Gulfshore Business Daily: November 13

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PBS Contractors of Naples received the 2018 Business Ethics Award from the Uncommon Friends Foundation at its annual Uncommon Evening gala, held on Nov. 8 at the Burroughs Home & Gardens in Fort Myers. Russell Budd, CEO and owner of PBS Contractors, represented the company, along with Bart Zino, Kimberly Ortegon and Mark Simmons. Brian Rist, president and CEO of title sponsor Storm Smart, presented the award. Gray Davis, agency executive/senior vice president of McGriff Insurance Services, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of service to the Uncommon Friends Foundation, including serving seven years as chairman of the board of directors. Board chair Marilyn Stout recognized past board members Brenda Stewart and Jody VanCooney for more than 20 years each of volunteer service to Uncommon Friends Foundation on the scholarships program, public relations, and events committees and more.  ​


SCORE Naples will host its Digital Marketing Summit from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 12 at the Naples Accelerator. The event will feature experts from Google, Constant Contact and Market Momentum. Business owners will hear insider knowledge on best practices for using email, social media and Google to expand their reach to prospects and customers and close more business. Pamela Starr, a professional speaker for Google’s “Get Your Business Online” program, will present “Reach Customers Online with Google.” Barbara Langdon, owner of Market Momentum, will discuss “Using Social Media and Email to Find and Close New Business.” Matt Montoya, partner enablement and training manager at Constant Contact, will deliver how to “Get New and Repeat Business on Autopilot with Email Marketing.” The event is $30 when registering online. For registration and to make payment, visit or call (239) 430 0081.


The Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office will host a general membership meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday in the Kleist Community Room, Building H, at Hodges University in Fort Myers. The event will begin with networking at 8 a.m., followed by the meeting at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will feature a Lee County water-quality panel discussion, featuring Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais, Lee County Natural Resources Director Roland Ottolini, and Tamara Pigott, director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. To register for the free event, call (239) 533-6800 or go to To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate, contact Joan LaGuardia, (239) 533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, or Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance.​


The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa will reopen its doors to guests in time for the Thanksgiving holiday following completion of an expansive $60 million interior and exterior transformation. The renovation includes a marble lobby with updated reception, concierge, and bell desks; guest rooms with new furnishings and enlarged bathrooms, plus smartphone charging stations; dining updates; a redesigned outdoor pool; expanded and upgraded meeting and event space and more. For more information, visit​​


Studio+ has promoted Chris Ressler to principal in the Fort Myers office. In his new role, Ressler will be overseeing operations of the architecture department, scheduling staffing, client satisfaction and project success. Ressler has 12 years of experience in architecture and has been with Studio+ since the firm’s inception. Studio+ is an integrated services design with a focus in healthcare, senior living, commercial and educational markets. For more information, visit


Naples Yacht Club has once again been awarded platinum status by the Platinum Clubs of America for 2019-2020. This distinction is considered the most revered acknowledgement in the private club industry, a press release states. Naples Yacht Club ranks number six in the U.S. There are only 30 yacht clubs out of the 800-plus yacht clubs in America that are considered in that class of private club.​


The Marina at the Naples Bay Resort recently purchased four new 2018 24-foot Hurricane deck boats as well as an entirely new bike rental fleet. The Hurricane deck boats hold up to 10 people and are the largest of their class of any Southwest Florida marina, according to a press release. The team at The Marina updated their fleet by retiring six boats and purchasing four brand new ones.  The new boats are Hurricane Bowrider Deck Boats with a 225 Hurricane 4 Stroke Engine. In addition to the new boats, the marina also purchased a fleet of 12 new Sun Revolution beach cruiser bikes for guests and tourists to rent. For more information, visit​


Stabilized Steps presented among a group of small emerging companies and community-based teams at the inaugural Assistive Tech Challenge Pitch Competition held Nov. 3 in Rochester, Minnesota. Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square presented the pitch challenge in collaboration with The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region and the disABILITY Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face. The event also was designed to strengthen their ability to live more independently and reduce the direct support workforce crisis. Based in Naples, Stabilized Steps is the creator of patented Stabilizers that allow traditional walkers to be more stable on various terrains such as sand, gravel, grass, mud and snow. The company has also designed special rubber pads which can be placed on walkers allowing for a variety of indoor uses, including taking them inside a shower and using the walker as mobile/portable toilet rails.​​


American Red Cross chapter, Arthrex team up for troops

The American Red Cross Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter held its annual Holiday for Heroes Stocking Event at the Arthrex headquarters in Naples, where more than 1,000 holiday stockings were assembled for troops. Red Cross volunteers and staff, along with Arthrex employees, gathered to place the donated items in handmade holiday stockings along with encouraging holiday cards provided by the community. Stockings will be mailed by Arthrex to soldiers who are serving overseas during the holidays. Holiday for Heroes is an annual campaign by the American Red Cross which allows the community the opportunity to thank and recognize military members during the holidays. For more information, click here

Blessings in a Backpack named SWFL Wine & Food Fest beneficiary

Southwest Florida Children’s Charities Inc. has chosen the local chapter of Blessings in a Backpack as a new beneficiary of the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. The annual event has raised more than $25 million for children since it began in 2008. More than 60,000 elementary school students in Lee and Collier counties receive free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches during the week, but the federal program doesn’t cover them when school isn’t in session, a press release states. Blessings in a Backpack gives nutritious, kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare meals to more than 3,000 local children on Friday afternoons so they have food for the weekend. A portion of the money raised through the Wine & Food Fest will help Blessings in a Backpack feed more children. The Grand Tasting takes place at noon on Feb. 24, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. Tickets are available by calling (239) 433-4260. 

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