Members in the News

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 Pair from 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 Diamond has 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.

2017

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K) has welcomed Randy Kapellusch to its team as a new project manager. Kapellusch brings more than 25 years of experience in commercial and residential construction to his role as project manager. Prior to joining the O-A-K team, Kapellusch worked for custom homebuilders in Southeastern Wisconsin and later worked on a variety of large-scale commercial projects in Wisconsin and Illinois, including the first urban Target stores in downtown Chicago and a complete renovation of a Federal Government building in Chicago.

Weber Design Group has been awarded Best of Design on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community, from among more than one million active building, remodeling and design industry professionals. Weber Design Group has been recognized with the award seven times since 2013.

BUILD LLC has been awarded “Best of Design” on Houzz, a  platform for home remodeling and design. The 11-year-old construction management firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

PBS Contractors has promotes Process Manager Mark Simmons to  vice president of construction operations. Simmons has 20 years of experience in the construction industry and has been with PBS for almost 10 years. Several promotions during that time include from superintendent to project manager, then to process manager. In his career, Simmons has completed new development, construction and remodeling projects in both the commercial and residential areas ranging in value up to $20 million.

FrontDoor Communities: Construction has begun on our newest collection of condominiums. One of the first buildings with a water view, these homes are a unique opportunity to enjoy resort-style luxury and a fun Florida lifestyle within minutes of every amenity in this award-winning community.  With three homes sold in December, including our designer model, now is the time to come take a look at Corsica in Talis Park and enjoy the Naples lifestyle!

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Pason Gaddis, co-founder and CEO of Florida Media Group LLC,  into the 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, during a dinner and awards ceremony beginning with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. on April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Gaddis  will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1999.

John Stischok, an estimator at Conditioned Air Company of Naples, has earned the Professional Engineer (PE) license from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence. To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a PE for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state’s licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers. Stischok joined Conditioned Air in 2013. He began his degree program at Florida Gulf Coast University and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Stischok is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, where he has served as the Southwest Florida chapter refrigeration chair.

Weber Design Group welcomed Thomas Jones to the firm in the role of director of design and planning. Jones brings more than 23 years of diverse architectural experience that includes mostly large-scale commercial, institutional, civic-community-club, mixed-use and residential projects. He has also been the principal designer for various complex commercial, civic, and multifamily residential master plans in the states of New Jersey and Florida. Jones’ professional experience includes various commercial interior projects, most of which are within the buildings he has designed.

BUILD, LLC has been awarded “Best of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 11-year-old construction management firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.  A “Best of Houzz 2018” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Parker Matson as Assistant Project Manager, at the firms 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.

Kitson & Partners has named real estate industry professional Laura Johnston Keller as senior vice president of marketing and sales for Babcock Ranch, the world’s first solar-powered town, 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.

CBIA Members Appointed to National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors: Ryan Benson, A Vernon Allen and incoming CBIA President, 2018 Chair: CBIA Government Affairs Committee. Bob Imig, Stock Development, Former CBIA President and Builder of the Year. William Varian, William J.Varion Construction Co., Former CBIA President, Current Chair Collier County Development Services Advisory Committee.

Aqua opened its second 32-unit tower in May 2017. Only five residences, including a palatial penthouse and two furnished models open daily for viewing, remain available for sale. Prices range from $1.995 million to $4.85 million. The penthouse suite offers 6,500 square feet interior living area, and features a grand terrace and private balconies with an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor living area spanning across the entire residence maximizing both sunrise and sunset views. Those seeking a more refined lifestyle—one where sophistication, luxury and the water interact on a daily basis—should act now on the few remaining residences at AQUA’s Tower II and discover why it is Paradise Coast’s chosen address.

Weber Design Group welcomes Thomas Jones to the firm in the role of Director of Design & Planning. Jones brings with him over 23 years of diverse architectural experience that includes mostly large-scale commercial, institutional, civic-community-club, mixed-use, and residential projects. He has also been the principal designer for various complex commercial, civic, and multi-family residential master plans in the states of New Jersey and Florida. Mr. Jones’ professional experience includes various commercial interior projects, most of which are within the buildings he has designed. Throughout his career, Mr. Jones has had the opportunity to work on various waterfront projects in the coastal areas of New Jersey, Florida, and the Bahamas. These projects have included master planning, civic-community-recreational, and custom single-family residential architecture.

Local homebuilder Frey & Son Homes announced the launch of its new productivity software, Builder Trend. Through this interactive software, clients can view photos of their home’s construction, get updated schedules and view and change plans. Frey & Son has built more than 5,000 homes across Southwest Florida, making them one of the oldest homebuilders in the area.

Pulte Homes will host a grand opening Saturday, Feb. 3 to showcase a new, multi-million dollar resort-style amenity center at Greyhawk at Golf Club of the Everglades its gated community off Vanderbilt Beach Rd., nine miles east of US-41 and Mercato. Rich McCormick, president of PulteGroup in Southwest Florida, said admission to the Grand Opening with refreshments and entertainment in the elegant clubhouse is free and the public is invited from 1 to 3 p.m. The much anticipated, newly completed 9,000 square foot clubhouse features a restaurant, a full bar, gathering lounge, card room, and a fitness center and movement studio. The innovative and modern clubhouse was designed by MHK Architecture and Planning, and built by Deangelis Diamond Construction of Naples.

Shula’s Steak House inside the Hilton Naples announced Nelson Rosado as its new sous chef. Rosado brings 28 years of culinary experience to Shula’s Naples. Previously, Rosado served as executive sous chef of the Sugarbay Hotel Resort and Spa in the Virgin Islands. Prior to that, he held positions in Puerto Rico at the Caribe Hilton San Juan, Gran Melia Golf Club Beach Resort, Westin Rio Mar Resort & Golf Club and two Wyndham properties. He attended the University of El Sagrado Corazon Puerto Rico and is certified by the American Culinary Institute. A former member of the Puerto Rico National Culinary Team, Rosado is an active member and 13-time medalist of the American Culinary Federation.

Pulte Homes started sales of its Life Tested® single-family homes and construction of two models is also underway at Orange Blossom Ranch the gated community located off of Oil Well Road, two miles east of Immokalee Road, being developed by The Ronto Group. The homebuilder will open the Dockside new home design in early March and the Canopy will be ready for viewing by the end of March according to Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division. The Dockside offers up to six bedrooms, from two-and-a-half to five bathrooms and a three-car tandem garage. Two flex rooms and a multi-use loft are distinct design features of the Dockside which is priced starting from $349,990.The Canopy offers three or four bedrooms and up to three full bathrooms with a two-car garage. Priced starting from $297,990, the Canopy features an open kitchen that serves a café, gathering room and outdoor living area.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Louis Primavera as Senior Superintendent. Primavera will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Primavera has over 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in Assisted Living facilities, commercial, retail, multi-family, banks, and condominiums. Primavera will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Designer Monique Chicvak and procurement assistant Ashlee Bartow have joined the staff at Wegman Design Group in Naples. Chicvak is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota where she earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design. Chicvak’s experience includes both commercial and residential design, and she is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). A key member of the procurement team, Bartow attended Indiana State University where she majored in electronic media. Her previous experience includes procurement and administrative processes, and she also completed an internship at Walt Disney World.

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, has surpassed the $100 million mark in home sales as one of South Naples’ fastest-selling master-planned communities.Naples Reserve reported the sale of 212 homes to date within six of its distinctive neighborhoods.
A select number of move-in ready lakefront homes are still available within Sparrow Cay, Savannah Lakes, Egret Landing and Mallard Point.

BCBE Construction LLC was named the general contractor of BLVD Sarasota, an 18-story building to be constructed in the Rosemary District adjacent to downtown Sarasota.  BLVD Sarasota will have 49 residences ranging from 3,550 square feet to 5,500 square feet. Residences will start at $1.7 million.

BCBE Construction is based in Naples and specializes in custom home building. BLVD residents will be able to customize their homes through changes in floor plans and finishes.  The construction firm has built and remodeled custom residences in south Florida, including the high rises Aqua at Pelican Isle and Echelon on Palm in Sarasota.

D.R. Horton acquired 657 residential lots in Lee and Charlotte counties for $14 million. The deal spans three communities: Calusa Creek, River Club and The Grove, and consists of 299 single-family lots; 118 townhome lots; 178 Twin villa lots; and 62 undeveloped single-family lots, the release adds.

Rehmann Opens New Naples Office, Combines With Other Firms:  Financial services firm Rehmann has opened a new office in Naples, as well as combined with Bonita Springs-based Wiebel, Hennells and Carufe, PLLC and Naples-based Jana Knudson of Lutz & Knudson, PA. Knudson, CPA, brings more than 30 years of tax and accounting experience to the firm, including operating her own firm. Along with the business combinations, Rehmann’s Naples office has moved to 6609 Willow Park.

Goia Architecture, LLC is a newly opened architecture business in Collier County. The company offers design and planning services for Collier and Lee Counties. Liviu Goia, architect/owner has over thirteen years of experience and is a licensed architect in the state of Florida. Goia Architecture, LLC offers residential and commercial designs and planning. Remodels are, also, welcome at this time. For any additional information feel free to visit the website www.goiaarchitecture.com.

The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) announced the 2017 Associate and Builder of the Year Awards. Jimmy Martin, vice president of operations for Raymond Building Supply, was presented the CBIA 2017 Associate of the Year award, recognizing more than 20 years experience in the local business industry. The 2017 CBIA Builder of the Year honor was presented to Dave Dunnavant, who has worked with CBIA in several leadership roles over the past three years, including serving on the board of directors and two officer positions.

