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Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee names finalists for ‘21 APEX Awards

By Staff | Jun 10, 2021

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee has named the top three finalists for its annual APEX Awards, announced during the committee’s monthly networking program on June 2. The finalists are Kathleen O. Berkey of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Kerri Goldsmith of HBKS Wealth Advisors and Alicia Miller of Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center.

Berkey is an attorney, shareholder and certified professional planner at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a multi-practice commercial law firm, where she represents clients in zoning, land use and planning matters. She serves on the board of directors for Keep Lee County Beautiful, is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Southwest Florida Management Commit-tee and ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative steering committee, and serves on the MothersEsquire Breastfeeding Accommodations Committee.

Goldsmith is a senior financial advisor at HBKS Wealth Advisors and co-chairs the firm’s financial planning committee. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association and Estate Planning Council of Lee County, is involved in the Certified Financial Planner Board’s mentorship program, and has fulfilled leadership roles for industry associations and nonprofits including Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, Advertising Federation of Southwest Florida, Florida Public Relations Association, Wishing Well Foundation, Girl Scouts and United States Pony Club.

Miller is the executive director of Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center, a nonprofit that empowers Southwest Florida’s deaf and hard of hearing citizens and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement. Responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic planning of the organization, Miller has helped increase the nonprofit’s grant funding, create partnerships with other local organizations and raise awareness of the community’s deaf population.

Presented by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, the APEX Awards recognizes women with outstanding reputations for professionalism, philanthropy and leadership in Southwest Florida. The top finalists will be honored and all nominees recognized at the APEX Awards luncheon on Aug. 27 at The Westin Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral, where Women in Business will reveal the 2021 APEX Award recipient. Tickets to the awards luncheon are $75.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, visit www.Fort Myers.org/Events/APEX-Awards or call 239-332-2930.