The board of Realize Bradenton aspire to be a truly visionary organization because of our superb alignment of vision, principles, mission, priorities, resources, and measured outcomes. For more information, check out our Giving Partner Profile, and our Mission + Vision Strategic Chart.
Chapter Chair Manasota SCORE; Weekly Columnist for Business Weekly, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Host of the national podcast series “Been There, Done That!;” Created and published over 30 successful magazines; Founding Publisher of Tampa Bay Business Journal.
CPA & Tax Director at Mauldin & Jenkins; Past President of the Manatee Estate Planning Council; United Way of Manatee County Board; Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council; Florida Bar Grievance Committee Member; Leadership Manatee Graduate; Leadership Sarasota Graduate.
Realtor with Michael Saunders & Company West Bradenton; 30 years in the manufacturing industry; 14 years at the helm of his own firm, Technical Tooling Systems, Inc.; Manatee County Chamber of Commerce; Downtown Redevelopment committee; Tiger Bay Club Member.
Ann K. Breitinger
Associate at Blalock Walters Attorneys at Law; Florida Association of Women Lawyers; We Care Manatee Board; Manatee Young Lawyers Division Board; Manatee Young Professionals Leadership Committee.
Vice President, Membership Development & Services, Manatee Chamber of Commerce; Former Director of Marketing at Shinn & Company and Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at the Bradenton Herald; PACE Center for Girls Board; Manatee River Fair Assoc. Board Member; Founding Member of the Manatee Young Professionals; Leadership Manatee Graduate.
Downtown Rental Property Owner; Licensed Massage Therapist; American Red Cross Disaster Action Team Lead/Client Caseworker & Service To The Armed Forces Regional Caseworker; Manatee County Historical Commission Vice Chair; Manatee Technical College Alumni Association Board; AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni; Harwood Public Innovator.
Architect, Leader Design Studio: Custom Commercial & Residential Architects; Over 18 years designing a better communities in the Manatee & Sarasota; Regional Director, CSI SE Region; Past Advisory Board Member, Manatee County’s 14th Street CRA; Past President, AIA Gulfcoast Chapter; Former Regional Director, Florida-Caribbean Region AIA Young Architects.
Event and Facility Manager at Feld Entertainment Studios; Community Outreach and Charitable Giving Manager for Feld; Committee Member of the American Cancer Society in Sarasota; Manatee County Chamber of Commerce Member; Phi Theta Kapa Member
Dr. Mike Mears
Previous Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, State College of Florida; Previous Department Chair, Division Director, Dean of Instruction, and Vice President of Baccalaureate Programs/Provost of SCF Bradenton; Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association; Florida Governor, Mathematical Association of America
Executive Director, Manatee County Bar Association; Manatee River Fair Association Director Emeritus; First United Methodist Church of Palmetto; Manatee County 4-H Program; Just for Girls - Manatee County Girls Club; Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida; American Association of Women, 2017 Woman of Achievement.
CBS Inc., 23 years with CBS News and CBS Sports; Former Director of Public Responsibility at American Express; Vice President of MacAndrews & Forbes/Revlon; Chair of the NYC Commission on the Status of Women; Nonprofit work with American Cancer Society; Guttman Institute; and Cornell University.
Vice president and retail bank manager of the Cortez branch of BMO Harris Bank; member of the Better Business Council Advisory Committee and Manatee County Chamber of Commerce; sponsorship liaison and BMO representative with the Manatee County Medical Society, Manatee County Dental Society, and Manatee County BAR Association.
Founding Chair, 2010-2013
Director Emeritus, 2015
Vice President of Manatee Healthcare System; CEO of Manatee Memorial Hospital Foundation; Chairman of the Board of Downtown Development Authority; Founding Chair of Realize Bradenton; Vice President of Sunshine State Foundation; Tourist Development Council; Board of Directors of Manatee Education Foundation, Meals on Wheels Plus, Manatee River Fair Association, and Manatee Performing Arts Center.
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