1 Volume 29, Number 2 FEBRUARY 2014 The Catch FortMyersBeach.org of the Day OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE GREATER FORT MYERS BEACH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICERS/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: John Gavin, Chair Gavins Ace Hardware David Anderson, Chair Elect Krusty Pete s Robb Capps, Vice Chair Florida Premier Realty Bud Nocera, President FMB Chamber Fran Myers, Foundation Red Coconut RV Park RETIRING 31 DECEMBER 2014 Ann Alsop Associate Member Steve DeAngelis Nervos Nellies Terry Luster Kiwanis FM Gateway to the Island RETIRING 31 DECEMBER 2015 Donna Bates AAA Travel Curt Brenner Gull Wing Beach Resort Barbara Farrell iberiabank RETIRING 31 DECEMBER 2016 Jim Lambeth A Better Bugman Bob Layfield Island Sandpaper Fran Podrza CF Services EX-OFFICIO DIRECTORS Tom Hart Legal Council Fran Myers FMB Chamber Foundation Norma Jean Pevey Immediate Past Chair FOUNDATION BOARD DIRECTORS: John Albion Ann Alsop C21 Tripower Maryanne Baker Sunstream Realty Inc Linda Beasley Outer Island Mortgage Rob Fowler Fowler Company Ginny Smith Pink Shell Development FOUNDATION BOARD OFFICERS: Fran Myers, President Red Coconut RV Resort Jim Nathan Speaks on the Impact of the Affordable Health Care System at Our February Luncheon Jim Nathan served as Lee Memorial Health System President from 1982 through 1997, and again as President/CEO since During the nearly three years he was away from LMHS, he served as a leadership consultant including involvement in health reform issues at the national level. Jim joined Lee Memorial Hospital as Administrative Resident in 1975 and served as Vice President from 1976 through As CEO, Jim led Lee Memorial's emergence as a health system with four acute care hospitals, a comprehensive rehabilitation hospital, a children's hospital, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, a home health agency, a regional cancer center, multiple physical practices and outpatient services. Lee Memorial Health System has received many recognitions including Thompson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals, HealthGrades Excellence, Employer of Choice, AARP Top 10 employer in national, and Premier Healthcare Employer. Jim is a past chairman of the Florida Hospital Association and founding chairman of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. He serves on the Boards of Voluntary Hospitals of American - Southeast Regional Partnership, Southwest Florida Community Foundation and Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation. He was the founding Chairman of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida and previously served as Campaign Chairman and President of the United Way of Lee County. Jim was awarded the Clara Barton Humanitarian Award by the American Red Cross, the Business Building Leadership Award by the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Florida, the Distinguished Alumni Award for Xavier University's Graduate Program in Health Administration, and the Founder's Award from Lee Mental Health for his on-going support of mental health initiatives in Southwest Florida. He was also voted a "Person of the Decade" by Gulfshore Life, chosen as a 2010 Laureate for Junior Achievement, and named "Person Continued on page 3... Join us Thursday, Feb. 13th Our Membership at Luncheon 11:30am will be in the morning this month to at help Charley s everyone beat Boat the traffic. House Grill, 6241 Estero Blvd, Join us Thursday, March 14th at 8:30am at Ft. Charley s Myers Boat House Beach, Grill, 6241 Estero Blvd, Fort for a delicious Myers Beach for a delicious Membership Breakfast Buffet. Luncheon. Sponsored by Beach Medical
2 Estero Blvd. Suite 8 Fort Myers Beach, FL / FAX: Bud Nocera President Jane Ross Member Service and Volunteer Coordinator Cindi D Andrea Director of Sales Doug McElheny Internet & Social Media Manager Donna Bates of AAA Brandan Brandise Diamond Head Beach Resort Ali Carter Diamond Head Beach Resort Carolyn Crosby Patsy Dorsey of Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Michelle Forneris Diamond Head Beach Resort Sandy Hein Jackie Hornack Diamond Head Beach Resort Joni Johnson Debby Kildow Cheryl Nye Pam Schindler Jessica Titus of Fort Myers Beach Realty Jean-Ann Walker Debbie Whitehead NEEDED Looking for people who love the Beach, love people and love to have Fun. Share your knowledge and join our volunteers in the Roxie. Still have a few shifts available. Call Jane Ross at if you can donate some of your time. ROXIE VOLUNTEERS February 6 February 12 8:00 am Executive Committee Chamber Office 1661 Estero Blvd. February 19 Board of Director Chamber office 8:00 am All meetings will be at the Chamber Office unless specified otherwise. Join a committee!! Call Jane Ross THE FLOOD INSURANCE EXPERTS BIGGERT-WATERS ACT IS HERE!! See how this will affect your Flood Insurance Rates? FREE QUOTES FT. MYERS BEACH INSURANCE BROKERAGE Richard D. Karger Agency Principal Office: Cell: Fax: UPSTAIRS: KEY ESTERO SHOPS 7:30 to 9:00 am Chamber Coffee iberiabank, Located corner of Winkler and Summerlin 9:15 am Ambassador Meeting (immediately following the Coffee iberiabank February 13 Membership Charley s Boathouse 11:30 am -1:00 pm February 24 6:30 to 9:30 pm Commotion by the Town Hall. Co-sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Community Resource Advisory Board. Public is invited. CALL for a FREE QUOTE Today! WE RETURN PHONE CALLS! Immediate Coverage Available! We Shop and Quote for You! l 400 Top Rated Insurance Companies l Writing the Entire State of Florida 1661 Estero Blvd. Suite 16, Ft. Myers Beach, FL HOME - FLOOD - AUTO - BOAT - COMMERCIAL-CYCLE - HEALTH -LIFE - MOBILE HOMES 2 FEBRUARY 2014
3 Jim Nathan... Continued from Page 1 February 6th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM FMB Friends of the Arts concerts Location: Fish Tale Marina. Featuring the contemporary song stylings of Jo List and Michael Oakland. February 24th from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Commotion by the Ocean! Location: Town Hall Sponsored by the Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Community Resource Advisory Board. March 6th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM FMB Friends of the Arts concerts Location: Fish Tale Marina. Featuring country music recording artist Grayson Rogers. of Distinction" for the past 25 years by The News-Press. Jim is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Jim has been a national keynote speaker on many health care topics including the history of health care from a social, economic and political perspective; health care reform; and creative funding for medically uninsured population. He has testified before the US Senate on competition and antitrust issues related to health care delivery and financing. Jim holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Miami University; Masters Degrees in both Business Administration and in Health Care Administration from Southwest Florida College. Married to Karen, PhD, author and education consultant, for 42 years with married sons, Zachary and Adam. THE SAND PAPER HAS GONE MOBILE! to check it out the best information guide for our area! Log on to check it out! The best mobile information guide for our area! Would you expect less from your Sand Paper? Where to Shop, Dine, & Stay, & What To Do. Also: Where are the Deals? Bookmark it or add app icon to your Home Screen! Built for convenience and speed on smart phones, tablets, or PC's too. WANT TO GET YOUR MESSAGE OUT TO 100,000 + READERS EACH MONTH? Charter advertisers on i-sandpaper.com get Special Rates until 12/31/13 that are Too Good to Turn Down! ACT NOW TO GET THE MOST BENEFIT. CALL AND ASK FOR SANDY IN ADVERTISING! FEBRUARY
4 Fran Podraza CFS Roofing Services (CHAIR) Debra Anderson Universal Vacations Robb Capps Premier Florida Realty John Crane - Northwestern Mutual Naples/ Estero Group Barbara Farrell iberiabank Jaime Huffman Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise Denice Knudsen Premier Florida Realty Sandy Lepley Century 21 Tripower Wanda Linatsas Royal Scoop Ice Cream Terry Luster Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands Barb Rich VIP Vacations Jane Ross Jan Ruhstorfer VIP Vacations Charles Stallings Hampton Inn & Suites Eric Tibbs Edward Jones & Co. 4 FEBRUARY 2014 JD Burge: Happy Jeff JD Burge is known as "Happy Jeff" on the Beach. He has painted several buildings on the Beach with murals and is also a musician that plays at the various watering holes on the Beach. JD painted the Chamber's old building and the boat (below) for our Christmas boat parade.
5 Annual Meeting and Awards ceremony Shown left to right are some of the members that were honored at the Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards ceremony. Steve DeAngelis of Nervous Nellies, Board Member and Taste of the Beach Chair David Anderson of Krusty Pete s Chair Elect Sandra Lepley of Century 21 Tri-Power won Ambassador of the Year John Gavin of Gavin s Ace Hardware is Chairman of the Board for 2014 Eric Tibbs of Edward Jones, 2013 Vice Chair and retiring Board Member Norma Jean Pevey retiring 2013 Chairman of the Board - Terry Luster of Kiwanis FM Gateway to the Islands,2013 Chairman of the Ambassadors, Chairman of the Business Expo, Board Member and one of two that tied for Volunteer of the Year- John Armistead of Lee Memorial Health Systems retiring Board Member - Bud Nocera President of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Bruce Cermak long time resident and owner of the Surf Club was awarded the coveted Petro Award for his undying devotion to the Beach and generosity, Robb Capps of Premier Florida Realty, Vice Chair and one of two that tied for Volunteer of the Year, Chair of the Tapa Hop and Christmas Boat Parade. PHOTO CREDIT TO BOB PETCHER OF THE OBSERVER Not shown are: Chair of the Past Chair Committee Ann Alsop Associate Member Chair of the Traffic Committee Tom Myers of Red Coconut RV Park Chair of the Mini Master Golf Deborah Regnone of Resort Sports Member of the Year John Richard The Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce held it s Annual Meeting and Awards program with their monthly Membership luncheon at Charley s Boathouse on Thursday January 9, Shown left to right is Chamber President Bud Nocera with incoming Chairman of the Board John Gavin of Gavin s Ace Hardware and outgoing Chairman Norma Jean Pevey. PHOTO CREDIT TO BOB PETCHER OF THE OBSERVER FEBRUARY
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