Gulfshore Business Daily: July 16

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Heidi Brown

CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS EVENT AIMED AT BUILDING INDUSTRY

Entech and the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA) are hosting a cybersecurity awareness session, “Framing the Question – Is Your Business Ready for the Next Hack?” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 17 at Cantina Laredo in Fort Myers. The event is part of a cybersecurity initiative lead by Entech that will discuss cybersecurity trends and tips specifically for the building industry. Topics covered will include security breaches, cyber insurance, the importance of training staff, two-factor authentication, cloud adoption and more. Registration and additional information can be found at BIA.net.

 

THURSDAY LUNCHEON TO SHOWCASE NONPROFITS

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host its next monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday at Pelican Preserve Golf Club in Fort Myers. The event will feature guest speaker Sam Lewis, founder of the wholesale custom apparel company WearTheFund, who will share about his unique business model that supports the community. Attendees of the July luncheon can also learn about many of the local nonprofits that are members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. Two dozen organizations will be showcased during the nonprofit expo. Admission to the July luncheon is $25 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. To learn more or to register for the event, visit FortMyers.org.

 

 

HORNBECK, LAVENDER TO BE INDUCTED TO BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Huntley “Bud” Hornbeck II, area chairman for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., and Dan Lavender, president and CEO of The Moorings Park Institute Inc., into its 2019 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County. The laureates will be honored during a dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 24 with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Beach Resort in Naples. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. For more information on the event, sponsorship opportunities and tickets, visit www.JASWFL.org.

 

TWO CHILD CARE OF SWFL CENTERS EARN DESIGNATION

The Lee County School Board has recognized two Child Care of Southwest Florida centers as Preferred Pre-K Providers for families in Lee County. The Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center in Fort Myers and The Community Children’s Center in Lehigh Acres received the designation as Preferred Pre-K Providers after meeting a series of criteria that demonstrate the centers’ commitment to quality. Only five child care centers received the ‘preferred’ designation out of more than 250 that operate in Lee County, according to a press release. The Joseph H. Messina and Community Children’s Center will each receive $500 in classroom materials, a complimentary field trip to a feeder school for students and summer activity packets for children, in addition to being listed on the district’s website at leeschools.net.

 

Heidi Brown

BROWN REAPPOINTED TO CO-CHAIR MEDICAID COMMITTEE

Heidi M. Brown, associate with Osterhout & McKinney P.A., has been re-appointed as co-chair of the Medicaid committee of The Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar. Brown’s term will be from July 2019 to June 2020. In 2014, Brown became board certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar. She concentrates in the areas of estate planning, Medicaid, VA planning, special needs planning, probate and trust administration. She is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to represent claimants for VA benefits. Brown graduated from the College of William & Mary Law School in 2005 and holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Georgetown University.  She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the Elder Law Section and Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and the estate planning council for Lee County (Florida). She also serves as co-chair of the elder law and long-term care committee of the Elder Law and special needs planning group of the ABA Section of Real Property Trusts and Estates Law.

 

GREATER NAPLES AREA PLANNED GIVING COUNCIL ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

The Greater Naples Area Planned Giving Council (GNAPGC) announces its 2019 Membership Drive for the membership year July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020. Membership in the GNAPGC gives members one-year access to educational programming in the area of planned giving, as well as networking opportunities that bring together tax and estate attorneys, financial advisors and nonprofit professionals. Meetings are generally offered monthly from 8:30-10 a.m. Members also enjoy a holiday networking event and the opportunity to attend the 2019 Fundraising Symposium on Sept. 19. Meetings are free for current members and $35 for nonmembers. Registration for all meetings is encouraged. For more information, visit www.naplespgc.org, email Meredith Nassif, or call (239) 649-5000.

 

 

MCBRIDE JOINS HAHN LOESER & PARKS

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP has added Meredith A. McBride as an associate in the litigation practice area in the firm’s Fort Myers office. McBride will focus her practice on complex commercial litigation. She has developed a specialized knowledge of eminent domain law and will leverage her knowledge of government and construction regulations to guide her clients through the entire proceedings process. McBride also brings experience filing land development permit extension requests and zoning applications. Before arriving at Hahn Loeser, McBride served as an associate at Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan and as an extern at Roetzel and Andress. McBride received her Juris Doctor from Ave Maria School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Campbell University. McBride is a member of the Lee County Bar Association Foundation and Lee County Bar Association Foundation Golf Tournament Committee.

 

Charitable notes

Lighthouse of Collier Receives $10,000 grant from Moorings Park Foundation

Lighthouse of Collier has been awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Moorings Park Foundation. It will help the organization continue to meet the needs of seniors in Collier County who are blind or visually blind. The mission of Lighthouse of Collier is to foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers. As the only non-profit center for blindness and vision loss in Collier County, a press release states, Lighthouse of Collier aims to help thousands of local children and adults in Collier County who are blind and visually impaired. For more information, visit www.lighthouseofcollier.org.

 

Youth Haven awarded $50,000 grant from McCune Family Foundation

Youth Haven Inc. has received a $50,000 grant from the McCune Family Foundation. The funds received will benefit its Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program, which is designed to help abused, neglected, and homeless teens transition to safe, healthy and responsible adulthood. The grant will allow Youth Haven to continue to build the program and provide intensive case management, mentoring, and life skills classes for teens as they expand the shelter and receive an increased number of drop-ins.

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