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2021

Seagate Development Group has completed outdoor and indoor renovations of Randall Interior Finishes’ 14,085-square-foot facility at 12100 Commerce Lakes Drive, Suites 3-6 in Fort Myers. “As a full-service property manager, we make it easy for our tenants to improve the functionality of their space and those who operate within it,” said Matt Price, CEO & Partner at Seagate Development Group. “Many people in Southwest Florida are returning to the office from remote locations and serving customers and clients on site, so they need their facility to be top-notch, current and state-of-the-art as they envisioned. We specialize in bringing that vision to fruition in the quickest and most efficient ways.” For more information on Seagate’s property management sector and commercial portfolio, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A. Partner J. Christopher Lombardo has been elected to the Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center Board of Directors. Shy Wolf Sanctuary provides a haven for wildlife, including cougars, wolves and wolfdogs, raising awareness for protecting these and other exotic species. Lombardo focuses his practice areas on family law, litigation, securities and commodities arbitration and litigation and class actions. He has three decades of legal experience, also serving as a Certified Financial Litigator, and is a founding member of the American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators.

Construction is underway and sales remain active for London Bay’s Grandview at Bay Beach, Estero Island’s new 11-story tower. Located within the gated Waterside neighborhood at Bay Beach, Grandview features 58 residences from 2,400 to 2,900 square feet. Grandview’s open-concept floor plans will feature three or four bedrooms, a den, up to three-and-a-half bathrooms, private elevator access and a dedicated covered space in the main garage. Six top-floor penthouses will feature 11-foot ceilings and a private two-car garage. Luxury residences start from the low $1 million, and Realtor commission offerings are paid up front.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Rick Liddell as Superintendent. Mr. Liddell is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Mr. Liddell has 41 years of experience in the commercial construction industry that includes a wide variety of project types in education, mixed-use, commercial, retail, hospitality, and government sectors. Rick is based out of GATES Construction’s Palm Beach Gardens office.

The master-planned community of Ave Maria, a development of Barron Collier Companies in Collier County, has surpassed a record 400 new home sales for 2021. New home buyers are attracted to the improved quality of life, strong sense of community, conveniences of the town, educational options, abundant amenities, recreational activities and better home values. Home sales were reported from Ave Maria’s four residential builders: CC Homes, Del Webb Naples, Lennar and Pulte Homes. Homes are available in a variety of styles from single-family homes to condominiums priced from the low $200,000s to more than $500,000. A recent report by RCLCO real estate consulting firm shows Ave Maria experienced one of the highest year-over-year growth rates in new home sales of all top master-planned communities in the nation.

Shane Klepko, president of Harwick Homes, today announced the luxury custom homebuilder and remodeler won a prestigious 2021 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence. Of 102 total award recipients nationwide, Harwick Homes is the only homebuilder in Lee and Collier counties to receive a 2021 Chrysalis Award; it is one of only three Florida-based builders among this year’s winners.

Diamond Custom Homes has announced the completion of a new estate home at 16615 Firenze Way in Talis Park.The 16,047 total square foot private residence features architecture by Thomas Jones of WDG Architecture, interior design by Lou Shafran and Mark Vanagas of Pacifica Interior Design, custom cabinetry by EDGE, and landscape architecture by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design.

Harwick’s entry in the category of Residential Specialty Item over $50,000 was selected for its remarkable transformation of an open, two-story living area into a one-story living room with a karaoke bar, club room and band performance area on the second floor. The project was further chosen as the National Award winner from among four corresponding regional winners.

Seagate Development Group is expanding packing, fulfillment and warehouse space for Norman Love Confections at 12771 Westlinks Drive, Suites 3-6 in Fort Myers. This 19,200-square-foot facility will cover four units – two of which were once adjacent spaces occupied by other companies – to suit Norman Love’s future growth. The project scope includes electrical, plumbing, mechanical and HVAC components. The Seagate team is working on refrigeration equipment via demolition, metal framing and drywall, restaurant-kitchen-grade ceilings and the reconfiguration of fire sprinklers, among other details.“Norman has such a profound influence on Southwest Florida and many other areas. We’ll always be proud to help him do business – from the movement of equipment to increased storage space and labor efficiency,” said Matt Price, CEO & Partner at Seagate Development Group. “Relationships like that are the cornerstone of this company.”For more information on Seagate’s ever-growing commercial portfolio, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com/Commercial-Development

JMDG Architecture in Naples has hired Scott Irwin, Jason Charalambides, Dayyan Surty, Monica Pedretti, Steve Turner, and Antonio Kaparis within the last two months to expand both its Residential and Commercial Design Studios.
Scott Irwin will serve as a Project Manager in the Residential Studio, utilizing his 25 years of experience. Jason Charalambides, PhD, RA, PE will serve as a Senior Project Architect and Structural Engineer utilizing his 30 years of professional experience. Dayyan Surty who has a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, will serve as a design assistant to Principal and Director of Design, Thomas Jones, AIA LEED AP in the Commercial Studio. Monica Pedretti, a licensed Architect from Italy with 30 years of professional experience will serve as a Senior Project Manager for both the Residential and Commercial Studios. Steve Turner will serve as a design assistant to Principal and Director of Design, Robert Mongillo in the Residential Studio and utilize his 30 years of local experience. Antonio Kaparis, RA has an engineering degree and Master of Architecture degree with 10 years of professional experience and will serve as a Project Manager in the Commercial Studio. For more information visit: www.jmdg-architecture.com 

 Seagate Development Group is completing site work and interior finishes for NeoGenomics’ 150,000-square-foot, $60-million global headquarters. It is slated for a third-quarter turnover at 9490 NeoGenomics Way in Fort Myers – just north of Alico Road and a short drive from its current offices in the Gateway area. The Southwest-Florida-landscape-changing facility will ultimately hold hundreds of employees. It encompasses two buildings – one 75,000-square-foot, three-story space for corporate offices and another 75,000-square-foot full-service cancer diagnostic lab that includes a state-of-the-art molecular laboratory for on-site physicians and technicians. Seagate Development Group’s corporate headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Devin Furlong as Senior Superintendent. Mr. Furlong is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Mr. Furlong has 40 years of experience in the commercial construction industry that includes a wide variety of high-end, large-scale project types in higher education, mixed-use, hospitality, and government sectors. Devin will be based out of GATES Construction’s Palm Beach Gardens office.

Frey & Son Homes, an esteemed Southwest Florida home builder, announces that Brenda Baldwin has recently  joined the team as their New Sales Coordinator. Baldwin is  excited for the future with this well-known and respected builder. “Frey & Son has a reputation of excellence, and I am proud and honored to be able to add to that with my abilities,” she says. To learn more about Frey & Son Homes, please call (239) 495-8200, email  info@freyandson.com  or visit www.freyandson.com

 Seagate Development Group has broken ground on the final phase of EmCyte Corporation’s headquarters. Located at 4331 Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd. in Fort Myers. The next three months will be dedicated to foundational components, walls and roofing, exterior windows, irrigation, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, drywall, interiors and more. The final phase of EmCyte – slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2021 – will include additional parking and travel lanes for deliveries as well as an enclosed corridor for a covered pathway that connects the new and current facilities. “We are proud of our ongoing partnership with Patrick and his impressive company. It demonstrates how a project of this magnitude can align with a company’s global impact as well as how a relationship with a tenant can became a landscape-changing expansion and renovation for Southwest Florida,” said Matt Price, CEO & Partner at Seagate Development Group. Seagate Development Group’s corporate headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com

Seagate Development Group hosted nearly two dozen Lee County leaders and Florida businesspeople during the ceremonial groundbreaking of 40-acre Alico Trade Center. This took place on July 2nd at the site of Seagate’s latest business park – Alico Road and Oriole Road in Fort Myers. Seagate is currently clearing the Alico Trade Center land for Rice Insulation’s 35,000-square-foot facility as well as other to-be-announced design-build projects. This first tenant’s space will include offices, a reception area, a conference room, training and break rooms, workstations, a warehouse of insulation, glass and shelving materials, high-dock and grade-level doors, and 100 parking spaces. It is slated for completion in in the fourth quarter of 2021, with all other single-tenant, flex and/or industrial buildings to be completed on an ongoing basis. Seagate Development Group’s corporate headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com

Surety Construction has completed the new Deep Lagoon Seafood restaurant in Naples, Florida. Formerly occupied by Ruby Tuesday at 8777 Tamiami Trail N., the 6,500 square feet space was completely transformed into a modern, upscale dining facility. The nautical theme provides stunning focal points featuring 500 gallon and 1,500 gallon colossal reef saltwater aquariums. Construction elements include a new building façade, cupola, roof, flooring, dining room, outdoor dining, kitchen, mechanical systems, and parking lot. With two other locations in Marco and Ft. Myers, this marks the third location for Deep Lagoon Seafood, a Phelan Family Brands company. Surety Construction has constructed over 50 projects for Phelan Family Brands over the last 15 years. Surety Construction’s team specializes in hospitality, healthcare, institutional, condominium, commercial, faith based, educational and luxury residential construction. For more information call 239-992-6030 or visit www.suretyconst.com.

Law firm Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. is pleased to announce the opening of its expanded office space effective immediately. The firm added 2,500 square feet containing attorney and paralegal offices, a second kitchen, an office services area and a premier conference center on the ground floor of their existing building at 3200 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, Florida 34103. The building is conveniently located at the corner of Ridge Street and U.S. 41. The additional space will supplement the firm’s existing 6,000 square feet that encompasses the entire second floor of the building Founded in 1971, the law firm of Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. provides legal services to clients in Southwest Florida. Areas of practice include residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, business transactions, local government law, family law, and civil and commercial litigation

Seagate Development Group has broken ground on a 9.71-acre, 45,000-square-foot facility for White Cap Construction Supply. The national building materials supplier’s design-build project is under construction at 16542 Oriole Road – off Alico Road – in Fort Myers. Seagate will also erect an 18,000-square-foot metal structure for steel fabrication – complete with an overhead crane and steel-bending machines. The main building will feature an expansive 32,990-square-foot warehouse, an open-area conference room, a break room and a showroom, among other components. Seagate is slated to complete the facility in mid-October and turn it over before month’s end. “When one of the nation’s largest suppliers of power tools and specialty materials chooses a booming area as its next destination, you move quickly and efficiently, with your eye on a design-build fit for long-term growth and increased productivity,” said Matt Price, CEO & Partner at Seagate Development Group. Seagate Development Group’s corporate headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.

Seagate Development Group is just weeks away from completing the design-build of Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s North American corporate headquarters. Passersby can already see the 60,000-square-foot, class-A facility – at 9597 Gulf Research Lane, off Alico Road, in Fort Myers – from I-75. “In less than a year, we have designed and built a highly amenitized corporate headquarters that is in line with the look and feel of the company and allows 450-plus management and operations team members to keep their trucks on the road at all times,” said Matt Price, CEO & Partner at Seagate Development Group. For more information about Scotlynn and Seagate’s extensive commercial portfolio – especially design-builds – visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com/Commercial-Development.

Well-known and respected Southwest Florida home builder, Frey & Son Homes announces that it has recently begun construction on a new inventory home on Marco Island. The home builder has been building magnificent homes on Marco Island and throughout Lee and Collier counties for over 49 years and is celebrated for the team’s attention to detail, sophisticated home designs and advanced building techniques. “Marco Island is where everyone wants to be, so much so that there are more buyers looking for homes than there are homes available for sale. Our team is working to meet the high demands of the area by building more homes to meet the desires of the Marco Island buyer. We’re looking forward to revealing this home and its terrific features to the public next year,”Barry Frey President of Frey & Son Homes says. To learn more about Frey & Son Homes, please call (239) 495-8200, email info@freyandson.com or visit www.freyandson.com

Conditioned Air Company announced it has earned the Dave Lennox Award from Lennox Industries for the seventh straight year. The Dave Lennox Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the international heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer recognizing the top 25 dealers in the United States and Canada.“We are proud to represent the Lennox brand and share this honor with our customers,” said Tim Dupre, President and CEO for Conditioned Air. “This award recognizes our firm’s commitment to honesty, integrity and respect in providing the highest possible standard of service, plus consistent sales growth and superior technical competence.” For additional information, call 239-643-2445 or visit www.conditionedair.com.

Seagate Development Group has announced that picturesque Windward Isle – a gated enclave of 28 single-family residences on Airport-Pulling Road in Naples – is sold out. We are currently building custom, end-user residences in Esplanade Lake Club, Quail West, Talis Park, Hill Tide Estates and other luxury residential communities throughout Southwest Florida. Seagate’s high-profile, design-build projects include NeoGenomics’ $60-million global headquarters and Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s 60,000-square-foot North American corporate headquarters as well as managing over 1.5 million square feet of commercial space. Seagate Development Group’s corporate headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.

2021 Market Watch, June 3, 5-9 p.m. Learn from Local Experts in the Real Estate Industry. Keynote Speaker: David Cobb Regional Director, Zonda Advisory. Panel Speakers: Michael Polly, President and Managing Broker, Royal Shell Real Estate, Inc; Budge Huskey, CEO and President, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty; Claudine Leger-Wetzel, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Stock Development; Justin Robbins, Division President, D.R. Horton; Randy Mercer, Founding Partner, CRE Consultants; Adam Palmer, Managing Principal, for Florida Offices, The LandQwest; Matt Simmons, Managing Partner, Maxwell, Hendry & Simmons, LLC; Corey R McCloskey, 2021 NABOR President/2021 NAR BOD, John R. Wood Properties; Cary Goggin, Esq., Partner, Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest and Cross, PLLC. For information and tickets, visit www.marketwatchflorida.com.

We are happy to announce WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors has rebranded to JMDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors.  The rebrand is part of a strategic effort to further distinguish the firm locally, throughout the state of Florida, and nationally as our client base and presence has expanded beyond the Southwest Florida region.  The move strengthens our growth and professional services by helping clients identify with our brand in the marketplace. 

WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples is the firm behind the newly designed Pink Shell – Jack’s Restaurant space. The fresh new design enhances the beauty of that iconic beach view. Jack’s is now open for dining.

PBS Contractors is pleased to announce the completion of the main entrance and common area at the Vanderbilt Towers of Naples (Tower 1). The complete demolition and renovation of the lobby, entertainment room, and front entrance began last year, with the final piece of furniture installed earlier this month. “This was the first time the building had been renovated since it was originally built in 1972,” says Guillermo Ruiz, Community Association Manager of Vanderbilt Towers. “We trusted PBS Contractors to handle our condominium building with the utmost care and professionalism, and they didn’t let us down. Everyone on the PBS Team is very respectful. They treated the project with the residents in mind – always keeping them informed, as many of them have been here since 1972.”PBS shares this completion with design partners JMDG Architecture (formerly WDG Architecture). For more on the complete transformation of this space, please visit https://www.pbscontractors.com/vanderbilt-tower-1/ 

SW Management & Realty – a Seagate Development Group company – has redeveloped Metro Gardens, based on the owner’s forward-thinking vision for quality improvement. Located at 2830 Winkler Ave. in Fort Myers, the 49,615-square-foot office building has resealed roofs, a repaved parking lot, and updated landscaping with greater road visibility and curb appeal.For more information on leasing opportunities in Metro Gardens, visit https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/2830-Winkler-Ave-Fort-Myers-FL/17407305/ or call Heather Rumbold at (239) 738-7848. Seagate Development Group’s new headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.

Respected Southwest Florida home builder, Frey & Son Homes announces that the team has recently broken ground on three new inventory homes in Cape Coral. With the growing need to accommodate the increasing number of Florida residents each year, the home builder has been exceptionally busy, featuring homes to appeal to our discerning Southwest Florida buyers. For over 49 years, Frey & Son Homes has been building homes across Southwest Florida and is recognized for legendary design, unmatched professionalism and its highly-skilled team. Frey & Son Homes (www.freyandson.com) has continued to meet the evolving needs of the Southwest Florida buyer for decades, and is known for its pristine attention to detail, unrivaled home designs and unsurpassed building techniques. Barry Frey, President of Frey & Son Homes, speaks about these new additions to the Frey inventory.

Matt Price – CEO and Partner at Seagate Development Group – was featured as the keynote speaker during the Urban Land Institute of Southwest Florida’s Signature Lee County Program. During the presentation, Price spoke about Seagate’s design-build process as it relates to the Alico Corridor and Lee County’s overall growth. Its biggest projects along that corridor include NeoGenomics’ 150,000-square-foot global headquarters, Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s 60,000-square-foot North American corporate headquarters, 40-acre Alico Trade Center that will start with Rice Insulation & Glass’ 35,000-square-foot warehouse and office building, and White Cap Construction Supply’s 45,000-square-foot facility. This event was sponsored by Seagate, DeAngelis Diamond, and Morris-Depew and Associates. Seagate Development Group is a leading, full-service development company specializing in a design-build process via new construction, custom renovations, interior design, and management and leasing services. Seagate Development Group’s new headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.

B-Squared Advertising Marks 20th Anniversary B-Squared Advertising has been a creative force in the advertising and marketing arena in Florida for many years. In fact, the award-winning agency is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer – as it continues to create and execute effective campaigns for clients within the state and beyond.
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Seagate Development Group has sold two self-storage facilities to Public Storage. They are located at Arbor Towne Square Shopping Center (10688 Colonial Blvd.) in Fort Myers and at 20091 Tiburon Way in Estero. SW Management & Realty, LLC – a Seagate Development Group affiliate – was the broker in this transaction. “As we began to achieve our occupancy goal, we realized it was time to take advantage of the market’s interest in this type of asset,” said Bill Price, Chairman & Partner at Seagate Development Group. “Public Storage is the largest brand of its kind in the U.S., so we’re leaving these facilities in more than capable hands, while we tend to more opportunities of this nature and fulfill Southwest Florida’s demand for more storage space.”For more information on Seagate’s extensive commercial portfolio, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com

Seagate Development Group has purchased 9.71 acres of land from Harvey B. Youngquist for $2,760,615. Derek Bornhorst at Lee & Associates represented the buyer, while Gary Fluharty at B.I.G., LLC represented the seller in this transaction. Now, the leading, full-service development company will design and build a 45,000-square-foot facility for White Cap Construction Supply at 16542 Oriole Road (Fort Myers). The national building materials supplier’s new location will be adjacent to the upcoming Alico Trade Center being built by Seagate, with pad site leasing and sales by Lee & Associates.Seagate will break ground on White Cap this month and complete the landscape-changing project in the fourth quarter of 2021 .For more information on Seagate’s extensive commercial portfolio, particularly high-profile design-builds, visit its new portfolio pages at SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com

Seagate Development Group has hired a results-driven leader and the former division president of a national building company – Kevin Brown – as Vice President of Development. 15-year veteran of the residential construction, development and sales industry, Brown will seek, manage and oversee preexisting projects and new land acquisitions – particularly for luxury residential communities.  This comes on the cusp of the leading, full-service company’s sustainable growth in and beyond the regional marketplace. “Real estate is booming like never before, so we are in an ideal position to leverage Kevin’s regional experience and network for our diverse platform and full-service mission. He will refine practices, bring us to the next and newest levels, and naturally progress us and our clients toward a future of great potential,” said James Nulf, Chief Operating Officer & Partner at Seagate Development Group.
Seagate Development Group’s new headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.

Heatherwood Construction breaks ground on 5th store for Rick Johnson Development. Located on Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. The project was designed by GOIA Archtecture. For more information visit www.Heatherwoodconstruction.com

 PBS Contractors is proud to welcome David G. Brady, Jr., as Project Manager. David is the newest edition to the Commercial division of PBS Contractors and brings decades worth of project management experience to the team. “David comes to PBS Contractors with broad and deep experience in commercial construction that he has quickly put to work in helping our Clients,” states Mark Simmons, Vice President of PBS Contractors. ABOUT PBS CONTRACTORS AND THE PBS WAY PBS Contractors proudly celebrates 35 years in business as the Concierge Builder® of Naples and Southwest Florida. Building luxury homes, and commercial spaces, PBS lives by their purpose statement: We Build Better Lives for Our Team, for Our Clients, and for Our Community. It’s this philosophy, commitment to excellence and exceptional client service that is the PBS advantage. Located at 4395 Corporate Square in Naples, please visit https://www.pbscontractors.com/ or call (239) 643-6527 for more information.

Seagate Development Group is making significant progress on Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s North American corporate headquarters. It is all taking place at 9597 Gulf Research Lane in Fort Myers.These updates come just seven months after the leading commercial development company broke ground on the 60,000-square-foot, class-A multinational transportation and logistics facility.“Many businesses are making long-term commitments to the Southwest Florida marketplace. Scotlynn is the perfect example of that commitment, particularly to the design-build process – otherwise known as the lifeblood of Seagate,” said Matt Price, CEO & Partner at Seagate Development Group.Seagate Development Group’s new headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Dr. in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com

Seagate Development Group has completed interior renovations of 38,300-square-foot Alorica at 12601 Corporate Lakes Drive, Suites 5-12 in Fort Myers. SW Management & Realty, LLC – a Seagate affiliate – negotiated a long-term lease renewal for the property. Alorica hosts two billion customer interactions per year, with Fort Myers being the only location in Southwest Florida. So, it’s incredibly important that this growing company have a maximized space that enhances employee productivity for the sake of many regional customers,” said Matt Price, CEO & Partner at Seagate Development Group. “We’re proud to have made this happen.” For more information on this and other commercial projects by Seagate, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.

Seagate Development Group has completed the exterior of NeoGenomics’ 150,000-square-foot, $60-million global headquarters.This 14-acre site will be a home base for nearly 600 employees of NeoGenomics – the only international company that focuses exclusively on comprehensive cancer diagnostics. To create a headquarters that will allow them to better conduct business that impacts countless people is very much part of Seagate’s passion and mission,” said Matt Price, CEO & Partner at Seagate Development Group. The project is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2021. For more information and frequent updates, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.

PBS Contractors receives the 2021 Guildmaster with Highest Distinction Award from GuildQuality for demonstrating exceptional customer service within the residential construction industry. Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S. and Canada. “We always like to think we are doing a good job, but it’s not our opinion that counts,” says Russell Budd, Owner of PBS. “It’s especially meaningful when an independent survey firm validates our past clients’ satisfaction and their overwhelming endorsement of PBS Contractors.”PBS Contractors achieved a satisfaction score of 99% and a recommendation score of 100% from their customers surveyed by GuildQuality. Located at 4395 Corporate Square in Naples, please visit https://www.pbscontractors.com/ or call (239) 643-6527 for more information.

Seagate Development Group has completed the exterior of NeoGenomics’ 150,000-square-foot, $60-million global headquarters. Just north of Alico Road, along Three Oaks Parkway in Fort Myers, the state-of-the-art facility is part of the leading firm’s ongoing work with DeAngelis Diamond. To create a headquarters that will allow them to better conduct business that impacts countless people is very much part of Seagate’s passion and mission,” said Matt Price, CEO & Partner at Seagate Development Group. “We are moving at a rapid pace, thereby meeting the demand of such a rapidly growing company with a standout establishment in a prime location.”The project is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2021. For more information and frequent updates, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.

WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples has recently completed master planning for an ocean front 10-story luxury resort condo project in Nassau, Bahamas.  The project was delayed due to the COVID effects on travel and tourism.  Pre-sales and construction are scheduled for the fall of 2021.  WDG Architecture has both luxury residential and commercial design studios with a local and national client base. For more information contact (239) 594-9778 or visit www.wdg-architecture.com.

London Bay, recognized as one of Southwest Florida’s leading developers and custom homebuilders, has promoted John Stamoulis to vice president of construction in its development group. “John’s diverse background and wealth of experience will be a valuable addition to London Bay’s development team as we continue construction of Naples’ premier Life Plan Community, Moorings Park Grande Lake, and look ahead to the future of the Grandview tower on Fort Myers Beach and Raptor Bay in Bonita Springs,” said London Bay’s President and CEO Mark Wilson. For more information, visit LondonBay.com.

Seagate Development Group is set to break ground on a 45,000-square-foot facility for White Cap Construction Supply.The building will be located at 16542 Oriole Road in Fort Myers – adjacent to the upcoming Alico Trade Center. Slated to break ground in May, Seagate is expected to complete this project in the fourth quarter of 2021.Seagate Development Group’s new headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Dr. in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com

 April 1, 2021: PBS Contractors is a month into developing a final phase to the 16,660 square foot Joint Replacement Institute facility located on Pine Ridge Road. Led by Project Manager David Minton, PBS is working with the architectural firm Studio+ to expand their practice with a complete build-out of 3,500 square feet grey shell.  For more information ,please visit https://www.pbscontractors.com/ or call (239) 643-652 .

Matt Price  CEO and Partner at Seagate Development Group – is the newest member of the Gridiron Greats Naples Champions Council. As the Exclusive Real Estate Development Executive, he joins NFL legends Mike Ditka and Matt Birk as well as other business professionals in support of the nonprofit. Price and 25 fellow Southwest Florida leaders will rally behind financial grants and no-cost medical assistance for financially destitute, retired football players and their families For more information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com/Matt-Price

London Bay’s Cameron and Pembrook homes well underway in Mediterra In-person private model tours are available through the Mediterra Sales Center, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located two miles north of Immokalee Road on Livingston Road in North Naples. To learn more about Mediterra’s new home designs starting from the high $1-millions, visit MediterraNaples.com or call 239-949-8989.

Southwest Florida home builder, Frey & Son Homes, announces that it has begun construction on a brand new model home center, located in Cape Coral earlier this month. To learn more about Frey & Son Homes, please call (239) 495-8200, email info@freyandson.com or visit www.freyandson.com.

 Conditioned Air Company announced that Chairman W. Theodore Etzel III has earned the 2021 Pioneer Award from the Southwest Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SWACCA). The award recognizes Etzel’s 40-plus years as a leader and role model and for paving the way for future industry professionals in Southwest Florida. Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit  www.conditionedair.com.

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Thank you To Emillions Art For Hosting Our January 27th , CBIA Mixer.  For CBIA Mixer Media Coverage Click Here For more Information about  Emillions Art, LLC |info@emillionsart.com 837 5th Avenue South | Suite 202 | Naples, FL 34102 | (239) 687-3101

Seagate Development Group has hired senior construction professional Alain Filiault as Vice President of Residential. For more information on the impact that Filiault is making at Seagate, Visit  https://seagatedevelopmentgroup.com/residential-2/. Seagate Development Group’s new headquarters is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Dr. in Fort Myers. For additional information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.

