Job Outlook Strong for Cape Coral Area

Plus: NeoGenomics Inc. appoints a chief scientific officer, the Hoffmann family buys three Naples businesses, a Port Royal pricing report and more.



Friday, Dec. 14

NEOGENOMICS APPOINTS CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

NeoGenomics Inc. has appointed Dr. Lawrence M. Weiss as chief scientific officer. Weiss joined NeoGenomics and has served as medical director and laboratory director for NeoGenomics Laboratories since joining NeoGenomics as part of the Clarient acquisition in 2015.

Weiss holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he graduated as class valedictorian, summa cum laude, and Phi Sigma. He also holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he received the Faculty Gold Medal for outstanding qualifications for the practice of medicine and the Francis Donaldson Award for highest achievement in Pathology. Weiss graduated with the additional honors of summa cum laude and Alpha Omega Alpha, and he has won numerous awards over the years.

Prior to joining NeoGenomics, Weiss served as laboratory director for Clarient Diagnostic Services and as chairman of the department of pathology and director of laboratories for City of Hope National Medical Center. Weiss is currently visiting professor in the department of pathology and medicine for the University of California at Irvine and chairman emeritus of pathology at City of Hope National Medical Center.   

Thursday, Dec. 13

HOFFMANN FAMILY PURCHASES THREE NAPLES BUSINESSES

The Hoffmann family, through its private office Osprey Capital LLC, has purchased three related event-planning businesses in Naples. The acquisitions reflect an expansion of the family’s interest in Naples’ growing special events market, and will support synergies between these acquisitions as well as existing Hoffmann holdings in the area.

The recently purchased businesses include GlobalWorks Events & Destination Management, a full-service, multicity team of local experts who organize and execute a wide variety of social and corporate events; WeddingLux Event Planning & Design, an experienced team of wedding planners in the Naples area; and EventLux Social Celebration Planning & Design, specializing in fundraising galas, showers, holiday parties, and other events. The three businesses operate as divisions of a unified company with shared management.

The Hoffmann family has invested in a diverse collection of local businesses in Naples, as well as real estate holdings that make their company the largest owner of commercial properties in the city. Several of the Hoffmanns’ businesses serve the tourist and event industry, including the Naples Princess cruise line, Naples Transportation & Tours limousine and charter bus service, and The Bevy restaurant.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

REPORT: PORT ROYAL MOST EXPENSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD IN U.S. 

Port Royal in Naples was ranked as the most expensive neighborhood in the country, according to a study published recently in the Robb Report. The median home price was valued at $8.2 million.

“The coastal neighborhood has long been a destination for celebrities, C-level executives and just about anyone from any industry with considerable wealth,” the story states. “The median price we determined is really an entry point for a family trying to get into Port Royal. For a four-bedroom, four-bath waterfront home, you’re easily looking at an asking price north of $8.5 million.”

By comparison, the second-most expensive area was Silicon Valley, with a median home price of $5.7 million, according to the Robb Report, which published the story in its November issue. The Los Angeles luxury publication compiled median price data from four real estate companies that represent different areas of the industry: The Agency, Redfin, Douglas Elliman and Zillow. Then, prices were compared in the top 15 highest-ranking markets across each list.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

JOB OUTLOOK STRONG FOR CAPE CORAL AREA 

In the first quarter of 2019, 32 percent of employers in the Cape Coral metro area expect to increase staffing levels, the second-highest nationwide among the largest 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. The reports states that competition for skilled talent is set to rise as employers across the U.S. are reporting the strongest hiring intentions in 12 years.

All 13 industry sectors measured in the survey forecast optimistic hiring plans, with the strongest hiring outlook in transportation and utilities, as consumer expectations for on-demand delivery grow. Hiring intentions remain robust in leisure and hospitality (+27 percent) with more Americans spending on travel and tourism indicative of strong consumer confidence in a healthy economy. The professional and business services sector has the third-strongest outlook (+25 percent), driving the need for a breadth of workers from insurance to information technology.

Monday, Dec. 10

UROLOGY TREATMENT CENTER ADDS TWO

Urology Treatment Center, a division of 21st Century Oncology, has added a physician and a nurse practitioner to its urology practice. Dr. Gerard A. Curtis joins the practice with clinical experience in urology, robotic surgery and urologic surgery and a focus on general urology, urologic oncology, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer, erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and incontinence. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of South Florida and completed an internship in general surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Casie Wodzien joins the practice as a urology nurse practitioner specializing in female urologic disorders. Wodzien earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with an option in neurobiology and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She obtained her Master of Science in nursing/adult nurse practitioner from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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