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October 9, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Bank of America hires

over 130 small business bankers across Florida

Bank of America has announced that it has hired more than 130 small business bankers throughout Florida to provide guidance to local small business owners. The additions are part of the company's previously announced plan to hire approximately 1,000 small business bankers nationwide.

Through a relationship with a Bank of America small business banker, clients will have greater access to local small business expertise and a dedicated resource who understands their business. Small business bankers will consult with small business owners at their place of business and assess their deposit, credit and cash management needs.

These new small business banker hires will support the unique needs of small business owners across the following regions:

-- South Florida - 58 hires, including: - Miami-Dade County (24 hires).

-- Broward County (20 hires).

-- Palm Beach County (14 hires).

-- Gulf Coast - 28 hires, including: -St. Petersburg/Tampa area (15 hires).

-- Central Florida - 34 hires, including: -Orlando area (21 hires).

-- North Florida - 18 hires, including: -Jacksonville (six hires).

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services.

For more Bank of America news, visit newsroom.

Ball elected to ACI-NA board of directors

Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., executive director for the Lee County Port Authority, was elected to the board of directors of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) for a three-year term during its Annual General Membership Business Meeting Sept. 12 in Calgary, Alberta.

Ball directs the operation of Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field. He joined the Lee County Port Authority in August 1993. Previously, he served as director of aviation at the Jacksonville Port Authority and assistant airport manager of administration and finance at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

During his administration at LCPA, Ball has overseen the planning, funding, construction and move to a new $438 million terminal at Southwest Florida International Airport and led the renaissance of Page Field.

ACI-NA is an international trade association representing more than 350 airports in the United States and Canada. Its mission is to advocate policies and provide services that strengthen the ability of air carrier airports to serve their passengers, customers and communities.

The Lee County Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.5 million passengers in 2011 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. Page Field provides services to corporate, commercial and private aviators and accommodated more than 78,000 aircraft operations in 2011. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction and both airports are funded solely with revenue generated from their operations. For more information, please visit

The Deli opens in

downtown Fort Myers

The owner of Downtown House of Pizza, Jason Kohn, announces his newest venture, The Deli, which opened for business Oct. 1 in downtown Fort Myers.

Lunch and dinner guests will enjoy a full-featured menu including artisan sandwiches, paninis, hoagies, specialty dogs, garden fresh salads, and prepared salads made fresh daily and available to eat in or take out. A fine selection of craft beers and wine as well as popular beverage brands will be offered.

The Deli is located at 1512 Hendry St., near Downtown House of Pizza, in downtown Fort Myers. It is open Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. Contact The Deli at 239 337-DELI or visit The Deli online at, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, FourSquare and Urban Spoon.

CONRIC PR & Marketing I Publishing welcomes Bridges

Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, has welcomed Sue Bridges to its publishing team as account executive for the Barrister and Res Gestae attorney magazines. Bridges is responsible for new advertising sales, customer relations and customer retention for the Broward County Bar Association's Barrister Magazine, as well as, the Lee County Bar Association's Res Gestae magazine.

Bridges has over 14 years of experience in sales and marketing of print and digital media. She previously worked for the Fort Myers News-Press newspaper.

CONRIC PR & Marketing and CONRIC Publishing are divisions of Conric Holdings, LLC, a full service agency serving the Southwest Florida business and professional community. The company, founded by Connie Ramos-Williams in 2007, 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, restaurant, salon & spas and other service industries. The firm also publishes monthly magazines for the Lee County and Broward County Bar Associations, and a quarterly magazine for Bishop Verot High School. For more information on CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, call (239) 690-9840 or visit

Sales team joins Blackwelder at Ted

Todd Insurance Agency

Following Robert "Vic" Blackwelder's recent hiring as Ted Todd Insurance Agency's Senior Sales Manager, six of his former AAA sales associates have also joined Ted Todd Insurance Agency in its Fort Myers and Cape Coral offices.

Joining the Fort Myers/Lehigh Acres office located at Colonial Boulevard and Treeline at 10676 Colonial Blvd., #20, Fort Myers are Aileen Castaneda, Amanda Fraser, Myriam Mellen and Natalie Rivera.

Joining the Cape Coral office located at Del Prado and Kismet at 2481 Del Prado Blvd N., Suite #117, Cape Coral are Michelle Polendo and Kelly Skillman.

Ted Todd formed Ted Todd Insurance Agency 26 years ago, which is now one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country. The corporate office is located at 10020 Coconut Road, #144, in Bonita Springs. It has a total of seven locations throughout Lee, Brevard, Palm Beach, and Sarasota counties that provide home, auto, business, commercial, retirement, and life insurance to more than 30,000 South Florida customers. For more information, visit or call 866-760-3999.

Bonefish Grill event

raises funds for Quality Life Center programs

Quality Life Center recently held its 5th annual BoneWish Fundraiser in Fort Myers. With great food and a relaxed atmosphere, the event raised over $10,000 which will be used to support Quality Life Center's youth and community programs. The event was made possible courtesy of sponsor Bonefish Grill, and recognized local educator James Middlebrooks for his commitment to educational excellence in the community.

