Gulfshore Business Daily: January 23

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Amanda Barritt

LUCKY’S MARKET TO CLOSE FLORIDA STORES

The Lucky’s Market grocery chain has announced it is closing all but one of its Florida stores. Kroger announced it was divesting in early December after a three-year partnership with Lucky’s, which left the grocery chain with a $107 million bill. The organic food market had expanded from 16 stores to 39 in three years and recently opened an Orlando-based distribution center to service its 21 Florida stores. Lucky’s Market heavily invested in Florida and was projected to open 14 new locations in the state this year alone. Starting on Jan. 22, all products will reportedly be 25% off. The Florida stores are projected to stay open until Feb. 12, dependent on how quickly inventory goes.
 

Baker Park upon project completion.

EHC INC. TO WIDEN BURNT STORE ROAD

EHC Inc. is working with Wright Construction to widen Burnt Store Road to four lanes for the Charlotte County Government. Per the Charlotte County Government, the Burnt Store Road project includes design, permitting, utility coordination and construction to widen the remaining portion of Burnt Store Road to a four-lane roadway from a point near Notre Dame Boulevard to a point north of Zemel Road. Design includes utility improvements, sidewalks and bicycle facilities. EHC is providing excavation and embankment services to build up the new roadway widening. In addition, EHC completed three projects in Naples—Baker Park, Springs at Hammock Cove, and Naples Square Phase 3—during the fourth quarter of 2019. For more information, visit www.EHCconstruction.com.
 

VECTRA DIGITAL ACQUIRES IPARTNERMEDIA

Vectra Digital has completed its acquisition of iPartnerMedia Inc., a digital marketing firm and public relations agency based in Bonita Springs. Vectra Digital’s procurement accelerates its strategy and presence in the digital marketing industry. Albert Arguelles, founder of iPartnerMedia, will stay on as president at Vectra Digital. Vectra Digital, a portfolio company of The Ignite Partners, was named to the GrowFL Top 50 Florida Companies to Watch list in 2019. The company is known for Ada, the company’s proprietary artificial intelligence-based marketing tool that writes ads and manages digital accounts 24 hours a day. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.
 

Kyle DeCicco

DECICCO HONORED BY CAPE CORAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Kyle DeCicco, senior vice president and senior loan officer for Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, was honored as a finalist for the 2020 Cape Coral Community Foundation Power Players Professional Advisor Awards in the banker category at a breakfast on Jan. 15 at Crowne Plaza Bell Tower in Fort Myers. Seven Southwest Florida professional advisors were recognized during the Cape Coral Community Foundation event. Each of the Power Players were identified as top advisors who perform their duties with integrity and honesty and make a substantial impact in Southwest Florida. DeCicco joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank in 2016 as vice president and commercial loan officer. With over a decade of banking experience, he has worked in commercial real estate and lending, credit analysis, portfolio management of performing and nonperforming loans, and management of FDIC insured loss-share assets. His efforts have resulted in the bank closing more than $160 million in commercial loans in four years–the majority of which support local individuals and businesses looking to launch a business, grow operations or purchase real estate.
 

Heather Urwiller

URWILLER JOINS MORRIS-DEPEW ASSOCIATES

Morris-Depew Associates welcomes Heather Urwiller to the team as the company’s newest principal planner. Urwiller previously served as director of planning and zoning for the City of Tarpon Springs, where she played a pivotal role in leading projects through the planning process. Over her 16 years in the public sector planning field, Urwiller has worked for a number of municipalities in Florida, New York and Massachusetts, including Citrus and Manatee Counties in Florida. At Morris-Depew Associates, she will be working under the direction of partner and planning director Tina Ekblad. Urwiller is a member of numerous civic organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, Association of State Floodplain Managers, Florida Floodplain Managers Association, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks-Tarpon Springs Lodge 1719. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and master’s degrees in urban and regional planning and geography from the University at Albany.
 

Amanda Barritt

BARRITT NAMED CHAIR OF HENDERSON FRANKLIN’S REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. Attorney Amanda Barritt has been named chair of the firm’s real estate department. She holds the highest certification by The Florida Bar in Condominium & Planned Development Law. Barritt also serves as chair of the firm’s condominium and homeowners’ associations practice group and co-chair of the marketing committee. Barritt is a stockholder and joined Henderson Franklin in 2004. Barritt contributes periodically to The Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate blog on association hot topics. Barritt is a member of the Real Property Probate & Trust Section and Condominium and Planned Development Committee of The Florida Bar, Lee County Bar Association, and Lee County Association of Women Lawyers. Barritt received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her law degree from Florida State University.
 

C2 COMMUNICATIONS WELCOMES KISSINGER

C2 Communications welcomes Steven Kissinger as vice president of nonprofit services. With more than 20 years in the nonprofit industry, Kissinger brings his expertise in nonprofit leadership, governance, event planning, and donor development. Previously, Kissinger was the executive director of The Immokalee Foundation. Kissinger also served as the vice president and chief financial officer for the Children’s Advocacy Center. Kissinger has over 20 years of experience in governmental and non-profit accounting, non-profit leadership, and has a strong background in operations management and program development. Kissinger is a graduate of the Leadership Bonita Class of 2010 and Leadership Collier Class of 2005. He has served as the treasurer of Farm City BBQ Inc. of Collier County and volunteered through Kiwanis. He sits on both the Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce leadership steering committees.
 

Jenna Hermance

MNMW TEAM MEMBER EARNS CFE CREDENTIAL

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. (MNMW) team member Jeanna Hermance has earned her Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Individuals who have the CFE credential are recognized with documented evidence and experience that identifies a high level of skill, knowledge and professionalism. To achieve this professional designation, individuals must pass a rigorous exam that tests knowledge and expertise in four primary areas of fraud examination: Financial Transactions & Fraud Schemes, Law, Investigation, and Fraud Prevention & Deterrence. In addition to her Master of Science degree, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license, and CFE credential, Hermance holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida Gulf Coast University.  She has been with the firm since 2016 as an associate with the litigation support, forensic accounting, and family mediation services team.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

David Lawrence Center Sound Minds Luncheon co-chairs, keynote speaker announced 

David Lawrence Center (DLC) Board Members Earle K. Borman, Jr. and Rob and Kate Edwards will co-chair DLC’s signature fundraiser, Sound Minds, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 3 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. The luncheon, being held in partnership with presenting sponsor NCH Healthcare System and education sponsor Naples Children & Education Foundation, will feature former congressman and mental health advocate Patrick J. Kennedy as the keynote speaker. A VIP Meet the Speaker reception will immediately follow the luncheon, where sponsors and VIP ticket holders can meet Kennedy and receive a signed copy of his New York Times bestselling memoir, “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction.” Tickets to the luncheon are $275 per person, and VIP tickets are $500 per person. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are also available. CEUs will be provided to Florida state-licensed nurses and clinicians (LMHC, LCSW, and LMFT). For more information, visit DLCSoundMinds.org or contact David Lawrence Center at (239) 354-1445 or donorcare@dlcmhc.com.
 
 
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