Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) has hired Brenda Talbert-Thomas as the new Executive Vice President. Talbert-Thomas has more than 10 years of experience in leadership roles with home builders associations across Florida including the Collier Building Industry Association from 2006-2009. Her efforts have garnered stronger community partnerships, increased profitability and new programs. She has held numerous leadership roles including the Naples Area Board of Realtors, National Association of Business Women and Attainable Housing Task Force of Palm Beach County.
Talbert-Thomas’ responsibilities include working with local and state legislators on building industry issues and other issues affecting the Lee BIA and its approximately 350 building and related industries members, as well as serve as chief executive staff of the Association and Board of Directors and work closely with membership to fulfill industry priorities. Talbert-Thomas will start this position on Nov. 3.
The Lee Building Industry Association, a non‐profit organization representing Lee, Hendry and Glades counties, is a powerful voice for the building industry in the Regulatory arena. Membership in the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders is automatic upon joining the Lee BIA. The Lee Building Industry Association is comprised of approximately 350 companies involved in every aspect of building and creating a thriving community for a growing Southwest Florida. The Association serves its members and strengthens the community by advancing the professional building industry through advocacy, education and service. For more information on membership and our various programs, please visit www.bia.net.
RedSnook Tournament nets $72,000 to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida juvenile gamefish studies, water-quality research and estuary protection
A record-breaking 45 teams participated in the 2014 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament that took place Oct. 24-26, generating $72,000 to support juvenile gamefish studies, water-quality research and estuary protection conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
Wayne A. Meland of Morgan Stanley sponsored the event. Meland also served as event co-chair, along with Gary Parsons. The 2014 honorary chair was Oliver White, a rising star in the fly fishing community and passionate conservationist.
“The mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and their water quality work is a natural fit for the conservation work I do,” White said. “I’m proud to be the RedSnook Honorary Chair. I think the slogan, Clean Water! More Fish! sums it up perfectly.”
Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy, said he was very pleased with this year’s results. “I’m truly grateful to Wayne Meland, Gary Parsons, Oliver White and the rest of the RedSnook Committee for their hard work and dedication, which made this year’s RedSnook Tournament one of the best ever. I’d also like to thank the anglers and guides who participated. Their support shows just how much our community cares about protecting water quality.”
The tournament began with a Kick-Off Party and Auction on Oct. 24 at the Conservancy, with a buffet dinner provided by Longhorn Steakhouse. The competition began Saturday morning, Oct. 25, and continued on Sunday the 26th. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony Sunday evening at Northern Trust.
First place winners included:
First Place Guided Bait Division: 3,530 points
Gary Sandor and Maureen Sandor
Guide: Mike Merritt
First Place Unguided Bait Division: 3,960 points
Doug Hanks and Troy Pruitt
First Place Guided Artificial Division: 3,195 points
Keith Sullivan and Andrew Dolwick
Guide: Bill Faulkner
First Place Unguided Artificial Division: 3,240 points
Gary Parsons and Stephanie Parsons
First Place Fly Division: 2,340 points
Alan Kuhre and Michelle Brown
Guide: John Stark
In addition, awards were given in the following categories:
Top Female Angler: 2,370 points
Winning Corporate Team: 3,570 points
RGM Capital LLC, Ed Novinski and Jason Krishnan
Largest Snook, 39 inches
Guide: Connor McNichols
Largest Red, 31 inches
Trash Can Slam
- Jack: 18 inches
- Ladyfish: 19 inches
- Catfish: 15 inches
- Total: 52 inches
Conservancy of Southwest Florida began 50 years ago when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region, including Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, with a mission to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife. Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its Nature Center are located in Naples, Florida at 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org.
Stevens Construction has expanded its Fort Myers team with the addition of project manager Ken Kensinger, announced Mark Stevens, company president.
Kensinger joins the company with more than 26 years of construction experience with a specialty in healthcare construction. Prior to joining Stevens Construction, Kensinger served as project manager for a construction management firm where he completed more than $30 million in construction for the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Kensinger earned his bachelor’s degree in building construction management from the University of Florida. Kensinger is also a Florida certified general contractor earning certifications in construction quality management from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Kensinger is also a Florida Department of Environmental Protection certified storm water erosion and sedimentation control inspector.
