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February 3, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Real Estate Investment Society elects officers, board of governors

The Real Estate Investment Society has announced the election of officers and the board of governors to lead the organization during 2017: President Karen Miller of GHD Services; Vice President Bev Larson, CCIM, of Lahaina Realty; Treasurer Alexis Crespo, AICP, of Waldrop Engineering; and Secretary Mary Gentile of LandQwest Property Management, LLC.

The Board of Governors includes Noel Davies of Roetzel & Andress, LPA; David Fry of The Place On First; Arleen Hunter of city of Bonita Springs; Bill Morris of Morris-Depew Associates; Mark Morris, of VIP - Commercial; Chris Pacitto of Velocity Engineering Services; and Kent Poli of Busey Bank.

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The REIS officers and board of directors includes, seated, from left, Secretary Mary Gentile, Vice President Bev Larson, President Karen Miller and Treasurer Alexis Crespo; standing, from left, Governors Chris Pacitto, Arleen Hunter, Bill Morris, Kent Poli, Noel Davies, Immediate Past President Amanda L. Brock, Mark Morris and David Fry.

The immediate past president, Amanda L. Brock, Esq., of Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, PA, remains on the board.

The Real Estate Investment Society is an independent organization, dedicated to assisting members in the effective utilization of real estate through networking, education, public service, and a common voice on pertinent issues. The membership represents a broad spectrum of real estate, environmental, financial, legal, design, construction, marketing and management companies.

REIS luncheon meetings convene at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers, to network and discuss current civic and business issues affecting the commercial real estate and development industry. Information on membership and meeting programs is available at

Lee BIA's BBQ, Bands & Brew set for April 9

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers Sunset is assisting Lee BIA Builders Care with its eighth annual BBQ, Bands & Brews to be held at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Local and national brands will showcase their barbecue prowess for a chance at the title of Best Barbecue in Town. Festival guests also have the chance to rate vendors for Best Ribs, Best Pork, Best Chicken, and People's Choice Award.

In addition to barbecue, attendees will be treated to live music, and find family-friendly activities at the Kid's Corner, with games for children and adults alike. Cash prizes are up for grabs at the corn-hole tournament, poker run and 50/50 raffle drawings.

Admission is free for festival volunteers and children under 12; tickets are $10 for all other guests. Attendees may pay for space-limited VIP parking, or take advantage of free parking with shuttle services. Dogs and coolers are not permitted.

Ticket sales from the event will allow Lee BIA Builders Care to provide free construction services throughout Lee County for elderly and disabled residents in need.

To learn more about BBQ, Bands & Brews, visit

Individuals or groups interested in volunteering may contact Rotary Club of Fort Myers Sunset at

Lee BIA Builders Care was founded in 2005, and is the charitable branch of Lee Building Industry Association. Its mission is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and disabled homeowners who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. Lee BIA Builders Care is able to provide services to those in need through the generous assistance of Lee BIA members and local contractors. Since its inception, Lee BIA Builders Care has completed more than 300 projects, with an estimated value of over $4 million to home owners in Lee County.

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Sunset is one of the newest Rotary Clubs of southwest Florida, and was chartered in September 2016 by a group of young professionals.

Meetings take place at Alico Family Golf Mondays at 6 p.m. and is open to anyone who would like to drop in.



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