open on Del Prado
SimplyFresh is now open at 2924 Del Prado Blvd., South, #7, in Cape Coral.
Owned by Stephen Zelko and Anthony Cassone, this new organically grown produce retailer carries a wide variety of locally grown products, including kale, chard, sprouts, wheat-grass, micro-greens and more. Other local products include honey, hummus, goat cheese, milk and eggs!
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday.
For additional information, call 239-851-6842.
Jason's deli celebrates 10 years in Southwest Florida
Jason's deli is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Southwest Florida by giving back to the community. The "Power of Ten" focuses community attention on 10 area charities by donating 10 percent of the Fort Myers restaurant's sales to a specific charity on Mondays between June 4 and Aug. 20. Customers are invited to get involved in the giving by making a $1 donation to the charity of the week. When they do so, they are entered in a drawing to win a catered event for 10 people.
The charities that will benefit from the Power of Ten include: ICAN (Island Coast AIDS Network), Heights Foundation, Hope Clubhouse, Quality Life Center, 21st Century C.A.R.E, Community Cooperative Ministries, Pace Center for Girls (Lee County), Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Eden Autism and Women In Business Educational Scholarship.
The Power of 10 promotion will conclude on Sept. 12, with an appreciation breakfast at the deli for all of the charities, where their checks will be presented.
In Southwest Florida, Jason's deli locations include Fort Myers,13550 Reflection Parkway at Cypress Lake Drive; Naples, 2700 Immokalee Road at Airport Pulling Road; Cape Coral, 2311 Santa Barbara Blvd, near Veterans Parkway; Port Charlotte, 1100 El Jobean (SR 776 at US 41); and Sarasota, 5231 University Parkway at Honore.
Founded by an Italian family in 1976, the Beaumont, Texas-based restaurant chain has nearly 225 delis in 28 states.
Lee County Port Authority receives top honor
The Lee County Port Authority, operator of Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field, was recently recognized by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for several projects at the 2012 Local Image Awards presented in Fort Myers. LCPA received the Grand All Image Award, the top award of the competition, as well as an Image Award for its Base Ops Dedication Ceremony in the Public Relations Programs Special Events category.
The Southwest Florida International Airport "Fly Me to the Moon" Art Exhibit Brochure was recognized with a Grand Image Award, the top award in its division, and an Image Award in the Printed Tools of Public Relations - Brochure category. In addition, LCPA received an Image Award and a Judges' Award for e-Link, the Lee County Port Authority's Business Newsletter in the Audio/Visual/Online Tools of Public Relations Online Newsletter category.
The Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA conducts the Local Image Awards annually to recognize outstanding public relations programs and to encourage and promote the development of public relations professionalism in Southwest Florida. They have become a standard of excellence and demonstrate the best of innovation, planning and design in the region. An Image Award is given to an entry that meets the criteria for excellence and earns the highest score in their particular category. A Judges' Award is given to an outstanding entry that has achieved the maximum public relations results while using a minimum amount of money. A Grand Image represents the best project in its division. The Grand All Image Award represents the best public relations campaign or program in the competition.
Established in 1938, the Florida Public Relations Association is the oldest public relations organization in the United States. FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to programs and activities that enhance the success of public relations professionals in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, visit www.fpraswfl.org.
IMA CFO Breakfast Roundtables scheduled
The Southwest Florida Chapter of IMA announces the inaugural sessions of the IMA CFO Breakfast Roundtables.
The program will be presented on two dates and locations to accommodate schedules: today, May 23, at The Inn on Fifth in Naples, and on Thursday, May 24, at the Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers. The format for the program will be a breakfast and presentation followed by a roundtable discussion.
Dean Piccirillo, CFP, CRPS, AIFA, will inform participants about the most pertinent aspects of ERISA Qualified Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure Regulations 408(b)(2) and 404(a)(5), specifically those going into effect this summer. Piccirillo is a principal and senior financial advisor who also heads the Retirement Plan Unit at HBKS Wealth Advisors, a regional firm affiliated with top 100 accounting firm Hill, Barth & King.
Designed for chief financial officers and senior financial executives in Southwest Florida, the objective of the CFO Roundtable is to provide a forum for discussion of important issues of a financial and business nature, to present timely, relevant information related to financial management and to provide a networking opportunity for CFOs and their peers.
For more information or to register www.swflima.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=240&Itemid=178 visit the IMA CFO Roundtable page of the IMA Southwest Florida website at www.swfima.org. The event is sponsored and underwritten by HBKS Wealth Advisors. Each event will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. There is no cost to participants, but registration is required. Contact David Teets at email@example.com or (239) 595-8066 for questions.
