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Business Briefs 11-12-21

By Staff | Nov 11, 2021

Award-winning chef Johnson to open Nosh on Naples Bay

Devotees of chef Todd Johnson, who have followed his food and restaurant creations throughout Southwest Florida for the past 30 years, can find his latest culinary endeavor on the waterfront at his new restaurant, Nosh on Naples Bay.

Johnson and his wife and business partner, Dana, are currently renovating existing space at Naples Bay Resort to create an upscale, modern vibe at 1500 5th Ave., with the goal of opening in January 2022.

A certified sommelier, Johnson will also offer a robust wine list as well as a full bar and craft cocktail menu. The 150-seat restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, private event space for 32 guests and on-site catering to serve the Naples Bay Resort community.

Johnson has opened such restaurants as Bistro 41 in Fort Myers, then Aqua Grill in Naples. Most recently, Johnson was executive chef and co-owner of Rumrunners in Cape Coral, where he led culinary operations for more than 18 years.

Markham receives AFLP award

Gail Markham, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE, CFP, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and partner at Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. has been awarded the Association of Family Law Professionals Hugh E. Starnes Think Outside The Box Award.

This award is presented annually after a committee of past recipients considers nominations of deserving candidates, all of whom have distinguished themselves by outstanding leadership and dedication to non-adversarial best practices in family law.

The mission of AFLP is to make divorce less traumatic, less expensive, and less time-consuming. AFLP has served as a model to many other local groups in and out of the State of Florida and continues to seek and develop methods and techniques to resolve family disputes that enhance the quality of life of our community’s citizens. Visit www.aflpnetwork.com for more details.

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 in construction, human resources, and medical practices. Call 239-433-5554 or visit www.Markham-Norton.com.

Carr new videographer and editor at Priority Marketing

Priority Marketing has added Ryan Carr to its creative services team as a videographer and editor.

In this role, Carr is responsible for collaborating on video concepts as well as filming and editing high-quality video content for a variety of platforms including television, social media, websites and special events.

Before joining Priority Marketing, Carr was a cinematographer for a Utah-based real estate investor, author and speaker. He also has experience as a film company owner, cinematographer for an infomercial company, wedding videographer and a video director for several studios and marketing companies.

Carr earned a bachelor’s degree in cinematography and film/video production from Brigham Young University.

Established in 1992, Priority Marketing is a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations, web development and digital marketing agency located at 12140 Carissa Commerce Court, Suite 201, in Fort Myers.

For more information, call 239-267-2638 or visit PriorityMarketing.com.

CONRIC pr + marketing promotes Knaub to marketing director

The growth and success of CONRIC pr + marketing continues with the promotion of Christleen Knaub to marketing director.

In her new role, Knaub will collaborate with CONRIC’s marketing team to build and strengthen client relationships and drive their continued success through strategic planning and execution that exceeds expectations.She will also develop, implement, and measure strategic marketing, communications, public relations and advertising campaigns that help drive the success of CONRIC’s clients.

Knaub has played a multifaceted role during her time with CONRIC as marketing coordinator, handling account management, digital communication, strategic marketing and event planning.

A Southwest Florida native, Knaub studied communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. She lives in Cape Coral with her husband, Matt, their two sons Cole and Chase, and their dogs, Bella and Alistair.

CONRIC pr + marketing is a leading creative digital marketing, branding, public relations, advertising and web development agency in Southwest Florida. Connie Ramos-Williams launched the award-winning, full-service agency in 2007. CONRIC pr + marketing has offices located at 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Suite 307 in Fort Myers and 1415 Panther Lane in Naples. For more information, call 239-690-9840 or visit conricpr.com.

Iron Ridge Insurance Services expands team

Iron Ridge Insurance Services is strengthening its commitment to its customers by adding to its team of professionals. Two new team members, Sandy Chinault, ARM, and Jason Farrell have joined Iron Ridge, while another, Stacy Howard, has been promoted, as the agency continues to expand its presence in Southwest Florida.

Headquartered in Fort Myers, Iron Ridge is a boutique independent insurance agency that serves both personal and commercial clients. It places particular focus on condominium and homeowners’ associations, legal practices, healthcare providers, architects and engineers, and religious organizations.

