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"Absent the Olympics, this is the top level of rowing."

- David Wyant, World Rowing Championships
 

[Hospitality]  Job Satisfaction in the Hotel Industry: How Significant are Employees' Age and Educational Level
Dr. Faizan Ali and Clarissa Stafford

As more college degree holders flood the job market, others are returning to college to advance their current job position or to pursue a career change. These college graduates vary in age and are pursuing a career within the hotel industry. Unfortunately, the hotel industry exhibits a high rate of employee turnover and within six years of their graduation, about 70% of all graduates resign from their jobs in the hotel industry. In the last eight years, the annual employee turnover rate in the hotel industry in the US is 15% (average) higher as compared to the entire private sector. Considering the heavy costs involved in selection, recruitment and training of new employees, hotels should rather try to keep their existing ones by ensuring their job satisfaction. Some previous studies have claimed that with rising numbers of Generation Y having good education entering and baby boomers retiring from the hotel industry workforce, hotels are finding it difficult to keep their employees satisfied. Being part of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee, we tested this argument by working together on a project to determine the satisfaction of hotel employees of all ages who committed themselves in achieving higher education. A total of 197 hotel employees over the age of 18 with various education levels were surveyed, where 42.1% of the employees had a bachelor’s degree and 82.2% of the participants were 18 to 39 years old. Contrary to what many claim, the differences in employees’ job dissatisfaction have less to do with age and educational levels and more to do with job-related issues such as prestige of the job, recognition, remuneration, possibilities of promotion and task autonomy/empowerment. Specific exploration of the data indicated that for employees aged between 18-39 years and having either an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree, the top job satisfiers include (1) relationship with colleagues, (2) usefulness of the work, (3) professional development and (4) health care, while job dissatisfiers include (1) relationship with supervisors, (2) prestige of the profession, (3) recognition and (4) remuneration. Nonetheless, it needs to be understood that elimination of dissatisfiers does not guarantee employees’ job satisfaction. Rather, hotels must investigate the environmental factors of employee satisfaction and dissatisfaction separately and try to eliminate the dissatisfiers and retain and enhance the satisfiers to retain their employees. A simpler and easier way for hotels to start would be to periodically distribute anonymous surveys and get feedback from their employees. Treat their feedback the way you treat your customers’ feedback. Use every opportunity to ensure that employees’ feedback is well-received and acted upon, since that is the most influential in driving satisfaction and retention and this is where hotels can get it right.

Dr. Faizan Ali is an assistant professor in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Ali’s research interests are in the areas of hospitality and tourism industry, service performance and quality, customer satisfaction and behavior. He has authored more than 60 research articles published in academic journals and has presented at numerous international conferences. Clarissa Stafford graduated with a master’s in hospitality management from the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in May of 2017. She has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, accounting and human resources. 

[Sports]  From Coxswain's Seat to Announcer's Booth
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

When David Wyant’s grandmother first drove him to a Sarasota Scullers practice, the Sarasota teenager brought little interest in joining crew. “She basically forced me to go,” Wyant recalls. Weighing about 100 pounds entering his sophomore year in high school, he couldn’t imaging rowing vessels thousands of meters. But when coaches quickly figured that an athlete his size could make a perfect coxswain, helping navigate and steer the vessels, he soon found his space on the boat.

He would ultimately continue with the sport through high school and college, and nearly 20 years later, Wyant, now an attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, prepares to bring his love of the sport to a microphone at Nathan Benderson Park, where he will serve as one of the announcers for the World Rowing Championships from Sept. 24-Oct. 1.

It won’t be the first time the attorney calls a rowing event. He’s announced for such events as the Florida State Championships at the Sarasota venue, ultimately working about five events per year for the past six years. Nothing compares to Worlds though. “Absent the Olympics, this is the top level of rowing,” he says. “It’s the most important regatta I’ve ever announced. It’s cliche, but it’s kind of a dream come true.” 

And as a Sarasota native who's loved the sport since 1998, well before officials envisioned the potential of turning the bottom part near Interstate-75 into the most celebrated rowing course in North America, he’s been excited to see his hometown become the epicenter of rowing. During his days as a coxswain for Wesleyan University in Connecticut, he got to compete at the most celebrated of venues in the US at the time, and none of those offered the same experience to both athletes and spectators that Nathan Benderson Park provides, he says. He’s seen major courses in Mercer, New Jersey, Worchester, Massachusetts and Sacramento, CA, but all have drawbacks in fairness for crews and in viewing ability for anybody that wants to watch more than the last 300 meters of the race.

The relatively young venue in Sarasota helped bring the World Rowing Championships to the US for the first time in 23 years. That’s exciting, but Wyant also likes being involved with the sport at a much more amateur level. He still volunteers as a coach occasionally for Sarasota Crew, offering advice to budding coxswains. “I feel lucky this is in my hometown,” he says. "It cements that there’s no other place I would rather ever be.” 

Photos: Wyant with Wesleyan University in '05; Wyant with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick today.

