Gulfshore Business Daily: October 24

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NeoGenomics has agreed to acquire oncology laboratory Genoptix for $125 million in cash plus 1 million shares of NEO common stock. The acquisition is expected to contribute $85 million of revenue and break-even earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in year one, $25 million of cost synergies over time, and 25 percent EBITDA margin by the end of year three, according to a press release. Management hosted a conference call at 8 a.m. on Tuesday to discuss the detail. A replay of the conference call will be available until 8 a.m. on Oct. 30 and can be accessed by dialing (877) 481-4010 (domestic) and (919) 882-2331 (international). The playback conference ID Number is 39604. The web-cast may be accessed at  An archive of the webcast will be available until 08 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2019.


The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Florida Gulf Coast University, co-sponsored by the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and the Lee County Economic Development Office of Southwest Florida, is offering contracts and acquisitions educational training for Southwest Florida businesses looking to sell to the government. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 2 at the Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI). The course will teach how to navigate the regulations and standard; how to “talk-the-talk” of government contracting methods; the tips and techniques for understanding the rules of engagement with government deals; the best way to gain clarity around the paperwork process; effective marketing sequences and more. Several professionals will present topics in the curriculum. Participants will take home a curriculum binder as a ready-reference filled with expert guidance related to government contracting. The event is free. For more information, click here.


Christian Young has joined DeAngelis Diamond as general counsel. He will provide legal counsel for the company’s innovation, technology and data analytics intellectual property. Young will also advise on all negotiations for construction management, program management, design-build, IPD, subcontractor and all other agreements, as well as collaborating with operations, risk management and talent teams to identify risks and implement risk mitigation strategies. A native of Newton, Massachusetts, Young began his legal career in Boston in 2007, where he served as assistant district attorney to the South Boston division and most recently as assistant general counsel for Suffolk Construction Co. Inc. Over the past 11 years, he has partnered with corporate executives negotiating and drafting business and legal terms for construction management, design-build contracts, IPD and subcontracts. Young is also a seasoned trial attorney and has managed all aspects of complex construction, product liability and general liability litigation.


Agave Naples has appointed Jim Sleep as its new executive chef. Sleep brings four-star, four-diamond dining service experience and a diverse culinary background to the position, including touring with Zac Brown Band for a “pop-up” chef experience. He will be responsible for supervising the kitchen staff, maximizing productivity in the restaurant, ensuring the quality and presentation of each meal, developing new recipes and more. Sleep previously served as the executive chef of Agave’s sister restaurant, Angelina’s Ristorante, in Bonita Springs. Sleep began his cooking career in Southwest Florida at The Rooftop. He also served as chef tournant at the Naples Grande Beach Resort (previously the Registry Resort & Club), followed by positions at the Intercontinental Hotel and Drake Hotel in Chicago. Inn addition, he has worked for executive chef Keith Luce, a James Beard Foundation ‘Rising Star Chef’ and former sous-chef at the White House and as the executive chef for Team Penske.


Laird A. Lile, a board-certified wills, trusts and estates attorney in Naples, has named Brett C. Gold as the firm’s resident at law. Gold earned a J.D. from the Ave Maria School of Law and a bachelor of science in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. In addition to serving as a board member of the Moot Court, Gold served as vice president of the ALPFA Business Club and as chief of information for the LaunchPad Entrepreneurship Club. In 2011, Lile introduced the resident at law program to transition law school graduates from the classroom to the practice of law, much as physicians do upon completing medical school. The 18-month residency program offers a salary, participation in professional organizations and bar meetings with all fees covered by the firm, and hands-on experience with clients and real legal cases, with no minimum billable-hour requirement. 


Bonita Boarding Kennel & Pet Camp is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. To celebrate, a “Yappy Anniversary” will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10 at its Bonita Springs location. The “Yappy Anniversary” will include a presentation by the Bonita Springs Mayor Peter Simmons, plus food, face painting, music, games for pets, door prizes and more. All pets should be on a leash. Local businesses will be in attendance and tabling, such as Canine Command, Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, Christine Adele Arts, Delicious Raw, Everglades Wonder Gardens, Gulf Coast Humane Society, New Horizons, Sit Means Sit and TLC Marketing & Creative Services. For more information, visit


Kathleen O. Berkey has joined Becker & Poliakoff’s community association and land use and zoning practices as a shareholder attorney and certified land planner in Fort Myers. Her practice focuses on community association law and land use/development-related issues including planning, zoning, and entitlements. 


