Cathy Layton is a retired commercial real estate broker who has lived in Sarasota since 1970. She was a driving force in commencing and completing the Selby Gardens Children’s Rainforest Garden as past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Selby Gardens. She is formerly the Board Chairman of the Bank of Commerce, formerly Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, and served on the Professional Selection Committee for the School Board of Sarasota, the Sarasota County Planning Commission, and the Public Housing Authority for the City of Sarasota.
Treasurer - Robert J. Lane
Robert "Rob" J. Lane is a CPA and Managing Shareholder of Kerkering Barberio. His practice areas include Audit, Advisory, and Assurance, Enterprise Risk Management, Nonprofit Organization Services and Succession (Exit) Planning. He is responsible for audits and reviews of entities such as large not-for-profit organizations, general contractors, and manufacturers.
Secretary - Jennifer Compton
Jennifer Compton is Attorney and Partner for the Sarasota office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, a national business law firm with more than 240 attorneys, and her focus is employment law counseling and litigation. Jennifer is a lifelong Sarasota resident. She serves on the board and executive committee of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and acts as their legal counsel. She is currently the chair of Girls Inc. of Sarasota County.
Steven R. Cover
Steve is the City of Sarasota’s Planning Director. His focus is on the big picture for city planning as it manages a building boom, transportation issues and other growth-related topics.
-City of Atlanta, GA
-Produced zoning legislation that laid the groundwork for the Beltline Project, a 22 mile loop around the center of the City that includes hiker-biker trails, redevelopment, new development and a proposed streetcar system
-Initiated and secured approval of the City’s first Transportation Master Plan
-Reduced permitting and plan review time by 60-90%
-Won International Design Competition for the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA
-Fulton County, GA
-Prepared a new plan, innovative zoning legislation, a transfer of development rights ordinance, and conservation subdivision ordinance to create Serenbe Village, an English style hamlet development
-Worked with developer to revitalize and restore historic inns and taverns in the Downtown Historic District
-Secured approval of Arlington’s Affordable Housing Master Plan, a plan to promote protection, revitalizing and constructing of new affordable housing in a County with an extremely high cost of living
Honors and Awards
-Center for Civil and Human Rights-International Design Competition Winner
-“Outstanding Leadership Award” – AIA Atlanta
-Distinguished Achievement in Planning Award-Georgia Planning Association
-“Outstanding Comprehensive Plan Award”, Maryland Planning Association
-Director of Community Planning, Housing and Development, Arlington, VA
-Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development, Madison, WI
-Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, Atlanta, GA
-Director of Environment and Community Development, Fulton County, GA
-Director of Planning and Code Enforcement, Anne Arundel County, MD
-Managing Principal, Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK Architects), Atlanta, GA
-Master of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
-Master of City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology
Carlos R. de Quesada
Carlos de Quesada is the Managing Member and Founder of VeraCruz Advisory, LLC. Continuing his 25+ years of business, managerial and finance work, in October 2011, Carlos founded Vera Cruz Advisory, LLC focused on providing financial advisory and strategic consulting services. VeraCruz is focused on serving non-profit organizations by providing financial business (enterprise) practice consulting and implementation support.
Keith Dubose is an attorney and shareholder with the Matthews Eastmoore law firm. Keith is involved in many areas of practice at the law firm including personal injury, professional malpractice, and commercial litigation. As a lifelong Sarasota resident, Keith is active in our community and champions programs benefitting area youth, especially early childhood school readiness.
Rod Hershberger is Chairman of PGT Innovations. Mr. Hershberger co-founded PGT Innovations and retired as CEO effective December 31, 2017. From the founding of the company in 1980, he has served as President, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. His immersive style in running every aspect of PGT Innovations has led to the success of the company as the number one provider of impact doors and windows in North America.
Michael Klauber is President and Founder of Michael’s on East (30 years). As a 47-year resident of Sarasota, Michael is a well-traveled and seasoned, award-winning restaurateur and wine professional with broad-based experience in the Hospitality Industry as well as Real Estate, Financial Management, and Community Outreach.
He has had a key role in founding and developing Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 and is currently volunteer chair of that community organization.
Cynthia P. McCague
Cynthia P. McCague is a Director for Pier 1 Imports and former senior executive with Coca-Cola. She retired as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources for The Coca-Cola Company. She serves on the Board of Pier 1 Imports and for 4 years served on the Board of Monster Worldwide. She brings 40 years of human resources and senior managerial business experience.
Emily Walsh is publisher of Observers - East County Observer, Longboat Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Season magazine, LWR Life magazine and YourObserver.com. She heads up the company’s overall digital strategy and operations. Walsh also has been active in the community, most notably as a chair of fundraising events for not-for-profit charities.
Startup CEO - A.G. Lafley
A.G. Lafley is former CEO and Chairman of Procter & Gamble. In his first term as CEO, P&G sales more than doubled, profits and cash tripled, and the market capitalization more than doubled, making P&G one of the five most valuable companies in the U.S. and among the 10 most valuable companies in the world. In his second term, Lafley led the transformation of P&G by streamlining the Company’s businesses and brands and putting the leadership team in place to deliver more balanced and consistent growth in the future. While in Cincinnati, Lafley chaired Cincinnati Center City Development Corp (3CDC) from its inception in 2004 until 2010. Over the past 12 years, 3CDC has invested more than $1 billion of mostly private money in the redevelopment and renewal of the downtown area.
Managing Director - William Waddill
Bill Waddill is a certified planner and landscape architect with 31 years of experience managing the design, implementation, and stakeholder consensus- building process for both public and private projects, including the Bradenton Riverwalk, Perry Harvey Park in Tampa, Babcock Ranch Town Center in Ft. Myers, and Baker Park in Naples.
On Jan. 3, 2018 Bill began his new role as Managing Director of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) to work with design and planning firm Sasaki, to reimagine the 53-acre city-owned Bayfront. SBPO’s objective is to ensure the delivery of a professionally prepared master plan for the City of Sarasota and its community that is fiscally feasible, operationally viable, and environmentally sustainable.
Board members do not represent any constituency or organization. Each board member complies with a strict conflict of interest policy. No board member shall have any financial interest of any kind in the Master Plan or any of its components.