IBERIABANK is hosting a lecture featuring Barbara Bonn Powell, federal security director at Southwest Florida International Airport and Punta Gorda Airport, at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 at 605 Bald Eagle Drive in Marco Island. A welcome reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Powell will join IBERIABANK to discuss the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) screening technology, the TSA Pre-Check Program, international security measures, upcoming TSA rules and regulations and more. Powell previously served as TSA director of field operations overseeing and supporting 440 airports across seven regions led by 85 federal security directors. Powell has also served as director of operational performance with the TSA, and as federal security director at Newark Liberty International and Reagan National. Powell holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was admitted to the bar associations of New York and Pennsylvania. The event is open to the public, however, seating is limited. Call (239) 393-2400 to make a reservation. Admission is $3 per person.

D.R. Horton purchased 657 residential lots for $14 million in Lee and Charlotte counties from Brookwood Calusa Creek, LLC, Brookwood River Club 1, LLC, Brookwood River Club II, LLC, and Brookwood Groves, LLC. The deal spans three communities—Calusa Creek, River Club and The Grove—and consists of 299 single-family lots, 118 townhome lots, 178 twin villa lots, and 62 undeveloped single-family lots. Justin Thibaut, William Rollins and Randy Thibaut of Land Solutions Inc. brokered the deal.

GATES Construction has been selected to build The Lock Up Self Storage at 2295 Tamiami Trail E. in Naples. The project will consist of two buildings: one three-story, 86,642 square-foot climate-controlled storage building; and a one-story, 4,464 square-foot non-climate controlled storage building. The Lock Up Self Storage will hold a total of 736 locker units. The project is slated for completion late summer 2018. Design services will be provided by Partners In Design Architects.

Stevens Construction has completed construction management services for a 41,432-square-foot, multi-specialty medical office for Lee Health at 13340 Metro Parkway. Developed by Summit Management Group of Naples, Lee Health is leasing the four-story medical facility, which houses a convenient care on the first floor, cardiology on the second and third floors, infectious disease services on the third floor and pulmonary on the top floor.

PBS Contractors announced the addition of Blaine East as project manager and Matt Betz as project superintendent. East brings 36 years of experience in construction, architecture and real estate. He has developed projects of large scale, including a 1,000-acre Golf Course Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and 30 retail strip centers in Florida. Betz has seven years of residential construction industry experience.

GATES Construction has completed renovations at CinéBistro, located at 3450 Northwest 83rd Avenue in Doral. As part of the renovation, the entry walls were reconfigured and tile was added to the main façade of the theater entry walls for a more enhanced look. This is one of the many upscale movie theater projects GATES Construction has had the pleasure of completing. RLS Design Group, Inc. provided the architectural design services.

For the 13th consecutive year, The Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the country. Additionally, in Golfweek’s newly introduced residential statewide ranking, The Creek Course was named 12th Best Residential Golf Course in Florida.
The signature 18-hole, par-72 Creek Course, designed by acclaimed course designer Arthur Hills, is woven into the community’s lush natural surroundings and features a series of strategic and challenging 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.

Naples Reserve is hosting the Collier Building Industry Association’s single-site Parade of Homes on Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 16-18. More than a dozen decorated models by eight of Southwest Florida’s top builders will be open to the public during the two-weekend event. Priced from the high $200,000s to more than $1 million, Naples Reserve’s attached villas, single-family homes and custom estate homes offer up to four bedrooms, 1,519 to more than 3,500 square feet of air-conditioned space, flexible great room designs, studies, private master suites and large outdoor living areas. Naples Reserve’s Parade of Homes models are open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $5 donation per visitor is suggested to benefit the CBIA’s scholarship fund. Learn more about Naples Reserve’s Parade of Homes at naplesreserve.com/2018-parade-of-homes.

MIROMAR LAKES — Miromar Development recently announced a new waterfront neighborhood in Miromar Lakes, north of Naples that will expand the community north along Lake Como. The new neighborhood, Cortona, lies between two winding inlets and will feature 19 luxury waterfront villas with custom floor plans, each set on a private white sand beach, according to a statement. Each residence in Cortona will feature a shared boat dock with direct access to Miromar’s 700-acre aquamarine lake, the release adds. Cortona offers a distinct luxurious style and personality in a very unique setting,” says Miromar Development President and CEO Margaret Antonier in a statement. “We have hand-picked some of the region’s most prestigious builders to showcase their craftsmanship in Cortona.” our of Miromar Lakes’ preferred builders — Arthur Rutenberg/Lyons Housing, DIVCO Custom Homes, Fox Custom Builders and Harbourside Custom Homes — are constructing three- and four-bedroom model homes in Cortona. The models range in size from 2,742 to 3,026 square feet under air and 4,077 to 4,412 total square feet.

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that the firm’s Naples office has received the 2017 “Family-Friendly Business” designation from Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. The Naples office has received this honor every year since the awards program was incepted 19 years ago to celebrate local businesses with family supportive policies and practices. The annual Family Friendly Business Awards acknowledge those local employers who have workplace policies and programs that assist employees to take an active part in raising their children. Any business can apply for the ‘Family Friendly Award’ designation. Businesses also can be named “Employers of the Year” in the categories of small (under 50 employees) and large business (more than 50 employees.) or the past 18 years, the Naples Alliance for Children (NAFC) has conducted the Family Friendly Business Awards program. When the NAFC was dissolved this past year, after three decades of advocacy for the children in the local community, it passed this prestigious honor of choosing deserving businesses on to Collier Child Care Resources. This year, 45 local businesses, including Quarles & Brady, were honored at the Annual Celebration Dinner held on November 28, 2017 at the Hilton Naples.

BUILD has completed the interior renovation to the Collier County Tax Collector’s Office located on the main government campus at 3291 Tamiami Trail East. The renovation of the existing 20,725 SF one-story structure designed by Disney & Associates, P.A. consisted of demolition and reconstruction of steel stud and gypsum board interior partitions, suspended gypsum board and acoustical ceilings, new electrical services, restroom, cabinetry and air conditioning throughout.The space transitioned from a hallway layout to an open lobby area. The following services are offered at this branch: Property Tax, Vessels, Motor Vehicle Registration, Hunting & Fishing, and Tourist Tax.

Final-phase construction is beginning at Creekside Preserve, as several carriage homes remain available for quick move in. Tours are now available for two model homes, with 1,402 and 1,661 square feet of living space, two or three bedrooms, two baths, a den and a one-car garage. Community amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, pool and social room. D.R. Horton’s Southwest Florida division expects remaining homes to sell out by early 2018.

Lennar Homes, LLC sold a commercially zoned 9.07-acre property to Shadi of Naples Inc. for $2.93 million. Located at 9004 Tamiami Trail E. in Naples, the site is approved for up to 85,000 square feet of commercial property under the Wentworth Estates PUD (Treviso Bay). Doug Meschko and Randy Thibaut of Land Solutions Inc. represented the seller.

GATES Construction has completed renovations of the the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Naples, which is located at 12200 Tamiami Trail N. and owned and operated by Guest Services Inc. The project entailed a complete overhaul and modernization of the reception area, including architectural design improvements provided by Thomas Hamilton & Associates.

DeAngelis Diamond broke ground on the Lee County Public Library at North Fort Myers. Designed by BSSW Architects, the single-story, 26,390-square-foot building will feature an open floor plan, exposed structural supports, a chilled water AC system, clerestory windows, a standing seam roof, stone exterior wall cladding, copper cladding and stucco.

Stock Development has welcomed Richard Cowgill director of construction operations for the company’s newest division, Stock Custom Homes. In this position, Cowgill will develop the division’s internal systems and create and manage procedures. Prior to joining Stock Development in 2013, Cowgill served as president of Vision Design and Build Inc. and Cowgill Builders Inc. in Illinois. He holds a holds a Certified Remodeler and a Green Certified Professional designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist certification, and has 30 years of industry experience in all.

Fiddler’s Creek announces that two fully furnished model residences from Stock Signature Homes are now completed in the village of Marsh Cove within the luxury master-planned community. Stock Signature Homes is offering 50 single-family estate residences in the exclusive Marsh Cove enclave in Fiddler’s Creek, with seven floor plans that feature expansive outdoor living areas that overlook the lakes and fairways of the award-winning Arthur Hills-designed Creek Course.

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 Lifestyle Program for a Community” and “Best Sales/Welcome Center.” Both the Naples Reserve logo and its direct mail program were also recognized with Silver Awards.

Ross A. Dickmann has been named vice president of operations and executive director for Moorings Park. Dickmann is a retired United States Coast Guard veteran with 21 years of service, holding both command and executive officer level positions. Prior to joining Moorings Park, Dickmann served at executive Director of five continuing care retirement communities across the country, including in the states of Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Texas.

BUILD has completed construction on a custom spec home in Aqualane Shores. This bespoke design by Don Stevenson Design and Lotus Architecture, features a coastal-inspired four-bedroom, five bath, 7,000 square foot two-story pool home.This home has numerous distinct features starting with the exterior that includes an aluminum roof, three open air covered balconies, an entryway that features staggered stone lighted columns and a trellis lined three-car garage.

The Gold Coast Builders Association held the 2017 Prism Awards at the Boca Dunes Golf and Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. The awards are presented to professionals and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the building industry throughout South Florida. A panel of independent industry experts selected the 2017 winners.
Architecture and planning firm Weber Design Group, with offices in Naples and Palm Beach, received five Gold Prism awards for the following projects:Endless Gulf Vistas – Isles of Capri, FL; Waterfront Wonderland – Royal Harbor, Naples, FL; Coastal Coquina – Downtown Naples, FL; Old Florida Breeze – Naples, FL; WeberDesignGroup.com.

GATES Construction announced the addition of Ron Richter as superintendent. Richter will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Richter has more than 25 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in multifamily, retail, and hospitality construction. Richter previously served the United States Army. Richter will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Stevens Construction Inc. earned four awards at the Lee Building Industry Association Industry Awards event on Nov. 17, including the highest honor of Contractor of the Year. A panel of nationwide judges named Stevens Construction Contractor of the Year based on criteria such as the company’s achievement of goals, client relations, professional certifications and community responsibilities.

