NewsMakers: Blake Gable
Update on North Naples medical project.
NewsMakers: Mike Knight
Expert on dangerous pythons.
NewsMakers: Richard Akin & Phil McCabe
Advice for tomorrow’s leaders.
This week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program features Blake Gable, president of the Barron Collier Cos., with updates on North Naples medical project, Ave Maria and Granada Shoppes; Mike Knight of the Audubon Society at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, an expert on the dangerous pythons, toads and lizards in our midst; and Richard Akin and Phil McCabe, 2012 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame inductees, with advice for tomorrow’s leaders. Akin is CEO of Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida and chairman of the Lee Memorial Health System board; McCabe is a hotel and bar owner. The show airs Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.
Here are excerpts:
Lytle: Let me ask you about a project you have going around the Ave Maria area, the Arthrex expansion. That’s going great guns, and so are home sales related to that or otherwise.
Gable: Right. Ave Maria had a tough couple of years, and now ... we sold something like 32, 33 homes in the last seven weeks alone. We have another builder that’s building out there — Lennar in addition to Pulte, and we are hopeful to announce in the next 30 to 60 days that we have another builder coming out. All are excited. Things are going great. Arthrex is going great. You know we’ve got a bank. We just sold the gas station.
The university’s enrollment is as high as it’s ever been. So all in all, things are looking up and we’re really excited about it.
Richard Akin and Phil McCabe
Lytle: What is your advice to youth who will be the health care administrators of tomorrow?
Akin: You just have to be persistent because nothing ever always works. You just gotta keep trying and trying, kinda like the FSU clinic/branch campus program we put together in Immokalee. It took almost five years to do that. Or our HMO — it took a long time to put that together. Sometimes you just have to persevere, but it’s worth it.
Lytle: Phil, a different road has brought you to the JA Hall of Fame. What will your message be to those kids?
McCabe: Well, I think it’s about entrepreneurship and getting out there, empowerment and taking risks and tenacity, as Richard points out. You need tenacity. You need to be prepared for a failure along the way, and it’s just working extremely hard on a mission as you go — whether it’s starting a business or being a part of the organization of the new business. It’s just getting out there and working at it.
Lytle: Nile monitor lizards can be a threat to animals who are curious and stick their nose in those drain pipes where they hide.
Wright: They can get up to six or seven feet long.
Lytle: Holy cow.
Wright: They’ve got the temperament of a bad pit bull and claws almost like a cat. Very intelligent animals.
If you recall the movie “Jurassic Park,” they’re almost like the raptors. It’s a very intelligent, big lizard with an attitude.
Lytle: Leave them alone?
Wright: Leave them alone, definitely.
* Video highlights are posted Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers