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June 20, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Fiore joins CONRIC PR

& Marketing | Publishing

Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, has announced that Linda Fiore has joined the company as advertising director. Fiore will manage account relationships for Res Gestae, the monthly attorney magazine the firm publishes for the Lee County Bar Association. She will also be responsible for new ad sales and account relationships for the Barrister, a new monthly publication for the Broward County Bar Asso-ciation that is scheduled to launch in September 2012.

Fiore has more than 18 years of experience in sales and marketing for radio, print and digital media. Her experience included sales development, advertising strategy, and sales training and management.

CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, a division of Conric Holdings LLC is a full service agency serving the South Florida business and professional community. The company provides creative writing and design in all areas of marketing, public relations, advertising and publishing. The firm currently serves clients in the banking, legal, medical, not-for-profit, hospitality and other service industries.

For more information, call 239-690-9840.

Knott named senior vice president for Lubner Group

The Lubner Group recently announced the selection of global furnishings entrepreneur Jeff Knott as the company's senior vice president for International Business Development.

Knott served 14 years with Rooms To Go Corp. as senior VP, international and president of Rooms to Go Japan, responsible for establishing licensees and joint venture start-ups of RTG stores in international markets. He has conducted business in more than 120 countries during his career.

The Lubner Group provides purchasing and design services for commercial and shared-use properties such as timeshare resorts, hotels, fractional ownership and private residence clubs plus developers of high-rise condominiums and single-family communities in North America and abroad.

With corporate offices located in Fort Myers, plus an additional office in Orlando, the Lubner Group is an affordable, single-source provider of interior design, manufacturing and purchasing-related services for hospitality industries. Lubner can be reached at 239-292-3717.

IBERIABANK Corporation closer to acquiring

Florida Gulf Bancorp

IBERIABANK Corporation, the holding company of IBERIABANK, recently announced that the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has approved the application of IBERIABANK Corporation to acquire Florida Gulf Bancorp Inc. In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions have approved the applications of IBERIABANK to acquire Florida Gulf Bank.

Completion of the acquisitions remains subject to approval by shareholders of Florida Gulf Bancorp Inc. and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Florida Gulf Bancorp Inc. is the holding company for Florida Gulf Bank with headquarters in Fort Myers.

IBERIABANK Corporation is a bank holding company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. The company has 266 combined offices, including 175 bank branch offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Florida, 22 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana, and mortgage representatives in 60 locations in 12 states. The company has eight locations with representatives of IBERIA Wealth Advisors in four states, and one office of IBERIA Capital Partners, L.L.C.

Local company assists with lease transactions

Tom Strauss and Matt Yaniglos, SCDP, CLS, with LandQwest Commercial, represented the landlord in the following transactions:

n Bayshore Investments of Manatee Inc. (Mama Onesti's) leased 3,500 square feet of retail space at Bayshore Gardens, 6100 14th St., West, in Bradenton.

n Massage Envy of Cape Coral, LLC, leased 2,980 square feet of retail space at The Shops at Santa Barbara, 2209-2311 Santa Barbara Blvd., in Cape Coral.

For more information, visit or call 239-275-4922.

Referral Institute SWFL to host 'Referrals For Life Day'

Dorothy Saviste and Christi Geib, co-owners of Referrals Institute SWFL, will hold a Referrals For Life Day Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza in the Bell Tower Shoppes. Regis-tration begins at 8 a.m.

The Referrals for Life Day will feature keynote speakers and top referral masters, such as Dr. Ivan Misner, the founder of BNI. Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs will gain valuable knowledge about network referrals and marketing.

Tickets are priced at $99. Tickets will be priced at $147 at the door. The Crowne Plaza is located at Bell Tower Shops at 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Dorothy Saviste at 239-243-9009 or visit

Stevens Construction

hires DiBenedetti

Cathi DiBenedetti has joined Stevens Construction as project administrator, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Bringing 26 years of construction experience, DiBenedetti will lead the administrative tasks for multiple ongoing assisted living facility renovations. Her responsibilities include permitting via the Lee County ePlan, overseeing inspections and coordinating with the architect, engineer and client.

DiBenedetti previously served as project manager for a Fort Myers developer where she created and controlled construction schedules, maintained budgets and supervised trade contractors.

With offices in Fort Myers and Orlando, Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting, and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control, and warranty service. The company builds healthcare, commercial, public and hospitality facilities throughout Florida.

For information, visit or call 239-936-9006.

Edison Mall to host Super Duper Mini Chefs event

Pint-sized food lovers and even the pickiest eaters will have a blast getting crafty with cuisine as Super Duper Mini Chefs makes its annual spring appearance at approximately 100 Simon malls nationwide. Hosted by the popular Simon Kidgits Club and sponsored by Nickelodeon, participating kids will actually be encouraged to play with their food!

Super Duper Mini Chefs will take place Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Edison Mall. At the event, aspiring young cooks and little foodies can explore the creativity of cuisine through a combination of demonstrations and interactive activities.

