Manatee and Sarasota were well represented among retail, philanthropic, sciences, manufacturing, real estate and other categories on the list prepared by Florida Trend magazine of the Sunshine State's most intriguing movers and shakers
A strong representation of business, philanthropic and scientific leaders from Southwest Florida were represented on Florida Trend's just-released Florida 500 list.
The magazine bases selections according to categories used by the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce. There are no elected officials and no more than three people from any one firm.
Included on this year's list was Randy Benderson, CEO and director of Manatee County's Benderson Development, in the Real Estate category; Bradenton tennis legend Nick Bollettieri in the Living Legends category; and Michael Crosby, president and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, and David Verinder, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System under Life Sciences.
In the Philanthrop/Non-Profits category was Teri Hansen, president and CEO of Sarasota's Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation; Jeff Jackson, president and CEO of Venice-based PGT Innovations, in the Manufacturing category; and Rex Jensen, president and CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Inc., named in the Real Estate category.
In the Retail/Wholesale category was Steve Knopik, CEO of Bradenton-based retailer Bealls Inc.; Pat Neal, founder and chairman of Lakewood Ranch-based Neal Communities, was included in the Real Estate category; John W. Saputo, owner and president of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in Lakewood Ranch, also was named in Retail/Wholesale; while Larry Thompson, president of the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, was named in Education.
Another honoree with ties to the region was Diane McFarlin, dean of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and former publisher and executive editor of the Herald-Tribune.