One Liners Sarasota and Manatee: New College, BSWANKY and more

BSWANKY, a Sarasota luxury handbag brand, was named a finalist, for the second year in a row, in the Design Excellence Awards Competition by The Accessories Council. (Pictured above)

Ringling College of Art and Design’s varsity esports team, the Ringling Rollers, has opened its dedicated esports arena, which includes 10 gaming stations, a lounge viewing area and an XBOX station.

DD Goerke

All Faiths Food Bank, in Sarasota, promoted DD Goerke to chief people officer. 

Neal Communities, a private homebuilder, in Lakewood Ranch, sponsored two programs to benefit local youth, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties’ 17th annual Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast and the Venice Vikings Football & Cheer program. 

The Original Rainbow Cone, a Chicago-based ice cream franchise, opened at 4414 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. 

Children First, the provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, has received a grant of $71,542 from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. 

Lauren Dixon

Coastal Orthopedics, a provider of orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine care, pain management, diagnostic imaging and physical therapy service, added Dr. Joshua Greenspoon to its staff. 

Ian Black Real Estate, a Sarasota commercial real estate brokerage firm, added Lauren Dixon as a sales associate. 

Tyler Brown joined Icard Merrill, as a new associate, in the Sarasota office. 

Slim Chickens, an Arkansas-based franchise, plans to open at 4096 Jenkins Place, Sarasota. 

Resilient Retreat received a $1,000 grant from the Michael Saunders and Company Foundation for training first responders. 

Sarasota County achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design “Gold” certification and national accreditation, from the United States Green Building Council, recognizing sustainability efforts across the county. 

Sarasota County government broke ground at the site of its new administration center, off Fruitville Road, just east of I-75. 

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources received two awards from the Florida Recreation and Park Association, in recognition of innovative programming and volunteer contributions.

New College of Florida was accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Jebco Ventures and the Kauffman Family Partnership have purchased the former headquarters of Michael Saunders & Co., at 1801 Main St. and 32 and 40 N. Osprey Ave., in downtown Sarasota, paying $5.7 million for the nearly one-acre parcel. 

New College of Florida was accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as a full member of The Sun Conference. 

Sarasota-based Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation named Greg Luberecki as its new chief communications and learning officer. 

Brett Henson, a Shumaker partner, was appointed as vice chair of the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County board.

Jay Mandra was named president of the Guardian Pharmacy of Southwest Florida. 

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