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July 7, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Experience Real Estate Group earns top ranking

As of Monday, July 3, a Cape Coral real estate company broke into the top 50 closed sales in Lee and Collier counties. Led by broker AJ Ackerman, Experience Real Estate Group is now ranked 50th out of hundreds of real estate companies, according to the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association.

This accomplishment comes 9 months after the agency's one-year anniversary at which time it ranked in the top 16 percent in real estate sales in Lee and Collier counties.

"When Brad (co-creator Peska) and I co-created this company in November of 2014, our goal was to help other entrepreneurs not only become successful in real estate, but also live their dream lifestyles," said Ackerman. "We decided then, that if we can help an entrepreneur to live a better life, our job was completeeven if he or she decides to part ways with us."

In less than two years, Experience Real Estate Group has grown from a small agency with 7 entrepreneurs to 48. The most recent Realtors to join the team are Gustavo Corella, Gerardo Carrizo, Sheera Cook, Kristen Fox Furbay, Debbie Fox, Michael Allen Kase and Brent Glass.

Experience Real Estate Group is at 900 S.W. Pine Island Road, suite 107, Cape Coral. For more information, call 239-800-9498 or visit

Thomas joins Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has announced that Brandy Thomas has become an affiliated sales associate with the company's Cape Coral office.

Formerly with Florida Future Realty, Thomas specializes in residential property sales.

Thomas may be reached at 239-443-6642, or

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a leading full-service residential real estate brokerage company with more than 85 offices and 5,000 sales associates serving the communities of Central Florida, Flagler, Brevard, Palm Beach, Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida, Tampa Bay and the Panhandle. Worldwide, the Coldwell Banker network includes 3,000 offices with nearly 85,000 sales associates. Every day, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate properties are exposed to 16 million buyers on more than 725 high-traffic websites. For more information or to view local listings, visit To learn more about a career in real estate or affiliating with Coldwell Banker, visit Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a subsidiary of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company.

Lee County Community Development issues June permit report

During June, contractors pulled 171 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at about $32.1 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 126 permits issued in May 2017 and 116 issued in June 2016, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.

Also during June, 10 multi-family units valued at about $1.1 million were permitted, compared to 157 units in May 2017 and 93 units in June 2016.

General commercial activity was valued at about $63.4 million for 16 permits, compared to about $8.5 million in May 2017 and about $22.3 million in June 2016.

Lee County Community Development issued 4,747 permits of all kinds in June.

Lee County Community Development oversees planning, zoning, development and building services, environmental review, building inspection, and code enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Lee County.

To learn more about the department and its services, visit

Progressive Builders changes name, updates website

Progressive Design Build, formerly Progressive Builders, an award-winning design/build remodeling firm in Southwest Florida, has changed the name of its business to better reflect its expertise - where he design/build team works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services.

In addition to the name change, it has launched a new website, reimagined to demonstrate the firm's near 30-year history of remodeling excellence and award-winning residential design.

The name "Progressive Design Build" better represents the core capabilities of the company, according to company officials.

"We are in the midst of a major, exciting transformation," owner and president Mike Spreckelmeier said. "We have spent nearly 30 years building a reputation as a trusted, high-end design/build firm attracting some of Florida's most reliable carpenters, project managers and designers. Our new identity, name and website will help us market ourselves uniquely, while also allowing us to celebrate what we have become."

The new website offers more detailed examples and real results of home remodeling projects from start to finish. The site offers a comprehensive overview of the company's design build process and the services it offers, accompanied by a photo gallery. The collection of projects and photography allows site visitors to see Progressive's range of projects.

The rebrand also coincides with the company's exciting move to a new 2,200-square-foot facility in Bonita Springs that will debut a state-of-the-art showroom featuring the latest in kitchen cabinetry and bath design-to be completed by year's end.

Headquartered in Fort Myers, Progressive Builders specializes in whole house remodels, exterior renovations, room additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels, as well as outdoor kitchens or outdoor living spaces. For more information,

B & I sponsoring apprenticeship programs

B & I, a subcontracting and building services firm based in Fort Myers, participates in the sponsorship of local trade apprenticeship programs for their employees in pipefitting, plumbing, sheet metal, electrical and HVAC.

