Gulfshore Business Daily: November 12

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Bob Ohrablo


Zawyer Sports, owner of the Fort Myers Miracle baseball club and Jacksonville Icemen hockey team, as well as operator of spring training for the Minnesota Twins and Hammond Stadium, has announced a new management team for the company. Andrew Kaufman, CEO of Jacksonville-based Zawyer Sports, has named Bob Ohrablo as president of Zawyer Sports. Ohrablo will oversee operations for both the Miracle and Icemen, as well as future Zawyer Sports business interests.

Ohrablo has 36 years of experience operating professional sports franchises and was a founding partner of the Orlando Solar Bears and Jacksonville Icemen hockey teams, which both compete in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). A Floridian for the past 19 years, Ohrablo earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business.

Chris Peters, formerly the president and general manager of the Miracle, has been promoted to vice president of corporate partnerships and baseball ventures for Zawyer Sports. Scott Einhorn, who directed day-to-day sales and marketing operations for the Icemen, will perform the same duties for both Zawyer clubs. Lauren Muni, who was director of marketing for the Icemen, will fill a similar role and responsibilities for both Zawyer teams. Additionally, Zawyer Sports has promoted Judd Loveland, the Miracle’s assistant general manager for the past two seasons, to the position of general manager for the Miracle.


Dr. Sandy Cohen


Lee Health board member and former board chairman Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Cohen was named Florida Hospital Association’s (FHA) Trustee of the Year at its annual Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards last week. Cohen has served on the Lee Health Board of Directors since 2013 and served as chairman from 2014 to 2017. FHA cited Dr. Cohen’s years of service within health care and education and his support of the construction of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami, as key factors in honoring him with this award. Cohen has increased transparency within Lee Health by pushing for better reporting of quality outcomes and has been instrumental in advancing physician-led teams such as the Physicians Leadership Council and the Clinical Collaboration Council, according to a press release. At the annual Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards, FHA honored 12 individuals and teams for their achievements in improving patient care and contributing to their communities and recognized 18 hospitals for their work in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network.



Artis—Naples has renewed music director Andrey Boreyko’s contract through the 2021-22 season. Boreyko will have served as music director for eight years at the end of this final contract extension. Under Boreyko, Artis—Naples has increased classical programming for the Naples Philharmonic in both full orchestra and chamber music series, as well as launched a renewed and expanded visiting orchestra series, anchored recently by residencies with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to residencies with world-renowned ensembles, Boreyko has deepened relationships through residencies of guest artists who work with the Naples Philharmonic in concerto settings, chamber music and master classes. Boreyko has prioritized music of our time throughout his tenure, commissioning composers such as Giya Kancheli, Gabriel Prokofiev, Kevin Puts and Fazil Say.



Shell Point Retirement Community’s skilled nursing center, The Larsen Pavilion, recently earned multiple recognitions for its high quality of care and overall performance ratings by Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Newsweek and global data research firm Statista Inc. evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes to establish a ranking of “Best Nursing Homes” in the U.S. Among the 54 best nursing homes recognized in Florida, Shell Point ranked No. 4 on the list.U.S. News & World Report included Shell Point’s 219-bed Larsen Pavilion skilled nursing facility in its 2019-2020 Best Nursing Homes report, which is based on the community’s high-performance ratings in short-term and long-term care, as well as patient satisfaction. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) credited The Larsen Pavilion with a five-out-of-five-star rating overall, as well as five out of five stars in the categories of quality measures and staffing. To learn more, visit


Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz


Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, Attorneys at Law, will be moving offices on Nov. 25 to MidWestOne Bank, 4099 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 20, Naples. The contact number, emails and website will all stay the same: (239) 298-5200 and Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, Attorneys at Law, is a civil litigation, business, marital and family law firm with deep roots in Naples and an active practice throughout Southwest Florida. Its partners, J. Michael ColemanWilliam J. HazzardDamian C. TaylorDale KlausReuben DoupéSonia M. Diaz and Christyna M. Torrez are experienced trial attorneys who provide comprehensive, legal guidance to both businesses and individuals. They have more than 150 years combined legal experience and a proud tradition of community and professional service. 


