► Sarasota Architectural Foundation and Center for Architecture Sarasota will merge as a single entity to be called Architecture Sarasota and will be led by Anne-Marie Russell as executive director.
► Certified Collectibles Group purchased a 20,809-square-foot standalone office building at 6802 Energy Court, Sarasota, for $4.4 million.
► PGT Innovations, a window and door manufacturer based in Venice, elected Xavier Boza, executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Campbell Soup, to its board of directors.
► Ron Beck, a senior vice president and Manatee area executive for Gulfside Bank, was named to the board of directors of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.
► Step Up Suncoast’s president and CEO, Barbara Patten, announced her retirement after 13 years of leading the organization, effective in August.
► The University of South Florida launched the information assurance and cybersecurity management program at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.
► The University of South Florida named Jennifer VanDeWoestyne as the new assistant director of academic advising on the Sarasota-Manatee campus.
► MaryAnne Young, vice president of advancement and executive director of the New College Foundation, and Sue Jacobson, chair of the New College Foundation Board of Directors, have named Christine Jennings and Susan Burns co-chairs of the foundation’s Ambassadors committee.
► Halfacre Construction Co., based in Lakewood Ranch, was selected to build the Team Success Charter School, to be located near the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.
► The Community Foundation of Sarasota County appointed Jay Young as vice president of philanthropy to lead its donor outreach and stewardship efforts.
► Orthopedic surgeon and shoulder and elbow specialist R. Stephen Otte, with Coastal Orthopedics, served as the on-site physician for the 2021 PGA Tour’s World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession Golf Club.
► Neal Land and Neighborhoods, a Manatee and Sarasota-based master-planned community developer, opened new model homes at North River Ranch, built by Homes by WestBay and Park Square Homes.
► Fawley Bryant Architecture, with offices in Sarasota and Bradenton, added Aaron Jacobson as senior project manager and Nicholas Bosman as an architect.
► National Spine and Pain Centers, a network of interventional pain practices based in Rockville, Maryland, named Douglas Badertscher, a Sarasota resident, its administrative president.
► Sarasota’s Knight Marketing has relaunched as Knight Strategic Communications, a public relations and corporate communications firm that focuses on social impact businesses, nonprofits and advocacy clients.
► Florida Design Works promoted Kim Kelly and James McKinney to regional vice president of sales.
► The Humane Society of Sarasota County announced the addition of a new sensory and enrichment garden to the HSSC facility.
► Mickey’s Pet Supplies signed the last lease at two-building flex property at 8240 and 8250 Vicela Drive, in Sarasota.
► Dennis McGillicuddy, co-founder and board chair of Embracing Our Differences, welcomed Kaitlin Yelle to
the organization’s board of directors.
► Goodwill Manasota convened a task force of Goodwill board members to assist staff in developing, and expanding, community services and overseeing the investment, and deployment, a $10 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
► Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, announced the Challenge for Changing Lives: a $1.06 million matching challenge campaign in honor of the agency’s 60th anniversary.
► Warby Parker expanded its retail presence in Florida with a new location in The Mall at University Town Center.
► Current Technologies, an information technology- and physical security-managed service provider in Sarasota, named Michelle Olivo its new vice president of business development.