Southwest Florida business briefs, Oct. 30, 2009


Ken Buschle, head of quality control for Gora/McGahey Architects, has been elected secretary of the U.S. Green Building Council, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. The chapter serves an 11-county area on the west coast from Citrus County to Collier County and its mission is to lead the region toward sustainability by encouraging and advancing environmental knowledge.

The statewide Guardian ad Litem program made the following appointments. Alicia Guerra has been named deputy general counsel. She now serves as regional attorney for the program covering seven Florida court circuits, including circuit 20. John Sommer is now the supervising attorney for the Circuit 20 Guardian ad Litem program, replacing Guerra. Sommer had previously volunteered as a pro bono attorney in the program.

David Moser has been named sales manager for Elias Brothers Group contracting division, one of the premier providers of waterproofing and restoration services in Southwest Florida. Moser has 16 years of executive experience in management, marketing, estimating and sales.

Diane Powell joined Waterfront Realty Group as a broker-associate. Prior to relocating to Florida in 2005, Powell co-owned and operated Powell & Powell Associates, a real estate brokerage and appraisal firm in New Jersey.

Marian Woods has joined the practice of North Naples psychologist Marilyn Varcoe as a mental health counselor. Marian is a member of the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida.

Robert Forman has joined Downing-Frye Realty, the largest locally owned and operated real estate brokerage in Naples based on closed sales transactions and sales associates, as a new sales associate.

Bridgeport Home Health Care announced the following new employees in the Naples office: Claudine Le Hors has been named director of nursing. Marion Taylor has been named scheduling specialist.

Gentry Thomas of Fort Myers has been named program director of Talk Triplecast WINK-AM, WNOG-AM and WFXS-FM. He replaces Jeff Wolf, who is heading to Texas.

Pam Fultz has joined The Terraces at Bonita Springs as community relations director. The Terraces is the area’s newest planned gated senior living community. Fultz is responsible for educating the public about The Terraces, the lifestyle it offers and the benefits of unlimited life care.


Cliff Welles, owner of Decorating Den design studio, has achieved GREEN Leader Accredited Professional certification from the Sustainable Furnishings Council. The council is a nonprofit coalition of suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and designers formed to promote sustainable practices in the home furnishings industry.

The African Association of Zoos and Aquaria awarded the Madagascar Fauna Group with its Conservation Award. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is one of the 13 international managing members of the MFG.

The Michael A. Petty Center at Moorings Park received the prestigious Certified Wellness Center designation from Age Dynamics. The center will open Nov. 4. This Age Dynamics certification assures residents that the facility meets the unique and specific needs of mature adults.

FAC Wealth Management, a leading provider of wealth management services, has been selected by Goldline Research as one of the leading wealth managers of the United States for 2009. This special list will be published in the November issue of Forbes Magazine.

LarsonAllen announced Anthony Lewis and Austin Vealey have passed the uniform exam for becoming certified public accountants. Lewis has extensive expertise in computer networks and technology. Vealey specializes in taxation.

LJH Financial Marketing Strategies, with offices in New York and Naples, has been named one of the top global public relations firms of the year by HFM Week, a leading news source for the alternative investment industry.

First Community Bank at 3414 Forum Blvd. was one of the first commercial buildings in the Fort Myers area to pursue and receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, New Construction designation through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Dr. Eduardo Lichi was named Most Influential Doctor in his field by USA Today. Lichi, with more than 20 years experience, operates a private practice in the Riverchase Commons medical plaza.

Brad Cornell, of the Collier County Audubon Society, was awarded the Trailblazer Award for his long-term commitment to developing environmental policies in Southwest Florida by the Urban Land Institute Southwest Florida District Council.

John Cardillo, an attorney with Cardillo, Keith & Bonaquist, has been selected as an “Up and Coming” attorney by Florida Trend magazine. Cardillo specializes in probate litigation, real estate, business, family and criminal matters.


American Institute of Architects Florida Southwest Chapter appointed new 2010 board members: President Joyce Owens, Vice-President W. Scott Anderson, Treasurer Brad Schiffer, Secretary Claude Pullen, Immediate Past President Carlos Urzola, and state directors Keith Gilbert, Amy Nowacki and Victor Latavish.


Haagen Dazs has reopened at Coastland Center mall.

Love Me, Love My Dog Pet Salon and Spa has opened 2338 Pine Ridge Road on the corner of Pine Ridge Road and Airport-Pulling Road. 262-1200

Blue Windows Bistro, featuring French cuisine, opened at 15250 U.S. 41. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. (239) 849-0622, text (239) 565-1608,

Double Lunar Media launched offering brand creation, user-friendly Web site development and promotion., 595-1328,

Rainbow Food Mart and Deli and Rainbow Ice Cream opened at 5498 and 5496 Rattlesnake Hammock in the Charlemagne plaza next to Dominos Pizza. We offer 40 flavors of homemade ice cream by Royal Scoop. We also have a full deli for lunch and breakfast. 732-7300

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