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May 8, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Spirits earns top awards

Cape Coral's rum distillery Cape Spirits took home the top award in its category in the American Distilling Institute's taste-testing event in Denver, April 2. The distiller's Wicked Dolphin Artisan Rum won the silver medal in the Best White/Silver Rum Category in the 7th annual judging of artisan American spirits. One-hundred-forty distillers submitted 317 spirits for the blind taste-testing event.

Wicked Dolphin is distilled in Cape Coral using Florida-resourced ingredients.

A leader of women in American craft distilling, Cape Spirits owner JoAnn Elardo was a featured speaker during the institute's conference on the women in distilling panel where she shared wisdom on branding spirits.

Created with Florida-only ingredients, today Wicked Dolphin is available only in Florida.

Cape Spirits Inc. is located at 131 S.W. 3rd Place, Cape Coral. The brainchild of Cape Coral resident JoAnn Elardo, Cape Spirits has been producing Wicked Dolphin Artisan Rum since summer 2012. Born from a need to create a fine Florida product, this white rum is made completely from pure Florida ingredients molasses, sugar, water, yeast and aged oak barrels. In the future, amber and aged rums will be distilled as well. In addition to rum, Cape Spirits will offer products made with rum, including chocolates, barbecue sauce, rum sauce and rum cakes. Future plans also include an offering of other spirits, including a vodka made from Florida sugar cane. For more information call Cape Spirits at 239-242-5244.

Fifth Third Bank concludes 'Feeding our Communities' food drive

Fifth Third Bank (South Florida) recently concluded its "Feeding our Communities" food drive to benefit The Salvation Army. During the month of April, the bank collected 5,485 pounds of food which equals 15,358 meals to help feed the more than 810,000 South Florida residents with food insecurity, meaning they do not have consistent access to vital nutrition. Financial centers in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Palm Beach and Broward counties participated in the drive.

"Feeding our Communities" is a component of Fifth Third Day (May 3), an annual event when the bank celebrates its heritage by giving back to the community. The bank's South Florida affiliate's partnership with The Salvation Army serves to address the effects of critical issues plaguing the state: hunger and homelessness. This is the fourth year that this effort will benefit The Salvation Army and its partner food banks.

Belk celebrating 125th anniversary with 125 days of service

Belk is celebrating its 125th anniversary with 125 days of service dedicated to improving Title 1 schools in low-income communities.

Belk employees will paint classrooms, build bookcases, beautify school grounds, plant gardens, update playgrounds, install educational murals and more. Employees will also organize in-store book drives and offer school principals personal makeovers with up to $300 in donated merchandise, clothing and makeup.

Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, will help lead the effort.

The Belk store in Cape Coral participated in the 125 Days of Service initiative last Thursday, May 2, at J. Colin English Elementary School, 120 Pine Island Road, North Fort Myers.

Belk, Inc. is the nation's largest privately owned and operated department store company with more than 300 fashion department stores in 16 contiguous Southern states and sales totaling $3.5 billion in its past fiscal year. The company seeks to be the department store of choice in each community it serves by providing superior service and merchandise that meets customers' needs for fashion, value and quality. For more information, go to

Points of Light - the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service - mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We put people at the center of change. For more information, go to

Busey partners with food pantries

to help alleviate hunger

In an effort to alleviate hunger in communities throughout Southwest Florida and central Illinois, Busey teamed up with food pantries to stock their shelves through the Promise a Plate campaign. The Promise a Plate campaign lasted through April 30. In 2012, Promise a Plate donated 14,600 meals to those in need in the communities Busey serves.

"This campaign allows community members to not only donate food at any Busey branch, but our organization will also provide meals to pantries on their behalf through social media," said Amy Randolph, executive vice president of Growth Strategies at Busey. "With the help of local communities, we were able to donate 14,600 meals last year, and our goal is to provide even more in 2013."

Community Promise Week, which coincides with National Volunteer Week, encourages Busey associates and area citizens to be the positive impact in the community by serving the organizations that fuel their passion for helping others.

12th Comcast Cares Day held

Comcast employee volunteers helped "make change happen" on April 27. Approximately 70,000 Comcast employees across the nation volunteered as part of Comcast's 12th Comcast Cares Day.

In Fort Myers, Comcast partnered with Special Equestrians with the help of the United Way Volunteer Center. The group of approximately 100 volunteers, painted a horse barn, trimmed along the fence line of the grounds, painted a sensory trail for the riders and did gardening. The volunteer hours spent refurbishing facilities helps non-profit organizations like Special Equestrians save money for their core client serving activities.

