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October 18, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Kirkwood named to bank's board

IBERIABANK, a 126-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has announce the addition of Wayne R. Kirkwood to the Bank's Fort Myers Advisory Board of Directors.

Kirkwood started Kirkwood Electric Inc. in 1976 in Cape Coral with his father and currently serves as the company's president and CEO. The company specializes in commercial, residential and marine electrical work in Southwest Florida. He is a fourth generation electrical contractor and a state certified electrical contractor.

Kirkwood is a past chairman of the Cape Coral Cham-ber of Commerce and Horizon Council of Lee County. He is a past president of the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association and the Electrical Council of the Florida as well as past director for Lee County Building Industry Association. He is currently an advisory committee member for the Edison State College of Business, president of the Horizon Foundation and chairman of the Lee County Industrial Development Authority.

IBERIABANK Corporation is a financial holding company with 278 combined offices, including 180 bank branch offices and three Loan Production Offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Florida; 21 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana; mortgage representatives in 65 locations in 12 states; eight locations with representatives of IBERIA Wealth Advisors in four states; and one IBERIA Capital Partners, LLC office in New Orleans.

Hipple promoted to head irrigation tech

Scotland Yard Pest Control and Irrigation/Pool Service has promoted Paul Hipple to head irrigation tech. He has been with the company for four years and has over 8 years experience, previously with King Landscaping and Bullseye. He has lived in Florida 31 years and was born and raised in Fort Myers. To contact Hipple, call 239-574-WEED or visit

Ralph's Place under new ownership

Ralph's Place, a long-time Cape Coral restaurant/bar located at 1305 Cape Coral Parkway, East, is under new ownership. Executive chef Bob and Nicole Burns recently purchased the business.

The Burnses have renovated the interior of the restaurant and have a liquor store with delivery service available. Bob Burns was the executive chef at Red's for five years.

Ralph's Place features daily specials with live music Friday and Saturday nights.

The restaurant, which is in the Big John's plaza downtown, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. For additional information, call 239-549-2040.

Myers, Brettholtz & Company provides Day of Caring for Child Care of Southwest Florida

Thirty staff and family members of Myers, Brettholtz & Company PA certified public accountants and business consultants recently spent the day at Child Care of Southwest Florida Inc.'s Fort Myers' location providing gardening, carpentry and other volunteer services.

The day was part of United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades' Days of Caring, working to assist those in the community at a time when they need it most.

United Way's Days of Caring is a year-round program that connects businesses with nonprofit agencies in need of assistance.

Child Care of Southwest Florida Inc., a United Way agency established in 1967, provides early childhood education, as well as voluntary prekindergarten and Head Start programs, at its six accredited centers in Lee and Hendry counties.

Since 1979, Myers, Brettholtz & Company PA has been working with clients across the nation by performing accounting and auditing, tax preparation, bookkeeping and consulting. The firm has 24 staff members and provides accounting and bookkeeping services for timeshares, nonprofit organizations, condominium and homeowner associations and medical practices as well as individuals and businesses.

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.

Remembrance Lamps and Memories store open on Del Prado Boulevard

Remembrance Lamps and Memories has opened at 1417-4 Del Prado Blvd., S., in Cape Coral. The shop, owned Bernie Reid, features a line of Tiffany-inspired products that are made with high-end art glass. According to Reid, each piece brings the beauty of art glass and the brilliant qualities of light together with powerful emotions associated with the remembrance of a loved one.

The store also carries a variety of table lamps for every occasion. Where flowers have traditionally been given, the pieces available at the store offer a unique alternative that will be remembered for years to come. In lieu of flowers, the lamps may be given for bereavement, weddings, births, house warmings and birthdays.

Each gift can also be customized with special packaging and cards.

The store is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For additional information, call 239-673-6478.

Chico's FAS announces first international expansion

Chico's FAS Inc. has announced the company's international expansion with White House Black Market's first Canadian boutique opening at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto, Oct. 24. The women's retailer will open its second international location at Square One, Mississauga, Oct. 29, followed by Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket, Nov. 12th. Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Square One are owned by Oxford Properties Group and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo).Upper Canada Mall is owned by Oxford Properties Group and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

The White House Black Market brand, which began operations in 1985, sells exclusively designed, private branded clothing for women offering a uniquely feminine and affordable alternative to designer fashion. WH|BM offers fashionable and sophisticated clothing and accessory items, from everyday basics, to wear-to-work, to elegant fashion, primarily in black and white and related shades with seasonal color splashes. White House Black Market was acquired by Chico's FAS, Inc. in 2003.

Chico's, through its brands Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates and Boston Proper, is a women's specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items.

White House | Black Market currently operates 416 boutiques and 52 outlets, publishes a catalog highlighting its latest fashions and connects with customers at and

Richmond joins Henderson Franklin

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. has announced that Attorney Kayla Richmond has joined the firm as an associate in the divorce, marital and family law practice area. She will handle dissolution of marriage (divorce), custody, paternity, child support and domestic violence injunctions.

Richmond served as a summer associate with Henderson Franklin in 2012, and worked as a law clerk for the Honorable David A. Demers in Florida's 6th Judicial Circuit Court, doing Appellate work.

Richmond is a Fort Myers native, graduating from Fort Myers High School in 2006. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of South Florida;, her law degree from Stetson University College of Law and,her graduate degree from Stetson University.

Richmond can be reached at 239-344-1156 or via email at

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami. A full-service firm, Henderson Franklin has over 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial and civil litigation, immigration law, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate and land use and environmental law. Henderson Franklin was founded in Fort Myers in 1924 and operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and on Sanibel Island.

For additional information, please visit

Synovus Bank of Florida celebrates Synovus' 125th anniversary

Synovus Bank of Florida, a division of Synovus Bank, will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the parent company by giving back to the community as part of Synovus' "125 Little Ways to Make a Big Difference" event. This project is part of Synovus' community outreach program called REACH ( Recognizing and Encouraging an Atmosphere of Community and of Hope). The goal is to assist 125 non-profit groups and organizations across Synovus' five-state footprint during October.

The Synovus Bank of Florida team, with offices in 7 central and west coast Florida counties, voted on the REACH initiative it wanted to support. A regional children's hospital was selected as the beneficiary and Synovus Bank team members are now actively collecting plush teddy bears during the month of October to help brighten children's lives.

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

Synovus is a financial services company with approximately $27 billion in assets based in Columbus, Ga. Visit for information.



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