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Derrick Ayers

OFDC Commercial Interiors
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Bill Barker

Theodore Bill

Pelican Wire

Theodore "Ted" Bill –  Ted is CEO of Wire Experts Group, a collection of wire manufacturing companies that includes Naples, Florida based Pelican Wire Company and Loveland, Colorado based Rubadue Wire.  Ted is proud to have overseen the transition of the business in 2008 to be 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP.  Ted has served as CEO of Wire Experts Group, Inc. since it was formed in 2014.

In the community Ted serves as a board member for the Naples Players, a local not-for-profit theater company dedicated to building community through exceptional access to the power of theatre.  He is a board member of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and serves as chair of the Talent Advisory Committee.

Prior to working for Pelican Wire, Ted spent 13 years with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida where he worked in Industrial Engineering and Information Technology.  Ted has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Michelle Ann Borders

Naples Network Services

Michelle and her husband Kevin have been married since 1992 and have owned Naples Networks Services since 2004.  They provide IT consulting, maintenance & VOIP Phones to small and medium companies in and around Collier County.    Naples Network Services was voted best in business by Gulfshore Business readers in 2019 2022 and 2023 and was Naples Chamber’s Business of the month in September of 2021.  Michelle was Ambassador of the year in 2019, has chaired their Small Business Council since 2019 and was awarded The Chairman's Award in 2023.



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Russell Budd

PBS Contractors, LLC
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Scott Burgess

David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health

Brian Collins

The Athens Group

Brian Collins is a Managing Director on the Real Estate team. Brian joined BDT & MSD in 2023 and is focused on its real estate developments including Naples Beach Club. Prior to joining BDT & MSD, Brian was EVP, Director of Development at Silverstein Properties. Previously, Brian was SVP, Head of Development at Fisher Brothers, President of Intrawest, and Partner and COO of Millennium Partners. Brian is a member of the Urban Land Institute and he earned a M.S. from New York University Stern School of Business and a B.A. from Colgate University. 

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Eileen Connolly-Keesler

Collier Community Foundation

Kristen Coury

Gulfshore Playhouse

Kristen is the Founder, CEO, and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse.  She founded the Playhouse in 2004 and since then has grown the company from a staff member of one with no budget to a bustling professional theatre and education not-for-profit organization with 56 employees and a budget that, in 2024, will be well over $11M annually. Kristen spearheaded an over $70M campaign to build a brand new state-of-the-art Theatre and Education Center at the gateway to Downtown Naples, and brokered a public/private partnership with the City of Naples, through which Gulfshore Playhouse and the Wynn Family donated over an acre of land to the City upon which to build a parking garage. The new Baker Theatre and Education Center will open to the public in November of 2024. Kristen was named one of the Men and Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life in 2013, received the Murray Hendel Civic Achievement Award in 2023, and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in Collier County for the past three years.  She is a lifetime member of the Leadership Collier Foundation, Class of 2020, and a lifetime member of Leadership Florida, Cornerstone 40. In 2023, she was invited by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo to serve on the Florida State Council for Arts and Culture.

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Brett Diamond

DeAngelis Diamond
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Carlo Fassi

TECO Peoples Gas
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Jeffrey Fridkin

Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.
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Blake Gable

Barron Collier Companies
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Bill Gaston

Build, LLC
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Mary Beth Geier

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
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Brian Goguen

Barron Collier Companies
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Dudley Goodlette

David Gordley

First Horizon - Goodlette Main Branch

David has over 30 years of banking experience, serving as Naples Market President since 2013. His primary responsibility is to lead First Horizon Bank in the growth of the Company within Collier County, including all marketing, sales, revenue and expense initiatives. His diverse banking background also includes leadership and management positions in middle market, large corporate, residential mortgage, commercial real estate and treasury management services with regional and community banks.

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Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill Investment Advisors Inc.
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Clark Hill

Hilton Naples

During his forty-year career in the Hospitality Industry, Clark Hill has opened and managed upscale, full-service hotels in several locations throughout the United States. Clark is currently general manager of the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Naples featuring Shula's Steak House in Naples, Florida, a position he has held for the past twenty-three years

Clark is Vice Chairman of the Tourist Development Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Collier County Chapter. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Moorings Park. Clark is the Past Board Chair of United Way of Collier County and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Naples Chamber. He is a graduate of Leadership Collier, Class of 2012.

