Gulfshore Business Daily: October 9

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Dr. Chrissann Ruehle
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LeeCARES programs have been extended to assist Lee County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee County will start accepting applications online only starting Monday, Oct. 19, for new rounds of utility payment assistance, expanded childcare assistance and more funding for area food banks. Lee commissioners this week approved program extensions to include three new rounds of utility assistance in October, November and December to pay up to $1,000 in water and electric bills for eligible applicants during each round. Assistance may be provided regardless of whether the applicant has received previous utility assistance. LeeCARES provided water/sewer and electric bill payment assistance through nearly 10,000 applications made between May and September.
Video courtesy of WINK News


You now have a chance to influence how Lee County traffic will look up to 25 years from now. Every five years, the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization updates its long-range transportation plan. A survey is used to help the MPO identify projects that will best serve drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and people using public transportation. The MPO will spend about $2.5 billion on roadway, bike and pedestrian improvements through 2045. The survey is easy to fill out. It asks questions such as “How do you normally travel to work?” or “What is your commute time?” You have until Oct. 21 to participate, WINK News reports.

Dr. Chrissann Ruehle


Florida Gulf Coast University Management Instructor Dr. Chrissann Ruehle will present her case study “Vectra Digital: Capturing Artificial Intelligence Value After Adoption” to the North American Case Research Association (NACRA) on Saturday, Oct. 10. Ruehle’s research is a result of her partnership with Vectra Digital, a high-tech marketing agency in Fort Myers that has its own proprietary artificial intelligence platform. “Artificial intelligence is a pervasive aspect of today’s evolving workplace, and our management students need to think about how to ethically manage this technology when they enter a changing workforce,” says Ruehle, of Marco Island. Vectra Digital’s AI platform is a cutting-edge marketing tool that writes ads and manages digital accounts 24 hours a day. Ruehle’s case study highlights Vectra Digital’s founding, its AI introduction and development, barriers to AI adoption, ethical issues encountered, and future plans for the AI tool.


Bonita Springs-based Oasis Senior Advisors, a national franchisor offering free, community-based referral and placement assistance for seniors, announces 14 new franchises have opened across the country between November 2019 and September 2020. The new franchises are located in Columbia-Ellicott City, Maryland; Delray Beach, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Lakewood-Arvada, Colorado; Macomb, Michigan; Mid-Michigan; Northern Colorado; North Metro Denver, Colorado; North Houston, Texas; Ogden, Utah; Rockville, Marlyand; South Columbus, Ohio; Southwest Idaho and West Cincinnati, Ohio. Oasis Senior Advisors connects seniors with the housing communities that best fit their needs at no cost to the seniors or their families. Oasis franchisees act as liaisons, navigating families through a housing transition that is often difficult and confusing. Oasis’ Certified Senior Advisors help clients weigh their senior living options, taking each factor of the family’s and individual’s needs into account, including level of care, independence and budget. For more information, visit


MK Architecture has been awarded a new project by FLStar Development and Construction to complete the architectural and engineering drawings for Hammock Park Apartments. The project will consist of multiple four-story buildings totaling 263-units of luxury rental apartments to be located off Rattlesnake Hammock Road in Naples. It will also include a 2-story amenity center complete with a resort-style pool. Currently in the schematic design phase, the project is anticipated to be in for permitting by early 2021.


The Greatest Shows, an outdoor movie experience, is scheduled to take place during some Saturdays in the next couple of months at Bayfront in Naples. The local events are designed to offer guests a safe and family-friendly movie experience with the ability to support locally owned Bayfront businesses and restaurants as well as Humane Society Naples. McQuaid Marketing & Promotions is partnering with EJs Cafe, Southern Style Kitchen, K-Rico Mexican Grill, The Bayfront Cabana and Stoney’s Steakhouse in support of Humane Society Naples to produce an outdoor movie experience that includes pre-show dining and beverage services, the ability to order meals, snacks and drinks delivered to your seat as well as grab-and-go options throughout the evening. The movie lineup features “The Wizard of Oz,” Oct. 10; “Hocus Pocus,” Oct. 17; “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Nov. 14; “Grease,” Nov. 21; “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Dec. 12; and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Dec. 19. Seating is limited as CDC guidelines will be followed and social distancing enforced. Tickets can be purchased by visiting

