'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Think big. This week’s Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle guests do just that.

Think big. This week’s Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle guests do just that.

They are: Greg Poss, head coach of the champion Florida Everblades; Kristen Coury, founder of the professional

Gulfshore Playhouse, which wants to expand the theater at Naples’ Norris Center; and Casey Weston, former finalist on "The Voice.’’

The program airs Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Video highlights are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Here are excerpts:

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NewsMakers: Greg Poss

Greg Poss

Lytle: Talk to me about the role the fans played in all of this. You had thousands of people come out the other night to Germain Arena just to shake your hand and to touch the trophy and say, wow, we really feel part of this.

Poss: And the fans were a huge part of our success. If you look at our playoff records, we had 11 wins and zero losses in the playoffs at home.

Lytle: That’s huge.

Poss: Yes, so having the fans behind us ... the fans made it a very difficult arena for our opponents to play in. They really helped us to win this championship.

I can’t name the number of fans who came up to me and said they’ve been 14 years for this, and never thought it would happen, and they’re very pleased that it finally happened before ... you know, before it’s too late.

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NewsMakers: Kristen Coury

Kristen Coury

Lytle: Are there any other venues being considered? For example, Florida Gulf Coast University once planned a theater at the corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and U.S. 41 East. Is that in play? Can you collaborate with any other project, or even in East Naples on Bayshore?

Coury: That is ... we have reached out to FGCU, and a discussion is also happening. So we are exploring options, like I’m saying. And even Councilman Doug Finlay, when we went to him to ask for his support for having a conversation with the city, suggested the idea of possibly closing down Park Street and creating another plaza off Fifth Avenue. This is obviously an attractive idea as well — attractive to me as a city resident, and also a member of the marketing committee for the Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue.

If we get more feet closer to Fifth Avenue, we become even more of an economic driver than we already are.

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NewsMakers: Casey Weston

Casey Weston

Lytle: How do you know in a career that’s strange to you, and everybody says it’s a jungle out there, how do you know who to listen to? How do you know who are the good guys, who are the bad guys? How do you figure that out?

Weston: It’s a lot of gut instinct, because there are a lot of sharks out there. You have to be careful for everyone who has their own interest in what they want from you. And my dad put it really well. He said, "Everyone has an enlightened interest," which means that, yes, they want something for themselves. But as long as it’s something that you want as well ...

So I think that the core of it is that you have to have the instinct of who’s a good person, who’s not. And then I really come back to my family, who I trust more than anything in the world. So they kind of give me their opinions.

Lytle: You’re lucky. They’re with you.

Weston: Yes, they’re a hundred percent with me and so supportive. So I really ... I can lean on them for any question of morals of other people.

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