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Team Aubuchon’s “Helping Hands for the Holidays” signature event
raises $34,500 for local charities

 Cape Coral, FLORIDA – Helping Hands for the Holidays, an annual fundraising event sponsored by The Aubuchon Team of Companies, raised $34,500 to benefit three local charities: Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Ronald McDonald House Charities SWFL, and Builders Care, a non-profit division of the LEE BIA.

Celebrating the event’s 17th anniversary, Aubuchon Team of Companies exceeded their goal of $30,000.  Fund-raising activities coincided with a Rockefeller Center-type holiday tree lighting ceremony to kick-off the holiday season, entertainment provided by Heights Elementary, and other youth, and an official visit from Santa Claus. Representatives from each non-profit organization were in attendance. 


The festivities included desserts donated by Team Aubuchon team members, and many signature dishes donated by more than 17 local restaurants, including Bubba’s Roadhouse, Rumrunners, Fathoms, Cork Soakers, Water City Grill, PDQ, Ceno Grill, Lobster Lady,  Slates, Anthony’s on the Blvd, and Nevermind.


Diane VanArsdale, Team Aubuchon’s Director, Marketing & Sales, said, “What better way to celebrate the season than to take time to give back to local children and families in need?  We are thrilled to host this Christmas kick-off event, and even more excited to surpass our fundraising goal!  Thank you to everyone who participated and took time to attend!”  


Aubuchon Team of Companies includes Aubuchon Homes, Sterling Collection, Miloff Aubuchon Realty Group, and Evalutions by Aubuchon (interior design). This team of companies has been doing business in SW Florida for more than 23 years, designing and building more than 400 homes, helping thousands of clients buy and sell real estate, find annual and vacation rentals, invest, and decorate their homes. Their success has enabled them to give back to the local community.  They have 6 locations in SW Florida. Visit www.TeamAubuhcon.com for more information.




Tile Outlets of America is a One-Stop Shop for DIY and Professional Remodeling Needs

The destination superstore not only offers tile and stone, but also cabinets, grout, saws and much more.


FORT MYERS/Sarasota – December 14, 2015 – Whether searching for wood-look plank tile or needing buckets, trowels, mortar, grout and backerboard, Tile Outlets of America is a one-stop shop for everything needed to start and finish a home remodeling project – from floor and wall tile, mosaics, and kitchen and bath cabinetry to installation tools and supplies, as well as setting materials. 

“We specialize in making sure that professionals and DIYers alike will find everything they need to complete a tile renovation project at our stores,” says Don Aronin, president and chief operating officer, Tile Outlets of America. “In our 45,000 sq. ft. showroom, they will find more than a thousand selections of first quality tile and installation products. And they can expect expert service from our sales associates.”

Tile Outlets of America’s in-stock products include: ceramic and porcelain tile; glass, metal and stone mosaics; decorative inserts and liners; bathroom accessories such as stone sinks, soap dishes and towel bars; and tile installation products including saws, mortars, grouts, glues and everything in-between. Other items, such as kitchen and bath cabinetry, can be special ordered for rapid delivery. 

Tile Outlets works with the best tile and stone manufacturers in the world, looking to bring customers the best values in the latest styles and selections available. Many of these styles are on display as finished products in our Inspiration Center where customers can see how mosaics, pencils and tile in different finishes look together. They can view and touch the different types of tile and textures. They also can sit down to discuss their project tih any of our experienced sales representatives. 

Store managers and sales associates at all Tile Outlets of America stores have been certified as Ceramic Tile Specialists by the Ceramic Tile Institute of America and can help design and plan projects. “Having people at Tile Outlets to point customers in the right direction and educate them so they make the right decision is a big deal. That education helps customers feel confident that their project will turn out great,” Jesse DeCicco, Majestic Entreprises, stated.

