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EHC Construction commercial office space.
EHC Construction commercial office space.


The 2019 Real Estate Symposium has expanded and will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 19 at The Club at Grandezza in Estero. The theme of this year’s event is “Riding the Wave:  A look at coastal development in Southwest Florida.” The program will include presentations by Chris Kennedy, Suffolk; Chester Young, Hans Wilson & Associates; Elizabeth A. Fountain, J.R. Evans Engineering P.A.; and Dr. Michael Sevarese, Coastal Watershed Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University. A panel discussion will bring perspective on coastal development and will be moderated by Sean Ellis. Panelists include John Gucciardo, TPI Hospitality/Margaritaville; Anthony Solomon, The Ronto Group; and Shawn McNulty, Lee County Dept. of Community Development. The annual event is presented by the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) in partnership with the Lutgert College of Business at FGCU, the Florida Planning & Zoning Association (FPZA), and the American Planning Association (APA) Florida.  Register at Members of APA and FPZA may register at the REIS member rate by selecting “APA member” or “FPZA member” in the ticket form. AICP credits are pending.


EHC Construction commercial office space.


Development is underway on EHC’s new headquarters campus in Fort Myers. The site construction company is moving its headquarters from Naples. Located on the southeast corner of Canal and VanBuren streets in Fort Myers, the six-acre campus will include the EHC corporate office, maintenance and repair facilities, equipment storage yard, water management facilities and additional property to triple the size of the operation when needed. EHC reported more than 40% volume growth in 2018 with the market, continuing to experience steady growth in multi-family residential, infrastructure and commercial, according to a press release. EHC will be providing all the site work on the project including clearing, fill, utilities, pavement, curbs, sidewalks, fencing, storage yard, landscape and irrigation.


Janice Essick


The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will host its September Lunch-N-Learn, “Media Tracking: Reporting the value of earned media,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Hilton Naples. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.; the program begins at noon. Janice Essick, regional manager of Business Wire, will lead the presentation, which will address current trends in evaluating earned media. The program will highlight details about data reporting, metrics and putting together a valuable report for CEOs and boards. Essick has been a regional manager for the past 10 years, overseeing and expanding multicultural and diverse markets across Florida and Latin America. The cost to attend is $30 per person for PRSA members, $38 for nonmembers, and $25 for students. Reservations must be made by Sept. 20. For additional information or to register, visit



The Lee County Medical Society Foundation (LCMSF) in conjunction with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades & Okeechobee County will host the Annual Medical Service and We Care Awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. This dinner will honor Dr. Larry Hobbs; Dr. Abbott Kagan II; Dr. Andres Laufer; Dr. Nazareth Asorian; Dr. Janet Gaw; Dr. Ronald Gardner; Dr. Robert Casola; Donna Neff, R.N.; and the late Dr. Allen Shevach for their dedication to medicine. The emcee for the evening will be Kellie Burns, co-anchor of NBC2. Tickets for this event can be purchased at



Stacey Brown has reorganized her solo practice of 21 years. The new practice name is Stacey Brown & Associates, Counseling and Wellness. Brown has added Valarie Olsen, Heidi Swanson and Christar Damiano to the team. Olsen is a licensed mental health counselor with more than 18 years of experience working with families in Lee County. Swanson is a licensed clinical social worker with more than seven years of experience working with families in Lee County. For the past 20 years, Damiano has traveled to more than 40 countries learning different massage modalities and techniques. She is a licensed massage therapist.


Amy Warner


Amy Warner has been promoted to the food and beverage director at Pelican Marsh Golf Club, effective Sept. 4. Pelican Marsh is a private golf club in Naples, fully owned by its members. The club offers a community center, tennis center, fitness center, wellness classes and spa services. It served as the host site of the 2018 U.S. Open Qualifier. For more information, visit




Naples Winter Wine Festival Naples Winter Wine Festival announces 2020 event auction items

The Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF) has announced auction items for its 20th-anniversary festival, to be held Jan. 24-26 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Every dollar raised under the tent for the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) will be allocated through grants to strategic initiatives and programs that support the Collier County community.  This year’s auction items include a chance to own a 2020 Bentley Flying Spur sedan and visit to Bentley Motors in Crewe; a one-week, 158-foot private yacht cruise for four couples; a time-traveling tasting experience with Château Lafite Rothschild; a Ferrari Trento Italian Art of Living journey; a trip to Napa Valley and Bordeaux, France; admission to 2020 Wimbledon, Cotswolds and British Open; a Lakani World Tours excursion; a family escape to Trout Lake; and an 11-night tour  of Cambodia and Vietnam. Ticket packages to NWWF start at $12,500 per couple. A $30,000 package that includes reserved seating for a party of four at a vintner dinner and under the auction tent is also available. To inquire about tickets to the Festival, contact Barrett Farmer at or (239) 514-2239.


Elephant Fest coming in December

The Alzheimer Support Network of Naples is hosting its annual 2019 Elephant Fest on Dec. 14 at the Naples Zoo. Elephant Fest is the only fundraiser that the Alzheimer’s Support Network hosts each year. Elephant Fest, an event for all ages, includes music, activities, food, entertainment, a tribute ceremony, and a T-shirt, which provides all-day access to the Naples Zoo, all for a suggested $25 donation.  Those unable to attend can still participate by being a sponsor or contributing. All funds raised remain in Collier County and go directly to the Alzheimer’s Support Network, which provides all programs and service free of charge.  For more information about the event, becoming a sponsor, or making a contribution, visit www.Support.Network or contact Alzheimer’s Support Network at or (239) 262-8388.


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