Longboat businesses bring in specialists

Kitchens by Kerrie hires new specialist


Kitchens by Kerrie’s newest hire is Cabinetry Detail Specialist Danica McLaren. She comes from American Woodmark Corporation where she was the designer responsible for creating all its print work and marketing materials for Lowes and Home Depot. She also worked with Bremtown Fine Custom Cabinetry in Indiana.

“I knew Kitchens by Kerrie was a perfect fit for me when I found out that Kerrie does hand drafting just like me. It was meant to be,” said McLaren.

McLaren earned her degree in Interior Design at Alexandria Tech in Minnesota.

“Clients really appreciate hand drafting. I don’t just plug a client’s vision into a computer program. They know I spent time on their project,” said McLaren.



Longboat Key Club names new finance director


Suzy Carder has joined the Longboat Key Club & Resort and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the finance and purchasing departments and manage the oversight of all information technology functions. Carder steps into the director of finance role with credentials from within the hospitality industry, most recently serving as the chief financial officer for the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., and as vice president of finance at The Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla. She has experience managing multi-faceted resort properties that include golf, marina, dining, spa and public/private membership amenities.

“Suzy brings a wealth of experience to us from her many years in the hospitality industry and certainly owns the right credentials for bringing the new redevelopment project online,” said Michael Welly, general manager of Longboat Key Club & Resort.

Carder has also worked for Destination Hotels & Resorts, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts and Lincoln Hotels.


Universal Window Solutions hires condo specialist



Universal Window Solutions has added Eugene Gunlach specifically focused on condo management and restoration related to windows, doors and hurricane shutters. Gunlach will work from Universal’s showroom in the Centre Shops on Longboat Key.

Gunlach has more than 30 years of experience as a glazer and sales consultant in the fenestration industry, according to Universal Window Solutions.

“As a specialty window and door installation and service contractor, we feel strongly we can bring some real value to this local market and are committed to doing so,” said Universal President Rocky Smith.

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