Conservancy of Southwest Florida earns $15,000 grant from League Club

Posted May 22nd, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

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Donna Loomis, president of The League Club and Robert Moher, president and CEO of Conservancy of Southwest Florida

COSWF NEW LOGO Horz.3.30Conservancy of Southwest Florida has earned a $15,000 grant from The League Club’s Community Trust Fund. The grant, awarded at a League Club breakfast April 10, will allow the Conservancy to reach an additional 500 underprivileged and at-risk students through its educational programs in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County. The Conservancy’s Learning Adventure outreach programs provide immersive, engaging educational opportunities to children throughout Collier County and include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) components.

Boys-Girls-Club-2015“Our educational outreach programs are such a vital part of our mission,” said Robert Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “By giving children the opportunity to experience natural habitat and see native wildlife up-close, we help them learn about the importance of caring for our area’s water, land and wildlife.”

At the breakfast, The League Club awarded $253,531 in grants from its Community Trust Fund to 30 local non-profit agencies from Lee and Collier Counties. “The needs are great, and the decisions that our grants review committee must make are difficult,” said Donna Loomis, president of The League Club. “We are grateful to our membership of nearly 600 local women, our special supporters in our Circle of Friends, and other community supporters and commercial sponsors whose financial generosity makes these grants possible each year.”

About the Conservancy

Conservancy of Southwest Florida began more than 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.

Promenade at Bonita Bay raises more than $3,400 for Bonita Springs Assistance Office during Fashion & Footwork event

Posted May 22nd, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

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Marjorie Johnson, director of the Bonita Springs Assistance Office, and Barbara Harrington, event director of The Promenade at Bonita Bay

Raffle winner earns free one-week stay at luxurious cabin in North Carolina

PrintThe Promenade at Bonita Bay raised $3,460 for the Bonita Springs Assistance Office during the “Fashion & Footwork” Spring Fashion Extravaganza in March, and one lucky guest won a week-long stay at a vacation cabin in Misty Mountain courtesy of Landmark Vacation Rentals, a Royal Shell Company.

Guests of the event raised funds by purchasing raffle tickets for merchandise at the Promenade and signature cocktails from The Center Bar. Merchandise featured in the raffle included fashions and accessories from Promenade retailers and donated items from supporters of the Bonita Springs Assistance Office.

The raffle for the Misty Mountain cabin was limited to 100 people who made $100 donations to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office, an organization helping Bonita Springs residents facing life situations that cause temporary financial hardship.

The winner of the raffle was local resident Kimberly Pitts. She and her family will enjoy a week-long vacation in a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom private home in Sapphire Valley, North Carolina. The vacation package includes access to the Sapphire Valley Resort Amenity Package, which includes access to a nine-hole golf course and driving range, tennis courts, walking trails, spa services, indoor and outdoor pools, and boat rentals.

“This donation will go a long way to help us in our mission to serve the people of Bonita Springs,” said Marjorie Johnson, director of the Bonita Springs Assistance Office. “Our thanks go out to The Promenade and everyone who attended this wonderful event!”

About The Promenade at Bonita Bay:

The Promenade at Bonita Bay is an open-air retail and Class A office center enhanced by a beautiful tropical landscape, gazebos, water features and sheltered walkways which complement its spectacular Mediterranean-style architecture. Conveniently located on U.S. 41 at South Bay Drive in Bonita Springs, the average daily traffic rate is 40,000 vehicles. Current and future Promenade tenants include Antica Murrina; Bonita Bay Farmer’s Market; Children’s Couture; DeRomo’s Gourmet Market, Restaurant, Gift Baskets & Catering; Divino Gelato; Enchanted Ballroom; Epic 31; Evelyn & Arthur; International Jewelers; Jami’s Young Contemporary; John Craig Clothier; Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique; Kay’s On The Beach; Kelly Chase Couture Bridal Salon; La Maison d’Elise; Marc Joseph New York; Molino’s Ristorante; Robert of Philadelphia; Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion; Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank; Signatures; Tara Grinna Swimwear; The Center Bar; To The Moon and Well Read.

The Promenade at Bonita Bay hosts year-round special events including live music, fashion shows, festivals and fundraisers.  The Promenade at Bonita Bay is owned by national real estate company R.L.R. Investments LLC. For more information, visit www.promenadeshops.com.

Denny Grimes & Company to open Gateway Sales and Information Center

Posted May 20th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Economic Development, Home and Garden, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

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Denny Grimes & Company announces plans to open the Gateway Sales and Information Center at 11900 Fairway Lakes Dr. in Gateway. Formerly the Summit Church facility and the original Gateway community sales center, the new sales and information center is located in the heart of the Gateway community and will be managed by Morgan Grimes who specializes in real estate sales in the Gateway community.