As a senior account executive, Chinault will focus primarily on serving condominium and homeowners’ associations. She possesses an associate in risk management designation, a nationally recognized program developed by the Insurance Institute of America. Chinault also holds a Florida 2-20 Property and Casualty Agent License. She is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor of science degree in finance.

Farrell joins the Iron Ridge team as account service assistant. He has more than a decade of experience as an instructor and tutor, making him well-equipped to offer customer service to Iron Ridge clients. Farrell holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Miami (Ohio) University and a master of arts in English from Texas Tech University.

Howard has been promoted to the position of account manager. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing risk management solutions for personal insurance lines, including homeowners, flood, recreational vehicle, and watercraft policies. Howard holds a Florida 4-40 Customer Representative License from the Florida Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services.

Established in 2011, Iron Ridge Insurance Services (www.IronRidgeInsurance.com) is a boutique independent agency that is committed to serving the community by providing innovative commercial insurance solutions. The agency helps clients manage risk through professional liability, management liability, data breach liability, general liability, commercial property, workers’ compensation, and commercial auto insurance programs.

For an evaluation of your commercial or personal insurance coverage, contact Iron Ridge Insurance Services at 800-775-8526 or info@IronRidgeInsurance.com.

Schmucker becomes a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., recently announced that litigation attorney Monica Schmucker has completed arbitrator training and is now a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator. She achieved this certification during “Mediation Week” (Oct. 17-23), a week proclaimed by Chief Justice Charles Canady to mark the importance of alternative dispute resolution being an effective substitute to litigation. On the subject, Schmucker shares,

In July of this year, Schmucker became a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator. She is listed on the Dispute Resolution Center’s website under Twentieth Circuit Mediators. Her qualifications as mediator and arbitrator provide value to both clients and the court system, as drawn-out litigation can be avoided using her service, and the backlog of trials can be lessened. Schmucker is a former Deputy Attorney General in Indiana. She uses her experience to assist clients throughout Southwest Florida in the defense of negligence, personal injury, premises liability, vehicle negligence, and wrongful death claims.

Schmucker received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School (cum laude). She may be reached at monica.schmucker@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1181.

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 Schmucker or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com or connect with us on social media on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

Avelo Airlines begins operations at RSW

Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) has welcomed Avelo Airlines to Fort Myers, Florida. On Thursday, Nov. 11, Avelo inaugurated its first nonstop flights between New Haven, Connecticut (HVN) and RSW. These flights will operate twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays utilizing a 737-700 aircraft.

Avelo Airlines is one of the newest airlines in the U.S. and announced the RSW-HVN service in August 2021. See the news release here. To book a flight or find out more information, please visit aveloair.com.

For more information about Southwest Florida International Airport, please visit flylcpa.com or facebook.com/flyRSW.

Web developer Carbajal joins Priority Marketing

Priority Marketing has hired Xavier Carbajal as web developer to help elevate clients’ brands by establishing a more sophisticated digital footprint.

In this role, Carbajal develops solutions to enhance performance, usability and scalability of websites. He collaborates with the firm’s marketing professionals and content creators on website design and development, search engine optimization , server and domain management, website security and troubleshooting, among other areas.

Priority Marketing’s web development team designs and launches custom websites to boost clients’ overall online presence, visitor experience and search engine ranking. The firm designs websites to be mobile friendly, interactive, ADA compliant and reinforce the client’s brand, vision and goals.

While completing a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Florida Gulf Coast University, Carbajal took part in senior web development projects that boosted his skillset and ignited his creativity. He also has experience as a freelance web developer and designer, and has held several leadership roles within the retail industry.

Established in 1992, Priority Marketing is a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations, web development and digital marketing agency located at 12140 Carissa Commerce Court, Suite 201, in Fort Myers. Follow Priority Marketing on social media through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. For industry news and marketing insights, visit PriorityMarketing.com/our-blog and watch the FAQ Fridays video series on YouTube. For more information, call 239-267-2638 or visit PriorityMarketing.com.