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Paul Hiltz

NCH Healthcare System - Baker Hospital Downtown
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Buddy Hornbeck

Gallagher

Buddy Hornbeck is a commercial insurance producer for Arthur J. Gallagher in Naples, FL. He works on insurance in all industries but his primary focus is Real Estate/Development, Condominium/Homeowner Associations, Hospitality, and Construction. Buddy and his wife Lindsey have three kids and love spending their free time enjoying the beautiful beaches and community of Naples. Buddy is also the chairman of the Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation.

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CJ Hueston

Corporate Dimensions, Inc.
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Greg Johnson

Conditioned Air Company of Naples LLC

Jennifer Johnson

True Fashionistas

Jennifer is a multi-faceted entrepreneur from True Fashionistas, Florida’s largest lifestyle resale store, to Cooies Cookies a company she started with her teenage daughter to online store Pink Farmhouse and most recently The Fashionista Life which embodies her podcast, blog, motivational speaking business and coaching business for women entrepreneurs.

Jason Korn

Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, PC

Jason is an attorney with the law firm of Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, located in Naples. Dentons is the largest global firm in the world, with over 10,000 attorneys in over 80 countries. Jason serves as the Firm’s Managing Shareholder for its Florida office. 

Jason has served in numerous leadership roles in various civic, charitable and community organizations. The Collier County Education Foundation honored Jason with its annual Men of Distinction™ award, “recognizing men who have distinguished themselves through extensive charitable community service in Collier County, men whose fervent passion for helping others made, and continues to make, the community a better place.”  In 2021, the Naples Chamber of Commerce awarded Jason with the Greater Naples Chamber Chairman’s Award, which recognizes an individual for their “dedication to community betterment, who helped the Chamber fulfil its mission of cultivating economic opportunity for all” and “who goes above and beyond, in service to the Chamber and the community as a whole.”

Jason is the former President of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association, the former President of the American Inns of Court, Collier County, and the former Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Committee of the 20th Judicial Circuit (appointed by Governor Jeb Bush). In 2022, the Collier County Bar Association recognized Jason as the recipient of the Donald Van Koughnet “Lion of the Law Award for Collier County. The award recognizes excellence in legal skills, professionalism, and public service. Criteria for the award include a career marked by reputation for professionalism and character, one possessed of great legal skill in advocacy, and commitment to community service. Jason’s style of litigation earned him recognition earlier in his career by Gulfshore Life Magazine in the area of complex litigation and as one of the “Go-To Lawyers’’ and “A-List Advocates” in the five counties of Southwest Florida.


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Dan Lavender

Moorings Park Communities
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Claudine Leger-Wetzel

Stock Development

Cee Cee Marinelli

Barron Collier Companies

A native Neapolitan, Cee Cee has been associated with the Barron Collier Companies since 2006 with responsibilities in leasing and development for all of BCC’s commercial properties. She is a member of Leadership Collier Class 2013 and Leadership Florida’s Connect Class VII.  

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Michael Moore

The Turtle Club Restaurant

Matthew Morinello

BeneCard PBF

Matthew Morinello, Regional Vice President at BeneCard PBF, drives impactful change through his healthcare benefits role, emphasizing meaningful interactions. His leadership, grounded in Hotel Planning and Control and enriched by a Master’s in Business Management from Niagara University, is defined by service and strategic insight.


Since moving to Naples in 2018 from Upstate New York, he has immersed himself in local initiatives, demonstrating a dedication to community service through his work with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and contributions to various local and environmental organizations. His engagement reflects a broader ambition to create a more empathetic and interconnected community, drawing from the values instilled by his family.


Matthew’s diverse interests, from gardening, a skill passed down from his grandfather, to exploring new cultures and continuous personal education, highlight his multifaceted approach to life. His involvement in Florida's diverse landscape—from environmental conservation efforts to cultural and professional development—underscores his commitment to contributing to the state’s growth and well-being, striving to make a lasting positive impact.

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Edward Morton

Glencoe Diversified Holdings
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Mary Morton

Moorings Park Communities
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Jay Newman

The Athens Group
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Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O'Connor - Premier Sotheby's International Realty
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Amy Patterson

Collier County Government
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Kevin Rambosk

Collier County Sheriff's Office
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Timothy Reiter

Fifth Third Bank - Banking Center Main Branch
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Eloy Ricardo

North Collier Fire Control & Rescue District
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Leslie Ricciardelli

Collier County Public Schools

Garrett Richter

First Foundation Bank - Main Office, Kraft Rd
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Adam Ryzenman

First Citizens Bank
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Hector Sanchez

Loos & Co. Inc.

Julie Schmelzle

Bank of America Main Branch

Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager (Series 7 and 63) at Bank of America with responsibility for corporate client relationships with $50MM to $2Bil in revenues across diversified industry sectors with deep expertise in Agribusiness, Retail, and Financial Intermediaries (national responsibility). A career spanning 30+ years advising corporate clients in operational efficiency, treasury, capital structure and markets and risk management; she also serves as part of the local executive team for Southwest Florida and serves on the Bank of America Innovation in Commercial Banking Council (U.S.).


With a business and economic backdrop from her professional experience, she has been extensively involved in local economic development serving in various roles including EDC Chair, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce (Opportunity Naples Community Strategic Plan and current Chair of The Greater Naples Chamber). Additional community and leadership roles include the Naples Airport Authority (Noise Compatibility Committee) and long-time trustee – Vice Chair of Community School of Naples.

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John Schmieding

Arthrex, Inc.

Jeanne Seewald

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP

Jeanne L. Seewald is an attorney with Hahn Loeser & Park LLP in Naples. She is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and past partner-in-charge of the Southwest Florida offices.  She focuses her practice on advising businesses in the area of intellectual property including trademark, copyright, patent, domain name and licensing, and in the area of mergers and acquisitions. She is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in intellectual property law and served as Chair of The Florida Bar Intellectual Property Board Certification Committee and Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Committee of The Florida Bar.  Jeanne is a past President of the Collier County Bar Association and is a past President of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association. She received her undergraduate degree from Hendrix College, MBA from the University of Central Arkansas and law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Jeanne and her husband, Don, have lived in Naples since 1999 and enjoy spending time at the beach.

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Chris Simoneau

Lee Health
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Randy Smith

Hoffmann Family of Companies
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Katie Sproul

Halstatt, LLC
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Asif Syed

21 Spices By Chef Asif

Aysegul Timur

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)

Aysegul Timur, Ph.D. is President of Florida Gulf Coast University; she is the institution's fifth president.  In her previous role at FGCU, Dr. Timur served as Vice President and Vice Provost for Strategy and Program Innovation, where she has worked since 2019.

Dr. Timur received her doctoral degree in Business Administration, majoring in Economics, from the University of South Florida, and both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Istanbul.  Her areas of specialization include business policy and organizational development, quality and continuous improvement, health (especially pharmaceutical pricing), and international economics.  She is a go-to expert for workforce development and was recently honored by the Florida College Access Network as one of its first Workforce Education Innovators.  Before joining the University team, she held a variety of faculty and executive leadership positions in higher education, including full professor of economics.

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Vicki Tracy

Gulf Coast International Properties

Jamie Ulmer

Healthcare Network

Jamie brings a wealth of healthcare leadership experience, including more than 24 years of service in the military where he began his medical career. During his years of service, he saw multiple deployments and job assignments with progressive leadership responsibilities. In 2013, Jamie honorably retired from active duty as Executive/Operations Officer in Fort Bragg, NC.


Upon his retirement from the military, Jamie worked for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as the state’s public health administrator for emergency medical services for children; served as public health administrator for the United States Army, Fort Jackson, SC; and was recruited to be chief operating officer of Rural Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Aiken, SC. Prior to joining, Healthcare Network he was CEO of Heart of Florida, an FQHC serving Marion County, FL.