[Recognition]  Outstanding Agriculturalist and Hall of Fame Noms Open

Nominations for Manatee County Outstanding Agriculturalist and Agriculture Hall of Fame are now being accepted. These awards honor those who have contributed to the success of Manatee County’s agriculture industry. This includes farmers, industry representatives, crop consultants, agriculture educators, etc. The Outstanding Agriculturalist must be a current member of the community and will be honored during the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Farm City Week Luncheon on Nov. 14, 2017. Nominees for the Manatee County Agriculture Hall of Fame may be living or deceased and will be honored at the Palmetto Historical Luncheon on Nov. 9, 2017.  Photos of both recipients will be placed in the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and the Hall of Fame in Palmetto. Nomination forms and award guidelines may be obtained online at the website below, by contacting Joann Larson at the Manatee County Extension Office or by stopping by UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County office at 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. Nominations must be submitted by August 31. 

Manatee County UF/IFAS Extension

[Exec Moves]  Wertheimer Chosen for Leadership Florida Connect

Sarah Wertheimer, associate executive director of Embracing Our Differences, has been chosen as a member of Leadership Florida Connect Class VIII. She joins a select group of young professionals who were chosen to participate in this statewide leadership institute, which is designed to educate, engage and inspire Florida’s emerging leaders. The program convenes each class in some of Florida’s major cities over a 10-month period, during which members learn about key issues impacting the state and its residents. Leadership Florida Connect is a program of Leadership Florida, a nonprofit committed to enhancing the knowledge and leadership abilities of Florida’s leaders through educational programs and collaborations benefiting the state and its residents. Wertheimer joined Embracing Our Differences as associate executive director in 2014. Prior to that, Wertheimer served as director of development for The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and as development coordinator for Children First, Inc. Wertheimer currently serves as the chair of the diversity and inclusion committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and as a volunteer and event chair for Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida, Children First, Inc. and the American Cancer Society. 

Leadership Florida Connect

[Exec Moves]  Grapevine Announces Multiple Promotions

Grapevine Communications, one of the area’s leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, has announced the promotion of three key staff members. Britney Guertin, who has served as the company’s public relations and social media associate since March 2016, was named director of public relations and social media. Heidi Cook, formerly the agency’s special projects and events manager, was named the director of operations. Tammy Dumer, who joined the company in 2008 as bookkeeper, was named the director of finance. A graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, Guertin has extensive marketing, PR and social media experience with a range of industries, from retail and dining to real estate. In her new role, Guertin serves as the media point of contact and leads the public relations and social media team in developing, implementing, and monitoring content on behalf of Grapevine and its clients. Cook brings over three decades of agency experience in production management, media planning/buying, client relations, project management and office management. As director of operations, she manages the implementation of the company’s new automated systems, evaluates procedures for efficiency and accuracy and ensures Grapevine’s team upholds its top-performing business processes. Dumer has an accomplished career in finance and accounting that spans more than two decades. As Grapevine’s director of finance, she manages the agency’s accounting processes, financial-related activities and reporting systems. 

Grapevine Communications



[TODAY]  GRAB BAG: Museum of Art Mondays , June 12 – July 24, 11am-2pm

Join The Ringling on Mondays to receive free admission to the Museum of Art as well as a special art-making program tied to works of art you can find in the galleries. You can also pick up a Museum of Art Family Guide for a new way to enjoy the art museum as a family. For more information please visit www.ringling.org

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Blue Eyed Bettys , July 18 – August 20

With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their contemporary bluegrass sound. An original music group formed while performing in the hit FST Cabaret show Poems, Prayers, and Promises, audiences are snapped to attention with their powerful vocals, three part harmony, inventive storytelling, and natural onstage chemistry. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Chamber 411 Member Briefing , July 18, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Join Sarasota Chamber members and guests at Chamber 411, for a new member introduction and reception. Meet Chamber staff and hear about exciting committees and initiatives that benefit area businesses. Bringing approximately 50 business cards, company brochures or flyers to share with fellow members is recommended.

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce , 1945 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Michelle Kasanofsky presents To All the Men I've Loved Before , July 20 – July 21

Kasanofsky will serenade audiences with her favorites from male composers and songs about men and relationships like “Fever,” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” Featuring her dad and son.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Chamber Connect , July 20, 5am - 6:30pm

Make connections with Chamber business professionals at this bi-monthly event. Enjoy light appetizers, a cash bar and door prizes in a laid-back atmosphere perfect for meeting your next customer or client. They will be networking over complimentary hors d'oeuvres, as well as a cash bar, to kick off an early start to the weekend.

Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar - St. Armands , 325 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Art Making , July 20, 5-8pm

Drop by the Children’s Welcome Center in the Visitors Pavilion which has been transformed into an art studio for the evening. Instructors will teach you how to become comfortable will many different materials that artists use. This event is free and all ages are encouraged to participate. For more information please visit www.ringling.org

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance , July 20 – July 23

Directed by Leymis Bolanos Wilmott, a one woman show performed by Stephanie Bastos, who dances with the aid of a prosthetic leg.

