Exciting News About The Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization

Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization

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The Board will oversee the organization’s community-centered effort to create a master plan for nearly 42 acres of city-owned land on Sarasota’s bayfront

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2016) – A nine-person, all-volunteer board of directors will provide governance and oversight of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization, an entity that will create a comprehensive master plan for the development of nearly 42 acres of land on Sarasota’s bayfront.

The Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) builds on the foundation work completed over the past three years by the Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 organization in establishing the vision and guiding principles desired by the Sarasota community for the development of the bayfront site.  The SBPO is charged with guiding a professional, comprehensive master planning process for this development that reflects the desires of the Sarasota community for a family friendly green space that also provides an exceptional home to Sarasota’s arts and cultural organizations.  The continued support of the City of Sarasota for this vital developmental effort is valued.

The SBPO will hire a qualified project manager and a professional planning firm to aid in creating the master plan.  The new board members recognize the uniqueness of this opportunity to create a bayfront that reflects Sarasota’s values and vision. Each of the board members resides in the Sarasota community. All funds needed to support this planning effort are privately raised from the Sarasota community.  No governmental funds are being used.

“Recruiting a best-in-class board is the next step in realizing our community’s vision for the 42 acres of land on the Sarasota bayfront,” said Michael Klauber – one of the new board members.  “Each board member has a range of experience, a proven track record in dealing with complex issues, and a unique passion for the future of Sarasota.

Their collective perspective will accelerate the success of the planning organization and ensure that the process to create a master plan

advances Sarasota and the vibrancy of our community as it continues to focus on the Sarasota vision.”

Board members of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization are:

Mr. THOMAS “TOM” BARWIN is City Manager for the City of Sarasota.  Prior to Sarasota, Tom served six years as Village Manager in Oak Park, Illinois, and eight years as City Manager in Ferndale, Michigan. He is Sarasota’s seventh city manager since 1945 and is now in his fifth year in that role. He has been a leader who has been recognized for advancing public policies, implementing smart growth, environmental education, and sustainability initiatives.

Mr. Allen “Al” Carlson is retired President and CEO of Sun Hydraulics (16 years) and is Regional Director for University of Florida’s Innovation Station Sarasota County.  With over 40 years of experience in the fluid power industry, he is a well-recognized leader in the region’s business community. His work and accomplishments at Sun Hydraulics include transitioning the company from a Sarasota based privately held company to a highly regarded public company (NASDAQ: SNHY). The company’s management style has been the subject of multiple business cases at Harvard Business School.

Ms. Jennifer Compton is Attorney and Partner for the Sarasota office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, a national business law firm with more than 240 attorneys, and her focus is employment law counseling and litigation.  Jennifer is a lifelong Sarasota resident.  She serves on the board and executive committee of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and acts as their legal counsel. She is currently the chair of Girls Inc. of Sarasota County.

Mr. E. Keith DuBose is an attorney and shareholder with the Matthews Eastmoore law firm. Keith is involved in many areas of practice at the law firm including personal injury, professional malpractice, and commercial litigation.  As a lifelong Sarasota resident, Keith is active in our community and champions programs benefitting area youth, especially early childhood school readiness.

Mr. Michael Klauber is President and Founder of Michael’s on East (30 years).  As a 47-year resident of Sarasota, Michael is a well-traveled and seasoned, award-winning restaurateur and wine professional with broad-based experience in the Hospitality Industry as well as Real Estate, Financial Management, and Community Outreach.

He has had a key role in founding and developing Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 and is currently volunteer chair of that community organization.

Mr. A.G. Lafley is former CEO and Chairman of Procter & Gamble. In his first term as CEO, P&G sales more than doubled, profits and cash tripled, and the market capitalization more than doubled, making P&G one of the five most valuable companies in the U.S. and among the 10 most valuable companies in the world.  In his second term, Lafley led the transformation of P&G by streamlining the Company’s businesses and brands and putting the leadership team in place to deliver more balanced and consistent growth in the future. While in Cincinnati, Lafley chaired Cincinnati Center City Development Corp (3CDC) from its inception in 2004 until 2010.  Over the past 12 years, 3CDC has invested more than $1 billion in mostly private money in the redevelopment and renewal of the downtown.

Mr. Robert “ROB” J. Lane is a CPA and Managing Shareholder of Kerkering Barberio. His practice areas include Audit, Advisory, and AssuranceEnterprise Risk Management, Nonprofit Organization Services and Succession (Exit) Planning.  He is responsible for audits and reviews of entities such as large not-for-profit organizations, general contractors, and manufacturers.

 CATHY LAYTON is a retired Sarasota commercial real estate broker who is an owner of assisted living facilities with her husband. She was a driving force in commencing and completing the Selby Gardens Children’s Rainforest Garden as past Chair and is still a current member of the Board of Trustees of Selby Gardens, where she recently prepared the Request for Proposals and Qualifications for the Selby Gardens Campus Master Plan. She is Board Chairman of the Bank of Commerce, and formerly Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

 CYNTHIA P. MCCAGUE is a Director for Pier 1 Importsand former senior executive with Coca-Cola.  She retired as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources for The Coca-Cola Company. She serves on the Board of Pier 1 Imports and for 4 years served on the Board of Monster Worldwide.  She brings 40 years of human resources and senior managerial business experience.