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Gulfshore Business Daily: July 2, 2018

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COMPASS EXPANDS TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Compass has expanded to the Southwest Florida market with its permanent office in Naples. The 6,000-square-foot space located at 800 Laurel Oak Drive is currently under construction next to Waterside Shops. Compass currently has 15 agents on board in Naples and is expected to grow to more than 70 agents. Gary Nolan will serve as the sales manager. Prior to joining Compass, Nolan served as the senior vice president at New York-based Saunders & Associates. There, he spearheaded business development, creative and technology systems and assisted in recruiting 150 agents who collectively represented $1 billion in luxury real estate. Previously, Nolan served as the director of marketing and advertising at the Corcoran Group, where he positioned and executed an annual multi-million-dollar marketing budget. Nolan is also a professional photographer and a member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors. Compass also brought in the Bowers Macelli Group, who will join the Naples founding agents Joe Belz, Yasmin Saad, Fahada Saad, Jozef Maston, and Kathy Lucas, in the new office. Compass is seeking additional agents in Naples.

ATILUS LAUNCHES SHEEHY STRATEGIES

Bonita Springs-based Atilus (Atilus.com) has launched SHEEHYstrategies.com, a full-service public relations agency located in Philadelphia. Dubbing itself “a new breed of public relations,” SHEEHY strategies delivers branding, community building, digital marketing, media relations, social engagement and thought leadership offerings. Led by Ryan Sheehy-Cox, a Southwest Florida native, SHEEHY strategies will continue to partner with Atilus and service other clients throughout Southwest Florida and region. It also has an advocacy arm at SHEadvocates.org.

ATTORNEY EARNS BOARD CERTIFICATION

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. Attorney Amanda Barritt has achieved the highest certification by The Florida Bar in condominium and planned development law. A board-certified lawyer is rigorously evaluated and meets the bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law. Barritt is chair of Henderson Franklin’s Condominium and Homeowners' Associations practice group. She represents residential and commercial condominium, homeowners’ and property owners’ associations, nonprofit social and recreational clubs, developers, builders and individuals in all aspects of real estate development, operation, and condominium and property association law. Barritt speaks to community association management groups and writes on these topics on Henderson Franklin's blog, The Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate. She also holds the highest AV rating by Martindale Hubbell. Barritt is a member of the Real Estate Investment Society, Real Property Probate & Trust Section and the condominium and planned development committee of The Florida Bar, Lee County Bar Association, and Lee County Association of Women Lawyers. She is also the leader of her daughters’ Girl Scout troop and a member of an allocations team for the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. Barritt received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her law degree from Florida State University.

GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE HIRES MANAGING DIRECTOR

Gulfshore Playhouse has announced Joel Markus as its new managing director. Originally from Miami, Markus’ 25-year career has taken him to some of our nation’s leading professional regional theatres. Most recently, Markus served as the production manager at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, America’s oldest theatre, with an annual operating budget of $16 million. Markus has played integral roles in the production of hundreds of plays over ten seasons at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, four years at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, five seasons at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts. At Walnut Street Theatre, Markus produced Broadway-scale musicals including Annie, Grease, Mamma Mia, Memphis and more. He frequently brokered co-productions between regional theatres that were states apart and was awarded with a Creative Renewal Fellowship by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Eli Lilly to study the production values of Cirque du Soleil.

ACTION AUTOMATIC HONORS TECHNICIANS

Employees at Action Automatic Door & Gate, a division of DuraServ, voted for five technicians to honor on International SuperTech Day, held June 29. The worldwide campaign was produced by the International Door Association in 2008 to remind door installers and service representatives of the important role that they play in the financial and customer service sectors, among other realms, of the trade. Walter Sprenger, vice president and divisional manager at Action Automatic Door & Gate, presented certificates and trophies to the following honorees: Jose Amador, gates; Kennette Morales-Reyes, commercial; Eliott Lopez, residential installation; Miguel Cheverez, residential service; and Janice Bermonty, administration/sales. Every aforementioned technician is employed at the Fort Myers showroom, except Bermonty, who is stationed in Naples.

NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CLINIC ACHIEVES PLATINUM GUIDESTAR RATING

The Neighborhood Health Clinic has achieved GuideStar’s 2018 Platinum Level Seal of Transparency. GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. The platinum profile is the newest level from GuideStar and allows organizations to share not only financial metrics, but actual progress and results, according to Neighborhood Health Clinic CEO Leslie Lascheid. Of the 50,000 adults in Collier County who potentially qualify, if sick, for services, 10,315 uninsured, working women and men received more than 27,065 procedures offered by 100 volunteer nurse practitioners and 295 volunteer physicians/dentists in 2017. The clinic also provides patient education, research projects and referrals to ensure patient needs are met, including an on-site medication room that administered more than $5 million in medications last year. ​

CHARITABLE NOTES

Tattoo brings $10,000 donation to SalusCare

Mr. Greens Produce paid $10,000 to SalusCare after 10 people accepted a challenge to have the company’s apple logo tattooed on their bodies in exchange for a $1,000 donation each to SalusCare. The fundraiser was the brainchild of Amy Dimon, general manager of the west coast division of Mr. Greens Produce, which supplies restaurants, hotels and other food service providers. Dimon previously received treatment for substance abuse at Southwest Florida Addiction Services, now known as SalusCare. The $10,000 gift is the largest sponsorship SalusCare has ever received.  As a result, the nonprofit is naming Mr. Greens Produce as the title/presenting sponsor of SalusCare’s signature fundraiser, “Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Night” to be held Aug. 18 at the Broadway Palm. For more information about the event, visit www.saluscarecomedynight.org. For more information about sponsorships, contact Todd Cordisco at (239) 791-1575 or tcordisco@saluscareflorida.org.​

Zoobilee to commence in February

The Naples Zoo will host Zoobilee on Feb. 8 at the its botanical garden. The evening will include cuisine from Naples restaurants and caterers, animal encounters, a raffle for an African Safari and live music. Guests must be ages 21 and up to attend. Proceeds from the event support the Naples Zoo’s programs, educational outreach and operations as well as conservation efforts in Naples and around the world. Single tickets for the event are $125. VIP tickets are available for $250 each and include early admission and complimentary beer and wine. Special pricing is available for Naples Zoo members, and sponsorship packages are also available, starting at $2,500.  To order tickets or for information on sponsorships, call (239) 262-5409 ext. 145.  

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