Gulfshore Business Daily: June 28

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Kevin Ruane
Lead Photo: Founder’s Square at Babcock Ranch
 
Video courtesy of WINK News

COLLIER’S PUBLIC SAFETY CAREER ACADEMY OPENS DOORS, CREATES OPPORTUNITIES

During an emergency, 911 dispatchers are the first line of defense for people in trouble. And now, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office is working to train the next generation of dispatchers to do this important work. The sheriff’s office partnered with the Immokalee Foundation to get 11 kids interested in 911 communications this summer through the new Public Safety Career Academy. The students will learn police codes, emergency dispatch center technology and how to respond to someone calling 911 in distress. The hope is many of the students will choose to go on and potentially become full-time dispatchers as early as August, WINK News reports.

 

MINNESOTA TWINS HIRING ENGLISH TEACHERS IN FORT MYERS

The Minnesota Twins are hiring part-time English teachers to work with baseball players. The Major League baseball team is seeking a dynamic individual who is energetic, creative, and driven to motivate and engage student-athletes in pursuit of another language at its facilities in Fort Myers. To apply for the language instructor position, click here.

 

SPIRIT AIRLINES TO START NONSTOP FORT MYERS-MILWAUKEE SERVICE THIS FALL

Spirit Airlines announced it will inaugurate nonstop service between Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers and Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) on Nov. 17. Spirit Airlines will operate the RSW-MKE flight daily.

 

BONITA-BASED TIMILON CORP. EXPERIENCES SIGNIFICANT POST-PANDEMIC GROWTH

Timilon Corporation, the company behind EnviroKlenzOdorKlenz and FAST-ACT, has experienced significant growth, nearly doubling the size of its Bonita Springs headquarters. This follows the 300% growth of EnviroKlenz, the company’s leading indoor air purification product line, shattering expectations during the pandemic. With applications in dentistry, hospitality, nail salons and pottery, Timilon’s EnviroKlenz line continues to experience a post-pandemic growth. In fact, Seattle’s iconic Space Needle recently rolled out 50-plus EnviroKlenz Air System Plus air purifiers. In addition, the Southwest Florida company has experienced vigorous growth in its other commercial sectors, including chemical deodorizers, decontamination and pollutant mitigation products. Timilon also points to regional market factors in Southwest Florida for its success, including a welcoming business environment and a growing population. 

 

BABCOCK RANCH NEARS 1,400 HOMES SOLD, SURPASSES 1,000 CLOSINGS

Babcock Ranch has reached nearly 1,400 new homes sold and surpassed 1,000 closings, with home sales at 1,386 and closings at 1,027, Kitson & Partners, who created the community, announced. The fast-paced sales activity has been fueled by 342 home sales year-to-date in America’s first solar-powered town, located just northeast of Fort Myers on Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31. Encompassing 18,000 acres, with 19,500 planned residences and 6,000,000 square feet of commercial space, Babcock Ranch ranked 34th on both RCLCO Real Estate Advisors’ and John Burns Real Estate Consulting’s 2020 list of the country’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities. Babcock Ranch began marketing new homes in 2017, with the first residents moving into the town in January 2018. Today, Babcock Ranch offers homes from seven homebuilders in seven neighborhoods. 

 

Kevin Ruane

COMMISSIONER RUANE TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER BUSINESS LUNCHEON

Lee Board of County Commissioners District 1 Commissioner and Board Chairman Kevin Ruane will appear as guest speaker at Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce’s business meeting held at 11:30 a.m. on July 14 at Casa Ybel Resort’s Thistle Lodge. H2O/911 Restoration is sponsoring the meeting. A former Sanibel Island resident, Ruane served as city mayor on the island for 10 years before joining the county board. As one of five commissioners now sitting on the county board, Ruane represents the district encompassing Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island and western Cape Coral. Sanibel-Captiva Chamber members will receive meeting invitations by email. The cost for luncheon attendance is $30 for chamber members only. Advanced registration is required to attend; walk-ins are not accepted. Register online by 5 p.m. on July 9 or by calling 239-472-8255. Payment is due at the time of registration.

