On Thursday, April 10, SRQ’s Publisher, Wes Roberts, and Realize Bradenton’s Johnette Isham participated in a panel discussion at the second annual Spark Growth Regional Leadership Conference held at the Manatee Center for Performing Arts. The conference was organized to educate and connect business leaders in need of technology solutions. “It was a delight to discuss important issues of place-making and regionality with such great panel partners as Johnette Isham and Anand Pallegar,” stated Wes. “The Spark Growth Regional Leadership Conference is definitely going to make waves of difference. Nothing made this more evident than the on-rush of major regional leaders that approached me after the panel to continue the conversation.” The Leadership Conference drew an exceptional turnout, attracting a gathering of creative minds with strong opinions and willingness to discuss and debate those opinions in a spirit of positivity. This event was such a success that it should be repeated for years to come.