Session Two Throughout this year’s leadership conference runs a threaded message emphasizing the value that collaboration brings through leveraged resources for increased results in BIG picture items and places that side by side with the importance of maintaining the unique and individual community/county/city identity. In this discussion, experienced “Big Picture” advocates discuss the value of place-making.
Moderator: Anand Pallegar ~ atLarge, Inc.
Anand is the founder of atLarge, Inc. A creative entrepreneur, Anand has successfully launched and managed a diverse portfolio of international business ventures over the past decade. As the founder of atLarge, Inc., established in 2006, he leads a global, world class, and passionate team who are charged with solving intricate business challenges for marketleading brands, including IMG Academy, The Ringling, Sun Hydraulics, Orlando, Inc., Visit Sarasota County, PawsPlus and Ford Motor Company. It is his passion to achieve excellence for the brands we partner with, and his commitment to deliver consistently performing digital strategies that has catapulted atLarge, Inc. onto a global stage, with offices in Sarasota, Florida and Manchester, UK. It has also guided atLarge, Inc. toward the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation, multiple International Davey Awards, a Henry Award from the Governor and recognition as a Florida Companies to Watch Award.
Anand believes that social good is the lifeblood of a positive company culture. He has served as the Chair of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, the largest technology organization in the State of Florida and on the Advisory Board for Creative Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Partnership. Under his direction, atLarge, Inc. launched the DreamLarge program – an initiative that leverages technology to support area nonprofits dedicated to youth education and outreach. Since its inception, DreamLarge has donated over $750,000 in digital marketing services to community nonprofits.
Anand also shares his digital expertise with CEO's, marketing directors and college students throughout the world, as a guest lecturer and commencement speaker at high schools, community colleges and universities.
Johnette Isham ~ Realize Bradenton
As Executive Director, Johnette brings her design thinking to the execution of Realize Bradenton’s cultural master plan and partnership development. Her experience spans multiple sectors—arts, design, education, non-profit, corporate, and municipal. With a deep belief that all is possible when you focus on the best in people, she specializes in working with others on transformations. After 18 years as Vice President at Ringling College of Art and Design, Johnette partnered with The Wellness Community to create a green facility for free cancer care using art, nature, and technology. Johnette recently presented her capacity building ideas at the UN Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. She lives happily in a house full of art, surrounded by three males—her husband, father, and a Weimaraner.
Wes Roberts ~ SRQ Magazine
Wes Roberts is a Sarasota native and local entrepreneur. He and his wife, Lisl Liang, have grown their publishing business from an original idea into what the Florida Magazine Association has named as the Best Magazine on Florida's West Coast for four of the past five years.
Wes serves as the Executive Publisher and Vice President of SRQ Media Group. He directs the advertising sales development of SRQ’s portfolio of publications including its flagship monthly city-regional SRQ magazine, the annual visitors and newcomers guide SRQ ACCESS, LUX: Gulf Coast Luxury Homes and Living magazine and the company’s beloved daily enewspaper---SRQ DAILY
Roberts is currently a director on the Sarasota Film Festival Board and has also served on the board of the State College of Florida Foundation. He has an MFA from the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts Production. Mr. Roberts has had his own short films win awards in festivals as diversely located as Washington, D.C., Tampa, F.L., Prague, Czech Republic, Miami, FL, New Orleans, L.A. and others.