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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

    • 31-Dec-2018
    • 01-Mar-2019
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    Once again, this has been quite a year for us! We have heard from experts in nearly every arena, from a comedic legend to a historian  to a leader in the FBI to the mental training coach at IMG. Their messages have inspired us, challenged us to lead differently and to be the best versions of ourselves. In 2019, we look forward to even more programming highlighting our mission of cultivating relationshipsideas and solutions. Your membership grants you access to the region's premier network of area business leaders and highly-sought speakers sharing what makes a company truly great.  

    The deadline to renew your membership is December 31.  Don't miss out on an incredible panel of national, international and regional influencers. Members will hear from NY Times best selling author Steve McClatchy, discuss his the popular book, "Decide, Work Smarter, Execute Faster and Lead by Example". … Molly Bloom, depicted in the recent Aaron Sorkin film “Molly’s Game” on the high stakes, the power of reputation and putting it all on the line….Dennis Deaton on Mental Imagery (vision) is the primary organizer and driver of all human action….Troy Hazard, author, TV host and speaker on future proofing your business…… and more.

    Your membership provides a variety of opportunities for you to learn:

    • Access to the intellectual capital of 115+ Members;

    • Monthly Breakfast Meetings (featuring over $100,000 of notable speakers);

    • Opportunity to sponsor member meetings, social events and community outreach programs;

    • Attendance at “R-Nights” (happy hours) and social events;

    • Access to BIG! BIG facilitates business and academic connections, allowing you to more effectively tap into the intellectual and human capital resources available in our community.

    The rate for 2019 Membership is $1,950. The Board has worked very hard to keep the rate the same these past few years but has continued to raise the bar for our members. For your convenience, you may pay online via PayPal using major credit cards. As always, checks are welcome. Please make payable to Gulf Coast CEO Forum and mail to PO Box 592, Bradenton, FL 34206. Include your company and "2019 Membership" in the memo.  

    During the last seven years, our organization has continued to grow. We look forward to another year of enriching programming for our members. With your membership and contributions, we know we can perpetuate a high value of relationships, ideas, and solutions — for you, all of the members and the region at large.

    With gratitude,

    Allen Carlson
    Chairman, Board of Directors

    Kim Miele
    Executive Director

    • 09-Jan-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    • 17-Jan-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Capstan Financial


    • 13-Feb-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    CULTIVATING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT TO ACHIEVE HYPERGROWTH


    Gene Hammett studies HyperGrowth companies to understand the challenges and opportunities of quick growth. He consults with companies to develop new strategies for their personalized path to growth. Gene speaks internationally about becoming THE choice, not a choice and cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit to activate HyperGrowth.

    Gene’s podcast, Leaders in the Trenches, has been recognized by Inc. and Entrepreneur for its insight on marketing and sales leadership.

    Gene is also the author of The Trap of Success: A Brutally Candid Guide to Overcoming Your Fears, Finding Significance, and Achieving Profound Success. A regular contributor to Inc. Magazine, Gene has also been featured in Forbes, Success, Business Insider, and Entrepreneur.

    2019 Breakfast Sponsor

    • 13-Mar-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Grove Restaurant | 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch
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    DESTINATION THINKING FOR LEADERS


    Dr. Deaton is a popular speaker at conferences, international meetings, and conventions, and author of 5 books, including:

    • The Book on Mind Management
    • Ownership Spirit: The One Grand Key that Changes Everything Else

    …which was the 2009 National Best Books Award Winner in the Business Motivational category.

    Dennis is the co-founder and CEO of Quma Learning Systems, Inc. and Chief Designer of Quma's most sought-after seminars, including:

    • The Ownership Spirit®
    • Visioneering
    • Creating Connections
    • and Destination Thinking for Leaders®. 
    Dr. Deaton has facilitated extensive training for major companies like Boeing, Charles Schwab, Dupont, Honeywell, Intel, Medtronic, Motorola, Texas Instruments and Universal Technical Institute. 


    He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and his doctorate degree, cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, and is the creator of an internationally-acclaimed human development curriculum taught to tens of thousands of people annually in over eight languages. 

    2019 Breakfast Sponsor

    • 21-Mar-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Capstan Financial


    • 10-Apr-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    DECIDE: WORK SMARTER, EXECUTE FASTER & LEAD BY EXAMPLE


    Steve McClatchy is a keynote speaker, workshop leader and author of the New York Times Bestseller Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress & Lead by Example.  Steve has spoken before thousands of audiences on the topics of leadership, performance, personal growth, and work/life engagement.  His client list includes the NFL, Google, Pfizer, Microsoft, Disney, NBC Universal, Accenture, John Deere, Under Armour,  Wells Fargo and Campbell’s Soup.  He is a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard and Wharton. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, Fox News, NBC’s Today Show and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Investor’s Business Daily.  Steve’s passion is for continual improvement and believes that when we stop   learning, gaining experience and achieving goals we stop living.  Steve is best known for his passion, sense of humor and energetic personality.  You will be captivated, motivated and truly inspired by his unique and practical approach to effectiveness and success.

    2019 Breakfast Sponsor

    • 08-May-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    2019 Breakfast Sponsor

    • 23-May-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Capstan Financial


    • 12-Jun-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    Molly Bloom is an inspirational keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of Molly’s Game. She is best known for her memoir, Molly’s Game, which was adapted into an award-winning film of the same name by Aaron Sorkin. Bloom’s memoir chronicles her journey from college student to LA waitress to building and operating the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world. Her games featured hundreds of millions of dollars and players like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, A-Rod, and Ben Affleck.

    Bloom began her career as a world-class skier. While training as a pre-teen she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to undergo surgery that the doctors said would end her athletic career. A year later, fully recovered, she was back on the slopes. She later joined the U.S. Ski Team and at 21 years old was ranked No. 3 in North America in moguls, but her Olympic dreams would go unrealized as she left the team to pursue other projects. This led her to what she thought would be a year sabbatical in LA.

    Bloom was finishing her degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder, and was in the process of applying to top tier Law Schools, when her assistant job turned her into an accidental entrepreneur, running one of  the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world, pulling in as much as $4 million per year. What happened next is where her story truly begins. 

    The film Molly’s Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, stars Jessica Chastain (as Molly), Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, and Chris O’Dowd. Bloom has appeared on numerous shows and in media outlets such as EllenVice, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Vulture, and has been asked to speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, for companies like Blackrock Financial, SiriusXM Radio, and will deliver the 2018 commencement speech at Colorado State University. 

    2019 Breakfast Sponsor


    Corporate Sponsor

    • 18-Jun-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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    2019 Breakfast Sponsor



    • 11-Sep-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Grove Restaurant | 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch
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    2019 Breakfast Sponsor



    • 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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    2019 Breakfast Sponsor



    • 13-Nov-2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    2019 Breakfast Sponsor



    • 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. 

    2019 Breakfast Sponsor



Past Events

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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