Suncoast Community Capital hires new director
BRADENTON -- Suncoast Community Capital has hired Tim Dutton, a former hospital administrator, as its new executive director.
Dutton is filling the vacancy created when Mike Kennedy left to assume a position with Harvest United Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch.
Dutton was selected based in part on his experience in the nonprofit sector, said Casey Colburn, acting chair of SCC's board of directors
Dutton, a resident of this area for nearly 20 years, has a history of working in the nonprofit sector in healthcare administration and community change organizations, with an emphasis on social justice.
For 12 years he served as executive director of SCOPE, a civic engagement organization in Sarasota County. During his tenure, SCOPE brought the community together to tackle issues such as school dropout, affordable housing, race and cultural relations, aging and many more. He developed a reputation as a convener and facilitator and was responsible for the creation of multiple reports and data products aimed at improved community well-being.
Dutton left SCOPE in 2012 to be the co-founder and co-executive director of Sarasota Community Studio, a neighborhood-based community change organization in the Central-Cocoanut neighborhood of Sarasota where he lives.
Prior to coming to Florida, Dutton ran hospitals in Ohio and rural Haiti. He is a W.K. Kellogg leadership fellow and was an election observer for the Organization of American States.
Branding a hot topic for business alliance
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- James Gregory, founder of CoreBrand, will talk to the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance members and area businesses about how they are branding their business with each decision.
They will hear how a well-managed brand can be a powerful business asset. Gregory has developed the Corporate Branding Index, a quantitative research vehicle that has tracked the reputations and financial performances of over 800 publicly traded companies.
The luncheon and presentation will be held Oct. 9 at the Polo Grill and Bar/Fete Ballroom on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon will be served. The cost is $25 for LWRBA members and $35 for non-members or at the door.
For more information or to register, visit www.LWRBA.org or call (941)757-1664.
Party City to host grand opening
EAST MANATEE -- Party City opened its University Parkway location.
Party City, 8111 Cooper Creek Blvd in University Park Town Center, offers an assortment of party supplies, decorations and costumes.
Party City is open 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
--Herald staff reports