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June 5, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Muffler Man Auto Service Center now open in Cape

Muffler Man Auto Service Center recently opened at 1929 Del Prado Blvd., in Cape Coral. The company specializes in alignment, brakes, shocks, struts, exhaust and tires.

Store hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday.

For additional information, call 239-829-0495.

Morgan House

to host Beer Fest

The Morgan House in downtown Fort Myers will be holding it's Second Annual Beer Fest Saturday, June 9, from 5-9 p.m. The event, which will feature a dozen breweries, food, music and prizes, is a benefit for the Visually Impaired Persons of Southwest Florida.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 per person.

The Morgan House is located at 33 Patio De Leon. For more information, visit or call 239-337-3377.

Mr. Appliance ranked

on Franchise 500 list

Mr. Appliance has been ranked No. 209 on Entrepreneur magazine's 2012 Fran-chise 500 list. This is the 12th consecutive year the company has made the list.

The magazine also listed Mr. Appliance No. 165 on its Top Global Franchises list and No. 51 on its Top Home Based Franchise list.

Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 is known as the most reliable and comprehensive list of franchises. The magazine bases its rankings on financial strength, stability, growth rate and size of the system.

Established in 1996, Mr. Appliance's franchises provide full-service residential and light commercial appliance repair. Mr. Appliance has more than 150 locations throughout the United States and Canada and is consistently ranked among the top home service franchises by Entrepreneur magazine and other industry experts.

Mr. Appliance is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For more information, visit

Partners named

to 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list

Pavese Law Firm partners Stephen E. Dalton, Peter J. Gravina, Diane L. Jensen and Christopher J. Shields have been named to the 2012 Florida Super Lawyers list. No more than 5 percent of the attorneys in Florida are selected to the list.

In addition, Brooke N. Bockemuehl Martinez has been named to the 2012 Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state receive this honor.

Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state and in ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published in regional publications across the country.

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.

Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects.

Arrow Environmental Services purchases four SW Florida companies

Arrow Environmental Services, a leading provider of pest control and lawn care maintenance services, has completed the purchase of the Naples-based family of the Shur-Shot, Alert Termite & Pest Control and Cape Coral Termite & Pest Control companies, dramatically growing its presence in Naples and Cape Coral.

The Shur-Shot acquisition, combined with three others over the past eight months, has helped Arrow grow into one of the state's largest pest control companies, posting 60 percent growth in revenue over the past two years. Since 2010, Arrow has acquired eight companies with combined revenues of over $4 million, and is on track to reach the $10-million mark in annual revenues by the end of 2012.

In addition to the purchase of the Shur-Shot family of companies, Arrow has also purchased these three other companies in the past eight months: Ant-Ser Termite & Pest Control, based in Port Charlotte; AmerTermite, based in Sarasota; and Gardener's Choice of SW Florida, based in Naples.

For more information, visit

FGCU Small Business Development Center

hires business consultant

Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center recently hired business administrator and entrepreneur Amanda Stirn as certified business consultant for the SBDC office in Cape Coral.

Stirn has 20 years of industrial experience. After eight years of working in the commercial industry as an accountant and business manager, she established Stirn and Associates LLC in Cape Coral to provide clients with a vast-array of full circle consultant expertise. Her services include accounting, administrative management, business and marketing planning, internal system and process audits, contract compliance, contract management, process planning, meeting management and team development.

Stirn can be reached at (239) 573-2737 or by visiting

Chamber Speed

Mentoring session today

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee will host a Speed Mentoring session today, June 6, from 4-6 p.m., at Mutual of Omaha Bank located at 7331 College Parkway in Fort Myers. This year's mentors are Gail Markham, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFP Certified Family Mediator Litigation, Forensic Accounting and Mediation Services; Gay Thompson, president, Cement Industries Inc.; Samira Beckwith, president and CEO, Hope Healthcare Services; Karen Miller, marketing, HAS Engineers & Scientists; Christin Collins, senior director of Development, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation; Melissa Simontis, director of development, PACE Center for Girls of Lee County; Rose Rundle, general manager, Harborside Event Center; and Debra Liftig, CPO Boys and Girls Club.

