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p. 8 - It’s Never too later to start over p. 10 - Three Power women p. 14 - Authentic Hair p. 14 - Café Matisse p. 16 - Wear are you p. 24 - Sculptured Ensemble p. 26 - Reinventing Retail p. 28 - Local Neapolitan Treasure p. 30 - Hyundia’s 5 liter Beast p. 33 - Women of SWFL p. 39 - Want to get groovy p. 40 - Dine, Wine and Dance

p. 42 - Sculptural Installations of Artist Gerry Stecca p. 44 - Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore p. 46 - petit pois at Petunias of Naples p. 48 - “Gnothi Seauto” p. 51 - Haitian Artist Pascale Doxy

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“It’s Never
’ve had the pleasure of knowing Toni Latino since the early 80’s and she has never ceased to impress me with her optimistic spirit, intelligence and heart. Her life hasn’t followed any traditional path, as she sailed the Caribbean for six months on a 50 foot sailboat and later began law school at age 48. In between her amazing sailing experience and before law school was a divorce from her sailor husband. But every cloud has a silver lining and now Toni is a family law attorney practicing in Fort Myers. When I met her she worked as a paralegal, at first for large law firms in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, later at a small, non-profit law firm. She preferred the atmosphere and goals of the smaller non-profit, and it was there that the seeds to go to law school were planted. But it took a divorce to prompt her to get from paralegal to lawyer. The fact that she was 48 when she began did not daunt her.
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Start Over”

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During law school she volunteered at the local AIDS organization by helping their clients fill out living wills and other basic forms that they would eventually need. Some other law students wanted to get involved too, so she formed a non-profit organization, “The Community Legal Assistance Center”. Toni had funding before she knew it and fifteen students volunteered their time at the three offices that were donated to her organization. Toni and her volunteers compassionately served over a thousand clients. After law school and as soon as she passed the Bar exam Toni hung her own “shingle”. As luck and love would have it, about a month before opening her own law office, she met the man who would become the love of her life and her partner in business. His name was Tony Borras. He was another attorney who had been practicing law for 20 years, shared the same love of

politics, and Toni found it humorous that they both shared the same first name. As Toni’s dear Uncle said, “Finally, you picked a good one… you two are cut from the same cloth.” That was her official blessing.

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year after Toni and Tony met, they joined their practices -- her husband, Tony, had about 20% family law cases and 80% criminal law. Toni naturally gravitated to family law, helping people in the midst of divorce that Toni Latino has proven to herself and others needed counseling – both legal and personal. that it’s never too late to start over. Having gone through the entire process herself, from shock, to realization, to hard decisions, To contact the law firm of Borras & Latino, to wrapping it up, and finally moving on, Toni P.A., located at 1815 Hough Street, Fort Myers, personally knows the turmoil and emotional disFlorida 33901, please call (239) 332-0484, or comfort divorce brings. Her experience enables her to empathize with her clients. Toni has han- visit www.BorrasAndLatino.com www.gulfcoastdebtrelief.com dled hundreds of cases, from simple divorces to bitter battles, paternity cases, relocation cases – all with empathy and sound legal advice. When I asked Toni if she felt most lawyers take a personal interest in their clients like she does, Toni smiled and responded, “I think that’s why Focus_122110:Layout 1 12/10/10 1:39 PM Page 1 we’re called counselors at law.” I asked Toni Latino what brought her and her attorney husband, Tony Borras, to Fort Myers? She explained that they’re a bi-lingual law firm, and several years ago some Hispanic people in Naples or Fort Myers had hired them in their Fort Lauderdale office, and they were coming across “Alligator Alley” frequently, noticing each time downtown Fort Myers was being renovated and becoming more beautiful. The courthouse in Fort Myers had an impressive new addition -- they saw a great opportunity and growth potential. That was three years ago when Toni and Tony purchased a dilapidated but historic home in downtown Fort Myers, onehalf mile from the courthouse. It took longer than expected, but they remodeled the abandoned 100 year old house into their own modern law office, moved to Fort Myers and opened for business. Their new law office is located right across from one of the prettiest places in town -- the Butterfly Estates. Toni and her husband, Tony both love the community atmosphere in the Fort Myers River District -- the music

in Ponce de Leon Plaza every Friday night, “Art Walk”, “Music Walk”, plus the Red Sox Spring Training! Toni and Tony have settled in quite nicely here. With their office, Borras & Latino, located in the heart of the community, Toni and Tony offer their years of legal experience to their neighbors and the neighborhood. With a warm and genuinely happy grin Toni leaned over and told me, “This town has so much to offer, and we are thrilled to be part of it!”

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THREE POWER WOMEN on
Cultivating More Creativity, Culture, and Business in our Community
in South Florida live in Paradise, and we know it! We embrace it and wear it as a badge of honor with pride.
By Renée Rey, Artist

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For years, residents in Collier County have enjoyed a tremendous quality of life and a robust economy. During the past few years, we have been faced with a pressing economy, locally, nationally and internationally. In a changing economic environment, how do we maintain a burgeoning local business climate and continue the successful momentum we have enjoyed in past years? How do we motivate job seekers to settle and stay, and how do we entice new entrepreneurial arts, creative and innovative businesses to establish roots and flourish here? As a full-time resident artist and businesswoman, I wanted to know what some of our savvy leaders and business people were thinking about this issue. Here are three inspiring Power Women, photographed in a creative environment, The Naples Botanical Gardens, wearing unique art jewelry, Renée ReyTM Wearable Sculpture and talking about the arts and innovation in our community.....
Renée Rey is an award-winning professional visual artist and writer, and founder of Renée Rey™ Wearable Sculpture, an avant-garde art jewelry business in Naples. Renée Rey’s love for music, dance, and art culminate in a collection of innovative wearable art for women and men. She harmonizes eclectic materials like silver, pearls, beads, rubber, and photographs creating one-of-kind pieces. Rey’s signature style features sculptural arrangements on the front and back of her collections. Also, she is former founder of The Design Complex, a commercial and residential interior design business in New York, and holds an MBA in Management, Herman Family Fellow (awarded to Entrepreneurial Women), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

305-495-3488 Rey@ReneeRey.com www.ReneeRey.com

A special thank you to the Naples Botanical Garden for hosting the interview and photo shoot.

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“the arts are the backbone of our community. it is a marvelous way to inspire young people to grow.”
What is youR involvement in the aRts, and hoW did you get involved? I am a passionate supporter of the arts. Arts in the community give it a firm foundation. I frequent local art shows and exhibits. I began with admiring the works of Naples visual artists including Jerry Vallez, Paul Arsenault, and Phil Fisher. Years ago I became involved with the performing arts when I met Conductor Erich Kunzel, and continued to enjoy local music performances and plays. I was on the Board of the Naples Botanical Gardens when it was just a dream! I was on the ground floor of building Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CAPA). It was a project to improve the area, bring it to a different level and give it an identity before anyone else did! An identity of an arts community. What is youR aRtistic passion? Hard to choose! Who is youR inspiRation oR Role model? There are so many. The ones that come to mind right now are Chellie Doepke and Jane Berger who are immersed in various arts in our community. hoW do you think We can dRaW moRe innovative and cReative businesses to ouR community? By building CAPA, a home for music, plays and even the visual arts. It will draw more people and companies to our community who support the arts, and offer a place for local professional artists to rehearse and perform. What does youR dReam cultuRal community look like? A functioning Cultural and Performing Arts Center, darling galleries, shops and restaurants; a magnet school in which children can learn about the visual and performing arts to help them move into these areas in the future. The anchor would be the Botanical Gardens with possibly an affiliate science school for pre-college students. if you could do one thing tomoRRoW to implement youR dReam, What Would it be? Find the right players.
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Who Would be on youR dReam team to get this accomplished? Patti Baker, B. Thomas Golisano, Judy Sproul, Harvey Kapnick, Eva Sugden Gomez, and a member of the Collier family. We need a leader to spearhead this initiative that has a business and philanthropic background.

Donna Fiala County Commissioner District 1 Collier County

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“naples needs a real collaboration with all the arts disciplines.”

