We the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association (MSBIA) and our fishing tournament Sarasota Slam, has been implicated by association with a now infamous video of 3 young men dragging a shark by boat. The video tape footage revealed one of the men in the video was wearing one of our fishing shirts, they are not a member of the MSBIA. We are making this statement because our association has been under attack via social media, emails and phone calls from the public and from media outlets, both local and beyond. We want the public to know that the MSBIA does not stand for nor condones this type of behavior and has been swift in its actions in banning these young men from participating in the Sarasota Slam. We are providing information to the Florida State Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), and cooperating with their investigation. We will be not providing any names, or any other information, except to the appropriate authorities. We take pride that our tournament is safe and family friendly, donates a portion of proceeds to charity, and follows all NOAA and Billfish Foundation rules and regulations. We expect all anglers in the tournament to also comply with FWC Commission rules and regulations.


Membership TEAM Meeting

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Name: Membership TEAM Meeting
Date: August 22, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Event Description:
MEMBERSHIP TEAM is open to all members of the Association. Meetings are at 4pm the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

The Membership Committee shall:
  • Brainstorm ideas for annual membership drives,
  • promote involvement in association events, education and gatherings,
  • engage members (new and seasoned) with check-up calls,
  • conduct “featured member” interviews,
  • assist with locations and sponsors for member mixers, breakfasts and GMMs,
  • promote the MSBIA at local events (home shows and business expos),
  • be ambassadors for new and “lost” members at meetings and events,
  • plan the annual SPIKE club outing
  • promoting and helping builders with the Pinnacle Builder Program,
  • forward member good news to membership director for publications and social media,
  • conduct exit surveys with non-renewed members,
  • recognizes and awards SPIKE members at monthly meetings.
MSBIA Office
6650 Professional Parkway West
Suite 102
Sarasota, FL 34240
Date/Time Information:
3rd Tuesday of each month and extra meetings possibly for special events
Contact Information:
Rebecca Queen
No fees to attend
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