Announcements: March 25


Bank of Florida Trust Company recently announced that Elizabeth Hackett has joined the company as a client service associate.

Hackett, with over 13 years of financial industry experience, will provide administration support including client service, performance reporting and account research. She is originally from New York and earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from Marymount College.

Bank of Florida Trust Company, with offices in Naples and Fort Lauderdale, is an investment firm specializing in financial consulting, portfolio management, advisory services, alternative investment strategies, family office planning, business succession planning, trust services and private banking. Florida Trend magazine ranks the company as one of Florida’s top 25 Trust Banking Firms based on assets under advice.


Margaret Emblidge, director of entitlements and governmental affairs for Bonita Bay Group, has been appointed by the Florida Department of Community Affairs and the Florida Department of Transportation to the Mobility Fee Stakeholders’ Policy Committee.

The committee, comprised of key public agency and private sector representatives, is studying the policy implications of proposed mobility fee methodology alternatives and the calculation of vehicle miles traveled.

Emblidge has more than two decades of experience in the areas of land use planning, entitlements and environmental permitting, policy planning, and legislative initiatives on the federal, state and local levels.

Bonita Bay Group is celebrating 25 years in Southwest Florida as a diversified company involved in the planning, development, sales and management of master-planned communities, free-standing recreational amenities and commercial facilities. The company is respected for its commitment to meticulous planning, environmental stewardship, integrity and attention to detail. Bonita Bay Group is currently developing six master-planned communities — Bonita Bay, Shadow Wood Preserve, Mediterra, TwinEagles, Verandah and Sandoval — along with 14 golf courses and two marinas. Additional information about the company is available at

Keller Williams Elite Realty hires three in Bonita Springs

Don Newman, Beth James and Valerie Black have joined Keller Williams Elite Realty in Bonita Springs. Newman has lived in Southwest Florida for 10 years coming from Ironwood, Mich. He has been a licensed real estate agent for six years. Newman is a Member of the BEAR and The Fort Myers Board. He holds a bachelor’s in Pharmacy from Farris State University near Cedar Rapids Mich. He can be reached at 949-8338 and is located at 24851 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.

James has lived in the region for eight years coming from Washington, D.C. where she is also a licensed agent. She has been a licensed Florida real estate agent for 8 years and has sold investment real estate throughout the Southeast and Midwest. James is a Member of the BEAR, NABOR, Grey 2K USA, National Humane Society, Gulfshore Church and The Leopard Ladies. She graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. and holds a degree in English, Secondary Education.

Black has lived in Southwest Florida for 16 years coming from Radnor, Penn. She has been a licensed real estate agent for almost two years. Black is a Member of the BNI, Chamber and WCR. She holds a degree in Elementary Education, graduating from Lee University and Lincoln Memorial University.

All three can be reached at 949-8338 and are located at 24851 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.

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