Class of 2013


Below is a list of the Business Observer’s 40 Under 40 winners from 2013 and links to their profiles.

Beaumier_LuisLuis Beaumier

36, Vice President, Information Systems, WellCare Health Plans


Chaffins_JoelJoel Chaffins

34, President, Owner and Operator, No Place Like Home Care


Davis_JustinJustin Davis

33, Founder and User Experience Designer, Madera Labs


Featherston_RobynRobyn Featherston

39, Managing Member/Attorney, Featherston Law Firm, P.L.


Gentile_MichaelMichael B. Gentile

32, President, CEO, Founder, The Gentile Group LLC; Director, Gentile Family Foundation


Harris_BobbyBobby Harris

39, CEO, Blue Grace Logistics


Jap_FerdianFerdian Jap

28, Partner, Big City Events LLC


Kratz_RyanRyan Kratz

37, President, Colliers International, Tampa Bay, Central Florida and Southwest Florida


Kurdi_HeveenHeveen Kurdi

31, Owner and Head Chef, Kurdi’s Fresh Mediterranean Grill, Kurdi Group LLC


Negoshian_TracyTracy Negoshian

31, Tracy Negoshian Inc.


Tenret_TinaTina Tenret

39, Vice President and Certified Financial Planner, ProVise Management Group


Vanderheyden_DanDan Vanderheyden

35, Owner and Chief Operating Officer, Legion Systems


Weiner_LaurenLauren Weiner

39, President and Co-Founder, Wittenberg Weiner Consulting LLC

Adams_MichelleMichelle Adams

34, Owner and Occupational Therapist, Pediatric Therapy Solutions Inc.


Bloomston_BlairBlair Bloomston

33, Vice President, Game On Nation


Buchanan_MattMatt Buchanan

39, Operating Partner, Sarasota Ford; Co-Founder, Dealers United


Chana_KrisChelseaChelsea Chana and Kris Chana

23 and 25, Chelsea Place Retirement and Assisted Living


Dotson_SeanSean Dotson

39, President, RND Automation & Engineering


Cotter_ChristianChristian Cotter

29, Director of Management Recruitment and Development, First Watch Restaurants Inc.


Fourie_SonikaSonika Fourie

24, Interior Designer, The Schimberg Group


Gaskill_JasonJason Gaskill

37, Partner in Charge, Adams and Reese LLP


Giglio_JohnJohn Giglio

38, Owner, Freedom Boat Club


King_BenjaminBenjamin King

33, Chief Technology Officer, Volate


Link_MelissaMelissa Link

35, Owner, Brand Eleven Eleven


Nichols_ZolnerAmy Nichols and Erin Zolner

36 and 39, Co-Owners, The Lollicake Queen


Sandoval_TammieTammie Sandoval

29, Director-Trust & Estate Services, BMO Private Bank

Adamczyk_MarkMark Adamczyk

35, Managing Partner, Goede, Adamczyk & DeBoest


Bielecki_MartyMarty Bielecki

38, President, Southwest Direct


Block_RyanRyan Block

30, President, Reservation Central


Cartwright_KristinKristin Cartwright

38, Director of Marketing, Development Services, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, The Lutgert Cos.


Cossette_BillyBilly Cosette

27, Owner/Operator, Chick-fil-A


Frazier_AnneAnne Frazier

37, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida


Hunter_ArleenArleen Hunter

39, Director of Development Services, City of Bonita Springs


Maldonado_LizaLiza Maldonado

38, Criminal Division Director, Lee County Court Administration


Matthews_RichRich Mathews

35, Owner, State Farm Insurance Agency


Nassberg_ElisabethElisabeth Nassberg

39, Owner and Administrator, Just Like Family Home Care


OBerski_DanDan O’Berski

32, Managing Director and Principal, Trinity Commercial Group


Phillips_BrandonBrandon Phillips

35, CEO, Global HR Research


Rotella_JonathanJonathan James Rotella

38, President and CEO, NexGen Hyperbaric and The Center For Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine


Thompson_KelseyKelsey Thompson

26, Forensic CPA, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co.

KatLetter from the editor

Brain drain.

It’s something we hear a lot about these days, like a new strange sickness hitting the coast.

It’s described as the phenomenon of an area losing its best and brightest youngsters after they head to college. They get an education, see the largeness of the world and seek greener pastures rather than return home to the Gulf Coast.

Although that may be happening, it’s not apparent when selecting 40 individuals under the age of 40 who represent the next generation of leaders in the business community … [read more]