Gulfshore Business Daily: February 25

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Dawn Grundeman and Dawn Allyn. Photos courtesy of Community Foundation of Collier County:


Collier County’s overall closed sales in January increased by 22%, according to the January 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Despite a tug on inventory that resulted in a 26% decrease to 5,761 properties in January compared to 7,773 properties in January 2019, overall closed sales in Collier County rallied in January, especially in the luxury market. The region gained 360 more listings in January than what was available to buyers in December. Collier County has a 6.6-month supply of homes, which is higher than many other hot markets in Florida, according to the report. To view the entire report, visit

Linda Cunning


New Horizons of Southwest Florida Executive Director Debra Haley will step down from her position on Feb. 29. Linda M. Cunning, current director of donor development, has been selected by the New Horizons Board of Directors to fill the executive director position effective March 1. Since 2012, Haley has been critical to the development and success of the organization, growing its student population from 200 to nearly 700 and increasing the number of host site partnerships from four to 12.  Haley’s departure comes with full board support and she will remain as a member of the Board of Directors and serve as the board’s donor ambassador. Cunning comes with a range of nonprofit experience, multiple degrees and certifications in education, business and at-risk populations. She has a heart for New Horizons’ mission to empower at-risk youth. Cunning will focus on completing the national accreditation of the New Horizons organization and programs, achieving the $5 million endowment campaign goal and continuing to grow the impact of New Horizons on the SWFL community.


The Lee County Port Authority Airports Special Management Committee (ASMC) elected Robbie Roepstorff as chair and Noel Andress as vice-chair during its Feb. 18 meeting. Other members of the Airports Special Management Committee include John Goodrich, Randy Krise and Fran Myers. The committee also includes two regional members, R. Scott Cameron and Dana Carr, who represent the interests of neighboring Collier and Charlotte counties. The committee advises the Board of Port Commissioners on policy matters pertaining to Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. Each Port Commissioner appoints one ASMC member, who serves without compensation. For more information, visit


The Creek Course at Fiddler\’s Creek


For the 15th consecutive year, The Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the country. The signature 18-hole, par-72 Creek Course, designed by Arthur Hills, is woven into the community’s lush natural surroundings and features a series of holes. The course offers seven tee placements to accommodate golf enthusiasts of all skill levels and includes 7,157 yards, broad fairways and elevated greens. Since beginning its rating system in 1997, Golfweek has developed its rating system in 1997. The design excellence-based criterion includes overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance, landscape management and other statistical data.


Nestled between Mediterra and Talis Park on Livingston Road in North Naples is a new development of 27 fully customizable smart homes, each with its own private pool. Sites are available now for a custom home designed by Naples architects Stofft-Cooney and built by Distinctive Communities. The Enclave of Distinction is a secluded location on nearly 18 acres that feature two lakes and preserve areas with open green space, landscape buffering along the community perimeter as well as easy access to I-75 and close proximity to shopping, dining, beaches and community parks. A park at the entrance to the community welcomes residents home and serves as the gathering area for private or community events. Custom homes start at $1.6 million. John R. Wood Properties is a partner in the marketing and sale of each home in The Enclave of Distinction. For more information, visit

Kristi Velasquez


LSI Companies, Inc. welcomes Kristi Velasquez as its newest executive administrator. Kristi Velasquez will be focused on providing administrative and operational support for both the sales and marketing teams within the company. Kristi Velasquez has a background in hospitality and management. Velasquez has been a Southwest Florida resident for 10 years and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Derrick Grey


John Grey Painting announces Derrick Grey has earned his state-certified building contractor’s license, and the company is now offering construction and renovation services. John Grey Painting, established in 1967 by John Grey, has been family-owned and operated in Southwest Florida for more than 50 years. John’s sons, Derrick and Nate, joined him initially as employees, and are now partners with John in the business. For more information, visit

Dr. Lindsey Berkson


Naples Center for Functional Medicine has added Dr. Lindsey Berkson to its team of physicians. Berkson’s specialty is evaluating the relationship between hormones, nutrition and digestion, creating an individualized health care plan that optimizes patients’ overall health, wellness and lifestyle, and developing natural solutions to slow down the aging process. She has served as a nutritionist, consultant, lecturer, researcher, scholar, author, blogger, podcaster, chiropractor and functional medicine specialist for nearly five decades. Her experience includes 35 years focused on the role of hormones in the human body, including the development of supplement-maker Metagenics’ first female nutraceutical line for physicians in the U.S. She held the position of distinguished scholar at an estrogen think tank at Tulane University and fellow at the Health Sciences Collegium medical research institute. An author of 21 books, Berkson earned dual bachelor’s degrees in neurobiology and communication/film from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in nutrition from Goddard College and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the University of Western States. She attended co-programs in naturopathic care at National College in Oregon.


Lisa Ciniello, vice president of Bowling Management Associates, has been elected to the national board of directors for charitable organization BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link). Ciniello is the vice president of Bowling Management Associates, the Bonita Springs-based bowling entertainment company. The BMA centers are traditionally in the top three of fundraisers for the BVL, according to a press release. Ciniello, a life-long bowler, previously worked in the banking industry. She joined her husband in the bowling business in 1994. She also serves on the BPAA Food Committee and has been involved with MUBIG (Multi-Unit Bowling Information Group) and the FEC20 Group. Bowling Management Associates operates Bowland and HeadPinz Entertainment Centers in Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties. B.M.A. has been a long supporter of the BVL and its efforts to help veterans in Southwest Florida.


Ceviches by Divino, a new Peruvian restaurant from brothers Christian and Frank Encalada, has opened at 7950 Dani Drive in Fort Myers.With roots in the Miami market since 2011, the Fort Myers location celebrates the fifth restaurant from the duo with other locations in Doral, Coral Gables, Miami Springs, Miami Beach and a new downtown Miami location coming soon. Fort Myers is the first location on the Gulf Coast to be introduced to this Peruvian concept. The franchise owner, who is from Peru, wanted to bring this concept and unique Peruvian flavors to Southwest Florida. The menu is categorized by tapas, Ceviches, poke, entrees and more. 

Dawn Grundeman and Dawn Allyn. Photos courtesy of Community Foundation of Collier County:


Give Where You Live Collier breaks fundraising record

The sixth anniversary of Give Where You Live Collier generated 2,539 donations, including 1,663 made online, and raised a total of $5.68 million. That’s $218,238 more than last year’s total of $5.46 million. The event has brought in over $25 million since its inception. Hosted by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Give Where You Live Collier, gave 40 Collier County nonprofits a boost with donations, a $500,000 matching fund and $50,000 in prizes. Ten prizes of $5,000 each were given out this year to small, medium, and large organizations (size determined by operating budget) in several categories, some by chance and some by the highest amount of donations. One surprise gift was awarded at the end of the event to the nonprofit that is brought in the most online donations through peer to peer fundraising. Learn more at

Youth Haven’s Soiree on the Strip raises over $550,000

Youth Haven’s annual Soiree on the Strip held on Feb. 1 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (Beach) raised more than $550,000 to support the children and teens who call Youth Haven home. The event featured dinner, cocktails, entertainment, dancing, casino games and more. Event co-chairs were Doug Olsen, director of marketing/aesthetics derm instructor of Philip Douglas & Co.; Philip Douglas, creative director of Philip Douglas & Co.; and Jackie Ressa, owner of Jacqueline Ressa Interior. The media sponsor was Naples Illustrated

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