Board members of Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Association

March 3, 2013 

Board members of Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Association

The nonprofit Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Association was established to oversee the day-to-day operation of Nathan Benderson Park. The board includes community leaders from Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Board members:

n Paul Blackketter: CEO of Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Association. U.S. Army veteran, B.A. in urban planning, University of South Florida.

n Randy Benderson: President & CEO of Benderson Development, one of the largest private commercial real estate developers in the United States.

n Robert J. Delaney, owner, Delaney Consultants: Leadership consultant, trainer, and public speaker; Recognized as one of the NBA's most respected referees; M.A. in Leadership from St. Mary's College of California; and a B.S. in Criminology from New Jersey City University; Author of several books; including "Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob; and Surviving the Shadows...A Journey of Hope into Post Traumatic Stress."

n Bill Robinson: President and co-owner of Fit2Run. Former president/owner - Robby's Sports; GM - Champs Sports; Owner - The Treehouse ($12,000,000 landscape distribution centers sold to John Deere where it grew into a $300,000,000 business); developer - The Loop of Northwest Bradenton (a private, gated home community); owner, The Treeleader (a 300-acre landscape business in Manatee County); and founder of Robinson Preserve Park.

n Ron Shapo: formerly an accountant/bank director; now an attorney, whose legal career has spanned more than 40 years. B.B.A., Cum Laude, Accounting and Government, University of Miami; J.D., Cum Laude, University of Miami.

n Advisors to the board: Ed Hunzeker, Manatee County administrator, and Randall Reid, Sarasota County administrator.

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