Kevin Hicks ~ Gator Grading & 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.