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Wendy Spencer


Wendy Spencer, Leadership Florida president and CEO, will deliver the keynote address at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Annual Meeting: “Waves of Change,” held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. 

The evening will celebrate the year’s accomplishments and future initiatives of the Naples Chamber with more than 400 Southwest Florida community leaders.

Prior to Leadership Florida, Spencer served a five-year term as the CEO at Corporation for National and Community Service, a $1.1 billion federal agency that runs AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and the Social Innovation Fund. From 2003-2012, she served Govs. Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush as the CEO of the Florida Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism, commonly known as Volunteer Florida. 

To register for the event or to learn more about the 2019 Annual Meeting, visit www.napleschamber.org/annualmeeting.


The Neighborhood Health Clinic’s expanded dental suite opened to clinic patients on March 18, at the enhanced campus located at 121 Goodlette Road North, Naples.

The suite, featuring four dental operatories and a classroom for one-on-one patient education, opened with dentists Dr. Jeannie Moran and Dr. Thomas Brick providing services to current clinic patients. The dental suite compliments the charity’s other specialty clinics.

More than 700 volunteers ensure the Neighborhood Health Clinic provides affordable medical and dental care to working, uninsured adults (aged 19-64) residing in Collier County. For more information, visit www.NeighborhoodHealthClinic.org.


Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. (BBGI) will report its 2019 first quarter financial results before the market opens on April 29. The company will host a conference call and webcast at 11 a.m. that morning to review the results.

To access the conference call, interested parties may dial (334) 323-0505, conference ID 2037031 (domestic and international callers).

Participants can also listen to a live webcast of the call at the company’s website at www.bbgi.com. Please allow 15 minutes to register and download and install any necessary software.

Brian and Nicole Roland


Brian and Nicole Roland, founders of Crave Culinaire, have launched Crave Event Staffing. The new venture provides clients with a service strategy, team leader, carefully vetted staff and attention to detail for cocktail, dining and entertainment events.

Crave Event Staffing is led by industry veterans including bartenders, servers, chefs, dishwashers, staff for set-up and breakdown of events and more. Crave Event Staffing is currently hiring all positions and resumes can be submitted through the newly launched website, www.cravestaffing.com.

Erik Vilnius


Wilson Creative Group (WCG) has promoted Erik Vilnius to art director after one year as graphic designer. Vilnius is responsible for developing artistic concepts, working collaboratively and strategizing with the design team.

Prior to joining WCG, Vilnius worked with brands such as Harley-Davidson and MasterCraft during his years as lead designer at a Fort Myers marketing agency.

Since joining WCG, Vilnius has served clients including Naples Square, Omega and John R. Wood Properties, all of which received Sand Dollar Awards in 2018 for marketing excellence.

Alan S. Jaffe


The Naples Senior Center has appointed Alan S. Jaffe as chairman of the board of trustees. A resident of Naples, Jaffe has an extensive legal background and has supported the Naples Senior Center for several years.

Prior to his retirement, Jaffe was chairman and managing partner of New York-based Proskauer Rose. Jaffe is an honors graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review. During his years of practice, he had long been listed in “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in American Law,” and “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Jaffe has spent more than 35 years working for a variety of charitable and social services organizations.


Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. (www.henlaw.com) COO Ken Crooks was elected to the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators board of directors. He also joined the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Crooks oversees all aspects of the business, administrative, and financial aspects of the firm. He has more than 19 years of experience in AmLaw 200 law firms. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin in 2018, he served as COO for Shumaker Loop & Kendrick in Toledo, Ohio.

Crooks is currently a member of the Chamber of Southwest Florida Leadership Lee Class. He received his Bachelor of Science in accounting and his Master of Science in organization leadership from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Bonita Springs YMCA raises $174,000 with WHY Cook dinner

The Bonita Springs Sky Family YMCA held its fourth annual WHY Cook interactive dinner, raising more than $174,000 for the new Sunshine Education Academy (SEA) and other programs at the center. The facility to date has raised $2.1 million of a $2.7 million goal. The annual dinner was led by executive chef Jamil Pineda from Michael’s On East, located in Sarasota. Guests had the opportunity to cook a four-course meal tableside. The YMCA offers programs for all ages, stages, and abilities. Registration is now open for summer camp. Scholarships are available to families needing financial assistance.

Walk 4 Hope raises nearly $10,000 for Hope Parkinson Program

To kick off National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, more than 200 walkers and supporters participated in Walk 4 Hope at Lakes Regional Park and raised nearly $10,000 for Hope Parkinson Program. Several Walk 4 Hope Trailblazers undertook additional fundraising efforts for Hope’s annual event, which was sponsored by Millennium Physician Group and Personal Training by Jeri Ann and supported by Florida Neurology Group and Neurology Specialists. Throughout the year, Hope Parkinson Program improves the quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s and their care partners with educational events, exercise and movement classes, creative activities and social opportunities.

Physician Led Access Network of Collier County awarded $15,000

The Community Foundation of Collier County’s Angel Fund, dedicated to 
providing support for community-based human and educational services in 
Collier County, has awarded Physician Led Access Network of Collier County (PLAN) a $15,000 grant this year. These funds will directly support PLAN’s mission of increasing access to healthcare for uninsured residents of Collier County. PLAN serves uninsured Collier residents ages 19 to 64 who have an 
immediate medical need and whose individual and family income is below 
200 percent of Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.

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