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FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 2, 2018) — The Edison & Ford Winter Estates board of trustees and executive search committee has selected Michael A. Flanders as the organization’s new President and CEO. Flanders has a long history with Edison Ford and has strategic planning and historic preservation experience. He has lived in Southwest Florida most of his life and has built important relationships with community and public officials that will be beneficial to Edison Ford. He will officially start his new position on February 12.
“Mr. Flanders is talented and experienced in science, horticulture, government, art, architecture and master site planning,” said Lee Golden, chairman of the board of trustees. “His experience and trusted relationships will be valuable to the Estates for moving forward with the organization’s immediate goals and long-range master plan.”
Flanders has 30 years of master site planning experience and was instrumental in the revitalization of the downtown Fort Myers historic district with the design and construction of the downtown streetscape. He also has 33 years of experience  designing architecture compatible with the Southwest Florida environment and experience working with preserving historic designations.
“I am proud to accept the honor of becoming the new President and CEO of such an important organization in our community,” said Flanders. “I look forward to working with the staff to create partnerships and collaborate in many ways with the community.”
Flanders graduated from Fort Myers High School, he has a Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He has owned an architectural firm in historic downtown Fort Myers since 1984.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 250,000 visitors walk through the site each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The site is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December.
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