SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2013) The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County has installed three new members to its Board of Directors. They will begin their terms Oct. 1.
The newest members of the EDC Board are: Patrick Dorsey, Publisher of Herald Tribune Media Group; Teri Hansen, President and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation; and Victor Young, President and co-owner of Lamborghini Sarasota, BMW of Sarasota and co-owner of MINI of Wesley Chapel.
EDC’s incoming Chairman of the Board is Rod Hershberger, President and CEO of PGT Industries, Inc. He replaces Benjamin Hanan, of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.
“The EDC is excited to have Rod Hershberger as the new Chairman. As the CEO of our community’s largest private employer, we know he will bring a strong business leadership perspective our Board. We greatly look forward to the contributions of these new Board members,” said Mark Huey, the CEO and President of the EDC.
Two members are leaving the Board after several years of service. Laura Spencer CFO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, had served on the Board of Directors since 2007 and as Secretary since 2009.
Also leaving is C.J. Fishman, who served as Board Chairman during the height of the economic turmoil and was a strong advocate of South Sarasota County. He also served as Vice Chair and two terms as Past Chair.
“The contributions of Laura Spencer and C.J. Fishman to the Sarasota County community and the EDC can hardly be measured. We are grateful for their service,” Huey said.
The EDC of Sarasota County is the private, not-for-profit corporation leading the community’s economic development strategy to add high-wage jobs and diversify the local economy. The EDC provides business assistance to companies in Sarasota County and helps forge solutions to community challenges that affect quality of life. The EDC works in partnership with chambers of commerce, local governments and other organizations throughout the county and the region. For more information, visit www.edcsarasotacounty.com.