For information about all of the tile installation products available in addition to tile, stone, mosaics and more at Tile Outlets of America, visit http://www.tileoutlets.com/learn-about-tile/installation/




About Tile Outlets of America


Tile Outlets of America, with stores in Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa, and online at TileOutlets.com, sells first quality ceramic and porcelain tile, stone, mosaics and more for the home, all in stock and ready to go at incredibly low prices. Tile Outlets takes its Promise to Customers seriously, backing it up with the Peace of Mind Commitment: Tile Outlets of America, “where dreams become reality... for a whole lot less.” For more information, visit tileoutlets.com.






Doug Adams

Florida Stairworks & Carpentry, LLC

P: (239) 489-1177

F: (239) 489-1188




Reveling the Art of Staircases

FORT MYERS, FL, November 24, 2015 – Florida Stairworks & Carpentry, LLC received 2 Stair Craft awards at the 2015 annual Stair Manufacturers Association Meeting. Their dedicated efforts to build architectural master pieces and attention to detail, won them the People’s Choice Best Straight Stair and Best Stair from Stock Components.

These award winning staircases are featured by one of the premier area builders. The SMA Stair Craft Awards recognizes the best staircase projects of the industry. So, it is truly an accomplishment to win these awards and shows their team’s dedication to producing an excellent product. Their designers, stair builders, and installers take great pride in their work and craftsmanship and these awards are a culmination of their hard work. There is no higher honor in this industry.

FSW specializes in custom built staircases that are architecturally unique. They will build a staircase that is customized to their customer’s decor and designed to be a reflection of their artistic vision. A truly custom built staircase has many advantages over stairways built using off the shelf plans. They can offer you creative and innovative design options, superior craftsmanship, quality materials, and most importantly, they are made to order exactly the way you specify.

Florida Stairworks & Carpentry opened in 2011 in Fort Myers, FL and is growing rapidly. With 35years in the custom stair industry and a team with the desire, knowledge and capabilities of making any staircase you can envision, makes them one of the most sought out stair builders in the area.

The FSW family, “Redefining the Stair Industry, One Stair at a Time”.

For more information, Contact:

Doug Adams, Partner


(239) 489-1177







Stevens Construction Inc. named to fastest-growing companies list by Inc. Magazine for third year

Stevens Construction, a healthcare and commercial construction management firm, has been ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, earning a position on the exclusive Inc. 5000 list. 

Stevens Construction reported a 308 percent growth in revenue over the past three years. The Inc. 500/5000 2015 list ranks companies according to percentage of revenue growth between 2011 and 2014. To qualify, companies must also be U.S.-based, privately-held, for-profit and independent firms with minimum revenue of $2 million in 2013.

Named Contractor of the Year in 2014, 2012 and 2011 by the Lee Building Industry Association, Stevens Construction was founded in 2003 in Fort Myers by Mark Stevens.  The company employs 38 professionals throughout Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa.  Stevens Construction’s current projects include Landmark Hospital, an 88,686-square-foot, 50-bed facility in Naples and the Memory Care Residences of Cypress Cove at HealthPark, a 37,940-square-foot facility.

With offices in Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers, Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control and warranty service. The company builds commercial, healthcare and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.


Opportunities await in The Colony Golf & Bay Club’s Cielo and Terzetto

Romanza Interior Design adds Luann Powers Gliwski

Romanza Interior Design Press Release

Louis Paratore named regional director of sales at WCI Communities

Louis Paratore Regional Director at WCI Communities Press Release

WCI names top sales leaders for July in seven Lee and Collier Communities

Press Release

Teresa Brown

Lisa Perry

Jamie Meisterheim

Mary Manganiello

Brenda J. Anderson

Elise McMahon

The Forge Engineering Team

gratefully accepted the Gulfshore Business Magazines,
2015 Best Engineering Company Award last night for the Second Year in a Row!!!
We appreciate all your business and support throughout the years.

PGI Homes and Stevens Construction were recognized during the 35th Annual Aurora Awards Multimedia Presentation, held July 18 at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando. PGI Homes received two Grand Aurora Awards and five Aurora Awards in total, and Stevens Construction earned an Aurora Award in the commercial category and one Grand Aurora Award. The awards program is affiliated with the Florida Home Builders Association and presented during the Southeast Building Conference, the largest building industry trade show in the Southeastern United States open to entrants in the 12-state and Eastern Caribbean region.


