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Founder of Florida Skin Center named 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SWFL

Anais Aurora Badia, M.D., D.O., a board-certified pediatric and adult dermatologist and founder of Florida Skin Center, has been named the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida by the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. She received her award during a reception on the evening of May 10 at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs.

Both a pediatrician and dermatologist, Dr. Badia graduated from the University of Miami before obtaining medical degrees from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Health Sciences School of Medicine. After completing dermatology training in New York, she founded Florida Skin Center in July 2001, becoming the only board-certified pediatric dermatologist within 100 miles of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres.

Dr. Badia started her business nine months before she arrived in Southwest Florida via an ad in the Yellow Pages. On the first day of her practice, she already had 13 appointments and began fulfilling the entrepreneurial dream she had since childhood.

“It is wonderful to build something from nothing,” she said. “It proves that you can do whatever you would like, as long as you are willing to put the effort in.”

Now with three locations in the above-mentioned cities, Florida Skin Center is the only practice in the area to provide narrowband UVB phototherapy for treatment of eczema and psoriasis in children, as well as Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery and dermatopathology services. The practice, with spa-inspired offerings such as hot towels and coffee and juice bars, is also equipped with a full laser suite and offers aesthetic dermatology treatments.

Aside from her focus on patient care and the doctor-patient relationship, Dr. Badia has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the local Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board, as well as received the national Congressional Medal of Distinction. She regularly attends lectures on a variety of dermatology topics and has been published in leading pediatric and dermatology journals.

Phil Borchmann, editor of Gulfshore Business Magazine; Timothy J. Cartwright, managing director of Compass Advisory Group; Tiffany Esposito, president and CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce; Karen Ramos, Business Specialist with the City of Cape Coral Economic Development Office; and Christopher T. Spiro, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture, as well as last year’s Distinguished Entrepreneur, chose Dr. Badia from more than 30 candidates. Every distinguished entrepreneur is a business owner and multi-award recipient, as well as someone who offers goods or services across a broad area and is highly active in the community.


Creighton Commercial Development and Construction completes Culver’s restaurants in Venice and Port St. Lucie

Creighton Commercial Development and Construction has completed construction services for two new Culver’s restaurants, one is located at 19355 Times Circle in Venice, Florida and is the first Culver’s site in the Venice region.

Creighton also just completed a Culver’s on the corner of SW Village Parkway and Tradition Parkway in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Creighton Construction team on both projects was led by Director of Construction Forest Headley and Project Manager Joshua Kirsch.

The Midwest-based Culver’s restaurant chain added 31 new restaurants in 2015, and the expansion continues in both new and existing markets. Known for its cooked-to-order food with farm-fresh ingredients, Culver’s has been operating for more than 30 years, and now has more than 600 family-owned and operated restaurants in 24 states.

Creighton Construction’s team of professionals have an extensive background and experience in all aspects of project development to provide complete turnkey service from Acquisition, Engineering, Design, Permitting through Construction for commercial as well as residential development.  The team partners with the most qualified engineering, architectural and design teams and are equipped with the latest tools and technology to perform projects with the highest quality and accuracy, while providing efficiency in overall project cost and schedule. For more information, call (239) 210-0455 or visit


Kandice Hayes joins Spiro & Associates as Senior Public Relations Specialist

Kandice Hayes has joined Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations & Brand Architecture in Fort Myers as Senior Public Relations Specialist, announced CEO Christopher T. Spiro.

Prior to joining Spiro & Associates, she spent five years at Tervis Tumbler headquarters in Venice as Product Development Manager where she led product management activities that stimulated the development and introduction of new products and packaging.

Hayes has a diverse background in marketing and product management, working in a variety of industries including medical equipment, consumer packaged goods, and homebuilding. She was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and moved to Southwest Florida in 2005. She earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management / Marketing from Ashland University, is an avid Cleveland Indians fan and enjoys yoga and cycling.

“Good communication and project management skills are key to the Agency’s success,” said Spiro. “Kandice’s diverse background and attention to detail fit nicely with the agency’s portfolio of clients and will be invaluable as the agency moves forward and continues to grow.”

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, residential and commercial real estate, law, marine, business and residential services, the arts, government, healthcare, contractor services and property management. Online at or call (239) 481-5511.


Gulf Coast Village Foundation awards $12,000 in scholarships to Gulf Coast Village employees

Gulf Coast Village Foundation – a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing financial aid, educational opportunities and innovative services for all who live and work at Gulf Coast Village – recently presented a total of $12,000 in scholarship awards to 10 Gulf Coast Village employees during an awards ceremony on May 7.

This year’s gifts ranged from $1,000 to $1,500 and marked a total of 94 scholarships bestowed since the program’s inception. Donations made by Gulf Coast Village residents, staff and supporters fund the foundation, which first awarded $500 scholarships to five employees in 2003. Now 15 years later, both the number of scholarship recipients and the dollar value of gifts awarded, continues to rise.