Business briefs, April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014 

BRADENTON -- IMG Academy is seeking candidates to fill more than 200 seasonal employment openings this summer, with jobs in all departments. IMG Academy also is recruiting to fill 35 full- and part-time year-round career opportunities.

With 530 full-time employees and 170 part-time employees, IMG Academy is one of the 10 largest employers in Manatee County, according to its marketing department. In the past four years, the full-time staff has grown by 12 percent, IMG officials note.

IMG Academy offers jobs in areas ranging from academics, athletics and hospitality to marketing, sales, residential life, security, transportation, food services, grounds/maintenance, event operations and more. IMG Academy also offers a comprehensive benefits package. To apply, visit and click the "employment" tab at the bottom of the page.

Sperry Van Ness Office ranked 10th nationwide

BRADENTON -- The local Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group, with offices in downtown Sarasota and downtown Bradenton, ranked 10th out of all Sperry Van Ness offices nationwide by Sperry Van Ness International. This ranking placed the local office among Chicago, Portland and Los Angeles in total production. And local adviser Gail Bowden ranked 27th nationally and fifth in the state of Florida in 2013.

Port gives managers free master's program course

Eight Port Manatee managers recently completed a certified port executive program, training that familiarizes them with the operations of every department at the port.

According to Carlos Buqueras, port executive director, the group is the largest graduating class from the program at any port in Florida. The five-day, 40-hour course gave instruction in operations, marketing, finance, security and other port functions to the group.

"It's an intensive master's program in port business," Buqueras said.

Graduates include port marketing director Matt Appice, harbor management deputy director Malcolm Edwards, security director Frank Holden, finance manager Sheila Neal, maintenance director Shawn Smith, security deputy director David St. Pierre, finance director Denice Stufflebeam, and marketing manager Virginia Zimmermann.

Stufflebeam said the graduates all came away "in awe" of what they had learned in the class.

The Port Manatee employees received the training for free. Buqueras said that had anyone not working for the port taken the class, it would have cost $3,000.

LWR Business Alliance holds networking social

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is holding its April Networking Social from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Lakewood

Ranch/Alamo Steakhouse, 6231 Lake Osprey Drive. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar provided with no charge for members and a $20 fee for non-members. For information, go to

Premier Sotheby's opens second LBK office

LONGBOAT KEY -- Premier Sotheby's International Realty has opened a second office at 517 Bay Isles Parkway on Longboat Key. The office is led by sales manager Anne Chakos. There are now four Premier Sotheby's offices in the Manatee-Sarasota area.

-- Herald staff reports

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