board of directors

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.

Ann K. Breitinger

Chair

 

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Annie 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.

Carrie Price

Vice Chair

 

Carrie Price
Price is co-owner of Yoga Arts in the Village of the Arts. She is also Past Vice President of the Artists Guild of Manatee, and a member of Tiger Bay Club of Manatee and Center Education Parents Association. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design.

Melodie Rich

Treasurer

 

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Melodie Rich
Partner at Mauldin & Jenkins, CPA's; Past President of the Estate Planning Council of Manatee County, Inc. Currently serves on the board of the Charitable Gift Planners of Southwest Florida Council and the Estate Planning Council of Manatee County, Inc. Member of the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council, FICPA and AICPA. Graduate of Leadership Sarasota, Leadership Manatee.

Ben Bakker

 

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Ben Bakker
Vice President of HJB Properties; Real Estate Agent for the Commercial division of Michael Saunders & Company; Chair of Manatee County Chamber’s Downtown Redevelopment Committee; Manatee County Infill Redevelopment Taskforce; Chair of Planning Commission for the City of Bradenton. Past Chair of Manatee Young Professionals, Leadership Manatee Alumni Association, and Manatee Tiger Bay Club. Founding board member of Realize Bradenton in 2010.

Tom Seguin

 

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Tom Seguin
Tom is the owner of Suncoast Gem Laboratories, which has been in business since 1986 and is currently located in downtown Bradenton. Tom is active on the local level. He has lectured at the Manatee Community College science series and has taught the Introduction to Gemology class for the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department. Tom is a member of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club and serves on the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation Board.

Cathy Palmer

 

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Cathy Palmer
Cathy has lived throughout the Sunshine State and has been in this area for over 25 years. She is a realtor with Michael Saunders & Company with an in-depth knowledge of the area, and has the ability to truly understand her customers making the process a smooth, enjoyable experience. Cathy is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine and a Master’s in Education. She is also a volunteer committee member for Turning Points, a non-profit devoted to preventing and ending homelessness, and is the President of her Home Owner’s Association. She is a pet-lover with a dog and two cats and in her spare time, enjoys cooking, entertaining, reading, and travel.

Brad Laudicina

 

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Brad Laudicina
Dr. Brad Laudicina is a native of Bradenton and a graduate of Manatee High School. He is an optometrist at The Eye Center Inc.; and a member of Florida Optometric Association; Manasota Optometric Association; We Care Manatee Board; Eye Center Vision Foundation Co-Founder, Manatee County Seminole Club Board; Leadership Manatee Graduate; and serves on the Manatee Young Professionals Leadership Committee. Brad holds degrees from Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University.

Kim Dalglish

 

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Kim Dalglish
Vice President of Membership, Manatee Chamber of Commerce; Florida Chamber Professional of the Year (2018), 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.

Jeff Watson

 

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Senior Director of Corporate Communications for FELD Entertainment, Inc., where he is responsible for strategy and execution of internal communications as well as external executive and corporate public relations. Prior to joining Feld, he held positions at MVT PR, a boutique sports and lifestyle firm in Chicago, and the Women’s Tennis Association. 

Kay Wight

 

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Kay Wight
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.

Vernon DeSear

Founding Chair, 2010-2013
Director Emeritus, 2015

 

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Vernon DeSear
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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