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Business Observer Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 1 year ago

Pro-business group names new board members, president

Horizon Foundation will also elect two additional at-large members at the organization’s annual meeting.

FORT MYERS — The Horizon Foundation, a nonprofit that raises private sector money to support the Lee County business community, has named a new board of directors. New board members, according to a statement, include:

• Board president Dan Eveloff of Regions Bank, the past Horizon Council chair;

• Vice president Gail Markham of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co;

• Secretary Kristy Knupp of Chico’s FAS;

• Treasurer Mark Stevens of Stevens Construction.

“Although the pandemic may have slowed us down and placed many of our public events and meetings on hold, Horizon Foundation directors have been working behind the scenes to develop and execute new bylaws that will allow us to better support our Lee County business community and grow our local economy, Eveloff says in the release. “Our positive community and business impact is a direct result of the investment Horizon Foundation members and investors make each year.”

Voting members of the Horizon Foundation board also include the immediate past president of the foundation, Wayne Kirkwood; Lee County Industrial Development Authority chairman David Barton; and the director of the Lee County Economic Development office, John Talmage, the release states.  

In addition, two additional at-large members will be elected at the foundation’s annual meeting. These two individuals will represent Horizon Foundation investors and will be nominated and elected by peer investors, the release states. Additionally, Horizon Council Chairman Chris Spiro will serve as an ex-officio member and advisor to the board, and Dilman Thomas, CFO of the Horizon Foundation, is the organization’s business community liaison.

The Horizon Foundation is the primary funding partner to the Horizon Council, which is an advisory board to Lee County commissioners and the Lee County Economic Development Office.


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