The Heatherwood Construction team continues to grow with the addition of two new Project Superintendents and one Tech/Warranty specialist. Scott Heston is the new Superintendent.  He is joined by Justin Lewis, who has joined the team as Assistant Superintendent. Also added is Jake Hicks, joining the Heatherwood Team as our Tech Team/Warranty Specialist. For more information, visit www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com or call (239) 949-6855.

WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples has been retained as the Architect for the new Germain Lexus dealership. The project, located on Immokalee Road in Naples, will expand Lexus inventory and service capabilities in a new 80,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility. For more information contact (239) 594-9778 or visit www.wdg-architecture.com.

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been named Chairman of the Advocacy Committee of the Construction Management Advisory Board for Florida Gulf Coast University’s U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering. Benson is the Co-Owner of A. Vernon Allen Builder, a luxury home builder in Naples, and a Director for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, appointed by Governor DeSantis in 2019.  This year he was awarded the Florida Home Builders Association’s Young Professional award and is a two-time national finalist for the YP award with the National Association of Home Builders. In 2019 was the Collier Building Industry Association’s Builder of the Year. Currently he serves as Chairman for the Florida Home Builder’s PAC, Secretary of the Board for CBIA & Canterbury School, and is on the board of Directors for numerous local, state, and national organizations. For more information about the firm please email info@avabuilder.com

PBS Contractors promotes Michael Brunoli to Vice President of Operations, Residential Division this month.“Michael has been an integral part of PBS for 10 years,” says Bart Zino, President of PBS Contractors. “He gets the culture and knows how to build. We knew early on that he was going to develop and do more. It was just a matter of when.” Located at 4395 Corporate Square in Naples, please visit pbscontractors.com or call 239.643.6527 for more information.

 When buyers choose a custom build experience with London Bay Homes, they benefit from the professional level of collaboration and customization the award-winning homebuilder is known for.  “Quite simply, we can help homeowners build the home of their dreams in the location of their dreams,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of London Bay Homes.   To schedule a visit and learn more about London Bay Homes exclusive opportunities, call Toby Cloutier at 239-280-7367.

WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples announces that they have moved into their new offices, located at 633 Tamiami Trail N, Suite 300.  The firm’s Commercial Interiors Studio did a complete makeover of the 3,500 sq. ft. space.  This new location helps better serve their City of Naples and Marco Island client base. For more information contact (239) 594-9778 or visit www.wdg-architecture.com.

Don Emery, an industry leader at premier golf and country clubs across the United States for more than two decades, has been named general manager at Grey Oaks Country Club. Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples has earned the coveted designation as a Platinum Club of America by Club Leaders Forum, a private club industry consulting source. This is the second consecutive time Grey Oaks Country Club has achieved Platinum Club status.  . For more information about Grey Oaks Country Club, including membership options, lifestyle amenities, and real estate, visit GreyOaksCC.com or call 239-262-5550.

Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. is pleased to announce that Associate Attorneys Kelly A. Johnson and Brian J. Clifford have been elevated to Of Counsel

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, was recently selected to become the Chairman of the Florida Home Builders PAC through the current election cycle. The Florida Home Builder’s Political Action Committee is the organization responsible for much of the lobbying activity for the industry in the state of Florida. The two-year term will run through the end of 2022. Benson is the Co-Owner of A. Vernon Allen Builder, a luxury home builder in Naples, and a Director for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, appointed by Governor DeSantis in 2019. A Vernon Allen Builder is a luxury home builder in Naples, and the largest builder in Port Royal. Founded in 1951 by Vernon Allen, it is now owned and lead by Ryan Benson and Andy Bringardner. AVA is the longest operating home builder in Port Royal, and one of the longest still operating in Naples and has built hundreds of homes in the area through its 70-year history. For more information about the firm, please email info@avabuilder.com

Frey & Son Homes reveals that the team has broken ground on two new inventory homes in Cape Coral late last year. The home builder has been building in this growing area and beyond for decades and utilizes late-breaking advancements in building technology, top grade building materials and high-quality design in all their homes. To learn more about Frey & Son Homes, please call (239) 495-8200, email www.freyandson.com.info@freyandson.com or visit www.freyandson.com.

PBS Contractors congratulates team member Daniel Thuman on his recent promotion to Project Manager. Working on both Residential and Commercial projects. Located at 4395 Corporate Square in Naples, please visit PBScontractors.com or call (239) 643- 6527 for more information.

Nick Casalanguida recently left his position as Collier County’s deputy county manager to become senior vice president of development for Naples-based Barron Collier Cos. Casalanguida, 54, held the No. 2 position in Collier County government since 2015. Hired by the county in 2004, he served as a project manager, planning director and deputy administrator in Collier’s Growth Management Department before he was promoted as director of the department in 2012. Casalanguida has more than 30 years of land development experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Hodges University. In addition, he is a Certified Public Manager through Florida State University’s Center for Public Management.  

In the new year, London Bay Homes is on track to continue its unprecedented momentum of 2020 with the sale of the Langston model in Mediterra, the immediate availability of a new designer-furnished model, and another model nearly complete. 2021 homebuyers can also personalize a selection of five additional new planned models starting from $1.8 million, with their choice of flooring, lighting, cabinetry and countertops from the London Bay Homes Selection Studio. The developer also offers homebuyers nearly 40 available homesites in Mediterra on which to build their dream home in the Collier Building Industry Association’s 12-time community of the year. Interested homebuyers can visit the sales center, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tour three stunning model homes. Visit MediterraNaples.com to experience immersive virtual tours and view extensive photo galleries today. For more information, call 866-621-1250. The Mediterra Sales Center is located at 15836 Savona Way off Livingston Road two miles north of Immokalee Road .A leading homebuilder and developer in the Southwest Florida home market for three decades. Information on all London Bay Homes’ available floor plans and immediate move-in home options can be found at www.LondonBay.com

EMILLIONS ART IN NAPLES LAUNCHES HOSPITALITY DIVISION Boutique international art-consulting firm Emillions Art plans to launch a hospitality division at the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) membership mixer on Jan. 27, said Emillions Art founder Marlissa Gardner. The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Emillions Art showroom at 837 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 202, in downtown Naples and adhere to CDC guidelines. “The hospitality division is dedicated to developing artistic spaces with notable national and international artists in corporate and hospitality settings such as model homes, hotels, country clubs, community centers and public spaces, Gardner said. To RSVP, call 239-436-6100 or email Nancy@cbia.net by Jan. 21. CBIA members may also reserve online at cbia.net/news/calendar/. CBIA Members Only Event

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Stock Custom Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has recently sold two of its residences prior to completion. A more than 6,000-square-foot under-air residence at 7190 Tory Lane was sold in the Bay Colony neighborhood. It was offered at $8.995 million and designed in collaboration with Stofft Cooney Architects and Marc-Michaels Interior Design. Upon completion, it will boast four bedrooms, four and two-half bathrooms, a great room, study, and double two-car garages. Also sold was a 4,590-square-foot under-air residence at 1607 Crayton Road in Naples, listed at $4.745 million. The property will contain four bedrooms, a bonus room, four full bathrooms, a powder bath, and a pool bath. The design is collaborated on with Soco Interiors and R.G. Designs and will be very light and bright, with a palette of whites, soft greys, and caramel throughout and contrasting shades of black and a deep-sea blue.

Heatherwood Construction Co. has completed a full renovation of the Jones Walker Palm Gardens Apartments, a 61,000-plus-acre community of 160 affordable housing apartment homes at 2902 Blount St. in Fort Myers. New owners, Redwood Housing of Austin Texas, made good on their promises to renovate the affordable housing community and temporarily rehouse tenants during renovation. Heatherwood Construction was hired to fully renovate the older housing project to improve living standards and bring the units up to code. 

D.R. Horton Southwest Florida has opened its new, professionally decorated Jennings model amid North Venice’s community at Toscana Isles. The single-story home is just one of four new single-family home designs introduced in the newest phase of homesites in Toscana Isles. The Jennings joins a lineup of single-family floor plans offered at Toscana Isles under the signature D.R. Horton and luxury Emerald Homes brands. Priced starting in the $290,000s, the 1,614-square-foot Jennings, and several other plans from this series, are now underway, with completion dates in early 2021.

2020

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. has appointed John Marra as an associate in the tort and insurance litigation department. Marra was a member of Henderson Franklin’s 2019 summer associate program. He received his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, magna cum laude, in 2020. While in law school, Marra was a member of the Stetson Law Review and served as an intern for U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg and U.S. Magistrate Judge Sean Flynn.

FL Star, a conglomerate of real estate entities, has added Rolando Quesada to the position of construction manager for the company’s properties in Golden Gate Estates and Sapphire Cove. Quesada most recently served as construction manager for Lennar Homes in Fort Myers, overseeing the construction process of more than 300 homes from ground development through closing. His previous experience includes serving as quality control manager for Elite Electrical Contractors in Fort Myers and as project area supervisor for National Electrical Cuba Enterprise in Havana, Cuba. Quesada received his degree in electrical engineering from ISPJAE University in Havana and graduated from Hodges University’s English as a second language program.

Marco Island, Florida, December 17th, 2020– Marco Island home builder, Frey & Son Homes announces new details on one of its latest homes on the Island this month. The builder has a celebrated history of building spectacular homes across Southwest Florida, from Marco Island to Cape Coral and everywhere in between. To learn more about Frey & Son Homes, please call (239) 495-8200, email info@freyandson.com or visit www.freyandson.com.

Diamond Custom Homes, a leading Southwest Florida Custom home builder for over 10 years, in conjunction with Harbour House Development, has initiated work on its first luxury estate in the upscale Port Royal neighborhood.  Diamond Custom Homes creates and renovates luxury residences for discerning homeowners in Southwest Florida’s most prestigious communities and neighborhoods. The firm is known for its quality craftsmanship and the creativity of its custom designs. Offices are located at 9130 Galleria Court, Suite 204, in Naples. For information on this luxury estate by Diamond Custom Homes in Port Royal or to view the custom home builder’s available residences, visit www.DiamondCustomHomesFL.com

 The Cowans recently celebrated the official launch of the Alair Old Naples office with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and other community and market partners at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at a luxury waterfront home they renovated.The stunning home overlooks the spectacular Gordon River in Aqualane Shores where Alair Old Naples is currently building another luxury home.. For more information, visit www.alairhomes.com.

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  Old Naples Kicks off the Winter Season with a Celebratory Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. Steven and Emma Cowan are proud to announce they have joined Alair, the largest and fastest-growing premium construction management franchise in North America. With a long history serving the Naples, Florida communities as SBC Construction, Steven and Emma Cowan recently transitioned their construction business to Alair in order to expand their ability to help beautify and enrich the Naples communities where they work and live.For more information, visit www.alairhomes.com.

Today, PBS Contractors is proud to announce a rebrand including an updated logo and brand new website. After 34 years of building luxury homes and commercial spaces in Southwest Florida, PBS launches the revitalized brand while staying committed to the same great team and dedication to excellence. As Naples’ Concierge Builder®, PBS is excited to share the rebrand with the community that has been part of the PBS story since its inception. When I first founded PBS in June of 1986, I wanted to use the Gator orange and blue as the company colors. The University of Florida has been the basis of my professional career and success and, it is where I met my wife Katie”, says Russell Budd, CEO of PBS Contractors. “Just as the colors have been an important staple of the brand for the past 34 years, our Purpose Statement and PBS Way will always be, the foundation and core commitment to our team, our clients and our community. The PBS team has grown over these past few months as we position for dramatic growth, and refreshing the brand was the right decision to complement our future plans.”, THE PBS WAY is what separates them from other builders and earned them the reputation of Concierge Builder®. Located at 4395 Corporate Square in Naples, please visit pbscontractors.com or call 239.643.6527 for more information.

Collier & Lee County Fire Marshals Association Charity Clay/Skeet Shoot – Saturday 12-5-2020- Click here for details

Heatherwood Construction has recently completed its third automotive/tire store in SW Florida for Rick Johnson Development. In addition, Heatherwood will be breaking ground on two additional locations before the end of the year. “We enjoy enhancing the community services by building these projects and partnering with Rick Johnson” states Walter Crawford, President of Heatherwood Construction. The project was designed by GOIA Architecture. For more information, visit www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com or call (239) 949-6855.

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Pro-Tec Plumbing & Drains is creating a new Technician Apprenticeship Program to train and develop plumbers as the Naples-based company grows its operations in Southwest Florida. The company has multiple job opportunities available because of a surge in demand that’s fueled in part by COVID-19. “Southwest Florida has a limited pool of experienced, skilled trades workers and journeymen,” said Master Plumber Richard Hume, who co-founded Pro-Tec in 2008 with his brother, Brandon. “Our new Technician Apprenticeship Program will offer paid training opportunities to learn the basics of plumbing, and we also developed a new Career Progression Plan that clearly defines the steps and skills needed to progress from entry-level positions all the way into management roles. Job opportunities are outlined PTPnaples.com/careers. For more information, please visit PTPnaples.com or call 239-261-1000.

 Heatherwood Construction is proud to recognize Nicole Carr’s 15-year anniversary with the company. Nicole, a life-long resident of SW Florida, has handled financial matters, subcontractor relations and marketing through her career with Heatherwood. Walter Crawford, President and CEO of Heatherwood Construction, calls this mother of two “the glue that holds our team together”. For more information, visit www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com or call (239) 949-6855.

WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples is the design firm behind the recently completed Bonita Springs Poker Room on Bonita Beach Road.  The new 31,000 sq. ft. facility contains the gaming and wagering functions provided at the original Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track facility and with a new Brass Tap craft beer bar and restaurant.   A successful collaboration and build with PBS Contractors
For more information contact (239) 594-9778 or visit www.wdg-architecture.com.

London Bay Homes has announced the $18.5 million sale of its luxury 7,640-square-foot home on Admiralty Parade West in Port Royal, Naples’ most prestigious neighborhood.A California-based buyer responded to the home’s sophisticated style and idyllic waterfront location, with views across Admiralty Bay to Keewaydin Island. The custom-built estate was born of a developer-led creative dream collaboration with Jon Kukk Architecture & Design, Michael Scott of Romanza Interior Design and Landscape Architect Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design.
To schedule a visit and learn more about London Bay Homes’ exclusive opportunities, call Toby Cloutier at 239-280-7367.

PBS Contractors is proud to welcome to the team Kathy Smart as the new Director of Marketing. Kathy has successfully launched and built brands and audiences across North America and the globe. She brings over 30 years of marketing and sales experience to the team. Located at 4395 Corporate Square in Naples, please visit pbscontractors.com or call (239) 643-6527 for more information

A leading homebuilder and developer in the Southwest Florida market for three decades, London Bay Homes.  Information on all London Bay Homes’ available floor plans and immediate move-in home options can be found at www.LondonBay.com.  The Martinique model boats 3,615 square feet of interior living space and a grand floor plan.  Featuring interiors conceived by Romanza Interior Design’s Luann Powers Gliwski.  Wellington model is also available for viewing and boasts lake views and 4,670 square feet of living space. Interiors by Romanza Interior Design’s Senior Designer Melissa Allen For more information, call 866-621-1250. The Mediterra Sales Center is located at 15836 Savona Way off Livingston Road two miles north of Immokalee Road.

WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples completed the design of a mixed-use building on a neighboring site adjacent to its Watermark Lake Norman luxury mid-rise condo community in Cornelius, North Carolina.  The new two-story building consists of corporate office space, a restaurant/bar, and café.  The project is considered an urban development catalyst and the building is strategically designed for community and pedestrian engagement.WDG Architecture has both luxury residential and commercial design studios with a local and national client base. For more information contact (239) 594-9778 or visit www.wdg-architecture.com.

 Heatherwood Construction is partnering with VITAS Healthcare to bring a new facility to Sebring, FL. In addition, Heatherwood will expand and renovate a VITAS location in Naples, FL. For more information, visit www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com  or call (239) 949-6855.

Heatherwood has named Rafael Valdes as the Senior Project Manager. Both projects were designed by Anderson Architecture of Boca Raton, FL.

Diamond Custom Homes was recently recognized with two Silver Aurora Awards for two of its Naples residences. The Florida Home Builders Association at the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) bestowed honors to the Ladera project for Best Custom Home 4,000 to 6,000 square feet, and the Aria project for Best Renovated or Restored Residential Project. The Ladera project is located in Quail West Golf and Country Club, and the Aria is a high-rise residential project located in Venetian Village along Gulf Shore Blvd. Offices are located at 9130 Galleria Court, Suite 204, in Naples. For more information, call 239-325-4600 or visit online: www.DiamondCustomHomesFL.com.

Vineyards Country Club today announced that Alexandra (Alex) Falls has been named Assistant Golf Professional. Falls, a Naples native, is a Class A Professional Golf Association member and graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in PGA Golf Management. For membership or residential information, call 239-353-1500, visit online at vineyardscountryclubnaples.com, or visit the community’s Administration Office, located at 400 Vineyards Blvd., Naples.

Talis Park  has begun construction on a dozen new coach homes in the Viansa neighborhood at Talis Park, Naples’ luxury master-planned community offering championship golf, a unique club experience, and new estate and condominium homes.  Talis Park has a full offering of move-in ready and to-be-built opportunities for future residents. The Talis Park Information and Sales Center is at 16980 Livingston Rd.; models are open daily. Visit TalisPark.com for additional information or call 239-449-5900.

 PBS Contractors is proud to welcome to the team Bryant Johnston. Bryant brings decades of experience in construction project management working throughout Florida and previously in Royal Oak, Michigan. Bryant will be responsible for project planning, coordination, and financial controls. As the liaison to the client, keeping them informed of project updates and progress, he will ensure on-time completion within budget and exceptional quality. Located at 4395 Corporate Square in Naples, please visit pbscontractors.com or call (239) 643-6527 for more information

EDGE Cabinet and Space Creators has announced the additions of Steve Chagdes, David Cureton and Nikole Richards to the positions of project manager, cabinet designer and design assistant, respectively.According to EDGE co-principalMichael Diamond, “These new teammates have a wealth of hands-on experience and talents melding art and architecture, interior design and a rare expertise in cabinetry, which make them each a perfect fit for EDGE’s discerning clientele.” For more information, visit https://www.edgecabinetry.com/or call (239) 631-6771. 

Heatherwood Construction Company has begun construction on a 13,800 square foot, state-of-art Sports Center at WildBlue. WildBlue is a 3,500-plus-acre community which features 1,100 preserve and sparkling-lake surrounded home sites located off Corkscrew Road, just east of I-75.
Heatherwood Construction couldn’t be prouder to apply our core values and expertise to bring out the very best in this community,” said Walter Crawford, President/CEO.For more information, visit www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com or call (239) 949-6855.

Congratulations to member Illuminated Design they have been selected as the official Lighting Design and technology firm for the exclusive  Parkview at Cambier. To learn more about Illuminated Design visit illuminateddesign.com

Rehmann, has been working diligently with clients since COVID began to wreak havoc on business outcomes in March. In the firm’s latest effort to help businesses navigate the new landscape, Rehmann has released a FREE guide –  Rehmann.com/moving-forward. The guide includes powerful insights, helpful tools, and inspiring stories of business success amid COVID-19. 

MY Shower Door for the fifth time in six years,  was placed on Inc. magazine’s  Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing and most successful independent businesses in the United States. In the 2020 list, MY Shower Door made the grade at No. 4,186, based largely on the explosive growth of MY Shower Door in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.Learn about what sets MY Shower Door / D3 Glass apart at MYShowerDoor.com.

 WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples is ending the 2020 fourth quarter with four commercial projects under construction that are scheduled to be completed.  Among these is the new Bonita Springs Card Room at the greyhound racetrack site which contains a restaurant/bar, state of the art poker room, and large off-track simulcasting room; Vanderbilt Towers condominium common areas modernization; Humane Society Naples rescue intake and public boarding kennel facility; and the Watermark Lake Norman luxury mid-rise condo tower community in North Carolina.WDG Architecture has both luxury residential and commercial design studios with a local and national client base. For more information contact (239) 594-9778 or visit www.wdg-architecture.com.

Collins DuPont Design Group today announced the addition of four new staff members: Jenny Ellis, Natalie Parker, Julia Rose, and Sophia Yost. Jenny Ellis has joined the company as design assistant. Natalie Parker has been named Construction Administrative Assistant. Julia Rose has joined the company as a design coordinator. Sophia Yost has joined the company as design assistant.  For information, visit collins-dupont.com or call 239-948-2400.

Robb& Stucky’s esteemed interior design team of Christine Neal and Leslie Gentry have collaborated with PGI Homes on the design and installation of the interiors for 677 Fountainhead Lane in the highly –acclaimed Naples residential development of Park Shore. Interior designer Christine Neal describes, “The design concept was to incorporate Florida living by implementing wood details that were clean and polished, but reminiscent of a family beach cottage. For more information, call (239) 270-5700 or visit www.RobbStucky.com.

Builder Magazine Shines Spotlight on STOCK
Stock is thrilled to be recognized by Builder magazine, the home building industry’s leading national publication. It’s a wonderful testament to the company, proudly celebrating 20 years as the region’s leading luxury homebuilder. STOCK is featured on the cover story about the upsurge in customer demand for luxury second homes and how they are meeting customers’ expectations.  Read The Story

WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples has been awarded a Nassau, Bahamas condo development by a Washington, DC real estate investment group.  WDG was selected from a shortlist of East Coast based architecture firms.  The project contains multiple oceanfront mid-rise luxury condo buildings.   For more information contact (239) 594-9778 or visit www.wdg-architecture.com.

Josué “Joe” Raymond has joined the team at Heatherwood Construction as a Project Manager. Raymond has broad experience in the construction industry including work on several professional stadiums and public schools. He earned a B.S. in Construction Engineering from the University of Central Florida. 
Heatherwood Construction also added Alex Ramirez as a Project Superintendent. Alex has over 30 years of construction experience in SW Florida. This construction professional is bilingual with a strong background in Construction Management. For more information, visit www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com or call (239) 949-6855.

Wade Smallwood has joined the team at Heatherwood Construction as a Project Superintendent.  Smallwood has over 34 years of experience in the construction industry. Smallwood’s experience includes managing the construction of luxury custom homes and a wide variety of commercial construction projects throughout SW Florida. For more information, visit www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com or call (239) 949-6855.

Heatherwood Construction has begun demolishing the first of three Gatehouses for new replacements at the primary entrances to the Pelican Landing Community in Bonita-Estero. Pelican Landing is a master planned community in Bonita Springs of 3,350 residences, spread across 2,365 acres accented by lakes and preserves. Construction is scheduled for completion by the spring of 2021. For more information, visit www.HeatherwoodConstruction.com or call (239) 949-6855.

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, was recently awarded the 2020 Young Professional Award by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA). Benson was chosen for demonstrating exceptional building quality and reputation, being instrumental in advancing home building matters at all levels of government including City, County and State and his leadership in the community and home building sector. Benson serves as the Governor’s appointee as a Director for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, the state’s affordable housing corporation. 

Conditioned Air Company today announced that it has moved into its newly constructed operations center in Fort Myers. The 52,710-square-foot facility will enable the air-conditioning contracting and service firm to further expand its employment base and better serve its residential and commercial clients throughout Southwest Florida. The Lee/Charlotte Operations Center is located at the intersection of Jetport Loop and Global Parkway in the Southwest International Commerce Park just across from the Southwest Florida International Airport and provides convenient access to Interstate 75. For more details or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit  www.conditionedair.com.

 Corsica at Talis Park offers homebuyers the convenience of coach home living with details and design features normally associated with a single-family home, along with a limited-time offer of a sports membership at the Naples golf and lifestyle community. The Talis Park Garden House Information and Sales Center is at 16980 Livingston Rd.; models are open daily. Visit TalisPark.com for additional information or call 239-449-5900.

 Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, is currently constructing a 4,672 square foot under air residence in WildBlue, a one-of-a-kind master-planned community that spans 3,500 beautiful acres, nestled between Naples and Fort Myers. The design team, including Laurie Walter of Cardamon Design and Richard Guzman of R.G. Designs, will create an overall aesthetic of transitional and timeless elegance.For more information about Stock Custom Homes’ visit stockcustomhomes.com or call (239) 249-6400.

 In Talis Park, Naples’ master-planned community offering championship golf and a unique club experience paired with new estate, waterfront and condominium homes, a second furnished model home is ready to debut soon in Isola Bella, the community’s final neighborhood of single-family homes.Exclusively developed and built by Seagate Development Group. Theory Design’s VP of Design Ruta Menaghlazi and Lead Designer Maija Hillebrands, side-by-side models afforded an opportunity to show the range of possibilities in Isola Bella’s home designs. For more information, visit the Talis Park Information and Sales Center at 16980 Livingston Rd., Naples, visit www.talispark.com or call 239-449-5900.

 Pulte Homes, one of the most recognized and trusted brands in homebuilding for 70 years, has announced the selection of one- and two-story home designs it will offer at Manatee Cove, a new 75-acre Naples community of 164 single family homes ideally located off US-41 and Manatee Road, just 1.5 miles east of the intersection of US-41 and Collier Boulevard/CR 951. For exclusive monthly updates as the community nears its Grand Opening in October, join the Manatee Cove VIP Interest List by visiting www.Pulte.com/ManateeCove or by calling or texting 239-237-5831.

 Harwick Homes today announced the appointment of Construction Industry Veteran Peter Brochin to Superintendent.“We are very pleased to have Peter join our team,” said Mark Smith, Harwick Homes President. “His decades of leadership and experience, combined with his diligent and successful work on highly complex projects, will make him a true asset to our team.”   

Help shape the future of Transportation in Collier County  
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FGCU Eagle Eye Sporting Clays Tournament takes place 09/25.  Click Here for more information.

[BUILD] announces that Derrick Ayers has joined the team as Chief Financial Officer. Derrick brings with him a wealth of experience in the finance & accounting industry with his previous positions. Prior to joining BUILD, Derrick was the Corporate Controller for Innovative Food Holdings (IVFH), Chief Financial Officer for Lutgert Insurance prior to its sale to Arthur J. Gallagher, and Regional Chief Financial Officer for Fifth Third Bank in South Florida

BCB Homes has earned accreditation from the National Home Watch Association for the second year (www.nationalhomewatchassociation.org).  Home Watch is a visual inspection of a home or property, looking for obvious issues, which means that it is a service that “keeps an eye on things” at your vacation or primary home while you are not in residence.

