Warren Simonds Joins Board of Directors of the Argus Foundation


SARASOTA, FL - Warren G. Simonds, Ph.D., Vice President of Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc., the oldest Construction Management firm in Sarasota, has joined the Board of Directors of the Argus Foundation. Dr. Simonds has been active in the business community in the fields of banking, architecture and construction since moving to Sarasota in 1972. He has been a participating member of the Argus Foundation for 15 years.

About The Argus Foundation The Argus Foundation is an elite group of business and community leaders who have come together to facilitate communication, education and cooperation between the public and private sectors. Working through the Foundation, business leaders comment on the relevant issues facing the Sarasota community and provide actionable solutions. The Argus Foundation has established liaisons with city, county, state and federal governments. The Foundation actively monitors the activities of the various governmental bodies and holds public officials accountable for performing their duties efficiently and cost-effectively. Members of the Argus Foundation come from a broad cross section of the business and professional community representing more than 50 different industries. Benefiting from the practical experience and expertise of over 170 members, the Argus Foundation is in a position to advise and assist public officials in those decisions that affect the lifestyle, environment, and economic well being of our area. Since its inception, Argus has been involved with many critical issues that have had a broad impact on many lives. The Argus Foundation has created a vehicle by which business leaders are more cognizant and involved in the critical concerns that shape and direct our immediate and future well being. We strive for excellence in our pursuit to make Sarasota a better place.

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 13 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 Wellness Community at Lakewood Ranch. For additional information, contact Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. at 941-366-3116 or via e-mail at [email protected].