Grimes, Denny - Dec 2014“This new venture really brings me back to my real estate roots,” said Denny Grimes, a licensed real estate agent for more than 30 years and owner of Denny Grimes & Company. “Nearly 20 years ago, I was a real estate sales agent working out of the original Gateway sales center. And 3,000-plus homes later, I’m pleased that my daughter Morgan and I can work together to provide a one-stop shop for the Gateway community’s real estate needs.”

In addition to real estate services including home sales and rentals, Denny Grimes & Company plans to offer ancillary services including title, homeowner’s insurance and lending services.

Grimes, Morgan 2015“As an agent working and living in Gateway, I share my father’s passion for this community and am proud to carry on the tradition of serving my neighbors,” said Morgan Grimes. “Given that Gateway is so spread out and many of its neighborhoods are gated, we are here to help visitors navigate the community with maps, information and tours as needed. In addition, we will be serving as a referral source and supporting Gateway-based businesses and organizations. I look forward to showcasing the great value that Gateway offers.”

A Fort Myers native, Morgan Grimes holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida Gulf Coast University and has had a Florida real estate license since 2009. She brings five years of experience to the Gateway team and is also a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE).

Renovations are in progress and the new Denny Grimes & Company Gateway Sales and Information Center will open this summer. In addition, Denny Grimes & Company recently opened its Fort Myers office at 13099 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 500, inside the Bank of America Building at the Bell Tower Shops.

Denny Grimes & Company is a professional residential real estate team serving home buyers, sellers, residential developers and builders in Lee and Collier counties. Denny Grimes, has been a licensed real estate agent in Lee County for more than 30 years. He is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified New Homes Sales Professional (CSP), Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), and a respected real estate seminar speaker and trainer. For more information about Denny Grimes & Company, call 239-689-7600 or visit www.swfloridahomes.com.

 

Kevin Ahmadi Receives Rotary International Governor’s Award

Posted May 20th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

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Ahmadi2Gulf Coast Village Executive Director Kevin Ahmadi has received the Governor’s Award as president of The Rotary Club of Cape Coral Goldcoast for District 6960. As a humanitarian club within Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Cape Coral Goldcoast is dedicated to serving and enhancing the local community.

The Governor’s Award is bestowed by Pete Doragh, Governor of District 6960. Ahmadi’s demonstration of exemplary leadership within his Chapter and valuable service to the community placed Ahmadi as a top candidate for the Governor’s Award.

“Mr. Ahmadi has continually displayed his integrity, expertise and commitment to serving the community and representing the Cape Coral Goldcoast Club,” Doragh said. “We greatly appreciate his hard work and I am honored to present him with the Governor’s Award on behalf of District 6960.”

As executive director of Gulf Coast Village, Ahmadi oversees operations for the non-profit continuing care retirement community with an annual budget of $24 million with more than 390 employees. Ahmadi also serves as president of The Rotary Club of Cape Coral Goldcoast and as a trustee on the Board of Directors of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce.

A full time resident of Cape Coral, Florida, Ahmadi originally came from the area of Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Healthcare Administration. He enjoys playing and watching sports, gardening, reading, fishing and spending time with his wife and two children.

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Senior Choice at Home Hosts Senior Living Seminar June 4 at The Landings

Posted May 20th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Discussions, Events, Hot Tips, Lunch, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

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Lunch and Learn Seminar Presents Options for Senior Living

Senior Choice at Home by Gulf Coast Village will host a free luncheon on Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. to present senior living options that are available to maturing adults. The event will be held at The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club located at 4420 Flagship Drive in Fort Myers. The lunch and learn session will provide information about Senior Choice at Home’s membership-based program that provides mature adults with necessary care and assistance while promoting independent living. Advance registration is required by May 28 by calling 239-349-3004.

The Senior Choice at Home by Gulf Coast Village program allows seniors to take advantage of the many services offered by Gulf Coast Village while retaining their independent lifestyle. This first-of-its-kind program provides families with the reassurance that their aging loved ones are receiving the best care available. The seminar will focus on the wide spectrum of senior living options including certified home health aide, live-in assistance, assisted living and nursing homes.

Senior Choice at Home by Gulf Coast Village is a membership-based program that provides comprehensive long-term care and personal services for older adults enabling them to live independently at home. Services include personal care coordination, home inspections, medically necessary transportation and emergency response system services. In addition, referral services are offered for social and wellness programs, home health services and companion care. For more information on Senior Choice at Home, visit www.seniorchoiceathome.com or call 239-362-9153.

Breaking Par raises more than $150,000 over three years for Junior Achievement

Posted May 20th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

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Dr. Sandra Kauanui honored with first-ever “Breaking Par Award”

Dr.-Sandra-Kauanui,-Dr.-Robert-BeattyAt the third annual “Breaking Par for Junior Achievement” auction gala and charity golf tournament April 25 and 26 at The Club at Grandezza in Estero, guests enjoyed a gala dinner and silent live auction, followed by a Shotgun Scramble Golf Tournament, luncheon and awards ceremony. Over the past three years, Breaking Par has raised more than $150,000 for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, serving as the primary funding source for JA’s flagship program, CEO Academy – a “model” week-long business school summer camp held for rising high school juniors and seniors in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University.