Other food-focused activities that will be hosted include wonton sundaes creation with Elephant Bar, mini pizza creation with Sbarros and more! Event attendees will also receive a special recipe card for spaghetti tacos, an imaginative meal made well-known among children by Nickelodeon's iCarly television series, and a colorful Simon Kidgits Club plate to continue the culinary creativity at home.

Also as part of the event, kids are encouraged to lend a hand to those in need by bringing a non-perishable food item to Edison Mall to be donated to their local food bank Harry Chapin Food Bank.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8.

For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Super Duper Mini Chefsevents, visit or

Cape HomeGoods 'Helps Families Fight Cancer' campaign under way

Now through July 1, Cape Coral-area HomeGoods shoppers will have the opportunity to support cancer care and research while shopping at the off-price home fashions retailer. More than 200 HomeGoods stores nationwide will be participating in the 12th annual HomeGoods "Helps Families Fight Cancer" campaign benefiting the Jimmy Fund, which supports pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass.

HomeGoods customers can participate by making a $1, $5, or $10 contribution at the register to "Help Families Fight Cancer" with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Dana-Farber. New to this year's program, customers also have the opportunity to purchase a reusable shopping bag featuring artwork by a Jimmy Fund Clinic pediatric patient for $.99. HomeGoods will contribute $.50 for each bag purchased to the Jimmy Fund.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ( is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.

Follow Dana-Farber on Facebook: and on Twitter: @danafarber.

Markham reappointed

to two FICPA committees

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A., has announced that firm partner Gail Markham has been reappointed to serve on two committees with the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Markham will continue to serve on the Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services Section Resource Council and the Conference Committee.

Markham is the founding partner of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. and is the head of the Litigation, Forensic Accounting and Mediation Services team.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Fort Myers and Naples. It offers a wide range of services including business consulting, technology consulting, technology management and support, tax preparation and planning, audits and reviews, litigation, mediation, forensic accounting and elder services. Call 239-433-5554 or visit

Wells Fargo donates

to Lee BIA Builders Care

Wells Fargo South Fort Myers Branch chose Lee Building Industry Association Builders Care program to receive a $1,000 grant as a part of its annual community breakfast. Wells Fargo Community Partners Giving Program is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explores the needs of their local communities and selects a non-profit or school to receive a $1,000 grant. This year, Wells Fargo will award more than $600,000 in grants to nonprofits and schools throughout Florida.

The grants are part of the company's broader support of its communities. In 2011, Wells Fargo invested more than $11 million in nonprofit organizations and schools and team members volunteered more than 50,000 hours across Florida.

Donations to Builders Care are used to help purchase materials to provide wheelchair accessible doorways, kitchens and baths, as well as other construction services such as ramps, electrical and plumbing work and more. Builders Care leverages building industry members for heavily discounted or in-kind labor and materials to provide a wide range of services to Lee County homeowners.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Associa-tion. Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means.

Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices,10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 104, in Fort Myers. Donations can be made online at, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

Crowther Roofing & Sheet Metal awarded contract

Crowther Roofing & Sheet Metal was recently awarded the re-roof contract for Victory Layne Chevrolet's building re-model. This contract was awarded through JL Wallace Construction Inc.

Both JL Wallace and Crowther Roofing are Fort Myers based companies doing business in SW Florida for decades.

West Marine announces grand reopening of store

West Marine has announced the grand opening of its Fort Myers flagship store, located at 7070 College Parkway, Suite 102, at the intersection of College Parkway and U.S. 41 / Tamiami Trail. This will be the biggest West Marine store in Southwest Florida.

A weekend of special events is planned for the grand opening Thursday, July 19, through Sunday, July 22.

Thursday evening from 69 p.m., the "Cruising for a Cause" Charity Event will be hosted by West Marine to support local marine-based non-profits. Guests will enjoy music, delicious appetizers from Pinchers Crab Shack, drinks, raffle prizes and a live auction including a fishing trip for four with Edgar Hansen, deckboss and chief engineer of the F/V Northwestern, featured on "Deadliest Catch." Tickets are $10 and available at the door or through the following charities: Edison Sailing Center, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, Snook & Gamefish Foundation and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. All proceeds from the evening will directly support participating non-profits.

The grand opening celebration takes place Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, visit or call 1-800-BOATING.

BB&T-Oswald Trippe

and Company recognized for excellent performance

Safeco Insurance has recognized BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company with two of the company's top honors, the President's Award and membership in the H.K. Dent Society.

The President's Award is given to an elite group of independent agent partners to celebrate their success with Safeco.

The H.K. Dent Society recognizes agents for their partnership and performance with Safeco and rewards them with access to special programs and benefits designed to help this distinguished group serve their customers even better.

BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company provides comprehensive insurance and risk-management services to families and businesses throughout Florida. The agency offers protection from the nation's leading insurance companies. BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company has offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Holmes Beach, Miami, Naples, Ocala and Weston, Fla.

Visit to learn more.



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