CareerSource Suncoast
1112 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton FL 34208

The mission of CareerSource Suncoast is to recruit, train and retain talent for employers on the Suncoast.

Employers will locate, expand and flourish on the Suncoast because of our high-talent workforce.
We realize that in order to grow our local talent pool we must collaborate with the local school districts, regional partners and employers to create a youth pipeline of talent in the Suncoast Region, covering Manatee and Sarasota counties. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ted Ehrlichman
Board Chair Mr. Adam Kendall
Board Chair Affiliation Morgan Stanley
General Info
Organization DBA
CareerSource Suncoast
Suncoast Workforce
Former Names
Suncoast Workforce Development Board Inc.
Manasota Industry Council Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1983
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement

Our Talent Continuum Investment focuses on investing in initiatives that engage students to become better prepared for college and/or career. Our Journey to Success Youth Program has evolved over the years to include very directive and intentional experiences for students while also providing unique experiences for students of all backgrounds to participate. 

In 2017, we welcome nearly 900 high school students called the State of Jobs Conference for an all-day experience focused on leadership development, career exploration, college preparation, and career readiness. Students from both Manatee & Sarasota Counties participated in this event and had the opportunity to network with some of the industry's top professionals from healthcare, information technology, business, hospitality, engineering, and the arts. In 2018, we look to expand this event to include the recording of this content to make available to school districts to share with their students on-demand. 
In 2017, the Journey to Success summer experience was rebranded to Career Academy and programmatically refocused to provide students with more transferable skills including leadership, conflict management, personal branding, communication, and teamwork development. Students toured nearly 25 businesses in the region while also experiencing hands-on instruction in the areas of information technology, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, and business. Students were required to develop a business plan as a team from stratch and present in front of business leaders in the community. 
The 2018 Career Academy is taking another leap to be more intentional with the skills students need to be successful in the workforce. Students will participate in a 3-week experience including foundations, industry-focused, and internship week. Foundations will focus on the skills all employers believe is essential for any industry. Industry-focused will provide students with hands-on, certified instruction in the areas of healthcare, information technology, hospitality, and business. The last week will provide students with a week-long internship in their interested industry. 
In 2018, we will be announcing our new LEAD Academy which stands for leadership, entrepreneurship, awareness, and development. This experience will launch in February of 2019 to provide student leaders with the skills they need to be our next generation leaders in our community.  
CareerSource Suncoast is currently working on a new annual experience for our Journey to Success program that will keep students engaged and participating monthly in skills development, volunteerism, and career exploration.  
Needs Statement
CareerSource Suncoast's Talent Continuum work requires a comprehensive approach to working with students and employers in our region. This work requires understanding the employment needs of tomorrow. Once we understand the possible employment needs in our community, we work with K12 and higher education to make sure there are adequate programs in place to meet the workforce demand. In addition, we must be working with students to develop them with the skills they need to be successful. 
  1. $80,000 will allow us to accept 160 students into the Career Academy in 2018 and 2019. 
  2. $5,000 will allow us to continue to develop the research work we do around student perception to help develop programming in our community that needs attention. In 2017, our State of Student Report ( determine three areas of focus for our region when preparing students for college and career. Details available on the report. 
  3. $15,000 will provide additional investment into our annual State of Jobs Conference that provides nearly 1,000 high school students with the opportunity to engage with employers and learn important skills such as leadership, communication, college preparation, and career readiness. 
  4. $2,000 will provide 20 students with the opportunity to participate in the 2019 LEAD Academy focused on leadership development for high school students. 
  5. $10,000 will provide up to 4 students with scholarships for college including technical, state or traditional colleges. 
Background Statement
As one of the 24 Regional workforce boards in the State of Florida, CareerSource Suncoast operates under the guidance of CareerSource Florida, along with the workforce system partner, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. We collaborate with other workforce regions, community partners, local chambers and economic development corporations. CareerSource Suncoast is a fiscal agent for the Journey to Success program and has the capability to handle multiple funding streams including the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, Wagner-Peyser, TANF, FSET, TAA, NEG and private funds.
CareerSource Suncoast recognizes the high cost of youth unemployment - mirrored in 1 million young Americans ages 16-24 who experienced long-term unemployment during the worst recession. This group of millennials is estimated to cost society an average of $22,000 each or $20 billion in total lost wages for the next ten years due to unemployment trend. (Smith, 2012)
Journey to Success provides young people with access to the American dream of economic prosperity in which no youth is left behind and that aligns the needs of employers with the best-prepared talent. We will invest in youth work readiness and career development beginning with high school seniors as a means to foster skills, knowledge, positive adult reinforcement, and confidence with career pathways that minimize risk factors and barriers to success.
Our team works very closely with the chambers, local economic development corporations, and employers, and have been instrumental in providing a talent pipeline that employers seek in order to fill positions. Additional funding for Journey to Success will help us continue to strengthen the pipeline of talent with young adults that will bring the soft and technical skills employers are seeking. In 2017, employers invested into Journey to Success through experiences like the State of Jobs Conference and the Career Academy include but are not limited to:
Plymouth Harbor of Sarasota County, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Voalte, Sharecare (formally BioLucid), SouthTech, Design Concepts Marine Concepts, xByte, Tandem Construction, Sun Hydraulics, PGT Industries, Tervis, Feld Entertainment, LECOM, atLarge Inc, BOLD Cowork, IMG Academies, Star2Star Communications, ROBRADY Design, Adams Group, SAFRAN, Kerkering Barbario, Visit Sarasota, The Joy FM, Sarasota-Manatee Human Resource Association (SHRA) and more. 
In addition, our programs are recognized by both Sarasota and Manatee school districts, and our higher education institutions including Ringling College of Art & Design, Keiser University, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, LECOM, New College of Florida, Manatee Technical College, Suncoast Technical College, and the University of Florida Innovation Station.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Employment
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Employment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


