I am a Sarasota native. All of my schooling happened in this area: Sarasota Christian for Kindergarten, Southside Elementary, Sarasota Middle (Go Middies), Sarasota High (Go Sailors), Eckerd College and USF Tampa (Go Bulls) for graduate school. I am a licensed certified general contractor and have lots of experience as a land developer, architectural principle, real estate agent, and government management. My wife and I have owned 22 homes in the area and are now building our 23rd with my hope of it being the last one, but you never know. My wife and I are avid sporting clay shooters and you will see us almost every free Sunday at Sarasota Trap Skeet and Sporting Clays.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I am married to Teresa Mast, and we just celebrate 36 years of marriage. We have two daughters and one grandson.
Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I am currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Lobbyist of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association (MSBIA), a national award-winning association. The association has doubled its size in membership during my first 5 years and with the support of our members have won 15 local, state and national awards over that same time period. What I love doing the most is working with our local, state and national elected officials in order to benefit the membership in their jobs, helping to spur economic growth for our region.
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Not in any order: Capital Grill, Geckos, Lucky Pelican, Hyde Park, Bricks, Caraguilo’s, Owen’s Fish Camp, Pascone’s and you have to try Antoine’s Restaurant!
Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
Born and raised here, tried to escape but never made it and glad I never did!
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Oh so many! My wife would be the first on the list. As a lifer in Sarasota, I have met so many interesting people in the region that it would take 20 pages of college ruled paper to list them all, I am blessed!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Germany and Switzerland. Both sides of my family immigrated to the America’s before the Revolutionary war from those areas, want to walk the streets, eat the food and talk to the people.
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Game of Thrones, except for season 8.
Q: What advice would you give to people?
Be honest. Do what you say you will do as soon as you can. Work to find middle ground.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Ronald Reagan, first US President I was able to vote for. Capital Grill, where else?
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
Besides the people it would be the Gulf of Mexico.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
5 years: Continuing to lead an organization. 10 years: Deciding whether to retire or not.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
As a junior at SHS I spent time as a congressional intern as a part of Rep. Andy Ireland’s Congressional Classroom during Reagan’s first term
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Bora Bora, Tahiti
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
November as it is deer season! Favorite holiday is Christmas. My anniversary is September 1st, and the single best day.
Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Some of my closest friendships
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Bacon frying, coffee brewing and a campfire
Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Peace, comfort and love