Francine DiFilippo Kent, DSA Chair
I have been involved in creative pursuits and the appreciation of others who do so since 1974. As a resident of Sarasota for over 30 years, this has been a passion and an interest. My first office was at 1379 McAnsh Square just up the street from our current gallery location at 79 South Palm Avenue. We busied ourselves making a decent living doing consulting in market research, economic analysis, and business development. We ran the first business incubator in downtown Sarasota and started several businesses from that location. There are three generations of our family involved in business in Sarasota. These efforts have given me experience in Business & Organizational Development from cradle to sale. I have been doing this type of work for the past 25+ years.
I am a certified Advanced Valuation Specialist & master appraiser through the AiSociety. I am a qualified appraiser of real property; fine & decorative art, gems & jewelry and business and household contents.
I have focused on creatively reviewing organizational development, administrative management, technology implementation, marketing in all of its aspects and strategic planning. I have worked with both for profit and not for profit ventures and have had the opportunity to work with some very smart people who have taught me so much about their passions, businesses and effective decision making. Applying new technologies to existing businesses for competitive advantages whether it is in publishing, print media, or internet communications is also an interest of mine.