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Business Briefs 10-9-20

By Staff | Oct 8, 2020

Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association to host virtual roundtable discussion Oct. 21

To celebrate Manufacturing Month in October, the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association has invited some of Southwest Florida’s leading manufacturers to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion that is open and free to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 8-9:30 a.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet the owners or representatives of Arthrex, MY Shower Door/D3 Glass, Nor-Tech Boats and Wicked Dolphin Distillery as well as take a virtual plant tour of their facilities.  Manufacturers will discuss the challenges they faced during the pandemic and how they pivoted their companies in order to stay relevant. Each manufacturer will then lead us on a behind the scenes tour of their manufacturing plants to show us their day to day operations and products. 

Featured panelists for the October roundtable include Jimmy Dascani and Michael Koszewnik from Arthrex, Bill Daubmann of MY Shower Door/D3 Glass, Henrik Margard of Nor-Tech Boats and JoAnn Elardo of Wicked Dolphin Distillery. The event is free for SRMA members and nonmembers. Guests must preregister online at srma.net/category/ events in order to receive the link to the online roundtable event.  For more information, visit srma.net, call 239-258-1385 or email info@srma.net.

The purpose and objective of the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association is to bring together manufacturers to encourage the economic development of Southwest Florida through manufacturing, and to act as a forum for the expression and exchange of ideas and information among its members. The SRMA provides an advocacy platform for the general welfare of its members in the face of economic, civic and educational challenges.

It encourages cooperation, information sharing and mutual aid, fostering social relationships and community involvement. Visit srma.net for more information or to become a member.

Leadership NEXT to discuss political career paths at Oct. 13 program

Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will present a virtual program on “Young Professionals in the Political Arena,” to be held from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13.

As the nation readies for the November election, Leadership NEXT will provide insight into the world of politics. Attendees will hear from a panel of young professionals in the community about their experiences in running for political offices and working on political campaigns. Speakers include Bryan Blackwell, Jenna Persons and Elaine Sarlo. The program will be moderated by Chris Lopez, regional manager of external affairs for TECO Peoples Gas.

Blackwell is a managing partner of Molloy Financial Group, a financial planning practice of Raymond James. Most recently, Blackwell ran for the Florida House of Representatives for District 77.

Persons is the Republican nominee for the Florida House of Representatives for District 78 and partner of Strayhorn & Persons law firm.

Sarlo is the director of public affairs for TM Strategic Consulting, a Fort Myers-based political consulting firm running campaigns across Southwest Florida. Sarlo is involved in campaigns from the local to federal levels, as well as community relations for corporate clients.

Attendees of Leadership NEXT represent a variety of businesses and industries throughout Southwest Florida. Sessions take place from 5-7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month and offer opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills, establish working relationships with colleagues and engage in valuable programs and discussions to further enhance their careers. Leadership NEXT’s annual sponsor is the Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Association.

The Leadership NEXT program is free for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $5 for future members. Attendees can register in advance at FortMyers.org to receive webinar login credentials.

Barina named as partner at MNMW

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. has named Julio Barina, CPA, as a firm partner. Barina completed an extensive three-year leadership program and joins the current MNMW partners: Gail Markham, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE, CFP; Joni Norton, CPA, PFS, CFP; Karen Mosteller, CPA, CHBC; Randy Wright, CPA; Tami Cindrich, CPA, CHBC; Angela Cooley, CPA, CCIFP; Kelsey Griffin, CPA, CFE; and Victoria Loyola, CPA, CHBC. 

Barina graduated from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He joined the business consulting and tax services team in 2013 and is a certified public accountant in Florida and New Jersey. His area of expertise is in the construction and service company industries, and he provides tax and strategic planning for individuals and businesses.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. is a public accounting and consulting firm with offices in both Fort Myers and Naples. Along with traditional tax and accounting services, the firm offers a wide range of other services, including general business consulting, construction business consulting, human resources consulting, medical practice consulting, not-for-profit services, elder services, family mediation services, forensic accounting, litigation support, marketing and public relations consulting. For more information, call 239-433-5554 or visit www.Markham-Norton.com.

Association for Talent Development hosting webinar on how to develop learning strategy

As the country gets more accustomed to the new norms under COVID-19, business leaders must effectively work to manage the learning function of their organizations rather than react to the day-to-day changes of the pandemic. This month’s Association for Talent Development webinar Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 12 -1 p.m. will bring to the forefront the key to effective learning management.

Susan Minaya, COO and chief learning strategist of Minaya Learning Global Solutions, will be speaking on how to develop and leverage a learning strategy to manage the learning function. It is also a tool for building stakeholder collaboration and managing learning expectations.

Her presentation aligns with two domains of the ATD Capability Model:  Impacting Organizational Capability and Building Personal Capability. 

Registration for this online program is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Members are allowed one guest for free. Students are $10. Register online at: www.atdswfl.org. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 27. This session is eligible for 1 ATD Educational Credit.

Association for Talent Development Southwest Florida Chapter is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 1990 and dedicated to the advancement of the learning and development profession and its practitioners. For more information about ATDSWFL or becoming a member, please visit www.atdswfl.org. 

Fish Tale Boats again named top dealer for Robalo boats

For the second year in a row, Southwest Florida-based Fish Tale Boats recently was named the top dealer for Robalo boats, beating out 222 dealers worldwide.

“Fish Tale is a world-class Robalo dealership always delivering a great experience to our mutual customers,” says Robalo Founder Buck Pegg. “We have enjoyed our relationship with Fish Tale for decades.”

The Fricke family has owned and operated Fish Tale Boats in Southwest Florida for more than 20 years. The company sells and services boats on site and from its locations at 15581 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers; 2540 Davis Blvd. in Naples; and Bonita Bay Marina in Bonita Springs.

Founded in 1969, Robalo is a premium-quality line of outboard-powered bay boats, center console, dual console and walkaround cabin-style sport fishing boats.

Fish Tale reported its sales of Robalo boats rose nearly 9% for the year ending in the first quarter.

Southwest Florida is a boater’s paradise and Robalo’s boats are especially well-suited to these local waters. In particular, Fricke says excitement is building for sales of the new Robalo R360, which Fish Tale will have on display at the Fort Myers Boat Show Nov. 12-15. You can see a video of the boat here www.robalo.com/ models/R360.

For more information about Fish Tale Boats, visit www.fishtale.com or call 239-309-2653.

Henderson Franklin firm welcomes Ledermann

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., this week announced that attorney David Ledermann has joined the firm’s Business & Tax Department. He will be based out of the Fort Myers office.

Ledermann brings 20-plus years of experience in the employee benefits field. His representations involve tax-qualified retirement plans and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, as well as group health plans and other employer-provided welfare benefit plans. He addresses benefits issues from plan design, drafting and implementation to dealing with the complexities of benefits programs in the context of business mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and other transactions.

A significant part of Ledermann’s practice involves advising clients concerning compliance with the myriad complexities of the two principal federal laws affecting the provision of employee benefits, ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act) and the Internal Revenue Code. He is well versed in the requirements and application to employers of the Affordable Care Act. Ledermann also assists organizations with the recruitment and retention of executive and managerial talent through various forms of deferred compensation arrangements. As necessary, he represents clients before government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Ledermann attended Oakland University (B.S., magna cum laude) and Michigan State University (M.S., Physics) before earning his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and subsequently, an advanced degree from the University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., Taxation). He is admitted to practice in Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan. He may be reached at 239-344-1192 or by email at david.ledermann@henlaw.com.

Henderson Franklin has 60 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Since 1924, Henderson Franklin has been assisting clients to build their homes, businesses, and communities in SSW Florida Boat Dealer Wins Back-to-Back Global Award