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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 Sarah Scarlett. 

Upcoming Events

    • 17-Jul-2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Northern Trust| 1515 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34236



    Let's celebrate summer together with cocktails, light bites and a beautiful view of Sarasota Bay! Join us for a Members Only Happy Hour on Wednesday, July 17th at 5:30 pm.

    RSVP Required | Limited Availability | Members Only

    The event will be held on the 11th floor, with parking in the garage next to the building

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    • 07-Aug-2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club: 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

    How to Lead, Motivate, and Keep Your Younger Workforce Accountable

    Dr. Kent Wessinger is a People Scientist focused on sustainable solutions to cross-generational growth, with an emphasis on attraction, engagement and retention of millennial employees & clients.  

    In 2016, he launched and continues to manage what many C-suites have called the foremost proprietary data bank on growth and revenue with millennials. He has successfully helped Fortune 500 financial services companies, engineering firms, manufacturing companies, nationwide real estate and insurance firms, governments in North and Central America, non-profits, and many small businesses develop a  relevant strategy to solve their workforce crisis.

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    • 11-Sep-2024
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club: 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

    Extraordinary Leadership Succession Planning

    At only 28 years of age, Richard J. Bryan took the reins of a 100-year-old, $120 million family-owned car and truck dealership in the UK after his father was forced to retire due to illness. The business was losing $3.5 million a year and no leadership succession plan was in place.

    With help from his coach and mentor, Richard was able to clearly define his role as a leader, forge a team of trusted A-players and learn the vital art of leadership succession planning. Ultimately, the business was able to survive and then thrive in a highly competitive industry with consistent growth and profitability and the addition of six additional new car franchises.

    After 10 years as CEO, he sold the car business to another UK-based dealer group and transitioned the family business into real estate investment and development.

    Today, Richard is a CEO and leadership team coach, keynote speaker, and author. He uses the lessons learned from his 25 years of business ownership to work with CEOs and leaders across multiple industry sectors. He is passionate about helping leaders build cohesive, high-performing teams with predictable business growth and profitability.

    Richard lives with his wife, Melissa, in Evergreen, Colorado. He regularly visits his hometown of Bristol, England, where he owns a successful commercial real estate business. Richard is a professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO).

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    • 03-Oct-2024
    • 7:30 AM
    • Longboat Key Club | 3000 Harbourside Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228


    • 09-Oct-2024
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club: 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

    Cyber Security 

    After joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the New York Field Office in 1988 as a support employee, Scott Augenbaum became a Special Agent in 1994 and was assigned to the Syracuse, New York Office, where he worked domestic terrorism, white collar and hate crimes, and all computer crime investigations. In October 2003, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Headquarters, Washington D.C in the Cyber Division, Cyber Crime Fraud Unit, and was responsible for managing the FBI's Cyber Task Force Program and Intellectual Property Rights Program. In 2006 he was transferred to Nashville, TN and managed the FBI Memphis Division Computer Intrusion/Counterintelligence Squad in Nashville, TN.

    Over the past three decades, he responded to thousands of Cyber Crime incidents and provided hundreds of computer intrusion threat briefings with the goal of educating the community on emerging computer intrusion threats and how to not to be the victim of a data breach. In January 2018, he retired from the FBI and he shares his knowledge base to provide a unique training experience. He will scare you and make you laugh and provide you with a number of no-cost quick fixes to prevent you and your organization from becoming victims.

    Scott Augenbaum earned an MBA at American Sentinel University in Information Technology, and a Masters Certificate in Information Security Management from Villanova University and has earned six General Information Assurance Certifications (GIAC).

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    • 23-Oct-2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • State Street Eating House| 1533 State St, Sarasota, FL 34236


    It's time to celebrate fall! Join us for lite bites, cocktails and conversation at our Members Only Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:30-7 pm.

    State Street Eating House| 1533 State St, Sarasota, FL 34236

    RSVP Required | Limited Availability | Members Only

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    • 13-Nov-2024
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club: 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

    Increasing Company Sales

    Speaker and leadership expert Bob Marsh spent his career as an entrepreneur and sales leader. Bob has been an executive and CEO at two category creating companies, has raised millions in venture capital, sold two companies, and has won and grew business from some of the top brands in the world.

    In addition to keynote speaking, Bob is an active Chief Revenue Officer of ImpactEleven, which is the industry's leading professional speaker development company.

    In 2022 Bob was selected as Selling Power's CRO of the Year, and as one of the Top 25 Sales Experts to Learn From by Demandbase. As a speaker and thought leader, Bob has spoken at industry leading events including Dreamforce, SaaStr, Sales 2.0, and HubSpot's INBOUND and been published in Inc., Entrepreneur, SellingPower, Fast Company, and the Harvard Business Review.

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    • 05-Dec-2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Founders Club; 3800 Golf Hall Dr. Sarasota, FL 34240

    • 11-Dec-2024
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club: 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

    Raise Their Game: How to Improve Your Leadership Performance, Impact and Influence

    Alan Stein, Jr. teaches proven strategies to improve organizational performance, create effective leadership, increase team cohesion and collaboration, and develop winning mindsets, rituals, and routines.

