Chris Laney

Education. Workforce. Great Experiences.

About

Chris Laney is an award-winning expert in business strategy, project management, and organizational behavior. His expertise has allowed him to hold multiple hats in a variety of organizations – operations manager, digital strategist, project manager, owner, sales manager, traditional and untraditional marketing executive, and more. He has worked for organizations like Verizon Wireless, Chick-Fil-A, The Joy FM, Protect My Ministry, and boostDFM Digital Agency. In addition, he’s also owned and operated two successful businesses. Today, Laney inspires students and the community through his work as Director of Education & Community Investment at CareerSource Suncoast. Laney holds a bachelors in technology management from State College of Florida and a masters in business administration (MBA) from Saint Leo University.

The State of Jobs Conference

In 2013, Laney had a vision to bring students together to inspire them about their futures. Through this effort and partnership with the Sarasota Young Professionals and Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, created the State of Jobs Conference. Over the last three years, the State of Jobs Conference has inspired over 1200 students and brought together over 150 speakers discussing topics related careers, colleges, and leadership. After three years, the State of Jobs Conference is on the brink of expanding and growing into a regional conference for students to continue to be inspired when it comes to college and careers.

Community Involvement

Sarasota Young Professionals Group

  • Past Chair – Oct 2015 – Sept 2016
  • Chairman – Oct 2014 – Sept 2015
  • Chair-Elect – Oct 2013 – Sept 2014
  • Technology Chair – Oct 2012 – Sept 2013

Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

  • Board of Directors – Oct 2014 – Sept 2015

Leadership Sarasota

  • Class of 2014
  • Day Chair
    • Media Day (2014, 2015, 2016)
    • Arts & Culture Day (2015)
    • Youth Government Day (2016)
    • Youth Education Day (2016)
    • SIMSOC (2014, 2016)
    • Leadership Connection Night (2017)

Other Involvement

  • Board of Directors – Government Issues Chair – Suncoast Advertising Federation (AdFed)
    • June 2014 – December 2014
  • Board of Directors – Education Chair – Suncoast Technology Forum
    • Feb 2014 – July 2014
  • Founding Member – Young Advocates for Sarasota
    • Oct 2012 – July 2014

Awards & Recognition

2016

  • Host and Keynote – 2016 State of Jobs Conference

2015

  • Moderator – Town Hall City Commission Candidates Debate
  • Keynote – 2015 State of Jobs Conference

2014

  • Sarasota’s Young Professional of the Year – Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Observer’s 40 Under 40
  • Keynote – 2014 State of Jobs Conference
  • Presenter – Florida DrupalCamp
  • Tech Success & Growing Clout – Sarasota Magazine Feature

2013

  • Suncoast Advertising Federation Featured Member
  • Panelist – AdFed TechByte on “Emerging Media”
  • Moderator – “State of Technology” – Young Professionals of Sarasota
  • Expert Invite – Dollywood Music Summit
  • Leadership Circle – Young Professionals of Sarasota

2012

  • Speaker – CMB Teleconference “Connecting the Sources – Your Social Strategy”
  • Expert Invite – Dollywood Music Summit