Many US communities have been impacted by their local icons. These icons work hard in their own professions but in reality elevate the entire community towards greater prosperity while molding the local culture though their philanthopy, leadership and vision.
Today I am very pleased to welcome Michael Klauber of Michael’s on East. I’d wager if a vote were ever taken for the title of Mr. Sarasota, Michael would win hands-down.
For over 40 years, Michael and partner Phil Mancini have owned and operated the iconic Michael’s on East restaurant. But what most people don’t know is Michael also owns an event and catering business that serves Spanish Point and Selby Gardens. He has an outstanding wine store that was recently awarded Best of Excellence in Wine Spectator Magazine. He is a Founding Member of Sarasota-Manatee Originals. an organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining the local independent area restaurants in order to promote local culture and local flavors. Plus he leads international wine tours to far-away places like South Africa.
And if that wasn’t enough for a lifetime of work, starting in 2013 Michael was the catalyst for the redesign for the Sarasota waterfront know as: The Bayfront Park Conservancy.
Today, we’ll learn from Michael …. How his upbringing and early training helped him launch the famous Michael’s on East in 1987 …. Where his drive and creativity comes from …. How he led his team through the pandemic …. How the Bayfront Park idea started …. And much, much more.
I’m so glad you joined us today and as always it is my hope that you will listen, learn and connect!