Bill retired to Anna Maria Island with his wife Maureen in 2006 after 30 years in the credit card industry. Following graduation from the University of Denver with a finance degree, (and three years in the Army) Bill’s career began with Rocky Mountain Bankcard System managing various departments including Credit, Authorizations, and Merchant Services. Bill accepted a position in California with Visa USA and during the next 25 years, as Senior Analyst, Director and Vice President, he helped build Visa into the largest bankcard company in the world. Bill and his wife Maureen have been married for 29 years.
marketing, communications, business administration
Patty has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and business administration. Patty spent the majority of her career directing marketing efforts for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms. She and her husband, Rick, remain actively involved in the AEC industry. Patty graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University in Canada. Patty and Rick have five children, live in Holmes Beach, and are ‘regulars’ at the Center.
economic analysis, financial analysis, strategic planning
PhD in Econometrics
Jim has more than 30 years of experience with Caterpillar, Inc - holding positions ranging from Chief Economist of Overseas Operations in Europe, Chief Economist Worldwide, and Managing Director JV in Japan, to Managing Director of Worldwide Strategy and Planning. After many international relocations, and nowhere to call home, Jim and his wife Linda retired to Anna Maria Island five years ago. The island afforded them the ‘paradise’ and sunny beach they had always wanted. They have two children and enjoy spoiling their four grandchildren.
event planning, fundraising, human resources, marketing
Lindsay has over 15 years experience in event planning primarily in the medical device industry. Prior to that she did HR recruiting in high tech representing clients such as Motorola, Dell and Apple. Lindsay was born and raised in Austin, TX. She graduated from Baylor University with a Marketing degree. She is very involved at The Center in the special events department and also at Anna Maria Elementary as their PTO President. Lindsay, her husband and 4 kids have been involved in the community since 2010.
restaurateur, sustainable tourism
Ed Chiles was born in Lakeland, Florida, to the late Governor Lawton Chiles and Rhea Chiles. A passion for all things Floridian was instilled in him early on. The family always had a passion for cooking, especially when it came to local game, seafood and favorite southern fixings. After high school Chiles embarked on another great family tradition – becoming a Gator at the University of Florida.
Chiles has owned three waterfront restaurants on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Florida beginning in 1979 which is when the historic flagship, The Sandbar, was opened followed by the Mar Vista in 1990 and The Beach House in 1993. The finest locally sourced Florida fare and products from around the country and world have always been a feature on Chiles’ restaurant menus, but in recent years he has become a pioneer in the sustainable tourism industry. Chiles and his partners developed Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria into what is now known as “The Greenest Little Main Street in America”. Seeing the value of sustainable tourism in his businesses and community, Ed Chiles and his partners continue to pave the way and are determined to preserve the beautiful Florida culture and environment for generations to come.
Chiles has two grown daughters, Ashley and Christin and resides with his wife Tina in Anna Maria. He is an avid fly-fisherman and hunter who also enjoys surfing and kayaking.
coach, business management
Scott Dean works at IMG Academy as Associate Director of Athletics. Scott previously served as the IMG Academy Director of Soccer. He has played and coached soccer all his life and before leading the program at IMG Academy he was the Head Coach at the University of Rhode Island and at Stony Brook University. He was extremely successful at both locations with both teams attaining national rankings and many of the players have gone on to pro careers both in the US and abroad. Scott has BS in Business Management from Green Mountain College
fundraising, special education, entrpreneur
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.
baseball player, mentor, sports management, author
Pete Paciorek is the founder/CEO of a local non-profit called Character Loves Company. The purpose of Character Loves Company is to build stronger character in the lives of our youth through the vehicle of sports. He has been involved in coaching and mentoring youth through sports for the past 20 years. As a previous professional baseball player for 9 years (Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres organizations), and a member of a family that has produced 8 professional athletes who have been members in MLB organizations, as well as 11 collegiate student-athletes, Pete works to help youth find success in the athletic arena, but more importantly in life. Pete was previously the head instructor for baseball at IMG Academy.
Pete holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication and Leadership with an emphasis in Public Speaking (CSULA, 2006), and he is finishing a second Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the University of Florida (April, 2017). He recently published a book on the topic of character development in youth and amateur athletics geared toward parents and coaches. His guidebook is entitled: Character Loves Company: Defining the “Teachable Moments” in Sports–A Guidebook to Character Literacy Development. His book can be purchased on Amazon or Kindle.
Pete lives in Northwest Bradenton with his wife and three children.
Sam has over 20 years of experience in law, banking and finance. Prior to moving to Anna Maria, Sam was a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where he never sued a single sole but instead stuck to the mundane world of corporate law. Sam has a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He resides in Anna Maria with his much smarter and lovelier wife and two young and rambunctious boys that keep him fully occupied.
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 even grown up daughters with their seven grandchildren. They own a farm and vineyard in the UK.