IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

Volunteer program nominations due Dec. 10

The 2010 “Diamond Volunteer Program” is calling for nominations. The program will honor the volunteers of three different nonprofit organizations involved in maintaining and improving the quality of life in the community through their volunteer efforts. Kelly E. Capolino, a Coldwell Banker real estate professionals, will present the program from January through March.

“We want to get the word out to all the nonprofits in Collier County so they have the opportunity to be part of this series,” says Capolino.

Volunteers from three organizations will be honored this season. Each organization will be presented with a personal cocktail reception given in their honor. Each organization will receive the Diamond Volunteers award that will include a reception for 25 of the organization’s volunteers, a radio interview, press coverage, and a framed award.

Nonprofit organizations interested in being chosen should e-mail: a short statement about their organization, why their volunteers would be honored and why they would like to honor their volunteers in this way. Statements should be limited to one page and e-mailed to before Dec. 10.

Winners will be selected by a panel and notified on or before Dec. 15. Receptions will be held Jan. 14, Feb. 25 and March 11. One group will be honored on each of these dates.

Capolino’s office is at Coldwell Banker, 550 Fifth Ave. S. and can be reached at (239) 262-7131 ext. 149, or (800) 741-7131 ext. 149, or at or Send nominations and applications for this series to

- Contributed by Sue Huff, E. Sue Huff & Associates, Inc.

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McCormack joins Gora/McGahey Architects

Local architect Rick McCormack has joined Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) as project architect and marketing director.

McCormack has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and served as principal architect of his own firm prior to joining GMA.

“We are so pleased to welcome Rick to the Gora/McGahey leadership team,” said Dan McGahey, president and principal architect with Gora/McGahey Architects. “Rick has forged longstanding relationships with many major developers throughout Florida and we look forward to sharing his expertise with our clients.”

McCormack has designed some of the most recognizable architectural landmarks in Southwest Florida, including two marinas at Cape Harbour, North Star Yacht Club, DiamondHead Beach Resort, GullWing Beach Resort, White Sand Villas at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa, Lover’s Key Resort, The Rivers IV, St. Nicole at Pelican Bay, Galeana Chrysler Plymouth, Regency Autohaus Mercedes Benz, Galeana Pontiac, Metro Park Center, Via Royale and the Lee County Building Industry Association office building.

McCormack received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and is affiliated with the American Institute of Architects (AIA); AIA Florida; National Council of Architectural Registration Board; Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism. He previously served as a member of the City of Fort Myers Historic Preservation Commission.

- Contributed by Kimberly Geary, Priority Marketing

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Local companies host graphic design students

Pushing the Envelope, Inc. and Presstige Printing recently coordinated a site visit with students from the graphic design course at High Tech North. The 16 students enjoyed a tour of the 15,000-square-foot facility, learning information how graphic design relates to other industries.

Led by their teacher, Kevin Hawk, students in the graphic design program at High Tech North are both high school students and adults, learning tools and skills to work in society upon graduation. During the tour, all participants heard from digital and off set press experts as well as graphic design and public relations professionals.

“It’s exciting to see and assist the future of our industry and complimentary industries,” commented Samantha Scott, owner of Pushing the Envelope, Inc. “By teaming up with Presstige Printing, we were able to give these students a firsthand look at the environment they will soon be working in and answer any questions they may have had.”

Information: or (239) 574-4440.

- Contributed by Pushing the Envelope

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Deli company’s sales to benefit breast cancer research

Dietz & Watson, the nation’s No. 2 deli company, is holding a hot dog and soda sale at five retailers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 with 100 percent of proceeds going to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southwest Florida.

Dietz & Watson is working with five Dietz & Watson retailers for the charity hot dog sale at the following sites: Bailey’s General Store, 2477 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island; Jerry’s of Sanibel, 1700 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island; Mario’s Italian Meat Market, 12326 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers; the Sandy Butler Gourmet Market, 17650 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach; and Topp’s Supermarket, 2555 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach.

The Southwest Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front.

- Contributed by Dietz & Watson

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Property management staff receives designations

KW Property Management & Consulting, one of Florida’s leading property management firms with a strong presence in Naples, announces that the following executive staff members in Naples have received advanced professional designations through the Community Associations Institute: Judi Allen, District Manager, received her Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation, the highest level in the CAI. Allen joined KW Property Management in 2007 and also has attained Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) and Association Management Specialist (AMS) designations through CAI; Katy Ruiz, Property Manager, received her Certified Manager of Community Associations designation. Ruiz has been with KW since 2007; Barbara Buckland, who was recently promoted from Property Manager to District Manager, received the Association Management Specialist designation. She also has attained the CMCA designation through CAI; “KW Property Management has always placed a premium on its executives securing professional designations from the Community Associations Institute,” said Robert White, Managing Director and co-founder of KW Property Management. “By attaining these advanced designations, our people are able to provide outstanding service to our clients.”

CAI also advocates for legislative and regulatory policies that support responsible governance and effective management.

- Contributed by David Reeves, Reeves Laverdure Public Relations

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