Special Equestrians offers therapeutic horseback riding classes and equine assisted activities to help children and adults with disabilities in Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties. Therapeutic riding is designed to improve both mental and physical abilities. This improvement is accomplished with exercises that improve the riders' balance, stimulates and stretches muscles, flexes joints, and strengthens postural responses.

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.

Hamel-Jones recognized for 15 years of service, sales at Paychex

Paychex Inc. has announced that Laura Hamel-Jones, a Fort Myers senior sales consultant, has been recognized for 15 years of dedicated service to the company, as well as, reaching and quickly surpassing, a 2,000=client milestone. This places Hamel-Jones among the top five percent of producers who achieve this level within the company nationwide.

In her role at Paychex, Hamel-Jones primarily provides payroll solutions to small businesses with as few as one employee, as well as, large companies with hundreds of employees. She also assists clients with their retirement packages, health insurance, worker's compensation and general HR solutions. Her clients include local law and medical practices, restaurants, professional services, manufacturers, construction, banks and more.

For more information, please contact Laura Hamel-Jones at 239-470-7351 or Her office is located at 3860 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966.

Paychex, Inc. is a recognized leader in the payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing industry, with a steadfast commitment to success and a record of achievement that continues a tradition of delivering excellence. From those early days with just one employee, Paychex now has more than 12,000 employees serving more than half a million small- to medium-sized businesses nationwide. For more information visit

Grimaldi promoted at Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal

Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal has officially promoted Lynne Grimaldi to the position of vice president client services. Formerly the office manager, she's worked for the company for nearly 7 years.

In this role, Grimaldi will be a liaison for all customers working with the company. She will continue to oversee staff and business operations, but with a focus on customer service. This promotion was done strategically as part of internal professional development and the continual enhancement of the executive team.

In business in Southwest Florida for more than 25 years and employing more than 150 employees, Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal provides a variety of services to the community. Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal is certified by nearly every major roofing manufacturer in the nation, including GAF, Firestone, Dow Corning, Johns Manville, Koppers, Sarnafil and Fibertite. From metal to foam, shingle to tile, built-up or single ply, Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal actively provides new Construction, re-roofing, service and maintenance programs for builders, developers and residential customers throughout South Florida.

Busey partners with

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

In an effort to fight the leading cause of death among women, Busey is partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in southwest Florida and central Illinois. Think Pink, which runs May 10-24, 2013, is a social media initiative to assist the nonprofit to find a cure and eradicate breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, according to the American Cancer Society.

"Breast cancer touches everyone, not just the person diagnosed. Family, friends and co-workers all feel the effects of this life-threatening disease," says Ken O'Donnell, executive vice president and market president at Busey. "Busey is committed to fighting back against breast cancer. We encourage community members to Think Pink for lives lost and to show support for survivors."

Data from the National Cancer Institute shows a woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life. Through the Think Pink campaign, Busey is encouraging community members to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter and the organization will donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southwest Florida Affiliate in Bonita Springs and Memorial Affiliate in Peoria, Ill. With one click, a person can donate and join in the fight to end breast cancer.

To participate in the Think Pink social media initiative, visit or stop by any Busey location or call 1-800-67BUSEY.

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

to open in Fort Myers

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first wall-to-wall trampoline playing court, has announced its first Southwest Florida location is set to open later this year at 14181 South Tamiami Trail, just south of Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers.

The innovative brand's newest facility is looking to hire key management positions and is now accepting applications online. Sky Zone is seeking more than 75 enthusiastic and energetic applicants to join the Fort Myers team.

Working with local architect William Kyle Kitchens, Sky Zone Fort Myers will transform the former 30,000-square-foot Norris Furniture building with more than 15,000 square feet of trampolines, where kids, teens and adults can defy gravity.

Sky Zone offers activities fit for all ages and fitness levels including, 3-D Dodgeball; SkyRobics, a fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour; Open Jump, which provides a format for guests to freestyle their moves; and The Foam Zone, which gives jumpers a chance to air it out into a giant foam pit.

Sky Zone is perfect for birthday parties, corporate team-building events, and outings for churches, schools and camps.