Quality Life Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization transforming the community by developing the potential of at-risk youth and families in southwest Florida with afterschool, family services and job development training. For more than 20 years, the "Q" has been instilling values of discipline, integrity and self-sufficiency. To learn more about Quality Life Center or to sign up for the next tour date, call Keesha at 239-334-2797 or visit

Mutual of Omaha Bank employees assist Children's Advocacy Center with United Way Day of Caring

Employees from Mutual of Omaha Bank in Fort Myers recently participated in a United Way Day of Caring project for Children's Advocacy Center, a United Way partner agency. The Mutual of Omaha Bank volunteers helped by assembling "Comfort Kits" for the children and families of the Children's Advocacy Center.

The Children's Advocacy Center is a crisis center that helps sexually and physically abused children. The mission of the agency is to improve the lives of children and their families through a coordinated response to child abuse and neglect. When children come to the agency, they are often without clothes and personal care items.

Mutual of Omaha Bank employees assembled 225 comfort kits that contained soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and sunscreen for the children.

The United Way's Days of Caring is a year-round program that connects businesses with nonprofit agencies in need of assistance. Businesses have many choices as they select projects as needed by the agencies, including the type of project, location in our community, degree of physical labor, and time commitment. For more information call 433-2000.

Salon Adrian selling pink hair extensions to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Salon Adrian is celebrating in style. For the entire month the salon will be selling pink hair extensions for $10 with half of the proceeds going directly to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southwest Florida for breast cancer research.

The upscale salon known for creative styles and quality color treatments, will even put in the extensions for those who support the cause.

The extensions are bright pink and up to 16 inches long. They can be applied to anyone's hair and be kept in for an extended period of time. They are washable and can be styled with a curling iron or flat iron if desired.

For more information on the extensions, call (239) 481-1010. For more information Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southwest Florida and how you can help fund breast cancer research, please visit

Salon Adrian is comprised of extensively trained professionals, specializing in advanced color techniques, including a custom color gallery, as well as hair designs and treatments for high quality service. Each stylist experiences a nine-month training process, including hands on instruction at the Redken Exchange in New York. Located in Gulf Coast Town Center at 9908 Gulf Coast Main St. Suite 145C, they can be reached at (239) 481-1010 or

JetBlue Park at Fenway South earns distinguished LEED certification

A forward-thinking collaboration between Lee County and the Boston Red Sox is expected to save Lee County more than $100,000 each year - or more than $3 million over the life of the Red Sox lease agreement through the sustainable design of JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the team's new 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex that opened earlier this year.

On Oct. 1, JetBlue Park was LEED Certified. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The certification came as a result of decisions made early in the design process of the facility by the long-standing public-private partnership between Lee County and the Boston Red Sox to demonstrate leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and a focus on reducing operating costs.

Energy and water use played a key role in achieving LEED certification. JetBlue Park was designed to reduce life-cycle costs by reducing energy use by approximately 26 percent of that of a traditionally designed stadium. It is estimated this will save more than $83,000 in annual operating costs. With an estimated reduction in water use of approximately 1.7 million gallons per year compared to a similar traditionally designed building, Lee County expects to save nearly $18,000 annually in water/sewer costs. TLC Engineering for Architecture provided the engineering design, energy modeling and LEED support for the mechanical and electrical systems.

JetBlue Park held its grand opening celebration Feb. 25, 2012.

For more information on the U.S. Green Building Council, visit

Yoga for Autism and Yoga Therapy in Cape Coral

Yoga and Massage Studios of Cape Coral now offers specialized classes for children and adults in our community with Autism Spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome and for those who want a more specialized practice that can help address specific health issues referred to as "Yoga Therapy." The studio will be celebrating its third anniversary!

Everyone is welcome to the Open House Oct. 13, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., at Yoga and Massage Studio, 3046 Del Prado Blvd., S., Unit 2/B, Cape Coral.

Inga Balciuniene, owner of Yoga and Massage Studio in Cape Coral recently returned from KYM Yoga Institute in Chennai, India and has brought back with her invaluable information to share with her students, along with new ways to customize yoga practice that focus' more on the individual needs of her students.

For information, call 239-265-4367.

Kinetico Water Systems Recognizes Achievements

Kinetico Water Systems of SWFL has announced that territory manager and water specialist Jennifer Byrd has been awarded an associate member seat on the National Association of Home Builders. Her first board meeting assignment will be at the International Builder Show in Las Vegas in January.

Kinetico Water Systems of SWFL services residential and commercial water treatment markets from Bradenton to Marco Island through its headquarters in Bonita Springs, and its northern office in Venice.

Founded in 1970, Kinetico Inc. is the recognized world leader in water treatment systems. Kinetico's patented non-electric water treatment systems are distributed and installed nationwide and across more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information call (800) 795-8897 or visit



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