Saxe Doernberger & Vita, share their COVID-19 Webinar Series.
The series covers the Impact on Insurance Coverage & Claims, https://www.sdvlaw.com/webinars_list.asp

The Business Observer, a weekly business publication covering businesses, companies, entrepreneurs and more, is looking for companies to be part of our Top 500 issue. The annual Top 500 is a ranking of the largest companies in the region we cover, Tampa to Naples. Companies are ranked by revenue. The Top 500 is a free listing, and a great business-to-business marketing tool for any company on the west coast of Florida. Requirements are simple: Must be a for-profit company, based on the west coast of Florida and be willing to disclose 2019 revenue figures. A form to fill out is below, as is more information about the Top 500, published in early August. The deadline is July 10. For more information, reach out to Business Observer managing editor Mark Gordon, at mgordon@businessobserverfl.com. More information: https://www.businessobserverfl.com/article/business-observer-collects-info-for-top-500-list.

Luxury custom homebuilder and full-service remodeling firm Harwick Homes recently announced the appointment of Lourdes Opperman to the position of controller. Opperman, who has nearly 30 years of experience in construction accounting, will oversee all financial information and activities for the company. She is a licensed Certified Public Account with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bernard Baruch College, The City University of New York.

 GATES Construction has completed the renovation and build out for the law offices of Quarles & Brady, located on the northeast side of Goodlette-Frank Road and Pine Ridge Road in Naples. The 14,000 SF renovation of the law firm’s current offices and 3,000 SF buildout of new space is complete on the first and third floors. 

Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has sold a more than 4,000-square-foot under-air residence, the Clairborne II, in TwinEagles.Stock collaborated with Beasley & Henley Interior Design and South Florida Architecture on this fully furnished home. . Sales associates are available for virtual tours of any of the available homes, as well as personal appointments. For more information, visit StockCustomHomes.com.

Vineyards Country Club has announced the formation of a food pantry program to benefit St. Matthew’s House. “Throughout June, donations of nonperishable food items (canned, boxed, jars, bagged) may be made at the clubhouse, Racquet Center, Wellness Center or at the club’s concierge desk, located just inside the front entrance. Monetary donations are also accepted in the form of checks payable to St. Matthew’s House. For a complete list of food items needed, visit stmatthewshouse.org.

Wilson Creative Group (WCG), a full-service advertising and marketing agency, is offering businesses and nonprofit organizations in southwest Florida the opportunity to receive a complimentary logo design package valued at $2,500. “We are excited to offer this great opportunity, and we encourage local companies, such as nonprofits, and minority- or female-owned organizations, to submit entry forms as the July 31 deadline approaches.” The winner will be selected on Friday, August 7. Details and entry forms are available at www.wcgpros.com/logogiveaway

On Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. Rehmann will be hosting a webinar called “Back to Building Part 2: Live Q&A Panel.”This one-hour group discussion will address the common questions and hurdles caused by returning to work after the shut-down – including PPP funding, contract matters, insurance implications and human resource challenges. Click Here to register.

Talis Park’s Corsica coach home neighborhood has surpassed the 50 percent complete milestone, with construction now underway on two of the final six buildings in the intimate enclave of 64 fairway, water and garden view residences by FrontDoor Communities.A full offering of move-in ready and to-be-built opportunities awaits future Talis Park residents. Homes start from the high $600,000s to $10 million. Visit the Talis Park Information and Sales Center at 16980 Livingston Rd., Naples FL 34110 or call 239-449-5900, and models are open daily. Visit www.talispark.com for additional information

Talis Park, Naples’ master-planned community has announced the first model home in the Isola Bella neighborhood is open and available for viewing. The custom Sonoma estate model is located within Isola Bella, -5,000 square feet developed and built by Seagate, a Southwest Florida full-service residential development and construction company.   Homes start from the high $600,000s to $10 million, and models are open daily. For more information, visit the Talis Park Information and Sales Center at 16980 Livingston Rd., Naples, visit www.talispark.com or call 239-449-5900.

 GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Nicholas Loewenthal as Assistant Superintendent. Loewenthal is responsible for assisting in onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning.  Nick comes to GATES with 4 years of construction experience. His project experience includes a hospital for acute patient care, an electrophysiology lab, and an oncology center. Loewenthal holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction from the University of Florida and will be based out of GATES Construction’s Sarasota office.

Jessica Bellman, MBA, HRM has joined PBS Contractors as Talent Coach. She will provide overall planning, implementation, direction, and management support for all PBS Human Resources needs. She will also be providing guidance to the challenges in today’s workplace, including workforce development through coaching, training, and development. Jessica formerly worked for the City of Fort Myers as Talent Acquisition and HRIS and Florida Southwestern State College as Employment Advisor. She received her MBA and BSBA in Human Resources Management from Colorado Technical University.

 Naples-based luxury home builder Diamond Custom Homes has announced that its inaugural launch event raised $15,700 for its new Building Dreams Foundation. The company officially introduced the foundation during an event in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, held March 11 at the residence of Diamond Custom Homes President, Michael Diamond. The Building Dreams Foundation is a separate nonprofit organization within Diamond Custom Homes with an initial mission of supporting safe, affordable housing in Collier County.

In Mediterra, Naples’ premier golf and beach club community, London Bay Homes has introduced three new models that illustrate their fresh open design floor plans with clean lined, coastal-inspired architecture and expansive outdoor living areas. Prospective homebuyers practicing social distancing can visit MediterraNaples.com to experience immersive virtual tours, view extensive photo galleries, and schedule private, one-on-one appointments to explore all five of London Bay Homes’ distinctive models available for viewing in Mediterra.

Dwayne Bergmann debuts Dwayne Bergmann Cabinetry; Bergmann 
based in Fort Myers, FL, is thrilled to introduce Dwayne Bergmann Cabinetry, his new line of custom cabinetry for both residential and hospitality projects with these four highly customizable cabinetry profiles, with more to come in the future.  For more information on Dwayne Bergmann Interiors and the new cabinetry line, contact Ann Feldstein at ann@moxiemarketingny.com.

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 GATES Construction has begun building the new Cypress Lodge at Babcock Ranch. Located north of Fort Myers, Babcock Ranch provides extraordinary connections to the natural environment. Cypress Lodge will include an outdoor club room with fireplace, activity and game lawn, swimming pool, barbecue area, and a waterfront tower with a lit Babcock Ranch logo. 

Florida Gulf Coast University’s- Exciting Online Certificate Programs Office of Continuing Education has partnered with several leading online curriculum providers to offer hundreds of instructor-facilitated and self-study professional development and training courses for business owners and employees wishing to improve their professional skill sets. Upon completion of the courses, students are granted a certificate of completion from Florida Gulf Coast University. Click here for more information

On Sunday, May 31, all of the USA Today newspapers across the country will come together to tell the story of how we are rebuilding life and businesses with inspiring, informative and immersive enterprise content, coordinated across 260 media organizations and our expansive digital network. As America rebuilds its economy, we examine the changes, the progress and what consumers can expect. We will navigate readers and consumers through the “New Normal” of our American marketplace and recalibrated personal lives. All designed to help communities navigate the reopening with confidence.

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With Mother’s Day just days away, Dwayne Bergmann Interiors reminds us to take a moment to recognize and appreciate the incredible women working to keep our communities safe and well during these trying times. To honor these supermoms, Dwayne Bergmann is giving away a “Room Refresh” to one lucky essential worker! As part of his ongoing Your 4 Walls initiative, aimed at reimagining the meaning of “home”, Dwayne Bergmann will transform a space into a sanctuary for one deserving essential working mom. Participants can enter by submitting a brief story, under 200 words, about the deserving mominee, including her role as an essential worker during the current crisis. Be it a grocery store employee, healthcare provider, first responder, delivery person or other indispensable member of society, he invites participants to share how she has made an impact at home and at work. Send it to your4walls@dwaynebergmann.com along with photos and/or videos of the lucky mom, including the mominee’s email address and the zip code of her home. Entries must be submitted by Thursday, May 7, 2020 by 11:59 pm to be included. The winner will be announced on Friday, May 8, 2020 and notified via email, just in time for Mother’s Day on May 10, 2020.

Interest in Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes in South Naples, shows no signs of slowing down. Sales for the first quarter of 2020 exceeded expectations, with 95 sales in the first three months of the year – an increase of 55.74% over 2019.

 

Conditioned Air Company of Naples announced the promotion of Tim Russell to the senior management position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this expanded role, Russell will be responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the company. He also will become a partner in Conditioned Air.

 Calling all Southwest Florida homebuyers: PulteGroup has announced a special, limited-time savings for a new home in communities from Sarasota, to Fort Myers and Naples. Each community will offer some of the largest incentives ever announced with savings from $15,000 to $90,000; new homeowners can select from a variety of Pulte Group’s brand of communities, including Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta and Centex.
It’s important to act quickly – these 10 days of unprecedented savings are only available from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 10. One-on-one private, in-person appointments are available, while 3D tours of most home designs, interactive floor plans, and real-time site maps to select a homesite or a quick-move-in home makes the virtual homebuying process seamless.
For more information about savings by community and to begin viewing home selections today, call or text 239-307-2805.

Frey & Son Homes has begun construction on a new inventory home in Cape Coral. Located at 5129 SW 16th Place. The Frey & Son team expects to complete construction on this home later this year.

GATES Construction has completed building The Pineapple House at Sapphire Lakes, located at 7901 Radio Road in Naples. Owned and operated by Senior Care Residence Sapphire Lakes at Naples, LLC, and its partners, this facility will offer assisted living and memory care to its residents

 By day, interior design teams transform everyday homes into inspired environments. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams at Bonita Springs-based Collins DuPont Design Group have spent nights and weekends honing their skills to help healthcare workers. On April 10, the company received a surprise donation from a textile vendor: a large box of fabric marked “use for mask production.” Its teams immediately started snipping and sewing in their spare time. Since then, the award-winning interior design firm’s “mask makers” have created more than 100 fabric face masks. The masks have been donated to healthcare workers at facilities including Lee Memorial Health Systems.“We appreciate the fabric donation, and we are extremely proud of our employees for using it– and their talents –to help others,” said Sherri DuPont, ASID, president of Collins DuPont Design Group. 

GATES Construction has been awarded the Aravilla Assisted Living Community located on Old Venice Road in Osprey Florida. Similar to Aravilla Sarasota, Aravilla Osprey will offer innovative senior housing with a community concept, multiple unique dining venues, piano bar, group exercise rooms, art rooms, and classrooms for enrichment learning. This new luxury senior living community will offer both independent and assisted living options for its residents

 “At London Bay Homes, our priority has been ensuring the safety of our construction crews and maintaining our renowned level of client service,” said President Mark Wilson. Wilson said the company has been adhering to stringent CDC guidelines and limiting construction site capacity to six people at a time. As for sales of London Bay’s luxury estate homes from Park Shore to Port Royal, it’s business as usual – with a twist. “Our online model home tours are generating increased interest,” “We are also coordinating private, virtual appointments and personalized FaceTime and Zoom meetings to connect homebuyers directly with sales executive Toby Cloutier and the Romanza Interior Design team. ”

London Bay Development Group, the development arm of London Bay Homes, one of Southwest Florida’s top luxury custom homebuilders, has announced the closing of the first phase of Moorings Park Grande Lake – a partnership with Moorings Park. A vibrant senior living lifestyle replete with resort-inspired amenities, award-winning dining options, and premier healthcare services, the newest Life Plan Community is situated on 55 acres in the heart of Naples.

Jinx McDonald Interior Designs Inc. has completed the interior design on a 3,200-square-foot private residence built by Divosta Homes, in the new neighborhood of Winding Cypress in Naples. Design Associate Janine Blume created a coastal chic furniture and color scheme with flashes of Florida whimsy, according to a press release. Jinx McDonald has won CBIA Sand Dollar Awards, Lee BIA Pinnacle Awards, Distinctive Design Awards and Aurora Awards while designing homes throughout Naples, and internationally in Costa Rica, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Canada, and Ireland. For more details, visit jinxmcdonald.com.

SEAGATE DEVELOPMENT BEGINS OFFSITE WORK FOR NEOGENOMICS HQ
Located just west of Interstate 75 and north of Alico Road along Three Oaks Parkway in Fort Myers. The scope of this project includes site clearing, underground utilities installation and roadway improvements.  The $60 million state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2021.

GATES Construction has hired Danica Rupena as accounts payable coordinator.  Rupena has over 12 years of administrative and accounting experience. She will be based out of GATES Construction’s headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Royal Shell Real Estate recognizes its Top Producers for March. In the Bonita Springs office, the Top Listing Producers Team is Lummis Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Jeanine Delaney; Top Sales Producers Team, Lummis Team; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Sue Ellen Mathers. In the Naples – Park Shore office, the Top Listing Producers Team is Boeglin Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Pamela Olsen; Top Sales Producers Team is Roboci Team; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Jackie Gantzer. In the Naples – Fifth Ave. office, the Top Listing Producers Team is The Epifanio Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Anne Juliano; Top Sales Producers Team is The Taranto Team; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Ralph Galietti.

Naples Daily News to hold “4 Ways for Your Local Business to Stay Social During COVID-19” – Free Webinar 4/2, 12-1pm – Click here to register.

Goia Architecture coordinating donations of N95 Face masks for Physicians Regional. If you wish to make any donations, contact Madalina Goia, (239) 431-6604.

Rehmann offers COVID-19 Knowledge Center – Click here for more information. 

Spectrum Signworks is open and can provide assistance for any emergency business signage. Click here for more information. 

Greg D. Podolak, Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. offers important message for COVID-19 Business Interruption Challenges information, click here or visit their website

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. They have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. SERVPRO  will remain open 24/7 in order to help keep our neighborhoods safe, SERVPRO® of Naples/ Marco Island Family 239-302-5700

Amid deep safety and health concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, Southwest Florida-based MY Shower Door / D3 Glass is stepping up and building glass health guards that can protect businesses, their employees and the community. Bill Daubmann, president and founder of MY Shower Door / D3 Glass, is announcing the company is ramping up production of these protective health guards of custom sizes for rapid delivery. These guards can be a great deterrent in preventing the spread of COVID-19 through direct droplet transmission. The guards can be installed in register aisles, at cashier counters and in food areas. Office space – both permanent and temporary – can be fabricated with large glass panels where individuals can work, be protected and separated from the public.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Danica Rupena as Accounts Payable Coordinator.  Rupena has over 12 years of administrative and accounting experience. She will be based out of GATES Construction’s headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Strong sales at Naples Reserve continue “Naples Reserve offers several options for every buyer,” said Heather Thompson, Naples Reserve’s marketing manager. “Whether someone is looking for a smaller home with preserve views or a larger home on a lakefront lot, they can find their perfect spot. From attached villas starting in the low $300s and single-family homes starting in the mid-$300s to single-family custom homes that start in the low $800s, both new and repeat Naples Reserve homebuyers are able to find their perfect lot and floorplan.

The renowned interior designer expands product offerings with a new line of custom cabinetry. Interior designer Dwayne Bergmann, founder and principal of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors (DBI), based in Fort Myers, FL, is thrilled to introduce Dwayne Bergmann Cabinetry, his new line of custom cabinetry for both residential and hospitality projects. “I understand the role kitchens and bathrooms play in the home, and refuse to compromise style to accommodate function,” said Bergmann. “I believe you can have it all. 

GATES Construction GATES Construction Completes Expansion at Golisano Children’s Museum the Inventioneer’s Lab expansion at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Located at 15080 Livingston Road in Naples, the addition includes a 2-story glass wall, designed so visitors may view activities in the learning area and new mezzanine loft.  A new display wall highlights recent projects completed by the children. The renovation of the previous classrooms has made room for a collaborative work space to be used by the kids to create, learn and problem solve with different activities. This new exhibit provides hands on learning, builds critical thinking skills and fosters the imagination of children of all ages. The adjacent classroom to the Inventioneer’s Lab and an outdoor patio area were also renovated to provide multi-function learning spaces. The design services were provided by Hlevel. Click here for photo

MY Shower Door / D3 Glass is being recognized as one of the 250 fastest growing private companies in Florida by the prestigious Inc. Magazine.MY Shower Door / D3 Glass earned a ranking of No. 209 on the inaugural Inc. 5,000 Series: Florida list based on its stunning rate of growth across all industries in Florida. Born from the magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 franchise, the Florida list showcases the 250 private companies that featured an average growth rate of 302 percent from 2016 to 2018, employed more than 56,000 people in 2018 alone and added $12.6 billion to the Florida companies. MY Shower Door / D3 Glass was among the companies based in Tampa, Miami and the Naples metro areas that brought in the highest revenue overall.“The quality of our products, our innovation, our dedication to clients and the value of our employees are key reasons why Inc. Magazine has honored us on this first-ever list of the top 250 companies in Florida,” MY Shower Door / D3 Glass co-founder Bill Daubmann said.

Harwick Homes recently announced the elevation of Shane Klepko to a partnership role within the company, effective immediately. Klepko, a construction industry veteran, serves as vice president for the luxury custom homebuilder and full-service remodeling firm.

Wilson Creative Group (WCG), a full-service advertising and marketing agency, garnered 14 awards in the 2019 Advertising Federation of Southwest Florida (AAF-SWFL) ADDY Awards competition at a ceremony in Fort Myers on Saturday, February 29. The firm took away three gold ADDY awards, 10 silver ADDY awards and two prestigious Judges Awards for its work for Pete’s Pizzeria (Out-of-Home Interior, “Pete’s Anatomy of Da Pie”) and its “Pick Your Fortune” advertising industry self promotion installation (Out-of-Home and Ambient Media).

Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, is currently constructing a nearly 5,000-square-foot under-air residence at 607 Myrtle Road in the Pine Ridge Estates neighborhood. The property will feature four bedrooms plus a bonus room, four and one-half bathrooms and a pool bath, great room, study, double two-car garages, and Stock’s trademark outdoor living area. The custom estate will be furnished by Wilfredo Emanuel of Wilfredo Emanuel Designs.

ROYAL SHELL REAL ESTATE HONORS TOP FEBRUARY PRODUCERS
Royal Shell Real Estate is recognizing its top February producers. In the Sanibel/Captiva office, the Top Listing Producers Team is McMurray & Members; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Tracy Walters; the Top Sales Producers Team is McMurray & Members; Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Trevor Nette. In the Fort Myers Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is Real Estate Pros of SW Florida; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Patti Testa; the Top Sales Producers Team is Real Estate Pros of SW Florida; the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Jamie Gates. In the Cape Coral Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is Michelle Forneris Team; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Kevin O’Leary; the Top Sales Producers Team is Jim Peterson; the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Stacey Bohannon. In the Bonita Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is Lummis Team; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Tammy Workman; the Top Sales Producers Team is the Lummis Team; the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Tammy Workman. In the Naples – Park Shore Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is Boeglin Team; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Mary Ellen Bonelli; the Top Sales Producers Team is Boeglin Team; the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Yaremi Morales. In the Naples – Fifth Ave. Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is The Taranto Team; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Liz Appling; the Top Sales Producers Team is The Epifanio Team; the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Doug Haughey.

Diamond Custom Homes today announced plans to establish the Building Dreams Foundation. The Building Dreams Foundation will be a separate nonprofit with the initial mission of supporting safe, affordable housing in Collier County.  “The ‘Building Dreams’ phraseology refers to our ability to “build dreams” by helping those in need,” said Diamond Custom Homes President Michael Diamond. “We are pleased to begin this chapter in the history of our company and give back to the communities we serve.” The company will officially launch the foundation at an invitation-only fundraising event scheduled for March 11, 2020 at a private residence in Naples. Funds raised during the event will support the construction of a home in Naples in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Todd Segal as Senior Superintendent. Segal will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. He has over 23 years construction experience in multifamily, education, government facilities, hospitality/ restaurant, and commercial retail centers. Segal will be based out of GATES Construction’s Sarasota office.

Neal Communities h
as hired three new team members to support the company’s South Region new home sales. Mark Fowler and Karen Ferranti join the Verandah community sales team. Fowler brings experience in residential sales at all price points and is an accredited Resort and Second Home Property Specialist. Ferranti has over 25 years of experience in residential sales. She has ranked as a consistent top producer with her previous employer and is a member of several REALTOR associations. Samantha Evans, a new sales associate at the recently launched Seychelles community, has sold homes in south Florida for over 10 years. Evans has earned several notable performance awards throughout her career and has been recognized for excellence in customer service among her previous employers.

McGarvey Development has announced CenterLinks Business Park at Three Oaks, its next commercial development in Southwest Florida, and its largest commercial development to date. The 42-acre industrial park is located along Oriole Road near Alico Road just west of Interstate 75 in Fort Myers. When completed, CenterLinks will contain approximately 600,000 square feet of warehouse buildings, office-industrial flex units, and general or medical office space to create jobs for potential suitors for years to come. McGarvey expects to break ground in April.

GATES Construction
announce the groundbreaking of their $6.1 million Renaissance Project. The Renaissance Project will consist of expansive additions to the upper and lower levels of the clubhouse, including an outdoor covered dining area that will showcase Vasari’s resort-style amenities. 

Harwick Homes announced the completion of a master bath renovation project for private clients in Estuary at Grey Oaks. Harwick began building custom homes in the community nearly 20 years ago and maintains a dedicated presence in this prestigious Naples enclave, continuing to remodel residences in its various neighborhoods.

Michael Diamond, president of Diamond Custom Homes, today announced the addition of Melissa Marotti to office administrator.  Marotti’s past experience includes several executive administrative, estate management and interior design positions. Her responsibilities include overseeing all office duties, client and vendor relations services, and providing support to the accounting department. Originally from Chicago, Marotti previously worked as a private investigator and vacationed in Naples for more than 20 years before relocating to Florida in 2010. She is currently in the process of obtaining a Florida real estate license.

McGarvey Development has announced CenterLinks Business Park at Three Oaks, its next commercial development in Southwest Florida and their largest commercial development to date. The 42 acre industrial park is located along Oriole Road near Alico Road just west of Interstate 75 in Fort Myers. When completed, CenterLinks will contain approximately 600,000 square feet of warehouse buildings, office-industrial flex units, and general or medical office space to create jobs for potential suitors for years to come. McGarvey expects to break ground in April.  Adam Palmer, CCIM, Managing Director and Mike Doyle, CCIM, Senior Associate at LandQwest Commercial are accepting inquiries about leasing opportunities at (239) 275-4922.

Southwest Florida-based Stevens Construction has completed a renovation of The Lofts, a five-story, 80,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care building within Village On The Isle, a not-for-profit life plan community. Located at 930 Tamiami Trail South in Venice, The Lofts were completely renovated floor-by-floor to provide as minimal disruption as possible to the 64 residents who occupy the building. 

Andy Reed has joined PBS Contractors as Relationship Manager. Andy will be responsible for driving new business opportunities and building and expanding the presence of PBS Contractors in the Naples luxury home market. Prior to PBS Contractors, Andy served as the Director of Development for NCEF/Naples Winter Wine Festival and was a Senior Consultant at Riley Philanthropy specializing in Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts, and Board Development. From 2005-2014, Andy served as Director of Development for The Humane Society Naples. Andy moved to Naples after a five-year term at Emory University, where he served as director of development for the School of Medicine, Department of Neurology (2003-2005) and Goizueta Business School (2001-2003). He also coordinated the University’s regional campaign efforts from 2000-2001. Andy received his B.S.B.A. in Finance from The University of Southern Mississippi and his master’s degree from the University of Florida.

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes in South Naples, is excited to announce that Phase III of the community is now open to buyers. These are the final two neighborhoods that will be released in Naples Reserve.The Bimini Isle neighborhood is conveniently located near the community’s soon-to-open Paws Awhile dog park. Bimini Isle features homes built by Stock Signature Homes ranging from 2,517 to 3,012 square feet of living space, priced from the $700s. Located between the community’s one-mile rowing lane and the Paws Awhile dog park, Crane Point features 84 homesites, many with lake views. Homes built by Stock Signature Homes will offer 2,445 to 3,097 square feet of living space and are priced from the $500s.

My Shower Door Fort Myers ribbon cutting taking place, March 10 at 9:30a.m. 16431 Domestic Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33912. 

Stock Custom Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has sold an estate home in The Estuary at Grey Oaks. The custom residence encompasses 6,458 square feet under air and is elegantly furnished by Jessica Lee of Marc-Michaels Interior Design. It was listed furnished for $6,995,000. The Coquina is well-appointed with four bedrooms, four full and two half baths, a formal dining room, stately island kitchen with butler’s pantry, study, wine room, and bath.

WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors rendering of its Florida Case Study Home depict the sustainable attributes of the residence, located on the Gulf Coast of Naples, FL. Tom Jones, AIA, a principal architect of the firm, is eloquent is outlining the project’s pertinent requirements. “When you do sustainable design, you try to do things in a away that minimizes or mitigates the use of man-made energy sources,” he explains. “The reason we do that is to design the house for its location and climate. Sun angles and exposures are critical.” Tom calls attention to Florida’s unique environmental dilemma: Designers want to capture the abundant natural light but must employ creative solutions to mitigate the accompanying heat gain. This project provides and excellent example of how green design can boost energy efficiency of a luxury residence in Naples.  

GATES Construction has completed a multi-phase remodel at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center (Lee EOC). The project involves 6,000 square feet of interior renovations to accommodate a larger operating space for the Lee County Emergency Operations team

Diamond Custom Homes has announced the commencement of construction for a 9,053 total square foot estate home in Grey Oaks on Thistle Way.Situated on a uniquely-shaped, .71 acre cul-de-sac site on one of the community’s most charming streets and in close proximity to its renowned amenities, the four-bedroom, four full and two half-bath estate is designed by John Cooney, AIA, Stofft Cooney Architects, with interior design by Sherri DuPont of Collins & DuPont Design Group and architectural landscape design by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design. The original residence, built in 2001, was razed in September 2019 to allow for the construction of a new custom estate designed to maximize private views over the lake and surrounding natural landscape.

GATES Construction, has completed a multi-phase remodel at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center (Lee EOC). The project involves 6,000 square feet of interior renovations to accommodate a larger operating space for the Lee County Emergency Operations team. The project has transformed the existing storage space into two new conference rooms, expanded the overall capacity of the break room, added a security access vestibule in the entryway corridor, renovated the emergency information hotline room and added a 200-square-foot freezer. Response and recovery is a whole community effort and the Emergency Operations Center is the county’s primary coordination center during disasters.

For the 15th consecutive year, The Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the country. The signature 18-hole, par-72 Creek Course, designed by Arthur Hills, is woven into the community’s lush natural surroundings and features a series of holes. The course offers seven tee placements to accommodate golf enthusiasts of all skill levels and includes 7,157 yards, broad fairways and elevated greens. Since beginning its rating system in 1997, Golfweek has developed its rating system in 1997. The design excellence-based criterion includes overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance, landscape management and other statistical data.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Colombo as Operations Manager, Sarasota . Michael will work with Project Managers, Superintendents, and Project Coordinators to ensure all company related policies are followed. He will review costs, schedules, processes, selection of hiring, and oversight of specialty trade contractors on a regular basis. He will utilize his 50 years of diversified construction experience to provide effective leadership and direction for the firm’s Sarasota Construction & Operations division.

