CONDITIONED AIR TO EXPAND OPERATIONS
Conditioned Air plans to build a 52,710-square-foot operations center in Fort Myers to accommodate the air-conditioning contracting and service firm’s current and future growth throughout Southwest Florida. The building will be located at the intersection of Jetport Loop and Global Parkway in the Southwest International Commerce Park across from the Southwest Florida International Airport. The building will encompass 10,800 square feet of office space, 31,110 square feet of warehouse space, and 10,800 square feet of mezzanine for storage and future expansion. The building will be Conditioned Air’s central hub for the growing Lee and Charlotte County markets and provide operational support for its Naples headquarters and Sarasota branches. It also will serve as the company’s main training facility, with a fully functional training lab for hands-on continuous education and onboarding of entry-level technicians. The new operations center will replace an existing smaller facility nearby on Jetport Loop. Permitting is currently underway on the location. It is anticipated that ground will be broken on the site in October with completion and occupancy scheduled for July 2020. The building will be designed by McHarris Planning & Design and developed by Seagate Development Group. Conditioned Air plans to double in size in the next five to seven years, according to a press release.
CHELSEA PLACE LAUNCHES EDUCATIONAL SERIES
Chelsea Place Adult Day Care is beginning a series of monthly educational programs at its Daytime Activity Center, 3626 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. The programs will take place on the third Thursday evening of every month for the rest of the year. The first of the sessions will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 15. Alzheimer’s Association Program Specialist Amy Schenk will address the “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s.” To register, contact Chelsea Place Senior Research Specialist Amie Conti at (941) 787-0687 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit alz.org/CRF to register online. Future educational seminars will be announced.
CASH PROMOTED AT HODGES UNIVERSITY
Khedric Cash has been promoted to assistant director of human resources at Hodges University. In his new position, he is responsible for recruiting professionals to work at Hodges University. He brings 15 years of experience in the human resources field. He joined Hodges University in 2015 as the benefits manager. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in management with a concentration in human resources management from Florida Gulf Coast University.
DOUPÉ WINS SEVERAL AWARDS
Reuben A. Doupé, family and marital law partner at Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, earned several awards at the Family Law Section Annual Awards Luncheon, held on June 26 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. He received recognition for being Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee co-chair and received the Chair’s Award of Special Merit, Spotlight Award, and Legislative Award. Doupé is one of only the three attorneys in Southwest Florida admitted to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Doupé, who recently received a SuperLawyers award, is board certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar, and on the executive council of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. Doupé is a member of the Collier County Bar Association, being a past-chair of the Family Law Section and past-president of the Young Lawyer Section.
STEVENS CONSTRUCTION HIRES EVANS
Sandra Evans has joined Stevens Construction as human resources manager. Evans will lead human resource initiatives of all three Stevens Construction office locations, including managing the recruiting, onboarding, benefit plans, open enrollment process, training, and wellness programs. Evans previously served as director of talent for a national construction management company. A member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Evans has earned her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification from the HR Certification Institute.
‘THE BIZ NETWORK’ SERIES LAUNCHES
AR3biz, an advertising agency specializing in real estate, mortgage and construction, will launch a business-casual series called “The Biz’ Network” in collaboration with Stay Social at Venture X’s across Florida beginning in August. Panelists will discuss their marketing and advertising roadmap that lead them to success. The panelists include Lauren Maxwell, Maxwell Mortgage Team at Cross Country Mortgage; Heather Caine, Caine Premier Properties; and David Diamond, DeAngelis Diamond Construction. Monica Ramos, managing partner of AR3biz’s Naples location, coordinated the panel of guests. The event will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Venture X in Naples and will include networking and light refreshments. For more information, visit https://thebizevents.com/.
SEAGATE DEVELOPMENT GROUP CEO SELECTED FOR LEADERSHIP FLORIDA
Seagate Development Group CEO Matt Price has been selected from the Southwest Region for the 2019-2020 Leadership Florida Connect Class 10 Program. T five-session program is held over nine months throughout the state and focuses on key issues and opportunities that are specific to Florida while intertwining leadership skills and development. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, Price majored in economics and minored in real estate and urban development. He began his career as an assistant project manager in the tower division for WCI Communities and has held multiple positions throughout the commercial development and real estate industry including vice president of leasing and property management.
OLIVIER EARNS PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION
Jennifer Olivier, a member 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). Currently, there are 129 CPRCs in Florida, including 17 in Southwest Florida. Olivier is the marketing manager for Eye Centers of Florida. She has worked in public relations and marketing for 26 years. She earned a communication degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland. She recently earned another professional credential, Certification for Associate Project Manager (CAPM).
Walmart campaign raises $126,000-plus for Harry Chapin Food Bank
Walmart’s 2019 “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” national campaign brought in more than $26.8 million for Feeding America food banks, including $126,973 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Feeding America’s 200-member food bank network benefited from the nearly month-long campaign, held from April 22 to May 20, at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations nationwide. The totals include register donations from Walmart and Sam’s Club customers, donations from food suppliers based on the sale of participating items, and online donations. Each food bank received the funds raised in their geographical area. The annual campaign raises awareness of hunger issues and had already secured 749 million meals for Feeding America Food Banks over the last five years. This year’s campaign surpassed the 1 billion meal goal.
‘Stetsons & Stilettos River District’ raises $10,000 for Pace
Pace Center for Girls, Lee County has raised more than $10,000 during its “Stetsons & Stilettos River District” Love That Dress! collection event on July 17, hosted at the Burroughs Home & Gardens in Fort Myers. Co-chaired by Pace board members Brandie Fennell Duncan and Jennifer Nelson, the event featured live music by Whiskey Bent, line dancing, food trucks, a mechanical bull and raffle prize drawings. More than 300 dresses were collected during the gathering to be sold at deeply discounted prices during Pace’s 11th annual Love That Dress! event on Aug. 21 at Embassy Suites in Estero. All proceeds benefit Pace Center for Girls, Lee County, which provides academic programs and counseling services to girls and young women ages 11 to 18.
Allyn International Donates More Than $5,000 to Golisano Children’s Hospital
Allyn International has donated more than $5,000 to Golisano’s Children Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Each quarter at Allyn, an employee is given the opportunity to raise funds for a nonprofit of their choice. For Allyn’s second quarter of the year, Heather Oskvarek volunteered herself to become the chairperson to raise funds that benefit Golisano’s. Oskvarek chose to benefit the Golisano’s NICU for saving her daughter’s life when she was first born. Oskvarek hosted various events throughout quarter two, such as an Easter egg hunt, taco bar, and Painting with a Twist night at Gulf Coast Town Center. Employees participated in the events and one donated the remainder of funds to reach Oskvarek’s goal. Throughout the quarter, Oskvarek raised $2,843.15. Allyn then matched the amount to reach $5,686.30 As a result, Allyn has donated more than $157,000 to nonprofits worldwide.
FutureMakers receives $10,000 Bank of America Charitable Foundation Grant
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Inc. recently awarded the Southwest Florida Community Foundation a grant in the amount of $10,000 to aid the FutureMakers Coalition in replicating its health care system alignment work addressing local workforce gaps for the healthcare industry. The FutureMakers Coalition Healthcare/Manufacturing Collaboration Workforce Pipeline will support local efforts to continue to fill Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medical Assistant (MA) and Machinists positions, which are high-demand jobs in Southwest Florida, a press release states. This program was created to target under- and unemployed individuals from low-income communities to reduce barriers and provide support through completion of a post-high school credential and launch a career in in-demand fields.
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