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April 11, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Dr. Drass becomes certified

examiner of commercial drivers

Edward F. Drass, M.D., P.A., a local family physician, recently completed the required Department of Transportation training to become a certified examiner of commercial (trucks, buses, etc.) drivers. He is also one of the few FFA pilot examiners in Lee County.

Dr. Drass has been a family doctor in Cape Coral for 32 years. He was recently honored for his many years of dedicated service to the Ethics Committee at Cape Coral Hospital.

His office, at 530 S.E 16th Place, Suite B, Cape Coral, is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to noon.

For information, contact Rhonda Drass, office manager, at 239-574-2224.

Gulf Coast Tile & Grout Renewal open in Cape Coral

Gulf Coast Tile & Grout Renewal, a locally owned and operated business, services the tile and grout needs of Southwest Florida residents from Naples to Punta Gorda. The company specializes in grout cleaning, recoloring and sealing. Restoring and renewing tile and grout to make a home look like new, the company addresses all tile and grout needs from floors, showers and countertops to cracks, chips and broken tiles.

Gulf Coast Tile & Grout Renewal is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located at 1923 N.W. 28th Place in Cape Coral. The owner/office manager is Darleen Loef.

For more information, call 239-283-1079 or visit

Southwest Florida Yachts

adds 'Half Shell' to its fleet

Southwest Florida Yachts has added "Half Shell" an Island Packet 41 Motorsailer to its charter fleet based at Tarpon Point Marina.

"'Half Shell' brings the joy of sailing together with the comforts of a trawler in a motorsailer design," said Southwest Florida Yachts' co-owner Barb Hansen. "Her layout features a raised saloon in the doghouse, featuring an L-shaped dinette and two captain's chairs, master cabin with centerline queen berth, guest cabin with twin bunks, head and full galley."

Featuring a full keel for solid, comfortable cruising, this latest Southwest Florida Yachts Charter Fleet addition has a sloop rig with roller furling on the main and jib sails.

Winter rates through April 30 for chartering "Half Shell" are $3,694 per week. Summer charters are $2,956 weekly. Charterers this year qualify for Southwest Florida Yachts' 30-year anniversary "present" which for charters through April 30 of three-days or longer is one free day. Charters of three-days or longer through the summer season, which ends Dec. 14, enjoy two free days.

For more information, visit, email:, "like" us (Southwest Florida Yachts or Florida Sailing and Cruising School) on Facebook or call 239-257-2788 or 800-262-7939. The address is 6095 Silver King Boulevard, Cape Coral.

Warnecke named CPO commercial /

residential pool tech at Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard Pest Control Irrigation and Pool Service has announced that Greg Warnecke has been named CPO commercial/resisdential pool tech. He has over 18 years experience with pools maintenance and repairs.

A graduate of Auburn University with a business degree, Warnecke specializes in maintenance and repairs from pumps to motors. Contact him at 239-574-weed or visit

Valenti retires from IBERIABANK

IBERIABANK (, a 127-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has announced that after a 50-year career in banking, William "Bill" P. Valenti plans to retire.

"Bill joined our company through the acquisition of Florida Gulf Bank where he served as president and chief executive officer," said Jim Gburek, regional state president for IBERIABANK. "He has provided invaluable leadership in Lee County which is why we have asked him to continue to be a part of our team as Vice Chair of the Lee County Advisory Board."

David Gordley, who has served as market president for Collier County, will assume the role of market president for Southwest Florida overseeing both Collier and Lee Counties. Gordley has 25 years of experience in corporate, middle market and commercial real estate lending as well as treasury management services.

IBERIABANK Corporation is a financial holding company with 267 combined offices, including 172 bank branch offices and four Loan Production Offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, and Florida, 21 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana, mortgage representatives in 61 locations in 12 states, eight locations with representatives of IBERIA Wealth Advisors in four states, and one IBERIA Capital Partners, LLC office in New Orleans.

LMHS Foundation retains

NOISE Inc. as averting agency

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, the official fundraising arm of Lee Memorial Health System, has retained Sanibel-based NOISE Inc. as its advertising agency of record. The full service branding, marketing and advertising firm is tasked with implementation of a five-county multimedia advertising campaign to drive interest and donations used to build Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, first hospital facility in the region exclusively dedicated to provide quality health care of young people from infants through teens.

NOISE is an experienced advertising company based in Sanibel that specializes in health and wellness, retail, tourism, real estate and other premium consumer brands. An award-winning agency with more than 40 in-house advertising arts and sciences, NOISE builds marketing campaigns through market research, diverse expertise and creative execution to improve advertising and marketing return on investment.

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation raises philanthropic dollars on behalf of Lee Memorial Health System including Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital. Please call 239-985-3550 for more information about the role of philanthropy at Lee Memorial Health System.

Pflasterer joins Synovus Bank

Dominic A. DiMaio, president and chief executive officer of Synovus Bank of Florida, a division of Synovus Bank, announced that Sarah L. Pflasterer recently joined the division as senior vice president and senior commercial real estate banking manager.

Pflasterer brings more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry to her role at Synovus Bank with expertise in commercial real estate underwriting and portfolio management. She will oversee the division's commercial real estate business development and sales strategies for its west coast Florida footprint including Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties.

Synovus Bank of Florida, a division of Synovus Bank, together with other divisions of Synovus Bank, provides commercial and retail banking, as well as investment services, through 21 banking centers in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties. See Synovus Bank of Florida at

Synovus Bank is a Georgia?chartered, FDIC?insured bank. Synovus Bank, together with its affiliates, provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally branded divisions, 277 branches, and 363 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.

See Synovus Bank on the web at for more information.

Continuing education course

provided by Action Automatic Door & Gate, Cloplay Building Products

Action Automatic Door & Gate and garage door manufacturer and distributor Clopay Building Products of Ohio conducted a new two-hour continuing education course for architects titled Windloading Sectional Doors, announced George Ebel, founder and CEO of the Fort Myers-based company serving Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties.

Cloplay's Tampa-based account manager Randal Reeves conducted the complimentary lunch-and-learn seminar at Action Automatic's headquarters at 11360 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers. Architects who design commercial and residential projects in Southwest Florida learned about the latest changes in wind abatement codes, among other topics.

Action Automatic Door & Gate services residential and commercial clients with products including Clopay garage doors, LiftMaster door openers and gate systems, and LifeStyle Screens and Titan Screen for garage door openings, as well as parts for all brands. The company marks its 40th year in business March 27, 2014.

For more information, call (239) 768-3667. Online at

Winn-Dixie seeking employees

to fill a variety of positions

Winn-Dixie is seeking dynamic candidates looking for fresh opportunities to fill a variety of full and part-time positions in all Fort Myers area Winn-Dixie store locations.

Job seekers can apply at any Winn-Dixie location and/or at

Winn-Dixie is recruiting for all store positions including cashiers, baggers, deli, bakery, grocery, dairy, meat and seafood departments. With competitive salaries and great benefits, the grocer hopes to fill various openings in all Fort Myers area store locations.

Sink joins Leading Edge

Retirement Plan Advisors

Todd Sink has joined Fort Myers-based Leading Edge Retirement Plan Advisors, aligned with broker/dealer LPL Financial, as a retirement plan specialist for the Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa Bay markets. He is responsible for bringing new relationships to Leading Edge Retirement Plan Advisors. Sink has worked with a variety of companies of varying sizes and industries, assisting them in working towards successful retirement plans.

Before joining Leading Edge, Sink was a registered representative at Thompson Financial Group Inc. He also held positions of increasing responsibility at Vanguard, including brokerage associate and financial planner, wherein he provided professional counseling to clients with more than $250,000 in assets invested within the company.

After Vanguard, Todd joined Principal Financial Group where he served for more than six years as a senior employee benefit specialist.

Leading Edge Retirement Plan Advisors LLC specializes in assisting in the design and implementation of retirement plan programs for medium to large employers. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor.

The company is located at 12450 Brantley Commons Court. Fort Myers. Call (239) 433-4471. Online at

CDBIA to host job fair April 16, 17

The Charlotte Desoto Building Industry Association, with support from CareerSource of Southwest Florida, is sponsoring a construction job fair Wednesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday, April 17, from 1-6 p.m., at the CDBIA Office located at 17984 Toledo Blade Blvd. in Port Charlotte.

Employers include TitanZ Plumbing, Royalty Con-struction, Accurate Gas and Plumbing, Coastal Quality Services, Just Counters and Other Stuff, and Pipe Dream Plumbing. They are looking for plumbers, electricians, carpenters, landscapers, office assistants, gas installers and more.

For additional information and to fill out an application, come to CareerSource Southwest Florida, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, 1032 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, or call 941-235-5900, extensions 13229, 13227 or 13236. For additional information, visit

Founded in 1985, the CDBIA is a not-for-profit organization consisting of a group of individuals and firms who care about their community and who believe that home ownership should be within reach of every American. The group believse in the free enterprise system and that homes and all buildings in America should be well-designed, well-constructed and located in attractive communities where educational, recreational, religious and shopping facilities are available to all. The CDBIA is a professional organization of industry leaders who advocate, educate and support our members, customers and stakeholders while building in a great community.



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