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Hundreds of lectures. Knowledgeable instructors. 
Join us in-person at one of our 19 locations
or participate online.  

         

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FGCU Academy – Your place to live, laugh and learn
Keep your mind active and engaged this year!
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Greetings, If you would like to know more about Florida Gulf Coast University, where
they are going and how they are getting there, then you don’t want to miss the lecture
from the University President – Dr. Aysegul Timur at Bentley Village on April 11.

Maybe you want to learn how Sam Walmart built his empire from a small five and dime
store. Of course there is plenty of enlightening history for you to participate in as well.
Or maybe you want to learn how to relax in the comfort of your own home via an on-
line Yoga class. FGCU Academy remains in the forefront with hot topic selections for
you to choose from. See what is being offered below.  

Visit our Hot Picks & Sneak Peaks section for next week, below.  

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HOT PICKS


A Conversation with Florida Gulf Coast
University President Aysegul Timur
April 11 | 10 – 11:30 am Thursday
Bentley Village  

Learn about our 26-year-old regional comprehensive University; how the community
created it, and how it has become the economic engine of Southwest Florida. Hear
about the innovative practices being piloted at the young University, and how the
institution is successfully navigating a changed educational landscape. This will be
an interactive conversation, so come prepared with your questions for the newly in-
stalled first-generation female President of FGCU.


Catherine the Great
April 11 | 1:30 – 3 pm Thursday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Bright, ambitious and imbued with ideas of the Enlightenment, Catherine rose from a German princess
to Empress of Russia through her wits and wiles, not to mention intrigue and the convenient elimination
of her husband. Her correspondence with the greatest minds of the day is legendary. She had grand plans
for Russia, and encouraged by her lover Potemkin, set about the expansion, modernization and education
of the country. Although her reign also saw the violently dangerous Pugachev rebellion, Catherine’s
accomplishments and devotion to Russia have earned her a place among history’s most Enlightened Des-
pots.


Medieval Knights, Chivalry and Tournaments
April 15 | 10 – 12 pm Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

The medieval knight as we understand him sprang onto the European scene around the year 1100 CE
when the four key characteristics of this warrior figure came together: (i) his signature martial tactic –
the mounted shock-combat charge with couched lance; (ii) his elevated social status as a member of
the nobility; (iii) the development of a code of chivalry with a particular emphasis on personal honor,
bravery and courtesy; and (iv) the evolution of the tournament as a forum in which to practice and dis-
play his military skills. This lecture discusses these elements and provides a detailed overview of the
armor, weapons and tactics used in medieval tournaments and jousts, as well as the social importance
of these spectacles.  


Sam Walton and the Making of Walmart
April 15 | 1:30 – 3 pm Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Sam Walton built a single “five and dime” store into the largest retailer in the world. His passion
for low prices and focus on the customer humbled his much larger competitors. But as yesterday’s
David became today’s Goliath, critics became as numerous as new Walmart Supercenters. Were
low prices worth the cost of low wages, lack of health care and the ruin of America’s small retailers?
Was Walmart doing what everyone else was doing but just doing it better? Has Walmart changed in
reaction to the criticism? We’ll look at Sam Walton and Walmart’s past, present and future.


Yoga Nidra Meditation: Become Relaxed
and Serene (2-part series)
April 16, 30 | 9 – 10 am Tuesdays
Online via Zoom  

From the comfort and peace of your own home, calm and reset your body and mind through the
practice of Yoga Nidra Meditation. We begin with breathing exercises to relax the body as we
ease into a guided meditation. Yoga Nidra is the easiest form of meditation. It is an ancient sleep-
based meditation and very relaxing. People feel refreshed and their energy is recharged afterwards.
Each session is equivalent to 3-4 hours of deep sleep. Participants can sit in a chair, lie down on a
sofa or yoga mat with a blanket.