New College of Florida, Black Box Theater, 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 GOOD HAND: Building Capacity in Our Philanthropic Sector , July 20, 7:30-9:00am

Join SRQ Magazine for the last SB2: Breakfast Symposium of the season on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 7:30 am-9:00 am at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Keynote David Odahowski, President & CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundationwill give us insight on building capacity in the philanthropic sector. Special guest panelists include: Roxie Jerde of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Stacey Corley of Ringling College of Art and Design, Veronica Brandon Miller of Goodwill Manasota, Susie Bowie of Manatee Community Foundation and Heidi Brown of the Jewish Family and Children's Service. Moderated by SRQ MEDIA Executive Publisher Wes Roberts. Tickets are $35/per person and includes a delicious breakfast buffet provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM.

The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Timeline , July 20 – July 21

Join SCD for the debut of a new solo danced by Stephanie Bastos, who performs with the aid of a prosthetic leg. The riveting work is based on Stephanie Bastos’ life and will kick off the SCD summer performance series.

New College of Florida, Black Box Theatre (Hamilton Center), 5850 General Dougher Place, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Shrek the Musical , July 21 – July 22

Based on the Oscar-Winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek the Musical is a hilarious show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  BUSINESS: YPG Summit: "Thrive" , July 21, 8am - 12:30pm

Learn new ways to grow personally, professionally, and as a leader in the community with the Sarasota Young Professionals. Nominations are currently being accepted for the Young Professional of the Year Award. Registration is now open: $50 for YPG Members, $65 for non-members.

USF Sarasota - Manatee , 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, SMC-C305, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Kettle of Fish at the Van Wezel , July 21, 9am-5pm

Kettle of Fish, one of the hottest live acts in Southwest Florida, play festival music that features blues, soul and funk with the energy of rock ‘n roll. Making classics new again and their originals sound like classics, from blues to bluegrass and from Hank Williams Jr. to Jimi Hendrix, Kettle of Fish promises a night of good times and good music.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Nick Drivas presents Love at First Sight , July 22 – July 23

Join Nick Drivas as he shares memorable stories from his life, ranging from his first car to his first love, while performing Great American Songbook favorites like “Come Fly With Me,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “The Way You Look Tonight” during this fun and reminiscent journey called that will have audiences smiling for the entire ride.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Dorian and The Furniture , July 23, 8pm

Now a staple of the Summer Cabaret Festival, Venice Theatre's resident sound designer and technician is back for a night of his favorite mellow rock tunes.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Conversation-The Age of Bronze: Past and Present , July 25, 10:30am

The ability to cast tools, weapons and works of art in bronze was so important to the development of civilization that we refer to an entire era as The Bronze Age. Explore the processes used to create works in the collection and the methods of casting developed in different cultures. Less formal that a lecture presentation, Conversations are designed to be programs where staff and guests can share research projects or topics of special interest. All Conversations take place in the Chao Lecture Hall in the Center for Asian Art.

Museum of Art Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Chamber University: SEO Basics - Get Found Online (with Shana Tibi) , July 25, 3:30pm - 5pm

Learn expert tips from First Page Advantage's Shana Tibi on how to "be the answer for a Google search." Bring your laptop, as hands-on instruction will be provided on how to stand out online above competitors. Complementary for Chamber Members; $10 for non-members.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce , 1945 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Liz Pascoe-Broome & Friends present Not My Type , July 27 – July 28

Liz and her cast of talented singers – including David Walker, Dorian Boyd, Charlotte Crowley, Jamie Lee Butrum,and Brian Craft – will perform songs by iconic musical theatre characters that they will never get to play because they are the wrong “type.” With Eli Schildkraut on piano, Not My Type will feature songs from a variety of great musicals like: Little Shop of Horrors, Book of Mormon: The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, and many many more!

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Art Making , July 27

Drop by the Children’s Welcome Center in the Visitors Pavilion which has been transformed into an art studio for the evening. Instructors will teach you how to become comfortable will many different materials that artists use. This event is free and all ages are encouraged to participate. For more information please visit www.ringling.org

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Painting Children's Portraits , July 28 – July 30

Often without much experience, students contend with washed-out or chalky flesh tones when painting portraits, In this seminar, learn how to capture a likeness, as well as the vibrant tones of a young person's skin tone. 

Southern Atelier, 7226 21st St. E., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Zombie Prom , July 28 – August 12

Set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where a zany, tyrannical principal lays down the law, a pretty senior has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns a glowing zombie still determined to take her to the prom. Directed by Brad Wages.

Venice Theater , 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet Presents: International Intensive Summer Showcase , July 28 – July 29

The Sarasota Ballet’s International Intensive Summer Showcase will feature students from across the world performing works by some of the big names in dance, including Sir Matthew Bourne, Marius Petipa and Antony Tudor! These pre-professional students have spent the 5 weeks leading up to the performances working with an incredible faculty featuring guest teachers from The Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Elmhurst Ballet School. Join Sarasota Ballet for spectacular performances July 28 and 29 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available on their website or by calling the box office at 941-359-0099.

FSU Center for Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

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