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 Analysts 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.