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Officials: National company may move to Lee County

By Staff | Dec 23, 2009

Lee County’s Economic Development Office is trying to lure a national company to the area by offering up an eager, qualified work force.
Described as a “call center,” the name of the company is being withheld due to a confidentiality agreement, but the company does specialize in outsourced insurance sales, marketing and customer contacts of widely recognized brands in healthcare and insurance sectors, officials said.
According to Barbara Hartman at the Career and Service Center in Fort Myers, the so far unnamed company is looking for 40 highly qualified individuals currently licensed to sell insurance.
“They haven’t made a commitment yet to Lee County,” Hartman said. “We’re trying to convince them we have a well qualified work force … so right now we’re targeting people with active health insurance licenses.”
The 40 positions could expand to 100 positions Hartman said, if the company does choose Lee County, and if it proves successful.
The site selection hinges on a qualified work force, so Hartman is urging all qualified applicants to contact her directly, as the company could move quickly should it settle on Lee.
“If they do select Lee County, I think they would like to be up and running by the end of February,” Hartman said. “Initially they would open the center with 40 people, but as business increases, I think they would expand it.”
Base wages for the positions range from $30,000 a year up to $35,000 a year, plus commission, she said.
Hartman is asking interested and qualified applicants to call 931-8200, extension 11170, to set up an interview.