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Business Briefs: Week of Jan. 2, 2013

January 2, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

* Jennings joins Ted Todd Insurance Agency as licensed agent

Ashley Jennings has joined the Ted Todd Insurance Agency as a licensed insurance agent. She received a B.S. degree in business management in 2009 from the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is located at the agency's headquarters office at The Brooks, 10020 Coconut Road, #144, Bonita Springs.

Jennings is a lifelong resident of Naples and holds a Florida 4-40 insurance license and her real estate license. She assists clients with property and casualty insurance policies to protect them from unexpected financial losses. She was previously employed as the office manager in the personal shopping department of Saks Fifth Avenue and Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Naples, FL.

Ted Todd formed The Ted Todd Insurance Agency 26 years ago, and it is now one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country. It has a total of seven locations throughout Lee, Brevard, Palm Beach, and Sarasota Counties. The Agency provides home, auto, business, commercial, retirement, and life insurance products to more than 30,000 customers in Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Indian Harbour Beach, Sarasota, Satellite Beach, Melbourne, Viera, Boca Raton, and Palm Bay.

For more information, visit or call 866-760-3999.

* Synovus Bank hosts holiday toy drive

Synovus Bank of Florida, a division of Synovus Bank recognized that during these challenging economic times, local families are in desperate need of assistance during the holiday season. In a unified effort across the entire seven-county west central coast region of Florida, all 21 branches and the Credit and Operations Center focused on collecting donated toys for organizations that benefit children. This year, nearly 1000 toys and more than $500 in monetary donations were collected.

"We are thrilled that, with the help of the surrounding communities, each of our branches was able to make a positive difference for a local organization in their market area," commented Dominic A. DiMaio,

Synovus Bank of Florida President and CEO. "This will undoubtedly brighten the holidays for many children in the communities we serve. We are grateful to our customers, team members, and others who contributed so generously to this cause."

Organizations benefitting from the Holiday Toy Drive included:

Lee County

Salvation Army Toys for Tots

Collier County

Toys for Tots Marine Corps League of Naples

Synovus Bank of Florida is a division of Synovus Bank. Together with affiliates of Synovus Bank, Synovus Bank of Florida provides commercial and retail banking, as well as investment services, through 21 banking centers in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties. See Synovus Bank of Florida at

* Results of Robb & Stucky International's Set the Table contest announced

The results are in. Robb & Stucky International's first ever Set the (Holiday) Table contest recently ended earlier. The winners are clear: The Harry Chapin Food Bank, six lucky consumers, and one talented design team.

Robb & Stucky designers paired up to create beautiful tabletop settings on a slim budget of just $150. Shoppers cast ballots for their favorite setting with entirely voluntary contributions of canned goods (or cash) to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. What's more, the shoppers were invited to win the table setting they most coveted. No purchase required.

Harry Chapin food Bank results

Robb & Stucky International shoppers were generous, casting their votes for favorite tabletop settings with canned goods. The Robb & Stucky team delivered approximately ten shopping bags of food to the Harry Chapin

Food Bank. Shoppers' cash contributions will allow the food bank to purchase nearly $2000 worth of non-perishables to fight hunger in our community.

Consumer prize winners

* On Donner & Glitzen by Nita Gotcher & Laura Keyes winner Milli Haenlein

* Sugar Plum Fairies by Bruni Darwin & Amanda Atkins winner Ilene Sardello

* Blue Martini Holiday by Cher Appleton & Mary Sica winner Marguerite Campbell

* Santa Confections by Leanne Ritchie & Jerry Greenwood winner Diane Severns

* Puttin on the Glitz by Jenny Ortega & Kay Krueger winner Noah Dix

* Christmas in Paradise by Kimi Sutherland & Jim Brandt winner Louis Faust

Winning design team

Robb & Stucky International design consultants Jenny Ortega & Kay Krueger were awarded top honors for their tabletop setting aptly called Puttin' on the Glitz.

