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Community Involvement, Memberships, & Associations

Florida Transportation Builders Association


     Florida's Voice for the Transportation Construction Industry

     For more than 75 years, the Florida Transportation Builder's Association (FTBA) has

     been Florida's voice for the road and bridge building industry in Florida.  Based in

     Tallahassee, FTBA is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote the importance of a

     strong, effective and integrated transportation system statewide.

Gulf Coast Builders Exchange


     The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange (GCBX), represents a broad cross section of the 

     building industry, including contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and others from

     affiliated industries.  GCBX's advocacy efforts on behalf of the building industries are

     conducted in Manatee & Sarasota Counties.  Wholly owned by the membership, the

     Builders Exchange is a not-for-profit corporation operating as a trade organization under

     the guidance of a volunteer board of directors as representatives of the industry.

Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida


     The Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida, Inc. (ACAF, Inc.), was founded in 1957

     to represent the Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Industry in Florida.  ACAF's membership consists

     of Hot Mix Asphalt producers (Regular Members), Associate Members, and Affiliate 

     Members that all work in some way with or supply materials for Hot Mix Asphalt.  The 

     Association's offices, located in Tallahassee, Florida, enable it to work closely with the

     State Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration as well as other

     industry associations.

Manatee Chamber of Commerce


     Members of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce show a commitment to the community 

     that is second to none.  These businesses provide invaluable input on area issues and

     programs that support businesses and residents of Manatee County and the South Tampa

     Bay Area.  With 46 committees and task forces, there is a wide range of opportunities for

     individuals to get involved in their area of choice and the 830+ member representatives who 

     serve in these groups are the backbone of the Manatee Chamber.     

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce


     The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is a major force in our community's economic

     prosperity and outstanding lifestyle.  An award-winning not-for-profit membership     

     organization, The Chamber provides the leadership to achieve a diverse balanced economy

     that enhances the quality of living and working in greater Sarasota.  Our community enjoys

     "Good Life" and "Good Business"     

Venice Area Chamber of CommerceKevin Hicks (Past President)


     The Venice/Nokomis/Osprey area was developed as a resort destination by the Brotherhood

     of Locomotive Engineers Realty Company about the same time that the Chamber was

     formed and has become home for many of the visitors that wanted to be part of the lifestyle

     that we all enjoy.

Sertoma Club of VeniceKevin Hicks (Past Vice President & Member)


     The Sertoma Club of Venice was chartered in 1976 as part of Sertoma International, a

     leading nonprofit civic service organization for more than eight decades.  Since 1912, 

     professionals have banded together to provide help for their communities, to foster friend-

     ships, and to learn more about the needs of mankind.

Kiwanis of Bradenton - Mike Novak (Member)


     Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. 

     Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged,

     and care for the sick.  They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for 

     pediatric research, and much more.  When you give a child a chance to learn, experience,

     dream, and succeed, great things happen.     

West Florida CAI


     The West Florida Chapter of Community Associations Institute serves the educational, 

     business, and networking needs of community associations in the Sarasota, Bradenton, and

     Venice area.  Members include condominium, cooperative, and homeowner associations

     as well as those who provide services and products to associations.  The West Coast

     Chapter has over 750 members.     

Bradenton Area EDC


     The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development

     organization for the Bradenton Area's nine communities located on the south side of Tampa 

     Bay.  The EDC works to diversify the local economy by attracting and retaining high-wage

     jobs for area residents, and connecting existing businesses to the resources they need to 

     succeed.

Sarasota County EDC - Kevin Hicks (Board of Directors)


     The EconomicDevelopment Corporation of Sarasota County is a successful public/private 

     partnership focused on growing and diversifying the economy of Sarasota County, while

     enhancing the county's unique natural and cultural environments.  The EDC is the catalyst

     for creating a vibrant economy that is sustainable and globally competitive.

Leadership Sarasota - Kevin Hicks (Past Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient.

                                                           Graduating Class of 1987)


     Leadership Sarasota County is part of a nationwide network of programs developed to 

     encourage continuing stewardship and oversight of the community.  Leadership Sarasota 

     County's program includes both community immersion and training, educating participants

     in "how things work" in our community and our county.

SCOPE - Kevin Hicks (Past Chair)


     SCOPE's mission is to connect and inspire citizens to create a better community.  SCOPE 

     provides opportunities where all citizens' voices are welcomed and heard.  SCOPE brings

     together residents, business owners, government officials and organizations to listen, learn

     and discuss issues that impact the quality of life in Sarasota County.  SCOPE focuses on

     possibilities and the power of active citizens to create a better community.  SCOPE stands

     for Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence.