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Business Briefs 2-19-21

By Staff | Feb 18, 2021

Cape native Brust joins Henderson Franklin’s corporate legal team

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., announced this week that attorney Matthew Brust has joined the firm’s Business & Tax Department.

Brust focuses his practice in business organization operations and planning, mergers and acquisitions, and federal and state taxation. He stated he enjoys working with business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups explaining the most tax-efficient methods to implement their business needs and goals, and then guiding them to the best possible legal outcome for their unique situation.

Prior to joining the firm, Brust was a senior tax consultant with a firm located on the east coast of Florida. His experience also includes assisting start-ups go public and working on complex corporate structures with foreign investors and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies.

A Cape Coral native, he is a graduate of Mariner High School and went on to earn his bachelor of science degree in pre-law from Webber International University. Brust received his J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law and his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Brust will be based out of Henderson Franklin’s Fort Myers office and may be reached at matthew.brust@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1147.

Henderson Franklin is one of the largest, locally-based law firms between Tampa and Miami with over 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. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples, and Sarasota (by appointment only).

For more information on Brust or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

FPRA’s Miller earns counseling credential

Jaimie Miller, APR, CPRC of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association recently earned professional certification in public relations and received the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor.

Earning the CPRC credential distinguishes senior members of FPRA who have demonstrated understanding and mastery of core public relations principles and ethical practices and have been certified to act as public relations counselors. Currently, there are 122 CPRCs in Florida, including 18 in Southwest Florida.

Miller is senior vice president of marketing with CONRIC pr + marketing, where she has worked for four years helping clients in nonprofit and for-profit sectors to develop creative marketing and public relations strategies. Previously she worked in multiple industries, including hospitality, medical and publishing

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she studied communication, marketing and journalism.

To earn the CPRC credential, candidates must have 10 years of experience in the field; have earned the Accredited in Public Relations designation, which is the first tier of accreditation; successfully complete a verbal presentation; and pass a five-hour written exam.

Established in 1938, FPRA is the oldest public relations organization in the country. FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. For additional information, visit the Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA website at http://www.fpraswfl.org.

Hampton named 2021 Lee County Bar Association president

Blake P. Hampton, attorney and owner of Hampton Law, has been appointed the 2021 president of the Lee County Bar Association. Hampton will oversee almost 500 members and is responsible for presiding over the membership and board of director meetings and setting the monthly programming.

Hampton hopes to focus his year on environmental issues, diversity and inclusion and mental health within the legal profession.

In addition to being named president of the LCBA, Hampton currently serves on the Medicaid, VA Benefits and Special Needs Trust committees of the Florida Bar Elder Law section. He also serves as vice president on the board of directors for LARC, Inc., and is a member of Rotary Club of Fort Myers South.

Established in 1949, the Lee County Bar Association was formed as a voluntary organization of attorneys living and working in Lee County. Since its founding, the membership has grown exponentially and includes both judges and attorneys. The purpose of the LCBA is to further the education of its members, create meaningful interaction among its members, and to inform the community on important legal matters.

Founded in 2015, Hampton Law offers legal counsel in the areas of estate planning, estate administration and elder law. The firm specializes in comprehensive long-term care for the elderly, ensuring that clients are set up for financial success and have legal peace of mind as they head into their sunset years.

To learn how Hampton Law can help you ‘Plan Today, for Peace of Mind Tomorrow’, visit hamptonelderlaw.com or call 239.309.0090.

Stickboy namesLluberes as CEO

Felix Lluberes has taken the helm as CEO of Stickboy, a Southwest Florida technology company. Lluberes has an extensive background in technology in a variety of positions from software development to leading companies with revolutionary technology.

His vision for Stickboy includes becoming the regional leader in developing technologies, especially custom software, apps and Managed IT services. He plans on attracting the top talent in the industry to continue to grow the Stickboy team while building a strong

company culture that is focused on the customer experience. 

As an innovator, Lluberes aims to help companies adopt artificial intelligence strategies to stay competitive, improve profitability and maximize business valuation.

Stickboy is an award-winning technology firm that is optimizing businesses with custom software, mobile applications, process automation, and advanced IT solutions. Its team is pioneering the use of artificial intelligence and cutting-edge technologies for businesses

large and small, helping increase efficiencies and scale growth. 

Stickboy is located at 12401 Brantley Commons Court, unit 101, Fort Myers. For more information about the business, call 239-206-1193 or visit www.stickboycreative.com.

Zekri receives Florida Bar Journal’s Excellence in Writing Award

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that Iman Zekri is the recipient of the 2020 Florida Bar Journal Excellence in Writing Award. Members of The Florida Bar Journal’s Editorial Board nominate outstanding submissions based on substance, style, and quality of writing and research. Zekri’s article, “Respectfully Dissenting: How Dissenting Opinions Shape the Law and Impact Collegiality Among Judges,” originally appeared in the September/October 2020 edition of the Florida Bar Journal.

Zekri joined the firm in 2020 after serving as a member of the Summer Associate Class in 2019.

While in law school, Zekri was an editor of the Florida Journal of International Law and a member of the Florida Moot Court Team.

Zekri is a native of Southwest Florida. She graduated from Riverdale High School’s International Baccalaureate program, Florida Gulf Coast University (B.A., summa cum laude), and the University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., cum laude). Zekri may be reached at iman.zekri@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1119.

For more information on the Zekri or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

Andress elected chair of Lee County Port Authority Special Management Committee

The Lee County Port Authority Airports Special Management Committee elected Noel Andress as chair and Fran Myers as vice chair during its Feb. 16 meeting. Other members of the Airports Special Management Committee include John Goodrich, Randy Krise and Robbie Roepstorff. The committee also includes two regional members, R. Scott Cameron and Dana Carr, who represent the interests of neighboring Collier and Charlotte counties.

The committee advises the Board of Port Commissioners on policy matters pertaining to Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. Each Port Commissioner appoints one ASMC member, who serves without compensation.

Southwest Florida International Airport served nearly 6 million passengers in 2020 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. Page Field provides services to corporate, commercial and private aviators and accommodated more than 126,000 aircraft operations in 2020. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction and both airports are funded solely with revenue generated from their operations.

For more information, please visit www.flylcpa.com.