Robb & Stucky International is one of the most beloved names in home furnishings. The company was founded in 1915 by Virgil Robb and W.R. Lee. Harry Stucky joined the company in 1917 and the company formally became Robb & Stucky in 1925. Today the company is owned by the family of Samuel Kuo, founder and CEO of Samson Holding, and back on track for growth in the U.S. and internationally. The first, new flagship store is located at 13170 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. A second Naples, Fla., store will open in January 2013. For more information, call 239-415-2800 or visit

* Over 650,000 passengers travel through RSW in November

During November, 658,629 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 7.5 percent compared to November 2011. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down 2.9 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in November was Delta with 143,388 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were AirTran (113,142), JetBlue (82,906), US Airways (62,858) and Southwest (62,729).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 6,988 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), an increase of 5.1 percent compared to November 2011. Page Field saw 8,220 movements, a 14.4 percent increase from November 2011. In addition, more than 3 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in November 2012, an increase of 18.5 percent compared to November 2011.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.5 million passengers in 2011 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction. For more information, please visit

* Schwinn appointed to FGCU SBDC advisory board

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn has been appointed to the advisory board for Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Council. As an advisory council member, Schwinn joins other regional business leaders and professionals in supporting the SBDC in its goal to help businesses grow, to create jobs and generate profits and to assist entrepreneurs in accessing resources and providing consulting to help direct their start up and generate growth.

Schwinn is a partner with Pavese Law Firm based in Fort Myers. Her primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law.

Pavese Law Firm ( is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law.

* Pavese Law Firm,Salvation Army brighten holidays for local families

Pavese Law Firm attorneys and staff teamed up with the Salvation Army to help provide for the tangible needs of deserving recipient families during the holidays. More than 13,000 families benefit from the Salvation Armys annual holiday drive.

In addition to making a monetary contribution of $2,500, Pavese Law Firm collected $135 in cash, $200 in checks, and more than 30 gifts including toys, clothing and gift cards valuing $470.

"Supporting families during the holidays is a rewarding way for Pavese Law Firm to help our neighbors and show them we care," said Charles Mann, co-managing partner at Pavese Law Firm. "We hope our donations will help bring joy to their lives during this holiday season."

* Bryant named DVIC president and CEO; Nolan to replace Bryant at Good Wheels

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers, dedicated to helping disabled U.S. veterans by providing new opportunities for training and employment in the insurance industry, announced the appointment of Gary Bryant as president and CEO.

Bryant, most recently Good Wheels Inc. president and CEO, holds a master of military arts and science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, bachelor of science in criminal law from Jacksonville State University and commercial aviator qualifications from the U.S. Army Flight Training Center.

During 20 years of active military duty, Bryant served as an Army Aviator leading and commanding aviation units around the world. Lt. Col. Bryant also served on Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf's staff in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield as a plans and operations officer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Following retirement from active duty, Bryant served as director of Army Junior ROTC Instruction for the School District of Lee County.

Tom Nolan, Good Wheels Inc. chief financial officer since 2005, has been promoted to president and CEO of the not-for-profit agency serving the disabled and disadvantaged. Good Wheels is the largest paratransit company in Southwest Florida with 60-plus vehicles transporting more than 500 passengers daily.

Nolan attended the master of business administration program in finance at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia where he obtained his bachelor of science in economics.

Good Wheels Inc. coordinates and provides cost effective, compassionate and reliable transportation to the disadvantaged, disabled, those working to gain economic self-sufficiency, and the general public. The company is a state-designated Community Transportation Coordinator and the major transportation provider for the Transportation Disadvantaged in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, call 239-768-2900 or visit

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers is a nonprofit organization with the mission to educate-train and generate meaningful employment opportunities for physically disabled veterans who will excel at proactively cross-selling personal lines insurance products on behalf of leading independent insurance agencies.

For additional information, call 239-433-8523 or visit

* Myers, Brettholtz & Company collects gifts for Child Care of SWFL

As part of its sixth annual Nonprofit Sponsor a Family Gift Giving, Myers, Brettholtz & Company, P.A. collected new, unopened gifts for Child Care of SWFL, Inc. .

Sponsoring two families and seven children total, Myers, Brettholtz & Company, P.A. collected more than 25 various gifts ranging from clothes and educational toys to baby dolls and bikes.

The entire staff at Myers, Brettholtz & Company, P.A. participates in this annual event, as they choose a different nonprofit organization each year by employee nomination. Prior recipients include Dr. Piper Center, Boys & Girls Club of Lee County, Children's Advocacy of Naples and Fort Myers, Abuse Counseling & Treatment Center and Voices for Kids.

CCSWFL has been providing services to children, families and child care professionals in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years, working to strengthen and enhance the lives of children and their families. CCSWFL currently has more than 110 employees in Southwest Florida, serving more than 600 children annually at six child care centers in Hendry and Lee county.

Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA is the outgrowth of a regional CPA firm first established in Miami in 1953 and the Fort Myers branch opened in 1979.

For more information, visit or call 239-939-5775.



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