The KNOW Women Announces 2021 Best of KNOW Honorees

Fort Myers Area Ladies Well Represented in 2021

The KNOW Women announced today the honorees of the 2020 Best of KNOW book, a special yearly publication celebrating its top female leaders from across North America. The 2020 honorees will be recognized at the annual KNOW Women Summit which will take place October 21-23, 2021, at the Civana Resort and Spa in Cave Creek, Arizona.

The Best of KNOW Book, presented by Morgan Auto Group, is an annual hardcover book that is distributed internationally and recognizes a select group of women from each city where KNOW Women has a presence. The book honors extraordinary individuals for their national notoriety, inspiration, dedication, and significant contribution to the advancement of women. The women selected for this feature have not only achieved high levels of professional success, but also serve as inspiring leaders and mentors, and are actively creating a legacy by passing on their vision to women of the future.

The 2020 Honorees include: 

  • Farrah Morgan of Brand Jane Studio, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Susan Crews of Huntsboro Hemp Company, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Lisa Wester of Lab Corp, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Alma Adams of NC House of Reps, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dr. Lisa Folden of Healthy Phit Physical Therapy and Wellness Consultants, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tenisha Patterson Brown of Definitive Sports Group, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jacinda JacobsMelody McCord StephensDiana McFarlane of Uniquely Qualified Inc, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Julie Ball of Sparkle Hustle Grow/Subscription Box Bootcamp, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Kimmy Hunter of Wishbone Homes, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Carrie Doll of Carrie Doll Consulting, Edmonton, Canada 
  • Dr. Jody Carrington of Dr. Jody Carrington Consulting Inc., Edmonton, Canada
  • Jackie Rainforth of Rainmakers Business Solutions, Calgary, Canada
  • Filomena May of Filo Financial Solutions of Raymond James Ltd., Calgary, Canada
  • Kareeda Aguam of the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Amy Walberg of PRESS, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota, Florida 
  • Pam Sowder and Kaye Dixon of It Works!, Sarasota, Florida 
  • Haley Crum of FrankCrum, of Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Tracie Domino of Event Outfitters, Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Joanna Olsen of Coyote Ugly, Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Claire Lessinger of Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Jackie Toledo, PE of Florida State Representative, Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Dr. Vershale Shukla of Vincere Cancer Center, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Ann Meyers Drysdale of The Phoenix Mercury and Suns, Phoenix, Arizona 
  • Julie Giese of Phoenix Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Kate Gallego of Mayor of PhoenixPhoenix, Arizona 
  • Pam Giannonatti of Fry's Foods, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Ginger Clayton of Elontec, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Brittney Griner of The Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Que Raphael of Starlink Realty Inc, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Cyndi Doragh of Iron Ridge Insurance Services, Fort Myers, Florida 
  • Dr. Amanda Sterk of College UnMazed,LLC, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Erica Castner of Castner Consulting, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Aisha Adams of Aisha Adams Media, Asheville, North Carolina

"Attaining the Best of KNOW honor is a lifetime achievement for a select group of dynamic female leaders and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and Canada," says Sarah Benken, CEO and Publisher of The KNOW Women. "These honorees have shown remarkable business growth, leadership in their communities, and mentorship of other women and girls. I could not be prouder to celebrate these phenomenal women leaders at our Summit this fall."

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ATP Flight School Breaks Ground on New Pilot Training Center in Ft. Myers, Florida

With a post-pandemic airline pilot shortage expected, the new 19,000-square-foot building will increase ATP's capacity to train the next generation of pilots

   ATP Flight School breaks ground and begins construction on a new pilot training center at Page Field (FMY) in Ft. Myers, Florida. With a post-pandemic airline pilot shortage expected, the new 19,000-square-foot building will increase ATP's capacity to train the next generation of pilots.

With 9,000 square feet of classroom, briefing, and simulator space, ATP will exclusively use the facility to train aspiring pilots in the Airline Career Pilot Program. Starting with zero experience, students are on the fastest track to careers as airline pilots, graduating in just nine months. Adjacent to the training center will be a 10,000-square-foot maintenance center dedicated to expertly inspecting and maintaining ATP's training feet.

