Lee County/Horizon Council now accepting applications for the 25th annual Industry Appreciation Awards honoring local businesses

HC 25 Anniversary logoTo salute excellence in Lee County’s business community, the Lee County Economic Development Office and the Horizon Council are seeking submissions for the 25th annual Industry Appreciation Awards. The honorees will be recognized during the Industry Appreciation luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero. Networking begins at 10:30 a.m. and the program is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Horizon Council will honor businesses in four categories:

  • the LocalLee Grown Business Award will be awarded to a company that was founded in Lee County and is distinguished by its operational excellence and commitment to the vibrance of Southwest Florida’s business climate;
  • the Business Citizenship Award honors a company whose financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs have helped create a better quality of life in Lee County;
  • the Emerging Business Leader Award will be awarded to a relative newcomer to Lee County that is experiencing marked growth while introducing inventive products, services or business practices;
  • the Bruce T. Gora Legacy Award has been added to honor the 25th anniversary of the Industry Appreciation Awards. It recognizes an individual who during the last 25 years has established a history of distinguished service and contributions to the betterment and growth of Lee County’s business community.

Applications for the 2016 Industry Appreciation Awards are now being accepted online at LeeCountyBusiness.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 27.

The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has over 70members representing six cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members.  TheLee County Economic Development Office works to attract new and diversified businesses to the area, and improve the overall business environment in Lee County. For more information, visit www.leecountybusiness.com or call 239-338-3161.

Retina Health Center invites public to free symposium Jan. 23 on macular degeneration

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Retina Health Center and the Foundation Fighting Blindness will host the 13th annual Southwest Florida Macular Degeneration Symposium on Saturday,  Jan. 23. The symposium will feature world-renowned experts providing the latest information on treatment options and new discoveries. Attendees will learn about groundbreaking new treatment options for both dry and wet macular degeneration.

This free, three-hour presentation will be given twice on Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd. in Bonita Springs. To reserve a seat, attendees must register in advance by calling 800-586-6765.

Dr. Charles Johnson, Chief Medical Officer of Neurotech, will be this year’s guest speaker. Dr. Johnson is an accomplished physician and pharmaceutical executive with more than four decades of experience in clinical practice and the biotech sector. Dr. Johnson was most recently the Vice President of Global Medical Affairs at Vertex. Prior to this, he held leadership positions at Inspire Pharmaceuticals and APT Pharmaceuticals. Notably, during his 13 year tenure at Genentech, he was the Vice President and Head of the Immunology and Tissue Repair clinical group and had responsibility for the approvals of LUCENTIS® for wet age-related macular degeneration and RITUXAN® for rheumatoid arthritis. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Johnson spent 18 years practicing medicine. Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, attained Board Certification in Pediatrics at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and completed his Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship at Washington University. He has presented clinical data at numerous medical conferences and published in several respected scientific journals.

In addition, Drs. Alexander Eaton and Hussein Wafapoor of Retina Health Center will provide an overview of macular degeneration and discuss ongoing Retina Health Center studies that are helping patients at the local, national and international level.

Retina Health Center was established in 2002 by Dr. Alexander M. Eaton, a long-time Southwest Florida resident, who has been practicing ophthalmology in Lee and Collier counties since 1993. Dr. Eaton and Dr. Hussein Wafapoor of Retina Health Center are principal investigators for the Macular Degeneration Research Center, founded by Dr. Eaton, which has conducted 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.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces 2016 Advisory Board for Business Hall of Fame, Lee County

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces the members of its 2016 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, Advisory Board. The committee will be led by chairman, Brad Shultz, senior relationship manager at Wells Fargo Bank and vice chairman Travis Merrick, branch manager with GFA International,Brad Shultz Inc.

Other members selected to this year’s board include: Bob Bassett, Lee County market president of BB&T Bank; Jeff Beal,
commercial accounts analyst for Brown and Brown Insurance; Scott Beatty, attorney at Henderson Franklin; Lindsey Calvert, account executive at Office Furniture & Design Concepts; Justin Damiano, manager of government affairs for Comcast Cable; Jason Duke, first vice president, financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Cary Kleinfield, MBA, CFP®, principal of Kleinfield Wealth Group; Brian Sanders, senior accountant at Forrester, Hart, Belisle, and Whitaker; and Gay Rebel Thompson, CEO of Cement Industries.

The advisory board is responsible for selecting the Laureates for the 2016 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, in recognition of their service as positive role models to youth and significant contributions to the local business community. The laureates will be honored at the Business Hall of Fame awards ceremony on May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. For more information including sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, visit www.JASWFL.org.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA):

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA of Southwest Florida programs are delivered to students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.JA.org for more information. For more information about JA of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.