Stock Development and Stock Signature Homes will host a company-wide open house event this weekend. The Open House, Open Hearts event will benefit the 2017 Toys and Joys Holiday Toy Drive, an initiative of the Collier Building Industry Association for more than ten years. The event brings holiday joy to 2,000 girls and boys in Southwest Florida each year. Share an unwrapped gift as you visit dozens of model residences and move-in ready homes in Stock’s communities and neighborhoods. The Open House, Open Hearts event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and continues through Dec. 10. For more information, visit www.stockdevelopment.com.

Sales and marketing veteran Kristian Lodge has joined Wilson Creative Group (WCG) in the newly created position of director of client development. Lodge will be responsible for providing a high level of customer service and offering support and guidance to both new and existing clients. Born and raised in London, England, Lodge is the only son of bass guitarist, vocalist and songwriter John Lodge of the legendary rock group The Moody Blues. A graduate of The Oxford Business College with a postgraduate diploma in marketing from the United Kingdom Institute of Marketing, Lodge began his marketing career working with his father’s record label where he promoted special events, produced albums and toured with the band. Before joining WCG, he spent several years in radio and television advertising sales in Southwest Florida.

New buildings have been released for sale at Avalon of Naples, a multifamily community featuring carriage home buildings by private homebuilder Neal Communities. Boasting preserve and water views, four new buildings are now available to potential homebuyers. With Coastal elevations, floor plans range from 1,339 to 1,725 square feet of living space, with two to three bedrooms and a one-car or two-car garage. The 17-acre neighborhood has nearly six acres of natural preserve area and a large center lake, and residents can also access the community’s clubhouse and resort-style pool.

Elizabeth Lombardo, account manager at Wilson Creative Group (WCG) has been named to Business Observer’s “40 Under 40” rising stars according to Peggy Wilson, CEO and founder of the award-winning Naples-based advertising and public relations agency.

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. announced that Sara Hanley of Hanley Law Group has joined the firm in an of-counsel relationship this month. Hanley has practiced in the areas of securities and commodities arbitration and litigation for the last 10 years. Hanley has focused her practice on representing investors nationwide who have lost their savings and retirement funds as a result of their brokerage accounts being mishandled. She represents investors in claims against their brokers, broker dealers, investment advisors, financial advisors, and insurance companies. Hanley graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and attended law school at Nova Southeastern University, Shephard Broad School of Law.

Naples Reserve’s VIP Island Social was attended by more than 250 Southwest Florida Realtors to tour the community’s lakefront Island Club and resort-inspired amenities.
Created amongst 22 lakes and sweeping open water views, the 688-acre community emphasizes lakefront living with Southern Coastal-inspired homes and amenities along the water’s edge. Lakes provide prime opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding, and scenic vistas. The community’s centerpiece 125-acre Eagle Lake features a large tiki hut on destination Kontiki Island and also offers a mile-long stretch of lakefront nestled against the Picayune Strand State Forest, a 76,000-acre state park with protected pinelands, cypress swamps, marshes and abundant wildlife.

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder in Naples has been named a National Association of Home Builders Region A finalist for the 2017 NAHB Young Professional Award.  NAHB Young Professional Awards recognizes young building industry professionals under the age of 45 who propel their careers forward; advance in all three levels of the NAHB Federation; advocate for the home building industry; engage with their peers; and establish themselves as exceptional members of their communities.Benson will join 15 other finalists at NAHB’s Young Professional Committee meeting during the 2018 International Builders Show in Orlando where they will recognize all finalists and award winners for each region during the meeting on Monday, January 8, 2018. He 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 16 years and in 2017 was named as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients.  Benson is involved in a number of organizations, including serving as a board member and chairman of government affairs for the Collier Building Industry Association, past president of Naples Gulfshore Sunset Rotary, vice chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County and a past trustee for Canterbury School. In 1951, A Vernon Allen established the company, which became one of the first homebuilders in Port Royal and is the largest builder in the Port Royal Community today, as well as one of the most established and finest custom homebuilders in Naples. Benson and his business partner, Andy Bringardner, completed their acquisition of the firm in 2015 after almost a decade working as managers of the firm.

Stock Custom Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, has completed five custom estates in the highly sought-after Pine Ridge community. Despite this being Stock’s first foray into the area, they have sold more than $20 million in real estate via five custom estates and have now purchased two additional lots to continue construction on custom estate homes. With spacious lots and close proximity to the Gulf, Stock’s Pine Ridge homes are luxuriously furnished and available starting from $3 million.

Gulfshore Business and Gulfshore Life magazines have welcomed Shannon Quinn as director of marketing and events. She will oversee the marketing, special events, public relations, branding and sponsorships for both publications. Quinn recently held the position of special events manager at Hilton Naples, where she managed the sales and executions of weddings and social and special events. She is a Florida Gulf Coast University alumna, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and Master of Business Administration degree. She also holds the position of treasurer for the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and treasurer for the Naples Chapter of National Association of Wedding Professionals.

GATES Construction has completed construction on two new retail stores at Coconut Point Mall: Total Wine & More and Tuesday Morning. Located at 8012 Mediterranean Drive, Suites A & B, in Estero, the project consisted of splitting the former Sports Authority building into two separate tenant spaces. Total Wine & More is approximately 19,620 square feet and Tuesday Morning is approximately 17,697 square feet.

Stevens Construction has started construction of a 57,000-square-foot, post-acute care skilled nursing unit for Lee Health. Developed by Aquila Healthcare Development, Lee Health is leasing the three-story, 75-bed medical facility, which will provide post-acute services for patients needing short-term medical recovery and rehabilitation after their hospital stays. With architectural services provided by Studio+, Gulf Coast Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit is designed with a homelike approach with three separate units, each housing an open-concept living room, kitchen, nurse station and 25 private patient beds with convenient access to the occupational and physical therapy rooms. Located at 13960 Plantation Road, Gulf Coast Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit is slated for completion in 2019.

Hilton Naples announced that it has received a 2018 Four Diamond rating from AAA. Its inspectors review an extensive list of attributes to determine the appropriate rating level, on a scale of one to five diamonds, based on the extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities. According to AAA data, fewer than 6 percent of the nearly 28,000 properties approved by AAA achieve the prestigious Four Diamond Award distinction.

The Naples Design District is hosting a Thanksgiving Drive to benefit the community of Immokalee on Tuesday, November 14th from 5:30-7:30PM at Ferguson’s showroom off of Goodlette-Frank Road. Many of the businesses in the Naples Design District have come together to support the community with this event, we are asking attendees to provide a cash, credit or gift card (Publix, Walmart or Target) donation. Networking, appetizers, libations and live music will be featured in the showroom on the 14th.

South Florida Architecture is pleased to announce their affiliation with the School of Resort & Hospitality Management in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Bonita Springs based architectural firm has been commissioned to design a 2-story wine vault and wine tasting room to be added to the lobby area at Sugden Hall on the FGCU campus. Funding for this project is pending donor support.
The addition of this state-of-the-art wine vault will accelerate Resort & Hospitality Management candidates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of procurement, inventory control, retailing and distributorship logistics.

Siesta Pebble was named the 23rd annual Blue Chip Community Business Award winner during a luncheon Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. The award is presented annually by BB&T-Oswald-Trippe and Co. Chosen by a panel judges from 14 applicants, owner Michelle Graham has overcome personal and professional challenges to foster a successful pool resurfacing company that has and continues to show incredible growth. Servicing Marco Island to the greater Bradenton area, Siesta Pebble was the only woman-owned company among all the 65 licensed and certified Pebble Tec installers throughout the country. Though this can be a challenge at times, it’s not the biggest, per owner Michelle Graham. Michelle became responsible for the entire enterprise when her mom passed away suddenly in 2012. Her mother had been listed as the only officer of the corporation, requiring Michelle to open a new one. Since their humble beginnings in 2012, Siesta Pebble has now doubled its workforce, grown its fleet from 6 to 15 trucks, added a prep crew and two pebble crews while doubling its renovation business. The Blue Chip Community Business Award is given to for-profit businesses in Southwest Florida who have overcome adversity to achieve success. The finalists are determined through an application process that is reviewed by an impartial panel of judges. This year the five finalists were: Adventures in Paradise, Davidson Irrigation, Misty’s Sunshine Cleaning, Siesta Pebble and Sunshine Workforce.

Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) announced it has relocated its headquarters to an expanded office space located at 6835 International Center Blvd., Suite 4, in Fort Myers. The new office provides adequate space for Lee BIA Builders Care and BIA staff, allowing both organizations to work simultaneously to better serve communities throughout Southwest Florida.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) has welcomed Renee Kolbeck as a tax accountant for the firm. She works with clients to prepare individual and business tax returns and provides supportive accounting services. Kolbeck earned her BA in Accountancy in 2015 from Ave Maria University. She is in the process of sitting for the CPA exam and plans to pursue a master’s in accountancy following that certification.

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, has surpassed the $90 million mark in home sales to date. As one of south Naples’ fastest-selling master-planned communities, Naples Reserve reported the sale of 186 homes within six of its distinctive neighborhoods.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced that Chief Executive Officer and Owner W. Theodore Etzel III and his wife, Kim, have received the prestigious Doyle E. Carlton Award from Stetson University. The award was presented at the 2017 Alumni and University Awards Ceremony on November 4th at the university.

The Doyle E. Carlton Award is one of Stetson University’s highest honors and is presented annually to an alum or friend of the university in recognition of devotion to Christian higher education and in appreciation for his/her extraordinary contribution to the life and development of the university, City of DeLand and State of Florida. It is named for Doyle E. Carlton Sr., a former Florida governor and Stetson alumnus and trustee.

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady, LLP announced Elizabeth D. Moore has joined the firm’s Naples office as a Junior Associate in the Commercial Litigation Group.

