James Newton, Sande Caplin, Lee Volpe

Two Awesome Young Talented People!

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The Sarasota Post prides itself in writing about the locals- local business, local charities, local working people and more.  I am proud to write about 2 “locals” today who I have the privilege of working with on an everyday basis…..James Newton and Lee Volpe.

It’s hard to believe that James and I are working together for almost four years.  James is the chief “Site Developer” for Sande Caplin and Associates and over the years has become a dear friend and business partner.  A Site Developer is an understatement.  James is one of the most talented people I know.  He is the serious person on our team, the “thinker!”  

James and his lovely wife Anna live in our local area.  They have six children; yes that is right, six.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed!  It seems that James is always stopping at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a gallon of milk, some cereal or a couple of loafs of bread.  Anna is the backbone of the family and keeps everyone in line.  

This year, James and Anna were able to attend Opening Night and the Caribbean Party events for the Sarasota Film Festival.  That’s right two baby sitters in the course of seven days.  It was so exciting to have them attend the festivities.  Thank you James for all you do.

Lee Volpe with the Florida Blues BrothersLee Volpe….where do I start!  I met Lee a couple of years ago while working on a video project.  She always was so friendly and outgoing.  Several months ago, Lee called me and asked if I would take a look at some of the articles that she had written and was wondering if I would critique her work.  I was flattered and honored that she reached out to me.  Well, her first story, “I Thought I Was Dating A Philanthropist And He Turned Out To Be A Philanderer” really caught my eye.

Lee took over the position of “Creative Director” and boy does she create.  She is developing a project that will contain both her writing and video stories.  It’s exciting and we hope to have the project live next month.

Lee keeps everyone on the team laughing.  She puts the light side spin on just about everything.  She’ll walk into the office (usually stylishly late) and takes a look at a project that is on the screen and typically says……”change this, I like that, start over, that’s good” and then goes on to tell a funny story or two.  Now, Lee can talk.  She doesn’t think twice to call me at any hour of the day or night when she comes up with a brain storm.  One quick story….the other night after she talked non stop on the phone for one hour without coming up for a breath of air I said to her, “I have to go.”  Her reply, “what do you mean you have to go, I just started my story!”  Well that’s Lee.  I would not let her change a thing.  Thank you Lee and please keep us laughing and don’t stop reminding James and I to have fun.  You are a special treasure and I am glad to know you and work with you.

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