The word “argus” comes from a Greek word meaning “alert, observant and watchful.” The Argus Foundation is a group of Sarasota County area leaders who have come together in a creative non-partisan effort to better facilitate communication, education, and cooperation between the public and private sectors. Membership represents major economic, business and professional interests in the community.
The Argus Foundation has established liaisons with city, county, state and federal governments in order to involve itself with the vital matters that have an impact on the quality of life in Sarasota County. Activities of the various governmental bodies are monitored and positions are taken on selected issues. With the broad background and practical expertise of the members of The Argus Foundation, we are in a position to advise and assist public officials in decisions that will affect the life-style, environment and economic well-being of our area now and in the future.
The Argus Foundation applies business leadership to identify, educate, advocate, and collaborate on solutions for important community issues that will enhance the quality of life, environment, and economic well-being of Sarasota County.
We keep a broad community perspective
We create the future
We offer solutions
We search for solutions to underlying causes of social, economic, and physical problems of the community. The Argus concern is to understand the underlying nature of problems, and apply private sector experience to public problems. We do not expect to solve problems with quick fixes, but believe in systematic change, persistent attention and time in moving us to a better community.
Jack J. Cox III – President
Keith Mercier – 1st Vice President
E. John Wagner – 2nd Vice President
Norman J. Shea, III -Treasurer/Secretary
Jeffrey E. Charlotte – Past President
Jack Bispham – Stockyard
Kirk Boylston – Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty
Robert W. Brown – Atlas Insurance
R.G. Kelly Caldwell – Caldwell Trust
Jeffrey E. Charlotte – J.E. Charlotte Construction
Jack J. Cox, III – Halfacre Construction
Thomas G. Dabney, II – Gulf Coast Property Services, Inc.
Thomas H. Dart – Adams and Reese, LLP
Rae A. Dowling – Florida Power & Light
Joseph R. Hembree – Hembree & Associates, Inc.
Rodney G. Hershberger – PGT Industries
John LaCivita – Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.
Donald F. McDonough – Wm. F. McDonough Plumbing, Inc.
Keith Mercier – CBIZ Insurance Services
William W. Merrill, III – Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg
Edmund W. (Todd) Morton IV – Morton’s Gourmet Market
Sam D. Norton – Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, PA
Scott Pinkerton – Pinkerton Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Michael L. Quillen – Geckos Hospitality Group
Joel A. Schleicher – NextOne, LLC
Norman J. Shea, III – Suplee Shea Cramer & Rocklein, PA
Craig Steinhoff – Hill, Barth & King, LLC
Jason E. Toale – Toale Brothers Funeral Homes
E. John Wagner – Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen
Cina Welch – FCCI Insurance Group
H. Ronald Foxworthy – Rusty Plumbing
Christine Robinson – Executive Director
Sharlene Hillier – Administrative Assistant
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