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Samira K. Beckwith

LUMINARY HOTEL APPOINTS NEW GM

Luminary Hotel & Co. has appointed Bob Megazzini as general manager of the 243-room hotel coming to downtown Fort Myers in late 2020. Megazzini will oversee the hiring of new staff, day-to-day operations, and guest and employee satisfaction at Luminary Hotel, along with the remodeled Harborside Event Center, which will be rebranded, and the planned amphitheater in Centennial Park. With more than 30 years of experience at several Marriott hotels around the country, Megazzini started his career in the kitchen and worked his way up to executive chef. Megazzini was most recently the area general manager for the JW Marriott Denver and Courtyard Denver Downtown for three years. The Luminary Hotel will be a part of the Autograph Collection of Marriott International Inc. and is expected to be the first Autograph hotel in the Fort Myers-Naples area, according to a press release.

 

Becky Mato

MATO NAMED AMONG TOP LATINO AGENTS IN U.S.

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has honored Becky Mato with its Top 250 and Latino Agents Award for 2019. This award recognizes Becky Mato as being among the most successful Latino real estate agents in the U.S., with her hard work and dedication helping to increase the rate of sustainable Hispanic homeownership in local communities, a press release states. Mato is affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in the Naples 5th Avenue office. NAHREP ranked her at No. 3 among the Top 100 Latino real estate agents in the South based on achieving 179 closed transaction sides; No. 8 among the Top 250 individual Latino real estate agents; and No. 25 among the Top 100 individual Latino real estate agents by volume with $39,085,725 in sales volume. Now in its eighth year of publication, NAHREP selected the recipients of the Top 250 and Latino Agents Award for 2019 from a pool of more than 1,000 self-nominated agents and teams. Winners were ranked in categories such as transaction sides, sales volume, geographic regions and millennials.

 

LOCALS HONORED BY LATIN TIMES MAGAZINE

Latin Times Magazine featured Southwest Florida professionals Marilyn Santiago and Gloria M. Jordon to its “25 of Florida’s TOP Latina Movers N Shakers” list. The leadership award is presented to Latinas who excel in leadership skills in business, health, community, media or politics and more. The awards will be presented during a ceremony dinner. Limited tickets will be available for purchase by invite only. To request an invitation, email jolie@latin-times.com.

 

HLEVEL PRINCIPAL EARNS SUSTAINABILITY CREDENTIALS

Hlevel Principal Michaela Reiterer Henning has completed an intensive course in sustainability offered through the Sustainable Furnishings Council and received a Green Accredited Professional certification. The course is an industry first, developed in conjunction with the Sustainable Furnishings Council and approved by ranking staff of Rainforest AllianceWorld Wildlife Fund and one of the co-founders of USGBC/LEED. The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry. Hlevel Architecture has been committed to sustainable practices since its beginnings in 2010, offering certifications from LEEDEnergy Star or Florida Green Building Coalition, according to a press release.

 

Samira K. Beckwith

BECKWITH HONORED BY ALMA MATER

Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith was named among the top 100 graduates of the century in Ohio State University’s College of Social Work and recognized for her contributions to shaping the future of the profession in the 100th Anniversary issue of The Stillman, the University’s College of Social Work newsletter. Beckwith earned a master’s degree from the university in 1977 and has led Hope Healthcare for 28 years. Hope Healthcare, which includes Hope Hospice and Hope Kids Care programs, is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. For more information, visit hopehcs.org.

 

AWBA CHAPTER TO INSTALL BOARD

The ABWA Neapolitan March Chapter Meeting will take place from 6-7:45 p.m. on July 23 at the Hilton Naples. Networking runs from 5:15-5:55 p.m. Collier County Sheriff’s Office Chief Stephanie Spell will present the “ABWA Installation of the 2019-20 Board and 80’s Celebration,” officiating the 2019-20 board members. Spell heads the community engagement department within the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. As a member of Sheriff Kevin Rambosk’s executive command staff, she provides leadership for several law enforcement bureaus, including public information and media relations, crime prevention, planning and research, victim advocate, senior services, minority affairs and volunteers. Register at abwaneapolitan.org/monthly-meetings.

 

GREATER NAPLES AREA PLANNED GIVING COUNCIL ANNOUNCES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Greater Naples Area Planned Giving Council (GNAPGC) announces its 2019-2020 board of directors, effective July 1. The officers are president Marci Seamples, Naples Zoo; vice president Anne Frazier, Lee Health; treasurer Matthew Foss, RBC Wealth Management; secretary Miriam Pereira, Harry Chapin Food Bank; past president Mark Matos, HBKS Wealth Advisors; Dawn Jones, programs; and Meredith Nassif Doupe, membership, Community Foundation of Collier County. Directors include Kimberley Dillon, Quarles and Brady; Adam Kerlek, Bond, Schoeneck & King; Robert Mirakian, United Way of Collier County; Bill Rice, Florida Gulf Coast University; Annalise Smith, Avow; and Lou Traina, Healthcare Network of SW Florida. For more information about Greater Naples Planned Giving Council, visit naplespgc.org.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Blessings in a Backpack SWFL extends charitable reach

Blessings in a Backpack SWFL this year served more children than all but one other local chapter of the nationwide nonprofit organization that serves 87,300 children in nearly 1,092 schools across 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, a press release states. The Southwest Florida program gave more than 4,300 elementary school students in Lee and Collier counties nutritious, kid-friendly meals to take home on the weekends, a time frame that the federal free and reduced-price school lunch program doesn’t cover. More than 60,000 elementary school students in Lee and Collier counties receive free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches during the week. Blessings in a Backpack SWFL continues its push to fill in the gaps on the weekends for all of them. The program has already received enough funding to feed 4,500 children next school year and expand to at least two new schools. For more information, visit blessingsinswfl.org.

 

Fifth annual Grouper Slam to benefit LARC

The fifth annual Grouper Slam benefiting Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens (LARC) will take place on July 13 at Royal Shell Port Sanibel Marina in Fort Myers. Registration for the tournament is $500 per boat, and there is a 100 percent payout to the winning teams. There is a $2,000 prize for the biggest grouper and fun fish category payouts. Teams can register at fishgrouperslam.com. Registration deadline is at 6 p.m. on July 12 at the captain’s meeting at The Lighthouse Restaurant in Fort Myers. All of the proceeds from the chance drawing and silent auction benefit LARC, whose mission is to empower and support individuals with disabilities and their families to reach their full potential. Tickets for the drawing and opportunities to bid on the silent auction are open to the public beginning July 8 at larcleecounty.org/events. Bidders need not be present to win.

 

Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation Inc. awards scholarships

The Greater Naples AAUW (AAUW.org) Charitable Foundation Inc. awarded the first Blanche and John Rebar Scholarships to Avorie Anderson and Rebecca Paul. In high school, Anderson was enrolled in aeronautical sciences for three years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the university she will attend for her degree to become a pilot.  She is also dually enrolled at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). Paul graduated in May with her high school diploma and a dental certificate from Lorenzo Walker, while dually enrolled in FSW, where she obtained her Associate of Arts degree in general studies at the same time she graduated high school. She has been accepted to the University of Florida dental school and intends to become an orthodontist. The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation Inc. also awarded the Carolyn Willis Scholarship of the Local Scholarship Fund Christina Harding-Cruz, who holds a degree in social work from Florida Gulf Coast University and is now pursuing a Master of Social Work at the University of Central Florida.

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