We the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association (MSBIA) and our fishing tournament Sarasota Slam, has been implicated by association with a now infamous video of 3 young men dragging a shark by boat. The video tape footage revealed one of the men in the video was wearing one of our fishing shirts, they are not a member of the MSBIA. We are making this statement because our association has been under attack via social media, emails and phone calls from the public and from media outlets, both local and beyond. We want the public to know that the MSBIA does not stand for nor condones this type of behavior and has been swift in its actions in banning these young men from participating in the Sarasota Slam. We are providing information to the Florida State Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), and cooperating with their investigation. We will be not providing any names, or any other information, except to the appropriate authorities. We take pride that our tournament is safe and family friendly, donates a portion of proceeds to charity, and follows all NOAA and Billfish Foundation rules and regulations. We expect all anglers in the tournament to also comply with FWC Commission rules and regulations.


2017 Officers of the Board


Bill_SmockBill Smock, President
Gator Plumbing








JErnstJoe Ernst, Treasurer
D&D Garage Doors

Jimmy_StewartJimmy Stewart, Immediate Past President
Stock Development







DLanghoutDavid Langhout, Vice President
Kolter Land Partners







Michael NealMichael Neal, Secretary
Wilmington Land Company








Jon_MastJon Mast, Chief Executive Officer
Manatee-Sarasota BIA









Mike Johns, John Cannon Homes
Gregg Carlson, Lee Wetherington Homes

Mike Greig, Legacy Builders on the West Coast
Ed Wilson, Heritage Builders of West Florida

Ron Reagan, Dawson Companies
John Carlson, Core Construction
Rob Close, Sherwin Williams
Chris Conley, Conley Buick GMC
Amiee Rothrock, First International Title


Alan Anderson
Ted Brase
KC Corigliano
Bart Cox
Jeff Eslinger
David Hunihan
Mike Kramer
Russell LeGrande
Ken Patton
Mike Rahn
Amiee Rothrock
Drew Smith
Bud Swindell
Dave Wick

Jason Berger
Ray Burnett
John Cannon
Trent Culleny
John Dukovac
Ray Felske
Chuck Johnson
John King
TJ Nutter
Harold Pearman
Lynn Pepkowski
Richard Reynolds**
Kathy Robinson
Richard Rodgers
Mark Sochar
Kathleen Strobel
Lee Wetherington
Britt Williams

** Denotes in Memoria

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