U.S. POW Camps – World War II Axis Prisoners
April 16 | 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Nearly 426,000 POWs were held in 700 camps throughout the U.S. Most worked and interacted openly
with local American citizens. We discuss camp conditions and locations and address little known aspects
such as secret detention and interrogation camps, escapes and baseball. Topics include: prisoners; the first
POWs; Allied assistance; Geneva Conventions; Camps Aliceville, Tonkawa, Tracy, Peary, Ruston, Hale,
McCoy, Atterbury; Fort Hunt; internment and relocation of Japanese Americans; Dale Maple; The Richie
Boys; and Florida camps.


Eli Cohen – Israeli Master Spy
April 16 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Eli Cohen, one of the most successful spies of all time, might have become the Syrian Deputy Defense
Minister if he had not been caught and executed. He provided intelligence crucial in the Six Day War.
This lecture also examines other Mossad operations (including Adolph Eichmann and U.S. spy Jonathan
Pollard) and compares other major intelligence organizations.    

Sneak Peak for Next Week – see what is coming    
iPhone/iPad for Intermediates: All the Things You Never Knew
China Under Xi Jinping
The Free State of Florida: Really? What About Responsibility?
How the Modern Bible Came to Be
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari
True American Modern Art        

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2024 Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash Fort Myers 5K Kick-Off Reception

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Southwest Florida and 2024 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Myers 5K signature sponsor Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz hosted a kickoff reception March 21 at the Collaboratory in Fort Myers. The 2024 5K will be held on Saturday, May 11 at JetBlue Park. The reception was emceed…

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Southwest Florida and 2024 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Myers 5K signature sponsor Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz hosted a kickoff reception March 21 at the Collaboratory in Fort Myers. The 2024 5K will be held on Saturday, May 11 at JetBlue Park.

The reception was emceed by Trish Routte, manager of Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, and Lt. Gregory Bueno, Florida Highway Patrol. LaCroix and Artichoke & Company sponsored the event, providing mocktails and light bites.

Sponsors from the 2023 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Myers 5K were recognized at the event:
• Signature Sponsor: Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, & Purtz P.A
• Presenting Sponsor: Suncoast Credit Union
• Road Guardian: Lee County Sheriff’s Office
• Spotlight Sponsor: Cloud 9 Float Spa
• Friends of MADD: Lee Health, X3 Performance and Physical Therapy, The Standard Restaurant Downtown Fort Myers, Florida Highway Patrol Troop F, Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue
• Committee Chair: Trish Routte, manager Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers
• Committee Member: Lt. Gregory Bueno, Florida Highway Patrol Public Affairs for Southwest Florida
• Committee Member: Katie Heck, public relations officer for Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District

Sponsorships for the 2024 event are still available; please contact Lauren Harkins [email protected] for more information. The Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz 2024 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Myers 5K will be May 11 at JetBlue Park. For information, registration and sponsorships, visit: walklikemadd.org/fortmyers.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nonprofit leader in a movement to create a world where there are #NoMoreVictims of impaired driving. By working in collaboration with law enforcement to end underage drinking and all drunk and drugged driving, MADD has helped reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50%, saving more than 400,000 lives. The organization is a vocal advocate for tougher sentencing, new laws and new technology, including implementation of the Halt Act. MADD also has provided supportive services to nearly one million victims of drunk and drugged driving at no charge through local victim advocates and its 24-Hour Victim Helpline 1-877-MADD-HELP. For more information or to make a donation, visit us at madd.org and follow MADD on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

This Weekend at CMON

      This Weekend at CMON     Beeing Social and Just Play have teamed up to create a class for tweens and early teens (ages 10-14) held at CMON that will focus on social and emotional skills paired with mindful movement and playful activities.   Click to Register   RSVP Now!    Join…

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Beeing Social and Just Play have teamed up to create a class for tweens
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Join us on Sunday, April 14th for the return of Mini Buddhas Kids Yoga!
This 30-minute session is designed for Mini Buddhas of all ages. Parents
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Elaina Vasta, this session will introduce children to yoga through
imaginative themes that take them on a journey incorporating yoga, dance,
and play.  

