Members in the News

IberiaBank will present Veterans Affairs (VA) accredited attorney Daniel Burzynski, who will help local veterans better understand the many benefits available to them for serving our country. Deborah Lux will also join the presentation to talk about Collier County Honor Flight, an organization that was created to help transport America’s war veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials that are dedicated to honor their sacrifices. The event is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on April 5 at the Marco Island Branch of IberiaBank at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. The event will begin with a welcome reception at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Call (239) 393-2400 to make a reservation. Admission is $3 per person.

Neal Communities (NealCommunities.com) recently introduced two new floor plans at Daniels Place a master-planned community in Fort Myers with 85 single-family homes. Homes start from the high $200,000s, and the residents of Daniels Place are not required to pay Community Development District fees and lawn maintenance is included. For more information, visit the sales center at 8251 Wildlife Preserve Lane in Fort Myers or call (239) 220-1743.

GATES has completed Northside Medical Plaza, a second-phase medical office building located at 1879 Veterans Park Drive in Naples. The 25,000 square foot, two-story building is a replica of medical plaza one, which GATES completed in 2010. Associates in Architecture provided the architectural design services.

Synergy- Custom Technology Solutions is pleased to announce Karl Fry, as a partner and Chief Operating Officer. Karl, former co-owner of Blue Kangaroo Inc, offers over 13 years of experience in the custom audio, video, and automation industry in Southwest Florida. His expertise in creating streamline processes will be a tremendous asset to this award winning and a rapidly growing company with its headquarters in Naples, FL.

The law firm of Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A. (wpl-legal.com) celebrated its 45th anniversary at a gala event held last month at Clive Daniel Home in Naples. Founded in 1971, Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A. is Collier County’s oldest law firm, and now has 10 attorneys with offices in Marco Island and Naples.

DeAngelis Diamond was named to the University of Florida’s 2017 Gator100 during a ceremony Feb. 10 at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.Sponsored by the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni. Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years to generate the ranking. DeAngelis Diamond was ranked 72 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.15%.

iStar has announced a two-month sales surge of nearly 40 homes at Naples Reserve, its 668-acre South Naples community of attached villas, single-family homes and custom estate homes nestled amongst 22 freshwater lakes.“Such a vigorous sales pace not only demonstrates the desirability of Naples Reserve’s lakefront lifestyle, but it also speaks to its builders’ strength in attracting today’s homebuyers with distinctive designs and quality construction,” said Don Mears, vice president/land and development with iStar.

Fiddler’s Creek announces that Stock Signature Homes is offering 50 new residences in the exclusive gated village of Marsh Cove. Stock’s Marsh Cove homes include seven single-family custom estate floor plans, featuring three and four bedrooms plus study and ranging from 2,812 to over 3,600 square feet of air-conditioned living space. The homes feature three-car garages and multiple outdoor living areas overlooking lakes and the verdant fairways of the award-winning Arthur Hills-designed Creek Course.

Synergy- Custom Technology Solutions is pleased to announce Karl Fry, as a partner and Chief Operating Officer. Karl, former co-owner of Blue Kangaroo Inc, offers over 13 years of experience in the custom audio, video, and automation industry in Southwest Florida. His expertise in creating streamline processes will be a tremendous asset to this award winning and a rapidly growing company with its headquarters in Naples, FL. As COO, Karl will be working with the tech teams to create smoother processes from commencement of a job through final execution. Karl’s unique background includes software, management consulting, sales, international management, and business development. He personally holds a Florida state limited energy license, is Savant Level 1 certified, and is both a Crestron Level II and Lutron Homeworks Advanced programmer. He understands the technical architecture as well as the desired customer experience in luxury homes. Founders Aaron Howell and Jeremy Rearden will become Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, respectively.

DeAngelis Diamond, was awarded general contractor and has started construction for Thrive at Naples, a $31 million, 189,000 square foot senior living community. Thrive at Naples features 198-units with advanced pneumatic fitness equipment, keyless entry doors, large touchscreen controls and social events including movie matinees and rooftop happy hours. It will present “Technology with Purpose,” technology designed to engage, protect and empower residents, staff and family members. Fortress Venture is the owner of Thrive at Naples.

GATES Construction has started construction on a new Silverspot Cinema at Met Square in Downtown Miami. The 4-floor luxury theater will feature 17 screens plus a 2-story atrium and mechanical mezzanine. Construction will take place from the ground through the 7th floor of an actively constructed 43-story high rise. This cinema will be a movie goer’s dream complete with lush leather seats, two concession areas, lounge and bar areas, a full service Kitchen with fine dining menu, plus a private theater with an exclusive bar.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that George C. Schmelzle has satisfied the educational requirements of the American Institute For Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters to earn the AIC designation. George is the President and Sales Department Manager. Mr. Schmelzle has worked at IRMS for 28 years and has 31 years of experience in the insurance industry.

ReFinish with Restore is the second installment in the “Do More with ReStore” series of free DIY (do-it-yourself) events hosted by professional designers to demonstrate how to reuse and repurpose home furnishings and building materials. On Tuesday, February 28 at 11 am, Nicholas McCarty of McCarty Design will teach attendees how to refinish their kitchen cabinets, counters and more at Habitat for Humanity of Collier County’s ReStore Home Improvement Center, located at 5430 Yahl Street.

Recently, U.S. News & World Report released its list of the best nursing homes in the country. Among those making the list was The Chateau at Moorings Park (www.mooringspark.org), a 106-bed facility, which scored 5 out of 5 stars. More than 15,000 nursing homes across the country were evaluated for the ranking. Of those, just slightly more than 2,000 made the list by scoring between 4 to 5 stars. The Chateau at Moorings Park was the only facility in Collier County to score a perfect 5, according to a news release.

Naples Reserve  held an official ribbon-cutting with The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce for its $7 million Island Club, created by award-winning developer iStar. The Island Club features the 5,160-square-foot clubhouse and adjacent 3,500-square-foot fitness center, along with indoor and alfresco gathering areas, including the fireside grand hall and Latitudes Cafe, wraparound porches, an open-air tiki hut, and sunny and shaded spots around the resort-style pool and on the beach.

GATES Construction has expanded its Florida presence with the opening of its newest office in Sarasota. Located at 2 North Tamiami Trail, Suite 204, the new office will allow the firm to better serve the Southwest and Central Florida areas. Headquartered in Bonita Springs, GATES Construction has been constructing landmark projects throughout Florida for 24 years. As a full service general contracting firm providing construction management and design-build services, GATES brings a diversified project portfolio with expertise in commercial, hospitality, institutional, industrial and multi-family construction projects. GATES also operates in North Carolina and the Republic of Panama.

BUILD is pleased to announce that Norm Gentry has joined the team as Vice President. Norm has over 26 years of experience in the commercial construction industry and has managed over $50 million dollars of construction projects. He has held a general contractor’s license since 2010 and is a certified LEED Accredited Professional. As Vice President/Project Manager, Gentry will provide team leadership throughout the pre-construction and construction phases from inception through warranty. Norm will take a leadership role in managing the client relationship and project resources. Gentry is a member of Collier Country Development Services Advisory Council and the Collier Building Industry Association. We are excited to welcome Norm Gentry to the [BUILD] family.

Minto Communities recently received two prestigious awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the 2017 International Builders Show held in Orlando on January 10th – 11th. Minto received two NAHB silver awards — a Nationals Award and a Best in American Living Award — for Best Clubhouse and Community Facility, respectively, for The Isles Club at The Isles of Collier Preserve.

GATES Construction has completed phase one of a new children’s healthcare facility, Golisano | Nicklaus Children’s Health Center, located at 3361 Pine Ridge Road, Building 200, in Naples. The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital have formed a new clinical affiliation focused on providing the best health care for children in Southwest Florida. The two story, 29,282 square foot outpatient center includes a pediatric urgent care, pediatric specialists including oncology, pulmonology, cardiology, orthopedics and autism spectrum disorders and other specialties, pediatric rehabilitation services, lab draw station, as well as an on-site pharmacy. Rehab services will incorporate fun and innovative elements such as indoor play structures, swings, and a rock climbing wall to encourage children’s participation in therapy. Design services were provided by Burt Hill/Pollock Kreig Architects, Inc. Phase two, a Pediatric Orthopedics practice, is scheduled to be completed late spring 2017.

Clive Daniel Designer Model Home Tour, Thursday, February 2nd, 9am-5pm. Opportunity to visit 16 stunning model homes created by the area’s foremost builders and developers. Free-tour Passport available: In-store at Clive Daniel Home, Online at wwww.clivedaniel.com and in each tour home. For each home stamp, CDH will make a donation to the Pan Florida Challenge, www.panfloridachallenge.org.

Habitat for Humanity Collier County’s Director of Store Operations, Mara Foley, today announced “Do More with ReStore,” a series of DIY (do-it-yourself) events hosted by professional designers which will demonstrate how to reuse and repurpose home furnishings and building materials.he first event, entitled ReDesign with ReStore, will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 11 am at the Home Furnishings ReStore located at 11127 Tamiami Trail East in Naples. Presented by Michele Roark, decorating consultant and designer featured on HGTV‘s ‘Decorating Cents’ and ‘Our Place,” the event will feature tips, tricks and techniques for refreshing the look of your home simply by rearranging the pieces you already own. Ms. Roark has been redesigning and staging homes for 20 years and previously wrote a monthly column for Chesapeake Publishing’s Home and Shore Home and Garden magazines. She is the past Vice Director and founding member of the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists.

Pulte Homes is celebrating the opening of its professionally decorated Summerwood model home at Bridgetown, the single-family home community located off Treeline Avenue between Daniels Parkway and Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. The Summerwood home design, a versatile one-story plan with from 1,861 to 3,077 square feet of living area, offers two to five bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. The model showcases, two bedrooms, plus a den, two full bathrooms and designer features including a zero-corner sliding glass door, impact windows, stainless steel appliances, quartz kitchen countertops, tile floors throughout and a custom pool.

BUILD has been awarded Collier County Business of the Month for January 2017. The Business of the Month is an award that is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in creating a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.

Construction on the Charleston, a custom estate model by luxury homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes, has reached the 50 percent completion mark reports DCH president Michael Diamond. The model is available in Quail West Golf & Country Club, unfurnished, and priced at $3.695 million. Offering 5,641 square feet of living space and 8,525 total square feet, the Charleston model combines a modern appeal with classic architectural beauty. The residence is a one-story, four bedroom, four full and two one-half bath home featuring open living spaces for entertaining or relaxing with family.

Encore Bank (encorebank.com) announced that Janis Vargas has joined as senior vice president, commercial and small business administration lending, at its Fort Myers branch. Vargas brings more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, especially in lending in the U.S. and South America. She is a business administrator with a post-graduate degree in marketing from Universidad Externado de Colombia and a business credit training certification from a Fortune 500 Bank.

Pulte Home Corporation purchased a 105.65-acre vacant land tract from Chico’s Retail Services Inc. for $17.05 million. The tract is located on the southwest corner of Alico Road and Three Oaks Parkway in Fort Myers. Pulte is planning to develop a residential community on the land. The buyer was represented by CEO Randy Thibaut and broker associate Douglas Meschko, of Land Solutions Inc. (landsolutions.net).


2016

AQUA at Pelican Isle announced that contracts for the 32 residences and penthouses at the boutique marina front high-rise condominium are 70% complete.
The 11-story AQUA Tower II will feature three levels of palatial penthouses located adjacent to the Pelican Isle Yacht Club at Wiggins Pass in North Naples. AQUA’s expansive custom residences, priced from over $1.9 million to over $2.495 million, range between 3,900 to over 4,100 square feet with three bedrooms, three and a half baths and either a living/family room or living/family room plus den.

Florida based architectural design company opens up their pre-designed house plan library to those whose homes have been damaged by the fires in Tennessee. Weber has been monitoring the story and wanted to help in the biggest way they can. Weber Design Group has plans that range from 800 to 18,000 square feet. Those who have lost their homes may choose any plan from www.weberdesigngroup.com, give Weber Design Group a call and then will receive their new home plans.

GATES has begun construction on City Gate Self Storage, located at I-75 and Collier Boulevard in the City Gate Commerce Center of Naples, FL. The 2-story, 131,234 SF storage building will be constructed of structural steel, concrete and glass. The building will house approximately 1,000 climate controlled storage units. The building is slated to be completed by late summer 2017.

Naples Reserve’s lakefront clubhouse and its outdoor amenities are now open. Award-winning developer iStar announced the completion of the Island Club, designed as the heart of the 688-acre lakefront community with indoor and alfresco gathering areas, including the fireside grand hall and Latitudes Cafe, wraparound porches, an open-air tiki hut, and sunny and shaded spots around the resort-style pool and on the beach.Construction of the club’s beach volleyball and bocce ball courts is also complete. The Island Club features two buildings: the main clubhouse and an adjacent fitness center. Its architecture conveys a Key West ambience with aqua blue-painted shake and HardiePlank lap siding, white trim and louvered shutters, dormers and metal roofs.

Miromar Development announced the appointment of Erin Dougherty as general manager of the Miromar Lakes Beach Club. Dougherty will oversee operations for the beach clubhouse, Blue Water Beach Grill, spa and fitness center, resort-style pool and tennis club, as well as food and beverage, marine services, concierge services, property maintenance and privacy services. A graduate of Arizona State University, Dougherty has more than 25 years of experience in private club management

BUILD has recently completed construction of the 10,000 square foot clubhouse at LaMorada. This gorgeous British West Indies inspired clubhouse features a grand lobby, culinary arts center, theater, and a fitness center that includes an aerobics studio and massage room. Outdoor amenities include tennis courts, pickle ball courts, bocce courts, a resort-style pool and spa, and a bar area that offers a spacious gathering area for socializing. There is something for everyone at this beautiful WCI community located off of Immokalee Road in Naples.

Naples Reserve hosted an evening gathering of more than 300 Southwest Florida Realtors to tour the community’s lakefront Island Club and outdoor amenities. The $7 million Island Club, created by award-winning developer iStar, features the main clubhouse and an adjacent fitness center, along with indoor and alfresco gathering areas, including the fireside grand hall and Latitudes Cafe, wraparound porches, an open-air tiki hut, and sunny and shaded spots around the resort-style pool and on the beach.

Seagate Development, completed 5,524-square-foot Oakmont grand estate model was named recipient of the Collier Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) 2016 Sand Dollar Award for Product Design of the Year in its price category as well as two 2016 Aurora Awards. Priced at $4.7 million with furnishings, the Oakmont showcases a transitional architectural design by RG Designs. The design features a covered porch with columns leading to an interior entry sequence encased in floor-to-ceiling glass. The plan includes an additional 2,931 square feet of outdoor spaces under roof. Windows throughout the living areas create a light-filled ambiance and provide views of an infinity edge pool and spa surrounded by a deck that is cantilevered over the pool.

Weber Design Group (www.weberdesigngroup.com) has welcomed Jessi Escobar, an AutoCAD technician, to its architectural design company. Escobar specializes in construction documents, and his portfolio includes many award-winning homes in Lee and Collier County. Escobar studied architectural design and construction technology as well as worked in the field drafting civil engineering documents, patent drawings and architectural documents.

South Florida Design partners Adnan Ahmedic and Greg Weber, are pleased to welcome Brian Denny to their growing team as Residential Designer. Brian brings to the lineup exceptional knowledge of building codes and over 35 years experience creating functional and creative custom homes for new construction as well as home renovations.
Originally from Connecticut, Brian graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Architectural Design. His designs can be found in Turks and Caicos, Nantucket, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania as well as Florida

The Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) honored Jenny Malone-Wiseman of 2-10 Home Builders Warranty as its 2016 Associate of the Year, a recognition awarded by over 7,800 FHBA members across the state. Selected by a council of industry leaders, the award encourages best practices, expertise, and exceptional leadership qualities. FHBA associate members are partners either engaged in the trade industry, or a profession related to building in Florida. The award, which is a respected tradition for over forty years, was presented on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, during the FHBA Fall Leadership Conference at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa in Miramar, Florida.

Robyn Bonaquist, president and founder of B-Squared Advertising of Naples (B2ads.com), was recently elected as a life trustee of the Florida Sales & Marketing Council (FSMC), which is associated with the Florida Home Builders Association. Life trustees are individuals who have served a minimum of five years on the board of trustees, attending at least two meetings per year, and are elected by the board of trustees.

Stock Signature Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, announced it has started construction of furnished models and unfurnished, move-in ready homes at Naples Reserve. Four of the five models and two of the three move-in ready residences are scheduled for completion in January. Pricing will be determined as construction progresses. Naples Reserve is a 688-acre gated community being developed by iStar midway between Naples and Marco Island along the U.S. 41 Tamiami Trail/Collier Boulevard 951 corridor. Naples Reserve presents a relaxed, water themed lifestyle. The community features 22 interconnected manmade lakes that comprise forty-percent of site, the largest being the 54-acre Eagle Lake. Upon completion, the community will include approximately 1,154 lakefront residences. Naples Reserve features a refreshing assortment of one and two-story architectural designs that reflect the community’s relaxed ambiance and waterfront setting.

Action Automatic Door & Gate attended the 86th Annual Florida Fire Prevention Conference to exhibit Emergency Vehicle Access Control, a new product that gives first responders access to gated communities and other gated properties with just the push of a button. The Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association hosted the event, which ran Nov. 7-10 in Daytona Beach.

Clive Daniel Home has been selected by M Development to provide total interiors for its Marlow model on Lot 18, under construction in the Corsica community of Talis Park in Naples. Completion is expected in June.

BUILD recently completed a new Culver’s in Bonita Springs. This restaurant is more than 4,000 square feet.

Antonacci Design Group, Renee Gaddis Interiors and Beasley & Henley Interior Design are three award-winning interior design firms selected by the developers of AQUA at Pelican Isle to furnish three model residences in the soon-to-be completed luxury boutique marina front high rise condominium AQUA Tower II adjacent to Wiggins Pass. The model interiors will include finishes now on display at the AQUA information center at 13675 Vanderbilt Drive in Naples.

South Florida Design partners Adnan Ahmedic and Greg Weber, are pleased to welcome Annette Filer to their production team. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from University of Miami, Annette has a long list of projects she has completed in the State of Florida, working with some very reputable architects in the area including her father.
Annette’s AutoCAD experience includes residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects where her duties included preparation of construction documents, programming, space planning and design development. Her duties with South Florida Design will be drafting, revising and updating construction documents for building submittals, creating lot specific models and brochures for marketing collateral.

Leading country club builder GATES Construction, has completed work on a major renovation project at Shadow Wood Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s finest member-owned private country clubs. Located in Estero, the project involved a complete new kitchen structure with new HVAC systems, food service equipment, flooring, plumbing, electrical wiring, and ceiling tile.The existing layout was expanded to create a more spacious and efficient work environment for staff.

Stevens Construction has been awarded the contract to remodel and expand Specialized Vet Services at 9500 Marketplace Road in Fort Myers. Stevens Construction is providing a 13,589-square-foot addition and remodel of the existing 5,000-square-foot, 24-hour animal emergency hospital. Construction will occur while the animal hospital remains in operation.

WCI Communities has named Victoria Basiliere as marketing manager. Basiliere oversees marketing activities for new homes in several of WCI’s south region communities, including Cielo at The Colony Golf & Bay Club, Carrara and Viansa at Talis Park, Raffia Preserve, LaMorada Naples and Artesia Naples.

BUILD recently completed a new Culver’s in Bonita Springs. This fast food, casual restaurant is over 4,000 square feet and was completed within Culver’s corporate standards. Culver’s is known for their local butterburgers, fresh frozen custard and Wisconsin cheese curds. With only 29 locations throughout Florida, we celebrated the grand opening of the newest location with the Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor and the Culver’s team. BUILD has previously built two other Culver’s in Naples. [BUILD] is proud to be a part of the team to bring this restaurant to the community of Bonita.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Sara Hines has satisfied the educational requirements of The Institutes to earn the AIT designation. Sara is the Administration Department Manager. Mrs. Hines has worked at IRMS for 3 years.

Construction of Naples Reserve’s many lifestyle amenities continues, including work on the $7 million Island Club, the Match Point tennis and pickleball court complex and the first of two community boat ramps. Award-winning developer iStar has introduced a new option for homebuyers along the 125-acre Eagle Lake to build personal floating docks, perfect for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and even boats. Residents can enjoy electric boats, as well boats with motors up to 2.5-horsepower on Eagle Lake.

BUILD is pleased to announce that Carrie Horner has joined the team as Marketing Coordinator. Horner has over 11 years of experience in marketing in the building industry. Carrie worked for the Collier Building Industry Association for seven years where she handled the member events and communication. Carrie will be managing the marketing and communications at [BUILD].

BUILD is pleased to announce that Ricky Lane has joined the team as Superintendent. Originally from Minnesota, Lane has over 30 years of experience in both the residential and commercial construction industry. Ricky has extensive knowledge and experience in luxury custom homes. His responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations on the construction site including quality control and subcontractor coordination.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Daniel Rutter as Project Superintendent. Rutter will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety and security, project close out, and transition planning. Rutter has a lifetime of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in hospitality, retail, mixed-use, and condominium construction. Rutter is OSHA 30-Hour certified and has his Associates of Science degree in Construction Technology and Building Technology & Construction Standards.

AQUA at Pelican Isle announces the roll out of the boutique marina front high rise condominium’s new website designed to reflect AQUA’s sophisticated style and quality.Furniture Today announced that Clive Daniel Home is a finalist in two categories of its first Furniture Industry Leadership Awards program. The national program recognizes best-in-class retail organizations at three sales volume levels with nominees selected by retailers, manufacturers and consumers. Clive Daniel Home is one of three furnishing retailer finalists in the Peer Honors category, selected by a survey of retailers. They were also honored as a finalist in the Industry Honors category, selected by a survey of manufacturers.

D.R. Horton’s Southwest Florida division has celebrated the grand opening of Mandalay Place, a gated community in central Naples. Expected to feature only 16 homes when complete, the community will offer the feel of a traditional neighborhood with all the conveniences of being located off Airport Road, south of Pine Ridge Road on Bailey Lane. The one- and two-story homes at Mandalay Place range from 2,540 to 3,679 square feet of living space and start in the low-$600,000s.

GATES Construction is inviting local area businesses to join them in participating in a Toy Drive to benefit the Homeless Education Project through Charlotte County Public Schools. Currently there are 239 homeless students of all ages, from K-12, enrolled in the Charlotte County Public Schools and that number is expected to rise by Christmas.

iStar has welcomed D.R. Horton Southwest Florida as a new preferred homebuilder at Naples Reserve, the developer’s 688-acre lakefront community in Naples. D.R. Horton has two models underway in the Savannah Lakes neighborhood: the 2,540-square-foot three-bedroom-and-den Wheaton plan and the 2,034-square-foot three-bedroom-and-den Delray plan.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. (www.markham-norton.com) has welcomed Jessica Walker as the marketing and public relations manager. Walker will oversee the firm’s marketing, advertising, communications, and public relations matters. Walker’s career in public relations started in 2001, and since then she has handled public relations, marketing, media relations, branding, event planning, membership club coordination and sales related projects for various organizations. She previously worked in the marketing and public relations departments for Florida SouthWestern State College and Shell Point Retirement Community.

James M. Oliver of the Naples-based law firm of Cardillo Keith Bonaquist (CKBlaw.com) has been accepted into the U.S. Department of State’s Hague Convention Attorney Network. The Hague Convention is an international treaty that deals specifically with child abduction cases where one parent takes a child or children to foreign countries and fails to return them to their home country. Oliver graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and later went on to receive his J. D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where he graduated cum laude. He is a member of the Florida, New York and New Jersey Bars as well as the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

GATES Construction (gatesinc.com) was selected for work, and pre-construction has begun, on the new Life Center at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Founded in 1988, Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church is located at 625 111th Ave. N. in Naples. The addition of the Life Center will enable the Church to expand its offerings to the community through persistent sports, wellness, social, and artistic programs and activities for all ages

Fiddler’s Creek announces that the village of Majorca by Stock Signature Homes has sold out.Majorca includes 19 classic Mediterranean single-family homes featuring three- and four-bedroom floor plans priced from the $700,000s to over $1 million.

Homebuyers can now experience a taste of Sky Home living firsthand when visiting the new Altaira® model in WCI’s premier Bonita Springs Community, The Colony Golf & Bay Club. “The first Sky Home model brings to life Altaira’s exquisite level of luxury,” said Dwight Thomas, vice president of WCI’s tower division. “Altaira’s panoramic views and light-filled interiors are complemented by Jinx McDonald Interior Designs’ sophisticated approach to coastal contemporary design.”

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. (IRMS) has announced that Amy Bessey has recently been hired by the agency as an Administration Specialist in their Administration Department.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. (IRMS) has announced that Keylis Roque has recently been hired by the agency as an Administration Specialist in their Administration Department.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) (www.owen-ames-kimball.com), a construction contracting and management company, has relocated its Charlotte County office to 2765 Tamiami Trail, Unit D, in Port Charlotte. Now located approximately seven miles north of its former Punta Gorda office, the new location will allow O-A-K to better serve all current and prospective clients in the Charlotte County area.

Five new single-family model homes at WCI Communities’ Arborwood Preserve showcase the newest master-planned Fort Myers community. Arborwood Preserve’s Villas feature two-bedroom, two-bath designs with flex spaces and two-car garages offering up to 1,916 square feet of living space. Offering 2,556 to 2,710 air-conditioned square feet. Arborwood Preserve homes start from the low $200,000s.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Jon Zander as Senior Project Manager. Zander is responsible for the overall project coordination from the pre-construction stage and permitting through to owner occupancy. Zander has 22 years of experience in the construction industry with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in healthcare, educational, and government construction. A native of Michigan, Zander received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

BUILD is pleased to announce that Brian Mayotte has joined the team as Vice President. Originally from Michigan, Mayotte has over 18 years of experience in the construction industry in both the commercial and custom residential fields. Brian has remarkable knowledge in custom homes with a broad range of styles that include Green building and luxury contemporary. His responsibilities cover everything from owner relations to value engineering as well as overseeing the project team during pre-construction through post construction. We are excited to welcome Brian Mayotte to the [BUILD] family.

Kitson & Partners announced that Naples-based Fox Premier Builders has started construction of three furnished lakefront model residences in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch (babcockranch.com). Base-priced from the $300,000s and situated on 50- or 60-by 130-foot home sites, Fox’s Cottage Collection floor plans were designed by architect Cooter Ramsey of Allison, Ramsey & Associates and by Timberbuilt.

Gulfside Elevators executives Bill Beaury and Juston Ticknor attended the 2016 United Convention & Exposition in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, joining more than 2,000 elevator industry veterans and 200 exhibitors. The annual convention and exposition is the largest vertical transportation event in North America. Exhibiting companies and products ranged from commercial, residential and freight elevators, accessibility products, dumbwaiters, escalators, business services and more.

AQUA at Pelican Isle announced that contracts for the 32 residences and penthouses at the boutique marina front high-rise condominium are 60 percent complete. The 11-story AQUA Tower II will feature 32 residences including three levels of penthouses located adjacent to the Pelican Isle Yacht Club at Wiggins Pass in North Naples. They are priced from more than $1.9 million to more than $2.495 million, and range between 3,900 to more than 4,100 square feet with three bedrooms, three and a half baths and either a living/family room or living/family room plus den.

South Florida Architecture has finalized construction documents for the third phase of luxury storage condominiums located in North Naples, according to partners Adnan Ahmedic and Greg Weber. My Other Place is the perfect choice for residents seeking a safe and secure facility to store their valuable automobiles, boats, RV’s or other personal treasures. Each of the 31 condos average 1,000 square feet and features 14 feet remote-controlled roll open doors. Some of the units are 22 feet wide and have 20 foot ceilings. Other amenities include 24/7 access, security cameras, sprinkler systems throughout, air conditioning and plumbing.

GATES Construction has been awarded the Lehigh Regional Medical Center new Fluoroscopy X-Ray Equipment and Area renovation, located at 1500 Lee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres. The project will be reviewed and certified by The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA). In preparation for the new Siemens Fluoroscopy X-Ray equipment, the project will consist of the demolition of existing x-ray equipment, flooring, ceiling tile and grid, unistrut, and lighting. Once the demolition is complete, the new electrical systems and unistrut will be installed for the Siemens equipment. New VCT flooring, paint, ceiling tile and grid will be added, along with the relocation of the existing HVAC and fire protection to go around the new unistrut. The new Fluoroscopy X-Ray machines will then be installed by Siemens. Stofft Cooney Architects is providing architectural design services. The start of construction is slated for the winter 2016.

Stock Signature Homes‘ 4,124-square-foot under air furnished Normandy II model in Quail West’s Cortland neighborhood is now open for viewing and purchase. Cortland is an enclave of 19, 95-foot homesites that showcase Quail West’s golf course and water views. The neighborhood offers 13 floor plans by Stock Signature Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development and the exclusive homebuilder in Cortland. The Normandy II is one of four new furnished models Stock is introducing in Cortland between now and March, 2017.

GATES Construction has completed the Collier County Freedom Memorial located on the Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park grounds at 1515 Golden Gate Parkway in Naples. The Collier County Freedom Memorial serves as a gathering place for the entire community to pay homage and remember our heroes. The memorial replicates the American flag which is anchored on a granite base that is shaped into the United States and 50 stepping stones have been placed around the perimeter of the memorial to represent the 50 states. The memorial also features steel beams salvaged from the World Trade Center. GATES Construction is honored to be a part of the project that pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty, members of our armed forces who have sacrificed their lives in the defense of our nation along with the law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and civilians who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. BSSW Architects, Inc. provided architectural design services.

Bill Diamond was named Executive Director for The Arlington of Naples.

