Gulfshore Business Daily: December 14

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NeoGenomics Inc. has appointed Dr. Lawrence M. Weiss as chief scientific officer. Weiss joined NeoGenomics and has served as medical director and laboratory director for NeoGenomics Laboratories since joining NeoGenomics as part of the Clarient acquisition in 2015.

Weiss holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he graduated as class valedictorian, summa cum laude, and Phi Sigma. He also holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he received the Faculty Gold Medal for outstanding qualifications for the practice of medicine and the Francis Donaldson Award for highest achievement in Pathology. Weiss graduated with the additional honors of summa cum laude and Alpha Omega Alpha, and he has won numerous awards over the years.

Prior to joining NeoGenomics, Weiss served as laboratory director for Clarient Diagnostic Services and as chairman of the department of pathology and director of laboratories for City of Hope National Medical Center. Weiss is currently visiting professor in the department of pathology and medicine for the University of California at Irvine and chairman emeritus of pathology at City of Hope National Medical Center.   


This year’s 10,000 For the Troops tradition, led by 92.5 Fox News Radio, resulted in the collection of nearly 60,000 Christmas cards that will be sent to U.S. armed service members stationed around the world. Drew Steele, host of 92.5’s “Daybreak With Drew Steele,” began the effort in 2014 by asking listeners to contribute cards for military on bases and in war zones. He has been joined in the undertaking by Trey Radel, host of 92.5’s “The Drive With Trey Radel.”

“We never imagined we’d make 10,000,” Steele says. But the results did exceed expectations, as various Southwest Florida groups pitched in to send in bulk deliveries. This year, Lee County schools, for example, brought in 11,332 cards, many of which were handmade by elementary students. Lee Health’s Military Support Program members inspect each card to make sure the message is warm—and not naughty—and then forward them to the U.S. Air Force for transport. Steele says he often hears feedback about how the service members appreciate the gesture “of love and support” when they are away from their loved ones.


Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville has been inducted into the RealSelf 100 and 500 Hall of Fame as an Elite Inductee, the highest honor awarded by RealSelf, the leading online service to learn about cosmetic treatments. He is the only surgeon in Southwest Florida and among only 10 in the U.S. to have earned Elite Inductee status, according to a news release. To be included in the RealSelf Hall of Fame, doctors must have received a RealSelf 100 or RealSelf 500 award in the past. Prendiville has received the award for seven consecutive years. To achieve Elite Inductee status, surgeons must be among the top 1 percent of more than 1,000 surgeons reviewed. The program honors the top-rated and most engaged board-certified aesthetic doctors on RealSelf. Doctors are ranked in three categories: earning patient reviews, answering consumer questions, and sharing before and after treatment photos.


The Collier-Lee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has announced its new officers and board members for 2019. The new officers are president Miriam Pereira, Harry Chapin Food Bank; vice president Z. Allen Abbott, Cypress Cove; secretary Tracy Connelly, Guadalupe Center, and treasurer Charles Kerwood, Waller Financial Planning Group.

New board members include Michelle Davis, Humane Society of the United States; Karen Govern, STARability Foundation; Carolyn A. Johnson, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida; David Langiulli, Fundraising Leadership LLC; Tamika Seaton, Florida Lions Eye Clinic; and Chris Simoneau, Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation. For more information about the AFP, contact Jeanne Bolds at (239) 947-2000, or email


Yard House will officially open in Naples at 11 a.m. on Jan. 21 at 4251 9th St. N. The 11,000-square-foot restaurant will accommodate 390-plus guests indoors and outdoors and will create 150 new jobs for the community. The restaurant is built around its expansive bar, featuring 130 taps with local beers such as Riptide Kraken, Bury Me Brewing Creamation and Naples Beach Classic Ale. Overseen by general manager Sonia Rivera, who has been with Yard House for 11 years, Naples Yard House will feature various beer lines, more than 100 made-from-scratch menu items and hand-selected music. For job opportunities, visit


Frey & Son Homes has hired Micheal Ouellette as the sales director for Lee County. He will monitor a team of sales representatives and apply a strategic sales plan that will allow the custom home builder continued growth. 

Ouellette began his real estate career with WCI Communities after working in Toronto and New York as an executive in the camera electronics industry. Prior to Ouellette’s most recent role as vice president and broker of record for Stock Realty, a division of Stock Development, he was named Pineapple Square’s executive director of sales and marketing. For three years, he also owned a recruiting, marketing and consulting firm for U.S. and Canadian markets. 

The Wall Street Journal has acknowledged Ouellette as a top Florida salesperson. He has earned regional sales achievements, such as highest sales at WCI Communities, as well as several sales achievement awards from Stock Development. The Lee Building Industry Association has also recognized him as a top Lee County salesperson. Ouellette graduated from the University of New Brunswick’s business administration program with a concentration in marketing.


Cypress Cove donates hundreds of toys to Heights Center Drive

Residents and staff of Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida gifted to the Heights Center and Gladiolus Learning and Development Center more than 600 toys Tuesday for the organization’s upcoming annual Operation Christmas Care celebration. The toy drive and gifting program by Cypress Cove marks the seventh consecutive year that the South Fort Myers Life Plan Community has participated in The Heights Center/Gladiolus Learning and Development Center annual toy drive. During that time, Cypress Cove’s residents and staff have contributed more than 3,000 gifts toward the annual event. 

Women’s Foundation of Collier County awards David Lawrence Center $20,000 grant

The Women’s Foundation of Collier County (WFCC) has awarded David Lawrence Center (DLC) a $20,000 grant for specialized treatment for pregnant and postpartum women with substance-use disorders. These services are designed to assist pregnant and/or postpartum women up to one year after delivery. The WFCC is a fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County that supports at-risk women and girls in the region. This grant will provide up to 28 days of short-term, residential treatment in the DLC Crossroads Addiction Recovery Treatment Program ( and also link these women to additional services in the community.

Everglades Wonder Gardens campaign halfway to fundraising goal

The Everglades Wonder Gardens “Light the Gardens” campaign to fund a new electrical system has surpassed the halfway mark of the goal amount since its launch last month. So far, the Everglades Wonder Gardens has received $26,000 toward its $50,000 goal. The Everglades Wonder Gardens aims to raise the entire amount by February 2019 in time for the third annual Enchanted Gala.

The Everglades Wonder Gardens hosts several events throughout the year, which will also benefit from this new lighting system. To make a contribution, or for more information, visit or stop by the Gardens located at 27180 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs.

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