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Frank G. Daveler Foundation Donates $1.9 Million to Establish Entrepreneurship Institute at FSW

Frank G. Daveler Foundation Donates $1.9 Million to Establish Entrepreneurship Institute at FSW APRIL 9, 2024 – FORT MYERS, FLA — Thanks to a $1.9 million donation from the Frank G. Daveler Foundation, Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) School of Business and Technology has established the Frank G. Daveler Entrepreneurship Institute. The gift will enhance…

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Frank G. Daveler Foundation Donates $1.9 Million

to Establish Entrepreneurship Institute at FSW

APRIL 9, 2024 – FORT MYERS, FLA — Thanks to a $1.9 million donation from the Frank G. Daveler Foundation, Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) School of Business and Technology has established the Frank G. Daveler Entrepreneurship Institute.

The gift will enhance FSW’s entrepreneurship programming, evolving into an innovation hub that embraces multidisciplinary learning throughout the college, while fostering curiosity and opportunity.

In the past two decades, entrepreneurs created 10.5 million jobs nationally, according to the US Small Business Administration. Today, 3 million Florida small businesses employ more than 40% of all workers in the state. Additionally, 17% of college students nationwide operate their own enterprises, while another 16% plan to start one after graduation.

Before Hurricane Ian, Southwest Florida companies with fewer than 20 employees accounted for one-quarter of the regional workforce.

The Frank G. Daveler Entrepreneurship Institute will provide FSW students with an invaluable entrepreneurial toolkit and experiential learning opportunities, along with community engagement and mentors. Through this initiative, FSW will enhance entrepreneurship and cross-disciplinary education, offering expanded support and resources for business launches.

“Over the next five years, the establishment of the Frank G. Daveler Entrepreneurship Institute will greatly enhance our entrepreneurship programs, funding two full-time professors, course and faculty development, a program manager, and community promotion,” said Dr. Mary Myers, dean, School of Business and Technology. “Additionally, this gift will fund a training platform, student entrepreneurship events, a Shark Tank competition, seed funding for the winners, and an endowed scholarship.”

This partnership underscores FSW’s commitment to inspiring learning and equipping students with the skills and education necessary for success, all while serving as a catalyst for the next generation of Southwest Florida entrepreneurs.

“During their 73-year marriage, Frank and Ellen, who were Naples residents, launched and sold more than a dozen companies in aerospace, engineering and manufacturing,” said Dr. Geraldine Gallagher, FSW Foundation executive director. “Frank lived to be 102 and left a legendary legacy in philanthropy. Together with his trustees, we are committed to expanding education and support for aspiring entrepreneurs, and to furthering the Davelers’ extraordinary influence.”

The Daveler Entrepreneurship Institute will be housed on the FSW Fort Myers Campus in the newly renovated School of Business and Technology building, set to re-open in fall 2024.

The Daveler Foundation is committed “to help teach the skills needed to be a great entrepreneur, and we want to partner with a great institution that we know makes a big impact in this community,” said Daveler Foundation advisors West McCann, Susan McManus and Janice Page. “We couldn’t be more delighted to be part of this.”

“The support of generous donors like the Daveler Foundation have allowed FSW to expand and serve the Southwest Florida community and workforce over the last 62 years,” said Dr. Jeff Allbritten, FSW president. “As the world continues to change and the skills and technology needed to keep up with these changes continue to evolve, it will be these generous FSW supporters who continue to help us provide the world-class learning environment our local workforce needs.” 

Calling all wildlife watchers! The FWC needs participants for innovative new photo project

(Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.)April 9, 2024 Suggested post: Join the #Everglades Wildlife Watch @the_zooniverse project to help @MyFWC better understand the species that call south #Florida home. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/395592c Calling all wildlife watchers! The FWC needs participants for innovative new photo project We’ll say it; we need your help!…

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Calling all wildlife watchers! The FWC needs participants for innovative new photo project

We’ll say it; we need your help! The Everglades is a big place, and it can be challenging to create and
analyze reliable data about its wide variety of wildlife. That’s where you come in.

