Gulfshore Business Daily: May 7

EMERALD MEDICAL OPENS IN SWFL

Emerald Medical is a new medical marijuana practice for patients with qualifying conditions to receive their medical marijuana card. The practice has offices in Fort Myers and Naples and is locally owned and operated by longtime Southwest Florida doctors Dr. Robert J. Brueck and Dr. Donald W. Ketterhagen.  Dr. Andrew Ferber and Dr. Carl Schultz are also among the team of doctors seeing patients in Southwest Florida. Emerald Medical specializes in compassionate cannabis care. Its licensed physicians take a holistic approach that integrates medical marijuana with traditional and alternative treatments for qualifying conditions. For more information, visit EmeraldMedicalCenter.com.

IDENTITY THEFT, FRAUD TRAINING WORKSHOP SET

Entech and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will host a free identity theft and fraud training from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on May 14 at the Collaboratory in downtown Fort Myers. The event is part of a cybersecurity initiative leaded by Entech and will have Carrie Kerskie, president of Griffon Force, as the keynote speaker. Guests are welcome to join the cybersecurity experts for coffee and light refreshments at 8:30 a.m. Event registration is required and can be found at https://entechus.com/idtheft/. 

Felix Lluberes

LLUBERES JOINS VECTRA DIGITAL

Felix Lluberes has joined Vectra Digital, a high-tech marketing firm in Fort Myers. Lluberes has a background in Internet of Things (IoT), business-to-business, business-to-consumer, and technology-related ventures. Vectra Digital uses a proprietary artificial intelligence-based marketing platform called Ada. Using the latest in big data analytics and machine learning, Ada analyzes thousands of lines of data streaming in to best optimize a campaign for maximum return on investment based on algorithms that are unique to the client. The latest upgrade to Ada features a reputation management platform that takes thousands of clients’ reviews, social posts, and comments from all locations and detects customer sentiment across different parameters. The proprietary data collection engine also gathers the same insights for clients’ competition. Lluberes is an investor at The Ignite Partners, a technology and business advisory firm in Fort Myers, along with Matt Bernhardt, CEO and managing partner of Vectra Digital.

Tom Moran

MORAN NAMED AMONG TOP FINANCIAL ADVISORS

Tom Moran, founder, chief executive officer – senior portfolio manager of Moran Edwards Asset Management in Naples, has been recognized as one of the 2019 “Top 400 Advisors” in the country by Financial Times.  He also received the award in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014.  The Financial Times “Top 400 List” provides readers with a comprehensive, objective look at the top advisors as ranked by assets under management, using data from a survey of advisors from broker-dealer firms. Factors include assets under management, experience, industry certifications and compliance record. Investment performance and financial advisor production are not explicit components. This list of advisors includes national, independent, and regional broker-dealers, selected from more than 1,500 advisors who met the qualifications. In addition to this recognition, Moran has received local, national, and industry recognition as a financial advisor over the course of his over 30-year career. Moran Edwards Asset Management is a money management practice that has served the Naples community for more than 30 years and is responsible for $3 billion in client assets as of Dec. 31, 2018. 

Linda Flood

FLOOD JOINS NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CLINIC STAFF

The Neighborhood Health Clinic volunteer Linda Flood has joined the staff as the dental coordinator for the expanded dental suite at the enhanced campus located at 121 Goodlette Road N. in Naples. Flood will use her expertise working with dentists and hygienists, as well as two years of volunteer service at the clinic, to support the charity’s recently expanded dental program. With more than 30 years of experience, including teaching at Lorenzo Walker Technical College, Flood joins 13 fulltime and seven part-time paid staff in supporting approximately 250 physicians, 35 dentists, 100 nurses and 300 non-medical personnel donating their expertise to ensure clinic patients receive the highest quality, affordable medical and dental care available. The dental suite, featuring four operatories and a classroom for one-on-one patient education, opened to patients on March 18.

Indira S. Cruz

CRUZ PASSES CFE EXAM

Indira S. Cruz, a staff accountant with McHale P.A., has passed the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam. This is a credential awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Cruz joined McHale P.A. in 2014. She earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Edison State College (now Florida SouthWestern State College) and her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida Gulf Coast University. She also studied for three years at the University of Havana, Cuba. Cruz is a member of the ACFE. Her area of focus is in forensic accounting, fraud, and litigation support. To become a CFE, one must be an associate member of the ACFE in good standing, meet minimum academic and professional requirements, be of high moral character, agree to abide by the Bylaws and Code of Professional Ethics of the ACFE, and pass the CFE examination.

CHARITABLE NOTES

Three Immokalee families receive keys to new homes

Three Immokalee families whose residences were destroyed during Hurricane Irma are moving into new homes, the result of a successful partnership between more than a dozen community- and faith-based organizations. Through the leadership of the Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition, Guadalupe Center and several community partners, the Coe, Martinez and Rivera-Trevino families have moved into brand-new, single-family homes positioned on the same lots where their residences once stood. Each of the three families has ties to Guadalupe Center. The three families signed paperwork and received a handmade banner, Bible and keys to their new homes in a dedication ceremony held on May 2 in Immokalee. The Coe family home is already complete, and the Martinez and Rivera-Trevino families are expected to occupy their new homes within a few weeks.

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee receives Give Where You Live grant

For the third year in a row, Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee (Pathways) collaborated with the Community Foundation of Collier County in the annual Give Where You Live Campaign. Board members, volunteers, and educational advocates rallied support for Pathways to receive a $30,000 grant, which includes matching funds from the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. As one of 15 nationally accredited early education centers in Collier County, Pathways currently has a group of 122 students ranging from four weeks to 5-years-old. Funds from this grant will help the center provide an enriching, hands-on environment of books, art, and social play to help develop the whole child, a press release states.

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