Steffanie Pearce General & Artistic Director Opera Naples
What is youR involvement in the aRts, and hoW did you get involved? Founding and directing the one and only professional opera company in the area. We offer a cultural venue for community participation and summer camp for young people. At four years old, it was noted that I had great vocal range, could sing harmony, and play the piano even though I could barely reach the keys! At 15 years old, I started at pre-conservatory with the head of the Voice Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and continued with undergraduate studies in Vocal Performance. At the University of Southern California, I double majored in Opera Performance and Acting. What is youR aRtistic passion? Vocal music. Who is youR inspiRation oR Role model? Joan Sutherland, Maria Callas, and Beverly Sills who after her professional singing career took over as General Director of the New York City Opera. It was the first American Opera Company that focused on home-grown talent. She helped to establish the American brand of singer as performer and director. hoW do you think We can dRaW moRe innovative and cReative businesses to ouR community? I am very intrigued and enthusiastic with the work of the CRA. I envision a SoHo (NY) like neighborhood. If we look at population growth and baby boomers coming into this area, the whole corridor from government buildings to Fifth Ave. Has tremendous potential and low cost space. We need a funky arts district that artists can afford and turn around bringing in other businesses. It would attract more young people and stability for a year-round economy for everyone. With year-round programming we could attract people in mid-career who would relocate with their kids. In our production of Carmen, we had 85 local performers: 17 children from ages 10-14 and 15 high school and college students. This is culture that is home grown with community participation. What does youR dReam cultuRal community look like? Collaboration between all the arts including visual arts, ballet and theater. Maybe we need the performing arts center to bring them all together. if you could do one thing tomoRRoW to implement youR dReam, What Would it be? This plan needs time to mature for the whole to work together. Who Would be on youR dReam team to get this accomplished? Hopefully every arts organization in the area where we collaborate to give as much back to the community as possible without duplicating efforts.
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“you never know where the next great idea is going to come from so you have to look at everything.”
What is youR involvement in the aRts, and hoW did you get involved? I was Director of Development at Walters Art Museum and Cincinnati Art Museum, and Corporate Relations Manager at Cleveland Museum. Since the Naples Botanical Garden was going to open in 2009, it was very appealing to be on the ground floor. Working here with Brian Holley who is a recognized leader in the field is very exciting. We have different programming including music, wine tasting, movies, and Sunday jazz concerts. In addition, I am Vice Chair of the Bayshore Gateway Redevelopment Agency and a Member of Leadership Collier this year. What is youR aRtistic passion? In addition to music and performance, I like art fairs and museums. I collect mid-century modern furniture, wearable and fiber art. Who is youR inspiRation oR Role model? A woman I was fortunate to work for twice at the Cleveland and Walters Art Museums. She is a gracious, big thinking person. We all need more gracious big thinking people! hoW do you think We can dRaW moRe innovative and cReative businesses to ouR community? By being a welcoming community. Part of the Garden’s objective is to be a big tent where people can come. We worked with start-up company Shakespeare in Paradise and CAPA to bring live performance and jazz for the community to enjoy. The whole community needs to be flexible in how they think about these things. What does youR dReam cultuRal community look like? We have a good start. A little something for everyone. We have become a much more well-rounded community over the years including the Naples Zoo, the Phil, the von Liebig, and the Asia Festival. In about five years we should have our Visitor’s Amenity Building done, and have broad based programming including a camp, life-long learning, and weekly programs. I would really like to see our music venue expand and have this area of east Naples blossom as well. if you could do one thing tomoRRoW to implement youR dReam, What Would it be? Get money! I think the community rallies around what is important to them in terms of funding. Who Would be on youR dReam team to get this accomplished? A broad swath of the community so we make sure everyone is represented.

Jill Barry Director of External Affairs Naples Botanical Garden
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uthentic Hair has been in Port Charlotte since 1995. Authentic Hair provides services such as relaxers, perms, braids and weaves for all hair types. At this beauty shop you are also able to purchase just about any hair care products and extensions for any hair type. The mission at Authentic Hair is to make clients beautiful and confident about themselves. Audrey, the owner of the great salon, knows that all women are beautiful no matter what shape or size, “Beauty is on the inside, however enhancing the external beauty is essential” she says. Audrey has worked very hard to earn her way and built a business for herself. She is an example of how hard work reaps great rewards. “If you can dream it, you can achieve it,” Audrey says with that infectious smile, echoing the truth about that personal creed. For many women who may want a different look or style, Audrey is able to help you achieve it. Audrey is an encouragement to young women who strive to own their own business.

Café Matisse

Brings Open Mic Night to Downtown Fort Myers!

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Come one come all! Bring your poetry, art, music, voice, dance, and love! Café Matisse, conveniently sandwiched at the corner of Hendry and First Street in Fort Myers’ downtown district has recently unveiled “Open Mic Night.” The café is the first and only venue that hosts an Open Mic Night in Fort Myers, Florida. Jessica Sparrow, barista and “all things great” of Café Matisse developed this weekly event as an outlet for the younger, art-craving crowd harboring in Fort Myers. Every Monday from 7pm till the talent runs out Café Matisse offers great coffee, food, liquor, and a temple for an amazing crowd full of creativity.

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Cristela Guerra, employee and host of the show rounds up the crowd and ensures that everyone has the opportunity to have their talent showcased! Café Matisse is downtown Fort Myers well-known, family-owned coffee shop. The café, recently bought by Steve and Carolyn Steadman, is in the process of reinventing and vamping up the vibe and menu selection to offer more of the best to local customers and the seasonal crowd. Whether a great cup of Joe or a fine tune is your fancy, Café Matisse is the place to be on a Monday night!

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Wear are
This statement may well be this season’s most over-used word. We keep hearing it in reference to fashion – usually applied to how well it all pulls together. From pouty lip- colored a vibrant red, link necklaces with precious materials, handbags made from faux, down to black patent shoes. We even have the boot cut pants, skinny jeans or that velvet dress, but more ambitious symphonic blends of leather or boldly shaded fabric trim. What all the above statements seem to be saying is: “I’m hip, I’m trendy, yet I don’t want to break the bank in order to be fashionable; “a laudable sentiment in these days of modest economic recovery. More importantly it’s about wearing youyour style… your statement! Let’s see what styles this season’s brings for you:
By Samantha Ramos

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LAFAYETTE 148 NEW YORK

Three quarter sleeve cardigan, linen, black, $268. Gingham shirt with detachable bow, cotton/polyamide/Lycra® spandex, black multi, $248. ‘Irving’ slim ankle-length pants, virgin wool/elastane, black, $188. In Studio 121 at Nordstrom and online at Nordstrom.com.

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RACHEL RACHEL ROY Trench $109.00 Tank $49.00 Short $79.00

BCBG MAX AZRIA Dress $248.00

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‘Caroline’ chevron print maxi dress, silk twill, geranium/navy, $495. In via C. at select Nordstrom stores and online at Nordstrom.com.

RED HAUTE / FREE PEOPLE / CITIZENS OF HUMANITY

Red Haute sheer chiffon top, polyester, grey, $78. Free People lace bandeau, nylon/spandex, taupe, $28. Citizens of Humanity ‘Hutton’ wide-leg denim trousers, cotton/elastane, paradise (washed blue), $208. In t.b.d. at Nordstrom and online at Nordstrom.com.

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CALVIN KLEIN Dress $129.00

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RACHEL RACHEL ROY Treach $169.00 Top $79.00 Short 79.00

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Sculptured Ensemble
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fter years of experience working as a corporate executive in education, marketing, and publishing, Danessa Myricks was itching for a way to express her creative side. Forced to start a new career due to corporate downsizing she decided to take her hobby of experimenting with makeup and turn it into a career. Her reputation as an artist with a very clean, unique style has afforded her the opportunity to work with a broad clientele of beauty, hair, and music companies for print, web, television and show production both nationally and internationally. Danessa has worked with Jive Records, Arista, J Records, Sony/BMG & Motown to help shape the image of their artists. She has also worked on video and/or print projects for Britney Spears,

by Dan Myricks

Madonna, Ciara, Mario, Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Shontelle, Jazzmayne Sullivan, Angela &Vanessa Simmons, Jordan Sparks, Enrique Iglesias, 3LW, Brian Mcknight, Brooke Valentine, Floetry, Chris Rock, TI, Sean Paul, Mary Mary, Blu Cantrell, Tina Marie, BOB, Lupe Fiasco, Juan Luis Guerra, Ana Ortiz of Ugly Betty, Allison Williams, 702, Goapele, Tha’ Rayne, Isyss, and more. Her work has appeared in such publications as Vibe, Essence, Teen People, Today’s Black Woman and a host of national and International Hair and Beauty Publications. In addition to her work as a make up artist, she acts as a consultant and a core member of the product development team for a host of global cosmetic brands.
Photographer Eric Von Lockhart

Danessa is an Internationally renowned educator and a key presenter for a host of the top national and international trade shows including The Make Up Show, The Premiere Show, Chicago Mid West Show and the Bronner Brothers Show. She has also created a unique series of educational workshops. These 8-Hour Hands-On sessions are world renown and have a unique reputation for propelling new and seasoned artists to extraordinary levels in record time. Danessa has published 2 books She has over a dozen step-by-step training DVDs and books distributing thousands of copies worldwide to help others learn how to successfully start a career in makeup artistry.
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As the owner of I Make You Beautiful, Danessa heads a production team of artists, educators, and other beauty professionals who are specifically trained to work effectively in both education and trade show environments. Team IMYB has successfully executed an host of strategic marketing events, visual branding through video and photo shoots and a host of other direct marketing concepts to both consumers and professionals for over 6 years. Danessa has a passion for making people beautiful, and an extraordinary love and talent for teaching others to do the same.

