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LeeSar CEO Bob Simpson to Retire

LeeSar/Cooperative Services of Florida, Inc. (CSF) President & CEO, Bob Simpson, has announced plans to retire after leading the healthcare supply chain think tank for over 15 years. 

To ensure a seamless leadership transition, he has agreed to remain with the organization and assist in finding a successor.  Simpson and Jim Nathan, CEO of Lee Health, and LeeSar/CSF Board member made the official announcement to employees at the LeeSar Regional Service Center, 2727 Winkler Ave., Fort Myers, on April 14.

In the late 1990s, the Boards of Sarasota Memorial and Lee Health decided on the vision of a shared buying cooperative and distribution business; however, in the early days, the organization struggled.  Nathan, recalls, “At the time Bob was hired in 2002, he told me that he wanted me to be able to sleep at night knowing that not only was the business in good hands but that it would be amazingly successful. Bob’s visionary leadership transformed the company into an award winning and nationally recognized resource that allows member health systems to become more efficient, while also improving patient care. We are all very proud of LeeSar/CSF and appreciative of Bob’s caring and focused leadership.” 

In addition to ensuring high-quality service and financial stability for the organization, Simpson has also developed a culture that focuses on outstanding customer service.  LeeSar boasts a near perfect record of a 99 percent fill rate for more than 4,500 stock products, ensuring medical professionals have the tools and supplies needed to deliver high-quality care to patients.  LeeSar/CSF pricing is among the top three percent in the nation when compared to similar sized operations – the result of successfully negotiating with manufacturers directly and researching best practices not only in health care, but other industries as well, to develop innovative supply chain solutions to meet client’s needs. 

Under Simpson’s leadership, LeeSar/CSF has seen 18-20 percent growth annually.  The 205,000 sq. ft. Regional Service Center is currently under expansion to meet growing demand, adding approximately 100,000 sq. ft. to the facility and 50 new jobs to the area.  The organization has also won numerous awards, receiving recognition as “Most Innovative Company” and “Best Workplace,” among many others.

“I’ve been blessed to work with some of the greatest minds in business and medicine to bring innovative solutions that improve the care we provide in this community.  It’s allowed caregivers to focus on what’s important: the patients,” says Simpson.  “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity, and I have every confidence that the outstanding leadership in place at LeeSar will continue to fulfill the organization's mission."

Simpson will impart a 15 year legacy of delivering quality and innovation, as well as meaningful value to our health care system.  His legacy is not simply what he will leave for people, it’s also about what he does that will continue to resonate within them.

Simpson is heavily involved in local and national charity work.  He engages others and gets them involved by encouraging a culture of, “Do the right thing.” Bob and Linda Simpson are the founders of Project Perfect World, which provides life-changing maxillofacial, dental, and orthopedic surgery for children who would not otherwise be able to receive the care they need. A highly skilled group of health care professionals volunteers their time and talents to serving these children. Simpson continues to support countless charities and individuals, both personally and professionally.  

Among the many honors bestowed upon Simpson throughout his career, the most humbling has been the Path to Peace Award received in December 2015.  Bob and Linda Simpson are the first Americans to be recognized as Servitor Pacis, or Servants of Peace, by the Vatican.  As the Founders and former President of Project Perfect World, the award acknowledges their work in Central and South American as a testament of their love and concern for others, and a commitment to the development of peace and human progress in the local, national and international arenas. 

Simpson presently serves on the Board of Trustees for Hodges University, 5/3 Bank, Hope Hospice, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Healthcare Purchasing News.  

A graduate of Stonehill College, Simpson will receive an honorary doctorate in May. 


Tyler Leleux joins Spiro & Associates as Social Media Digital Marketing Specialist

Tyler Leleux has joined Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations & Brand Architecture in Fort Myers as the Social Media Digital Marketing Specialist, announced CEO Christopher T. Spiro.

He is responsible for the development and execution of social media campaigns across all platforms for the Agency and its clients, as well as managing, executing, targeting and placement of paid social media ads. Leleux also implements data capturing and retargeting campaigns to collect data for paid social media ad campaigns, as well as assists with website design and development with updates and designs.

He was born in Houston and moved to Southwest Florida in 1997. Prior to joining Spiro & Associates, he was an Account Manager for technology company Torchlight Media and later for video production, branding and graphic design firm Thrive Media. He was also a Social Media Marketing Consultant for 1 Degree Digital LLC.

While he’s not at work, Leleux’s interests lie in currency trading, traveling and attending networking events. He serves on the board of the Southwest Florida Young Professionals Group.

“Advancements in technology and social media play an integral role in the Agency’s overall success as we continue to grow and remain competitive,” Spiro said. “As a young millennial, Tyler brings the skill set needed to help the Agency effectively communicate and understand the needs of the next generation.”

Spiro & Associates is one of Southwest Florida’s largest marketing, advertising, public relations and brand architecture firms. The company serves local, regional and national clients in the fields of land development, construction, retail, real estate, law, marine, business and residential services, the arts, government, healthcare, contractor services and property management. Online at or call (239) 481-5511.


Jennifer Nelson joins Uncommon Friends Foundation as executive director

Jennifer I. Nelson has joined the Uncommon Friends Foundation today as its new executive director. She will oversee daily operations of the Uncommon Friends Foundation, the operation and maintenance of the Burroughs Home & Gardens, and oversight of the James Newton Archives.

Nelson has been in senior management positions for eight years at Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, most recently as senior director of operations. She held previous management positions at Goodwill Industries in Houston, Austin, and Galveston, TX. Her vast nonprofit experience includes operations management, budget oversight, fundraising, expanding streams of revenue, cost containment, marketing, personnel supervision, and event leadership.