Business briefs: Port directory receives award

June 10, 2014 

PORT MANATEE -- The 2014 official directory publication of Port Manatee has been judged one of the best in the nation.

Last month, a panel of 40 public relations professionals assembled by the American Association of Port Authorities judged the publication alongside other communications published by the nation's ports. The roughly 60-page directory, which enumerates Port Manatee facts, figures, developments and information about its tenants and customers, won an "Award of Distinction."

Port Manatee publishes the directory in a print version and online.

The port's executive director, Carlos Buqueras, said he is "very pleased" that the publication was recognized.

"It proves Port Manatee is using the right marketing tools to reinforce its role as a leading economic engine in Manatee County," he said.

The directory is available on the port's website, It can be ordered in print form by contacting the port's communications department at 941-722-6621.

RE/MAX joins international group

MANATEE -- RE/MAX Platinum Realty has become a member of the London-based Association of International Property Professionals.

The group is a non-profit organization with a misstion to improve the standards of professionalism in the international property market, helping both the industry and the public. AIPP members have been vetted and approved and have voluntarily agreed to follow and be bound by a strict code of conduct.

"We are very proud of our new association with the AIPP," said Bryan Guentner, Broker-Owner of RE/MAX Platinum Realty. "It communicates to our international clients our commitment to honesty, transparency and integrity in all our dealings with the public."

RE/MAX Platinum Realty offers full-service residential real estate solutions in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The company markets homes to 87 countries in 32 languages, and maintains offices in Lakewood Ranch, downtown Sarasota and St. Armands.

Lee Wetherington Homes marks 40 years

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lee Wetherington Homes, a Lakewood Ranch-based builder, is celebrating 40 years of building in southwest Florida.

Founder Lee Wetherington built his first home in Sarasota in 1974.

Wetherington was one of the first home builders in Lakewood Ranch, and continues to build in the master planned community. This year, Lee Wetherington Homes is also commemorating building a total of more than 4,000 homes with a sales volume that has doubled over the past two years.

Last year, The Lee Wetherington Foundation -- a supporting organization of the Community Foun

dation of Sarasota County -- surpassed the $1 million mark for grants to local nonprofits. Established in 2002, the Wetherington Foundation has supported causes ranging from helping at-risk children, education and the arts. Nearly half of the funds granted by the Wetherington Foundation have been to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Manatee counties.

-- Herald staff report

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