FLORIDA SBDC AT FGCU HOSTS CAPITAL ACCESS SEMINAR FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University (SBDC at FGCU) will host a complimentary seminar to help Southwest Florida business owners to gain access to capital needed to grow their businesses. “How to Get Money to Grow your Business” takes place from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 13 at IBERIABANK at the intersection of Summerlin and Winkler Roads. The participants will learn when and if they should grow their business, and where and how to get the funds if needed. This seminar will be led by Duane Hoversten, a certified FSBDC business consultant at FGCU and an entrepreneur. IBERIABANK is co-sponsoring this event. Admission is free, and light refreshments are included. For more information and to register to attend, click here.
SEACOAST BANK EXPANDS TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Seacoast Bank is expanding into the Fort Myers and Naples markets by establishing a commercial banking presence with Errol Howard as senior vice president and regional commercial banking manager. The more than 90-year old, Florida-based bank entered the Tampa market in 2017 through the acquisitions of Gulfshore Bank and Northstar Bank. Now, with the addition of Howard, Seacoast is expanding its reach into the Southwest Florida market. Howard joins Seacoast from Wells Fargo, where he served as a business banking manager. In his new role, Howard leads Seacoast’s commercial banking team and provides senior leadership in the market. He reports to Allen Brinkman, market president for Tampa and head of commercial banking for the Tampa market.
NAPLES YACHT CLUB HONORED AMONG PLATINUM CLUBS OF THE WORLD
Naples Yacht Club has achieved status as a Platinum Club of the World. This inaugural ranking of worldwide clubs by The Club Leaders Forum Advisory Board is an additional honor for the Naples Yacht Club and complements its current designation as a Platinum Club of America. In electing Naples Yacht Club as a Platinum Club of the World, an international panel of industry experts, historians and connoisseurs considered the club’s universal recognition, respected membership, excellence in amenities and facilities, exceptional service standards, how the club has adapted to changing times, management and operations, and the overall experience. In total, there are only 250 Platinum Clubs of the World, comprising golf and country clubs, city clubs and, new this year, yacht clubs. Located at the southern end of Seventh Street in the Aqualane Shores section of Naples, the Naples Yacht Club was founded in 1947 by three friends: Stephen Briggs, Benny Morris and John Glen Sample. Earlier this year, the club completed a $10-million-dollar renovation and expansion that completely updated the clubhouse that was originally built in 1960.
AVOW HOSPICE RECERTIFIED BY THE JOINT COMMISSION
Avow Hospice has achieved quality recertification by The Joint Commission, a national standards body whose certification is considered the “Gold Seal of Approval” in healthcare. The Joint Commission’s standards and initiatives focus on patient safety and quality of care issues. The certification process is voluntary and holds participating healthcare agencies to exceptional standards for care. Avow is the only hospice in southwest Florida to have achieved Joint Commission certification, a distinction it has held continuously since 2001. Avow is also fully certified by Medicare and has earned the highest family satisfaction ratings for hospices serving Collier County, as reported by Medicare at www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/.
GREEN MOUNTAIN BUILDERS WELCOMES BROGDON
Green Mountain Builders has named David Brogdon as director of operations. Prior to joining the company, Brogdon worked with a number of national and regional companies in his four decades in the housing industry. At Green Mountain Builders, Brogdon directs operations for all projects, including new construction custom homes as well as remodeling from whole-home makeovers to kitchens and bathrooms in Bonita Bay, Shadow Wood, Audubon, Pelican Landing and more communities. For 30 years, Green Mountain Builders’ CEO Tony Persichilli has been building and remodeling luxury homes throughout Southwest Florida in Collier and Lee counties.
UNIVERSAL ENGINEERING SCIENCES HIRES CLARK
Universal Engineering Sciences Inc. (UES) has hired Brian Clark as construction services department manager. At UES, Clark will support the delivery of civil and geotechnical engineering and project management in the company’s expanding Fort Myers Construction Services Department. He will also provide support to the management and sales teams’ promotion of the company’s construction and environmental services. Clark joins UES from ECS Limited, where he was a construction materials department manager in areas of civil and geotechnical engineering, project and laboratory management. He also worked for Wood Rodgers Inc., Amec Foster Wheeler, Construction Materials Engineers and Shantec. Clark holds a Bachelor of Engineering, civil engineering, from University of Nevada, Reno.
MISNER NAMED BANK TRUST OFFICER
Angie Misner has been appointed as trust officer in the Trust and Investment Management Services division of Charlotte State Bank & Trust (www.charlottestatebankandtrust.com). She has been in the trust department for five years, working her way up to her current title. As a trust officer, Misner manages accounts for which the bank acts as an estate representative, trustee, guardian of the property, or investment management agent. She works with new and existing clients. Misner has completed all three years of Trust School through the American Bankers Association and is pursuing accreditation as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She has worked in the real estate industry and also has experience in retail operations. She has been with Charlotte State Bank & Trust for nine years, starting out on as a teller and working in bookkeeping until moving to trust.
STUDIO+ GIVES STUDENTS GET HANDS-ON ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN EXPERIENCE
Studio+, an architecture and interior design firm, hosted students from East Lee County High School as part of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools’ STEM@Work program on Oct. 25. Students had the opportunity for hands-on experience to learn more about the field of architecture and interior design. Students were given two hours to create a new multi-purpose activities center for a local Fort Myers church, a real client project. The students were divided into groups of five each and then paired with Studio+ architects and interior designers to form competitive teams. The student teams created floor plan layouts, building sections, and volumetric massing. Working closely with Studio+ designers, the students transformed rough hand-drawn sketches into digital models using Computer Aided Design (CAD). With design work complete, the students presented their plans for a panel of judges for a chance to win an award for their project.
IN THE GARDEN EMPLOYEES EARN CERTIFICATION
Cindi Vos and Chris Stack of In The Garden have become Certified Horticulture Professionals through the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA). The eight-week FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP) program is the industry’s only standard for measuring horticulture knowledge on everything from plant and pest identification to landscape management. Candidates must pass a comprehensive four-part online written exam to demonstrate knowledge about plant identification, disease and insect control, plant biology and landscape management. Vos is the general manager of In The Garden and Stack works with customers, manages the grounds and plant stock and coordinates installations of items purchased at the garden center.
Volunteers needed for February’s The Wall That Heals in Marco Island
The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Marco Island on Feb. 19, 2020. The exhibit will be on display in the Veterans Community Park and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public. The American Legion Post 404 is leading this effort. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,276 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. More than 200 volunteers will be needed to set up and take down the replica wall, staff the exhibit and guide visitors 24 hours a day. Fifty additional volunteers are needed as “readers” who will publicly read 1,954 names of Floridians who died serving their country in Vietnam. Volunteers can contact Ray Rosenberg, Volunteer Coordinator at (239) 877-4206. School and youth groups are encouraged to visit The Wall That Heals. To schedule a tour, please call Doug Hartman at (703) 582-1855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MY Shower Door toy drive helps families at Golisano Children’s Hospital
MY Shower Door is partnering with Lee Health to spread holiday cheer through Golisano Children’s Hospital Toy Drive and the Golisano Snow Pile Room, where toys are delivered. From now until Dec. 6, people can bring new, unwrapped toys to any of the three MY Shower Door locations in Fort Myers and Naples, TWO39 Work in Bonita Springs, Brown & Brown Insurance in Fort Myers and Naples, Audi of Fort Myers, and CONRIC PR & Marketing in Fort Myers. A Child Life Wish List is available online at myshowerdoor.com/toys.
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