With offices in Tampa, Fort Myers and Orlando, Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting, and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control, and warranty service. The company builds healthcare, commercial, public and hospitality facilities throughout Florida. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.
Retina Health Center develops imaging device for monitoring patient eye drop technique and compliance
Understanding patient compliance with an eye drop regimen can greatly affect an ophthalmologist’s choice in treatments, though physicians rarely know how compliant a patient is without proper monitoring. To monitor patient’s eye drop technique and compliance, Retina Health Center physicians have developed a new compact imaging device to allow physicians to monitor patient eye drop use at home, as well as during patient visits at Retina Health Center offices.
Retina Health Center Director Dr. Alexander Eaton presented the result of his research in Chicago at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago on Monday, Oct. 20 to Glaucoma Specialists from around the world. Countries represented included Spain, Japan, China, and Korea, to name a few.
A recent video monitoring study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology found that out of the subjects claiming not to miss the eye when applying drops, nearly one third actually missed; and out of all the subjects, approximately one third could not get a drop onto the eye at all. Another recent study found that only about nine percent of patients who use eye drops are able to properly self-administer them.
Using the newly developed imaging system created by Retina Health Center, the physicians launched the first-ever at-home study to record video of the drop techniques of patients at home for one to two weeks. Prior to use at home, training on use of the device was performed in the clinic along with the clinic portion of the research study. Patients from the Retina Health Center and the Konowal Vision Center were enrolled. A total of 37 patients in the clinic phase of the study, and 38 patients in the home study participated.
Following the videotaping, researchers compared the actual video to the patient’s reporting of the number of drops applied and how many drops landed in the eye. Patients were found to consistently underestimate the number of drops they applied while trying to get a drop in their eye, and overestimated the number of drops that actually landed in their eye.
“Unlike pills, where if a patient attempts to take a pill, it is likely they got the pill. With eye drops, patients may think they are taking the drops properly but they may not be getting into the eye and thus they may not be treating the disease they are intended to treat,” said Eaton. “An additional problem for patients is when they require using two or three drops to get one in, they can run out of their medications before their insurance company will refill there prescription. This can be a huge problem, and can threaten their vision.”
Retina Health Center also evaluated the number of patients that can properly apply a drop, which is to deliver one drop per application without the tip coming in contact with the eye lashes, the eye itself or the skin. Nearly 90 percent of patients were not able to properly deliver the eye drops at least once during the clinic phase. In the at-home phase, none of the subjects were able to perform proper drop applications for every attempt during their regimen.
“Again, this reflects on the opportunity to improve drop delivery with the direct feedback patients can get from our easy to use device,” said Eaton. “This pilot trial has confirmed previous reports of difficulties that patients experience when administering eye drops, and has further shown that the experimental imaging device can provide a unique insight for physicians and patients alike. During drop administration, patients often blink and the drops may land on the lid and/or the conjunctiva, all of which happened quickly, making it very difficult to determine what exactly happened by the patient. Our study shows that the imaging system can provide physicians with an objective measurement of when and how many drops are getting into the patients eye. This imaging system is a powerful tool to help physicians tailor therapeutic decisions more accurately for each patient and can help researchers evaluate new drop therapies. We are hopeful that much the way athletes view videos of themselves to improve their game, that patients, physicians and physicians staff will be able to use the videos to improve their drop technique and that this will result in better outcomes and less waste for people throughout the world.”
An Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved study to evaluate this research will be starting soon. In addition to helping patients, physicians and their staff, the device and study may help manufacturers improve their understanding of how the eye drop bottle shape and tip shape can affect a patient’s technique and compliance.
Retina Health Center and the Macular Degeneration Research Center were established in 2002 by Dr. Alexander M. Eaton, a long-time Southwest Florida resident who has been practicing ophthalmology in Lee and Collier counties for more than 20 years. Dr. Eaton has been the principal investigator for numerous studies to prevent and treat macular degeneration. For more information on the latest studies or to make an appointment, call 239-337-3337 in Fort Myers or 239-793-5200 in Naples, or visit www.retinahealthcenter.com.
Design West, a full-service upscale interior design company, has completed design services for three model homes at Grey Oaks Country Club, 2400 Grey Oaks Dr. in Naples. The completed models include the Biella model at Torino, Camargo model at Tornio and Arenas model at Tornio.
