Gulfshore Business Daily: March 13

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Katie Sproul
TOP PHOTO: McGarvey – CenterLinks Elevation Rendering



Growing Climate Solutions – Path to Positive Southwest Florida convened an initial meeting of its Leadership Circle on March 10 in Naples, where nearly 60 thought leaders representing the fields of health, education, faith, business, environment and philanthropy reviewed scientific data and began exploring possible solutions to counter climate trends. Attendees were asked to identify possible courses of action that could reduce their carbon footprint, or that of their organization, and help mitigate the changing climate. Ideas filled more than 230 sticky notes, and included action items like purchasing electric vehicles for their companies, establishing a carpool-to-work initiative, creating a community garden, switching to LED lighting, installing native landscaping, emphasizing recycling, installing solar panels, discouraging the use of Styrofoam and plastic bottles, printing fewer documents and more. Growing Climate Solutions is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Collier County, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Florida Gulf Coast University and Conservancy of Southwest Florida, with support from the Kapnick Family Foundation and other future-focused organizations, businesses and individuals. For more information or to become involved with the initiative, visit



McGarvey Development has announced CenterLinks Business Park at Three Oaks, its next commercial development in Southwest Florida, and its largest commercial development to date. The 42-acre industrial park is located along Oriole Road near Alico Road just west of Interstate 75 in Fort Myers. When completed, CenterLinks will contain approximately 600,000 square feet of warehouse buildings, office-industrial flex units, and general or medical office space to create jobs for potential suitors for years to come. McGarvey expects to break ground in April. LandQwest Commercial’s managing director Adam Palmer and Mike Doyle, senior associate, are accepting inquiries about leasing opportunities at (239) 275-4922.

Katie Sproul receives the Leadership Legacy Award from LCF.


The Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) of the Greater Naples Chamber has presented Katie Sproul, CEO of Halstatt, with its inaugural Leadership Legacy Award. The award was created to recognize and honor an individual who fulfills the mission of the LCF through the individual’s actions and philanthropic support. Sproul, a graduate of Leadership Collier Class of 2001, currently serves as the CEO of Halstatt and is a seasoned family business executive with expertise in real estate, agriculture, investment management, private equity, family office best practices and private company governance. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. She chaired the Greater Naples Chamber from 2010-2012 and the LCF from 2014-2016. Sproul formally accepted the Leadership Legacy Award—which was presented by Dr. Aysegul Timur, incoming chair of the LCF’s Board of Advisors—on Feb. 11 at LCF’s Leadership Celebration Luncheon.

Brian McKenzie


DeAngelis Diamond has created a special projects division. With six offices specializing in 16 market segments, the new special projects division will concentrate on interior renovations, additions, tenant improvements, and build-outs for commercial, faith-based, nonprofit facilities and more. Brian McKenzie will head the new division as director of special projects. McKenzie received his Bachelor of Science in building construction from the University of Florida before beginning his career as an estimator/project manager. McKenzie has 22 years of construction experience in Southwest Florida and has been with DeAngelis Diamond for over 20 years. Founded in Southwest Florida, DeAngelis Diamond is the largest locally owned construction management firm and has completed over 1,200 local projects. The company has completed over $3.5 billion of construction since its inception in 1996, which includes a list of special projects such as interior renovation and tenant improvements, and more than 30 faith-based projects totaling over $160 million. For more information, visit


Neal Communities has hired three new team members to support the company’s South Region new home sales. Mark Fowler and Karen Ferranti join the Verandah community sales team. Fowler brings experience in residential sales at all price points and is an accredited Resort and Second Home Property Specialist. Ferranti has over 25 years of experience in residential sales. She has ranked as a consistent top producer with her previous employer and is a member of several REALTOR associations. Samantha Evans, a new sales associate at the recently launched Seychelles community, has sold homes in south Florida for over 10 years. Evans has earned several notable performance awards throughout her career and has been recognized for excellence in customer service among her previous employers. For more information, click here.


Steve Glozik, president of FP Property Restoration, has been reappointed to the advisory board for Sedgwick Repair Solutions, a repair, restoration and mitigation service provider with a managed repair network throughout the U.S. This is the second consecutive year that Glozik has resided on the board. Made up of a select group of contractors nationwide, the advisory board collaborates with Sedgwick and insurance carriers to develop best practices and solutions to mitigate property loss damages quickly and restore the property to pre-loss condition. A longtime Sedgwick service provider, FP Property Restoration is a full-service residential and commercial property damage restoration company. Its corporate office is located at 204 Center Road in Fort Myers, and the company also has offices in Naples, North Port, Bradenton, Lakeland, Tampa and Orlando. For more information, visit


Fort Myers Brewing Co. won a pair of gold medals at the 2020 Best Florida Beer Professional Championship, a sanctioned competition for the state’s top brewers that helps promote the art of beer-making and the craft beer industry. The brewery’s popular “Fort Myers Wheat,” one of its seven flagship beers, won top honors in the Wheat Beer category. Fort Myers Brewing’s O.Y.A. also earned a gold medal in the Double IPA category. The 2020 Best Florida Beer Professional Championship attracted 931 entries in 55 categories. Fort Myers Brewing has medaled at the Best Florida Beer Professional Championship every year since the brewery was established in 2013, winning a total of 10 gold, five silver and eight bronze medals. Fort Myers Brewing also won the title of “Best Large Brewery in Florida” at the 2016 competition.


RE/MAX Realty Group recognizes its top producers for the month of January. Top Listings Residential Producer is Anne Butcher; Top Listings Producer Team is The Alberts Team; Top Sales Residential Producer is Lisa Shepard; Top Sales Residential Team is The Horvath Team; Top Sales Commercial Producer is Hal Arkin; Top Sales Commercial Producer Team is Bauman and Associates. RE/MAX Realty Group also congratulates the following agents for reaching new club levels for the month of January. Executive Club Members are Ernie Horvath, Chris Horvath, and Lisa Shepard; Hall of Fame Members are Cathy Bock and Julie Hummel. RE/MAX Realty Group celebrates the anniversaries of Heather Hitz (five years); Eric Stehouwer (15 years); Joyce McDaniel (20 years); and Millard Brown (25 years). Brenda Cole received the Emeritus Award for 40 years of service with RE/MAX.  Additionally, Saxon Feeney and Dick Yadon have joined RE/MAX Realty Group’s residential division and Devon Hofer has joined The Cole Team.



2020 Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Awards announced

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools on March 12 surprised the six recipients of the Golden Apple Teacher Award. Golden Apple sponsors, selection committee, and foundation board members took part in the celebration. The 2020 Golden Apple Teacher recipients are Jaclyn Baker, Three Oaks Middle School; Brittany Camp, Cypress Lake High School; Mark Drew, Ida S. Baker High School; Jennifer Nargi-Kida, Villas Elementary School; Laurie Nelson, Gulf Middle School; and Nancy Rossi, Gateway Elementary School. The Golden Apple Recipients are chosen after going through an extensive selection process which began in September with a community-wide invitation to nominate teachers from The School District of Lee County. Recipients of the Golden Apple Teacher Award will be honored at a black-tie affair at 5:30 p.m. on April 17 at the Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point. Tickets for the Golden Apple Banquet can be purchased for $160 per person by contacting the Foundation office at (239) 337-0433. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 organization established to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County. For more information, visit

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