Southwest Florida wins big with Norman Love and Mark Loren’s EGGStraordinary Giveaways

Norman and Jo Champion

Chocolatier Norman Love Confections and jeweler Mark Loren Designs recently partnered to hide 36 “EGGStraordinary” prizes throughout Lee and Collier counties between March 19-27. In addition to the special giveaway, prize winners who posted their discoveries on social media sites using the hashtag #LoveLorenEggHunt were entered into a grand prize drawing, and Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs have announced Jo Champion as the grand prize winner.

Champion discovered one of Mark Loren Designs’ prize bags at the Mercato in Collier County on her birthday, and as the grand prize winner of the EGGStraordinary Giveaway, her birthday celebration continues. She will receive a Norman Love Confections All Our Love Gift Tower, valued at $385, and a $400 gift certificate to Mark Loren Designs.

“I found the Easter egg from Mark Loren Designs on my birthday, so that was a nice surprise,” said Champion. “Then to learn that I was the grand prize winner and will receive two very special prizes from both companies, well, it feels like a never-ending birthday celebration!”

Prize bags from Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs were placed throughout Lee and Collier counties at businesses, events and other high-traffic areas. Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs took to social media, revealing special daily clues to help followers determine the whereabouts of the day’s prize. Both Southwest Florida residents and visitors were winners throughout the giveaway, and while many prizes were discovered unexpectedly, many people challenged themselves to be the first to interpret the daily clues in order claim the special prize. Prizes were discovered in wide variety of locations throughout Lee and Collier counties, some of which included Hammond Stadium, Matanzas on the Bay and Health Park in Lee County, and Artis, Waterside Shops and aboard a Pure Florida cruise in Collier County.

Inside eggs in the Norman Love Confections gift bag, winners found a prize voucher for Love’s internationally recognized chocolates or other offerings from Norman Love Confections. Inside eggs in the Mark Loren Design gift bag, winners discovered a gemstone, along with a gift certificate to have the stone set into a custom-designed piece from the award-winning jeweler. Love and Loren added something “EGGStra” to some of their prize bags: golden eggs with a high-valued prize for the winners. Two golden egg prizes from both Love and Loren were hidden in both Lee and Collier Counties, and were discovered at Edison National Bank and Citygate Ministries in Lee County and FineMark Bank and North Naples United Methodist Church in Collier County.

Loren is nationally known for offering unique and rare gemstones, innovative diamond rings, exceptional engagement and wedding bands and expert jewelry design and repair; all services are done on-site at the Fort Myers and Naples gallery locations. From celebrities to clients who appreciate wearing exclusive jewelry designs, Mark Loren Designs assures the finest one-of-a-kind sentimental jewelry pieces for lasting enjoyment. For more information, visit www.marklorendesigns.com.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Lee County Horizon Council Recognizes Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands for an Outstanding Commitment to Workplace Wellness

Edison National Bank-2015 Healthy Business Award

Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands representatives Sandy Tarquino (third from left), human resources, and Karen Brazelton (fourth from left), vice president, loan operations, recently accepted the 2015 Horizon Council Healthy Business Award in the Small Business category at the Lee County Wellness Summit.

Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands recently received the 2015 Horizon Council Healthy Business Award in the Small Business category at the Lee County Wellness Summit.

The bank was honored for its long-term comprehensive commitment to workplace wellness, which formally began in 2007. The company budgets up to $20,000 annually to fund incentives and opportunities designed to support employee wellness. Currently 97 percent of employees are participating in the program.

“The best thing about our wellness program is the results we see,” says Robbie Roepstorff, president of Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands. “We started the program because we have a vested interest in our employees’ health. It’s about so much more than increasing productivity and reducing sick days. We have seen employees turn their health around with this program and maintain healthy lifestyles because they have the support system they need to do it. In many cases, there is a ripple effect, and the results also impact that person’s family and personal life, making the whole family healthier. It’s a wonderful thing to see and something we all as a team find very gratifying.”

This is the bank’s third major recognition for its employee wellness program. In 2012, the bank achieved the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Award at the Platinum and Gold Levels, and again in 2013 and 2014.

