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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 Kimberly Manooshian. 

Upcoming Events

    • 10-Jun-2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Meeting
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    KEEP IT SIMPLE: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS TOMASSO

    A 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Chris Tomasso joined First Watch in 2006 as its first Chief Marketing Officer before being promoted to President in 2015, then CEO in 2018. Chris led First Watch’s complete re-branding effort, which included a new brand positioning platform, new restaurant prototype and new company logo and tagline. He previously served as Vice President of Marketing for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., and he spent more than 10 years with Hard Rock Café International, one of the world’s most recognizable brands. There, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. Chris holds a degree in Journalism with a specialty in advertising and public relations from the University of Central Florida. He was recognized on Nation’s Restaurants News’ 2018 Power List, named a Top Private Company CMO in 2012 by ExecRank and currently serves on the Marketing Advisory Board for Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry and the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association’s Marketing Executive Group. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the University of Central Florida’s Alumni Association.

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    • 15-Jul-2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    MEMBERS-ONLY HAPPY HOUR

    Join us for a members-only happy hour overlooking scenic Sarasota Bay on Wednesday, July 15th at Sarasota Yacht Club. Enjoy cocktails, light bites and the great company of CEO Forum members. 

    Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

    • 16-Jul-2020
    • 7:30 AM (EDT)
    • Capstan Financial | 238 S. Washington Blvd. Sarasota, 34236


    • 12-Aug-2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    LEADING RELATIONSHIPS: 
    Communicate Effectively, Resolve Conflict & Lead High Performance Relationships


    The skills of building trust, communicating effectively, taking risks and resolving conflict can be the most important skills you will ever develop as a leader.  In this presentation you will learn the keys to success in each of these areas and how to build relationships strong enough to handle the pressures and tensions inherent in creating, building, leading and sustaining a fast-changing, results-driven organization.  If your success is determined by your ability to work successfully through others it’s time to take your relationships to the next level.

    Steve McClatchy is a speaker, trainer, consultant, New York Times Bestselling author and entrepreneur. He founded Alleer Training and Consulting out of his passion for continual improvement and his belief that when we stop growing, learning, gaining experience, achieving goals and improving, we stop living.

    His firm focuses on helping companies and individuals improve performance and achieve outstanding results in the areas of Leadership, Performance, Personal Growth, and Work/Life Engagement. His client list includes Pfizer, Microsoft, Disney, Comcast, Accenture, Super Bowl Champions Baltimore Ravens, DHL Europe, Tiffany and Co., Wells Fargo and many others. He is a frequent guest lecturer in many of America’s top business graduate schools including Harvard and Wharton. Steve’s book, Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress and Lead by Example, debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestsellers list and also was named a New York Times Bestselling Business Book for February 2014.

    Steve is the eleventh of twelve children and grew up outside of Philadelphia. He lives with his wife and four kids in Malvern, Pa.  He has a BA in Finance and a BA in Economics and has been involved in the Big Brother/Big Sister program for over 25 years.


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    • 09-Sep-2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Location TBD
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    COMPLAINT FREE BUSINESS


    In 2006 Will Bowen was the minister of a small midwestern church delivering a series on prosperity. Will noticed that his congregation all said they wanted greater prosperity– that is: more stuff.  But, they all complained about what they already had.

    He suggested everyone try and break the complaining habit by going 21 days in a row without complaining.

    Will gave purple rubber bracelets to everyone in attendance urging them to put the bracelet on either wrist and switch it to the other wrist with every spoken complaint.

    Will’s idea EXPLODED around the world.

    Will has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, CBS Sunday Morning, The ABC Evening News, NewsweekPeople magazine, Forbes magazine, O magazine, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

    So far, more than 11 million complaint bracelets have been distributed worldwide. The six millionth Complaint Free® bracelet was personally presented by Will to the late Dr. Maya Angelou.

    Will has written 5 books (so far) that have sold in excess of 3 million copies and have been translated into more than 25 languages.  Will travels the world motivating businesses and organizations of every size, from conference rooms to amphitheaters. His presentation clears up the “ear pollution” of complaining in a way that is engaging, inspiring and funny!


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    • 17-Sep-2020
    • 7:30 AM (EDT)
    • Capstan Financial | 238 S. Washington Blvd. Sarasota, 34236


    • 14-Oct-2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    SERVICETOPIA: - The Ultimate Customer Service Experience

    Jason Young has been called a “rare breed” when it comes to developing leaders and customer service initiatives. During his 10 years at Southwest Airlines, the airline consistently rated No. 1 in customer service and employee satisfaction, and the former senior executive was a key driver in creating and developing the company’s innovative training programs, successful leadership and customer service culture that have become renowned in the business world today.

    Driven by the need to extend his unique insight in leadership development to others outside Southwest, Young separated from the pack in 1998, when he left the airline to launch his own consulting practice to focus on corporate training and development services, specializing in leadership, customer service and team building. Today, as president of LeadSmart, Inc., Young shares his vision in developing successful corporate cultures and workplace environments with forward-thinking companies, including Starbucks, Radio Shack, Coca Cola and Tyson Foods. He has captured his philosophy of creating high performance cultures in his recent book, The Culturetopia Effect.

    Capturing the innovative strategies and tactics he created at Southwest Airlines, Young offers practical insights and strategies that can be implemented immediately. His keynote presentations and training programs are in demand for audiences ranging from senior level executives to frontline employees. Participants are treated to a compelling experience that will change the way they view themselves, their customers and the company for which they work.

    Young’s keynote and workshop presentations inspire audiences while reinforcing the concepts and skills geared to increase learning and assist in the transition from the meeting room to the workplace.

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    • 11-Nov-2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (EST)
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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    FIVE GENERATIONS IN THE WORKFORCE

    Meagan is known as a "Generational Humorist" challenges her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. 

    Educating through entertainment since 1997, Meagan has worked with a variety of organizations and associations to build multi-generational effective relationships. In her presentation, Zap the Gap Generational Differences Reexamined, she explains how each generation developed its values and how these values creep into the workplace and marketplace. Each generation holds fast to its values, so it's important to understand and respect them to bring out the best in everyone. Meagan believes each generation actually has more in common than many people think and helps her audiences find common ground and build on generational strengths. She believes the best strategy for success is not thinking about how people are different but thinking about how people are the same. 

    Meagan and her Baby Boomer father, Larry Johnson are the authors of Generations, Inc - From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work. She has written a variety of articles about the multiple generations and has been interviewed for many publications and audio programs. She has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune, CNNMoney.com, US News & World Report and many other publications.

    Each generation has a different perception of what motivates them. Meagan says, "Every generation gets a negative label when it enters the workforce. For example Baby Boomers were called trouble-making hippies when they first went to work. Once we take time to understand the motivations and mind-set of each generation, working with them, communicating with them and managing them becomes a more successful effort".

    Learn from Meagan what you can do now to make the most of each generation in your workplace!

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    2020 Breakfast Sponsor



    • 19-Nov-2020
    • 7:30 AM (EST)
    • Capstan Financial | 238 S. Washington Blvd. Sarasota, 34236


    • 09-Dec-2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (EST)
    • Sarasota Yacht Club
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Past Events

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
08-Apr-2020 POSTPONED: Dr. Jan Pullen: EQ in the Workplace
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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