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Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance


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, 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

  • Laura Holquist
    LAH Group Advisors, LLC
  • Richard Grant
    Founding Partner
    Grant, Fridkin, Pearson, P.A.
  • Gary Griffin
    B & I
  • Eric E. Berglund
    Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

Board Members

  • John Patrick Boland
    Executive Director
    Lee County Economic Development Office
  • Joseph R. Catti
    President & CEO
    FineMark National Bank & Trust
  • Roger Desjarlais
    County Manager
    Lee County Florida
  • Jason Korn
    Managing Director
    Cohen & Grigsby P.C.
  • Mark Morton
    Director of Strategic Real Estate and Business Development
    SugarHill, LLC
  • Denis Noah
    Managing Partner
    Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
  • Sarah Owen
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    SWFL Community Foundation
  • Cecil Pendergrass
    Commissioner – District 2
    Lee County Board of Commissioners
  • Fred Pezeshkan
    Chairman of the Board
    Manhattan Construction
  • Alan Reynolds
    Vice President
  • Ronald B. Toll, Ph.D.
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Michael Wynn
    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 Chair and Eric Berglund, Alliance President