    In his corporate keynote programs and workshops, Alan shares real-world lessons, illustrated by powerful stories, so that every audience can immediately put new ideas into action. He has a passion for helping organizations create high-performance cultures, and his clients include American Express, Pepsi, Under Armour, Starbucks, Charles Schwab, Orangetheory Fitness, and numerous college athletic programs such as Penn State Football and UConn Men’s Basketball.

    An acclaimed basketball performance coach, Alan spent 15 years working with the highest-performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant). He transfers that knowledge to reveal how leaders and teams can utilize the same approaches in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.

    The strategies from Alan’s books, Raise Your Game and Sustain Your Game, are implemented by corporate teams and sports teams around the country. His inspirational words are featured on a 12-foot mural outside the Penn State Football Training Center, so that players run past it on the way to practice every day.

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Past Events

12-Jun-2024 Michael Vickers: Becoming Preferred: How to Out-position, Outsell and Out-service Your Competition
16-May-2024 May Board Meeting
08-May-2024 How 3 CEOs Created Great Cultures to Draw and Keep Top Talent
10-Apr-2024 George Randle: Plan Your HR Strategy to Win the Talent War
26-Mar-2024 Spring Member Only Social!
21-Mar-2024 March Board Meeting
13-Mar-2024 Dr. Shawn DuBravac: Navigating the AI Revolution: Strategies for Success in the New Era of Intelligence
14-Feb-2024 Keith Mercurio: The Art & Science of Inspiring Change
31-Jan-2024 2024 Membership Renewal
18-Jan-2024 January Board Meeting
10-Jan-2024 Phil Guarco: Economic Forecast
13-Dec-2023 Matt Walsh interview with John Lilly - Managing Partner Lateral Capital Advisors, Former P&G executive / CEO Pillsbury
07-Dec-2023 Annual Holiday Party
16-Nov-2023 November Board Meeting
08-Nov-2023 Julian Placino: Mastering the Talent Puzzle: 3 Immutable Secrets to Recruiting Success
19-Oct-2023 Member Fall Social
11-Oct-2023 Alex Weber: Unstoppable
28-Sep-2023 September Board Meeting
20-Sep-2023 Sponsor and Board Appreciation Social
13-Sep-2023 Kim LaMontagne: The 4 Pillars of Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace
16-Aug-2023 Round Table Moderator Social
09-Aug-2023 Kelly Keenan: Stopping the Culture Killer
27-Jul-2023 July Board Meeting
19-Jul-2023 Member Summer Social
14-Jun-2023 Lisa Walden: Creating a Workplace That Doesn't Suck
25-May-2023 May Board Meeting
10-May-2023 Sam Silverstein: The Theory of Accountability
12-Apr-2023 Ben Hammersley: The Future of Work, the Workplace and the Place of Work
28-Mar-2023 Spring Member Only Social!
23-Mar-2023 March Board Meeting
08-Mar-2023 Larry McEvoy: Leading in Complexity
08-Feb-2023 Dominique Dawes: ENVISION: Reaching Your Full Potential
26-Jan-2023 January Board Meeting
20-Jan-2023 2023 Membership Renewal
11-Jan-2023 Phil Guarco: Economic Forecast
14-Dec-2022 Commander Mary Kelly: Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success
01-Dec-2022 Annual Holiday Party
17-Nov-2022 November Board Meeting
09-Nov-2022 Scott Christopher: The Levity Effect
18-Oct-2022 Member Fall Social
12-Oct-2022 Michelle Chiantera: Business Marketing to Increase Bottom Line
22-Sep-2022 September Board Meeting
21-Sep-2022 Sponsor and Board Appreciation Social
14-Sep-2022 Brian Carter: Secrets of Modern Sales and Customer Service
10-Aug-2022 Joe DeLoss: Disrupting HR for Good
28-Jul-2022 July Board Meeting
20-Jul-2022 Member Summer Social
08-Jun-2022 Lieutenant Simon Tildsley + Luke Bencie: Safety in the Workplace, Are Your Employees Safe?
26-May-2022 May Board Meeting
11-May-2022 Brock Long: Disaster Preparedness
13-Apr-2022 Andrew Busch: The Future Economy: Opportunities for Growth
07-Apr-2022 Special Evening with Thomas Modly
24-Mar-2022 March Board Meeting
22-Mar-2022 Spring Member Only Social!
09-Mar-2022 Eric Papp: Managing Multiple Priorities
09-Feb-2022 Thomas Modly: Thunder Clouds on the Horizon: Insights from the Helm of U.S. Department of the Navy
31-Jan-2022 2022 Membership Renewal
20-Jan-2022 January Board Meeting
12-Jan-2022 Aron Ralston: 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
08-Dec-2021 Economic Forecast
01-Dec-2021 Annual Holiday Party
18-Nov-2021 November Board Meeting
10-Nov-2021 David DeLong: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce in Today’s Economy
19-Oct-2021 Member Fall Social
06-Oct-2021 How CEOs Can Use Technology to Deliver Amazing Customer & Employee Experiences
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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