The single-story Biella floor plan offers 3,738 square feet with formal living and dining rooms, a large family room, an island kitchen, two master suites, a den, two guest bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and an outdoor living area with a covered terrace, a fireplace, an outdoor kitchen, dining and conversation areas, and a pool, all of which overlooks Torino’s landscaped views. The plan also includes a two-car garage with dedicated golf cart storage. Lead designer on this model JoAnna Palinchak of Design West, with support from Raquel Bloam, selected a color palette of tone-on-tone grays and taupe, touches of slate blue and light blue hues. The color palette combined with sleek furnishings create an environment that is monochromatic and classy in the primary living areas. The secondary, more casual areas, such as the kitchen and family room, feature a more vivid indigo blue. Flooring throughout the living areas is gray-toned travertine. The lay and size of the tile varies to add interest while maintaining the monochromatic look. A Lagos blue inset in the foyer flooring adds additional visual interest while introducing the use of slate tones.
Designed by Dominique Coffman of Design West, with support from Caroline Ficquette and Kelsey Kohler, the Camargo Model at Torino is a two-story home with 5,137 total square feet that boasts a grand staircase and entertainment loft, along with four bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The design style is an elegant seaside blend of nautical shades of blue and bright whites with a more traditional mix of coastal accents with formal touches. High contrast is created with dark wood floors throughout and detailed white trim molding details in the entry and formal living room. Grand kitchen cabinetry in a bright white finish spans all the way to the ceiling and follows suit with a dark walnut contrasting island. The maritime palette blended with dark finished classic Chippendale dining chairs dress out the dining room. Rich browns and blacks with subtle animal print accents create a study that speaks to world travelers. This model home also features two master bedroom suites. Nautical colors and earthy textures fill the more coastal first floor master while the upstairs master suite is a blend of soft aqua and coral tones with a more formal claw foot tub in the bath. The entertainment loft, which opens over the grand foyer, is designed with a custom dry-bar area, pool table, entertainment unit and bar table all coordinated in bold, more contemporary prints in the navy and white color palette. With an abundance of living spaces, a blend of the traditional with high-contrast colors, and coastal accents throughout, this home speaks to many tastes and genres.
The third completed model, Arenas at Torino, was designed by Alexis Limb with support from Liz Grina and Kelsey Talis of Design West. The 3,032-square-foot under air three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home offers a great room floor plan including an entry pavilion and courtyard, a den, a formal dining room, an oversized gourmet island kitchen with coffered ceiling details. The home includes a two-car garage with dedicated golf cart storage. Pocketing sliders open the great room to a covered outdoor terrace and pool. An optional summer kitchen is shown in the model. The design style exudes a comfortable, sophisticated coastal feeling that is warm and inviting, yet classy and elegant. The color palette is light and mixes tones of aqua and blues with pops of papaya. There are also touches of driftwood and a mix of wood tones that reinforce the home’s overall casual ambiance. Both guest bedrooms feature light, bright sea-inspired pallets and offer a refreshing retreat to guests. The authentic wood flooring throughout the main areas of the home and in the master bedroom has a light, worn looking finish that is ideal for the home’s elegant and relaxed coastal design. The spacious kitchen and breakfast nook offer a great gathering space with inviting textiles and a mix of wood tones with complimenting accents. The custom built-in features a de-corking station with plenty of room for storage. The entire space lends itself to great entertaining with inviting and comfortable functionality.
About Design West
Design West is a full-service upscale interior design company based in Southwest Florida, which specializes in interior design for private residences and club houses, architectural detailing, model home merchandising and comprehensive custom home renovations including custom cabinetry, partnering with quality home furnishing brands such as Ralph Lauren Home, Bang & Olufsen and Woodmode. Company president Glenn Midnet, who has more than 25 years of experience in the interior design industry, founded the award-winning design firm, which serves clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. The firm’s showroom is located at 9118 Strada Place, Mercato 8130 in Naples, Fla. For information, call 239-514-1234, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.DesignWestFL.com.