Design Studio by Raymond named Brian Roland, executive chef and owner of Crave Culinaire and Venue Naples, as corporate chef for Design Studio by Raymond.

GATES Construction has started construction at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd., in Naples. The project entails renovation of the Chancel, Sanctuary, and Narthex with an addition planned at the main entrance.

On Monday, October 3, 2016, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County joins with partners around the world to celebrate World Habitat Day, which recognizes the basic right of everyone to have adequate shelter. To celebrate, the Habitat for Humanity ReStores are offering 25% off all merchandise in both Collier County locations.

Custom homebuilder Harwick Homes today announced the completed construction on a grand estate residence in the highly acclaimed Estuary at Grey Oaks Country Club community in Naples. According to Harwick Homes President Mark Smith, the 11,121 total square foot estate home features a classical architectural design by RG Design with interior design by Faith Fix and Ruta Menaghlazi of Freestyle Interiors in Bonita Springs.

Stock Development recently made a donation of high-end appliances, cabinets, countertops, fixtures, decor and more to Lee BIA Builders Care to help support local homeowners in need of emergency construction repairs. The goods donated by Stock Development will be used directly in renovation projects coordinated by Builders Care or offered during the “Building Product Blow Out Sale,” held annually by the organization. Funds raised will help provide wheelchair ramps, handicap accessibility, widened doorways, and roof and air conditioning repairs to elderly and disabled homeowners in Lee County.

 Wilson Creative Group,an award-winning advertising and marketing firm based in Naples, added two more prestigious honors to its portfolio of work. The agency was granted an Excel Award for the Best Magazine ad for an agency on behalf of client The Ronto Group, developer of Seaglass at Bonita Bay entitled “The Possibilities Surround You” and a second Excel Award for the Best e-newsletter for an agency on behalf of luxury custom home builder Diamond Custom Homes.

Hilton Naples (naples.hilton.com) has received a 2016/2017 Four Diamond Rating from AAA. Four Diamond Award-rated hotels are defined as refined, stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. AAA inspectors review an extensive list of attributes to determine the appropriate rating level, on a scale of one to five diamonds, based on the extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities. According to AAA data, fewer than six percent of the nearly 28,000 properties approved by AAA achieve the prestigious Four Diamond Award distinction.

BUILD has begun construction on a timeless coastal home located in the sought after community of Aqualane Shores. The “Seaside” model home was designed by award-winning Don Stevenson Design/Lotus Architecture and interior designs by highly published and acclaimed designer Michelle Lee with the firm of Socially Inclined Design. The single family residence will boast a luxurious master suite, kitchen, great room, family room, dining room, and study on the first floor. The second floor features three guest suites with private bathrooms and balconies. Complete with a three car garage and spacious outdoor living/pool area, this home provides over 7,000 square feet of lavish seaside living.

Design Studio by Raymond (www.DesignStudiobyRaymond.com) has named Brian Roland, executive chef and owner of Crave Culinaire and Venue Naples, as corporate chef for Design Studio by Raymond. As corporate chef, Roland will provide culinary services for events held at Design Studio by Raymond’s Naples showroom. Roland graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is a Certified Chef de Cuisine through the American Culinary Federation and a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County (habitatcollier.org) received $12,500 from Bank of America (bankofamerica.com/about) as part of its community development grant and ongoing commitment to supporting affordable housing, neighborhood preservation, community revitalization initiatives, and programs which connect families and individuals with tools and resources to help them achieve their financial goals. The funds donated to Habitat Collier will be used to help build a home in the North Naples community of Legacy Lakes.

London Bay Homes’ two new Capriano luxury single-family villa model homes are now 50 percent complete at Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club community.

Pulte Homes recently completed and opened Phase II of the lushly landscaped amenity campus at Bridgetown, its community of single-family, villa style homes located off of Treeline Ave. between Daniels Parkway and Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Galbraith, PLLC (www.wwmrglaw.com) received the 2015 Top Producer Award from Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. The real estate department of Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Galbraith was recognized by Old Republic as one of its top producing title agents for its work closing residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Renée Gaddis Interiors won five awards for design excellence at the 36th Annual Aurora Awards competition, including a Grand Aurora, during a gala held in conjunction with the Southeast Building Conference in July at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando

Construction is underway on London Bay Homes’ encore version of its award-winning Belita, a single-family luxury villa model in Lucarno at Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club and nine-time community of the year.
The 3,779-square-foot Belita will offer three bedrooms, a study, great room, dining room and a gourmet-inspired kitchen with a freestanding island breakfast bar and adjoining café, home office and walk-in pantry. The floor plan will also feature three full baths, a powder bath and a second-floor loft and wet bar with an under-counter refrigerator.

Pulte Homes recently opened its second new professionally decorated model home at Avalon Park in Ave Maria located on Seton Street off of Ave Maria Blvd. where the homebuilder plans to build new one- and two-story single-family homes. The Creekview is a brand new home design that we are very excited to unveil,” said Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for Pulte Homes in Naples. The one-story Creekview home design offers four to five bedrooms and three baths, a flex room and a three-car garage priced starting from $291,990.

London Bay Homes’ two new Capriano luxury single-family villa model homes are now 50 percent complete at Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club community.
The award-winning and popular floor plan is being built in the maintenance-free neighborhoods of Lucarno and Cortile. Fully furnished by Romanza Interior Design, both models are expected to open this fall and will replace London Bay Homes’ most recent Capriano model, which sold prior to completion in 2015 and recently received an Aurora Award for best custom home at the 2016 Southeast Building Conference.

Minto Communities has signed a multi-year contract extension as title sponsor of the US Open Pickleball Championships (USOPC) in Naples, Florida. The 2017 USOPC will be held April 23-30 at East Naples Community Park. It is anticipated that 1,000 athletes will compete on the park’s 48 world-class courts.

Protected Harbor, a Christian care 501(c)(3)non-profit, has appointed South Florida Architecture for their second home which will accept adult men with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The home will provide quality care and personal growth for some of the 300,000 individuals with developmental disabilities in Florida. This home will offer full time care, teach living skills and inspire vocational instruction along with physical education and social activities. According to partners Adnan Ahmedic and Greg Weber, South Florida Architecture has been commissioned to design a 5,278 air conditioned square feet facility to be located on Briarcliff Road in Fort Myers. Jeff Scott, Director of Architecture states, “We are proud to play a small part in this honorable endeavor.”

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Hubert as Senior Superintendent. Hubert will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Hubert has 37 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in healthcare, educational, condominium, hospitality, and retail construction.

(IRMS) has announced (1) that Guadalupe Gonzalez has recently been hired by the agency as a Client Service Specialist in their Business Insurance/Personal Insurance Division; (2) that Heather Aybar has recently been promoted within the agency. Heather now serves the Collier County market as a Client Service Manager in their Personal Insurance Division. Heather has 15 years of experience in the insurance industry and (3) that Alex Hawkins has satisfied the educational requirements of the Florida Department of Financial Services to earn the Florida General Lines Property and Casualty 2-20 license. Alex is an Underwriting Specialist in their Business Insurance Division.

Local architecture and planning firm, Weber Design Group, has hired Cory Moore of Naples as the new Vice President of Operations. In Moore’s new role, he will be cultivating existing client relationships and building new relationships among both the Naples and Palm Beach communities.

Wilson Creative Group has signed a five-year lease for 3,200 square feet, more than doubling their existing space. The agency will build out adjoining spaces to create an open concept, collaboration environment for customers and employees. The new office space will allow Wilson Creative Group the opportunity to expand their agency and plan for future growth.

Action Automatic Door & Gate provided approximately $120,000 for two new Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties homes in Lehigh Acres and east Fort Myers, with the new homeowners receiving keys to their residences during recent dedication ceremonies.

iStar has selected Beasley & Henley Interior Design to create inviting coastal-inspired interiors for the Lakeshore Club at Naples Reserve. The main amenity building, located along the 125-acre Eagle Lake, will feature colors of sand and water and echo the Southern Coastal architecture and ambience of the lakefront community.

BUILD is thrilled to announce that Ryan Overmyer has joined the team as Chief Financial Officer. Ryan brings with him a wealth of experience having managed the finances for multiple large companies in the last 11 years.

Founded in 2006, we are very excited to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary. Over the last decade BUILD has grown into a top ranked, multi-million dollar company accumulating numerous Sand Dollar, Summit, Pinnacle, and Aurora awards along the way.

DeAngelis Diamond received awards for the Best Commercial Builder and Best Large Company at the third annual Gulfshore Business, Best of Business Awards. The annual Readers’ Choice Awards are for the top businesses in Southwest Florida. DeAngelis Diamond has been voted Best Commercial Builder for three years in a row.

KTS Homes has earned Aurora Award honors in two categories of the annual competition for its Newport custom model home at Naples Reserve. The awards are presented by the Southeast Building Conference and Florida Home Builders Association to honor architectural design, interior design and planning excellence.

Minto Communities was recognized with ten awards, including two prestigious Grand Aurora Awards, at the 2016 Southeast Building Conference presented by the Southeast Building Council (SEBC) in Orlando on July 29. The SEBC presents the largest building industry trade show in the southeast. The 2016 Aurora competition drew 335 entries in 57 categories that were reviewed by a panel of six building industry leaders.

We wish to congratulate all of our winning members of the 35th Annual Aurora Awards! Click here for a complete list.

D.R. Horton’s Southwest  Florida division is offering public tours of a decorated model in the Naples community of Fiddler’s Creek. Three one-story home plans are available starting in the high-$500,000s, ranging from approximately 2,583 to 3,246 square feet of living space. The beautiful model represents a range of styles, features, options and finishes to suit the homeowner.

Naples Lumber & Supply
Ron Labbe, owner of Naples Lumber and Supply was honored with a Business Ambassador Award from Gov. Rick Scott. The award recognizes the company’s job-creating efforts and opportunities offered to Florida families. Gov. Scott recognized the company’s resilience through the Great Recession, and lauded the recent growth and employment offerings Naples Lumber and Supply has provided it’s community.

Leonardo Garcia, the co-founder of The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida announced Neal Communities South Region as the single largest donor in the 17 year history of their Big Backpack Event. Neal collected donations from staff, trade partners and residents and raised a total of $11,131 which was presented to The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida at a “Big Fat Check” presentation recently. The Big Backpack event provides more than 2,000 students with free backpacks and school supplies.

WCI Communities has unveiled the Salerno Chateau Home model at Pelican Preserve (www.PelicanPreserve.com), a 55-and older community in Fort Myers. Offering maintenance-free living and preserve and fairway views, The 1,248-square-foot Salerno is one of three available Chateau Home designs from $168,990.

DeAngelis Diamond has been awarded the Liberty Youth Ranch Welcome Center project located in Bonita Springs, FL. The new construction will consist of a 12,000 sq.ft., 2 story welcome center.  In 2008, DeAngelis Diamond completed the Liberty Youth Ranch homes. The ranch was built to house children who have been abused, abandoned, orphaned, homeless or neglected. The ranch houses children between the ages of 4 and 17 and provides a safe and loving environment.

GATES Construction has completed construction on a new multi-purpose complex/gymnasium for Royal Palm Academy located at 16100 Livingston Road in Naples. Royal Palm Academy is a private Catholic school for Grades Pre-K3 through 8, providing an education of rich academics with Catholic content while teaching the mind, educating the heart, and forming the character of tomorrow’s leaders. Designed by local architect, James E. Boughton, the new building will serve multiple purposes.  In addition to housing the school’s athletic programs, the campus expansion will also serve as a Community Center providing space for Mass, extracurricular activities, student competitions, and performances.

GATES Construction has completed its second project at Talis Park located off Livingston Road in north Naples. The project included a new Tennis Pro Shop facility at the new Sports Complex; and a new Guardhouse and ornamental gates & gates structure at the new Southern Entrance of Talis Park, accessed from Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Both the new Tennis Pro Shop and new Guardhouse embrace the Spanish contemporary design of the community. Each new feature is surrounded by lush green landscaping. Design services were provided by Santiesteban & Associates Architects, LLC. GATES Construction previously constructed Phase One of the award winning Vyne House Clubhouse, in 2013.

Gulfshore Insurance (www.GulfshoreInsurance.com) has been named a Florida Community Association Journal’s Readers’ Choice Award winner. The awards recognize companies that offer top notch service and express a commitment to the success of their community. Online nominations were accepted and more than 5,000 votes were cast by FLCAJ for the 268 nominated companies. Gulfshore Insurance was recognized with the Gold Award in the Financial Category.

IberiaBank (Iberiabank.com) announced that Sean Friend has joined the condo/homeowners association division as vice president, commercial relationship manager. Friend has been with the bank for more than a decade and most recently served as vice president, branch manager for the office located on Airport Road in Naples. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, Friend relocated to Florida in 2005. He has more than 13 years of banking experience. He graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in political science and a minor in economics and psychology. He completed the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce GAIN program in 2013. He is an active local volunteer with St. Matthew’s House and Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida.

Lutgert Insurance has announced that Derrick Ayers will serve as the company’s new chief financial officer. Prior to joining Lutgert Insurance, Ayers was the Regional Chief Financial Officer for Fifth Third Bank in South Florida where he worked in progressive finance capacities for 10 years. He also has previous finance and accounting experience with public and private companies, as controller of a construction company and as an audit team member with global Big 4 accounting firm, Ernst & Young, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. (www.markham-norton.com) was named an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite for the fourth consecutive year. As a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite, MNMW provides team members with healthy snacks and lunches, offers flextime to promote work-life balance and promotes a wellness culture in the workplace.

Naples Lumber & Supply Company COO Dave Weston was named to the Big Cypress Basin Board by Governor Rick Scott

Ryan Williams, Vice president and co-owner of Kevin Williams Construction in Marco Island was named one of the 40-under-40 honorees by Professional Builder magazine.

WCI Communities is offering a new neighborhood of cottage homes at Pelican Preserve, a 55-and-older lifestyle community in Fort Myers. Homebuyers can choose from 16 home sites that have been released in the new Prato neighborhood. In addition to cottage homes, homebuyers can select from chateau homes, villas, carriage homes, grand villas and classic homes starting from the high $100,000s.

More than a dozen prime home sites remain in Moody River Estates by D.R. Horton’s Southwest Florida division (www.drhorton.com/swfla), which has opened its final phase of new homes for sale. The development offers nine single-family home plans, starting in the mid-$200,000s. The public is invited to tour the decorated Hawthorne model, a one-story home with 2,583 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, den, three baths and three-car garage.

Stevens Construction has been selected as the construction manager for a 26,000-square-foot medical office for Naples Community Hospital. Located at 1285 Creekside Blvd. in Naples, the medical suite will feature endoscopy, orthopedic services, outpatient physical therapy and offer hyperbaric chamber therapy. Stevens Construction is completing the tenant improvement while the existing Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida, the long-term acute care facility where the project is situated, remains in operation. The project is slated for completion in late 2016. The Stevens Construction team includes project manager, Will Houser; project administrator, Tracey James; and superintendent, Scott Wells.

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County (HabitatCollier.org) received a 4-star rating from the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator. In addition to receiving a perfect rating, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County has been designated number one in the nation for Community and Housing Development, an honor previously earned by the organization in 2014. Habitat Collier has received Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating 10 times.

DeAngelis Diamond (www.deangelisdiamond.com) celebrates its 20-year anniversary this month. The construction company was founded by David Diamond and John DeAngelis and employs 195. Headquartered in Naples, DeAngelis Diamond has opened four additional offices in Fort Myers, Sarasota, Nashville and Birmingham, Alabama.

Shula’s Steak House inside the Hilton Naples has received the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. This marks six consecutive years that the restaurant has received the Certificate of Excellence, each year since its inception. The Certificate of Excellence celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include lodging, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

Dale Harvey has joined KGT Remodeling (www.kgtremodeling.com) as the company’s new project manager. Harvey brings 24 years of experience in the remodeling and construction industry to his new position. Harvey will be responsible for every aspect and component of the production process. Originally from Marathon, New York, Harvey moved to Naples in 1973 and graduated from Lely High School. He started his career in 1992 working as a carpenter. He was involved in building new construction, remodeling and additions.

Lutgert Construction recently announced the sale of its Azalea model, the final developer villa available in Estuary at Grey Oaks. Estuary at Grey Oaks is a 350-acre golf course community with 175 home sites and is more than over 90 percent built out.

An official Ground Breaking ceremony will be held on June 16th at 10:00 AM for the AERCON AAC “showcase home” to be built at 1111 14th Ave. North in Naples, FL. The Naples Chamber of Commerce will officiate. AERCON ACC, autoclaved aerated concrete, is the future of concrete construction in Southwest Florida. It is easier and faster than the standard concrete block or panel construction, plus it is 50% lighter. Lighter … but stronger, fire resistant, pest resistant, self insulating (no wall board, insulation or wood framing needed) and environmentally friendly. For more information or to RSVP, please call Susan Payne @ 239-777-7209 or Jim Berk @ 239-290-4820.

William Kobrin has been hired as art director at B-Squared Advertising of Naples (b2ads.com). Kobrin is a native of Fort Lauderdale and moved to Southwest Florida in 2003 to attend Florida Gulf Coast University. There he earned his B.S. degree in business management with a focus on sports management and marketing, and a master’s in business administration.

DeAngelis Diamond has been chosen as the Construction Manager for the LeeSar expansion and renovation of their Regional Service Center in Fort Myers, FL. The addition is approximately 85,000 sq.ft. of new space and 70,000 sq.ft. of renovations. The project will be consistent with the construction characteristics of the existing service center, which will remain in operation during construction activities.

GATES Construction, has started work on a major renovation project at Shadow Wood Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s finest member-owned private country clubs. Located in Bonita Springs, the project involves a complete new kitchen structure with new HVAC systems, food service equipment, flooring, plumbing, electrical wiring, and ceiling tile. The existing layout will also be expanded creating a more spacious and efficient work environment for staff.

WCI Communities; Construction continues on the next 76 residences of Livingston Lakes’ (www.LivingstonLakesWCI.com) collection of 230 carriage, coach and garden homes within two-story buildings offering four to 10 residences. Homes in the Naples community start from the $240,000s.

GATES Construction has started a two-phase project on a new children’s healthcare facility, Golisano | Nicklaus Children’s Health Center, located at 3361 Pine Ridge Road, Building 200, in Naples. The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital have formed a new clinical affiliation focused on providing the best health care for children in Southwest Florida. The two-story, 29,282 square foot outpatient center will include pediatric urgent care, pediatric specialists, pediatric rehabilitation services, lab draw station, as well as an on-site pharmacy. Phase one is scheduled for completion early fall 2016.

GATES Construction has begun work at Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s finest member-owned private country clubs. Located in Fort Myers, the project involves a new 14,000 square foot fitness center building and interior renovations of the country club. The interior improvements include a complete renovation of the existing restaurant kitchen, ballroom, bar area, main lobby, administration area, and a covered outdoor dining patio area

A new amenity center is now open at Lindsford, a gated community located in central Fort Myers, by D.R. Horton’s Southwest Florida division. The amenity center—the community’s second—is within walking distance of Lindsford’s town homes.

Countryside Golf & Country Club, located at Santa Barbara and Davis Boulevard in Naples, is undergoing a $5 million improvement project. Partnering with MHK Architecture and BUILD, LLC, Countryside’s improvement plans include a new tennis and bocce facility, the addition of a Four Seasons dining room and porte cochere on the existing clubhouse, and the addition of a freestanding, one-story wellness center of 6,300 square feet. Countryside has 1,133 residential units, including 221 detached single-family homes.

Naples law firm Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Galbraith (wwmrglaw.com) is proud to announce that attorney Rachel Kerlek has been elected to the 2016 – 2017 Collier County Bar Association board of directors. Kerlek has practiced law in Southwest Florida since 2008 and has been a member of the firm since 2011. Her practice focuses on civil litigation arising from real estate disputes, construction issues, business disputes, trust and estate disputes and land use and zoning issues.

The 4th Annual Fraga Wealth “Swing For The Kids” Charity Golf Invitational took place at Grey Oaks Golf and Country Club on May 6th. $20,000 was raised to support The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida’s (www.mhaswfl.org) Gollee Gator Program. The program focuses on Children’s Mental Wellness Programs, Outreach Initiatives, Educational Projects, and Advocacy. Our Sponsors, Fraga Wealth, BUILD, Arthrex, Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Gabraith and Naples Daily News helped make the event a success.

DeAngelis Diamond is opening a new office location in Nashville, Tennessee. The construction for the build-out starts this month and the office is scheduled to open in August. The Nashville location is designed for eight project manager offices, a reception desk, six project coordinator offices, flex space, a conference room and training room. DeAngelis Diamond Vice President/Principal Jason Sain will lead the Nashville office, with Senior Project Manager Joshua Rhodes, Account Manager Marks Lee and Quality Assurance Director Joe Matthews.

Land Solutions Inc. brokered the sale of 71 developed lots and 41 partially developed home sites in Valencia Golf and Country Club in Collier County for $8.3 million. The seller was represented by Randy Thibaut CEO, ALC, and senior broker William Rollins, CCIM, ALC, of Land Solutions Inc.

Seven model homes are underway at Arborwood Preserve, WCI Communities’ (www.wcicommunities.com) newest 332-acre master-planned Fort Myers community. Arborwood Preserve offers two-bedroom, two-bath coach homes, with 1,375 to 1,831 square feet of living space and single-car garages in two-story buildings. Homes start from the low-$200,000s. They are scheduled for early fall completion.

WCI Communities has named the top sales performers of April for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents are: Hampton Park and Timberwood Preserve—Elise McMahon; Pelican Preserve—Teresa Brown; The Colony Golf & Bay Club—Lisa Perry; Raffia Preserve—Jamie Meisterheim; Livingston Lakes—Aaron Isban; Artesia Naples—Brenda Anderson; Carrara at Talis Park—Shoshana Yeager; LaMorada Naples—David Sanvidge; Cypress Bend at Shadow Wood Preserve—DJ Johnson

Marty Miller, President of Miller Construction & Engineering Co., has been named 2015-2016 Ambassador of the Year by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Meeting during Wake Up Naples™ at the Hilton Naples on May 11, 2016. Marty Miller is currently a 2nd Year Builder Board Member for the Collier Building Industry Association.

Diamond Custom Homes celebrates the completion of The Magnolia, its most recent custom estate residence in Quail West. In grand southern style complete with traditional southern fare, guests, Quail West residents, realtors and homebuyers, experienced an evening of southern charm and hospitality at the grand opening soiree held on Thursday, April 28.

GATES Construction has started a two phase project on a new children’s healthcare facility, Golisano | Nicklaus Children’s Health Center, located at 3361 Pine Ridge Road, Building 200, in Naples. The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital have formed a new clinical affiliation focused on providing the best health care for children in Southwest Florida. The two story, 29,282 square foot outpatient center will include pediatric urgent care, pediatric specialists including oncology, pulmonology, cardiology, orthopedics and autism spectrum disorders and other specialties, pediatric rehabilitation services, lab draw station, as well as an on-site pharmacy.

South Florida Design partners Adnan Ahmedic and Greg Weber, are pleased to welcome Karla Payés to their growing team as Production Manager. “Karla has a wealth of knowledge in the home design industry and an impressive track record,” states Adnan Ahmedic. Originally from El Salvador, Karla has worked with top builders in California, Illinois and Florida. Her personal strengths include her knowledge of building practices and codes, start-to-finish project management, quality control, as well as her refreshing demeanor. “Her positive outlook is an inspiration. Not only does she bring a proven business professionalism to the table, she’s also an honest and caring person,” states Greg Weber. Karla’s main responsibilities with South Florida Design will include overseeing our production department and implementing company-wide CAD standards.

H.E.L.P. (Housing.Education.Lending.Programs) organization announced their upcoming Homebuyer Expo, 06/18, 9-12pm, at NABOR, Naples Conference Center. Free Admission. Learn how to become a homeowner, how to repair your credit, about down payment assistance programs and much more, collierhousing.com

Norris Furniture & Interiors announces the launch of a dynamic new responsive website, www.Distinctlynorris.com. According to Norris Marketing Director Linda Gangeri, “The website delivers a fresh new “look and feel” with intuitive navigation, enabling our customers to discover the vast array of fine furnishings and complete interior design services Norris has to offer.” A “Featured Projects” section is a centerpiece of the site highlighting the beautiful work of the Norris award-winning interior design team. A special “Make It Your Own” design center enables visitors to get creative and have some fun trying out various finishes and fabrics to create their very own custom design. Sharing their custom designs with family and friends is part of the interactive experience the new site offers. The “Meet Our Designers” section introduces customers to the background and design work of Norris’ team of more than 40 interior designers. A “Promotions” page lists weekly promotions.

Scott Wells has joined Stevens Construction as senior superintendent. He has more than 20 years of construction experience with a specialty in senior care construction. Prior to joining Stevens Construction, Wells served as senior superintendent for construction management firm where he completed more than $400 million in commercial construction.

Nancy Hoag has been appointed office manager of Wegman Design Group. A graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Hoag has served as a staff accountant for Noble Food Group in Chicago and has also worked for Domino’s Pizza and The Walt Disney Co.

BUILD recently completed a 9,026 square-foot amenity center for Esplanade at Hacienda Lakes, a Taylor Morrison community, with 6,239 square feet under air. This project included an event center and catering kitchen, separate fitness and aerobics rooms, in addition to a massage room. The amenity center was also completed with a greeting/reception area, men’s and women’s restrooms, and a veranda with outdoor seating.

Scott Wells has joined Stevens Construction (www.stevensconstructioninc.com) as senior superintendent. He has more than 20 years of construction experience with a specialty in senior care construction. Prior to joining Stevens Construction, Wells served as senior superintendent for construction management firm where he completed more than $400 million in commercial construction.

McGarvey Custom Homes announced that construction of its Mon Paradis grand estate model is nearing completion at Quail West. Priced at $4.15 million fully-furnished, the Mon Paradis features an architectural design by Alberto Abad of New Architectura Inc. The clean-lined, country French design offers 5,141 square feet under air.

McGarvey Custom Homes announced construction of its 3,507-square-foot High Tide furnished model in Naples Reserve’s Parrot Cay neighborhood continues to progress on schedule for completion in July. The High Tide model will feature an interior by the design team at Jinx McDonald Interior Designs. The floor plan includes a great room, island kitchen, and dining area that opens to a 1,132-square-foot screened outdoor living space with a year-round kitchen, fireplace, conversation and dining areas, and a pool and spa. Ideally suited to Parrot Cay’s lakefront lifestyle, the plan offers four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a study and a three-car garage.

Norris Furniture & Interiors has been voted “Best Furniture Store” in Lee and Collier counties by Gulfshore Life magazine readers in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Annual Awards, Best of the Gulfshore. An online reader survey generated nearly 7,000 responses. Those voted Best of the Gulfshore are featured in the May issue of Gulfshore Life. Each year, Gulfshore Life conducts the survey to discover what their readers’ picks will be for the best of the best that Southwest Florida has to offer from restaurants to parks to picturesque places for golfing and more.

Design Studio by Raymond was nominated as a finalist for Best Event Venue in Collier County in Gulfshore Life’s 2016 Best of the Gulfshore Readers’ Choice Awards.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Heidi Lustig as the AP/AR Supervisor. Lustig ensures timely payments of vendor invoices and expense vouchers, manages collection activities from customers, and maintains accurate records and control reports. Lustig has over 10 years of experience in credit analysis, financial services and accounting. A former New York resident, Lustig holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from St. Joseph’s College.

Forge Engineering Inc. (ForgeEng.com) has hired Robert as a senior engineer. Robert brings more than 30 years of civil, materials and structural engineering experiences to the Forge Engineering team. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University and engineering licenses in Florida and Michigan.

BUILD recently completed a 9,026 square foot amenity center for Esplanade at Hacienda Lakes, a Taylor Morrison community, with 6,239 square feet under air. This project included an event center and catering kitchen, separate fitness and aerobics rooms, in addition to a massage room. Guests will now enjoy a billiards room and adjoining card room with a flexible wall for privacy between games. The amenity center was also completed with a greeting/reception area, men’s and women’s restrooms, and a veranda with outdoor seating.

CliftonLarsonAllen will present two upcoming courses. The annual Government Accounting and Audit Update will take place May 6 at the Holiday Inn in Fort Myers. Learn about a broad spectrum of governmental agency concerns. The annual Nonprofit Accounting and Audit Update will take place June 15 at Hodges University in Naples. Learn about a broad spectrum of finance and accounting topics for nonprofit organizations. For more information, contact Deena Shannon at deena.shannon@CLAconnect.com or (813) 384-2720.

Gulfshore Insurance Inc. has announced the opening of a new office location in Sarasota. The new location will be the company’s fifth office, with other locations in Naples, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Marco Island.

The Naples Area Board of REALTORS (NABOR) announced its market report for the first quarter of 2016. Overall inventory for the first quarter of 2016 increased 33 percent over the first quarter of 2015. Overall pending sales (homes under contract) in Q1 of 2016 decreased 23 percent from Q2 2015. There were 9,352 overall closed sales in the 12-months ending Q1 2016 compared to 9,873 overall closed sales in the 12-months ending Q1 2015. Overall median closed price increased 12 percent to $311,000 in the 12-months ending Q1 2016 from $278,000 in the 12-months ending Q1 2015. To see the whole report, see www.NaplesArea.com.

Rick Mercer has joined Owen-Ames-Kimball (www.owen-ames-kimball.com) as project manager. Mercer has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry serving in previous roles as construction engineer, land development director, operations manager and most recently as director of construction for all 171 of Florida’s State Parks from Pensacola to Key West.

Deana Skelly has joined Romanza Interior Design (Romanza.com). An interior design graduate of Florida State University and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Skelly brings more than 20 years of design experience to the team.

Bill Varian, Varian Construction has graduated from Leadership Collier, Class of 2016.

DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Senior Estimator, Mark Turner, to Chief Estimator. He will continue to work out of the Birmingham office. Mark has been with DeAngelis Diamond for seven months and has 20+ years of experience in the construction industry. He has a wealth of preconstruction experience with several types of construction segments that focus on healthcare facilities. Some of Marks previous project experience include Physician’s Regional Medical Center and Medical Office Building in Naples, FL, Delray Medical Center Tower Addition in Delray Beach, FL and Brooksville Regional Hospital in Brooksville, FL.

Diamond Custom Homes, is excited to announce the completion of a remodel on an estate in the beautiful Mediterra community. The project marks another success for Diamond’s growing remodeling division, as well as the increasing trend of remodels in Naples’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The estate, magnificently built and showcasing delicate French architecture, acted as strong base for Diamond’s remodel. Partnering with Pacifica Interior Design, Diamond set up a solid strategy to accentuate the home’s natural charm. “Our main priority was to open up the space,” explained Michael Diamond, President of Diamond Custom Homes. “We added a vast amount of subtle elements, which when aggregated, amounted to a much lighter and more ethereal space.”

Larry and Renee Norris are pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Mark Sobiech as president of Norris Furniture & Interiors. Sobiech brings more than 30 years of retail expertise to Norris. He has held executive leadership roles with Breuners, Hendricks Furniture Group, Robb & Stucky and, most recently, as general merchandise manager at Stickley Audi and Co. “I am joining a company with an excellent leadership group, fantastic employees and an unparalleled reputation for quality and service,“ notes Sobiech. “Norris operates in one the most competitive markets in the country, and I look forward to aiding with the growth and development of the Norris brand throughout our trading areas.”

Surpassing the $1.5 million mark in charitable giving, Collier’s Reserve Country Club’s annual community gathering raised more than $125,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.

Lisa Van Dien will be general counsel/vice president and Sabra Smith will be vice president of human resources for London Bay Homes. A Florida Bar board certified real estate attorney and member of the Florida Bar since 1996, Van Dien has practiced law in Naples for more than 20 years. Smith joined London Bay Homes in 2014 and has more than 20 years of human resources experience in Southwest Florida.

Kitson & Partners has tapped builder Rick Severance to lead development of the company’s Babcock Ranch development project. Designed to accommodate 19,500 residences, a downtown area, lakes and nature trails, Babcock Ranch is planned to become home for approximately 50,000 residents. Severance previously served as senior vice president of planning, development and operations for St. Joe County in Florida, and as the chief executive officer for New Vector Ltd. In New York.

Aercon Autoclaved Aerated Concrete is pleased to announce that land has been purchased in the Lake Park area to build the first Aercon Home in Naples. Ground breaking for this model home will be in the next month and completion projected to be 6 – 8 months. This type of product has been used in Europe for over 70 years, but not fully introduced to the United States until the plant was built in Haines City, FL 21 years ago. Though it can be used in all applications of construction, the focus has been on commercial and industrial projects up until now. AERCON RESIDENTIAL will be headed up by Jim Berk and Susan Payne, both from Naples. Jim, originally from Boston, has been in building product distribution and real estate development for 30 years. Susan, originally from West Palm Beach, has been in real estate sales for 22 years. Aercon Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, is a fully integrated building system that is used like standard CMU concrete blocks or slabs, but is 50% lighter. It is totally green, does not require wallboard, insulation or wood framing, which saves construction time and labor costs. It is self insulated (acoustic and thermal), fire and termite resistant, hurricane rated and will lower heating and cooling costs substantially.

Robyn Bonaquist, president and founder of B-Squared Advertising of Naples (B2ads.com), has been selected as a panelist at the Information Management Network’s (IMN) forum being held in Miami. The organization’s third annual Real Estate Private Equity Forum on Land, Homebuilding & Condo Development will be held on April 5 and 6. Bonaquist will take part in a discussion on marketing and attracting U.S. and foreign homebuyers both pre- and post-construction. Topics include understanding key traits among millennials and baby boomers, social media in today’s market, triggers for buying pre-construction and the psychology behind first-time and second home buyers.

Bruno Air Conditioning (www.brunoair.com) received the SOAR Award from Trane on March 18 at the South Region Dealer Council Meeting held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This award is given annually to a recipient in recognition for being the leader for positive growth in sales and installations. Bruno Air was also named in Trane’s “Top 10” on March 5, 2016 for exceptional growth in new dealer development.

DeAngelis Diamond announced that Chris Curran has been promoted from project manager to preconstruction manager. Curran has been with DeAngelis Diamond for a year and has 14 years of experience in the construction industry. Curran graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

GATES Construction has completed a major renovation at The Glades Golf & Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s most established member-owned private country clubs. Located in Naples, the project involved a complete interior demolition and remodel of the single story clubhouse. The full remodel consisted of a new ballroom, card room, bar area, kitchen and bathrooms. Designed by Architects Unlimited, the project was complimented with new trim, finishes, flooring, fixtures, lighting and equipment.

Custom home builders A. Vernon Allen (avabuilder.com) of Naples marks 65 years of constructing homes in the city this week. The company began as the builder of choice for the development of Port Royal in the 1950s. Today, the company has more than 30 employees

D.R. Horton’s Southwest Florida division invites the public to tour the model at Toscana Isles. Located in North Venice, this Mediterranean-style gated community features two connected lakes, approximately 55- and 94-acres, respectively. Nine spacious home plans include many designer features and start in the low $300,000s. The one- and two-story home plans at Toscana Isles range from 1,804 to 3,461 square feet of living space, with three to four bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half baths, and a two- to three-car garage

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) has completed three improvement projects at Venice Municipal Airport in Venice. O-A-K’s work included a variety of reconstructive efforts to a number of taxiways and runways at the airport, along with other site and safety improvements.

WCI Communities has opened the sales center at Arborwood Preserve, its newest 332-acre master-planned Fort Myers community. The project’s eight new model homes, underway this spring, will highlight the selection of home designs and showcase the Arborwood Preserve lifestyle. Homes start from the LOW $200,000S

Pulte Homes has acquired 33 lots, and land development will begin this month for a new community in North Naples called Verona Pointe Estates. The gated community will feature natural gas, water views from nearly every home site, and one- and two-story homes ranging from 1,861 to more than 3,300 square feet.

Luxury custom homebuilder, Diamond Custom Homes, known for their state-of-the-art building techniques, superior quality and personalized style has announced the construction of six new estates in the notable community of Quail West in the upcoming year, 2016. With the additions of these builds, Diamond will now have worked on 23 homes in Quail West since the company’s formation in 2010.

GATES has started work on an extensive renovation project at the Lee County Justice Center, located in downtown Fort Myers. This project entails the renovation of the 2nd floor Justice Center and the 5th floor Justice Center Annex. All work will be performed in a fully operational building with minimal interruption.

Manhattan Construction (www.manhattanconstruction.com) has been awarded the contract for the amenity expansion to the pool area of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. The expansion involves developing the adjacent one-acre site to include a lazy-river pool wrapping around the project, a themed slide tower mimicking a treehouse, two speed slides and a tube slide and lush landscaping. The project is slated for completion in late November.

Pulte Homes will showcase six fully furnished and decorated model homes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at The Plantation golf course community located off Treeline Avenue just north of Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. Pulte is building single-family and coach homes in 10 different designs at The Plantation, priced from the $200,000s to low $700,000s.

Pulte Homes has three furnished and decorated model homes for touring at Bridgetown, located off Treeline Ave. in Fort Myers.

Pulte Homes will showcase six fully-furnished and decorated model homes Saturday, April 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Plantation golf course community located off Treeline Avenue just north of Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers.

DeAngelis Diamond is pleased to announce the promotion of Project Manager, Chris Curran, to Preconstruction Manager. Chris has been with DeAngelis Diamond for a year and has 14 years of experience in the construction industry. He has worked on several types of construction projects with a focus on healthcare facilities. Some of Chris’s previous project experience includes Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital in Franklin, TN, Holiday Inn Resort and Hotel in Pensacola Beach, FL, Auburn Justice Center Police Station and Courthouse in Auburn, WA as well as several projects for Vanderbilt University.

Jeff Scott, long-time Naples architect, has joined South Florida Architecture, partners Adnan Ahmedic and Greg Weber announced this month. Scott, a Naples architect for over 27 years, has completed several design projects locally which include The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Collier County Government Complex, Publix Supermarkets, Marshall’s and Office Depot.

Pulte Homes has acquired 33 lots and land development will begin this month for a new community in North Naples called Verona Pointe Estates. The community expects to start sales by December of this year.
“This 15-acre parcel is positioned along the Livingston Road corridor just north of Immokalee Road,” said Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division. “Homes in this area are highly desirable because of their district’s A-rated schools, and the convenience to shopping and entertainment, and parks and beaches.”

Pulte Homes recently hosted a model home showcase with four luxury models now open at Greyhawk at Golf Club of the Everglades, located off Vanderbilt Beach Road, two miles east of Collier Blvd.

Minto Communities Senior Vice President William Bullock announces that Minto Florida has received seven 2016 Eliant Homebuyers’ Choice Awards. Eliant is a customer experience management company that has surveyed buyers of new homes in North America for more than 30 years. Homebuyers’ Choice awards are presented annually to homebuilders throughout the United States and Canada judged by their own homebuyers to have provided the best customer experience. Minto has received consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys since joining the program. Winning homebuilders were selected based on results from more than 86,000 surveys issued by Eliant in 2015 to all recent homebuyers purchasing from more than 148 major U.S. and Canadian homebuilders.

South Florida Design partners, Adnan Ahmedic and Greg Weber, are pleased to announce the expansion of services for area building professionals. “We are excited to now offer professional rendering to builders, developers, interior designers and architects should they require this service,” states Adnan Ahmedic. Our rendering department is headed by Mario Menchaca, a specialist in his field. Mario studied Media Arts and Animation at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. With over 10 years of experience in architectural illustration, he has worked with multiple designers and developers throughout South Florida.

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County. Following graduation from Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Benson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University in DeLand and his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University in Miami. He has been in the construction industry for 15 years and joined A. Vernon Allen Builder in 2007. In 2013, he and Andrew Bringardner acquired the firm. Benson holds a LEED Green Associate accreditation and is a certified building contractor, real estate broker and community association manager. He previously served as president of Naples Gulf Shore Rotary Club and was on the board of trustees for Canterbury School for five years. Benson continues to guest lecture at Stetson’s School of Business.

DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group welcomes Senior Project Manager, Joshua Rhodes. Joshua has been in the construction industry for twelve years. He graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Engineering Technologies in 2006. Previously, Joshua worked for JE Dunn Construction as a Senior Project Manager and has completed multiple projects ranging from 1,500 sq.ft. to 280,000 sq.ft. He has extensive experience working in the healthcare industry: some of his top projects include Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg, VA, Eastside Medical Center North Tower Expansion and Renovations in Snellville, GA and Brandon Regional Medical Center 3rd Floor Buildout and Emergency Department Expansion and Renovations in Brandon, FL.

Bay Design Warehouse Sale, Save up to 75%, Open to the public, Sat. 3/19 & Sun. 3/20. 2155 J & C Blvd. Naples off Airport Pulling Rd. & 326 13th Ave. S., 3/19 & 3/28. GREAT SAVINGS. For more detail call Na-Ann Poole, Interior Designer, 326 13th Ave. S., Naples FL 34102, o.239.649.0906/c.662.816.7458, naann@baydesignstore.com.

Luxury custom homebuilder, Diamond Custom Homes, has recently completed an all-new private residence in the highly regarded community of Grey Oaks. More specifically, the estate resides within the Grey Oaks Country Club neighborhood of Miramonte—a picturesque enclave of 36 Mediterranean-style villas, all featuring lake and garden views lining stunning, brick-paved streets.

BUILD welcomes Nick Walker – Assistant Project Manager. Nick has experience estimating and managing a diverse set of both construction and fiber optic projects. He monitors project performance to ensure that both the construction process and the product exceed client expectations. His coordination of problem-solving efforts are unmatched!

London Bay Homes has reintroduced its popular two-story Cordoba model, a three-bedroom home with two full-size kitchens and architectural design reminiscent of a rustic estate in the Italian countryside. The fully furnished single-family home, located in Mediterra’s Cortile neighborhood, has a stone façade, an intimate interior courtyard, walled entry courtyard and dramatic features: a circular rotunda foyer, interior stone and brick walls, and wood and beamed ceilings.

London Bay Homes has nine luxury single-family model homes now open for viewing in Old Naples, the Estuary at Grey Oaks and Mediterra.“Our newest model homes appeal to a variety of lifestyles, offering scenarios for discerning homebuyers dreaming of the beach, the country club experience or a more urban environment close to downtown Naples’ shops and restaurants,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of London Bay Homes, a leader in the Southwest Florida luxury home market for 25 years. “Our models provide a true sense of place with a nod to coastal, island-inspired and Italian architectural detailing and interior design.”

Minto Communities has been named title sponsor of the first ever US Open Pickleball Championships (USOPC) to be held in Naples, April 26 through May 1, 2016, at East Naples Community Park. More than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete for top prize money. The US Open Pickleball Championships will be held in Naples for the next three years with the goal to make it an ongoing annual event. According to USOPC founder and President Terri Graham, “We are very excited that Minto has joined us as title sponsor. It is the perfect partnership as Minto’s target audience is our target audience. Sixty-eight percent of Pickleball players are over age 55 so there is a perfect correlation between our audience and Minto’s homebuyers.” Graham notes that organizers estimate that approximately 10,000 spectators will attend during the Championships dates.

GATES Construction has broken ground on a new retail center located at 28245 Tamiami Trail South in Bonita Springs, on a one acre outparcel to Springs Plaza. The project entails a complete demolition of the existing structure (former Pizza Hut) and will feature a brand new 7,500 square foot retail center. The new retail center will accommodate five new store fronts with high visibility and approximately 250 foot frontage on Tamiami Trail. Art Concepts, Inc. is providing architectural design services. Completion is scheduled for summer 2016.

Mark A. Young, vice president and mortgage manager at IberiaBank Mortgage, has been awarded the 2016 Five-Star Mortgage Professional designation for the fifth consecutive year. Founded in 2003, Five Star Professional conducts research for over 45 markets in the U.S. and Canada and award candidates are identified through nominations received by consumers and real estate agents. market.

The Club at Mediterra was recently recognized by the Green Restaurant Association as a two-star Certified Green Restaurant. Naples’ premier private golf and beach club community, Mediterra is the nation’s first private residential community country club to receive the prestigious designation. The Beach Club and Mediterra’s catering division also received two-star ratings based on implementation of 49 environmental practices. Only one other restaurant in Florida – the public Toro Toro in Miami – has received the GRA’s certification.

Timothy Healy, Donald Triolo and Brandon Reiff, all experienced information technology recruiters, have joined The Morisey-Dart Group, a nationwide Naples-based executive search firm, as it expands into the IT sector.

IberiaBank will host two document shredding events to which residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts and junk mail safely from 9 a.m. to noon April 16 at 605 Bald Eagle Drive in Marco Island, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1905 Pine Ridge Road in Naples. Shredding services will be conducted by Shred-It. A $3 per box voluntary donation will be collected for Camp Angels at the Naples event and the Marco Eagle Sanctuary at the Marco Island event.

The Ronto Group has selected three design firms to create the interiors of the model residences to be presented at Seaglass at Bonita Bay, a 26-floor, 120-unit high-rise tower to be built by Ronto within Bonita Bay. The designs will be created by Robb & Stucky International, Cinnabar Design, and Renee Gaddis Interiors. The models will include the finishes now on display at the Seaglass Design Studio at the Seaglass Sales Center at 26951 Country Club Drive within Bonita Bay.

TwinEagles reported that Lennar Corp.’s Kinross neighborhood continues to generate strong sales. Three sales contracts were processed in Kinross during January. Two furnished models are available for viewing and two unfurnished, move-in ready homes have been completed and are available for purchase. Seven other move-in ready residences are slated for completion in February and March. Kinross features 86 home sites measuring 52-feet wide and 145-feet deep or deeper that showcase TwinEagles’ heralded views. Sixty buildable sites remain available.

Rosier Insurance collaborated with Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers (DVIC) (DVIC.us) to provide on-the-job training for its most recent class of disabled veterans. The DVIC class was given the opportunity to train at the Rosier Insurance office in Bonita Springs, receiving hands-on experience and specialized training from Rosier Insurance employees.

Welcome New CBIA Members! Allure Cabinetry, Almo Corporation,EPIC Audio Video, FASTSIGNS, Smith Brothers Tile & Marble & Synergy CTS!

Thank You CBIA Renewing Members! Accent Business Products, Anders-Monahan Insurance Agency, Atlas Pile Driving, BCBE Construction LLC, B-Squared Advertising, Business Technology Insight, Ciano’s Tile & Custom Finishes, Covelli Development Group, Kaye Lifestyle Homes, Diamond Custom Homes, Discovery Senior Living, Florida Stairworks & Carpentry, Gordon Luxury Homes, Gulfshore Business, Hagedorn & Son Construction Company, Hampson Design Construction, Inc., Lutgert Insurance, Monarch Builders & Remodelers,Monark Premium Appliance Co, Raymond Building Supply, Stroemer & Company, LLC, Tamiami Ford, The Lykos Group, Inc., The Richard A Fritz Company, Toll Brothers, Jean Sweet (Affiliate), Tollot & C, Turn Key Construction, Wegman Design Group, White Aluminum, Wm J Varian Construction Co Inc, Wilson & Assoc. RE/VI LTD Partnership!

Collins and DuPont Design Group was awarded both Top Houzz Awards for 2016 ! Best of Houzz 2016 – DesignYour portfolio was voted most popular by the Houzz community. Best of Houzz 2016 – Client Satisfaction Rated at the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

Discovery Senior Living won five awards in the 2016 Best of 55+ Housing Awards from the National Association of Home Builders, honoring excellence in building, design and marketing of housing for boomers and beyond at the recent International Builders Show in Las Vegas. The Bonita Springs-based corporation won a gold and four silvers.

GATES Construction has completed renovations at the Seminole Casino Hotel located at 506 S. 1st Street in Immokalee, FL. The project involved a complete demolition and rebuild of a new casino lobby entrance. Extensive interior renovation and decorating were customized to tailor the casino floor. On the exterior, a new vestibule and valet area were incorporated to personalize the casino experience.

Three single-family model homes are now open for viewing in WCI Communities’ LaMorada Naples, a new community planned for 343 luxury homes with views of lakes and nature preserves and amenities and a clubhouse on scale with a much larger country club community.

Diamond Custom Homes, a notable Luxury custom home builder in Southwest Florida, has recently completed construction of a beautiful private residence in the Naples community of Quail West. The all-new estate is the 11th Diamond home in the highly respected neighborhood.

Minto Communities announces plans for three new communities in Florida, expanding the company into new markets, and totaling 17,900 lots and 4.2 million square feet of commercial space. The new communities are located in Naples, Daytona Beach and Palm Beach. Minto’s age-restricted 55-and-better community in Daytona Beach, located just west of I-95 off LPGA Boulevard.  This new resort-style community will offer 3,400 residences and 215,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial space, along with an array of world-class amenities.

Randy Thibaut, Land Solutions has been awarded the accredited land consultant designation of the Realtors Land Institute. Randy Thibaut is a BIA Emeritus Board Member and Builders Care Board Member.
WCI Communities announces LaMorada Grand Opening, February 28th. LaMorada Naples offers a variety of luxury single- and multi-family home designs offering from 1,710 to more than 5,000 square feet of air-conditioned living space.
Markham Norton Mostelller Wright & Co., P.A. has been named title sponsor for the 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SWFL Award, presented by the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University.
DeAngelis Diamond is pleased to announce the promotion of project managers, Billy Hawkins and Craig Bryant, to senior project managers.
DeAngelis Diamond is pleased to announce the promotion of Harold Morgan, estimator/project manager, to chief estimator for all commercial projects. Harold has 25 years of experience in the construction industry.

Luxury custom home builder, Diamond Custom Homes, has recently launched its all-new estate management division. The service is offered to both current and previous clients, as well as all other luxury homeowners in the greater Naples area.

GATES Construction has broken ground at Northside Medical Plaza, a second phase medical office building located at 1879 Veterans Park Drive in Naples. The 25,000-square-foot two-story building will be a replica of a medical plaza GATES completed in 2010. The medical plaza can accommodate a variety of medical offices, including internal medicine, general and pediatric dentistry, and a certified surgery center. Associates in Architecture is providing architectural design services. Completion is scheduled for spring 2016.

Randy Thomas, Director of Sales at Good Deals Appliances, has been named SMC Chair with the LBIA.Hilton Naples announced that it has been awarded the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for the fourth straight year. The award places the hotel among the top five percent of wedding venues worldwide.

Developer Kitson & Partners reported that closed land sales and new construction contracts valued at $160.37 million were processed at the Talis Park community in North Naples in 2015. Ninety-two homes are currently under construction within Talis Park and 123 homes have been completed.

The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples by Minto Communities received a prestigious Silver Award at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) for”Best Mixed Community.” Minto is one of only three recipients to be recognized in this category in the entire country. Winners were announced at the 2016 International Builder Show in Las Vegas on January 20.

Pulte Homes at Corkscrew Shores has scheduled an amenity center showcase for visitors on Saturday Feb. 20 at the gated luxury community located on Corkscrew Road three miles east of I-75 in Estero.

WCI Communities is now accepting reservations for newly introduced Terrace Homes presented within the first two of eight, three-story mid-rises in Viansa at Talis Park in Naples. Offering 2,350 square feet of living area, 48 Viansa Terrace Homes will feature nature preserve views.

Ava Maria Development has been designated a Top 50 master-planned community in the country for 2015 by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. It ranked 40th with 283 new home sales in 2015, a 25 percent increase over new home sales a year ago. More than 230 communities were evaluated for the list. For the full report, visit http://realestateconsulting.com/23263‐new‐home‐sales‐last‐year‐top‐50‐masterplans‐14‐ increase‐2014.

Minto Communities (www.mintofla.com) has submitted the Stewardship Receiving Area (www.rurallandswest.com) Town Plan for the master-planned community of Rural Lands West. The plan outlines development on 4,000 acres while another 12,000 acres are being set aside for wildlife habitat and flow-ways. Rural Lands West is being permitted in accordance with Collier County’s Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA) Program, which encourages the protection of natural resources, retention of agricultural uses, and diversification of the rural economy through an incentive-based credit system. The permit application seeks approval for up to 10,000 residential units and a total of 1.9 million square feet of commercial space that will provide additional services for the benefit of the residents of eastern Collier County. The mixed-use community will be located in eastern Collier County on approximately 4,000 acres currently owned by Collier Enterprises’ (www.collierenterprises.com) affiliates. The plans include a variety of housing options, churches, parks, golf and a town center with commercial, retail, entertainment and dining.

South Florida Design has been awarded “Best Of Service” on Houzz®, which is the leading platform for home remodeling and design. A residential design firm servicing Naples and surrounding areas, South Florida Design was selected from over 1 million active industry professionals by the 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Lee Building Industry Association (www.bia.net) recognized several building industry members and leaders for their service to the industry at the BIA Installation of Officers and Directors in November. Recognized were: Randal Mercer, CRE Consultants, and Randy Thibaut, Land Solutions, as Board Members of the Year; Carl Barraco Jr., Barraco & Associates as BIA Member of the Year; Donna Sodaker, Wayne Wiles Floorcoverings ,and Christine Callari, Five County Insurance for Volunteers of the Year; Sherri Rozzi, Norris Home Furnishings, for Rising Star Award; Michael Kosinski, CliftonLarsenAllen CPA, as the Associate of the Year; Mark Penfield (Greener Lands Development), Bob Knight (Paul Homes), Bobby Lyons (Lyons Housing), David Malt (Malt Construction); Dan Beiter and Randal Mercer (CRE Consultants) for their Governmental Liaison efforts. Lee BIA President, Victor duPont, duPont Builders was presented the highest honor of Builder of the Year. The BIA announced the first recipients of the Legacy Award: Michael Reitmann, for his 30 years of service to the industry and community as the former Lee BIA Executive Vice President; and Robert Stewart, for his 30-plus years of service to the community as Lee County’s Building Official and Deputy Director of Development Services.

Neal Communities has started land clearing and initial construction activity at Daniels Place, a 50-acre parcel on Freshman Lane on the corner of Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. Neal Communities’ will build 85 single-family homes at the gated community. The company will build homes from its Cove Series of floor plans offering living areas from 1,870 to 2,379 square feet with two, three and four bedrooms, two-and three-car garages, and Mediterranean and French Country-style elevations. www.nealcommunities.com.

Diamond Custom Homes, announced its latest project, Basseterre, which broke ground in December. Basseterre will add to Diamond’s collection of homes available for purchase in the notable Naples community of Quail West and is currently available for $4.7 million, www.diamondcustomhomesfl.com.

GATES Construction has completed a major renovation project at Windstar on Naples Bay, one of Southwest Florida’s finest member-owned private country clubs. Located in Naples, the project involved a complete floor to ceiling interior demolition and remodel. The 2-story clubhouse received a new wine room, accented ceilings, ballroom flooring and doors. Designed by McWard Architects, the projected was complimented with new trim and finishes.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Joy Tutino as Business Development Assistant. Tutino is responsible for Business Development for GATES construction within the community while developing and maintaining client relations. Tutino received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University and has four years of marketing experience in Florida.

BCBE Construction LLC has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award winning General Contractor with over 40 years of experience was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

BUILD of Naples has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 10 year old luxury builder was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

BUILD has recently broken ground on a 10,000 square foot clubhouse for the new WCI community, LaMorada, on Woodcrest Drive just off of Immokalee Road in Naples. This is the fourth WCI community BUILD has been involved with in as many years.

Luxury custom estate builder, Diamond Custom Homes, is proud to announce their latest project, Basseterre, which broke ground in December 2015. Basseterre will add to Diamond’s collection of homes available for purchase in the notable Naples community of Quail West and is currently available for $4.700,000. Named for its West Indies contemporary style, Basseterre will feature architecture by RG Designs. The estate will boast a beautiful combination of timeless style and 21st Century accessibility, along with 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths as well as a pool bath and powder room.

William Turner has joined Encore Bank as vice president, branch administration. Turner will work with all six of Encore’s branch teams to assist with operational functions, as well as the implementation of Encore’s sales and client service initiatives. Turner comes to Encore Bank with more than 17 years of banking experience as a commercial lender, credit underwriter, branch manager and corporate trainer.

Greg Ulrich, founder and president of KGT Remodeling,has been named the 2015 Remodeler of the Year by the Collier Building Industry Association. Ulrich received the award during the CBIA annual holiday party. The award marks the second time KGT Remodeling has been honored by the CBIA in 2015. KGT was also recognized for Excellence in Space Renovation by a Remodeler at the September Sand Dollar Awards.

ARGO Land Development-Site clearing has officially started today (Dec 17th) at one of our developments.  The Site is called Argo Warm Springs and is 114 acres located at Collier & Immokalee (along Tree Farm Road).  We have sold the lots to Mattamy Homes who will be building 273 new single family homes on the site.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Marci Tiebout-Touron as the Chief Financial Officer. Tiebout-Touron is responsible for all of GATES financial management, as well as, overseeing the Accounting department. Tiebout-Touron is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and received her MBA at the University of Connecticut. She has 29 years of accounting and finance experience in Connecticut and Florida.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Barry Boran has satisfied the educational requirements of the Insurance Institute of America to earn the 2-20 General Lines (Property & Casualty) designation. Barry Boran is a Risk Management Specialist in their Personal Insurance Division.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Sara Hines has satisfied the educational requirements of the Insurance Institute of America to earn the AIM designation. Sara Hines is the Administration Department Manager for the company. Mrs. Hines has worked at IRMS for 3 years.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Vicki Konieczko has satisfied the educational requirements of the Florida Department of Financial Services to earn her 4-40 License. Vicki is a Client Service Specialist in their Business Insurance Division. Ms. Konieczko has worked at IRMS for 1 1/2 years and has 12 years of experience in the insurance industry.

London Bay Homes has selected award-winning Romanza Interior Design to create the interior design of its fourth luxury custom home under construction near the old Naples area. Located at 541 Neapolitan Lane in Park Shore, the three-bedroom, three-bath Anguilla is just blocks from shopping and dining at the picturesque Village on Venetian Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beaches at Clam Pass Park. For more information call Toby Cloutier at 239-280-7367.

Pulte Home Corp. has expanded its existing headquarters at Walden Center in Bonita Springs to 24,345 square feet. Randal Mercer and Brandon Stoneburner of CRE Consultants represented the lessor, and Enn Luthringer, CCIM, also of CRE Consultants, represented the lessee in negotiating the terms of the lease and expansion.

Owen-Ames-Kimball (OAK) Co. has promoted Jan Prindle to vice president of the OAK Florida Inc. board of directors. Prindle will also continue serving in her role as secretary of the board. Prindle joined OAK’s accounting department in 2000 and in January 2013 was promoted to manager of accounting services and human resources.

RWA Inc. Vice President John Williams has been elected to serve on Collier Building Industry Association’s 2016 board of directors. RWA also recently added Ashley Caserta, who recently received AICP certification, as planning project manager. With more than 10 years of experience in Southwest Florida, Caserta is responsible for providing planning consulting services to public and private sector clients.

WCI Communities has begun construction on Club LaMorada, the 13,700-square-foot clubhouse at LaMorada Naples, a 200-acre community of 343 luxury homes featuring lake and nature preserve views. LaMorada Naples is located on Woodcrest Drive off Immokalee Road in Naples, approximately one mile east of Collier Boulevard/CR 951 and less than five miles from 1-75.

