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July 4, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral CPA honored

for longtime membership

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants recently honored its 30-, 40- and 50-year members at the organization's annual members meeting in Norman, Oklahoma. One Cape Coral, Florida, CPA was among those honored.

Sharrie L. Killion, CPA, retired, received a 30-year award certificate and a lapel pin. Killion was recognized for membership and for dedication to both the organization and to the accounting profession.

With more than 6,500 members in public practice, industry, government and education, the OSCPA is Oklahoma's only statewide professional association of CPAs. Visit for information about joining the OSCPA.

Griswold named chairman of FAB

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Fort Myers has announced that its regional market manager, Sherri Griswold, has been named chairman of The Florida Association of Broadcasters. Griswold is the fourth woman named chairman.

The FAB lobbies and focuses on Florida specific issues in broadcasting as well as supports the efforts of the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, D.C. As chairman, Griswold will lead the Executive Committee, which represents the board of directors.

Above Board Chamber

to present panel discussion

Above Board Chamber of Florida will present a panel discussion featuring Lee and Collier Counties' top HR professionals, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ,Thursday, July 10, at the Landings, 4540 S. Landings Drive, Fort Myers, and Monday, July 14, at the Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail North.

Hiring the right people is essential for the growth of a company. Bring questions to these events, set to take place at Above Board's monthly lunch meetings. Job seekers will also benefit from the insights of experienced professionals tasked with attracting and retaining top talent in a few of the organizations that have a major impact on our regional economy.

Panelists for the Fort Myers meeting will be Krista M. Memmelaar, senior director North America Recruitment with The Hertz Corporation; Kristy Rigot, assistant director of recruiting and retaining at Lee Memorial Health System?; Christine A. Christensen, M.A., director, Professional Standards & Equity for the School District of Lee County; and Christina Schwinn, partner at Pavese Law Firm.

Jane Rawson, a nationally certified senior professional in human resources, will emcee.

Registration is $28 for members, $32 friends. Non-profits can put up a free table, and members can put up a table for $25. Attendees must RSVP. To register, visit

The Above Board Chamber of Florida is dedicated to bringing people of faith together within the community, in the workplace and amongst one another. Their mission is to supply members with the tools that will allow them to take every aspect of their lives Above Board.

Swift named 'Designer of Distinction'

at Miromar Design Center

Interior designer Cathleen Swift, ASID, has been chosen as the July "Designer of Distinction" at the Miromar Design Center.

Swift is a Florida licensed interior designer who brings 35 years of experience to Benson & Associates Interior Design in Fort Myers. Swift, who works with the firm's Naples clients, is certified with the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, and specializes in luxury residential and commercial projects.

Each month, Miromar Design Center recognizes the talents, loyalty and support of interior design professionals based upon nominations from the center's 45 distinctive stores. Designers are honored in this year-round appreciation program for their professionalism, creativity and commitment to the showroom partners.

Taylor appointed to board

of directors at Encore Bank

Tom Ray, CEO of Encore Bank, has announced that Thomas M. Taylor has been appointed to the board of directors of Encore Bank.

Taylor is the CEO of Hole Montes Inc., a full service engineering firm with offices in Naples and Fort Myers. Under Taylor's direction, the company has provided civil engineering services to both the public and private sectors with customers including the city of Fort Myers, city of Cape Coral, Lee County, Collier County, the city of Naples, the city of Sanibel, the city of Bonita Springs, the city of Sarasota and Sarasota County.

Taylor has served in leadership roles in many organizations across Southwest Florida, including as a trustee for CREW Land & Water Trust, an Advisory Council Member for the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University and a trustee for the Greater Naples YMCA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Moorings Park Institute. The Greater Naples Chamber also honored him as the 2013 Public Policy Volunteer of the Year.

Encore Bank has six convenient locations, including two branches in Naples at 3003 Tamiami Trail North and 2370 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Bonita Springs at 4450 Bonita Beach Road, Fort Myers at 7920 Summerlin Lakes Dr., Port Charlotte at 2120 Kings Highway, and Sun City Center at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza.

For more information, call 2239-278-5505 in Fort Myers.

South Seas Island Resort

receives 2014 TripAdvisor

Certificate of Excellence

For the second consecutive year, South Seas Island Resort has been selected to receive the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Celebrating hospitality excellence, the award is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the travel website.

In celebration of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, South Seas is offering families a fourth night free with the Summer is Heating Up Promotion. Families also receive complimentary breakfast for kids ages 12 years and younger and a coupon book with over $250 in savings at the Resort outlets.

Captiva, the island on which South Seas is located, was just named the number two Happiest Seaside Town by Coastal Living Magazine in its annual roundup of the top 10 spots by the sea.

Ted Todd Insurance Agency

named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite

Ted Todd Insurance Agency has been named a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite through The American Heart Association for the second consecutive year. This achievement recognizes organizations that champion the health of their employees by working to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.

To promote health and wellness, the Ted Todd Insurance Agency promotes daily walking and exercise habits, offers employees healthy eating and meal preparation information and ideas, provides free bottled water and smoothie machines, offers healthy foods at business meetings, and participates in various outdoor and fun family sporting events.

