Gulfshore Business Daily: Aug. 15

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The Revs Institute ranked No. 8 in the “10 Best Attractions for Car LoversUSA Today poll. A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by reader voting over the course of 30 days. The Revs Institute in Naples is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Revs presents the Miles Collier Collections of over one hundred significant automobiles built between 1896 and 1995. The automobiles on display at Revs are some of the rarest and most important cars ever built, according to a press release. For more information, visit




Genesis Global Technologies has launched Tech Guru On Call. Tech Guru On Call provides IT support to business people, owners, entrepreneurs and others who need IT or computer support on-demand without a monthly contract or commitment. Clients can call in to have their IT questions answered via remote login or step-by-step instructions. On-site service is also available when necessary. Callers are billed by credit card $35 in 15-minute increments. No contract required. For more information, visit



Southwest Florida radio show host, journalist, and former congress member Trey Radel is co-authoring a book with former New York Gov. George Pataki. Beyond the Great Divide: How a Nation Became a Neighborhood, published by Post Hill Press, will be in stores this December. It is available for pre-order now.  Pataki, who was governor during the Sept. 11 attacks, shares behind-the-scenes stories from that day in Beyond the Great Divide. Radel also authored the 2017 book Democrazy. Currently, he hosts The Drive on 92.5FOX News.


Aaron Christiano


Stickboy has announced the addition of Aaron Christiano to its team of award-winning software developers. Christiano, a 2018 honors graduate of Hodges University, works with backend technologies that include Django Frameworks and Python and front-end technologies such as AngularJS and Angular2. As a software developer at Stickboy, he will have a close relationship with clients while creating code and building software that uses artificial intelligence and blockchain. Stickboy was founded in 2007 by Reema Bhatia, a member of the Forbes Technology Council and 2019 Technology Woman of the Year award recipient. 



Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has added two new family medicine physicians to its staff. Dr. Karla Noel has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician at the Fort Myers office. Dr. Syed Sher also is a family medicine physician and will see patients at the Cape Coral Family Medicine office. Noel has 19 years of experience as a family medicine physician and has worked with medical practices in Hawaii, Florida and Indiana. Noel holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana School of Medicine and Bachelor of Science degree in history and biology at Ball State University. She was chief resident at the Lehigh Valley Family Practice in Allentown, Pennsylvania and has received recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home physician training. Noel is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. Sher holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Houston in Texas. He served his residency at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Florida and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association.


Deirdre Lapp


Emmanuel Communities has named Deirdre Lapp chief administrative officer. Lapp graduated from State University College at Buffalo with a bachelor’s in business administration and a minor in managerial economics. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Niagara University. Lapp is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Emmanuel Communities project office. She also acts as liaison between Emmanuel Communities and its affiliated entities. With a background in marketing and client development for other organizations, Lapp also has experience working in multiple industries including cable and law firm management. 


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Sprouts Farmers Market will open at Estero Grande, a 30-acre mixed-use development at the intersection of Estero Parkway and U.S. Highway 41/South Tamiami Trail in Lee County. The 10-year lease was signed earlier this year. Site work is now underway with vertical construction expected by October. The Estero store is GBT Realty’s sixth Sprouts storefront developed on behalf of the Phoenix-based grocer that operates more than 300 stores nationwide and currently seven throughout Florida. Expected to open Spring 2020, the 30,000-square-foot store is situated immediately north of the primary entrance to Estero Grande. Estero Grande was developed by South Real Estate Group.



Valerie’s House will celebrate its expansion in Collier County with the opening of a new home dedicated to helping grieving children heal after the loss of a loved one. The community is invited to see Valerie’s House’s new healing space from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 at 819 Myrtle Terrace in Naples. Valerie’s House-Naples will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and other guests. Children then will be allowed into the space for the first time since its renovation. A second open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11. To reserve a spot at one of the open houses, contact Valerie’s House at or (239) 204-5804.



Leading Edge Benefit Advisors LLC is kicking off its breakfast seminar series, “2019 Blueprint for Boosting Your Business,” from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug.  27 at Venue Naples. The half-day course will provide business and human resource professionals with a practical look at legal, employee benefits, technology and leadership issues facing businesses today. The event will feature employment law attorney Gail E. Farb of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen. The seminar includes five courses with multiple guest speakers. Registration is $40 per person. It includes a continental breakfast, as well as three Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) continuing education credits. For more information, contact Kayleigh Smith at (239) 454-4781. Register at



VIP tickets now on sale for Dress for Success SW Florida’s Shop for Success

VIP tickets are now on sale for Shop for Success, Dress for Success SW Florida’s annual signature shopping event. The free event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower. VIP tickets start at $50 each, offering exclusive early shopping opportunities. General admission is free after 5 p.m. Shop for Success will feature 5,000 square feet of gently used clothing in sizes 00 to 26 and accessories. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Dress for Success SW Florida. Two tiers of VIP tickets are available, as well as sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorship opportunities are now available for Shop for Success. For more information on the event and sponsorships, or to purchase tickets, call (239) 689-4992 or visit


Guadalupe Resale Shop to celebrate National Thrift Store Day Saturday

 Guadalupe Resale Shop is celebrating National Thrift Store Day on Saturday by offering free tote bags to the first 50 customers and complimentary coffee, tea and cookies. Guadalupe Resale Shop supports Guadalupe Center, which serves more than 1,300 students annually through its programs. The nonprofit’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. In addition to the National Thrift Store Day promotion, the Resale Shop routinely announces special sales, like half-off sales of clothing and kitchen accessories, on its Facebook and Instagram pages. Customers and donors also can subscribe to the Resale Shop’s monthly e-newsletter to learn about upcoming promotions and sales. The shop relies exclusively on donations from area residents and businesses to build its inventory. All donations to Guadalupe Resale Shop are tax-deductible. For more information, visit


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