Gates appointed MetLife Senior Financial Planner
Danielle Gates, with the D. Gates Wealth Management Firm, an office of MetLife, has recently been appointed as a Senior Financial Planner with MetLife Securities Inc. Senior Financial Planners are recognized as exceeding the highest level of professionalism and client service within the MetLife retail distribution channel.
Gates has worked extensively in the Cape Coral area and has been providing comprehensive financial planning strategies and solutions to clients for 15 years. She provides holistic advice to clients in areas such as cash flow analysis, debt management, risk management, investments, retirement, and business & estate planning.
The firm is located at 1227 Del Prado Blvd, Unit 201, Cape Coral; (239) 424-8305; www.dgates.metlife.com
Fafco Solar completes solar panel project
Fafco Solar recently completed a solar panel project for the largest, private "Green Energy" powered company in Bonita Springs, Patriot Stor-All.
Patriot Stor-All, formerly known as K-9 Storage, is a warehouse complex located adjacent to the Bonita Springs greyhound racetrack. The property has undergone a number of changes to improve its energy efficiency, the most recent being Fafco Solar's installation of 313 solar panels. Patriot Stor-All plans to have all conversions completed later this month, so that it can "flip the switch" to green energy.
The Patriot Stor-All solar panel installation project was completed by Fafco Solar in late February, and is currently undergoing system testing.
For more information about the Patriot Store-All project, for information about solar energy incentives or for more details about Fafco's services and products, contact Dominick Zito at Fafco. Visit www.FafcoSolar.com or call (239) 574-1500.
Area Hooters raising funds for Salvation Army
Three area Hooters locations are taking on an aggressive challenge to raise $120,000 in only 3 months for The Salvation Army. The objective is to help meet the Salvation Army's fund-raising goal. Hooters of Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach and Cape Coral will match the community's donations, dollar-for-dollar up to $40,000, in an effort to reach this goal by June 17, 2013.
Hooters will donate $1 from every kid's meal sold mpw through June 17 to the program, and match the funds raised. In addition, the company will host various fund-raising events and invites the Lee County community to help support the cause.
LTP Management is a Hooters franchisee and operates 17 locations in south Florida. Hooters is well-known for its brand of food and fun, featuring a casual beach-theme atmosphere, a menu that features seafood, sandwiches and Hooters nearly, world famous chicken wings, and service provided by the All-American cheerleaders, the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit www.Hooters-SouthFlorida.com or follow us at www.twitter.com/HootersFlorida or www.Facebook.com/southfloridahooters
& Products to print deli paper for 5 Borough Bistro
Custom Packaging & Products has been hired to print custom deli paper for 5 Borough Bistro, one of Google's two New York cafs. The restaurant attracts over a thousand Google employees and is also open to the general public.
Custom Packaging & Products can now count Google among its other big-name customers like Facebook, the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Food Network, and sports teams like the Florida Gators.
Custom Packaging & Products Inc. is a food packaging manufacturer and a family business that was started in 1977 by John Van Horn Sr. and now run by his son Ryan Van Horn. With over 32 years in the paper business, Custom Packaging & Products is the only manufacturer of short runs of custom-printed food service papers in the United States.
For more information call (888) 878-0423 or visit www.custompackagingandproducts.com/.
Salon Vibe hiring,
plans spring opening
Salon Vibe, owned by Samantha Raso, is seeking highly skilled, enthusiastic, positive licensed cosmetologists for the first Salon Vibe location at Del Prado Mall in Cape Coral. Four positions are available. Cosmetologists are offered a chair and work space to serve your personal growing clientele for a weekly rental of only $75/week for the first year. Stylists must provide their own liability insurance coverage.
Those interested are urged to call Raso at 239-834-9364 to set up an interview. Bring a portfolio of your work, and a resume or proof of credentials.
Salon Vibe is at Del Prado Mall, 1404 Del Prado Blvd., S,, Suite 135. It will open for business this spring, pending the acquisition of four qualified cosmetologists.
Durand named Five
Star Wealth Manager
Frank Durand, CFP, of Durand & Gallentine Investment Management Group, an independent advisory practice associated with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, has been named a 2013 Five Star Wealth Manager. This award is given by Five Star Professional and reflects Durand's hard work and dedication in his industry.
Five Star Professional, in its eighth year as a program, conducts market-specific research throughout the U.S. and Canada to identify service
professionals who provide quality service to their clients. Less than seven percent of wealth management professionals in Southwest Florida receive this award.
Durand & Gallentine Investment Management Group, an independent advisory practice associated with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, serves individuals and businesses in all areas of investment planning.
Durand & Gallentine Investment Management Group is at 5249 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Suite 200, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-277-1793 or visit www.DurandGallentine.com.
professional certification and membership
Pavese Law Firm has announced that paralegal Dana M. Saracione, CP, has successfully completed the certified paralegal examination and became a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants Inc. NALA is a non-profit organization, representing over 18,000 paralegals, who are individual members or members of NALA affiliated associations.
Prior to joining Pavese Law Firm, Saracione was a litigation paralegal with the Lee County Attorney's Office where she worked on personal injury cases, eminent domain and workers' compensation cases on behalf of Lee County. Prior to that, she was a legal secretary at another local law firm.
Pavese Law Firm (paveselaw.com) is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. 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.
Author to participate in Local Author Celebration Day at Barnes & Noble
Travis D. Waters, author of "The Westcoast Kid," will participate in a book signing event featuring local authors at Barnes & Noble booksellers in Fort Myers, April 6, from 1- 2:30 p.m.
Waters' memoir shares insights about his experiences in the world of drug smuggling for Pablo Escobar's cartel, his time in prison and his eventual release and rehabilitation. His inspiring story serves to encourage young adults to follow the right path and to fulfill their dreams. Waters will be available to answer questions and sign copies of his book.
Published by Mascot Books, "The Westcoast Kid" has been added to libraries in high schools, treatment centers, youth groups juvenile centers and crime prevention programs throughout the U.S. and is available at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, amazon.com, MascotBooks.com and TheWestcoastKid.com.
Anderson and Tripp join Myers, Brettholtz & Co.
Owen Anderson and Chad Tripp have joined Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants.
Andersen relocated to Fort Myers from Northwest Iowa in 2007 after graduating from Iowa State University. He has six years of public accounting experience and will serve as a staff accountant for the firm.
Tripp received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been working in the public accounting industry since 2001 with experience in both tax and audit in the fields of for-profit accounting, homeowners associations and nonprofits.
Tripp is a licensed CPA in Virginia and plans to be licensed in Florida in the near future. He joins the firm as senior assurance manager.
Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA is the outgrowth of a regional CPA firm first established in Miami in 1953 and the Fort Myers branch opened in 1979.
For more information, visit www.mbcopa.com or call 239-939-5775.
partner in law firm
The law firm of Goede, Adamczyk & DeBoest, PLLC, has announced that attorney Steven J. Adamczyk has been named partner in the practice. Adamczyk has practiced law at Goede, Adamczyk & DeBoest, PLLC, as well as its legacy firm, Goede & Adamczyk, PLLC since their inception. He oversees the firm's estate planning and probate practice.
Adamczyk also focuses in the areas of real estate, corporate, and community association law.