Lead Photo: Seagate Development Group has broken ground on the final phase of EmCyte Corporation’s headquarters.
NAPLES RANKS 7TH ON ‘BEST PLACES TO LIVE’ NATIONAL LIST
One of Southwest Florida’s most beautiful cities has been named one of the best places to live in the country. Naples came in at No. 7 on U.S. News & World Report‘s ranking of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. for 2020-21. Also making the top 20 were two other Florida cities: Sarasota at No. 9 and Melbourne at No. 18. The list looked at affordability, job prospects and desirability. Some of the pluses for Naples include its pristine beaches, sprawling golf courses, and fine dining and shopping. Naples scored high for desirability and people moving to the area, but the city received low marks for value, comparing housing costs to the median household income. The report ranked Boulder, Colorado, as the top place to live in the nation.
SEAGATE BREAKS GROUND ON FINAL PHASE OF EMCYTE HEADQUARTERS
Seagate Development Group recently broke ground on the final phase of EmCyte Corp.’s headquarters, 4331 Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd. in Fort Myers. The $2.2 million project will add 13,000 square feet of warehouse space to a new building and a 2,000-square-foot office facility to EmCyte’s existing 30,000-square-foot headquarters. Crews will also renovate a 5,000-square-foot manufacturing space for the leading autologous regenerative biologics company. Seagate has poured the slab and is conducting site work. The next three months will be dedicated to foundational components, walls and roofing, exterior windows, irrigation, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, drywall, interiors and more. The final phase is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2021.
HEALTHCARE NETWORK ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE PROMOTIONS
Healthcare Network promoted Julie Pedretti to vice president of external affairs and Martine Woolley to vice president of pharmacy. Pedretti joined Healthcare Network in 2020 as the COVID-19 community relations director. Pedretti has more than 25 years of health care marketing, communications and administration experience, including roles with Lee Health, NCH Healthcare System and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Joining Healthcare Network as director of pharmacy in 2015, Woolley has completely transformed Healthcare Network’s pharmacy program, the organization states. The multi-location clinical pharmacy program now includes in-house pharmacies and multiple contract pharmacies throughout Collier County from what was once a single in-house pharmacy.
SWFL INC. HIRES GOERGEN
SWFL Inc. hired Josh Goergen as its government relations manager. Goergen joins the SWFL Inc. staff with a background in legislative affairs. Goergen previously worked as a legislative assistant for Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto and Sen. Ray Rodrigues. He graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Florida Gulf Coast University. At SWFL Inc., Goergen will track and act on legislative activities that will influence the Southwest Florida business community and quality of life for residents. Tiffany Esposito, president and CEO of SWFL Inc., said she’s thrilled to bring Goergen to the team.
O-A-K HIRES LUX AS SUPERINTENDENT
Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. hired Robb Lux as a superintendent. Lux started his career as a laboratory and field technician testing construction materials before becoming a job site superintendent for commercial construction projects. Lux is certified by Occupational Safety and Health Administration for workplace safety and health and in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He is also boom lift, forklift and scissor lift certified, and his experience includes masonry and site work. Lux completed his studies at St. Paul Technical College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He worked on O-A-K’s construction of the new Lehigh Middle School and is currently overseeing projects for Collier County Schools.
GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER
Gulfshore Playhouse appointed a new addition to its board of directors, Shontra Powell. Powell holds more than 25 years of experience in leading growth initiatives and delivering strategic ideas to multinational Fortune 500 industrial, automotive, financial and travel firms. She is also co-founder and owner of Red Zone Fleet Services, a mobile fleet services startup in Southwest Florida. She has worked as an executive for companies such as GE, Johnson Controls Inc. Powell has advised a portfolio of startup companies with revenue totaling more than $50 million and is often a featured lecturer for early startup events. She currently sits on the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Board of Directors and is an adjunct professor for the university’s Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship and Lutgert College of Business. Powell also serves on the board of directors for 8th Light, a global technology firm based in Chicago.
ATWOOD NAMED CHAIR OF FLORIDA BAR LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT SECTION
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. stockholder Scott Atwood was sworn in as chair of the labor and employment section at The Florida Bar’s virtual annual meeting. He has served on the executive council of The Florida Bar’s labor and employment section for 11 years. Atwood frequently serves as a panelist on Florida Bar webinars addressing COVID-19 and its impact and hosts virtual seminars to keep employers up to date on employment laws impacting their business. Atwood also serves as chair of Henderson Franklin’s labor and employment law group and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College with honors, law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Master of Arts from the College of William & Mary.
BASS APPOINTED CHAIR OF FLORIDA BAR COMMITTEE
Forrest J. Bass, director at the Farr Law Firm, has been appointed chair of the Florida Bar’s wills, trusts and estates board certification committee. The nine-member committee evaluates applicants for board certification and re-certification in wills, trusts, and estates and is responsible for preparing and grading the wills, trusts and estates examination administered to board certification applicants each year. Bass is board-certified in wills, trusts and estates. He holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Flagler College.
FLORIDA SKIN CENTER HONORS MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH
Florida Skin Center honored Melanoma Awareness Month in May by offering a morning of complimentary skin checks. During the event, FSC’s skincare experts were able to spot a few cases of skin cancer, including melanoma, the company reports. For those who missed the event, complimentary skin checks are available Monday-Friday at all four Florida Skin Center locations, once per year, per person.
APPLY OR NOMINATE FOR SWFL INCREDIBLE AWARDS
Nominations are open now for the 2021 SWFL INCredible Awards, celebrating the businesses, nonprofits and individuals who help Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties thrive. Finalists and winners will be recognized at an awards program hosted by SWFL Inc. Sept. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. The awards to be presented include Small Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Innovation Award, INCredible Award and SWFL Citizen of the Year. Organizations nominated for the Small Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year or Innovation Award must be members of SWFL Inc. Membership is free and available online by clicking here. Award applications and event tickets are available here. The deadline for award applications is Aug. 10.
United Way distributes $37,500 grant to Habitat for Humanity
The United Way of Collier and the Keys awarded a grant of $37,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Collier County as part of its Project Alice initiative, which looks to make homeownership a reality for low-wage earning, critical workers in Collier County. The grant helped fund construction costs of a home for a family of four who was previously sharing a tiny one-bedroom apartment and paying nearly $1,200 each month. Now, they are living in their own three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home. The “Alice” in Project Alice, refers to the acronym ALICE, or Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed. Because of insufficient wages, these workers are squeezed out of the conventional mortgage process, Habitat for Humanity states.
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