Clive Daniel Home has appointed John G. Whitman III as the company’s new vice president of interior design. The industry veteran brings to his new position more than 25 years of achievements in product design for the home furnishings industry as well as luxury interior design. He will be working between both Clive Daniel Home locations in Naples and Boca Raton, as he leads in the management of the firm’s 60 interior designers. 

Wilson Creative Group (WCG), a full-service advertising and marketing agency, has appointed Christian Anderson to the position of traffic coordinator. In this role, Anderson is responsible for directing and monitoring the flow of materials and resources through the company, tracking and disseminating information, creating schedules for the timely delivery of resources and materials, and identifying potential issues to avoid the disruption of work schedules. 

Leading club builder GATES Construction, has completed construction of the new amenities center at The Dunes of Naples. The project included a complete demolition of the previous clubhouse followed by the construction of a new 2-story, 25,857 square foot amenities center.

Hilton Naples has hired Kelsi Toland as special events manager. In her role, Toland will be responsible for assisting clients with planning, creative execution, supervision and follow up of weddings and events held at the AAA Four Diamond hotel. 

Suffolk has hired former General Electric Co. (GE) vice president Ann Klee as its new executive vice president. In her new role, Klee will be responsible for leading Suffolk’s national business development function and external and government affairs, with the goal of expanding the company’s presence nationally. 

Heatherwood Construction Company has completed a gatehouse and entry gates at WildBlue—a 3,500-plus-acre community of 1,100 preserve- and lake-surrounded home sites at 19001 Aqua Shore Drive in Fort Myers. Heatherwood Construction will begin WildBlue’s new amenities center in March.

The numbers are in and 2019 was another strong year for sales at Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes in South Naples. The community saw 226 home sales in 2019, up from 172 sales in 2018.
Planned for a total of 1,088 homes, Naples Reserve has logged 659 home sales since its 2015 opening and has reached 60% sold. The community’s Phase I has exceeded the 75% sold mark, while Phase II is 45% sold.
“We’ve been thrilled to welcome so many new residents in 2019,” said Heather Thompson, Naples Reserve’s marketing manager

Suffolk has hired former General Electric Co. (GE) vice president Ann Klee as its new executive vice president. In her new role, Klee will be responsible for leading Suffolk’s national business development function and external and government affairs, with the goal of expanding the company’s presence nationally. Before joining Suffolk, Klee simultaneously held several executive positions at GE. She served as GE’s vice president of Boston development and operations leading the search for GE’s new headquarters and move to Boston. She also served as president of the GE Foundation. In addition, Klee served as vice president of environment, health and safety at GE. Klee enjoyed an extended career in Washington D.C. as an environmental lawyer at two law firms, as well as in several senior government positions on Capitol Hill and in the George W. Bush administration.

Clive Daniel Home
honored 24 of its top sales performers plus CD Hospitality during its eighth annual Circle of Distinction awards ceremony. Naples Circle of Distinction recipients for 2020 are: Joanie Anderson, Richard Atkin, Catherine Baker, Kay Craynon, Robyn DeZego, Maryann Forward, Charlie Hansen, Gina Kadah, Jean Losier, Lisa Mettetal, Kathy Monahan, Lark Muntz, Rebekah Pikosky, Na-Ann Poole, Ashton Reams, Reanna Reiman, Christina Rosolia, Thomas Riker, Michael Scott, Susan Trivison, John Tweet, Sherie Weidner, Sherree Woods, and Chantal Warmoth. The Clive Daniel Hospitality winners include Patricia Huamanchumo and Laura Potts.

Clive Daniel Hospitality (CDH) has recently been awarded contracts to complete interiors for clubhouses in five Southwest Florida communities during 2020. A new construction clubhouse in Estero includes the Sports Center at WildBlue and major renovations for the West Bay Clubhouse, and the Club at Grandezza. The CDH Hospitality team will also return to the Colonial Golf Club in Fort Myers, providing multi-million-dollar renovations to the award-winning clubhouse.

Suffolk has unveiled a diversification strategy focused on leveraging its core competency of construction and expanding into additional service lines to create a fully-integrated platform that adds value for clients across the entire building lifecycle. As part of the strategy, Suffolk launched a contemporary brand positioning and identity that reflects the company’s forward-thinking outlook, reflects its broader future ambitions, and differentiates the company and its unique business model and capabilities.

Naples luxury homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes today announced its Ladera model was contracted for sale less than 80 days after completion. The 7,854 total square foot estate home, located on Williston Way in Quail West Golf & Country Club, was completed in November 2019 and offered at $4.595 million furnished

Wilson Creative Group (WCG), a full-service advertising and marketing agency, has promoted Yulia Yugay to the position of chief financial officer. She previously served as the agency’s financial manager.
In her new role, Yugay is responsible for managing the agency’s finances, including financial planning and projections, management of financial risks, record-keeping, accounting practices and administration, financial policies and reporting, and data analysis.

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture has been named the Agency of Record for the Cape at Savona Point, a 319-unit, four-story apartment complex that is under construction at 1730 Savona Point Circle in Cape Coral.

Pulte Homes has broken ground on its three model homes in Edgewater, a lakefront neighborhood of 166 single-family homes with premium lake and preserve views within Babcock Ranch. Spanning along the shores of Lake Timber, the 74-acre neighborhood will offer all-new one- and two-story homes starting from the mid $200’s on three series of home site sizes. The new models underway will illustrate Edgewater’s 11 available single-family home designs that offer flexible, open concept floor plans, customized kitchens, versatile outdoor living spaces and smart home technology.

GATES Construction is building Carl’s White Glove Personal Storage & Wine Vault located at 11201 Tamiami Trail East in Naples across from Treviso Bay. The storage and wine vault facility consists of a 3-story climate controlled building. With a portion of this dedicated solely to wine storage, the remainder of the space will be used for luxury storage units. The Wine Vault will provide comprehensive wine storage solutions to restaurants, wine clubs, brokers, and to individual collectors looking to protect their prized wine collections. The Wine Vault is fully equipped with an emergency back-up power system to maintain temperature and humidity during any power outage.

Interior design firm Dwayne Bergmann Interiors (DBI), which is headed by Principal Dwayne Bergmann and based in Naples and Fort Myers, FL, is pleased to announce the addition of junior designer Lea Taliercio. Having worked at West Elm and a number of impressive design firms, as well as run her own consulting firm–where she repped top interior design brands including Classic Home, Hancock & Moore, Jessica Charles, Randall Allan, and Taylor King and was recognized as Taylor King’s Sales Person of the Year in both 2015 and 2016–Taliercio brings 10+ years of design industry knowledge to DBI.

GATES Construction has completed 7 One One Palm, a boutique condominium of 16 residences. Located in Sarasota’s vibrant and most desirable downtown neighborhood at 711 S. Palm Avenue in Sarasota, the address offers convenient access to Burns Square, South Palm Avenue, State and Main Streets, Island Park and the Bayfront Marina. The 5-story building features 3 bedroom, 3 bath luxury residences with semi-private elevator foyers gourmet kitchens, and spacious terraces. Amenities include a covered parking garage and private storage lockers, oversized pool, spa, private cabanas, fitness center, and a Paw Park. Residents can relax in the resort-style hideaway enjoying the gas grills and fireside tables.

Adam Collier has joined PBS Contractors as an Assistant Project Manager. Adam will help the Project Managers facilitate residential and commercial new construction as well as remodeling projects. An Indiana native, Adam moved to South Florida in 2008, attending Hodges University. He recently received his MBA in Business Administration, as well as the IASSC Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. When Adam is not in the office he enjoys spending time with his one-year-old daughter Adalynd and wife Devin. Adam also enjoys Crossfit.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently appointed CBIA Immediate
Past President Ryan Benson, A Vernon Allen Builder
to the Board of Directors for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Benson will serve a 4-year term.

2019

Award-winning Southwest Florida homebuilder and developer London Bay Homes’ new luxury home under construction at 700 Admiralty Parade West embraces the power of partnership with local architects and designers to create an inspired custom estate home in Port Royal.

The new 7,640-square-foot luxury home showcases commanding wide water views across Admiralty Bay to Keewaydin Island. As a collaboration of a London Bay Homes-led team of Kukk Architecture & Design, Romanza Interior Design, and Architectural Land Design, the plan marries transitional detail and contemporary flair in a timeless, traditional-scale custom estate home.

Collier Enterprises has donated eight acres of land to The Immokalee Foundation for a housing subdivision that will serve as a hands-on learning laboratory for students in the foundation’s program, Career Pathways: Empowering Students to Succeed. In addition to the donation of land, Collier Enterprises is handling the permitting – at a cost of $100,000 – and has provided $500,000 in matching funds for the infrastructure needed to support the new neighborhood, including everything from street lights and sidewalks to water lines and roads. Groundbreaking for the project is expected in spring 2020.

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been selected to the inaugural Construction Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) for Florida Gulf Coast University’s U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering. Benson will also serve as the Chairman of the Advocacy Committee. Both are for the newly formed Department of Construction Management program at the University. The Department of Construction Management is committed to leadership in innovative construction education.

Suffolk recently completed construction on Building G at the Moorings Park campus in Naples. This project is a continuation of a partnership between Moorings Park and Suffolk and was designed by Studio+ Architects

Interior design firm Dwayne Bergmann Interiors, which is headed by Principal Dwayne Bergmann and based in Naples and Fort Myers, FL, is pleased to announce the addition of two new members of its team, signaling the studio’s continued growth: Sherri Rozzi joins as Director of Business Development and Gabriela Selegatto assumes a design role.“This is an exciting time at our firm,” says principal Dwayne Bergmann. “With our current interior design projects and the launch of our Design Studio in Naples on the horizon, I am excited to welcome more talent as we expand the business into a true lifestyle brand.”

More than 25 Suffolk team members along with their families participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Collier County Heart Walk. “Suffolk is proud to support this event every year and for me heart disease is personal,” said Rod Nobrega, project executive with Suffolk and executive committee member for this year’s Heart Walk.

Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful builders in the country, has hired Andrew Quirk as Chief Operating Officer for Healthcare and Science & Technology. In this position, Mr. Quirk will oversee the planning, design and construction of high-quality, energy-efficient facilities for Suffolk’s healthcare and science and technology clients nationwide.

Emillions Art is a global resource for art, design, and creative collaboration! Naples-based Emillions Art is opening its new show space and would like to invite you to a twilight reception for ARCHITECTS, DEVELOPERS, CONTRACTORS & DESIGNERS on November 6 – 7 in downtown Naples!

Suffolk’s Peter Tuffo, president and general manager of Suffolk’s southeast region, was named as one of South Florida’s 2019 Power Leaders by South Florida Business Journal. Tuffo is a 20-plus year veteran of the construction industry. He is originally from Rochester, New York, and joined Suffolk in 2012.

GATES Construction  builds luxury Condominiums  known as 332 Cocoanut, located in the revitalized Rosemary District near downtown Sarasota. The new 5-story 88,000 SF mixed-use condominium will feature 18 two-bedroom units and 18 one-bedroom plus den units to accommodate 36 residences.  Construction is progressing on schedule with completion slated for 2020. Architectural design services provided by DSDG Architects.

David Ellis has been named director of business development for Heatherwood Construction Company, the Bonita Springs-based commercial construction company. A 30-year veteran of the construction industry, Ellis served six years as executive vice president of the Collier Building Industry Association before relocating to the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association in 2005.

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been elected as the Area Vice President for the Florida Home Builders Association. In this role, he will serve as the senior officer for the FHBA’s four associations covering the nine Southwest Florida counties. As Area Vice President, Benson will act as the President of the FHBA’s liaison to the local HBA Presidents and Executive Officers. Benson also serves the FHBA as the Chairman of the President’s Council, Government Affairs Representative and on the Board of Directors. Locally Benson serves as the President of the Collier Building Industry Association, an affiliate chapter of the FHBA, as well on the City of Naples Construction Council

Conditioned Air and Honest Air Conditioning of Venice announced a partnership under which Honest Air will be acquired by Conditioned Air and operate as a division of the air-conditioning contracting and service firm. This merger expands Conditioned Air’s presence in Sarasota County and enables Honest Air Conditioning to provide enhanced products and services.“This is a great partnership as our two companies share the same core values and a commitment to serve our customers with honesty and integrity and to provide service that will exceed their expectations,” said Tim M. Dupre, President and Chief Executive Officer for Conditioned Air.

PBS Contractors is the first Florida Certified Master Builder™ in Collier County. Florida Certified Master Builders are elite Home Builders, Remodelers and Commercial Contractors who are dedicated to excellence in building and client satisfaction. The builders who request certification hold themselves to a higher standard than required by the State of Florida for licensure.Florida Certified Master Builders must meet strict requirements and demonstrate a proven track record of building expertise, business stability, integrity and exceptional customer service. Their education, design and product research requirements keep them in tune with the latest building practices and design trends.“Receiving this accreditation is important because it is a way to reinforce the trust our clients and prospective customers have in PBS. They can rest assured knowing our firm is ethical, reliable, and dedicated to excellence,” states CEO/Owner Russell Budd.

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Stock DevelopmentGATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Shane Vaughan as Project Manager/MEP Specialist. Vaughan is responsible for Owner communication and the overall success of each project he is assigned, from the pre-construction stage and permitting through to owner occupancy. He has six years of professional experience and dual bachelor degrees in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering.  He is working out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters office in Bonita Springs.

Stock Custom Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has an estate home in The Estuary at Grey Oaks available for immediate purchase. The custom estate encompasses 6,458 square feet under air and is elegantly furnished by Jessica Lee of Marc-Michaels Interior Design. The Coquina is well-appointed with four bedrooms, four full and two half baths, formal dining room, stately island kitchen with butler’s pantry, study, wine room, and bar. The robust outdoor living area is the focal point of the home’s design, complete with island kitchen, dining, fire pit, pool, spa, and conversation areas. The estate’s reception room is designed to overlook the outdoor bubble fountain, and the expansive leisure room features pocket sliding doors to bring Naples’ natural radiance indoors.

Stock Custom Homes, Estate home available for immediate purchase in the highly sought-after Pine Ridge Estates area of Naples. The estate is priced at $3.645 million furnished. The exquisite residence at 179 Mahogany Drive boasts 4,323 square feet of living space under air, with four bedrooms, four and one-half baths, great room, dining room, study, and a four-car garage. The spacious master suite features a sitting area, his and hers walk-in closets, and large master bathroom with separate shower and tub. Tasteful décor and furnishings were provided by Daniel Kilgore of the highly praised Soco Interiors.

Stock Custom Homes, presents the Residences on Sixth, a set of row houses with superior craftmanship in Olde Naples. The Row Houses, located just three blocks north of Naples’ highly-acclaimed 5th Avenue South, each offer spacious indoor and outdoor living with first-floor master suite, three-car garage, covered lanai, adjoining pool and spa, and guest cabana with covered deck. Inside, luxury meets relaxed comfort with an astounding three bedrooms, five and a half baths, living room, formal dining area, bonus room, and a loft.

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes in South Naples, recently held a ribbon cutting for its new fitness trail. Approximately nine-tenths of a mile, the trail offers 12 stations where residents can exercise different parts of their bodies.

Construction on the Sonoma, Seagate Development Group’s four-bedroom, four-bath custom estate model has surpassed the halfway mark in Talis Park, Naples master-planned community offering championship golf, a unique club experience, and new estate, waterfront and condominium homes.The Sonoma model is located within Isola Bella, an intimate 4.5-acre enclave of water- and golf course-view custom estate residences from 3,500 to more than 5,000 square feet developed and built by Seagate, a Southwest Florida full-service residential development and construction company.

Theory Design’s Ruta Menaghlazi envisioned the two-story Sonoma in a clean-lined, casual California coastal theme within 3,981 square feet of living space. The model’s open-concept design features an expansive great room with a wine room and bar, dining area, gourmet kitchen and half bath, along with a first-floor VIP suite.Seagate’s Monterey model is also underway in Isola Bella. Priced at $3,995,000, the Monterey boasts four bedrooms, four baths and 4,374 square feet under air

First Florida Integrity Bank, a Naples-based, full-service community bank serving the local banking needs of individuals and business owners, announced today that Dennis Cokenour, Vice President – Credit Officer, has graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University (LSU). Mr. Cokenour was among the 185 bankers receiving graduation diplomas on May 31, 2019 from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. This three-year program provides courses covering all aspects of banking, economics, and related subjects. Students traveled from twenty-one states and Mexico to participate in this Session.

For the second consecutive year, London Bay Homes has received a perfect score rating from clients indicating they would refer friends and family to build or remodel with London Bay Homes, based on satisfaction with the sales process, architectural services, interior design services and the customer relationship manger. The survey was conducted by national industry consultants Woodland, O’Brien & Scott, and was administered to all homeowners who had closed on the sale of their home in 2018.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples today announced plans to build a 52,710-square-foot operations center in Fort Myers to accommodate the air-conditioning contracting and service firm’s current and future growth throughout Southwest Florida. The building will be located at the intersection of Jetport Loop and Global Parkway in the Southwest International Commerce Park just across from the Southwest Florida International Airport and will provide easy access to Interstate 75. The building will encompass approximately 10,800 square feet of office space, 31,110 square feet of warehouse space, and 10,800 square feet of mezzanine for storage and future expansion.of who Conditioned Air is and the quality we stand for.”

Wilson Creative Group (WCG), a full-service advertising and marketing agency, has named Jama Dock as its new public relations director. Dock is an award-winning public relations and communications strategist with more than 25 years of experience in luxury real estate development, financial services, education, golf, hospitality, and other industries. Her clients are featured in regional and national publications such as Coastal Living, Southern Living, and The Wall Street Journal. A founding member and past president of the Public Relations Society of America’s Gulf Coast Chapter, she has represented the highest profile developers in the southwest Florida market, overseeing the launch publicity and subsequent promotions of more than 40 high-rise luxury towers and masterplanned communities from Marco Island to Sarasota.

Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful builders in the country, has hired Dennis Berger as its Chief Culture Officer. Mr. Berger will oversee Suffolk’s People & Culture team and will be responsible for creating a best-in-class employee experience across the entire employee lifecycle.  Mr. Berger has more than 30 years of experience across all facets of human resources and people management, including the last 14 years as Chief Human Resources Officer. He has a wealth of experience improving and aligning operational efficiencies with company cultures and employee engagement initiatives, and he has been instrumental in driving human resource transformations and successfully scaling innovative human resource initiatives in private and public global organizations.

Suffolk recently joined industry partners to raise money for the American Heart Association’s annual Collier County Heart Walk. More than 30 guests attended the Hard Hat for Hearts Social that was held on July 11 at Mellow Mushroom located at University Village in Estero. During the event, guests were able to hear stories from a Suffolk team member whose family was changed by the efforts of the American Heart Association.

Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has launched a new website, www.StockCustomHomes.com. The site is designed to enhance a potential buyer’s experience, with an easily navigable interface to see currently available homes, learn more about Stock Custom Homes, and view a portfolio of Stock Custom’s work.

PBS Contractors and the Shelter for Abused Women and Children have worked together over the past ten years to complete building seven transitional cottages for families recovering from human trafficking and domestic abuse. A groundbreaking was held on July 2nd to celebrate the start of the eighth cottage.

Suffolk recently reached the halfway mark of construction at Building G on the Moorings Park campus in Naples. Building G is a comprehensive renovation of an existing 320,000 square foot, 96-unit independent living building that includes the demolition and replacement of the entire building façade, including a new curtainwall system, windows and other updated façade features. Suffolk’s scope of work also includes the renovation of the residential units and common spaces, installation of a new fire suppression system and fire alarm system, as well as all associated site work and landscaping.

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre South Naples community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, has been honored with a Silver Aurora Award for Best Community Site Plan.

We’re pleased to have Naples Reserve recognized by the Aurora Awards for its unique, lake-centric community site plan,” said Heather Thompson, marketing manager for Naples Reserve, which is nearing the halfway mark in sales. “Naples Reserve remains a best-selling community because buyers continue to fall in love with the casual lakefront lifestyle offered here

This year BUILD entered seven categories within the Florida Home Builders Association’s Aurora Awards and won top honors for every category entered. BUILD was awarded for Best Commercial Project, Best Rehabilitation Project, Best Interior Renovation, Best Renovated Single House, Best Custom Home under 4,000 square feet, Best Custom Home over 10,000 square feet, and Best Green Construction. In its 40th year, the Florida Home Builder’s Association’s Aurora Awards features 68 categories that represent all facets of the residential, commercial and remodeling industries. Each top winner by category is presented with a Silver Aurora Award and are finalists for the Grand Award which will be presented on August 2nd at the Aurora Ceremony in Orlando.

Seagate Development Group has started construction of its new corporate headquarters at Interstate 75 and Alico Road in Fort Myers. The two-story, 13,000-square-foot building will house the executive and general office staff and is designed to complement the current and future work environment.

Pulte Homes is now offering new townhome designs at the gated Hammock Cove community in Fort Myers. Now available for viewing, the new Adirondack model home showcases the Hammock Cove lifestyle within the master-planned community of Gateway. Hammock Cove’s three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath Adirondack and Leland townhomes both offer 1,895 square feet of living area in two stories, with blended dining and gathering areas for comfortable lounging and an open kitchen layout for easy entertaining. Upstairs, an expansive master suite is positioned for privacy apart from two additional guest bedrooms and a second full bath. For more information, visit www.pulte.com/hammockcove or call (239) 309-1343.

PBS Contractors has hired a new Administrative Assistant, Nikole Miller, and an Assistant Field Manager, Michael Conroy. Miller previously worked for real estate company Cushman & Wakefield as an office administrator before joining PBS Contractors. Hiring manager Kimberly Ortegon says, “Nikole has already demonstrated her incredible organizing skills.”

PBS Contractors has been ranked number 33 of the Top 100 Remodelers in the country by Remodeling Magazine. PBS Contractors ranked in the top 2% of firms in the industry. This is the third time that PBS Contractors has been named in the Top 100 Firms as part of the Remodeling 550.

Luxury custom homebuilder Harwick Homes has added Len Chardo as a superintendent. In this role, Chardo’s primary responsibility is maintaining well-organized and productive job sites and ensuring client satisfaction, as well as the scheduling, coordination, and management of subcontractors. Chardo will work closely with Harwick project managers to make sure projects are completed on time and efficiently. Chardo has worked in the construction industry for more than 35 years. He is a Certified General Contractor in both Florida and Massachusetts and is OSHA certified. Before joining Harwick Homes, Chardo owned and operated a homebuilding company with projects in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida.

Attorney Antoinette “Toni” Peck has joined the firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. as an associate in the divorce, marital and family law department. Prior to joining the firm, Peck owned and operated a solo law practice in LaBelle for nine years, focusing on marital and family law and other general litigation. Peck handles all aspects of marital and family law, including adoptions, divorce, dependency matters, paternity and interstate jurisdictional issues, as well as unique laws pertaining to children of tribal nations.

Naples Reserve has logged 123 home sales in 2019 as of June 23, which is already more than half of its 2018 total. The entire community is nearly halfway sold towards its eventual total of 1,088 homes at buildout.ices for their lifestyle.”

BCB Homes, Inc., has earned accreditation from the National Home Watch Association. The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada (www.nationalhomewatchassociation.org). Home Watch is a visual inspection of a home or property, looking for obvious issues, which means that it is a service that “keeps an eye on things” at your vacation or primary home while you are not in residence.

CEO Joe Smallwood founded BCB Homes, Inc. in 1993, as the President. Since then, he has led the company through a significant period of growth, establishing BCB Homes as one of the leading contractors in Southwest Florida. In 2007, Joe became the President and Chief Executive Officer of BCB Homes, and in 2016 he created an Estate Management Division of the company, which includes Home Watch.

GATES Construction, builds a new clubhouse / recreation project at the Artistry at Palm Beach by Kolter Homes.  Located in Palm Beach Gardens, the Artistry Palm Beach clubhouse will feature an outdoor pool deck, heated pool, cabanas, basketball court, and children’s playground. Inside, the clubhouse will include a fitness & training room with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, aerobics space and a community room for those looking to host special events. The project is slated for completion summer 2019.

The list shines a light on firms earning more than $100,000—a self-defining minimum entrance level—and celebrates those who earn in the top third of the industry. Within the last year, Harwick Homes completed 75 full-service remodeling projects, with revenues exceeding $8.8 million. For the last two years, the company has received Chrysalis Awards for remodeling excellence, a demonstration of its ongoing commitment to professionalism and excellence. Last month, the company was nationally recognized for its transformation of an existing pantry space into a sophisticated wine bar and beverage center (Residential Specialty Item under $50,000).

Imperial Homes of Naples, led by Development Manager Curtis Gunther, is the sole builder within the prestigious community. Not only do the estate homes of the Peninsula at Treviso Bay feature modern architecture, six distinct floor plans and sophisticated coastal contemporary designs, they also are being constructed using an exceptional product, AERCON Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC). “At the time we started the Peninsula project, we were the only homebuilder in Florida using AERCON AAC in residences, making it a very attractive selling point for potential buyers,” said Gunther. “Its properties have several important advantages over conventional building materials, and it is great for residential applications.”

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes in South Naples, is announcing the opening of its Sutton Cay neighborhood. Located steps away from the community’s Match Point tennis and pickleball complex and the future Kid’s Cove playground and picnic area, Naples Reserve’s newest neighborhood features homes from 2,034 to 3,150 square feet of living space and options for views of nature preserve or the community’s centerpiece Eagle Lake.

Builder D.R. Horton offers one two-story and five one-story home options in Sutton Cay, starting at $433,990. All floor plans include three bedrooms and two to four-and-a-half baths. The neighborhood has already proved popular with buyers; seven contracts were signed during Memorial Day weekend.

Winding Cypress, DiVosta Homes’ 1,100-acre gated community in Naples, has surpassed its 500 homes sold milestone.

Suffolk, announced it has hired Shelly Peterson as Project Executive for its gulf coast operations team. Peterson is a third-generation construction professional with more than 24 years of industry experience. For the past 23 years, she worked for The Boldt Company, a Midwest-based construction firm with revenue over $1 billion and for the past six years served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Minnesota Operations. Peterson is a graduate of Minnesota School of Business

Waldrop Engineering is pleased to announce the addition of Cecilia Gayle, PLA as Senior Landscape Architect. She will work from the firm’s Tampa office. Gayle has more than 30 years of professional experience in Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Administrative services throughout the State of Florida. The range of her expertise includes mixed-use, commercial, resort and hospitality projects, parks and recreation, and custom residential projects.

Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town located just northeast of Fort Myers on Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, has welcomed Divco Custom Homes to its handpicked team of Southwest Florida’s finest builders.    Established more than 35 years ago, Divco Custom Homes has built an impressive portfolio consisting of over 1,200 distinctive luxury homes in nearly 60 Southwest Florida communities and is currently a preferred builder in several luxury communities throughout the area. In Lake Babcock Estates North and South, Divco homebuyers will select from a curated collection of luxury single-family home designs from the Divco Estate Collection that maximize the Southwest Florida lifestyle with open floor plans and expansive outdoor living areas ideal for entertaining.

Andy Bringardner, principal of A. Vernon Allen Builder, a luxury residential home builder based in Naples, has been appointed to the City of Naples’ Design Review Board. The DRB is a five-member board appointed by City Council which includes the following membership (to the extent that qualified volunteers are available): two architects; one landscape architect; and two at-large city residents.

Shane Klepko, vice president of Harwick Homes, today announced the luxury custom homebuilder won a prestigious 2019 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence. Of 77 total award recipients nationwide, Harwick Homes is the only southwest Florida homebuilder to receive a 2019 award; it is one of only three Florida-based builders among this year’s winners.

“Diamond Custom Homes today announced the creation of a new business segment, the Customer Care Team, responsible for warranty servicing, estate management, small projects and field support. The Customer Care Team is led by Warranty Service Manager Francisco Morales. A New York City native, Morales moved to Florida in 2002 and has more than 15 years of remodeling industry experience. He is responsible for managing the customer service needs of homes in final stages of construction including serving as a homeowner liaison, coordinating customizations and managing partners and vendors. Customer Service Representatives Hancer Martin and Juan Zaldivar round out the team.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Jeanette Jerger as Project Coordinator. Jerger will be responsible for permitting and the coordination of resources, equipment, meetings, and information.  She will work closely with Superintendents and Project Managers, providing administrative support as needed to ensure project success. Jerger has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Jerger will be based out of GATES Construction’s office in Sarasota.

Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has completed their 6,064-square-foot under air Casa Bordolino model in Quail West. The fully furnished model is available for $5,295,000. A blend of California casual and European charm, the Casa Bordolino estate is a four-bedroom, four and two-half bath abode unlike any other. With interior design by Sam Baker of Beasley and Henley Interior Design, the grand estate features a library, great room, formal dining room, outdoor living area, and a four-car garage. The home also boasts a stately master suite with separate his and hers closets and baths.

Suffolk, a national construction management firm and one of the largest building contractors in Florida, recently held its 13th annual charitable golf tournament at PGA National Resort & Spa in West Palm Beach on May 10, 2019. This year, the event raised $518,000 for The Giving Circle, an organization run entirely by Suffolk volunteers that provides financial assistance to Suffolk employees, trade partners, friends and family when they are in need.“Suffolk is grateful for the tremendous generosity and support shown by our employees, friends and partners for this amazing cause,” said Peter Tuffo, president and general manager of Suffolk’s southeast division. “Coming together to make a real difference in people’s lives, people we work with, side-by-side, every day, reflects what we stand for at Suffolk, giving back to our communities and creating deep relationships.”

A leader in the Southwest Florida luxury home market and led by President and CEO Mark Wilson, London Bay Homes has contributed immensely to local charities and community outreach organizations. From raising funds to support education initiatives for under served children in Immokalee to mentoring students through real-training tutoring programs, London Bay Homes has been focused on giving back to the community for nearly three decades. Known as a respected corporate citizen, supporting great causes such as the Guadalupe Center and the Golisano Children’s Hospital, among numerous others.

Each year, the chairman of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce recognizes a Collier County individual who has advanced the mission of the organization and provided leadership in the community. Weston, chief operating officer of Naples Lumber & Supply and honorary Chamber director, will be honored at the Chamber’s annual dinner meeting on May 16, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples.

Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, has announced it will offer 186 attached villas within Esplanade Lake Club, a new 778-acre community near the intersection of Alico Road and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.  “Pulte Homes’ villas showcase innovative, thoughtful designs that maximize living spaces while offering the convenience of low-maintenance living,” said Richard McCormick, president of PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division.

Naples luxury homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes has announced the recent sale of Sandy Lane, a 9,523 total square foot model estate home in Quail West Golf and Country Club. The home, scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019, was listed for sale for $5.195 million.

The five bedroom, five full and one half-bathroom estate is designed by architect Rich Guzman of R.G. Designs, with interior design by Faith Fix and Deana Skelly of Freestyle Interiors and landscape design by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design.

Florida Stairworks & Carpentry, LLC received two awards at the 2019 annual Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association Staircraft Awards Ceremony. Their dedicated efforts to build architectural master pieces and attention to detail, won them the Best Stair Part and the Most Unique Stairway Awards. The award winning staircases for Best Stair Part is located in Collier County, and featured in a London Bay Home. The SMA Staircraft Awards recognizes the best staircase projects of the industry whose designers, stair builders, and installers take great pride in their work and craftsmanship. These awards are a culmination of their hard work so there is no higher honor in this industry.

Lotus Architecture Inc. has promoted A. Michael Johnson to vice president and senior supervising architect. Johnson is an award-winning architect, specializing in both custom high-end residential work as well as custom commercial projects. He has been living in Naples, Florida since 1991 and worked on projects throughout Southwest Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, Tennessee, Colorado and Bermuda.

Leading clubhouse builder GATES Construction, has started new construction at Audubon Country Club, which is professionally managed by Troon and one of Southwest Florida’s finest private golf and fitness communities, located in Naples. The project will include demolition of an existing tennis building, and subsequent construction of a new two story lifestyle center. This new facility will feature weight and cardio areas, multiple massage treatment rooms, outdoor balcony fitness area, and men’s and ladies locker rooms. On the lower level a new bar with casual indoor and outdoor seating will all be within viewing distance of the fire pits and open display kitchen. With architectural and interior design services provided by Peacock + Lewis construction is slated for completion by late fall 2019.

Stevens Construction has completed construction management services of a tenant improvement for Compass, a real estate technology company. With offices in 100 cities, Compass has launched into the Florida market with a 5,500-square-foot office at 800 Laurel Oak Drive in Naples. Compass features an open-concept floor plan, team rooms, reception, wellness room and offices to serve 70 residential real estate agents.

Shadow Wood Country Club has begun construction of a $5.2 million covered outdoor casual dining venue designed by country club architect and design firm Peacock + Lewis. DeAngelis Diamond is contracted for construction on the indoor-outdoor project, which converts an existing outdoor lounge area with 36 seats into a 260-seat dining space. The project is scheduled for a November completion

Pulte Homes has introduced three fully furnished models at WildBlue, a new 3,500-acre gated community in Fort Myers with more than 800 acres of lakes and more than 1,300 acres of natural preserves. Planned amenities for WildBlue include an expansive Social Center Clubhouse, featuring indoor and outdoor dining and a resort-style swimming pool. A 13,000-square-foot Sports Center will offer a tennis pro shop, fitness and exercise rooms, aerobics, Pilates and spinning classes and spa treatment rooms. For more information, visit www.Pulte.com.

FORMER MILITARY FIND CAREERS WITH SUFFOLK According to the website gijobs.com, first-line supervisors for construction and trade workers ranks 19 of the Top 25 Hot Jobs for veterans in 2019. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10 to 14 percent job growth through 2026 for these construction supervisors that plan, organize and oversee projects.

Dave Weston, the chief operating officer at Naples Lumber & Supply, is the 2019 recipient of the Naples Chamber Chairman’s Award. Weston is being honored for his dedication to community betterment and continued support of the chamber.

Diamond Custom Homes has announced beginning of construction for a ninth floor high-rise condominium remodeling project in Aria located at 4501 Gulf Shore Boulevard, 10 buildings north of Park Shore Drive. Key aspects of the renovation include remodeling the kitchen and master bath of the four-bedroom, four-bath residence with just over 4,000 square feet of living area. The interior design is being provided by Lusia “Lou” Shafran of Pacifica Interior Design with cabinetry design provided by Lorri Purin of Edge Cabinetry.

Peninsula Engineering, a Southwest Florida full-service engineering firm, continues expansion with new projects and team members. For the past eight years, Peninsula Engineering has provided civil engineering services for residential, commercial, and hospitality projects of all sizes in Southwest Florida. This year, Peninsula Engineering reports increased growth with new projects including Addison Place Apartments, Tide and Starbucks of Park Shore, Harborside Veterinary Clinic, Goodwill Donation Center, Magnolia Square Apartments and Price Street Plaza. In Lee County, Peninsula Engineering’s newest work can be found at Springs at Colonial Apartments and the new Fairfield Inn by Marriott, among others. Peninsula Engineering has also played an important role in commercial and residential projects in the town of Ave Maria, Collier and Lee counties’ fastest selling master planned community.

A. Vernon Allen Builder (AVA), a residential homebuilder based in Naples, will collaborate with Florida Gulf Coast University as it launches its new Construction Management program. AVA’s owners, Ryan Benson and Andy Bringardner, will serve as adjunct instructors, lecturing on custom residential home construction and building science applications. As part of the collaboration, the firm will also be accepting interns enrolled in the program that are interested in a construction management career path. Recently, FGCU received approval from the Board of Governors of the State University Center of Florida to launch the new program and several prominent builders and contractors in the area are participating in the launch.

Collier Enterprises, the Naples-based real estate investment and agribusiness company, has joined Legacy Partners, a privately owned national real estate development firm based in California. Established in 1976, Collier Enterprises has demonstrated success in planning award-winning real estate projects including residential communities, commercial, healthcare and office properties, and world class recreational destinations. The company also manages an extensive portfolio of agricultural lands and operations, mineral holdings and other investments. Collier Enterprises has received public recognition and environmental awards from Audubon International and the Council for Sustainable Florida, among others.

The investment from Collier Enterprises – the developer of The Old Collier Golf Club, Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club, Collier’s Reserve and numerous other well-known Naples area projects – will enable Legacy Partners to broaden its activities as the firm continues to expand.

Wilson Creative Group (WCG) has promoted Erik Vilnius to art director after one year as graphic designer. Vilnius is responsible for developing artistic concepts, working collaboratively and strategizing with the design team. Prior to joining WCG, Vilnius worked with brands such as Harley-Davidson and MasterCraft during his years as lead designer at a Fort Myers marketing agency. Since joining WCG, Vilnius has served clients including Naples Square, Omega and John R. Wood Properties, all of which received Sand Dollar Awards in 2018 for marketing excellence.

First Florida Integrity Bank has promoted Monica Scire to community reinvestment act (CRA) officer. Scire has six years of experience in the banking industry. She joined First Florida Integrity Bank as accounting financial analyst in March 2013.

Roetzel & Andress LPA (Roetzel) has expanded its firm with seven new attorneys in offices in Fort Myers and across Ohio. The recent additions provide enhanced services to clients involving real estate, estate planning, corporate, transactional, tax and litigation matters. The firm’s new Fort Myers attorneys are of counsel Garey F. Butler and associate Ashley S. Suarez. Butler assists clients in real estate, general corporate and probate matters.

PBS Contractors has hired Jason King as director of business development. King will be responsible for developing and executing strategies to secure new clients and maintain existing client relationships. King is a graduate of the University of Delaware with 16 years of experience in the construction industry.

Harwick Homes has announced a unique building opportunity within the award-winning community of Bonita Bay located at 27310 Oak Knoll Drive. Adhering to recent changes to the Florida building code, Harwick Homes has announced the opportunity to remodel a lakefront property in Bonita Bay that stands well above the flood elevation level. Being above the flood elevation level makes it more economical and logical to remodel this property, adding to its value while retaining the current structure.
With these modifications to the Florida building code mandating one foot of “freeboard” above the FEMA Flood Map elevation, many Bonita Bay homes fall below this base elevation, limiting the owner’s ability to remodel or repair the home as the 50% rule takes hold only allowing for a remodel budget of 50% of the value of the home (land not included). This home, however, is one of the limited properties in Bonita Bay standing well above base flood level—meaning your vision has no limits

For the sixth consecutive year, Neal Communities has earned the Builder of the Year award from the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). Neal Communities bested four other builders and was named the leader for the most single-family homes certified, with 282. Drew Smith, Florida Building Commissioner – Green Building and founder of Two Trails Green Building Consulting, accepted the award on behalf of the builder at the March 6 ceremony in Orlando.

Royal Shell Real Estate has recognized its top producers for the month of March. Sanibel/Captiva Office Top Listing Producers Team, McMurray& Nette; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners, Cindy Sitton; Top Sales Producers Team McMurray & Nette; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners, Cindy Sitton. Fort Myers Office Top Listing Producers Team, Team Stacey; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners, James Black; Top Sales Producers Team, Team Stacey; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners, Tina Tusack. Cape Coral Office Top Listing Producers Team, Peterson Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners, Allison Gesuele; Top Sales Producers Team, The Koffman Group; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners, Joe Francis. Bonita Office Top Listing Producers Team, Fagan Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners, Jamie Lienhardt; Top Sales Producers Team, Lummis Team; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners, Sue Ellen Mathers. Naples – Parkshore Office Top Listing Producers Team, The Roboci Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners, Liz Biswurm; Top Sales Producers Team, The Boeglin Team; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners, Jackie Gantzer. Naples – Fifth Ave. Office Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners, Doug Haughey and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners, Ralph Galietti.

PBS Contractors raised nearly $2,000 for Collier-Lee Honor Flight at its semi-annual barbecue fundraiser. The April 5 barbecue at PBS Contractors’ office brought in more than 200 people, including members of the Collier-Lee Honor Flight Board and World War II veterans Don Shreve, Bob Naun and Cooper Shields. The mission of Collier-Lee Honor Flight is to transport local veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifices. These trips are provided at no cost for the veterans and rely heavily on public support.

First-quarter sales at Naples Reserve totaled 64. The community has pushed past the $223 million mark, with a total of 451 home sales since opening in 2015. The entire community is 41 percent sold. Several of the neighborhoods in its Phase I, including Egret Landing, Mallard Point, Savannah Lakes and Sparrow Cay, are more than 65 percent sold. A number of waterfront lots remain available in the Parrot Cay neighborhood, where buyers can build custom estate homes ranging from 2,811 to more than 3,500 square feet priced from the high $700,000s. Nearly all of the 64 homesites in Canoe Landing have water views, and 17 have already sold. Stock Signature Homes offers homes from its Classic Series in Canoe Landing, including the Plantation III, Marathon III, Siesta III and Wisteria. Floor plans range from 2,445 to 3,097 square feet under air, with prices beginning in the high $400,000s.

London Bay Homes recently hosted more than 120 supporters of KKIDS Inc. at three of its model homes at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club for the charity’s inaugural “Soiree Under the Stars” fundraiser. The evening featured local celebrities, including Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno and WINK News Anchor Carlos Estrada, modeling fashion trends in a waterside runway show, set amongst views of the award-winning community’s 700-acre freshwater lakes and custom model home pools.

GATES Construction has completed the construction of a new wellness center at Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s finest member-owned private country clubs. Located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, the project consisted of a complete demolition of the existing fitness center and the re-construction of a new freestanding, 2-story, 23,102 square foot wellness center. Designed by Humphrey Rosal Architects, the new state-of-the-art wellness center features a spa area with single and couple massage rooms,  salon, exercise, aerobic, spinning and Pilates rooms, tennis pro shop, virtual driving range. The wellness center also houses a business center with reception area and offices.

Harwick Homes has completed a 10,799 square foot private residence in Marco Island. The two-story estate was designed by architect Jon Kukk of Kukk Architecture. Interior design was completed by a team at Jinx McDonald Interior Design, composed of Chrissy Howard and Barbara Schwenk. Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design executed the civil engineering of the project. “This custom-built residence epitomizes Florida living. Our team took full advantage of the incredible lot when building the home, knowing that we wanted to prioritize outdoor living and views. With unparalleled and unobstructed views to the water, this home is a Floridian dream,” says President of Harwick Homes, Mark Smith.

Conditioned Air, announced the appointment of Tim Russell as Vice President of Finance. Russell will assume the finance responsibilities from Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Carol Papesh, who is retiring and has accepted a position on the company’s Board of Directors. Conditioned Air Chairman Theo Etzel, III, said “Tim has watched our company for many years and brings extensive knowledge in mergers and acquisitions and in integrating companies. This experience will be advantageous as we continue to expand our operations throughout Southwest Florida.”  He has professional experience in construction and development, manufacturing, and related businesses. He also has been a computer company owner and business consultant which adds to his talents beyond accounting.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Kara Marotto as Accounts Payable Coordinator. Marotto will collect, review and enter data for the firm’s Accounting Department and assist in the processing of vendor and subcontractor payments. Ms. Marotto has over 10 years of diversified accounting experience. She will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Waldrop Engineering has appointed James Ink as chair of the Lee County Local Planning Agency (LPA). Ink has served three terms with the LPA beginning in 2016. The LPA authority is to review and provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners concerning determinations of Lee Plan consistency, as the Lee Plan relates to proposed land development regulations and ordinances. The Lee Plan is designed to depict Lee County as it will appear in the year 2030. Ink has more than 35 years of development consulting experience throughout Florida. He serves on the City of Fort Myers Planning Board, Lee County Local Planning Agency, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Management Committee and several other boards and committees across Southwest Florida.

DiVosta Homes has released more than 200 new water- and nature preserve-view home sites in Winding Cypress (www.divosta.com/windingcypress), a 1,100-acre gated community in Naples of 700 homes surrounded by more than 80 acres of lakes. Located in Phase Three of Winding Cypress, the new home sites are ideal for home designs that offer 1,671 to more than 2,852 square feet of living space, natural gas kitchens, and two- and three-car garages. Seven floor plans offer two to four bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half baths, flex rooms and opportunities for custom pools and spas.

Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning custom division of Stock Development, has brought its superior craftsmanship to Olde Naples with the construction of row houses presented as the Residences on Sixth. The limited collection of three, two-story homes feature breathtaking interiors by the region’s finest design experts. Designed by Matt Kragh at MHK Architecture and Planning, the unique properties are now open for viewing. The Row Houses, located just three blocks north of Naples’ highly-acclaimed 5th Avenue South, each offer spacious indoor and outdoor living with first-floor master suite, covered lanai, adjoining pool and spa, and guest cabana with covered deck. Inside, luxury meets relaxed comfort with an astounding three bedrooms, five and a half baths, living room, formal dining area, bonus room, and loft which are paired with a three-car garage.

Suffolk recently completed construction on the Building A project on the Moorings Park campus in Naples. The project is the continuation of a partnership between Moorings Park and Suffolk and was designed by Studio+ Architects. This comprehensive renovation of an existing 320,000 square foot, 96-unit independent living building included the demolition and replacement of the entire building façade, including a new curtainwall system, windows, and other updated façade features.

Land Solutions has established LSI Companies to operate as the umbrella organization serving the company’s homebuilder, developer, landowner and investment clients. LSI Cos. will function as the parent company for Land Solutions and Development Solutions, as well as the company’s newly established commercial property division, LSI Commercial, which focuses on the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties and land suitable for commercial development. Justin Thibaut, who has previously served as director of sales at Land Solutions, has been appointed chief operating officer for LSI Cos., overseeing the daily operations of all three subsidiaries. Randy Thibaut will continue to serve as chief executive officer of LSI Cos.

GATES Construction has added Terry Gardner as superintendent. Gardner will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. He has more than 25 years of experience with hospitals, medical centers, colleges, and many other commercial projects. Gardner will be based out of GATES Construction’s headquarters in Bonita Springs.

ICON Construction Plumbing Restoration, LLC – BID OPPORTUNITY.  Bids by March 15. Project: Single family home in Royal Harbor. Interested parties please use the link below to review the plans.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ixlopl74kfnbc/AADryI5RHjgF_183AP44JEw3a?dl=0. Contact John Peters directly at 954-551-9892 or john@iconllc.us with questions.  About ICON Construction: Founded in Broward County in 2008. Starting as a small remodeling company, they have methodically grown and presently do large remodels, additions, plumbing service and custom homes. ICON is excited to join the Collier County/ Naples market as custom home builder. Having been very active in the Gold Coast Builders Association as board member and a Past President in 2016, John joined CBIA as he wishes to work with fellow association members.

Ashton Woods, one of the nation’s largest private homebuilders, announces that several one- and two-story, single-family homes are now available for quick move-in at the Marsh Cove village of Fiddler’s Creek. These newly constructed Ashton Woods models include the Pontevedra, Tavernelle, Navarra II and Valencia II. Some of these models are fully furnished, while others are unfurnished. These homes range from 2,503 square feet to 4,858 square feet and provide unmatched flexibility in design and a high level of personalization tailored to buyers’ distinctive lifestyles. In addition, homebuyers can collaborate with the professional design team at the Studio by Ashton Woods, sharing their vision and working together to create homes that are uniquely theirs.

Designer Sara Gomez-Primero and junior designer Hannah Ohlsen have joined the staff at Wegman Design Group in Naples. Gomez-Primero graduated from the Universidad Piloto de Colombia with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. She has more than six years’ experience in interior design and retail design projects, serving as the head of construction for Brissa, a retail operation in Bogota. She was also an independent designer for projects in the retail, hospitality and commercial building industries. Ohlsen graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. As an intern and junior designer at an Iowa design firm, Ohlsen worked with the firm’s project managers, assisting with design, development, and space planning; material, finish, and furniture selections; and specifications and proposals for commercial, government, retail and hospitality projects.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples announced that Chairman and Owner W. Theodore Etzel III was one of over a dozen top company executives from across the state to serve on a panel of judges for the Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition held on February 21-22, 2019, at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Teams from 18 educational institutions from throughout North America participated in this year’s competition.

Diamond Custom Homes has announced the company has moved into a new office building adjacent to the Vanderbilt Galleria located at 9130 Galleria Court, Unit 204. The new 4,200 square foot second floor office space primarily serves to accommodate the growing Diamond Custom Homes team and provide a more inviting space for clients. The space has seven offices, a selection area, two spacious conference rooms, two collaborative bullpens and a well-appointed kitchen. Each bullpen also contains numerous desk spaces for project managers and other members who spend the majority of time onsite.

Ashton Woods announced the grand opening of its fully furnished Estes model home at Naples Reserve. Located at 14745 Leeward Drive, the new Estes Model Center boasts a southern coastal-inspired architecture with a private backyard in a resort-style community offering lakefront living. This model is fully decorated with designer furnishings by Ashton Woods’ professional creative team at Centro Stile and is currently available on leaseback from $630,570. The Estes is just one of 15 exceptionally designed, flexible floor plans being offered by Ashton Woods in the Naples Reserve neighborhoods of Mallard Point, Egret Landing, Savannah Lakes and Sparrow Cay.

Lennar Homes, LLC executed its final purchase of lots within Marbella, a private, gated community of coach homes in South Fort Myers on Six Mile Cypress Parkway, south of Colonial Boulevard. The transaction, which took place on Feb. 1, consisted of two building sites that encompassed 12 lots. These lots were purchased from Royal Public Fort Myers II, LLC. Land Solutions Inc. brokered Lennar’s first closing in this community on Feb. 17, 2015, which now encompasses a total of 216 units sold across 28 building sites for a total of nearly $4.83 million. The recent deal was brokered by Randy Thibaut, William Rollins and Doug Meschko of Land Solutions Inc.

GATES has recently completed phase two of a major clubhouse expansion and renovation at Quail West Golf and Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s most exclusive golf clubs, located in Naples. This phase of construction included a new covered terrace, the Cypress Grille Room, and a grab and go café. This phase also included the addition of a bocce ball area with four tournament rated courts. The existing lower level kitchen received a full renovation while the existing upper level dining area was expanded and upgraded.

Clive Daniel Home (CDH) has been selected to provide interior design and furnishings for FrontDoor Communities’ Messina IV coach home in the Corsica community of Talis Park in Naples. Clive Daniel Home interior designers Jean Losier and Christina Rosolia provided total interior design and furnishings for the new model. The design duo has also guided interior design for two other Messina models for the developer. In addition, CDH recently installed furnishings for two model homes from national builder Ashton Woods in Marsh Cove at Fiddler’s Creek. Losier and Rosolia collaborated with the Ashton Woods design team to create the interiors.

AERCON AAC is the leading manufacturer of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete products and prides itself on maintaining high levels of customer service and support. It is also the only Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) provider to manufacture 100% of the product in the United States of America. AERCON AAC is the energy-efficient way of the future and the Peninsula is at the forefront.

Executive Electronics invites you to their open house taking place, Thursday, February 21st, 5:00P.M.-7:00P.M.  Enjoy refreshments, drinks, live music, product give-a-ways, and 6 interactive product display areas! Celebrate the 2019 Company Spotlight! See the newest technology on display & experience the best products on the market. Consult with experts to decide what equipment can help simplify our lifestyle. RSVP to megan@eesecurity.net.  www.eesecurity.net

Stock Custom Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has completed construction of a new custom estate home in the highly sought-after Pine Ridge Estates neighborhood. The custom estate, located at 655 West Street, has sold for $3,495,000.The property, which features furnishings by Clive Daniel Home, includes four bedrooms plus bonus room, four full and one-half bath, a great room style design, study, dining room, and three-car garage within approximately 4,000 square feet under air. The home features a masterfully designed outdoor living space with summer kitchen, pizza oven, and fireplace, all easily accessible from the master bedroom, great room and dining room for unmatched enjoyment.

Royal Shell Real Estate recognized its top producers for January. The Sanibel/Captiva office Top—Listing Producers Team is McMurray & Nette; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Cindy Sitton; Top Sales Producers Team is McMurray & Nette; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Cindy Sitton. The Fort Myers office—Top Listing Producers Team is Yergens, Miller & Welsh; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is John Stephens; Top Sales Producers Team is Team Stacey; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Virginia Cross-Walker. The Cape Coral office—Top Listing Producers Team is Peterson Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Marc Wozny; Top Sales Producers Team is The Koffman Group; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Michelle Forneris. The Bonita Springs office—Top Listing Producers Team is Lummis Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Sue Ellen Mathers; Top Sales Producers Team is Lummis Team; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Sue Ellen Mathers. The Naples – Parkshore office—Top Listing Producers Team is The Boeglin Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Pam Olsen; Top Sales Producers Team is The Roboci Team; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Linda Ramsey. The Naples – Fifth Ave. office—Top Listing Producers Team is The Taranto Team; Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Steven Fenttiman; Top Sales Producers Team is The Taranto Team; and Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Liz Appling.