Moore earned her law degree earlier this year from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Moore spent this past summer as a Summer Associate at Quarles & Brady. Before that, she spent two summers, first as an intern and then as a Law Clerk, with the law office of Rohe Twyman in Central Florida.

South Florida Architecture is pleased to announce their affiliation with the School of Resort & Hospitality Management in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Bonita Springs based architectural firm has been commissioned to design a 2-story wine vault and wine tasting room to be added to the lobby area at Sugden Hall on the FGCU campus. Funding for this project is pending donor support.

The addition of this state-of-the-art wine vault will accelerate Resort & Hospitality Management candidates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of procurement, inventory control, retailing and distributorship logistics.

“As the architect of record, our goal is to design a space that inspires students to further their career in this field,” states Director of Architecture, Jeff Scott. Adds Corporate Executives Greg Weber and Adnan Ahmedic, “The design process will be in two phases and the preliminary design work is now underway.”

South Florida Architecture is located in The Brooks Executive Suites on Coconut Road in Bonita Springs and can be contacted at (239)777-0616 or by email at info@sfarchitectureinc.com.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Elizabeth Lewis has satisfied the educational requirements of the American Institute For Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters to earn the AINS designation. Elizabeth Lewis is an Underwriter in their Business Insurance Division. Mrs. Lewis has worked at IRMS for 11 years and has 12 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) has announced the sponsors for its inaugural Charity Clay Shoot, a tournament that will aid the organization in providing emergency repairs and construction services at no cost to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged homeowners in Lee County. The Charity Clay Shoot is presented by Land Solutions Inc. Other sponsors include Barraco & Associates as the beverage sponsor and Raymond Building Supply as the lunch sponsor. Supporting big shot sponsors include Cal Atlantic Homes, Cape Coral Plumping, Pulte Homes, Babcock Home Realty, Stock Development, Better Buildings, Inc., R.D. Johnson Construction, Minto Communities, Modern Tile & Carpet and Lennar. The Charity Clay Shoot will take place on Dec. 8 at Bermont Shooting Club, located at 40571 Bermont Road in Punta Gorda. For more information on the event, contact Lee BIA Builders Care by calling (239) 938-0056 or emailing executive director Christi Pritchett at Christi@BIA.net.

IBERIABANK announced that Carl Pukin has been hired as vice president, business banking relationship manager for Lee County. In this new role, Pukin will work closely with small to medium-sized business owners to provide integrated financial solutions for their credit and deposit needs. For the past 15 years, Pukin has worked with clients in the commercial and industrial, SBA, manufacturing and distribution, and medical industries. Pukin earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University.

Naples Reserve has appointed Heather Thompson as marketing manager and Carri Adam as lifestyle and fitness director and clubhouse manager, and promoted Courtney Shearer to marketing assistant. Thompson will oversee the community’s marketing and advertising efforts, including cultivating industry and client relationships and referrals, enhancing branding efforts, and managing outreach communications and events. A University of Florida graduate, she most recently worked as a marketing and content strategist for a Naples real estate agency. Adam will create, organize and execute all association activities, events and fitness programs. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Adam has 19 years of hospitality and sales experience, including event management and planning. Shearer began her Naples Reserve career in the welcome center. As marketing assistant, she will coordinate communication with Naples Reserve’s builder teams and maintain the community’s website. She is a member of the Collier Building Industry Association

Land Solutions Inc. has welcomed Jared Fischer as its newest, licensed sales associate. Fischer will focus on commercial development and overall company growth. Fischer is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies.

DeAngelis Diamond has been awarded phases two and three of the newly constructed Boys and Girls Club Bolch Campus in Immokalee. The construction management firm built phase one of the campus last year, a 27,786 square-foot project that is now the campus Youth Center. DeAngelis Diamond has been hired as the design builder for the latest additions to the Youth Center Campus, which will include a 14,000 square-foot gymnasium and outdoor pavilion, a 5,000 square-foot swimming pool, a weight room and an athletic field.

DeAngelis Diamond announced that Brian Hood has been promoted to vice president of field operations. Hood has 24 years of construction experience and started as a superintendent with the company 17 years ago. Two years ago, he was promoted to director of field operations and has been responsible for supervising all field teams ever since. He has overseen multiple projects for corporations such as Arthrex and completed half a billion dollars’ worth of construction throughout his career. In his new role, Hood will continue to utilize his knowledge and expertise in furthering the efforts of DeAngelis Diamond’s construction services.

Law firm Quarles & Brady, LLP announced that Jonathan D. Bonello has joined the firm’s Naples office as a Junior Associate in the Business Law Group. Prior to joining the firm, Bonello served as a judicial extern for Chief Justice Jorge Labarga at the Supreme Court of Florida. A native of Naples, Bonello received his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law, where he was a member of both the Law Review and Business Review. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University.

IBERIABANK Corp. has completed the operational conversion and name change of Sabadell United Bank, N.A. to IBERIABANK. On July 31, IBERIABANK Corporation acquired Sabadell United Bank, N.A. from Banco de Sabadell, S.A. Over the weekend of Oct. 13, IBERIABANK successfully consolidated operating systems and updated branch signage to open all former Sabadell United Bank locations as IBERIABANK branches on Oct. 16. IBERIABANK now operates 32 branch locations in South Florida. On the west coast of Florida, the former Sabadell United Bank location in Naples at Mercato is now a part of the IBERIABANK branch network in Collier County.

Pulte Homes will build new single-family homes in the Orange Blossom Ranch community located off of Oil Well Road, two miles east of Immokalee Road in Naples. Construction on two new models and a sales center will get underway by the end of October and sales are expected to begin in February 2018, according to Rich McCormick, president of PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division.Pulte plans to build their popular Classic and Estate Series homes at Orange Blossom Ranch. The one- and two-story single-family homes range in size from 1,674 to 4,262 square feet with 3-6 bedrooms and open, flexible living spaces. Home prices will start in the low $300,000s.

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

Architectural and planning firm Weber Design Group has announced they would like to help homeowners rebuild after Hurricanes Irma, Harvey or Maria by providing 50% off stock house plans. Those with a documented loss can visit www.weberdesigngroup.com to browse over 270 house plans, and call Weber Design Group at 239-594-9778 for further details.

Fiddler’s Creek has added Pulte Homes as an approved builder within the Naples community. The national homebuilder has acquired 71 single-family home sites in the village of Amaranda. Pulte Homes’ residential offerings will include three single-family home designs ranging from 1,671 to 3,077 square feet and featuring open layouts. Construction of the Summerwood model residence is expected to begin in October, with sales expected to commence in January 2018. Pulte Homes’ residences in Fiddler’s Creek will be priced from the $500,000s.

DeAngelis Diamond has been awarded Cypress Parkway Apartments on Six Mile Cypress in Fort Myers. The 593,556 square-foot project will consist of six four-story buildings, a clubhouse and thirteen seven-bay tenant garages. Amenities will include a fitness center, car wash, two dog parks, playground, sports area and a 4,410 square-foot pool. The exterior design will feature stone and stucco, Bahama shutters, accent rails and standing seam roof accents. DeAngelis Diamond will tentatively break ground February 2018.

41 West, LLC leased 5,043 square feet of commercial space from Cedar Ridge of Bonita, LLC located at 25270 Bernwood Drive, Unit 5 and 6, in Bonita Springs. Christine McManus, CCIM, SIOR, of Investment Properties Corp. represented the lessor, and Jonathan Kepple of Diversified Real Estate Group represented the lessee in this transaction.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Debbie Weicht as Project Coordinator. Weicht will be responsible for preparing, organizing, maintaining and monitoring project documentation. She will work closely with Superintendents and Project Managers, assisting them in jobsite set-up, subcontractor meeting management, safety meetings and project close-out. Weicht has over 12 years of experience with expertise in permitting, submittals, drawings, contracts, purchase order processes and direct material purchase procedures. Weicht received her degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Pulte Homes has purchased 71 homesites in the village of Amaranda in Fiddler’s Creek, the master planned community located off of Collier Boulevard, three miles south of U.S. 41 in Naples.bConstruction on a new model will start in this month and sales are expected to begin in January 2018, according to Rich McCormick, president of PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division. “Pulte has experienced great success in Collier County and this purchase is another opportunity to bring our Life Tested® home designs to this beautiful, amenity-rich community,” McCormick said. “Fiddler’s Creek, with its natural Florida beauty and close proximity to Marco Island and downtown Naples, is an attractive location for buyers.”

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) announced four new partners to the firm: Tami Cindrich, Angela Cooley, Kelsey Griffin and Victoria Loyola. Each team member went through an extensive three-year leadership program and joins the current partners Gail Markham, Joni Norton, Karen Mosteller and Randy Wright. Cindrich, who has been with the firm since 1998, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and her Master of Accountancy from the University of South Florida. Cooley, who joined MNMW in 2002, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of South Florida. Griffin, who began with MNMW in 2006, earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and management from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in accounting and taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University. Loyola, who has been with MNMW since 2005, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and her master’s degree in accounting and taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Bill Turner has joined Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture in Fort Myers as chief operating officer (COO). His responsibilities include overseeing daily operations of the firm, its clients, and staff, evaluating investments in infrastructure and talent, coordinating the development of key performance goals, collaborating on plans for growth and evolution, and analyzing existing programs and policies, as well as ensuring all program initiatives align with the agency’s core values and culture. A University of Florida graduate, Turner comes to Spiro & Associates with more than 19 years of banking experience. Most recently, he spent two years at Encore Bank as vice president of branch administration.

