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May 9, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Grand opening at

The Hair Color Experts May 14

The Hair Color Experts LLC has opened in Cape Coral at 3306 Del Prado Blvd., S., in Cape Coral. A grand opening will be held Wednesday, May 14.

Owned by Gary Benson, the hair salon will be open Monday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information, call 603-369-7203 or visit

Francioni senior vice president for The Smart Companies of Fort Myers

Joseph Francioni has been promoted to senior vice president for The Smart Companies in Fort Myers, announced company CEO Brian Rist. Francioni is responsible for helping to guide the continued success & growth of the corporation.

Francioni joined The Smart Companies last June as the company comptroller. Before joining The Smart Companies, Francioni owned and operated Innovative Printing and Signs in Cape Coral for five years before selling the company. The company earned numerous industry recognitions and community awards including Cape Coral Construction Industry Association's Affiliate of the Year Award.

Prior to that, he was chief financial officer and chief operations officer at C A Wunder Engineering Inc. in Cape Coral for 10 years. The structural engineering firm offered services from site planning and design to energy calculations for commercial and residential customers in Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties.

Francioni is a 21-year resident of Cape Coral, and is active in the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral and the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association. He is a member of the board of directors of those organizations and serves on several committees.

The Smart Companies offers products and services related to storm protection, home technology, energy efficiency and solar solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout Southwest Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Guam. The company's family of enterprises includes Storm Smart Building Systems, Storm Catcher and GoEnergySmart, all located at 11040 Plantation Road in Fort Myers.

For more information call (239) 938-1000. Online at

E$P at Dress for Success

SW Florida this Saturday

Barbara Dell, executive director of Dress for Success SW Florida, has announced that the Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (E$P) will be held for women who would like to start their own business. It is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday May 10, at Dress for Success, at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 152. Registration is required and seating is limited. There is no charge. Call Jen at 239-689-4992 or email for more information.

The mission of E$P is to provide women with information, resources and the tools needed to start a small business. E$P teaches basic business skills, reviews different business opportunities, develops a marketing plan and shares sources of information.

Central Bank Southwest Florida is a supporter and sponsor of the Entrepreneurial Spirit Program with a donation of $5,000.

The three-hour workshop to be held includes a presentation on Dress for Success and the Entrepreneurial Spirit as well as other need-to-know information for successfully starting your own business.

Joanne Show, vice president of Central Bank Southwest Florida, will present "Start-up of U," offering important information on the essential steps to starting a business. Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO and president of CONRIC PR & Marketing, will offer tips for developing a marketing strategy for your business in "How to Market Your Own Business."

As a follow-up to the E$P workshop, attendees will continue receiving ongoing mentoring and networking sessions provided by Dress for Success SW Florida.

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

For additional information email, call 239-689-4992 or visit

Pollo Tropical restaurant

opens today in Fort Myers

The newest Pollo Tropical restaurant will be opening in Fort Myers today, May 9, at 9321 B.C. Pratt Six Mile Cypress Parkway with an all-day beach party to celebrate the occasion. One lucky guest from the first 100 guests in line will be chosen to win Free Pollo Tropical for a Year! The new Pollo Tropical is Southwest Florida's fifth location for the Miami born Caribbean-inspired restaurant chain.

Surfing is also a spotlight of the party, as Pollo Tropical is bringing its surfing simulator for free surfing sessions, as well as a Surfing Media Challenge among local news personalities to benefit the Fort Myers Boys & Girls Club summer programs.

People are being urged to arrive as early as 9 a.m. to be among the first 100 guests in line for the restaurant's 10:30 a.m. opening. The drawing and winner announcement will take place at 11 a.m. Surfing on the surfing simulator, music and more begins at 9 a.m. and continues until the evening.

Pollo Tropical will serve customers seven days a week and open at 10:30 a.m.

For additional details, store locations or for a complete online menu, visit

Davidson celebrates

20 years with Mast Family Culligan in Fort Myers

Rick Davidson was recently recognized for his 20 years of sales and services with Mast Family Culligan in Fort Myers. With over 32 years in the water treatment interest, Davison has been an invaluable asset to the Mast organization, according to company officials.

Davidson concentrates on residential water treatment markets as well as light commercial projects. He recently lent his sales and service expertise to the Ritz Carlton in Naples. A resident of Naples, he is a trusted partner with several homebuilders in southwestern Florida and has been a recipient of a number of sales awards by Rosemont, Ill.-based Culligan International.

Mast Family Culligan owns and operates Culligan dealerships in Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa. It handles in residential, commercial and industrial applications as well as bottled water delivery.

For more information, visit or call 239-482-2213.

Larriva receives

CPA license

Veronica Larriva, a forensic accountant with McHale, Caruso, Scullion & Knox, Certified Public Accountants, has passed the American Institute of CPAs examination and met the requirements to become a licensed certified public accountant.

Larriva joined McHale, Caruso, Scullion & Knox in 2008. She is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and holds a Master of Science degree in accounting and taxation.

Her area of focus is in forensic accounting, fraud and litigation support.

Serving the Southwest Florida community since 1978, McHale, Caruso, Scullion & Knox consists of five partners and 20 professionals and paraprofessionals who service clients in the areas of accounting, tax, limited auditing, financial management, litigation support and asset management including trusteeships and receiverships. The firm also provides consulting, financial, tax, accounting and litigation support services in the areas of medical practice performance management, benchmarking, financial statement presentation, formation of group practices, mergers, acquisitions and buy-outs.

For more information, please visit or call 239-337-0808.

Fifth Third Bank collects 6,640 pounds of food

for Salvation Army

Over 949,910 South Florida residents do not have consistent access to vital nutrition and food each and every day. To help reduce this number, Fifth Third Bank (South Florida) recently partnered with The Salvation Army to collect non-perishable food items at financial centers in Lee County through the annual "Feeding our Communities" food drive.

Fifth Third Bank (South Florida) collected 6,640 pounds of food exceeding its goal of 5,300 pounds. The food collected throughout the drive equals 26,560 meals for families in seven counties.

"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. Fifth Third Bank (South Florida)'s partnership with The Salvation Army serves to address the effects of critical issues plaguing the state: hunger and homelessness.

Trank joins local law firm

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that attorney Mark Trank has joined the workers' compensation practice area. He represents insurance carriers, third party administrators, and employers in the defense of workers' compensation claims.

Trank has considerable experience representing government and private sector clients in numerous areas of litigation, including employment, government, constitutional law and private and public education law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Trank was a radio and television news reporter in Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is a full-service firm with over 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial and civil litigation, immigration law, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law.

For more information on Trank or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Attorney Russell named one

of the Top 40 Under 40

Benjamin Russell, a trial attorney at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, has been recognized as a member of the prestigious "Top 40 Under 40" organization. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 is a new professional organization comprised of America's top young trial attorneys. Its members consist of individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young trial lawyer.

Russell joined Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner as a trial attorney in March 2011. He, like the rest of the associates and Bruce L. Scheiner team, is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured in Southwest Florida. Prior to joining the firm, Benjamin was an assistant state attorney in Miami and has been admitted to practice law in all the state courts of Florida, Massachusetts, and Mississippi.

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, is a law firm dedicated to representing accident victims in personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Florida, including Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and Port Charlotte.

For information, call 239-939-2900.



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