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July 17, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cre8 Salon & Spa owner receives Arrojo Razor-Craft certification

Marcy Sagorac, the founder and owner of Cre8 Salon & Spa in Cape Coral, is one of the first 14 stylists in the country to earn the prestigious Arrojo Razor-Craft certification for advanced razor skills, awarded to her in New York City by renown stylist and trainer Nick Arrojo.

Sagorac will have her name listed on the Arrojo Academy home page as one of the country's finest razor technique specialists. Her picture is also featured on the page, in a group shot with the other certified stylists who graduated with Sagorac from a weeklong advanced razor seminar on June 20.

Sagorac and several other stylists at Cre8 have been training with Arrojo at his New York City academy since 2009. Arrojo will visit the salon July 7th and 8th of this year to teach the entire team classic cut and razor techniques. As an Arrojo Ambassador salon, Cre8 is one of only three salons in Florida to partner with Arrojo and carry the Arrojo product line.

Established in 2006, Cre8 Salon & Spa is a full-service salon and day spa. It is one of only three Florida salons carrying the Nick Arrojo hair care product line, classifying it as an Arrojo Ambassador Salon, and owner Marcy Sagorac is Arrojo Razor-Craft Certified.

Cre8 is located at 814 SW Pine Island Road, #202, in Cape Coral, in the Fountain Shops on Pine Island Road and Skyline Boulevard. For more information call 239-458-2704 or visit

Ribbon cutting held at Crawford law office

On June 18, the Lee County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Law Office of James A. Crawford, a civil litigation and business law firm located at 1705 Colonial Boulevard, Unit C-4, Fort Myers. Approximately 60 community members celebrated the grand opening by touring the firm offices and learning more about the legal services offered by the firm.

James A. Crawford II, Esq., founder of the firm bearing his name, explained, "Our firm is committed to providing outstanding legal representation to both individuals and businesses. In response to the needs of the people of Southwest Florida I was determined to open a firm that can both serve the people and improve access to the legal system."

The boutique business law firm founded in February 2013 by Crawford. He has extensive experience in successfully representing clients in civil matters including family law, foreclosure defense, contract disputes, drafting wills, and assisting in corporate start ups. He is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Kentucky, as well as in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.

For information, call 239-333-2034 or visit Contact

Hersch named to 2013 Florida Super Lawyers list

Attorney Craig R. Hersch, a partner in the law firm of Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A. was selected for the 2013 Florida Super Lawyers listing for the fifth consecutive year in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate, as well as Tax. He is a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney in Wills, Trusts, and Estates and is a licensed Florida CPA.

The annual "Super Lawyers" listing is a consumer ratings service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas conducted annually by Thomson Reuters and published in Law & Politics magazine listing the top five percent of attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Hersch was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1989 and practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, and asset protection strategies.

Founded in 1924, Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A. is located at 9100 College Pointe Court, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information, call (239) 334-1141 or

BB&T-Oswald Trippe serves up sand volleyball court at Salvation Army

On June 8, a new and improved sand volleyball court was dedicated at The Salvation Army's Family Services location on Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. The inaugural game, The Salvation Army Crossroads versus BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company went to five games with the BB&T-OTC team as the champions.

BB&T-OTC donated the new recreational amenity in conjunction with BB&T's Lighthouse Project. The volleyball restructuring project included digging out the unused existing site, installing a perimeter barrier, adding eight tons of new sand and new poles, nets and balls.

Assisting BB&T-OTC on the project were Gulfcoast Consulting Group as the general contractor, subcontractor MAJ Contracting and Allied Trucking delivered the sand.

Also included in The Salvation Army Lighthouse Project was the preparation of 120 hygiene kits. Each kit, prepared by BB&T-OTC volunteers, provided a selection of hygiene products including a bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shaving cream and sunscreen. The kits were distributed to the homeless currently residing in Salvation Army shelters.

BB&T associates have donated more than 200,000 hours in volunteer service and affected the lives of more than six million people as part of the BB&T Lighthouse Project, since its inception in 2009. Associates overwhelmingly voted to bring back the initiative this year.

For more information about the Lighthouse Project,

Alta Resources to expand into Fort Myers

Alta Resources, which provides customer-related outsourcing solutions for global brands and Fortune 100 companies, has announced that it is expanding its operations to include a site in Fort Myers.