In total, three companies received the 2015 Horizon Council Healthy Business Award and were recognized for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to employee wellness. The awards for Mid-sized Business and Large Business went to the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers and the Lee County Electric Cooperative, respectively.

Over the years, Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands’ “A Better Way to Wellness Program” has provided:

  • Incentives, reimbursements and other rewards for employees to encourage healthy lifestyles
  • Employer-sponsored pre- and post-biometric health and body assessments for employees
  • Memberships at the Wellness Center with fitness coaches
  • Gym memberships and fitness equipment for employees
  • Opportunities to participate in organized fitness challenges, competitions and community walks
  • A tobacco free workplace
  • Flu vaccination promotions
  • In-house yoga sessions
  • Monthly newsletter highlighting health and safety tips
  • Healthy potlucks
  • Annual Family Field Day at Lakes Park

Notably, in 2014 Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands launched its first Fit Bit Challenge for which the bank provided Fit Bits to all employees and offers cash and time-off incentives for individual achievement.

Edison National Bank is the oldest locally owned and operated community bank in Lee County. The bank offers a wide range of services and accounts for business customers, nonprofit organizations and individuals of all ages. Edison National Bank offices are located at 13000 S. Cleveland Avenue in South Fort Myers and at 2105 First Street in the downtown River District of Fort Myers. Edison National Bank also operates Bank of the Islands at 1699 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island and 14812 Captiva Drive on Captiva Island.

Lee County businesses honored at 2015 Horizon Council Healthy Business Awards

In recognition of their outstanding commitment to employee wellness, three local businesses received the 2015 Horizon Council Healthy Business Awards on Aug. 26 at the Lee County Workplace Wellness Summit.

Edison National Banthumbnailk/Bank of the Islands was honored with the Small Business Award for the company’s long-term, comprehensive commitment to workplace wellness. The company has provided a variety of activities and initiatives for its employees since 2007 through its “A Better Way to Wellness Program” that provides monetary incent
ives and reimbursements for its employees to encourage healthy lifestyles. The wellness program offers health assessments for employees as well as opportunities to participate in fitness challenges and competitions. The company contributes a yearly budget of approximately $20,000 to fund activities and incentives for its wellness program. Throughout the years, Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands has seen a significant positive impact on the workplace environment and its employees through the implementation of this program. Currently 40 employees are participating in the progra
m, for a 95 percent involvement rate.

The Mid-sized Business Athumbnailward was granted to the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers. The organization formed its Working on Wellness (WOW) employee wellness program in 2013 to provide a workplace environme nt that supports anyone’s desire to make healthy lifestyle choices. In order to do this, the Housing Author
ity of the City of Fort Myers has provided employees with a variety of offsite fitness options, including boot camps, outdoor fitness groups and gym memberships. The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers also offers monthly “Lunch & Learns” discussions and hasa state-of-the-art gym onsite for employees to use before and after work hours. The organization also has designed a year-long Annual Fitness Challenge that operates on a point-based system and provides a variety of rewards and incentives to encourage employee participation. The organization dedicates $20,000 each year to fund activities and incentives. Since its creation two years ago, the WOW program has attained more than 60 percent employee participation and has resulted in a variety of benefits for employees, including a healthier working environment, improved employee moraleand more active employees.

The Large BusinesthumbnailsAward was given to Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC). The not-for-profit company has a total of 241 employees participating in the wellness program, which was formed in 2008 and became one of the organization’s corporate objectives in 2012. LCEC’s program provides a wide variety of resources, activities and opportunities for its employees to inspire healthy habits. LCEC offers an onsite fitness center for employees and their dependents age 14 and above and also provides partial reimbursement for fitness facility fees and entry fees for running events, races and marathons. LCEC also offers subsidized onsite personal training, nutrition counseling, and fitness classes; an annual wellness fair; onsite clinic; health portal; onsite organic gardens and fruit trees; fitness challenges and competitions; wellness lunch and learn sessions; and a variety of incentives for employees. LCEC dedicates $295,700 annually to fund reimbursements and incentives, the wellness center and annual health exams.