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The Franklin Shops on 1st Street; Reinventing Retail!
By Kayla Dacosta

The Franklin Shops on 1st street, which premiered on New Years Eve gives retail a whole different meaning. The new store, located right off of Downtown Fort Myer’s main roadFirst Street is host to some of the areas finest and most unique items. Allison Campbell, recent finance graduate at Baylor University, located in quirky Wako, Texas, developed the concept for the store after seeing it’s effectiveness and prosperity in Wako. While dining in a neighboring café, Campbell was immediately drawn to the location and size of the abandoned shop. The structure of her concept called for a large building, local merchandizing talent, and low overhead. The idea drew on the concept that one large building could rent out small to large space, with short term leases. Spaces range from 18x18 cubes for fifty dollars a month with contracts ranging from three to nine months, to large portions of the store that sell into the thousands per month.

She drew up a business plan and presented it to Fort Myers’ development agency advisor Don Pate. After three weeks, Campbell was contacted by Renee Miville (Campbell’s now, business partner); Renee thought the idea of could be a win-win with the guarantee of client intent. Campbell took a year to investigate what did and did not work for customers and clients in this framework, through investigation of stores doing it in other parts of the country. Since New Years Eve the store has had great success! Customers and clients are overly satisfied with the design of The Franklin Shops on 1st street, which encourages the constant refreshing of merchandise, and unrestricted client opportunity! Spaces include KVS Interior Design, which was featured in Home & Design Magazine, Irresistible Confections, an awardwinning hand-crafted chocolate shop with store fronts located in Fort Myers, Fused art by Carrie Keohane, and an abundance of local art and house and body merchandisers. The Franklin Shops on 1st street is hosting their Grand Opening gallivant on March 4th from 6-10pm!

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Local neapolitan treasure

By Chay D. Baxley

On February 12th, 2011 Naples legendary 5th Avenue was flooded by a glistening army of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Lotus, Rolls Royce, and Porsches championing ostentatiousness, but above all charity. This luxury car show, Cars on 5th, is the seventh annual for the Naples Ferrari Club, with proceeds benefitting the Special Needs Children’s Fund and the Von Liebig Art Center. For 2011 the West Coast Muscle Car Club, the Porsche Club of Naples, the Corvette Club of Naples and the Cool Cruisers also got in on the excitement by joining Naples Ferrari Club for a day of festivity and philanthropic camaraderie.

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Over 400 vehicles lined 5th Avenues prestigious sidewalk on Saturday, February 12th. Roars from the extravagant engines could be heard for miles around; perhaps because of the sheer mechanical force under each and every hood along the event route, but more likely because of the eagerness of the car owners themselves. Whatever or whomever the culprit, the result was a magnetic atmosphere that drew in a crowd in the tens of thousands. For Southwest Florida there was something undeniably alluring about having billions of dollars worth of the world’s finest luxury vehicles placed on one of their favorite, most charming avenues. From knowledgeable car enthusiasts to the curious passerby, all were represented in equal force.

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There was a surplus of young couples, old couples, families, both amateur and professional photographers, people in the market for a new car, and of course those in the market to show off their new car. The day was a complete success in terms of turn out for both audience and participants. For those less drawn to the aura of automobiles and more to activity, there was a wide variety of entertainment at Cars on 5th. Four separate musical performances were taking place simultaneously – all strategically located and in very different capacities. The various local artists sang acoustic, contemporary, folk and rock covers, all bringing in large quantities of impressed onlookers. The day would not have been complete without an array of concession stands filled with the most delicious foods that no one’s doctor would ever permit them eating: hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pizza, and plenty of ice cream. If the cars, music, and greasy yet ever so scrumptious concession stand food failed to entice an individual’s interest, all of the enchanting stores and restaurants that makes 5th Avenue such a treat were open and ready for the hustle and bustle of such a day.

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For details on next year’s Cars on 5th or other car shows held by Naples Ferrari Club, view their website at www.naplesferrariclub.com.

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Even more, this new V8 still offers all of the premium engine technology from the 4.6-liter V8, including Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable induction system, and low-friction diamond-like coatings (DLC) on piston skirts, rings and tappets. Even with these impressive power increases, fuel economy is estimated at 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, nearly matching the 4.6-liter V8 (17 mpg city/26 mpg highway). As an additional point of interest, this same 5.0-liter Tau V8 with eight-speed transmission will replace the current 4.6-liter V8 as the standard powertrain in the 2012 Hyundai Equus premium luxury sedan, on sale this summer.

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Hyundai has done it again, with its award-winning Genesis sedan now available with a new 5.0-liter V8 R-Spec Model with exterior design improvements, new eight-speed automatic transmissions, and enhanced chassis tuning. In addition, includes unique 19-inch machined-finish alloy wheels, headlight design with LED accents, interior woodgrain colors, optional Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 summer performance tires and sport-tuned transmission, suspension and steering calibrations for exhilarating vehicle dynamics.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 is coupled with a new inhouse eight-speed transmission. This new Hyundai-developed transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by six percent over the former six-speed. All eight-speed transmissions will include SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability. This new eight-speed transmission is the first offered by a non-luxury branded manufacturer.

The heart of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec model is a new Tau V8 engine producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. This new Tau V8 represents the most powerful Hyundai engine ever, with a higher specific output (85.8 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors. For 2011, the Tau V8 engine family has again been named to the prestigious Ward’s Ten Best Engines for the third consecutive time.
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In keeping with Hyundai engineering philosophy, the R-Spec also will include more aggressive chassis tuning, matching its corresponding powertrain enhancements for optimal dynamic balance. The R-Spec steering calibration has been matched to this unique wheel and tire combination for optimized performance and driving refinement expectations in this segment. To complete the performance package, front brake rotors have increased from 13.0 inches to 13.6 inches over the 2011 4.6 model. Continued on page... 31

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In addition to the more aggressive styling cues for all 2012 Genesis models, R-Spec will offer unique headlights with dark chrome inserts for a more distinctive front appearance. An R-Spec trim designation badge has been added to the rear deck, and black R-Spec embroidered floor mats daily remind the driver of the performance that awaits behind the wheel. Genesis R-Spec only will be offered in three sport-oriented exterior colors: Black Noir, Titanium Gray, and Platinum Metallic, each with Black leather interior and an all-black leather steering wheel for a differentiated sport appearance from the 4.6 model. From the side view, the standard 17-inch alloy

wheel design has been freshened and the rocker panels have been refined. In addition, the mirrors now incorporate power-folding and puddle lamp functions, while the side window surround now receives a decidedly sporty brushed aluminum finish. From the rear view, the taillights have been redesigned and new dual asymmetrical exhaust tips are more cleanly integrated with a new bumper fascia. Not content to rest on their laurels, Hyundai’s design team has sought to make a great Genesis exterior design even better for 2012. For the front view, the front grille has been enhanced, a more aggressive front fascia with larger intake openings was developed, and the headlights have been redesigned, adding LED accents and daytime running lights (DRLs).

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nya Hindmarch started her business at the age of 19 following her passion for accessories and design. The business has grown to fifty four shops worldwide, including two London flagships on Sloane Street and Bond Street. 2007 saw the launch of I’m Not A Plastic Bag in collaboration with the global social change movement We Are What We Do.

In 2009, Anya Hindmarch was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition for her contribution to the British fashion industry. Anya has launched Anya Hindmarch Bespoke and collaborated with Barbour on a new collection to launch in autumn winter 2010. Anya Hindmarch bags continue to be celebrity favourites, worn by everyone from Reese Witherspoon and Angelina Jolie to Anne Hathaway and Sienna Miller. We are delighted to be stocked in Marissa Collections.

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Women of SWFL
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Pamela Templeton
Pamela grew up in Northern Virginia and opened her first business, Clean Air Craft, at the age of 21. Ultimately, she found Sarasota and made the move to Florida in 1988. She is a partner and V.P. of Ft. Myers Toyota. Her work at the in Fort Myers began in 1991, soon after becoming a sponsor of the Southwest Florida Symphony’s Children Chorus and launching her lifelong community support. It was the beginning of her involvement with children’s causes and the arts, which continues today. Ft. Myers Toyota “The Family Store” has grown over the years to encompass over 25 acres on the big corner of Colonial Boulevard and Fowler Street. It is one of the top Toyota dealerships in the country. The northwest corner contains the New Car Store, Truck & Pre-owned Service Center & a Certified Collision Center. The Southwest Corner houses the Pre-Owned Superstore. Pamela believes strongly in the renaissance of the City of Fort Myers, and has lent steadfast support to restore the 1933 architectural gem now known as the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center into a world-class visual and performing arts venue. She has also been a staunch supporter of the Southwest Florida Symphony, Artfest Ft. Myers, the Florida Rep Theatre and other organizations such a Voices for Kids, Pace Center for Girls, Quality of Life Center, Red Cross, Goodwill and American Red Cross. “When you’re blessed it’s incumbent upon you to give back,” Templeton said. And the arts are a large part of that. That is the community that embraced me and it is a place you can make a difference especially in the life of a child. It is not all about money. It is about time, talent, energy, vision, cooperation. Arts inspire, lift the spirits and can motivate a community.”