PBS Contractors has been honored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Southwest Chapter as the Builder of the Year for 2018. The Annual Design Conference and Awards Celebration was held in December and honored local architectural achievements by AIA Florida Southwest members and advocates. According to AIA, the Builder of the Year award is given to a company or firm that has exemplified a sincere and genuine interest in encouraging and affecting outstanding craftsmanship and quality in the performance of work on a specific project.

Diamond Custom Homes has broken ground on a custom spec home on Bonita Beach at 26385 Hickory Boulevard. This three-story waterfront estate home will be an exciting new project for the Diamond Custom Homes team. Diamond’s twenty-five years plus of experience building in the south Florida market make them well equipped to master this picturesque estate. Key structural features of this home include second floor infinity edge pool and a third floor terrace. This 10,739 square foot home is designed by RG Designs. The home sits directly on the Hogue Channel, which feeds into Estero Bay, and has private boat slips.

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, effective Feb. 1, has entered into a merger with Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP, a boutique litigation law firm based in Chicago. This makes Porter Wright the first Columbus-based, full-service law firm to enter the Chicago market. Porter Wright is one of central Ohio’s oldest businesses and largest full-service law firms, a press release states. Porter Wright’s expansion into Chicago and the 2017 opening of a Pittsburgh office are a part of the firm’s strategy to expand its Midwest footprint. As the firm looks to the future, they will actively recruit additional attorneys in order to build an expanded service offering from the Chicago office.

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. Partner Craig Woodward will be honored at the Marco Island Historical Society’s (MIHS) 25th Anniversary Gala. The invitation-only gala, themed “Dreams Do Come True,” will be held Feb. 9 at the Island Country Club on Marco Island. Woodward, who leads the law firm’s Marco Island office, has been a Marco Island resident for more than 50 years. He has served as president and exhibit chairman of the Marco Island Historical Society/Museum and was on its various committees. He and his wife, Bonnie, collectively raised $1.2 million to help build the museum as part of a fundraiser called “Dancing with the Stars.” Woodward has been named Marco Island Citizen of the Year and featured as a keynote speaker and sponsor of Marco Island’s 50th anniversary in 2015. He has been a board member of multiple local civic organizations and is known as Marco Island’s unofficial historian, a press release states.

Diamond Custom Homes announced the promotion of Peter Brochin to Project Manager. As Project Manager, Brochin is responsible for production schedules, quality review, vendor selection, budget meetings and communication with clients. Brochin will serve as the Project Manager for two new beachfront projects: Diamond’s Hickory Boulevard project, a beachfront estate construction with a high degree of complexity, and a two-story addition on a home on Fort Myers Beach. He is also responsible for three projects in Quail West.

PBS Contractors, Southwest Florida’s premier Concierge Builder®, has completed a special community service project for the Soukup family in Naples. Eva Soukup has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk. To help Eva have increased mobility around her home, PBS Contractors installed a unique lift system in the Soukup’s ceiling. The lift system helps move Eva from her bed to her wheelchair, to the bathroom, and other parts of the home. PBS Contractors’ entire team and their families also came out to the residence on a Saturday to do some painting and other repairs around the house. “PBS provided a great service to us,” commented Sheryl Soukup, Eva’s mom. “Not only did they do a great job in our home, but they were also really caring and very flexible with our needs.”

Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning custom division of Stock Development, has brought its superior craftsmanship to Olde Naples with the construction of its Residences on Sixth Row Houses. The limited collection of three, two-story homes feature breathtaking interiors by the region’s finest design experts. The Row Houses were designed by Matt Kragh at MHK Architecture and Planning and each has more than 3,800 square feet under air.

GATES is proud to announce FG Capital, a private equity firm, as a new investor and growth partner for the construction firm. The principal behind FG Capital is an entrepreneur and the American founder of VEON, the 7th largest mobile telecom company in the world (more subscribers than AT&T & Verizon). VEON was started with 13 employees and at its peak grew into a global company with more than 60,000 employees and a market cap of $45 billion on the NYSE.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of John Buzzy as Senior Project Manager. Buzzy is responsible for overall project coordination and management from the pre-construction and permitting stage through to owner occupancy. He has over 35 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in commercial general contracting including hotels, hospitals, condominiums, airport terminals, storage/retail centers and light/heavy industrial. Buzzy received his Bachelors of Science in Building Construction/ Structural Technology from Penn State University. He will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters office in Bonita Springs.

Stock Custom Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, recently completed a new estate home in the highly sought-after Pine Ridge Estates area of Naples. The estate, priced at $3.695 million furnished, is now available to purchase. The exquisite residence at 179 Mahogany Drive boasts more than 4,000 square feet of living space under air, with three bedrooms, a VIP suite, great room, dining room, study, and four-car garage. Tasteful décor and furnishings were provided by Daniel Kilgore of the highly praised Soco Interiors.

Waldrop Engineering has appointed James Ink director of operations for its downtown Fort Myers office. Ink has more than 35 years of development consulting experience throughout Florida. He has directed numerous complex entitlement efforts and high-profile projects, a press release states. Ink has experience in waterfront-related development, including marinas, resort-hospitality, residential design and jurisdictional permitting and compliance. Ink serves on the City of Fort Myers Planning Board, Lee County Local Planning Agency, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Management Committee and several other boards and committees across Southwest Florida.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Vennitta Campbell as Staff Accountant. Campbell will be in charge of preparation and analytical review of financial statements for the firm, variance reporting, budgeting, and bank reconciliations. Campbell has over 22 years of diversified accounting experience. She will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

GATES Construction has completed the new RaceTrac located on the southwest corner of Rattlesnake Hammock Road and Collier Boulevard in Naples. This project, which adds to the growing portfolio of RaceTracs constructed by GATES, includes a new state-of-the-art RaceTrac fuel station with 16 pumps, a 6,182 SF market and convenience store, and a 30+ space parking lot. The project also included site work to accommodate future development. Design services were provided by Hill, Foley, Rossi & Associates.

GATES has broken ground on the new fitness center at Herons Glen Golf and Country Club in North Fort Myers. The project consists of a 5,000-square-foot fitness center with cardio and weight areas and professional-grade workout equipment. The new facility will also feature massage and physical therapy suites. Design services are provided by LOTUS Architecture.

Harwick Homes has announced construction on a private residence in Bonita Springs.The transitional style estate features architecture by Visionary Residential Designs with interior design by Janet Bilotti Interior Design in Naples. The home will sit on a pie shaped lot overlooking a lake in Bonita Bay. The 5,865 total square foot home with 3,770 square feet of Air-conditioned space consists of three bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and a study or optional fourth bedroom space.

Leading club builder GATES, has broken ground on the new fitness center at Herons Glen Golf and Country Club, located in North Fort Myers. The project consists of a new 5,000+ square foot state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio and weight areas and professional grade workout equipment. The new facility will also feature massage and physical therapy suites. Design services are provided by LOTUS Architecture.

More than a dozen team members with Suffolk’s Florida Gulf Coast operations recently spent a day painting a Habitat for Humanity home in Lehigh Acres. The three-bedroom, two-bath home will become a new residence for a family of four that were displaced by Hurricane Irma. Over the course of fiscal year 2018, 491 Suffolk employees volunteered more than 4,730 hours of their time and contributed $537,000 to families through The Giving Circle, an employee-driven program at Suffolk that offers support to individuals faced with life-changing hardships. Suffolk Cares, the company’s charitable giving arm, also provided $12 million to 149 organizations over the course of this past year.

2018

Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful privately held building contractors in the country, announced the launch of a new student loan repayment program as a benefit for employees. Suffolk partnered with Gradifi, a student loan repayment company, to launch its pilot program in 2019. Beginning January 1, 2019, Suffolk will contribute $100 per month toward qualified student loans for eligible employees. According to data from the Institute for College Access & Success, the average college graduate with a bachelor’s degree left school with $28,446 in student debt in 2016. Suffolk implemented the loan repayment program to help its employees reduce their financial stress, meet personal and professional goals, and focus on long-term career growth in the future rather than paying down debt from the past.

Diamond Custom Homes announces construction on a complete home remodeling project at 500 Yucca Road in Coquina Sands in Old Naples. This is the second project for these clients with Diamond Custom Homes. This significant whole home remodel will be designed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based firm DLA+ Architecture, with landscape architecture by Christian Andrea with Architectural Land Design and interior design by Naples-based Sandra Walsh.

GATES has been selected as the construction manager for The Hamilton at Lakeside, a new multi-family complex. Located on N. John Young Parkway in Kissimmee, The Hamilton at Lakeside will consist of two 4-story multi-family buildings with a total of 108 units.  The buildings will feature one and two bedroom floorplans and have exterior covered carports.  A new 16,293 SF clubhouse will offer amenities such as a pool, hot tub and sauna. The surrounding gardens will have multiple benches throughout, with water fountains and a dog park.  Construction is slated to begin later this month. Architectural design services will be provided by GLA-ATL, LLC.

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, has captured Silver Award Honors in The Nationals new home sales and marketing awards from the National Association of Home Builders. One of South Naples’ fastest-selling communities, Naples Reserve secured Silver Awards for both “Best Landscape Design for a Master Planned Community” and for the second consecutive year “Best Sales/Welcome Center. We are honored to be the only Florida community recognized in both categories,” said Heather Thompson, marketing manager for Naples Reserve. “These awards reinforce why Naples Reserve is unique to Southwest Florida and our residents.”

Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced that Chairman W. Theodore Etzel, III presented at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Service Leadership conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 8th. The session on “Company Culture and the Leader’s Influence Factor” provided real life examples and discussions around leadership style and why company culture is so critical.The Service Leadership conference began 11 years ago and has been one of the most successful annual contractor conferences of its kind. More than 300 attendees heard from business owners, service leaders and other industry experts on how to beat competition.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced that Chairman W. Theodore Etzel, III presented at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Service Leadership conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 8th. The session on “Company Culture and the Leader’s Influence Factor” provided real life examples and discussions around leadership style and why company culture is so critical.The Service Leadership conference began 11 years ago and has been one of the most successful annual contractor conferences of its kind. More than 300 attendees heard from business owners, service leaders and other industry experts on how to beat competition.

Diamond Custom Homes has broken ground on construction of an 8,593 total square foot estate home in Pine Ridge Estates at 100 North Street. The West Indies inspired home is designed by Weber Design Group, with landscaping by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design. Sitting on a two acre wooded lot, the estate will have four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half baths, a study and two garages with space to fit five cars.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Roy Beck as Senior Superintendent. Beck is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Beck has over 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types such as multi-family, hospitality, casino renovation, office construction and much more. Beck will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Peninsula, Treviso Bay’s newest neighborhood, has named Naples-based Wilson Creative Group (WCG) their agency of record. Peninsula Treviso Bay selected WCG with the desire to market the luxurious private golf community as the epitome of Florida living. “Peninsula’s coastal contemporary design makes it unique to the Treviso Bay community, so we knew we needed a unique marketing agency to achieve our desired outcome,” said Peninsula Treviso Bay’s Development Manager, Curtis Gunther.

GATES Construction has completed a full renovation of the main lobby at Broken Sound Club, one of South Florida’s most prestigious private clubs, located in Boca Raton. The project involved renovations and improvements to the lobby and bar which include upgrades to interior finishes as well as new countertops, electrical lighting fixtures, and millwork. The construction took place in an active community while keeping the Club fully operational. This is the first of two GATES projects at the Broken Sound Club. Design services for both projects are provided by Peacock + Lewis Architects LLC.

Diamond Custom Homes has announced the construction of Lauréne, the 8,485 total square foot model home in Quail West at 13961 Williston Way. Lauréne prioritizes privacy with the entire left wing of the house dedicated to the vast master suite, while the right wing hosts two bedrooms and VIP guest suite. The master suite will have a private sitting area with unobstructed views of the lake and golf course beyond. The luxurious master bathroom is designed with his and hers closets and sinks, a dual entry shower, and a freestanding bathtub to maximize relaxation. Lauréne is scheduled to be completed by January 2019 and will be sold furnished.

Former CBIA and FHBA President, John Wiseman was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Building Commission. John is the President of Core Construction Services of Florida, LLC. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning November 16, 2018, and ending February 11, 2021. He joins FHBA member Rick Goff and Former FHBA President and current Chairman Jay Carlson on the Commission.

GATES Construction, has been awarded a new clubhouse / recreation project at the Artistry at Palm Beach by Kolter Homes. Located in Palm Beach Gardens, the Artistry at Palm Beach Clubhouse / Recreation Center will consist of an outdoor pool deck, heated pool, cabanas, basketball court, and children’s playground. Inside, the Artistry will have a fitness facility with state of the art exercise equipment, aerobics center and a community room for those looking to host special events.

Talis Park is pleased to partner with Seagate Development Group LLC to create Isola Bella, Talis Park’s newest neighborhood. This exclusive island enclave is limited to only 17 single-family waterfront home sites adjacent to the Grand Piazza that showcases the Great Lawn and Vyne House. Home sites in Isola Bella (Italian for “beautiful island”) offer water and golf course views, and will accommodate estate homes ranging from 3,500 to more than 5,000 square feet.

PBS Contractors of Naples received the 2018 Business Ethics Award from the Uncommon Friends Foundation at its annual Uncommon Evening gala, held on Nov. 8 at the Burroughs Home & Gardens in Fort Myers. Russell Budd, CEO and owner of PBS Contractors, represented the company, along with Bart Zino, Kimberly Ortegon and Mark Simmons. Brian Rist, president and CEO of title sponsor Storm Smart, presented the award. Gray Davis, agency executive/senior vice president of McGriff Insurance Services, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of service to the Uncommon Friends Foundation, including serving seven years as chairman of the board of directors.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Jay Wolfe as Senior Project Manager. Wolfe is responsible for overall project coordination from the pre-construction and permitting stage through to owner occupancy. Wolfe has 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in healthcare, government, and commercial construction. Wolfe received his degree in Construction Management and Architectural Technology from Indiana State University. Wolfe will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters office in Bonita Springs.

Conditioned Air Co. of Naples received the Southern Business Unit (SBU) Outstanding Achievement Award on Oct. 29 at the at the Mitsubishi Diamond Dealer Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The company was one of three Florida firms to earn the honor and the only one from Naples to Sarasota. The SBU Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes Conditioned Air as the largest heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company in its market, utilizing state-of-the-art inverter-driven intelligent systems as the future of the industry and home automation.

Stevens Construction, a health care and commercial construction management firm, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The company’s current projects include Gulf Coast Skilled Nursing Unit, a 75-bed post-acute facility for Lee Health; Performance Health Surgery Center; Bonita Springs Utilities Customer Service Building; and an assisted living facility renovation for Village on the Isle in Venice.

Wilson Creative Group has added seasoned web developer Karen Garcia to the team. Garcia graduated from Nueva Esparta University in Caracas, Venezuela, where she focused her studies on Graphic Design Business Administration. Garcia specializes in helping individuals and companies increase target-market visibility by creating eye-catching artwork. At Wilson Creative Group, Garcia has been instrumental in numerous website creations and updates.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) has been named as an INSIDE Public Accounting Top 400 Firm. This recognition was earned by MNMW based on the 2018 annual INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) Survey and Analysis of Firms. IPA 400 firms are ranked by U.S. net revenues and are compiled by analyzing the more than 550 responses received this year for IPA’s Survey and Analysis of Firms. For close to 30 years, IPA has ranked the largest accounting firms in the nation, but this is the first year of naming the Top 400 firms. For the most recent fiscal year, IPA 400 firms range in size from $4.55 million to $9.9 million, and from 20 to 80 staff members. These firms employ more than 4,000 total staff across the nation.

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been named one of Business Observer’s 40 under 40 recipients for 2018. Winners were chosen for their businesses community leadership, success and future potential. Benson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., and his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University in Miami. He has been in the construction industry for over 15 years, and was a finalist for the National Association of Home Builders Young Professional’s Award. In 2017 Benson was named as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients. Benson is involved in a number of building organizations, including serving as President of the Collier Building Industry Association, a delegate on both the Board of Directors of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders for 2018 and as Vice-Chairman of FHBA’s Local President’s Council. Additionally, Benson is a Trustee for Canterbury School, past president of Naples Gulfshore Rotary, and vice chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County.

Diamond Custom Homes has announced the construction of Sandy Lane, a 9,523 total square foot estate home in Quail West Golf and Country Club on Highcroft Drive. The luxury model home features an open floor plan with a great room and parlor, expansive outdoor living space, full bar with chilled wine room, and infinity edge pool.

Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning custom division of Stock Development, has won a Silver Aurora award in the Best Interior Design of a Home in the over $2 million category from the Florida Home Builders Association for their Aqualane estate in Wellington, Fla.Two new sales associates have joined the New Home Sales Team in the communities of Naples Reserve, Naples Club Estates and Seagate Villas. Collin Johnson is a native of Muskego, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He moved to Naples in June 2016, and a short time later he earned his real estate license. Mollie Osborne was raised outside Philadelphia, studied at the University of London in the U.K. and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Prior to starting her career in real estate, Osborne spent more than 20 years in marketing, hospitality and private-aviation sales.Southwest Florida homebuilder Frey & Son Homes announced that Sherri Knafo has joined the team as the selections coordinator. Knafo’s experience stems from experience in both sales and interior design in new home construction. She has helped manage one of the largest real estate firms in Southwest Florida, Premiere Plus Realty. Originally from Philadelphia, Knafo attended college in Florida and has been a resident of the state for more than 20 years.

Diamond Custom Homes has announced the construction of Sandy Lane, a 9,523 total square foot estate home in Quail West Golf and Country Club on Highcroft Drive. The five bedroom, five full and one half-bathroom estate is designed by architect Rich Guzman of R.G. Designs, with interior design by Faith Fix and Deana Skelly of Freestyle Interiors and landscape design by Christian Andrea of Architectural Landscape Design, Inc.This Florida-Bahamian vernacular style exterior architecture features unique designs such as interior courtyard spaces, a detached motor coach garage, and an indoor-outdoor sports bar cabana. The luxury model home features an open floor plan with a great room and parlor, expansive outdoor living space, full bar with chilled wine room, and infinity edge pool.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Cora Harkins as Director of Business Development and Marketing. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. Harkins has over 30 years of experience in business development and marketing, working for general contractors and national manufacturers of architectural products. As Director of Business Development and Marketing, Harkins is responsible for overseeing the business development and marketing support staff, developing corporate strategies, company promotion, GATES’ company-wide networking plan, expanding territories including Palm Beach Gardens and Sarasota as well as increasing market-share overall. Harkins will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

GATES Construction has been awarded a new project at Chris-Craft located in Sarasota. To accommodate the rise in demand for their watercraft sales and service, GATES will expand the Chris-Craft manufacturing facility with a pre-engineered metal building to increase production area. The building is to be constructed as part of a multi-phased expansion plan at this location. This project is slated for completion in the winter of 2019. Design services are provided by Gregory K. Wall AIA, P.A.

Metro Home Builders, Inc. has released new floor plans for brand new construction in Naples from the 180’s to the 500’s. https://www.metrohomebuilders.com/all-floor-plans.html

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Melvin as Senior Superintendent. Melvin is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Melvin has over 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types including clubhouse & hospitality, education, recreation, office, industrial, commercial, and health care. Melvin will be based out of GATES Construction’s Pam Beach Gardens Office.

GATES Construction has begun construction of the Overlook Bar & Grill at The Isles of Collier Preserve, a new waterfront and preserve community of single and multi-family homes located in Naples. The Old Florida styled building will be a concrete structure with wood siding and an aluminum roof over a main dining area and two screened in porch dining areas, along with a decorative bar overlooking the Cypress Waterway. The interior will be finished with cypress ceilings and beams, and beautiful ceramic wood style tiling. Members and their guests will have access to the sundeck and pool areas at The Isle Club adjacent to Overlook. Kayaks are available for the members’ use, so residents can explore the community’s waterways and wave to friends and family as they pass the new Overlook Bar & Grill. This project is slated for completion early 2019. Design Services will be provided by Humphrey-Rosal Architects.

KTS Homes To Offer Remodeled Villas In Prestigious City of Naples. What was once a charming villa project called West Lake Villas, located on Seagate Drive in Naples, will soon have a new name — Seagate Villas — as well as five completely remodeled villa homes.The architect and general contractor for the ground-breaking project is KTS Homes. The company was awarded the task of working within the villas’ existing footprints, transforming the homes into larger, more spacious and open floor plans, all wrapped within coastal-inspired architecture.

Ashton Woods, one of the nation’s largest private homebuilders, announced it earned top honors in four categories during the 2018 Sand Dollar Awards Gala hosted at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on September 22, 2018. Presented by the Collier Building Industry Association – Sales and Marketing Council, the Sand Dollar Awards annually honor excellence in building, design and marketing in the homebuilding industry in Collier County. Ashton Woods garnered awards in a variety of categories: Best Brochure, Best Website, Best Special Event/Promotion, Best Social Media Marketing.

B-Squared Advertising of Naples has hired Quintino “Tino” De Sousa as an art director. De Sousa attended Edison State College (now Florida SouthWestern State College), Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Florida (UF) College of Journalism & Communications, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising and innovation and graduated magna cum laude. De Sousa was also accepted to the Golden Key International Honour Society and is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Prior to joining B-Squared Advertising, De Sousa, who has 14 years of experience in the industry, was a freelance graphic designer, the creative director for Branovations, and creative director for Pinnacle Promo Print, all based in Naples.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Darryl Piearcy as Superintendent. Piearcy will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. He has over 20 years construction experience in multifamily, hospitals, government facilities, hotels, and commercial retail centers. Piearcy will be based out of GATES Construction’s Sarasota office.

Diamond Custom Homes president Michael Diamond today announced the luxury homebuilder is transforming an existing 6,686 square foot estate home, located in the prestigious Quail West Golf & Country Club, with the construction of a 1,256 square foot under air home addition, whole house remodel and a new outdoor landscape design. Built in 2007, two-story, French chateau-designed single-family home sits on an oversized lot with glorious views of the 18th green at Quail West’s championship Lakes Golf Course.  When completed, the renovated estate will present 8,120 square feet under air and 11,73 total square feet featuring seven bedrooms plus study.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Vincent Varallo as Marketing Assistant. Varallo is responsible for assisting in social media outreach, website updates, event planning, creating and updating marketing materials and writing and distributing press releases. Varallo recently received his Bachelor of the Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. Varallo will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been elected as vice chairman of the Florida Home Builders Association’s (FHBA) Local President’s Council. The Local President’s Council is made up of the presidents of each of the 22 associations across the state operating under the FHBA umbrella. Established in 1949, FHBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Florida’s local/regional homebuilder associations. Benson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University. He has been in the construction industry for nearly 20 years and was a finalist for the NAHB Young Professional’s Award. In 2017, Benson was named as one of Gulfshore Business magazine’s 40-under-40 recipients. Benson also serves as president of the Collier Building Industry Association, a delegate on both the board of directors of the Florida Home Builders Association and NAHB for 2018. Additionally, Benson is a trustee for Canterbury School, past president of Naples Gulfshore Rotary, and vice chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County.

DIVCO Custom Homes Ranks in Top Half of Business Observer’s 2018 Top 500. The number 500 has long been associated with the top. The cream of the crop. The powerful. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that we have been ranked #221 in The Business Observer’s 2018 Top 500 list which ranks the Top 500 companies from Tampa/Lakeland to Naples by revenue. “DIVCO has always prided itself on staying at the cutting edge of design and construction,” continued Foster, “We are known as a Progressive DESIGN-BUILD Leader for a reason: home buyers are attracted to the quality, value and design they see in our beautifully-furnished homes, and our revenue figures reflect it. We are honored to be recognized in the top half of the Business Observer’s 2018 Top 500 index.”

Minto Communities announces that Stock Signature Homes, the homebuilding division of Stock Development, is purchasing an additional 180 home sites at The Isles of Collier Preserve. Stock is introducing its new Cottonwood Collection of classic coastal homes on 24 of the 76’ home sites, and is building four models from the collection: the Burlington, Covington, Livia and Madison II. The Isles of Collier Preserve is Minto’s award-winning master planned community located just minutes from downtown Naples, Florida.

Christopher T. Spiro, CEO & chief creative officer of Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture, has been appointed to the University of Florida Fan Advisory Council for the 2018-19 season. The council assists the university’s athletic association in the evaluation and enhancement of the fan experience at football games, while representing broader interests of the Gator Nation. Meeting with administrators and staff three times annually, council members provide suggestions concerning the overall game-day experience. Comprised of 12 to 15 season-ticket holders, council members represent a cross section of fans and serve one to two athletic years. As an alumnus, Spiro has supported many university efforts and is very active in the local alumni association, known as the Southwest Florida Gator Club. As a member, he served six years as the director of public relations and attended multiple University of Florida Alumni Association Leaders’ weekend. Spiro created the single largest fundraising event, Tour De Chomp, benefitting the Southwest Florida Gator Club Scholarship Program.

EECON Construction Services of Naples has been selected by Kensington Golf & Country Club to provide general contracting services for its multi-million-dollar club expansion. The project is anticipated to be completed in conjunction with the club’s 25th anniversary during 2019. The $3.5-million construction project includes the addition of several new member amenities as well as a complete refurbishment of certain existing facilities. Current clubhouse dining, outside events and golf course operations will not be affected during the construction of the new outdoor Patio Café, bocce ball courts and pickleball courts.

GATES Construction has started construction on the new Naples Estates clubhouse in south Naples. Being one of the hardest hit communities by Hurricane Irma, Naples Estates was visited by President Trump when touring the area to assess the destruction. As part of the rebuilding, GATES has demolished the existing hurricane damaged clubhouse and is now constructing the new 31,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. The clubhouse will feature multi-purpose rooms, art room, ballroom with a stage, kitchen, dining area, new shuffleboard courts, bocce courts, a mini golf course, billiard room, card rooms, fitness center, and new pool. Design services are provided by JVB Architect. The project is slated for completion late 2018.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Tom Rife as Senior Estimator. Rice’s responsibilities include comprehensive estimating, material take-offs and labor estimates as well as developing subcontractor scopes and bidding criteria. He collaborates with executive staff and the project team in all preconstruction services including sequencing, design review, constructability and life cycle analysis, value engineering, cost/budget analysis, and strategic planning for all aspects of the projects. Rife has over 30 years of experience in estimating and project management along with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. Rife will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, recently acquired 42 luxury townhomes at Hammock Cove, an existing gated community located just half a mile north of Daniels Parkway, three miles east of I-75, in the master-planned community of Gateway in Fort Myers. Richard McCormick, President of Pulte Homes in Southwest Florida, said the furnished model at Hammock Cove will open in early 2019.  Pulte’s two-story townhomes will come in two separate Life Tested® floor plans, the Adirondack and Leland, both with 1,895 square feet of living area, three-bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage.   Priced from the mid-$200’s, Pulte’s townhomes at Hammock Cove offer consumer-inspired features like the open concept layouts, spacious owner’s suite with two walk-in closets, expansive kitchen islands, and an abundance of storage space.

