The Horizon Foundation is pleased to announce that Ryan Carter of Scotlynn USA and Attorney Matthew Roepstorff of GrayRobinson, P.A. were elected to two-year terms as members at large for the board of the Horizon Foundation. Carter and Roepstorff will serve to grow the Foundation’s stable of investors and build a stronger foundation for Lee County businesses and citizens.
“We were fortunate to have several outstanding nominees for our two open board seats and are excited to welcome Ryan and Matthew to the board,” says Horizon Foundation Board president Dan Eveloff.
The Horizon Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization established to provide a funding vehicle for businesses and individuals to invest in the long-term economic development and vitality of Lee County. The foundation is the sister organization to the Horizon Council, the only public-private partnership of Lee County Government and business leaders, whose mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment, retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers.
Carter is executive vice president and co-founder of Scotlynn USA Division Inc., a logistics and transportation company that specializes in hauling refrigerated produce. Scotlynn won Lee County’s Large Business of the Year Industry Appreciation Award and is expanding its operations, building a new 60,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Fort Myers.
Carter graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in economics. He was named 2020 Small Business Person of the Year in Florida by the U.S. Small Business Administration and 2019 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year for Southwest Florida by the Small Business Development Council at Florida Gulf Coast University.
“I am honored to be elected to the board of the Horizon Foundation,” says Carter. “While this past year brought challenges and uncertainty, many have found ways to adapt, thrive and invest in a better future for Lee County.”
Attorney Matthew Roepstorff of GrayRobinson, P.A. serves as counsel and liaison between community development and redevelopment entities and local government to foster and facilitate economic growth. His work involves forming and advising closely-held corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, as well as representing private individuals, owners, and investors for business planning, development, growth, sale and overall risk management in operations. He also assists the boards of nonprofit organizations to assess risk management and overall corporate governance.
Roepstorff focuses his practice in the areas of corporate law, litigation, and government law. He has handled a variety of matters that include business formation and development, merger and acquisition transactions, asset sale & purchases, large commercial leases, corporate governance and commercial litigation.
“My hope is to foster more investments that flow into the community in order to better our infrastructures such as roads, parks, and schools, which translate into a higher quality of life for all,” says Roepstorff.
For more information about the Horizon Foundation or how to become a member or investor, contact Horizon Foundation CFO Dilman Thomas at 239-810-1948, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.leecountybusiness.com.