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Women in Business names finalists for 2021 APEX Awards

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee has named the top three finalists for its annual APEX Awards, recently announced during the committee’s monthly networking program on June 2.

The finalists are Kathleen O. Berkey of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Kerri Goldsmith of HBKS Wealth Advisors and Alicia Miller of Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center.

Berkey is an attorney, shareholder and certified professional planner at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a multi-practice commercial law firm, where she represents clients in zoning, land use and planning matters. Berkey serves on the board of directors for Keep Lee County Beautiful, is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Southwest Florida Management Committee and ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative steering committee, and serves on the MothersEsquire Breastfeeding Accommodations Committee.

Goldsmith is a senior financial advisor at HBKS Wealth Advisors and co-chairs the firm’s financial planning committee. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association and Estate Planning Council of Lee County, is involved in the Certified Financial Planner Board’s mentorship program, and has fulfilled leadership roles for industry associations and nonprofits including Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, Advertising Federation of Southwest Florida, Florida Public Relations Association, Wishing Well Foundation, Girl Scouts and United States Pony Club.

Miller is the executive director of Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center, a nonprofit that empowers Southwest Florida’s deaf and hard of hearing citizens and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement. Responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic planning of the organization, Miller has helped increase the nonprofit’s grant funding, create partnerships with other local organizations and raise awareness of the community’s deaf population.

Presented by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, the APEX Awards recognizes women with outstanding reputations for professionalism, philanthropy and leadership in Southwest Florida. The top finalists will be honored and all nominees recognized at the APEX Awards luncheon on Aug. 27 at The Westin Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral, where Women in Business will reveal the 2021 APEX Award recipient. Tickets to the awards luncheon are $75.

About Women in Business

Part of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the Women in Business committee is dedicated to helping women achieve their fullest professional and personal potential. A variety of networking and educational programs are offered throughout the year, typically the first Wednesday of every month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

About the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents over 750 businesses, professionals, and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-2930 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.

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