Board of Directors

2015 GCBX Board of Directors

2015 Executive Committee


 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.


Jason F. Swift ~ Jon F. Swift, Inc.               

 Jason Swift grew up in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Florida to attend the University of Florida.  In 1992, he graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida M. E. Rinker School of Building Construction with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction. During the summers, he worked for Jon F. Swift, Inc. as a laborer and carpenter.  After graduation, Jason began to work full time as a job site superintendent.  His second project was a renovation project at West Elementary School in Arcadia, which was the largest job to date for Jon F. Swift, Inc.  Jason began working in the office as an Estimator/Project Manager at the completion of the West Elementary Project.  At present, Jason is the President and part owner of the company. 

Jason has served on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange since 2003.  He works with the other Board Members and a membership of over 300 proactively working on issues that affect local businesses. Jason also serves on the Board of Directors for the Education Foundation of Sarasota.

Jason is heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America.  As an Assistant Scout Master for the past 7 years he has personally assisted 15 Boy Scouts attain the highest rank in scouting, the Eagle Scout Rank.  Jason also works with the Boy Scouts on a weekly basis to help each boy advance in rank, plan and go on campouts, canoe and backpacking trips and a variety of the other events such as fund raising to assist in paying for the activities that the Boy Scouts experience.



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 is a Board Member for the Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange, and the Meals on Wheels 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. 



            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.



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

2015 GCBX Board of Directors

Darrell Turner ~ Turner Tree & Landscape

Doug Sutter ~ Sutter Roofing Company

Gregory M. Burkhart ~ Key Glass, LLC

Jack Cox ~ Halfacre Construction Company, Inc.

Lemuel Sharp III ~ Sharp Properties, Inc. 

John E Brown ~ Law Office of John E Brown

Michael Bennett ~ Bright Future Electric

David Karins ~ Karins Engineering Group, Inc.

Brian Leaver ~ Tandem Construction

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

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