Jamie earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from South Carolina State University and a master’s degree in human resources development and health services management from Webster University in St. Louis.

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Patrick Utter

Collier Enterprises
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Lisa VanDien

London Bay Homes
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Andrew VanValin

Pulte Family Charitable Foundation
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Chris Vernon

Vernon Litigation Group

Deanna Wallin

Naples Soap Company

Deanna Wallin, a former nurse turned skincare pioneer, founded Naples Soap Company out of her passion for assisting individuals suffering from chronic skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis.


A Southwest Florida native, Wallin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Barry University. She returned home to earn her LPN certification from Lorenzo Walker Technical College and worked in the healthcare industry in Southwest Florida for 15 years.


Following the recession of 2007-08, she was looking to make a career change and was inspired to share her journey to find relief from her own painful, chronic skin conditions. In 2009, she opened a small 300 square foot retail store in Tin City where she sold skin care items including natural soaps and body butters.


Today, Naples Soap Company operates 13 across the state of Florida, offers products nationwide direct to the consumer through a robust e-commerce site (naplessoap.com). The Company’s wholesale division sells to spas, boutiques and retail shops across the United States.


In 2021, Deanna took the company public. Naples Soap Company stock is traded on the OTC markets under the symbol NASO. As CEO, Deanna provides strategic direction for the company while overseeing company operations, product development, merchandising, buying, marketing, investor relations, and talent development.


She has earned numerous professional and business accolades including:


  • Gulfshore Business Remarkable Business Women Award 2023
  • Naples Illustrated Naples 100 Collier County Most Influential Business Leaders 2022
  • Naples Illustrated Naples 100 Collier County Most Influential Business Leaders 2021
  • Naples Illustrated Naples 100 Collier County Most Influential Business Leaders 2020
  • Business Observer Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner 2020
  • Florida Retail Federation Retailer of the Year Award 2015
  • Greater Naples Chamber Business Expansion Award 2014
  • Greater Naples Chamber Excellence in Industry Company to Watch 2013
  • Greater Naples Chamber Entrepreneurship Award 2011



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David Weston

Collier BIZ PAC

Michael Wynn

Sunshine Ace Hardware - Bonita Beach (MAIN)

MICHAEL  has served as board chairman of the Wynn Family Companies and President of Sunshine Ace Hardware in Naples, Florida since 2005.  Mr. Wynn is the past Chair of the board of directors of the Miami Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  He is also a member of the board of directors for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce (past-chair), Leadership Collier Foundation (past-chair), Moorings Park Institute (Vice Chair), and the NCH Healthcare System (2nd Vice Chair.)  He is a member of the Florida Council of 100, a gubernatorial appointee on the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Board of Trustees and a member of the board of directors for Leadership Florida.  He is a proud graduate of Barron Collier High School and received a BS in business administration from the University of South Florida in 1997 and an MBA in business administration from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2005.  He was awarded Hardware Industry’s Top Gun Award presented by the National Retail Hardware Association in 2014, Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014, 2017 FGCU Alumni of the Year, voted the 2017 Gulfshore Business Best Boss for a Large Company, Business Observer’s 2019 Icons of Business and awarded the 2019 Naples Daily News Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Sunshine Ace Hardware has been recognized by Gulfshore Business Magazine as a Best Place To Work in 2022 & 2023

Matthew Zwack

Owen-Ames-Kimball

Matthew, a LEED Accredited Professional, became involved in the construction industry in 1996, working his way to Foreman for Mills Construction Company in South Dakota, where he built commercial buildings from the ground up. After moving to Southwest Florida and becoming a Lead Finish Carpenter, he joined Owen‑Ames‑Kimball in 2005 as an assistant superintendent. His experience with public, private, civil, and architectural projects allows Matt to lead our company with confidence.


Matthew grew up with a father that worked in construction and was always very proud of his projects, so he knew he wanted to do the same thing and have the same feeling of pride for his own completed projects. Outside of work, he enjoys working on various projects at home. Matthew is currently working to restore a 1970 Airstream camper.

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