At the April 25 gala, Dr. Sandra K. Kauanui of the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University was honored with the first-ever “Breaking Par Award” in recognition of her long-standing commitment and passion for JA’s mission through volunteerism, advocacy and generosity. Dr. Kauanui has been a board member for JASWFL since July 2014, and she has volunteered in support of the CEO Academy since 2011. Dr. Kauanui and her husband, Joe, are among the Grandezza residents who have committed years of hard work and generosity to help prepare young aspiring entrepreneurs to be the outstanding business leaders and CEOs of tomorrow.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. focuses on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 117 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.

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Owen-Ames-Kimball completes Waterman Broadcasting studio expansion

Posted May 20th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Economic Development, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

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OAKLogoVectorOwen-Ames-Kimball Company (OAK) recently completed the Waterman Broadcasting studio expansion. The project included an 8,000-square-foot tilt-wall addition to the existing studio facility and demolition of the old studio space and atrium.

Interior improvements included a renovated lobby with new staircase and elevator, a new studio, an open-plan newsroom, edit booths, a new videographers’ office, green rooms, office space, an employee break room and restrooms. The project also included improved power, HVAC and fire suppression systems and a renovation of the former studio space for production and marketing staff.

Waterman Photo 6“Owen-Ames-Kimball delivered the new studio on-time, despite the extreme challenges of working around our television production schedule,” said Steve Pontius, executive vice president and general manager of Waterman Broadcasting. “They worked with their subcontractors to accommodate our needs, sometimes working overnight, and ensured every deadline was met.”

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build, and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. OAK’s Florida operation is an affiliate of its parent company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Florida operation has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. The Lee County office is located at 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. Learn more about OAK at www.owen-ames-kimball.com.

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Stevens Construction Inc. adds project administrator

Posted May 18th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

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April-KelleyStevens Construction has expanded its Fort Myers team with the addition of April Kelley as project administrator, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

As project administrator, Kelley will lead administrative tasks for projects, including permitting, change orders, direct materials invoicing and close-outs.

Kelley joins the company with more than 19 years of construction experience, previously serving as safety administrator and assistant project manager for a construction management firm in Fort Myers. Kelley’s previous project experience includes the 40,000-square-foot NCH Briggs Wellness Center in Naples and Coconut Point Mall and Miromar Outlets in Estero.

Kelley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in public and occupational safety from Eastern Michigan University. She also served six years in the U.S. Naval Construction Force for the Navy.

With offices in Tampa, Fort Myers and Orlando, Florida, 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 health care, commercial, public and hospitality facilities throughout Florida. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.

Owen-Ames-Kimball promotes Matt Zwack to general superintendent

Posted May 18th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

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Matt ZwackCMYKOwen-Ames-Kimball Company (OAK) announces the promotion of Matt Zwack to general superintendent. Zwack joined the company in 2005 as an assistant superintendent and has completed many projects for OAK as a job site superintendent on both public and private projects. Zwack is certified in LEED AP Building Design and Construction, and he brings a thorough understand of green building to OAK.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build, and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. OAK’s Florida operation is an affiliate of its parent company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Florida operation has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. The Lee County office is located at 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. Learn more about OAK at www.owen-ames-kimball.com.

Priority Marketing wins two Telly Awards

PM LOGO_color_rgbPriority Marketing, the area’s largest full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and web development company, has been awarded two Telly Awards for its creative work on two local fundraising campaigns. Priority Marketing earned two bronze Telly Awards: one in the category of “Commercial – Local TV & Local Cable – Campaign – Not for Profit” for the Golisano Children’s Hospital “Be a Hero” Campaign, and one in the category of “Film/Video – Non-Broadcast Productions – Fund Raising” for the Avow Promise Campaign Video.

For the Golisano Children’s Hospital television campaign, Priority Marketing produced commercials to encourage the general public throughout Southwest Florida to “give what they can” to help build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital and position donors as heroes who help the hospital “save the day for kids when they need it most.”

The Avow Promise Campaign Video promotes “Promise 2 Give,” a $15 million fundraising campaign to expand its facilities for children and adults in Southwest Florida. The video features testimonials from volunteers, staff and families who describe the need for a new home for the patient and bereavement care teams, as well as a new outpatient palliative care clinic, the area’s first.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions and web commercials, videos and films. The Telly Awards is a national and international competition and receives over 12,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

Established in 1992, Priority Marketing is a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and web development firm. The company is located at 8200 College Pkwy., Suite 201 in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-267-2638 or visit www.prioritymarketing.com. Also, follow Priority Marketing online at twitter.com/prioritymktg or on Facebook. For recent news and marketing insights, visit the blog: www.SouthwestFloridaMarketingForum.com.