Hosted in partnership with the Horizon Foundation, the Chamber of Southwest Florida, SHRM of SWFL and Healthy Lee, the Workplace Wellness Summit featured presentations from Dr. Marc Braman MD, MPH, founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and owner of Northwest Lifestyle Medicine, Inc. and Mike Smith, chief information officer for Lee Memorial Health System and member of Health Information Systems Executive Association. A panel discussion was also held by medical carriers, highlighting wellness programs and incentives.

Pam Edwards joins Edison National Bank

Posted January 20th, 2011 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Pam Edwards has joined the lending team at Edison National Bank as senior vice president of business banking. In this position, she will cultivate and manage new and existing client relationships while providing customer-oriented solutions for business customers.

“We are very pleased to have Pam join us,” said Robbie Roepstorff, president of Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands. “Her experience and commitment to serving customers is invaluable and will be a great benefit to our business customers.”

Prior to joining Edison National Bank, Pam worked for the Fort Myers branch of a large national bank for 33 years. Her tenure culminated with the position of senior vice president – senior client manager, and she received multiple honors and accolades for her performance at the bank. She specializes in building client relationships, designing solutions for client needs, cultivating business partnerships and providing team leadership, motivation and development.

“We look forward to working with this experienced banking leader. Pam is a welcomed addition to the team,” said Geoff Roepstorff, CEO of Edison National Bank.

Edison National Bank is the oldest locally owned and operated community bank in Lee County. The bank offers a wide range of services and accounts for business customers, nonprofit organizations and individuals of all ages. Edison National Bank offices are located at 13000 S. Cleveland Avenue in South Fort Myers and at 2105 First Street in the downtown River District of Fort Myers. Edison National Bank also operates Bank of the Islands at 1699 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island.

Geoffrey and Robbie Roepstorff receive Lee County Commissioner’s Proclamation as “Bankers of the Year”

Posted November 9th, 2010 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition

Geoffrey Roepstorff, CEO of Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands and Robbie Roepstorff, president of Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands, have received a proclamation by the Lee County Board of Commissioners in recognition of being named “Bankers of the Year” by the Florida Bankers Association (FBA).  

“We appreciate the support and recognition of the Lee County Board of Commissioners as this award is a direct reflection of Edison National Bank’s and Bank of the Islands’ commitment to serving Lee County,” said Robbie Roepstorff. “We share these accolades with our board of directors and staff members who consistently demonstrate high quality service and personal dedication to our customers and our community.”

Each year, the FBA’s Executive Committee selects a Banker of the Year who has given unselfishly of his or her time and effort to improve the Florida banking industry, as well as his or her community. This is the first time FBA has bestowed this statewide award on a couple, rather than an individual.

According to the FBA, the Banker of the Year is selected using the following criteria: an outstanding commitment of involvement and service in his/her community; a concern for the continued success of the banking industry; a dedication to convey the value of banking to the public; and a reputation for excellence and distinguished achievement within the banking industry.

“It is a privilege to honor Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands and the Roepstorffs for their leadership and dedication to serving Lee County,” said Lee County District Five Commissioner Frank Mann “As recognized leaders in Florida’s banking industry, they are a positive reflection on the Lee County business community. We are fortunate to have banking professionals and a financial institution of this caliber in our own backyard.”

Geoffrey Roepstorff currently serves as a trustee for Lee County Electric Cooperative, and is an active member of the board of directors for several nonprofit charitable organizations such as Southwest Florida Addiction Services and The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).

Robbie Roepstorff is a trustee for Florida Gulf Coast University and serves on various nonprofit boards such as Florida Gulf Coast University, The Foundation of Lee County Public Schools, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Lee County Horizon Council Foundation and Lee County Industrial Development Authority. In addition, Robbie Roepstorff is the recipient of the Paulette Burton Lee County Citizen of the Year Award.

The couple also actively gives back to the community, providing financial support and leadership for a variety of causes including education, children’s welfare, wildlife and coastal habitat preservation, and supporting the arts in Lee County.

Edison National Bank is the oldest locally owned and operated community bank in Lee County. The bank offers a wide range of services and accounts for business customers, nonprofit organizations and individuals of all ages. Edison National Bank offices are located at 13000 S. Cleveland Avenue in South Fort Myers and at 2105 First Street in the downtown River District of Fort Myers. Edison National Bank also operates Bank of the Islands at 1699 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island.