Gulfshore Business Daily: October 24

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TGR Financial, Inc. (TGRF), the holding company for First Florida Integrity Bank, announced a third-quarter net income of $4.5 million. Earnings growth resulted in an 11% increase when compared with third-quarter results, one year ago. For the three months ended Sept. 30, the return on average assets was 1.21%. Quarter-to-date earnings represented $0.24 per diluted share. Common shares of TGRF closed on Tuesday at $10.60. TGR Financial, Inc. reported a net income of $12.67 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, up from $10.85 million the year prior.



Capital Bank will be unified under the new name of First Horizon Bank on Friday under holding company First Horizon National Corp. The branding change brings together First Tennessee Bank, FTB Advisors, FTN Financial and Capital Bank at more than 250 locations in the southeastern U.S., with 12 branches in Southwest Florida. All brand signage changes will be completed in early 2020 and customers will experience a smooth transition according to Jeff Jackson, Florida Regional President. The bank will be adding city center locations for Florida in 2020 as part of a state-wide growth. Jackson has led the bank’s growth in Florida during the past 11 months and has brought in over 40 new team members.  More hiring will take place throughout the state in 2020.



Four organizations were named “Family Friendly Employer of the Year” at the Family Friendly Business Award Luncheon hosted by Collier Child Care Resources on Oct. 22 at the Hilton Naples. The awards went to: Large Business Employer of the Year – City of Naples (runner up Collier County Board of County Commissioners); Medium-sized Business Employer of the Year – PBS Contractors (runner up Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.); Small Business Employer of the Year – Children’s Dentistry of Naples (runner up The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley); and Nonprofit Employer of the Year – The Shelter for Abused Women & Children (runner up St. Matthew’s House). These employers were recognized for their innovation and exceptional commitment to family-friendly policies, which support employees with families. Seventy businesses were also named family-friendly by qualifying by an application process.  The list of family-friendly businesses can be found at



Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida have entered into an agreement to expand care for kids across Florida’s west coast. The new agreement officially takes effect immediately and will give providers at both locations access to medical privileges to admit and treat patients. Golisano Children’s Hospital will also be able to take part in pediatric research studies and protocols through Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. This relationship provides a process for collaboration between the two hospitals, with a focus on increasing access to specialized pediatric care. Through this agreement, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital will work together to deliver the highest quality care, leverage resources and create better value for families, a press release states.



Lee County has acquired an addition of about 20 acres to the existing 1,155-acre Conservation 20/20 Alva Scrub Preserve. The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted Aug. 6 to pursue the purchase. The county purchased the property for $179,100, plus costs. This 20-acre addition to the preserve squares off a western portion of Alva Scrub Preserve. Portions of the existing preserve are home to families of Florida scrub-jays, a state and federally listed threatened species. The primary stewardship objectives for the preserve is maintaining the existing habitat for scrub-jays as well as enhancing disturbed upland ecosystems. Enhancements include prescribed fire, plantings, pasture restoration and removal of invasive exotic plants and animals. This preserve is approximately 17 miles east of downtown Fort Myers and offers a 4-mile east-west corridor for wildlife. For more information, visit



Spotlight Entertainment of SWFL has been selected for the 2019 Best of Bonita Springs Award in the Live Trivia category by the Bonita Springs Award Program. Each year, the Bonita Springs Award Program identifies companies believed to have achieved exceptional marketing success in their community and business category. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Bonita Springs Award Program and data provided by third parties. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. 


Jennifer Pierce


Preferred Travel of Naples announced that Jennifer Pierce has been promoted to the agency’s operations manager. Pierce is responsible for managing daily operations of the agency as well as managing the company’s security and technology. She also makes executive decisions on behalf of management when the owner is not available. Pierce started with Preferred Travel in 2004 as a clerical and ticket delivery team member and, before her most recent promotion, she served as the assistant to the manager. Born in Miami, she moved to Naples in 1986 and graduated from Gulf Coast High School. She later graduated from Ashworth College with a degree in computer hardware repair in 2016.


Prestige Marble & Designs


Prestige Marble & Designs, a company dedicated to producing durable countertops and flooring has launched its newly renovated Bonita Springs showroom at 25351 Bernwood Drive. Prestige Marble & Designs is a family-owned company that services both residential and commercial projects. It is running a limited-time promotion that includes one free standard sink with any countertop installation. To learn more, visit or call (239) 221-7996.


