Realize Bradenton Welcomes Brian Craft as Director of Marketing and Communications

Craft brings expansive experience in Marketing and Communications to his new role with Realize Bradenton.


Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit organization that brings people together, announced and welcomed Brian Craft to serve as Director of Marketing and Communications on the Realize Bradenton team. Realize Bradenton promotes the redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming public places and engaging people using arts, culture, heritage, and food to build a vibrant, healthy and fun Bradenton.

Brian Craft - Director of Marketing and Communications

Craft brings with him an extensive background in Marketing and Communications most recently serving as Director of Marketing and Outreach at Manatee Performing Arts Center. Craft is an active member of Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Manatee Young Professionals, also having many ties to local nonprofit organizations that are especially close to his heart, Brian is a proud ambassador for Equality Florida and ALSO Youth. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brian attended Shenandoah University in Virginia where he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. After graduating he moved to New York City where he worked with Fashion Public Relations Firm, IHPR as Public Relations Associate and Wilhelmina Models as Talent Manager.

Realize Bradenton Board Chair, Ann Breitinger expressed confidence that Craft is the right fit to handle the job, saying: “The hiring of Brian strengthens Realize Bradenton’s mission through marketing and communication strategies of engaging and bringing people together in our community and promoting downtown Bradenton both locally and nationally. The fact that Brian is enthusiastic, determined, and devoted to community building combined with his excellent record in leading online and traditional advertising, social media engagement and branding initiatives, makes him a great fit for the Realize Bradenton team.”

“I am thrilled to be a part of such an invigorating team, and our work with many partners towards a goal that is so important to the members of the Downtown Bradenton area community” said Craft. “From the first time I was introduced to Realize Bradenton about three years ago the passion and energy radiated through everyone involved and was absolutely infectious. I am truly delighted to have the opportunity to make a difference and an impact.”

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 About: Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that transforms public places and engages people using arts, culture, heritage, and food to build a vibrant, healthy Bradenton. Bringing people together, our work results in social, physical, and economic revitalization and shapes a community where people want to contribute, live, work, and visit.

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