Sara Hand

Sara Hand has a diverse business development background across public and private sector enterprises, which includes early stage investment. Her motto is “Think Big. Keep it Simple. Make it Happen.” Using Strategic Doing, Sara drives action-focused agendas and is...

Gail Gillian-Bain

Board of Directors President Food Business Incubation International Food Business Incubators International (FBII) is an international membership association acting on behalf of the needs and requirements of the industry globally. FBII is for professionals in the...

Nan Summers

Nan Summers began her 23-year career with the Walt Disney Company in Food and Beverage and piloted a 5-day seminar on Culinary Arts leading to the launch of the highly successful Disney Institute business. She held senior marketing and communication roles for Walt...

Mayor Wayne Poston

Mayor Wayne Poston City of Bradenton ~ The Friendly City Wayne Poston has held the office of Mayor since 2000. Before his entry into public service, Poston had a career in journalism and military service. In 1967, he joined the U.S. Air Force and left as a Staff...

Betsy Benac

Betsy Benac is the Manatee County Commissioner for District 7, and is chair of the county commission. Benac previously worked for the county as a planner from 1983 to 1994. She worked for WilsonMiller Planning & Engineering and Benderson Development before winning...

Stan Schultes

Stan Schultes is co-founder of Spark Growth, a social/civic innovation enterprise and an expert in Strategic Doing, an agile and action-centric protocol for rapid development and implementation of strategies across organizations and sectors. He has a passion for...

Dave Gustafson

Dave Gustafson is Executive Director for the Downtown Development Authority, City of Bradenton. Dave is an experienced Urban Planner, Project Manager and Land Developer with an extensive background in property acquisition, site design and site development /...

Dave Herbert

David Herbert has been Chief Engineer at Sun Hydraulics Corporation in Sarasota, Florida for eight years where he is responsible for new product development, manufacturing support and product integrity.  Prior to Sun, he worked for Eaton Automotive, BorgWarner...

Noreen Kinney

Noreen Kinney, HAAC Honorary Culinary Ambassador to Ireland in the USA (Appointed 1996) (Bord Failte – Tourism Ireland 1996-2016) • Culinary Impresario, Culinary Judge, Author, Culinary Instructor and University Lecturer on the Culinary Arts, Guest Chef &...

Don Hall

Don Hall is the founder and Executive Director of Transition Sarasota, an organization that seeks to revitalize local agriculture, strengthen our local economy, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and serve as an inspiration and model for other communities who wish...