L-R: Dr. Cindy Vaccarino, Dr. John Meyer, Lawrence Force, Dr. Marie Collins, Joe Turner


Hodges University named Lawrence Force as PTA Alumnus of Distinction during the Hodges University Alumni Network reunion for graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. He is employed by SPOT Therapy Associates in Fort Myers. Force recently helped teach the pediatric module to current PTA students, and has had students of the program observe him in clinic. Hodges University has had more than 10,000 graduates with a 93% rate of continued success in careers, a press release states. More information about Hodges University is available at


Charitable notes

2020 Naples Winter Wine Festival announced headliner for Vintage Cellar event

The Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF) announces the 2020 Honored Vintner, Saskia de Rothschild of Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite, will be headlining this year’s Vintage Cellar event in honor of the festival’s 20th anniversary. The tasting will also feature special guest moderator, Antonio Galloni of Vinous. The intimate tasting and luncheon is set to take place at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 23, at Bleu Provence in Old Naples. The celebratory event will take guests to Bordeaux with an exclusive wine tasting. Following a morning of tastings, wine enthusiasts will enjoy lunch and sip on additional wines from Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite. Seating is limited and tickets are still currently available, starting at $3,250 per person. Following Thursday’s Vintage Cellar event, attendees of the 2020 Festival will enjoy the recommendations from 20 master sommeliers during Friday night’s Vintner Dinners and Saturday’s signature Live Auction. For more information on the 2020 NWWF, visit


Emmanuel Community Park hosting Pumpkin Patch, fall photo opportunities

Emmanuel Community Park will continue its “Pumpkin Patch” today and Friday from 2-6 p.m. at the park, located at 2770 Oil Well Road in Naples. The public is invited to stop by for photo opportunities with pumpkins and scarecrows. Pumpkins are also available to take home by making a suggested donation. Emmanuel Communities Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Naples to create a community park that fosters an environment of family, faith and community experiences. Phase one of Emmanuel Community Park is now complete and open to the public. For more information, visit


Community Cooperative announces annual Full Plates Project for Thanksgiving

Community Cooperative is calling upon Southwest Florida individuals, businesses and community groups to participate in this year’s Full Plates Project. With a goal of collecting 2,500 turkeys, the annual Full Plates Project provides prepared Thanksgiving meals for those who cannot cook and Thanksgiving Dinner Kits for those who have the ability to cook but are unable to afford the additional cost of a holiday meal. Community Cooperative relies on monetary donations and in-kind turkey and non-perishable food donations to ensure no plates go empty on Thanksgiving. Food donations can be dropped off to the main office located at 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. no later than Nov. 22. Online donations can be made to and checks can be made out to Community Cooperative and mailed to P.O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902. Email for for more information on hosting a Full Plates Project food drive.


Youth Haven Inc. awarded $7,500 grant from Bank of America

Youth Haven Inc. has received a $7,500 grant from Bank of America. The grant was presented by Bank of America President Gerri Moll at the 2019 Bank of America Charitable Foundation Community Partner Grant Awards held on Oct. 16 at its Pine Ridge Financial Center. The funds received will benefit Youth Haven’s Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program, which is designed to help abused, neglected, and homeless teens transition to safe, healthy and responsible adulthood. The grant will allow Youth Haven to continue to build the program and provide assistance to teens who are in danger of becoming homeless. 


Sunset Soiree raises $223,000 for Valerie’s House

Supporters of Valerie’s House helped lift up children who have lost a parent or family member at Sunset Soiree, the signature event of Valerie’s House. A sold-out crowd of 300 people on Oct. 17 at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club raised $223,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, children’s artwork and both silent and live auctions. A surprise $25,000 gift from Northern Trust helped elevate the total raised during an evening filled with children’s testimonials about how Valerie’s House has impacted the way they have healed after the death of a parent or sibling. The annual Sunset Soiree event makes it possible for Valerie’s House to offer grief support free to all families. Florida Gulf Coast University President Dr. Michael Martin and his wife Jan were the honorary chairs of the event for the second year in a row with ABC-7 Anchor Krista Fogelsong serving as emcee. Golisano Children’s Hospital was the presenting sponsor of the event for the second year. For more information about Valerie’s House, visit

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