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Gulfshore Business Daily: July 31, 2018

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LEE HEALTH, LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNER

Lee Health and the School District of Lee County have entered a five-year community partnership, giving Lee Health the naming rights to the new Bonita Springs High School football stadium. Lee Health Stadium will open this fall for Bonita High’s inaugural JV football season. As part of the agreement, 60 percent of the net proceeds of the naming rights fee will remain at Bonita Springs High School while the remaining 40 percent will be available for county-wide use by the school district. All of the money received by the school district is slated for capital improvement projects, including safety and security upgrades and technology enhancements. This is the latest in a long line of partnerships between Lee Health and the School District of Lee County. Superintendent Greg Adkins sits on the executive committee of Lee Health’s wellness initiative, Healthy Lee, and Lee Health partners with schools in the area to provide certified nursing assistant training to high school students. ​​

DDWS HIRES SECOND STORE ASSISTANT

Cait Bowling recently accepted the full-time position as assistant manager of the Refuge Nature Store at the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. She, along with assistant manager Christopher Galloway, serve as support staff for store manager Ann-Marie Wildman. A native of Kissimmee, Bowling has lived in Lee County for 14 years and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a degree in history. She has worked six years in retail management, including at Butterfly Beach on Sanibel Island and, most recently, David’s Bridal in Fort Myers. DDWS operates the Refuge Nature Store, proceeds from which benefit wildlife, habitat conservation, education, and research projects.​​

CFA SOCIETY NAPLES NAMES BOARD

CFA Society Naples has elected its board of directors for the 2018-19 year. The board of directors of CFA Society Naples are: president Jack Clark, senior wealth advisor, The Colony Group; vice president Leroy Munster, research analyst, Wasmer, Schroeder & Co.; treasurer Richard Smith, retired; secretary: Serge Ecityan, vice president, private wealth advisor director, BMO Private Bank; Omar Bhangia, vice president, senior portfolio manager, US Bank Private Wealth Management; Jack Brown, chief investment officer, Aviance Capital Partners; Jenny Lynn Dunn, compliance and GIPS officer, Wasmer, Schroeder & Co.; Wayne Elmore, business development associate, Wasmer, Schroeder & Co.; Jean Gruss, principal, Gruss Communications; Andy Hill, president and co-founder, Andrew Hill Investment Advisors Inc.; Travis Jones, professor of finance, Florida Gulf Coast University; and Chris Squittieri, senior investment advisor, PNC Wealth Management. Approximately 130 financial professionals in Southwest Florida belong to CFA Society Naples, a nonprofit organization which is a local member of the global CFA Institute. For more information, visit cfasociety.org/naples. ​

KOVA COS. HIRES THREE

KOVA Cos. has added three new employees under the Property Management and KOVA Facilities verticals. The newest KOVA Cos. team members are Gayle Erickson-Ash, Keith Marvelle and Karla Thurkettle. Erickson-Ash joins KOVA Cos. as a property manager for KOVA Property Management. She brings more than 28 years of experience in commercial real estate in both property management and construction management for office, retail, industrial and medical properties. She received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Phoenix in business management, holds a Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation and is also a LEED Green Associate. Marvelle joins as manager of KOVA Facilities. Marvelle has extensive background in residential remodels and knowledge in both real estate sales and project management. Marvelle will assist the property management team and oversee the facilities staff and all construction projects. Thurkettle is a Florida-licensed CAM who has joined the team as a property manager for KOVA Property Management. Thurkettle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stony Brook University in 1994. After almost 10 years working as a credit-buyer and analyst, Thurkettle relocated to Florida in 2003. Prior to joining KOVA Cos., Thurkettle was a property manager for one of Southwest Florida’s largest residential management firms.​

AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW TO HOST WORKSHOP

Ave Maria School of Law will host a solo practitioner workshop with local speakers from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 at its Naples campus. Topics of discussion will include “What I Wish I Knew When I Started,” “Marketing Your Law Firm,” and “Financial Planning for Small Businesses.” For more details and to register, visit http://bit.ly/avelawclecourse. CLE credits are available. Contact the Alumni Affairs office with any questions at alumniaffairs@avemarialaw.edu.​

UNITED WAY OFFICERS ELECTED

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee selected its 2018-19 officers at its annual meeting in June. They are: David Fry, The Place on First, board chair; Beth Hendry, IBERIABANK, vice chair; Patricia Heath, Interop Technologies, treasurer; Craig Folk, Miller Helms & Folk P.A., assistant treasurer; Mary Vlasak Snell, Pavese Law Firm, secretary; and John Clinger, Clinger Sizemore & Associates, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, immediate past chair. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the community to help support the local human service network. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayLee.org.

GADC RELOCATES IN NAPLES

Goede Adamczyk DeBoest & Cross, PLLC (GADC) has relocated its Naples headquarters to 6609 Willow Park Drive. GADC will occupy the entire second floor of its new office building to house a growing team of attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff.  The new space nearly doubles the footprint of the firm’s previous Naples office. This expansion will allow the firm to service its clientele better and operate its wide range of practice areas with more efficiency. For more information, visit gadclaw.com or call (239) 331-5100.​

Charitable Notes

Law firm earns Outreach Effort of the Year Award for funding PSA

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, attorneys for the injured, has been recognized with the Outreach Effort of the Year Award from the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition for its support of a televised public service announcement (PSA) on roundabouts. When the initial seed money for the ad ran out last year, Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner stepped in to provide the tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of funding necessary for it to continue to run. As a result, the safety messages in the PSA were seen by 99.6 percent of all TV households in the region at least once, according to a press release. To watch the PSA, click here. Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner supports also supports community organizations such as Captains for Clean Water, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) and the Annual Make a Difference Awards for local students.

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