2020 Best of Business

Presenting the winners of Gulfshore Business magazine's eighth annual readers' poll.

Illustration by Sinelab

 

Gulfshore Business magazine’s eighth annual Best of Business readers’ poll attracted thousands of participants who cast votes for hundreds of businesses in Southwest Florida. The online polling at SurveyMonkey.com required each voter to provide their name and email address so they could cast only one ballot. Thank you, readers, for your participation and continued interest.

Winners are listed in this issue for more than 40 types of businesses in six overall categories, followed by the two runners-up finalists, listed in alphabetical order, for each business type. Congratulations to the local businesses chosen as this year’s winners and finalists for the Best of Business.

 

BROWN & BROWN INSURANCE Best Health Insurance Brokerage. [PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Kellar]

 

BUSINESS FINANCE & INSURANCE

BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

Stroemer & Company

With more than 40 professionals dedicated to serving clients in nine Florida locations, Stroemer & Company is a full-service accounting firm that provides audit, tax services, bookkeeping and management consulting to a variety of industries.

Finalists

HBK
Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A.

 

BEST COMMERCIAL BANK

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank
Chartered on Sanibel Island in 2003 as a locally owned and operated community bank, SanCap Bank has rapidly grown in the last few years, with locations serving residents and businesses throughout Lee County.

Finalists

Edison National Bank

Florida First Integrity Bank

 

BEST TRUST COMPANY

FineMark National Bank & Trust
Founded in 2007, FineMark has a dozen locations establishing long-term client relationships with a comprehensive array of banking, trust and investment services. The bank is committed to making a positive impact on the communities it serves.

Finalists

Barbara M. Pizzolato, P.A.

Sanibel Captiva Trust Co.

 

BEST FINANCIAL ADVISORY FIRM

Advanced Wealth Advisors

This Southwest Florida comprehensive financial planning and wealth management firm creates custom plans at offices in Naples and Fort Myers with expertise in investment, retirement, insurance and tax and estate planning.

Finalists

Morgan Stanley

UBS

 

BEST HEALTH INSURANCE BROKERAGE

Brown & Brown Insurance

The sixth-largest independent insurance brokerage in the nation with 300 locations and more than 80 years of proven success, Brown & Brown’s risk management solutions make it one of the industry’s most powerful and influential leaders.

Finalists

BKS Partners

Gulfshore Insurance

 

BEST COMMERCIAL INSURANCE BROKERAGE

Gulfshore Insurance

Gulfshore Insurance has four area locations with services that include commercial insurance and risk management, personal insurance, private risk services and employee benefits and wellness.

Finalists

Brown & Brown Insurance

McGriff Insurance Services

 

BEST LIFE INSURANCE AGENT

Javed Kapadia, State Farm

The award-winning Javed Kapadia Agency in Naples, one of the most successful State Farm agencies in the country, provides auto, home, property, business, life and health insurance as well as mutual funds, annuities and banking products.

Finalists

Brown & Brown Insurance

Rosier Insurance

 

BEST PAYROLL COMPANY

Paychex Inc.

Founded in 1971 by Tom Golisano, Paychex makes payroll outsourcing easy and affordable for half a million small- to medium-sized businesses nationwide. Services include payroll processing, retirement services, insurance and a fully outsourced human resource solution.

Finalists

ADP

Paylocity

 

ALOIA, ROLAND, LUBELL & MORGAN, PLLC Best Corporate & Business Law Firm + Best Commercial Real Estate Law Firm + Best Litigation Law Firm [PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Kellar]

 

LEGAL

BEST CORPORATE & BUSINESS LAW FIRM

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC
Headquartered in downtown Fort Myers, the full-service law office is led by an expert team of trial attorneys for business and real estate law to personal injury and family law to wills, trusts and estates.

Finalists

Henderson Franklin

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A.

 

BEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LAW FIRM

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC
Part of a tight-knit community of legal professionals, Aloia Roland’s roots run deep within Southwest Florida. Community is the centerpiece of the firm’s team culture and its service to organizations and individuals.

Finalists

Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti & Rudnick
Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A.

 

BEST INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM

Henderson Franklin

Founded in 1924, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. is one of the largest and most experienced full-service law firms between Tampa and Miami, with more than 50 attorneys who live, work and have deep roots in Southwest Florida.

Finalists

Hahn Loeser & Parks

Quarles & Brady

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A.

 

BEST LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM

Boy, Agnew, Potanovic

Suzanne Boy, John Agnew and John Potanovic have more
than 55 years of combined legal experience. Their collaborative, service-oriented firm aligns itself with its clients’ interests on everything from fee structures to business goals.

