Gulfshore Business Daily: August 9, 2018

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Herc Holdings Inc. reported a second-quarter net loss of $0.3 million, down from a net loss of $27.6 million in the same period last year. Net loss for the six months ended June 30 totaled $10.4 million, down from a net loss of $66.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017. Revenue in the second quarter totaled $485.5 million, up from $415.8 million in Q2 2017. Total revenue in the six months ended June 30 equaled $916.8 million, up from $805.2 million in the same period last year.


The board of directors of the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance has named Susan Pareigis as interim president and CEO of the regional organization. Most recently, Pareigis served 10 years as president and CEO of the Florida Council of 100, following four years as Gov. Jeb Bush’s appointed secretary of the Agency for Workforce Innovation. Pareigis previously was president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Collier County and served in international business development at the Lee County Office of Economic Development. Pareigis has served on the board of directors for Enterprise Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce and chaired the U.S. Department of Labor’s Committee on veteran’s employment, training and outreach.


Adrenaline Venture Fund I, LP, organizer of VenturePitch SWFL, invested $25,000 in Stabilized Steps, the winner of the Shark Tank-style event held at Babcock Ranch in the spring. Stabilized Steps developed patented stabilizers that attach to the bottom of medical walkers. The Naples-based medical-device firm won first place at VenturePitch SWFL 2018 event in April at Babcock Ranch. The $25,000 equity investment will allow the company to market Stabilized Steps in traditional and digital media, according to a press release. Stabilized Steps was among 42 companies from Sarasota to Naples vying for the VenturePitch equity investment. The next VenturePitch event will be held April 11, 2019, at Babcock Ranch. Look for announcements about the event, including the call for nominations, by visiting


Suffolk has promoted Ben Wilson to vice president of operations. In his new role, Wilson will work closely with Suffolk’s gulf coast chief operating officer, Josh Christensen, to provide leadership for Florida’s gulf coast region, which extends from Southwest Florida to Tampa. Wilson joined Suffolk in 2015 as a project manager and later became project executive. As vice president of operations, Wilson will oversee more than $200 million in projects in diverse market sectors from Naples to Tampa. Wilson is a 13-year veteran of the construction industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction management from the University of Florida. He is LEED accredited, OSHA certified and a Certified Building Contractor with the state of Florida. Wilson serves on the board of directors of Tampa’s Friends of the Riverwalk, is a former education committee member of the Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange in Sarasota and Manatee counties, and is active with Urban Land Institute and the Association of Builders and Contractors.


Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will kick off its Critical Thinking Lecture Series with “Voices in America: Diversity, Inclusion, and Democracy,” at 11 a.m. on Sept. 6 at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus in Fort Myers. The presentation can also be viewed digitally at the FSW Charlotte Campus, Building O, Room 117; the FSW Collier Campus, Building G, Room 109; and the FSW Hendry/Glades Curtis Center, Building A, Room 114. The event will be presented by FSW Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dr. Deborah Teed. Teed has spent nearly 20 years in higher education, earning her doctorate in comparative sociology from Florida International University. Prior to joining FSW, Teed served as associate dean of academic affairs and retention at Pasco-Hernando State College and dean of social sciences and business at South Puget Sound Community College. The FSW Critical Thinking Lecture Series features college and community leaders who discuss how they use critical thinking skills in their profession or focus on critical topics from their area of career or academic interest. The series is free and open to the public. Presentations take place weekly, and the fall series runs September through November. For more information, contact Whitney Rhyne at (239) 433-6943 or


Stickboy Creative has been named a finalist for Small Business of the Year by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. Since applying for Small Business of the Year, Stickboy has become a technology partner with the Tamiami Angel Funds in Naples. The 10 finalists for Small Business of the Year will be honored at the 2018 Chamber Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs. For more information, visit


Rebecca M. Vaccariello, a litigation attorney at the law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP in Naples, has been accepted into the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) ( Vaccariello practices in the wealth disputes and business litigation practice groups at Robins Kaplan LLP and focuses her work in the areas of probate, trust and guardianship litigation and counsels fiduciaries in non-litigation settings.  She is the president of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society’s Attorney of the Year for 2017, and a graduate of Leadership Collier Foundation’s GAIN Class of 2013.


Pediatric Associates of SWFL has joined Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) as Children’s Care West. The new practice will house six examination rooms, allowing area pediatrician Dr. Reisha F. Brown to continue seeing 1,900 patients annually, but with the additional support of Healthcare Network’s programs and initiatives. Children’s Care West will be located in the building which previously housed Pediatric Associates of SWFL, 1008 Goodlette-Frank Road, Suite 100, Naples. Brown and her staff of five began seeing patients July 30.

Charitable Notes

First annual NAMIWalks Southwest Florida scheduled

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties will host NAMIWalks Southwest Florida, its inaugural 5K walk, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the City of Fort Myers Pier. Sponsors are invited to partner with NAMI in an effort to raise awareness and funds for mental health. The fundraising goal is $75,000. Celebrating its 16th year, NAMIWalks takes place in more than 85 communities across the country to raise money for NAMI programs and services that are provided to those in need free of cost. Various levels of sponsorship are available for the event. Special sponsorship recognition is also available for major donors of goods and services and is dependent on the cash value of the donation. This includes the sponsorship of food and beverages. Various activities for all ages will take place throughout the evening, including activities for those who wish to participate, but not walk. Fundraising walk teams are also encouraged. Register for free at NAMIWalks Southwest Florida at For more information, visit

Drive for Hope Golf Tournament coming in October

Place of Hope in Haiti will host its inaugural Drive for Hope Golf Tournament on Oct. 26 at Vineyards Country Club. Players will receive a continental breakfast and silent auction before a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds from the Drive for Hope Golf Tournament will help the organization provide critical medical care, shelter and a quality education complete with vocational training to help the children achieve their highest potential. Registration is available online at for $250 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, cart fees, as well as awards luncheon.

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