GATES Construction has completed a new upscale theater for Silverspot Cinema at the University Mall in Chapel Hill, NC. The 67,000 square foot theater features 13 screens, approximately 1,500 lush leather seats, restaurant and lounge with a full bar. Located in the space previously occupied by Dillard’s, the project included raising the roof to accommodate an entirely new interior structure to meet the clearance requirements for the theater’s advanced projection screens. Lavishly comfortable seating, a restaurant and bar, and “old Hollywood” design elements, including a red carpeted entry, make for a first class dinner and a movie experience. Architectural design was provided by Kansas City, MO based iConArchitecture + Fabrication. The theater, which opened to rave reviews, is the 3rd Silverspot location in the United States thus far. Other locations are in Naples, FL and Coconut Creek, Florida. GATES Construction, based in Bonita Springs, is proud to call Silverspot Cinema a long standing repeat client and looks forward to building many more throughout the nation.

The fully furnished St. Kitts estate model, by Diamond Custom Homes, has recently been sold. Built in the esteemed community of Quail West, St. Kitts was listed for $3,545,000 including furnishing. Overlooking the second fairway of the Lakes Golf Course, the home features architecture inspired by the West Indies and encompasses 5,430 square feet of living space and 7,784 total square feet. The estate hosts four bedrooms with den and five-and-a-half baths. Interiors are by Charlie Hansen and Rebekah Errett-Pikosky of Clive Daniel Home. The overall design is sleek, featuring dark cabinetry integrated with warm, natural finishes to create a “comfortably chic” atmosphere. The color palette includes grays and browns with olive accents.

DeAngelis Diamond Construction has begun building the Amenity Center at Winding Cypress, a new DiVosta Community, located at Collier Blvd. between Verona Walk Blvd. and U.S. 41 in Naples, FL.
When completed the amenity center will include a 13,000 square foot clubhouse with various activity rooms, a catering kitchen and library. There is a state of the art fitness center and aerobics studio, heated resort style swimming pool, spa, barefoot bar, bocce ball courts, tennis courts, dog park, and walking trails. In total, the amenity center will be 21,747 square foot.
Construction has commenced and is on schedule to be completed fall 2016.

BUILD recently completed the 6,600 square foot renovation of JFCS of Southwest Florida’s administrative offices and senior center. The building, located at 5025 Castello Drive in Naples, Florida, was renovated in two phases to ensure minimum disruption to the community. The first phase, the second floor, converted gray shell space into new administrative offices. The second phase completed was a new and enhanced senior citizen counseling center on the first floor. The Senior Center now boasts a new reception area, computer classroom, art studio, storage space, meeting offices, and multiple pantries to complement the existing warming kitchen.

GATES has begun construction of a new senior community in North Naples for Beztak Properties. Construction crews recently broke ground at the 8 ½ acre project site, located at 15450 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL. All Seasons Naples includes independent living, assisted living, and memory care and will have 189 one and two-bedroom apartments housed in multi-story buildings with courtyards, balconies and high end finishes. Many of the apartments will have full kitchens. All Seasons Naples will offer a tranquil yet active environment with a wide array of social activities. Community features will include lush landscaping, gardens, and a footbridge leading to a lighted lakeside gazebo. Other amenities will include a full restaurant style kitchen, private dining room, bistro bar, library, salon, fitness center, physical therapy, and memory care center. Project completion is anticipated in early 2017.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Alexander Hawkins has satisfied the educational requirements of the Assistant Risk Managers of Ohio to earn the Cyber Liability Designation. Alexander is an Underwriting Specialist in the Business Insurance Division. Mr. Hawkins has worked at IRMS for 1 year and has 1 year of experience in the insurance industry.

Herscoe Hajjar Architects is pleased to announce its participation in the Collier County Public Schools INCubatoredu program, which offers students an authentic entrepreneurship experience. Representing the first and only architecture firm involved in the public schools’ entrepreneurship initiative, HHA’s principals Rob Herscoe and Michael Hajjar, as well as other architects in the firm will act as “Coaches.” In conjunction with teachers, they will co-teach students interested in the fields of Architecture/Drafting/Design at Barron Collier High School. Andrea Gordon, Director of Business Development and Marketing at the firm, has been authorized as a weekly mentor to the program to coach students on branding and marketing for their concepts. The INCubatoredu program offers students the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service. Local entrepreneurs and business experts serve as coaches and mentors, guiding student teams through the startup processes, combined with foundational business concepts such as marketing and finance.

Neal Communities Named Builder of the Year by Professional Builder!! “Our entire team is deeply committed to improving the lives of the people we serve with superior customer service, products and value…To be recognized for excellence with this prestigious award is a special honor that we are humbled and pleased to accept.” Read the article here: http://www.probuilder.com/2015-builder-year-neal-communities

WCI Communities completes Sarasota National clubhouse. In the 13,167-square-foot main clubhouse, The Palm Club offers a full-service dining room with adjacent bar and lounge. A library, coffee room, meeting room and multipurpose room also are available for resident use.

WCI Communities has completed the clubhouse at Livingston Lakes, its community that combines a carefree lifestyle with a location close to Gulf of Mexico beaches and the area’s renowned shopping, dining, and arts and cultural venues.
The 3,343-square-foot lakefront clubhouse was designed to serve as the hub of social and recreational activities for community residents. For more info on Livingston Lakes: http://livingstonlakes.wcicommunities.com/

Florida Stairworks & Carpentry, LLC received 2 Stair Craft awards at the 2015 annual Stair Manufacturers Association Meeting. Their dedicated efforts to build architectural master pieces and attention to detail, won them the People’s Choice Best Straight Stair and Best Stair from Stock Components. These award winning staircases are located in Collier County, and featured in BCB Homes projects. The SMA Stair Craft Awards recognizes the best staircase projects of the industry. So, it is truly an accomplishment to win these awards and shows their team’s dedication to producing an excellent product. Their designers, stair builders, and installers take great pride in their work and craftsmanship and these awards are a culmination of their hard work. There is no higher honor in this industry.

Minto Communities was honored by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) as one of Florida’s Top 15 Green Home Builders at a recent awards banquet that took place during the 2015 GreenTrends Conference in Orlando. According to FGBC Executive Director Suzanne Cook, “These builders are being recognized for their conscientious green building efforts in creating healthier and safer homes and a more sustainable Florida. As FGBC marks its 15th anniversary, we are pleased to salute their contributions to creating more resilient communities and protecting Florida’s natural resources.”

GATES Construction (www.gatesinc.com) has completed a major renovation project at Island Country Club (www.island-countryclub.org) in Marco Island. The project involved a complete floor-to-ceiling kitchen renovation and remodel. The kitchen received a new cooling system and new food service equipment, flooring, plumbing, electrical wiring, and ceiling tile. Designed by Humphrey Rosal Architects, the project entailed moving walls to create a more efficient work flow and adding new trim and finishes to complete the update.

IberiaBank and Henry Johnson & Associates, PA, Attorneys at Law will finish out this season’s lunch and learn lecture series with a presentation centered around board member and officer responsibilities for condominium and homeowners associations. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the IberiaBank branch at 2150 Goodlette Road N. in Naples. Registration is required by calling (239) 403-6670. The seminar is open to the public, however, seating is limited.

Weber Design Group, a premier architectural design firm developed in Naples 24 years ago, is announcing the expansion of their firm with a new office located in North Palm Beach. This new location will also design and produce luxury single family residences as well as a variety of commercial projects, catering to the greater East Coast area.

PulteGroup. Construction is underway on a new amenity center at Winding Cypress DiVosta’s newest gated community in Naples. When completed, the DiVosta amenity center will include a heated resort style swimming pool and spa, a 13,000 square foot community club house, with multi-purpose activity room, library, internet lounge, state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio along with outdoor barefoot bar and fire pit, bocce ball courts, tennis courts and dog park.

DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group has completed the first Freestanding ER in Collier County. Completed ahead of schedule, the 43,000 square foot emergency department and physician offices facility is located on the northeast side of Naples, at the intersection of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Jill Longfellow has passed an examination that will lead to her CPCU designation from The Institutes. Jill is an Underwriting Assistant in their Business Insurance Division. Ms. Longfellow has worked at IRMS for 8 years and has 8 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Donna Engel has satisfied the educational requirements of the Insurance Institute of America to earn the AIM designation. Mrs. Engel (Donna) is the Service Department Manager for IRMS. Mrs. Engel has worked at IRMS for 13 years and has 18 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Melissa Milito has satisfied the educational requirements of the Insurance Institute of America to earn the AIS designation. Melissa Milito is a Client Service Manager in their Business Insurance Division. Mrs. Milito has worked at IRMS for 4 1/2 years and has 4 1/2 years of experience in the insurance industry.

The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA) inducted its 2015 officers and board of directors on Nov. 13. Dan Beiter of Riverview Homes will serve as the Lee BIA’s 2016 board of directors’ president. First vice president is Randal Mercer of CRE Consultants, secretary is Frank Jenkins of Harbourside Custom Homes, and treasurer is Michael Kosinski of CliftonLarsonAllen. George Knott of Knott Ebelini & Hart, PA will serve again for 2016 as Lee BIA’s legal counsel. The 2016 Board of Directors is as follows: Mike Dannenhauer, Five County Insurance; Barbara Smith, GL Homes; Steve Gabor, Lennar Homes; Courtney Neuhausel, SC Custom Homes; Bob Bassett, BB&T; Sherri Rozzi, Norris Home Furnishings; Robert Himschoot, Crews Environmental; Butch Ritter Jr., Cape Coral Plumbing; Annette Nilles, Nilles Design; Gregg Truxton, Bolaños Truxton, P.A.; Mark Wiles, Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings; Ted Gaduoury, J. L. Wallace; Bob Marion, Argos RMX; Carl Barraco Jr., Barraco & Associates; and Bob Imig, Stock Development.

GATES Construction has started construction of a new high school and gymnasium at the North Naples Church campus located at 6000 Goodlette Road North, Naples, FL. The project expands on the current offerings of The Village School which now provides classes from Pre-K through middle school. The new high school will emphasize STEAM curriculum with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. In addition to classrooms, the project includes a music room, television studio, science lab, offices, bookstore, and areas inside and outside the classrooms for academics and socializing. A separate gymnasium building will include locker rooms, fitness center and versatile gym floor. Design services were provided by BSSW Architects. The project is expected to completed in the Summer of 2016.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Vicki Konieczko has satisfied the educational requirements of the Insurance Institute of America to earn the AINS designation. Vicki is a Client Service Specialist in their Business Insurance Division. Ms. Konieczko has worked at IRMS for 1 1/2 years and has 12 years of experience in the insurance industry. www.IRMSinc.com

RWA Inc. (www.consult-RWA.com) announced that Patrick Vanasse will assume a new role within the company as community development director toward the end of 2015. Vanasse will be involved in the strategic development of the firm’s initiatives along with business development and client relationships. Vanasse will continue to provide higher-level advisory support on land-use planning and entitlement projects. Over the next few months, his on-going involvement in RWA’s current project workload will be the firm’s highest priority. RWA will be recruiting additional planners to work within the company’s existing planning group and new operating scheme.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named Cindy Volk top sales leader for November for Pelican Preserve! Volk has more than 20 years of experience as an onsite agent in the Southwest Florida area specializing in master-planned golf course communities and waterfront properties.
Read more information on Pelican Preserve: http://www.pelicanpreservelifestyles.com/

KGT Remodeling (www.kgtremodeling.com) has joined the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA Florida Southwest is an all-volunteer organization made up of architects from the Southwest Florida region and serves as a resource to both its membership and to the communities they work in. By belonging to the AIA, members have made a commitment to meet continuing education standards, and to serve their communities through advocacy programs at the state and local levels.

Stevens Construction has completed construction of FineMark National Bank & Trust. Located at 800 Laurel Oak Drive, the project included an 8,400-square-foot build-out and it houses a community room, four conference rooms, lounges, reception, teller stations and a commercial kitchen. The Stevens Construction team included Dan Adams, project manager; JJ Slaugh, superintendent; and Kathryn Gomez, project administrator. MHK Architecture & Planning was the architect of record

Renée Gaddis Interiors was recently selected to design a model for the new Kalea Bay high-rise project in North Naples. Kalea Bay is being developed along an enclave of Vanderbilt Drive, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The first 23-story, luxury tower will be comprised of 120 residences. Each of the residences within the high-rises feature more than 3,500 square feet of living area and include interior elements in premium finishes, wood flooring, quality Wolf appliances and more.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of October for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include:
– Hampton Park: Elise McMahon
– Pelican Preserve: Cindy Volk
– Cypress Bend at Shadow Wood Preserve: DJ Johnson
– Carrara at Talis Park: Shoshana Yeager
– Raffia Preserve: Jamie Meisterheim
– Livingston Lakes: Lisa Potts i
– Artesia Naples: Fred Zuccarelli

WCI Communities has announced the plans for Club LaMorada, the 13,700-square-foot clubhouse at LaMorada Naples, a 200-acre community of 343 luxury homes featuring lake and nature preserve views.
“LaMorada Naples homebuyers will have the best of everything,” said Lou Paratore, regional director of sales for WCI Communities. “While the neighborhoods will feel intimate, Club LaMorada’s upscale amenities are on par with those of a much larger country club community,” he said.

Magnolia, the newest addition to Diamond Customs Homes‘ model gallery is under construction and scheduled to be complete by Spring 2016. Located in the prestigious Naples community of Quail West, the estate home is currently available for purchase at $3,745,000.
Aptly named, Magnolia will be a 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath masterpiece with a clean white exterior, reminiscent of classic, southern low-country architecture designed by John Cooney of Stofft Cooney Architects.

WCI Communities has announced the plans for Club LaMorada, the 13,700-square-foot clubhouse at LaMorada Naples, a 200-acre community of 343 luxury homes featuring lake and nature preserve views.

London Bay Homes is midway through construction of the Belita Two-Story, a luxury maintenance-free villa model in Lucarno at Mediterra.The three-bedroom Belita Two-Story offers a study, formal dining room and a gourmet-inspired kitchen with a freestanding island breakfast bar and adjoining café, home office and walk-in pantry. Two guest suites, each with a walk-in closet and private full bath, are located on the second floor, which also has a loft and wet bar with under-counter refrigerator, and double doors leading to a Romeo and Juliet balcony. The model is scheduled for completion in January 2016.

Jake Adamonis, executive sous chef at The Club at Mediterra (www.MediterraNaples.com), won the 2015 Taste of Elegance Pork Signature Competition during the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Show in Orlando in October. Adamonis’ award-winning dish beat out 12 other chef competitors and past champions for the gold medal and trophy. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show highlights the newest menu trends, state-of-the-art design and décor, and the best in the businesses education.

Stevens Construction begins construction of new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation facility at Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Stevens Construction is building a new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation area at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s von Arx Wildlife Hospital. The expansion includes new wildlife recovery areas and outside structures that will allow the Conservancy to enhance its care of wildlife with the goal of rehabilitating animals and returning them to the wild.The expansion will also feature a new educational complex that will allow visitors to view the Conservancy’s permanent resident animals, former patient unable to be released due to the extent of their injuries. Visitors will learn about the threats to native wildlife and what the public can do to protect and prevent wildlife injuries. The project is slated for completion in spring of 2016

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named Tammy Lewis top sales leader for September for LaMorada Naples! Lewis has more than 16 years of banking and real estate experience in the Naples market, as well as operations management expertise. For more information about LaMorada Naples, http://lamorada.wcicommunities.com/

WCI Communities celebrates Altaira project commencement. Executives from WCI Communities and Suffolk Construction were joined by officials from the city of Bonita Springs, including Deputy Mayor Stephen McIntosh, City Manager Carl Schwing and Council member Peter Simmons, to celebrate the project commencement of Altaira®, WCI’s new luxury tower of 76 Sky Homes® in The Colony Golf & Bay Club in Bonita Springs.
Visit www.WCICommunities.com for more information.

DeAngelis Diamond attended the annual Summit Awards held by the Building Industry Association on October 17, 2015, at the Quail West Golf and Country Club. DeAngelis Diamond received four out of seven awards for marketing and advertising including; Best Overall Onsite Signage, Best Magazine Ad, Best Logo and Best Print or Newsletter Publication. Three awards included Summit Award for Best Commercial Contractor’s Project with Covenant Presbyterian Church, Summit Award for Best Commercial Contractor’s Project with Harbor Isle Clubhouse and a Pinnacle Award for Best Commercial Contractor’s Project with Island Walk
Clubhouse.

Norris Furniture & Interiors has opened their newest showroom and design center at 8001 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “The Norris name has served the home furnishings and interior design needs of Southwest Florida for more than a quarter century,” notes owner Larry Norris. “We are very pleased to now present our outstanding lines of fine home furnishings, interior design services, and great professional team to the residents of Sarasota and surrounding communities.”

Deangelis Named Preferred Contractor for $70 Million Project. DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group (www.ddhealthcaregroup.com) has been selected to enter into contract negotiation for the construction of a medical village in Estero after winning a competitive request for qualification process for the Lee Memorial Hospital Mixed Use Healthcare Development and Retail Services project. The contract will be presented for approval at the next meeting of the Lee Memorial Health System board of directors on Oct. 22. The project is located on a 31-acre site that Lee Memorial has owned since 2004 on the south side of Coconut Road in Estero. It will total 136,900 square feet and proposes to serve as the only medical center in southern Lee County addressing service gaps around the area.

WCI Communities has named Shawn Ruhlman as a community representative at Artesia Naples, the company’s 261-acre master-planned community centrally located between Marco Island beaches and Fifth Avenue South in Naples.

John Wiseman of Core Construction and a member of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association and former President of the Collier Building Industry Association, was inducted into the Florida Housing Hall of Fame, Florida Home Builders Association. As President of the Florida Home Builders Association, Wiseman was instrumental in raising the bar of integrity and professionalism. He oversaw changes to FHBA fiscal policies and to the membership of the board of Florida Home Builders Insurance Company resulting in expanded insurance markets and greater dividends for FHBA. Under the guidance of his tenure as FHBA President, the FHBA Building University of Individual Leadership Development was established.

Diamond Custom Homes has proudly announced a new website with the style and sophistication to match the custom home experience they provide to Southwest Florida’s most elite clientele. The new site, www.DiamondCustomHomesFL.com, features a bold and clean design along with intuitive, user-friendly responsiveness. Combined with straightforward messaging, the site utilizes stunning photography of Diamond’s work, successfully setting the mood for a top-tier viewing and website experience.

WCI Communities has named DJ Johnson community representative for Cypress Bend at Shadow Wood Preserve, where she will introduce homebuyers to four single-family villa home designs overlooking an Audubon International Cooperative Signature Sanctuary. An award-winning licensed real estate professional with more than 20 years of experience in real estate and business management, Johnson has most recently served as a Community Representative at Pelican Preserve, WCI Communities’ 55 and better active lifestyle community in Fort Myers.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of September for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include:
– Hampton Park: Andrea Poulton, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, has a decade of experience in commercial and residential sales.
– Pelican Preserve: Suzanne Belof, a native of New Jersey, specializes in new home construction sales in Fort Myers.
– The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Lisa Perry was named the “2012 Southwest Florida Top Real Estate Agent” by Gulfshore Life magazine and is a graduate of ASI University in Iowa.
– Raffia Preserve: Steve Messenger, a licensed real estate professional with more than 35 years of sales experience, previously served on the sales team at The Colony Golf & Bay Club.
– Livingston Lakes: Aaron Isban is a top producer with more than 10 years of real estate sales experience. He has won numerous sales awards, including the President’s Circle Award and the Leading Edge Society Award.
– Artesia Naples: Brenda Anderson is a top sales producer with more than 36 years of experience in the real estate industry, including the Naples market.
– LaMorada Naples: Tammy Lewis has more than 16 years of banking and real estate experience in the Naples market, as well as operations management expertise.
– Carrara at Talis Park: Shoshana Yeager has worked extensively in the Naples real estate market since 2003, serving as a new home sales expert representing three communities.
– Shadow Wood Preserve: DJ Johnson is an award-winning licensed real estate professional with more than 20 years of experience in real estate and business management. She previously served as a Community Representative at Pelican Preserve.

Manhattan Construction Group (www.manhattanrb.com) will its bridge building operation to the Florida market with the opening of a new full-service office for its subsidiary Manhattan Road and Bridge Co. in Fort Myers. The new office is home to human resource functions, training, sales and operations support for the company’s bridge construction team members in Florida.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Jordan Fike as Project Superintendent. Fike is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Fike has 14 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in custom home, condominium, and commercial building construction. He started his career as a carpenter’s assistant and advanced to foreman and then superintendent. Fike is currently working as superintendent in GATES Residential Division.

Construction of London Bay Homes’ fourth luxury single-family home in the downtown Naples area is nearly complete. The Anguilla offers a study, separate dining room, and kitchen with café. It is located just blocks from shopping and dining at Village on Venetian Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beaches at Clam Pass Park.

Diamond Custom Homes, a luxury custom homebuilder based in Naples, has promoted Rob Marino to Director of Construction. During his time with Diamond Custom Homes, Rob has demonstrated a high level of proficiency in his attention to detail, knowledge of construction and his devotion to delivering exceptional quality and customer service to all Diamonds’ customers. A Boston-area native, Marino has lived in Southwest Florida for over 20 years. He is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, having spent 15 as a project manager for a local builder and the last three with Diamond Custom Homes as a Project Manager, overseeing construction in Quail West.

WCI Communities’ first luxury penthouse-inspired condominium model home in Carrara at Talis Park in Naples is now open for viewing. The three-bedroom Residence 02 model, located on the first residential floor, features a sophisticated coastal design and showcases vistas of the community’s golf course, lakes and a picturesque bridge. “The view is exceptional,” said interior designer Jinx McDonald, who placed special emphasis on the model’s large wrap-around loggia. “We created a welcoming space with plenty of seating to encourage outdoor living and enjoying those wonderful views.”

The two-story Isabella model at Mediterra is now 50 percent complete, according to London Bay Homes, which is building the single-family estate in the sold-out Serata neighborhood. London Bay’s Isabella Two-Story expands upon one of the builder’s popular floor plans, The Isabella, with the addition of a second story and a larger ground floor.

WCI Communities has completed four furnished model homes at Livingston Lakes, its Naples community that combines a carefree lifestyle with a location close to Gulf of Mexico beaches and the area’s renowned shopping, dining, and arts and cultural venues

London Bay Homes is nearing completion of its Chelston model in downtown Naples, one of several luxury models the builder is constructing in Old Naples. Located at 631 Broad Court, just blocks from Naples’ Gulf of Mexico beaches, the two-story Chelston will offer a study, formal dining room, great room and a second-floor loft with a wet bar.

WCI Communities has named Rodney Whisman golf course superintendent at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs. With more than 14 years of experience as a head golf course superintendent and a Paspalum consultant both in the U.S. and overseas, Whisman brings extensive knowledge of maintaining Seashore Paspalum turf grass on greens, tees, fairways and roughs. Experienced in agronomy and all phases of golf course construction, Whisman was most recently head golf course superintendent at a golf and country club in Naples.

Collier Building Industry Association announces the 2015 Sand Dollar Awards Winners. Click here for list of winners.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Kristen Kozlow has satisfied the educational requirements of the Florida Department of Financial Services to earn her 6-20 Adjuster – All Lines License. Kristen is a Claims Specialist in their Business Insurance Division. Ms. Kozlow has worked at IRMS for 1 year and 8 months and has 17 years of experience in the insurance industry. She ran her own insurance broking business in England for 15 years before returning back to the USA.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Veronica Hawkins has satisfied the educational requirements of the Florida Department of Financial Services to earn her 4-40 License. Veronica is an Underwriting Assistant in their Business Insurance. Ms. Hawkins has worked at IRMS for a year and a half and has over seven years of experience in the insurance industry.

Renée Gaddis Interiors
recently won three awards at the Florida South Chapter’s 2015 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Excellence Awards gala, held Sept. 19 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.
The annual Chapter ASID Awards represent the society’s highest level of professional recognition, honoring the achievements in specific exemplary projects or product innovation of individuals and companies in interior design.
The awards won by Renée Gaddis Interiors include the Interior Design Award for Best Transitional Kitchen at Moraya Bay in Naples, Interior Design Award for Sustainable Green Design at a private residence in Naples and Interior Design Award for Residential Space at the private residence in Naples.

Storm Smart (www.getsmartcompanies.com) received the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association 2015 Manufacturer of the Year award in the category of 100-plus employees. The award recognizes a company that elevates the status of the industry as a driver of growth in the economy of Southwest Florida, positions manufacturing as an attractive sector for the region’s future workforce, and demonstrates best practices to serve as a model of efficiency to SRMA’s membership. Storm Smart is also a finalist for the Manufacturers Association of Florida’s 2015 Manufacturer of the Year for companies with more than 150 employees.

WCI Communities (WCICommunities.com) has named Rodney Whisman golf course superintendent at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs. With more than 14 years of experience as a head golf course superintendent and a paspalum consultant in and out of the U.S., Whisman brings extensive knowledge of maintaining seashore paspalum turf grass on greens, tees, fairways and roughs. Experienced in agronomy and all phases of golf course construction, Whisman was most recently head golf course superintendent at a golf and country club in Naples. The Colony Golf & Country Club’s Jerry Pate-designed 18-hole par-72 championship golf course measures 6,802 yards from the tees.

Van Auken Miller, long-time Naples architect, has joined South Florida Design in Bonita Springs, Florida to create South Florida Design Architecture, partners Greg Weber and Adnan Ahmedic announced this month. Miller, a Naples architect for over 28 years, completed many landmark projects including Bayfront along the Gordon River, Moraya Bay, Vanderbilt Condominiums on the Gulf of Mexico and St John the Evangelist Parish Life Center in North Naples. “It’s hard to drive around the Naples area without passing by a landmark building designed by Van” states Adnan Ahmedic, firm Vice President.

London Bay Homes
has started construction on two additional Capriano model homes in the maintenance-free neighborhoods of Lucarno and Cortile at Mediterra, following up on the successful sale of a previous model sold before construction was completed earlier this year. The Capriano, an award-winning single-family luxury villa design, has four bedrooms, a library, dedicated wine room, and a second floor featuring a loft, guest suite with full bath and morning kitchen/wet bar.

Heatherwood Construction has completed the first building for the Shops of Westgate Project on Lee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres. Dollar Tree is open for business in the first building. Scott Whiteleather of Heatherwood managed the project and Pete Estrada supervised the work. The project was designed by Clark, Greer, Latham & Associates in Mobile Alabama.

WCI Communities (www.wcicommunities.com) has begun construction on Altaira, its 21-story tower at The Colony Golf & Bay Club in Bonita Springs. Altaira will offer 76 “Sky Homes”—the company’s brand of luxury high rises. Each Sky Home features 3,300 or 3,500 square feet of living space, depending on the floor plan. The tower features 19 residential floors—each with only four residences per floor—offering views of The Colony’s lakes, nature preserves and golf course. Altaira is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2017. For more information, visit www.AltairaWCI.com.

WCI Communities has started construction on the Agostino, a Classic Home model in LaMorada Naples, its community of 343 luxury homes with lakes and nature preserve views. LaMorada Naples’ Classic Homes offer spacious, single-family living with three to four bedrooms, a den, three to four baths, and 2,556 to 3,230 square feet of living space. Classic Homes provide flexibility both indoors and out, with optional outdoor kitchens and cabana baths.

Atilus, a full-service web development and Internet marketing firm, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Sept. 21. The company, originally named “Unique ID Web Design” before changing its name in 2007, was founded in 2005 by two full-time Florida Gulf Coast University students while attending school and working fulltime at a local marketing agency. The company’s services include web design, web development, online marketing and web hosting. It has grown to include eight full-time staff members in its Bonita Springs office. For more information, visit www.Atilus.com.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. (MNMW) (www.markham-norton.com) will host a free educational seminar to explain the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact on employers and their employees. Janette L’Heureux, managing employee benefit advisor at Baldwin Krystyn Sherman, will discuss topics such as required forms, time lines, tracking and best tips for compliance. The seminar will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. at the MNMW offices in Fort Myers. The seminar is geared toward employers and their management teams. Space is limited and participants are encouraged to register early by calling (239) 433-5554.

With sales of 59 homes since opening in fall 2013, Neal Communities‘ (www.nealcommunities.com) Canopy community in North Naples is over 50 percent sold. Located between Immokalee and Vanderbilt Beach roads, Canopy will have 108 single-family homes with lake and preserve views available. The community offers eight floor plans, with exterior styles including Mediterranean and French Colonial, priced from the $300,000s.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Sharon Sickels as Human Resources Manager. Sickels is responsible for recruiting new staff and new staff orientation, managing the firm’s personnel records, and processing payroll and benefits. She also oversees human resources policies. Sickels has 27 years of human resources experience in New Jersey and Florida.

Norris Furniture & Interiors has opened a new showroom and design center, the company’s fourth location, at 8001 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. A soft opening was held earlier this month and owner Larry Norris told Furniture/Today a more formal grand opening may be held once tourist season begins in October, or in January when the season is at its height

Estero-based J.R. Evans Engineering, P.A. (www.jrevansengineering.com) has merged with Mitchell Engineering Group LLC, expanding the firm’s land development services. The acquired company will operate as J.R. Evans Engineering P.A, led by president Josh Evans and principals Elizabeth Fountain, Dan Hartley and Chris Mitchell. The companies’ merger will offer a new office location in Naples.

WCI Communities has appointed John Afflebach as marketing manager for the company’s north region. Afflebach oversees marketing activities for the area’s new-home communities, including Tidewater Preserve and Rosedale in Bradenton; Westshore Yacht Club in Tampa; Sarasota National in Venice; and Venetian Golf and River Club in North Venice. A University of Central Florida graduate with more than 17 years of marketing expertise, Afflebach has served in leadership roles in the real estate, hospitality and travel industries.