The Lykos Group announced the custom homebuilder has signed a record-breaking16 single family home and condominium remodeling projects in Southwest Florida in the first half of 2018. “Our remodeling activity is being driven by solid gains in employment and rising home values, factors that are giving homeowners the confidence to invest in their homes,” says Tom Lykos, founder of local custom homebuilding firm The Lykos Group  “Homeowners are not only undertaking a greater number of remodeling projects, but larger and more complex ones. And as a reflection of the long, slow economic expansion that we have been in, many more owners are just now initiating replacement-type projects that had been deferred during the recovery,” he believes.

Diamond Custom Homes announced the start of construction of Ladera, a new 7,854 total square foot estate home in Quail West Golf & Country Club on Williston Way. The four bedroom, five full and two one-half bath estate is architecturally designed by John Cooney, AIA, Stofft Cooney Architects with interior design by Lou Shafran and Mark Vanagas of Pacifica Interior Designs, and architectural landscape design by Pat Trefz of Outside Productions International.

Dolly Smith has joined Naples luxury homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes as controller announced president Michael Diamond. As company controller, Smith is responsible for direct supervision of all accounting and financial functions. Her primary responsibilities are focused upon managing accounts payable, accounts receivable and bank reconciliations, ensuring budgets remain on track, and overseeing all communications with outside vendors. She is also responsible for maximizing return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems.Born and raised in New Port Richey, FL, Smith moved to Naples in 2008. Before beginning her career in finance, she worked for a Florida disaster relief company in Florida. After that, she returned to college and earned a degree in accounting from Hodges University. Smith also holds all of the educational and work-study requirements to sit for the CPA Exam, and a Community Association Manager’s (CAM) license in the State of Florida.

GATES Construction has begun building a new Animal Hospital at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Named the “Glass Animal Hospital” in honor of its primary benefactors, Denny and Tanya Glass, the new 1-story, 9,144 SF animal hospital will feature a surgical suite, treatment room, hospitalization rooms, necropsy room, diagnostic lab, pharmacy, ICU and hospitalization holding areas, outdoor run area, and administrative rooms. Construction has begun and is slated for completion winter 2019.  Design services are provided by Architects Unlimited.

BUILD Carolina has been chosen as a featured builder in The Ramble Biltmore Forest in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Ramble Biltmore Forest is a Biltmore Farms Community that is situated on 1,000 acres of curated forest. Once fully completed, the private master-planned luxury community will include more than 500 homes, with much of the area devoted to an inviting network of parks, trails and common areas. The featured builders in The Ramble are some of Western North Carolina’s most talented professionals. BUILD is proud to be a part of this remarkable community. Information on the community can be found at www.ramblebiltmoreforest.com.

Diamond Custom Homes announced the addition of Peter Brochin as a job superintendent. Brochin’s primary responsibilities include establishing orderly workflow on the jobsite to ensure satisfactory and on-time completion, collaborating with all subcontractors and vendors, and managing the jobsite from pre-construction through delivery to the customer. Brochin joined the Naples-based Diamond Custom Homes in May 2018 and currently manages three new estate home construction projects and a $2 million luxury home remodel. Brochin graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg with a degree in business management and a minor in real estate investment.

Suffolk has promoted three executives to lead its southeast region and expand the company’s presence throughout the state. Pete Tuffo has been tapped as president and general manager of the southeast region, while Josh Christensen and Joe Fernandez have both been promoted to chief operating officer. The leadership promotions coincide with the region’s continued geographic expansion and growth. This past year, the region’s revenue exceeded $800 million, and it will see another steady increase moving into 2019, according to a press release. Tuffo will oversee Suffolk’s southeast region, which includes offices in Tampa, Estero, West Palm Beach and Miami. Christensen will be responsible for Gulf coast operations, while Fernandez will be responsible for Florida’s east coast operations. Suffolk has added more than 200 employees in the last three years, including 60 professionals along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

BCB Homes is celebrating its 25-year anniversary of home building in Southwest Florida. The Naples-based company was founded by a group of second-generation homebuilders. Beginning solely as a new construction services provider, the company has expanded to offer remodeling and estate management services, as well as other construction and remediation services. With a staff of more than 120 employees, BCB Homes has built and remodeled more than 350 homes throughout Southwest Florida.

DeAngelis Diamond /J. Kokolakis Construction Management team invites interested, qualified subcontractors to attend an Informational Project Workshop for the new construction of the RSW Control Tower and TRACON project, for the Lee County Port Authority.  Project Workshop is scheduled for 9:00am – 3:00pm, August 23, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Ballroom:

Holiday Inn Ft. Myers Airport at Town Center
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Ft. Myers FL 33913

GATES Construction has broken ground on a new RaceTrac located on the southwest corner of Rattlesnake Hammock Road and Collier Boulevard in Naples, across from Publix. This project will include a new RaceTrac fuel station with 16 pumps and a 6,182-square-foot market and convenience store. Slated for completion this winter, the project also involves site work to accommodate future development. Design services will be provided by Hill, Foley, Rossi & Associates.

DeAngelis Diamond has completed the Babcock Neighborhood School at Babcock Ranch. Totaling 48,000 square feet, the K-8 charter school will hold 500 students and was finished in seven months. It features flexible classrooms, work areas for project-based learning, movable desks for easier collaboration and a large outdoor space complete with a playground, gardening space and half-court basketball. DeAngelis Diamond built this project using Green Globes and in partnership with the Florida Green Building Coalition to maximize sustainability.

Seasons in Bonita Springs to open this fall.Homes surrounded by a host of amenities will soon be available in Bonita Springs. D.R. Horton Southwest Florida has announced the addition of Seasons to its list of communities offering “attractively priced homes.” Seasons is scheduled to open this fall and will offer a variety of single-family home designs, with living spaces ranging from approximately 1,500 to more than 3,000 square feet. All floor plans will feature open-concept designs. Amenities will include a  resort-style pool with beach entry, lap lanes and a sun-deck, as well as a fitness center and exercise studio. Seasons is located on Bonita Beach Road, approximately 4 miles east of Interstate 75.

Gulfshore Life magazine was named the Magazine of the Year at the 2018 Florida Magazine Association’s (FMA) annual conference on Saturday at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. This year, Gulfshore Life also won FMA Charlie Awards (first place) for best overall magazine in its category, best photo essay, and best feature writing. The Florida Magazine Association received more than 500 entries into this year’s contest. A panel of 13 judges from across the United States selected Gulfshore Life to receive the top award. Gulfshore Life Inc., owned by Open Sky Media, produces Gulfshore Life, Gulfshore Business, At Home, Healthy Life, Health Source and the Southwest Florida Guide to the Arts, in addition to custom publications Naples Health, Naples REALTOR, Naples on the Gulf, Summer Guide, Celebrate, Connect and Downtown Naples. Open Sky Media publishes city and regional magazines in Oklahoma City; Austin,

Frank R Jenkins Custom Homes has completed construction of its spec home in Gulf Harbour. The custom single-family residence is located at 11411 Longwater Chase Court in Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club. Encompassing a total of 5,630 square feet, the four bedroom, five bathroom home is impeccably decorated and furnished by Clive Daniel Home and is for sale for $2.3 million.“We are very excited to have completed construction on this custom home located in one of Fort Myers’ finest neighborhoods,” said firm principal Frank Jenkins.The spec home features crown molding and wood flooring, Thermador appliances, granite counter-tops, a walk-in pantry with built-in shelving, an integrated bar in the kitchen with wine refrigerator and ice maker, 10 foot sliders, eight foot interior doors, high ceilings throughout and an iron front door. Exterior features include a pool and spa, fireplace, bar with grill, vent, sink and refrigerator and electric roll down hurricane screens for on the lanai.

Suffolk, a $3 billion national construction management firm, has promoted Ben Wilson to vice president of operations. In his new role, Wilson will work closely with Suffolk’s Gulf Coast Chief Operating Officer, Josh Christensen, to provide leadership for Florida’s Gulf Coast region which extends from Southwest Florida to Tampa. Wilson joined Suffolk in 2015 as a project manager. With a keen eye for details, outstanding problem solving skills and an exceptional work ethic, he has quickly risen through the ranks to project executive and his new role as vice president of operations, where he will oversee over $200 million in projects in diverse market sectors from Naples to Tampa.  Suffolk is currently underway with several projects in the region including Moorings Park Grande Lake. At age 33, Wilson is one of the youngest vice presidents at Suffolk. He is a 13-year veteran of the construction industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Management from the University of Florida. He is LEED® accredited, OSHA certified and a Certified Building Contractor with the State of Florida. Ben serves on the Board of Directors of Tampa’s Friends of the Riverwalk, is a former education committee member of the Gulf Coast Builder’s Exchange in Sarasota and Manatee counties, and is active with Urban Land Institute and the Association of Builders and Contractors.

Several Southwest Florida firms were honored recently with Aurora Awards by the Southeast Building Conference. They are: Clive Daniel Home (seven awards); Romanza Interior Design (four awards); London Bay Homes (six awards); and Naples Reserve (three awards). Now in its 39th year, the Aurora Awards are bestowed by the Florida Home Builders Association and Southeast Building Conference. This year, the organizations received nearly 400 entries, which were narrowed down to a list of Silver Award Honorees by category. Grand Aurora Honorees will be chosen from each group of Silver Award Honorees and will be announced at the Aurora Awards Gala on Aug. 17 at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando.

Conditioned Air Co. of Naples employee William “Shorty” Sander, a field supervisor, celebrated his 50th anniversary with the firm this week. When Sander started his career in the service department at Conditioned Air on July 24, 1968, he earned $1.75 per hour and was one of only a dozen employees. Today, Conditioned Air is the area’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with nearly 350 employees throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Born in 1947 in Fort Myers, Sander is a descendant of the pioneering Hendry family. Sander was a part of the U.S. Navy before joining Conditioned Air as an apprentice. Sander now oen spends time teaching younger employees. It is estimated that Sander has handled more than 100,000 customer calls during his tenure. In many cases, those customers are the sons and daughters of original property owners. Sander has earned honors and recognitions over the years, including the Pioneer Award from the Southwest Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association.

Bryan Wild has been appointed business development manager for Southwest Florida’s Tri-Town Construction. Wild brings more than 25 years of sales and community relations experience to his new position, based in both Florida and Michigan. He serves as Tri-Town’s ambassador throughout region’s building and real estate industries, working with architects, building managers, homeowners’ associations, and interior designers. In addition to his community involvement with business and civic organizations, he assists the company in its charitable work with nonprofits, especially those serving children’s needs.

Guest Services Senior Living, LLC and its partners will be breaking ground at a premiere invite-only event in Naples, Florida for the most innovative senior living rental community in Southwest Florida, The Pineapple House at Sapphire Lakes. Set for a Fall 2019 grand opening, this new state-of-the-art property will offer its valued assisted living and memory care residents progressive levels of exceptional service in a resort-style environment. “When looking for a senior living community, future residents are searching more than ever for the highest levels of service and highest levels of quality care, and we are ecstatic about offering the marketplace a community that exceeds those demands and expectations,” says John Gonzales, President of Guest Services Senior Living, LLC. “Equipped with the latest in medical technologies as well as highly-advanced health and wellness programs, our passionate group of devoted and thoroughly committed team members will provide an environment optimized to deliver the care, service, and needs of today’s seniors.” This beautifully designed community will feature 127 world-class living quarters, an open-air courtyard for residents’ relaxation, an industry-leading wellness center that will include fitness and massage areas, a hydrotherapy room, a beauty salon, and swimming pool. Residents will also be treated to numerous avenues for life enrichment and entertainment via the ultramodern theater room, library, chapel, and crafts room. Other service offerings will include an on-site medical director and a team of trained health and wellness professionals, chef-inspired menus and culinary programs, a life-enrichment director and full calendar of events, as well as concierge and transportation services.

PulteGroup: Virtual reality is no longer just for computer games, it is now the newest tool to help consumers select a new home from PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM), one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. Homebuyers now have the chance to take a virtual tour of their potential future home at Orange Blossom Ranch, a gated community located East of I-75 off of Oil Well Road, two miles east of Immokalee Road in Naples. “With the new user-friendly feature, homebuyers can now virtually walk through and visualize living in a home before it’s built. The in-depth look helps make buying decisions easier when an actual model is not available,” said Josh Graeve, Vice President of Sales for Pulte Homes in Southwest Florida. For the past few months, visitors to Orange Blossom Ranch have been able to virtually tour Pulte’s Marina model, a three bedroom, two bath, single-story home with a two-car garage, priced from $282,990. “The response to the virtual reality tours has been excellent. It is a really engaging way for homebuyers to interact with a new home design beyond a two-dimensional floorplan,” said Graeve. “We have seen great success in home sales at Orange Blossom Ranch thanks to the addition of this tool and the ease it provides in the homebuying experience.” Upon visiting the Orange Blossom Ranch sales center, consumers can take themselves through a self-guided tour using a gaming controller to view the home’s floorplan on a large flat screen TV.  The system is easy to use and navigate through each room of the home. With the simple press of a button, you can even open doors and cabinetry.  “‘Super realistic,’ ‘Like real life!’ and ‘Very impressive,’ are some of the comments that our sales consultants are hearing from homebuyers who have experienced the virtual reality tour at Orange Blossom Ranch,” says Graeve.  “If consumers can experience how the home design feels when inside walking room to room, there’s often an emotional connection, and a decision to buy comes much easier.” Pulte offers nine one- and two-story Life Tested® home designs at Orange Blossom Ranch, with open gathering and dining areas, flexible living spaces, and stylish kitchens, ranging from 1,674 square feet of living area to over 3,811 square feet.

Florida Stairworks & Carpentry, LLC received 2 awards at the 2018 annual Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association Staircraft Awards Ceremony. Their dedicated efforts to build architectural master pieces and attention to detail, won them the Best Straight Stair-Traditional and Best Ships Ladder. These award winning staircases are featured by two of the premier area builders, Aubuchon Homes in Lee County and BCB Homes in Collier County. The SMA Staircraft 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.

GATES Construction has broken ground at The Shoppes at Estero Grande, a new retail center located on the west side of U.S. 41 and Estero Parkway. The new retail center will feature multiple store fronts, including Zoom Tan and Starbucks. The project consists of site work for the retail center as well as the entire Estero Grande site which includes a lake that was constructed to provide storm water retention as well as a source for landscape irrigation.  New water, fire lines, sanitary sewer and storm piping will be provided to all areas of the property to allow future development, which includes the future home of Parkside, a multifamily condominium complex. Architectural design for The Shoppes at Estero Grande is provided by Gersdorf & Gersdorf and is slated for completion this Fall.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Davis as Senior Superintendent. Davis is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Davis has over 30 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types. With experience in high security, government, and federal projects. Steve’s additional works include multi-family, hospitality, healthcare construction and much more. Davis will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Atilus has developed a web application connecting boat dealers to Boat Trader’s listing API, saving time and streamlining web-based administrative tasks faced by all dealers throughout the country. Atilus partnered with Boat Trader and Fish Tale Boats to create a programmed system to dynamically pull and display boat listings from Boat Trader’s listing API utilizing WordPress and a WordPress-based listing system. The tool connects Fish Tale’s website directly to the Boat Trader system and pulls listings from Fish Tale’s account. The development team at Atilus also built several custom widgets and functions in WordPress to display the data seamlessly within the site’s original design. Since Boat Trader is a national boat listing tool, the boat-listing application developed by Atilus will be utilized by boat dealers nationwide. Any boat dealers utilizing Boat Trader & WordPress can immediately integrate the new tool to save in administrative costs.

Forge Engineering Announces an expansion of their professional staff with a new Principal Engineer joining our ranks.  Thomas E. Conrecode, P.E. joined the FORGE team in April.  Mr. Conrecode brings over thirty years of experience in Southwest Florida to the firm.  That experience includes serving as the Public Works Administrator for Collier County, serving as a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Transportation Commission, serving on Governor Rick Scott’s Transition Team as well as decades of private development and engineering work. Mr. Conrecode earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Youngstown State University and a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  He is also a veteran, having served in the United States Army.  This expansion of our engineering services is a result of the continued repositioning and growth of the firm. Mr. Matt Nolton, P.E., C.B.I.E. & CEO of Forge Engineering stated that this strategic addition is following the company’s strategic plan for growth and expansion of service lines in the growing Southwest Florida marketplace and will position the company to be responsive to the market needs.

Suffolk has been chosen to oversee demolition and new construction of Vi at Bentley Village’s newest phase of redevelopment. Vi at Bentley Village, the North Naples senior living community plans to replace three of its older independent living buildings to make way for a new 51-unit building.Vi at Bentley Village is located off U.S. 41 at 850 Retreat Drive and provides luxury retirement living. The community includes 156 acres, with more than 12 miles of walking trails and an 18-hole golf course private to residents.The new independent living units will feature seven floor plans ranging from 1,500 square feet to 2,500 square feet, all over open-air parking and adjacent to their golf pro shop. This redevelopment will kick off the fifth phase of the community’s evolution. A groundbreaking is scheduled for this summer with completion targeted for late 2019.

BCB Homes has launched Innovative Construction Solutions, LLC. The new company specializes in diagnosing and implementing corrective actions to eliminate building failures caused by faulty construction. Innovative Construction Solutions develops and implements systems that correct deficiencies and identify and solve problems to prevent re-occurrence. Considering failures such as inferior processes, materials, system installation and design, the new company provides more than 20 years of building science expertise and offers a range of construction and remediation services. The company came to fruition due to repeated requests from homeowners needing their homes properly repaired or updated.

Wegman Design Group has promoted designer Amber Caton to senior designer. A member of the design team for more than three years, Caton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Florida.

DeAngelis Diamond is celebrating its 22nd anniversary. In 1996, co-founders John DeAngelis and David Diamond had the idea to start a construction company that was distinctly different, one that was values led, with the intent to build lasting relationships. Today, it is an award-winning construction management firm recognized nationwide for its growth and leadership within the industry. It specializes in commercial, multi-family and healthcare construction with more than 20 years of general contracting experience across the United States and in the Caribbean Islands. DeAngelis Diamond has built more than 20 multi-family facilities. It’s one of America’s fastest growing companies, according to Inc. 5000, with a tremendous growth rate over the past three years.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC today announced the promotion of Tim Dupre to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Dupre will assume the CEO responsibilities from long-time Conditioned Air CEO and Partner Theo Etzel, III, who will provide continued leadership to the company as Chairman. “This announcement is the culmination of several years of discussion, strategic planning, leadership development and execution,” Etzel said. “Tim is a partner in Conditioned Air and is the perfect person to take over the helm. He shares our dedication to ethical business practices and employee empowerment and will do a wonderful job in continuing to grow this organization. Tim actually has been handling the responsibilities of the role of CEO for the past two years. He is a young man who truly has earned this promotion.”Conditioned Air is the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 345 employees across Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Tapping into Pro-Tec Plumbing’s experience and the growing needs of our community, we have found a need from our customers who face the challenge of finding a dependable company to provide water treatment and gas services. This is the continued evolution of what our customers are asking for and there are more growth plans in the future. Welcome to Pro-Tec Plumbing, Water & Gas. We are proud to officially announce our newly created Pro-Tec Water LLC., a division of Pro-Tec Plumbing, Inc. Richard & Brandon Hume have partnered with James Wind to grow their already thriving company, Pro-Tec Plumbing, to a complete water solution organization. Why are we doing this? It is a natural extension of what we do best, PLUMBING. By uniting as Pro-Tec Plumbing, Water & Gas, we are combining all of our considerable strengths enabling us to provide an even broader range of capabilities, resources and expertise to all of our customers. Pro-Tec Water will be offering under-the-counter services in water filtration systems on well, city and county water, whole house reverse osmosis systems, water softeners, carbon filters and under-counter filtration systems. In addition, Pro-Tec Plumbing is now licensed to install natural gas and propane plumbing systems. We are also working towards finalizing the licensing to perform gas tank burials. Furthermore, we will continue to provide the highest level of service, quality, and finished product that our customers are familiar with presently, and will constantly strive to exceed their expectations in the future.

GATES Construction has been awarded the Make Space addition at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Located at 15080 Livingston Road in Naples, the addition will include a 2-story glass wall, designed so visitors may view activities in the learning area and new mezzanine loft. A new display wall will highlight recent projects completed by children. The renovation of the existing classrooms will make way for a collaborative work space for creating, making, learning and problem solving. This new exhibit will provide hands on learning, build critical thinking skills and foster the imagination of children of all ages. The Make Space is slated to start construction this summer.

Marcie Charles has joined Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.’s estate planning and trust administration department. She will be based out of Henderson Franklin’s Naples office. Charles prepares appropriate estate plans, wills, revocable trusts, beneficiary designations and marital agreements for clients, and also assists in the preparation of estate, gift and income tax returns. She is experienced in corporate tax planning, having previously served as an attorney adviser with the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) in Washington, D.C. She also worked for the national offices of two Big Four public accounting firms. Charles serves on the board of directors for the Parkinson Association of SWFL and Books for Collier Kids. She is a member of the Planned Giving Committee for the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Estate Planning Council of Naples, NextGen Committee for The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, and Professional Advisor Council for the Community Foundation of Collier County. Charles received her undergraduate degree from Providence College, law degree from the New England School of Law, and graduate degree from Georgetown University Law Center

Gulfshore Insurance client advisor, Leroy Christiansen, was recently named a 2018 Top Producer by Insurance Business America (IBA) Magazine. The publication’s Top Producers list for 2018 is made up of 80 elite leading performers in the insurance industry. To be eligible for inclusion, nominees had to meet certain criteria including a book of business exceeding $750,000 in 2017. “We are proud of Leroy’s recognition by Insurance Business America. He is a hardworking and passionate individual that knows how to navigate through the complex and ever changing industry.” said John Keller, Vice President of Commercial Sales. Keller noted that this is Christiansen’s second year in a row being named a Top Producer by IBA. Christiansen joined Gulfshore Insurance in 2013 and services general construction and government contracting clients, delivering commercial property & casualty solutions as well as strategic risk management. He holds an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation in addition to the Registered Workers Compensation Specialist (RWCS) designation. Christiansen earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Saint John’s University and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Collier Building Industry Association.

GATES Construction has begun construction on The Lock Up Self Storage facility, located at 2295 Tamiami Trail East in Naples. The Lock Up Self Storage will consist of two buildings; a 3-story, 86,642 SF climate controlled storage building and a 1-story, 4,464 SF non-climate controlled storage building. The project is slated for completion fall 2018. Design services will be provided by Partners In Design Architects.

GATES Construction has been selected to build a new Animal Hospital at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Named the “Glass Animal Hospital” in honor of its primary benefactors, Denny and Tanya Glass, the new 1-story, 9,144 SF animal hospital will feature a surgical suite, treatment room, hospitalization rooms, necropsy room, diagnostic lab, pharmacy, ICU and hospitalization holding areas, outdoor run area, and administrative rooms. A Ground Breaking Ceremony was recently held and construction will begin early summer 2018.

GATES Construction has begun construction on Carl’s White Glove Personal Storage & Wine Vault at 11201 Tamiami Trail E. in Naples across from Treviso Bay. The project will consist of a three-story, 90,972-square-foot climate-controlled building. Three-thousand square feet of the building will be dedicated to wine storage and be fully equipped with emergency back-up power to maintain temperature and humidity during any power outage. The project is slated for completion late 2018. Design services are being provided by MHK Architecture & Planning.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced the appointment of Jon Kunz as Director of Construction Services. In this role, Kunz oversees and directs new construction activities, provides training to the construction team, manages project budgets, and maintains quality service standards for residential and commercial clients. A native of Park Forest, Illinois, Kunz has more than 35 years of industry experience. He attended air conditioning trade school while in high school and later obtained his Florida State Class “A” Air Conditioning Contractor’s license. Kunz moved to Fort Myers in 1997 to take a general manager’s position with a large publicly traded company. Kunz then managed several air conditioning firms prior to starting his own business in 2001.Based in Naples, Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is the area’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with over 345 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

GATES Construction, has started construction for the new amenities center at The Dunes of Naples. The project consists of the complete demolition of the existing clubhouse followed by the re-construction of a 2-story, 25,857 square foot amenities center. The new state-of-the-art amenities center will feature a covered outdoor dining area, a private dining room for special occasions, a dedicated indoor dining area, and a bar that will include inside and outside seating. The club room will be a flexible indoor/outdoor space with food service and will host events such as fashion shows, bridge, Mah-Jongg, trivia night, and holiday events. The kitchen will encompass a much larger space than the previous kitchen for food prep, food storage and chef’s office.  The wellness/fitness center will consist of cutting-edge workout equipment, two group exercise/yoga rooms, two small rooms for massage /physical therapy (PT), tennis office and pro shop. The new lagoon pool area will feature more seating, conversation areas around fire tables, and an expanded tiki bar. The upper level will feature space for activities, community meetings, and offices. Design services are provided by LOTUS Architecture.

Diamond Custom Homes is expanding to Fort Myers.  According to founder Michael Diamond the Southwest Florida luxury homebuilder recently began construction of its first custom estate home in Fort Myers, Florida in the Devonwood Estates equestrian community. Designed by award-winning architect John Cooney of Sofft Cooney, the one-story 10,652 total square foot private residence on Wedgewood Court is a five bedroom, six-bathroom and five-car garage estate, situated on over two acres, with impressive views of the wetlands conservation areas. The new Diamond features an oversized master bedroom with his and her walk-in closets and luxurious master bath adjacent to an outdoor garden, four additional guest bedrooms en-suite, a covered entry with a large foyer opening into a Great Room with fireplace featuring floor-to-ceiling glass sliders overlooking the outdoors. Additional indoor living areas include a formal dining room with nearby butler’s pantry, gourmet kitchen with double islands, a library/office, an exercise room, two children’s playrooms and a mudroom. Outdoor living spaces focus on entertaining family and friends with a gourmet kitchen with BBQ, several sitting and dining areas, and a wooden sundeck surrounding the pool and spa.

