Monday, April 23, 2012

Executive named for SunCoast aquatic center

 Paul Blackketter speaks during a presentation to the Manatee County Commission  in May 2011, backed by members of the Palmetto rowing crew team. (Herald file photo)

MANATEE —The SunCoast Aquatic Nature Center Association, a nonprofit corporation established to manage the emerging rowing facilities in Manatee and Sarasota counties announced the appointment Monday of Paul Blackketter to the position of chief operating officer.

 “Paul has been at the forefront of the efforts to create world class facilities that will make this area the epicenter for rowing and other athletic activities.  We are pleased to have him as the first employee of the Association.   We look forward to expanding our staff capabilities in the future as Paul puts together a world class team,” said Treasurer John Cranor.

 A recent grant approved by the Florida Legislature and Governor Scott provides funding for state of the art facilities, which will seek to attract global competition in rowing and other amateur sports.

Blackketter will be providing leadership through the construction phase as well as promotion and fundraising for the facilities.

 “I am honored to be selected for this position and pledge to the community and the association that I will do my utmost to establish this region as “the” area for rowing and amateur athletic activities in the world,” Blackketter said.

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