Gulfshore Business Daily: March 29

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is nationally recognized, an event on entrepreneurship is set, Amavida receives a top honor and more.


Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has been ranked No. 34 on the annual REAL Trends 500 survey of the top U.S. residential brokerage companies, based on closed sales volume. The company moved up two spots, from No. 36 in 2018. With approximately $4.5 billion in sales volume, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty achieved more than 6,400 closed transactions in 2018 at an average sale price of $660,650. The REAL Trends 500 is an annual research report that identifies the country’s largest and most successful residential firms as ranked by closed transaction sides and closed sales volume. This year’s survey represents the most comprehensive collection of data assembled on the leaders of the residential brokerage industry. Numbers are documented by outside accounting firms and/or MLS reports.


ABWA Neapolitan April Chapter Meeting takes place from 6-7:45 p.m. on April 23 at Hilton Naples. Networking will be held from 5:15-5:55 p.m. Breanne Winter, CEO and training specialist at Speak Up Consulting & Coaching, will present “Learning to Leap: Lessons from an Entrepreneurial Endeavor.” Learn from the highs and lows, the hard work and long nights, and the light bulb moments and overjoyed accomplishments that make entrepreneurship worth it. Register for the event at

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Amavida has received first place for Foodservice Equipment & Supplies’ (FE&S) 2019 Performance in Tabletop Awards. The award recognizes excellence in the strategic and functional application of permanent tableware. Amavida has three on-site gourmet restaurants for independent and assisted living residents: Lakeside Grill, Verde and Azure. A fourth restaurant, Paz, is exclusive to memory care residents. The community received top honors for its combination of restaurant-quality experience and thoughtfulness in the selection of its tableware, which demonstrates special attention to residents’ needs. FE&S judges specifically recognized the community’s selection of weighted glassware, which provides functionality and comfort to older residents, embracing the realities and needs of the community.


Kim Ciccarelli Kantor, president and co-founder of Ciccarelli Advisory Services Inc. (CAS), spoke at the 2019 Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) Institute in February at the Sanibel Harbor Marriott Resort and Spa in Fort Myers. The three-day educational event featured presentations from credentialed industry experts in areas of financial planning. Kantor presented on the topic “Multigenerational Family-Focused Planning: Enhancing the Resourcefulness of Family Assets and Values.” Kantor has more than 35 years of comprehensive financial planning experience and coauthored the book Preserving Family Wealth and Peace of Mind, Caring for and Communicating to Your Family Through the Legacies you Leave with Certified Financial Planner (CFP) founder Loren Dunton. Kantor also served as columnist for the Naples Daily News and was an invited guest lecturer and faculty member for the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York.


GATES Construction has added Dervin Pyfrom as senior superintendent. Pyfrom is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Pyfrom has more than 15 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types. Pyfrom’s experience include multi-family, hospitality, government, retail, condominium and much more. Pyfrom will be based out of GATES Construction’s office in Sarasota. GATES serves its clients from offices in Bonita Springs, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens, and operates throughout the southeast U.S. and Latin America.


The Naples Press Club is hosting a lunch program with a panel of local journalists to address the issues of news literacy and fake news. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. on April 4 at Tiburon Golf Club. Lunch begins at noon with the program to follow. Panelists include Glenn Miller, who worked 25 years for The News-Press and now freelances and is a part-time instructor in the Florida Gulf Coast University journalism department; Justin Paprocki, digital media manager at Gulfshore Life and Gulfshore Business magazines; and Chris Cifatte, evening anchor at WINK-TV (CBS, Fort Myers/Naples). The public is invited to attend. Reservations are required. The cost is $40 for non-members. RSVP at For more information, visit or call Julie Pedretti at (414) 861.3077.


Agtech company BMP Logic has teamed up with custom software company Stickboy Creative in Fort Myers to create soil probe software to help farmers dramatically conserve water and energy resources in near real time. BMP Logic will use blockchain technology connected to sensors on soil probes to securely keep track of water and fertilizer usage. This tokenized data will be able to provide highly accurate irrigation history, trends, automation, and predictive analysis to farmers and water conservation organizations in a simple interface that shows growers when and how much to water, according to a press release. Farmers also will receive alerts via text message and email, and a map will show pings from the probes to show their location. The outcome translates to higher profits for farmers while also helping to conserve water, which is BMP Logic’s company mission. BMP Logic has soil probes in six states, including Florida, and two countries on farms with 30 different crops. For more information, visit


Special Equestrians Taste of Love raises $194,000

Special Equestrians Taste of Love, an annual food and wine extravaganza held at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, raised $194,000 for the therapeutic riding program. The event featured dishes and beverages from 16 restaurants and companies, live and silent auctions and entertainment. Auctioneer Jay Severson and emcee Gina Birch oversaw the evening’s events. Steven Cafaro, a Special Equestrians participant and member of the organization’s drill team, spoke about his experience with Special Equestrians and the positive impact it has made in his life. Guests also raised their bidding paddles for hurricane shutters for the organization’s office and caretaker residence. All proceeds from Taste of Love will benefit Special Equestrians, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities by providing a structured therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving program and equine assisted activities. For more information, visit, email or call (239) 226-1221.