Collier County attorney Patrick H. Neale announces Patrick Neale & Associates’ new web site which was designed to provide reliable legal information to the community. The www.patrickneale.com web site features links to trusted resources that include
government, Florida Bar, non-profit organizations, professional organizations and chambers of commerce, as well as a blog on timely topics. According to Attorney Neale, “There is a lot of misleading information on the Internet about legal issues. We have compiled links to Internet resources that we know to be reliable so that people can make informed decisions.”

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Sara Hopper has passed the AIM 40 examination from The Institutes which will lead to her AIM Designation. Sara is the Administration Department Manager at IRMS. MS. Hopper has worked at the company for 2 years.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. (IRMS) has announced that Heather Aybar has recently been hired by the agency in their Business Insurance Division. MS. Aybar has 11 years of experience in the insurance industry.

DeMarco Tile, Inc. is is celebrating 50 years in business, 1965-2015.

Governor Rick Scott highlighted job growth at Storm Smart Industries in Ft. Myers for their success in Southwest Florida and their ongoing expansion from 83 employees in 2012 to almost 150 today. Storm Smart is the largest manufacturer and installer of code-approved hurricane protection products. They have served the hurricane protection needs of homeowners, and businesses in several states, Mexico, and the Caribbean and have over 60,000 customers. Storm Smart is also involved in helping educate residents in Florida on how to prepare for and deal with the effects of hurricanes.

DeAngelis Diamond has finished construction on the Harbor Isle Beach Clubhouse. Owned by Canadian home builder, Minto Communities, the community’s upscale clubhouse is located on Anna Maria Sound, in Bradenton, Florida. The 2-story clubhouse spans 23,000 square feet and includes a 4,200 square foot fitness center, a second-floor bar, clubroom, and a ground floor hall (suitable for formal receptions or smaller private functions). The clubhouse was completed in a 10 month timespan. The official grand opening was held on July 31st, 2015.

Stevens Construction has started construction of a new addition to the campus of Unity of Fort Myers. Stevens Construction is adding a 7,060-square-foot building, which will house a 400-seat sanctuary, a dais, bridal suite, restrooms and lobby. Slated for completion in January, construction is occurring while the church remains in operation.

IberiaBank announced the expansion of the condo/homeowners association division in Collier County. In 2010, IberiaBank created a department to address the specialized needs of condo/homeowners associations and property management companies. Some of the services include capital improvement financing, insurance premiums and insurance deductible financing, term loans and lines of credit and lockbox with a Naples remittance address. The department is at 2150 Goodlette Road N. in Naples on the first floor.

Construction is under way on a Key Largo Grand Villa model in LaMorada Naples, WCI Communities’ (www.wcicommunities.com) new community of 343 homes with lakes and nature preserve views. Single-family Grand Villas offer 2,201 to 3,010 square feet of living space. They start in the low $400,000s.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of August for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include:
– Hampton Park: Andrea Poulton, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, has a decade of experience in commercial and residential sales.
– Pelican Preserve: Cindy Volk has more than 20 years of experience as an onsite agent in the Southwest Florida area specializing in master-planned golf course communities and waterfront properties.
– The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Patrick Ruff, a licensed real estate professional, has more than 20 years of experience in real estate sales, development and construction.
– Raffia Preserve: Jamie Meisterheim has 15 years of real estate experience in Florida and Texas. She recently earned a Southwest Florida divisional sales award for excellence in customer service and satisfaction.
– Livingston Lakes: Lisa Potts is a licensed real estate professional with 26 years of sales and retail experience.
– Artesia Naples: Fred Zuccarelli has more than six years of experience as a top producer in the Naples real estate market, with expertise in both new home and luxury high-rise condominium sales.
– LaMorada Naples: David Sanvidge has more than 20 years of professional sales, operations, finance and management experience. He previously represented WCI at Porto Romano at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club and Cypress Bend at Shadow Wood Preserve.
– Talis Park: Shoshana Yeager has worked extensively in the Naples real estate market since 2003, serving as a new home sales expert representing three communities.

London Bay Homes (www.LondonBay.com) has started building its newest luxury single-family model home in Old Naples. The two-story home will feature four bedrooms, a second-floor bonus/recreation room, and a private cabana bedroom with its own lookout balcony above the three-car garage. Located at 271 First Ave. N., the Claremont will offer 8,000 total square feet. London Bay Homes’ first Old Naples model sold for $2.6 million.

GATES Construction has started work on a major renovation project at Island Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s finest member-owned private country clubs. Located on Marco Island, the project involves a complete floor to ceiling kitchen renovation and remodel. The kitchen will receive a new cooling system, new food service equipment, new flooring, plumbing, electrical wiring, and ceiling tile. Walls will be moved to create a more efficient work flow and new trim and finishes will complete the update.

Stevens Construction (www.stevensconstructioninc.com) has completed Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida, a 50-bed, long-term acute care facility. Located at 1285 Creekside Blvd. E. in Naples, the 86,676-square-foot, three-story hospital specializes in providing care to medically complex patients who benefit from an extended recovery time. Typical diagnoses include stroke, respiratory failure, post-surgical complications, and complex wound care. The project is licensed and inspected by the Agency for Healthcare Administration.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (www.markham-norton.com) team member Kelly Dodrill has passed the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam and met the requirements to become a licensed CPA in Florida. She joined the company as an intern in 2012 and became a full time team member in 2013. Dodrill earned a master’s degree in accounting and taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2014.

BUILD celebrated the grand opening of Culver’s, located at 5102 Tamiami Trail E in Naples, with a ribbon cutting ceremony held onsite today at this popular chain restaurant’s newest addition. This is BUILD’s third Culver’s project, having completed its first in 2013 on Airport-Pulling Road in Naples, followed up by another last year in Estero. The 4,500-square-foot, 120-seat restaurant features a drive-thru and outdoor patio area. BUILD completed the project in just 82 days. The Busalacchi family are the owners and Brian Key is the operating partner for this location.

Conditioned Air and Gemaire have allowed for a new air conditioning unit to be installed in the Immokalee Friendship House on Thursday. The shelter has been without reliable air conditioning for more than two weeks. Conditioned Air install the unit, provided by and Gemaire. For more information, visit http://stmatthewshouse.org/programs/immokalee-friendship-house/.

WCI Communities Inc. has expanded its headquarters at Walden Center by 7,838 square feet, for a total occupied square footage of 36,256. The office team of Randal Mercer, Brandon Stoneburner and Nicole Gray of CRE Consultants negotiated the terms of the lease and expansion. WCI Communities Inc. has been a tenant in the Walden Center for 18 years. Walden Center is a Class A, two-building campus (103,320 square feet) situated on 7.5 acres in Bonita Springs.

MY Shower Door (www.MYShowerDoor.com) and D3 Glass (www.d3glass.com) have been included in Inc. magazine’s 2015 Inc. 5000 list. The companies ranked No. 2,085 on the list, placing them in the nation’s top 50 percent of fastest-growing private companies in America. MY Shower Door has 30 employees and showrooms in Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Tampa and soon St. Petersburg. Its sister company, D3 Glass, employs 28. The Inc. 5000 list is compiled each year to give recognition to top growing companies in the U.S.

Stevens Construction (www.stevensconstructioninc.com) has started construction of the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center at 11515 Bonita Beach Road. The company is remodeling an existing 14,000-square-foot building and providing a 3,500-square-foot addition to total a 17,500-square-foot performing arts facility offering variety of programming and performances. Slated for completion in winter of 2016, Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center will feature a full test kitchen with walk-in cooler and freezer, lobby, two bars, outdoor veranda, green room, restrooms and a podcast café with broadcasting center. It will also include a theater, stage, full-service restaurant, restrooms and tiered seating.

IberiaBank (www.iberiabank.com) and Henry Johnson & Associates, PA, have partnered to host a lunch and learn series to address topics confronting condominium and homeowners association board members and management companies. The first session will focus on construction lien laws, contract breaches and insurance issues. The seminar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the IberiaBank branch on 2150 Goodlette-Frank Road N. in Naples. Registration is required by calling (239) 403-6670.

Stevens Construction (www.stevensconstructioninc.com) has been ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, earning a position on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list. Stevens Construction reported a 308 percent growth in revenue over the past three years. The Inc. 500/5000 2015 list ranks companies according to percentage of revenue growth between 2011 and 2014. To qualify, companies must also be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit and independent firms with minimum revenue of $2 million in 2013.

Conditioned Air (www.conditionedair.com) has completed recapitalization as part of its continued growth in the Southwest Florida region. The company has taken on partners with an equity position via private equity firm Gemini Investors, based in Boston. Along with the addition of partners, the company also underwent a minor change and corporate structure, going from Conditioned Air Corp. of Naples Inc. to Conditioned Air Co. of Naples, LLC. All operations will remain a function of the locally headquartered business. Theo Etzel, who already serves as chief executive officer, has also been named chairman of the board.

Cielo in The Colony Golf & Bay Club (www.TheColonyGolfandBayClub.com) has reached the 50 percent mark, with six of 12 five-story mid-rises completed. Cielo’s 2,950-plus square-foot residences feature a great room with gathering and dining areas and sliding glass doors spanning two walls. Residences start in the low-$700,000s. Also at Colony Bay, the last two residences are move-in ready in Terzetto, a completed neighborhood of 23 three-story buildings overlooking nature preserves and The Colony’s Jerry Pate-designed championship golf course. The final two Terzetto homes are available from $689,780.

Mediterra has retained its ranking as one of the top private clubs in the world. Carmen Mauceri, COO and general manager of Naples’ premier golf and beach club, recently announced that Mediterra was honored as a prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club for a third consecutive year. Emerald Club designations are determined by BoardRoom magazine and awarded to only the top five percent of private clubs worldwide. Clubs are rated on data points collected by the magazine’s chief analyst, Frank Gore. The Distinguished Clubs award program is a stepped process that includes a committee nomination, site visit, formulaic audit and an evaluation report. The award recognizes the club’s member experience and reviews food and beverage services, golf operations and courses, tennis, aquatics, spa and club facilities, as well as intangible qualities such as reputation, brand, reverence and distinction.

A new phase of 20 Executive homesites has been released at Raffia Preserve, WCI Communities’ intimate 184-acre community of single-family homes in north Naples. Raffia Preserve’s seven Executive Home designs offer dens, great rooms, two-car garages, and 2,053 to 3,604 square feet of air-conditioned living space.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Randy Jacobson as Assistant Superintendent. Jacobson is responsible for assisting in onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Jacobsen has 10 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and holds a bachelor degree in business management.

GATES Construction has begun the construction of two new amenities for Talis Park. There will be a new sports complex and a new gatehouse to complement the existing main gated entry and pro shop. The new gatehouse will be located at the south side of the community, off of Veterans Memorial Parkway. The new sports complex will also be located near the south side of Talis Park. Design services were provided by Santiesteban & Associates Architects, LLC. The project is scheduled for completion in early Fall.

Construction is now underway on a major expansion by Pulte Homes of its community amenity center at Bridgetown. Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for Pulte Homes in South Florida said the expansion will include a new 10,000+ square foot amenity building, a café and outdoor lounge, state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio, lap pool, six tennis courts, fire pit and tot lot.

Neal Communities has begun development of the next phase at Coastal Key in South Fort Myers. Located off Summerlin Road and Winkler Road Extension, the gated, single-family community is adjacent to Estero Bay Preserve State Park. Land is being developed now for 36 more home sites and there will be two additional lakes. Construction on community infrastructure for this phase will begin in the next few weeks. Coastal Key homes have tropical-island themed architecture and are available in eight, one- and two-story floor plans ranging in size from 1,772 square feet to almost 3,000 square feet under air. Most home sites have a lake or preserve view. When completed, this 48-acre, natural-gas community will have 112 single-family homes.

Construction is now underway on a major expansion by Pulte Homes of its community amenity center at Bridgetown. The project will include a new 10,000-plus square-foot amenity building, a café and outdoor lounge, state- fitness center and movement studio, lap pool, six tennis courts, fire pit and tot lot. Bridgetown is located off Treeline Avenue in Fort Myers.

Minto Communities won three Southeast Building Council (SEBC) Aurora Awards for The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, Florida, including a Grand Aurora Award for best residential/mixed use land development for a residential-only development over 501 acres. The 35th Annual Awards were presented at the SEBC’s 2015 Southeast Building Conference held in Orlando, Florida in July. The SEBC is the largest building industry trade show in the Southeast. Minto also was recognized with two additional Aurora Awards that included “Best Interior Merchandising/Design in the $500,000-$1,000,000 category,” for the kitchen of the Mimosa villa model at The Isles of Collier Preserve, and “Best Residential/Mixed Use Land Development/Mixed Use and Residential Only Development Over 501 Acres” for the Isles of Collier Preserve community overall.

Wilson Creative Group, a full-service marketing and advertising agency based in Naples, garnered multiple awards during the 30th annual Excel Awards ceremony presented by the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) on July, 17th at the Rosen Centre Hotel, in Orlando. The Excel Awards is the highest accolades given by the SEBC and are presented each year to marketing, sales and advertising professionals who have demonstrated marketing excellence in the building and real estate industries. WCG walked away with five of six awards submitted in the agency category including Best Website for Echelon on Palm, Best Television Commercial for John R. Wood Properties and Best Logo Design, Best Brochure, and the prestigious Best Overall Advertising Campaign for Seaglass at Bonita Bay

B-Squared Advertising is proud to announce it took home a total of 11 Excel Awards during the Southeast Building Conference trade show held in Orlando during the weekend of July 17. The Excel Awards honors those builders, commercial contractors, craftsman, Realtors, on-site salespeople, public relations professionals, associate/supplier, media and advertising professionals who make major contributions to the residential home building and commercial construction industry through superior, innovative and creative sales and marketing.

Hilton Naples voted Best Business Hotel during the 2015 Gulfshore Business Best Of Business Awards.

DeAngelis Diamond has once again been voted “Best Builder-Commercial” for Gulfshore Business Best of Business Awards 2015!

Renée Gaddis Interiors (www.ReneeGaddis.com) took home eight awards for design excellence at the 35th Annual Aurora Awards competition, including three Grand Auroras, during a gala held in conjunction with the Southeast Building Conference on July 18 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. Sponsored by Florida Homebuilder magazine and the Southeast Building Conference, the annual competition honors excellence in building and design.

A new, six-home model park at Hampton Park (www.HamptonParkWCI.com) is complete. The units showcase a selection of WCI Communities’ Estate and Executive Home designs in Gateway, the master-planned community in Fort Myers. Featuring interiors by Florida-based Design Studio at City Furniture, the model homes showcase homebuyers’ options for spaces that can be personalized to suit their lifestyles.

BUILD was the proud recipient of five Aurora Awards, including two Grand Auroras, which were presented at the Southeast Builders Conference (SEBC) gala event at the Rosen Center in Orlando, FL on July 18. BUILD won two Grand Aurora Awards and two Aurora Awards for the Greater Naples YMCA, covering the categories of “Recreational Facility: Special Amenity Facility” and “Remodeling, Rehabilitation or Historical Restoration: Commercial/Renovation Space”. The Naples-based construction company also received an Aurora Award for its Hahn, Loeser & Parks 2-story office building renovation project.

Builder Magazine has named Neal Communities southwest Florida’s premier homebuilder. Sales have increased 58% since 2011, making us the most dominant homebuilder in the region!

Norris Furniture & Interiors has completed the interior design on the award-winning Antilles model home by Florida Lifestyle Homes at Quail West Golf & Country Club in Naples. Norris designers Luanza Maitland and Sydney Leigh Warren provided interior design for the Antilles.

Minto Communities announces the grand opening of a new ultra-luxurious, single-family home model at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples — the Tamarind Grande. The dramatic, two-story model includes 5,892 square feet with 4,037 square feet under air.

Shula’s Steak House Naples & Hilton Naples won Naples Daily News Readers’ Choice GOLD Award for BEST Hotel/Resort, BEST Steak House, BEST Burger and Silver for BEST Lunch!

The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected Stock Development as the Business of the Month for July 2015. We are honored and grateful to receive this extraordinary award. Thank you! www.stockdevelopment.com

International Design Source announced the addition of Jo Carter to its staff in a new and exciting role as Interior Design Broker. Similar to a talent or booking agent, she will act as a liaison matching select, qualified interior designers and firms to developers, builders and Realtors. “This opportunity is perfect for me to create a bridge between the need and the result. Just think of me as a matchmaker between builder and designer,” states Carter. In acting as the primary contact for builders to source interior design firms, builders benefit with better margins, access to four to-the-trade-only showrooms, and pre-qualified, proven talent that can maximize timelines and provide design vision. The seamless process from architectural concept through selection and execution is purposely designed as concierge resource for total home delivery.

Christopher Conti, audit manager at Stroemer & Co. (www.stroemercpa.com), has been appointed to the Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards Committee of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) for the second year

Habitat for Humanity announced it has received a $5,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to provide critical home repairs for low-income homeowners in Lee and Hendry Counties. The program offers non-emergency critical home repairs to qualified homeowners impacted by age, disability or family circumstances who are struggling to maintain safe, decent living conditions.

Miromar Design Center announced Brigitte Mareschal as the July 2015 Designer of Distinction. She is a two-time Designer of Distinction winner, having received the award in March 2011 during the program’s inaugural year. Mareschal has created distinctive projects in Southwest Florida and around the world since establishing Naples-based Edom Design in 2006.

Diane Kerper has joined Neal Communities (www.NealCommunities.com) as director of sales and marketing for its South Region. Kerper has served as a residential homebuilding operations leader, executive and former division president of a leading homebuilder in Florida, and has managed multiple large-scale projects for several homebuilding companies over 25 years. She has held leadership positions with Toll Brothers, Avatar, WCI Communities and Frey and Son Homes across several disciplines.

D.R. Horton is nearing completion of a new model home, the Washington, in Fiddler’s Creek, the master-planned community in Naples. The Washington floor plan is offered in D.R. Horton’s Chiasso village, as well as in the new village of Lagomar. The Washington, a single-story home with Mediterranean architectural detailing, offers 2,788 square feet under air and 3,721 total square feet. It is currently priced from $599,990.

Neal Communities (nealcommunities.com) has the first two model homes under construction at Cypress Walk, a 50-acre gated community at the intersection of Six Mile Cypress Parkway and Penzance Boulevard. The project is zoned for approximately 114 single-family homes. Planned to open this fall, the sales center will be at 11573 Gray Egret Circle in Fort Myers.

Tollot & C, member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and a leader in providing healthy, efficient, and durable homes that are beneficial to the environment, is proud to announce that their newest project at 780 Orchid Street in Naples, FL, has been honored with the LEED Platinum award, the highest level of certification.

Storm Smart, is proud to announce that Cole Peacock has joined Storm Smart as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Storm Smart, Cole was instrumental in the restructuring, project management and consultative services for business and not for profits, such as Blackstone Financials acquisitions of Exeter Finance and locally, Hope Healthcare and Early Learning Coalition. Additionally, Cole served as Vice President/Director of Corporate and Governmental Relations at Chicos FAS Inc. as well as a founding member of Chicos Charities Inc. Also, is honored to announce that Cole Peacock will volunteer as a Master of Ceremony for the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 23rd Annual Gala & Scholarships Presentation.

GATES Construction (www.GATESinc.com) has begun construction on a new gymnasium/multi-purpose building for Royal Palm Academy located at 16100 Livingston Rd, Naples, FL. Royal Palm Academy, a private Catholic school, provides excellent education for Grades PK through 8. Designed by local architect, James E. Boughton, the new building will serve multiple purposes. In addition to housing the school’s athletic programs and new classrooms, the campus expansion will also serve as a Community Center providing space for Mass, extracurricular activities, student competitions and performances. The project is scheduled for completion this fall.

WCI Communities is offering the final opportunity for Grand Villa homes in the Carena neighborhood at Pelican Preserve, the 55-and-better lifestyle community in Fort Myers.
Homebuyers can select from nine one- and two-story Grand Villa home designs. Offering 1,822 to more than 3,000 square feet of living space, the popular homes’ great room designs and large lanais encourage entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Several homesites in the Carena neighborhood include preserve views.

2-10 Home Buyers Warranty® (2-10 HBW), the industry leader in new construction and pre-owned home warranties, announces that after an extensive review by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) they have been selected to join the association’s affinity program. 2-10 HBW and the NAHB have aligned to provide NAHB builder members exclusive discounts on specific 2-10 HBW products; Builder Backed Service Program, Front Line Warranty Services and the New Construction Home Warranty Service Agreement. All three products can be purchased as a bundle, or the Builder Backed Service Program and Front Line Warranty Services are available together, or the New Construction Home Warranty Service Agreement may be purchased separately.The Builder Backed Service Program utilizes NAHB’s Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, and provides a platform for quick resolution of warranty coverage concerns via 2-10 HBW’s experienced and knowledgeable warranty administration team. Front Line Warranty Services makes 2-10 HBW the first point of contact for homeowners and the New Construction Home Warranty Service Agreement protects homeowners against major systems and appliances repairs, including parts and labor, once the manufacturer’s warranties expire.

Collier Enterprises is pleased to announce it is working with Minto Communities on planning and permitting activities for Rural Lands West, a new community located in eastern Collier County. Collier is also in discussions with Minto as a key developer in the first phase of the Rural Lands West community.
Formerly known as the Town of Big Cypress, the Rural Lands West community will be located next to Golden Gate Estates at Oil Well Road on land that has been farmed for decades, and it will be permitted locally under Collier County’s nationally recognized Rural Lands Stewardship (RLS) program. The name “Rural Lands West” is simply a permitting name reflecting the location of the property along the western boundary of the 200,000 acre RLS area in eastern Collier County. The actual name of the community will be selected during the planning and permitting process.

DeAngelis Diamond Construction (www.deangelisdiamond.com) has been selected as the construction manager/general contractor for the new Southwest Florida International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower and Tracon Building. The project will replace a 31-year old structure. The new tower, expected to cost $50 million in total, is a prerequisite to adding a second runway and a new terminal expansion. At 215 feet, the new tower will be almost twice the height of the one it will replace. The project will bring the airport up to speed on the latest Federal Aviation Administration standards for towers, building and hurricane codes.

GATES Construction (www.GATESinc.com) has named Karl Indivero as project manager. Indivero will oversee the management of projects from the pre-construction stage and permitting, through construction, to owner occupancy. Indivero has 30 years of experience overseeing all phases of commercial construction for both government and private sector clients. He specializes in hospitality, multi-family and high-rise, office and retail. His background includes project management, onsite supervision, estimating and value engineering.

Gates Construction (www.GATESinc.com) has been selected as the construction manager for a new senior community, located at 15450 Tamiami Trail in Naples. All Seasons Naples (www.allseasonsnaples.com) includes a variety of living styles, and will have 189 one- and two-bedroom apartments houses in multistory buildings. Community features will include lush landscaping and amenities such a full-service kitchen, private dining room, bistro bar, library, fitness and memory care centers and more. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this summer with completion anticipated in the fall of 2016.

Hilton Naples (hiltonnaples.com) has been recognized as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The certificate honors excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.com. The Hall of Fame was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

Naples Allstate agency owner (www.allstate.com) Denise Thoman has been recognized as Allstate Premier Agency for 2015. The designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. The designation is given to owners for outstanding business performance and commitment to customer satisfaction.

Lori Wegman has been promoted from senior designer to design director at Wegman Design Group (www.WegmanDesignGroup.com). Wegman joined the design group in 2005 as a junior designer, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in apparel design and technology from Florida State University. Wegman has contributed interior design to award-winning projects such as Lakes Park Pediatric Dental Office, Moorings Presbyterian Church, Cypress Cove and more. Loren Wegman has been promoted from senior designer to design director at Wegman Design Group (www.WegmanDesignGroup.com). Wegman joined the design group in 2005 as a junior designer, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in apparel design and technology from Florida State University. Wegman has contributed interior design to award-winning projects such as Lakes Park Pediatric Dental Office, Moorings Presbyterian Church, Cypress Cove and more.

Michael Traficante has been appointed to the Collier County Bar Foundation Inc. board of directors. Traficante, a shareholder of Grant Fridkin Pearson, PA (www.gfpac.com) has been practicing law in Southwest Florida since 2006. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial and civil litigation involving real property, business, construction, wills and trusts and commercial issues.

DeAngelis Diamond Construction and Healthcare Group has made the ENR top 400 contractors list for 2015. The list is nationwide, and rates top contractors throughout the United States based on profitability for the previous year. As a group the top 400 generated $331.4 billion in contracting revenue in 2014. www.deangelisdiamond.com

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of May for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include:
– Hampton Park: Andrea Poulton has more than a decade of experience in commercial and residential sales. She previously owned and operated a real estate firm in LaBelle.
– Pelican Preserve: Cynthia Volk, originally from Buffalo, N.Y., has more than 20 years of experience as an onsite agent in the Southwest Florida area specializing in master-planned golf course communities and waterfront properties.
– The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Lisa Perry previously served as vice president of sales and marketing for a Florida-based homebuilder. A graduate of ASI University in Iowa, Perry was named the “2012 Southwest Florida Top Real Estate Agent” by Gulfshore Life magazine.
– Carrara at Talis Park: Shoshana Yeager has worked extensively in the Naples real estate market since 2003, serving as a new home sales expert representing three communities. She most recently worked with a Naples real estate firm.
– Raffia Preserve: Jamie Meisterheim has 15 years of real estate experience in Florida and Texas. She recently earned a Southwest Florida divisional sales award for excellence in customer service and satisfaction.
– Livingston Lakes: Mary Manganiello has a proven record of new home sales success in various WCI Communities over the past 15 years. A real estate professional since 1986, Manganiello has achieved several top sales awards throughout her career.
– Artesia Naples: Brenda Anderson has more than 36 years of experience in the real estate industry, including the Naples market. Anderson, who specializes in new home and development sales, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Illinois University.

First Florida Integrity Bank, formerly, First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, a Naples-based, full-service community bank serving the local banking needs of individuals and business owners, has named Jackie Fritsch as Vice President – Branch Manager. Mrs. Fritsch is the branch manager for the Pine Ridge Road location at 3580 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109. Mrs. Fritsch has over 22 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining First Florida Integrity Bank, Fritsch worked at Capital Bank/TIB Bank as a Vice President/Branch Manager, Fifth Third Bank as a Branch Manager and First National Bank of Florida as an Operations Manager. www.firstfloridaintegritybank.com.

Lennar’s new Terrace Condominiums at Treviso Bay in Naples have linked the home builder’s popular free-flowing floor plans with spectacular water and preserve views to create ideal environments for maintenance-free leisurely living with plenty of room for entertaining. For more information contact David.Meyers@Lennar.com .

Beasley & Henley Interior Design, recently completed The Astoria-1 model for Stock Development which sold after only a few short days on the market. The 4,100-square-foot, island-style model in the upscale Moorings neighborhood in Naples, was snapped up quickly. The 4 bedroom, 4 full + 2 half bath residence was listed for $3,295,000. www.BeasleyandHenley.com

Announced by BUILDER MAGAZINE as one of America’s Top Builders for 3 years in a row. In a list dominated by national and corporate builders, Stock Development is honored to be one of the few regional, family-owned companies to earn a place among this elite group.

Congratulation to Karen Klukiewicz (LC ’09), of Patrick Neale & Associates, Inc. for being named one of Naples Daily News 25 over 50 award recipients. The first annual 25 over 50 Awards Program salutes the accomplished and exceptional leaders of Collier and Lee counties who continue to leave an imprint on our thriving community through their achievements, leadership abilities, philanthropic efforts, and dedication to the betterment of Southwest Florida.

GATES Construction (www.GATESinc.com) has been selected as the Construction Manager for  a new senior community located at 15450 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL.  All Seasons Naples includes independent living, assisted living, and memory care and will have 189 one and two-bedroom apartments housed in multi-story buildings with courtyards, balconies and high end finishes.

WCI Communities’ new luxury tower in The Colony Golf & Bay Club, will feature shades of sand and surf and a soft contemporary-coastal ambiance throughout its lobby and gathering areas. www.WCICommunities.com

London Bay Homes’ newest luxury villa model is now open for viewing in Cortile at Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club community. Featuring interior design by Michael Scott of Romanza Interior Design, the new Girona model features three-bedrooms, three-and-one-half-baths and offers 3,526 square feet of living area. www.MediterraNaples.com

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Howard Zablo as Project Superintendent. Zablo will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Zablo has 42 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in custom home, condominium, clubhouse, and retail construction. He holds a Florida general contractors license and a bachelor degree in building construction. www.GATESinc.com.

Norris Furniture & Interiors is excited to announce their newest showroom at 8001 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, the former Heritage House location. The showroom and design center is projected to open late this summer.

DeAngelis Diamond announces today that Robert Lewis, Executive Project Manager, and Scott Currens, Director of Preconstruction, have both been promoted to Division Managers of the Birmingham, Alabama office, and the Sarasota, Florida office. Co-Founder David Diamond thanks both Robert and Scott for stepping up and leading. He also acknowledges them as influencers and leaders worth following within the construction industry.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of April for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include: Click here for press release

DeAngelis Diamond Construction successfully completes Island Walk clubhouse, after 9 short months. Project includes clubhouse, gazebo, mail kiosk, and maintenance building. www.deangelisdiamond.com

Minto Communities Senior Vice President William Bullock announces that Minto Florida has received five 2015 Eliant Homebuyers’ Choice Premier Awards. Eliant is a customer experience management company that has surveyed buyers of new homes for more than 30 years. Homebuyers’ Choice awards are presented annually to homebuilders throughout the United States and Canada judged by their homebuyers to have provided the best customer experience. Winning homebuilders were selected based on results from more than 72,000 surveys issued by Eliant in 2014 to all recent homebuyers who purchased from more than 128 major U.S. and Canadian homebuilders. mintofla.com.