The Florida expansion will include the hiring of more than 400 employees, with recruitment starting immediately. Included are full- and part-time, year-round and seasonal positions in English-only and bilingual English-Spanish customer service, inbound sales and leadership roles. With its headquarters and fulfillment center in Wisconsin, Alta Resources also has offices in California and the Philippines.

Alta Resources' new office will be located in the Gateway Corridor at 12600 Gateway Blvd. The 63,275-square-foot building formerly housed Gartner Inc.

Hiring plans are currently underway, including upcoming job fairs and events. For additional information and available positions, visit

Formed in 1995, privately held Alta Resources is a leading provider of customer business-process outsourcing (BPO) for many of the world's best-known brands in a variety of industries, including health care/health insurance, consumer-packaged goods (CPG) and entertainment.

Pavese Law Firm partners recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Pavese Law Firm partners Katherine R. English, Diane L. Jensen, Neale E. Montgomery, Irene Kennedy Quincey, William T. Haverfield II, Eric D. Molina and Christopher J. Shields are recognized in the 2013 edition of Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elit. The list of 1,228 honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys.

Actively practicing Florida attorneys were asked to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard as professionals lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. Florida Bar President Eugene K. Pettis notes, "In an ever crowded profession, it's even more important to the public and the profession to identify exceptional attorneys; Florida Legal Elite is a great resource for this task."

The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed at

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.

Southwest Florida International Airport reports May traffic

During May, 576,713 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 8.4 percent compared to May 2012. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 6.7 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in May was Delta with 136,108 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were AirTran (98,303), JetBlue (67,385), Southwest (60,907) and US Airways (56,449).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 6,191 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), an increase of 9.6 percent compared to May 2012. Page Field saw 6,949 movements, a 1.6 percent decrease from May 2012. In addition, more than 2.5 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in May 2013, a decrease of 11.9 percent compared to May 2012.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.3 million passengers in 2012 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction.

For more information, log onto

Frontier announces new nonstop service from Fort Myers to Wilmington

The Lee County Port Authority has announced that Frontier Airlines will begin new nonstop service between Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Wilmington/Philadelphia New Castle Airport in Wilmington, Del. (ILG) on Saturday, Nov. 16. This is the first time nonstop service will be offered between Fort Myers and Wilmington. Twice-weekly flights will operate on an Airbus A320.

A full schedule of Frontier's flights to Fort Myers can be found at For ticket information or to book a flight, call 1-800-432-1359 or visit

For more information about Southwest Florida International Airport, log onto

CareFree Homewatch earns accredited member status with National Home Watch Association

CareFree Homewatch SWFL LLC, of Cape Coral has attained accredited member status in the National Home Watch Association.

Owner and manager Veronika Elakman moved with her family from Germany to Florida in 1999. She has been engaged in real estate for many years; she is a licensed Realtor in the state of Florida for the last seven, experienced in property management, property maintenance, business administration, rentals and sales. She is also fluent in English and German.

Partner Ron Rice has lived in the Fort Myers area for 44 years and has worked in the Florida construction industry since 1976. He is a certified plumbing contractor, currently studying to obtain a state-certified home inspection license. With his experience in construction, business management and soon his certification as a licensed Home Inspector, he is a valuable consultant and future associate of CareFree.

CareFree Homewatch SWFL serves Lee and Collier Counties and can be reached at (239) 424-6300. Email Roni at You can visit CareFree's web page at

Massie named NFL Registered Financial Advisor

Charles A. Massie has been approved as one of just over 200 National Football League Registered Financial Advisors in the country. The process included a comprehensive application which required years of past work history, proof of all investment licensing, background check, biography, and references.

Massie is the only CPA/CFP on the list. The combination may prove invaluable - not only can Chuck offer investment advice but he is also knowledgeable with regard to the tax consequences of various investment vehicles and strategies.

At this time, Massie is already working with an NFL player & traveled to NY to speak with another NFL Agent to discuss working with additional players.

For more information, please contact Barbara Reilly at Massie & Reilly CPAs, PLLC at (239) 768-2171, by e-mail at or visit



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