Samantha Scott
Pushing the Envelope, Inc. is an award winning, mixed marketing communications firm servicing clients in the Southwest Florida region and out of state. We offer comprehensive public relations services as well as social media, traditional and direct marketing communications and advertising services. Known for exceptional public relations campaigns and event coordination, our clients also appreciate our design sensibilities. We have a unique ability to work creatively and effectively, taking care of clients¹ needs, but not always doing in the most traditional way. Our results reflect our originality and our nature to ³push the envelope². Experienced in a broad range of industries, we understand how to target our clients’ audiences of choice and reach them through varying media. Our strengths are in relationship building that leads to results. We enjoy working with many well-known clients in the area such as Fort Myers and Naples Harley-Davidson, California Closets, Crowne Plaza Hotel Fort Myers, Pinchers Crab Shack and more, coming up with new ways strategically communicate their messages. Serving as the Grand Poobah (aka owner/President), Samantha Scott is also on the board for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, Past President of the American Advertising Federation - Southwest Florida chapter, volunteer PR and Marketing Chair for the March of Dimes Southwest Florida and a triathlete in her spare time. For more information on how we can help your business or organization, please visit www.GetPushing.com, call us at (239) 221-2858 or email Info@GetPushing.com.
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Tamra Nashman
Tamra Nashman has 25 years as a broadcast media and print talent and has worked for some of the biggest brand names in the world. Tamra’s company, www.Extra-OrdinaryImage.com works with individual clients, corporations, small businesses, and doctor’s offices to develop their brand and marketing plan to increase business and impact the bottom line. She helps her individual clients in the selection of appropriate colors, clothing and fit for their personal wardrobe and special events. Absolutely no one is more knowledgeable at taking her clients to the next level and creating a look that sets them apart from the crowd. See her monthly column on image/branding at www. ebellamag.com Consultations, products, and speaking events: www.Extra-OrdinaryImage.com Email Tamra: info@extra-ordinaryimage.com Phone: 239.403.9360 or 239.877.1345

Christin Collins
Christin Collins is a dynamic community member, involved in a number of non profit organizations and clubs. Her most recent involvement has come through her new employment; she has joined the Lee Memorial Health Systems Foundation as a Senior Director of Planned Giving. Through her work, she looks forward to raising funds toward the building of The Children’s Hospital, a project she is very passionate for as there is such a need for this expansion within our six county region.

Angela Long

Angela Long is a seven year breast cancer survivor and founder of Breast Investigators LLC, an informational website and social network designed to provide women and men with the information they need to take action and make informed decisions about their breast health. Through expert blogs and connecting with others on the network, members can find information on the prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship and advocacy of breast cancer. The network provides monthly breast self-awareness Ms. Collins holds a degree in secondary edu- reminders, informative blogs, forum discussions, cation from The University of Connecticut. She has news updates, and a calendar of local and lived in Southwest Florida since 1999 and gives national events. back to the community through various leadership and volunteer positions at nonprofit organizations Since her own breast cancer diagnosis at such as PACE Center for Girls Lee County (Vicethe age of 35, Angela has invested her time Chair), Love That Dress! (chair), Heights Founda- researching all aspects of breast cancer and has tion (board member), Red Cross (celebrity dancer supported others as they have faced their own for Starstruck 2011),Girls Going Places (mentor), struggle with the disease. She has been a tireless Circle of Red (chair), and the Go Red (ELT comfundraiser for breast cancer research and has mittee), to name a few of the organizations she worked with local programs that provide services supports. She is married to David Collins and within the community. She is an advocate for the is the proud stepmom of Brendan and Meghan early detection of breast cancer and for organiCollins. zations that offer information, support and programs pertaining to breast cancer. It is her hope that the Breast Investigators network members and website visitors will gain crucial information in regard to their breast health and will become familiar with the resources available to support them.

www.BreastInvestigators.com
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Tatyana Sharoubim Lydia Antunes Black Susan Loeffler
“Under the radar no more”, Tatyana Sharoubim has come out in style; taking over her father Makram’s upscale Raleigh, N.C. based Georgiano’s Shoe Salon when he died in 2005. Tatyana built an online business based on her dad’s passion for great shoe design and customer service, “I could live wherever I chose,” says Sharoubim. Within months the cyber-store was born. Selecting Sarasota, Florida as a base of operations, two years later Tatyana has come full circle with a nouveau- Venetian store in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Her uber-elegant new T.Georgiano’s Shoe Salon has instantly become a go-to haven of the best of Italy’s most coveted names, a brick and mortar complement to their stunningly successful online boutique. Tatyana has expanded her line with all genuine leathers, exotic skin handbags, apparel, jewelry, and accessories. She prides herself on offering outstanding customer service, quality merchandise, and high style, all at affordable price points for the fashion conscious buyer worldwide. The shoe salon dedicates itself to building friendships and great relationships with all its clientèle to always ensure the best product with the ultimate satisfaction. “Lydia Antunes Black was named Executive Director of the Lee County Alliance of the Arts in November 2008. She earned a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communications. Her husband, Chris, and five year old daughter, Emerson, moved to the Fort Myers area in 2005 from Washington, DC, where Lydia served as the Program Director for Eastern University’s Nonprofit Management programs. Lydia is an active community volunteer and is a member of the local Rotary branch, Junior League and Gulf Coast Society of Fundraisers. Lydia was recently named Gulf Shore Business 40 under 40 in 2009 and one of FL Weekly’s 2010 Lee County Power Women. In her free time, Lydia enjoys traveling with her family, photography and spending time outdoors and is a self described “nonprofit junkie” with a passion for the area’s arts & cultural community.” Native of Sarasota Susan Loeffler is the Director of the PAL Sailor Circus. One could say she was born into the program, her father Jeff Voyles became a coach with the Sailor Circus in 1963, still recognized in the arena today as “Coach.” Susan performed with the Sailor Circus as a youth for 10 years. After graduating from Sarasota High, Susan attended Florida State University and became part of the “Flying High Circus.” Combining her love for children and passion for the circus arts she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and returned to Sarasota to once again “run-away with the circus,” this time as the Director. “It is the passion that I have for the circus programs I have been a part of that drive me to carry on strong traditions yet strive for changes that benefit the current student performers and their audiences. As the circus evolves from traditional to theatrical, I grow with it.” “Creating the “Greatest ‘little’ Show on Earth” is truly rewarding when I am a part of the student’s accomplishments and I see the reactions of our audiences. It is hard to hold back the tears of joy and pride every time I watch our wonderful children perform,” says Susan. Please don’t miss this spectacular show that is sure to pull at your heart strings. These student performers are amazing to watch. Help us fill the seats and support the talented youth of this community, nine shows the last week of March and the first week of April.

Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Boulevard www.ArtInLee.org

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Dr. Kathleen H. Reynolds
Kathleen H. Reynolds is the CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, one of thirty-one such Coalitions established by the state legislature to administer subsidized child care, the Voluntary Prekindergarten program, and raise the quality of early learning services. She has a Ph.D. in Reading, Language and Cognition from Hofstra University, and a B.S. and M.A. from NYU. She was a classroom teacher and administrator in Long Island, N.Y., and served in Massachusetts for ten years as a Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Reynolds says that she is privileged to work with early care and early learning teachers at this stage of her life. She believes that quality education is not only critical to the state’s and nation’s economic well being, but also a matter of national security. While she has always been supportive of preschools, she regrets that she learned only later in life that kindergarten is way too late to begin to address the well documented 30,000,000 word gap that children from different economic backgrounds encounter prior to coming to school. Ninety percent of brain development occurs by age five according to Harvard’s project Zero to Three, and, yet, this is an area that receives limited attention. In her present position, she works to raise awareness of the both the need and benefits of high quality early learning. Should you wish to support the mission of the Early Learning Coalition – to enhance the quality of life for the 10,000 plus children served annually – please visit their website http://www.elcofswfl.org to learn how, or contact Dr. Reynolds directly at (239) 210-6865.

