Gulfshore Business Daily: October 23

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Alyssa Sweat


Naples Yacht Club has completed its $10-million clubhouse renovation and expansion. The refurbishment completely updated the clubhouse that was originally built in 1960. The enhancements maximize views of Naples Bay and offer members expanded opportunities to enjoy outdoor dining and cocktails. The club also is able to accommodate larger groups of up to 350 people for private functions. The expanded Naples Yacht Club features a two-story clubhouse with full-service boat slips situated right on Naples Bay. A portion of the original building was torn down and completely replaced. The remainder of the building was modified to include a new gathering lounge and expanded bar along with more terrace dining. A corner stairwell on the exterior was also removed to greatly enhance waterfront views. The interior design of the clubhouse was inspired by a historical mural by local artist Paul Arsenault depicting sites around Old Naples.



EDGE Cabinet and Space Creators, a company specializing in the design and creation of custom cabinetry and millwork, has relocated its offices to 9130 Galleria Court, Unit 203, adjacent to the Vanderbilt Galleria. The 4,200-square-foot, second-floor office space has seven offices, a selection area, two conference rooms, two collaborative bullpens and a kitchen. Each bullpen also contains numerous desk spaces for project managers and other members who spend the majority of their time on site. The interior is a balance of contemporary grey, white and black, with glass doors, granite countertops and a modern interior atmosphere. In addition to modern upgrades, the offices are also energy conscious with automatic sensor lights turning off after 30 minutes of inactivity.



Hilton Naples owner Cooper Hotels was recognized with a 2018 Hilton Legacy Award for the Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand Top Performer, Mid-size Portfolio. Cooper Hotels was the brand’s only recipient of the award. Hilton Naples and two other of Cooper Hotels’ three Hilton brand hotels earned the company the award based on performance. The company’s other top-performing Hilton properties are Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs and Hilton Knoxville Airport. The leadership of Hilton’s development and brand teams select the winners based on strict criteria including, but not limited to, hotel quality and commitment to guest experience. The awards program celebrates contributions to an outstanding year of growth. Timed to coincide with the Americas Owner Conference, Hilton recognized nearly 60 high-performing owners and developers. To see the full list of Hilton’s 2018 Legacy Award winners, click here. 



Atilus Owner and CEO Harry Casimir is joining the Advisory Committee on Cybersecurity of Executive Administration at the University of South Florida (USF). The committee oversees the USF Cybersecurity for Executives Certification Program, offered at the USF Muma College of Business, which provides business leaders the tools they need to lead their team’s cyber threat initiatives, arm their organization with the ability to overcome a cyber-attack, and the strategies to avert approaching cyber-attacks. Casimir founded Atilus in 2005 and today is the owner and CEO of the full-service digital agency with services including web design, digital marketing, and web hosting. In addition to his role on the Advisory Committee on Cybersecurity for Executive Administration with USF, Casimir also serves on the Foundation Board of Directors at Florida Gulf Coast University.


Alyssa Sweat


Southwest Florida R.E. Group named Alyssa Sweat as director of operations. The principals created the new senior position to help the organization and management of the growing residential real estate firm. Over the last two years, Southwest Florida R.E. Group’s team has grown to nearly 50 agents. A former Lee County elementary school teacher and sports coach, Sweat has broad experience as an agent with team-leadership skills.



Moran Wealth Management has appointed Julie Spivy as a financial advisor. In this new position, Spivy will serve as an advisor to clients and provide financial advice and counsel consistent with the clients’ goals and risk tolerance. Spivy has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Her previous roles include serving as a financial consultant for Charles Schwab for the past 13 years, and as an investment specialist senior relationship officer with TD Waterhouse Investor Services. Privy is a member of Growing Associates in Naples (GAIN), the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, and the Naples Chamber of Commerce. She is a longtime supporter of the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Gulf Coast Humane Society.


Sharon Contrevo


Sharon Contrevo, a service manager at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Fort Myers, has been presented with the “Manager of the Year” award. She was selected by senior leadership as one of the seven recipients from the more than 515 service managers nationwide. The award recognizes managers who have a passion for providing quality service and show commitment to developing team members. Contrevo is being honored as a result of her dedication to continuous growth as a training caption, as well as her commitment to fostering relationships with restaurant guests.


Charitable notes

LCEC’s Goblin Gallop 5K Run/Walk for United Way this Saturday

LCEC will be holding its eighth annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5K to benefit the United Way on Saturday. The 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. Registration/check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. The Kids Fun Run will immediately follow the 5K. Advance registration is $25 for ages 18 and over ($30 day of), $20 for ages 13-17 ($30 day of), and $15 for the Kids Fun Run for ages 12 and under. Last year’s event raised over $1,000 for United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties with more than 100 runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters attending. For race and sponsorship information, visit, email or call (239) 656-2380.


First annual Best Buddies Champion of the Year Gala set for November

The Forest Country Club will host its first annual Best Buddies Champion of the Year Gala from 6-11 p.m. on Nov. 15 at The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers. The event will honor community leader’s accomplishments for the inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The evening will feature an awards ceremony, cocktails, dinner and a silent auction to benefit the Best Buddies Organization. For tickets and more information, visit


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