Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to announce the recent election of
to its Board of Trustees: Chairman Robert Carter, Vice-Chairman Eugene
Beckstein, Treasurer Howard Crowell and Secretary Mickey Callanen.
The officers, whose strengths range from global fundraising and business
lifelong service in Sarasota
and Manatee, began their 2011-2012 term during Mote’s recent annual
Mote’s Board of Trustees supports the Lab in its mission of advancing
science, education and outreach. Mote recently created a new 2020 Vision
Strategic Plan, which the Trustees will help implement. (Read the plan
About the Officers
Chairman Robert Carter:
Carter, a resident of Anna Maria
Island, has been a Mote
Trustee since 2007, most recently serving as Vice-Chairman. He is
Principal of the Sarasota
firm Of Counsel Philanthropy and has decades of local, national and
international experience in fundraising and institutional development.
is a Senior Advisor to Omnicom Nonprofit Group and previously served for
years (15 as President) at Ketchum, one of the largest firms in
has worked with clients and served on boards of top nonprofits,
institutions, aquariums and fundraising organizations around the world.
served as an Education Partner on the Industry Advisory Council for the
for Advancement and Support of Education. He was appointed to the
of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Board of Directors
committee and is currently Chair-Elect. “I am
delighted to be taking on the role as chairman at such an exciting and
opportune time in Mote’s history,” Carter said. “With our new strategic
place, we have some both challenging and exciting times ahead as we
and invest in our scientific enterprise and continue to maintain our
Beckstein: Beckstein, a Sarasota resident
who has lived and worked in Southwest Florida
for more than 30 years, joined Mote’s Board of Trustees in December 2010
following many years of service on the Mote Advisory Council. Beckstein
and his wife, Annabelle, founded the local eye surgical equipment
company Visitec and he served as president before selling the company in
Previously, he was president of Intermedics, Inc., in Pasadena,
Calif. and General Manager of Milton Roy,
Inc., in Sarasota.
Beckstein served as Chairman for the Manatee
County branches of the
United Way Foundation, American Red Cross and for Southeastern Guide
is a member of several boards of organizations in Manatee and Sarasota
counties with a focus on financial
planning and management. In 2008, Beckstein and his wife were honored
Spirit of Manatee Award for Lifetime Spirit from the Manatee Community
Treasurer Howard Crowell: Crowell, a
retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General who resides in Sarasota, has been a
Mote Trustee since 2005
and Treasurer for more than five years. He served 34 years in
military command and staff assignments throughout the U.S., Japan,
Vietnam, Germany and Belgium
before moving to Sarasota
in 1989. Locally, Crowell has served as Senior Vice
President of Coast Bank, as Vice
President for Development at Mote and was a board member, chairman and
of the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch. He has served as President of the
of Sarasota Bay, a District Governor of Rotary International, a Director
Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Sarasota Sister
Association and more. He holds numerous military honors,
including the Defense Distinguished Service
Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, Bronze
Star and Purple
Secretary Mickey Callanen: Callanen,
who lives in Sarasota part-time and has resided in Sarasota County for
his life, has been a Mote Trustee since 2005. Callanen is a developer of
top-quality custom properties in Florida and Connecticut and is known
success as an entrepreneur. He served as Executive Vice President and
Sales Manager for Monet Jewelers, a subsidiary of General Mills. Then he
founded Guess Watches in 1984 and expanded the company around the world
selling it to Timex in 1996. He received the Ernst and Young
the Year” award in 1987.
Callanen has been an avid fisherman since childhood.
“Our Board officers bring exceptional
talent and experience
to Mote as we chart a course for preserving tomorrow’s oceans,” said Dr.
Mahadevan, Mote’s President and CEO. “Their prowess helps Mote, a
organization, use our limited resources wisely to do maximum good for
Including the officers, Mote’s current voting Trustees are:
Robert E. Carter
Ronald D. Ciaravella
Eugenie Clark, Ph.D.
Lt. Gen. Howard Crowell, Jr. (USA Ret.)
Frederick M. Derr, P.E.
Richard O. Donegan
Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.
James D. Ericson
William S. Galvano, Esq
Susan C. Gilmore
Edward H. Jennings
Mary Lou Johnson
The Hon. Ronald A. Johnson
Kumar Mahadevan, Ph.D.
G. Lowe Morrison
Howard Seider, Jr., M.D.
Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory is one of the largest
nonprofit marine research organizations in the world. It is dedicated to
advancing the science of the sea through the study of marine and
ecosystems and through the public Mote Aquarium and an education
provides unique programs for all ages.
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