Annette Trossbach
Annette Trossbach is a theater teacher and CEO of The Laboratory Theater of Florida, based in Fort Myers, Florida. Trained at London’s innovative EAST 15 school, she has directed classic and modern pieces in the U.K, Germany and the United States. Winner of Gulfshore Business’ 40 under 40 business leaders and innovators in SW Florida award, Ms. Trossbach strives to bring a broader variety of theatrical pieces to her area. Specifically, she and her team at Lab Theater work to make classical theater such as Shakespeare, more accessible to modern audiences. Lab Theater spearheaded the first Gulf Coast Shakespeare Festival this past November and will bring the next festival to Fort Myers this coming November 2011. Known for her uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style combining physical theater, quirky characterization, innovative character study technique, text and dance, Trossbach is influenced by her own study of Shakespeare at East 15 in London, by mime and Commedia dell’Arte. Using her instincts and her expectations of her actors, she has a unique directorial voice, distinguished by detailed character study, movement, insightful humor and engaging drama. Through her company, The Laboratory Theater of Florida, audiences may see complex works become widely accessible through their own experience with the human condition and ethical and social challenges – these works are presented with high quality, passion, skill and commitment. This upcoming production of Hamlet, considered by scholars to be the greatest play ever written, has been adapted by Trossbach and will feature a bevy of talented regional actors: Doug Landin, most often seen at the Venice Stage, will play the young prince. Joann Haley, well known for her powerful performances at Theater Conspiracy and Florida Rep, plays Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude. Rick Sebastian, recently seen in Broadway Palm’s *Hairspray*, will play Gertrude’s new husband, the deceitful Claudius. Dale Hoover, Stella Ruiz, and Will Reynolds join the cast as Polonius, Ophelia and Laertes. Some of Trossbach’s recent directing work includes: *Inherit The Wind* for Charlotte Players, *Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?* for Lab Theater, *The House of Bernarda Alba* for Lab Theater, and *Much Ado About Nothing* for The Naples Players.
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Melissa Simontis
Melissa Simontis is the Director of Development for PACE Center for Girls of Lee County. PACE, the only statewide non-residential juvenile delinquency intervention and prevention program, offers girls and young women the unique opportunity to develop into healthy and positive individuals while furthering their education, developing their confidence and finding their voice. Girls served by PACE are faced with challenges such as school truancy, academic failure, single parent home, foster care, exposure to substance use and/or abuse, incarcerated parent(s), sexual abuse, and physical/emotional abuse. At PACE, Simontis is responsible for promoting the mission of PACE and creating partnerships throughout the community that enable the Center to carry out its vital programs. Simontis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Florida Southern College, a Masters in Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University, and her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) . She is Chairwoman of the Women in Business Committee for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and Special Projects Chair for the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). Prior to PACE, Simontis was the Director of Development for Island Coast AIDS Network, an HIV/AIDS education and social services non-profit serving six counties in Southwest Florida. To learn more about PACE and how you can help, you can contact Simontis at melissa.simontis@pacecenter.org or 239-425-2366 ext. 25.

Millie Class
Millie Class, Certified Business Analyst and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Coordinator for the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University since 2003. Being a minority and women civil rights advocate and with over 25 years of corporate experience in business management culminated to increased (MBE/DBE) minority certifications by 50% in the first year of employment. Ms. Class is dedicated to helping small business owners obtain every competitive advantage they can, and is relentless in her pursuit of delivering value. Her corporate culture experience has been instrumental in her ability to build solid partnerships with her constituents i.e., County Commissioners, the Port Authority, City and County Reps, EDC’s, Hodges University, as well as local Chambers of Commerce. After a 2-year part time tutoring position with the Bonita Springs Literacy Foundation teaching English and Spanish to the residents in our community and with the Hispanic community growing by leaps and bounds, Ms. Class launched a Spanish/English Tutoring School here in Fort Myers with a renewed passion to help Lee County Business Professionals and the Hispanic Community communicate and co-exist more successfully… adding Entrepreneur to her list of accomplishments. In addition, Ms. Class currently sits on the Board at Florida Gulf Coast University’s ADA [American’s with Disabilities Act] Committee, the Board of County Commissioner’s Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board. In addition, she was awarded the 2005 SBDC Regional Employee of the Year Award, and in 2009 was awarded the Florida Small Business Development Center Network’s Small Business Analyst Certification. For information on minority certification, assistance with online MyFloridaMarketPlace vendor registration, Florida state and local government contracting, you can contact Millie Class at (239) 7453703 or by email at mclass@fgcu.edu. Or to learn more about the Small Business Development Center, other programs, seminars and workshops, schedule a Free one-on-one counseling session and the many services available that will help your small business succeed, check out our website at http://cli.fgcu.edu/sbdc/index.html.
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Want to get groovy?

Go Green!

By Kayla Dacosta

Green-n-Groovy, locate on 2263 First Street in Downtown Fort Myers, has made a splash never before seen in Fort Myers. The shop, which debuted during February’s art walk, features over seventy local and global artisans who all have one thing in common-green is the answer. The entire product line, which includes but is not limited to clothing, jewelry, house wares and furniture is 100% eco-friendly.

Raye Teri
Nearly a decade ago, Ms Raye Teri arrived in Naples, Florida. A Fashion Designer, Raye had honed her unique sense of style in the high end boutiques of North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Exposure to the International high couture inspired her to focus on handbags and belts as they have not kept pace with garment innovation. As an artiste of the highest caliber, she is drawn to bold coordinated colors and innovative composition. Ms Teri muses; “Fabric expands the possibilities of Art and function”.

Jeri Church
As a licensed professional for over 40 years my love for hairstyling is clearly evident. I¹ve been an educator, trainer, worked with the National Cosmetology Association and the Florida Cosmetology Association and been a part of a number of fashion and makeover shows. Board certified for over 20 years, I¹ve learned the skills of high quality hair styling and coloring through years of practice and training with the Redken Company.

Lisa Boucher, founder of the store believes that the stores’ number one priority is to provide fashionable and unique product while upholding to

In my career I¹m proud to say I¹ve owned 3 Ms Teri’s efforts to up-grade the style sensitivsuccessful hair salons, including Salon Adrian. I ity palette feature playful, fun loving, beautiful, am passionate about giving back to the comcomfortable, flattering fabrics and designs. The munity and make sure the salon and our stylists designs range from functional affordable to com- participate in a number of charitable functions missioned special art but, all fabrication is done annual including special activities for the hungry, to “Gallery Quality” standards. Her objective is homeless, displaced homemakers, ACT and other to produce high fashion accessories to accentuorganizations. ate the form and needs of the female silhouette. These handbags and belts need to be held for To make an appointment, view examples of our the “feel of it”. They need to be tried on because work or get tips for your hair, please visit our they feel good. Website at www.SalonAdrian.com or call us at (239) 481-1010. In 2009 Raye Teri formed Foxe Designs to make and distribute her work. Ms Teri’s design talent, coupled with her design flare, has led to the creation of a series of unique Handbags and Belts. In concert with Petunia’s of Naples, Ms Teri is proud to launch this “one of a kind”, fashion forward collection.

green standards such as recycling, organic, and fair trade. In the words of Boucher, “My philosophy encourages you to look good and do good with eco trendy gifts that promote well- being, goodness of Earth, and respect for its inhabitants for a sensible price...” Premiering on March 4th, Green-n-Groovy will feature work by Steve Kalb. Kalb’s work is geared at educating the public on the issues associated with rare and endangered species through his sculpture pieces. Come out and join the festivities of the wave of the futuregreen!

email: rayeteri@gmail.com Ph: 239.821.1997
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Dine, Wine and Dance

s one of the busiest LIVE music performers in the area I spend a lot of time in venues that support and promote LIVE local music entertainment. Therefore, I dine out a lot... One restaurant I simply must tell you about is the ever popular Tara Steak and Lobster House on Marco Island. Although it’s the busiest part of season I still managed to get an interview with the owners. And, after two seasons performing at the number one “Steak House” I hope to share what I have learned about the restaurant and give some insight into why so many of their customers keep coming back. The physical location couldn’t be more perfect. That is if you enjoy a setting second to none. The pristine Esplanade Plaza is as upscale as it gets in SWFL. Both indoor and outdoor diners at Tara have a panoramic waterfront view of Smokehouse Bay featuring a stunning dockside showcase of some of the most beautiful pleasure boats and yachts anywhere surrounded by seemingly endless water and sky. There are three major sections of the interior... the clean, consistently satisfying award winning kitchen, the large comfortable formal dinning room and last but not least the lounge, in which you can also dine, which features the area’s top bartenders, the best wine selection in the area (and the band that plays on Saturday nights isn’t bad either.) Here is what I learned about the dynamic duo that own and operate Tara... Tara Trevethan is 31 years old and has been in the industry over half her life. She was self-taught, however, after she started in the business, she fell in love with it and decided when she was of age she would attend college. Trevethan felt the hands-on experience coupled with an education would prove to be important. She graduated Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management. Tara has been in the restaurant business since she was fourteen. From that early age she worked for a restaurant operator on Marco Island and at only nineteen went on to open Andre’s Steakhouse on Marco Island but shortly divorced the Andre’s franchise, changed the operation, expanded the menu, upgraded the wine list, and ultimately changed the name to Tara. While still operating the Tara on Marco Island, Trevethan opened a
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restaurant in Coconut Grove, FL but is was short-lived and closed after only six months. But, Trevethan’s tenacity and work ethic would compel her to open another restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, FL while still operating Tara on Marco Island. The Fort Lauderdale location was successful and the young entrepreneur sold the east coast restaurant to focus her attention on SWFL. Marco Porto is 41 years old and like Miss Trevethan, has been in the business most of his life. He started at age twelve... While most of his experience and education was self-taught, he attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel/ Restaurant Management. Thanks to his Father, young Porto started his career at an exclusive country club in Michigan and enjoyed working almost every position offered. Thereafter, he became the youngest Assistant GM... then the youngest GM. He moved to Florida in 2005 and began working as the manager for Andres’s with Tara. When Andre’s became Tara Steak and Lobster House, Marco became a partner. Now, Tara and Marco enjoy a healthy, successful partnership and a thriving business. Trevethan admits she stumbled into the business while hunting for her first job. Most of the places she went she was told she was too young.