DeRomo’s Gourmet Market and Restaurant is now open at The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 South Bay Dr. in Bonita Springs. The family-owned gourmet market, restaurant and catering company occupies nearly 18,000 square feet and features a premier gourmet market with fresh meats and seafood, prepared foods and deli, Sicilian pizza, fresh produce, bakery and coffee bar, wine and cheeses, gift baskets and full catering services. The restaurant features an open-style kitchen design, offers seating for more than 250 and includes an indoor bar as well as a Tuscan-style outdoor bar and seating area. In addition, the restaurant’s private dining room accommodates private parties for up to 30 guests.
Owner Francis J. Cuomo was raised in the Bronx, New York, a stone’s throw away from Arthur Avenue. Known as the “real little Italy,” Arthur Avenue holds the reputation as “the” place to buy the best tasting breads, fresh pasta, Italian sausage, pastries, meats, seafood, and espresso, as well as “the” place to dine with some of the best, true Italian restaurants in the city. Cuomo proudly brings this authentic neighborhood shopping and casual dining experience to Southwest Florida.
“With both sets of grandparents living only a block away from each other, I grew up in a very close-knit family and surrounded by great friends who taught me bout values, tradition, and the art of authentic Italian cuisine,” Cuomo said. “As a tribute to my grandparents, I blended the two family names – DeRosa and Cuomo – to establish DeRomo’s and bring the flavor and feel of ‘little Italy’ to Southwest Florida. DeRomo’s warm, friendly and creative environment, coupled with a fresh, authentic home-style cuisine, will make you feel right at home!”
Open seven days a week, DeRomo’s coffee shop will open daily at 6:30 a.m., followed by the gourmet market at 8:30 a.m. Lunch service begins at 11:30 a.m. and dinner service will follow.
Located in the Promenade at Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs, DeRomo’s Gourmet Market and Restaurant is the anchor tenant for the recently renovated Promenade at Bonita Bay and occupies nearly 18,000 square feet featuring a premier gourmet market with fresh meats and seafood, prepared foods and deli, Sicilian pizza, fresh produce, bakery and coffee bar, wine and cheeses, gift baskets and full catering, outdoor bar and seating area and much more. For more information, call 239-325-3583 or visit www.deromos.com.
The Preserve At Palm-Aire completes multimillion-dollar renovation, hosts public grand re-opening celebration Nov. 12
The Preserve At Palm-Aire introduces its newly renovated senior-living community during a grand re-opening celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 3701 W. McNab Rd. in Pompano Beach between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike. As result of the multimillion-dollar, extensive renovation, The Preserve’s management company, Discovery Senior Living, has upgraded almost 17,000 square feet of living, dining and amenities throughout the community campus.
In addition to newly designed model homes, the renovations focus on interior and exterior spaces where residents dine, engage in recreational programs and events, and participate in health and wellness activities. The enhancements include a newly remodeled Grande Clubhouse, Sensations dining room and private dining room, new grande ballroom and multi-purpose room, outdoor terrace, café and bistro, new great room, lobby and corridors.
During the grand re-opening event, the public is invited to tour the newly designed model homes, the Sensations public and private dining rooms, outdoor terrace and patio areas, café, grande ballroom and auditorium, beauty salon and multi-function craft room. The festivities include hors d’oeuvres and buffet stations, live music, raffle prizes and giveaways. Guests will be invited to get their tour passports stamped at six locations throughout the complex, and fully stamped passports may be turned in to be entered into a prize raffle.
Thomas J. Harrison, CEO and co-founder of Discovery Senior Living, said the remodeling reflects the lifestyle that the majority of residents are seeking.
“Our renovations focused on enhancing social spaces such as dining and entertainment areas,” said Harrison. “The Preserve At Palm-Aire now offers a newly designed and remodeled senior-living community for those who want a worry-free, healthy lifestyle with everything they need now and in the future.”
The Preserve At Palm-Aire, located at 3701 W. McNab Rd. in Pompano Beach between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike, offers independent living and assisted living on 13 acres of lush grounds and is close to shopping, cultural centers and entertainment venues. For more information, call 954-970-2600 or visit www.PreserveAtPalmAire.com.
