HISTORIC DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS PROPERTY PURCHASED FOR $4.4 MILLION
Fischler Property Co. has sold an iconic downtown property for $4.4 million to an international buyer. The landmark historic building at 2282 First and 1500 Jackson streets was built in 1911 and renovated to its former glory by BSSW Architects in 2005. Phil Fischler and Michael Curran of Fischler Property Co. represented the seller, 2282 First Street LLP. No other brokers were involved. The 20,733-square-foot building currently features a mix of restaurant, retail and office tenants, including Izzy’s Fish and Oyster and Soni Yoga on the first floor, BSSW Architects on the second floor, and property management firm Great Jones on the second and third floor.
ALLEGIANT ADDS NONSTOP ROUTE TO PUNTA GORDA
Allegiant has announced five new nonstop routes, including one seasonal route to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from Richmond, Virginia, via Richmond International Airport (ATW). The new route begins Feb. 13, 2020, with one-way fares starting at $65. The other new routes include three new routes to Nashville and one to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The new nonstop routes will operate twice weekly. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at Allegiant.com.
SWEET SCIENCE BOXING & FITNESS LAUNCHES MOBILE APP
Sweet Science Boxing & Fitness in Naples has launched its first mobile app, Sweet Science+, available for iOS devices. Developed by former world champion boxer Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik and IBF middleweight title challenger Billy Lyell, Sweet Science+ provides users with champion boxing coaches in their corner during training sessions. This all-mobile experience offers boxers and athletes an application to workout with champion boxers using their specific regimens and proven training techniques. Following a soft launch in October, the app already has a five-star rating on the Apple app store. Unique features of the mobile app include video tutorial training sessions, multiple round workouts, one-on-one “ghost Training,” nutrition plans, progress tracking and push notifications. Divine Digital Agency and Sweet Science Boxing & Fitness created the app.
BAYFRONT HEALTH PUNTA GORDA NAMES CAO
Andrea G. Thomas has been named chief administrative officer (CAO) at Bayfront Health Punta Gorda. Thomas previously served as chief operating officer at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, an 84-bed hospital in St. Cloud, Florida. Under her leadership, she led an emergency department expansion project and facility renovations to enhance facility operations and better serve patients. Thomas earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She received two master’s degrees, one in public health from Florida International University in Miami, and one in business administration-health services administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
QUARLES & BRADY NAMES NAPLES OFFICE MANAGING PARTNER
Kelly Lyon Davis, a partner in Quarles & Brady LLP’s labor and employment practice group, has been selected as the new Naples office managing partner. In this role, Davis will oversee day-to-day management, implement operating and strategic plans, manage budgets, and represent the office within the community. Davis succeeds T. Robert Bulloch, who became office managing partner in 2011. Bulloch will continue to serve as a partner in the firm’s estate, trust and wealth preservation practice group. Davis practices in all areas of labor and employment law. Davis has earned numerous accolades, including being named a 2019 “Leader in the Law” by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and to Naples Illustrated’s 2019 list of Top Lawyers. In 2014, she was honored as one of Gulfshore Business magazine’s 40-under-40 business professionals. Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts, with honors and highest distinction, from Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
NOLTE WEALTH MANAGEMENT GROUP CHANGES NAME
Nolte Wealth Management Group is now Chlumsky Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. The new name reflects a leadership transition for the Fort Myers-based wealth management group. First Vice President-Investment Officer Nick Chlumsky has been named senior advisor for the group. Managing Director-Investment Officer James Nolte will retire at the end of December following more than 43 years with Wells Fargo Advisors. Chlumsky joined A.G. Edwards, a predecessor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors, in 2007. As a financial advisor and Certified Financial Planner professional, Chlumsky earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University and a master’s degree in business management from Hodges University. Chlumsky Wealth Management Group is located at 12140 Carissa Commerce Court, Suite 100, in Fort Myers.
SWFL LAW FIRM APPOINTS ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC is growing its personal injury law team with the addition of Mark J. Joseph. As an associate attorney, Joseph will provide support in the areas of serious personal injury, wrongful death, and first-party insurance claims. Since joining the firm in 2016, Joseph served in the roles of law clerk, associate and intern, supporting the practice areas of personal injury, family law, business and commercial law. Joseph became a member of the Florida Bar in 2019 and received a Juris Doctor at Stetson College of Law while also completing his Master of Business Administration from Stetson University. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Florida. Joseph has participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program—a national initiative sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service—preparing tax returns for low to moderate-income taxpayers.
WILLIAMS JOINS AJS REALTY GROUP
AJS Realty Group has appointed Hamish Williams as senior vice president. In his new position with the firm, Williams will provide brokerage services across a variety of product types. With more than 27 years of real estate experience in the U.S. and Europe, Williams joins AJS Realty Group from Equity LLC, where he helped establish and grow the Equity offices in Florida in as both a manger-broker and later in a transactional role. Williams originally entered the Southwest Florida market in 2011 when he joined CBRE – SWFL (now CRE Consultants). Previous experience includes serving as the Head of Office and Industrial departments at Cushman & Wakefield in Budapest Hungary. Williams also held the position of Director of Office and Hotels & Leisure for Colliers International – Hungary. In addition to his commercial real estate knowledge, Williams specializes in healthcare, office, industrial, retail and hospitality sales and leasing with a specific emphasis on 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges.
