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.

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.