Raymond Building Supply, PGT Industries partner to provide hurricane supplies to Southwest Florida community, first responders. As Southwest Florida begins to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Raymond Building Supply partnered with PGT Industries to provide much-needed supplies to first responders and members of the community in order to aid in their efforts to rebuild. On Sept. 14-15, Raymond Building Supply and PGT Industries handed out free food, 1,000 cases of water, 47,000 pounds of ice, 20 generators and 40 chainsaws, as well as an array of supplies including extension cords, gas cans, flashlights, air beds with pumps, camper stoves, tarps, duct tape, bleach, paper towels, trash bags, batteries and Gatorade to first responders and community members in need. First responders, including the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, received supplies, and in turn, many first responders stayed to help Raymond Building Supply and PGT Industries in handing out hurricane supplies to other community members in need. Once first responders and residents received their fill of ice, the remaining ice supply was delivered to the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District Station 21 and the Collier County Emergency Operations Center.

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Fiddler’s Creek has added Pulte Homes as an approved builder within the luxury, master-planned community in Naples. The national homebuilder has acquired 71 single-family homesites in the village of Amaranda. “We are pleased to welcome such a well-known homebuilder to Fiddler’s Creek,” said Aubrey J. Ferrao, CEO of Fiddler’s Creek Community LLC. “The homes to be constructed by Pulte will complement the residential offerings currently available and provide buyers with a high-quality product in a distinctive neighborhood.” Pulte Homes’ residential offerings in Fiddler’s Creek will include three single-family home designs ranging from 1,671 to 3,077 square feet and featuring open layouts perfectly suited for entertaining. Construction of the Summerwood model residence is expected to begin in October, with sales expected to commence in January 2018. Pulte Homes’ residences in Fiddler’s Creek will be priced from the $500s.

Weber Design Group, Inc., an architectural and design firm has relocated their Naples office to the Galleria at Vanderbilt after sustaining severe water damage at their former Naples office location during Hurricane Irma. The new address is 8970 Fontana Del Sol Way #2, Naples, FL 34109, and the telephone number 239-594-9778 remains the same. They are pleased to announce they are open for business in their new location.

Leading clubhouse builder GATES has started phase 2 of continuing major clubhouse renovations at Quail West Golf and Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s most exclusive golf clubs, located in Naples. Phase 2 will include a new 2-story terrace and grille room. The dining will be expanded with modifications and upgrades to the existing upper and lower level eating areas. The existing lower kitchen will go through a complete demolition and renovation and will be integrated with a new 2 – story storage building while the west side of the clubhouse will receive a new pro shop and café. This past winter and spring, GATES completed a new two story Fitness & Wellness Center, demolition and addition of 4 new tennis courts, completely renovated Upper Floor Kitchen, Gathering Room, and Main Lobby. Phase 2 is scheduled for completion by winter of 2017.

LOTUS Architecture of Naples and Fort Myers has established a Site & Building Assessment Team to offer onsite building inspections of hurricane-related damage to the community. Its team of licensed architects and structural designers are ready to conduct safety and damage inspections. The company will also partner with itsr team of extended consultants in structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and civil engineers as well as landscape architects to provide quick-response assessments and professional services for recovery/rebuilding efforts.

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes has surpassed the $50 million mark in year-to-date home sales.

AERCON AAC is not only the name of a building product, but the name of a central Florida-based company that is revolutionizing the future of residential development in Naples.  As the leading manufacturer of AAC (autoclaved aeratedconcrete), Sunwest Custom Homes is showcasing the value of Aercon’s fully integrated building system to the Naples market in the home at 1111 14th Avenue North as well as in their new development, The Peninsula at Treviso Bay, where they will be constructing 55 custom homes with Aercon AAC.

Vernon Allen Builder recently won three Grand and one Silver Auroras at the 36th annual Aurora Awards held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando.

This year’s design competition of the Southeast Building Conference drew 400 entries in 55 categories including commercial, office space, renovated projects, mixed-use, affordable, multi-family projects, site planning, single-family production and custom homes.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers and other housing-related professionals.

  1. Vernon Allen won Grand Auroras for:

Best Single Family Detached Home 4,000 to 5,000 square feet: Little Harbour Haven, Naples; Builder: A. Vernon Allen; Architect: Kukk Architecture/W Design; Interiors: W Design

Best Kithen $1,000,000 to $2,000,000: Little Harbour Haven, Naples; Builder: A. Vernon Allen; Architect: Kukk Architecture/W Design; Interiors: W Design

Best Bath $1,000,000 to $2,000,000: Little Harbour Haven, Naples; Builder: A. Vernon Allen; Architect: Kukk Architecture/W Design; Interiors: W Design

The Naples custom home builder also won a Silver Aurora for Best Interior Merchandising of a Home $1,000,000 to $2,000,000: Little Harbour Haven, Naples; Builder: A. Vernon Allen; Architect: Kukk Architecture/W Design; Interiors: W Design.

In 1951, A. Vernon Allen established the company, which became one of the first homebuilders in Port Royal and is the largest builder in the Port Royal Community today, as well as one of the most established and finest custom homebuilders in Naples. Ryan Benson and his business partner, Andy Bringardner, completed their acquisition of the firm in 2015 after almost a decade working as managers of the firm. For more information about A. Vernon Allen Builder, call 239-261-5300 or email info@avabuilder.com.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced the promotion of Jimey Moad to Estimating Manager for the Southern Region, covering Collier and Lee counties. In this role, Moad is responsible for leading a team of estimators through the design phase to the client’s or engineer’s specifications. Moad’s team handles all types of commercial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

A native of Tampa, Florida, Moad has more than 25 years of industry experience, starting in 1991 with a small family-owned air conditioning company in Fort Myers. After the company was sold to a national mechanical service provider in 1999, Moad joined Conditioned Air as a New Construction Estimator. His role in the Estimating Department has expanded over the years to Senior Estimator in 2013 and now Estimating Manager.

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 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.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) has welcomed Kunal Patel as a tax accountant for the firm. He prepares individual and business tax returns and provides bookkeeping services to clientele.  Patel graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in accounting from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He is in the process of sitting for the CPA exam and plans to pursue a master’s in accountancy following that certification.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Sara Hines has satisfied the educational requirements of the Society for Human Resource Management to earn the SHRM-CP certification.  Sara is the Administration Department Manager.  Mrs. Hines has worked at IRMS for 4 years.

Quarles & Brady, LLP announced that Keely F. Morton, an attorney in the law firm’s Naples office, has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association (CCWBA). Morton is the latest in a series of representatives from Quarles & Brady to serve on the organization’s board. She will chair the CCWBA Leadership Committee. Morton practices in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on fiduciary, trust and probate litigation. Morton earned her law degree from the University of Florida, She also received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, management, from the University of Florida.

Pulte Homes has started single-family home sales and a Grand Opening set for Saturday Sept. 9 at Westbrook, the gated community located on Three Oaks Parkway just South of Alico Road at 9251 Holden Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33967.

Weber Design Group, a premier architectural design firm founded in Naples 26 years ago, has been awarded the 2017 Best of Business award in the Best Architecture Firm category by Gulf Shore Business Magazine.  The award recognition was based on responses from the community via online polling that generated over 7,000 unique votes cast for hundreds of businesses.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of David Erb as Senior Superintendent. Erb will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Erb has over 20 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in religious, commercial, office, and multi-family construction. Erb is currently based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs, but later will be working out of both the Bonita Springs and Sarasota offices.

London Bay Homes has completed construction of the Carmela, the first single-family luxury model home in Caminetto – its new 15-home boutique neighborhood in Mediterra. Featuring fountained lake and nature preserve views, the Carmela offers 3,835 square feet of interior living space and special outdoor destinations – including a private yoga garden – that provides a connection to nature.

Conditioned Air Company of Naples, LLC announced the promotion of Ernesto Alicea to Service Manager for the Southern Region, covering Collier and Lee counties. In this role, Alicea oversees the technicians that repair and maintain the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for commercial and residential customers. native of Detroit, Alicea has been a certified HVACR Contractor since taking over his father’s business in Michigan in 2003. He relocated to Naples in 2005 and joined Conditioned Air in 2007, starting as a Commercial Service Technician. He was promoted to Tech Advisor, then to a Field Supervisor, and then to the Assistant Service Manager. 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 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.

BUILD has begun construction on the administration office renovation at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. Designed by Living Designs Group Florida Architects, Inc., an additional 2,648 square feet will be added to the front of the main building where the community partnership services with social services and cardiac rehab as well as leadership offices will be located. The Fitness Center will undergo an expansion and will offer 24-hour access.

PulteGroup, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, is now using virtual reality to let Southwest Florida consumers take in-depth looks at homes to help make buying decisions when a model is not available.“The breathtaking views of our homesites speak for themselves, but what sets Pulte Homes apart is the way it feels when actually living inside – the design of the open gathering rooms and kitchen areas evoke a much larger feeling of space than the actual square footage,” says Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for PulteGroup in Southwest Florida, which includes the Pulte Homes, Centex, Del Webb and DiVosta brands. “This new virtual reality software allows you to experience that.” The new buyer-friendly feature lets homebuyers walk through and visualize the home right from the computer, Graeve explained. “It doesn’t require wearing any type of headset or goggles. You simply click the link and can interact and view it right from your home computer or phone.” Currently only a handful of national builders have experimented with virtual reality (an estimate is one to two percent). But the technology promises to revolutionize the industry.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Lloyd Smith as Senior Project Manager. Smith is responsible for the overall project coordination from the pre-construction and permitting stage through to owner occupancy. Smith has 25 years of construction experience, including 4 years in the Sarasota area. With a wide variety of project types, Smith has particular expertise in retail, commercial, religious, office, and multi-family construction. He completed the Project Management Program at Community College of Baltimore County. Smith will be based out of GATES Construction’s Sarasota office.

GATES Construction has completed the first phase of a multi-phase improvement project at the Naples Outlet Center, located at 6060 Collier Boulevard in Naples. The renovation included removal and replacement of outdated or damaged stucco elements, new paint, and light fixtures for a more clean and modern look.