Feast of Seven Fishes


Pazzo! Cucina Italiana, located on Fifth Avenue South in Naples, continues its 25th-anniversary celebration by inviting guests to set a new holiday tradition with an interpretation of The Feast of the Seven Fishes, also known as Festa dei Sette Pesci or La Vigilia, says Skip Quillen, founder and owner of the award-winning Culinary Concepts restaurant group that owns and operates Pazzo, Chops City Grill, Yabba Island Grill and The Saloon. In Southern Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner typically takes place on Christmas Eve, consisting of seven different seafood dishes. Pazzo’s feast features seven fish courses plus Tiramisu, the classic coffee-flavored Italian dessert. The dinner will be available December 20 through December 24 only, priced at $145 per person with an optional $95 wine pairings selected by Pazzo! bar manager Peggy Feldon. Quillen advises guests to allow two- and one-half hours to complete the overall dining experience. The entire table is required to participate in the feast and there are no substitutions. Reservations required by calling (239) 434-8494.



RMC Group welcomes Boles

RMC Group has hired Courtney Boles a captive risk consultant. Boles is responsible for building relationships and soliciting new business for the captive division of RMC Group. Boles brings more than 10 years of experience in the captive insurance industry to RMC Group. She has helped hundreds of businesses identify their risks and evaluate alternative risk management solutions. She has helped to form insurance companies in 14 domiciles using a variety of structures including single parent, cell, and agency captives. These captives, combined with her clients’ existing commercial insurance, medical stop loss and other programs, worked to create customized, comprehensive, and cost-effective enterprise risk management strategies. Boles also has five years’ experience with commercial insurance for a large regional insurance broker. Boles is an Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and will complete her Associates in Captive Insurance (ACI) from the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE) in 2021.

Salatino joins GATES Construction as senior project manager

GATES Construction has added Brion Salatino as senior project manager. Salatino is responsible for overall project coordination and management from the pre-construction and permitting stage through owner occupancy. He has over 12 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in hospitality, healthcare, and education projects. Based in GATES Construction’s Sarasota office, Salatino is currently working on multiple projects including a clubhouse expansion and renovation at Venice Golf and Country Club, and a new mixed-use condominium at 332 Cocoanut Condominiums.

David Ledermann

Henderson Franklin welcomes employee benefits attorney 

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. has added attorney David Ledermann has joined the firm’s business and tax department. He will be based out of the Fort Myers office. Ledermann brings 20-plus years of experience in the employee benefits field. His representations involve tax-qualified retirement plans and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, as well as group health plans and other employer-provided welfare benefit plans. He addresses benefits issues from plan design, drafting and implementation, to dealing with the complexities of benefits programs in the context of business mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and other transactions. Ledermann attended Oakland University and Michigan State University before earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan.



C’mon to host first annual Golf Scramble

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) will host its first annual Golf Scramble beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 13 at the Olde Cypress Golf Club in Naples. All proceeds from the Golf Scramble help support The Golisano Children’s Museum Annual Fund “C’mon Cares” and its mission to provide an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families, play, learn and dream together. During the Golf Scramble, there will be games and chances to win prizes. Single tickets are available at $175. Sponsorship levels vary. The presenting sponsor is Porsche Naples. For more information, click here.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida receives $30,000 grant

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has received a $30,000 Workforce Development grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to help further its work and career readiness programs for middle and high school students throughout Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties. “This grant will help our goal of reaching 20,000 students during the 2020-2021 school year and provide them with valuable career and work readiness programs that are more needed than ever before,” said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partners with classroom business volunteers to deliver lessons on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to students at both public and private schools as well as after school programs and special at-risk groups. During the 2019-2020 school year, the organization provided nearly 70,000 hours of instruction to nearly 10,500 students in 453 classes throughout Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties. To learn more, visit

Shell Factory & Nature Park presents free anti-bullying event on Oct. 17

The Shell Factory & Nature Park will host the CrocaGator National Bullying Prevention Month Event to encourage children to speak up, reach out, and be a friend. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 17, kids receive free admission to the Nature Park. They must be accompanied by an adult. Activities for school-age guests include tie-dying a CrocaGator shirt, sidewalk chalking and poster signing anti-bully pledges, taking pictures with and receiving autographs from CrocaGator Sonny, free cotton candy while supplies last, a Free Anti-Bullying bracelet with a secret message, viewing a plant project donated by World Farms in Naples, a book reading of “You’re a Bullied CrocaGator,” meeting the “You’re a Bullied CrocaGator” author Kenny Rager, and discounts from The Shell Factory throughout the day. For more information, visit

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