ATP already operates at Ft. Myers Page Field and has been taking delivery of factory-new Piper Archers. Twenty-five of these Garmin G1000 NXi-equipped aircraft are being delivered throughout 2021, as ATP increases training capacity across the nation.

With future pilot retirements outpacing the training industry's capabilities, ATP has expanded access to airline pilot training throughout Florida. In addition to Ft. Myers, JacksonvilleDaytona BeachOrlandoFt. LauderdaleStuart, and Tampa locations, this spring, ATP opened training centers in SarasotaLakeland, and Boca Raton.

"A shortage of 12,000 pilots is expected by 2023, according to analysis by Oliver Wyman, and pilots training now will be well-positioned to capitalize on this opportunity," said Michael Arnold, director of marketing, ATP Flight School. "ATP's new facility will provide aspiring pilots in Ft. Myers with the very best training and resources so that they can get to the airlines first and establish their careers as fast as possible."

Airline Career Pilot Program class dates begin each Monday at ATP's existing Ft. Myers location, with construction on the new training center scheduled to be completed in January 2022.

ATP in Fort Myers - The New Flight School
Fort Myers Business Networking Events August 2021 - Wine Tasting with Pinot Guy Noir
Edison Ford Winter Estates  - Fathers get in free on Father's Day
 To celebrate Father's Day on June 16, dads are invited to visit Edison Ford for free! This is a great way for visitors to enjoy the day with their fathers. Free admission includes a self-guided audio tour of the winter estate homes, museum, laboratory and more than 20 acres of botanical gardens.
Our June volunteer meeting will feature Edison Ford Program Manager, Bobby Feldman giving a presentation on his recent trip to Egypt and Jordan. You won't want to miss this entertaining and informative talk. Volunteer meetings are free and open to the public, current and potential volunteers. Contact Bobby Feldman or Holly Shaffer, Program Managers at 239-335-3694 for information.

This summer, families can receive a special deal! From June 1 through Labor Day, visitors may bring a child (12 years old or younger) for free (one child will be admitted free per one paid adult on self-guided audio tours). The site offers something for every member of the family. The 15,000 square foot museum is full of Edison's and Ford's inventions, the botanic research lab, and more than 20 acres of botanical gardens with plants and trees from all around the globe bursting with blooms. Kids of all ages enjoy the new Smithsonian Spark!Lab, with six activity stations. This summer, take the entire family to Edison Ford, where you can learn, invent and have fun!
Join Collections Registrar, Matt Andres, for a discussion on one of Edison's earliest inventions, the electric pen. This program is free for Edison Ford members and included with admission for non-members.
Join Chief Curator, Brent Newman, for a discussion on Edison's primary factory and laboratory complex where the great inventor did the majority of his work. This program is free for Edison Ford members and included with admission for non-members.

Join Exhibit Designer, Megan Kissinger, for some fun and excitement as she highlights some the eras most popular board games, including Edison's favorite. This program is free for Edison Ford members and included with admission for non-members.

 Please join Automotive Curator, James Moss, for a discussion on one of the museums most unique vehicles, the 1908 Cadillac. This program is free for Edison Ford members and included with admission for non-members.

Fort Myers News Recap 

A city council meeting was held on January 16th at 4:30pm.  The meeting was opened in prayer by Dr. Ricky Anderson followed by pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.  Roll call included: Mayor Randall Henderson, Teresa Watkins Brown, Johnny Streets Jr., Michael Flanders and Fred Burson.  Absent from the meeting was council member Gaile Anthony.  Along with other city councils across the state a proclamation was announced to declare January as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. Fire Department was honored for the resuscitation of a 14 year old boy.   Consent for purchase of NovusAGENDA Meeting Management Solution.  One time cost $6500 yet with annual maintenance costs exceeding $26,000.  Acceptance of local easement grants. Approved KaBOOM letter of intent for playground grant on a project that is moving forward.   A letter was drafted to the constitution revision commission.  Fort Myers City council codes their agendas so ultra professionally that its possible half the members of city council don't know what the hell is going on.  City Council regular meeting scheduled for February 5th 2018.

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