Ted A. Todd formed Ted Todd Insurance Agency 28 years ago. It is now one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country, with seven locations and 50 insurance professionals located in Lee, Sarasota, Brevard and Palm Beach counties. Ted Todd Insurance Agency provides home, auto, renters, and boat insurance products to more than 30,000 customers in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Del Ray, Viera, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Palm Bay, and Boca Raton.

For additional information, visit or call 866-760-3999.

Racine joins Chico's FAS Inc.

Chico's FAS Inc. announces that Miki Racine Berardelli will be joining the company as president, digital commerce, chief marketing officer and executive vice president . Berardelli i joins Chicos FAS, Inc. from Tory Burch, where she held the position of chief marketing officer. Prior to that, she was senior vice president of marketing at Ralph Lauren.

Berardelli has been recognized as one of the "Top Women in Cross-Channel Retail" and as one of Brand Innovators "Top 50 Women Brand Marketers." She has also served on the board of, the digital division of the National Retail Federation, for the past seven years. Herbert Mines Associates, New York City, conducted the search for Ms. Berardelli.

Berardelli's responsibilities will include oversight of Chico's, White House Black Market, Soma and Boston Proper's e-commerce efforts, as well as customer analytics, digital marketing, social media, and strategic planning.

She will be based at the company's headquarters in Fort Myers

Chico's FAS Inc., through its brands - Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper, is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women's private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing items. As of May 3, 2014, the company operated 1,496 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Merchandise is also available at,,, and

Mosteller to chair national Healthcare Statistics Committee

Karen Mosteller, CPA, CHBC, a partner with Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A., has been appointed the chair of the Healthcare Statistics Committee with the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants. Mosteller is currently serving a three-year term on the board of directors and was awarded the Leonard Schwartz 2014 Go-Getter award for her contributions to the organization.

The NSCHBC is a national organization dedicated to serving the needs of consultants who provide ethical, confidential and professional advice to the healthcare industry. The mission of the society is to advance the profession of healthcare business consultants by setting standards for its members through education, certification and professional interaction. The organization also manages the Certified Healthcare Business Consultant (CHBC) credentialing process in which active NSCHBC members can earn the professional designation.

Mosteller is the business consulting, bookkeeping and technology partner with the firm. She is a certified public accountant and a certified healthcare business consultant. Mosteller works closely with physicians and administrators to provide management and operational solutions to assist practices in becoming more efficient and profitable.

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

For more information, visit

All Aboard Travel recruiting

'group leaders"' for cruise

vacations and land tours

All Aboard Travel, a Southwest Florida cruise and tour package agency, has announced it is now recruiting "group leaders" for future cruise vacations and land tours. Interested individuals are invited to an educational session at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 12300 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, Tuesday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m. Two of All Aboard Travel's group specialists will conduct an informal workshop to explain the duties of a cruise group leader and how organizations such as senior communities, churches, volunteer organizations, youth and sports groups, and clubs built around certain shared affinities and interests can benefit from traveling together. Attendees will also learn the many ways in which All Aboard Travel makes travel planning easy for groups.

During the group leader informational event, participants will learn about the benefits of being a cruise or tour group leader and about the advantages of traveling with a group.

To reserve a space at the event, call Mary Stephan, All Aboard Travel Group Specialist, at 800-741-1770, extension 7825. The event is free but space is limited. For more information about traveling as a group, contact All Aboard Travel at 866-329-8944 or Or, the agency can be visited in person at 12530 World Plaza Lane #1 in Fort Myers.

Fusion Welding in Fort Myers acquires new metalwork machines

Fusion Welding in Fort Myers has purchased two industrial machines that will enhance the company's metalworking capacity and job turnaround time, announced operations manager Darin Beaner. Earlier this year Fusion acquired another industrial machine, investing upwards of $500,000 collectively.

The first machine is a Baileigh Industrials Hydraulic Press Brake Model PPTK 135/30 capable of bending metals from 3/16-inch to 1-inch up to 10-foot-lengths. Prior to the purchase, Fusion technicians would cut metal and weld the pieces together to create a bend, or ship the piece to the east coast to a shop that had the capability.

The second machine is a Baileigh Industrials Sheet Metal Shear SH-12014 capable of cutting pieces from 20,000th of an inch to 1/8-inch in lengths up to 10 feet. This machine gives the shop the ability to create custom pieces from extremely thin metals, such as copper kitchen range hoods or stainless panels for use in both commercial kitchens and luxury homes.

Fusion Welding recently fabricated and installed 4,000 linear feet of aluminum powder-coated railings in just 75 days as part of the Hammond Stadium renovation project. The shop is now involved in Phase II of the baseball stadium's renovation work, as well as supplying metalwork for Naples Municipal Airport and the Department of Veterans Affairs Lee County Healthcare Center, among other projects.

What started out as a business to help customers with small welding projects has grown into a one-stop shop for any job of any size that requires metalwork. Fusion can take a project from conception to installation, fabricating and welding any commercial, industrial or residential job that involves aluminum, stainless steel, carbon steel and exotic metals.

Lisa Beaner, president, and her husband Darin Beaner, operations manager, launched the company at 15865 Brothers Court in Fort Myers in 2010. For more information, call 239-288-6530. or visit



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