Gulfshore Business Daily: April 2

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Chris-Tel Construction has received the Sunshine State Safety Award from USF SafetyFlorida for Segment 2 of the Estero Boulevard Improvements project on Fort Myers Beach. The multi-segment infrastructure project, being done for Lee County DOT, encompasses almost six miles along Estero Boulevard. The scope of work includes improvements to the sanitary sewer and force main, construction of new nine foot sidewalks, construction and installation of a new center lane drainage system, landscaping improvements, trolley stops and roadway reconstruction. Segment 2 of the project runs one mile from Lovers Lane to Strandview Avenue. The project management team, subcontractors and vendors work in conjunction with seven other contractors who are providing various services for the town of Fort Myers Beach during the construction.

Terry Igo, CEO; Louie Pappas, family office services; Joel Johnson, investments; and Al Hanser, chairman and founder of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co. at The 18th Annual Shareholders Meeting of The Trust Co.


Sanibel Captiva Trust Co. announced the firm’s record $2 billion assets under management during holding company SanCap Group Inc.’s 18th annual Shareholders Meeting, held on March 27 at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort in Fort Myers. The company increased consolidated net income by 33.5 percent and has experienced 15 percent annualized consolidated net profit from 2013-2018, a press release states. The shareholder’s meeting also included an update on the most recent board of directors, acknowledging retiring board members Dr. Stephen Brown (18 years of service) and Charles H. Ketteman (12 years of service). Chairman and founder S. Albert D. Hanser chaired the meeting of shareholders; CEO Terence M. Igo presented on the company’s strategy and growth.

 Julie Kuhns, NASW Florida Southwest Unit acting chair and Samira K. Beckwith, Hope Healthcare president and CEO


Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith was named Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Florida Southwest Unit. Beckwith was recognized for her achievement in social work, palliative care and service to her community locally and nationally, according to a press release. Hope Healthcare, which includes Hope Hospice and Hope Kids Care programs, is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. For more information, call (239) 482-4673 or visit


Matlacha Island artist Leoma Lovegrove will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Women of Distinction (W.O.D.) event held on April 12 at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Out of 22 finalists, six will be named Women of Distinction in Lee County during the event. From that group of women, this year’s Woman of the Year will be revealed. A Humanitarian of the Year and a Young Woman of Distinction will also be named at the event. Lovegrove is an impressionist-expressionist painter with works represented in multiple galleries. Bealls Florida Department Stores is featuring her as their Florida artist under the designer label Leoma Lovegrove. In Atlanta, her portrait of Jimmy Carter hangs in his presidential library. Her art is in the private collection of the White House in Washington, D.C. and in former president George W. Bush’s presidential library in Dallas, Texas. Lovegrove was honored at an artist’s reception in the White House given by former First Lady Laura Bush. Her artwork has also graced the windows at Rockefeller Center in New York City. For tickets to the W.O.D. event, visit


The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (SRMA) will host an event on ISO 9001 certification at its next roundtable discussion, held from 8-9:30 a.m. on April 17 at CareerSource Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. SRMA Executive Director Neil Kagan will serve as the keynote speaker for “Getting the Real Benefits of ISO 9001,” explaining ISO certification, the path businesses can take to get there, and how to get the most out of it. ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system. Organizations, regardless of size or industry, use the standard to demonstrate their ability to provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. More than 1 million organizations from more than 160 countries have applied the ISO 9001 standard. The cost to attend the SRMA discussion is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Visit and click on the events tab to register.


Christy’s Cause has released a new public service announcement (PSA) to bring awareness to one of the ways sex traffickers target and brainwash victims for the purpose of sexually exploiting them. Predator is a 60-second PSA that depicts a real-life scenario of how sex trafficking victims are targeted, manipulated and entrapped, a press release states. The story, told through the voice of a trafficker, portrays how he targets a victim and the psychological tactics he uses to groom and enslave a victim. The PSA directs viewers to The National Human Trafficking Hotline and The Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline to report suspected child sex trafficking. Christy’s Cause partnered with actress Eren Sisk and local hip hop artist Adam Jerabek, also known as Sanctified Souldier, who wrote the lyrics for the PSA. The PSA video will be available at, YouTube and social media networks targeting a younger audience. The PSA was created by Old Sparky Productions. Television airtime was donated by The Higdon Group.


Bob Edwards

Barron’s named Bob Edwardspresident – senior PIM portfolio manager of Moran Edwards Asset Management, to its annual list of America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors for the sixth consecutive year. Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors ranking is based on data provided by thousands of advisors. Factors included in the rankings were assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record and client retention. A resident of Naples for more than 40 years, Edwards serves the community as a board member of Artis–NaplesThe Baker Museum and as a trustee for the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF). Edwards and his wife, Terry, have underwritten events locally at Artis–Naples, The Baker Museum, The Naples Art Association, the Shelter for Abused Women & Children, and the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series, as well as art exhibits in several major Florida museums.


MS Center ‘Vintage Affair’ raises $260,000 for local services

“A Vintage Affair: Night of a Thousand Wines,” a gala fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center of Southwest Florida, was held on March 10 at Quail West Golf & Country Club. WINK TV Anchor Amanda Hall served as emcee, while Jon Finstrom served as auctioneer. Dozens of wines and wine country trips were auctioned, contributing to the evening’s fundraising total of $260,000. The proceeds will benefit programs of the nonprofit MS Center. The MS Center has services and classes in several locations throughout Southwest Florida, including therapeutic exercise classes for MS, art classes, counseling, educational seminars and more. New social groups are forming this year for clients to meet new friends and join in activities. For more information, visit

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