Gulfshore Business Daily: February 7

Kate O’Neal


The Broadcasters Club of Florida announces Kate G. O’Neal as the first female president in its 80-year history. The Broadcast Pioneers was formed in the ’40s by its original founder HV Kaltenborn and was soon recognized as a national organization. O’Neal is currently the program director of Society Bytes Radio, a podcast-radio station and is part of the Radio Ear Network Family of Hybrid I-Radio stations owned and operated by Amanatee Group, LLC.  Under her direction are plans to increase membership opportunity with social and professionalism at the forefront for women and youth in media awareness for past, present, and future growth. The Broadcasters Club of Florida meets the second Friday of each month from September through June with a lunch style format. For more information, visit

Lisa Wagamon


Lisa Wagamon has joined Lee Health as vice president for business development and contracting. In this position, Wagamon will oversee negotiations and relationship management with commercial payers and managed care plans. Wagamon will manage negotiations for fee-for-service and all commercial payer arrangements for Medicare Advantage, Medicaid managed care and Commercial Accountable Care payment arrangements. The scope of negotiations will encompass acute care, skilled care, ambulatory care and ancillary services. She will also oversee payer contract implementation, credentialing of participating physicians and facilities, including management of existing employer service contracts and work closely with the physician relations and community affairs teams on business development. Wagamon previously held positions with managed care organizations for 22 years. She most recently served as system vice president of Managed Care for SSM Health’s ministries in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.


The board of directors of the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) has elected new officers. Alex Allen, president of Two39 Work is president; Wendi Fowler, director of marketing and communications, ITVantage, is vice president; Peg Elmore, business services director, CareerSource Southwest Florida is treasurer; and Terry Dirr, director of information technology, Shaw Development is secretary. Immediate past president is John LaFreniere, CIO, Verge Information Technology. Additional board members include Warren Baucom, Economic Development Office of Lee County; Colleen Jorgensen, Rite Technology; Dr. Robert Totterdale, Florida Gulf Coast University; Linda Lyding, retired global vice president of network services, IBM; Tracey Lanham, Hodges University; and board advisor Randy Mitchelson. Nicole Kampmann, Hertz, is the administrator.


Tom Moran, the founder, chief executive officer and senior PIM portfolio manager of Moran Wealth Management, will host “Meet the Portfolio Manager” seminars this month on Feb. 12, 21 and 26. During the seminars, Moran will discuss his outlook for the economy and the market. The Feb. 12 seminar takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Moran Wealth Management in Naples, followed by the Feb. 21 seminar from noon to 2 p.m. at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Naples, and the Feb. 26 seminar, held from 2-4 p.m. at Naples Daily News Community Room. Seating is limited for these complimentary seminars. For reservations, call (239) 513-2511. Moran was recently named to Barron’s1 2019 Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors List. He was the only advisor in the state of Florida to make the list and was ranked No. 13 in the country.  For more information, visit


The Greater Naples Chamber will host Jenna Persons, a commissioner on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, to discuss the role women play in shaping Florida’s future at Wake Up Naples, held at 8 a.m. on Feb. 13 at the Hilton Naples. Networking begins at 7:30 a.m. Persons will discuss what the Commission on the Status of Women is doing to advance women and children in Florida, what the organization learned as part of its 2019 Voices of Women Survey, and the role women play in shaping Florida’s future. The event is sponsored by Flexjet. Register online at The cost to attend is $25 for members and $35 for non-members and registrants at the door. A limited number of exhibitor tables are available for $125 (event admission included). For more information, contact Nikkie Dvorchak at


Naples’ PREMIER Professional Organizer and Naples Daily News’ “Get Organized” columnist Marla Ottenstein will present a class on how to organize a home office from 5-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Naples campus of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy. This class is designed to help small-business owners who work out of their homes—and non-working individuals—create an efficient and effective home office. Ottenstein will share time-saving tips, designed to help attendees stay organized, as well as providing a list as to what supplies to buy and where to buy them. Other topics for discussion may include credit card consolidation; ways to save and protect important information; setting-up auto-pay and creating a system for organizing passwords, user names and security questions, as well as the pros/cons of going paperless and how a day-to-day filing system will save time and money when it comes time for year-end tax preparation efforts. Participants may register online at or call (239) 434-4737. The cost to attend is $29 ($24 for Renaissance Academy members).


