Robert Sullivan, CFE
President & CEO
President, Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA), the non-profit organization that runs and operates the Nathan Benderson Park, through an agreement with Sarasota County.
Sullivan comes to the area from Wichita Falls, Texas, where he managed the Multi-Purpose Events Center (MPEC) consisting of an arena, convention center, horse exhibition center, and memorial auditorium for the past eleven years. In addition to MPEC, Bob was responsible for the management of the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Prior to Wichita Falls, Bob had been in senior management roles in a variety of communities and venues including the Cow Palace in San Francisco, Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England, Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California and the MetroCentre in Rockford, Illinois.
Throughout his career, Sullivan has managed venues that have staged amateur and professional hockey programs, arena football and indoor soccer, as well as high school, college and professional basketball and hockey programs. Over the years, he has been involved in numerous regional and international sporting activities including the Hotter n’ Hell Hundred Bicycle Race in Wichita Falls, the World Student Games in Sheffield, England, and the USA vs. Russia volleyball exhibition in San Francisco, to name just a few. Furthermore, his experience also includes the concert industry, presenting events from Seinfeld to Lollapalooza on stages seating five hundred people to festivals exceeding three hundred thousand attendees. Sullivan received his Certified Facilities Executive designation (CFE) in 1998 from the International Association of Venue Managers.