Gulfshore Business Daily: January 7

The annual Horizon Council meeting is set, 40-under-40 nominations are now open, FSW will open a corporate training center and more.


The Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and the Lee County Economic Development Office will host the 2019 Annual Meeting on Jan. 18 at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers. Networking and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with the program starting at 11:30 a.m.

Business and community professionals are invited to recognize outgoing council officers for their contributions and welcome new 2019 officers. The keynote speaker is Joe Lacy, managing director of Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co., LLC (BLS).

Lacy has been with BLS since 1998, serving as a project manager for large-scale and nationally based corporate clients. He specializes in structuring and implementing corporate incentive packages and financing arrangements. To register, visit


Gulfshore Business magazine welcomes you to nominate yourself or someone else for the 2019 40-under-40 issue coming this September. We will identify 40 individuals who have distinguished themselves in their professions and in the community. We require that nominees must still be under 40 by Sept. 1. Please complete the requested information below and submit it electronically by clicking “Submit.” We will not publish street addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses. The deadline is April 15. Click here for the nomination form and further instructions.


Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony, opening the doors to its fifth location, the FSW Corporate Training Center, at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 14. The FSW Corporate Training Center is located at 27400 Riverview Center Blvd., Suite 2, Bonita Springs.

The center will provide a centralized location for FSW’s corporate training initiatives, the Florida Flex Quick Response Training (QRT) and the Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) grants. It will also be the focal point for FSW’s customized business training programs. Presently, FSW’s corporate partnerships span the Southwest Florida region with nearby Hertz and HERC, Arthrex to the south, and Cheney Brothers to the north. The Bonita Springs location was chosen because of its accessibility and proximity to U.S. 41.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Robert R. Jones at or (239) 732-3720.


The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Gulf Coast Chapter will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Hilton Naples. Guest speaker Amit Arora, director of customer relationship management strategy with Hertz Corp., will discuss “Using Integrated Marketing Strategies to Attract and Engage Customers.”

Arora is a data-driven marketing executive with more than 14 years of global experience in building and executing marketing strategies. In his presentation, he will provide examples of proven strategies and tactics to achieve successful integrated marketing strategies as well as evolving platforms and analytical tools to establish goals and measure success.

The cost is $30 for PRSA members, $38 for guests, and $25 for students. Reservations must be made by Jan. 17 at


International trade specialist Kevin Brady will present at the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (SRMA) roundtable, “Importing into the USA,” held from 8-9:30 a.m. on Jan. 16 at CareerSource Southwest Florida in Fort Myers.

Brady, a certified global business professional for the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University, will help attendees understand and simplify importing processes and responsibilities. He focuses on consulting for companies involved with global importing and exporting as well as clients looking to expand their businesses internationally.

Admission is $10 for SRMA members and $20 for guests. Members have the opportunity to receive training on how to use grant money and leverage strategic partnerships to help increase market share, among other benefits. The event is sponsored by Farris Global Logistics. For more information, visit


Naples Global Advisors has hired Jason R. Rundorff as a client advisor. Rundorff, who earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2011, has worked in the financial industry since 2005. Most recently, he served as a senior financial advisor at HBKS Wealth Advisors, where he was employed for the past 12 years. 

Rundorff earned a bachelor’s degree in English from The College of Wooster. He moved to Naples in 2000, where he taught English at Gulf Coast High School. Rundorff started his financial career at AmSouth Bank, where completed their intensive management trainee program. He then moved into a client advisor role to assist individuals and families with their financial planning needs. Rundorff serves as treasurer for the board of directors at the Village School and volunteers with the March of Dimes of Southwest Florida.


Anthony DePonto has earned licensure as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. P.E. licensure requires an engineering degree, a four-year internship period, and successful completion of the “fundamentals of engineering” and “principals and practice of engineering” exams. DePonto is a project manager with Velocity Engineering Services, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Florida State University.


Hilton Naples has received a “Best of Housekeeping” award from AAA. The award is presented to the top 25 percent of all hotels, based on cleanliness and condition ratings by a AAA Inspector. The American Automobile Association is a federation of motor clubs throughout North America. AAA is a privately held nonprofit national member association and service organization with more than 58 million members in the U.S. and Canada.


21st Century Oncology’s upcoming “Kids Rock!” to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital patients

21st Century Oncology, will host “Kids Rock!” from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 19 at corporate support center at 2270 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. The event welcomes children to participate in a rock-painting party to create works of art that will then be placed at the Golisano Children’s Hospital to uplift patients. Registration for the event is free. In addition, the event will offer snow cones, face painting, and clowns for entertainment during the painting party. For more information or to register, call (239) 369-4141.

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