About Discovery Senior Living
Discovery Senior Living, a family of companies founded by Thomas J. Harrison and Richard J. Hutchinson, includes: Discovery Management Group, Discovery Development Group, Discovery Realty Group, and Discovery At Home, a Medicare-certified home healthcare company. Discovery Senior Living also owns and operates a portfolio of senior-living communities in Florida under the brand name of Discovery Village, where apartment homes are now available or under development in Bradenton, Fort Myers, Naples, Tampa, Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Coast. Additionally, the firm has an ownership interest in, and is the exclusive manager and operator of, Aston Gardens senior-living communities in Tampa, Venice, Parkland, Naples and Sun City Center. Discovery Senior Living also operates and partially owns the Conservatory senior-living communities in the Texas communities of Austin, Keller, Plano, Spring and The Woodlands. It also manages and operates senior-living communities Regency Pointe in Rainbow City, Alabama; The Preserve At Palm-Aire in Pompano Beach, Florida; Stonebridge At Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas; and Noble Village At Sugarloaf in Suwanee, Georgia.
For more than 25 years, Discovery Senior Living has developed, built and operated upscale, luxury senior-living communities. The award-winning management group has a flourishing portfolio of almost 4,000 homes for seniors, caring for more than 4,000 residents. Discovery Senior Living has become a recognized industry leader in the development, marketing and management of world‐class resort‐style communities. The corporate office is located at 3301 Bonita Beach Rd., Suite 113, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134. For more information, visit www.DiscoverySeniorLiving.com.
Lee County will host the 26th Roy Hobbs Baseball World Series from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15, a three-week tournament including 230 teams in eight divisions. Over the course of the tournament, around 4,000 adult, amateur baseball players will take to the fields in five Lee County sports complexes, including Terry Park, City of Palms Park, JetBlue Park, the Lee County Player Development Complex and the CenturyLink Sports Complex (formerly Lee County Sports Complex).
Last year’s tournament had a total economic impact of $13.1 million for Lee County, including $7.9 million in direct visitor expenditures, according to Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development.
“Hosting one of the largest amateur sporting events in the country is a home run for tourism in Lee County,” Mielke said. “The county will welcome 230 teams and 4,000 players, along with their families. In addition to traveling and staying in local hotels, these visitors will spend money at shops, restaurants and local attractions during their time in Lee County. We’re thrilled to welcome them back for their 26th year.”
In addition, Lee County Sports Development and Roy Hobbs Baseball have agreed to extend their current partnership through 2019, ensuring that future Roy Hobbs Baseball World Series tournaments will have a major impact on the economy of Lee County for years to come.
“We are very happy to be back in Lee County for the 22nd time,” said Tom Giffen, president of Roy Hobbs Baseball. “We appreciate the hospitality from the community as a whole and the opportunity afforded us to be good citizens here. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Lee County.”
Operated by Lee County Parks and Recreation, Lee County’s five county-owned baseball complexes play host to more than 200 days of amateur baseball tournaments a year when they aren’t being used for spring training games. The estimated economic impact of these events is $50 million annually.
Named after fictional baseball hero Roy Hobbs as depicted in the book, “The Natural,” by Bernard Malmud, the Roy Hobbs Baseball’s annual World Series in Fort Myers has grown from 54 teams in 1993 to an expected 230 this fall. The tournament has expanded to include amateur player divisions for men and women ages 18 and up, with divisions up to ages 75 and older.
About Lee County Sports Development
Created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, the Lee County Sports Development office is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-344-5201 or visit www.leeparks.org.
Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross launches TeamSRR Sports Clinic for Student Athletes Nov. 7-8 in Broward County
Four-time Olympic Gold medalist and six-time World Champion track and field athlete Sanya Richards-Ross is launching the TeamSRR Sports Clinic Nov. 7-8 at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida. Athletes, parents and coaches from all sports categories looking to equip themselves with the knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in sports and in life are invited to join Richards-Ross and her team, including legendary track and field coach Clyde Hart, Olympic gold medalist strength and conditioning coach Bruce Johnson, Olympic gold medalist sports psychologist Dr. Donald Corley and Richards-Ross’ parents and managers, Archie and Sharon Richards.
