Ad agency with nearly $15M in sales finds buyer

April 13, 2017

LAKEWOOD RANCH —One of the largest advertising, marketing and public relations firms in the Sarasota-Bradenton region, Grapevine Communications, has a new owner.

The founders, husband-wife team Angela Massaro-Fain and John Fain, had been working on an exit strategy for close to five years, says Massaro-Fain. They rejected at least two suitors. Then they found the right fit close by in Allison Imre Perkowski — a former sales rep and event promoter for iHeartMedia and iHeartRadio in Sarasota.

Imre Perkowski, 39, assisted Lakewood Ranch-based Grapevine at the radio station for ad placements, and she and Massaro-Fain have known each other for a decade. Massaro-Fain will remain with the company, on the board and as creative director. John Fain will remain with the firm on a short-term adviser contract. Financial terms of the deal, which took a year to come together, weren’t disclosed.

“It was really important that we sold it to someone I trust,” says Massaro-Fain, “and someone with a vision to grow Grapevine.”

Grapevine had $14.33 million in revenues in 2016, up 3.6% from $13.81 million in 2015. Founded in 2002, it has 15 employees. The firm’s clients vary widely, and include law offices, nonprofits, real estate firms and senior living developers. Grapevine also has a large portfolio of area “Best of” awards from local publications.

Often with a firm of that size and stature, a bigger out-of-town company will buy it to gain entry into a new a market. And Massaro-Fain says the two potential buyers she and John Fain rejected fit that mold. “We didn’t want to grow geographically and we didn’t want someone who didn’t know our brand,” Massaro-Fain tells the Business Observer in an interview.

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Has Our Region Failed Young Professionals?

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BY JACOB OGLES SRQ DAILY FRESHLY SQUEEZED CONTENT EVERY MORNING WEDNESDAY MAR 1, 2017

 

Raucous rhetoric and amiable jabs marked the Tuesday launch of a new debate series hosted by SRQ Media Group, where two teams debated the question “Has our region failed our young professionals?”

The SB2 Rumble, promised as an intellectual bloodsport, turned the Powell Crosley Estate into an academic wrestling ring before onlookers weighed in on who made the best case in the modified Oxford-style debate.

Criminal defense attorney Jacob Grollman, of Glen and Hibbert, who led the team arguing the region has failed young professionals, argued that regional failures extended much further. “We continue to discuss this problem but nobody offers any solution,” he argued. He noted home prices since the recession have skyrocketed up to $242,000 even though average annual wages here run around $28,000, or $2,000 less than the national average.

Jag Grewal, a broker with Ian Black Real Estate, added that county leaders failed to attract North American Roofing for petty reasons, giving up a chance for high-paying jobs. And Raymmar Tirado, chief disruption officer for Clear Idea Labs, suggested the exodus of Sarasota-trained college grads to other areas showed how badly the region has abandoned the needs of millennials. “All you have to do is ask a young person,” Tirado said. “They do not get involved because it is not advantageous to be involved.”“They do not get involved because it is not advantageous to be invo

But Frank Maggio, of Centennial Bank, suggested infrastructure has been in place for 15 years that empowers professionals, but that it’s on young people to become more engaged. “The community is doing what it can to attract and engage young professionals,” he said. “There are many of us that are actually doing something and influencing things.” Doug Grosso, a broker associate with Dwell Real Estate, said many millennials are living in the area—in their parents’ homes—and noted that the Sarasota-Bradenton market lags behind only Orlando and Dallas in terms of business development and job growth. Candice McElyea, owner of ThreeSixOh PR, noted many successful professionals today grew up in the region and chose to stay here because of the opportunities and quality of life. “The people I went to school with, everybody made a name for themselves,” she said.

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Multi-Family Complex Sold for $445,000

A Chicago couple recently purchased the four-unit multi-family complex located at 2027 Fiesta Drive, Sarasota, for $445,000. By 941 CEO Staff 2/23/2017 at 2:32pm A Chicago couple recently purchased…

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Multi-Family Complex Sold for $445,000

A Chicago couple recently purchased the four-unit multi-family complex located at 2027 Fiesta Drive, Sarasota, for $445,000.

By 941 CEO Staff 2/23/2017 at 2:32pm

A Chicago couple recently purchased the four-unit multi-family complex located at 2027 Fiesta Drive, Sarasota, for $445,000.

The property includes two single-story duplexes totaling 3,012 square feet on a .3-acre parcel.

Sean Dreznin, a sales agent with the commercial real estate firm Ian Black Real Estate, represented both the buyers, Eric and Shelley Swanson, and the seller, Beverly Meadows, in the transaction.

Dreznin focuses his real estate practice on the sale of investment and multi-family properties between St. Petersburg and Naples.

Weeks 3-5

Well these weeks have literally flown by.

It’s all about perspective!

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“All you can handle, Bro!”

The workouts have remained fairly consistent and the eating has remained steady as well.

The one new aspect which my wife is amazing at, but I tend to struggle with is a cleanse.

She has started her 6 day cleanse and she will crush it.

I am stumbling into my cleanse by under preparing and not making it a priority.  I bought smoothie products to blend only to have to leave the house at 7:30am this morning and by the time I left my son had just woken up.  At the end of the day, its a bunch of excuses and I will buckle down today.

