Barbara Rodocker (left)
gets her Busi-nessperson of the Year award from
Rotary Club of Anna Maria President John Luchowec
and Island Chamber President Mary Ann Brockman.
SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
has chosen Barbara Rodocker as its "Businessperson
of the Year."
The selection was announced at the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce Installation Banquet on Monday, Nov. 6.
Rodocker, who owns Silver Surf Bradenton Beach and Silver
Sands in Longboat Key, developed Bridge Walk, a Landmark
Resort in the heart of the Bradenton Beach commercial
In 1971, she purchased Silver Sands Apartments. It had
only nine units at the time but by 1972, she had built
28 more units. Back then, it was not only her business,
it was her home. She and her four children lived there
In 1984, Barbara purchased another property, this time
in Bradenton Beach, and named it Silver Surf Motel. She
tore down multiple units, keeping only one, and built
two more buildings. By the time she was finished, she
had 50 more units across the street from the Gulf of Mexico.
In 1997, she formed the parent company Silver Resort and
in 2000, Barbara purchased land on Bridge Street and began
building BridgeWalk, a landmark resort with a restaurant
and retail stores. She opened Vinjavagar, a wine, coffee
and cigar store, and in 2003, she opened The Sun House
She sold Silver Sands around three years ago to concentrate
on her Bradenton Beach properties. She currently employs
50 people in her four businesses.
Barbara has served her community by serving on several
boards and committees. She is currently a member of the
Manatee County Tourist Development Council and the Bradenton
Beach WAVES Committee. She has four children, Angela,
who works with her at BridgeWalk, Deanne, who owns Plumeria
Day Spa on Bridge Street, Renee and Scott. She also has