BUSINESS BUZZ: Mission Valley renovation; meet the legislators; Freedom Boat Club – Sarasota Herald

Mission Valley Golf
Country Club renovation

Equity members of Mission Valley Golf Country Club, in Nokomis, have voted to renovate the course.

The $1.8 million renovation project includes total re-grassing of the course with TifTuf hybrid Bermuda grass. Greens will be enlarged and re-grassed with a new ultra-dwarf Tif Eagle grass and new tees. Bunkers will be repositioned and upgraded and natural sandscape areas added and lakes expanded. The renovation is to be completed in the summer and fall of 2018.

General manager Doug Slusser said, “… this renovation is timely with the explosive population/housing growth in Venice and southern Sarasota, the club continues to upgrade itself to attract new Members,”

The member-owned club this year celebrated its 50th anniversary. It also offers tennis.

Business people to
meet with legislators

A free National Federation of Independent Business town hall forum will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Mixon Fruit Farm, 2525 27th St. E. in Bradenton.

State Sen. Greg Steube and Reps. Jim Boyd and Joe Gruders are scheduled to be there to talk about which small-business issues will be discussed during the legislative session.

Space is limited and light refreshments will be served, the group said in a news release.

To sign up to attend or for more information go to, call 850-681-0416 or send email to

Freedom Boat Club
honors top performers

The North American Headquarters of Freedom Boat Club in Venice recently hosted its annual employee meeting with 240 team members affiliated with 19 corporate-owned locations from Bradenton to Marco Island.

The top performers for 2017 were recognized by Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio and the company’s senior management team.

The Alison McMillen Award for “Employee of the Year” was won by Joe Deutschle, club manager at Regatta Pointe Marina club in Bradenton/Palmetto.

The top sales award, “Membership Executive of the Year,” was won for the fifth consecutive year by Dustin Tidwell, of the Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs clubs. Membership executive Keith Lemley, of Venice and Englewood, won a sales milestone award for $5 million in sales, while Maurice Amaya, who manages sales for clubs in Pine Island, Punta Gorda and Burnt Store, achieved $1 million in sales.

The “Dock Master of the Year” award went to Bob Soffel, of Bonita Springs, in the south sector, and Kyle Phillips, of Sarasota’s Marina Jack, in the north.

The “Team Freedom” perpetual award was won by the entire dock staff of Cape Haze Marina in Englewood as the club whose overall performance is considered best among all corporate-owned locations.


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