B & I provides financial and instructional support for apprenticeship programs with the Tri-County Apprenticeship Academy, including participant's sponsorship into the program by a Participating Employer. These employers are responsible to retain the employee (apprentice) in their employment and train the apprentice in their selected trade by providing on-the-job training. The participant must complete the four year program which involves completing the following: 144 hours of classroom-related instruction per school year, 8,000 hours of on-the-job training sponsored by participating contractor and pass all module exams and lab assessments

The Tri-County Ap-prenticeship Academy is made up of six apprentice trades: electrical, plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning), pipe fitters, sheet metal and fire sprinklers. Each program is 4 years in length. Each of the programs provides apprentices the opportunity to earn a completion certificate from The Florida Department of Education and The National Center for the Construction Education and Research for all four levels of training. This, in turn, will allow the apprentices to sit for their "Journeymen's Exam" in any of the five counties that TCAA servers. The apprenticeship program is a great opportunity for adults to have a flexible learn-while-you-earn experience. This allows the apprentice to work full-time during the day and attend 3-hour classes five nights a month. Apprenticeship is a win-win, for both the companies that invest in their employees and the apprentices that want to open doors that will further their career goals.

For over 57 years, B & I has provided installation, service and maintenance of HVAC, refrigeration, electrical and plumbing systems for commercial, industrial and institutional clients in Florida. B & I corporate offices are at 2701 Prince St., in Fort Myers. B & I also has offices in Tamarac, Sarasota and Tampa. To learn more, call 239-332-4646 or visit

Beattie Development to opens model home center with'American Pride' benefit for local veterans

Award-winning homebuilder Beattie Development will launch the grand opening of its new Cape Coral model home center with an "American Pride" patriotic party and fundraiser for area veterans. Local residents and business professionals are invited to don their most patriotic apparel and visit the center, 1815 Cape Coral Parkway West, from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, July 13.

Visitors are asked to bring canned foods and dry goods to help stock Community Cooperative Ministries food bank. CCMI services hungry veterans and their families in Cape Coral using a mobile food truck. Countywide, the nonprofit agency provides more than 16,000 meals each month through the mobile truck, Community Cafs, its Community Market and Meals on Wheels. It also offers homeless and comprehensive case management services.

The "American Pride" open house also will host members of the Invest in America's Veterans Foundation, who will attend the party to recruit individual and business sponsors for the city's annual Veteran's Day parade in November. The Cape Coral organization is a group of veterans and other volunteers who help local veterans in need with counseling and job placement assistance.

Beattie Development is an active and ongoing supporter of veterans. Last fall, the builder rehabilitated Cape Coral's beloved "Tribute to a Soldier" statue in the military memorial area at Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. Founder and president Paul Beattie's grandfather served on a Naval tank landing ship during the invasion of Normandy and barely escaped the battle alive. The father of Beattie's lead carpenter, Jim Schneider, was a Korean War Marine veteran who helped raise the money to renovate the city's famed Iwo Jima statue in the 1980s.

The event will include appetizers and beverages and give residents a chance to tour the new model center and learn about Beattie custom homes and the company's new line of affordable homes, which start at $149,900. Beattie Development also offers complete home remodeling services.

Parking for the event is immediately adjacent to the model home center on the west side.

About Beattie Development

Beattie Development is an award-winning custom homebuilder and the parent corporation for Beattie Remodeling, Creative Cabinet Solutions of Southwest Florida, RRB Homes and Beattie Realty Team. Beattie Development specializes in building affordable, custom and luxury homes, offering all aspects of the project from home design and permits to final decorating under one roof. Beattie Remodeling specializes in complete home renovations, updates to kitchens and baths, and home additions. Creative Cabinet Solutions provides customers with superb design and construction for kitchen, bath, closet and home storage solutions. Beattie Realty Team provides full-service real estate and property management. Beattie Development is a member of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, and the recipient of the 2013 Lee BIA Parade of Homes Superior Home Award, the 2015 BIA Superior Home Award for its Essence Model, and the 2015 Big50 REMODELING Award. The Beattie Development design center is located at 1213 Cape Coral Parkway East, Cape Coral FL 33904. The cabinet company, headquarters and real estate office are at 857 SE 47th St., Cape Coral FL 33904. For more information about the company, call 239-257-3295, email or visit



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