Finalists

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC
Henderson Franklin

 

BEST LAND USE & ZONING LAW FIRM

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A.
With law offices in Naples and Marco Island, WPL’s knowledgeable attorneys have lived and worked in Southwest Florida for decades, and possess a firsthand understanding of how the law intersects with the lives of those in the community.

Finalists

Henderson Franklin

Pavese Law Firm

 

BEST LITIGATION LAW FIRM

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC
Established in 2004, the full-service law firm’s 10 attorneys and more than 20 support staff specialize in business and real estate law, commercial litigation, personal injury and wrongful death, class action litigation, family law, wills, trusts, estates and probate.

Finalists

Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti & Rudnick, LLP
Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A.

 

BEST TAX LAW FIRM

Florida Rural Legal Services

Founded in 1966, the nonprofit organization has 70 staff mem- bers and seven offices in 13 counties to help clients with legal problems involving civil rights, consumer, employment, public benefits, economic stability, housing, elder, farmworker and other areas of law.

Finalists

Henderson Franklin

Pavese Law Firm

 

BEST TRUST & ESTATE LAW FIRM

Barbara M. Pizzolato, P.A.

Established in Florida in 2002, the firm provides clients with

litigation, business law, probate, trust administration and estate planning. The firm’s main office is in Fort Myers; it also maintains offices in Naples, New York and New Jersey.

Finalists

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC
Dorcey Law Firm

 

CONRIC PR & MARKETING  Best Advertising Agency [PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Kellar]

MARKETING

BEST PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM

Pushing the Envelope

Based in Fort Myers, Pushing the Envelope partners with clients in a variety of industries to create results-oriented, award-winning marketing communication strategies, including community relations, media planning, advertising design, web development, digital marketing, brand development and speaking events.

Finalists

CONRIC PR & Marketing

E. Sue Huff

 

BEST ADVERTISING AGENCY

CONRIC PR & Marketing

CONRIC provides effective customized plans for creative branding, public relations, marketing, graphic design, advertising, writing and publishing services to individuals and businesses of all sizes in Lee, Collier and Charlotte communities.

Finalists

Priority Marketing

Wilson Creative Group

 

STUDIO+ Best Commercial Architecture Firm + Best Commercial Interior Design Firm [PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Kellar]

COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE

BEST COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

DeAngelis Diamond

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Naples, DeAngelis Diamond has become an innovative award-winning construction management firm and a nationally recognized leader in the industry with a highly diverse portfolio of more than $3.5 billion in construction projects.

Finalists

B&I Contractors

Stevens Construction

 

BEST COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE FIRM

Studio+

Studio+ is an architecture and interior design firm with offices in Fort Myers, Tampa and Newport Beach, California. Their staffs are focused on transforming the lives of those they touch, specializing in health care, senior living, commercial, municipal and educational markets.

Finalists

BSSW Architects

MHK Architecture

 

BEST ENGINEERING FIRM

Velocity Engineering Services

Based in the Fort Myers area, Velocity provides personalized concierge attention to each client and project. The local firm specializes in geotechnical and environmental engineering, condition assessments, building inspections and roofing, pavement and waterproofing consulting.

Finalists

GFA International

Johnson Engineering

 

BEST COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPING FIRM

Greenscapes

Family owned and operated for more than 50 years in Naples and Fort Myers, Greenscapes of Southwest Florida serves commercial properties and residential communities in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties with services that include lawn and landscape management and enhancement.

Finalists

Juniper Landscaping

O’Donnell Landscaping

 

BEST COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM

Studio+

Studio+ believes designs should not just transform spaces, but lives, as well. The local architecture and interior design firm transforms lives with commercial projects and plans for health care, senior living, education and worship.

Finalists

Design West

Wegman Design

 

BEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENCY (LEASING)

LandQwest Commercial

LandQwest Commercial Real Estate Services is a nationally recognized commercial real estate brokerage organization that provides business partners with property management, tenant representation, leasing, sales and consulting services to uniquely shape the commercial landscapes in local communities it serves.

Finalists

CRE Consultants

RE/MAX Realty Group

 

BEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENCY (PURCHASE)

LandQwest Commercial

Established in 2005, Land- Qwest’s corporate structure is founded on local roots with results-driven commercial real estate professionals crafting individual strategies to provide personalized brokerage and full-service management services to clients across Florida.

Finalists

Premiere Plus Realty

RE/MAX Realty Group

 

BEST COMMERCIAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

B&I Contractors

Employee-owned for 60 years, the company specializes in construction and building maintenance services for HVAC, electrical, plumbing, pipefitting, refrigeration, sheet metal and CAD engineering for clients in commercial, industrial and institutional industries.

