Southwest Florida business briefs for Oct. 19, 2009


Orv Curry, network manager of Fort Myers-based insurance company Oswald Trippe and Co., has been elected president of Alliance for the Arts. The official arts organization for Lee County, the Alliance for the Arts is charged with facilitating the creation, development, promotion and education of arts and culture in the county.

EnSite announced the following new partners: Brian Smith, Shellie Johnson, Jonathan Romine and Jeffrey Roman. EnSite is recognized for its unique ability to see value in spaces and places and our vision for making them special.

Lori Fowler has joined YMCA of the Palms in Naples as its development director. A volunteer for more than 15 years, Fowler said she’s enthusiastic about the YMCA’s mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

Fran Lavicky has just joined Keller Williams Elite Realty in Bonita Springs. Lavicky has been a licensed real estate agent for nine years. Prior to real estate he was in the dairy and food business.

Terry Lloyd has joined the sales team at Islandwalk Realty of Naples. She started her real estate career as co-owner of a real estate office in Brandon and transitioned into banking and mortgage lending. She returned to real estate sales in 2002.

Dorrie Lussier has joined Advanced Closet and Storage as senior sales associate. Lussier has 20 years of experience designing closets, cabinets, kitchens and bathrooms. She spent the past three years working with California Closets in the sales department.

Jonathan Mark has joined Waterfront Realty Group. Mark has been in sales for more than six years.

Erin Mitchell has been promoted to veterinary clinic manager for The Gulf Coast Humane Society. Mitchell will oversee the daily operation of the clinic including scheduling, employee training, monitoring inventory and placing orders, customer service and other duties to ensure the smooth operation of the department.

Preferred Travel of Naples announced the following new domestic and international travel specialists: Manfred Baehr, Steward Fabrega, Sitra Friedman and Karen Kelley.

Jackie Toalson has been named certified nursing assistant at Ardent Manor Adult Day Center. Toalson formerly worked at Millennium House, an adult day care center in Bonita Springs. She has specialized training in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and care for people with special needs.


Break Away to Southwest Florida has been selected for the 2009 Best of Bonita Springs Award in the real estate managers category by the U.S. Commerce Association.

Cummings & Lockwood announced the following employee recognitions: William Horowitz and Deborah Russell were selected as Florida Legal Elite 2009 Attorneys by Florida Trend Magazine. Travis Hayes was selected as an Up & Coming Florida Legal Elite 2009 Attorney. Todd Bradley, Deborah Russell, Jonathan Gopman and Howard Hujsa were selected as The Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the Trusts & Estates practice area.

Joel Gravina, a financial adviser with the local office of Wells Fargo Advisors, received his Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation. Chartered retirement planning counselors have in-depth knowledge of the retirement process from start to finish, addressing issues such as estate planning and asset management.

The Lykos Group has been ranked 55 in the nation for 2009 by Remodeling magazine’s Remodeling 550, a list of the largest remodeling and home improvement companies based on residential remodeling revenue. The company also ranked 217 among the top 500 remodelers by Qualified Remodeler Magazine.

Naples Botanical Garden was awarded the 2009 Intelligent Use of Water Leadership Award by Rain Bird, an irrigation products provider. The garden received $10,000 and was featured in a short film highlighting the organization’s approach to water conservation.

Sheeley Architects received three Summit Awards from the Lee Building Industry Association. Sheeley Architects won for best architectural design in commercial design, best architectural design in renovations and best brochure/newsletter.

Denise Ward and Lori Christy of Denise Ward Interior Design received an American Society of Interior Designers Award for the best residential traditional design of more than 5,000 square feet.


Lululemon Athletica introduced its yoga-inspired athletic apparel with the arrival of a new retail showroom at 4320 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Suite 208 in the Village on Venetian Bay. (239) 213-0506,

Real Estate Advisory Services opened, specializing in court-appointed receiver services. REAS supervises property management, keeps accurate records and oversees the ultimate disposition of assets, as approved or directed by the Court. (239) 254-9927:

Second Hand Rose, a consignment shop specializing in high-end women’s clothing and accessories and household goods, has opened a second location in Bonita Springs. The shop is at 10347 Bonita Beach Road, No. 106. Call (239) 498-4897


The Neighborhood Health Clinic launched a new Web site, It illustrates the organization’s scope of services and is user-friendly for volunteers, patients, donors and the general public.


Heart & Health Screening, a subsidiary of Edwin J. Dean, MD Medical Wellness Center, relocated to a larger facility at 501 N. Goodlette-Frank Road, Suite D306. 263-0013

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