Lead Photo: The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways program helps students learn about in-demand careers available in Southwest Florida.
ALDI, CHICK-FIL-A AND HEARTLAND DENTAL COMING TO NEW RETAIL CENTER IN NORTH NAPLES
ALDI, Chick-fil-A and Heartland Dental are targeted to open later this year with all three businesses fully operational by early 2022 at Addison Place retail center near the northwest corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard in North Naples. WMG Development, a national real estate investment and development company, has been making progress on the 4,260-square-foot dental office, which will separate the discount grocery store and the fast-food restaurant
I HEART MAC & CHEESE COMING TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THIS FALL
A local franchisee for I Heart Mac & Cheese and More plans to launch the growing chain’s first location in Southwest Florida this fall in The Pointe at Founders Square on the southeast corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard. Alfonso Olivos, a Naples native who works full-time in banking and finance, is excited about opening his first restaurant at The Pointe, which will be a foodie destination of sorts with six or more other restaurants. “I never in a billion years thought I’d be in the food business,” says Olivos, who plans to keep his day job while investing in the restaurant franchise. I Heart Mac & Cheese, based in Boca Raton, features build-your-own and signature variations of mac n’ cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches. Olivos has franchise rights for all of Collier County and first-refusal rights for Estero and Bonita Springs, he said.
‘DING’ DARLING GROWS BY 36 ACRES
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island recently acquired a 36-acre parcel bordered on three sides by existing refuge property and on one side by the Gumbo Limbo neighborhood. Purchasing the parcel through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) began with previous refuge manager Paul Tritaik. The FWS purchased the land from property owners based in Miami for the appraised value of $50,000. The land is suitable for mangrove cuckoos and other mangrove forest birds, said refuge manager Kevin Godsea. It will require some restoration, but there are no immediate plans to begin that project as the refuge team is currently working on restoring its 68-acre Lee Anne Tauck Conservation Tract on the refuge’s north side. A combined effort between the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, Lee County Conservation 20/20, and the refuge made that acquisition possible in 2019.
NAPLES RANKS NO. 2 IN NATIONAL ‘BEST PLACES TO RETIRE’ LIST
Naples ranked No. 2 in SmartAsset’s list of “Best Places to Retire” in the U.S. The seventh annual study considers four criteria: tax burden, access to medical care and opportunity for recreation and social activity. According to the study, Naples came in second out of more than 4,000 U.S. cities included in the analysis, with a recorded tax burden of 13.6%; 29.2 doctor offices per 1,000 people; one retirement center per 1,000 people; 52.5% of seniors; and overall Best Places to Retire Index of 98.40. More details on the study, including the methodology and interactive map, can be found here.
DOCTORS PARTNER TO PROVIDE PATIENTS WITH RANGE OF PROCEDURES UNDER ONE BRAND
Dr. Kiran Gill, founder of Aesthetics in Plastic Surgery by Kiran Gill, MD in Naples, has joined forces with Dr. Nadia Kazim, Southwest Florida’s only female board-certified ophthalmologist with specialty two-year fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery. The new partnership establishes a collaborative boutique practice and strengthens the practice’s services by providing specialized treatment of the eyes for complete facial rejuvenation. Kazim will be practicing at Aesthetics in Plastic Surgery by Kiran Gill, MD. The expanded team will continue to be led by Gill and the leadership will include Kazim. As an ophthalmic plastic surgeon who established her practice in Bonita Springs in 2010, Kazim has performed more than 10,000 surgical and non-surgical procedures.
MK ARCHITECTURE COMPLETES DESIGN SERVICES FOR RETAIL CENTER
MK Architecture has completed the design services for the 53,125-square-foot Mirror Lakes Retail Center, located at Homestead Road and Milwaukee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres, for Franchi Development and Management of Natick, Massachusetts. The project consists of 15 office or retail lease spaces ranging from 1,582 to 4,683 square feet, done in a contemporary transitional style. The project is currently leasing.
MORAN WEALTH MANAGEMENT HITS RECORD $4B IN ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT
Moran Wealth Management has hit a record high of $4 billion in assets under management as of April 9, the investment management practice reports. Assets under management is the total market value of investments a person or entity manages on behalf of its clients, Moran Wealth Management states. The company has recently been named to Barron’s 2021 Top 100 Private Wealth Management Teams.
SWFL INC. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS SET FOR JUNE 10
SWFL Inc. will host its next 10 Business After Hours event from 4-6 p.m. on June 10 at the La Fontana Banquet Room at DeRomo’s. Business professionals in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties are invited to attend. Each $15 ticket includes appetizers and one beverage. No chamber membership is required to attend. To join, register by June 9 here. SWFL Inc. members with the Nonprofit or Relationship Package can RSVP online for free.