Lennar Homes is nearing completion of new Coach Homes priced from the $270s overlooking the 12th and 13th fairways of the Gordon Lewis-designed championship golf course at Bonita National Golf and Country Club. Any questions, contact David.Meyers@Lennar.com

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Karl Indivero as Project Manager. Indivero will oversee the management of projects from the pre-construction stage and permitting, through construction, to owner occupancy. Indivero has 30 years of hands on experience overseeing all phases of commercial construction for both government and private sector clients. With a well-rounded project portfolio, he has particular expertise in hospitality, multi-family and high rise, office, and retail. His background includes project management, onsite supervision, estimating and value engineering. www.GATESinc.com.

Renée Gaddis Interiors, a full-service residential interior design firm, recently added a new associate to its design team. Brandy Bailey has joined Renée Gaddis Interiors as an interior design assistant. She is a Florida native and previously worked with Renée Gaddis for several years before venturing to Nashville, Tenn., to work in commercial and hospitality design. With more than 10 years experience in the interior design field, Bailey’s work will relate to vendor and client relations, purchasing and overall project assistance. “We are very excited to welcome Brandy to the RGI team,” said Renée Gaddis, president of Renée Gaddis Interiors. “She is a very hardworking individual whose organizational skills will prove to be invaluable and beneficial to our growing design team and clients across the country.” www.ReneeGaddis.com.

Heatherwood Construction has started work on the renovation of the Veterinarian Clinic of the Humane Society of Naples on Airport Puling Road. The renovation includes updated Surgery, Treatment, X-Ray, Exam, Laboratory, Restrooms, and Reception Areas. Denise Rosemeyer of Heatherwood will manage the project and Chris Johnson will supervise the daily operations. The project was designed by Brian Leaders of David Corban Architects in Naples. www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com

Lennar Homes has started construction of maintenance-free luxury townhomes at Summerlin Place Townhomes, located at 8087 Summerlin Rd. in Fort Myers just south of Cypress Lake Drive. David Meyers, director of sales and marketing for Lennar Homes in the Naples-Fort Myers region, said new three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath luxury town homes at Summerlin Place come in two floor plans with1,840 and 1,870 square feet of living space and are priced from the low $200s. Any questions, contact David.Meyers@Lennar.com

GATES Construction is pleased to welcome Ryan Shoup to the GATES team as Assistant Project Manager. Shoup is responsible for assisting in the overall project management of projects assigned to him, from the pre-construction stage and permitting, through construction, to owner occupancy. Shoup has nearly a decade of experience in the construction industry with a wide variety of experience including health care, military/government, education, commercial, and municipal projects. www.GATESinc.com.

Robin Youmans has moved to Garden St. Portables, “Southwest Florida’s Most Trusted Name in Portables”. Garden St. Iron and Metal in Ft. Myers since 1989, has joined forces with Robin Youmans, an elite player in the portable restroom industry; to
form Garden St. Portables. Our mission is about providing exceptional portable restroom services. Services will include the construction, special events, disasters and agriculture industries; providing all new equipment, with a professional touch. Garden St. Portables has set a bar to establish itself to not only put a stamp on the community, but to be the dominate leader over all competitors. Garden St. Portables will provide the cleanest portable restroom products and service that will exceed expectations with competitive prices. Garden St. Portables is located in Ft. Myers and proudly serves all of Southwest Florida. www.gsportables.com.

CULTURAL CENTER DESIGN BY HERSCOE HAJJAR ARCHITECTS CHOSEN FOR JURY REVIEW IN INTERNATIONAL UNESCO DESIGN COMPETITION. Herscoe Hajjar Architects is pleased to announce their entry in a UNESCO-sponsored international competition to design the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan was chosen for jury review. Of the more than 4,000 applications received, only 1,000 entries were accepted for review. “Convincing the team at HHA to support me in this endeavor was easy, because for everyone here, architecture is not just our job, but also our passion and our hobby,” said HHA Architect Intern Todor Karmazov, whose mentors had won the People’s Choice Award for the Four Corners Design Competition sponsored by the Naples Planning Advisory Board. Karmazov spearheaded the UNESCO application effort while Rob Herscoe led the design team. The goal was to create a cultural center that will be a cornerstone in efforts to preserve culture, promote research and build community in this strategic and historic area. For more information contact agordon@hharch.com.

The addition of the Bayberry II at Cypress Bend provides homebuyers even more options in their choice of home design in WCI Communities’ single-family neighborhood in Shadow Wood Preserve. Featuring a centrally-located great room, the three-bedroom Bayberry II is one of four home designs offered by WCI on Cypress Bend’s remaining 16 homesites. The Bayberry II has 2,865 square feet of air-conditioned living space, a den with an adjacent powder room, a formal dining room, and a spacious breakfast nook that is open to the kitchen and great room. Tray ceilings accent several rooms. The home also has two full baths and an option for a three-car garage. The owner’s suite can be enhanced with French doors, or homebuyers can customize an optional summer kitchen in the lanai. www.wcicommunities.com/wci-shadow-wood-preserve

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer, homebuilder and services provider, has appointed Michael Veliz as its Lee County sales director. Veliz oversees sales activities for Pelican Preserve, Hampton Park, and Shadow Wood Preserve, as well as WCI’s newest Lee County community, Timberwood Preserve. With more than 20 years of sales management and real estate experience, Veliz most recently served as vice president of sales and marketing for a national homebuilder in the Denver market. Veliz is a native Floridian. For more information contact LauraJohnston@WCICommunities.com.

GATES Construction has begun construction on the Chico’s FAS, Inc. Customer Sales and Service Center Expansion in Fort Myers. The expansion will accommodate additional customer sales service representatives in support of their 1500+ retail stores and digital commerce. www.GATESinc.com.

London Bay Homes is nearing completion on the new luxury, single-family Capriano villa model in Mediterra. Recently sold on leaseback, the fully furnished model home is the latest addition to the growing list of model homes built by London Bay Homes that have sold prior to completion. Open for viewing in June, the Capriano is located in Lucarno, a neighborhood reminiscent of a European village within Mediterra’s Garden Neighborhood of fountains and foliage. Featuring interiors by Romanza Interior Design, the Capriano will showcase a coastal-inspired interior design conveyed through its wood flooring, a vibrant palette of bright blues, greens, yellows, and hints of aqua and tangerine, and weathered wood blended with metal, mirrored and silver finishes. www.mediterranaples.com.

The Eloro, a new fully furnished, luxury villa model built by London Bay Homes, is now open for viewing in the lakefront Lucarno neighborhood of Mediterra, Naples’ premier luxury golf and beach club community.
The three-bedroom, single-family model offers an open great room with dining and seating areas, a study, three full baths and a powder room within 3,380 square feet of interior living space. The floor plan emphasizes alfresco living with a wall of 18-foot pocketing sliding doors opening the great room to covered outdoor living and dining areas, a summer kitchen, and a custom pool and spa. Interiors by Romanza Interior Design feature linen tones in glazed porcelain tile flooring, kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, and painted tongue-and-groove and beamed ceiling treatments. Neutral colors provide the backdrop for a palette of paprika, citrine and smoke. www.mediterranaples.com.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of March for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include:
– Hampton Park: Andrea Poulton has more than a decade of experience in commercial and residential sales. She previously owned and operated a real estate firm in LaBelle.
– Pelican Preserve: Cynthia Volk, originally from Buffalo, N.Y., has more than 20 years of experience as an onsite agent in the Southwest Florida area specializing in master-planned golf course communities and waterfront properties.
– The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Lisa Perry previously served as vice president of sales and marketing for a Florida-based homebuilder. A graduate of ASI University in Iowa, Perry was named the “2012 Southwest Florida Top Real Estate Agent” by Gulfshore Life magazine.
– Carrara at Talis Park: Shoshana Yeager has worked extensively in the Naples real estate market since 2003, serving as a new home sales expert representing three communities. She most recently worked with a Naples real estate firm.
– Raffia Preserve: Jamie Meisterheim has 15 years of real estate experience in Florida and Texas. She has consistently received top ratings on customer surveys and recently earned a Southwest Florida divisional sales award for excellence in customer service and satisfaction.
– Livingston Lakes: Aaron Isban is a top producer with more than 10 years of real estate sales experience. He has won numerous sales awards, including the President’s Circle Award and the Leading Edge Society Award.
– Artesia Naples: Fred Zuccarelli has more than six years of experience as a top producer in the Naples real estate market, with expertise in both new home and luxury high-rise condominium sales. www.WCICommunities.com

Lennar Homes recently opened its new Manor Homes at Treviso Bay, the unique community on Tamiami Trail between St. Andrews and Collier Blvds. in Naples. David Meyers, director of sales and marketing for Lennar in southwest Florida, said the homebuilder is offering two elegant Manor Home floor plans that boast three-car garages and are priced from $494,990 and $500,990. The Princeton floor plan, with 2,245 square feet of living space, offers three full bedrooms plus den or optional fourth bedroom, two full baths, a formal dining room, central great room served by its open kitchen with breakfast nook. The Stanford, with 2,268 square feet of living space, offers four full bedrooms including an expansive master suite, three full baths, great room, formal dining room, open island kitchen and breakfast nook. For more information contact David.Meyers@Lennar.com.

Construction has reached 50 percent on a new custom, private residence built by luxury homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes in Quail West. Construction is expected to be complete by Fall 2015.The West Indies-style home, designed by architect Richard Guzman of RG Designs, will include four bedrooms plus study, five baths and two half baths. Featuring golf to lake views, the home will include 5,625 square feet under air, 8,718 total square feet. An oversized, covered lanai will feature roll down screens and shutters, and will be complete with sports bar and outdoor kitchen. A magnificent, resort-style pool with gas fire bowls will be a focal point of the outdoor area, along with a beautiful cypress wood pergola. Inside, special features include a wine room, a sunken bar in the living room and a breakfast bar with 12-foot tall mitered glass windows. DiamondCustomHomesFL.com

GATES is pleased to announce the addition of Bill Postma as Project Manager. Postma is responsible for the overall project management of projects assigned to him, from the pre-construction stage and permitting, through construction, to owner occupancy. Postma has 40 years of experience in the construction industry with a wide variety of commercial and residential experience including condominiums, clubhouses, and senior housing. His background includes project management, onsite supervision, and estimating. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Robert Morris University. Postma is currently working on an addition/renovation project for Highland Woods Golf and Country Club in Bonita Springs, and the Freedom Memorial at Freedom Park in Naples. www.GATESinc.com.

PulteGroup named Katherine N. Blower its March New Home Sales Leader for selling the highest number of new Centex brand homes during the month at Cypress Falls at the Woodlands, the active adult community in North Port off Panacea and Toledo Blade Blvds. A native of Maryland who has held real estate licenses in three other states, Blower has 26 years of experience in new home sales from entry level to off site custom homes and she has a keen interest in interior decorating. For information contact, Valerie.Dolenga@pultegroup.com.

Pulte Homes to Host Community Grand Opening at Camden Square in Fort Myers on April 25. Two new model homes – the Infinity and Summerwood – will be featured at the April 25 grand opening festivities at Pulte Homes’ newest community in Fort Myers, Camden Square. The celebration – set from 1 to 3 p.m. – will include live music, refreshments and tours of the professionally-decorated model homes. For information contact, Valerie.Dolenga@pultegroup.com.

The new Clara villa model in Mediterra’s Garden Neighborhood will feature interior design by Michael Scott of Romanza Interior Design, who has selected light-finished furniture, modern lighting fixtures and soft green backgrounds with accents of gray, green and ivory.  London Bay Homes is building the three-bedroom Clara as an encore for a similar model that sold shortly after its completion in spring 2014. Located in Cabreo, a neighborhood of luxury maintenance-free villa homes overlooking lakes and nature preserves, the model is expected to be completed in July.With 3,248 square feet of interior living, the Clara is the largest of the three floor plans in Cabreo at Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club community. The home design offers formal living and dining rooms, a family room, den, three full baths and a powder room. www.MediterraNaples.com

KJIMS Homes, a luxury homebuilder with offices in Naples, Marco Island and Sarasota, has begun construction on a private residence located on Marco Island. Designed by MHK Architecture & Planning, the two-story, waterfront home will include 4,332 square feet under air and 6,206 total square feet. The home encompasses three bedrooms and five full baths. Also included will be a two-car garage and a one-car garage. A grand front entry opens to a spacious living room area overlooking a large outdoor living space, which features an outdoor kitchen/bar, pool and spa. Adjacent to the living room is a large dining room and island kitchen ideal for entertaining. kjimshomes.com.

Diamond Custom Homes has completed construction on Phase I of a new private residence in Pine Ridge Estates, in Naples. The lakefront home commands 1.7 acres, with panoramic views of Mockingbird Lake. Phase I consists of a grand two-story guesthouse with 5,284 total square feet. Designed by Mark J. Leonardi Architects to resemble a modern barn, the home has three bedrooms and four and one-half baths. Exterior features include the use of board and batten lap siding and custom cypress wood brackets, as well as tongue-and-groove cypress soffits, a standing seam metal roof, Marvin windows, stone cladding, a front entry pergola, crushed granite driveway with gated entry and an oversized outdoor living space. Inside, the home includes a dramatic two-story living area with a second floor walkway open to the first floor, built-in bunk beds and cable railing on the second floor, a bar, wine room and butler’s pantry. Other features include custom cabinetry throughout, custom wood flooring, magnificent skylights and a detached two-car garage. DiamondCustomHomesFL.com.

GATES Construction (www.GATESinc.com) has successfully completed the renovation of Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s finest member-owned private country clubs. Located along the Caloosahatchee River in Ft. Myers, the project included a new golf pro shop, site work, and façade updates. Other improvements included a new pool bar and grill complete with new kitchen, an outdoor patio, and complete renovation of the existing restaurant kitchen. Designed by Humphrey Rosal Architects, the project provides expanded dining and social options for the club as well as a beautiful new look to Johnny Brown’s Grille and the golf pro shop. In the near future, we look forward to a complete Tennis & Fitness Center renovation. www.GATESinc.com.

The new Carina luxury villa in Miromar Lakes will feature interior design by Michael Scott of Romanza Interior Design. The three-bedroom, three- and one-half bath model will feature a transitional interior design and rich, dark-stained furniture.
The fully furnished model being built by London Bay Homes is located in Portofino, a waterfront neighborhood surrounded by 700 acres of contiguous freshwater lakes at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Offering 3,281 square feet of living space and a covered lanai with summer kitchen, pool and spa, the Carina’s open floor plan emphasizes a connection between indoor and alfresco living spaces. www.LondonBay.com.

Michael Scott of Romanza Interior Design has been selected to create the interiors of London Bay Homes’ new Benita model at Miromar Lakes. Showcasing coastal-inspired furniture and tropical accents, the luxury single-family villa is located in Portofino, a waterfront neighborhood surrounded by 700 acres of contiguous freshwater lakes at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. The exclusive builder in Portofino, London Bay’s 20-home enclave is reminiscent of an Italian village with its cobblestone streets and plazas. www.LondonBay.com.

Wilson Creative Group (WCG), an award-winning advertising, marketing and communications agency, today announced the company has been selected as the agency of record for Naples Square, which will be undergoing a rebranding. WCG will handle all strategic and creative communications associated with the rebrand to include collateral design; print, digital and broadcast advertising; sales center design; new website launch; social media management and more. Naples Square is a new community being developed by Ronto at the corner of 5th Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road in downtown Naples. Naples Square’s walk-able lifestyle and the availability of one and two story, two and three bedroom plus den floor plans from over 1,200 to over 3,600 square feet under air with open-concept living areas and open-air terraces priced from the $600s have made it one of Naples’ most desirable communities. www.wcgpros.com.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of February for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include:
– Hampton Park: With more than 12 years of experience in real estate sales and business management, Elise McMahon has been recognized for numerous sales achievements in her career, including highest volume in sales by Lee Building Industry Association’s Pinnacle Awards.
– Pelican Preserve: Teresa Brown, a licensed real estate professional with WCI since 2004, joined Pelican Preserve in 2008 to help launch new home sales in the community.
– The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Patrick Ruff, a licensed real estate professional, has more than 20 years of experience in real estate sales, development and construction. Ruff currently serves as president of the Naples Pathways Coalition’s board of directors.
– Carrara at Talis Park: Shoshana Yeager has worked extensively in the Naples real estate market since 2003, serving as a new home sales expert representing three communities. She most recently worked with a Naples real estate firm.
– Raffia Preserve: Suzi Loewel is a licensed real estate professional with more than 15 years of sales experience in Naples. She previously served as sales representative for local country clubs and a real estate development company.
– Livingston Lakes: Aaron Isban is a top producer with more than 10 years of real estate sales experience. He has won numerous sales awards, including the President’s Circle Award and the Leading Edge Society Award.
– Artesia Naples: Fred Zuccarelli has more than six years of experience as a top producer in the Naples real estate market, with expertise in both new home and luxury high-rise condominium sales. www.WCICommunities.com

Pulte Homes has opened its newest model home – the 3,999-square-foot Ritz Grande – at The Quarry, a gated golfing and boating community located off Immokalee Road, four miles east of I-75 in Naples. Situated on a 230-acre recreational lake and surrounded by 830 acres of nature preserves, the community boasts an 18 hole Hurdzan-Fry-designed championship golf course, the Quarry Golf Lodge with formal restaurant and bar, golf pro shop and informal bar and grille, the Quarry Lake Lodge and Beach Club, a resort lagoon pool with private lap pool, four lighted clay tennis courts, two bocce ball courts, boat docks and cabanas with swimming, boating and fishing. www.pulte.com

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Paul Furtaw as Senior Estimator. He is responsible for comprehensive estimating for material take-offs and labor estimates as well as developing subcontractor scopes and bidding criteria. Furtaw’s professional background includes 36 years of estimating, project management and on-site project supervision for marina, aviation, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing, as well as many other project types of all scopes and sizes. www.GATESinc.com

Luxury homebuilder KJIMS Homes has opened its new office in Naples at 1045 Crosspointe Drive, Suite 1. The approximately 4,000 square foot building, shown, features a conference room complete with videoconferencing equipment, a spacious design room and six private offices. The space currently houses 10 employees, with room for expansion, and features professional interiors by Jennifer Knight of Design & Company, Inc. KJIMShomes.com

Pulte Homes’ new Abbeyville model offers a picture-perfect frame for the majestic water views at Waters Edge, the popular Caloosahatchee River marina community located at 14940 Laguna Drive in Fort Myers. for more information contact Scott.Mairn@pultegroup.com

EBL Construction, a division of EBL Partners, an established construction and project management firm based in Naples, has appointed Chris Campbell as Project Executive for the firm. In his new position, Campbell will be responsible for assisting with the management of office and field operations; developing and maintaining 100 percent client and design professional satisfaction; generating all levels of cost proposals with estimating staff; negotiating owner, designer and subcontractor agreements; scheduling and directing all pre-construction services; selecting and managing design-build teams; coordinating and performing marketing and business development efforts; directing overall company strategic planning; developing project development opportunities within the market; and more.  www.EBLConstruction.com.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. (IRMS) has announced that Donald Engel has recently changed positions within the agency. Donald now serves the Collier County market as a Client Service Manager in their Business Insurance Division. MR. Engel has worked at IRMS for 8 years and has 8 years of experience in the insurance industry. www.IRMSinc.com

The Design Studio by Raymond has been recognized with a Best of Houzz Award for Design! Check out our 16 residential projects featured on our Houzz profile and found out why we’re among the best: http://www.raymonddesignstudio.com/design-studio-raymond-recognized-best-houzz-award-design/

BCBE Construction LLC welcomes a new member to our team, Scott Wagner has come aboard as an Estimator/Project Manager. Scott comes to BCBE from the snowy north, we are excited to have you in sunny Florida, Scott! www.BCBEllc.com.

Thomas McQueary has recently joined GATES Construction as Senior Estimator.  McQueary’s background includes 20 years of estimating experience including institutional, education, government, retail, and manufacturing.  McQueary earned his Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Indiana State University and is a member of Associated Building Contractors. www.GATESinc.com.

London Bay Homes is nearing completion of two single-family Girona model homes in Mediterra. The fully furnished luxury villas – the fifth and sixth version of the builder’s most popular home design in the Naples community – will open for viewing in April. The homes are located in the Cortile neighborhood at Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club community, and will feature interior design by Michael Scott of Romanza Interior Design. www.MediterraNaples.com

Lucarno, a neighborhood of luxury lakefront villa homes in Mediterra, is more than 60 percent sold. The 71-home maintenance-free villa neighborhood, reminiscent of an intimate European village with cobblestone streets, lakes and gardens, recently recorded its 42nd sale. London Bay Homes is the exclusive builder in Lucarno, which offers two to five bedrooms and range from 2,500 to more than 4,000 square feet of interior living space. Each plan is designed with numerous options that allow buyers the opportunity to customize their home by extending lanais and garages, adding bedrooms, dens or studies, and selecting indoor and outdoor fireplaces, summer kitchens, loggias, porticos and wine cabinets. www.MediterraNaples.com

Lennar Homes is hosting a grand opening of Saturday March 7 from 1-3 p.m. to showcase its new Manor Homes at Treviso Bay, the unique golf course community on Tamiami Trail in Naples.

The sales center is now open at Livingston Lakes, WCI Communities’ newest Naples community offering a carefree lifestyle in lakefront Carriage and Coach homes. Located on the east side of Livingston Road just south of Immokalee Road, the 46-acre community is close to Naples’ premier shopping and dining destinations and the area’s 20 miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches. The sales center introduces visitors to WCI’s initial release of eight maintenance-free Carriage and Coach homes, the community’s private clubhouse and a setting within lakes and nature preserves. www.LivingstonLakesWCI.com

Heatherwood Construction has broken ground on the Livingston Lakes Clubhouse for WCI Communities located on Livingston Road in North Naples. The clubhouse will include a state-of-the-art fitness center, catering kitchen, outdoor courtyard, and pool surrounded by a spacious sundeck. Denise Rosemeyer of Heatherwood will manage the project.  www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com.

London Bay Homes’ newest single-family estate model in Mediterra – the Isabella Two-Story – will expand upon a popular floor plan with a second story and a larger ground floor. The Isabella Two-Story, now under construction in the Serata neighborhood, will offer a fourth bedroom, fifth full bath and 4,283 square feet of living space. www.MediterraNaples.com

BCBE Construction LLC of Naples, Florida has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award winning General Contractor with over 40 years of experience was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community. http://www.houzz.com/pro/bcbeconstructionllc/bcbe-custom-homes.

Douglas R. Shipp has been awarded the 2014 George R. Schmelzle Sales Excellence Award presented by Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. (IRMS). Mr. Shipp has consistently maintained the high standards of integrity, professionalism and team spirit exhibited by the founder of IRMS while achieving extraordinary sales results. www.IRMSinc.com.

PulteGroup has announced that Gina Monteiro, selling new homes at their DiVosta Homes communities of VeronaWalk and Winding Cypress in Naples, was the group’s number one new home sales consultant in January.
Scott Mairn, vice president of sales and marketing for the South Florida Division, said Monteiro sold more new homes – for the second month in a row — than any other PulteGroup sales consultant with either Pulte Homes, Centex, DiVosta Homes or Del Webb throughout more than 20 communities in south Florida. www.divosta.com/communities/florida/ft-myers-naples.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of January for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include:
– Hampton Park: Elise McMahon has more than 12 years of experience in real estate sales and business management. McMahon has been recognized for numerous sales achievements in her career, including highest volume in sales by Lee Building Industry Association’s Pinnacle Awards.
– Pelican Preserve: Cynthia Volk has more than 20 years of experience as an onsite agent in the Southwest Florida area specializing in master-planned golf course communities and waterfront properties.
– Porto Romano at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club: David Sanvidge has 20 years of professional sales, operation, finance and management experience. He most recently served as a consultant for a Fort Myers financial group.
– The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Lisa Perry, a graduate of ASI University in Iowa, was named the “2012 Southwest Florida Top Real Estate Agent” by Gulfshore Life magazine.
– Talis Park: Shoshana Yeager has worked extensively in the Naples real estate market since 2003, serving as a new home sales expert representing three communities and most recently as a real estate agent with a Naples real estate firm.
– Raffia Preserve: Steve Messenger has more than 35 years of real estate sales experience, and has consistently been recognized with top sales awards. Messenger is a graduate of Franklin University and earned a master’s degree from Xavier University.
– Livingston Lakes: Mary Manganiello has a proven record of new home sales success in various WCI Communities over the past 15 years. A real estate professional since 1986, Manganiello has achieved several top sales awards throughout her career.
– Artesia Naples: Dorothy DeMichele has more than 20 years of real estate, marketing and business experience, including an extensive knowledge of Southwest Florida communities, amenities and trends. www.WCICommunities.com

GATES Construction has begun work on the newest Massage Heights location at 2348 Pine Ridge Road in Naples at the Pine Ridge Crossing Shopping Center. When completed, the approximately 2,900 square foot space will include a reception area, 10 massage and facial treatment rooms, retail space, an office, team retreat, and storage. Completion is scheduled for the end of March. www.GATESinc.com.

Naples Community Hospital Hires DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group for Construction of New Freestanding Emergency Department . The groundbreaking for NCH’s new Free Standing Emergency Department was held on Friday, February 7th, 2015. The project will consist of a 2 story, 41,000 sq.ft. free standing emergency department and medical office facility. The building will sit on a 3.35 acre greenfield site and includes a full service emergency department designed and constructed according to LEAN principles, a radiology department including CT scan, Flouro, X-ray and MRI, a behavioral health risk patient intake, and treatment rooms. www.ddhealthcaregroup.com

Samantha Sheffield has joined Stroemer & Company, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, as an Audit & Consulting Manager. Sheffield earned both her Master in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting degrees from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is also a Community Association Manager licensed in the State of Florida. Prior to joining Stroemer & Company, Sheffield was a Senior Financial Manager for a larger developer. Samantha has extensive developer knowledge in the areas of low, mid-rise and high-rise condominiums, homeowner, sub and master associations, country clubs, food and beverage operations, golf and tennis facilities, property management companies, and marinas.

Melissa Allen of Romanza Interior Design has been selected to create the interiors of London Bay Homes’ new Delfina model at Mediterra. A previous version of the Delfina sold shortly upon its completion in 2014. London Bay Homes’ second Delfina will showcase several of the popular features of the original, including a game room and a pop-up television hidden within custom cabinetry. The home also will have a transitional interior design featuring turquoise and magenta against neutral off-white, taupe and gray backgrounds. www.MediterraNaples.com

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Justin Narine as Project Estimator. Mr. Narine’s responsibilities include comprehensive estimating for 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 all aspects of the projects. Narine is currently working on multiple tenant improvements for local medical offices. A former Tampa resident, Narine holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida. www.GATESinc.com.

London Bay Homes has selected Romanza Interior Design’s Jennifer Stevens to create the interior design for its new four-bedroom, four-bath Capriano model in Lucarno at Mediterra. Stevens’ design of a previous Capriano model earned a 2014 Aurora Award, recognizing it among the best in the Southeastern U.S. www.MediterraNaples.com

Heatherwood Construction completed the Raffia Preserve Clubhouse and Entry Gatehouse for WCI Communities located on 951 in North Naples. Raffia Preserve is a 184 acre gated community with 363 single family homes and 72 acres dedicated to natural preserves and lakes. The 7,400 square foot clubhouse includes a resort style pool, playground, and basketball court. Denise Rosemeyer of Heatherwood managed the construction. www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com.

Heatherwood Construction completed the renovations to the St. Matthews House Meeting Space at Wolfe Apartments. Wolfe Apartments is a 46 unit transitional housing complex that provides a drug and alcohol free structured community with on- site guidance and support. Wolf Apartments, together with participation in Justin’s Place Recovery Program, has a 84% success rate in re-engaging in a self-sufficient lifestyle among those who remain in the 2 year residential program. www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Norman Brook as Project Manager. Brook is responsible for the overall project management of projects assigned to him, from the pre-construction stage and permitting, through construction, to owner occupancy. Brook has 45 years of experience in the construction industry with a wide variety of experience including health care projects, industrial, education, residential and commercial projects. He has a multitude of trade certifications and hands on construction experience that brings great value to the firm and each project he is tasked with. Brook is currently managing the construction of Massage Heights’ newest location in Naples, FL. www.GATESinc.com.

Minto Communities presents a grand opening event to introduce four new villa models at The Isles of Collier Preserve on Saturday, February 7, from Noon to 4 p.m. These new, furnished luxury villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — will be showcased and open to the public. In addition three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models will be available for touring. Grand opening events include trolley tours to the new villa models as well as the seven single family and coach home models; guided electric boat and kayak tours of the Cypress Waterway; nature trail tours, and tours of the award-winning, 7,330-square-foot Discovery Sales Center with its recreated natural cypress wetland. mintofla.com.

Angie Sugg has joined GATES Construction as Project Coordinator. She will prepare, organize, maintain and monitor project documentation. She will perform a broad range of duties including administration for projects on a daily basis in support of Project Managers and Field Superintendents. With over 37 years’ experience in a variety of construction related administrative positions, Sugg has expertise in submittals, drawings, contracts, purchase order processes and direct material purchase procedures. She works closely with Superintendents and Project Managers, assisting them in jobsite set-up, subcontractor meeting management, safety meetings and project close-out. Sugg has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and is a member of Associated General Contractors of America. Originally from Goldsboro, NC, Sugg moved to Southwest Florida in 2013. www.GATESinc.com.

