Board of Directors

2016 GCBX Board of Directors

2016 Executive Committee


Mary Forristall ~ Forristall Enterprises, Inc.


Mary Forristall is a native Floridian, born in Miami, FL. She came to the West Coast of Florida in 1981. Together with Stephen, her husband of 33 years, they have built Forristall Enterprises, Inc. a demolition company. Forristall Enterprises was awarded the Small Business of the Year in 2002.

Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, in 1998. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree, in Managerial Leadership from in 2001.

Mary is President of Forristall Enterprises, Inc. She holds a State of Florida General Contractor ’s License (1992) has a LEED AP Accreditation and is a Florida State Certified Minority Business Owner as well as an FDOT DBE business. Mary serves as a Board Member for the Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange, YMCA of Manatee and the Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee Board. Mary also serves on the Manatee County Contractor Review Board.

Mary is a proud mother and Grandmother. In her spare time Mary also teaches aerobics at the YMCA.


          Russ Bobbitt ~ Purmort and Martin Insurance Agency, LLC   


A Florida native, Russ was born in Jacksonville and moved to Sarasota when he was 16. He graduated from Riverview High School in 1987. He attended the University of Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida in 1991. Russ was a worker's compensation claims adjuster for RISCORP for 6 years where he handled some of the largest self- insured general and specialty contractors in Florida.

In 1997, Russ joined Purmort, Martin and Mercier Insurance Agency as a commercial lines agent. In 2004, he became a Managing Member and equal partner of what is now Purmort and Martin Insurance Agency, LLC. In addition to holding three insurance licenses, Russ has earned several advanced insurance designations. He specializes in risk management for contractors and subcontractors, and is well versed in construction risk transfer and construction contractual language.

Russ works hard to serve the Sarasota Community. He has served on the GCBX Board of Directors since 2004. In addition to his service on the GCBX Board, he is a member of the Greater Sarasota Sertoma Club, where he served as past President and Chairman of the Board. He is a current member of the Sarasota County 100 Club and is a current participant in Leadership Sarasota. Russ also enjoys coaching youth sports in Sarasota and has over 10 years experience with many different youth athletic leagues in the area.



 Paul Stehle ~ Climatic Conditioning Co.        



       Kevin Hicks ~ Gator Grading and Paving   


 Kevin Hicks serves as CEO of Gator Grading & Paving, a company formed in January 2007 and is a Florida licensed General Contractor and Underground Utility & Excavation Contractor. He also serves as the President of Gatorgap, Inc. Kevin is a graduate of Manatee Junior College and attended the University of South Florida.

Kevin’s career in the construction industry began with National Paving, Inc of Berlin, NJ until he joined the US Army where he served as the Battalion Construction Sergeant with the 14th Engineer Battalion stationed in Ft. Ord, Ca. In 1978, Kevin re-entered the private sector, going to work for Gator Asphalt Company of Bradenton, where he ultimately became VP/GM and Part Owner. After Gator Asphalt was acquired by APAC in 2000, Kevin took a position as President of Mangum Asphalt Services of Raleigh NC. In 2003 Mangum Asphalt Services and CC Mangum Construction consolidated to form CC Mangum Company where Kevin served as the Sr VP/COO of this $75 million/400+ employee Heavy Highway Company.

Kevin has long been active in community affairs. He currently is a Director and Past Chairman of SCOPE, a Director of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, a member of the Bradenton Area EDC, a Director and Vice Chairman of Bay Village of Sarasota, a member, past VP and Director of the Sertoma Club of Venice, a Director and Secretary of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, a member of Florida Transportation Builders Assoc., Asphalt Contractors of Florida, and many local Chambers of Commerce. Kevin is a Past President of the Venice Area Chamber, Past President of the Carolina Asphalt Association, served as Co-Chair of the Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival, past member of the Sarasota County Board of Zoning Appeals and City of Venice Zoning Appeals Board. He has also served on the Institute of the Ages Transition Team, Committee of 100, Metropolitan Planning Organization CAC, and is a 1988 graduate of Leadership Sarasota and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998.

Kevin has been married to his wife Linda since 1974 and has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. His current hobbies are boating and golfing.



Brian Leaver ~ Tandem Construction


 Principal / Sr. VP

Brian Leaver graduated from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, with a Bachelors of Science Degree after completing a double major in Construction Management and Architectural Design.

After spending five years in Orlando, Florida, where he was involved in construction of retail stores, office buildings, timeshares and hotels, Brian returned to his hometown of Sarasota, Florida and is currently a Principal and Senior Vice President of Tandem Construction.

Since joining Tandem, Brian has been responsible for Construction Management services at IMG Academy, Sarasota High School, Hudson Crossing Condominiums, University Professional Park, Glenallen Elementary School, Wilkinson Elementary School, ADF Dermatology and Skin Surgical Center, New Gate Elementary School Phases I and II, Gutierrez Dental Office, Serendipity Country Club, and multiple other projects.

Brian is a Certified General Contractor, a member of Church of the Palms in Sarasota, and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Bowling Green State University.

Brian and his wife Katherine are the proud parents of three amazing children and are also licensed foster parents through the Safe Children’s Coalition.  



Bill North, Jr. ~ Hill, Barth & King LLC       


 Bill is a Principal in the Sarasota, Florida office of Hill, Barth & King LLC
(HbK). He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1998 and joined HbK in
Bill has extensive experience in the areas of taxation and business consulting
for the construction industry. In 2005, he became a Certified Construction
Industry Financial Professional. Bill also provides tax and accounting services
to various closely-held businesses as well as individuals.

• B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida
• Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional

Professional/Civic Associations
• Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
• Member, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)
• Board Member, FICPA
• Member, Sarasota and Manatee County Home Builders
• Member, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
• Member, Sertoma Club of Sarasota
• Member, Construction Financial Management Association
• Treasurer, Argus Foundation

2016 GCBX Board of Directors

Jason Swift Jon F. Swift, Inc.

Darrell Turner ~ Turner Tree & Landscape

Doug Sutter ~ Sutter Roofing Company

Jack Cox ~ Halfacre Construction Company, Inc.

Lemuel Sharp III ~ Sharp Properties, Inc. 

John E Brown ~ Attorney's Title Fund Services

Michael Bennett ~ Bright Future Electric

David Karins ~ Karins Engineering Group, Inc.

Mark Freeman ~ McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors, Inc.

Steve Padgett ~ Fawley Bryant Architects, Inc.

Chuck Jacobson ~ Aqua Plumbing & Air

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