Biographies

Marc Devisse

Tri-Town Construction

Marc Devisse, owner of Tri-Town Construction, was born in Chicago, but has been in Southwest Florida for as long as he can remember. From his earliest years, he always had a knack for the entrepreneurial spirit. His first business startup was a pet sitting business at age eleven. From there, he got his first job as a dishwasher. After graduating from high school, Marc attended Florida Gulf Coast University, where he was involved in various clubs and organizations. He chose FGCU because it was his opportunity to be a part of building the foundation for a school that was still in its infancy. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing, he worked for a general contractor. That opportunity afforded him valuable work experience and helped establish lasting business relationships, a key to his success today. In 2006, Marc opened Tri-Town Construction, where they live and breathe their tagline, "Dreams Built on the Foundation of Quality." He was a recipient of the 40 under 40 from Gulfshore Business, and has been mentioned frequently in Naples Daily News, Naples Herald, and Fort Myers News-Press. Marc is a loving father to his seven-year-old son, Dylan. He is also the chairman of an annual golf tournament that supports the Passion Foundation, a nonprofit that specializes in melanoma research. Outside of work, Marc loves to coach his son's youth leagues, take out the boat, go camping, or play a game of pick-up basketball or soccer with friends.

 

Brandie Dickerson

Tri-Town Construction

Brandie relocated to SWFL in early 2015. Brandie is a bona fide Southerner born in Louisiana and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The baby of four girls, Brandie was raised by her hard working, industrious mom who owned her own business. It wasn't long before Brandie embraced her entrepreneurial side and discovered that a decent amount of candy store money could be made by selling handmade items to the neighbors. Her creative, right brained personality, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, took her down many career paths from private catering, to realtor, to comedian, to blogger, to running a bed and breakfast, to designer - the job in which she finally found enough creativity to hold her attention. Prior to moving to SWFL for her husband's job, Brandie owned and operated Brandie Dickerson Designs for six years. Brandie had clients ranging from Texas to Florida, as well as retail locations in Mississippi and Florida, through which she offered interior and event design, home staging, custom built farmhouse tables, painted furniture, as well as held furniture transformation workshops. Brandie's volunteer activities include emceeing fundraising banquets for a crisis pregnancy center, volunteering with the local emergency children's shelter, empowering single-parent families through various means including using her design skills and resources for total home makeovers for single parent families, volunteering as a nursing home chaplain, volunteering abroad in Africa, and, most recently, serving as a coach for Girls on the Run here in SWFL. Brandie spent two years napping at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College followed by a two-year program revolving around volunteer service to the community and theological studies called Masters Commission. Since relocating to SWFL, Brandie and her right brain are delighted to be doing work she loves as the Marketing and Social Media Manager with the talented team at Tri-Town Construction. Brandie and her husband have two children and look forward to making SWFL feel like home through serving the local community through Kiwanis.

Sylvia Dorisme

Southwestern Vocational Training

Sylvia is a graduate of the Johnson school of Business at Hodges University where she earned a business administration degree with a minor in legal studies. Sylvia is the founder of Southwestern Vocational Training, which a private post-secondary career school offering an array of classes in Cape Coral and Bonita Springs, Florida. Sylvia's previous professional experience includes, Director of Student Services at a local career school and a paralegal at a medium size law firm, where she developed a passion for family law. Despite her busy work schedule, giving back to the community has always been an aspiration. Sylvia is currently a proud volunteer of the Junior Achievement program of Lee County and also serves in the children ministries at her church.

Matthew Devisse

Coleman, Yovanovich & Koester, P.A.

Sylvia is a graduate of the Johnson school of Business at Hodges University where she earned a business administration degree with a minor in legal studies. Sylvia is the founder of Southwestern Vocational Training, which a private post-secondary career school offering an array of classes in Cape Coral and Bonita Springs, Florida. Sylvia's previous professional experience includes, Director of Student Services at a local career school and a paralegal at a medium size law firm, where she developed a passion for family law. Despite her busy work schedule, giving back to the community has always been an aspiration. Sylvia is currently a proud volunteer of the Junior Achievement program of Lee County and also serves in the children ministries at her church.

Brice Pelliccioni

Pelliccioni Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Life began in Morgantown, West Virginia at Ruby Memorial Hospital. I spent my childhood there cheering for the Mountaineers and attended Morgantown High School. I left for college and attended Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida as a student athlete in golf. I earned a degree in Biology. The proudest moment I had while at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) was winning the Overall Best Service Learning Project. While working and taking a full course load of classes, I created a relationship with the local Boys and Girls Club and developed a program that allowed education majors at FGCU to come to the Boys and Girls Club and teach hands on lessons to the kids there as an optional program to them.