Admission for Chamber members is $10 and $20 for non-members. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

The purpose of speed mentoring is to receive quick-hit information from our mentors, discover solutions to your business challenges and enjoy time-efficient networking. Come prepared to share your professional questions with our mentors and jumpstart your destiny!

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of commerce Inc. has been serving Lee County and the surrounding areas since 1989. For information on how you can get involved, call 239-332-2930 or log onto

Szumlanzki named vice president and general manager at Fafco Solar

Fafco Solar has announced the promotion of Jason Szumlanski to vice president and general manager of the company. Since he was hired in 2009, Szumlanski has demonstrated outstanding work ethic and has made many valuable contributions to the company. One of these contributions includes the Solar 2 Go Mobile Solar Generator, designed to produce silent, clean power at remote sites or anywhere electricity is needed for temporary or long-term reliable power.

Szumlanski has served for the past two years as Fafco Solar's operations manager. In his new position as vice president and general manager, he will be responsible for the daily operation of the company. In addition, he will be responsible for company-wide leadership, budgeting and planning, overall financial results, and seeking and analyzing new opportunities.

With over 244 years of pooled solar energy experience, the Fafco Solar Team is committed to reducing your use of fossil fuel. To find out more, call Fafco Solar at (239) 574-1500 or visit them online at Also, be sure to check out their blog at:

Hamby joins JRL Ventures

JRL Ventures has announced that Kevin Hamby has joined the operations team to support the company's continued growth.

Before coming to JRL Ventures / Marine Concepts, Hamby's 18 years of experience included working for OMC, Grumman Industries, Azure Marine, Southwind Marine and Universal Forest Products.

For additional information, contact JRL Ventures Inc. at or call 239-283-0800

Contact Marine Concepts at or call 239-283-0800.

Bokan joins Knott

Ebelini Hart law firm

Andrew A. Bokan, Esq., has joined the law firm of Knott Ebelini Hart as shareholder, and will lead the firm's new marital and family law practice group. Prior to joining Knott Ebelini Hart, Bokan served as a family law magistrate for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, serving in Lee County. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he practiced family law at another large firm in Fort Myers.

Bokan provides legal representation in all areas of marital and family law including dissolution of marriage (divorce); uncontested and simplified divorces; modifications of child support, alimony, and custody and time sharing; relocation; paternity/original child support and custody determinations; domestic violence; adoptions; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; name changes of adults and minor children; emergency parenting matters; contempt and enforcement proceedings; collaborative law; and temporary custody by extended family members.

Knott Ebelini Hart serves individuals and businesses in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Hendry counties and throughout Florida, offering a broad range of legal services.

For marital and family law questions or consultations, contact Andrew A. Bokan at 239-334-2722 or visit

O'Donnell named Busey Bank's market president

Ken O'Donnell has been named Busey Bank's Florida market president, bringing 35 years of financial expertise to customers in Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee counties. O'Donnell will leverage his extensive knowledge to ensure customers' needs are met within Busey's five lines of business-personal, mortgage, commercial, cash management and wealth management.

First Busey Corporation is a $3.5 billion financial holding company headquartered in Champaign, Ill. Busey Bank, First Busey Corporation's wholly-owned bank subsidiary, is headquartered in Champaign and has 31 full service and four limited service banking centers serving downstate Illinois, a full service banking center in Indianapolis, Indiana and seven full service banking centers serving Southwest Florida. Busey Bank had total assets of $3.5 billion as of March 31, 2012.

Synovus Bank adds

Wealth Management Team

Dominic A. DiMaio, president and chief executive officer of Synovus Bank of Florida, a division of Synovus Bank, announces the formation of a new Private Client Group to provide investment, trust,and wealth management services throughout Southwest Florida. The team will be located at the Health Park Office in Fort Myers.

