HOW SARASOTA STARTED
The inaugural PINC.Sarasota, which debuted in 2014, was an event 16 years in the making. In 1999, two Dutch publishers, Peter and Nelleke van Lindonk, decided to create a day-long conference with the sole purpose of giving center stage to creativity, inspiration, and innovation by inviting accredited speakers from all walks of life to share their passion projects with an audience hungry to feed their senses. After 15 years of great success in the Netherlands, PINC made its American debut in Sarasota, Florida in November 2014, and it was a SMASHING success, cementing its second location in the United States.
As the story goes, Peter and his wife and PINC co-founder, Nelleke, had been loyal visitors to the Sarasota area for almost three decades. Years later, their son Olivier moved to the area for work and made Sarasota his home. At a fateful New Year’s Eve party a few years ago at Olli’s Sarasota home, Peter, Nelleke, and local entrepreneur and Founder of atLarge, Inc., Anand Pallegar, were all in attendance.
Anand and the van Lindonk clan found themselves discussing the conference and the incredible impact it would have here in Sarasota and, together, they laid out big plans for PINC on a little cocktail napkin; a whole huge adventure cemented onto a tiny, delicate paper. The group took that spark and ran with it, expanding the reach of the conference to the states.
Together, the PINC team have worked to bring the magic of PINC Netherlands to Florida, and on November 6, 2014, the first PINC.Sarasota took form, opening the door for many PINCs to come.