Board of Directors
The mission of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is to grow, diversify and sustain the economy of Sarasota County while enhancing our unique natural and cultural environment.
Joe C. Hembree
Vice President, Hembree & Associates Inc.
Market President, Truist
Shaun P. Merriman
Regional President – West Florida, SouthState Bank
Executive Vice President/Market President, The Bank of Tampa
At Large Member
SVP, Corporate Sales & Innovation, PGT Innovations
President, Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty
ED, Industrial Office Warehouse, Benderson Development Company, LLC
Dr. Todd Fritch
EVP and Provost, State College of Florida
Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Dr. Karen Holbrook
Regional Chancellor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
NW Area Manager, Florida Power & Light
President & CEO, S-One Holdings Corp.
At Large Member
President & CEO, Sarasota Orchestra
President and CEO, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
President, Michael Saunders & Company
Chief Executive Officer, Enzymedica
President, Wellen Park
Partner-In-Charge, Carr, Riggs & Ingram
Shareholder, Kerkering Barberio & Co.
Dr. Bill Woodson
Dean of Outreach, Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence
New College of Florida
Mayor Erik Arroyo
City of Sarasota
Commissioner Nancy C. Detert
Commissioner Penelope “Penny” Gold
The Town of Longboat Key
Commissioner Jill Luke
City of North Port
Vice Mayor Nick Pachota
City of Venice
Zachary Buffington, Esq.
Partner, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
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.