Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 is pleased to announce the six stakeholder representatives to serve with Michael Klauber on the Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 Steering Committee as an independent organization:
Bob Pirollo – Downtown Sarasota Condo Association
Bob is an active member of this community, currently serving as President, Board of Directors, Broadway Promenade; Board Member, Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA). He also represents Broadway Promenade to the Central Coconut Neighborhood Association.
Bob’s career was in microelectronics materials industry from Silicon wafers to imaging chemicals and intermediaries to processing equipment. Bob formed a sub chapter S corporation that brokered internationally, micro electronic manufacturing, processing and test equipment.
He moved to the City of Sarasota in 2005 from Pennsylvania and lives here full time.
Steven Roskamp – North Trail Redevelopment Partnership
Steve is currently a Principal with Freedom Senior Management, a provider of Senior Living Communities in Sarasota County including Sarasota Bay Club in Sarasota and Jacaranda Trace in Venice. With over 30 years’ experience, Steve has been involved in the successful development and management of senior living centers nationally. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Stetson University.
Steve has been involved with the improvement and enhancement of North Tamiami Trail – the Gateway to the Sarasota Bayfront – since the development of Sarasota Bay Club in 1999. He has been actively involved with the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership since its inception in 2009. In addition to serving on the board, he also serves as Secretary of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership.
Steve also serves on the boards for Tidewell Hospice, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the College of Business Advisory Board for University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. He is also active with Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Bradenton. Steve moved to Bradenton in 1990, after being in Pinellas County for 13 years. He has worked in Sarasota going back to their acquisition of the Sarasota Bay Club property in 1996.
Cultural and Educational Organizations
Jim Shirley – Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Jim has served as Executive Director of the Alliance since 2009.
The Alliance is Sarasota County’s designated local arts agency and is the umbrella organization for all arts and culture in the area. It is a member-powered organization that is passionate about building appreciation, participation, and support for arts and culture in the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Since its founding in 1986, it has administered over $16 million in grants to area artists and arts organizations.
The Alliance enhances the connection between the community and regional arts and culture by strengthening cooperation among business, community and elected leaders, audiences and the public. This is achieved through arts advocacy, education, and art appreciation events. After visiting the area for 17 years, Jim has lived full time in Sarasota County since 1990.
Dr. Larry R. Thompson – Ringling College of Arts and Design
Larry became President of Ringling in July 1999. As head of this premier art and design college, he is transforming the way people think about art and design and why businesses must infuse creativity to thrive. A lawyer and an educator, Larry served as Special Assistant to the President of The Ohio State University, President/CEO of Flint Cultural Center in Michigan, and was founding Executive Director/ CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio prior to joining Ringling College. He is the former president of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and currently serves as a member of its Executive Committee, is Chair of the President’s Council of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, and serves on boards of many local arts and civic organizations. Larry is a full-time area resident since 1999.
Kevin Cooper – Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Kevin is the President/CEO of the Chamber. Prior to his current role, Cooper was Director of Community Investment for Gulf Coast Community Foundation where he helped oversee grant administration and initiatives. His previous experience also includes having been Vice President for Public Policy and Sarasota Tomorrow Initiatives at The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and, before that, Executive Director for the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. Kevin was a sergeant in the United States Army National Guard, and his service included a tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Kent State University and an MBA from Florida State University. Kevin is active in the community, serving on numerous advisory boards and has lived in Sarasota for the past nine years.
Bill Seider – The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Bill is a shareholder at Williams Parker law firm, practicing in real estate. His past civic involvement includes Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Sarasota, Leadership Florida, Sarasota Chamber, Resurrection House, Gulf Coast CEO Forum, Sarasota County Bar Association, Leadership Sarasota, and numerous other groups. Bill grew up in Sarasota and graduated from Sarasota High School and is a full-time resident.
The Sarasota Bayfront Stakeholder organizations will continue to stay active in the redevelopment process and in upholding the Vision and Guiding Principles throughout. All of the meetings that the steering committee will hold, will be in the Sunshine and open to all to attend.