Gulfshore Business Daily: Jan. 15-19 Weekly Roundup

See who earned accolades, joined committees, and made major career moves this week in Southwest Florida.



Need to catch up on business news in Southwest Florida? No problem, here are the top stories of the week, pulled from our daily newsletter, Gulfshore Business Daily.

Friday, Jan. 19

​ASMC Committee Names Leaders

The Lee County Port Authority Airports Special Management Committee (ASMC) elected Fran Myers as chair and Randy Krise as vice chair during its Jan. 16 meeting. Other members of the committee include Noel Andress, R. Scott Cameron, Dana Carr, John Goodrich and Robbie Roepstorff. The committee advises the Board of Port Commissioners on policy matters pertaining to Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. Each Port Commissioner appoints one ASMC member, who serves without compensation. The committee also includes two regional members, Cameron and Carr, who represent the interests of neighboring Collier and Charlotte counties.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Lee Health CEO Elected to SNHAF Board

Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci was elected and installed to the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida’s (SNHAF) board of directors. The SNHAF advocates on behalf of Florida’s 14 safety net hospital systems. Antonucci has nearly 35 years of leadership experience, both as a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist and healthcare executive. Antonucci originally joined Lee Health as chief administrative officer for Cape Coral Hospital. In 1983, he co-founded Physicians Primary Care, a large, multi-specialty group practice in Lee County and served as its managing partner for many years.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Shumaker Joins WGCU as Associate GM for Content

Amy Shumaker, executive producer of national programming for the South Carolina Educational Television network, has been named WGCU Public Media’s associate general manager for content. Shumaker has been with South Carolina ETV for 25 years, previously serving as its senior producer/writer and multimedia producer. Shumaker is the recipient of multiple Emmy awards, and a Peabody Award for the PBS series A Chef’s Life and oversaw the transition of Reel South, hosted by Daruis Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish, into a national co-production with UNC-TV. She was selected as a Corporation for Public Broadcasting/PBS WGBH Producers Academy Fellow. Shumaker will oversee television production, TV programming and WGCU’s FM and HD radio stations as well as digital content. She will join Kimberly Dye, associate general manager for development and community relations and Kevin Trueblood, associate general manager for technology and operations, as part of WGCU’s senior management team.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Neighborhood Health Clinic Earns Gold Seal

The Neighborhood Health Clinic—a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization providing Collier County’s working, uninsured resident’s affordable medical and dental care—earned GuideStar’s 2017 Gold Seal of Transparency. GuideStar is a nonprofit organization dedicated to revolutionizing philanthropy by “providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.”  The organization gathers and disseminates information on all IRS-registered charities, detailing their missions, impact, reputation, legitimacy, programs, finances, transparency and more, helping donors make informed decisions. To research a charity, visit www.GuideStar.org.

Monday, Jan. 15

Bonita Chamber Earns Five-Star Rating Again

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce announced it has earned Five-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the fourth consecutive time. This designation, the highest possible, ranks the Bonita Chamber among the top 1 percent of chambers in the nation. The national accreditation process is an extensive self-review that calls for participants to assess their organization in nine areas: Benchmarking, Communications, Facilities, Finance, Governance, Government Affairs, Human Resources, Program Development and Technology. The Accreditation applications are reviewed by a committee of U.S. Chamber board members, which makes the final decision. Chambers can apply for Accreditation every five years. The Bonita Chamber earned Five-Star Accreditation in 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017.

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