Journey to Success is a program for young adults which produces a year-round work readiness, leadership and career development program aimed at creating a youth pipeline of talent in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Journey to Success provide students with an opportunity to engage monthly through volunteerism, skills development, and career exploration. In addition, the program provides the region's students with the same opportunities through the State of Jobs Conference. 

Budget $90,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

80% of participants will take part in community service positions and volunteerism.

100% of participants will receive the financial literacy program. 

90% of participants who are not in post-secondary education or employment (including military) at the date of participation will be enrolled in post-secondary education, the military, employment, or advanced training in the first quarter following their exit from the program.

90% of participants who are attending secondary education at the date of their program enrollment will remain in secondary education at the time of their exit from the program.

80% of participants enrolled in a training activity will obtain a credential.

Long Term Success

Students of working age in this economy require income given today’s unemployment and dropout rates. In our experience, we have found programs that provide career explorations and success pathways help with retention and provide disadvantaged youth with much needed insights and options that help with employment.

Journey to Success focuses on developing a pipeline of talent that will prepare young adults for jobs primarily in healthcare and manufacturing (welding and precision machining.) The need to fill these jobs have been supported by the Regional Target Demand Occupation List. There is a sizeable skills gap across occupations in these targeted industries, and Journey to Success will prepare young adults to fill these high-demand jobs.

Program Success Monitoring

Two forms of evaluation will be conducted. The first consists of ongoing evaluation in which the career advisors and coordinator meet on a regular basis with the directors. The directors observe the program and review the youths’ documentation which includes assessments, pre and post-tests, skills charts and grading to document the education and career progress of each youth.

The second form of evaluation will be conducted by an independent evaluator. CareerSource Suncoast has two forms of accountability when it comes to youth program oversight. Our board of directors are a group of leaders in our community with representation from our region's school districts, businesses, EDCs, elected officials, and community organizations. Our second form of monitoring takes places with our sub-committees that help develop programming and experiences in the area of talent development. Our Talent Continuum Committee has oversight over all initiatives in this area and our State of Jobs Subcommittee helps keep track of budgets, planning and outcomes. 

Program Success Examples

34 high school students between the ages of 16-18 participated in the 2017 Career Academy. 

Several Career Academy graduates are still being worked with but we've seen graduates begin a post-secondary education, internships, and traditional employment. 
Additional, we had multiple reports from State of Jobs Conference attendees of individuals who met business professionals that helped them gain internships, employment, or mentors.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ted Ehrlichman
CEO Term Start June 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Ted Ehrlichman is Chief Executive Officer for CareerSource Suncoast dba for Suncoast Workforce Board Inc., serving Manatee and Sarasota counties in southwest Florida. This non-profit organization is one of twenty-four regions throughout the state that provides workforce solutions for businesses, and economic development partners. It's mission. To recruit, train, and retain talent for the Suncoast. Ted was the Chief Operating Officer prior to his succession to the CEO position effective June 1, 2014. Prior to joining Suncoast Workforce in 2009, Ted served as Vice-President, and Director of Marketing, for David C Cook, a non-profit publisher of books and music, based in Colorado Springs, CO. His entrepreneurial background included a partnership in Cornerstone Capital Management, a Colorado investment management firm serving institutional and private clients. While in Colorado Springs he served as Vice President, Marketing for Current Inc., then a division of Deluxe Corp. Ted received a BS from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and an MBA from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mary Helen Kress Aug 1993 - May 2013
Senior Staff
Mrs. Kathy Bouchard Human Resource Director
Mrs. Robin Dawson Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Mr. Josh Matlock Chief Operating Officer
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 80
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 82
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 33
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

