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Al Purmort Insurance
agency@alpurmort.com
www.alpurmort.com
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Al Purmort Insurance is backed by an ownership team with five generations of insurance industry experience, expertise and service to its clients and has served Southwest Florida’s diversified insurance needs since 1985. We offer world class protection for all of your personal, professional and business insurance requirements and have established ourselves as one of the largest and most respected independent insurance agencies in all of Florida. We take pride in always being there for our clients. We see every relationship as an opportunity to personally provide value, understanding, education and customized solutions… that exceed expectations. We welcome the opportunity to work with you.




Steve Hall, GBA
shall@alltrustinsurance.com
www.alltrustinsurance.com
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As one of Florida’s largest independent employee benefits and Human Resources consulting firms, Alltrust has local offices in Sarasota, Lakeland, Tallahassee, Winter Park and Palm Harbor. Unlike other organizations that primarily focus on your products, at Alltrust, our culture is passionately focused on the human aspect. Our benevolent culture and corresponding service model is what truly differentiates our organization. Specializing in all components of business related to an organization’s human capital, Alltrust serves over 400 Florida based employer groups; from NYSE companies with a national presence, to two employee CPA firms.  In addition, Alltrust has been named one of Florida's 2015 Best Small Companies. 




Brian Long
Brian@aromacoffee.net
aromacoffee.net
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Born raised in Florida, Brian graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Administration in 1988. He began his career working for Nabisco Brands for 8 years in sales and management. Brian returned to his family business, Aroma Coffee Service, in 1996 where he remains as the company's President and CEO. Brian has been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Angela, since 1992. They have two children, Connor (son, 17) and Avery (daughter, 14). His hobbies include golf and wine collecting.


Founded in 1971, Aroma Coffee Service is a family owned company that supplies coffee and coffee related supplies to businesses in Central and Southwest Florida. From locally roasted premium coffees to national brand coffees and single cup systems, Aroma provides its customers with exceptional coffee brewing equipment, products and customer service . We also offer premium water filtration systems and a full line of janitorial products.







Matthew DePalma, Managing Partner
matt.depalma@wfafinet.com
www.capstanfinancial.com
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As an independent financial services practice, Capstan is free to focus on what really counts: enduring relationships and a commitment to creating value. Putting clients’ needs above all else, we provide exceptional service based on trust and knowledge, supported by one of the nation’s largest investment firms Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.

Capstan specializes in providing your company with local retirement plan professionals to help navigate today’s complex regulatory environment. Our team presents a full array of services to the employer including objective evaluation of your company’s retirement plan needs while providing your employees with the necessary education to help prepare them for a dignified retirement.

Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), Member SIPC. Capstan Financial Consulting Group is a separate entity from WFAFN.





Gregory Green
gg@ggreencpas.com
ggreencpas.com
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Green & Associates CPA, LLC was founded in October 2013 by Gregory Green, CPA. Serving in the Gulf Coast and Texas area, Green & Associates' highly experienced CPAs with their expertise and the use of innovative technology are committed to provide individuals and businesses’ accounting and tax services through tenacious client service and hands-on attention . Green & Associates' philosophy is to follow the Golden Rule to treat their clients and associates as they would want to be treated. They support their associates to grow their career and create their own opportunity while having fun doing it. It is also important for them to grow the business and build customer relationships through community service.

They are strived to become an accounting firm for individuals and businesses with high quality services and excellent customer relationship.





Darrin Rohr
darrin@hhstaffingservices.com
HHStaffingServices.com 
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Since our inception in January 1988 as Helping Hands Staffing Services, (rebranded for brevity as HHStaffing) our team has built and fostered a belief that our duty is more than just finding a match between a client’s need and a person who can fulfill that need.

Our first ethos is that HH Staffing is committed to helping our clients find the perfect person who can contribute to their team’s success. Our second ethos is a dedication and passion for helping people who we work with to find meaningful career opportunities. 

Simply put, our purpose is Helping People. We exist for the sole purpose of helping people, from helping clients to fill their open positions to helping people find meaningful work, we help people

Today, HH Staffing is led by owner Darrin Rohr. Darrin is the former Chief HR Officer (CHRO) for Bridgestone. Darrin also held senior level appointments for global companies such as Charles Schwab, Specialized Bicycles and other Fortune 500 companies throughout his 30 year HR career. Darrin brings fresh talent perspectives from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by helping companies hire the right candidates for their open positions.  Darrin frequently blogs about ways to create high performance work place cultures. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida and has offices in Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. 

