Gulfshore Business Daily: September 17

Naples closed home sales were up in August, Southwest Florida Symphony appoints a new GM, the Naples Princess undergoes updates and more.



Susan Anderson is Southwest Florida Symphony's new general manager.

NAPLES CLOSED HOME SALES, INVENTORY UP IN AUGUST

Closed sales of properties during August increased 5 percent to 719 homes from 685 homes in August 2017, according to the August 2018 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS, (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Inventory during August also rose by 2 percent and was driven by a surge of 218 more properties added to the market in the two lowest price categories reported, compared to August 2017. The new inventory in August appeared in the single-family home market for properties below $500,000, yet, closed sales during August were driven by activity in the condominium market, which experienced a 21 percent increase. To view the entire report, visit www.NaplesArea.com.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY APPOINTS NEW GM

The Southwest Florida Symphony has appointed Susan Anderson as its new general manager. Anderson’s career in orchestra management spans more than 30 years. She is a graduate from the College of William and Mary and received her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Anderson began her career in New York with the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast and served as assistant orchestra manager at the New York Philharmonic. She worked for the Cleveland Orchestra and then spent many years with the Baltimore Symphony. Anderson has also managed dozens of symphony tours, both domestic and abroad, including tours of the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia and South America, with orchestras from Cleveland, New York, Baltimore, San Francisco, Indianapolis and Atlanta as well as the Boston Pops. Since 2011, she served as general manager of the Santa Barbara Symphony in California and worked closely with the Southwest Florida Symphony’s maestro Nir Kabaretti.  She currently works with Opera Santa Barbara as orchestra and production coordinator. Earlier this year, Anderson was interim general manager of the Atlanta Symphony.

THE NAPLES PRINCESS UNDERGOES UPDATES

The Naples Princess is undergoing a million-dollar renovation this month. Under new ownership with the Hoffmann family, the 10-year-old, 105-foot Naples Princess yacht will be restored to it’s original form with some updated twists. The update will include white accents complimenting the high-gloss cherry wood, along with new carpeting and furniture on all decks, plus full HD TVs and an upgraded sound system. The boat will be ready for the water the first week of October. During the month of September, the Naples Princess is offering sightseeing (day and sunset) tours aboard a 45-foot Corinthian with personalized narrated tours. Port O Call Marina, where the Naples Princess docks, also has some changes, including adding a gift shop, packaged beer and wine, and a fresh new exterior. For more information, visit naplesprincesscruises.com.

FISHERBROYLES WELCOMES GEITNER

FisherBroyles, LLP has added Charles (Chuck) Geitner as a partner and litigator in the firm’s Naples office. Geitner represents clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes, class actions, and regulatory matters. He advises and assists businesses in protecting their trademarks, service marks and trade secrets, and structures contracts for employees who handle sensitive and confidential business information. He also litigates cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants under the Lanham Act, and in relation to patent, copyright and trademark infringement. Most recently, Geitner was a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Prior to his law career, he was a vice president, bank manager and loan officer with First Union National Bank. Geitner received his J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law and his Bachelor of Science in business administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Central Florida.


WCG HIRES NEW ART DIRECTOR

Wilson Creative Group (WCG) has hired Chris Pastir as a full-time art director. Pastir is a Naples native who brings more than 15 years of experience in the advertising industry. In his role as art director, Pastir is responsible for executing the visual aspects of WCG’s advertising campaigns and coordinating those with copy, graphic design, and client requests. Pastir begins the process by brainstorming concepts for a client’s new campaign. After he has decided on a concept, he collaborates with the writer and brings the campaign together visually, marrying copy and design. He will be responsible for executing ads, logos, print collateral, photos hoots, TV spots, digital advertisements and more. Pastir has previously worked on campaigns for Marriott, Heineken, Nissan, McDonald’s and numerous high-end real estate communities.

FINANCIAL PLANNERS HOST ETHICS MEETING

The Financial Planning Association of Southwest Florida will host a dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Estero. The meeting will include networking, a seated dinner and presentation by Tim Hummel on ethics. Certified Financial Planners who need their 2 CEs in Ethics are encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to all financial planners including estate planning attorneys, chartered financial analyst, chartered financial consultants and certified public accountants. More information and registration is available at www.fpa-swfl.org.

INTERN EARNS HIGHEST SCHOLARSHIP FROM AIA

Allie Stefanick, an architectural intern and full-time graduate student at the University of South Florida, recently earned the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Southwest Chapter’s highest scholarship award. A Fort Myers native, Stefanick attended Florida Southwestern State College prior to attending the University of South Florida to further her education. When school is not in session, Stefanick returns to Fort Myers to work at Studio+ as an architectural intern. She has worked closely with Studio+ team members and clients, performing revit modeling, plan and elevation studies, and construction documentation. The AIA Florida Southwest chapter offers a scholarship opportunity to degree-seeking Florida residents who are enrolled in a full-time architecture program at a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited university. Applicants must meet an array of requirements, including a portfolio of student works, transcripts, freehand drawings, essays, letters of recommendations and more.

CHARITABLE NOTES

Collier County sheriff named honorary chair of Hope Shines Luncheon

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk will serve as the honorary chair of the 12th annual Hope Shines Luncheon. As NAMI of Collier County’s signature fundraising event, the Hope Shines Luncheon raises critical funding to provide free mental health support services and programs to 16,000 people in Collier County. Rambosk joined the Naples Police Department in 1978. He has held many positions, including chief of Naples Police and Naples city manager. He was elected to his first term as the Collier County sheriff in 2008. Rambosk is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Nova University. The luncheon’s keynote speaker will be Zack McDermott, author of Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and Mother’s Love. Additionally, NAMI of Collier County will recognize three individuals for their efforts to educate, support and advocate for the one in five people living with a mental health condition in Southwest Florida. Southwest Floridians are invited to nominate awardees in three categories, including Mental Health Advocate of the Year, Crisis Intervention Training Officer of the Year and the Mental Health Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations may be submitted at www.NAMICollier.org/awards.

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