The clinic will have three sessions, divided by age groups. The first session, for athletes ages 7 to 10 along with their parents, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7th. The second session, for athletes ages 11 to 14 along with parents and coaches, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8th. The third session, for athletes ages 15 to 18 along with parents and coaches, will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8th. All participants will receive a welcome bag including a commemorative TeamSRR Clinic t-shirt, licensed Nike memorabilia, TeamSRR collectables, and all athletes will receive a certificate of completion. For a complete schedule and to register, go to www.SanyaRichardsRoss.com or www.TeamSRRSportsClinic.com. TeamSRR has partnered with Nike, USA Track & Field, AAU, Helix Elite Performance, Track & Field News and Claire Skies Travel.
“In addition to talent, I believe that it takes a team approach including proper training, nutrition and a real support system to achieve success,” said Richards-Ross. “We’ve brought together some of the world’s top athletic coaches and mentors to provide training and guidance to athletes from all skill levels and backgrounds. The TeamSRR Sports Clinic will Educate and Empower youth with tools and strategies to Excel in sports and life.”
Student athletes from all sports will benefit from the three interactive training sessions. Coach Hart will share the fundamentals of speed and endurance training. Athletes will participate on the track in drills, learn proper stretching and training techniques, and more; Johnson will share the fundamentals of strength, mobility and core training; and Dr. Corley will share visualization tools to help develop mental pathways for peak performance and methods to enhance mental toughness and self-discipline.
Coaches attending the clinic will participate in three sessions. Hart and Johnson will share key information that has helped their athletes be successful, and they will hold a Q&A session to answer coaches’ questions. Dr. Corley will give insights into what coaches can do to support and promote peak performance from their athletes; and coaches will have the opportunity to see what they have learned being demonstrated in action with the student athletes along side current world-class athletes.
Parents will participate in several different sessions, depending on the age of their child. All parents will have a one-hour session with Archie and Sharon Richards to learn their tips and insights into how they have raised a champion, and how to deal with the challenges of balancing school work and athletic demands. They will also hold a Q&A session for parents. Dr. Corley will empower parents with best practices for supporting their child through both good and less successful performances, and he will share tips for encouraging growth and mental fitness. Parents of athletes ages 7 to 10 will spend 30 minutes with a certified nutritionist to learn the best foods for maximizing their child’s growth and development. Parents of athletes 11 years old and older will meet with Amy Deem, head coach of the University of Miami Track and Field team, who will offer advice on preparing student athletes for recruitment, the college experience and how to make the transition from high school to college successfully.
About Sanya Richards-Ross
Sanya Richards-Ross is a four-time Olympic Gold medalist and six-time World Champion track and field athlete. She won the NCAA national championship in the 400 meters as a college freshman in 2003. As a high school student in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she was named National High School Female Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field Youth Athlete of the Year and Track and Field News Women’s Prep Athlete of the Year. A former high school prodigy, she still holds many of the age group and national records she set while at St Thomas Aquinas High. She continues to compete and is working to defend her 2012 Olympic title in Rio de Janiero at the 2016 Olympic Games. She can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sanyarichards, on Twitter @SanyaRichiRoss and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/sanyarichiross.
The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA) is now accepting entries for their 29th premier builder model home showcase program, the 2015 Parade of Homes™. Lee BIA’s 2015 Parade of Homes is Feb. 12-15, Feb. 19-22, and Feb. 26-March 1. Thursdays through Saturdays, the Parade will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The deadline to register homes for the 2015 Parade of Homes is Nov. 24. Builders can visit www.bia.net/parade-of-homes.html or call 239-936-5525 for more information on entering the 2015 Parade of Homes.
As one of Southwest Florida’s most anticipated real estate events of the year, the Lee BIA 2015 Parade of Homes offers residents and visitors the opportunity to view a wide variety of decorated model homes throughout the area – open all at once. Entering the 2015 BIA Parade of Homes also includes entry into one of the area’s most recognized award programs. Leading industry home building and design experts will judge models and winners will be announced at the Parade Homes Awards Banquet on Feb. 12, 2015. Winning models receive the BIA’s coveted Superior Home Award.
The Building Industry Association is comprised of approximately 350 companies involved in every aspect of building homes and creating a thriving community for a growing Southwest Florida. The Association serves its members and advances the building profession through a community of knowledge, sharing and education. Visit www.BIA.net to learn more about all of the BIA’s building, remodeling and subcontractor members.