Builders award goes to Port Charlotte businessman as new association leader


The Florida Home Builders Association has appointed Rick ilmberger, from Suncoast Glass & Mirror, as the recipient of the 2021 Associate of the Year award.

Selected by a board of industry leaders, this award encourages industry expertise and exceptional leadership qualities. This recognition was presented at the FHBA Fall Leadership Conference at The Westin Sarasota on October 29.

Suncoast Glass & Mirror, Inc., in Port Charlotte, has been a part of the Southwest Florida community since 1997.

With over a decade of membership in the FHBA through her membership in the Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association, Ilmberger has served on the FHBA on its Associate Trades Councils, Membership Committee and Council. administration.

He was second vice-president of the FHBA in 2017-2018 and second vice-president of CDBIA in 2014-2015.

Jacob Van Duren joined the experienced team of attorneys from Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC.

Duren has lived in nine states and in all time zones. His parents have always been heavily involved in real estate, and he fell in love with the subject later in his first year of law school.

During his law studies, he structured his training to focus on advancing a practice of real estate law. Duren holds an undergraduate degree in history from Liberty University and obtained a Juris Doctor in 2020.

We Care Manatee, in Bradenton, has hired Annie breitinger as the new executive director. She has been a member of the board of directors since 2014.

She previously worked as a healthcare lawyer at the local law firm of Blalock Walters, PA.

Breitinger replaces Kathleen housewear.

“Kathleen has advanced We Care by far through the implementation of updated systems and processes to better and more effectively serve our patients,” said Breitinger. “She also led our organization through the darker days of the pandemic, keeping our office open and safe for our patients.”

We Care Manatee’s mission is to facilitate free medical care for residents of Manatee County who are uninsured or who live on limited income.

The Grand Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has promoted Craig mcgonigal to the Director of Member Engagement.

McGonigal has worked in the Sarasota House for the past six years. In his leadership position, he engaged and retained members, as well as overseeing the Chamber’s Council of Ambassadors.

He has been instrumental in the growth of member companies.


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