One Liners Sarasota and Manatee: New College of Florida, Ritz-Carlton and more

A group of Sarasota businesswomen, including three members of Ian Black Real Estate and representatives from Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, Gulfside Bank, and others, filed to establish a Sarasota-Manatee chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network. 

Tidewell Hospice, a member of Empath Health, in Sarasota, appointed Gary Butler, executive director of the Military Heritage Museum, in Punta Gorda, to the Tidewell Hospice Board of Trustees.

Michelle Ward

Compass Florida added The Michelle Ward Properties Group, led by Michelle Ward, and her team of 19 agents, to its Sarasota office.   

Allen and Kaye Butler were named the 2024 Distinguished Citizens of the Year by the Manatee River Fair Association. 

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County purchased property, at 100 S. Washington Blvd., in downtown Sarasota, for $6 million. 

Sarasota couple, Jerry and Karen Kolschowsky, donated $25 million to Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, to be used for innovation, education and research. 

George Nicolopoulos

George Nicolopoulos joined ServisFirst Bank Sarasota as vice president, commercial banking.

Bill Haley, who spent nearly 40 years with Cummins, an engine manufacturing company, has been named chief logistics and supply chain officer with All Faiths Food Bank, in Sarasota. 

Manatee County commissioners voted, unanimously, to buy Crooked River Ranch, along the Manatee River, for $11.2 million. 

Pezzi, a tech startup with offices in Tampa and Sarasota that uses artificial intelligence to create accounting software for small businesses, has raised $120,000 from undisclosed investors. 

Delesa Morris

The Tidewell Foundation, in Sarasota, named Delesa Morris as its new President. 

New College of Florida, in Sarasota, has taken its first steps to acquire the land beneath its East Campus it currently leases from the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority. 

Caragiulos Italian American plans to move to 1833 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. 

Solmart Media, a Sarasota-based Latino-owned and -operated radio station company, has acquired a radio station owned by Salem Media Group with reach in the Tampa-Clearwater and Orlando markets.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota has named industry veteran Mark Sherwin as its general manager. 

Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill opened, at 11627 State Road 70 E., in Lakewood Ranch. 

BayFirst National Bank opened its 11th full-service banking center, in the Newtown Community, at 1782 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Sarasota.  

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