MBA Airport Transportation makes donation to food bank
Wednesday, April 18, was the day MBA Airport Transportation gave back to the community by donating $5 of each fare to the Harry Chapin Food Bank through its "Drive Hunger out of Southwest Florida" promotion. MBA presented the food bank with a check for $1,730, which translates into $10,380 in food.
MBA Airport Transportation, LLC, is the taxi concessionaire for the Southwest Florida International Airport. MBA Airport Transportation is a DBE joint venture whose partner members are John J. Poelker Jr., Mary Poelker and Judith Griffin. Poelker was a personal friend of Harry Chapin and is also a co-founder of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, serving as the president of the board of directors from 1989 through 1995.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties, who provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. Over 1 million pounds of food are distributed monthly. For every dollar donated, about $6 in food value goes back to the community. In the past calendar year, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 13.7 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $22.5 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 11 million meals to people in need.
Additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 239-334-7007 or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org.
Promotional Incentives and Gumby Win Award
P.I. Gumby, a specialty item fashioned after the 1950s era Claymation sensation, won an Award of Distinction at the Florida Public Relations Association Image Awards. Promotional Incentives chose P.I. Gumby to mark its 21st anniversary because it exemplifies the company's approach of being creative, flexible and green. Promotional Incentives focuses on getting results through strategic use of creative promotional products and programs.
P.I. Gumby's promotional results included a 35 percent increase in sales dollar volume; 15 percent increase in number of sales; 75 percent increase in overall gross sales; 43 percent increase in average sales order; and nearly 1,300 email responses.
Promotional Incentives was founded in 1990 by Lucy and Jack Costa. With headquarters in Cape Coral, the company serves businesses throughout southwest Florida. The company's goals are to build brand recognition, top-of-mind-awareness, and engage companies' audience with customized promotional products. For more information, visit www.promotionalincentives.com/ or call 239.549.2555.
Local chef named a top pastry chef in America
Dessert Professional magazine, the nation's leading publication of the pastry, ice cream and chocolate industries, has named Nathaniel Reid of Norman Love Confections as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America.
Reid will accept this recognition on June 4 at The Institute of Culinary Education in New York.
Reid, who joined Norman Love Confections in 2010, oversees the pastry and bakery shop, including production of specialty cakes, desserts and bakery items.
Prior to joining NLC, Reid was the executive pastry chef of St. Regis Hotel, a Mobil Five Star, AAA Five Diamond resort in Dana Point, Calif. Previously, he held pastry positions with Michelin Three Star Jol Robuchon Restaurant at The Mansion and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, both in Las Vegas.
Norman Love, the award-wining Fort Myers-based chocolatier, has been lauded nine times by a leading consumer ratings magazine including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates.
The Fort Myers Chocolate Salon is located at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., and is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 239-561-7215 or visit www.normanloveconfections.com
master of laws degree
in employment law
Graduating with honors, Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn received her second Master of Laws degree from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School on May 19. The LL.M. degree is an advanced law degree with a focus on a particular practice area. Schwinn's second LL.M. is in employment law and her first LL.M. is in real property land development and finance law, which she received from the University of Miami's Graduate School of Law in 1991.
Schwinn's primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn, who joined Pavese Law Firm in 2005, is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications.
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.
For information, visit www.pavese-law.com or call 239-334-2195.
Tarsia joins Law Offices
of J. Patrick Buckley III P.A.
Thomas M. Tarsia has joined Law Offices of J. Patrick Buckley III P.A. as an associate attorney. He focuses on civil and commercial litigation, as well as consumer protection and collection laws, announced J. Patrick Buckley III, founder and president of the firm in historic downtown Fort Myers.
Over the past four years, Tarsia was an associate with two other Florida law firms where he was involved in insurance defense, premises liability, civil rights, employment law, construction defect litigation, collection law and bankruptcy proceedings. He is licensed to practice in all state courts in Florida and the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar, American Bar Association and Lee County Bar Association.
Tarsia is a graduate of Cape Coral High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English at Florida State University and a juris doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He also founded and operated a title insurance company before returning to Cape Coral in 2007.
Law Offices of J. Patrick Buckley III P.A. at 1404 Dean Street Suite 300 in Fort Myers offers services related to business law, including corporate formation, civil and commercial litigation, contract law, real estate law, Baker Act abuse, DUI, criminal defense, British Petroleum oil spill claims and other areas that complement them.