Glenn Gopman, Partner of Stroemer & Company, LLC , has been awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation from the American Institute of CPAs and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The CGMA designation recognizes professionals who have deep understanding of finance and have expanded their business skills through experience as management accountants to help drive better business decisions. Gopman has over 35 years of public accounting experience having practiced in small, mid-size and large firm accounting environments. He has a broad range of experience in taxation, financial reporting, and management consulting. www.stroemercpa.com

Heatherwood Construction completed Phase III improvements to the St John’s Episcopal Church located at 500 Park Shore Drive in Naples. The church exists in a beautiful historic setting at the corner of Park Shore Drive and Crayton Road. In the past few years the church has completed significant improvements and renovations including new award winning landscaping, the Sugden Hall Youth Center a Columbarium (Garden of Resurrection), and other improvements. Phase III included reconfiguration of the main parking lot which included new site lighting and brick paver entries and sidewalks, a new maintenance building, south entry tower and the continuation of their award winning landscape design which includes a fountain and meditation benches along a brick paver Way of the Cross walking path. www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com.

BCBE had the privilege of participating in the Naples Woman’s Club’s third annual Kitchen Tour in Naples, Florida. The event showcased four select homes located in Port Royal and featured local chefs from the finest restaurants. The proceeds from the event benefited the Naples Woman’s Club Scholarship Program, the Grace Place for Women and Children, Latchkey Learning Facility (Salvation Army) and the Naples YMCA. www.BCBEllc.com.

Mediterra is more than 95 percent sold out, according to London Bay Homes, which manages sales and marketing for Naples’ premier golf and beach club community. Only 60 single-family estate and villa homesites are available for new construction in the 1,700-acre master-planned community named eight times as Collier County’s Community of the Year. Pushing Mediterra to its latest milestone was 2014’s 30 percent increase in home sales over 2013, noted London Bay CEO and President Mark Wilson. www.MediterraNaples.com.

Turnout at YMCA Open House Reflects Loyal Community Support.  The Greater Naples YMCA had over 1,300 members of our community come out to tour the progress of the rebuilding efforts. “The Open House would never have happened without the support of many subcontractors, our contractor [BUILD], Collier County’s Growth Management Division, YMCA’s staff and the great community we all call home. To see everyone rise to the challenge was amazing. We saw staff, contractors and everyone involved rise to a level never seen… and to have the turnout from the community was very humbling,” said Greater Naples YMCA CEO, Paul Thein. BUILD Founder & Principal, Jay Howard had this to say, “Our team has put their hearts & souls into the resurrection of the YMCA and feels honored to be an integral part of this amazing project. The YMCA’s new 40,000 square ft. state of the art fitness center & gymnasium will be back serving the community months ahead of schedule (just over 6 months from building permits being released) due to outstanding leadership from the YMCA, BUILD and the incredible efforts of our areas finest subcontractors. A special thank you is owed to Guy Blanchette – YMCA Chairman of the Board, Dan Kenyon – BUILD Superintendent & Ken Smith – BUILD Project Manager, your tireless efforts are greatly appreciated.” www.build-gh.com.

GATES Construction (www.GATESinc.com) has completed the new headquarters office for Horizon Business Services Inc., and SkyLink Data Centers, LLC, a custom software company and cloud services provider. Known globally for its catering and event management software, Caterease™, the company provides managed and unmanaged hosting, cloud hosting, and colocation data services. Located at 801 Orchid Drive in Naples, the new 2-story, 11,276 SF building features a customer training room, conference room and a state-of-the-art data center with a 600 kw backup generator and redundant power systems. To protect this data and ensure against interruption to the businesses it serves, nearly all current building codes were exceeded. Examples of this include walls rated to exceed 200 mph winds and a 4-hour fire rating, and a data center that is elevated 40 feet above sea level. www.GATESinc.com.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of December for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include:
– Hampton Park: Andrea Poulton has more than a decade of experience in commercial and residential sales. She previously owned and operated a real estate firm in LaBelle. www.WCICommunities.com
– Pelican Preserve: Suzanne Belof, a native of New Jersey, specializes in new home construction sales in Fort Myers.
– The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Patrick Ruff has more than 20 years of experience in real estate sales, development and construction. As vice president of BoatClubs of America, he oversaw construction of the company’s marina facilities in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale.
– Raffia Preserve: Jamie Meisterheim has 15 years of real estate experience in Texas and Florida. She has consistently received top ratings on customer surveys and earned a Southwest Florida divisional sales award for excellence in customer service and satisfaction.
– Livingston Lakes: Mary Manganiello has a proven record of new home sales success in various WCI Communities over the past 15 years. A licensed real estate professional since 1986, Manganiello has achieved several top sales awards throughout her career.
– Artesia Naples: Brenda Anderson, who has more than 36 years of experience in the real estate industry, including the Naples market, specializes in new home and development sales.

London Bay Homes’ newest Girona model at Mediterra is now under construction in the Cortile neighborhood and will feature interior design by Michael Scott of Romanza Interior Design. The single-family villa model, expected to be completed in March 2015, overlooks a nature preserve in Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club community. www.MediterraNaples.com.

London Bay Homes, a leader in Southwest Florida’s luxury home market for more than two decades, has relocated its corporate headquarters, doubling the size of its former home to accommodate a growing staff and menu of services. The new modern office is at 2210 Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples. www.MediterraNaples.com.

PulteGroup recently announced that Gina Monteiro ranked as its number one new home sales consultant in Collier County for 2014 selling new homes at the DiVosta Homes communities of VeronaWalk and Winding Cypress in Naples. Scott Mairn, vice president of sales and marketing for the South Florida Division, said Monteiro was also PulteGroup’s new homes sales leader for December. Mairn said Monteiro sold more new homes in 2014 and in the month of December than any other PulteGroup sales consultant with Pulte Homes, Centex, DiVosta Homes and Del Webb throughout more than 20 communities in south Florida. www.divosta.com/communities/florida/ft-myers-naples.

WCI Communities has added Joann Frazier to its sales team for WCI homes in Cypress Bend at Shadow Wood Preserve and Porto Romano at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. With nearly 15 years of real estate sales experience in Florida, Frazier was most recently a community representative at Pelican Preserve, WCI’s 55 and better community in Fort Myers. She previously served as a mortgage loan originator and owned a mortgage brokerage in Georgia. www.WCICommunities.com.

WCI Communities has named Aaron Isban and Mary Manganiello as community representatives at Livingston Lakes, the company’s newly launched Naples community featuring Carriage and Coach homes on 47 acres of nature preserves and lakes.
Isban is a top producer with more than 10 years of real estate sales experience. He has won numerous sales awards, including the President’s Circle Award and the Leading Edge Society Award. Manganiello has a proven record of new home sales success in various WCI Communities over the past 15 years. A University of Florida graduate and licensed real estate professional since 1986, Manganiello has achieved several top sales awards throughout her career. www.WCICommunities.com.

London Bay Homes has named Kevin J. Berth vice president of the luxury homebuilding company, with responsibility over estimating, purchasing and accounting, including financial reporting, forecasting and negotiation.
With more than 20 years of experience in the construction and finance industries, Berth previously served as chief financial officer and operations manager for Florida’s largest residential homebuilder, contributing to the organization’s growth from 400 homes constructed annually to more than 2,800.

WCI Communities recently completed construction of the sales center at Artesia Naples, now open on Barefoot Williams Road in Naples. Homebuyers will learn more about the community’s single- and multifamily home designs, planned amenities and nature-centric site plan at the sales center, which offers a look inside the lifestyle and available homes in the 261-acre master-planned community. Visitors to the new sales center will have the opportunity to view Mansion condominium, Garden Villa, Villa and Grand Villa home designs and tour the community, where new neighborhoods and the 8,385-square-foot amenity center are well underway. ArtesiaNaples.com


2014

Dave Arter of Private Client Insurance Services was named Affiliate of the Year by the Bonita Estero Associaiton of Realtors Annual Installation Banquet. WWW.PrivateClientInsuranceServices.com

GATES Construction (www.GATESinc.com) has completed the addition/renovation of the Copperleaf Golf Club at the Brooks located in Bonita Springs, FL. The club was updated with a full kitchen remodel and the existing lanai was converted to a more functional dining space. The bar was extended to accommodate additional patrons. The 5,000 SF renovation was completed on time, in time for the winter season. www.GATESinc.com.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer, homebuilder and services provider, has appointed Stacey Miller as marketing manager for the company’s north region.
With more than 12 years of sales and marketing expertise, Miller has served in marketing leadership roles in telecommunications companies and an audio production agency.
A Bradenton resident and University of Central Florida graduate, Miller will oversee marketing activities for WCI’s new-home communities in the north region, including Tidewater Preserve and Rosedale in Bradenton; Westshore Yacht Club in Tampa; Sarasota National in Venice, and Venetian Golf and River Club in North Venice. www.WCICommunities.com.

London Bay Homes, which is building the fifth version of its popular Girona single-family villa at Mediterra, has selected Michael Scott of Romanza Interior Design to create the interior design of the 3,526-square-foot home. The three-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath Girona is currently under construction in Cortile, a neighborhood of maintenance-free villa and estate homes in Naples’ premier golf and beach club community. The model, expected to open for viewing in March 2015, features a gray and ivory palette with accents of papaya, plus box-beamed and tongue-and-groove ceilings. www.MediterraNaples.com,

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a rigorous peer review of the firm’s accounting practices. The review concluded the firm compliance with the stringent quality control standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the national professional organization of CPA’s. The AICPA established the peer review process to promote quality of service in public accounting firms. The process involves a periodic outside review, performed by another accounting firm, which insures that all public accounting firms adhere to the same level of quality service. www.markham-norton.com

The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities has received a prestigious Silver Award from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) National Sales & Marketing Council. The Silver Award for “Best Welcome Center” recognized Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, Florida. Minto is one of only five recipients in the entire country and the only welcome center in Florida to be recognized with a Silver Award in this category.

Beacon Real Estate Partners, the sister company of Beacon Equity Partners www.beaconep.com, has hired Debbi Cross as Construction Project Manager for its Naples operations. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Cross has been in Southwest Florida since the mid-1970s. She has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development and project management. Cross studied Business and Accounting at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, Business Administration at International College in Naples and Digital Design and Graphics at Hodges University.

John H. Stroemer, CPA, CFST, CAM, GRI partner at Stroemer & Company, LLC recently obtained his recertification for CFST (Certified in Florida Sales and Use Tax) from the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This allows Stroemer & Company to perform Sales and Use Tax Audits for clients under the Department of Revenue Certified Audit Program. www.stroemercpa.com

Heatherwood Construction has completed the construction on the new David and Cecile Wang Opera Center located on Linwood Avenue in Naples. The new facility will house the rehearsal studio, administrative headquarters, and educational facilities for Opera Naples. www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has named the top sales performers of November for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include:
–        Hampton Park: Elise McMahon has more than nine years of experience in real estate sales and business management. McMahon has been recognized for numerous sales achievements in her career, including highest volume in sales by Lee Building Industry Association’s Pinnacle Awards.
–        Pelican Preserve: DJ Johnson has over 20 years of experience in real estate and business management assisting with increased sales, Realtor participation and driving community visibility through enhanced sales and marketing efforts. Johnson has been recognized for numerous achievements in her career, including top sales performer, excellence in leadership and an Elite Realtor Award.
–        Shadow Wood Preserve and Porto Romano at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club: David Sanvidge has 20 years of professional sales, operation, finance and management experience to the position. He most recently served as a consultant for a Fort Myers financial group.
–        The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Patrick Ruff has more than 20 years of experience in real estate sales, development and construction. As vice president of BoatClubs of America, he oversaw construction of the company’s marina facilities in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale.
–        Carrara at Talis Park: Shoshana Yeager has worked extensively in the Naples real estate market since 2003, serving as a new home sales expert representing three communities and most recently as a real estate agent with a Naples real estate firm. Yeager, a graduate of The Ohio State University, began her 20-year real estate career in California.
–        Raffia Preserve: Jamie Meisterheim has 15 years of real estate experience in Texas and Florida. She has consistently received top ratings on customer surveys and earned a Southwest Florida divisional sales award for excellence in customer service and satisfaction. Meisterheim graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
–        Artesia Naples: Brenda Anderson has more than 36 years of experience in the real estate industry, including the Naples market. Anderson, who specializes in new home and development sales, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Illinois University.

PulteGroup’s South Florida division has named Steven W. Palmer its November New Home Sales Leader for selling the highest number of new homes during the month at The Preserve at Corkscrew in Lee County. Palmer sold more homes in November at the Preserve at Corkscrew than any other PulteGroup sales consultant in more than 20 communities in the south Florida region, including sales associates at Pulte, Centex, DiVosta and Del Webb communities. www.pulte.com

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company (www.markham-norton.com) announces the addition of Mary Hodgson to the administrative team for the firm. Hodgson serves an integral role as the executive assistant for the Forensic Accounting, Litigation Support and Divorce Mediation Services team.

Minto Communities Senior Vice President William Bullock announces that construction has started on The Isles Club at The Isles of Collier Preserve. The clubhouse is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015. It will be the social focal point of The Isles of Collier Preserve, a 2,400-acre, eco-friendly community located just four miles from downtown Naples.  www.mintofla.com

Lennar Homes
plans to open the 18-hole, Gordon Lewis-designed championship golf course in January at Bonita National Golf & Country Club, located east of Interstate 75 at the end of Bonita Beach Road East in Bonita Springs. Visit Lennar.com/SWFLsave

Bonita Springs-based developer and homebuilder WCI Communities is planning its first new high-rise residential tower in Southwest Florida. Altaira, to be built in The Colony Golf & Bay Club in Bonita Springs, will be the first new WCI Sky Homes tower in seven years. www.WCICommunities.com

The Smart Companies based in Fort Myers is a finalist in the 2014 Manufacturer of the Year competition, announced Nancy D. Stephens, CAE, Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of Florida in Tallahassee. Nominated companies are judged by a prescribed set of criteria based on company size, systems and practices, as well as a series of telephone and on-site interviews with company management teams and employees. Winners will be announced during the MAF Annual Summit and Marketplace at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida, on Dec. 4, 2014. www.getsmartcompanies.com

Wilson Creative Group -Lydia Wychrij has joined Wilson Creative Group, an award-winning advertising, marketing and communications agency, as production manager. In her new position, Wychrij will ensure scheduling, production and delivery of all agency creative, including print, broadcast and digital projects for clients. She will interface with the creative services team, freelance resources, outside producers and vendors, seeing every project through to completion to ensure the agency achieves the highest level of efficiency and value. wcgpros.com

Minto
 Communities announces that sales are open for homes in the next phase of The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. For a limited time, pre-grand opening pricing is available on the first release of homes in phase II. Minto also is introducing an exciting new collection of luxury paired villas and single-family home designs. Five paired-villa designs start from the mid-$300s, and nine luxury single-family home designs are priced from the $400s to more than $1 million. A new Model Court showcasing the new collections is scheduled to open early next year. www.mintofla.com

GATES Construction (www.GATESinc.com) has begun construction on The Camuto Group’s new office space located at 3451 Bonita Bay Blvd., Building No. 1, Bonita Springs, FL. The Camuto Group is a fashion footwear company with headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut. A new open air design will be accomplished by demolishing the six existing units and combining them into one, 10,129 square foot space with private and modular offices. The new space will serve as the financial back office for the billion-dollar privately owned firm.

Weber Design Group, Inc. welcomes a new Senior Project Manager to their Naples office. Liviu Goia received his Master’s in Architecture from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Goia’s diversified experience includes government and commercial design, urban planning, healthcare facilities, religious and residential work. Over the years, he has received numerous awards including the 2007 Charter Award and the Natural Talent Design Award. As Sr. Project Manager at Weber Design Group, Goia will work on both residential and commercial design projects. www.weberdesigngroup.com

GATES Construction Garners Winning Trophy at FGCU Golf Benefit.  www.GATESinc.com

Weber Design Group, Inc. welcomes new architect to their Naples office. Robert D. Diericks, AIA is a licensed architect in Florida, Illinois and the US Virgin Islands. He received a BA in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology at the Mies van der Rohe School of Architecture. Known as the “Builder’s Architect”, Mr. Diericks’ extensive resume includes both commercial and residential design along with experience running his own residential architecture firm for more than 15 years. His knowledge, experience and solid Midwestern values bring a fresh perspective to his new position. www.weberdesigngroup.com

Shula’s Naples announced the promotion of Jeff Jerome to director of marketing and sales for the award-winning restaurant in the Hilton Naples. In his new position, Mr. Jerome will be responsible for creating, implementing, managing and measuring all marketing, promotional and advertising programs with all forms of media. Mr. Jerome has served as Shula’s Naples business development manager and social media manager since September 2011. The restaurant’s individual and group sales levels have increased dramatically in two consecutive years as a result of Mr. Jerome’s sales and guest service efforts and his team service commitment. Click here for more info

Lennar – Lennar Homes has launched a year-end sale with market-low interest rates on seven move-in ready Executive Homes and three Coach Homes at Fiddler’s Creek, the luxury community located on Aviamar Circle between Collier Boulevard and Tamiami Trail in Naples. www.lennar.com

GATESChris Freeman has joined GATES as Superintendent.  He is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning.  Mr. Freeman recently completed tenant improvements for Mason Classical Academy in Naples and is currently overseeing construction of several offices in Bonita Bay involving demolition, remodeling and tenant improvements.  He is scheduled to start work on a Wal-Mart addition soon. www.GATESinc.com.

Minto Communities announces special inventory pricing available on the Odessa model at Bonita Isles. For a limited time, the Odessa model pricing includes a $2,500 credit toward closing costs. www.mintofla.com

GATES – Larry Vaughn has joined GATES as Superintendent. He is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. He is currently overseeing construction of a new City Mattress store in Naples, FL. www.GATESinc.com.

Garden St. Iron and Metal in Ft. Myers since 1989, has joined forces with Robin Youmans, an elite player in the portable restroom industry; to form Garden St. Portables, LLC. Our mission is about providing exceptional portable restroom services. Services will include the construction, special events, disasters and agriculture industries; providing all new equipment, with a professional touch. Robin Youmans brings over 14 years of exceptional experience to Garden St. Portables and has developed the business plan that has started the companies lead to success. Ms. Youmans is responsible for all company operations including all customer relations. www.gsportables.com.

Pulte Homes – Development is under way at Camden Square, a new community Pulte Homes plans to open next spring at the northeast corner of Plantation Road and Crystal Drive in Fort Myers. www.pulte.com/camdensquare

GATES – Rene Collins has joined GATES as Project Coordinator. Ms. Collins prepares, organizes, maintains and monitors project documentation. She performs a broad range of duties including administration for projects on a daily basis in support of the Project Manager. www.GATESinc.com.

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury home builder, has named the top sales performers of September for its communities throughout Southwest Florida. The top agents include: Raffia Preserve: Steve Messenger has more than 35 years of sales experience and has consistently been recognized with top sales awards.  The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Patrick Ruff has more than 20 years of experience in real estate sales, development and construction. As vice president of Boat Clubs of America, he oversaw construction of the company’s marina facilities in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale. Shadow Wood Preserve and Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club: David Sanvidge has more than 20 years of experience in sales, operations, finance and management. He previously served as Midwest regional sales manager for a national neurological rehabilitation hospital, where he helped increase sales by 30 percent.   Pelican Preserve: Cynthia Volk, originally from Buffalo, N.Y., has more than 20 years of experience as an onsite agent in the Southwest Florida area specializing in master-planned golf course communities and waterfront properties. Hampton Park: Andrea Poulton, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, has more than a decade of experience in commercial and residential sales. She previously owned and operated a real estate firm in LaBelle.

GATES Construction (www.GATESinc.com) was recently awarded the 2014 Sand Dollar Award by the Collier Building Industry Association. GATES was awarded the Sand Dollar in the Best Commercial project category for its work constructing the new Vyne House, completed in 2013. Located in the heart of the Talis Park community developed by Kitson & Partners, the Vyne House features a day spa, fitness center, café and market offerings. www.GATESinc.com.

Lennar Homes recently opened the new three-bedroom Isabella model priced from $390,990 at Millbrook at Fiddler’s Creek, the luxury community located at 3118 Aviamar Circle between Collier Blvd. and Tamiami Trail in Naples. www.lennar.com

Pulte Homes has opened three new model homes at Bridgetown, a gated family community located off Treeline Avenue in Fort Myers. www.pultegroup.com

Stroemer & Company – Michael McCarty, CPA has joined the regional certified public accounting firm Stroemer & Company, LLC as a staff auditor. McCarty earned his accounting degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He brings more than 25 years of experience in public practice, and has a strong background in real estate development, not-for-profit, and small business services. Before joining the firm, he had worked for well-known companies such as Lennar and Grosse Point Development Company.  www.stroemercpa.com

GATES – Kirk Dickey has joined GATES as Superintendent. He is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. He is currently overseeing construction of Silverspot Cinema, a 67,000 square foot luxury theater in Chapel Hill, NC. It is the second Silverspot project for GATES. www.GATESinc.com

GATES – Raul Rodriguez has joined GATES as Superintendent. He is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. He is currently overseeing construction of the Eagle Lakes Community Center in East Naples. www.GATESinc.com

GATES – Todd E. Gates has been elected to the Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers operating board. www.GATESinc.com.

GATES is pleased to announce the addition of Stuart Hoyer as Estimator. He is responsible for comprehensive estimating for material take-offs and labor estimates as well as developing subcontractor scopes and bidding criteria. He collaborates with our 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 all aspects of the projects. www.GATESinc.com.

Minto announces phase one close out incentives at The Isles of Collier Preserve selected move-in ready coach homes featured for limited time. In preparation for the introduction of new phases at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, Minto Communities is offering substantial purchase incentives on selected, move-in-ready coach homes in the community’s phase one. For a limited time only, buyers have the opportunity to take advantage of close out incentives of up to $30,000 on featured coach homes in phase one. www.mintofla.com

Stroemer & Company, Sam Bordner, Auditor with Stroemer & Company, recently passed his 4th and final section of The Uniform CPA Exam. He passed all 4 sections on his first try. Sam is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Accounting & Taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University, where he also obtained his Bachelor degree in Accounting. Upon completion of his Masters in May 2015, Sam will be eligible to apply for his CPA license thru the State of Florida. Sam has been with Stroemer & Company, LLC since December 2013 and the firm is very proud of his accomplishments. www.stroemercpa.com

GATES – Stacey Reeder has rejoined GATES as Accounts Payable Administrator. With 14 years of accounting and payroll experience, she will assist the firm’s Controller in processing payables and receivables. Reeder previously served as Accounting Assistant from May 2011 to October 2012. www.GATESinc.com.

Lennar Homes – Smaller, Smarter Coach Homes at Sonoma at Fiddler’s Creek Offer Supersized Appeal with Pocketbook Pricing—and Zero Maintenance. For more info, contact David.Meyers@Lennar.com  or Lvershelco@aol.com.

London Bay Homes
captured Best Interior Merchandising of a model home in the $1 million-plus category for the Brighton at Quail West during the 2014 Excel Awards presented by the 36th annual Southeast Building Conference. www.ExperienceMediterra.

London Bay Homes earned three awards for its work at Mediterra during the 2014 Southeast Building Conference, which covers an 11-state region.For home design, London Bay earned an Aurora Award for its four-bedroom, four-bath Capriano model in the Lucarno neighborhood, a European-inspired village of cobblestone streets, lakes and villas within Mediterra. The Aurora Award evaluated the 4,402-square-foot maintenance-free villa’s overall architectural design, market appeal, floor plan and interior design by Romanza Interior Design. www.ExperienceMediterra,

WCI Communities, 
names top sales leaders for July in six Lee and Collier communities.  Raffia Preserve: Jamie Meisterheim has 15 years of real estate experience in Florida and Texas. She has consistently received top ratings on customer surveys and recently earned a Southwest Florida divisional sales award for excellence in customer service and satisfaction. The Colony Golf & Bay Club: Lisa Perry previously served as vice president of sales and marketing for Mercedes Homes. Perry, a graduate of ASI University in Iowa, was named the “2012 Southwest Florida Top Real Estate Agent” by Gulfshore Life magazine.  Miromar Lakes and Shadow Wood Preserve: David Sanvidge has more than 20 years of experience in sales, operations, finance and management. He previously served as Midwest regional sales manager for a national neurological rehabilitation hospital, where he helped increase sales by 30 percent. Hampton Park: Elise McMahon has more than 10 years of experience in real estate sales and business management. McMahon has been recognized for numerous sales achievements, including highest volume in sales by Lee Building Industry Association’s Pinnacle Awards. Pelican Preserve: Suzanne Beloff, a native of New Jersey, specializes in new home construction sales in Fort Myers. www.WCICommunities.com

Minto Communities, acquires 200+-acre property five miles from Walt Disney World® plans include luxury vacation villas and resort living amenities. Minto Communities, an international real estate development company and builder of award-winning homes and communities throughout North America, has acquired a 200+-acre property located just five miles from Walt Disney World® in Orlando for its newest resort community — Festival™. Plans call for 500 luxury vacation villas and a dynamic Downtown with shopping, dining, resort pool, wellness center and many other recreational amenities. www.mintofla.com

Lennar Homes has started sales of its Executive Homes in the newest phase at Reflection Isles, the gated luxury community located on River Otter Drive west of I-75 off Palomino Lane in Fort Myers. David Meyers, director of sales and marketing at Lennar in the southwest Florida region, said three, four and five-bedroom Executive Homes in the new phase range in size from 1,340 square feet of living space to 3,357 square feet in seven distinctive one and two-story designs priced from $230,990.  www.Lennar.com

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer, homebuilder and services provider, has named Zachary Rizzuto as e-marketing manager. Rizzuto, most recently a marketing manager with Source Interlink Media, brings 10 years of project management, website, email marketing and database administration expertise to the position. Rizzuto will manage and oversee WCI’s online marketing strategy, manage corporate websites, and facilitate the production of online marketing communications. www.wcicommunities.com

Robert Fike has rejoined GATES as Superintendent. He will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Fike previously served as Superintendent for GATES from 2005 – 2009. Fike has 36 years of experience overseeing all phases of a wide variety of construction projects, including luxury residential, clubhouse and hospitality, healthcare, government, education, and commercial. He has a wide range of trade based skill sets including concrete, carpentry, plumbing and electric, and holds several construction and safety certifications including OSHA, and South Florida Water Management. Fike is currently overseeing the Copperleaf Country Club renovation in Bonita Springs. Originally from Cleveland, Fike has been a Southwest Florida resident since 1978. www.GATESinc.com

GATES is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Whitehead as Superintendent.  Whitehead will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning.  Mr. Whitehead has 38 years of experience in on-site construction supervision, project administration and coordination, operations, budgets, purchasing and scheduling for multi-million dollar projects. This experience includes healthcare (and AHCA review and compliance), commercial, education, retail, hotel, restaurant, and theater projects. He is currently co-supervising the construction of a new classroom building at State College of Florida in Bradenton. Whitehead started his career in Louisiana and Texas before moving to Southwest Florida in 2003. www.GATESinc.com

Wilson Creative Group, an award-winning advertising and marketing firm based in Naples, has added three more honors to its portfolio of outstanding work. The brand campaign it recently created for client John R. Wood Properties was recognized with three Excel Awards from the Southeastern Building Council (SEBC) for Best Logo, Best Newspaper Ad and Best Overall Advertising & Marketing Campaign. Sponsored by the Florida Home Builders Association, the SEBC’s Excel Awards honor excellence in the construction and related industries.  Awards were presented July 25, 2014 in Orlando. www.wcgpros.com

B-Squared Advertising wins 13 Aurora Awards at the SEBC Conferenced hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association.

GATES is pleased to announce the addition of Matt Jerrells as Project Manager.  Jerrells is responsible for the overall project management of projects assigned to him, from the pre-construction stage and permitting, through construction, to owner occupancy.  www.GATESinc.com

Minto Communities won eleven Southeast Building Council (SEBC) Aurora Awards and four Florida Sales & Marketing Council Excel Awards for The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, Florida.  Awards were presented at the SEBC’s 2014 Southeast Building Conference held in Orlando, Florida on July 24 and 25. The SEBC is the largest building industry trade show in the southeast. mintofla.com

BCBE Construction brought home an Aurora Award on Saturday, July 26, 2014 during the 2014 Aurora Awards Gala hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. BCBE won for the Remodeling, Rehabilitation or Historical Restoration – Whole House Over $100,000 category – for a private residence in Grey Oaks in Naples, Florida. www.bcbe.com   |   www.bcbecustomhomes.com.

BUILD recently completed construction on the 32,000 sq.ft. renovation/addition of the Audi-Volkswagen dealership in Naples, FL. The dealership remained operational throughout the entire renovation, so the project was scheduled as a multi-phased renovation, completed in smaller sections to minimize the impact of the daily operations. The project included a complete renovation of the VW showroom, service waiting room, office additions, and a new VW service facade.  A state of the art Audi service center was added along with new car wash and detail area.  These changes will allow Audi-VW to offer an even better level of service and comfort, while accommodating more staff members and inventory. For more information please visit www.build-ddci.com

Diamond Custom Homes’ president Michael Diamond announced the Naples-based builder has executed contracts thus far in 2014 for construction of four custom estate residences at Quail West, totaling more than $6 million in gross revenue. The new homes, ranging in size from 4,000 square feet of living area to 8,000 square feet, are currently in various stages of construction, with completion expected later this year and early next year.

Diamond Custom Homes
, a luxury custom homebuilder based in Naples, has announced the relocation and expansion of their offices to the second floor of 6646 Willow Park Drive, Naples. According to Diamond president, Michael Diamond, the move was necessitated by the significant growth the company has realized in the last few years. “Our new space is significantly larger and will not only accommodate our expanding office operations but also our broadening client base. I believe it emphasizes our commitment to both our customers and our employees.”

