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September 6, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Awakening Bliss A Salon & Wellness Center to hold expansion celebration

Awakening Bliss A Salon & Wellness Center will hold a special expansion celebration Saturday, Sept. 7, from 5-7:30 p.m., at 2708 Santa Barbara Blvd., suite 145-146, Cape Coral.

The event is a celebration of the expansion of the spa from 1,200 square feet to 2,500 square feet. In announcing the event, Brandon Reich, president of Awakening Bliss A Salon Inc., said the celebration will also recognize the contributions made to the company by one of its founders, Rick Turnery, who passed away March 5. After Turnery's passing, rather than closing the business' doors, management and the staff decided to push forward with the expansion plans.

In addition to the physical expansion, the business has also expanded its services, becoming more of a wellness center, with hairstyling, massage, facial procedures, makeup application, hypnosis, nails and more.

During the celebration, staff will conduct demonstrations of the services offered. Product representatives will also be on hand.

There will also be door prizes, gift bags for the first 25 people, light food and drink and entertainment.

Proceeds from the event, including an auction of Turnery's "iconic" red barber chair, will benefit Hope Hospice. The center will also be a collection point for Abuse Counseling and Treatment and the K&B shelter for cats

To contact Awakening Bliss A Salon & Wellness Center, phone 239-673-8274

Nocera-Newland wins 'Best in Show' at the FPPA convention

Cherilyn Nocera-Newland, professional photographer and owner of Nocera Photographic, won the prestigious "Best in Show" award in the portraits category at the 2013 Florida Professional Photographers Association (FPPA) Convention for her photograph, "Redneck Yacht Club."

At the convention, held in Orlando from August 17-21, this family portrait also won first place in the environmental portraits category, while her photograph, "Great Sand Dunes, Colorado" won first place in the abstract category.

Nocera-Newland, owner and operator of Nocera Photographic in Cape Coral, has been a professional photographer for over two decades. She is certified by the Professional Photographers of America and earned the prestigious Photographic Craftsman and Master of Photography degrees, which recognize her superior photographic quality and success in photographic competition, as well as her efforts in speaking and mentoring in photography. In addition to her Florida degrees of photographic excellence and education, she was also awarded the FPPA Florida Service Award. In 2012, she received the "Photographer of the Year" distinction from the PPA.

Nocera Photographic is a full service, in-house photographic studio specializing in family portraits, children and infant portraits, high school senior portraits, maternity photographs, and painted portraits. The studio offers consultations, session viewing, custom framing, custom invitations and announcements, and full retouching/manipulation capabilities.

The studio and gallery is a converted model home, located at 419 Santa Barbara Blvd. in Cape Coral, FL. For more information, visit

Kraft promoted at Scotland Yard Pest Control

Scotland Yard Pest Control has announced that Eric Kraft has been promoted to senior field technician. He was born in Paris, and raised since age 10 in Dade and Broward counties, Fla.

He started his career in pest control in 1985. He began in the pest control residential and lawn and ornamental division. After 5 years, He went to work for a commercial company servicing grocery stores, USDA plants, hospitals and schools. In 1998 he was state certified in both general household pest and termite control by the State of Florida.

He is a certified pest control operator and is certified in lawn and ornamental. He can be reached at 239-574-WEED

1,800 applications received during Alta Resources' two-day Career Fair

One of Southwest Florida's newest companies, Alta Resources, which provides customer-related outsourcing solutions for global brands, recently hosted a two-day career fair to fill more than 400 jobs at its Fort Myers location, Gateway Corridor at 12600 Gateway Blvd.

More than 1,000 applications were completed online and nearly 800 applied in person for positions which include customer service and inbound licensed sales (health insurance) and range from English to English-Spanish bilingual and from full to part-time, with seasonal and permanent opportunities available.

For those interested in licensed sales, Alta Resources is offering licensing and training reimbursement for qualified candidates. Future career fairs will be announced on Alta Resources' career events web page.

To learn more about career opportunities, visit, email or call 855-646-2582.

Wayne Wiles relocates

With more than 28 years of providing Southwest Florida homeowners and business owners with quality floor coverings, Wayne Wiles has moved to a 25,000-square-foot building at 16240 Tamiami Trail, South, in Fort Myers, with expanded inventory and service options. The new location includes a 14,000-square-foot showroom and design gallery, a warehouse, Lee County's only STAINMASTER flooring center, and the Wayne Wiles Community Room, which is available to groups needing meeting space.

