The inside scoop on local business happenings from Gulfshore Business Editor-in-Chief Phil Borchmann.
SETTING THE STAGE
CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNETTE TROSSBACH and her Laboratory Theater for earning a LGBT Community Fund of Southwest Florida grant. The $18,000 will fund “Staging Teen Success Through Theater,” which is a mentorship-based program that “connects youth 13-18 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender with successful LGBT adults,” according to a news release. The award comes on the heels of a recent capital campaign announcement that the theater, founded by Trossbach in 2008, seeks to raise $1 million for a new space. It’s currently at the Kiwanis Hall in downtown Fort Myers, but the company has hit capacity at the venue because of its busy performance schedule, its expanding outreach programs and anticipated growth, Trossbach says.
EAT. CLAY. LOVE.
ON NOV. 17, RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES of Southwest Florida will hold its inaugural “Eat. Clay. Love.” fundraiser and celebrate its 20th anniversary. The event will showcase the art of 20 local notables who gathered in July and August to paint their creations—floral renderings, landscapes and other objects—on large clay platters and salad bowls. The effort was coordinated by Chris Spiro, CEO of Spiro & Associates. The participants included Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, chocolatier Norman Love, News-Press Publisher and President Michael Jung, NBC2 anchor Rachel Pierce, Chef Shannon Yates, FineMark Bank CEO Joe Catti and—for some reason—yours truly. The pieces have been fired and are ready for their debut at the event dinner, where they will be auctioned off. Tickets are $150 each, and reservations can be made at rmhcswfl.org.
40 UNDER 40: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
CLASS OF 2005 HONOREE JEFF JEROME served as an account executive with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce when he joined 39 other winners that year. His job was to work with small business owners so they could network and gain exposure, to help them succeed. From there, Jeff moved onto other positions that continued his outreach in the business community. He’s worked locally as multimedia advertising manager for Naples Daily News; and as Business Development Manager, account executive at Naples Florida Weekly. He is currently director of marketing and sales at Shula’s Steakhouse Naples.