The Retreat Sarasota Appoints New Event Sales Manager and Launches Website
Brandy Harlan will oversee Sarasota’s newest meetings and event space, which is now accepting bookings and rentals inquiries at theretreatsarasota.com.
SARASOTA, Fla. – April 18, 2023 – The Retreat Sarasota, a premier venue for social occasions, weddings, gatherings and corporate events, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, theretreatsarasota.com, as well as the appointment of Brandy Harlan as Event Sales Manager. In her new position, Harlan will book and coordinate events at the all-new venue, which was established to support local area non-profit Resilient Retreat.
As ‘the venue that saves lives,’ proceeds from The Retreat Sarasota directly benefit Resilient Retreat’s mission to provide free, confidential and evidence-based, trauma-informed services to trauma survivors, helping professionals and first responders. By choosing The Retreat Sarasota, meeting professionals and event planners can fulfill their corporate social responsibility needs while ensuring that their attendees enjoy a memorable experience.
“With her wealth of experience in both the non-profit sector and events industry, Brandy is just the right fit for our unique venue,” said Resilient Retreat Executive Director Lisa Intagliata. “We look forward to seeing her grow in this new role, spreading the word about our events space and mission and taking the utmost care of clients and their guests.”
Brandy joins the team from The Bishop Museum of Science & Nature, where she was the Director of Business Development. In her role, Brandy developed and produced new revenue-generating programs, maintained budgets for event and venue rentals, and increased event space rental clientele. Prior to that, Brandy was the Director of Weddings and Events at The Pavilion at Mixon Farms. There she managed the venue’s event planning team, including contract signing, fee collection, event booking and promotions, and built strong event industry relationships. In addition, Brandy launched event packages that successfully doubled revenue and clientele in the first nine months of debut. Brandy shares, “The mission that Resilient Retreat and The Retreat Sarasota embraces is exciting and a driving force behind my desire to make it a sought after sanctuary for many events and special moments to come.”
Inspired by its breathtaking natural surroundings of oak hammocks, fields and an intimate reflection pond, The Retreat Sarasota’s event spaces have been designed to bring the beauty of the outdoors in, while honoring and respecting the local environment. Just minutes from downtown Sarasota and easily accessible by three international airports, the center feels both worlds away yet also close to home. The Retreat Center features a commercial-grade show kitchen, overnight accommodations for up to 30 guests, including two ADA-compliant bedroom suites, an inviting arrival area, an open great room and a cozy dining room with seating for up to 30, a fireplace and al fresco dining. The Community Center boasts beautiful outdoor patios, indoor seating for up to 130 guests, a satellite kitchen and two breakout rooms that can accommodate up to 25 attendees each. Audio-visual technology, including WiFi, is available throughout both facilities.
About The Retreat Sarasota
The Retreat Sarasota is a one-of-a-kind event space located at Resilient Retreat. As “the venue that saves lives,” The Retreat’s rental fee proceeds go directly towards fulfilling the non-profit’s mission. Featuring an 18,000-square-foot Retreat Center and a 5,000-square-foot Community Center, as well as many beautiful outdoor locations, The Retreat accommodates groups of all sizes, from intimate groups of 10 to 500+. Features include overnight accommodations for up to 30 people, a commercial-grade kitchen, two flexible breakout rooms for 15 to 25 people, a boardroom and multiple outdoor venues, including picturesque lawns, a community garden and a reflection pond. For more information or to book, please visit theretreatsarasota.com.