Michael Diamond, president of luxury homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes, today announced the commencement of a new estate home in the prestigious Grey Oaks Golf & Country Club community in Naples. The four-bedroom private residence showcases a transitional architectural design by Richard Guzman of R.G. Designs with interiors by Lou Shafran and Mark Vanagas of Pacifica Interior Design. There are four full-sized bathrooms and two half-sized ones, as well as two garages, each one big enough for two cars plus a golf car cart bay.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Boenker as Senior Superintendent. Boenker will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Boenker has over 30 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in retail, commercial, office, and multi-family construction. Boenker received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Technology from Bowling Green State University. Boenker is currently based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs, but in the future will be based out of the Sarasota office.

BUILD has completed the interior office renovation at Eleven10 Executive Suites located across from Waterside Shops on Pine Ridge Road. Designed by HLevel Architects, this 3,800-square foot modern professional space consists of 2 floors, 15 offices, a café area, lounge and open work area. An existing building, BUILD remodeled the interior space including combining 2 suites to complete this open collaborative workspace located at 1110 Pine Ridge Road.
The 2017 Aurora Awards Gala took place on Friday, July 28, 2017 in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. [BUILD] was recognized as an Aurora Award winner for Best Commercial Project over 20,000 sq. ft. with their Arthrex renovation and expansion.

B-Squared Advertising is proud to announce it took home five Excel Awards during the Southeast Building Conference trade show held in Orlando, beginning on Thursday, July 24.  Excel Awards honors the advertising, media and public relations professionals, as well as builders, commercial contractors, craftsman, Realtors, on-site salespeople and associates and suppliers, who make major contributions to the residential home building and commercial construction industry through superior, innovative and creative sales and marketing. The awards include: Best Magazine Ad: ONE, Best e-Newsletter: ONE, Best Promotion to the Real Estate Community: ONE, Best Online Marketing Campaign: B-Squared Advertising, Best Corporate Video: B-Squared Advertising. Since its inception in 2001, B-Squared Advertising has received in excess of 335 local, regional and national advertising and marketing awards.

Luxury boutique hi-rise AQUA at Pelican Isle in Naples won a prestigious Excel Award for the Best Overall Marketing Program announced AQUA Director of Sales Darlene Hillard. The dynamic award-winning campaign, entitled The Water Is Waiting was conceived by Wilson Creative Group, led by real estate advertising industry veteran Peggy Wilson. The multi-media campaign, comprised of television commercials, a new interactive website, magazine and newspaper ads, direct mail, social media, email marketing and public relations, made extensive use of custom photography of the community’s water views, interior designed furnished model residences and luxury lifestyle amenities.

Collins & DuPont Design Group is proud to announced they have been honored with 3 Aurora Awards from the Southeastern Building Conference. This year’s Gala was held up in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms Resort. C&D Design took home an Aurora for Best Detailing of a Remodel Over $500,000 on Gulf Shore Drive, and 2 Grand Auroras. The 2 Grand Auroras for Best in Category were won for Best Detailing of a Private Residence in Grey Oaks Over $2,000,000 and for Best Kitchen Under $500,000 of a Remodel on Barefoot Beach. We are honored to have won such prestigious awards and look forward to many more award winning projects!

Wilson Creative Group, the award-winning advertising and marketing firm based in Naples, added two more prestigious honors to its portfolio of work.  The full-service agency received an Excel Award for the 2017 Best Overall Advertising Program for a developer on behalf of client AQUA at Pelican Isle (luxury boutique condominium community in Naples) and a second Excel Award for the 2017 Best Television Commercial for an agency on behalf of client John R. Wood Properties with its :15-second spot called “Sellers.” The two wins represent the third time in the past four years WCG has earned the top marketing award for overall advertising campaigns, having previously won for John R. Wood Properties in 2014 and Seaglass at Bonita Bay in 2015.

Weber Design Group, a premier architectural design firm founded in Naples 26 years ago, has been awarded the 2017 Best of Business award in the Best Architecture Firm category by Gulf Shore Business Magazine. The award recognition was based on responses from the community via online polling that generated over 7,000 unique votes cast for hundreds of businesses.

Harwick Homes president Mark Smith today announced that the luxury homebuilder will begin construction of a new 12,750 total square foot estate home to be built on the last remaining lot in the Il Cosini neighborhood within the prestigious golf and country club community of Mediterra in Naples.

Seagate Development Group reports status of six commercial projects; http://www.news-press.com/story/marketplace/real-estate/2017/07/22/seagate-reports-status-six-commercial-projects/489383001/

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Gerry Brewer as Senior Superintendent. Brewer will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Brewer has over 20 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in educational, government, hospitality, and retail construction. Brewer will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Luxury homebuilder Harwick Homes president Mark Smith announced today the addition of construction industry specialists Eric Repphun and Jeff Kelley as project managers to accommodate the company’s growth in new estate home construction and remodeling. Both will have overall responsibility for the management and execution of residential estate projects during all phases of design and construction, ensuring projects maintain budget and schedule.

AQUA at Pelican Isle announced sales at the boutique marina front high-rise condominium community have reached 80 percent with only seven luxury residences, including a palatial penthouse, available for sale.

Neal Communities recently hired Michael Agins as the new vice president of sales and marketing in the company’s south region, which encompasses Lee and Collier counties. Agins is responsible for all the regional sales and marketing efforts and will oversee the design team for the south region. He will have additional responsibilities in the development of condominium communities. Agins brings more than 12 years of experience working in the new home industry to Neal Communities. Previously, he worked in southwest Florida at one of America’s largest homebuilding companies, with operations in approximately 50 markets throughout the country. Agins earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in sales management from the University of Florida.

GATES Construction announced the addition of Kevin Thibodeau as senior estimator. Thibodeau’s responsibilities include comprehensive estimating, including material take-offs and labor estimates as well as developing subcontractor scopes and bidding criteria. Thibodeau has more than 25 years of experience in estimating and project management. Thibodeau will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Belz Properties recently presented Habitat for Humanity of Collier County with a $10,000 donation. As a founding Habitat Housing Partner, Belz Properties has committed to underwriting the cost of a kitchen in a Habitat home for each home that Belz builds and sells.

Michael Waskiewicz has joined Stevens Construction as project manager. Waskiewicz will have overall responsibility for the management and execution of health care and commercial projects during all phases of design and construction, ensuring projects maintain budget and schedule. Waskiewicz brings 15 years of commercial construction experience, completing more than $450 million in commercial construction including The Arlington of Naples, a continuing care retirement center. Waskiewicz earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and technology from Ohio University.

BUILD announces that Robert Gurdian has joined the team as Chief Financial Officer. Robert brings with him a wealth of experience having managed the finances for large regional construction firms for the last 25 years. Originally from Illinois, Gurdian has experience in the commercial and custom residential construction industry and comes to BUILD from Kitson and Partners. We are thrilled to welcome him to the BUILD family.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Brad Bowers as Senior Superintendent. Bowers will be responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project close out, and transition planning. Bowers has over 20 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in educational, retail, religious, and commercial construction. Bowers will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Gulfshore Life magazine has welcomed Judy Ricci to the team as production services manager. She will oversee section layouts, traffic incoming advertising and produce ads for Gulfshore Life and other custom publications. Ricci began her career as a production coordinator and graphic designer in the magazine industry. Since then, she has specialized in magazine editorial layouts, in-house advertisements, illustrations and web design. Her experience also includes illustrating A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades, written by Karen T. Bartlett. Ricci graduated from Barry University and is fluent in English and Spanish.

BUILD has completed construction on a transitional-coastal style home in Old Naples for Oakley Homes. Designed by HLevel Architects, this 4,289-square foot two-story single-family residence has five bedrooms, six and a half baths, a loft and a 2-car garage.This charming home offers casual elegance in the perfect location.

GATES Construction has begun construction on 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 consists of the complete demolition of the existing fitness center and then the re-construction of a new free standing, 2-story, 23,102 square foot wellness center. The project is slated to be completed early 2018.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Kevin Thibodeau as Senior Estimator. Thibodeau’s responsibilities include comprehensive estimating, including 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, design review, constructability and life cycle analysis, value engineering, cost/budget analysis, and strategic planning for all aspects of the projects. Thibodeau has over 25 years of experience in estimating and project management. Thibodeau will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Naples Reserve is welcoming the first homebuyers to its villa neighborhood, Coral Harbor. With lake- and preserve-view attached villas, Coral Harbor offers the ease of an open floor plan combined with the appeal of low-maintenance, easy Florida living. The lakefront Match Point complex, offering tennis and pickleball courts is now open. Naples Reserve also offers homebuyers along Eagle Lake the opportunity for a personal floating boat dock.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Philip Sheets as Estimator I. Sheet’s responsibilities include comprehensive estimating, including 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. Sheets has over 6 years of experience in construction management and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from Ball State University. Sheets will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

GATES Construction has broken ground on Clearwater Retail Plaza located at 2849 Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater, Florida. The project will feature a brand new 6,380 square foot retail plaza which will accommodate three new store fronts with high visibility on Gulf to Bay Boulevard. GATES will oversee the project from its Sarasota office located at 2 North Tamiami Trail, Suite 204, in One Sarasota Tower. The project is scheduled for completion by late fall 2017.

AQUA at Pelican Isle, Naples’ newest boutique luxury high-rise waterfront condominium tower community, processed 100% binding and pending sales contracts worth over $60 million in the past 30 days according to Darline Hillard, Director of Sales at AQUA. “AQUA’s new Tower II has reimagined what luxury means and has brought a whole new aspect to waterfront living by providing a lifestyle full of luxury and beauty for its residents…. and people are taking notice!” says Ms. Hillard. “New residents are moving into AQUA Tower II (which is almost completely sold out) as homebuyers are clamoring to purchase into one of the most all-inclusive and stylish waterfront communities in Southwest Florida,” she adds.