Darrin holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK. and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, KS. Darrin and his wife Margaret have two grown children, John and Mitchell, and two Great Pyrenees Dogs (Stella and Lulu). When not running HH Staffing, you can find Darrin out running area road races and competing in Triathlons having competed for over 30 years in multi-sport events including the Hawaiian Ironman in Kona Hawaii three times.




Marina Wolf-Schmidt
kiddieacademyfl@aol.com
kiddieacademy.com
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Kiddie Academy has been shaping, fueling and nurturing children’s natural curiosity since we opened our local center in 2008.  We’re driven-through our Life Essentials® philosophy and curriculum- to prepare children for school and for life. 

We believe curiosity and learning carry their own momentum, and we’re dedicated to developing what’s unique in every child we care for and teach. Our Life Essentials® doctrine is founded on these two principles, and is designed to engage and enlighten children. Parents agree - our program offers the essential ingredients to prepare a child for success and well-being throughout life.

Our academy goes above and beyond your standard infant and toddler childcare, Pre-K and school-age programs. From hot, family-style meals to hands-on educational activities, we supply the framework to foster social, intellectual and creative growth in every child. At our center, we understand that the best environment for learning is one that's as comfortable and safe as home. That's why preschool security is our #1 priority. Our facility is equipped with secure entry systems to maintain your child’s safety at all times. Plus, our parent webcams let you check in on your children anytime, any place. We establish the standard for quality instruction, fun, safety, and trust. 

Today, Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch provides childcare for more than 240 children from six weeks to 11 years old as well as before and after school programs with care and education delivered by 50 staff and six vendors. It is one of only two local centers accredited by the prestigious National Accreditation for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).




Jeff Mayers
jeff.mayers@longboatkeyclub.com
www.longboatkeyclub.com
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The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota’s only AAA Four-Diamond beachfront resort, is a destination of distinction for the discerning leisure traveler and selective corporate and social groups, offering a number of unique venues for private functions, productive Board meetings and formal VIP or black-tie affairs. Renowned for its exceptional location and personalized service, amenities include 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, 45 holes of championship golf, the award-winning Tennis Gardens and six remarkable restaurants. Meeting time transitions seamlessly into relaxation time as guests have the option to explore our shore from kayaks and paddle boards, simply relax on our beautiful white sand beach or rejuvenate in our Island House Spa. Daily workouts become a welcome routine in our Fitness Center and Mind & Motion Studio. The Resort provides the perfect setting to inspire perceptive thought, meaningful dialogue and friendly conversation. Local business groups will enjoy the convenience of a world-class facility to host annual retreats or holiday gatherings. For those groups that host individuals from outside the area, the Resort provides the perfect setting for an extended stay with family once the business meetings are over.




Drayton Saunders
DraytonSaunders@MichaelSaunders.com
www.michaelsaunders.com
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Now in its fourth decade of service,  Michael Saunders & Company is built on an unwavering commitment to our values and exceptional service for our customers. Through our worldwide connections, innovative Web presence, intimate market knowledge, and dedicated professionals Michael Saunders & Company delivers a comprehensive array of services that generations of home buyers and sellers have come to expect from Southwest Florida’s most trusted name in real estate.

“Exceptional People, Properties & Service” says it all. Each closed transaction is a cumulative result of the market knowledge, innovation and diligence of our 550-plus outstanding sales agents and their dedicated management team – under two generations of involved, hands-on leadership.





Molly Jackson
info@newbalancesarasota.com
www.stores.newbalance.com
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Molly Jackson, along with college sweetheart and spouse of 20 years, David Jackson opened the first New Balance specialty shoe and apparel store in our area 12 years ago. Today, their retail network includes two locally owned New Balance Licensed stores in Sarasota and University Park, as well as Molly’s! Boutique and Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota employing 40 locally talented and customer centric minded staff members.  

Molly had been recognized by many organizations for setting the standards for leadership including being honored by Girls Inc. Sarasota with the “She knows where she is going” award, New Balance Athletic Shoe with their highest honor of the Chairman’s Awards and by Susan G. Komen as their local outstanding volunteer and supporter. She was recently named the first female Chairman of the New Balance Corporate Store Advisory Board serving 160 stores across the country and the first female of the National Shoe Retailers Executive Board. Recently, Molly has been asked to serve on the board of Gulf Coast CEO Forum.  

Molly often shares  her talent and expertise from her retail banking/finance where she served as a Vice President for a premier private banking operation, extensive retailing and Omni channel marketing perspective to not only help grow and expand their retail businesses but to also support the community and many non-profit organizations. Each year, her organizations collectively provide donations and in-kind services to hundreds of local charity and non-profit organizations as well as executing and/or supporting more than 100 events and races each year.  

