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By Staff | Feb 26, 2019

Linda and Dana Coin

Sanibel design business named among best

Decorating Den Interiors announced that Linda and Dana Coin, owners of Decorating Den Interiors of Sanibel, achieved Chairman’s Circle status for being in the top five franchises in the Unites States for 2018.

The Sanibel-Captiva location has been in business since 1990 and has been one of the highest performing Decorating Den franchises in the company, including the past four years since the Coins purchased the business, achieving Chairman’s Circle status each of those years.

SCIAR winner of President’s Cup

On Feb. 8, the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Association of Realtors was announced as a winner of the 2018 National Association of Realtors President’s Cup for the second year in a row.

The award recognizes the hard work local Realtor leaders and association staff perform to advance public policies that build strong communities, preserve homeownership, protect property interests, and promote a vibrant business environment.

The SCIAR was one of only six Realtor associations in Florida to receive the award.

To win, the organization had to achieve an average member response rate of at least 20 percent on NAR Calls for Action, exceed its local share of its state’s national fundraising goal, and exceed 37 percent of member participation in the fundraising goal.

The SCIAR was also named an RPAC Triple Crown winner for the second year in a row for its fundraising and advocacy efforts.

Bank adds mobile wallet for customers

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank now offers Apple, Samsung and Google Pay for its customers.

Both consumer and business customers can enroll their debit cards in their mobile devices’ wallet settings. Using the latest technology, mobile wallets provide customers a more convenient and secure way to pay. Customers can use their phones at the millions of participating in-store locations, in merchant apps and online to make purchases.

Designed using proven security standards set by the payments industry, mobile wallets use “tokens” so customers’ card numbers are never shared with merchants – card numbers are neither stored on the device or on any servers. Further, using passcodes, touch and face ID during each transaction provides added user authentication for even more security.

School district to host recruitment fair

The School District of Lee County will hold a Spring Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lee County Public Education Center, at 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

Principals and assistant principals, along with members of the district’s human resources team, will be conducting interviews with candidates seeking full-time teaching employment for the 2019-2020 academic year. Teaching positions are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels, with a focus on hiring special education, elementary education, school counselors, science, mathematics, reading and language arts instructors.

Candidates must pre-register by March 29 at LeeSchools.net/RecruitmentFair to attend. Eligible applicants will receive a formal invitation by email no later than April 5.

Candidates are expected to dress professionally and bring printed copies of their resume. Offers of employment will be extended at the recruitment fair, so attendees must also meet one of three criteria:

– Hold a valid standard teaching certificate (Florida or out-of-state)

– Expected to graduate from a college of education by August 2019

– Hold a bachelor’s degree in an area where certification can be obtained

For more information, visit LeeSchools.net/RecruitmentFair or call 239-337-8147.

Wimbledon trip up for bid at Madisen’s Match

Trips for two to Wimbledon and the Italian Open, as well as a custom-designed pendant by award-winning jewelry designer Denny Wong, are among the items up for bid at the 2019 Madisen’s Match VIP Gala and Auction.

The event happens on March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

Decorated tennis pros will be on hand, and jazz-infused pianist and singer Danny Sinoff will evoke memories of Frank Sinatra as guests enjoy cocktails and dinner. Among those in attendance will be former U.S. Open mixed doubles champion Tom Gullikson, whose support of the event is in memory of his twin brother, Tim, who succumbed to brain cancer in 1996.

Madisen’s Match has raised more than $1 million since it began in 2009. Proceeds go to the Brain Tumor Navigator Program at the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center and Barbara’s Friends: The Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center Fund.

Tickets are available at madisensmatch.com.

Southwest Florida Women’s Business Summit set

Mary Van Praag, brand president of Soma Intimates, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Southwest Florida Women’s Business Summit organized by the Lee County Economic Development Office on March 1 at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers.

Registration and networking will begin at 8 a.m. and the keynote presentation will start at 9:15 a.m.

The event is intended to educate and elevate women in their careers through hands-on and motivational workshop sessions.

To register and view the full schedule of events, visit www.LeeCoEDO.eventbrite.com.