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Business Briefs 8-16

August 16, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Nominees sought for Business Ethics Award

There's still time to send in nominations for the annual Business Ethics Award of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. They are being accepted until Sept. 1. The award will be presented in recognition of the critical importance of ethical leadership in today's businesses and organizations during the Uncommon Evening event on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens, Fort Myers.

The award will be presented to a Southwest Florida business that exemplifies a high standard of ethical behavior. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. The online nomination form and detailed submission guidelines are available at

Finalists will be announced after the close of nominations and will be honored guests at the annual FGCU Business Ethics Roundtable on Wednesday, Oct. 30, jointly hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University's Lutgert School of Business and the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders, as it inspires future leaders toward excellence of character, a spirit of innovation, and a sense of purpose.

Additional information about the business ethics award and the foundation may be obtained by calling 239-337-9503 or visiting

Conditioned Air to build new operations center in Fort Myers

Conditioned Air has announced plans to build a 52,710-square-foot operations center in the Fort Myers area to accommodate the air-conditioning contracting and service firm's current and future growth throughout Southwest Florida.

The building will be located at the intersection of Jetport Loop and Global Park-way in the Southwest International Com-merce Park just across from the Southwest Florida International Airport and will provide easy access to Interstate 75. The building will encompass approximately 10,800 square feet of office space, 31,110 square feet of warehouse space, and 10,800 square feet of mezzanine for storage and future expansion.

The building will be Conditioned Air's central hub for the growing Lee and Charlotte county markets and provide operational support for its Naples headquarters and Sarasota branches. It also will serve as the company's main training facility with a fully functional training lab for hands on continuous education and onboarding of entry level technicians.

The new operations center will replace an existing smaller facility nearby on Jetport Loop. Permitting is currently underway on the location. It is anticipated that ground will be broken on the site in October with completion and occupancy scheduled for July 2020.

Conditioned Air, headquartered in Naples, had been searching more than two years for the right location to meet its needs due to continuous growth and strategic plan of the company. The company currently has 185 employees in Collier County, 124 employees in Lee County and 61 employees in Sarasota County with plans to double in size in the next five to seven years. A majority of that growth will be in Lee and Sarasota counties.

Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit

Pavese Law Firm attorneys named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America list

Pavese Law Firm partners William T. Haverfield II, Christopher J. Shields, Steven C. Hartsell, Neale Montgomery and Frank A. Pavese Jr. were selected by peers for inclusion in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Haverfield was selected in the practice area of Family Law, Shields was selected in the practice area of Real Estate Law, Hartsell was selected in the practice area of Land Use and Zoning Law, Montgomery was recognized in the practice area of Land Use and Zoning Law, and Pavese was recognized in the practice area of Real Estate Law.

Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, Haverfield focuses on complex marital litigation including business valuations and real estate appraisal issues related to dissolution of marriage. He joined Pavese Law Firm in 1969 and served as managing partner from 1990 until 2011.

Shields is Florida Bar Board Certified in both Real Estate Law and Condominium and Planned Development Law. His primary area of focus is residential and commercial condominium, cooperative and homeowners' association law, and provides legal counsel to developers, builders, community associations and lenders throughout Southwest Florida. He joined Pavese Law Firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1990.

Hartsell is Florida Bar Board Certified in Condomini-um and Planned Development Law. He concentrates his practice in zoning, land use and development law as well as local government administrative law matters, representing clients before city and county commissions, councils and boards in hearings throughout Southwest Flori-da. Hartsell joined Pavese Law Firm in 1986 and became a partner in the firm in 1990.

Montgomery's practice areas are land use, local government, environmental, water and real estate law. She is involved with real estate development and permitting issues at the local, regional, state and federal level. She joined Pavese Law Firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1991.

In addition to Real Estate Law, Pavese concentrates his practice in most aspects of civil litigation, with emphasis on construction matters, business and family disputes. He joined Pavese Law Firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1991.

First published in 1983, selection for Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than three million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country.

For more information, visit

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau welcomes new communications specialist

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau has welcomed Annie Banion to the administration team as its new communications specialist.

Her role will include assisting in the promotion of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel as a visitor destination in media outlets, both domestically and internationally.

Banion's duties will also include providing administrative, technical and analytical support, as well as assisting with journalists' visits and media inquiries.

She joins the VCB with experience in communication, public relations and member services. Most recently, Banion served as membership and communications director for the Lee Building Industry Association where she created, implemented and managed association member services and communication.

Prior to her position at the Lee BIA, she began her professional career in hospitality by serving in several roles at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village.

Banion is an Ohio native, but has lived in Lee County for more than 14 years. She earned her bachelor's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in management.

The VCB is located at 2201 Second St., Suite 600, Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-338-3500.



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