Bradenton, FL… Renowned internet graphics guru, senior trainer at Linked In’s, and Windows Platform Development Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award winner Walt Ritscher will headline the Spark Growth Leadership Exchange and Conference, dubbed “Today’s Growth. Tomorrow’s Future.,” on Tuesday, February 20 from 1:00 pm until 8:30 pm at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Event tickets are $85 and include an afternoon of dynamic speakers and panels, a networking cocktail reception, and a buffet dinner. To register, visit

“The presenters and panelists at this year’s leader exchange bring context to the vast amount of information bombarding business and community leaders daily. From making sense of big data to transforming education to developing solutions that bring communities together, this fast-paced event is designed to bring relevant insights for actionable takeaways,” says conference coordinator Sara Hand, CEO of Bradenton-based innovation firm Spark Growth.

Joining the Seattle-based Ritscher as speakers at the conference dubbed, “Today’s Decisions. Tomorrow’s Future” are restaurant business entrepreneur Ed Chiles, Florida Venture Forum Executive Director Kevin Burgoyne, Executive Director of the United Nations Accredited NGO IDEAS For Us Clayton Ferrara,  Economist and Author Vinny Tafuro, CEO of iD8Bryan Green, Manatee County Infrastructure and Planning Officer John Osborne, and Bradenton’s City Administrator and Director of Economic Development Carl Callahan.

The conference is sponsored by Manatee County, City of Bradenton, Dev Evolved, Hartwell Capitol Consulting, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Trace Eye-D, Microsoft, Northport Florida, SpringFin, Taft Law, and iD8.

For more information, visit , or call 941-877-1599


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