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About

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a team of engaged public and private leaders committed to being the catalyst for a sustainable, globally competitive, vibrant economy.

A Catalyst for Economic Possibilities

We connect entrepreneurs, business leaders and major corporations to new and existing development opportunities. Whether it’s for expanding an existing enterprise or relocating a business to Sarasota County, we can help.

Vision

To be the organization that is the catalyst for creating a vibrant economy that is sustainable and competitive globally.

Mission

To grow, diversify and sustain the economy of Sarasota County while enhancing our unique natural and cultural environment.

Principles

Innovation

The EDC embraces innovative thinking and processes within the organization and supports innovations in the business community.

Accountability

The EDC is responsible to its stakeholders, maintains commitments and is an excellent steward of resources.

Collaboration

The EDC fosters and promotes partnerships within the community to meet the common good.

Regionalism

The EDC recognizes the strengths and successes achieved in working together regionally.

Stewardship

The EDC promotes stewardship of the area’s natural and cultural environment in balance with a sustainable growing economy.

Leadership

The EDC provides direction and leadership in matters that affect the community’s economy.

Board of Directors

Mark Irwin

Mark Irwin

Chair

Market President, Truist

Devaney Iglesias

Devaney Iglesias

Vice Chair

West Coast Area Manager – External Affairs, Florida Power & Light Company

Steve Morehart, CPA

Steve Morehart, CPA

Treasurer

Director, Purvis Gray

Erin Cigich

Erin Cigich

Secretary

CEO, Perform[cb]

Joe C. Hembree

Joe C. Hembree

Past Chair

Vice President, Hembree & Associates Inc.

Kirk Boylston

Kirk Boylston

At-Large Member

President, Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty

Dr. Todd Fritch

Dr. Todd Fritch

At-Large Member

EVP and Provost, State College of Florida

Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy

At-Large Member

Executive Vice President/Market President, The Bank of Tampa

Dr. Karen Holbrook

Dr. Karen Holbrook

At-Large Member

Regional Chancellor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Brett Henson

Brett Henson

At-Large Member

Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins

At-Large Member

Sarasota/Manatee Area Executive, SouthState

Art Lambert

Art Lambert

At-Large Member

President & CEO, S-One Holdings Corp.

Dr. Bill Woodson

Dr. Bill Woodson

At-Large Member

Joe McKenna

Joe McKenna

At-Large Member

President & CEO, Sarasota Orchestra

Mark Pritchett

Mark Pritchett

At-Large Member

President and CEO, Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Scott Sensenbrenner

Scott Sensenbrenner

At-Large Member

CEO, Enzymedica

Rick Severance

Rick Severance

At-Large Member

President, Wellen Park

Byron Shinn

Byron Shinn

At-Large Member

Partner-In-Charge, Carr, Riggs & Ingram

Heather Williams

Heather Williams

At-Large Member

Shareholder, Kerkering Barberio & Co.

Charles “Chip” Murphy

Charles “Chip” Murphy

At-Large Member

Vice President Business Development, Michael Saunders & Company

Eric Kowalewski

Eric Kowalewski

At-Large Member

Executive Vice President, Florida Operations PGT Innovations

Commissioner Erik Arroyo

Commissioner Erik Arroyo

City of Sarasota

Commissioner Nancy C. Detert

Commissioner Nancy C. Detert

Sarasota County

Commissioner Penelope “Penny” Gold

Commissioner Penelope “Penny” Gold

The Town of Longboat Key

Commissioner Jill Luke

Commissioner Jill Luke

City of North Port

Mayor Nick Pachota

Mayor Nick Pachota

City of Venice

Zachary Buffington, Esq.

Zachary Buffington, Esq.

Board Counsel

Partner, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen

“As Sarasota County’s largest employer, we are proud to support the EDC and serve as an economic engine for the region.”

– David Verinder, CEO, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

EDC Team

Lisa Krouse

Lisa Krouse

President & CEO

(941) 309-1200 x100

Erin Silk, CEcD

Erin Silk, CEcD

Chief Operations Officer

(941) 309-1200 ext. 105

Allison Evanitz

Allison Evanitz

Director, Community &Investor Engagement

(941) 309-1200 ext. 101

Joshua Ewen

Joshua Ewen

Director, Economic Development

(941) 309-1200 ext. 111

Karen Stewart, CEcD

Karen Stewart, CEcD

Strategic Initiatives

(941) 309-1200 ext. 102

Liliana Zindler

Liliana Zindler

Board Liaison & Assistant to the President

(941) 309-1200 ext. 103

Megan O'Quinn

Megan O'Quinn

Business Services Analyst

(941) 309-1200 ext. 107

Mary Bamer

Mary Bamer

Administrative Coordinator

(941) 309-1200 ext. 106

Anna Eger

Community Investment and Event Coordinator

(941) 309-1200 ext. 109

Invest in Sarasota County

The EDC of Sarasota County diversifies our local economy and helps create jobs for Floridians. Investing in the EDC empowers us to grow our economy and attract more business to our region.

Chair Advisors

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