David S. Ricketts

Dr. David S. Ricketts Innovator, Scholar, Harvard Innovation Fellow For the past decade, Dr. Ricketts, together with his colleagues at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (TECH) at Harvard, has taught the next generation of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerbergs how...

Jorge Varela

Jorge Varela is a successful entrepreneur and business startup coach with expertise in growth and market strategies, business development, startup funding, and economic development through entrepreneurial activities. He has started, or been a part of the executive...

Manatee Millennial Movement

The Manatee Millennial Movement was created in January of 2015. A group of 3 members of the Neighborhood Services Department and one person from the Building and Development Services Department were challenged to study the housing trends of Millennials in Manatee...

Bob Harrigan

Chief Meteorologist for WWSB ABC 7 Bob Harrigan has been forecasting weather in the Bradenton & Sarasota area now for 30 years. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Atmospheric science and worked for the National Weather Service as a...

Kevin Burgoyne

Kevin Burgoyne serves as president of the Florida Venture Forum, the state’s premier organization connecting Florida growth companies with sources of capital. In addition to his work with the Forum he serves as a board or advisory board member with the Tampa Bay...

Vic Ahmed

Vic Ahmed has extensive experience in fundraising from Angels, VCs, Financial Institutions and Private Equity. His leadership skills include a keen sense for establishing a vision as well as for strategic and tactical planning. His poise for innovation is combined...

David Houle

David Houle is a futurist, thinker and speaker.   Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. Houle has won a...

Tony Collins

Like a captain piloting a ship, L. Anthony Collins has built his career on successfully guiding major civic projects and communication efforts into port. In his latest effort, Collins played a key role in designing a course for Greenlight Pinellas, a comprehensive...

Neil Beckingham

The Mosaic Corporation: Director, Sustainability Neil is the Director of Sustainability for The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash – two of the primary crop nutrients required to grow the food the world...

Patrick Gannon

Patrick J. Gannon is the Managing Director of SaraBay Advisors, focused on economic development and sustainable, smart city planning projects.  He also serves as President of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA), a consortium of 30+ condominium...