The Everglades Wildlife Watch is a new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
volunteer program and participatory science project based in south Florida, hosted on the Zooniverse
platform. Focused on improving our understanding of wildlife patterns on the FWC’s wildlife manage-
ment area system, this project combines in-the-field volunteering with online participation to give us a
region-wide idea of the species that call south Florida home.

Visit: Zooniverse.org/Projects/FWC/Everglades-Wildlife-Watch

Throughout the region’s 17 wildlife management/wildlife and environmental areas, volunteers are setting
and maintaining trail cameras. As those cameras collect photos, the images are uploaded to our Everglades
Wildlife Watch Zooniverse project, where anyone can jump online and classify photos. Just follow the link,
create a free account and start identifying the wildlife in the photos from your own home. If you get one
wrong, don’t sweat it. With consensus analysis, your identifications will be combined with others to give us
the most accurate picture of wildlife activity in these areas. With your help, we will be able to sort through
more photos than we ever could alone and gain a better understanding of how animals are using our WMAs.

Once photos are analyzed and the wildlife has been identified, the data is sent to our area biologists so they
can better manage each WMA or WEA. The results will also be uploaded to our interactive Data Dashboard,
where you can see what kind of wildlife has been spotted on our cameras around the region and learn more
about each species. The FWC oversees more than 6 million acres of public land established as WMAs. These
lands are managed to protect fish and wildlife resources and provide wildlife-based recreation. Visit MyFWC.
com/WMAs to learn more about Florida’s public lands or plan your next outdoor adventure with the WMA
Recreation Finder.

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LMCU Hosts Free Community Shred Day Event on April 20

Shred Your Sensitive Documents for Free at LMCU’s Fort Myers Shred Day Event Fort Myers, FL (April 9, 2024) – Lake Michigan Credit Union is pleased to announce details for their spring Shred Your Stuff Day in Fort Myers. On Saturday, April 20, from 9–11 a.m., LMCU members and non-members alike can bring up to…

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Shred Your Sensitive Documents for Free at LMCU’s Fort Myers Shred Day Event

Fort Myers, FL (April 9, 2024) – Lake Michigan Credit Union is pleased to announce details for their spring Shred Your Stuff Day in Fort Myers.

On Saturday, April 20, from 9–11 a.m., LMCU members and non-members alike can bring up to six Bankers-Box-sized boxes of sensitive or personal documents to LMCU’s Gulf Coast Fort Myers branch, located at 17830 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, and have the documents professionally shredded and disposed of for free. LMCU has offered this service for many years, and it is just one of the many ways LMCU protects their members from identity theft.

“Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America. With the world becoming increasingly digital, it’s so easy to forget about physical papers that contain our sensitive information,” said Matt Cook, LMCU’s Vice President of Community Relations. “Our Shred Day events are for anybody, anywhere, to destroy their old documents and keep their info out of the hands of thieves.”

Those looking to have their documents shredded should drive up and remain in their vehicles for the safety of staff and participants. Event details are subject to change. Any changes to the event schedule will be posted on LMCU.org and LMCU’s social media pages.

For information on other Shred Day events, visit LMCU.org/Events.

Lake Michigan Credit Union, established in 1933, is the largest credit union in Michigan and 16th largest in the country. Employing a staff of over 1,650 and serving nearly 600,000 members, LMCU’s assets exceed $13 billion, with over $16 billion in portfolio and serviced mortgages. LMCU has 70 convenient branch locations, including 21 across Central and Southwest Florida. LMCU members have access to over 55,000 Allpoint ATMs worldwide. LMCU provides a full range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to personal loans, mortgages, commercial banking, investments, and insurance.

To find out more, visit LMCU.org. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #442967.