The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Gulf Coast Chapter will host the president and CEO of NCH Healthcare System, Paul Hiltz, at its Lunch ‘n Learn event held at noon on Feb. 25 at Vi at Bentley Village in the East Clubhouse in Naples. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Hiltz will discuss what it takes to restore confidence after a public relations crisis and how to effectively repair trust in the organization and community. Hiltz was responsible for implementing and heading Mercy Health’s Accountable Care Organization, Mercy Health Select, one of the top ACOs in the U.S. The cost is $30 for PRSA members, $38 for non-members, and $25 for students. Reservations must be made by Feb. 21. For additional information or to register, visit or click here.


John Talmage


The Naples Fort Myers Chapter of CREW will hold a Lunch & Learn from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Cantina Laredo in Fort Myers. The featured speaker will be John Talmage, director of the Lee County Economic Development Office, to discuss the decisions that are being made now to plan for and address present and future economic growth in Lee County. This event is hosted by the Naples Fort Myers Chapter of CREW, an organization dedicated to business development, leadership development, industry research and career outreach for women in the commercial real estate industry in Southwest Florida. The luncheon is open to the public, but pre-registration is required online at on or before Feb. 19. The cost of the luncheon is $25 for members and $40 for non-members.


Feeding Southwest Florida food drive set for Saturday

Harry Chapin Food Bank is gearing up for the “Feeding Southwest Florida” food drive, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, in partnership with all 62 Publix Super Markets in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. The food collected will support Harry Chapin Food Bank programs that help feed the one in eight people in Southwest Florida, including one in five children, who may not know where their next meal is coming from. To participate, go to a Publix store in Lee, Collier or Charlotte counties, purchase one or more items, and donate them as you leave to the food bank staff and volunteers set up in the lobby or outside.

2020 Naples Winter Wine Festival online auction raises over $500,000

In addition to raising over $20 million during its live auction, the Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF) has broken another record as the sixth annual NWWF online auction came to a close on Tuesday, bringing in over $500,000. This year’s online auction total brings the total amount for the online auction to approximately $1.5 million since its inception in 2015. The online auction drew bidders from coast to coast, giving them the chance to win experiences ranging from vintage wines, tickets to live TV shows including “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night with Seth Myers,” and travel packages across the U.S. and beyond. This year’s top online auction bid was $20,000 for four tickets to a New Orleans Saints 2020-21 Season Home Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The lot includes accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as signed New Orleans Saints memorabilia.

Handbag Happy Hour returns in March 

Handbag Happy Hour is returning on March 25 to The Standard Restaurant in downtown Fort Myers, with celebrity handbags and more to be auctioned to benefit Valerie’s House and The Nature Park Environmental Education Foundation at The Shell Factory. Pam Cronin, event chair and owner of The Shell Factory and Nature Park, and her committee are currently soliciting new and gently loved handbags, pet items and men’s accessories for the event. Donated items can be delivered to The Standard Restaurant at 1520 Broadway, and at The Shell Factory on U.S. 41 in North Fort Myers.  Pick-up of items also can be arranged by calling (239) 410-1929. “Havana Nights” is the theme for this year’s event.  Mojitos and Cuban appetizers are included in the ticket price of $50 per person or $800 for a reserved table of eight. Sponsorships also are available at $1,000 to $3,000. Tickets may be purchased at

Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of SWFL’s Bling & Bags Bingo fundraiser returns in April

The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of SWFL is holding its fourth annual Bling & Bags Bingo fundraiser from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on April 8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fort Myers. Tickets are $50 per person, which includes 16 bingo game cards for a chance to win fine jewelry and designer handbags, dinner of heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction items and raffle baskets. Tickets must be purchased in advance by going to Sponsor levels range from $500 to $5,000. For details, contact Lisa Rizzio at (239) 939-2808 or  

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