VON ARX RETIRES FROM SANCAP GROUP CO. INC. BOARD
Dolph W. von Arx is retiring from the board of directors of SanCap Group Inc., the holding company for The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co. and its divisions of The Naples Trust Co. and The Tampa Bay Trust Co., announced S. Albert D. Hanser, founder and chairman of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co. Von Arx served for 12 years and the maximum number of terms according to board bylaws. He is the former chairman, president and CEO of Planters Lifesavers Co., an affiliate of RJR Nabisco. Earlier, he was executive vice president of Thomas J. Lipton Inc. and a board of directors and executive committee member. He retired after serving 10 years as chairman of the NCH Healthcare System in Naples and three years as board chairman of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Regional Business Alliance. Von Arx will continue to hold the honored title of board member emeritus of SanCap Group Inc.
GUADALUPE CENTER WELCOMES BOARD OF TRUSTEES ADDITIONS
Guadalupe Center has added three new members to its board of trustees. Maria Munguia Cortes, Liz Curtin and Susan Duke have joined Guadalupe Center’s governing body, which offers oversight for the education-focused nonprofit and advocates for students and families in Immokalee. Cortes is a 2016 graduate of Guadalupe Center’s college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program, who attended Wartburg College in Iowa on scholarships earned through Guadalupe Center. She returned to Immokalee and now serves as a management trainee in community relations for Lipman Family Farms in Immokalee. Curtin is currently a co-mentor in the Tutor Corps Program and serves on the University of Notre Dame’s Undergraduate Experience Advisory Council. Duke is a philanthropist and former foster parent who served as a court-appointed child advocate for youth in the child welfare system.
KORN NAMED CHAMBER CHAIRMAN’S AWARD WINNER
Jason Hunter Korn, an attorney with Dentons Cohen Grigsby, has received the 2021 Greater Naples Chamber Chairman’s Award for his continued support of the chamber’s mission. Chamber Chairman Garrett Richter presented Korn with the award at the chamber’s annual meeting on May 21 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Korn has been on the chamber’s board of directors since 2009, serving as the chairman of the chamber’s nominating committee since 2016. He has also served on the chamber’s public policy committee, education committee and investor relations and development task force.
SCHEINER EARNS BOARD CERTIFICATION IN CIVIL TRIAL LAW
Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, announces that attorney Preston J. “P.J.” Scheiner recently earned board certification in civil trial law from the Florida Bar. Board certification is the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar. Of Florida’s more than 107,000 lawyers, less than 1% are board-certified in civil trial law, according to the law firm. To become board certified, attorneys must meet the highest standards for special knowledge in their certification area and are subject to a thorough peer evaluation. Scheiner has served as a lawyer since 2007, working alongside his father, Bruce L. Scheiner. He serves on the board of Captains for Clean Water and takes a leading role in the firm’s annual Make a Difference Award, which recognizes the exceptional community service work of middle and high school students across Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties.
Quigley Eye Specialists seeking those in need for free cataract surgery
Quigley Eye Specialists is partnering with the Fort Myers Lions Club in launching the Quigley Cares program to help those in need receive free cataract surgery in honor of Cataract Awareness Month in June. Quigley Eye Specialists is looking for people with financial hardship who have debilitating cataracts and are not eligible for Medicare, which normally pays for the surgery. Quigley Eye Specialists, with offices throughout Florida, has provided thousands of free cataract surgeries to those in need during its 33-year history. Individuals who would like to be considered for the free cataract surgery may contact The Fort Myers Lions Club at 239-205-2166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Immokalee Foundation receives $10,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union to support Career Pathways program
Suncoast Credit Union recently awarded a $10,000 grant to The Immokalee Foundation to support career-focused educational programming and training through Career Pathways, a comprehensive curriculum that prepares the foundation’s students for in-demand, well-paying professional careers. Suncoast Credit Union supports efforts that promote children’s education, health, and emotional well-being in the Florida communities it serves, directly aligning with The Immokalee Foundation’s mission to provide educational opportunities that set the youth of Immokalee on a path toward future careers and financial independence. The Career Pathways Program includes concentrations in business management and entrepreneurship, education and human services, engineering and construction management and healthcare.
Past Naples Yacht Club commodores award college scholarships
The Naples Yacht Club Chapter of the International Order of the Blue Gavel awarded college scholarships to dozens of Collier County students, enabling them to proceed to college and further their education. More than $143,000 in scholarships were presented this year to high school seniors and Naples Yacht Club staff members. Also included in the total is a Florida state-matched scholarship grant of $10,000 awarded to First Generation Matching Grant Program students at Florida Gulf Coast University. Students representing all nine Collier County public high schools each earned a $5,000 scholarship. The scholarship fund was established in 1997 as an organization of past commodores to help employees of the Naples Yacht Club and their families. Two years later, the fund changed its name in 1999 to the Naples Yacht Club Blue Gavel Scholarship Fund Inc. and is now classified as a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Service.
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