Let’s do this!

 

I’ll keep you posted as to how things proceed.

26-unit Apartment Complex located near Ringling College in Sarasota, FL For Sale


Ian Black Real Estate has been retained as the exclusive agent for the sale of the Indian Beach Apartment Portfolio, located directly across from the Ringling College of Art and Design, at 1052 and…

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Sarasota 25-unit Apartment Complex For Sale

 

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Ian Black Real Estate has been retained as the exclusive agent for the sale of the Coastwood Apartment Complex, located at 2309-2329 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL with the following key points: ◊ S…

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Week 2 recap – Journey back to health

Week 2 recap – Journey back to health

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Pic from the past – Back in 2011 when I was near my leanest and in top shape!

The past week has been a tough week.  As in life, things at work or at home arent always copacetic and this week had a bit of resistance in all those areas.  This naturally affected my workouts and at the end of the day, my eating.

Mind you, I stayed quite diligent in eating reasonably well, such as a quest bar as a snack or bringing a banana to work in addition to a snack as I knew I would be hungry.  I find myself a bit hungrier on the mornings I hit the gym.

The good news is, even with some later dinners and additional days with caloric intake near 2,200 total, I still managed only 1 Lenny & Larrys Protein cookie and was able to drink a solid amount of water.  At least 64 ounces per day if not closer to 100.  My goal for week 5 and thereafter is 128 ounces per day.

The best part of the chaos is being able to focus and hit the gym again.  Those mornings at the gym are wonderful and I leave there feeling like I got some good work in.

I’m looking forward to week 3 and surprising my wife in Clewiston, FL as she runs her first 50 mile race at the Skydive Ultra!  Can’t wait to see the look on her face when she see’s my sister, brother-in-law and myself cheering her on!

 

The Journey… Back to becoming an Ironman

Week 1 – So on truth, I’ve been diligent about the foods I’ve been eating for a solid week and I’ve been working out 3-4 times a week. (During the week at 6am and weekends closer to 7:30am).


Having said that, removing one or two dense calorie items (Lenny & Larry’s protein cookies) from the daily diet (approx 400 calories per serving) has helped me feel better.

I will actually record my weight this week but my starting baseline 2 weeks ago was 285 lbs.

I haven’t taken measurements yet or done my BMI.  Here is a safe assumption at this point.  I’m overweight.  The heaviest I’ve been in approximately 10 years.  My son is going to be 2 years old in April and I want to be a healthy role model and be able to comfortably play with him.

So one of my goals for 2017 is to lose 40 lbs on the low end and 80 lbs on the high end.  

It sounds big, but removing something as simple as one protein cookie a day equates to 400 calories and over 7 days that equals 2,800 calories.  3,500 calories equals a pound.  So one more subtle change in the eating regimen and we’re easily at 1 pound per week of weight loss plus the workouts which I had pretty much given up previously.

Another goal of mine, will be to work on getting a couple of sponsors or advertisers on this blog to motivate me with their products but also so I can show the results herein.

Thanks for joining me in this journey and I hope it inspires you as well.

We’re gonna do great things in 2017!


Me & my amazing super athlete and supportive wife Jonell!

Stay Serious When Seeking Greater Good

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The Way I See It

BY IAN BLACK * SRQ DAILY * SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION * SATURDAY DEC 17, 2016

While enjoying a sabbatical last May in the “Ould Sod,” my ire was elevated when I learned that the County Commission folded to the “fierce backlash” not of the business community, as referred to in Zach Murdoch’s recent column in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, but to the demands of one or two roofing contractors backed by the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange to shut the door to efforts to bring the corporate headquarters of the North American Roofing Company to our community. My ire was further elevated upon reading Mary Dougherty-Slapp’s recent column in SRQ Daily, which stated: “Let’s make Sarasota a place that businesses want to come to grow and hire workers with good paying and quality jobs.” So, are we now to believe that the GCBE, after advocating the very opposite in opposing Project Mulligan, now want us to believe that the board have had an epiphany? Hopefully so. The GCBE has always been a proponent of economic growth and vitality even though on this occasion they appeared to be in cahoots with those who would not be in favor of efforts to attract meaningful jobs to our community.

Diversification of our economy is a serious topic and I am heartened that the County Commission, encouraged by our newly elected Commissioners, have prioritized this subject for the BCC over the next year. As a community, we are asking for trouble if we do not take advantage of the incentives that are available for economic diversity. We need to balance the three-legged stool. It is not sufficient that we rest on our superior “quality of life” reputation to attract qualified targeted industries and corporate headquarters. These targeted industries are well documented by the State and are revised every three years. These industries have been identified as those that can help diversify local economies to make them more robust and resilient during an economic downturn or an economic recession. 

I am all for working together to create a strong future as suggested by Mary’s column. The tools necessary to do this are readily available for use in the right circumstances. However, we as a community need to seriously get behind these efforts and not simply put the interests of a few before the greater good when an opportunity such as Project Mulligan comes before us in the future.

There is a time honored maxim in my industry: “Dear God please give me one more real estate boom and I promise I won’t fritter it away.”

Ian Black is founder of Ian Black Real Estate.

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