Gulfshore Business Daily: October 18

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RSW PASSENGER TRAFFIC INCREASES IN SEPTEMBER

During September, 460,869 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (www.flylcpa.com) in Fort Myers, an increase of 10.2 percent compared with September 2018. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 8.5 percent compared with last year.The traffic leader in September was Delta Air Lines with 105,797 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were American (88,436), Southwest (70,682), JetBlue (68,359) and United (39,136).Southwest Florida International Airport had 4,127 aircraft operations, an increase of 2.1 percent compared with September 2018. Page Field saw 9,030 operations, a 13.6 percent increase from September 2018. In addition, nearly 2.7 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in September 2019.Southwest Florida International Airport served nearly 9.4 million passengers in 2018 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction.

CISKOWSKI JOINS SANIBEL CAPTIVA TRUST CO.

Al Hanser, founder and chairman of the Sanibel Captiva Trust Co. (www.sancaptrustco.com),announced the strategic hire of Edwin C. Ciskowski, CPA, as senior vice president and senior portfolio manager. Ciskowski joins company with more than 30 years of wealth management experience, most recently from Wells Fargo Asset Management in Chicago, where he held the position of senior vice president, serving as a securities analyst and portfolio manager. Earlier he worked at Keeley Asset Management Corp., also in Chicago, as senior vice president and co-portfolio manager for a number of years. Ciskowski obtained his master’s degree in accountancy from DePaul University, his BBA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and he is also a Certified Public Accountant. He can be found at The Trust Company’s Palm Ridge Road office–Sanibel.

PHARMACY GO TO OPEN IN ESTERO

Pharmacy GO will have a ribbon cutting for its organic-based medical pharmacy at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 at 20041 S. Tamiami Trail, No. 13, Estero, after eight months of build out and preparation. During the event, all products will be 10% off and any patients who transfer their prescriptions will earn 20% off their current purchase or a coupon redeemable on their next visit. Pharmacy GO is an apothecary intended for health-conscious minds. The business offers free next-day delivery, hypoallergenic compounds, and organic or natural over-the-counter products. For more information, visit www.epharmacygo.com.

HEALTHCARE NETWORK OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA EARNS ACCREDITATION

Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (www.HealthcareSWFL.org) has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety. Status as an accredited organization means Healthcare Network has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,100 ambulatory, or outpatient, health care organizations across the United States are currently accredited by AAAHC.

BATTEN TO SPEAK AT PRSA LUNCHEON

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Gulf Coast Chapter will host Brent Batten, Naples Daily News Editor, at the monthly luncheon Oct. 29 at the Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N. Batten will speak on evolving media roles and his position as an editor, columnist and reporter. Brent Batten joined the staff of the Naples Daily News in 1985 as the police reporter. He has also served as the paper’s court reporter, Lee County bureau chief and city editor. He began writing a regular column for the newspaper in 1997. He currently also writes editorials and leads the paper’s editorial board.Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. Cost is per person for PRSA members is $30, $38 for non-members, and $25 for students. Reservations must be made by Oct. 25. For additional information or to register, visit www.gulfcoastprsa.org.

NEWSBANK NAMES LANDMAN SENIOR VP OF PHILANTHROPY SERVICES DIVISION

NewsBank Inc., a Naples-based company, named Sarah Landman senior vice president for its Philanthropy Services Division. She is leading the launch and growth of the division’s newest product, Insightful (www.insightfulphilanthropy.com), into the philanthropy market. Insightful helps fundraising teams develop stronger more productive relationships with donors and prospects by curating and distributing up-to-date news information about individual donors and their areas of interest in real time. For over 47 years, NewsBank Inc., has been an information provider for public libraries, colleges and universities, schools, military and government libraries, and professionals around the world. Landman brings 15 years of fundraising consulting and executive management experience. She earned a M.A. in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Also, Landman will present on Millennial Philanthropy on Oct. 24 at the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Conference in Washington, D.C.

HOLLIER HONORED AT ENPY AWARDS

Lana Hollier was honored as an Elmer Tabor Generosity Award finalist at the third annual Cape Coral Community Foundation’s Excellence in Nonprofit Performance Yearly Awards (ENPYs) on Oct. 10 at Crowne Plaza Bell Tower in Fort Myers. Hollier was recognized for her volunteer work with Valerie’s House, a Southwest Florida nonprofit dedicated to helping grieving children heal after the loss of a loved one. She began her involvement with Valerie’s House as a volunteer and has been a board member for two years. Currently, she serves as board secretary. The ENPYs celebrate the outstanding work of individuals and organizations in the nonprofit world dedicated to improving the quality of life in their communities. Hollier joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank(www.SanCapBank.com)  in 2004 and is the senior vice president and director of operations.

THIBAUT, WARD EARN CCIM DESIGNATION

Justin Thibaut, chief operating officer, and Hunter Ward, sales associate, of LSI Companies Inc. (www.lsicompanies.com) recently received the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation by the CCIM Institute. Thibaut and Ward were among hundreds of commercial real estate professionals who earned the designation by passing the CCIM Institute’s comprehensive examination, the capstone element in the designation process. To earn the CCIM designation, commercial real estate professionals must complete more than 160 hours of case-study driven education covering topics such as interest-based negotiation, financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, investment analysis and ethics in commercial investment real estate.

CHARITABLE NOTES

STARability Foundation partners with Sanibel Sea School

The STARability Foundation (www.STARability.org) announce it has partnered with the Sanibel Sea School (www.sanibelseaschool.org). The arrangement between the STARability Foundation and the Sanibel Sea School will allow up to 36 Trailblazer Academy members the opportunity to explore the beaches and waters of Sanibel.Seine netting, snorkeling and dissecting a squid are all activities the young adults with developmental disabilities typically don’t get a chance to do but will be experiencing during this partnership.

Golf Fore Homes Tournament on tap

The third annual Golf Fore Homes Tournament, hosted by The Verandah Golf Club (verandahgolfclub.com/golf) and Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties (habitat4humanity.org), will be held Nov. 22.Registration is now open for the four person, 18-hole scramble with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun on Verandah’s championship Whispering Oak course. For $125 per player or $500 per foursome, tournament registration includes a golfer swag bag and prizes for a hole-in-one, closest to the pin and longest drive.

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