McKnew promoted at Hodges University
has promoted Casey McKnew to the director of IT (information technology). In his new role, he leads the support and administration of all facets of the information technology infrastructure for the university. This includes the servers, workstations, networks, classroom technologies, data centers, and telecommunications systems. McKnew brings over 22 years of professional experience in IT. He joined Hodges University in 2013 as the lead network engineer and assistant director of IT. He earned his Associate of Science degree in computer information systems from Hodges University and holds professional certifications in CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA A+. He is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Youth Haven promotes Lafakis
Youth Haven Inc.
has promoted Laura Lafakis to associate director of development. Lafakis has been with Youth Haven for over eight years, most recently serving as its development manager. Under this new role, Lafakis will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising efforts, sponsorships and donors, event planning and marketing initiatives. Lafakis’ previous roles at Youth Haven include community engagement and events manager and executive assistant.
Spectrum Concierge expands staff to accommodate growth
Spectrum Concierge, LLC has appointed Robert Peia and Tim Beard as marketing manager and home service professional, respectively. Peia will oversee and execute marketing and social media initiatives, including marketing and advertising plans and campaigns for Spectrum Concierge and sister company, Accent Cleaning. Beard will assist in caring for client residences, managing and overseeing repairs, home inspections and home maintenance tasks, as well as special projects. The company has grown from two employees in 2013 to 11 currently, also recently adding Fanny Rodriguez, Meagan Borro and Molly Schwartz as office administrator and administrative concierges, respectively. For more information, visit spectrumconcierge.com
Leedy celebrates 30-year anniversary with Preferred Travel of Naples
Preferred Travel of Naples
Luxury Travel Advisor Joan Leedy is celebrating her 30-year anniversary with the travel agency. Leedy joined the team at Preferred Travel of Naples in August of 1990. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Leedy has been a resident of Naples since 1984 and has been in the travel industry for over 40 years. She specializes in personal travel planning for individuals, families, and incentive groups for cruises, tours, hotels and more. She is experienced in all aspects of travel, from tours and cruises to customized independent travel planning.
Aracelly Peralta in front her designs.
Naples Design District selects FGCU student to design neighborhood’s street banners
The Naples Design District worked with the Digital Media Design program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) to design the neighborhood’s street banners. To highlight the design talent of Southwest Florida, the board and marketing committee of the Naples Design District chose college students to design the street banners. Aracelly Peralta, a recent FGCU graduate, designed the winning banner. The Naples Design District team worked with associate professor Mike Salmond to spearhead the process at FGCU. He selected a group of four students to participate and provide them with additional opportunities to continue to build their portfolios. For more information about the Naples Design District, visit NaplesDesignDistrict.com