Chamber CEO picked for Leadership Florida, marina manager making waves

Chamber CEO picked for Leadership Florida, marina manager making waves


Heather Kasten, president/CEO of the Larger Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, has been chosen as a single of the 55 industry experts from across the point out of Florida to join the subsequent Leadership Florida course as component of the Cornerstone Course. 

Leadership Florida focuses on determining and educating persons who exhibit guarantee to be leaders in their spots and operates to develop a statewide local community.  About a nine-thirty day period period of time, individuals will engage in educational programming to cultivate small business and romantic relationship development. 

Kasten has lived in the Sarasota area for in excess of 12 several years and has labored as the Sarasota Chamber President/CEO for 3, overseeing a membership of close to 1,200 businesses. 

Before coming to the Increased Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, she was the president/CEO of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance for 5 decades.

Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Iowa in small business administration. She also has an MBA from Webster University in management/advertising and marketing.


Erin Silk, a Licensed Economic Developer and the vice president of Company Improvement Solutions for The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, has been appointed to the Florida Workforce Enhancement Affiliation board. 

FWDA is a statewide organization that customarily comprised the CEOs of all 24 CareerSource chapters in Florida. CareerSource Florida is Florida’s workforce coverage and financial commitment board.

A short while ago, on the other hand, the affiliation expanded to include financial advancement specialists, recognizing the price of their voices in conversations about meeting the existing and upcoming desires of Florida’s companies and economy.

Silk will be performing closely with CareerSource Suncoast, the local CareerSource chapter. Her perform with The EDC of Sarasota County permits her to interact instantly with nearby firms, which can be valuable in this new position.


Williams Parker lawyer Michael J. Wilson has been appointed to provide as director at-huge of the Florida Bar Tax Part for the 2022-2023 calendar year and will serve on the Directors’ Committee and the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Tax Part.

Wilson, a member of Williams Parker’s administration committee and the firm’s president, techniques tax, corporate and enterprise legislation. He serves as outside the house basic counsel to corporations of different measurements in lots of different industries.

He is qualified as a tax professional by the Florida Bar and handles federal, state and global tax setting up issues.

Williams Parker, of Sarasota, features one of Florida’s largest trusts and estates techniques, as very well as completed actual estate, tax, work, company, health care and litigation techniques.


Five members of Sarasota-primarily based regulation firm Bentley Goodrich Kison have been picked out for the 2022 Florida Super Attorneys list. The attorneys are Morgan R. Bentley, Brian D. Goodrich, Amanda R. Kison, Jennifer L. Grosso and David A. Wallace. 

Only 5 per cent of lawyers in Florida receive this distinction.

In addition, out of around 100,000 attorneys in Florida, Bentley was named in the best 100 for the next calendar year in a row.