Gulfshore Business Daily: January 6

Lead Photo: Hope PACE’s mobile clinic ‘drives’ better outcomes for Southwest Florida seniors. Details below.

 

HERC HOLDINGS ACQUIRES HOUSTON-BASED CHAMPION RENTALS

Bonita Springs-based Herc Holdings Inc., a leading North American equipment rental supplier operating as Herc Rentals Inc., announced Monday that it has acquired substantially all the assets of Houston-based Champion Rentals Inc. Terms were not disclosed. Champion is a full-service general equipment rental company with about 100 employees and four locations serving contractors and industrial, manufacturing and government customers in the Houston metropolitan area. The addition of Champion expands Herc Rentals’ Houston-area presence to 12 physical locations, which collectively provide general and specialty equipment rental solutions and related services, the company reports. The transaction is Herc Rentals’ first multi-location acquisition since it became an independent, publicly-traded company in 2016. The company expects the acquisition to be accretive to its earnings in the first year. 
 

HOFFMANN FAMILY OF COS. ACQUIRES VINEYARDS, WINERIES IN MISSOURI

Naples-based Hoffmann Family of Companies has acquired assets in Augusta, Missouri, including Balducci Winery and Vineyards on 90-plus acres, the Knoernschild Vineyards on 53 acres, and the Old Augusta Wine Co. building. Closing will occur on another vacant piece of property there in mid-January. Hoffmann will be purchasing two more wineries in Augusta in late January or early February which total 250-plus acres and the company has ongoing discussions with other wineries as well, the company reports. Hoffmann plans to consolidate the wineries and is proposing a hotel, a nine-hole golf course, a five-star restaurant, a paddleboat, trolley rides, horse-and-buggy rides and more attractions. The Hoffmanns have a combined national and worldwide portfolio of more than 200 properties, including 33 in Southwest Florida.
 

TRULY NOLEN ACQUIRES ZENOBI PEST CONTROL OF NAPLES

Tucson-based Truly Nolen Pest Control has acquired Zenobi Pest Control, which is based in Naples. “I’ve enjoyed owning my own company for a long time, but it is time for me to retire and enjoy my family,” says Paul Ceriani, the owner of Zenobi Pest Control. “Since Mr. Nolen resided here in Naples for over 25 years, I was familiar with him and his company’s core values, and I believe my customers will experience the same kind of high-quality service they always have.” Truly Nolen President Scarlett Nolen said the acquisition is a strategic fit for Truly Nolen that allows the company to expand its lawn care coverage area throughout Naples, which is already one of its largest service areas in Southwest Florida.
 

REPORT: FLORIDA NAMED NO. 3 GROWTH STATE

Florida is the No. 3 growth state in America, according to U-Haul data analyzing migration patterns from 2020. Florida has been among the top four growth states each of the past six years. Growth states are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than two million one-way U-Haul truck-sharing transactions that occur annually. People coming to Florida in one-way U-Haul trucks increased 2% during the past year, while departures rose about 4% from 2019. Despite the larger rise in departures, arrivals still accounted for nearly 50.2% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Florida during 2020 to make it the No. 3 state for netting DIY movers, sliding two spots from its previous ranking. North Fort Myers is among Florida’s leading growth cities, U-Haul states, with Fort Myers being another notable net-gain city. For more information, visit myuhaulstory.com.
 

NEW CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS SWORN IN

Noelle Branning was sworn-in on Tuesday as the new Lee County tax collector, replacing Larry Hart, while Matt Caldwell took office as property appraiser, replacing Ken Wilkinson. Both Hart and Wilkinson announced their retirements last year. Caldwell will be the first new property appraiser in Lee County in 40 years. For more information on the Lee County Tax Collector, visit leetc.com or contact taxcollector@leetc.com. The Property Appraiser can be reached at leepa.org or 888-721-0510.
 

2021 INDUSTRY APPRECIATION AWARDS APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development Office (EDO) have extended the application deadline for the 2021 Industry Appreciation Awards (IAA), which celebrate the Lee County business community and recognize outstanding local businesses that have positively influenced Southwest Florida. The new deadline for applications to be received is no later than 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15. To access applications, visit IndustryAppreciationAwards.com. The honorees and finalists will be recognized during the annual IAA luncheon on May 14 at Caloosa Sound Convention Center in downtown Fort Myers. The IAA will be part of a larger two-day celebration of business in Southwest Florida that will also include the Blue Chip Awards. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Dilman Thomas at 239-810-1948 or dthomas@horizon-foundation.com.
 