The new location is just about a mile north of the company's former and original 4,000-square-foot showroom. The larger store gives the company more space to showcase additional items from its existing product lines, as well as to add products from more brands.

The approximately 2,700-square-foot design gallery is a new concept for Wayne Wiles. The company has partnered with a variety of local businesses that offer home services and decorative items that most customers would need for renovating or new home construction. Gallery customers can shop for countertops, cabinets, appliances, roof tile, custom closets, plumbing fixtures, custom window coverings, to name a few. Gallery partners include All About Closets, Cape Coral Plumbing, Design Studio by Raymond, Entegra Roof Tile and Perfect Fit Window Fashions & Design

Wayne Wiles offers a wide selection of the latest flooring products and window coverings from the most popular and well-known major manufacturers.

To learn more, call (239) 482-7600, or visit

Rice named Super Lawyer for eighth consecutive year

J. Jeffrey Rice, managing partner of the Southwest Florida law firm Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers magazine for the eighth consecutive year. Only 5 percent of Florida attorneys are named by Super Lawyers.

The Florida Super Lawyers list is a professional listing of attorneys from numerous areas of litigation who have been selected for their personal and professional achievements in the legal profession by their peers and independent evaluation.

Rice is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (Trial Practice - Commercial and Corporation). Certified in civil trial law, business litigation and construction law by The Florida Bar, Rice is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and admitted to practice in the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit and County Court Mediator.

Rice focuses his practice on commercial and construction law, construction lien cases and real estate closings. He has been named one of Florida's Super Lawyers every year since 2006.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., provides a full complement of legal services to clients for over 50 years in its Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte offices. Areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, wrongful death, wills and estates, real estate, insurance, guardianships and family law, social security disability, commercial and construction law, criminal law, bankruptcy and BP claims. For more information, visit, call **LAW (529) on a mobile phone, or 239-334-1146.

DVIC names Scoggins as regional director

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers, dedicated to helping disabled U.S. veterans by providing new opportunities for training and employment in the insurance industry, has announced the appointment of M. Christopher Scoggins as a regional director.

In 1996, Scoggins founded Chattanooga, Tenn.-based, Cornerstone Insurance Group, a full-service property and casualty agency which includes personal lines, commercial lines, professional liability and benefits employing 51 employees in seven offices. Prior to founding Cornerstone, he worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

Scoggins has served as past president of Professional Insurance Agents in the Chattanooga area and has served on agency council boards for several national insurance companies. Cornerstone Insurance Group is a member of PIA and Insurers of Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

The organization's operating board consists of retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James L. Dozier; Roger C. Mercado Jr., Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.; James R. Pender CPCU, CLU, ChFC, ARM, Oswald Trippe and Company, co-founder; Gary V. Trippe CIC, Oswald Trippe and Company, co-founder; retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gary L. Bryant, president and CEO; Kathy Pender, Kathy Pender M.A., L.P.C.C.; retired insurance agency executive Gay Trippe; and John M. Pollock, CIC, BB&T Insurance Services.

In addition to Scoggins, DVIC's regional directors include Bill Knepper, The Knepper Company Inc.; Kevin McPoyle, KMRD Partners Inc.; Josh Morgan, MarshBerry; Paul T. Murphy, Paul Murphy Insurance Agency; Walter Page, Semans Insurance Group; Chris Paradiso, Paradiso Insurance; Nick San Filippo, American Insurance Services Agency; and Steven J. White, retired insurance agency executive.

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers is a nonprofit organization with the mission to educate, train and generate meaningful employment opportunities for physically disabled veterans who will excel at proactively cross-selling personal lines insurance products on behalf of leading independent insurance agencies. For additional information, call 239-433-8523 or visit

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright adds two tax professionals

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. announces the addition of Tina McGrath, CPA, and Julio Barina, CPA as members of the firm's tax team.

McGrath is a a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a masters degree in taxation. She has over 17 years of experience in public accounting and is an active Rotarian.

Barina is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J., and has over 18 years of public accounting experience. Barina also serves on the advisory board for Dress for Success of Southwest Florida.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Fort Myers and Naples. They offer a wide range of services including individual and business tax planning and preparation, business consulting, technology management and support, audits and reviews, litigation, mediation, forensic accounting and elder services. For more information, visit



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