SARASOTA - Kathy Baylis, the founding president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County will retire in June, officials announced today.
The EDC board has formed a fact-finding group to identify candidates for the executive role, said board chair David Sessions.
“The EDC and the Sarasota County community owe Kathy Baylis a tremendous debt of gratitude for the leadership she has demonstrated in 15 years of contributing to making Sarasota County a better place to live and work,” Sessions said. “We foresee a challenge in identifying the ideal candidate to assume the role of CEO and president at the EDC. Kathy has set the bar incredibly high.”
“I am proud of all that our team at the EDC has accomplished on behalf of the businesses and residents of Sarasota County,” Baylis told the EDC Board yesterday. “My retirement plans are not on the front burner yet. I shall remain focused on the EDC while the board seeks a new chief executive.”
Baylis started her career in economic development in 1995 as assistant director of the Committee of 100, a division of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. She assumed leadership of the Chamber’s economic development function in 1999, and guided formation of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, which was launched independently of the Chamber in 2004. Prior to entering the field of economic development, Baylis was general manager of The Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice.