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May 4, 2018

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Truly Nolen Pest Control promotes Wheeler to manager of Cape Coral service office

Truly Nolen Pest Control recently announced the promotion of Jeff Wheeler to manager of the company's Cape Coral service office at 1326 S.E. 46th Lane.

Wheeler joined Truly Nolen in February 2017 as a manager-in-training. Prior to joining the company, he spent over 20 years in the wireless telecommunications industry including positions as a sales and marketing director in western Kansas and eastern Colorado. He graduated from Vermont's Champlain College with a B.A. in Business Management.

Some of Wheeler's new responsibilities will include helping the service office gain more visibility with the local Cape Coral community as well as instilling the company's core values throughout her team.

Founded in 1938, Tucson, Arizona-based Truly Nolen of America is a family-owned pest control company. Truly Nolen has over 80 branch offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The company also has independently owned and operated franchises in an ever-growing number of territories including Kentucky, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada, Puerto Rico and over 60 countries.

To learn more about Truly Nolen, visit www.trulynolen.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TrulyNolen) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/TrulyNolen).

Hope Chest Resale Store expands home furnishing department

To celebrate the expansion of their North Fort Myers location and the debut of its new home furnishings department, Hope Chest Resale Stores in Bonita Springs and North Fort Myers are offering shoppers 50 percent off the price of most items purchased Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 28.

The North Fort Myers Hope Chest store has added 7,000 square feet of retail space designated for home furnishings, including furniture, lighting, silk flowers, artwork and other home decor.

Hope Chest stores also feature designer-brand clothing and accessories, sporting equipment, antiques and unique collectibles. No coupons are necessary for the sale, and some exceptions may apply.

Proceeds from Hope Chest benefit unfunded programs and services of Hope Healthcare, which provides exceptional care and support to individuals and their loved ones as they fulfill life's journey.

Hope Chest Resale stores are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Hope Chest at The Crossings is located at 28520 Bonita Crossings Blvd., off U.S. 41 just south of Bonita Beach Road. Hope Chest in North Fort Myers is located at 13821 N. Cleveland Ave.

For information about volunteer opportunities or donating items to the Hope Chest Resale Stores, call 239-482-4673 or visit www.HopeHCS.org.

Studio+ hires 10 employees

Studio+, an integrated services design firm, has hired 10 additional employees, in the last three months, to support their continued growth and expanded services in Southwest Florida. They now have 41 employees locally and 52 employees overall via their locations in Tampa, Fort Myers and Irvine, Calif.

Joining the Studio+ team as project architect, Jennifer Fong will work on the firm's projects under the direction of Chief Operating Officer Mike Hogan. In this role she will manage the allocation of resources to achieve project success while mentoring team members. She brings a wide range of professional architectural experience in commercial, educational and healthcare design to the Studio+ team.

Stephanie McPherson has also joined Studio+ as a construction administrator and architect. As construction administrator, McPherson will provide supervision of the contractor's work to ensure proper construction techniques, materials and personnel throughout the duration of the project and monitor the contractor's progress and compliance with the Contract Documents. McPherson relocated to Fort Myers from South Carolina. She has extensive experience in contract document management, team direction, and budget oversight. Hired as architectural designers, Tanner Rice and Komal Nandanwar will produce documents, drawings and deliverables for healthcare providers, senior living developers, educators and commercial corporations. Both Rice and Nandanwar will be led by Hogan.

On the design team, Christy Lederer has been hired as an interior designer and Allie Curbelo has been hired as a graduate designer. Lederer brings 20 years of interior design experience, with extensive work in healthcare and education design. Curbelo has been in design locally since 2013 and brings broad experience in interior home design projects. Both Lederer and Curbelo will be led by Valerie Marino, senior interior designer/associate principal.

On the surfaces team led by Clarry Miller, director of operations, Jim Whyte has been hired as a project superintendent. He brings 30 years of flooring industry experience including work on projects for Walt Disney World and the Florida Marlins baseball stadium. Paul Pre-Genzer has been hired as a project manager to direct and coordinate project teams, client management, and exceeding compliance standards. Pre-Genzer, a Navy Veteran, is a longtime local having graduated from Fort Myers High School. He brings 40 years of sales background to the Studio+ team. Pete Flores has been hired as a project coordinator. In this role, he will be responsible for organizing project data and documents, supporting the project manager, and ensuring client satisfaction through excellence in execution. Flores previously worked at Florida Gulf Coast University and Germain Arena where he coordinated event logistics and teams.

Brett Young has been hired as a project administrator. He will be responsible for assisting with project material procurement, project organization, and work order assistance. He has extensive inventory and customer service experience.

Studio+ Fort Myers is located at 12271 Towne Lake Drive, Fort Myers. For more information, call (239) 476-8888 or visit WeAreStudioPlus.com.

Architectural Metal Flashings selected as finalist for Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Award

Architectural Metal Flashings has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards. AMF was selected for their commitment to continuous improvement, manufacturing best practices and performance excellence.

These awards are the result of a partnership between the Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes, in recognition of the importance of manufacturing to the state of Florida in providing high wage careers and high-quality products and processes.

AMF went through a rigorous process over the course of five months with various questionnaires, conference calls and onsite visits with the panel of judges. Presentations had to be made, tours were conducted, and handbooks and processes provided for the scope of work, products and business functions AMF provides.

The winners of the award will be announced at the Governor's Sterling Award Banquet on June 1.

Architectural Metal Flashings is a leading metal manufacturer in the building industry, providing metal panels, metal panel accessories, standard metal flashings and custom metal flashing to the supply and roofing industry, general contractors and subcontractors who require specialty building products.

Priority Marketing's Hansen earns FPRA Lifetime Achievement Award

Priority Marketing President and Founder Teri Hansen, APR, was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter. Hansen was selected by the leadership of FPRA Southwest Florida based on her accomplishments within the public relations industry, her ongoing mentorship of public relations professionals and her long-standing support of the chapter. Only four other Southwest Florida Chapter members have been honored with this coveted award during the organization's 33-year history.

Hansen founded Priority Marketing, a full-service marketing, public relations and digital marketing agency in 1992, as a home-based business.

A native of Fort Myers, her 34-year public relations and marketing career, has earned her a reputation for integrity, leadership and spirit.

Throughout her career, she has been the recipient of many honors. Her contributions to the profession has earned her more than 150 local, state, and international honors and awards, and her company is continually recognized as the region's top ranked agency.

Under her leadership, Priority Marketing has provided strategic marketing and public relations services to numerous philanthropic organizations within the community to help support their mission and fundraising.

In its 25-year history, Priority Marketing has donated an estimated $2 million for in-kind services to more than 100 mission-driven and community organizations throughout the region.

The company is located at 8200 College Parkway, 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.prioritymarketing.com/our-blog.

Lufthansa Group enhances service to Florida

Beginning May 2018, Lufthansa Group will expand its network in Florida when it opens its fourth official gateway in the state. Specifically, Eurowings will operate the first direct, long-haul flights to Europe from Fort Myers airport (RSW) to both Dusseldorf airport (DUS) and Munich airport (MUC) in Germany. This is in addition to the pre-existing services of Lufthansa Group airlines from its Frankfurt (FRA), Vienna (VIE) and Zurich (ZRH) hubs to Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO) and Tampa (TPA). This enhancement further emphasizes Lufthansa Group's continued commitment to the United States.

The inaugural of nonstop service to Dusseldorf Airport (DUS) on Eurowings, a new airline serving Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), took place Thursday, May 3.

All flights from Florida, including the new Eurowings services, are code-shared with United Airlines as part of the Trans-Atlantic Joint Venture between Lufthansa Group, United Airlines and Air Canada. The joint venture comprises all of the airlines' North Atlantic routes and associated connecting flights.

Starting this month, Eurowings will connect Fort Myers to its Dusseldorf and Munich bases. The airline will bring passengers to Germany five times per week, making it the only carrier offering direct, long-haul flights out of Fort Myers to Europe.

For further information please visit www.lufthansagroup.com.

d3 Creative Studio welcomes Coomer

d3 Creative Studio, an award-winning architectural visualization and interactive 3D firm located in downtown Fort Myers, just added a new member to its growing team. Jennifer Coomer will serve as the new business development associate.

Coomer earned her bachelor's degree in marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University and brings years of experience to the position. In her new role, she will be responsible for generating new client relationships and will play a key role in growing the business.

The new hire indicates continued growth for the local Southwest Florida 3D interactive firm.

d3 Creative Studio was founded in 2013 by Anthony DeBono. The Fort Myers 3D firm specializes in developing one of a kind, compelling visualizations and interactive experiences for those in architecture, real estate development, and other industries.

Contact d3 to learn more about their services at www.d3creativestudio.com or 844.542.7328.

Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce announces Business Building Symposium V

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce has announced its Business Building Symposium V, set for Sept. 19 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa.

This year's theme is "Unleash the Spirit of your Organization." The program includes a series of informative, interactive workshops led by local business leaders, including sessions covering social media and talent management, and a keynote address by Next Level Church Founder Matt Keller.

The symposium, now in its fifth year, runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott, 17260 Harbour Pointe Drive in Fort Myers. Admission to the event is set at $149.

A limited number of tickets are available online at fortmyers.org/events/business-symposium or by calling 239-332-2930.

Keller, lead pastor for Next Level Church, is an accomplished author, speaker and leadership coach who offers valuable insight for businesses, nonprofit organizations and churches.

Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents nearly 800 businesses, professionals and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers.

For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-3624 or visit www.fortmyers.org.

For the latest news and updates, follow the chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.

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