Bikers for Babies Helmet Drive set for Saturday

The annual Bikers for Babies Helmet Drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Volunteers from local bike clubs and other supporting organizations will be at various locations throughout Cape Coral and Fort Myers collecting cash donations from the Southwest Florida community. The Helmet Drive contributes to the single largest fundraiser for the March of Dimes, Bikers for Babies. The 18th annual Bikers for Babies fundraiser, presented by Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, is set to take place on Nov. 4 at North Collier Regional Park in Naples and end at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee. The Southwest Florida ride is the largest and longest police escorted ride of all the Bikers for Babies events nationwide. To date, the Southwest Florida ride has raised more than $2.2 million for babies and families through March of Dimes. The goal for 2018 is to raise $150,000. Funds raised will benefit research and medical services that help fight for the health of all moms and babies.  For more information, visit or contact Trent Howe at (239) 271-2562 or​

Charity for Change to host anniversary gala

Charity for Change celebrates its 10th anniversary with its 2018 Jammin’ in the Jungle gala, held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Quail West Golf & County Club. Tickets are $250 per person. NBC2 anchor Chad Oliver will serve as the evening’s emcee. Honorary co-chairs are state Sen. Kathleen Passidomo and John Passidomo, and co-chairs are Kathy Feinstein and Sonya Sawyer. The evening will feature a live auction with Mike Iacampo as guest auctioneer, a silent auction, live music, and dancing. For information, call (239) 592-6787 or visit​​

Immokalee Foundation launches Travel Scholarship Fund

The Immokalee Foundation has launched a new Travel Scholarship Fund to support students who attend colleges far away from their hometown. The new fund is being supported by proceeds from The Dazzling World of Travel event presented by Preferred Travel of Naples and 50 of their luxury travel partners this coming February. While most Immokalee Foundation students receive scholarships to colleges in Florida, many receive full scholarships to out-of-state schools. The new travel scholarship fund is a source to help these students with expenses related to enrolling in a faraway school, such as travel home for Christmas or warm winter clothing for the cold northern winters they experience for the first time.​​

FMCS surpasses fundraising goal with ‘Feed the Need’

Fort Myers Christian School (FMCS) has surpassed its fundraising goal of $60,000 early through its “food-raising” packing project, “Feed the Need.” Feed the Need is a fundraiser that supports FMCS, with a significant portion of the funds raised going toward purchasing, packing and distributing healthy meals to hungry children in Haiti, Jolo, West Virginia and Southwest Florida. Each Feed the Need meal bag is designed by dieticians at General Mills specifically for malnourished children. Each bag contains hydrated vegetables, soy or beans for protein, 19 essential vitamins and minerals, and rice for carbohydrates and energy. For more information, visit​

Southwest Florida Yachts participates in discount program for military professionals

Southwest Florida Yachts is participating in the American Sailing Association’s (ASA) Operation Vet Sail, a discount program to thank veterans and active military for their service. As an Operation Vet Sail program participant, Southwest Florida Yachts is offering the ASA Basic Keelboat Sailing Course at a $50 reduction from the course rate of $595 through Nov. 11, 2019.  The program also includes the opportunity for veterans and active military to download the ASA’s sailing application, “Sailing Challenge,” for free.  This is app teaches sailing skills in a 3D virtual world.  More information is available at​

Evelyn & Arthur supports Hope Chest at The Crossings with donation drive

In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Evelyn & Arthur at The Promenade at Bonita Bay will continue its tradition of offering shoppers a discount on an in-store purchase from Nov. 1 to Nov. 17 if they bring in a gently used item of clothing, an accessory, or a pair of shoes for donation. Shoppers will receive a 20 percent coupon for any one regular price item of $75 or more. Throughout the drive, Evelyn & Arthur is also selling blue pashminas for $28, with all proceeds benefitting Hope Hospice. Evelyn & Arthur, who has partnered with Hope Healthcare for National Hospice and Palliative Care Month since 2008, collects the donated apparel for Hope Chest at The Crossings, the upscale resale store benefiting Hope Healthcare programs. One discount coupon is offered per donation, not item.

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