Gulfshore Business Daily: June 7

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Special Tech Systems LLC, a Southwest Florida-based company, has launched its new severe weather alert system, AssetDoppler. The system identifies weather damage to commercial and can also be applied for residential properties. The system tracks damaging weather events including hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, wind, snowstorms, wildfires and lightning. This new weather forensics software provides real-time alerts directly to clients’ desktop or mobile devices, providing the most detailed data information about storms on the market, with coverage spanning all addresses and GPS coordinates in the U.S., a press release states. AssetDoppler costs $120 per year. For more information, visit



Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Center for Agribusiness in the Lutgert College of Business is forming its first advisory council. The FGCU Center for Agribusiness Advisory Council members include chair Matt Caldwell, Dr. Tim Cordes, Miller Couse, Charlie Edwards, Hugh English, Ben Hill Griffin III, Joe Hilliard II, Stacy Mellow, Russell Priddy, Ken Smith, Katie Sproul, Dallas Townsend and Jaime Weisinger. The council will advise leadership as the 10-month-old center becomes a resource for the agriculture industry in Southwest Florida. For more information about the FGCU Center for Agribusiness, contact Fritz Roka at



The American Advertising Federation-Southwest Florida (AAF-SWFL) will reactivate effective July 1. AAF-SWFL is a professional advertising club and political action organization devoted to the protection and promotion of advertising in Southwest Florida. The organization’s board of trustees will include Wendy Payton as chair, and Christopher Spiro, Stephen Gray-Blancett, Gary Firestone, Kerri Goldsmith, Lee Susdorf, and Steve Hagewood. Now accepting membership applications, AAF-SWFL is open to advertisers, agencies, media companies and advertising service providers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry Counties. In addition, the relaunch officially brings back to the region the American Advertising Awards, home of The ADDY, which is the nation’s oldest and largest advertising competition honoring creative excellence.



The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative update during Wake Up Naples on June 12 at the Hilton Naples. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program follows at 8 a.m. Attendees will hear about recent legislative changes from Sen. Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo, Rep. Bob Rommel, Rep. Byron Donalds and Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez. The event is sponsored by Team Logic IT. Register online by June 10 at The cost to attend is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers and registrants at the door. A limited number of exhibitor tables are available for $125 (event admission included). For more information, contact Nikkie Dvorchak at (239) 403-2909 or  



ITVantage was among the first round of the 2019 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL. The awards event, now in its ninth year, honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Chosen from 224 growing second-stage participants from throughout Florida, this year’s applicants had a total revenue of $596 million and more than 3,000 employees. Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated.



Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith presented the graduate commencement address at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, where she also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of her contributions to the field of hospice. 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 individuals and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. For more information, call (239) 482-4673 or visit



The Naples Trust Co. has added Anita J. Burress to its client services and trust operations team.  Her responsibilities include serving as a client’s key point of contact and executing services on their behalf; monitoring account authorizations and posting; ensuring the filing of tax reporting requirement; and various compliance measures. She is also experienced in supporting trust administration and estate settlement. Prior to joining The Naples Trust Co., Burress served for several years in a similar role as an investment fiduciary specialist assistant at Wells Fargo Private Bank in Naples.  She also served as an executive assistant to the President and CEO of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida for six years. Burress completed Florida Bankers Trust School in Orlando and the Boston University MET program in Boston. 



Donors break United Way of Collier County fundraising record

During the United Way of Collier County’s 2018–2019 campaign year, more than 3,000 donors gave or pledged $6.1 million to assist families and agencies throughout Collier County, a record for the organization. Donors to the United Way of Collier County underwrite programs providing educational opportunities, access to healthcare, and pathways to financial stability to families and individuals with low incomes at 21 partner agencies throughout Collier County. Donors also sustain the United Way’s own programs. The United Way of Collier County began its 2019–2020 campaign year on April 1. Individuals or businesses interested in making a gift or volunteering in the campaign should contact the United Way at (239) 261-7112.


Naples Lakes raises $21,000 for Team Rubicon

Residents of Naples Lakes Country Club (NLCC) have raised nearly $21,000 for Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization that mobilizes veterans and leverages their skills to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises in the U.S. and around the world. The country club raised the funds through a variety of activities over a period of several months—including a putting contest, silent auction, and gourmet catered dinner—to support the organization, which built homes in Immokalee after Hurricane Irma.


‘Sunset at St. Charles Yacht Club’ raises $42,000 for Pace Center for Girls, Lee County

Pace Center for Girls, Lee County recently raised more than $42,000 during its “Sunset at St. Charles Yacht Club” Love That Dress! collection event on June 4, hosted by Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist and St. Charles Yacht Club in Fort Myers. Emceed by Gina Birch and ABC-7’s Mackenzie Bart, the event featured live music by Marc Vee, silent and live auctions, signature drinks and light bites, and prize drawings. More than 250 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. 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.


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