Collins & DuPont Design Group is excited to announce the completion of their newest model in partnership with Harbourside Custom Homes in Fiddler’s Creek of Naples. Designed by Alina Dolan, Allied ASID, this model home is a great blend of rustic contemporary design – a twist on Florida style living. The model is currently on the market and ready for immediate occupancy. Photos of the model home can be seen on the Collins & DuPont Houzz website at www.houzz.com/projects/2515663/aviano-model-at-fiddlers-creek-naples

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of David Greenblatt as Project Manager. Greenblatt is responsible for the overall project coordination from the pre-construction and permitting stage through to owner occupancy. Greenblatt has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in residential, commercial, multifamily, healthcare, and mixed use. His office will be located at GATES Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Luxury custom homebuilder Harwick Homes has drawn worldwide attention thanks to the selection of one of its luxury homes as a finalist in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt Competition 2017, a prestigious competition that scouts and judges the best houses on the market from all over the world.             HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt Competition 2017 features eight categories. The Harwick Homes-built Estuary estate is a finalist in the Outdoor Retreat category which is comprised seven other homes including a mansion in South Africa, a waterfront villa in St. Maarten and a mountaintop estate in Hawaii.

Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc. has announced that Donna Engel has satisfied the educational requirements of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research to earn the CISR designation.  Donna is the Service Department Manager in the Business Insurance Division.  Mrs. Engel has worked at IRMS for 15 years and has 19 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Minto Communities was recognized with six awards from ideal-LIVING magazine’s second annual 2017 “Best of the Best” awards showcased in their Summer 2017 edition. Nominations were submitted, and the magazine’s editorial committee then researched and chose those communities they felt best represented the spirit of each category.The 2017 “Best of the Best” honorees are organized into three broad groups — Destination, Life and Home — with winners named in a total of 24 categories. Minto Communities was recognized for four of their Florida communities as well as for floorplans and designs in the following categories: Best Sunset, Harbour Isle, a private island across from Anna Maria Island in Bradenton; Best Kayaking, The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples; Best Neo Traditional Community, LakePark at Tradition in Port St. Lucie; Best New Community, Latitude Margaritaville in Daytona Beach; Best Floorplans for 50+, and Best Innovative Designs.

Local general contractor DeAngelis Diamond has recently completed the renovation of accident survivor Danielle Hagmann’s home to be wheelchair accessible. In April of this year, Hagmann was driving on I-75 north of Fort Myers, FL. She stopped to help an accident victim and while helping, was struck by another vehicle from behind, severing both of her legs. Hagmann’s medical bills are expected to reach $2 million throughout her lifetime, with the immediate need of two prosthetic legs, a powered wheelchair, therapy, medical care, and a renovation of her house to make it wheelchair accessible.

With no cost to Hagmann, DeAngelis Diamond renovated the survivor’s home providing wheelchair accommodations. The renovation included:
• The entire master bedroom and bathroom, three bedroom doors, pantry closet and laundry room were removed, • Multiple walls moved, • Plumbing and electric changed, • New door casings and baseboards installed to accommodate larger door frames, • Necessary floor leveling, • Double doors/pocket door added throughout house, • Washer and dryer relocation, • Newly painted walls, • New flooring, • Concrete pad and ramp for easy access from house to automobile, • New front door and entryway, • Remodeling of kitchen with shorter cabinets and larger walkway.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Card as Principal of the GATES Sarasota office. Card has over three decades of experience in the construction industry; much of it in Sarasota and the surrounding counties. Prior to joining GATES, Card owned and operated Storie Construction Group, a successful General Contracting and Construction Management firm also headquartered in Sarasota. As Principal for GATES, Mark Card and Storie Construction Group’s personnel and resources will become a part of GATES Construction. In his new role as Principal for GATES, he oversees and supports all of its client relationships including preconstruction, construction, and overall customer experience. Card graduated from Bowling Green State University and received B.S. Degrees in Construction Management and Architectural/Environmental Design Technology.

Paolette Matute has joined Wilson Creative Group (WCG) as digital marketing coordinator today announced Peggy Wilson, CEO and founder of the award-winning advertising and marketing agency. As WCG’s digital marketing coordinator, which is a new position, Matute will manage clients’ social media presence on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.

GATES Construction has completed construction at Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s finest member-owned private country clubs. Located in Fort Myers, the project involved building a new 2 – story, 14,000 square foot fitness center, renovation and addition to the existing clubhouse, and constructing a Tennis Rest/Storage Shelter. The clubhouse Ballroom, Bar, Kitchen, Pro Shop, Main Lobby, and Administration Area all were completely renovated. The Ballroom and Grille Room were expanded and an Outdoor Covered Dining Area and Outdoor Dining terrace were added to enhance social options for its members and guests. Design services were provided by Peacock + Lewis Architects.

Kaisa Schmidt, who started her 10 year career with DeAngelis Diamond in 2007 has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, overseeing all marketing and public relations initiatives throughout DeAngelis Diamond’s four regional office locations. Starting out as the only marketing team member at DeAngelis Diamond, Schmidt has led and developed the department into a collaborative four person team.  Schmidt has been named Marketing Director of the Year for the past 2 consecutive years and has led her team to win over 36 construction marketing awards during her career. Her accomplishments include leading the companies rebranding efforts throughout the United States, developing public relations, and acting as the lead in the design and innovation behind presentations and project wins.

Conditioned Air Corp. of Naples announced that it has received a Top 20 Pro Partner Award from Rheem Manufacturing Company. The designation recognizes Conditioned Air as a top contractor in the United States for demonstrating superior dedication to the sale, installation and service of Rheem HVAC products during 2016. Our team was proud to accept this award at the first-ever national Rheem Pro Partner Conference in Las Vegas as it recognizes our mutual commitment to outstanding performance, sales and customer service,” said Theo Etzel, III, CEO for Conditioned Air.

Renée Gaddis of Renée Gaddis Interiors has hired Lyanet Moran as a design assistant. Moran recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. After interning with Renée Gaddis Interiors during the summer, where she received the opportunity to work on various projects, she welcomed the opportunity to join the team and initiate her career as a full-time employee.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Frank Fiorello as Senior Project Manager. Fiorello is responsible for the overall project coordination from the pre-construction and permitting stage through to owner occupancy. Fiorello has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in healthcare, education, and retail construction. Fiorello received his Bachelor of the Arts degree from Texas A&M University.

Johnson Development Associates (JDA) has awarded general contractor, DeAngelis Diamond with the construction of four self-storage facilities throughout Collier, Hillsborough, and Pasco Counties. The four Class-A self-storage facilities range from 80,000 to 100,000 square feet, with a construction schedule of eight to ten months per project between now and the second quarter of 2018.

Pulte Homes recently opened two new Pickleball courts in The Plantation its amenity-rich community located off Treeline Avenue just north of Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers.  Pulte is building single-family, coach homes and attached villas in 10 different designs at The Plantation, priced from the $200s to $700s.   Four furnished and decorated models are available for viewing. www.pulte.com.

Robb & Stucky invites you to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for their new Headquarters and Distribution Center on May 31, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Join Robb & Stucky, local government officials and dignitaries to celebrate this milestone event at the site of their future Fort Myers headquarters. The new facility will feature 125,514 square foot warehouse and office space which will accommodate the company’s rapid growth and allow to better serve their showrooms in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, Coral Gables, and Boca Raton (soon to be open).  The new Distribution Center will also accommodate future showrooms as the company continues expansion throughout Florida. GATES Construction has been selected as the Construction Manager for this project.

Roetzel & Andress announced that Sarah E. Spector has joined the Fort Myers office as a partner in its Real Estate, Banking & Finance practice group. Spector will focus her practice on community association law, where she will assist condominium, cooperative and homeowners’ association clients with the management and operational aspects of governing their communities.

DeAngelis Diamond Breaks Ground for $140 million Healthcare Project: Lee Health Coconut Point. Lee Health Coconut Point, a mixed-use health and wellness destination located in Estero, FL next to the Coconut Point Mall, is now under construction after the ground breaking held today. This facility is the only comprehensive medical center in southern Lee County and will include a Healthy Life Center, Free-Standing Emergency Department, Outpatient Surgery Center, Recovery Care Center, Laboratory, Imaging, Rehab Therapy, Cardiac Testing and Physician Office spaces. The 31-acre jobsite will host the facility owned by Lee Health, totaling 164,000 square feet.

London Bay Homes has selected Jennifer Stevens of Romanza Interior Design to fully furnish the two-story, 4,648-square-foot model home, four-bedroom custom estate home located at 4395 Gordon Drive in Port Royal.

Seagate Development Group marks second anniversary. Seagate and its related entity are now considered one of the region’s leading commercial and residential development and construction companies and providers of property management and leasing services. The firm’s portfolio of commercial properties under management now totals 1.5 million square feet with an estimated value of $200 million. An additional six projects are actively underway and valued at approximately $10 million. Seagate Development Group has completed tenant and capital

GATES Construction has been selected to renovate the award-winning DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Naples, owned and operated by Guest Services, Inc.  Continuing to set the highest standard for the fastest growing Hilton Brand, Guest Services, Inc. selected GATES Construction as the firm best positioned to exceed expectations, just as guests have come to anticipate at this property.  Located 12200 Tamiami Trail North in Naples, the project will entail a complete update and enhancement of the lobby and customer service area to build upon the historic success of the property.

Construction growth is on the horizon as BUILD expands into North Carolina. BUILD Carolina, LLC is headquartered in Asheville and serves North Carolina as well as key markets in South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. BUILD is a full-service construction management, general contracting and design-build firm, specializing in both commercial and luxury residential construction.

Naples luxury homebuilder Diamond Custom Homes today announced the construction of a new 9,117 total square foot estate home in Quail West Golf & Country Club on Williston Way in the Estate neighborhood.