 

SRMA JULY 28 EVENT TO COVER INTERNATIONAL TRADE

The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association has lined up a panel of speakers who will discuss international trade from 8-9:30 a.m. on July 28 on Zoom. Panelists include Elena Mendez of EXIM Bank, Dan Bierk at the Department of Commerce, Kevin Brady with Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University and Gary McKinley of Craters and Freighters. Topics of discussion include international certifications, EXIM Bank, vetting international firms, quality standards and imports and exports. Craters and Freighters is sponsoring the event. Register online.

 

Keely Morton

QUARLES & BRADY ATTORNEYS APPOINTED LEADERSHIP ROLES FOR CCWBA

Quarles & Brady LLP Partner Keely Morton has been named treasurer of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association (CCWBA) and Miranda Weiss has joined its board of directors. They were sworn in yesterday during CCWBA’s Woman Lawyer of the Year Award & Installation of Officers and Directors Luncheon. Morton has been a CCWBA board member since 2017. She is a member of Quarles & Brady’s product liability practice group. In addition to her role for CCWBA, Weiss is a member of the real property, probate and trust law and tax sections of the Florida Bar and the Collier County Bar Association. In addition, she is a member of the Quarles & Brady’s estate, trust and wealth preservation practice group. CCWBA is a volunteer bar association that fosters relationships among women attorneys and referral sources and provides women from different specialty areas a chance to network and form meaningful relationships. CCWBA also promotes, recognizes and encourages the contributions of women within the legal profession and judiciary.

 

Avery Harrison

COLLABORATORY WELCOMES AMERICORPS VISTA MEMBER, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF INFORMATION INTERNS

Collaboratory recently welcomed its first AmeriCorps VISTA Member and three interns from the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI). Since 1965, more than 220,000 AmeriCorps members in the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program have joined the fight against poverty by helping local organizations expand their capacity to make a change. Thanks to a partnership with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, Avery Harrison will be Collaboratory’s first-ever VISTA Member to serve the organization full-time for a year. Harrison earned his bachelor’s in communication design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is currently serving with the Army National Guard and occasionally volunteers with the American Red Cross. For the next year, he will be working as a Collaboratory associate to gain experience in the nonprofit sector and become more knowledgeable of the tools involved in creating change. The USMI students include Niki Fairchild Azevedo, Leen Habbal and Lingyu Zhao, all working with Collaboratory virtually through the end of July.

 

Marie Hernandez Rubenstein

IMMOKALEE FOUNDATION APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY

Marie Hernandez Rubenstein has been named director of philanthropy for The Immokalee Foundation. With five years of experience in the humanitarian field, Hernandez Rubenstein most recently served as the advancement and events manager at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, where she helped raised more than $2.5 million in the last two years through the museum’s annual gala, Night at the Museum. She previously has been involved with the STARability Foundation, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, co-chaired the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball in Fort Myers and served on committees for various other humanitarian and environmental philanthropic endeavors. In addition, Hernandez Rubenstein was recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’s 2020 40 Under 40 members. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and marketing from Emory University.

 

RISING TIDE EXPLORERS RECOGNIZED BY USA TODAY

For the second year in a row, Rising Tide Explorers, the exclusive eco-partner for Friends of Rookery Bay, won “Best Kayaking Tour” in USA Today‘s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Rising Tide Explorers Founder Ryan Young says having all local biologists and science professionals as guides makes the difference because they have spent their lives studying the ecology and wildlife of Southwest Florida. In May, Young won the Small Business Advocate Award from the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. Recently, he was featured on HGTV’s Smart Home 2021 giveaway special, where he took hosts Ty Pennington and Carmen Johnston kayaking in Rookery Bay.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Walmart and Sam’s Club launch fundraiser for Golisano Children’s Hospital

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates will kick off a fundraising campaign on June 28, now in its 34th year, benefiting Golisano Children’s Hospital. Customers and members in Southwest Florida can donate any dollar amount at the register or round up their purchase to the next dollar and donate the change in-store or while shopping online. Online donations are also welcome. Since 1987, this campaign has raised more than $1 billion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN). Last year was the first year the campaign benefited Golisano Children’s Hospital as a new CMN partner, raising more than $200,000 in Southwest Florida. The fundraising campaign runs through July 25.

 

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