(July 20, 2015) — Spiro & Associates is proud to have been honored with nine Excel Awards presented in Orlando at the 2015 Southeast Building Conference, a function of the Florida Home Builders Association.

The three-day event is the largest building industry trade show in the Southeastern United States and attracts entrants and participants from 12 states and the Eastern Caribbean.Excel Awards honor professionals who make major contributions to the residential home building and commercial construction industry through superior, innovative and creative sales and marketing.But to be honored like this takes clients who believe in our fresh ideas. Businesses that allow us to continue to do great work for them with the objective of firmly positioning them ahead of the competition. And for that, we thank all of our clients.The 2015 Excel Awards were presented at the Rosen Centre Hotel to the Agency for its work on behalf of:

  • Action Automatic Door & Gate in Fort Myers and Naples – Best Consumer Promotion for an Associate. A high-end chess set was used as an “icebreaker” for Action Automatic’s sales teams to arrange meetings and build new relationships with builders.
  • GreyHawk Landing in Bradenton – Best Realtor Promotion for a Developer. The Agency created a special event themed around a cash giveaway to reintroduce 150 area Realtors® to the community and five new model homes.
  • Gulfshore Homes in Bonita Springs and Naples – Best Overall Advertising & Marketing Campaign for a Builder. We developed a campaign that complemented the builder’s recently designed “boutique” brochure.
  • Koogler Homes in Cape Coral – Best Specialty Event for a Builder. The Agency assisted with the creative strategy and execution of the “Koogler Kringle Mingle” charity event to raise money for the children of Camp Boggy Creek.
  • Lyons Housing in Fort Myers – Best Realtor Promotion for a Builder. Spiro & Associates created a grand opening event to garner attention to the builder’s first new model home built in more than three years.
  • Medallion Signature Home in Sarasota – Best Logo Design for a Builder. The Agency was tasked with creating a new brand image for a new direction taken by this established homebuilder.
  • Neal Communities in Sarasota – Best Consumer Promotion for a Builder. The Agency created a “Nealopoly” promotion to increase qualified visitors to sales and model centers in 10 communities in the Sarasota/Bradenton region during the 2015 Parade of Homes and the month following.
  • Neal Signature Homes in Sarasota – Best Brochure for a Builder. We created a new brochure for an expanded division of the Neal companies.

Our life’s work is the creation and sustainment of our clients’ brand. When we create a brand that lasts and delivers results, our clients win and the Agency wins. Congratulations one and all!

Lee County Sherriff's Department Arrest Unlicensed Contractors

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the Lee BIA, are very pleased to report 68 arrests for unlicensed contractor activity in the five county area of Southwest Florida, the highest in the state. The support of Lee BIA Emeritus Board Member and Staff Officer, Darryl Aubuchon, with the Lee County Sheriff’s, Office was instrumental in this effort. Officer Aubuchon, along with the BIA, were recognized by the State for their efforts on a sting operation conducted last fall. “Unlicensed contracting is not a victimless crime, the safety of the consumer is at risk when unlicensed work is done by unscrupulous contractors.  Many of these consumers are not familiar with our building code requirements in Florida and are taken in by these characters.”–Darryl Aubuchon, Staff Officer LCSO (and Lee BIA Board Member)


Health risks for countertop workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH) have published important documents that provide information on exposures from stone countertops and related health risks. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Notes from the Field: Silicosis in a Countertop Fabricator presents case findings, and OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert: Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing, and Installation provides facts and guidance.
Notes from the Field: Silicosis in a Countertop Fabricator — Texas, 2014
Gary K. Friedman, MD, Robert Harrison, MD, Heidi Bojes, PhD, et al.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2015;64:129-30

OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert: Worker Exposure to Silica during  Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation.


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