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January 3, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Suarez recertified as legal expert in immigration and nationality law

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. has announced that Tulio G. Suarez has been recertified by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified legal expert in Immigration and Nationality Law for another five years. John Pelzer, chair of the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education, stated: "as a board certified lawyer, you have, as acknowledged by the Supreme Court of Florida, the distinction of having 'special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in our practice area, as well as character, ethics, and a reputation for professionalism in the practice of law.'"

Suarez is one of a few Florida Bar Board Certified Immigration and Nationality Lawyers in the state. He has over 17 years' experience representing immigrants, professionals, foreign investors and businesses. He assists clients with all immigration needs, including foreign investment, foreign labor certification, international adoption, family and employment based immigrant visas, removal (deportation), asylum, citizenship, and hiring of foreign nationals. He also offers tips and insight on immigration matters on the Southwest Florida Employment Law Blog.

Suarez received his undergraduate degree from St. John's University (B.S., 1988) and his law degree from the George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1995). He can be reached at 239-344-1177 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, eminent domain, immigration law, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law.

For more information on Suarez or Henderson Franklin, visit

Walker earns CRM designation

Sandra C. Walker, CIC, CRM, has earned her CRM designation and has been named a certified risk manager by Certified Risk Managers International in association with The National Alliance. Walker successfully passed five examinations in various areas of risk management.

Commercial lines department manager at Private Client Insurance Services, Walker is responsible for marketing new business for five producers, supervising a staff of four account managers.

With more than 16 years of industry experience, Walker obtained a BS in environmental engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. She holds Property and Casualty Insurance and Life and Health Insurance licenses, and is a Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager.

Fort Myers-based Private Client Insurance Services is a full-service independent agency established in 2002 to provide service to clients at a level that exceeds all others in the industry. With offices on both coasts of Florida, Private Client is dedicated to providing a full range of personal and commercial insurance. For more information, call 239-481-1949 or visit

Myers, Brettholtz & Company donates items to food pantry

Employees of Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants recently donated $300 of needed food items to Lifeline Family Center's food pantry.

Located at 907 SE 5th Ave., in Cape Coral, Lifeline Family Center provides young women in crisis pregnancy a safe home and learning environment along with educational training, job training, professional counseling, parenting classes and spiritual direction during this most important time in their lives.

Myers Brettholtz & Company PA serves 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.

Above Board Chamber to discuss flood insurance

The Above Board Chamber of Florida will host a program on flood insurance at its next meeting Thursday, Jan. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Landing in Fort Myers, 4540 S. Landings Drive, Fort Myers.

A group of top Florida specialists in the field will be on hand to provide information on how to find discounts for 2014.

The Above Board Chamber of Florida office is at 4616 Mackinaw Ave., North Fort Myers.

For additional information, call 239-910-7426.

Edward Jones earns top ranking in magazine's annual survey

For the 19th time, the financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in magazine's annual survey of he nation's six largest financial services firms, according to Sam Mazzotti, a local Edward Jones financial advisor.

The magazine randomly selects financial advisors nationwide and asks them to rank their firms in various categories.

Edward Jones' overall score was 9.5 out of 10 possible points. The firm scored top marks across the board, earning near perfect scores in overall ethic (9.8) and public image (9.7), according to

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business from the types of investment options to the location of branch offices, is designed to care to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients.

Mazzotti works in an Edward Jones branch office at 2104 Del Prado Blvd., in Cape Coral.

For additional information, call 239-772-7575, or visit

Action Automatic donates garage door and opener to Florida Baptist Children's Home

Action Automatic Door & Gate offering garage doors and automatic gate systems throughout Southwest Florida recently donated a Clopay garage door and a LiftMaster garage door opener to Florida Baptist Children's Home in Fort Myers. The products were installed in a new maintenance and storage building to help secure personal belongings of resident children, house parents and office staff.

Florida Baptist Children's Home is a faith-based nonprofit that provides safe, stable, Christian homes for boys and girls who have been neglected, misdirected, abandoned, abused or caught up in family turmoil. The organization has been serving children since 1904 through three major service areas: campus ministries, community ministries, and Orphan's Heart International Ministry.

Action Automatic Door & Gate CEO George Ebel founded the business in 1974 with a $100 advertisement in a local newspaper while in college in Toledo, Ohio. A second location was opened in Naples in 1981, and the third, in Fort Myers, opened in 1984. The business started out offering 13 automatic door openers, and today is one of the most successful garage door and automatic gate system companies in the country. Online:



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