Don't Miss Disney: A Magical Celebration

Gulf Coast Symphony Presents Disney:  A Magical Celebration April 14| 7:00 pmBarbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW Gulf Coast Symphony will perform a family concert Disney in Concert: Magical Music From The Movies. Embark on a magical journey as we bring the enchantment of Disney to life. Experience the timeless music from beloved…

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Gulf Coast Symphony Presents Disney: 
A Magical Celebration
April 14| 7:00 pm

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW

Disney A Magical Celebration

Gulf Coast Symphony will perform a family concert Disney in Concert:
Magical Music From The Movies. Embark on a magical journey as we
bring the enchantment of Disney to life.



Experience the timeless music from beloved Disney classics performed by
our talented symphony and four guest singers. From “The Lion King” to
“Frozen,” from “Beauty and the Beast” to “Aladdin,” this concert promises
an unforgettable experience for Disney fans of all ages!

 
Disney: A Magical Celebration
April 14| 7:00 pm

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW

239.481.4849 | GulfCoastSymphony.org


 
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T.H.R.I.V.E. DRIVE - Ready to take your business to the next level… JOIN US to learn how!

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Learn about:  Eligibility: ‘Emerging Leaders’

Learn about:  T.H.R.I.V.E. Curriculum

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Ready to take your business to the next level… JOIN US to learn how! 

REGISTER FOR ONE OF THESE BELOW: 

Just 2 sessions left!  Don’t miss this opportunity. 

Friday, April 12th from 10a – 10:45 am:
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Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens Celebrates 70 Years

Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens Celebrates 70 Years LARC provides support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families (FORT MYERS, Fla. April 8, 2024) – Lee Association of Remarkable Citizens (LARC) celebrated its 70th anniversary with a luncheon on March 13 at Marian Hall at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Fort Myers. …

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Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens Celebrates 70 Years

LARC provides support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families

(FORT MYERS, Fla. April 8, 2024) – Lee Association of Remarkable Citizens (LARC) celebrated its 70th anniversary with a luncheon on March 13 at Marian Hall at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Fort Myers.  Established in 1954, LARC Inc. is a training center for success that provides support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 

LARC Board of Directors with Mayor Kevin Anderson

Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson read a proclamation from The City of Fort Myers, recognizing March as Intellectual and Developmental Disability Awareness Month.

LARC’s executive director, Angela Katz, recognized key individuals who have contributed to the organization’s success over the past 70 years. 

•                    Bobbi Griffin’s parents were among the founding members of LARC in 1954, along with other parents whose children with intellectual and developmental disabilities were initially excluded from public schools.

•                    Kathy Bradley’s family also played a crucial role in LARC’s establishment as founding members.  Kathy herself participated in LARC programs for many years.  Her brother Roger served as the executive director for thirty-one years, and her brother Brian is currently a member of the LARC board of directors.  Additionally, the family generously donated the property that became a group home.

•                    Judy Rogers has been a dedicated instructor at LARC for 34 years, contributing significantly to the organization’s mission.

•                    Ross Webb’s commitment to LARC is evident through his 36 years of service on the board of directors, providing valuable guidance and support.

•                    Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka’s efforts were instrumental in securing state funding for LARC’s commercial culinary training kitchen, enhancing participants’ opportunities.

•                    Marc Collins established a meaningful scholarship fund at LARC to honor his late wife, Lori Carroll-Collins, leaving a lasting impact on the organization and its members.

“As we reflect on the rich tapestry of LARC’s history and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the past, we must turn our attention towards the horizon and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Katz.

Katz highlighted LARC’s upcoming initiatives, which include: 

•                    A commercial culinary training kitchen that will offer a four-month curriculum designed to create a path to employment in the food service industry while providing healthy meals to our Adult Day Training participants, supporting our Health and Wellness program, and addressing food insecurities.

