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Board of Directors

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community.

Chairperson of the Board,

Angela Schivinski

Angela Schivinski

Chairperson of the Board,

Angela Schivinski is the Fort Myers Publisher of Florida Weekly. As Publisher, Angela is responsible for the development and performance of sales activities. Angela’s core talents are marketing, advertising, sales, and recruiting. Angela is also active with multiple not-for-profit organizations including, Rotary Club of Fort Myers Board Member & Program Committee Chair, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Golisano Children’s Hospital Community Council Executive Committee Member, Special Equestrians, American Heart Association, PACE Center for Girls Lee County, and more. Off the clock, she is an active equestrian, competing in barrel racing events all over Florida. She holds multiple championship titles and world qualifications.

First Vice Chair, Solomon & Hoover CPAs PA

Michele Hoover

Second Vice Chair, Bubba's Roadhouse & Saloon

Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson

Second Vice Chair, Bubba's Roadhouse & Saloon

Jay Johnson brings more than 30 years of experience in the culinary and hospitality industries to his role as owner of Bubba’s Roadhouse and Saloon. As the owner of a full-service restaurant and catering company, Jay is responsible for all day-to-day operations and functions within the business, including purchasing, human resources, marketing, public relations and accounting. Jay demonstrates expertise in a wide range of related fields that are key to the continued success of the company, including event planning, management and hospitality.

Jay graduated from the University of Denver with a degree Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentrating in hotel and restaurant management. Before becoming owner of Bubba’s Roadhouse and Saloon, Jay held several managerial positions at hotels and resorts across the United States, managed a local rock band and served as a culinary advisor in the production of “Taste of Music,” a culinary web-based show featuring national recording artists.

In addition to his professional contributions, Jay is also active within the Southwest Florida community, serving as a director for the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce. He is also the former chair of the 2015 Leadership Program at Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce and former trustee for Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, where he received the honor of being named Trustee of Year in 2015. Jay is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Member Advocacy Committee. He is Vice President of Restaurants on the board of the Lee County Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association [FRLA] and serves on the State board of the FRLA.

Treasurer, Pushing the Envelope

Samantha Scott

Samantha Scott

Treasurer, Pushing the Envelope

Samantha Scott, APR is the President of Pushing the Envelope, Inc., a minority-owned (Certified Woman Owned Business) marketing communication firm offering strategic communication services including public relations, branding, social media, marketing strategy, etc.  Based in Fort Myers, Florida and serving clients locally and nationally since 2006,  she’s worked with brands such as Harley-Davidson, West Marine, and California Closets. Samantha uses the experience to help companies nationally through her work and public speaking.

She’s been honored by both Gulfshore Business Magazine and Gulf Coast Business Review as well as other organizations for business and community contributions and has received more than 40 awards for marketing communication excellence including the highly regarded, Public Relations Professional of the Year award from the Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter in 2015.

Crowne Plaza Ft. Myers at Bell Tower Shops, Immediate Past Chairperson

Jim Larkin

President & CEO

Colleen DePasquale

Stevens Construction, Vice President

Dan Adams

Dan Adams

Stevens Construction, Vice President

Since joining the Stevens Construction as senior project manager in 2011, Dan quickly rose to the top of the management team, proving his ability to deliver our client’s projects on budget, on schedule and with the highest of quality. Dan has completed some of the company’s most complex projects including Landmark Hospital, an 86,676-square-foot, 50-bed, long-term care facility in Naples. A LEED Accredited Professional and Florida licensed general contractor, the Fort Myers native earned his bachelor’s degree in building construction from the University of Florida. Dan has also earned Healthcare Construction Certification from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and Infection Control Certification.

Dan is very enthusiastic about supporting his community.  Dan serves as second vice president on the board of directors for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Myers, Real Estate Investment Society and United Way Allocations committee. Dan has also been recognized by Gulfshore Business as a “40 Under 40” recipient.

Bryan Blackwell

Bryan Blackwell

Bryan has lived and worked in SWFL Florida for the last 29 years and is proud to call it home. Bryan owns and operates a financial planning practice of Ameriprise Financial. The pratice focuses on comprehensive finanical planning, investment advice and estate planning. Although Bryan received his formal education from FSW, he belives he received his real education from his time serving in the United States Marine Corps and Florida Army National Guard. Bryan has been recognized by NAIFA as one of the “Top 4 Advisors Under 40” in Florida as well as a “Top Wealth Advisor in Southwest Florida” for four years in a row by Gulfshore Life Magazine. Bryan previously sat as the Chairman of Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lee County for three years and now sits as a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Corporate Board. Bryan currently sits as First Vice Chair of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce as well. Bryan recently helped to start and now Chair’s the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Member Advocacy Committee which takes on local issues that face our business community like water quality. Bryan is also a Rotarian and supports United Way. He has previously served other organizations in the past like the Ronald McDonald House, The Vineyard’s Church Soup Kitchen and the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball where he served on the committee for 6 years. Most recently Bryan helped his two daughters to start their own non-profit organization called The Children’s Foundation for Youth Activities which provides youth activity resources like equipment or scholarships for under privileged children. Bryan believes that being involved and giving back to your community is the truest expression of gratefulness and that your destiny is simply a product of the decisions that you make.

Prawnbroker Restaurant Group,

Mark Blust

Boy Agnew Potanovic,

Suzanne Boy

Phirst Phamily Insurance,

Gregory Brock

Bishop Verot Catholic High School,

Jeff Brown

Bowling Management Associates, Inc.,

Michael L. Cannington

CopyLady,

Dan Detrick

Boston Red Sox,

Jay Fandel

Coca Cola Beverages Florida,

Rodney C. Ford

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank,

Lee Golden

Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University,

Doug Heffner

Corbin Henderson,

Randall P. Henderson

Gulfpoint Construction,

Tommy Huether

Caloosa Tent & Rental,

Cheryl F. Komnick

iBERIABANK-First Horizon,

Heather Langdale

Chris Lopez

Chris Lopez

Christopher Lopez is the Regional Manager External Affairs at TECO Peoples Gas in Southwest Florida. Lopez grew up in Southwest Florida, graduating from Fort Myers Senior High School. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Political Science, and earned a Juris Doctorate from Florida A&M University College of Law. Chris is a 2018 Co-Chair of the Leadership Next Committee of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Southwest Florida and at 35 is the youngest person so serve in that capacity. He also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, and has served on various municipal committees.

Pool Pro's Inc.,

Joe Mitchell

Priority Marketing,

Melissa Mitchell

M & M Multimedia,

Randy Mitchelson

HBKS Wealth Advisors,

Dean Piccirillo

Larue Pest Management,

Keith Ruebeling

B2 Solutions, Business Director

Philip Stalnaker

Philip Stalnaker

B2 Solutions, Business Director

Philip Stalnaker is a believer in community. While working in marketing and operational management for most of his career, he has marshalled every opportunity to engage with the community around him. As Business Director at B2 Solutions, Inc. and before, Phil connected with the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve the chamber through in numerous ways.  This is also seen through time spent pastoring at Cape Alliance Church and at home serving in foster care ministry. Whether it be professional or personal, Phil stays focused on the idea of “doing life together” and works to make sure that everyone he meets has an opportunity for growth and success in their life. When he is not engaged elsewhere, Phil loves to relax with his wife at home, celebrating life with her and their two adopted children and wonderful friends. He is also an avid cyclist and movie junkie.

Spiro & Associates,

Christopher T. Spiro

Stewart Title,

Doug Stevens

KTD Accounting & Consulting,

Kelly Talamo

Collaboratory,

Jason Teeters

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, General Manager

Melissa Vogt

Melissa Vogt

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, General Manager

Melissa Vogt is the General Manager at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Melissa is responsible for developing and implementing the theatre’s sales, marketing and advertising plans, public relations initiatives, publicity/promotional events, social media, the website, along with other tasks such as booking and executing an annual concert series, taking publicity photos and selling advertising for the theatre’s playbill.

Melissa received TRAVELHOST Magazine’s Hospitality Award in 2011, is a graduate of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2011, was recognized as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 40-Under-40 in 2017 and was a Young Professional of the Year finalist for The News-Press 2017 People of the Year. She is active on numerous committees for various organizations, serves on the board of directors for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and volunteers at Valerie’s House.

A long-time resident of Southwest Florida, Melissa is an enthusiastic member of the community and enjoys the arts, volunteering, spending time on the water, and being mom to her son Austin.

Minnesota Twins,

Mark Weber

Spada Salon & Day Spa,

Andrew Williams

Fort Myers Brewing Company,

Jen Whyte

Lee County Sports Development, Ex-officio

Jeff Mielke

Lott & Gaylor, Ex-officio

Phil Gaylor