For more information or to apply for position at Sky Zone Fort Myers, please visit

Seliger recognized for six years

of service to Voices for

Kids of Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida attorney Shawn Seliger was recognized April 19 at the Lee County Bar Association's April luncheon by Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida, a nonprofit agency supporting Florida's 20th Judicial Circuit's Guardian ad Litem program. Dr. Kathleen Davey and Darlene Grossman presented Seliger with a plaque in appreciation for six years of community service as a board member from 2006 - 2012, concluding as its President in 2012.

The Law Offices of Shawn Seliger is located at 9990 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, with branch offices in Fort Myers and Naples by appointment. Seliger is a member of The Florida Bar, Lee County Bar Association, and the Association of Family Law Professionals.

For more information, visit or call 239-333-0077.

McIntosh joins Spiro & Associates

Sean McIntosh has joined Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations in Fort Myers as a web and graphic designer, announced CEO Christopher T. Spiro. McIntosh is responsible for designing and writing code for websites and apps for clients, as well as creating visual concepts and participating in other creative processes for their marketing campaigns.

He was born in Wyoming and grew up in Arizona. In his mid-teen years, he made his way to Kentucky where he earned his first degree in youth and family ministry. This line of work proved to have a major impact in attracting Sean to the marketing and advertising industry. As his skills developed in marketing his ministry, his passion for design work increased. He soon made his way back to school to earn another degree in 2012, this time in Web Design and Development.

Spiro & Associates is one of Southwest Florida's largest marketing, advertising and public relations firms. The company serves local, regional and national clients in the fields of land development, construction, automotive, tourism, retail, real estate, law, business and residential services, the arts, government, medicine and property management. Online at or call (239) 481-5511.

FineMark National Bank

& Trust welcomes Cuevas

Jennifer Stevens, senior vice president and human resources director, has announced the addition of Barbara Cuevas as vice president and human resources generalist.

Cuevas has nearly 15 years of experience in Human Resources and spent the past 8 years in banking. Most recently Cuevas served as Regional HR Director for TIB/Capital Bank in Naples.

In addition to being FineMark's benefits expert, Cuevas' duties will include payroll, recruitment, onboarding and HR compliance. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from University of Florida.

FineMark National Bank & Trust offers a comprehensive array of banking, trust and investment services to clients interested in establishing long-term, high-touch relationships. FineMark is dedicated to providing a culture of service to clients and making a positive difference in the communities it serves.

Creel Tractor Company celebrates 40 years in business

A fixture at 3771 Palm Beach Blvd. in east Fort Myers, Creel Tractor Company is celebrating the completion of 40 successful years in business. Family-owned and operated since 1972, the company hosted an open house April 19 to highlight its line of agricultural, construction and residential landscape equipment from New Holland, Kubota, Mahindra and other top quality brands.

Creel Tractor Company expanded into the construction compact equipment market in 2003 with the introduction of rubber track loaders - machines specifically designed for digging and earth moving. Several years ago, the company began offering residential landscape equipment.

Mark Creel came into the family business in 1978, working alongside his father until Ray's death in 1991. Two years later Mark's wife, Beth, joined him in the office, and the family legacy continued when their son, Brian, came to work at Creel Tractor Company in 2005. Ten of the company's 17 employees have been with Creel Tractor for 10 years or longer.

For more information on the products and services offered by Creel Tractor Company, visit

Local Italian restaurant

earns statewide honor

Mastello Ristorante, located at 7890 Summerlin Lakes Drive, has earned a statewide honor for safety and cleanliness. It is one of only eight food service establishments in Florida recognized during the most recent inspections conducted by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants, for having no safety or sanitation violations within the past year.

The Division of Hotels and Restaurants routinely inspects public food service establishments two to three times per year. As of March 1, 2013, there were more than 37,000 licensed seated food service establishments in the state of Florida.

Mastello Ristorante is open Monday through Saturday from 4:3010 p.m., and Sunday from 4:309 p.m. For more information, call 239-936-3660 or visit

Murphy joins Leading Edge Benefit Advisors

Kimberly "Kim" Murphy has joined Leading Edge Benefit Advisors as an account manager, announced Kerri Sisson, director of marketing for parent company Leading Edge Companies. Murphy is responsible for cultivating and maintaining employer-client relationships, as well as group insurance product research and development.

Murphy has 17 years of experience in sales, customer service, health insurance and related positions with health insurance general agencies in Southwest Florida, working with all the major health and ancillary carriers in the industry.

Leading Edge Benefit Advisors specializes in providing and managing employee benefits for clients across a wide range of industries.

The company is located at 12450 Brantley Commons Court, Fort Myers.

Visit for more information, or call (239) 433-4471.



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