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Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach Florida, the award winning AAA resort, appointed Alicia Wiley as its General Manager.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 – Fort Myers Beach, Florida – Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach Florida, the award winning AAA resort, appointed Alicia Wiley as its General Manager.
She will be responsible for managing all aspects of Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina namely guest services, the Marina, Jack’s, Bongo’s Bar & Grill, Aquagene Spa, Audrey’s, all financial components including sales, marketing and business development along with employee satisfaction. Wiley’s management style will allow Pink Shell to enhance its position as the first class destination resort in the Fort Myers Beach market.
Wiley, a hospitality executive, has over 25 years of progressive management experience within the industry. Her background includes such resorts as Radisson Suites Tucson, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and Sheraton Crescent Phoenix. Most recently she served as General Manager of The Westin Buckhead Atlanta hotel. Ms. Wiley brings extensive experience in operating four diamond-rated properties and has shown a proven track record.
“After many years of gaining great experiences around the country, I am thrilled to continue my career path in my home state of Florida”, said Wiley. “It is a great honor to become a part of such a dynamic resort that supports innovation and creativity”.
In her free time, Alicia enjoys scuba diving and reading and, being an avid nature-lover, hiking with her family and friends. Her personal life includes a husband and 2 wonderful children age 11 & 14.
“All of us at Boykin Management Company and Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina are enthusiastic about the addition of Ms. Wiley to the Boykin-Pink Shell family. Her background and experience will be invaluable to Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina as we continue our long history of dedicated service and hospitality”, said Bill Waichulis, Senior Vice President of Operations for Boykin Management Company.
About Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, a Boykin Management Company Property, is located on Fort Myers Beach, Florida along ¼ mile of sugar-white sands with 213 beachfront studio and condo style accommodations, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the barrier islands of South West Florida, Sanibel and Captiva. Pink Shell was the first resort on the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, Florida to be designated a Green Lodging Property by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The resort features many recreational activities in a family friendly atmosphere. For more information visit www.PinkShell.com
About Boykin Management Company
Boykin Management Company (BMC), a leading hospitality management company with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Fort Myers Beach, Florida, is consistently recognized for excellence in delivering value-added lodging operations. Since 1958, BMC has been developing, managing, and operating hotels, resorts, condominium hotels, and conference centers. In addition to BMC’s long-standing relationships with the industry’s leading hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Radisson, Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn, BMC has operated numerous independent and resort hotels. BMC has managed more than 20,000 rooms in 23 states since its inception. For more information please go to www.boykin.com.
Offshore Sailing School 50th Anniversary Celebrity Pro-Am Regatta Presented by Merrill Lynch Raises $10,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 12, 2015) – Offshore Sailing School’s founder/owners Steve and Doris Colgate welcomed 50 sailors and guests for a weekend of competitive sailing, January 8-10, 2015 at The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach, Fla. At the end of the “friendly competition” on January 9 Steve announced that, “$10,000 was raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, increasing the total cash donation from Offshore Sailing School to LLS to $135,000 over the past five years, in addition to sailing course tuitions donated to Leukemia Cup Regattas across the country.” This Party with a Purpose, in memory of St. Charles YC (Ft. Myers) past commodore Chuck Wright who battled acute myeloma leukemia, was presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management with contributions from participants, friends and supporters of Offshore Sailing School and LLS.
Four of the most accomplished skippers in the world donated their time and talent for the Regatta weekend:
- Gary Jobson - award-winning journalist, TV commentator, author of 18 sailing books, multi-time America’s Cup competitor, Chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regatta program, and lymphoma survivor
- Dawn Riley - the first woman to manage an entire America’s Cup syndicate, first American to sail in three America’s Cups and two Whitbread Round the World races, and founder of AC contender campaign for America True, now running Oakcliff Sailing Center
- Ed Baird – America’s Cup winner Team New Zealand and Alinghi, three-time Match Racing World Champion, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Ed Baird
- Mark Reynolds – four-time consecutive Olympian, two World Championships and three-time Olympic Gold medalist. Regatta crews hailed from New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, and Alberta, Canada.
The Regatta races were exceptionally close on the Gulf of Mexico off Ft. Myers Beach and the results were:
- 1 st place – Ed Baird, Tim Cordle, Roman Kierzek, Joe Gilles
- 2 nd place – Mark Reynolds, Nick Lubar, Joe Wieland, Mike Piazza
- 3 rd place – Dawn Riley, David Edwards, Stephen Colen, Robin Mills
- 4 th place – Gary Jobson, Tim Wade with sons, Tripp and Mike Wade
Steve Colgate thanked regatta presenting sponsor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management for their support in helping raise funds to find cures for blood cancers, and in-kind sponsors: The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Cruising World and Sailing World magazines. Members of the St. Charles Yacht Club in Ft. Myers, Fla. also supported the event by hosting spectator boats and purchasing tickets to attend the Regatta Awards Dinner. Raffle tickets for limited-edition Colgate 26 sailboat models also contributed to the event’s success.
Headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla. with five sailing vacation campuses in Florida and the Caribbean, and two commuter locations on New York Harbor, Offshore Sailing School has taught more than 130,000 adults and their families to sail or improve their sailing skills since Olympian and America’s Cup sailor Steve Colgate, founded the School in 1964.
For additional information on Offshore Sailing School, call 800-221-4326 or visit www.offshoresailing.com.
Contact: Beth Oliver, Offshore Sailing School, 239-985-7516, email@example.com
OOA Conducts 100th and Final Marriage at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
September 3, 2014 – By BOB PETCHER (firstname.lastname@example.org) , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer
A 501c3 public charity without a payroll that has extended benefits to U.S. Troops for nearly 10 years conducted its 100th and final free wedding on Fort Myers Beach last weekend and has now dedicated its services to the care and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that affects service people.
Operation Open Arms, a nationally acclaimed military outreach program, organized and arranged the wedding service that took place between U.S. Marine groom Thomas Dailey Walker and U.S. Coast Guard bride Crystal Lydia Walker just before sundown last Friday on the beachfront at Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina. The reception was held at Matanzas on the Bay directly afterwards. The two active duty service people didn’t have time or resources to have a ceremony two years ago when they were officially married.
“They got married on the fly before deployment,” said OOA founder Capt. John “GiddyUp” Bunch before the ceremony. “They never got a chance to have a conventional wedding ceremony. I thought that since their little girls would never get to see what their mom looked like in a wedding dress, why don’t I make the 100th wedding between two active duty service people. Not only will they have pictures now, people will get to witness the wedding.”
“We have shifted our focus to PTSD. We will award all the normal benefits to those who go through PTSD appointments,” said Bunch. “We are certainly switching gears from just providing vacations to saving lives now.”
Founded in 2005, OOA had been providing benevolent services -such as weddings, restaurant meals and accommodations to name a few- through sponsors to those who serve our country.
OOA has covered more than 25 weddings of the 100 at the Pink Shell, including 9-10 on one day. At the 100th, Pink Shell not only supplied the ceremony location but also the resort photographer, who was dying to do it free of charge, according to Bunch.
“The Pink Shell has been an amazing partner to OOA. Dony Lubig has been an amazing asset when it comes to wedding planning and everything else,” said Bunch.
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina Partners With Island Hopper Songwriter Fest to Host Inaugural Event Artists and Activities
August 25, 2014 – The inaugural Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will bring nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters to Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island during Fall 2014. Presented by BMI, along with iHeartRadio, Cat Country 107.1, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, and the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, the festival will take place over the weekends of September 27th and October 3rd at popular island venues.
Pink Shell is set to host a portion of the forty-five ticketed events set to take place during the second weekend of the festival. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the voices, back stories, and personalities of Tim James, Mark Mulch, Jeff Prince & Dave Gibson in an intimate island setting at Pink Shell’s “Coconuts.”
Along with the performances, Pink Shell is opening their doors to the public for the “Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Brunch” on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 11am-1pm. A beautiful spread of freshly baked artisan breads, salads, omelet and carving stations, shrimp and crab stuffed Gulf grouper, chicken picatta, a dessert stand and more will be provided with special guest appearances by Gary Hannan & Sonia Leigh.
“Being a part of the first ever Island Hopper Fest is as exciting to us as it will be for the attendees. We look forward to seeing these talented artists and hearing their stories as they entertain and put smiles on the faces of our guests and the public,” stated Ellis Etter, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resort.
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina Names Jerry Janus as Food & Beverage Director
July 31, 2014 – Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, an award winning AAA resort on Fort Myers Beach Florida, appointed Jerry Janus Regional Food & Beverage Director. He will be responsible for managing all aspects of Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina’s Food & Beverage operations including Jack’s, Bongo’s Bar & Grill and the banquet operations. Janus’s management style will allow Pink Shell to enhance its position as the premiere resort in the Fort Myers Beach market.
A hospitality executive, Janus has over 20 years of progressive management experience within the industry. His background includes such properties as South Seas Resort – FL, Marriott Hunt Valley – MD, Marriott Boca Raton – FL. Most recently, he served as Director of Food & Beverage at La Playa Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, FL. Mr. Janus possesses the pedigree of operating four diamond-rated properties and displays a proven track record.
In his free time, Jerry enjoys travel, physical fitness of all types and yes, working in the yard. His personal life includes a wife of 30 years, and one son.
“Boykin Management Company, in conjunction with Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, is enthusiastic about the addition of Mr. Janus to the Boykin-Pink Shell family. His background and experience will be invaluable to Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina as they continue their long history of dedicated service and hospitality,” stated Ellis Etter, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resort.
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina Welcomes a Resort Naturalist to Its Recreation Team
July 18, 2014 – The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina has hired local Naturalist Vince McGrath and has begun offering its resort guests morning wildlife walking and kayaking expeditions to explore the eco-zones of the local marine environment.
