Gulfshore Business Daily: January 29

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Fort Myers Mayor Randall Henderson will be the featured speaker at the Nolte Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors upcoming market outlook seminar “The End of Easy.” The event takes place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops.

Financial advisors will also be on hand to educate investors on the best ways to position their portfolios amidst an ever-changing economy. Guest speakers include John Molinari, vice president, First Trust; and Jack Goldin, senior advisor consultant, Franklin Templeton. They will address a potential fed rate hike, trade wars, global and economic slowdown, a looming recession and more. For more information, contact Josh Milton, (239) 690-9840 or


Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been named president of the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA). Benson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University. He has been in the construction industry for more than 15 years and was a finalist for the National Association of Home Builders Young Professional’s Award for two consecutive years.

The CBIA will hold a general membership mixer will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on Thursday at The Club at Olde Cypress in Naples. Speaker Michael J. Timmerman will deliver “Market Risk Is Increasing. How Will It Impact New Construction in 2019?” Timmerman is the senior vice president of Meyers Research. CBIA members can register online for $30, and nonmembers can attend the event for $50, registering by email at


Sanibel Captiva Community Bank celebrates its 16th anniversary doing business in Southwest Florida in 2019. To commemorate the anniversary, the bank has purchased a 12,000-square-foot building located at 9311 College Parkway, at the corner of College Parkway and McGregor Boulevard, formerly First American Bank. Construction will be underway soon and the building is expected to open the first quarter of 2020.

With rapid growth in recent years, the bank has outgrown its existing operations center at 7500 College Parkway, a press release states. The new location will be home to its operations center and eighth branch in Southwest Florida. The building will also feature two drive-through lanes, drive-up ATM, night drop and safe deposit boxes.


Minto Communities has appointed staff members for its new Overlook Bar & Grill restaurant at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. Sally Yu has been named executive chef and Valeri Acierno has been named food and beverage manager of the new free-standing restaurant for residents of The Isles of Collier Preserve and their guests. For information on The Isles of Collier Preserve call (888) 693-4306 or visit


The Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for membership in The Winged Foot Society. The Winged Foot Society is a group of local individuals and businesses that support the foundation in its efforts to inspire the community’s youth toward greater achievement and excellence.

Membership in the Society is limited and requires an annual contribution of $300, which is fully tax deductible. Society members may participate in the pre-season cocktail party and announcement of the keynote speaker each year in advance of awards banquet.

Members also are recognized in the event program at the banquet and in local media ads. This year’s banquet takes place on May 23 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. For more information, contact Brooke A. Hornbeck at (239) 280-3270 or


Bonita Bay Club is the first private club in Florida to achieve statewide-level sustainability recognition from Vivid Leaf.

Vivid Leaf is a comprehensive and broad sustainability certification for industries including hospitality, healthcare and manufacturing. It considers conservation of natural resources such as water and native plants, energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, reduction or elimination of pollution and waste, proper recycling, and preservation of flora and fauna for future generations.

The Vivid Leaf sustainability assessment program has been developed in collaboration with innogy, a European renewable energy leader.


Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Bayfront Health Punta Gorda have announced their 2018 Employees of the Year.

The winners are: Bayfront Health Port Charlotte Employee of the Year: Christina Huddleston, ER technician; Bayfront Health Port Charlotte Non-Clinical Leader of the Year: John Parolisi, manager of facilities; Bayfront Health Port Charlotte Clinical Leader of the Year: Marie Labbe, registered nurse, cardiac patient navigator; Bayfront Health Punta Gorda Employee of the Year: Emily Virtudazo, registered nurse, ER; Bayfront Health Punta Gorda Non-Clinical Leader of the Year: Jim Reed, risk manager; and Bayfront Health Punta Gorda Clinical Leader of the Year: Mark Sprague, manager of surgical services. 

This award is the highest honor bestowed on a hospital employee each year. Employees are nominated for the award by their hospital peers based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism, and their contributions on the job.


2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival raises $15.8 million

Attendees of the 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival raised $15.8 million for the Naples Children and Education Foundation over the weekend at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort. This includes more than $3 million for Fund a Need, which supports Children's Mental Health. Funds are still coming in through Online Auction and Fund a Need through Thursday.

The 63 auction lots included eight Double Magnums of Screaming Eagle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which went for $350,000, and two first edition automobiles—the 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible and 2019 McLaren 720S Spider convertible—which went for $550,000 and $460,000, respectively. The funds raised at this year's auction brings the festival's totals to more than $191 million over since the Festival's inception in 2001. 

Tri-Town Construction establishes Tri-Town Trust

Tri-Town Construction LLC has established Tri-Town Trust, a fund that will support nonprofits in Southwest Florida. Tri-Town Trust formalizes the company’s charitable efforts. The initial trust donation is being made to Hope Clubhouse for the gardens it is installing at elementary schools for students with mental illness.

Recent company donations include the Bonita Historical Society and Habitat for Humanity. The company sponsors nonprofit events throughout the year and regularly donates goods and services to children in need. Going forward, Tri-Town Trust will focus on supporting nonprofits serving children’s needs and environmental organizations.

Volunteers needed for Saturday food drive

The Let’s Feed Collier & Charlotte Food Drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and Publix Super Markets are partnering for the event. More than 150 volunteers are needed to help with donations at several Publix Super Markets in Collier and Charlotte counties. To volunteer, contact Tanya Phillips at If you have not volunteered with the food bank, fill out the application at

Bourbon Tasting Cruise sponsors named

First Florida Integrity Bank and Stock Development Real Estate will sponsor a Bourbon Tasting Cruise on the Naples Princess, which boards at 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Proceeds benefit Collier Child Care Resources Inc. The cost per person is $125. Tickets are available at or by calling Jeff Jerome at (239) 659-3176.


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