BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (March 12, 2012) – Brian Lucas announced that effective March 1, Gary Dumas has been promoted to president and CEO of Bonita Bay Group, filling the position formerly held by Lucas, who now resumes his role as vice chairman of the company’s board of directors.
“The change reflects the steady progress that Bonita Bay Group has made toward normal operations following the challenges the company experienced during the global economic crisis and the downturn in the Southwest Florida real estate market for the past several years,” Lucas said.
“Gary’s leadership has helped guide Bonita Bay Group back to a point where I no longer need to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the company,” Lucas said. “Historically, the board of directors has relied upon the expertise of a president and CEO to handle those duties. We’re pleased that Bonita Bay Group has reached this transition point that returns me to a board position and enables our senior executive to lead us into the future.”
Dumas joined Bonita Bay Group more than 10 years ago and has served in various management positions throughout his tenure, most recently as vice president, with oversight of staff, development and operations, including: real estate and golf operations at the Verandah community in Fort Myers; Sweetwater Landing; Bonita Bay Marina, Backwater Jacks, BayWoods and The Lutgert Companies’ High-Rises at Bonita Bay; daily-fee play at the Bonita Bay East golf course; Resource Conservation Systems; and land holdings for future development.
Dumas holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. His background includes serving as general manager of Club Corporation of America, with high-end business clubs in four states.
Lucas joined the executive team of Bonita Bay Group in 2004 as vice president of special projects. In 2010, he took on the role of president and CEO, in addition to serving as vice chairman of the board.
Lucas, a Stetson University graduate whose background includes management consulting and technology solutions, is a current member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity in Lee and Hendry Counties and a former citizen member of The News-Press Editorial Board. He was a regional chair for Leadership Florida where – as a graduate of Class XXV – Lucas also served on the board and as a council advisor.