ANNEX WEALTH MANAGEMENT OPENS SWFL OFFICE
Wisconsin-based Annex Wealth Management announced the opening of their first office outside of its home state. The Naples office will bring Annex’s fee-only model to full- and part-time residents in Southwestern Florida. Annex Wealth Management is one of Wisconsin’s largest fee-only wealth management firms, according to a press release. In addition to bringing its team-based model to Florida, Annex will also extend its community education and financial literacy programs to the state. Bryan Fiore will be the branch director of the new Naples office. A Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Fiore brings with him over 20 years of wealth management and investment experience in the South Florida region.
Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center to host Brushstrokes from the Soul Silent Art Auction
In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center is hosting the 23rd annual Brushstrokes from the Soul Silent Art Auction, featuring paintings by individuals experiencing the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairment. The art auction and reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 at FineMark National Bank & Trust. The public is invited to attend this free event to view and bid on the artwork, however, invitations are limited. Please RSVP by calling the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center at (239) 437-3007 to reserve your entry. The artwork has been professionally matted and framed, courtesy of 50% Off Framing. Proceeds benefit the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. The Cottage at Cypress Cove is the Grand Sponsor for Brushstrokes from the Soul. For more information, visit www.alzheimersswfl.org.
The Rotary Club of Naples Food Wine and Beer Festival held in December
The Rotary Club of Naples Food Wine and Beer Festival will take place on Dec. 7 at Bayfront in Naples. This year’s event will feature more than 140 premium wines, 20-plus craft beers, a variety of hard seltzers, a sampling of cuisines from over 20 participating restaurants, and entertainment. The Rotary Club of Naples Food Wine and Beer Festival offers two tickets: general admission is $80 and includes unlimited samplings of all the wine, beer, and food; the food only ticket is $50 for the designated drivers and non-drinking attendees. Proceeds from The Rotary Club of Naples Food Wine and Beer Festival will benefit The Rotary Club of Naples Charitable Foundation programs. For more information, visit www.napleswine.org.
Third annual Santa on the Sand coming soon
Friends of Lovers Key State Park and The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs will be holding their third annual Santa on the Sand event Dec. 8 at the gazebo on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. The event will include fun, games and a snack for the children, plus a visit with Santa. The cost is the park entrance fee, plus $5 and one unwrapped toy for each child 8 years old or under. The toys, as well as the $5, will be donated to The Children’s Network of South West Florida. Reservations are required for this annual charitable event and can be made at eventbrite.com no later than Nov. 30.
Guadalupe Center receives $10,000 grant from NaplesNEXT Ideas Festival
The NaplesNEXT Ideas Festival has presented Guadalupe Center, a beneficiary of the inaugural 2019 event, with a $10,000 grant to enhance educational programs for students in Immokalee. The inaugural NaplesNEXT, held in March, drew hundreds of guests and more than 50 thinkers and influencers who took to the stage to share their expertise across a diverse set of topics, including the environment, health and medicine, philanthropy, innovation and beyond. Four chief justices, three former White House chiefs of staff, philanthropists, best-selling authors and editors of national publications were among the lineup. Guadalupe Center was one of the 2019 beneficiaries through a FoundationNEXT fund established through the Community Foundation of Collier County. Register now to attend NaplesNEXT 2020 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples on March 2-3 by visiting NaplesNEXT.com.
Freedom Waters Foundation receives Walmart grants
Freedom Waters Foundation received two grants totaling $5,000 from the Walmart stores at 6650 Collier Blvd. and 9885 Collier Blvd. as part of the company’s Walmart Giving program. The funds will support the free, therapeutic, marine-related programs that Freedom Waters Foundation runs year-round for children and adults with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities, at-risk youth, and veterans. With the support of more than 125 private and commercial boat owners and community partners as well as over 300 volunteers, Freedom Waters Foundation provides more than 3,200 on-the-water experiences annually through its transformative programs. Learn more at freedomwatersfoundation.org.
Community School of Naples students play for Florida Cancer Specialists patients
Twenty Community School of Naples’ (CSN) Upper School Chamber Orchestra students and their music teacher, Si-Cheng Liu, recently brought their musical instruments to the downtown Naples offices of Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) to bring restorative music to patients and their families, as well as the medical and office staff. This program, begun last year by a CSN student who has since graduated, was revived by two freshmen cellists, Olivia (Via) Lipman and Charles Rubin, whose fathers happen to be doctors at FCS. Lipman had read about how music can transport people psychologically to a peaceful place. Lipman, Rubin and other musicians intend to expand the program to more local organizations, such as senior centers and the Golisano C’MON, where Lipman volunteers working with special needs children.
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