AARP Foundation WorkSearch; Salvation Army, Goodwill, Jewish Family and Children's Services, CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, Turning Points (formerly “Community Coalition on Homelessness), Women's Resource Center of Manatee; North Port Social Services,  Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation; Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County; The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; Manatee Chamber of Commerce, State College of Florida, Manatee Technical College, Suncoast Technical College and Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools, Manatee County Schools

External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2015
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Adam Kendall
Company Affiliation Morgan Stanley
Board Term Sept 2016 to Sept 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Martha Baker AARP Foundation
Mr. Tom Bedwell Tampa Area Electrical Training Center
Mr. Jordan Berger MoneyShow
Dr. Todd Bowden Sarasota County School District
Ms. Julie Brooks Manatee Memorial Hospital
Ms. Christy Cardillo, CPA Shinn & Company
Ms. Lisa Carter Shared Service Center
Mr. Felipe Colon Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Mr. Mark DeHaan Suntrust Bank
Ms. Robin DiSabatino Manatee County Government
Ms. Lisa W. Eding Sunset Automotive Group
Ms. Sharon Hillstrom Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp.
Mr. John Howell Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Ms. Violeta Huesman Keiser University
Mr. Mark Huey Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Mr. R. Reis James Ironworkers Local 397 Tampa Florida
Mr. Adam Kendall, CFP Morgan Stanley
Mr. Frank Kovach Kovach Air
Mr. David Kraft Sun Graphic Technologies
Ms. Lisa Krouse FCCI Insurance Group
Ms. Kim Kutch ACCESS - Circuit 12
Ms. Jahna Leinhauser Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Commissioner Carolyn Mason Sarasota County Commission
Mr. Rick Mosholder Hoveround Corporation
Mr. Steve Queior Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Walter Spikes Jr.Urban Auto Sales Inc.
Mr. Larry Utt AFL/CIO Local Union 123 Plumbers & Pipefitters
Ms. Mey Vidal-Paredes Ritz Carlton - Sarasota
Ms. Daisy Vulovich State College of Florida
Mr. Doug Wagner Manatee County School Board
Mr. Ken Waters Sarasota Housing Authority
Mr. Bill Webster Beall's Inc.
Mr. Matthew Westerman Blalock Walters
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 27
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 18
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 0
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Standing Committees
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $6,881,548.00
Projected Expenses $6,881,548.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $162.00
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902017
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$6,443,090$7,302,301$7,326,962
Individual Contributions$10,000$37,554$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,442$35,183$2,183
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$6,027,209$6,676,025$6,809,132
Administration Expense$527,688$690,761$572,556
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.010.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%91%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$890,846$978,921$763,771
Current Assets$836,902$899,137$674,253
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$556,059$630,862$467,538
Total Net Assets$334,787$348,059$296,233
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $6,443,090Government Grants - Federal $7,302,301Government Grants - Federal $7,326,962
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountReimbursements and Fees $72,551Contributions, gifts, grants $37,554Investment Income $2,183
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $10,000Investment Income $35,1830 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.511.431.44
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
As expected, the formula-driven funding for all workforce boards in Florida continues to contract with the improving economy. By many measures Florida has led the US in this employment recovery. Our state’s unemployment rate favorably exceeded the national rate 23 of the last 29 months.
CareerSource Suncoast is a leader within the state for its innovative and leveraged outreach through partners such as our local economic development organizations, educational institutions (including Small Business Development Centers), professional and trade associations and community partners.

With this sharpened workforce mandate---in the face of diminishing funding---we must deliver value in new and creative ways. Fortunately, technology is on our side. Valuable face-to-face coaching, counseling and guidance are made even richer with a full toolkit for the staff. We strive to turn job-seekers into career-managers.

Less funding for select federal programs just redoubles our resolve to develop other wells of capital to serve clients and meet the growing need for a finely tuned, nimble workforce. The effort is a true community collaboration and the results will affect everyone regardless of age or stage.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile. 
Nonprofit CareerSource Suncoast
Address 1112 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone 941 358-4080