Community Involvement, Memberships, & Associations
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Commerce - Kevin 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 Venice - Kevin 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.
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.
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
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.