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August 31, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lee Building Industry Association and School District of Lee County to host Build My Future Lee County Oct. 24

The Lee Building Industry Association and School District of Lee County will host Build My Future Lee County Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Lee Civic Center. The career day trade show will help address the skilled workforce shortage within the building industry and all proceeds will aid in funding construction curriculum in Lee County Schools.

This career day trade show will feature companies from all aspects of the construction industry, from foundation to roof. Over 700 district students will get a hands-on introduction to various building trades. The Lee BIA is seeking construction companies and trade contractors to exhibit in and sponsor this event. Current participating sponsors of this event include, the Lee County Department of Community Development, Fallsafe Walls & Ceilings, Advance Solar & Energy, Argos RMX, B&I Contractors, MW Horticulture Recycling, Service Contracting Solutions, Grabber Construction Products and SeaBreeze Electric.

"Build My Future Lee County is so important to the future of our industry and the students of Lee County" said Phillip Ford, executive vice president of the Lee BIA. "Our goal is to ensure our students are aware of options other than college that make for great careers, all while addressing the workforce shortage in our industry."

Anyone that is interested in participating can find event information at or contact the Lee BIA at or call (239) 936-5525.

About Lee Building Industry Association

The Lee BIA, a not-for-profit organization representing Lee, Hendry and Glades counties, provides a voice for the building industry in the regulatory arena. The Lee BIA is chartered by the National Association of Home Builders and is an affiliate of the Florida Home Builders Association, giving members three memberships in one. It is comprised of over 380 companies involved in every aspect of building and creating a thriving community for a growing Southwest Florida. The mission of the Lee BIA is to promote, protect and preserve homeownership, private property rights and affordable housing by advocating for balanced laws, regulation and fees through member education and outreach. The Lee BIA is headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd., #4 in Fort Myers. For more information on membership and its various programs, please visit or call 239-936-5525.

Rife joins GATES Construction as senior estimator

GATES Construction has announced the addition of Tom Rife as senior estimator. Rife's responsibilities include comprehensive estimating, material take-offs and labor estimates as well as developing subcontractor scopes and bidding criteria. He collaborates with executive staff and the project team in all preconstruction services including sequencing, design review, constructability and life cycle analysis, value engineering, cost/budget analysis, and strategic planning for all aspects of the projects.

Rife has over 30 years of experience in estimating and project management along with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Florida Atlantic University. He will be based out of GATES Construction's headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Celebrating 25 years, GATES provides construction management, general contracting and design-build services. The company's portfolio of commercial, healthcare, multi-family, club and hospitality, institutional and special projects showcases numerous landmarks constructed over the past quarter of a century. GATES serves its clients from offices in Bonita Springs, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens, and operates throughout the Southeast United States and Latin America. For more information on GATES, please call 239-593-3777 or visit the website at

Cid joins CFS Roofing

Samm Cid has joined the CFS Roofing services team in the position of business development.

Cid will be working in the Lee and Collier county areas and brings with her nearly 20 year of experience in the roofing/construction industry working with both contractors and individual customers.

She will be based in our Naples office located at 269 Airport Pulling Road.

CFS Roofing is a full service commercial, residential and service/maintenance licensed and insured roofing contractor, serving all of Southwest Florida and clients throughout the state of Florida.

For more information, contact Tammy Hall at 239-561-2600.



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