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

Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy

Chair

Executive Vice President/Market President, The Bank of Tampa

Joe C. Hembree

Joe C. Hembree

Vice Chair

Vice President, Hembree & Associates Inc.

Rob Lane

Rob Lane

Treasurer

Managing Shareholder, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

Erin Cigich

Erin Cigich

Secretary

CEO, Perform[cb]

Art Lambert

Art Lambert

Past Chair

President & CEO, S-One Holdings Corp.

Brent Boydston

Brent Boydston

At Large Member

SVP, Corporate Sales & Innovation, PGT Innovations

Kirk Boylston

Kirk Boylston

At-Large Member

President, Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty

Dan DeLeo

Dan DeLeo

At-Large Member

Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Devaney Iglesias

Devaney Iglesias

At-Large Member

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

Larry Fineberg

Larry Fineberg

At-Large Member

ED, Industrial Office Warehouse, Benderson Development Company, LLC

Mark Irwin

Mark Irwin

At-Large Member

Market President, BB&T, now Truist

Shaun P. Merriman

Shaun P. Merriman

At-Large Member

Regional President – West Florida, SouthState Bank

Scott Sensenbrenner

Scott Sensenbrenner

At-Large Member

Chief Executive Officer, Enzymedica

Drayton Saunders

Drayton Saunders

At-Large Member

President, Michael Saunders & Company

Byron Shinn

Byron Shinn

At-Large Member

Partner-In-Charge, Carr, Riggs & Ingram

Heather Williams

Heather Williams

At-Large Member

Shareholder, Kerkering Barberio & Co.

Bill Woodson, PhD

Bill Woodson, PhD

At-Large Member

Dean of Outreach, Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence, New College of Florida

Vice Mayor Erik Arroyo

Vice Mayor Erik Arroyo

Commissioner

City of Sarasota

Mayor Ron Feinsod

Mayor Ron Feinsod

Mayor

City of Venice

Penelope “Penny” Gold

Penelope “Penny” Gold

Commissioner

The Town of Longboat Key

Mayor Jill Luke

Mayor Jill Luke

Mayor

City of North Port

Commission Chair Alan Maio

Commission Chair Alan Maio

Commission Chair

Sarasota County

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

Erin Silk

Vice President, Business Development Services

(941) 309-1200 ext. 105

Liliana Zindler

Liliana Zindler

Assistant to the President

(941) 309-1200 ext. 103

Kate Atkin

Kate Atkin

Director, Investor Engagement

(941) 309-1200 ext. 102

Janis Lawson

Janis Lawson

Executive Assistant, Business Development Services

(941) 309-1200 ext. 106

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.

Chairman’s Advisors