress Mastery with Dr. Heidi Hanna
14-Oct-2020 Jason Young: Servicetopia - The Ultimate Customer Service Experience
01-Oct-2020 Virtual Happy Hour
17-Sep-2020 September Board Meeting
09-Sep-2020 Will Bowen: Complaint Free Business
12-Aug-2020 Steve McClatchy: Leading Relationships - Communicate Effectively, Resolve Conflict & Lead High Performance Relationships
16-Jul-2020 July Board Meeting
10-Jun-2020 Chris Tomasso: How Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast
27-May-2020 Part II - Larry McEvoy: Leading After COVID-19
21-May-2020 May Board Meeting
13-May-2020 Larry McEvoy: Leading After COVID-19
19-Mar-2020 March Board Meeting
11-Mar-2020 Phillip Stutts: Undefeated: The Secret Marketing Formula That Elects Presidents and Will Grow Your Business Every Time
06-Mar-2020 Spring Training at CoolToday Park
12-Feb-2020 Luke Bencie: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler
29-Jan-2020 A Night at Asolo Rep Sponsored by CoolToday
16-Jan-2020 January Board Meeting
08-Jan-2020 Robert Kavcic: 2020 Economic Forecast
01-Jan-2020 2020 Membership Renewal
11-Dec-2019 Brett Culp: Leadership is an Invitation
09-Dec-2019 Sky's The Limit: Annual Holiday Party
21-Nov-2019 November Board Meeting
13-Nov-2019 Kenneth Feld: An Interview
09-Oct-2019 Jim Knight: Culture That Rocks
02-Oct-2019 Member Social at The Field Club
19-Sep-2019 September Board Meeting
11-Sep-2019 Mark Nutsch
14-Aug-2019 Kelly Keenan
18-Jul-2019 July Board Meeting
17-Jul-2019 Cocktails at Sarasota Yacht Club
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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