Southwest Florida Business Briefs: Nov. 30, 2009


Steve Dorcy, a hotelier with 30 years experience managing four- and five-star independent resorts, has been named general manager of the newly upgraded Inn at Pelican Bay in North Naples. Prior to his appointment, Dorcy served as general manager of the Marriott Hotel in St. Petersburg where he and his team achieved the highest guest service scores for the state of Florida in 2009.

Bernhard Kainer has joined the Preferred Travel of Naples as a domestic and international travel specialist. Kainer began his travel career in the hotel industry and most recently was a travel specialist in Dallas and Boca Raton.

Cassandra Smith has been promoted to office manager at First Community Bank of Southwest Florida’s Bonita Springs branch. She will oversee branch operations and continue to provide personal customer service.

Downing-Frye Realty, the largest locally owned and operated real estate brokerage based on closed sales volume and associates, has announced the addition of Sharon Eldred, Mark Himelick and Karen Fletcher as new sales associates. Eldred has 27 years of real estate experience in Illinois and Florida. Himelick has 10 years of real estate experience in Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Fletcher, prior to joining Downing-Frye Realty, was a paralegal and senior closer at First American Title in Naples.


Lawrence Farese,a partner in the Naples office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, was named Fort Myers-area bet-the-company litigator of the year by Best Lawyers for 2010. Farese’s practice focuses on business and probate litigation.

Amanda Gutierrez, a senior supervisor for Lee County Parks & Recreation, has been recognized by the ADA Advisory Board of Southwest Florida for her support of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Gutierrez supervises the special needs, inclusion and ADA efforts for Lee County Parks & Recreation, an agency recognized for its progressive approach to accessibility throughout its facilities and parks.

Janus King has been named vice president, corporate treasury management sales manager for Fifth Third Bank (South Florida) commercial banking division. She has more than 15 years of retail and commercial banking sales and management experience.


Michele Hoover, managing partner in the accounting firm of Alexander & Hoover CPA’s, has been elected treasurer of the Literacy Volunteers of Lee County board. Literacy Volunteers of Lee County is a nonprofit agency that provides literacy programs to adults who want to learn to read and write English.

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