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February 1, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Shipley new president of Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English, P.A.

Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English, P.A., has announced the appointment of Brad Shipley as president.

Shipley, a certified public accountant, has been employed by WWRE since 2006 and a shareholder since 2015. A specialist in tax planning and preparation for both individuals and businesses, Shipley is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Estate Planning Council of Lee County and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019, WWRE is a full-service accounting firm that offers assistance to individuals and businesses in the areas of accounting, tax preparation, planning, payroll and other financial services.

Shipley, a Southwest Florida native and 1999 graduate of Bishop Verot Catholic High School, received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Richmond in 2003. Shipley lives in Fort Myers with his wife, Melissa, and two daughters, Madison and Peyton.

Established in 1989, Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English, P.A. offers a comprehensive range of business and personal accounting services, including auditing, estate and retirement planning, tax preparation, IRS representation, payroll services, business consulting and additional financial services. WWRE has offices in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs. For additional information, please visit or call 239-334-9191.

Southwest Florida employees earn Waste Pro's $5,000 'Helper Bonus'

With the start of the new year, Waste Pro is furthering its commitment to rewarding safety-minded employees. Two helpers in Waste Pro's Southwest Florida region have become the first recipients of the $5,000 Helper Safety Performance Bonus, a three-year performance bonus program launched in January 2016.

To receive the bonus, helpers must be employed full-time; go three years with no unscheduled absences, customer complaints, property or vehicle damage, rule violations or driver-caused breakdown; and must maintain a clean truck.

The first recipient of the award was Emanuel Edmondson, a helper in Waste Pro's Bradenton/Sarasota division.

In the Fort Myers division, helper Guins Menelus was named the second bonus recipient. A 12-year veteran of the division, he "has been a rock-steady member of our team," said Division Manager Bill Jones.

In addition to the new helper bonus, Waste Pro is the only private company in the United States that offers a $10,000 Safety Award to its drivers. Waste Pro has awarded more than $3.5 million to its drivers since beginning the award program in 2004.

Waste Pro USA, Inc. is one of the country's fastest growing privately-owned waste collection, recycling, processing, and disposal companies, operating in nine southeastern states. Waste Pro, with revenues exceeding $700 million, serves more than two million residential and 40,000 commercial customers from over 75 operating locations. Waste Pro is headquartered in Longwood, Florida, and maintains more than 265 exclusive municipal contracts and franchises.

Elvis tribute concert for charity

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Springwood Court Assisted Living Community will host a charity benefit concert starring world-renowned Elvis tribute artist David Morin. Held at the historic Cape Cabaret music venue, located at 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape, Coral, the event begins at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Ticket cost is $20 per person and can be purchased by calling Carol at Springwood Court 239-691-8713. Proceeds will support the mission of Lighthouse of SWFL.

Fans of all ages will enjoy an afternoon legacy and "sure to sell out" show celebrating Elvis. Performing about 22 shows per month, Morin has performed at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and wooed crowds in his custom-made costumes at numerous venues around the United States. Groups can make reservations with Carol at Springwood Court. Business card-size ads in the program are available for $350 and include 5 tickets to the event.

Springwood Court, an assisted living community in Fort Myers offers apartment-style living surrounded by landscaped courtyard and gardens, restaurant-style dining, life-enriching activities and social groups. The community provides personalized assistance and medication management from a caring attentive and trained staff.

Lighthouse of SWFL is a United Way partner agency serving individuals with blindness and vision impairment in Lee, Glades, and Hendry counties. The mission of the Lighthouse of SWFL is to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active, and productive in society. Lighthouse of SWFL, a nationally accredited agency, is funded by the Division of Blind Services, United Way, Lee County Government, and other private donors. For more information about Lighthouse of SWFL, visit

Manufacturing job fair set for Fort Myers, Naples

The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association, better known as the SRMA, will conduct a hiring event at a pair of CareerSource Southwest Florida offices on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Fort Myers location is at 4150 Ford St., Extension, and the other is in Naples at 3050 Horseshoe Drive, N., Building A, No. 110. There is no cost to participate for either businesses or applicants.

The new Center for Manufacturing Excellence at Immokalee Technical College is partnering with the SRMA to coordinate the event. The center is launching through a $3 million Florida Job Growth Fund grant awarded last year to Collier County Public Schools to expand manufacturing training.

Sponsorships and additional information are available by calling Bill Welch at 239-931-8282 or emailing him at

The SRMA conducts networking and educational events throughout the year to help manufacturers better connect with a skilled workforce. Visit to learn about membership and view a full calendar of events.

Visit for more information.

Stewart promoted to chief operating officer for Goodwill Industries

Doug Stewart was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, an affiliation that spans nearly six years, including his most recent role as vice president of finance.

In this senior executive management role, Stewart is responsible for leadership and direction of all core business operations, finance, accounting, information technology, business services, corporate risk management/insurance, real estate and other key functions of the non-profit organization.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida serves five counties in southwest Florida, employs more than 700 individuals, and operates 27 retail stores, to support its mission of helping people with disabilities or disadvantages become more independent.

Collectively, Stewart has more than 30 years of diverse industry experience. He received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (State of Pennsylvania).

For more information about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, visit

Mel's Diner Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon raises over $150,000

The 17th annual Mel's Diner Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon raised more than $150,000 on Jan. 11 in the Southwest Florida community, money that will fund lifesaving cancer treatments for children at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

The Radiothon, broadcast live by Cat Country 107.1 from Mel's Diner in Fort Myers, generates support for Barbara's Friends Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Fund. Barbara's Friends provides equipment, medical services, therapeutic activities and financial help through the Kimmie's Angels Family Assistance Program so parents can focus on helping their children get well.

Since its inception in 2003, the Lee Health Foundation has raised $2.7 million through the Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon.

Lee Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lee Health, has a host of upcoming fundraising opportunities and special events to support various causes, including the MarineMax Yacht Gala, Minnesota Twins Celebrity Golf Classic, Dinner on the Diamond at JetBlue Park and Boston Red Sox Celebrity Golf Classic. For more information, visit or call 239-343-6950.

Spiro & Associates names Gubelman senior art director

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture has welcomed Gail Gubelman back as a senior art director, designing top-tier brands on behalf of agency clients. This comes after taking a hiatus six years ago to pursue her own design studio out of Cape Coral, which is still serving select clients to this day.

A native of Singapore, Gubelman came to the United States at the age of 18, migrating to California to attend the University of San Francisco. After graduating from its Academy of Art College with a bachelor of fine arts degree in advertising design in 1995, she relocated to Fort Myers where she took industry-related jobs with the former Tweed Advertising and National Media Services.

Over the five years that followed, Gubelman worked as an Art Director, first for WCI Communities in Bonita Springs and next for the former AdWorks, Inc. in Naples. In 2007, she joined what was then Spiro & Waites Advertising, taking on the same position, before venturing out on her own with Gohman Design, a boutique shop serving companies from two-man operations to corporations under an organization title that combines her maiden and marriage names.

Spiro & Associates is one of Southwest Florida's largest marketing, advertising, public relations and brand architecture firms. The company serves local, regional and national clients in the fields of land development, construction, retail, residential and commercial real estate, law, marine, business, residential services and many more. Online at or call 239-481-5511.



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