GATES Construction has begun construction on two new retail stores at Coconut Point Mall, Tuesday Morning and a nondisclosed retail store. Located at 8012 Mediterranean Drive, Suites A & B, in Estero, the project will consist of splitting the former Sports Authority building into two separate tenant spaces. Tuesday Morning will be approximately 17,697 SF and the second retailer will be approximately 19,620 SF. The exterior façade and entrances will be remodeled and the interior will be complete demolition and renovated to accommodate the new tenants. GATES previously constructed multiple phases at the mall that included the original Sports Authority.  Renovation is slated for completion by early fall 2017.

Mark Smith, president of Harwick Homes, today announced the luxury homebuilder’s unfurnished 6,496 square foot Augusta grand estate model in Bonita Bay has sold prior to completion.

IBERIABANK announced that Brandon Box has been promoted to executive vice president, market president for the Fort Myers and Sarasota markets. He will oversee commercial, retail and private banking efforts in three counties.

Twenty lakefront, move-in ready homes—some furnished—are available at Naples Reserve (www.naplesreserve.com), iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired neighborhood among 22 lakes. Attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes from 1,500 to more than 3,500 square feet of living space are currently offered in the community.

London Bay Homes has completed construction of the Bettina model at Mediterra, Collier County’s 10-time Community of the Year. The fully furnished single-family home brings the total number of models by London Bay Homes open for viewing at Mediterra to seven.

London Bay Homes has unveiled six condominium floor plans at Grandview at Bay Beach (www.GrandviewBayBeach.com), an 11-story tower showcasing panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay. Options include three-bedroom, three-bedroom-plus-den or four-bedroom designs spanning more than 2,400 to 2,900 square feet of living spac

Brian Keller has been named the vice president of sales for Stock Development. He will oversee day-to-day sales operations for Stock’s Florida communities. A native of Pittsburgh, Keller has more than 25 years of sales and management operations. Keller has a computer science degree from Prospect Hall College in Pompano Beach and has been a licensed real estate broker in Florida since 2008.

Zach Mick has been added as copywriter to the creative team at Wilson Creative Group (WCG) announced Peggy Wilson, founder of the award-winning advertising agency. In his new position, Mick will be responsible for writing copy for WCG client advertising campaigns and promotions, websites, social media, video and commercial scripts, and blogs.  Before joining WCG, Mick worked as a freelance writer in the real estate industry specializing in SEO (search engine optimization) and content writing.

 GATES Construction has been selected to construct the new Robb & Stucky Distribution Center in Fort Myers. Located at 16311 Lee Road, the 125,514 square-foot warehouse and office building will become the new company headquarters for Robb & Stucky. The new warehouse will be used for office space, furniture storage and assembly and repair of furniture. The project is scheduled for completion in late winter 2017.

First Florida Integrity Bank announced that Thomas Robinson has been promoted to the position of senior vice president–commercial lender. Robinson has 17 years of experience in the banking industry. He began as a vice president–commercial lender when he joined First Florida Integrity Bank in April of 2015.

Corporate Executives Adnan Ahmedic and Greg Weber of South Florida Architecture happily announce the addition of Architect Miriam Martinez Hackett, who will serve as Project Architect for the firm. Miriam has a Bachelor Degree from the Syracuse University School of Architecture and holds architectural licenses in New York, New Jersey and Florida. She is also a member of the AIA, Southwest Florida Chapter. Her expertise includes creating, managing design and developing new projects. Her works include a wide variety of luxury residential, multifamily, hospitality and commercial buildings.

London Bay Homes welcomes visitors to its new onsite Sales Center for Grandview at Bay Beach, the newest multifamily residential project in Waterside at Bay Beach. Located just two miles north of Lovers Key State Park, the Sales Center provides visitors with an initial preview of the 11-story tower along the mangroves and waterfront on the southern tip of Fort Myers Beach.

London Bay Homes’ newest model in Mediterra offers a coastal-inspired design by Michael Scott of Romanza Interior Design in the single-family Clara, now open for viewing. Overlooking a beautiful lake in Cabreo, the Clara’s relaxed contemporary design showcases a color palette of sea green, sand and jade against off-white backgrounds and contrasting dark hardwood flooring.

Vanessa DiPaolo has been named the director of sales at Moorings Park at Grey Oaks. She is responsible for the sales effort for Oakstone, the community’s assisted-living and memory-care center, as well as the community’s Independent Living residences. Prior to moving to Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, DiPaolo held the same position at Orchid Terrace on Moorings Park’s main campus for two years. DiPaolo graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in resort and hospitality management

IBERIABANK will host a paper shredding and pet adoption event from 9 a.m. to noon on Apr. 29 at its branch at 775 Airport Road N. in Naples. Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents in a safe and secure manner. While paperwork is being shredded, guests may visit with dogs and cats available for adoption with the Paws Around Town Adoption Mobile. Shredding services will be conducted by Shred-It; a limit 10 boxes per person. A $3/box voluntary donation will be collected for Humane Society Naples.

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Scott Wagner as Senior Estimator. Wagner’s responsibilities include comprehensive estimating, including 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. Wagner has 20 years of experience in estimating and project management. An Indiana native, Wagner has a Bachelor of Science Industrial Management Degree from Purdue University.

Atilus has hired Valerie Baker and Ryan Shawgo, expanding the digital design firm’s presence in Southwest Florida. Baker is a client services and digital marketing specialist. She will assist clients with websites and digital marketing by managing developers, designers, writers and programmers and has a strong background in managing digital marketing campaigns. Shawgo, an experienced designer, will be supplementing the expanding team by producing top-quality websites and graphics for Atilus’ many local and national clients. Baker, a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in music. Shawgo is a graduate of The Kansas City Art Institute where he earned a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design.

Limited lakefront lots remain in two neighborhoods at Naples Reserve, iStar’s 668-acre South Naples community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villas, single-family and custom estate homes. In Parrot Cay, six lots remain along Eagle Lake. Fifteen other lakefront lots remain available, without the option for a private floating dock. In Sparrow Cay, 11 lots remain on Eagle Lake, with just over one-third of the remaining neighborhood lots featuring a lakefront view without the dock option.

Synergy-Custom Technology Solutions, a Naples based custom audio, video, lighting, shade and networking company, has been granted a license to sell, design, program, and maintain Crestron systems and products. “Adding Crestron to our repertoire rounds out our services as a custom home integration company. We will continue to serve our clients with Savant and Lutron, however the addition of Crestron allows us to serve literally any luxury homeowner.” said Jeremy Rearden, co-owner & CTO. Synergy CTS’s vision is to provide clients with state-of-the-art technology, perfectly suited to their specific needs. Recognizing that the relationship does not end at the completion of the job, Synergy works to build enduring and quality relationships through Last Mile™ to ensure their client’s technology lasting success. For more information, please visit www.synergyctsfl.com

GATES Construction has completed the interior build-out of a new restaurant, Blackjack Pizza & Salads, located in the new Askar Center of Bonita Springs. GATES also constructed the 7,500 SF Askar Center of Bonita Springs for Askar Properties located at 28245 South Tamiami Trail in Bonita Springs that houses the pizzeria. Founded in Colorado, Blackjack Pizza & Salads has 42 locations, with its first Florida locations in Bonita Springs and south Tampa.

The DeAngelis Diamond Sarasota office Grand Opening is an opportunity for DeAngelis Diamond to showcase their newly designed office space as well as an opportunity for community members to network, enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and relax by the sounds of local Sarasota guitarist, Dean Miller. The event will take place April 6th, 2017 from 4:30-7:00 pm at the DeAngelis Diamond Sarasota office location of, 2601 Cattlemen Road, Suite 404, Sarasota, Florida, 34232. The public is welcome to attend the grand opening and DeAngelis Diamond asks that anyone who is interested, to please R.S.V.P to Jillian DeBar, jilliand@deangelisdiamond.com, 239-260-8644.

Fiddler’s Creek announces the completion of the three-bedroom Villa Adriana II, a luxury single-family model home by Harbourside Custom Homes in the exclusive gated village of Marsh Cove. Now open for viewing, the fully furnished model overlooks the 15th fairway of the award-winning Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek, the luxury master-planned community.
The Villa Adriana II offers a study, wet bar, three full bathrooms and a pool bath. The home has 2,742 square feet of living space and features an open floor plan combining great room, kitchen and dining area.

Fiddler’s Creek again has been recognized as a Firewise Community – a designation it has attained yearly since 2010 – for implementing community-wide safeguards designed to protect residents from wildfire danger. Co-sponsored by the US Forest Service, the Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters, the program recognizes communities that have taken action to reduce risks from brush, grass and forest fires. The Firewise Community USA program provides comprehensive resources to help residents and communities work together to prepare and protect their homes from the threat of wildfires.

Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management services of an expansion at Estero United Methodist Church at 8088 Lord’s Way St. in Estero. The project includes extensive site improvements with new and reconfigured parking to accommodate 202 paved spaces and enhanced landscaping. Stevens Construction is adding 12,957 square feet to the existing church, which will house new classrooms, a nursery, administrative offices, meeting rooms, library and break area. Designed by Disney & Associates, PA, the project will be completed while the church remains in operation throughout construction. Construction will be completed in spring of 2018.

The Lee Building Industry Association has hired Annie Banion as its new membership and communications director. Banion will coordinate membership and communications for the association. She will graduate in May from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in communication, concentration in public relations and a minor in management.

Pulte Homes recently opened its new Starboard model home at Avalon Park in Ave Maria. It’s the third professionally decorated model the homebuilder has opened for touring at the community located on Seton Street off of Ave Maria Blvd. “Starboard is a new home design in Pulte’s Cottage Series, a new line of Life Tested floor plans just released at Avalon Park,” said Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for Pulte Homes in Southwest Florida. The two-story Starboard with 1,821+ square feet of living area, features three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, second floor owner’s suite and a loft.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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