RSW Traffic Down for April, up for Year

Plus: Two community leaders receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, multiple changes in leadership are made, Preferred Travel takes part in a national legislative meeting.



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Friday, May 25

Markham, Weiss Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

Gulfshore Business magazine presented its fifth annual Lifetime Achievement Awards on Thursday to Gail Markham and Dr. Allen Weiss during a luncheon at the Hilton Naples. Markham is stockholder, president and founding partner of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., an accounting and business-consulting firm based in Fort Myers. Markham founded the PACE Center for Girls and has been involved with numerous nonprofits. Weiss is the longtime president and CEO of NCH Healthcare System. The organization includes the Heart Institute, affiliation with the Mayo Clinic Care Network and a medical residency program. NCH also sponsors the Blue Zones Project, a well-being improvement initiative. The event included an on-stage conversation with the honorees, moderated by NBC2 anchor Kellie Burns. Read about their achievements here.

Thursday, May 24

LeeSar, Cooperative Services of Florida Announce New VP

LeeSar and Cooperative Services of Florida, Inc. (CSF) have named Jennifer Reverendo (pictured) as vice president of CSF. Reverendo will be responsible for overseeing the operations, performance, and growth of the group purchasing organization (GPO). Her immediate focus is developing a clinically integrated physician engagement model that will support LeeSar/CSF members’ evolution into a value-based market. Reverendo brings more than 20 years of supply chain experience in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors. She is experienced in the areas of sourcing, financial and operational analytics, and business systems support. Reverendo also has expertise in the areas of physician engagement and clinical value analysis. Since 2008, Reverendo has served as the system director of clinical value analysis for OhioHealth, Prior to leading the clinical value analysis program at OhioHealth, Reverendo worked for Cardinal Health as a senior manager of business systems for PreSource in Dublin, Ohio. She has a bachelor of science degree from Ohio State University and master of business administration with a specialization in healthcare management from the University of Phoenix.

Wednesday, May 23

Change in Leadership at Local Florida Wildlife Federation

After 24 years, Nancy Payton, Southwest Florida field representative for the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF), will retire in August. Meredith Barnard has been hired as her successor and began the position on May 3. Since 1936, FWF has worked to ensure that wildlife and the environment have a voice across the state. In 1994, FWF opened its Southwest Florida office, and Payton has been instrumental in moving the mission forward in the wake of expanding growth. Barnard has spent the last two years as an environmental policy advocate at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Tuesday, May 22

RSW Traffic Down for April, up for Year

During April, 939,957 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, a decrease of 9 percent compared with April 2017. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 5.2 percent from the same period last year. The traffic leader in April was Delta Air Lines with 194,114 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest Airlines (182,003), American (135,119), JetBlue (130,437) and United (105,034). Southwest Florida International Airport had 8,049 aircraft operations, a decrease of 13.8 percent compared with April 2017. Page Field saw 8,007 operations, an 18.4 percent decrease from April 2017. In addition, nearly 2.6 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in April 2018. Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 8.8 million passengers in 2017 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic.

Monday, May 21

Preferred Travel Represented at ASTA Legislative Meetings

Preferred Travel of Naples was recently represented at the American Society of Travel Agents’ (ASTA) legislative meetings in Washington D.C. by Olga Placeres (pictured), CFO and agency manager. Placeres was one of nine delegates selected to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.  Delegates met with staff representatives from the offices of Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Mario Diaz Balart, Rep. Val Demings, Rep. Ron DeSantis, Rep. Tom Rooney and Rep. Wasserman Schultz. The ASTA meetings directly connected attendees to members of Congress to discuss issues that impact their business, work life and client experience. The two-day trip included a detailed overview of ASTA's legislative priorities, training on lobbying, pre-scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staff, networking with other travel agents from across the country, and tips on following up with elected officials.

In other news...

Fort Myers was ranked No. 2 among the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Read more about it here

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