After college I continued my education at the Masters level in Biomedical Sciences. This During the Masters program I happily wed my wife, Amanda, and had an opportunity to pursue a passion of mine and join my father, Louis Pelliccioni Jr, at Wells Fargo Advisors.

Once I joined Wells Fargo Advisors, my associate and I formed The Pelliccioni Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. As a founding associate, I enjoy leveraging the experience and knowledge of my senior associate with my passion for 5-star service to our clients we are able to make an incredible impact on the lives of not only our clients, but of their families. Our team is a literal family, and through every conversation we get closer to bringing all of our clients into our family. I am very proud to stand behind our team and 31 years of combined service we have provided and the reputation that our clients so passionately promote. Our goal is to strive to learn, understand, and continue to be ambassadors for not only our clients but the industry. the Marketing and Social Media Manager with the talented team at Tri-Town Construction. Brandie and her husband have two children and look forward to making SWFL feel like home through serving the local community through Kiwanis.

Natasha Smith, Philanthropist

Philanthropist

I come from the Midwest...CHICAGO, that "toddling town"! That great city is where I was born and raised. My mother is Eastern European and my father is a good ole Indiana guy... a beloved Hoosier. I am one of three children and also the eldest. Growing up I enjoyed singing, playing piano and flute, and playing tennis. After high school I studied at DePaul University, where I received my Bachelor's of Science Degree in International Business and Finance. I also minored in French...I had the chance of using my French skills while traveling abroad. I also graduated Valedictorian of my Masters program with a focus in Elementary Education. In 2004 I met my husband, Kevin, at a Chicago White Sox game...go Sox! I became a mother at 24 and have two amazing children...a son, Austin, and a daughter, Camryn...I also have two great stepsons Kevin Jr and Nick.

I vacationed with my family to Sanibel every winter while growing up, and in February of 2014 I had the privilege to be able to travel down to Naples when my friend opened up a business. I instantly fell back in love with the town. I moved to Naples in December 2014 with my husband and four children. I absolutely love Southwest Florida and feel that this is a great place for my husband and I to raise our kids. I am an active member of the Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professional Group for the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce. In my free time I love volunteering for those in need and have been a part of Project Help, the Cancer Alliance of Naples, the Make a Wish Foundation, and am an active member of the Throw a Girl a Lifeline at PACE Center for girls. I also enjoy spending time with my family and new friends in Florida!

 

Paul Harper

techs2connect

Paul Harper was born in Homestead Florida, but grew up in Hendry County Florida and has resided in Naples/Bonita since 2005. His Kiwanis Club involvement started from a young age having served in the Key Club at LaBelle High school where he served on various outreach projects in his community. After high school, he joined the Army where he worked on helicopters and served in the 101st Airborne. His family had already established a successful aviation business in Hendry County and this furthered his training in the family business where he gained leadership and entrepreneurial skills. After serving, he returned back to Southwest Florida where he took advantage of his GI education benefits at Edison State College and Lorenzo Walker Technical institute and studied Business Management and Multimedia Design.

In 2014, Paul embarked on his own business venture where he now owns and operates an in-home tech service. He delivers his technical knowledge and skills to his customers in their homes and small businesses. He recently served on the executive committee as the membership chairman for the Collier County Libertarian Party where he actively participated in outreach and took on local government issues. From becoming a self-made social media community organizer, he has grown several Facebook communities that help others in the community that seek out personalized recommendations from fellow local residents. These efforts of becoming a social media organizer, and also a huge foodie, earned him the title "Mister SWFL" where he is always out to find and help promote new and exciting local restaurants and businesses in the Southwest Florida community through his various social media outlets.

Andrew Alvarez, Miromar Development Corporation

Miromar Development Corporation

Andrew Alvarez is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) with his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. He was raised in in Palm Beach County by his mother, a small business owner and benevolent volunteer. His Kiwanis Club involvement started at a young age in Key Club at Cardinal Newman High School where he served on various outreach projects in his community. Alvarez was awarded Distinguished Club President and G. Harold Martin Outstanding Club President for his dedication. He relocated to Lee County in 2008 to attend FGCU where he was involved in various clubs and organizations, including Circle K and Newman Club.

Alvarez joined Miromar Development in 2010, as an intern, while still attending FGCU. Upon graduation, Miromar hired him as Communications Coordinator. He has since been promoted and is currently the Internet Systems Manager responsible for all its properties including Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, Miromar Outlets and Miromar Design Center. He resides in Fort Myers with his wife Erin. .

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