The South Florida Museum Announces a New Member of the Board of Trustees; Bruce Langsen was unanimously elected; Bruce Langsen brings with him more than thirty years of experience at top levels in the airline industry, with a focus on Operations and Marketing

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The South Florida Museum Announces a
New Member of the Board of Trustees

(Bradenton, FL) The South Florida Museum’s Board of Trustees held a special election on December 5, 2015 to fill an open seat. Bruce Langsen was unanimously elected. Langsen brings with him more than thirty years of experience at top levels in the airline industry, with a focus on Operations and Marketing. He retired as President of Inventory Locator Services, LLC, a Boeing Inc. company which provided a business-to-business Internet eMarketplace that profitably served the Aviation, Defense and Commercial Marine Industries with customers in 93 countries.

A Lakewood Ranch resident since 2008, Langsen received the 2014 Philanthropy Award from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for his work in bringing public school children on educational field trips to downtown Bradenton. He previously served as the Co-chairman of the Board of the West Tennessee Chapter of the March of Dimes and was a participant in Leadership Memphis.

Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio said, “Bruce’s skills are a great fit for the Museum at this time of growth. We’re thrilled to have him bring his marketing and business acumen to what we’re doing and to help take the Museum into the future. His commitment to educational opportunities in our community has been well-demonstrated. We are lucky to have him join our team.”

Langsen joins the current roster of Trustees including: Jackie Barron, William Blalock, Gary Bogart, Tom Breiter, Hon. Larry Bustle, Rose Carlson, James D. Dye, COL James A. Fraley, Jr., Debbie Gigliotti, Jeffrey L. King, Jeanie Kirkpatrick, Ricki Lindsay, Lynn Lineman, Eloise Lisch, Dr. Michael Mackie, Johncyna McRae, Christopher Peacock, Chris Pennewill, Steve Perry, Carol Rice, Chris Romine and Jim Toomey.

Board Officers for the 2014-2015 year are: Chairman and President – Tom Breiter, Vice President – Chris Romine, Vice President – Jeanie Kirkpatrick, Immediate Past President – William Blalock, Treasurer – Chris Pennewill, Secretary – Steve Perry. The Executive Committee for 2014-2015 is comprised of Bill Blalock, Tom Breiter, Jeffrey L. King, Jeanie Kirkpatrick, Lynn Lineman, Chris Pennewill, Steve Perry, and Chris Romine. The Connect Campaign Committee consists of Chairman William Blalock, Jackie Barron, Tom Breiter, William R. “Bill” Johnston, Jeanie Kirkpatrick and Lynn Lineman.

About the South Florida Museum
The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions – offering something new to discover with each visit. The facility also includes both the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Outfitted with a brand new, state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system in October of 2013, the NEW Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility with stunning new multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County’s official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with young manatees from the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership. These injured or orphaned animals are taken care of by the Parker Aquarium staff until they are ready to be released into the wild. For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit



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