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July 14, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Iron Ridge purchases Zehner & Associates property, casualty business

Norman Lutz, CPCU, vice president has announced that Iron Ridge Insurance Services has purchased the property and casualty insurance business of Zehner & Associates, LLC.

The purchase encompasses approximately 500 clients.

Established in 2011, Iron Ridge Insurance is an independent agency that provides consultative personal and commercial insurance programs. Its personal insurance division serves individuals and families with comprehensive solutions for home, auto, liability and life insurance. Its commercial division serves a wide range of businesses with a particular focus on health care and life sciences, architects and engineers, contractors and religious institutions.

Iron Ridge Insurance is located at 4971 Royal Gulf Circle in Fort Myers.

For more information, call 239-208-8091 or visit

Fundraiser and cookout at Veterans Foundation

Brad Jessen, a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments, will sponsor a fundraiser and cookout Friday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Invest in America's Veterans Foundation at 4820 Leonard St., in South Cape.

The cost is $9 per plate at the door and proceeds will benefit the IAVF.

For information, call 239-541-8704 or 239-283-2582.

Jessen's Edward Jones office is at 12016 Matlacha Blvd., suite C, in Matlacha Isles. He can be contacted at 239-283-2582.

Eurowings to begin service from Germany to RSW in May

The Lee County Port Authority announced last week that Eurowings will begin service to Fort Myers in May 2018. Eurowings will start twice weekly nonstop service from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) to Munich Airport (MUC) and a weekly flight to Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) on May 1 and May 4, 2018, respectively. Flights will operate on an Airbus A330 with 310 seats.

"We are extremely pleased with the announcement that Eurowings will begin service to Fort Myers this May, offering Southwest Florida International Airport customers' nonstop service to Munich and Cologne/Bonn," said Jeff Mulder, A.A.E., executive director of the Lee County Port Authority. "These flights will strengthen the bridge between Germany and Southwest Florida. Travelers from Fort Myers will now be able to reach two extremely popular destinations in Germany more conveniently, as well as take advantage of connecting flights throughout Europe. We also look forward to welcoming more European visitors to experience the natural beauty of Southwest Florida."

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Lee Health ranks in top 6 percent of America's 500 Best Employers

Lee Health is included among some of the world's most recognizable organizations, including Costco, Google, Mayo Clinic and Facebook, as part of Forbes magazine's "America's Best Employers 2017" list. Lee Health ranked 29 out of 500 large companies across the country, and is the eighth highest ranked health care provider and the second highest ranked organization in Florida.

According to the magazine, the rankings are the results of online surveys gathered from 30,000 U.S. employees, 84 percent of whom are employed full-time. The direct score, which determines a company's placement and title as a top employer, is derived from the question, "How likely are you to recommend your employer on a scale of 0 to 10?"

"We are very proud to be included among such prestigious, world-renowned companies," says Jon Cecil, Lee Health Chief Human Resources Officer. "Mea-suring the likelihood to recommend Lee Health as a good place to work is something that we include in our annual Employee Engagement Survey. We have seen steady increases in that area on the annual survey, and this national recognition further solidifies that we are creating the right, positive environment for our employees."

To see the full list of "America's Best Employers," go to

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Formerly known as Lee Memorial Health System, the organization began its second century of service with a new name in 2016. Learn more at

Eaton and Wafapoor named among nation's top doctors in ophthalmology

Drs. Alexander Eaton and Hussein Wafapoor have been recognized among the nation's top doctors in ophthalmology by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. This prestigious "Top Doctors" ranking identifies the nation's leading 1 percent of physicians in their field after physicians submit nominations, which are reviewed by Castle Connolly's independent doctor-led research team.

Eaton, a founder and director of Retina Health Center, is board certified in ophthalmology and an authority on the treatment of macular degeneration, diabetes and other macular problems. He has regularly been appointed as principle investigator for numerous clinical research studies surrounding these conditions.

Also a widely published author, one of his most well known literary works is "See Again! Reversing and Preventing Macular Degeneration."

A Duke University alum, Eaton has a longstanding tie to his alma mater. It was there he earned his medical degree, then completed his retinal training, while serving as chief resident, and now has a faculty appointment with the same institution. Dr. Eaton has been practicing ophthalmology in Southwest Florida since 1993.

Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Wafapoor specializes in the treatment of retinal disorders including macular degeneration. After earning his medical degree at the University of Catolica De Cordoba in Argentina, Wafapoor completed an initial residency in Argentina. Then he completed a second ophthalmology residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where he also served as assistant professor in the vitreoretinal service from 2002 to 2006. His retinal training was completed at the Louisiana State University Eye Center.

About Retina Health Center

Retina Health Center and the Macular Degeneration Research Center were established in 2002 by Dr. Eaton. For more information on the latest studies or to make an appointment, call 239-337-3337 in Fort Myers, 239-793-5200 in Naples, or visit

Lee County Economic Development Office offers government contracting event

Learn more about the opportunities available in contracting with the local, state and federal governments at the second annual Southwest Florida Government Contracting Symposium and Expo organized by the Lee County Economic Development Office and the Small Business Development Center.

The free event is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 27, in Building U at the campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers.

This event is designed to help interested business leaders gain insight into the government market, identify resources and get started in marketing their business to various governmental entities.

More than 20 exhibitors will be available for networking to discover possible government subcontracting opportunities. In addition, presentations and panel discussions on various topics will be held throughout the event.

To register, call Lee County Economic Development at 533-6800 or email Tiffany Grint at

For exhibitor information, contact Antranette Forbes at

The Lee County Economic Develop-ment Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and to attract new businesses, so that Lee County has a strong economy, thriving communities, and broadly shared prosperity. For more information, visit

Lucht earns RICP designation

Danielle Lucht, financial advisor with Alliance Financial Group, has earned the American College's Retirement Planning Designation.

Created by top retirement planning experts, the RICP designation teaches advisors the latest ideas in transitioning from asset accumulation to creating a sustainable livelihood for clients in retirement.

The American College of Financial Services is the premier educational institution dedicated to the development of financial services professionals.

Graduates and designees of The American College of Financial Services have studied, passed rigorous exams and proven that they not only have the technical knowledge to serve their clients but have sworn to practice ethically and in the best interest of the people they serve. Holders of the RICP designation are required to complete ongoing continuing education and participate in the Professional Recertification Program.

Originally from Washington, D.C., Lucht has lived in Fort Myers since 2002, joining Alliance Financial in 2004..

As a financial representative, she specializes in designing and implementing retirement strategies for her clients.



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