Encore Bank has hired Brian Avril as its new chief financial officer. Avril brings nearly 25 years’ experience as chief financial officer to Encore Bank, having served with international, national and statewide banks around the state of Florida. Encore Bank recently announced it grew its income in the first quarter by nearly 95%, compared with the same quarter last year.

GATES Construction (www.GATESinc.com) has begun the demolition portion of Phase I for the new Mason Classical Academy. The design-build project includes demolition and renovation of 21,000 square feet that will feature new classrooms and office space. Located at 3073 S. Horseshoe Drive, the project is scheduled for completion in August, in time for the 2014 Fall Semester. GATES also announced the addition of Matt Jerrells as a project manager. He has 20 years of experience in the construction industry, including health care, industrial, education, commercial and municipal projects.

Heatherwood Construction named Denise Rosemeyerhas as senior manager. Her responsibilities encompass business development services, estimating, and project management. Rosemeyer, formerly the owner and president of Chandler Construction Group of Naples, brings 30 years of construction management experience within Southwest Florida.

Minto Communities announces that, for a limited time, special inventory home pricing incentives are available on two move-in ready Minto homes at TwinEagles. The Prestwick, located on lot 39 in the Lockford Neighborhood, is priced, including lot, at $651,420. This price reflects a $25,000 incentive reduction.  The Inverness, located on lot five in the Wisteria Neighborhood, is priced, including lot, at $642,235.  This price reflects a $45,000 incentive reduction. mintofla.com

Land Solutions Inc
. brokered the sale of 186 acres on Oil Well Road in Naples. The property sold for almost $11.2 million to RP Orange Blossom Owner, L.L.C, The sale was brokered by Randy Thibaut, CEO of Land Solutions Inc. and William H. Rollins Jr., senior broker with Land Solutions Inc. The 186 acres is part of the Orange Blossom Ranch and Grove PUD.
LAKEWOOD RANCH — Neal Communities, one of the largest locally based homebuilders on the Gulf Coast, reported 97 closings in June, an all-time high for closings in a month.

Neal Communities announced it had 62 sales in June. It now has 445 sales in 2014, through the end of June. Neal Communities builds in 16 communities, from the Sarasota-Bradenton market to Fort Myers-Naples. The firm has built more than 9,000 homes.

Patrick Neale & Associates was named Collier County Business of the Month July 2014 by the the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners.

London Bay Homes, only three homes remain in Serata, a neighborhood of 36 single-family lakefront estate homes at Mediterra.
London Bay Homes, one of the preferred homebuilders in the Serata neighborhood, offers more than a dozen three- to four-bedroom floor plans as part of its Reserve Collection. Homes feature large outdoor living and dining areas, studies or dens, formal dining rooms and 3,000 to more than 5,000 square feet of living space, each designed to showcase the neighborhood’s lakes and nature preserve views.

BCBE Construction has completed a remodeling project in Grey Oaks in Naples, Fl. The initial scope of the project was to replace all of the windows and doors with impact glass; however, once the project began the scope was altered and the entire home was given a refreshed modern appearance. The home’s exterior and interior were repainted to create a lighter and brighter facade. www.bcbe.com

BCBE Construction has completed the new Fitness Center and the remodeled Pro Shop and Activities Center at Vanderbilt Country Club in Naples, Florida. Vanderbilt hosted multiple Grand Openings to showcase the updated amenities. John Laliberte, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Vanderbilt Country Club, states “Since opening the new Fitness Center, there has been an enthusiastic turnout by members experiencing the new facility. This facility now affords our Vanderbilt membership a variety of fitness options, including: golf fitness programs, cardio and strength training, and multiple aerobic classes. It truly meets the individual fitness and wellness needs of our Vanderbilt member, no matter the desired level.” www.bcbe.com

BCBE Completes Remodel in Port Royal in Naples, FL. BCBE Construction has recently completed the renovation of a private residence in Port Royal in Naples, FL. The home was remodeled to give it a more modern lighter appearance and features the latest technology. www.bcbe.com

Forge Engineering Inc. is proud to announce and congratulates their newest Professional Engineer (P.E.), Mr. Felix Anton, who has been awarded a P.E. license from the State of Florida. His professional status was attained after a long process of transferring credentials from Cuba, taking some additional University classes, and passing both of the State of Florida required Engineering Licensing exams. WWW.ForgeEng.com

Norris Home Furnishings announces the appointment of industry veteran Bill Griffin to the position of director of retail planning and visual merchandising. “Bill is an excellent addition to our outstanding team of professionals,” notes Larry Norris, president. “He is a gifted visual display designer, and is highly regarded throughout the home furnishings industry.” www.norrishomefurnishings.com

PULTEGROUP, 
Del Webb Naples to Host Grand Opening June 21 to Showcase Four Newly Decorated Model Homes. Del Webb Naples, the iconic active adult community located on Anthem Pkwy. in Ave Maria, will host a grand opening from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, to showcase four new professionally decorated model homes. www.delwebb.com/SouthFlorida‎

WCI unveils 12 Executive and Estate single-family home floor plans at Raffia Preserve. WCI Communities has introduced 12 Executive and Estate single-family floor plans and launched new-home sales at Raffia Preserve, its newest Naples master-planned community.

WCI offering four Cypress Bend single-family homes for August move in. Summer is just around the corner and so is the completion of four Dream Ready homes at Cypress Bend, WCI Communities’ neighborhood of luxury single-family homes in Shadow Wood Preserve.

London Bay Homes has opened another luxury villa model home for viewing in Mediterra, the eight-time Community of the Year in Naples.

GATES: Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. and GATES Construction Announce Joint Venture Partnership; New Company to Focus on Minority Construction Contracts in Southwest Florida. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., today announced a joint venture development and construction partnership with GATES Construction of Bonita Springs, Fla. The new joint venture company, to be known as Seminole /GATES Development and Construction, will focus on securing minority construction contracts as part of large-scale developments in Southwest Florida.

PulteGroup Lauds Top Sales Consultant for April. PulteGroup has named Sam Peri its April New Home Sales Leader for selling the highest number of new homes during the month at The Plantation golf course community off Treeline Ave. in Fort Myers.

DEANGELIS DIAMOND CONSTRUCTION: McCabe Irish Pub/Avenue5 Transformation Complete. DeAngelis Diamond Construction completes transformation of the landmark restaurant and local favorite McCabe’s Irish Pub to the new sophisticated, upscale venue, Avenue5, that has raised the bar for luxury dining in Naples. Located on Fifth Avenue South, in the heart of downtown Naples, the $3 million, 7,000 sq.ft. project was designed by an award winning team of Kukk Architecture & Design P.A. and Jeffrey Beers International. Located at the Inn on Fifth Hotel, the masterfully designed and crafted restaurant contains seating for 240 guests features a center piece bar, private dining, and up-close views beautiful Fifth Avenue. DeAngelis Diamond Construction also recently completed the extravagant new Club Level Suites at the Inn on Fifth hotel, a 40,000 sq.ft. hotel and retail development directly across fifth avenue.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Katelyn Mazzula has satisfied the educational requirements of the Insurance Institute of America to earn the General Lines Agent 2-20 License.  Katelyn is an Underwriting Assistant in our Business Insurance Division and has worked at IRMS for three years.

DEANGELIS DIAMOND HEALTHCARE GROUP (DDHG) EXPANDS IN THE CARIBBEAN: DDHG started construction on 2 new projects at San Juan Capestrano Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico this month. The first project is a $3.5 million 10,600 SF renovation and vertical expansion that adds 24 beds to the existing facility. The second project is a 27,000 SF, two story addition that will add 40 beds, an outdoor gym, additional parking and administrative space. The project cost will be $9.4 million and both projects are expected to be completed in March, 2015.

BUILD COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION ON THEIR SECOND CULVER’S RESTAURANT: Construction is complete on the new Culver’s restaurant located in Estero, FL. This 4,000 square-foot restaurant is BUILD’s second Culver’s project in South West Florida. In order to better compliment Estero’s overall architectural objectives, this particular Culver’s restaurant has been slightly redesigned from the original look of the chain. Culver’s is a fast casual restaurant chain founded in 1984 in Sauk City, Wisconsin. Florida is the chain’s 21st state of operation. For more information please visit us at www.build-ddci.com

PBS CONSTRUCTION: Congratulations to Mario Valle (LC ’04), who was recently awarded NABOR’s 2013 Citizen of the Year.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc
. has announced that Morgan Jones has satisfied the educational requirements of the Insurance Institute of America to earn the 220 Resident Insurance License designation.  Ms. Jones is a Client Service Specialist in their Personal Insurance Division.  Ms. Jones has worked at IRMS for 2 years. IRMS is an independent insurance agency and risk management organization offering Business Insurance, Personal Insurance, and Performance Management Services.  Headquartered in Naples, Florida with an office in Fort Myers, Florida, IRMS employs 50 associates who serve clients throughout Southwest Florida.  The company’s website is www.IRMSinc.com.

DeAngelis Diamond Construction opens Fort Myers location. Fort Myers, FL | April 1, 2014 – To better serve our clients in Southwest Florida, DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Inc. (DDCI)  is pleased to announce the opening of our newest office location at 8695 College Parkway in Fort Myers.   DDCI is working diligently to expand our commitment into Lee and Charlotte Counties by delivering the highest levels of quality and service while conforming to our Core Values of Honor, Integrity and Trust.   Having recently hired Bj Brundage, a long- standing Lee County resident and past principal of SchenkelShultz Architects, as our Business Development Director, we are dedicated to serving our local community, our clients and achieving all of your construction goals.

Heatherwood Construction was awarded the contract for the Phase III improvements to the St John’s Episcopal Church located at 500 Park Shore Drive in Naples. The church exists in a beautiful historic setting at the corner of Park Shore Drive and Crayton Road. In the past few years the church has completed significant improvements and renovations including new award winning landscaping, the Sugden Hall youth center a columbarium (Garden of Resurrection), and other improvements.

London Bay Homes’
Southampton model now open in Old Naples. London Bay Homes’ new single-family model home, the three bedroom, three-and-one-half bath Southampton, is now open for viewing in Old Naples. The two-story model, featuring West Indies-inspired architecture and coastal interior design by Romanza Interior Design, is located at 651 Seventh St. N., just blocks from Naples’ renowned Fifth Avenue South.

Pulte Homes has started construction of a new model home park with five new models and a state-of-the-art sales center at Corkscrew Shores, the gated luxury community – a joint venture with leading real estate developer Cameratta Companies – located on Corkscrew Road three miles east of I-75 in Estero.

London Bay Homes’ Angelica model opens in Cabreo at Mediterra. The second luxury villa home in the Cabreo neighborhood at Mediterra is now open for viewing. The Angelica, one of three maintenance-free villas in the newly launched neighborhood by London Bay Homes, is an unfurnished home offering 2,800 square feet of living space, three bedrooms, three baths, a den, great room and dining area.

Minto Communities Vice President William Bullock announces that all three Minto models entered into the 2014 Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) Parade of Homes have been recognized with top awards. Minto models are the Jasmine Grande at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, Prestwick Grand at TwinEagles in Naples, and Salerno at Bonita Isles in Bonita Springs.

LONDON BAY HOMES: The first phase of space-enhancing improvements and renovations at The Club at Mediterra have now been completed, with the expansion of outdoor seating options and the addition of a fire pit at the popular Tavern. The Tavern expansion and construction of a new clubhouse kitchen were completed during the off-season as part of a two-phase, $8.9 million project approved by members of The Club at Mediterra.

Lennar Homes Opens New Sophia Model at Millbrook at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples. Lennar Homes recently opened the three-bedroom Sophia model home at Millbrook at Fiddler’s Creek, the private residential golf course community located off U.S. 41 halfway between Naples and Marco Island.

PULTE HOMES: Hampton Village at Ave Maria to Host Grand Opening April 5 to Showcase Two New Pulte Model Homes, Five New Floor Plans.  Pulte Homes will showcase two new professionally decorated model homes and five new floor plans at a special Grand Opening on Saturday, April 5 at Hampton Village at Ave Maria, located off Ave Maria Blvd. north of Oil Well Rd. in Ave Maria.

London Bay Homes announces new Bettina model open for viewing in award-winning Mediterra. London Bay Homes has completed construction on the new Bettina model home in Mediterra, winner of the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Residential Development in the Southeastern U.S. The home will be open for viewing during Collier Building Industry Association’s Parade of Homes taking place March 15-16 and Mediterra’s Model Homes Showcase on March 22-23 and 30-31. Guests can tour the home on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

MINTO
More than 2,000 prospective homebuyers and others attended the February 22 grand opening event for The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities.  Visitors began arriving 30 minutes before the event officially started, and continued arriving non-stop throughout the day.  Guided tours of the community and models were filled to capacity.  Visitors toured via trolley, by golf cart to see the miles of recreational trails, and by electric boat and kayaks to explore the Cypress Waterway.Click here to see photos of event.

IRMS
Douglas R. Shipp, CPCU, CIC has been awarded the 2013 George R. Schmelzle Sales Excellence Award presented by Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. (IRMS). Mr. Shipp has consistently maintained the high standards of integrity, professionalism and team spirit exhibited by the founder of IRMS while achieving extraordinary sales results. IRMS is an independent insurance agency and risk management organization offering Business Insurance, Personal Insurance, and Performance Management Services. Headquartered in Naples, Florida with an office in Fort Myers, Florida, IRMS employs 50 associates who serve clients throughout Southwest Florida. The company’s website is www.IRMSinc.com.

WCI COMMUNITIES
WCI UNVEILS NEW DONATELLO SINGLE-FAMILY FLOOR PLAN AT PELICAN PRESERVEWCI Communities has introduced its largest single-family floor plan at Pelican Preserve, the company’s 55 and better lifestyle community in Fort Myers.The three-bedroom Donatello, one of four Classic Series single-family homes now available at Pelican Preserve, offers 2,986 square feet, a large formal dining room, den and four full bathrooms. Its great room floor plan emphasizes openness between the home’s main indoor and alfresco gathering areas, including the kitchen, breakfast nook and covered lanai.

CONDITIONED AIR
NAMED “BEST CONTRACTOR TO WORK FOR” IN THE SOUTH. Company Recognized for Employee Training, Leadership and Customer Service. NAPLES, Fla. – January 28, 2014 – Conditioned Air Corporation of Naples, Inc. (Conditioned Air) is excited to announce the company was honored as the “Best Contractor to Work for” in the South by the NEWS, an industry publication on air conditioning, heating and refrigeration.

MINTO COMMUNITIES
Minto Communities promotes Bob Stevens to Director of Operations: Bob Stevens has been promoted to director of operations for Minto Communities in Southwest Florida.  Stevens’ responsibilities include overseeing sales, home starts and home closings operations for The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples.  In addition, he will manage Minto sales activities for Bonita Isles in Bonita Springs and TwinEagles in Naples.  Prior to his promotion, Stevens was director of sales for Minto Communities in West and Central Florida.  Before joining Minto, he was a vice president and senior project manager with WCI Communities in Bonita Springs.

GATES
Rodriguez joins GATES as Superintendent: GATES has added of Raul Rodriguez as superintendent. He will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out and transition planning. Rodriguez has more than 25 years of experience overseeing all phases of multimillion-dollar commercial and residential construction.

WCI COMMUNITIES
WCI’S Sales Rose 53% in 2013: Builder WCI Communities announced preliminary results for 2013 on Thursday. The company said its full year revenue from homes delivered was about $213 million, up 53 percent from 2012. The number of units delivered was 493, up 40 percent over the previous year. The contract value for new orders was $243 million in 2013, a total of 531 units, WCI said.

COASTAL CONCRETE
Coastal Concrete Products’ new Alico Road site will serve as administrative headquarters  as well as the production facility for all of the company’s concrete products, such as the the fencing shown here installed at Valencia at Spanish Wells in Bonita Springs.

STOCK DEVELOPMENT
Congratulations, Stock Development Nominated As Business of the Year by the Fort Myers News Press! Stock was also named to the BUILDER 100 list of top builders nationwide and CEO Brian Stock was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Tampa-based Business Observer. www.stockdevelopment.com

TAYLOR MORRIS
Taylor MorrisonbBuys 38.05 acres for $5 million. 
Funnel Land Investment LLC sold 38.05 acres in Bonita Springs to Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc. for $5 million. The property, known as Hidden Hammock, is located between Three Oaks Parkway and I-75 within The Brooks, and is entitled for up to 240 multi-family residential units. A Land Solutions team

HABITAT
Habitat Celebrates 35th AnniversaryHabitat for Humanity of Collier County (www.habitatcollier.com) commemorated 35 years of building homes in Collier County with an anniversary celebration at First Presbyterian Church in Naples. The event featured a performance by the Habitat Youth Choir and a keynote address by pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Ben Carson, who shared a story of escaping poverty to become a respected surgeon.

2-10 HOME BUYERS’ WARRANTY
Jenny Malone Wiseman of 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty is serving as Area VI Associate Vice President for FHBA in 2014.  Jenny has been a longtime member of the CBIA Sand Dollar Committee and also was recognized as CBIA “Associate of the Year” in 2011.

NORRIS HOME FURNISHINGS
Sanibel’s Island Inn Selects Norris Home Furnishings to Provide Interior Design for Major Renovation Project . Fort Myers, FL — Norris Home Furnishings has been selected to provide interior design services for major renovations at the Island Inn on Sanibel Island. Established in 1895, the Island inn is a charming waterfront representation of classic Old Florida with 49 accommodations, including cottages and suites.

PULTEGROUP
The PulteGroup has named Kristie Gohn its October New Home Sales Leader for selling the highest number of new homes during the month at Camden Lakes in Naples. Gohn who has been with Pulte Homes four years, is a native of Flint, Michigan and has lived in South Florida 13 years.   She attended Mott College in Flint where she majored in Business Management and has more than 25 years of sales experience.  Scott Mairn, vice president of sales and marketing for PulteGroup, Inc. in South Florida, said Gohn sold more homes in October than any other PulteGroup sales consultant in more than 20 communities in the south Florida region.  “We look forward to Kristie’s continued sales success at Camden Lakes,” Mairn said.

PULTE HOMES
Pulte Homes Grand Opening to Showcase four new Model Homes at Camden Lakes in Naples includes South Florida Firsts. NAPLES, Fla. — Pulte Homes will host a grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 2, to showcase four new model homes at Camden Lakes, located west of I-75 in North Naples, off Livingston Road, just 1.6 miles north of Immokalee Road. Scott Marin, vice president of sales and marketing at Pulte Homes, said two of the models are part of a new portfolio of designer home styles Pulte is premiering in south Florida. The grand opening event from 1 to 3 p.m. is free and open to the public with live music, refreshments, and prize giveaways.

MINTO COMMUNITIES
Announces construction progressing at the Isles of Collier Preserve. Naples, Florida — Minto Communities announces that construction at The Isles of Collier Preserve is progressing for the community’s unveiling this season. The Isles of Collier Preserve is a 2,400-acre residential community that has dedicated more than half of its land to natural habitat and preserve. Preservation areas will be connected by a network of recreational trails, bike paths and waterways for kayaking. Upon completion, residents and visitors to The Isles of Collier Preserve will experience a sense of discovery and adventure. Guests will pass under the gatehouse archway via a unique drive lane at the water level of a large reflecting pond. According to Minto’s Director of Community Planning Len Capozzo, the reflecting pond was inspired by various design elements seen at the Naples Botanical Garden.

WCI COMMUNITIES
Residents enjoy new pool, cabana building at Terzetto in The Colony. BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2013) – Construction for the private resort-style pool and accompanying cabana for the Terzetto neighborhood in The Colony Golf & Bay Club is now complete. Terzetto’s luxury penthouse-style condominium residences were introduced by WCI Communities last fall.The neighborhood’s amenities include a curving free-form heated saltwater system pool, a whirlpool spa, gas grills, expansive sun decks, and shaded seating areas with nature preserve views. The 866-square-foot cabana building offers restrooms, a kitchenette and a covered sitting area with ceiling fans.WCI created Terzetto to meet buyer demand for luxury condominium residences in low-rise buildings. The neighborhood’s first phase offers 10 three-story buildings.

HEATHERWOOD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Construction of Opera Naples awarded to Heatherwood Construction Company. Bonita Springs, FL (October 25, 2013) – Heatherwood Construction was awarded the contract for the new construction of the David and Cecile Wang Opera Center located on Linwood Avenue in Naples. The new facility will house the rehearsal studio, administrative headquarters, and educational facilities for Opera Naples. Walter Crawford is principal in charge and Duane Kikkert is the senior project superintendent. James Knafo Architect designed the new facility.

MONARCH BUILDERS OF SW FL INC.
WILLIAM CAMPOS OF MONARCH BUILDERS & REMODELERS EARNS CERTIFIED GRADUATE REMODELER (CGR) DESIGNATION.
William Campos, Monarch Builders & Remodelers, in Bonita Springs, Florida has earned the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) designation from the National Association of Home Builders.  The CGR designation recognizes those remodelers who demonstrate exceptional business integrity, technical competence and a solid track record of customer satisfaction.  To earn a CGR, a remodeler must complete a series of industry-specific education courses, provide letters of recommendation, submit proof of licensing and insurance, if required by the local jurisdiction, and adhere to a strict Code of Ethics.  The CGR designation stands for professionalism, experience and commitment to quality.

NORRIS HOME FURNISHINGS
LARRY NORRIS OF NORRIS HOME FURNISHINGS RECEIVES PATRIOTIC EMPLOYER AWARD. Fort Myers, FL — Norris Home Furnishings President and Owner Larry Norris has received the Secretary of Defense Patriotic Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Freedom Award (ESGR). Norris is being honored for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force. The award recognizes private and public companies that go above and beyond what the law requires to support their deployed National Guard and Reserve employees. Norris currently has employees who are members of both the National Guard and Reserve. The ESGR Freedom Award has been presented for 17 years. It is the top honor presented by the Federal Government to employers in recognition of above-and-beyond efforts they take to support their deployed employees and families.

MONARCH BUILDERS OF SW FL INC.
RECOGNIZED AND AWARDED BY PROFESSIONAL REMODELERS MAGAZINE. Bonita Springs, FL August 20, 2013— Monarch Builders of SW FL Inc. is proud to announce that it has been awarded two National  2013 Design Awards by Professional Remodelers Magazine.  The local builder/remodeler was awarded the Bronze Award in the Whole House Remodel Under $300K category and the Silver Award for New Kitchen Under $50K category.  “We are beyond excited and thrilled to win such prestigious national awards, “says Emily Ross-Campos, Business Development Director. “It’s an honor to bring these awards back to the Southwest Florida market.”. Selected from national entries, Monarch Builders will be featured in the October 2013 issue and also on www.housingzone.com. They are also invited to accept their awards at this year’s Remodelers Conference in Chicago on October 17th, 2013.

INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Melissa Milito is now a licensed agent for Property and Casualty Insurance! Melissa is a Client Service Specialist in their Business Insurance Division.  She has worked at IRMS for 2 years.

WCI COMMUNITIES
NAMES MALANIAK MARKETING MANAGER. BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2013) – WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer, homebuilder and services provider, has appointed Elizabeth “Lizzie” Malaniak as marketing manager. Malaniak, most recently a senior account manager at a Fort Myers marketing agency, brings nearly 10 years of sales and marketing expertise to the position. A Fort Myers resident and University of Florida graduate, Malaniak will oversee marketing activities for WCI’s new-home communities, including Tiburón in Naples, The Colony Golf & Bay Club and Shadow Wood Preserve in Bonita Springs, and Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers.

HEATHERWOOD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
HAS STARTED CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW DUNKIN DONUTS STORE. Naples, FL (September 30, 2013) – Heatherwood Construction has started renovations of a new Dunkin Donuts store in Immokalee. The new store is a renovation in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center on Lake Trafford Road. The project is slated to open by the end of the year. Michael Crouch of Heatherwood Construction will serve as the senior project manager and Brendon West will serve as senior project superintendent. Rocco Costa and Larry Hernandez of Studio 2 Architecture Planning, LLC designed the new store.

NORRIS HOME FURNISHINGS
ADDS DESIGN CONSULTANT. Naples, FL — Norris Home Furnishings President and Owner Larry Norris announces that Marjorie Grace Ferguson has joined Norris Home Furnishings as a design consultant at the Naples showroom. Ferguson comes to Norris with more than 30 years experience in interior design. She is a graduate of Spencerian College. She previously owned two large antique furniture and gift stores in Seattle, Washington, where she held an auctioneer’s license. Upon moving to Southwest Florida five years ago, she worked in the interior design field in the Bonita Springs area.

CLIVE DANIEL HOME
BUILDS MARKETING TEAM. Clive Daniel Home (www.clivedanielhome.com) created a three-tiered marketing team and hired Carla Channell, Jo Carter and Lyndsey Geis to focus on realtors, builders and special events, respectively. Channell will enhance relationships within the realtor community, Carter is responsible for model merchandising, plumbing fixture sales and business development and Geis is responsible for community outreach, in-store seminars and special events.

CBIA MEMBERS SELECTED FOR LEADSHIP COLLIER, Class of 2014
Congratulations to: Carla DeMarco Belanger (DeMarco Tile), Bruce Fields (Manhattan Construction), Stephanie Kissinger (Waste Management), Michelle McLeod (First Citizen’s Bank), Vicky Tracy (The Arlington).

STOFFT COONEY
STARS ON MULTIPLE PROJECTS. Stofft Cooney Architects (www.stofftcooney.com) has begun design work for Vi at Bentley Village, a project that will include a new sales center, two new clubhouses totaling more than 76,000 square feet and 72 new independent living units. Also in the works is development of a new Marriott resort in Aruba. The first phase will include a 260-room hotel and a large commercial area with restaurants and retail stores.

WCI COMMUNITIES
BEGINS NYSE TRADINGWCI Communities Inc. (WCIC) sold 6,819,091 shares of WCI common stock at $15 per share on its inaugural day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. WCI operates three businesses, including a primary homebuilding business and complementary real estate services and amenities businesses. “With the capital we have raised today, combined with our sizeable and attractive land inventory, strong existing market position and highly respected local management teams, we are well positioned to expand both organically and through strategic acquisitions in the highly attractive coastal Florida housing market,” said Keith E. Bass, president and CEO of WCI, who rang NYSE’s opening bell.

COLLIER COMMISSIONERS APPOINT ROSEN

The Board of Collier County Commissioners appointed Michael D. Rosen as a member of the Collier County Planning Commission. Rosen was formerly on the CBIA Board of Directors and chair of our Developers’ Council. He was also vice president for DiVosta/Pulte Homes and Collier Enterprises in Naples and is currently director of business development for Special District Services, which establishes and manages community development districts throughout Florida.

NORRIS HOME FURNISHINGS
President and Owner Larry Norris announces that Jay Jerauld has joined Norris Home Furnishings as a design consultant at the Naples showroom. Jerauld comes to Norris with more than 15 years of residential design experience. An award-winning designer, he has completed homes in Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, Orlando and Naples.

MINTO COMMUNITIES
Vice President William Bullock announces the promotion of David Komara to the position of project manager. Komara’s responsibilities include managing all assigned construction operations and personnel as well as achieving customer satisfaction goals and providing customer service to Minto’s homeowners in Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining Minto, Komara worked for 12 years in the construction industry in field management, customer service and other management positions. He lives in Naples, Florida with his wife, Hallie, and four-year-old daughter, Gia.

NORRIS HOME FURNISHINGS
President and Owner Larry Norris announces that James W. Shafer has joined Norris Home Furnishings as a design consultant at the Naples showroom. Shafer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Central Michigan University where he graduated cum laude. He has been a Naples resident for more than 30 years. His work has been featured in Open House Magazine and he received a Best Dining Room design award from the Collier Building Industry Association Parade of Homes.

INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC. (IRMS) Would like to announce that Juli Miller, Sara Hopper, Sonia Zuniga, Yosdany Perez have recently join their team! IRMS is an independent insurance agency and risk management organization offering Business Insurance, Personal Insurance, and Performance Management Services.  Headquartered in Naples, Florida with an office in Fort Myers, Florida, IRMS employs 50 associates who serve clients throughout Southwest Florida.  The company’s website is www.IRMSinc.com.

MINTO COMMUNITIES
Appointed Ralph Haskins as land development superintendent. His duties include permitting and engineering of land development projects, and managing construction of infrastructure and amenities for Minto’s communities in Southwest Florida. Haskins worked for 13 years with Bonita Bay Group, where he held the positions of director of development, senior project manager and project manager.

ROBB & STUCKY INTERANTIONAL
JESSICA SCHNEIDER 
has joined Robb & Stucky’s senior management team as Director of Business Development. In her leadership role as Director of Business Development, Jessica Schneider will partner with the Lee and Collier Counties building and real estate industries, developing innovative, break-out programs, events and incentives to support their work and position Robb & Stucky as a preferred partner. Jessica Schneider is uniquely qualified to for this role, bringing energy, creativity and years of relevant experience to Robb & Stucky. Jessica is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) Associate of the Year for 2012.

BUILD LLC
CBIA’s President Ray Allain has joined BUILD, bringing over 15 years of premiere custom residential construction experience. Having completed over 60 custom home and remodelling projects in and near Naples. Mr. Allain will be heading up BUILD’s concierge residential renovation division as BUILD develops its unparalleled service philosophy to a discriminating and dynamic customer base.

In a statement Mr. Allain said, “The opportunity to expand the level of integrity and service that BUILD has created, further into the residential market is very exciting. The diversity and expectations of the typical Naples client requires a commitment to service few are willing to meet. BUILD and I share this ethos. Service and quality are the cornerstone of any successful business, and I am pleased to be a part of the BUILD team.”

INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC. has announced that Jill Longfellow has satisfied the educational requirements of the Insurance Institute of America to earn the Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designation. Jill is in their Business Insurance Division and has worked at IRMS for 6 years.