Sarasota, FL –Warren G. Simonds, Ph.D., LEED® AP, Vice President and CMO for Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc., a Sarasota based Construction Management firm, was recently appointed to the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance (LWRBA) Board. The mission of the LWRBA is to help local businesses create a voice for the area, provide a clear vision of the future and provide opportunities for them to increase their visibility.

“As we begin to pull out of a stagnant S.W. Florida regional economy, Lakewood Ranch, through its business community and the LWRBA is leading the charge. The Alliance continues to expand with multiple programs and events which promote growth and provides educational opportunities to its members on the many facets of business and the economy that affect success,” stated Simonds. He continued, “The last networking event held at the Polo Grill was a huge success and I would encourage those who are not familiar with the LWRBA to get involved. The energy is fantastic.”

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, now in its 6th year, represents more than 430 member businesses. The organization continues to grow and build upon its past success. For more information about the organization, visit: http://www.lwrba.org.

Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. is a Sarasota based Construction Management firm primarily serving Southwest Florida since 1972. As the oldest construction firm in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the company enjoys the best reputation in southwest Florida for quality construction. They offer clients a solid background in commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare, museum specialty work and sustainable construction. The company is also a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition, U.S. Green Building Council, and Sustainable Sarasota. They now have 14 LEED Accredited Professionals (green building experts) on staff. The firm has made great strides in asserting itself as a leader in ‘green’ construction and has been awarded several contracts based in a large part on their experience in this field. A few of their notable green projects include: Willis A. Smith Construction’s 18,000 square foot Corporate Headquarters Building at Lakewood Ranch, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch corporate offices, Ringling College of Art and Design North Hall and Academic Center and The Cancer Support Community at Lakewood Ranch. For additional information, contact Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. at 941-366-3116 or via e-mail at [email protected].