•                    Innovative partnerships and programs with medical and emergency professionals.  This program is designed to educate them to better understand and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Our goal is to create a more inclusive healthcare and emergency response system that recognizes and respects every individual’s unique needs and abilities.  Our current partnerships include Florida SouthWestern State College, Keiser University, and Nova Southeastern University.

•                    FGCU’s Music Therapy program is another partnership that has significantly impacted our clients.  This collaboration has led us to explore a multitude of other opportunities.

•                    Expanding our partnerships and forging connections with businesses that recognize the value of a diverse and dedicated workforce.  We have over 74 employment partners committed to creating inclusive workplaces and providing opportunities for individuals with unique abilities.

•                    The construction of a 4800-square-foot group home in Cape Coral that is fully ADA-equipped will meet the needs of all individuals with unique abilities. It will be completed in the summer of 2024.

“The landscape of our community is evolving, and with it, the demands for services and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Katz.  “As we look ahead, we are inspired by the possibilities that lie before us and energized by the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in our community for the next 70 years!”

To learn more about LARC or donate, visit www.larcleecounty.org or contact Angela Katz, Executive Director, at 239-334-6285 x210 or [email protected].

 About LARC

Established in 1954, LARC is a training center for success for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  LARC serves more than 300 individuals annually, and participants range from 14 to 81.

Craig Goddy Joins Henderson Franklin Business Litigation Team

Craig Goddy Joins Henderson Franklin Business Litigation Team Naples, Florida — The full-service law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is thrilled to announce the addition of Craig Goddy to its Business Litigation team. A seasoned litigator with more than two decades of experience, Goddy will be based out of the Naples office.…

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Craig Goddy Joins Henderson Franklin Business Litigation Team

Naples, Florida — The full-service law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is thrilled to announce the addition of Craig Goddy to its Business Litigation team. A seasoned litigator with more than two decades of experience, Goddy will be based out of the Naples office.

With a distinguished career in commercial and business litigation, Goddy brings a wealth of knowledge and a track record of success in handling complex legal matters. His experience spans a broad array of practice areas, including general commercial litigation, real estate, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy, banking, and insurance defense. Goddy’s approach to litigation and his dedication to his clients are the hallmarks of his practice.

Before his move to Henderson Franklin, Goddy practiced at his own firm in Naples. Prior to establishing his own practice, he worked at major law firms, focusing on commercial litigation, banking litigation, and insurance defense. Goddy has represented a diverse range of clients from community and regional lenders in banking litigation to national banks and private real estate investment companies in both federal and state court litigation. His experience also includes significant involvement in real estate litigation, serving as outside counsel to large property management companies, as well as representing major corporations and small businesses in various litigation matters.

Upon joining Henderson Franklin, Goddy expressed his enthusiasm, stating,

“Joining Henderson Franklin in its centennial year is an honor and a privilege. The firm’s longstanding commitment to its clients and community service resonates with my professional values and aspirations. I am excited to contribute to the firm’s success and to serve our clients with the highest standards of advocacy and integrity.”

Carlos Kelly, Chair of the Business Litigation Department at Henderson Franklin, commented on Goddy’s arrival,

“We are delighted to welcome Craig to our team. His extensive experience and depth of knowledge in business litigation will be invaluable to our department and to our clients. Craig embodies the qualities of a Henderson Franklin attorney, and we look forward to the contributions he will make to our firm and the Naples community.”

Goddy is admitted to practice in multiple jurisdictions, including Florida and Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Kent State University, where he graduated cum laude, and the University of Dayton School of Law. He may be reached at [email protected].

Marking a century of service, Henderson Franklin has been an integral part of shaping Southwest Florida’s landscape. With a team of over 50 dedicated attorneys, the firm has been a cornerstone in providing a comprehensive array of legal services. From business and tax planning to estate planning, family law, civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law, Henderson Franklin has continually evolved to meet the diverse needs of its clients. With offices strategically placed in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples, the firm remains deeply connected to the region, carrying a legacy that goes beyond the courtroom. For more information on Goddy or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.