The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive economic hardship on businesses across the country, and Southwest Florida has been no exception. With the road to recovery getting underway the Horizon Foundation in Lee County is poised to continue its support of the business community with the naming of its incoming board of directors.
Seven Lee County business leaders have been named to the Foundation’s board. The Horizon Foundation is a charitable organization that raises private sector money to support the Lee County Business Community. Horizon Foundation acts as the primary funding partner to the Horizon Council, which is an advisory board to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners and the Lee County Economic Development Office.
The board will be led by president Dan Eveloff of Regions Bank, the past Horizon Council chair. Gail Markham of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company PA will serve as vice president. The secretary role will be filled by Kristy Knupp of Chico’s FAS. Mark Stevens of Stevens Construction was named as the Horizon Foundation treasurer.
Voting members of the Horizon Foundation board also include the immediate past president of the Horizon Foundation, Wayne Kirkwood; the chair of the Lee County Industrial Development Authority, David Barton; and the director of the Lee County Economic Development office, John Talmage. In addition, two additional members at-large 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.
Additionally, the chair of the Horizon Council, Chris Spiro, will serve as an ex-officio member and advisor to the board. Dilman Thomas, CFO of the Horizon Foundation, is the organization’s business community liaison.
The board of directors is committed to the Horizon Foundation’s vision of supporting, fostering and encouraging economic development, diversity and inclusion in the Lee County business community. The foundation plans to create a robust series of online meetings with Horizon Foundation members and investors to help retain local businesses and encourage and attract new businesses to Lee County. More news and information to include the 2021 Annual Meeting and possible President’s Circle events are forthcoming.
“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, “ says Dan Eveloff, Horizon Foundation president. “Our positive community and business impact is a direct result of the investment Horizon Foundation members and investors make each year.”