Gulfshore Business Daily: October 4

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The City of Naples has approved for the Downtown Naples Farmers Market to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays beginning Nov. 4 at Naples Square. The first season will begin with more than 60 vendors selling produce, baked goods, food, artwork, home goods and personal and accessory items. New vendor inquiries are still being considered for local small business owners. New vendors should call Laura Sloat at (239) 273-2350.


Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Associate in Science in radiologic technology has received continuing accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), having met the standards for an accredited educational program in radiography. The program was reaffirmed through 2026. Radiologic technologists are allied health professionals who combine patient care skills with knowledge of human anatomy and usage of medical imaging equipment. The technologist’s goal is to produce diagnostic images of the human body with minimum radiation exposure at a level of proficiency that will cause the least discomfort to the patient. For more information about FSW’s radiologic technology program, contact Tamra Pacheco at or (239) 985-3499.


Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) of Florida has hired Dan Krispinsky as a senior mortgage loan originator for its Fort Myers branch. He reports directly to LMCU’s vice president of regional mortgage production, Jayne Malinowski, and will be serving the Southwest Florida market. Krispinsky graduated from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. For more than two decades, Krispinsky has been employed in the financial industry serving Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Naples as his primary focus. He has been a certified mortgage underwriter with expertise in working with builders. During his tenure, he started a mortgage division for one of the country’s largest homebuilders.


Logiscool Naples will have its grand opening at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Naples Accelerator. The computer coding school for kids and teens has trained more than 19,000 students in 11 countries. Arpi Solti, CEO of HyperTeam USA, is opening the first two U.S. schools in Naples with Felix Lluberes, a Naples tech entrepreneur, advisor and business strategist. The first Logiscool opened in 2014 in Budapest, Hungary, and it has since grown to more than 50 schools that teach children ages 6-18. During programming courses, students solve complex tasks while creating interactive animations, games and programs during semesters in up to five years of curriculum. Children learn logical, algorithmic thinking and important principles of programming naturally through a quick learning process.


Lynnae Messina has been named director of development for the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. She, along with development officer Sierra Hoisington, work with executive director Birgie Miller in strengthening and enhancing overall development efforts. Messina has lived in Lee County for four years and most recently served as assistant to the chief foundation officer for Lee Health Foundation in Fort Myers. She graduated from Illinois State University and has logged nearly 11 years of experience in nonprofit work.


The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Gulf Coast Chapter will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Naples Hilton. Guest speaker Dr. Aysegul Timur, senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of the Johnson School of Business for Hodges University, will discuss “The Evolving Character of Collier County.” Timur will address the present and future growth of Collier County by demographic and economic indicators. The cost is $30 for PRSA members, $38 for nonmembers and $25 for students. Reservations are required by Oct.19 at


Tri-Town Construction has appointed Gail Koerner to general manager of administration and sales. Koerner will be responsible for onsite supervision and leadership of the administrative and sales teams. Previously, she was a parish administrator supervising a $1.6 million expansion project. Her 25-year professional career includes managerial and senior business development roles within the information technology sector supporting the eastern U.S. and overseas operations.


Prima Luce LLC has introduced Jeff Barney as vice president of business development. Prima Luce on the Waterfront is a luxury two-tower high-rise condominium community on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, now in the pre-sale phase of construction. In addition to working with the Prima Luce sales team, Barney’s responsibilities will include researching and cultivating future financial and business opportunities for MacFarlane Barney Development as it broadens its scope of regional development, particularly in Southwest Florida. Barney relocated to Florida in 2008, where he spearheaded marketing efforts and coordinated patient-care activities for a health center in Boynton Beach as director of marketing and admissions.


Bank staff participates in day of caring

Volunteers from Charlotte State Bank & Trust spent the Sept. 19 Day of Caring preparing food supplies for distribution to community residents experiencing poverty or struggling financially. Staff members worked with Green Living Green Planet, a Punta Gorda-based nonprofit, packaging the ingredients for a veggie pasta salad along with the recipe. Bank employees also helped prepare and serve participants in the Green Living Green Planet Eat4Life Flavor Adventure, which increases awareness and access to affordable, nutritious meals that are prepared at the nonprofit and can be replicated at home. The Day of Caring and Eat4Life programs are sponsored by the United Way of Charlotte County. The Day of Caring drew 106 volunteers who worked with 15 local nonprofit agencies on specific projects involving painting, landscaping, cleaning, sorting, organizing, assembling, building, writing, encouraging and more.

Champions For Learning awards grants to Collier County teachers

Collier County teachers on Oct. 2 were surprised by Champions For Learning board members, volunteers and supporters as they received funds for their classroom grants. During the course of the day, Champions For Learning awarded 118 grant checks that totaled $66,867 to 38 schools. The checks will provide teachers with the funds needed to implement creative and innovative learning experiences for students. These classroom grants were requested by Collier County teachers through the online grant portal on Champions For Learning’s website. The community can go to the website and fund requests up to $2,000.  This online grant program began in 2003 to enable the community to support teachers. The following provided significant contributions to fund specific teacher grants:  Suncoast Credit Union, Florida License to Learn License Plate Fund, Lucie Jenny MacCarthy Music Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County, Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope, W.I.N.G.S., and Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information, visit

Bucks for Ducks fundraiser to benefit breast cancer patients

The Bucks for Ducks fundraiser is taking place to support Lee Health’s Breast Health Centers’ mammography fund to assist less fortunate patients with breast cancer detection. Each Bucks for Ducks donor is given their own pink rubber ducky to adorn with a personal message or to name in honor of a loved one. The rubber ducks are $3 each or two for $5. The ducks are available at Regional Cancer Center, Outpatient Center at the Sanctuary Breast Center and Outpatient Center at HealthPark Commons Breast Center in Fort Myers, and Outpatient Center at Surfside in Cape Coral. As the ducks are purchased, they are placed in the reflection pond at the Regional Cancer Center. The flock will gather throughout October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Breast Health Center staff will also place a duck in the reflection pond for donors who are unable to come to one of the donation sites. A memorial and blessing of the ducks will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. Anyone is welcome to attend. For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Diana Hammock at (239) 343-9452.

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