Overseeing Marketing & Community Relations for the Anna Maria Oyster Bars, Amanda Horne is the co-founder of Dive Into Reading, a national award-winning summer reading program that is a collaboration among the Anna Maria Oyster Bars, School District of Manatee County, Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Manatee County Libraries.
At the Oyster Bars, Amanda works alongside her husband, CEO and “Gran Jefe” John Horne to preach the gospel of great seafood at a great value, encouraging inclusivity in our community through family-friendly affordable dining. In fact, she has spent her career championing for access to educational opportunities, including her years spent as Communications Coordinator at The Women’s Resource Center, which strives to educate and empower women of all generations. Amanda and John were awarded the 2019 Leadership Florida Impact Award. The Florida Impact Award recognizes a business or nonprofit organization that has created a specific project or body of work whose impact is currently transforming the future of its region or beyond and has the potential to transform Florida as a whole. Amanda and John were also awarded the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation Bert South Philanthropic Award, awarded annually by the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation to honor an individual, family, or group who best reflects the Foundation’s philanthropic values.
Amanda’s passion for education at all stages of life has deep roots, having served PACE Center for Girls – Manatee for years on the Board of Directors, including two terms as Chair. Amanda was awarded the 2019 PACE Spirit for Leadership Award, one of three Board Awards for the entire state. Along with her husband, John, she also helped pioneer a scholarship fund for adults returning to higher education at State College of Florida, USF Sarasota-Bradenton and Manatee Technical College through the Horne & Moon Scholarship Social. She is a current member of Leadership Florida’s Education Class IV, which has provided myriad networking and educational opportunities.
A resident of Bradenton for the past 23 years, Amanda was born and adopted in Zimbabwe. A civil war relocated her family to England, where she completed her education and joined the hospitality industry. Amanda isn’t all work and no play – she and John love traveling anywhere there’s a cooking class with wine involved!