Gulfshore Business Daily: March 27

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The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will host a regional economic update featuring Jerry Parrish (pictured left), chief economist and the director of research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, at Wake Up Naples at 8 a.m. on April 3 at the Hilton Naples. Registration and tabletop exhibits begin at 7:30 a.m. Parrish previously served as the chief economist and director of the Center for Competitive Florida at Florida TaxWatch. Prior to that position, he served as the associate director of the Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University. Attendees will learn more about the local and regional economic outlook and gain insight about securing Florida’s future for the next generation. 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). The event is sponsored by Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC. Register at For more information, contact Nikkie Dvorchak at


Futurist and Walt Disney Imagineer alumnus Joe Tankersley will present on “Navigating the Future of Business” at the Notre Dame Club of Naples Spring Business Luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on April 9 at Artichoke’s in Bonita Springs. Attendees will better understand the forces behind business trends, be better able to anticipate unexpected disruptions in their business and profession, and receive tools to help create strategy in a time of accelerating change. During his time at Disney and Disney Imagineering’s elite Blue-Sky Studio, Tankersley founded the group’s first Strategic Foresight Program.  Since then, he has been using his experience to assist multi-national corporations, major foundations, and community-based organizations across key topics to include the future of workforce, retail, sustainability, health, creativity, and aging. The event is open to the public and costs $50 to attend. Register by April 9 at Payment is available online.  Proceeds are donated to the ND Club of Naples Scholarship Fund.


Conditioned Air has appointed Tim Russell (pictured right) as vice president of finance. Russell will assume the finance responsibilities from senior vice president, chief financial officer (CFO) Carol Papesh, who is retiring and has accepted a position on the company’s board of directors. Prior to joining Conditioned Air, Russell was CFO for Fusion Industries and director of finance and business development for its predecessor Stevens Industries. Before that, he served as CFO at Pulte-Knipper, a construction and development firm. Russell earned his bachelor’s degree in finance with honors from Florida Gulf Coast University with a minor in real estate. He has professional experience in construction and development, manufacturing, and related businesses. He also has been a computer company owner and business consultant.


CareerSource Southwest Florida is hosting a no-cost workshop for businesses to learn about available funds to train new or existing employees. The event will take place from 8-10 a.m. on April 10 at CareerSource Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. Connect with local and state workforce development staff to learn how to access Florida Flex, Quick Response, Incumbent Worker and On-the-Job Training funds. Seating is limited. Register by April 3 to Sue Noe at


Gary Personette has received the 2019 Distinguished Leadership Award from Greater Naples Leadership in acknowledgment of his efforts to enrich the education of Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) students. A graduate of GNL Class XVII, Personette was instrumental in bringing the successful Incubator EDU entrepreneurship program to public schools throughout Collier County. Personette is the managing director of The Personette Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. He is one of the firm’s top producers and a recipient of the “Wachovia Way Award,” which is given to a tenured advisor who exemplifies excellence in both the professional and community sectors. Personette previously served as assistant professor at Chicago City College, teaching management and accounting courses.


Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith has authored a chapter in the book Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death in Later Life, published by the Hospice Foundation of America. According to the Foundation, 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the U.S. By 2040, Medicare is expected to include 80 million enrollees. Aging America examines ways that mental health professionals, healthcare providers, and the wider community can support the growing number of aging Americans as they experience loss and grief. In the chapter, “The Hospice Connection: Helping Elders Access Hospice Care,” Beckwith dispels hospice myths, shares facts, and addresses the importance of open communication between patients, their loved ones, and their doctors. Aging America is available at


Fort Myers neurologist Dr. David B. Sudderth (pictured left) has been awarded subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Sudderth, who practices at Kagan, Jugan & Associates, is a board-certified neurologist with nearly 30 years of experience treating patients with back and neck injuries, nerve problems, migraines and brain injuries. Sudderth is one of only four adult neurologists in Florida to have earned brain injury certification through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The Institute of Functional Medicine recently certified Sudderth, who also is recognized as a diplomat by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in two areas of medicine: Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry, and Headache Medicine. A graduate of the University of Copenhagen Medical School in Denmark, Sudderth completed his residency in neurology at Emory University Hospital in Georgia. Sudderth also speaks Spanish, German and Danish, and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Institute of Functional Medicine and International Brain Injury Association. He is co-author of six books, including Headache: The Cure and The Arthritis Cure.


Sky Zone to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

Sky Zone is celebrating and raising awareness for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Families are invited to jump and enjoy an autism-friendly day at Sky Zone Fort Myers to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support. Sky Zone Fort Myers will have a Sensory Friendly Jump during World Autism Day. The park will have lower music, minimized lighting and limited distractions for all guests. Special pricing will be available for all jumpers and helpers at $11.99 for 60 minutes of jump time, which includes access to all the park’s attractions. One helper is allowed to jump free. In support of raising awareness for autism, Sky Zone Fort Myers will also begin offering Sensory Friendly Birthday Parties for $199.  For more information, visit

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