Business briefs: Henry Rodriguez elected chair of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority

March 28, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority elected Commissioner Henry Rodriguez as chair at its March 25 regular board meeting. Rodriguez will serve as chair until the organizational meeting in November 2013.

Rodriquez, a local real estate investor and developer, was appointed to the board in 2010. He has served on a number of community and charitable boards as well as economic development and business boards. He also serves on the Enterprise Florida and Space Florida Boards.

Completing the officers for the Airport Authority board are Leslie Wells, vice chair, and Jack Rynerson, secretary.

Taylor Morrison names firm to lead golf courses

MANATEE -- After deciding to include golf courses as part of two new country club communities in Florida this year, the West Florida Division of Taylor Morrison conducted a national search for a designer who could create beautiful yet challenging fairways while preserving the natural beauty of the land.

C.W. Golf Architecture will be that company to direct the development of the new courses at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch and Esplanade Golf and Country Club of Naples. Headed by veteran designer Chris Wilczynski, the firm has been tapped to oversee the creation of two 18-hole championship courses that are slated to open for play in 2014.

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Wilczynski has been in the business of golf course design for 20 years and was an award-wining partner and design associate with Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates for two decades. He has a long list of notable golf courses to his credit, including sites in California, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Virginia, New York, Colorado, Tennessee, and Ontario. On a regional level, he was involved in the renovation of the Forest Glen Golf and Country Club in Naples, the master plan for Stoneybrook Golf Club in Sarasota, and the development of River Strand Golf Club and Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbor in Bradenton.

Lux-Art Silks International opens N.C. showroom

MANATEE -- Lux-Art Silks International, a leading source for fine-quality permanent botanicals based in Manatee County, is adding a new showroom in the International Home Furnishings Center for the High Point (North Carolina) Market being held April 20-25.

The company will exhibit in a 2,800-square-foot showroom in Space D244 of the IHFC's Design Center. It also will show one more time on the first floor of the C&D Building before closing that showroom to focus on the new IHFC space.

"We have contemplated a move to the IHFC for quite a while," said Scott Brann, president of Lux-Art, which will be participating in its 50th High

Point Market this spring.

"Finding the right location was the key for us. We're now showing in an easy-to-access location on the second floor of the Design Center, surrounded by fabulous neighbors such as Global Views and Palecek."

Lux-Art completely remodeled its new showroom space in the IHFC for the April market, Brann added.

"We took up the floor to expose the polished cement, and we removed the glass walls to open the showroom directly into the hall. The space now has a friendly, open-air kind of feel that is very inviting."

Information: www.luxartsilks.com.

-- Herald staff reports

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