Molly was raised in Sarasota attending St. Martha’s Catholic School and Cardinal Mooney High School, and then headed to the mountains of North Carolina to attend Western Carolina University where she earned a dual degree in Corporate Finance and Marketing graduating Summa Cum Lauda, in conjunction with securing her “MRS.” degree by meeting and marrying David soon after graduation. She is the proud mother of 4 active children with ages ranging from 5-15.




Peter Skokos
pskokos@nhlslaw.com 
www.nhlslaw.com 

Established in 1988, the law firm of Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A. offers the highest-quality personal service for individuals and businesses.

With a wide range of practice groups and talented, ethical and dynamic attorneys, Norton, Hammersley offers the best of both worlds by utilizing extensive legal resources and knowledge in servicing each of its individual and business clients.

With over 25 years of Sarasota Law Practice experience, Norton Hammersley, a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated law firm, is comprised of 10 attorneys and four main practice groups: real estate, business and tax law, trial practice and dispute resolution, and estate planning/administration and asset preservation. The firm also has an energetic, talented and knowledgeable group of paralegals and staff to assist clients with their individual and business needs in the most cost-efficient manner.




Matt Walsh
mwalsh@yourobserver.com
www.yourobserver.com
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Formed in 1995 with the acquisition of the Longboat Observer, Observer Media Group Inc. has grown into a family-owned and operated multimedia company with nine newspapers, six websites, a quarterly arts and social magazine and more than 100 employees serving multiple communities around Florida.

The company's portfolio of newspapers includes four free community weeklies serving the Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., market — Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer and the Pelican Press; Palm Coast Observer and Ormond Beach Observers, free weekly serving the east coast market of Palm Coast/Flagler County; Plant City Observer, serving the central market of Plant City near greater Tampa Bay; West Orange Times, serving the communities of Winter Garden, Windermere and Ocoee in west-central Orange County; and the Business Observer, a paid-circulation weekly with subscribers extending from Tampa to Naples. The company’s associated websites include YourObserver.com, PalmCoastObserver.com, OrmondBeachObserver.com, PlantCityObserver.com, ThisWeekinSarasota.com, WOTimes.com and BusinessObserverFL.com. Season magazine is the quarterly arts and social guide. And LWR Life is a quarterly, glossy magazine distributed in Lakewood Ranch in partnership with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. Altogether, the company’s newspapers, magazines and websites reach more than 200,000 readers a week.




Russ Beckner
russell.beckner@pnc.com
www.pnc.com

With more than $304 billion in assets, PNC Financial Services, (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest financial services companies in the country. In Florida, PNC Bank maintains more than 200 branches, 350 ATM's statewide and provides everything from personal banking services to wealth management, business banking and corporate & institutional services for organizations all over the world.

Locally, PNC is also enriching communities through philanthropy, sponsorships, community development and its signature cause, Grow Up Great. Through executive leadership, strategic investments and employee volunteerism, PNC is helping to build strong communities and create financial opportunities for individuals, families and businesses. Last year more than $73 million was invested in communities across 19 states and the District of Columbia to encourage home ownership, economic development, partnerships with community-based organizations and support early childhood education.




RITE Technology provides business efficiencies via digital transformation, including printers, copiers, managed print services, document management software, and workflow consulting. We are a local business celebrating our 30th year serving the Suncoast with award winning service.










Paul Hoffman
phoffman@southtech.com
www.southtech.com
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In today's business environment, you can't spend all your time reacting to events. You've got to set goals for your company, for tomorrow and for three years down the road. But the future could hold many things undefined some expected, some surprises--with the potential to affect your ability to reach those goals. Which ones are likely? Which ones aren't? What should your business do to prepare for them?

Most companies say they can help you make sense of the tidal wave of business data that washes over your transom every day, and they can, to a point.But there's a difference between all of them and SouthTech: vision. Without vision, you can't see what's coming. We have it. They don't.

SouthTech, your IT Navigators, has been southwest Florida's leading provider of professional IT services since 1994, and recently was honored with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year award. We offer enterprise-level solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout Florida, and we're ready to help yours too.

Our insight gives you the vital business intelligence you need, in a format you can digest quickly. Our philosophy is that an ideal IT infrastructure is one that you never have to think about, because it never gets in your way or demands your attention. Contact SouthTech to be your IT partner, so you can get back to the work you do best.


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