Gulfshore Business Daily: Aug. 21

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Membership Directors’ Association of Southwest Florida 2019–2020 Board of Directors


Kelly L. Fayer was named 2019 APEX Awards recipient at the annual event of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee. The APEX Awards recognize local women with outstanding reputations for professionalism, philanthropy and leadership. The 14th annual APEX Awards were held on Aug. 16 in Cape Coral. Presented by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, the evening gala honored five finalists and recognized all nominees before naming Fayer the APEX Awards recipient. Fayer established The Law Offices of Kelly L. Fayer, P.A. in 2006. She is the founder of #KindLee, past president of the Lee County Bar Association, board member of the Lee County Bar Association Foundation, founding member and vice president of the Miguel C. Fernandez III Hispanic Bar Association, treasurer of CAMEO of Lee County, board member of Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, honorary board member of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation, and master of Calusa Inn of Court. For over 10 years, Fayer has also represented victims of domestic violence as a grant attorney for Abuse Counseling & Treatment. The finalists were Kathleen O. Berkey, Kerri A. Goldsmith, Julie Koester and Karen L. Mosteller.



The Lee County Port Authority will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The new ATCT and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility is an $80 million project for Southwest Florida International Airport. In 2018, RSW served nearly 9.4 million passengers and this project will help support future infrastructure growth and benefit the entire region. For more information, visit



The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host its 2019 Business Summit, presented by HBKS Wealth Advisors, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers. This year’s keynote address is “Communicate Your Way to Success,” by entrepreneur, business coach and international speaker Jason Evers. Evers has traveled to more than 20 countries on five continents strategizing and creating blueprints for entrepreneurs to achieve results. The Business Summit also includes a variety of sessions led by local business leaders. Based on their expressed interests, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in three 50-minute workshops offered at the summit. Registration is $179 per person, with discounts for multiple registrations. New this year and sponsored by DMA | Digital Marketing Agency, a complimentary DISC Profile assessment and printed report will be offered for all attendees pre-registered by Sept. 11. To register, visit or call (239) 332-3624. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 



The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Lee Building Industry Association (LBIA) will present a continuing education course titled “Medical Marijuana in Florida & Its Impact on Organizations” from 8:30-10 a.m. on Sept. 10 at Artichoke & Co. in Bonita Springs. Sponsored by Gulfshore Insurance, the event features guest speakers Ashley Lupo of Roetzel & Andress, Pauline Miller of FCCI Insurance Group, and Dr. Greg Leach of Advanced Medical. Attendees will learn how to handle conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws; the effects of medical marijuana on the Americans with Disabilities Act; what employers should know regarding employment law and drug testing; how to enforce drug-free workplace policies; what OSHA regulations employers must remember; and related liabilities as a business owner. Sponsorship information is available at or by calling (239) 436-6100. Members can register online at; non-members can register by contacting Cost is $10 for CBIA and LBIA members, and $20 for non-members. The deadline for registration is Sept. 6.


Membership Directors’ Association of Southwest Florida 2019–2020 Board of Directors


Membership Directors’ Association of Southwest Florida (MDASF) announces the 2019–2020 Board of Directors. They are: membership chair Daniela Jacob; secretary Tammy Mercer; treasurer Stephanie Glasco; PR chair Kathie Pedit; vice president Kristen Yanzer; website and communications Jennah Liskin; and president Danita Osborn. MDASF’s purpose is to create a resource for club marketing/membership professionals in the private club industry and to encourage the advancement of the position by providing educational programs and support. The MDASF currently represents more than 87 golf clubs, country clubs, and yacht clubs. 



Individuals who are thinking about starting their own business but need some mentoring are invited to apply to the Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute, scheduled for Oct. 7-Nov. 14. The MicroEnterprise Institute is a six-week training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses. Graduates complete a comprehensive training course and prepare a solid feasibility plan, working with mentors who are successful in business. Classes are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings at the United Way in Naples. To apply, visit Contact Jill Eden at (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215 or for more information. The session is $80; applicants that meet certain income guidelines are eligible to attend the course without cost.


Robert Brown


The owner and president of GCM Contracting Solutions will present his company’s latest innovations to an international audience of marina industry leaders in December. Robert Brown, who founded GCM in 1988, will address the advantages of drystack automation and tilt-up construction at The Docks Expo, a three-day conference attended by marina and dock owners, boatyard operators, marine product manufacturers and distributors, engineers, consultants and government officials. GCM has constructed a smart marina that will be the world’s first to feature stacker crane technology, a press release states. Once completed, the fully automated, multi-level system at Gulf Star Marina on Fort Myers Beach will replace the traditional forklift method used in drystack boat storage with an electric railed solution, offering quick rack-to-water vessel delivery.


Lisa Goddy


Wollman, Gehrke & Associate, P.A. has promoted Lisa B. Goddy to partner. Goddy started her career with Wollman, Gehrke & Associates, P.A. before moving to Indianapolis, where she worked at a large, multi-state law firm and a mid-sized law firm where her practice focused on sophisticated estate planning and complex trust and estate administration. She brings more than 16 years of experience to the position. Goddy focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, elder law, guardianship, special needs trusts, and business succession planning. Goddy received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law and graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science from the University of Indianapolis.



Golisano Foundation provides $120,000 grant to LARC

Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens (LARC) has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Golisano Foundation to support the expansion of LAB: Learn, Achieve, Become. LAB will offer an experiential learning environment for hundreds of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that transforms traditional program areas into spaces for innovation, vocation, demonstration and learning. Five Labs will focus on skills for work and independent living and include Lab for Living, Wellness Lab, Smart Living Lab, Vocational Exploration Lab and Collaboration Lab. For more information, visit


Wounded Warriors of Collier County donates $20,000 to DLC for veteran services

David Lawrence Center (DLC) announced Wounded Warriors of Collier County has donated $20,000 to support veterans in need. The funding will provide uninsured, post 9/11 veterans with mental health and addiction treatment services as well as transitional housing for homeless veterans enrolled in the Collier County Veteran’s Treatment Court. This is the second gift the center received from Wounded Warriors, bringing their total investment in veterans’ treatment to $39,000. For more information, visit


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