Synovus Bank selected four banking professionals for this new Private Client Group, Heidi Colgate-Tamblyn, Derrick A. DeHays, Joseph E. Cleveland and Andrew W. Sheppard, who collectively have nearly 100 years of experience in banking, investments and trust management.

Colgate-Tamblyn, senior vice president and senior private banker, will lead the new team.

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

"A Room Full of Referrals" Workshop

The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University and The Referral Institute of Southwest Florida host "A Room Full of Referrals," a workshop about how behavioral styles affect networking results Friday, June 15, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Atrium, Executive Suites, 8695 College Parkway #1187, in Fort Myers.

The cost is $59 through June 11 and $99 thereafter. A continental breakfast provided by Robins Nest Bakery Caf & Cakes is included.

The workshop teaches participants how to adapt their own communication style to establish rapport and trust, and how to leverage behavioral styles to make networking pay off in tangible business results.

The Referral Institute provides the training and tools to help business professionals gain financial success through relationship-based referral marketing.

To register or for more information, visit or call (239) 745-3700.

For further information, contact Trish Leonard, SBDC marketing director, at (239) 745-3706, or

Fiore joins CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing

Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, has announced that Linda Fiore has joined the company as advertising director. Fiore will manage account relationships for Res Gestae, the monthly attorney magazine the firm publishes for the Lee County Bar Association. She will also be responsible for new ad sales and account relationships for the Barrister, a new monthly publication for the Broward County Bar Association that is scheduled to launch in September 2012.

Fiore has more than 18 years of experience in sales and marketing for radio, print and digital media. Her experience included sales development, advertising strategy, and sales training and management.

CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, a division of Conric Holdings LLC is a full service agency serving the South Florida business and professional community. The company provides creative writing and design in all areas of marketing, public relations, advertising and publishing. The firm currently serves clients in the banking, legal, medical, not-for-profit, hospitality and other service industries.

For more information on CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, call 239-690-9840.

Knott named senior vice president for the Lubner Group

The Lubner Group, internationally respected for its hospitality and commercial design work, has recently announced the selection of global furnishings entrepreneur, Jeff Knott as the company's senior vice president for International Business Development.

Knott served 14 years with Rooms To Go Corp. as senior VP, international and president of Rooms to Go Japan, responsible for establishing licensees and joint venture start-ups of RTG stores in international markets. He has conducted business in more than 120 countries during his career.

The Lubner Group provides purchasing and design services for commercial and shared-use properties such as timeshare resorts, hotels, fractional ownership and private residence clubs plus developers of high-rise condominiums and single-family communities in North America and abroad.

With corporate offices located in Fort Myers, plus an additional office in Orlando, the Lubner Group is an affordable, single-source provider of interior design, manufacturing and purchasing-related services for hospitality industries. The Lubner Group provides custom-designed furnishings that are unique to each property, often at a lower price than assembly-production products. Lubner can be reached at 239-292-3717.

Federal Reserve Bank OKs IBERIABANK application to purchase Florida Gulf Bancorp

IBERIABANK Corporation, the holding company of IBERIABANK, announced this week that the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has approved the application of IBERIABANK Corporation to acquire Florida Gulf Bancorp Inc. In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions have approved the applications of IBERIABANK to acquire Florida Gulf Bank.

Completion of the acquisitions remains subject to approval by shareholders of Florida Gulf Bancorp Inc. and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Florida Gulf Bancorp Inc. is the holding company for Florida Gulf Bank with headquarters in Fort Myers.

IBERIABANK Corporation is a bank holding company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. The company has 266 combined offices, including 175 bank branch offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Florida, 22 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana, and mortgage representatives in 60 locations in 12 states. The company has eight locations with representatives of IBERIA Wealth Advisors in four states, and one office of IBERIA Capital Partners, L.L.C.



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