Gulfshore Business Daily: September 15

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Carlos Garcia


Many people look for excuses when it comes to health and fitness. To help erase excuses for being the best you can be, Versa Gym recently rolled out the first versatile mobile fitness operation for private clients in Collier and Lee counties. “There’s no excuse anymore. There’s no excuse because of COVID. There’s no excuse because of time or travel,” says fitness coach Carlos Garcia, who co-launched Versa Gym in the Naples area this fall with local investor Blake Cathey. “Versa Gym is a mobile gym that is very versatile to serve a variety of needs,” Garcia says. “You can work out at the beach, home or even work.” Versa Gym saves clients time and offers them convenience by coming to their driveways, backyards, garages or businesses in a 5-by-8-foot trailer. The black box opens out and expands, transforming in less than 15 minutes into a multi-station fitness center perfect for one-on-one training sessions or group classes for up to 12 individuals. See the full story on


Preferred Travel of Naples is expanding and moving to two new locations. The Naples office, which has been located in the same location for the past 15 years, will now be relocating to the office building next door at 5811 Pelican Bay Blvd., Suite 201. Their brand new office will be at 3960 Via Del Rey in the Vanderbilt Office Park in Bonita Springs. Since social distancing mandates and travel restrictions have occurred, the team has been working remotely to help clients rebook trips and plan for 2021 travel, as well as short staycations and close-to-home adventures for 2020. The new office locations will allow for advisors to make appointments with their clients for one-on-one meetings with all safety precautions followed.  For information, visit


Moran Wealth Management has added two new support specialists: Naples natives Cooper Alligood and Lucca Delcompare. Alligood earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Florida Gulf State University (FGCU), where he graduated magna cum laude. He also participated in a student-managed investment fund that oversees a portion of the university’s endowment and worked in commercial sales for four years prior to joining the Moran team. Delcompare earned degrees in both economics and music from Williams College, where he was on the Dean’s List and received the Kleinhandler Prize, recognizing contributions to the music department at the college. In their roles, both Alligood and Delcompare will be responsible for performing operational and administrative functions for client requests, providing support to financial advisors in daily business practices, handling maintenance and service requests and assisting customers with everyday account service needs.

Rosa Rodriguez


Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN) has appointed three new board members. Joining the board are Samuel Colburn, Rosa Rodriguez, and Mari Gallegos. Colburn is an associate attorney at Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti and Rudnick, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and residential real property transactions, as well as corporate and commercial lending. Rodriguez is a manager in the Naples office of HBK CPAs & Consultants. Gallegos is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Their commitment to CAN will help the charity establish new goals and objectives that will continue to propel the CAN forward and increase our reach in the community, according to a news release. For more information, visit


Chris-Tel Construction has hired Ann Cemer as project manager for the Special Projects Group for the firm. Cemer has more than 30 years of construction industry experience, specifically in commercial and residential construction. She has extensive experience with new construction, renovations and tenant build-outs including hotels, museums, schools, business parks, restaurants and retail space. Her responsibilities at Chris-Tel Construction will include project administration and estimating, constructability review, client coordination, subcontractor contract and bids, scope evaluation, value engineering, coordination of project documentation and resolution of punch list items. Cemer will be managing the Collier County Continuing Services Contracts as well as a variety of private client projects for the Special Projects Group.


Kerri Goldsmith has been promoted to the position of senior financial advisor by HBKS Wealth Advisors (HBKS). A Certified Financial Planner professional and member of the HBKS client service team based in Fort Myers, Goldsmith also holds designations as a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. Goldsmith has been with HBKS since 2009. She specializes in personalized financial planning, investing, and risk management services. She also works with businesses. Goldsmith is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Southwest Florida and the Estate Planning Council of Lee County. She is immediate past president the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, where she currently serves on the board and chairs the giving committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Lee County and active in the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, where she was recognized as a Women in Business APEX Award finalist in 2019.

Christine Picciano


Christine Picciano has joined Advanced Aesthetic Solutions as a licensed medical esthetician and laser specialist, announced company founder and owner, Cyndie Witthuhn. Picciano brings 20 years of experience in medical esthetics to her role at the Fort Myers-based medical spa. She specializes in all phases of skincare with a special focus on laser skin rejuvenation, anti-aging and acneic skin types, and provides expertise in creating customized home skincare regimens for optimal results. Picciano earned her bachelor’s degree in hospital administration and health care management from St. Joseph’s College and trained at the International Dermal Institute in New York as well as the Florida School of Electrology. She has extensive training and certifications in laser and light-based therapies, photo-rejuvenation, radiofrequency micro-needling, skin tightening, and medical-grade chemical peels.

Larry Hart


The Florida Tax Collector Association (FTCA) recently awarded Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart with the ‘Matt Langley Bell III’ award. This honor is given to a tax collector who has made a lasting and significant impact both on the FTCA and the citizens of Florida. The award, named after the late Escambia County official, was established in 1999. Hart is the seventh recipient of the award, as honorees are chosen based on their entire body of work within the FTCA and their time as tax collectors. During his time as a member of the FTCA, Hart has served as the organization’s president and legislative chair. Hart is retiring as Lee County Tax Collector this year.


Charitable Notes

Multiple sclerosis patients give back to SWFL community

Patients of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida are usually the recipients of charitable work, but this time around they’re giving back. Long-time volunteer Barb Munch, has collected, distributed, and picked up over 20 bags for Empty Bowls Naples. Munch is an artist and aids in teaching an art class at the center. Each bowl will be hand-painted by patients of the center with food-safe glazes, then to be fired and sold at Empty Bowls organization’s annual event in Cambier Park. The project benefits the Harry Chapin Food Bank to end hunger in Collier County. 

Special Equestrians virtual Taste of Love raises $190,000

Special Equestrians’ 17th annual culinary extravaganza, Taste of Love, raised $190,000 for the therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving program. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the event was held virtually online.   Ticket holders picked up food and wine at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon prior to the event so they could enjoy it while watching the broadcast from home.  Harmon’s Audio Visual provided the video production for Taste of Love. All proceeds from Taste of Love benefit Special Equestrians, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities by providing a structured therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving program and other equine assisted activities. The event was hosted by celebrity auctioneer Jay Severson and emceed by award-winning radio and television personality Gina Birch, and featured live and silent auction items. Taste of Love 2021 is scheduled for March 14, 2021. For more information, visit


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