Amanda Sharkey Ross


Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. Litigation Attorney Amanda Sharkey Ross on Nov. 5 was among a list of speakers discussing “Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law” at the Crowne Plaza in Fort Myers. She presented “Effective Settlement Negotiations and Arbitration,” as well as “Legal Ethics in Insurance Practice.” Ross focuses her litigation practice in the areas of transportation liability, premises liability, negligent security, wrongful death, construction litigation, and product liability. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Ross worked in the Miami area and handled maritime and admiralty defense, as well as vessel and yacht purchase and sale transactions. Ross is fluent in both English and Spanish. Throughout her legal career, Ross has received multiple recognitions. She is a member of the Stetson University Alumni Board and the University of Miami Hurricane Club. Ross also volunteers Teen Court of Lee County, Bonita Springs Little League, and Pinewoods Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. Ross received her undergraduate degree from Stetson University and law degree from the University of Miami Law School.



The TSA Pre✓ Mobile RV will return to the Punta Gorda Airport for TSA Pre✓ Mobile Enrollment RV onsite events. The events will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Dec. 9-19, and 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 20 at 28000 Airport Rd in Punta Gorda. Look for the TSA Precheck RV in the short-term parking lot across from the Skyview Café & Bailey Terminal. The TSA Precheck RV is equipped with steps and is not wheelchair accessible. If needed, please check the TSA’s website to determine the nearest permanent location that is ADA compliant. Register for an appointment at


Charitable Notes

Veterans Day Luncheon held today

Veterans and their families are invited to join Collier Senior Resources (CSR) for a Veterans Day Luncheon at 11 a.m. today at the Golden Gate Senior Center in Naples. Free and open to veterans from all military branches, as well as their loved ones, the event is sponsored by The Law office of Jeffrey M. Janeiro, P.L. RSVPs are required; please include branch of service when calling (239) 919-7322. For more information on Collier Senior Resources and the Golden Gate Senior Center, call (239) 252-4541 or visit


Southwest Gulf Coast Walk for Apraxia takes place Saturday

The 2019 Southwest Gulf Coast Walk for Apraxia event will be held on Saturday at Estero Community Park to benefit children with apraxia of speech. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9:15 a.m. Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak. The Walk for Apraxia is held across the country as a means to heighten awareness and raise funding in the hopes that all children with apraxia may have access to the support they need to find their voices. The walk is open to all adults and children. Proceeds from the Walk for Apraxia benefit the mission of Apraxia Kids. For more information, visit


Harry Chapin Food Bank helps neighbors in need at Thanksgiving

Harry Chapin Food Bank continues the tradition of helping families put a Thanksgiving meal on the table. The food bank will distribute a total of $35,000 in the form of $10 gift cards to families through our Partner Agency Program. The gift cards are designated for the purchase of food at local supermarkets for holiday meals. Harry Chapin Food Bank is accepting turkeys that will be distributed through its Partner Agency Program, in addition to the gift cards. Those who wish to donate turkeys or chickens can drop them off at Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers Distribution Center or the Collier County Center in Naples from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information or questions, call (239) 334-7007.


AAUW Greater Naples Branch to host Holiday Lunch and Silent Auction

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Greater Naples Branch will hold its fifth Holiday Lunch and Silent Auction from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Ridgway Bar and Grill in Naples. The luncheon will offer guests a chance to socialize and bid on items in the auction. The Greater Naples AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.  Tickets are $35 to attend. For additional information and to make a reservation, visit


Hodges University Awards over $180,000 in student scholarships, waivers 

Hodges University awarded over $180,000 in student scholarships and tuition waivers for the third quarter of 2019, benefiting 141 students. Scholarships came from the Earl & Thelma Hodges Veterans Scholarship, the Hawks Scholarship Fund and the Meftah Foundation Scholarship for Single Mothers. Discounts and waivers were awarded from the university’s active duty military, corporate/employer partners, the Hodges Graduate Discount, and the Veterans Discount.


McLeod’s hosts Blessings in a Backpack Event to fight child hunger in SWFL

As part of a national movement to address childhood hunger, McLeod’s Construction, Paint & Restoration LLC partnered with Southwest Florida’s Blessings in a Backpack to host a packing event Nov. 7, where 5,000 backpacks were filled with food and provided to children in need. Elementary students in Lee and Collier Counties receive free lunches through federal programs while in school. Every Friday afternoon, Southwest Florida Blessings in a Backpack provides backpacks filled with kid-friendly, ready-to-eat items for children in these counties who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend. For more information, visit


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