David, his wife Mauri, and their 3 kids, live and play on Anna Maria Island. David has been involved in several local organizations for the past 15 years including Anna Maria Elementary, City of Holmes Beach (Commissioner for 9 years), Rotary Club of AMI, HB Parks & Beautification committee, AMI Moose Lodge member, HB Police Pension Board, Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Manatee County Financial Advisory Board, and a member and coach at the Center on and off for the past 16 years
David has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Business from Florida State University. After working as a Chemical Analyst for the FL Department of Environmental Protection for 5 years, David moved back to SW Florida and started working for Morgan Stanley in 2000. He is still in the Finance business after 17 years, and works for Raymond James as a Financial Advisor.
Having grown up in Tampa, David and his family know how lucky we are to live in paradise and their focus has always been to make our community a better place for every generation and to give our all.
Christine Major Hicks
With an undergraduate degree in marketing and accounting from Indiana University and a MBA from University of Tampa in finance and economics, Christine had a varied and experienced filled career. She worked for GTE/Verizon for 17 years, spent 10 years as a successful licensed mortgage broker and was the Business Manager for her late husband’s real estate law firm, title company and property management firms. Christine moved to Anna Maria in 2010, owns WestMark Properties, LLC which owns and manages rental properties and is a licensed real estate sales associate with Atlantic Coast Realty Advisors. Her daughter, Jayne Major, is a horse trainer in Raleigh NC, her step daughter, Jessie Hicks, is an accountant in Salt Lake City and her son is Captain Sam Major of Captain Major Fishing Charters on Anna Maria. Christine volunteers at The Center and Roser Church, is a care giver for her mother and brother and enjoys traveling. She has a focus on fitness including yoga, CrossFit, hiking, biking and kayaking.
fundraising, special education, entrepreneur
Karen Place Harllee is a Bradenton native and Anna Maria Island resident for 3 years. She holds a degree in Special Education from the University of South Florida. She is a leader and mentor with Stella & Dot Inc. Stella and Dot is a San Francisco based social-selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. She created, owned, and operated Lil’ Divas and Dudes Salon and Day Spa in University Parkway. Karen has chaired and volunteered on countless fundraising committees both at school and throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties. Karen is passionate about family and our community. She and her husband, Alex Harllee of Harllee Packing, Inc., have 2 teenage daughters who are 14 and 17.
John born and raised in upstate New York. Moved to Anna Maria Island in 2010 with his wife Jo-Ann and their English Bulldog Bella. He holds an Associate Degree in Real Estate & Banking from Hudson Valley College and returned after college to a family business that existed for 85 years in Mechanicville, New York.
After the closing of his family stores in 1985 John and his wife Jo-Ann formed Rely Health Care Services in Schenectady, NY. This Home Health Care Agency was one of the first home care facilities to exist back then in New York State. His expertise in business management and his wife’s nursing background, prepared them to own and manage 125 employees for twenty successful years in the health care industry and sold the company. During this time John was honored to be seated on the Board for Hospice of Schenectady, Ellis Hospital Board and for many years he volunteered at the Double H Hole in the Woods Camp for critically ill children founded by the late Paul Newman and Charley Wood in Lake Luzerne, NY.
John was board member for Lake George Association and Lake George Conservancy Working for the preservation of the Lake George Region. That same year John and became a Licensed Real Estate Agent on Lake George. Upon moving to Anna Maria, John obtained Florida License for a Licensed Real Estate Agent and was employed by Island Real Estate. After the recent merger to Vacasa you can find John in the position of Island Community Manager and real estate agent. John’s passion for being community involved on this beautiful island of Anna Maria made for an easy decision to settle here in Florida. When John isn’t visiting his son’s family in Saratoga, NY or his daughter’s family in Richmond, Virginia you can find John at his office on Pine Avenue at Vacasa.
design, branding, advertising, organic food
Michael has more than 50 years of experience in graphic design, branding and marketing. He has owned design consultancies, been creative director in advertising agencies working on many international brands such as Exxon, Lotus, Cadbury’s Dulux and Interlux yacht paint in Britain and Australia. Mike was also a founder in Britain’s first organic baby food brand that started the revolution in Britain feeding over 50% of babies and children organic food…ground breaking in the early nineties.
Since settling in Florida Mike has created several local brands such as: Beach Bums, AMI General Store, Pink & Navy, AMI Center, Pineapplefish, Italian Kitchen, Artspace, AMI Outfitters etc. He was also behind the development of the Historic Green Village on Pine Ave., a showcase of sustainable technologies to help leave a better world for our future generations. Mike resides at Harbour Isle with his wife. Together they enjoy their seven grown up daughters with their seven grandchildren. They own a farm and vineyard in the UK.
Don is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and he moved to Anna Maria Island in 2010 with his wife, Leah. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and a Master's Degree in Education Leadership from Union University. Don played professional football in Europe for two seasons following his graduation, and he was a high school teacher and football coach for eleven years before moving to the real estate profession in 2012. Don has been active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and St. Jude Children's Hospital throughout his career, and he served on the area board of Coaches of Excellence. Currently Don is the managing broker and an owner of Beach House Real Estate in Holmes Beach. He and his wife regularly participate in adult sports, CrossFit and the annual Murder Mystery Play at the Center.