Just when she was about to give up she saw a help wanted sign in a restaurant window. When she went in, she was hired on the spot as a busser.... a month later she was a waitress... six months later she was a manager... a year later she was GM. The day she started as a busser she fell in love with the business. She loved the idea of the unknown... never knowing what the day or what the customer was going to bring. She loved the challenges but most of all, she By Moonymann loved the people – she loved talking with them and pleasing them. Marco, on the other hand, was influenced by his Father to start in the business. His Father saw a talent in Marco that led him to believe that he was made for the business. Marco’s father was right... I asked the obvious about the menu... “What is the signature dish at Tara?” “Our beef, of course!” We feature the finest dry-aged, corn-fed beef. The beef is aged for about three weeks for maximum

“Creating Red Carpet Moments for the Everyday Woman”
flavor and texture. Our steaks are hand-cut individually from selected short loins.” said Miss Trevethan. I asked about the wine selections and was informed Porto is a licensed sommelier and is responsible for maintaining the restaurant’s wine list. His hard work has earned the restaurant The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively since 2005. Marco prides himself on the 140 plus label list he has assembled with wines from all over the world. Marco continues to separate Tara from other restaurants by featuring rare vintages and boutique wines, keeping abreast of wine trends, updating the wine list daily with any vintage or price changes, educating the staff by hosting seminars, maintaining their wine inventory at the proper temperature and serving wine in the appropriate crystal glasses. Marco has also partnered with Rutherford Ranch in Napa Valley to produce and bottle Tara Private Label wines. The Tara private label collection features Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.

Amanda Jaron

I frequently attend wine tastings held by Marco and I’m regularly amazed at his knowledge. I asked what the main mission of the business was and got... “Tara will always reflect our family’s passion for food, wine and good times being shared with family and friends in an inviting atmosphere. When you dine with us, you are truly a guest in our home and we look forward to continuing to share the Tara dining experience with our new and long-time friends. We want to continue to uphold our reputation for serving consistently fresh, high quality food, coupled with an award-winning wine list and superior service. Tara will continue to strive to make our house your home away from home. We will continue to distinguish our establishment from others by focusing on customer service, product consistency and quality control, superior guest relations and maintaining a clean, healthy, inviting environment.”
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Sculptural Installations
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Gerry Stecca

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Lee County Alliance for the Arts, in conjunction with the Arts Academy at Edison State College, present the sculptural installations of Gerry Stecca in “Optimum Multiplicity,” exhibiting March 4th through March 26th. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 4th from 5:00-7:30PM followed by an artist led gallery Walk & Talk on Saturday, March 5th from 10:00-11:00AM. Both events are open to the public. Gerry Stecca’s “organic sculptures,” were recently featured on HGTV’s Color Splash, filmed in Miami, FL. His exhibition, in Fort Myers, will showcase 30- 40 pieces of work that apply the principles of pattern and repetition with Wooden Clothespins. “The creative process happens slightly out of order, encountering first the materials that inspire the idea, and eventually developing the piece that will fill and interact with light and space,” describes Artist, Gerry Stecca. “It is only the completed piece that eventually explains itself. Sometimes site specific, mostly free form and adaptable, pieces grow, shrink and adapt to the conditions of the moment.”

As the artist creates this installation, the artwork will conform to the unique space of the Alliance gallery. This one-of-a-kind exhibit will offer visitors a unique gallery experience. Gerry Stecca began his journey studying science but the pull of the artistic world led him to earn his B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California. He later permanently moved to Miami from Venezuela and experimented with painting before he found his calling in free form sculpture. Stecca’s work has been shown in The Courtauld - London UK, University of Maine Museum of Art and Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts, to name a few. He now shows mainly in his own studio, BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX located in Miami, Florida. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind exhibit, “Optimum Multiplicity – Gerry Stecca,” at the Lee County Alliance for the
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I asked where they saw themselves and the business in ten years and both Porto and Trevethan see themselves still running the successful business. They believe in continuing to change with the times while still maintaining their core menu and high quality food and service. They know they must continue their education and their growth, maintain their reputation, reach out to old guests, create relationships with new guests and continue their charity work in order to keep doing what they are passionate about. Tara and Marco feel their core values, ethics, high quality food, superior service and comfortable atmosphere are what attracts new guests and what keeps guests returning. They believe they are only as good as the last meal they serve. They believe each guest should leave with a smile. They are open to criticism and believe in listening to their guests. Every night either Tara or Marco or both are at the restaurant checking on every guest. It is rare to have owners of an establishment seating you, talking with you, checking on you, clearing your plate, getting you another glass of wine and doing whatever needs to be done to ensure your happiness. Marco and Tara both know word of mouth from guests that have experienced Tara is the best way to gain new customers and by continuing to do all of these things, they will continue

to attract new guests and thrive. I highly recommend the locally owned and operated restaurant! It is worth noting that Tara Steak and Lobster House has received the following accolades: -Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2005-2010 -Zagat Rated -Recipient of “Best Steakhouse on Marco Island” for the past eight years -Winner of the “Platinum Plate Award” for the past twelve years Tara Steak and Lobster House 760 N. Collier Blvd. Suite 105 Marco Island, Florida (239) 394-0212

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Arts March 4th through March 26th. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, March 4th from 5:00-7:30PM. Learn more about the work, from the artist himself, Gerry Stecca by attending a Gallery Walk & Talk on Saturday, March 5th from 10:00-11:00AM. Work by photographer, Pam Brodersen will join Stecca’s work in the Alliance Member Gallery. “Optimum Multiplicity – Gerry Stecca,” was made possible with a generous donation by the Arts Academy at Edison State College.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports the artists and arts organization in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts provides year-round fine art instruction for youth and adults. The gift-shop and galleries are open from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday and from 9 to Noon on Saturdays, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard. Visit www.ArtInLee.org for more details of all the excitement our community has to offer.
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Gallar do L P 560 -4 Bic olore
an even sharper edge to tradition.

Lamborghini

Just a month before the world debut at Geneva Motor Show of its V12 replacement for the Murciélago, Automobili Lamborghini is presenting at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show a highly exclusive and appealing vehicle making its world premiere: the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore, a Special Edition supersports car which will be produced for the European and Asian-Pacific markets, while for the American market it will be only available in the version LP 550-2. As its name implies, this special series features an exclusive two-tone finish with matching interior, and offers a full range of standard equipment. A refined contrast between the black roof and the color of the rest of the body (available in a choice of five shades) further emphasizes the sharp, dynamic lines of the Gallardo LP 560-4, while simultaneously enhancing its sportiness and adding a touch of elegance to an extremely prestigious model in the field of automotive design. The most successful super sports car in Lamborghini’s history captures the imagination with the brutal power of its 560 hp V10 engine, the absolute grip of its permanent all-wheel drive and the razor-sharp precision of its chassis. Every kilometer in the Lamborghini Gallardo is an intense experience of explosive dynamics and absolute control. Its breathtaking performance is indicated by the 3.7 seconds it takes to reach 100 km/h and its top speed of 325 km/h. “With the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore, Lamborghini demonstrates once again the extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian nature of our brand. The super sports cars from Lamborghini combine volcanic energy with design that is as unique as it is stylish,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. The success of Lamborghini’s unequalled design DNA lies in the beauty of highly-concentrated power and precise function. The Gallardo is the sheer essence of form with a purist approach, so the body shell is crisply sculpted and completely free from decoration. A timeless piece of design and an uncompromising driving machine – the Lamborghini Gallardo is both. With its new Bicolore model, Lamborghini is now setting a further design highlight in the ten-cylinder model series. The colored exterior finish matched with the black on the upper area of the body gives the Gallardo a new, more aggressive personality that looks even wider, even more extreme and innately adhered to the road. From the window-line upwards (including pillars, roof, engine hood and rear spoiler), the vehicle is decorated in Noctis Black - a pastel black that contrasts perfectly with the lower area of the body, available in a choice of five colors: Giallo Midas, Arancio Borealis, Grigio Telesto, Bianco Monocerus and Blu Caelum. The exterior appearance is enhanced by Skorpius aluminum-alloy rims with 15 thin spokes that are forged to minimize unsprung weight and are finished in titanium gray enamel. And, the air intakes and front spoiler have

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a high-gloss black finish, as does the upper section of the rear diffuser. The contrast between black and color is repeated in an understated, elegant manner in the interior of the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore. The instrument panel, seats, door panels and other elements in the passenger compartment are upholstered in the finest “Nero Persus” leather, with a refined contrast provided by precise stitching that is colored to match the exterior paintwork: yellow, orange, blue and gray (also used on the Bianco Monocerus version). The bezel of the e-gear transmission on the center console is in Nero Noctis, just like the upper area of the vehicle. Obviously, the interior is finished in the Lamborghini tradition using only the materials of the very highest quality, which are crafted with undisputed professionalism and fine Italian workmanship.

