November 2017 Around Town

Jeff Koehn joins Storm Smart as 
Director of Marketing

Storm Smart President and CEO Brian D. Rist announced the company has hired Jeff Koehn as its new director of marketing.

Koehn will be responsible for developing and implementing an overall corporate marketing strategy, identifying and tracking key metrics, administering market forecasts, and influencing the development of new products and services that meet market demand and drive revenue.

A lifelong resident of Southwest Florida, Koehn has a 30-plus year background in sales and marketing. Most recently, he spent eight years at as partner and publisher, managing business operations, and establishing the website as a well-respected and leading source for Cape Coral news and information.

Prior to his time at, Koehn spent 12 years at The News-Press, where he held various positions within the advertising department, including the company’s first digital sales manager and classified advertising director.

“Jeff’s skillset encompasses all aspects of marketing needed to bring our strategic vision to life,” Rist says. “His dynamic and collaborative approach to business make him a great addition to our organization, and we are happy that he has joined our team.”

Storm Smart’s innovative products have launched the company to become the largest manufacturer and installer of code-approved hurricane protection products in Florida. It has more than 60,000 customers in Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Guam since opening its doors in Fort Myers in 1996. The company has a long list of accomplishments, including being named 2016 Distributor of the Year and 2015 Manufacturer of the Year, both by the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association. From 2006 to 2009, Storm Smart was named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of rapidly growing private companies. By 2015, Storm Smart’s annual sales totaled $38.7 million, up nearly 3 percent over 2014, making it the 178th largest Florida Gulf Coast-headquartered business by gross revenue, according to the Business Observer Gulf Coast 500 list.

Storm Smart and its business family of enterprises is headquartered at 6182 Idlewild St. in Fort Myers. Its two showrooms in Southwest Florida are located at 11040 Plantation Road in Fort Myers and 2400 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Unit 102 in Naples For more information, call 239.938.1000 or visit

PACE Center for Girls, Lee presents Tides of Change on November 3

Sponsorships are available for Tides of Change, an evening of shore-side dinner and dancing to benefit Pace Center for Girls of Lee County. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m on Friday, November 3 at MarineMax Fort Myers, 14030 McGregor Blvd. “Boating chic” is the dress code for this new coastal-themed fundraiser, which wraps up PACE’s year of celebrations in honor of its 10 years of service in Lee County. Tickets for the event are expected to sell out.

Hundreds of prominent business and community leaders will savor dockside cocktails sponsored by Scott and Mary Fischer and Wicked Dolphin as well as artistically crafted hors d’oeuvres and dinner by acclaimed chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire. Against a backdrop of MarineMax’s luxurious yachts and underneath a beautifully appointed tent from Caloosa Tent & Rental, attendees will enjoy dancing and a live auction featuring a selection of exclusive, high-end lots.

Taking the place of the former Believing in Girls luncheon, Tides of Change will feature an engaging presentation on the philosophy behind PACE’s nationally acclaimed, research-based approach alongside their local stats and outcomes, plus an inspiring keynote address from a recently transitioned PACE Girl highlighting the organization’s life-saving mission through her personal journey and experiences along the way.

The event chairs for Tides of Change are Cheryl Komnick, Noelle Casagrande-Montgomery and Marc Collins. Sponsorships and tables—$1,500 for a table of eight—are available. Limited individual tickets are available for $200 per person. To learn more or to RSVP, contact Development Manager Allyson Ross at 239.470.7548 or

Florida Skin Center to Launch Free Skin Check Campaign

Florida Skin Center has launched a campaign—“Get your skin in the game. Check it!”—to provide free skin checks to patients at their Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and upcoming Punta Gorda locations as a way of combating and raising awareness about skin cancer.

Founder Anais Aurora Badia, M.D., D.O., and her staff are now providing complimentary skin checks in addition to complimentary screenings for children, as well as first responders, active military and veterans on Children’s Day and Heroes Day respectively. The “Check It!” campaign kicked off less than one year ahead of the Take Your Skin To A Better Place 5K in support of the Skin Cancer Foundation. The event takes place on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

A patient without insurance would save $91 on a skin check, and a patient with insurance would save $15 to $65 in copays. Providers currently offer one to three free skin checks per day. This will increase in the first quarter of 2018, following a grand opening of the office in Punta Gorda and the hiring of additional providers.

“This initiative is a result of the vision of the entire Florida Skin Center team who worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition,” Dr. Badia says. “Skin checks save lives. Now, we are not only sparing our patients a significant expense but potentially saving them from the fastest-growing cancer in the country and reminding those same people that we are the dermatologist to turn to for all skin care needs.”

Every skin check provided by Florida Skin Center involves a dermascope, a microscope-like tool that allows doctors and physician assistants alike to inspect lesions for cancerous characteristics. All providers are certified specialists and know what to look for during their thorough examination.

For more information on this regional movement, call 239.561.3376 or visit Updates will also be available on Florida Skin Center’s Facebook Page, @FloridaSkinCenter.

LCBW to Hold Anniversary Luncheon

Local Chapters of Business Women invites you all to join them and celebrate the wonderful businesswomen of Southwest Florida. More than 150 women will come together for this celebration of women anniversary extravaganza.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 7 at the Crown Plaza Hotel & Resort, 3051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers, FL, 33907. It will feature goody bags, open networking, a fantastic lunch, live auction, silent auction, Women of the Year Award and more.

Pre-register for the biggest networking event of the year. Do you have your seat? For more information or to reserve your seat, call 239.985.0400. Tickets are $27 each and include a complete meal. A portion of the proceeds will be given to a local charity