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Business Briefs 09-02-22

By Staff | Sep 1, 2022


Passenger traffic numbers for July

reported by Southwest

Florida International Airport

During July, 671,225 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers. This was a decrease of 17.6 percent compared to July 2021; however, it was still the second-best July in the 39-year history of the airport. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 13 percent compared to last year.

The traffic leader in July was Delta with 177,355 total passengers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (132,296), American (122,450), JetBlue (72,852) and United (68,847).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 5,213 aircraft operations, a decrease of 26 percent compared to July 2021. Page Field (FMY) saw 16,000 operations, a 58 percent increase compared to July 2021, which made it the best single month at FMY in nearly 40 years.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 10.3 million passengers in 2021 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic.

For more information, visit flylcpa.com or facebook.com/flyRSW.

Priority Marketing adds

Wilson as senior copywriter

Priority Marketing has added Ashley Wilson as the firm’s senior copywriter, a role in which she drafts strategic creative messaging for the full range of marketing tools, including advertising, brochures, video, direct mail, email, social media and websites.

Wilson brings 16 years of experience in marketing research, project coordination and copywriting to the team, contributing expertise as she collaborates with account managers, graphic designers, digital marketing specialists, web developers and others to execute copywriting projects customized to achieve each client’s marketing goals.

Before joining Priority Marketing, Wilson was a communications and marketing coordinator for the Washington, D.C.-based Association for Change Management Professionals, where she executed all internal and external marketing and communications for a global audience while serving as the leader for the organization’s aesthetic, brand and identity.

Wilson earned a bachelor of science degree in advertising and a master of science degree in integrated marketing and management communication from Florida State University.

Founded in 1992 by Teri Hansen, APR, Priority Marketing is Southwest Florida’s largest full-service marketing, advertising, public relations, website development and digital marketing agency celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022. The firm has grown to include more than 50 strategists whose areas of expertise include brand development, public relations, graphic design, social media and email marketing, media planning, web solutions, event planning, video production, digital advertising and more.

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

Women in Business program to

spotlight self-defense class Sept. 7

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will host a networking program from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, that will spotlight self-defense.

Hosted in partnership with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the program will feature a special self-defense class highlighting physical techniques and strategies to evade potentially dangerous situations. The event will be hosted at X3 Performance and Physical Therapy, located at 14651 Jetport Loop, #150, in Fort Myers. The September event is sponsored by Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida and KTD Accounting is the scholarship sponsor. Women in Business’ Annual Sponsor is HBKS Wealth Advisors and HBK CPAs & Consultants.

The event’s nonprofit spotlight is Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc., a private, not-for-profit agency committed to serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

The Women in Business program is $10 for chamber members and $20 for future members. Attendees can register in advance at FortMyers.org or call 239-332-2930.

Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents over 725 businesses, professionals, and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events.

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-2930 or visit www.fortmyers.org.

For the latest news and updates, follow the chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc.

Pavese Law Firm welcomes two

Pavese Law Firm has announced recent law school graduates Brett G. Bleier and Luke L. Kane have joined the firm.

Bleier is a member of the firm’s condominium & homeowners/transactional law group. His practice will encompass a broad range of matters including enforcement of document restrictions, protecting and defending the association’s interest in its property and governing documents, simple sales agreements, and complex contract negotiations.

Bleier studied international relations at the James Madison College of Michigan State University. After graduating, he moved to Naples where he began law school at Ave Maria School of Law. He received his juries doctorate degree after graduating magna cum laude.

Kane is a member of the firm’s litigation group where he will be representing clients in a wide range of civil litigation and business law matters.

Kane graduated from Florida State University, cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in communications.

Kane was raised in Southwest Florida and attended St. Francis Xavier and Bishop Verot Catholic High School.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, business and corporate, civil litigation, condominium and homeowners’ association law, construction, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trusts, marital and family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida.

For more information, visit paveselaw.com.

Iron Ridge Insurance Services

adds executive risk

manager/client advisor

Iron Ridge Insurance Services has welcomed Susan L. Dusenbery as executive risk manager/client advisor. As Iron Ridge continues to grow – more than doubling in the last two years – Dusenbery brings proven experience as an insurance industry professional specializing in all aspects of risk management, relationship building, and strategic planning.

Dusenbery’s experience encompasses all aspects of risk management, insurance, project management, fixed asset and finance, problem resolution, data analysis, team leadership, relationship building and strategic thinking. She has experience in designing comprehensive risk management processes, procedures, and policies to accomplish organizational objectives.

Dusenbery earned a master of business administration from WIU, Illinois, and a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, accounting, from Midway College, Kentucky. She also holds ARM and CSRM certifications.

Iron Ridge Insurance Services primarily serves commercial clients, with particular focus on healthcare, architects and engineers, legal practices, condo and homeowners’ associations, and religious organizations.

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