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Business Briefs 3-11-22

By Staff | Mar 10, 2022

Cape resident featured in wedding magazine

New Cape Coral resident Kaitlin Jeanette Smith recently had her “Love in Bloom” Press On Nails featured in WeddingDay Magazine. Prior to relocating, she owned her own salon, as well as an online store serving clients worldwide.

Smith is a graduate of Raphael’s School of Beauty in Niles, Ohio, where she was licensed both as an advanced manicurist, and instructor. Her work has been showcased multiple times in national publications; including the Top Ten in 2019 Nails Magazine Cover Contest, selected from elite professionals around the world.

Smith is currently the owner of Salty Kaitlin, LLC, an online business based in Cape Coral offering hundreds of original hand-painted designs including wedding, seasonal, and beach themed items. Each order is custom made to the client’s specifications. Currently, there is an approximate 4-6 week turnaround time.

For more information, please visit SaltyKaitlin.com

Fiore joins Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners as chief operating officer

Bryan Fiore has joined Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners as chief operating officer.

In his role, Fiore assists in the management of day-to-day business operations. He provides support to all staff, offers for input on long-term planning and assists in the oversight of all compliance functions. His responsibilities include event planning, investment research and financial planning for some client relationships.

He will serve as branch manager of the local Raymond James Financial Services office in Fort Myers.

Fiore graduated from Florida State University with a physics degree and has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners, an independent registered investment advisory firm founded in 2002, is dedicated to the success of its clients’ personal, family, financial and charitable goals. The firm’s advisers assist families in becoming and remaining financially independent with comprehensive plans designed to maximize income, minimize taxes, protect against the unexpected and provide for the efficient transfer of accumulated wealth. Securities are offered through Raymond James Financial Services Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. To learn more about the team, located at 1510 Royal Palm Square Blvd. #103 in Fort Myers, visit www.uhlerandvertich.com or call 239-936-6300.

Iron Ridge Insurance Services expands with acquisition of Grace Insurance Agency

Iron Ridge Insurance Services is recently announced its acquisition of Grace Insurance Agency, a boutique agency offering retail and commercial insurance solutions. The corporate acquisition is the third in the last 15 months for Iron Ridge, which has more than doubled in size over that same period.

In conjunction with the transaction, Grace Insurance Agency owner David Morales will transition to the Iron Ridge Insurance team as client advisor. Morales, who is trilingual in English, Italian and Spanish, has demonstrated his proficiency in commercial, personal and insurance sales and service for more than a decade. He also has experience as a home inspector.

Morales is a U.S. Navy veteran who served eight years as a Hospital Corpsman and Preventive Medicine Technician.

Iron Ridge Insurance Services is a boutique independent insurance agency that prides itself on its commitment to providing knowledgeable, innovative and ethical insurance coverage to its clients. Headquartered in Fort Myers, Iron Ridge primarily serves commercial clients, with particular focus on healthcare, architects and engineers, condominium and homeowners’ associations, legal practices, and religious organizations. The Iron Ridge team of insurance professionals also has a wealth of experience in personal insurance, and offers many personal risk management solutions, including life insurance and Medicare supplemental policies.

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

Digital Lead Performance’s Loethen receives inaugural honor

Digital Lead Performance’s Director of Operations Taylor Loethen has been selected as one of the founding members of the first Top 100 Women in Powersports.

Loethen was recognized along with the other honored recipients by Dealernews, a powersports industry publication, at a January luncheon at the 2022 AIMExpo in Las Vegas. The women nominated for this prestigious honor include racers, influencers, OEMs and dealers.

Loethen joined Scott Fischer Enterprises in 2015 as the director of marketing and business development for Naples Harley-Davidson. In 2016, she transitioned into the role of marketing director for Six Bends Harley-Davidson, Naples Harley-Davidson and the event management company Top Rocker Events.

In 2019, Loethen, Aaron Barney, Scott Fischer and Kimberly Haskins founded Digital Lead Performance, a technology and digital lead management company in the powersports industry. Prior to becoming director of business development for DLP, Loethen was director of communications for Scott Fischer. This past October, Loethen accepted the role of director of operations for DLP.

Thirty years ago, Dealernews magazine launched its Top 100 program to pay homage to the outstanding achievements of North America’s powersports retailers. Honoring women in the industry is welcomed and long overdue.

Additionally, there will be a Women In Powersports Hall Of Fame, which will recognize in perpetuity the noteworthy lives of women in powersports.

For additional information, please visit https://dlpspeed.com/

Fort Myers Brewing Company to host St. Patrick’s Day food truck rally March 17

Fort Myers Brewing Company is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a food truck rally from noon to 11 p.m., Thursday, March 17, featuring specialty beer releases, food and live music.

Fort Myers Brewing is releasing two specialty brews to celebrate the occasion, an Irish Red Ale and Turn the Lights Stout. The Irish Red Ale is a balanced, easy-drinking beer with a moderate malt character that is full of caramel and toasted notes. The deep reddish-copper color comes from both crystal malt and a small dose of highly kilned grain. Turn the Lights Stout is a dry Irish stout, a black beer with a dry-roasted character thanks to the use of coffee-like roasted barley and a moderate degree of roasted malt aromas.

Throughout the day, guests can enjoy dishes from five local food trucks including Wicked Streatery starting at 2 p.m. and The Nosh Truck, Sweet Cheesus, Mambo and 3D BBQ starting at 4 p.m.

Tom Beckman will perform live from 3-6 p.m., followed by Hat Trick from 7-10 p.m.

The St. Patrick’s Day festivities will be held at Fort Myers Brewing Company, 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Suite 28, in Fort Myers. For more information, visit Facebook.com/FMBrew or call 239-313-6576.