DeAngelis Diamond ranked No. 225 in Engineering News Record’s (ENR) 2018 Top 400 Contractors list, a 63-spot jump from last year’s No. 288 ranking. Every year, ENR ranks the top U.S. construction companies by their revenue from the previous year. This year’s top 400 earned a cumulative contracting revenue of $373.98 billion in 2017, a 2.1 percent increase from 2016. A study from ENR found that the domestic market is strong and growing with a 4.9 percent increase in contracting revenue, while revenue from projects outside the U.S. decreased 18.4 percent. DeAngelis Diamond has continued to grow into new markets and market segments having recently added a program management division and will open a Detroit office this summer. For more information, visit www.deangelisdiamond.com.

Diamond Custom Homes continues to expand with the addition of Tim Scarsella as a new project manager. He is a licensed general contractor with the state of Florida and brings more than 30 years home building experience to the luxury custom homebuilder. Prior to joining Diamond, Scarsella was a project manager with a luxury homebuilder where he helped establish both entry level and estate series custom home product lines. Both models were recognized with Aurora Awards for custom home building excellence. Before that, he was a superintendent with a custom home division of national real estate builder D. R. Horton. He began his career as a field manager with Centex Homes, spending 14 years with the Fortune 500 company as project manager, area construction manager, president of building services and a member of senior management team. Scarsella attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, majoring in criminal justice before relocating to Bonita Springs, Florida where he volunteers for Wounded Warriors of America and Habitat for Humanity.

GATES Construction and ASHMARK Construction have completed renovations on a new Burlington, a national department store retailer. Located at 1810 NE Pine Island Road, in Cape Coral, the former Sports Authority building underwent a complete interior demolition and  replacement of walls, lighting, HVAC, plumbing, and flooring. The 40,178 SF retail space features a larger stock area, new store front entrance, offices and break room.

Wilson Creative Group (WCG) has added Katherine Jones as account manager. In her new role with WCG, Jones will be primarily responsible for supervising the production of ad campaigns and act as the liaison between the agency and its clients on a daily basis to ensure advertising projects are completed on time and on budget. Jones will also write creative briefs for the creative department, formulate advertising and marketing strategies, define advertising budgets for the client, present findings of client meetings to the agency, and present creative work to the client, including new business pitches. Prior to joining WCG, Jones spent one year as a project support specialist with a local construction firm after relocating to Naples. Before that, she worked as an account executive with numerous New York City-based Omnicom advertising agencies. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing at Fairfield University, Dolan School of Business in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is a Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence-certified volunteer and member of the Next Generation committee for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples.

GATES Construction has expanded its Florida presence with the opening of its newest office in Palm Beach Gardens. Located at 3801 PGA Blvd., Suite 600, the new office will allow the firm to better serve the Southeast area. Headquartered in Bonita Springs, GATES Construction has been constructing landmark projects throughout Florida for 25 years. As a full service general contracting firm providing construction management and design-build services, GATES offers a diversified project portfolio with expertise in commercial, hospitality, club, institutional, industrial and multi-family construction projects. In addition to Bonita Springs and Palm Beach Gardens, GATES also has an office in Sarasota and operates throughout the Southeastern United States and the Republic of Panama. Kim Bragg, Project Executive, oversees the Palm Beach Gardens office. He has over 30 year experience in the construction industry.

Toll Brothers has promoted Ron Haislip to project manager at Azure at Hacienda Lakes in Naples. Haislip joined Toll Brothers’ West Florida Division in 2007 as a construction manager and was awarded Construction Manager of the Year in 2008. He played a key role in the development of an earlier West Florida community, Bonita Lakes, and now helps manage construction, new home sales, and customer relations at Azure at Hacienda Lakes. Azure at Hacienda Lakes will soon feature indoor and outdoor amenities at its private residents’ clubhouse. Scheduled to open in late 2018, the clubhouse will include a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts, a flex room, and a social room with a catering kitchen.

Diamond Custom Homes has added Tim Scarsella as a new project manager. He is a licensed general contractor with the state of Florida and brings more than 30 years of home building experience to the luxury custom homebuilder. Prior to joining Diamond, Scarsella was a project manager with a luxury homebuilder, where he helped establish both entry-level and estate-series custom-home product lines. Scarsella attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, majoring in criminal justice.

Pulte Homes continues to grow its presence in the greater Ft. Myers market with acquisition of approximately 220 acres located in Estero. Pulte’s Wild Blue community will feature 256 homesites comprised of luxury single-family homes.
With an 88-acre lake, Wild Blue residents will enjoy expansive water views and select lakefront homesites in the gated community, while remaining close to everyday conveniences, amenities, and beaches.

“Wild Blue offers an exceptional location on Corkscrew Road, 2.5 miles from I-75, with beautiful lake views and excellent schools,” said Richard McCormick, Division President of PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division. “This is one of the most sought-after areas in Southwest Florida, and we see a great opportunity to expand our presence with the growing demand.”

Wild Blue will offer consumer-inspired floorplans and luxury designs, including large open gathering and dining areas, integrated outdoor living spaces, personalized designer finishes and gourmet kitchens. The community will also feature resort-style amenities with a clubhouse, resort pool, fitness center, tennis, pickleball and bocce courts, and robust lifestyle programming. Wild Blue is set to open in early 2019. For more information go to pulte.com/wildblue.

Diamond Custom Homes is expanding to Fort Myers. The Southwest Florida luxury homebuilder recently began construction of its first custom-estate home in Fort Myers, in the Devonwood Estates equestrian community. Designed by award-winning architect John Cooney of Sofft Cooney, the one-story, 10,652-total-square-foot private residence on Wedgewood Court is a five-bedroom, six-bathroom and five-car garage estate, situated on more than 2 acres, with views of the wetlands conservation areas. For more than 25 years, the Diamond Custom Homes brand has been crafting homes for communities in Southwest Florida.

Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management services contract for Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. Stevens Construction is demolishing the existing customer-service building at 11900 E. Terry St., Bonita Springs, and constructing a new 6,450-square-foot facility, slated for completion at the end of 2018. Since there are temporary facilities on-site, there will be no disruption in customer service during construction. The Stevens Construction team includes project manager Dan Adams, project administrator Rebeccah Hamilton and superintendent Jeff Hollis. Architectural services were provided by MHK Architecture & Planning.

Donovan, LLC, Estero Bay Marine LLC, and Sugar Mountain Development LLC sold a 30.51-acre waterfront property to LB Estero Bay Investments LLC for $12.75 million. The property is located adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa at 23149 Weeks Fish Camp Road, Bonita Springs, and provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico from Estero Bay. The deal was brokered by Randy Thibaut, Justin Thibaut, and Doug Meschko of Land Solutions, Inc. Land Solutions specializes in all aspects of site development, current market and valuation issues, acquisition and disposition services, due diligence evaluation, permitting status and compliance, work-out projects, asset management and zoning, and permitting for commercial properties.  For more information, visit www.landsolutions.net.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples announced it has earned the Dave Lennox Award from Lennox Industries for the fourth year. The Dave Lennox Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the international heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer recognizing the top 25 dealers in the United States and Canada.

“We are honored to once again receive the Dave Lennox Award,” said Tim Dupre, President and COO for Conditioned Air. “This award recognizes our firm’s commitment to honesty, integrity and respect in providing the highest possible standard of service.”

Lennox Industries is a worldwide leader in home comfort and markets its air conditioning and heating products through a network of over 7,000 dealers throughout North America.

Based in Naples, Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is currently the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 345 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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

Divco Homes introduces their new furnished home, The Baywood Idea Center, in the Pine Ridge Estates neighborhood.The Baywood is on a waterfront site and is now for sale and will be available for viewing soon. The floor plan includes 4 bedrooms and 4-1/2 baths with 4,703 square feet under air and a total of 7,057 square feet. The Baywood is from DIVCO’s Signature Collection, one of six home collections offered by DIVCO. Each DIVCO Custom Home Collection home is tailored to meet the discerning requirements of home buyers in Southwest Florida’s varied luxury home market.

GATES Construction, has been selected as the construction manager for the new amenities center at The Dunes of Naples. The project consists of the complete demolition of the existing clubhouse and then the re-construction of a new free standing, 2-story, 25,857square foot amenities center. Designed by LOTUS Architecture, the new state-of-the-art amenities center will feature a covered outdoor dining area, a private dining room for special occasions, a dedicated indoor dining area, and a bar that will include inside and outside seating.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Koger as Accounting Coordinator. Koger will ensure timely payments of vendor invoices and expense vouchers, manage collection activities from customers, and maintain accurate records and control reports. Koger has over 15 years of diversified Accounting experience. Koger will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

DeAngelis Diamond recently broke ground on Marco Island Fire Station No. 51. BSSW Architects designed a facility that will accommodate Marco Island’s first responders. This 8,785-square-foot marine-based station will feature two stories and two boat bays and will house an ALS engine and a transport rescue.

Stevens Construction has completed an expansion of Specialized Veterinary Services, a two-story, 13,589-square-foot addition and remodel of the existing 5,000-square-foot, 24-hour emergency animal hospital. The project included construction of 10 exam rooms, three surgical suites, physical therapy space, a conference room, a lobby, locker rooms, offices and an expanded treatment area. Stevens Construction also added diagnostic services such as MRI and CT scan and a generator, allowing the hospital to remain completely operational in the event of a power loss. Located at 9500 Marketplace Road in Fort Myers, Specialized Veterinary Services remained in operation while construction occurred.  The Stevens Construction team included Dan Adams as project executive, Jamie Butdorf as superintendent and Angie Sugg as project administrator. Specialized Veterinary Services was designed by GMA Architects.

Florida Lifestyle Homes is marking its 25th anniversary year with the opening of three new furnished models and the expansion of the company’s “tear down and build new” program. With an in-house architectural designer, a team with expertise in estimating and purchasing, and project managers with years of experience in the industry, the company builds its clients’ dream homes from concept to completion. Florida Lifestyle Homes is active in Southwest Florida’s newest luxury communities, including Naples Reserve and Quail West in Naples and Babcock Reserve in Charlotte County, as well as in building custom homes on buyers’ lots. The company’s primary focus is custom homes typically priced over $500,000.

Waste Management Inc. of Florida has invested $3 million in the construction of the new WM Recycling Naples facility located at 4475 Exchange Avenue. The 14,000 square-foot building and site feature automated technologies to improve safety and efficiency in the management of Collier County’s 3,500 tons of single-stream recycling and 4,000 tons of construction demolition and debris generated each month in the county. WM Recycling Naples was built with safety, speed and efficiency in mind. With a self-service weigh station and multiple bays, both Waste Management trucks and local contractors will be able to offload their materials faster and more efficiently. The site’s layout has been configured to streamline the drive pattern to minimize turns and increase safety for the drivers. Additionally, there are multiple loaders to manage the recycling and construction and demolition material, which speeds processing and provides redundancy in equipment to ensure streamlined operations. By building a permanent structure, Waste Management is also reducing the amount of moisture and other contaminated materials in the recycling stream. Conventional recycling transfer stations are typically a canvas-styled enclosure which allows for rain intrusion that compromises the quality of recyclable materials and can result in materials being diverted to the landfill. The combination of the permanent structure, sloping floors and protected facilities ensures that more materials will be recycled.

DeAngelis Diamond announced the promotion of Nick Pairfrom project manager to director of field operations. Pair will utilize his experience with both commercial and health care construction to assist Vice President of Field Operations Brian Hood in managing all field teams nationwide. Pair began his career with DeAngelis Diamond six years ago as a project superintendent. He later changed roles in 2016 to project manager. Pair attended Auburn University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in building science.

Naples Reserve has surpassed the $125 million mark in home sales. Naples Reserve offers 13 fully decorated models available for viewing, built by Southwest Florida’s premier home builders, including Ashton Woods, D.R. Horton, Florida Lifestyle Homes, KTS Homes, Lundstrom Development, Marvin Development, McGarvey Custom Homes and Stock Signature Homes. Homes are priced from the high $200,000s to more than $1 million. Naples Reserve is located off U.S. 41, 2 miles southeast of the Collier Boulevard/CR 951 intersection and 10 minutes from I-75, Exit 101. Visit the community at14885 Naples Reserve Circle or online at naplesreserve.com.

Kristin Stroh, a real estate industry veteran with more than a decade of experience in Collier County, has been named realtor liaison for Clive Daniel Home. Stroh will lead the company’s Realtor Rewards Program. Stroh was most recently a sales associate at Stock Realty, and prior to that with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Naples.

UMI the Source invites CBIA members to: “Burgers, Beers & Builders” with a little bit of music too! April 26, 4-7p.m. Enjoy fine craft beers, delicious burger sliders, to meet the team and make new friends. RSVP to marketing@umistone.com.

BUILD has completed the construction of a new structural steel observation tower for Florida Power & Light at the Babcock Ranch Solar Field. The 20’ x 20’ platform structure features a pavilion below with a cistern built for fire protection. This is the second project BUILD has completed with Florida Power & Light. In 2009, BUILD also built Florida’s first ever solar energy center in Desoto with 90,500 solar panels. This facility continues to serve customers using photovoltaic technology.

A grand opening celebration at Orange Blossom Ranch set for Saturday March 24 will be jointly hosted by Pulte Homes and Lennar. Pulte will be showcasing two new models at the gated community being developed by The Ronto Group located off of Oil Well Road two miles east of Immokalee Road in Naples. Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division, said Pulte will have two newly completed and professionally decorated models open to the public for touring along with entertainment and refreshments from 1 to 3 p.m. The Dockside and the Canopy models are two of Pulte’s most popular Life Tested® single-family homes.

Luxury homebuilder president Michael Diamond of Naples-based Diamond Custom Homes today announced the sale of Basseterre, an estate model home in the prestigious Quail West Golf & Country Club. Named for its West Indies contemporary style and listed at $4.595 million, the fully furnished Basseterre is a four bedroom, four full and two half bath estate home architecturally designed by RG Designs with interior design by Lou Shafran, principal designer/CEO of Pacifica Interior Designs.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced that Chief Executive Officer and Owner W. Theodore Etzel III was one of a dozen top company executives from across Florida to serve on a panel of judges for the Templeton Southeast Regional Business Ethics Case Competition held on Feb. 22-23 at Stetson University. A native Floridian, Etzel graduated from Stetson University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance from the university’s School of Business. He has been Chief Executive Officer and an owner of Conditioned Air since 1995, helping to guide the company into the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 340 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit  www.conditionedair.com.

London Bay Homes (www.LondonBay.com) has 15 luxury single-family model homes now open for viewing in Old Naples, the Estuary at Grey Oaks, Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club and Mediterra. The custom, estate and maintenance-free villa homes feature open floor plans and outdoor living areas with pools, spas and outdoor kitchens. The homes offer three, four and five bedrooms and one- and two-story designs and span 2,800 to 5,900 square feet of living space. Prices start around $1 million.

Florida Community Association Journal (FLCAJ) magazine announced its Fifth Annual Readers’ Choice Award winners in the March 2018 issue of the magazine, with an expanded section profiling notable winners for the year. Forge Engineering earned the Diamond Award for 2018, voted by the company’s clients and service providers. The FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Awards are presented to service providers that demonstrate through their commitment to the community associations they serve an exemplary level of proficiency, reliability, fairness, and integrity. Since being founded in 2013, the awards have grown every year, with more than 390 service providers nominated for the 2018 awards and 7,500 votes cast. For more information, visit fcapgroup.com.

DeAngelis Diamondhas promoted Nick Pair from project manager to director of field operations. In his new role, Pair will utilize his experience with both commercial and healthcare construction to assist Brian Hood, vice president of field operations, in managing all field teams nationwide. Pair began his career with DeAngelis Diamond six years ago as a project superintendent. He later changed roles in 2016 to project manager. Pair attended Auburn University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in building science.

Neal Communities purchased approximately 40 acres for the future site of Marquesa Isles, a gated, island-themed community in Naples.  The premier community will comprise of 156 villas with Coastal and British West Indies influences.  The neighborhood will also feature an amenity building with a kitchen gathering space, restrooms, outdoor grills, a resort-style pool and spa and a dog park.  Located off County Bar Road, Marquesa Isles is bordered by Seacrest Country Day School and preserve areas.  Construction on Marquesa Isles is slated to begin in fall, with an anticipated fall 2018 opening.

Wilson Creative Group (WCG) announced today Erik Vilnius has joined the award-winning branding and creative ad agency as senior graphic designer. In his newly created position, Vilnius will be a visual communicator for ideas that inspire, inform and captivate consumers for the benefit of clients. He will be responsible for the development of the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures and magazines from conceptualization to graphic finished product. Vilnius brings more than 15 years of experience to the agency and will lead design and creative content strategy through the use of layout, composition, typography, color theory and photography. Vilnius will also contribute his expertise and technical skills to help WCG solve messaging challenges.

BUILD has begun construction on an expansive traditional style custom home in Talis Park. Designed by South Florida Design, Inc., this two-story single-family residence will boast an open floorplan with views of the spacious kitchen, dining and great room upon entry. This bespoke home features over 11,000 square feet of lavish living.

GATES Construction has been selected as the construction manager for the Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida expansion. It is located at 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers. Designed by GMA Architects & Planners, the new addition will feature 6,000 square feet of space for a teen center, an enlarged kitchen and a multipurpose room. For more than 27 years, Quality Life Center has been instilling values of discipline, integrity and self-sufficiency by developing the potential of underserved populations in Southwest Florida with after-school, early learning and teen leadership programs.

Palm Island Resort, a unique 130-acre vacation hideaway on Florida’s West Coast, between Sarasota and Fort Myers, has awarded agency-of-record duties for its advertising account to Naples-based Wilson Creative Group (WCG). WCG picked up the account after a formal review of several agencies according to Palm Island Resort general manager and tourism veteran Rick Brunette.

GATES Construction, has completed a major renovation at Pelican Isle Yacht Club. Located at Wiggins Pass, Pelican Isle Yacht Club is Naples’ only private island club. The improvements include a complete interior renovation bringing a more modern and open, airy feel. The expansive use of light ash wood, gives the bar it’s nautical theme. The expansion of the main dining room, grill room and bar, all include brand new build outs, with additional seating. The newly expanded outdoor seating areas provide open-air waterside dining for those looking to enjoy the gorgeous scenic views and magnificent SWFL sunsets. The breathtaking views of the Cocohatchee River and Wiggins Pass enhance the beauty of the clubs surrounding scenery. Interior design by Wegman Design Group.

Fiddler’s Creek announces that the village of Lagomar by D.R. Horton has sold out. Located within the Veneta section of the luxury master-planned community, Lagomar includes 42 single-family homes priced from the $600,000s. Lagomar features three spacious floor plans that range from 2,583 to 3,246 air-conditioned square feet and offer three bedrooms and a den.

Stock Custom Homes, a unit of Stock Development founded last year, sold 12 homes in 2017, surpassing $43 million in total volume.  Stock Custom Homes builds in Marco Island, Pine Ridge Estates, Olde Naples and in the Wellington area of Palm Beach, the release adds. Some of the most notable sales include a nearly 7,000 square foot estate in Wellington that sold for $7.39 million and a customized Sophia II model in Quail West that was listed for $3.97 million, the release states. “Our Stock Custom Homes team is proud to continue Stock Development’s legacy of excellence and sophistication,” says Stock Custom Homes President Matt Sellick in the statement. “We have seen tremendous success in 2017, and enthusiastically look forward to bringing more dream homes to life in 2018.”  Stock Development has completed more than 4,000 homes in Southwest Florida since 2001.

Brian Tinney has joined IBERIABANK as senior vice president, commercial relationship manager for Collier County. Tinney, who has nearly 25 years of financial industry experience, will be responsible for working with professional firms and middle-market companies to provide working capital, owner-occupied mortgage loans and trade-related lines of credit. Tinney has been lending in the Southwest Florida market since 2004 and is an active member of the community. He currently serves as treasurer for the board of directors for Collier County Junior Deputies and treasurer for the Collier County 100 Club.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) has hired Nancy O. Gaffney as a forensic accountant to the firm’s litigation, forensic accountin, and mediation services team. Gaffney provides financial analysis and forensic examination services in matters involving fraud investigation, shareholder/partner disputes, personal injury and wrongful death damages, and family law litigation support, among others. Gaffney has 15 years of experience with family law litigation support and, prior to that, she worked in the private sector for 20 years, after starting her career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, as Master of Management degree in accounting and finance from Northwestern University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples announced an expansion of its northern region headquarters and employment base to accommodate the air-conditioning contracting and service firm’s strong growth in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Conditioned Air, headquartered in Naples, expanded into Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties in June 2011, mostly to serve existing clients in those markets. The company has since experienced tremendous growth, boosting its local employment to the current 56 people. Last year alone, the company saw sales growth of 14 to 16 percent. To accommodate further growth in the northern region, the company is moving into the remaining flex space in its northern headquarters building on Knight’s Trail Road in North Venice, growing from approximately 5,000 square feet up to 15,000 square feet. The company also anticipates hiring an additional 12 to 15 people over the next year.

PulteGroup Inc. has broken ground on an 850-home, age-restricted development within the Bexley master-planned community in Land O’Lakes.  Del Webb Bexley — the company’s most ambitious project in 2018 — will be built in four phases on 489 acres that PulteGroup’s Tampa division acquired last year.  “We feel the Tampa area is underserved for baby boomers looking to live in a place that is designed specifically for them,” states Sean Strickler, PulteGroup’s west Florida division president. “At Del Webb Bexley, they can live near their children and grandchildren, but in a low maintenance, gated community that caters to their lifestyle.”

Del Webb has been a pioneer in active-adult communities targeted toward the 55 and up demographic, and the Bexley development represents the first Del Webb community to be built from the ground up in the Tampa Bay area since 1960. Home prices will start in the low $200,000s.  Del Webb will be one of the largest builders within Bexley, a 1,825-acre master-planned community developed by Newland Communities approximately 20 miles northwest of downtown Tampa.

Storm Smart CFO and Executive Vice President Joseph Francioni has been selected as the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral chairman for 2018. He began his duties on Jan. 26. Francioni, along with the rest of the 2018 Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral Board of Directors, were sworn in during the organization’s annual gala ceremony held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Francioni has also assumed the role of chairman of Cape Coral’s Council for Progress and served as the president for the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association in 2015. Francioni is a graduate of Mariner High School in Cape Coral.

DeAngelis Diamond was named to the University of Florida’s 2018 Gator100 during a ceremony Feb. 2 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 compound annual growth rate over the past three years to generate the ranking. DeAngelis Diamond was ranked No. 38 with a growth rate of 49.17 percent. This was a 34-spot jump from last year’s No. 72 ranking.

Stevens Construction has completed an expansion and renovation of Estero United Methodist Church. Located at 8088 Lord’s Way in Estero, the project included extensive site improvements with new and reconfigured parking to accommodate 202 paved spaces and enhanced landscaping. Stevens Construction added 14,522 square feet to the existing church, which houses new classrooms, a nursery, administrative offices, meeting rooms, multi-purpose room and break area. Stevens Construction also remodeled the existing administrative and classroom area. Designed by Disney & Associates, PA, the project was completed in 10 months while the church remained in operation.

Bay Colony Golf Club completed a multi-million-dollar renovation, re-opening the clubhouse to members and their guests. Elements of the newly redesigned 32,000-square-foot clubhouse include an expanded Grille Room, a new Board Room and a new Wine Room for private dining and meetings. Additionally, the club added two bocce ball courts with an outdoor pavilion, as well as a new outdoor kitchen and bar for casual patio dining with views overlooking the lake and 18th green. Improvements also included a renovated ladies lounge. The project started in April 2017, and was overseen by BCBE Construction LLC. Peacock + Lewis Architecture & Interior Design created the contemporary coastal design that is featured throughout the clubhouse.

GATES Construction has completed renovations at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd. in Naples. The project entailed renovation of the chancel, sanctuary and narthex, with an addition at the main entrance. The renovation provides new energy efficient mechanical, electrical, and audio/visual components, as well as accommodating the new multi-million dollar pipe organ that was built specifically for the Church. Architectural design was provided by PK Studios.

Ann Del Pero, an interior designer at Clive Daniel Home, was recently named a certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS). Del Pero will combine her international interior design experience with her CAPS training to help her clients modify their homes and changing lifestyles for aging in place. Del Pero holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master’s certificate in industrial design and design management from the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and a Masters in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Working as an interior designer and design journalist, Del Pero has lived and worked in Milan, Italy for more than 25 years with her Italian husband, holds dual U.S. and Italian citizenships, and is fluent in Italian. The couple has lived part time in Naples for 15 years.

Gates Construction will build the three-story structure, built over covered parking, according to a statement. The building will feature 24 luxurious studio, one- and two-bedroom residences with private balconies that overlook the Raptor Bay Golf Course. The Hyatt Residence Club Bonita Springs offers a wide variety of amenities, including four pools, a 1,000-foot lazy river pool, close proximity to beaches on a private island and more, the release adds. Zabala Erickson is handling architectural design, according to the release. The new building is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Feldman Cos. is developing a new 970-unit self-storage facility in Miami, with Naples-based DeAngelis Diamond on board as the project’s general contractor.  The contractor intends to break ground on the 112,500-square-foot project, to be called Sunnybrook Storage, next month.  The $9.5 million project, slated for completion in April 2019, is being built from a design by Blue Projects USA

Heatherwood Construction has completed the $2 million-plus renovation of the Monterey Clubhouse located in Naples. The project included an addition to the clubhouse for a new fitness center. The clubhouse renovations included a separate billiards room, library, pool restrooms as well as upgrades to the social and dining rooms. Also included were a new maintenance facility, pool pavilion, playground and basketball court. Denise Rosemeyer led the project team as senior project manager. Bob Sutherin, senior superintendent, supervised the daily operations. The project was designed by Jonathan L. Titus Architect and Heather Grey of G2 Studios.

Kitson & Partners has named real estate industry professional Laura Johnston Keller as senior vice president of marketing and sales for Babcock Ranch, located just northeast of Fort Myers on State Road 31. Keller is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic marketing plan for Babcock Ranch, promoting sales for the town’s homebuilders and managing parcel sales for future neighborhoods. Keller joins Babcock Ranch with 25 years in marketing, public relations and publishing, including executive positions with both publicly traded and privately owned homebuilding and development companies. An Iowa native, Keller is a graduate of Barry University

GATES Construction announced the addition of Parker Matson as assistant project manager at the firm’s Bonita Springs office. Matson supports efforts across a wide range of construction capacities, from estimating and permitting through to owner occupancy. Matson recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in business management.