Marco’s business digest

compiled by Quentin Roux
Staffers of Rick's Island Salon on Marco enjoy a shot at the recent seminar they attended.
  • The Hilton resort has picked up the AAA Four Diamond Award every year since 1999

Local stylists attend hands-on seminar

The Hairdressers at Rick's Island Salon and Day Spa attended a three day hands on training seminar put on by the Matrix Haircare Companies Global Design Team.

Owner Rick Popoff said, "We are strong advocates of continuing education, today’s hairdresser must keep connected to stay up with the ever changing industry.”

Hilton GM Mac Chaudhry, center, accepts the award from AAA office managers Douglas Harper, blue shirt, and Gerry Weis.

Hilton secures diamond rating, again

At a rooftop ceremony recently at the Marco Island Hilton Resort, GM Mac Chaudhry and his senior staff members accepted the AAA Four Diamond rating for the 17th year in a row.

On hand for the presentation were Naples AAA office managers Gerry Weis and Douglas Harper.

Hotels at this level are committed to “providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings,” according to AAA. They typically offer an extensive array of amenities and guest services.

Currently, just 1,587 hotels hold the rating.

“This rating acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our staff,” said Chaudhry.

Stefan Bolsen.

Realty company chooses manager

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has named Stefan Bolsen new branch manager of the company’s Marco Island office, where he will lead over 40 independent sales associates. He has more than 10 years’ experience in real estate.

Originally from Germany, Bolsen and his family relocated to southwest Florida in 2001. He specialized in luxury real estate and marketed his listings to domestic and international clients.

“His extensive knowledge of the Southwest Florida and the luxury market makes him a significant asset to the independent sales associates of the Marco Island office,” said Sue Wolverton, company regional senior vice president.

“I look forward to transitioning back to the city where I first started my real estate career,” Bolsen said.

He is at 394-8121 or


Local Realtor picks up two designations

Michael Vale of Results Realty is now a certified residential specialist (CRS), a designation awarded by the Council of Residential Specialists – the largest non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. The training assures home buyers and sellers that CRS designees “subscribe to the Realtor code of ethics, use the latest tactics and technologies, and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.”

Vale also holds the accredited buyer’s representation (ABR) through the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of NAR. Requirements are successfully completing a course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.

Healthcare lectures offered

Physicians Regional Healthcare System has announced some upcoming lectures on assorted healthcare issues: Arthritis – What’s new, what works: March 10, 6 to 7 p.m., 6101 Pine Ridge Road. Colon health: March 22 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 6101 Pine Ridge Road. Bariatric support group: March 23, 3 to 4 p.m., 8300 Collier Blvd. (Call Gail Ekblad at 354-6143).

Shortness of breath: March 23, 6 to 7 p.m. 6101 Pine Ridge Road. Victory over ‘DaFeet (common foot, lower leg and ankle ailments), March 24, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 8300 Collier Blvd. Moving beyond wires – new localization methods in breast surgery: March 31, 4 to 5 p.m., 6101 Pine Ridge Road.

Reservations are required. Other than for the bariatric support group, call 348-4180.


Attorney earns peer review honor

Kelly Lyon Davis of The national law firm of has received the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Davis joins nearly 200 Quarles & Brady attorneys who have been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

The ratings are designed to assess the legal ability and ethical standards of an attorney. It represents a determination by Davis’ peers that she ranks at the highest level of professional excellence.

Davis practices in the labor and employment practice group, providing advice and counsel to employers and representing employers in defense of workplace-related litigation.