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May 2, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ALTIERI LAW FIRM opens in Cape

Attorney Timothy J. Altieri opened ALTIERI LAW FIRM, P.A. in Cape Coral, Florida. He is admitted to practice in both New York and Florida. Prior to opening ALTIERI LAW FIRM, P.A., Altieri was an assistant state prosecutor as well as a personal injury defense lawyer in Florida. Prior to moving from Buffalo, N.Y., to Florida in 2010, he was a criminal defense lawyer in Buffalo.

His firm's practice areas include: DUI defense, criminal defense, personal injury and civil litigation.

Altieri currently resides in Cape Coral with his wife, Melissa.

Local FASTSIGNS named one

of the top centers in the country

Local signs and graphics provider FASTSIGNS of Fort Myers was named one of the top centers out of more than 500 locations at the 2014 FASTSIGNS Convention, which was recently held in Anaheim, Calif.

Locally owned and operated by Paul Hill and is wife, Terry, the business received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 in the U.S. and Canada for sales volume from the previous year.

Located at 12211 S. Cleveland Ave., the center provides a wide range of comprehensive visual communications solutions, including wall, window and floor graphics, architectural signs, tradeshow displays, wayfinding solutions, vehicle wraps, digital signs and more.

FASTSIGNS of Fort Myers has been doing business in the area for 15 years. To learn more, visit or call (239) 274-0744.

Lucht named president-elect

of Junior League of Fort Myers

Danielle Lucht, financial advisor with Alliance Financial Group, has been named president-elect of the Junior League of Fort Myers Inc.

Originally from Washington, D.C., Lucht has lived in Fort Myers since 2002. Before joining Alliance Financial in 2004, she worked as a producer for WINK News. As a financial representative, she specializes in designing and implementing retirement strategies for her clients.

Lucht earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a masters of Aarts from New York University.

Her president-elect term will begin June 2014 and run until May 2015.

A member of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc., the Junior League of Fort Myers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

For more information about the JLFM, call 239-277-1197 or visit

Above Board Chamber of Florida

to present panel discussions

Above Board Chamber of Florida will present expert panel discussions on "Social Media Policy for Business" in Fort Myers, Thursday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Landings, 4540 S. Landings Drive, Fort Myers, and in Naples on Monday, May 12, at Hilton Naples, at 5111 Tamiami Trail, N., Naples.

The panelists for the Fort Myers meeting will be Brent Struense, marketing director at WFTX-TV/Corporate Creative Manager at Journal Broadcast Group FOX4; Waddy Padilla, managing editor at Florida Weekly-Fort Myers; Ingrid Molina, president of Fuller Online Solutions; and Michelle Hudson, digital strategist at CONRIC PR & Marketing. Susan Bennett, president of Marketing & Media, LC, will emcee for the Fort Myers event.

Register early to receive the discounted rate. Visit to register for Fort Myers and Naples. Non-profits can put up a free table, and members can put up a table for $25.

For more information on the event or on how to become a member of the Above Board Chamber, contact Jeanne Sweeney at 239-910-7426.

Kirk's Consulting Services

to hold workshops June 4, July 22

Kirk's Consulting Services will hold two one-day Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing & Funding Research Workshops June 4 and July 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day,for nonprofit organizations, public entities and the general public. The event, which will be held at MainStay Inn & Suites, 9200 College Parkway, in Fort Myers.

Kirk's Consulting Services will also host two four-day Grant Proposal Development 101 Workshops, which will include one full day of grant funding research techniques on June 16-19 and July 14-17 at the same location. These workshops are specifically designed for nonprofit organizations in need of starting new funds development initiatives, those organizations and groups in need of enhancing existing organizational funds development activities or for nonprofit staff and volunteers interested in expanding their grants development skill sets. Workshops are open to the public. Paid registration is required.

To register for this event, visit Kirk's Consulting Services website homepage at: For more information, contact Nikki Kirk, Workshop Presenter, at or 239-628-3565.

Myers, Brettholtz & Company to

deliver Meals on Wheels this summer

For the fifth consecutive year, the entire staff of Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants will volunteer as Meals on Wheels drivers for the upcoming summer season.

All 24 employees of the 35-year-old accounting firm will partner to deliver meals one day per week throughout the summer and help fill in as needed on other days.

Meals on Wheels is run by Community Cooperative, an organization providing emergency food outreach and resources to communities across Lee County.

Myers, Brettholtz provides accounting and bookkeeping services for timeshares, nonprofit organizations, condominium and homeowner associations, medical practices, educational facilities, as well as individuals and businesses.

For more information on Meals on Wheels, call 239-332-7687 or visit

Newman joins

Encore Bank

Tom Ray, CEO of Encore Bank, has announced that Betsy Newman has been hired as vice president, residential loan officer. Newman is one of several new lenders who have been recently named to top positions in Encore's expanding residential and consumer lending department, which is managed by Senior Vice President Dan Royal.

Newman brings more than 30 years of lending experience in Southwest Florida to Encore, and has consistently been a top producer of residential mortgages in Lee County for many years. She has worked intensively with FHA, VA, Florida Bond, conforming, jumbo and construction-to-permanent loans.

Newman is a graduate of Fort Myers High School. She and her husband of 28 years, also a Florida native, have two daughters. She will originate loans in Lee County while working out of the Fort Myers branch.

Encore Bank has six convenient locations, including two branches in Naples at 3003 Tamiami Trail North, and 2370 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Bonita Springs at 4450 Bonita Beach Road, Fort Myers at 7920 Summerlin Lakes Dr., Port Charlotte at 2120 Kings Highway, and Sun City Center at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza.

For more information, call 239-278-5505 in Fort Myers, or visit Member FDIC

Hispanic Chamber

to hold 'Business

Women's Conference'

The Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold its "2014 Business Women's Conference" Thursday, May 8, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Pelican Preserve, 9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd., Fort Myers. The purpose of the conference is to contribute to business women in the community by offering tools and information on ways to improve business decision-making abilities and avenues to increase productivity.

This year's event is sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Rasmussen College. Guest speakers and topics include: "Discovering Your Internal Power" by L Gail Markham from Markham, Norton, Mosteller, Wright & Company, P.A.; "The Value of Mentoring" by Kelly Richards from State Farm Insurance Companies; "Paying it Forward - Serving One's Community" by Anne Frazier from Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida; and "Health & Nutrition - Balancing Busy Lives" by Joan DeMichael Henry from Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, P.A.

The event is open to the public to both men and women and tickets are $35 per person and include lunch, networking, prizes and raffles. For additional information or to make a reservation, please call the Hispanic Chamber at (239) 418-1441.

Ted Todd Insurance Agency

welcomes Evanick

Teodora Evanick has joined the Ted Todd Insurance Agency at its corporate headquarters at The Brooks in Bonita Springs to manage the agency's day-to-day accounting activities. Initial responsibilities include bookkeeping and budgeting for its seven offices in south Florida.

Originally from Bulgaria, Evanick has a master of science in accounting and taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University and a bachelor of economics of industry from the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria.She was formerly with two private accounting firms in North Naples and Fort Myers, following bank branch management in Naples.

Ted A. Todd formed Ted Todd Insurance Agency 27 years ago. It has seven locations and 50 insurance professionals located in Lee, Sarasota, Brevard and Palm Beach counties. The agency provides home, auto, retirement and life insurance products to more than 30,000 customers in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Del Ray, Viera, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Palm Bay, and Boca Raton.

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

19th annual recreation

vehicle show set for

this weeknd at the Lee County Sports Complex

Region One of the Florida RV Trade Association returns for its19th annual admission-free recreation vehicle show May 2-4, at the Lee County Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium in South Fort Myers. The event will feature 10 dealers from across Florida's gulf coast displaying a wide selection of new, used and leftover recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges.

"This eventis held just before the summer traveling season, so consumers canmake their plans to see our great nation," said Chris Morse, president of Region One. "Dealers also needto reduce their inventory, so prices fore new and used RVs have been reduced as well."

RVs on display will include gas and diesel motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels, park models, truck and van campers and folding campers. A number of RV suppliers will also be on hand to provide information on where to camp as well as various other services to enhance campers' outdoor adventures.

Financing for well-qualified buyers will also be available.

Noting that the RV industry has faired well, even in the slower economy, Dr. Richard Curtin, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association's chief economist, the motorhome market should see a 14.3 percent gain with towables, which includes fifth wheels and travel trailers, expected to climb 4.7 percent in 2014.

The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. The Lee County Sports Complex is located on Ben Pratt-Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Visit, for more information.



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