Dr Rigo Rincones-Gomez

HODGES UNIVERSITY APPOINTS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Dr. Rigoberto “Rigo” Rincones Gómez has joined Hodges University as senior vice president of business programs operations and institutional effectiveness. Rincones brings more than 25 years of national and international leadership experience in Academic Affairs, student success, faculty excellence, and scholarly activity. He has been awarded with several honors and educational scholarships both in Latin America and the U.S. and has published more than 50 refereed journal articles, designed and facilitated more than 100 workshops in more than 10 countries, and co-authored several books. Rincones holds five degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering; specialist and master’s degrees in project management in engineering receiving summa cum laude honors; a master’s degree in educational leadership; and a Ph.D. in evaluation, measurement, and research design.
 

AIRPORT JOINT BOARD MEETING RESCHEDULED    

The Lee County Port Authority Joint Board meeting with the Board of Port Commissioners and Airports Special Management Committee scheduled for this Thursday has been rescheduled to 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 21. The meeting will take place at Southwest Florida International Airport’s Training & Conference Center, 15924 Air Cargo Lane, Fort Myers. For more information, visit flylcpa.com.

 

ESTERO CONSULTING COMPANY LAUNCHES TIME MASTERY TIPS WEBINAR

The Sky’s The Limit Consulting Inc. in Estero has created a webinar to assist people in coping with the changes in the workplace. “Working From Home: Time Mastery Tips” is focused on three layers: basic time-management techniques, time-management when working from home, and time-management when working from home as a response to the coronavirus. In 2020, The Sky’s The Limit Consulting Inc. facilitated 20 pro bono one-hour webinars for Society for Human Resource Management chapters, chambers of commerce and other business groups. For more information, visit theskysthelimitconsulting.com.
 

HOPE PACE EXPANDS TO INCLUDE MOBILE CLINICS

Hope PACE, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, has expanded its transportation fleet to include Hope Mobile Clinics. Following rigorous safety precautions, program participants still visit the Hope PACE Centers for necessary visits and interventions, while the new vehicles provide safe, convenient and accessible options for ancillary services. The Hope Mobile Clinics are able to deliver in-home care, facilitate virtual physician visits, provide preventative screenings, and dispense vaccinations. At present, services are only available to registered program participants. To learn more about eligibility guidelines or program details, visit HopePACE.org.
 

Stephanie Spell

COLLIER RESOURCE CENTER ADDS THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Collier Resource Center (CRC) has elected three new board members to kick off the new year. Hallie Lundon, Nancy Moore, and Stephanie Spell will now serve on the board. Lundon has worked closely with Collier Resource Center to enhance its marketing, communication, and fundraising efforts and encourage individuals to seek CRC’s help.  Moore has been a volunteer with Collier Resource Center since 2016 and serves on the community outreach committee. Spell will use her experience leading several law enforcement bureaus to guide the board on public information, media relations, community engagement, planning, and other activities.
 

GATES CONSTRUCTION HIRES SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT

GATES Construction has hired Steve Russell as senior superintendent. Russell is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project closeout, and transition planning. Russell has more than 40 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types such as multi-family, hospitality, office, and government construction. Russell will be based out of GATES Construction’s Sarasota office.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Waterside Shops donates $40,000 to local charities

Waterside Shops, a shopping and dining destination in Naples, donated $40,000 in 2020 to help offset the impact of COVID-19 on local nonprofit organizations and those they serve. The cash donations helped support more than a dozen local charities. “Waterside Shops’ ongoing commitment to giving back in Southwest Florida took on a new urgency as the result of the pandemic,” says General Manager Anne Fleming. “We’re thankful to be able to partner with our retailers and the community to ensure area charities continue to receive support to address the expanding needs of our neighbors, friends and families during this challenging time.” To learn more about Waterside Shops and to support ongoing charitable efforts, call 239-598-1605 or visit WatersideShops.com
 
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