The complete range of standard equipment includes the fast e-gear automated transmission controlled by paddles on the steering column. A lifting system enables the front axle to be raised for safer travel onto ramps and over humps in the road, and the engine hood in tempered glass provides a stunning view of the heart of the vehicle: a 5.2 liter, 90° V-10 engine with stratified direct injection. From a satellite navigation system to a rear-view camera, from a brake system with carbon-ceramic discs to heated power seats, a long list of optional equipment and accessories allows the vehicle to be adapted to the personal requirements of any client. Well over 10,000 Gallardos have left the production facility at company headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese – a unique success story in the world of super sports cars. The Bicolore Special Edition is particularly intended for the enthusiast who desires a supercar with an exclusive appearance and remarkable design. In any event, he or she will own a Lamborghini that is altogether distinguished by an extremely dynamic character, maximum driving excitement, yet an ability to be driven daily. The Gallardo Bicolore completes Lamborghini’s ten-cylinder model range, which is enjoying enormous resonance worldwide with its broad spectrum of individual characters. While the Gallardo LP 560-4 is already a highly trained, extreme athlete, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera takes the notion of thoroughbred high performance even further. Thanks to its extensive experience in carbon-fiber lightweight engineering, Lamborghini succeeded in reducing its weight by a further 70 kilograms. At 2.35 kilograms per hp, the power-to-weight ratio of the Superleggera is the best in its class, with breathtaking performance guaranteed. The Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder, on the other hand, offers a very different kind of extreme driving pleasure
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International Fashion Designer Viviana Gabeiras, is a Venezuelan native, and genius creator of top USA brand Petit Pois. Petit Pois began after launching and designing the brand “Sweet Pea”. Due to the huge positive reaction of Sweet Pea, she knew Petit Pois would be a true success. The entire collection is proudly produced on site in the United States
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Petunias of Naples

which makes Petit Pois deliver first-class quality to its customers. Her entirely straightforward approach toward her business--which founded more than 10 years ago, has now become an exclusive leader in the mesh contemporary market. Viviana Gabeiras moved to New York City after having her own store in Venezuela and studying in Paris to attend the Parsons School of Design.

While at Parsons, Viviana graduated amongst Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi and Tracy Reese, today known as some of the world’s top designers. As a student she won the honorable mention from the Rayon Council during the New York Fashion Design Competition. While attending Parson’s she worked beside Michaele Vollbratch, Ann Crimms and with the Embroidery Council of America. Later teaching within the industry, Viviana grew a love for students thirsty for fashion and expert advice where she taught at the Miami International University of Art and Design. In 2007, Viviana won the 2007 CILA Award for “Best Coordinate Moderate” in New York City and has been featured on covers of WWD along with other major fashion publications.

Photos by Four Group Inc, Miami

Viviana Gabeiras

Viviana continues to design and manufacture her premium quality mesh collections in her Miami headquarters. Her runway shows continue to set trends and inspire designers all over. Viviana’s signature mesh and original designs draw legions of devotees to her pieces, throughout the world. The designs display a multitude of solid colors, tie dyes, and artsy prints that carry a delicate and sexy flair. She understands the needs of women in this modern day world and can identify with the hustle and bustle of life therefore making her a true inspiration. Viviana and her best friend/husband Rafael operate and fully run Petit Pois, Inc. Welcome to the wonderful world of Petit Pois....Weekly New Arrivals at Petunias of Naples!!!

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“Gnothi Seauto”

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“Know Thyself”

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By Joshua K. Darnall M.A

hrough my experience of coaching and teaching at the high school, junior college and university level, as well as while I earned my M.A in Health and Human Performance, I encountered student athletes who not only needed coaching on their position-specific technique and skills, but also in their spiritual, emotional, and professional lives. This inspired me to continually seek out insight and knowledge because I knew I had the opportunity to offer more than athletic coaching. I had the opportunity to do life coaching as well. According to The World Health Organization, health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being...[1 and 2].” While teaching Health at Azusa Pacific University and doing holistic coaching for individuals across the country, I realized that a person’s “health” is comprised of seven dimensions of wellness. I learned that only in coaching an individual on these seven dimensions could I lead people to achieve “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.” It’s no surprise that many of us find ourselves out of balance. Our society loves to compartmentalize. It is a product of our free market society. John Maxwell, the authority in writing books on leadership has stated in essence that no one pays for a six or a seven, but people will pay for a nine or a ten. So it makes sense that our society is driven to be the best that it can be in a narrow area. However, that is not how we are designed to be as human beings. It is fine for the professor to be an expert in one field, or the stock broker to know everything there is about a company’s financial statements, or the mother to spend sixteen hours a day applying the foremost parenting strategies in raising her children. There is nothing wrong with excellence. In fact, it is important that we all

do the best we can do in each of our given gifts and passions in order for our society to be in harmony [a point I will get into later]. However, we must not be so obsessed with being the best in our particular arenas that we suffer in the other areas of our lives. Unfortunately, there are many examples in our society where imbalance leads to pain. For example, one of my clients, “Jim” [age 46] is a wealthy businessman who, now that his two young boys are getting older, is starting to feel disconnected in his relationship with them. This feeling, compounded by the disconnect he is also feeling with his wife, has made “Jim” recently feeling he missed valuable time with his family. “Jim now feels like his “obsession” with success and wanting to feel important and needed by providing his family with an upper class lifestyle has now “back fired” on him. The eighty and ninety- hour weeks have robbed him of time seeing his boys grow up and developing valuable memories with his family. Then there is “Nancy”, a very successful scientist who has spent so much time in the lab trying to find advancements in her research that she feels “awkward and insecure” now that she desires to meet someone. Or how about “Ruth” who has dedicated her life to spirituality but comes in crying every week because she cannot figure out her bank account. We are not meant to be singular focus beings. We thrive and are at our happiest when we become, as Maslow put it, “self actualized” in all dimensions of our life. The dimensions of wellness are symbiotic, meaning that they depend on one another. The areas of our lives are not supposed to be disconnected from each another. Healthy living is balanced living.

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The seven dimensions of wellness, when strengthened daily, bring peace, tranquility and balance to our lives. They are SPIRITUAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, PROFESSIONAL, FINANCIAL, and RELATIONSHIP And all dimensions . are equally important to a balanced life. Countless times, I have found myself coaching a young man who had his whole identity and focus wrapped up in being the best physical specimen he could be. Take “Anthony”, for example. He would spend countless hours in the gym, then read all that he could find on a diet that would maximize his muscles. He thought endlessly about foods that would give his body the right combination of protein, carbohydrates and water. But after five years in college, devoting himself to this passion, his college career was over. He had become the best football player he could be, but with his eligibility up and without any NFL scouts interested in him; his football days were over. For most of the athletes I coached, this kind of single-minded dedication came with a cost that was paid when their college athletics careers were over. At this point the majority of them had average GPAs and no idea what path to head down next. They had spent so much time scoring points in the PHYSICAL dimension of wellness that their scorecards were blank in their SPIRITUAL and PROFESSIONAL wellness dimensions. As happens with many student athletes, the lack of balance prompted Anthony to examine who he really was as a man and redefine his own identity. or many, this transitional process is painful, especially if this physical identity has deep roots in high school or even primary school. But athletes like Anthony do not have to go through this painful identity crisis. Recognizing that there can be too much of a good thing is vital to achieving balance in life. If Anthony would have put time into his academic studies, applying himself in classes, then he would have had the opportunity to explore his own depths and perhaps discover other passions and interests in time to major in one of them. Psychologically, he would have been able to cope better when the team had lost, as well as when he himself had played poorly. When we put all of our eggs into one basket, so to speak, we are not only limiting our potential in that area, but we can set ourselves up for break downs, identity crisis’ and even suicidal urges. The list of examples goes on and on, and this kind of obsession can occur in any dimension of wellness. The bottom line is that life is enriched, and a person’s passions and gifts are enhanced when there is balance in all seven dimensions of wellness. THE SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS Spiritual: Your relationship with yourself and, if you believe, a higher power. Mental: The activity of your mind in any area of interest. As long as you can say, “I feel smarter,” you just strengthened your mental dimension of wellness. Emotional: Your overall “feeling” about your life. Do you feel happy or sad, loved or alone, safe or out of control? Physical: The care you provide in maintaining and nurturing your body. This not only has to do with exercise, but your diet and how much sleep you get. Professional: Your contribution to the welfare of society. What is your life’s purpose and what service to our society do you

express it through? Financial: The foundation of your material well being. How do you budget, invest and prepare for retirement? Relationship: Your connections with people. How do you exchange love and support with your family, friends and in romances? I love God. I love people. I love learning and I love money. These passions that I have had for a long time now have motivated me to keep acquiring information that has lead to a descent amount of knowledge in particular areas. However, knowledge doesn’t mean wisdom. We live in the information age. With technologies such as the internet, we can access anything, anywhere and at any time. We, more than at any other time in human history, have information being fed to us constantly. Knowledge is the ability to discern between information and to connect the dots so to speak that make information important. Continued on page... 50

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Otherwise information is just useless facts and numbers that don’t have any significance. People are becoming more knowledgeable. But it is time to take one step, a giant step, further. Knowledge is nice to impress your dinner guests or some girl that you are trying to pick up.

