The Elite 49
Our annual ranking of Southwest Florida's top companies.
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31 SCOTLYNN USA DIVISION INC.
The freight brokerage and trucking fi rm specializes in perishable commodities and is headquartered in Lee County, with a sister company in Ontario. It added 300 percent more square footage to its Fort Myers offi ce in 2012, raised money/participated in the 2012 Lee County Heart Walk and was named a Top 100 Logistics Provider by Food Logistics magazine.
32 PREFERRED TRAVEL OF NAPLES INC.
Preferred Travel is Southwest Florida’s largest full-service luxury travel agency. Its 30 consultants have a collective 200-plus years in travel, have been to every continent, sailed on all major cruise lines and are personally known to travel leaders in the luxury cruise, tour and hotel industry. President and CEO Wilma Boyd’s career in travel has stretched for more than 40 years and she wrote a book, Travel Agent.
33 ADVANCED ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS LLC
The company is marketed as Advanced ESI in Florida and Accent ESI in Pennsylvania and Ohio. It’s been named by Inc. magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing privately held businesses for fi ve consecutive years and has been recognized as one of America’s largest system integration fi rms by SDM magazine, CE Pro magazine and SCN magazine, top publications in the residential and commercial system integration field.
Kathleen van Bergen
Formerly the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Artis—Naples is a nonprofi t cultural organization that creates and presents performing and visual arts in a single complex. It is home to the Naples Philharmonic, the Baker Museum and a variety of education and community events. In addition to the 1,425-seat Hayes Hall and 283-seat Daniels Pavilion, the campus has a 30,000-square-foot museum with multiple galleries on three floors and the Toni Stabile Education building, which hosts many lifelong learning lectures and classes.
35 FORESTRY RESOURCES INC.
Landscape product manufacturer
Forestry Resources was formed in 1983 with a single mission: to do something to slow the spread of the melaleuca tree, an invasive species introduced in the 1920s by federal foresters looking for a way to dry up the Everglades. The company ruled out commercial uses of the tree such as lumber, paper, and charcoal, ultimately turning to landscape mulch. It introduced Florimulch, and a grass-roots campaign to promote the product began in earnest. Many individuals, groups and agencies have supported it as an alternative to cypress mulch.
36 DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER
The David Lawrence Center is a not-for-profi t, behavioral health agency that provides comprehensive innovative mental health and substance abuse services to more than 30,000 children, adults and families in Southwest Florida. It recently launched a Wrap Around Collier program to improve access to children’s mental health through an NCEF grant and completed construction on a 28-bed Crisis Stabilization Unit expansion.
37 AVOW HOSPICE INC.
Avow’s objective is to provide comfort, care, understanding and dignity for seriously ill patients and to persons caring for a frail or sick loved one or mourning someone’s passing. It also supports those suffering through the illness or loss of a companion animal. The company believes that health, sickness, healing and dying are not simply physical conditions, but also spiritual states. It acknowledges, respects and celebrates the spiritual dimension of life in patients, families, staff and the community.
38 AMERICAN FARMS LLC
Wholesale plant grower
Naples-based American Farms is a wholesale grower and seller of hundreds of varieties of annual and perennial fl owers and plants. In 2011, the company received the Supplier of Excellence for Live Goods from Wal-Mart. American Farms expanded its automated greenhouse space in 2010.
39 HADINGER FLOORING
Hadinger Flooring and Area Rug Gallery in Naples is the largest fl ooring store in the state, with more than 30,000 square feet of showroom space and a 21,000-square-foot warehouse. It has more than 5,000 area rugs in stock and is listed as one of the top 50 largest dealers in the United States.
40 FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF THE GULF COAST
Gary L. Tice
The bank was named best bank in both 2011 and 2012 as part of the Naples Daily News Readers Choice Awards. It also received a Choice Star Award as Best Mortgage Lender from the Daily News in 2012. The company acquired The Royal Palm Bank of Florida in July 2012 and implemented a progressive, electronic bank of the future at its Creekside branch. It has also raised more than $150,000 since 2009 for local charities through an annual golf tournament.