Finalists

Elite Electrical

Kirkwood Electric

 

BEST COMMERCIAL HVAC CONTRACTOR

B&I Contractors

This HVAC, electric and plumbing contractor has tackled some of Southwest Florida’s biggest jobs for commercial and industrial buildings. Established in 1960, B&I has offices in Fort Myers, Tamarac, Sarasota and Tampa.

Finalists

Conditioned Air

Kobie Kooling

 

BEST IT SERVICES CONTRACTOR

Entech

Entech provides custom IT services in Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay, with offices in Fort Myers and Bradenton. The company shows how technology can help businesses do more things in better ways, giving them the support needed to do what really matters.

Finalists

ITVantage

Stickboy

 

BUSINESS SERVICES

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL

Hilton Naples

The Hilton Naples, a luxury hotel centrally located in Naples, provides memorable experiences at an unexpected value with complimentary amenities that include internet access, garage parking, a fitness center, bicycles and a 24-hour business kiosk.

Finalists

Crowne Plaza Ft. Myers at Bell Tower Shops

Hyatt Coconut Point

 

BEST CONFERENCE / MEETING CENTER

Hilton Naples

Hilton Naples features more than 12,000 square feet of event space with 16 meeting rooms, from an intimate wine room to a banquet-ready, 4,600-square-foot ballroom. The hotel offers in-house A/V support, a range of catering options and a dedicated planner for events.

Finalists

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
Venue Naples

 

BEST CORPORATE RECRUITING AGENCY

Spherion Fort Myers

Founded in 1946, Spherion is part of a leading U.S. recruiting and staffing company with local roots and experience connecting job seekers to employers for mutually successful matches. Each office is individually owned and operated with owners invested in their communities.

Finalists

Express Personnel

Robert Half

 

BEST FLEET VEHICLE DEALER

Tamiami Ford

This local family-owned dealership in Naples takes care of all automotive needs under one roof with more than 1,000 new Ford and pre-owned vehicles available. Its F-150 fleet center is equipped with knowledgeable technicians and cutting-edge technology for speedy service.

Finalists

Enterprise

Galloway Ford

 

BEST FLEET MAINTENANCE COMPANY

Enterprise Fleet Management

Hands-on management, award-winning technology, expertise and infrastructure make Enterprise the world’s largest fleet operator. Its day-to-day analytic tools and experience for managing and improving fleets pinpoint opportunities for saving money and optimizing operations.

Finalists

Tamiami Ford
Voight’s Service Center

 

BEST OFFICE SUPPLY COMPANY

Marco Office Supply

With a showroom in Naples and a store on Marco Island, Marco Office Supply can be a one-stop-shop for office supplies, furniture and printing needs. The business also delivers ink, toner and other supplies in Lee and Collier counties.

Finalists

Genco

Staples

 

BEST STAFFING AGENCY

Spherion Fort Myers

A longtime leader in the recruiting and staffing industry, Spher- ion is a pioneering brand that operates more than 200 offices to service the workforce needs of more than 4,000 businesses nationwide.

Finalists

Kelly Services

People Ready

 

BEST VENDING / COFFEE COMPANY

Stan’s Coffee & Food Service

Family-owned Stan’s Coffee has been serving companies, restaurants and clubs throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida for more than 60 years. Earlier this year, the local business became one of the Hoffmann Family of Companies.

Finalists

Bailey’s Coffee Bar

Grumpy Goat Coffee

 

SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Best Business Lunch [PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of Shula’s Steak House]

BUSINESS DINING & DRINKS

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH

Shula’s Steak House

Established in 2000, Shula’s steakhouse celebrates classic American fine dining with separate private dining spaces to comfortably accommodate groups of varying sizes. The menu features steaks, fresh seafood and inspired sides served in an atmosphere of warmth and sophistication.

Finalists

The Capital Grille

The Veranda

 

BEST PRIVATE DINING ROOM

Naples Lakes Country Club

The clubhouse of this Naples-based country club can accommodate small groups in intimate private dining rooms or up to 200 guests in a formal dining ballroom for corporate events. Customized menus and private terrace dining are available.

Finalists

Angelina’s Ristorante

Shula’s Steak House

 

BEST CATERER

Crave Culinaire

North Naples-based Crave Culinaire is a local personal chef concierge and event company founded by Chef Brian Roland. His team specializes in creating exclusive culinary experiences with customized event catering, high-quality food and detail-oriented service.

Finalists

Artichoke and Company

Tastebuds Custom Catering

 

BEST NETWORKING RESTAURANT / BAR

Bar Tulia

Chef Vincenzo Betulia opened Bar Tulia in 2014 next to his namesake restaurant, Osteria Tulia, in downtown Naples. He plans a second location this year at Mercato in North Naples with a unique drink menu that complements Italian-influenced pub fare.

Finalists

Shula’s Steak House

The Veranda