Tony Barletta

I grew up in a very large Italian family in Pennsylvania. My father and 7 brothers owned a construction company and my mother had an amusement park she ran with 7 sister in laws.  M 56 cousins lived within a block or so of each other, and my family employed most of the town of Hazleton. By the time I was 16 I was traveling playing baseball and went to the University of Miami, where I played Catcher. I went on to play for the Dodgers in triple A. 

I went back to Florida for some time to work for eastern airlines, but ended up coming to Stuart in 1989 to begin a new career as an Allstate Agency owner. My business continued to grow into 3 agency and I sold them in 2010 to begin my Brightway Agency which I also recently sold. I have spent many years being involved in the Stuart / Martin County Chamber of Commerce as a 2 time Chair.

My wife Lynne and I are very involved in our community. She founded Visionary School of Arts, which is a thriving school for children ages 5-17 and adults. She is also an artist / pastor, and together we pastor Visionary Church and we each run bible studies throughout the week. Mine is on Thursdays for men and hers is Fridays for women. Lynne also founded Catch the Wave of Hope to abolish human trafficking in 2016. We are both very passionate about protecting children and I am on the board of CWH, and I also serve as Chair of the Lifeguards. Men who are protecting children with  awareness presentations and involved in various aspects of the non-profit organization. You may have seen my wife on TV as she is the face of Catch the Wave of Hope in many newscasts. My wife and I share 4 boys and 3 grandsons.    

I enjoy golf, cooking and getting to know people.  My grandmother was a chef and she taught me well. My greatest strength besides my faith is that I am a dedicated family man, and spend as much time as possible with our family and grandsons. My son Alex works for Merrill in Ft Lauderdale, and we look forward to what the future holds!