Jane has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, magna cum laude, from the College of Saint Benedict and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. She worked for the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General as well as for the firm of Hvistendahl, Moersch and Dorsey before coming to Sarasota in 2005. That year, she was hired by Roskamp Management Company (RMC) as Vice President of Operations and coordinated all operational and legal aspects of RMC’s residential and commercial developments nationwide. In early 2010, Jane started Thompson Resources, LLC, a consulting practice assisting clients from real estate developers/owners to not-for-profits in all aspects of their businesses. Jane serves as Director of The Roskamp Foundation currently in a strictly volunteer capacity. She is a founding member of Thompson, Taylor & Vernon Enterprises, LLC, and a member of the American Bar Association's section of Business Law.
Jane Thompson has been involved in many volunteer leadership positions in a number of Sarasota not-for-profit and civic organizations, including the Asolo Theater, Sarasota Sister Cities Association (SSCA), Pines of Sarasota, Designing Women Boutique, Designing Daughters, and the Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance. She served as co-chair for the Asolo’s successful inaugural season of The Supper Club in 2011 and as co-chair of SSCA’s 2012 and 2013 One World Award Gala. She also is a founding member and served as President of Designing Daughters from June of 2012 until December of 2013, as a Designing Women Boutique Board Member in 2014, and as Chair of the John Ringling Tower Grant Panel for the Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance each year from 2012-2019.
Nikki Taylor arrived in Sarasota in 2000 from Palm Beach, Florida. Since her arrival, she has pursued her passion for raising funds and awareness for charities within the community while also leading business development and marketing teams for several high-profile companies and organizations, including Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Foundation, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation, The Roskamp Institute, The Concession Real Estate & Golf Club, and The Ritz-Carlton. Her success in these areas has led to her becoming one of the most well-known and well-respected businesswomen and philanthropists in the Greater Sarasota Area.
Taylor & Company, LLC was born out of the need for comprehensive and strategic solutions based on real-time marketing & business development needs. Prior to launching Taylor & Company, Nikki worked as Chief Marketing Officer for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation. She is a founding member of Thompson, Taylor & Vernon Enterprises, LLC, and a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southwest Florida Chapter.
A few of Nikki’s favorite organizations in town are Leadership Sarasota, Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, SRQ Women in Business Skill Share Mentoring, Women in Business Leadership Circle, and Designing Daughters of Sarasota (Founding President) mentoring young leaders about the importance of giving back, Business Partners Southside Elementary, Executive Board.
Catherine Vernon is an international corporate attorney providing consulting services to nonprofits and humanitarian organizations. She retired in 2013 as Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel of the Formica/Laminex Group of companies, then part of the largest building products company in Australasia. Since retiring, she has provided governance and strategic planning advice to several nonprofit organizations, including Filter Pure and the Mariposa Foundation, both in Dominican Republic, Selah Freedom in Sarasota, and Key Chorale, Sarasota Florida’s symphonic chorus and orchestra, where she served as Executive Director for 3 years from 2015 to 2018. She is a founding member of Thompson, Taylor & Vernon Enterprises, LLC, and a member of Charitable Gift Planners, Southwest Florida Chapter.
Catherine has served on many nonprofit boards, including Selah Freedom, Cincinnati Ballet, Girl Scouts of the Western Reserve, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Summit & Medina Counties, and the Cleveland & Akron Councils on World Affairs. She also serves on the International Advisory Council for University of Cincinnati College of Law, and College of Business Advancement Council at University of Akron, where she was an adjunct professor of international business law.
She was recognized in 2012 as the American Bar Association (Section of International Law) Outstanding International Corporate Counsel, has been a member of the ABA annual delegation to the UN in New York and the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, lobbied Congress on behalf of the ABA in Washington DC on international women’s issues, and was part of the first ABA SIL delegation to Cuba in 2015.
Financial Advisory Team
James P. Corbett
Jim is the owner of Cornerstone Management and Development, LLC a company that provides consulting services to small to medium sized companies, and non-profits. He has over 30 years of experience in the senior housing industry and specializes in strategic planning and assistance with financial issues including financing, refinancing, debt restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.
Jim was employed as the Chief Financial Officer for Roskamp Management Company and other related for profit and not for profit companies for over 12 years. He advised the owners and board members through periods of rapid growth and expansion, mergers and acquisitions, sales, dispositions and complex financial and organizational restructurings. He has extensive experience in successfully structuring and negotiating transactions and favorable terms with commercial and investment banks. He previously served as Treasurer and Director of Finance for Freedom Group, Inc. for 11 years. This $100 million developer, owner and manager of retirement communities grew from a few employees in 1988 to over 2,000 serving over 3,500 residents in eight communities. He was responsible for all financial aspects of the development of new communities including analysis of project and product financial feasibility, project financing, partner/investor relations, accounting, tax planning, development budget management, management of construction loan draws, bank relations, and assisting in contract negotiations. Freedom Group, Inc. was sold in 1998 to American Retirement Company a New York Stock Exchange Company.
He is a graduate of Florida State University and worked as a CPA with Deloitte Haskins and Sells and Kenneth Leventhal and Company. He serves on the Board of Directors of Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida.