The Exchange could not operate without the help of the committees that help carry out its important functions. Participating on one of these committees is a great way to meet people and make you and your company known. Following is a list of the current active committees. Please contact the committee chairmen to volunteer to serve. It’s never too late to contribute and you are always welcome!





Russ Bobbitt ~ GCBX Chairman

Purmort and Martin Insurance Agency, LLC ~ 941-366-7070 


Mary Forristall ~ GCBX Chair Elect

Forristall Enterprises, Inc.~ 941-792-8150 



Paul Stehle ~ Vice Chairman

Climatic Conditioning Inc. ~ 941-758-3080



Bill North Jr. ~ GCBX Treasurer

Hill, Barth & King  ~ 941-957-4242


Jason Swift ~ GCBX Immediate Past Chairman 

Jon F. Swift, Inc. ~ 941-951-6100



John Brown ~ Ex Officio Board Member

Suncoast Lawyers ~ 941-782-1239



Serves as Trustees of GCBX Political Committee and makes recommendations to the GCBX Political Committee on candidate interviews and endorsements. Evaluates Executive Director, negotiates Executive Director’s employment agreement, and makes recommendations to the Board on salary, employee benefits and other compensation.




  • Co-Chairs:
  • Bob Blaikie ~ MetLife ~ 941-961-6159
  • Kent Hayes ~ Tandem Construction ~ 941-954-1599

Encourages membership development, recruitment and retention. Reviews membership benefits package and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on improvements to member benefits.Research and select community service projects for the GCBX to support.

Meets every second Thursday of the month from 11:45-1:00pm.



  • Committee Members selected by current Committee. If interested in participating on this committee contact Membership and Events Coordinator.
Plans membership dinner meetings, social events and other special events.
Meets as needed thoughout the year.


  • Chair: Chuck Jacobson, Aqua Plumbing & Air ~ 941-366-7676

Advises and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on issues of general concern to its membership or the subcontractor trades in particular.

Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the Month from 8:30-9:30am.



  • Chair: Jared Hawkins ~ Atlas Insurance ~ 941-993-6753

Develops ways for GCBX to offer educational opportunities to members including classes and seminars that will help them to better their companies and the industry as a whole. Particular focus on 14 hours of continuing education required for license renewal.

Meets first Tuesday of the month from 12:00-1:00pm.



  • Chair: Bill North ~ Hill, Barth & King ~ 941-957-4242

Responsible for all financial activities including budget preparation, investments, investment policy, audit and financial reporting.


Meets as needed throughout the year.


  • Chair: Richard Stehle ~ Climatic Conditioning Company ~ 941-758-3080

Plans all aspects of Spring, Summer and Fall GCBX Golf Tournaments.

Meets as needed throughout the year.


GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ~ Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties


  • Chair: Mary Forristall ~ Forristall Enterprises ~ 941-812-3341


Scrutinizes local and state government electoral candidates, programs, regulations and processes for their impact on the building and construction industry. Leads roundtable discussions with government officials.

Meets every second Wednesday of the month from 11:30am.-1:00p.m. Includes Lunch.



  • Chair: Kevin Hicks ~ Gator Grading & Paving ~ 941-751-3900
  • Co-Chair: Greg Burkhart ~ Key Glass, LLC ~ 941-755-3414
  • Co-Chair: John Brown ~ Suncoast Lawyers ~ 941-782-1239
  • Co-Chair: Russ Bobbitt ~ Purmort and Martin Ins. Agency, LLC ~ 941-366-7070

Nominates candidates from the membership for election to the Board of Directors.



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