CLEARWATER — After an extensive national search, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has named Michael Sutton as the nonprofit organization's new chief executive officer, effective March 24.
Prior to his selection as CEO, Sutton was the executive vice president and chief development officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando Counties.
Sutton is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) and has a strong background in the non-profit sector, including Habitat for Humanity. Previous to his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Michael worked for Habitat for Humanity of Bryan/College Station, Texas, from 2005-2009 as director of development and served on the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity of Texas state support organization.
A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Sutton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida a nd received his Certificate in Fundraising Management through Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy. In 2010, Sutton was honored as an “Up & Comer” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
“In addition to his expertise in development, Michael brings with him a passion for the Habitat mission,” said Victoria Tylman, chair of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County's board of directors.
Sutton replaces Barbara Inman, who served as Habitat Pinellas CEO and president from 2003-2010. Inman was named executive director for the Habitat for Humanity of Florida state support organization last August.