The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce E-news Update!
December 1, 2015


December 1, 2015
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An Exciting Year Ahead for our Chamber
I am very excited to submit this inaugural blog post for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce e-newsletter and blog. It is an honor to be a part of such a strong, member-driven group that truly exists to support our members and build a healthy, thriving business community in the greater Fort Myers area. As each of our members grows, we see the results in every area of our chamber and our community. It is an exciting time for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce!

The 41 members of your Board of Directors are dedicated to providing you with the very best opportunities and tools ...

Click Here to read the full blog article.
Chamber President Dean Piccirillo


Friday, January 22nd from 6-10PM at Pelican Preserve Golf Club 

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce
 the 2nd Annual Casino Royale
 presented by 
HBKS Wealth Advisors & HBK CPAs & Consultants

Click here to register or find out more information on sponsoring this event.

Member Concierge Services
Ambassador Spotlight 

Debra Newell, IBERIABANK
Debra was born and raised in Texas and a current resident of Lee County since 1997.  I am a Vice President and Branch Manager for IBERIABANK, who was established in 1887 out of New Iberia, LA.  My career consists of 30 years in banking.  I am proud to be a part of a bank that is well positioned, well established and truly beliefs in giving back to the communities in which we serve.

Being involved in the Greater Fort Myers Chamber has been very beneficial to me.  I have met so many new people and built strong relationships.  I am a graduate of the Leadership Program, Chamber Ambassador since 2009, member of the Women in Business Committee and recently Chaired one of its most prestigious “APEX Awards”. 

I have always been a high energy volunteer who is involved in a wide variety of worthwhile community organizations.   I enjoy giving of my time, energy and resources to improve lives of people around me.  I have a huge heart for children, knowing that children are our future and that they need a good start in life to be successful and become prominent members in our society.  All too often I see children falling behind and struggling in school and life, simply due to their current family and living conditions.  This is what has driven me to becoming so involved with Our Mother’s Home as well as the Guardian ad Litem Foundation.

Last Chance to Register for the
2015 Chamber Holiday Party!
presented by:

December 1, 2015
5:00 - 9:00PM
Burroughs Home & Gardens

This exciting holiday party will be held in the Burroughs Home new Pavilion, which aligns the Caloosahatchee River on the back side of the Burroughs Home property. Join the gorgeous view of the water like no other in downtown Fort Myers. Entry is $65 for Chamber Members and $75 for future Chamber Members, which includes heavy Hors d'oeuvres and complimentary beer and house wine. Please contact Erika at for more information. 


Good News Corner
Member News

The Boston Red Sox announced that Katie Haas has been promoted to vice president, Florida Business Operations. Haas has been with the club for a total of 12 years. Haas oversees all business operations in Southwest Florida and maintains the Red Sox Foundation locally, helping to provide in-kind assistance to many nonprofits in Lee County. Prior to her arrival in Lee County in 2010, Haas worked as senior manager of business affairs for the Red Sox in Boston, where she was involved in the day-to-day operations of the ballpark and was instrumental in overseeing and operating large-scale non-Red Sox game events such as concerts, Futures at Fenway and the Cape League All Star Game. She graduated summa cum laude and holds a marketing degree from Northeastern University.

Scott Fischer Enterprises ( has appointed Kristen Sweeney as marketing director to oversee overall strategy for the Fort Myers-based company and its six Harley-Davidson locations. Sweeney has been with the company for nine years, most recently serving as a marketing manager at Thunderbird Harley-Davidson in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sweeney will handle various responsibilities within her new role as she directs the marketing strategy for the company and stores. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in marketing from the University of New Mexico.

The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort ( has been awarded the 2015 Best in Stay Award by Orbitz Worldwide. One of three hotels in Southwest Florida to win the award, the 4-star luxury resort received the honor based on top-quality guest reviews and comments from Orbitz travelers. The Orbitz Worldwide Best in Stay Awards recognize hotels around the world that consistently wow their guests and travel experts with best-in-class service, amenities, comfort, location and value


December Women in Business Holiday Mingle 
The Women in Business Committee will be collecting various toiletries for the event non-profit spotlights as their Holiday project.  Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida, Inc., Guardian Ad Litem Foundation - Voices for Kids of SWFL and Ronald McDonald House Charities S/W Florida

These items include (and are not limited to): 
Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant and Soap

Host and Sponsor:
Burroughs Home & Gardens

2505 First Street, 33901

Date and Time:
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 4 to 6 PM

$10 for members and $20 for future members.

Register Here

Member Concierge Services
Ambassador Spotlight 

Heather Martin, Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers
Heather Martin relocated to Fort Myers in September 2015 from North Carolina.  She has been in the hospitality industry for over 18 years, primarily with Marriott International, but recently became the Director of Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers.  She resides in Cape Coral with her husband of four years, Hunter Martin.  Hunter works at the Fort Myers Regional office of Enterprise Holdings.  When she is not at work, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband & family; traveling; attending outdoor concert events; outdoor activities and spending as much time on the beach as possible!  She is an active member of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber and is also a member of the Women In Business Committee and Secretary for the P2P Networking Luncheon Group. The Hilton Garden Inn recently completed a $4.2M renovation in 2014, and has 3500 square feet of meeting space!  So, if you have not seen this facility, please contact Heather Martin for a tour and for any meetings, family reunions, weddings, corporate group/events and holiday parties! 

Want to make new contacts and build new relationships?

Join a Chamber Committee today! For more information on our Chamber committee's please contact Terry Simon at

Ribbon Cuttings

Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery 9400 Gladiolus Dr., Suite 320, 33908 on Tuesday, December 8 at 4:30PM

LYB Printing Solutions held immediately following the Business Before Breakfast
Fifth Third Bank  - Summerlin Financial Center        
1701 Boy Scout Dr., 33907 on Thursday, December 10 at 8:30AM

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. 2430 Periwinkle Way, 33957 on Thursday, December 10 at 4:00PM

Elite Payment Systems, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center 2310 Edwards Dr., 33901 on Tuesday, December 15 at 4:30PM

Ribbon Cutting for
Eye Centers of Florida
Ever wonder "What's Next"?
Join us on December 8th to find out more about a new program that Chamber will be forming called Leadership NEXT.

Find out more about this awesome program that will officially start in January 2016. 

Click Here to register today!
Member News

Chamber Holiday Open House

Wednesday, December 16th from 3-6PM at the Chamber Office 

Join us for our last event of 2015! You will enjoy sweet and savory dishes brought to you by the Chamber staff and the MCS Committee! 

Ribbon Cutting for
Applebees - South Fort Myers
Ribbon Cutting for
Araba Shriners
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Thank you for Renewing!

Alexander & Hoover CPA's PA
Alico Family Golf Center
B2 Solutions, Inc.
Bruno's of Brooklyn
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar
Castle Group
Cindrich Construction Inc.
CONRIC PR and Marketing
Coolair Conditioning & Heating
Frank Jean, LMT
Harmon's Audio Visual
Holiday Inn Express & Suites at the Forum
Homewood Suites by Hilton Bell Tower
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Lakes Park Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics
 Law Office of Joseph Cerino
LeeSar Inc.
Massage Envy of Southwest Florida
Nerium International
Neurotherapy Center, LLC
Painting with a Twist
Planet Fitness
Pushing the Envelope, Inc.
Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers Sanibel
Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
Seven Lakes Realty, Inc.
TOTI Media, Inc.
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