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Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

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About The Alliance

The Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) helps companies expand and grow in Southwest Florida, assisting with site location, incentives, talent attraction, process navigation, and regional data. Led by private industry, the Alliance understands what it takes to have a company be successful.

The Alliance serves as a non-parochial economic development coordinator to site selectors, real estate consultants and targeted companies, working in collaboration with the local economic development organizations.

For more information, please contact us at alliance@swfleda.com, or at 239.208.7627 or Toll Free: 844.707.SWFL (7935)

Board of Directors

The Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors of prominent local business and community leaders.

The Board of Directors is comprised of the following members:

Officers & Executive Committee

  • Alan Reynolds
    Chair
    Vice President
    Stantec
  • Gary Griffin
    Treasurer
    President
    B & I
  • Richard Grant
    Secretary
    Founding Partner
    Grant, Fridkin, Pearson, P.A.
  • Joseph R. Catti
    Treasurer
    President & CEO
    FineMark National Bank & Trust
  • Laura Holquist
    Past Chair
    President
    LAH Group Advisors, LLC
  • Eric E. Berglund
    President
    Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

Board Members

  • Mary Andrews
    System Director Government and Community Relations
    Lee Health
  • Roger Desjarlais
    County Manager
    Lee County
  • Dr. Robert Jones
    Regional VP Economic and Community Development
    Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Jason Korn
    Managing Director
    Cohen & Grigsby P.C.
  • John Manning
    Commissioner – District 1
    Lee County Board of Commissioners
  • Leo Ochs
    County Manager
    Collier County
  • Sarah Owen
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    SWFL Community Foundation
  • Fred Pezeshkan
    Chairman of the Board
    Manhattan Construction
  • Glen Salyer
    Assistant to the County Manager
    Lee County
  • Russell Schropp
    Attorney at Law
    Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
  • Andrew Solis
    Commissioner – District 2
    Collier County Board of Commissioners
  • Dr. Aysegul Timur
    Dean, Johnson School of Business
    Hodges University
  • Ronald B. Toll, Ph.D.
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Michael Wynn
    President
    Sunshine Ace Hardware, Inc.

The organization structure also includes two sub-committees reporting to the Executive Committee:

  • The Marketing Advisory Committee comprised of participating local EDO directors.
  • The Investor Advisory Committee includes cornerstone investors who wish to participate.
 Laura Holquist, Alliance Chair and Eric Berglund, Alliance President


Laura Holquist, Alliance Past Chair and Eric Berglund, Alliance President