Gulfshore Business Daily: July 17

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Joleen Lake


The 10th annual “Thinking Outside the Box” seminar for nonprofits will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 9 at the Naples Daily News Community Room. Registration is now open for nonprofit organizations in Collier County. This year’s theme is The” Top 10” Tips for a Non-Profit’s Success which will coincide with the 10th annual event. The free seminar is being presented again this year by the event’s founder Sue Huff of E. Sue Huff & Associates Marketing and Management Consulting. Event speakers will include Sue Huff; Kelly E. Capolino, Diamond Volunteer Program; Katie Schweikhardt, United Way of Collier County; Cecily Lancit, Lancit Digital Media; Batya Maman, Social Connect; and John C. Riley, Riley Philanthropy. Sponsors are making the event free for local nonprofits. To register, go to Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged as this event fills fast. Limit two people per organization.



The Naples Princess, Port O Call Marina and the Hoffmann Family announce their newest addition: Miss Naples. The vessel is a 48-foot custom-built sailing catamaran based off the Kurt Hughes Yellowbird Design. It is coast guard certified to hold up to 49 passengers and is docked at Port O Call Marina directly next to the Naples Princess. Miss Naples will offer daily public cruises including beach shelling as well as afternoon and sunset sightseeing. In addition, the boat can host private parties, corporate functions, weddings and more. The boat features custom seating, undercover and in the sun areas, a bar featuring a selection of beer, wine, sodas and snacks as well as two air-conditioned bathrooms. All cruises are fully narrated and run by the same team as the Naples Princess. Miss Naples will be up and running cruises in the next couple of weeks. For more information, visit


Joleen Lake


Advanced Aesthetic Solutions has hired Joleen Lake as nurse practitioner of the Fort Myers-based medical spa. Lake has been a certified family nurse practitioner since 2008. She began her nursing career in 1992, working in a variety of nursing fields over the years, including oncology, women’s health and medical aesthetics, and has also taught as a college instructor. Lake is certified in bio-identical hormone replacement through WorldLink Medical, and is also trained in advanced medical aesthetics. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing, graduating cum laude from the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing while teaching at Clarkson College.




Shula’s Steak House inside the Hilton Naples has received the 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. This marks nine consecutive years that Shula’s Steak House Naples has received the Certificate of Excellence, each year since its inception. The Certificate of Excellence celebrates businesses that have consistently earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. For more information, visit 


Aaron Christiano


Stickboy has hired Aaron Christiano to its team of software developers. Christiano, a 2018 honors graduate of Hodges University, works with backend technologies that include Django Frameworks and Python and front-end technologies such as AngularJS and Angular2. As a software developer at Stickboy, he will have a close relationship with clients while creating code and building software that uses artificial intelligence and blockchain. Stickboy focuses on artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, and machine learning. Stickboy was founded in 2007 by Reema Bhatia, a member of the Forbes Technology Council and 2019 Technology Woman of the Year award recipient. 


Heidi Taulman


Heidi Taulman, of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), has earned professional certification in public relations and received the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC). Earning the CPRC credential distinguishes senior members of FPRA who have demonstrated understanding and mastery of core public relations principles and ethical practices and have been certified to act as public relations counselors. There are 127 CPRCs in Florida, including 16 in Southwest Florida. Taulman has spent 15 years in nonprofit leadership, with a focus on public relations. Taulman is the executive director of SWFL Children’s Charities Inc., which hosts the SWFL Wine & Food Fest. She served as president of the FPRA’s Southwest Florida Chapter in 2014-15. Taulman earned a bachelor’s degree in general communications from Florida State University and the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential in 2013. 


Brenda McVicker


Brenda McVicker has joined Community Cooperative as its new Meals on Wheels program coordinator. She will assist in program growth and development, as well as volunteer recruitment for daily meal delivery routes and making sure Meals on Wheels clients receive their meals. McVicker graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis where she studied early childhood education. McVicker has spent her career in the hospitality industry, managing private country clubs, hotels, and most recently, 55-years-old and up communities as well as independent and assisted living senior-care facilities.



The Peninsula at Treviso Bay supports Folds of Honor

The Peninsula at Treviso Bay and Imperial Homes of Naples sponsored an Independence Day golf tournament on July 4 at TPC Treviso Bay, Naples’ only Tournament Players Club (TPC) golf course, in support of Folds of Honor. Founded in 2007, Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. For more information, visit


Sky Zone hosts Back to School Drive

Sky Zone is hosting a Back to School Drive to collect school supplies for local schools to use for the upcoming school year. Sky Zone Fort Myers will be donating all collected items to The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. The drive began on July 15 and will last until July 29. All guests who bring school supplies to the park to donate will receive $2 off a 90-Minutes Jump Pass. The purpose of every initiative of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators. For more information, visit


Hope Clubhouse to honor ‘Faces of Hope Who Give’ 

Hope Clubhouse will honor its supporters with “Faces of Hope Who Give,” at its next annual mental health luncheon. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. The 2018 annual luncheon brought in a record-breaking $133,000, with more than 300 people in attendance. Diana Willis, who is chairing this year’s event, and Debbie Toler, the honorary chair, will work to continue that momentum. Luncheon sponsorship packages are available. Go to for more information.


Lani Kai blood, bone marrow drive evolves into multi-benefit poker run

An annual community event for the last 13 years, the next Kenny Conidaris Blood and Bone Marrow Drive has evolved into a multi-benefit poker run. Teaming up with Rockstar Harley-Davidson to benefit the Animal Refuge Center (ARC), poker-runners may meet and start the run at 9 a.m. on July 27 at the HD location at 9501 Thunder Road in Fort Myers. Participants then travel to Mullocks Creek in San Carlos, Lansdowne Street Pub in Bonita Springs, Doc’s Beach House on Bonita Beach, and finishing up at the Lani Kai ( The poker run begins at 9 a.m., as does the fundraising Blood and Bone Marrow Drive Marrow fundraising event at the Lani Kai. All are welcome to participate in the poker run and/or the continued benefit at the Lani Kai. The event is open to friends and family of all ages. To participate in the poker run, the cost is $25 per bike. This year, the annual Lani Kai Blood and Bone Marrow drive hopes to help find a bone marrow match for Dalton Salerno, a Naples who experienced a sudden diagnosis of aplastic anemia in April. To sign up for the national bone marrow registry, visit To make a donation in the form of a raffle prize or gift, contact Kathy Conidaris at (239) 851-0701.


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