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However, knowledge it in of itself is utterly useless and pointless unless you ACT on the knowledge. For example, it is a fact that smoking can cause lung cancer and that a diet with little or no fruits and vegetables can lead to cancer and/or diabetes. And yet, people continue to smoke and eat food that they know does not serve their body temple. A lot of us have knowledge in this society but lack wisdom or the ability to ACT on the knowledge that we have. When our actions show the knowledge that we posses then we are being wise. We have then mastered the thought-word-action creative process to truly transform our lives. You can be the highest grandest version of yourself! All you need is to take action on what you already know. This idea of wisdom or the embodiment process, that is taking into being what we know to be true for our lives so that our actions speak louder than our words, has been with me for some time. This is the reason why I quit drinking over ten years ago. And it is the reason why I created THE MAKE IT A GREAT DAY EMBODIMENT SYSTEM. This system has changed a lot over the years as my expectations of myself and the goals that I have set have changed. It started out just being a five point system and now it is a ten point system. Let me explain... THE MAKE IT A GREAT DAY EMBODIMENT SYSTEM is a task list or to do list that covers all Seven Dimensions of Wellness plus three other sub categories that literally lay out how I am going to MAKE TODAY A GREAT DAY! First, I go into Microsoft Outlook’s Task section. However, this is not needed. It’s a little more convenient, however, for a long time I just used a paper and a pen. Once I’m in the Task section, I make a list of the Seven Dimensions of Wellness assigning each one their own category. SPIRITUAL MENTAL EMOTIONAL PHYSICAL PROFFESIONAL FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS These first seven must be included in the system. Next, I will assign just one task to each of the categories. SPIRITUAL: Meditate MENTAL: Read a chapter EMOTIONAL: Grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s PHYSICAL: Run to the beach PROFFESIONAL: Read an article about my profession FINANCIAL: Pay my Cell phone bill RELATIONSHIPS: Call mom Remember, this is for you so you can put anything in the assignment that best fits your life and your life style in order for YOU to become your greatest yet to be. For instance, maybe you can’t run right now and you haven’t done a lot of exercising so strengthening your Physical Wellness would just be to stretch for ten or twenty minutes. That’s great! It doesn’t matter how tiny the task is but the bottom line is that you strengthened your Physical Wellness today. In fact, it is better for the tasks to be small, especially in your weakest areas so that you get motivation and confidence in applying a new activity into your life. Instead of reading a chapter, it could be just reading a page or two. It’s your call based on what works best for you to achieve the results you want in your life.

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haitian artist pascale doxy
By Chay Baxley

Pascale Doxy, a Haitian artist,came to America from her native island three months after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Since her arrival to America, Doxy has been residing with family in Cape Coral, Florida and pursing a very promising career as a painter. Although Doxy artistic endeavors have been flourishing, her emotional journey and social acclimation have proven incredibly challenging. Doxy decision to come to America was not an easy one. She loved her homeland very much and to this day defends Haiti’s culture and natural beauty. In her own words, pre-earthquake she was “spoiled” with a lovely home and her very own business. But after that infamous day she remembers thinking,“It seemed like we lost everything.” During all the chaos and confusion of the weeks that followed the earthquake, Doxy did her part to help. “I didn’t know I had so many things,” Doxy told, “so I started giving them away.” The question “should I stay or should I leave?” is one that Doxy said haunted her endlessly. When she finally arrived in America, Doxy thought she had left the earthquake behind her, but it’s still everywhere she turns. “Anytime I meet someone here I find myself having to give an explanation.” Not just an explanation of that day, but of herself: how she survived, what that day was really like for her, and how she’s dealt with the emotional effects of such a devastating experience. Innocent, neighborly concern has turned in to a constant, painful reminder of a day that Pascale Doxy prays to forget. She reiterates her point with a dejected shake of her head; “Always an explanation, and sometimes you just don’t want to.”

This talented introverts outlet is her painting. Her latest collection is intense, vivid, and bold, a far cry from the delicately soft-spoken and gentle woman that created them. They’re message is lucid but ultimately enchanting. When asked what her paintings represented for her she merely said, “Everything,” and smiled politely. The earthquake didn’t trigger Doxy’s artistic ability, she’s been painting since childhood and says “Making money with painting has never been my priority.” One of Doxy’s most endearing actions is her constant carrying of an agenda. Beautifully leather bound and busting at the seams with yellowed looseleaf paper, Doxy say’s this is where she keeps all her thoughts. An artistic soul, her yearly agenda is usually filled with poetry and other forms creative release. But for 2010, Doxy says “this year was special.” Nearly every piece of painting she’s created has an adjoining poem that coincides with it. It’s a rare ability to be able to communicate your emotions through two mediums of art and execute both so eloquently, but Doxy has done just that. Doxy humble nature has won her a space in Naples business owner, Melody Bales, heart and downtown shop. Located near 5th Avenue in Naples, the Lady from Haiti is a store dedicated entirely to Haitian art and Pascale Doxy is one of their primary artists. Her work can be found on locate at the shop as well as online at http://www.ladyfromhaiti.com/.

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he air was filled with curiosity and anticipation. Students from all majors life piled into Professor Golden’s classroom to take part in the arrival of foreign ambassadors’ from Luxembourg and Austria. Golden, who has been teaching at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business since 2005, had generated quite an inspired crowd of students. His teaching philosophy is directly correlated to the mission of Florida Gulf Coast University-to encourage and stimulate a challenging, rewarding, learning environment for students. The invitation of US ambassadors served as an obvious example of his practice.

Golden

for use in career and business consulting. In 1995 his efforts were boosted through the medium of the newly formed World wide web and publishing assessments on his own web site. After that move, “The Golden,” as his personality test is called started to really take off. In 1998 The Golden was licensed to The College Board (most well known as the publisher of the SAT and PSAT college entrance exams) to serve as tool for high school and college students planning for college and their careers beyond. Today more than 3.5 high school teens have access to The Golden when they complete the PSAT.

; A Man, A Mission, A Success!

By Kayla Dacosta

The topic of conversation for the event was unrestricted; Dr. Golden introduced the students to the visitors and encouraged both parties to learn from one another. Sitting alongside students, Golden actively partook in asking questions and stimulating an educational experience. Topics of this event ranged from the concept of a united Europe, the recent upheaval in Egypt, economic relations between countries of the European Union, and the United States relationship with the EU. Following the meeting with students, Golden encouraged students to attend a banquet with the Ambassadors and Honorary Council; by doing so students were given the opportunity for one on one interaction and education. r. Golden’s story envelops life’s most precious lessons. At the age of seventeen he himself had no clear direction in life. Like may teens he was confused and did not know what he wanted for himself, aside from his love of rock and roll and fun times. His father, a pioneer of career and life planning, encouraged his serious exploration of his own career options. With goal in mind Golden then entered Fairleigh Dickinson University to study psychology. After graduating and marrying his high school sweetheart, who’s family encouraged him to aspire for greatness. Golden worked as a recruiter at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. After a few years in the business world on his own Golden’s father suggested that he consider working for him in management and career counseling firm he had founded. Over the next few years he realized that in order to reach his own goals he needed to continue his education and enrolled in Widener University’s Master’s in Human Resource Management program and then pursued a Doctorate in Education. After the untimely death of his father, and at early age of thirty-four Golden assumed ownership of his father’s business and began to transform its mission by developing and publishing personality tests
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The success of the test is generated from its unique, positive, and accurate descriptions of personality. It helps people get to know themselves and focus all the possibilities for achieving their own greatness. The Golden is also licensed to Pearson, PLC, the global leader in educational publications and assessment, and has been translated for use in Germany, France, as well as in English in the UK, Australia and India. Our top military leaders take The Golden as part of their leadership training at National Defense University and the Army War College. Today, Dr. Golden is a full-time professor at FGCU. He loves the opportunity to make an impact on each and every student. While he teaches business courses he focuses some tie in each course on helping his students figure out who they really are and what they truly want to do. His purpose in life is answering ‘yes’ to the question, “Did I live a meaningful life, and did I help make a difference in the lives of others.” AmiJo Beecroft, a recent graduate from FGCU’s Lutgert College of Business, who is now pursuing her MBA at FGCU smiles as she recounts her time in Dr. Golden’s class; “what can I really say about such a great man. There are no real adjectives to describe greatness. It is a felt process. Dr. Golden was the first to make me really question the what’s and why’s of my life. Was I really doing what was best for me, or simply going through the motions? This man redirected the course of my life. He put me on track to me.” Clearly directed people are few and far between, mostly because they do not take the time to stop and think of who they really are or who they aspire to be. (are you speaking of you here?) Dr. Golden is that one person I look back on in life and think, “thank you for being you, and for helping me.”

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