Fort Myers Beach Hotel Welcomes On Staff Naturalist
Guests are able to observe numerous flora and fauna – from what’s under the sea to who lives on the shoreline, tide pools and upland habitats of the dunes. Vince, a lifetime birder from New England, is proud and excited to be the Resort Naturalist at Pink Shell Resort and Marina, Ft Myers Beach, Florida.
Vince began his career through some formal training with museum taxidermy skins and morning bird club trips. He has been actively working for 25+ years in the hospitality field as a gardener and Naturalist in Southwest Florida, as well as keeping up volunteer efforts with various wildlife organizations. Locally, this master naturalist participates with the Lee County Bird Patrol, C.R.O.W (Vince facilitated rescues and releases for over 25 years), the Audubon of Southwest Florida (president emeritus, newsletter editor for 5+ years, field trip and program coordinator) and the Caloosa Bird Club (past vice-president, program coordinator and field trip coordinator), of which he finds himself leading field trips for every now and then.
He has received certifications in:
Florida Master Naturalist (University of Florida)
Florida Certified Nursery Professional
(Lee County Vo-Tech/Florida Nurseryman Growers Association)
Hospitality Management Supervisor (eight class course offered by AMHA)
Vince is also available for “show-and-tell” sessions at the Pool Services area to answer guest questions regarding objects and creatures they have found while on the beach.
“Vince was very impressive yesterday describing the shells my girls picked up during our stay at Pink Shell. (We) really enjoyed talking with him!” one guest recently posted on Pink Shell’s Facebook page.
In addition to the free walking tours, Pink Shell is offering guided kayak tours with Vince. Guests can choose from three different tours based upon their kayaking experience (beginners to advanced) and the areas they might wish to explore including Bird Island and Bunche Beach Preserve.
Vince will offer tips & techniques for beginners, as well as interpreting and sharing information about the local wildlife and ecosystems. Depending upon the tour chosen they can last from 1 to 2 ½ hours in length. These tours are the perfect way to have fun, get some exercise and learn a lot about the natural beauty that graces our coast.
“Being able to provide these informational services to our guests is as thrilling to us as it is to them. We look forward to seeing their smiles and hearing the excitement in their voices when they share what they have learned from visiting with Vince.” stated Ellis Etter, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resort. These additions prove that Pink Shell’s customer service truly lives up to its philosophy: “The only thing we overlook is the beach.”
July 2, 2014 - The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina is proud to host the upcoming Partners for Artful Giving Funky and Fabulous Interior Design Auction Breast Cancer Care’s fundraising auction. The event will feature both a silent and a live auction of original art by David Acevedo and other local artists’ works.
Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc. is the only non-profit agency that funds breast screening and diagnostic testing at no cost for Lee County uninsured, low-income women and men. The primary goal of this event is to support Partners for Breast Cancer Care in their mission to save lives and reduce suffering from breast cancer through improved early detection, education and access to health care.
“As a family-oriented hotel, we are delighted to be involved in the event, focusing on saving lives and supporting our gifted local artists,” said Ellis Etter, Director of Sales & Marketing for Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina.
Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music while observing one of David Acevedo’s beautiful creations as well as pieces from the other talented artists, who have kindly donated their artworks to this fundraiser.
June 27, 2014 - The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina recently partnered with the founders of the first annual Float For Life event in an attempt to raise awareness of the clean waters movement that resulted from the Lake Okeechobee releases. As the areas only ‘green marina,’ Pink Shell saw the partnership as another perfect fit to continue their efforts of working towards a cleaner future for all.
Float for Life is Southwest Florida’s first and only event promoting the environmental, economic, psychological and physical benefits of keeping our waters clean. On Sunday, July 13, 2014 numerous service organizations, local businesses and community members will gather on the beach at the resort in an attempt to create the record for the largest Ocean Float experience. The primary goal of this record-creating effort is to gain attention for the many benefits of our clean waters and the quality of life they provide in our communities.
“As a Green Lodging designated hotel, and the areas only green marina, we are delighted to be involved in raising awareness of the importance of water quality in Southwest Florida.” said Ellis Etter, Director of Sales & Marketing for Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina.
Pink Shell is offering out of town guests two different overnight packages that include the $10 event admission for up to two people, complimentary breakfast for two and free recreation rentals. The resort has dedicated a portion of the profits from the vacation packages to the event, whose funds will be divided amongst three beneficiary organizations that are focused on keeping local waters clean and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. These are the Rivers Coalition, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and the Sanibel Sea School.
Pink Shell To Host Offshore Sailing School’s 50th Anniversary Celebrity Pro-Am Regatta Benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
June 25, 2014 - Offshore Sailing School Chairman Steve Colgate has announced additional activities to commemorate the company’s 50th Anniversary year.
Headquartered in Fort Myers with seven sailing vacation and commuter locations, the school has taught more than 130,000 adults and their families to sail or sail better since Olympian and America’s Cup sailor, Colgate, founded it in 1964.
“It has been 50 years since I started Offshore Sailing School from a conversation at a cocktail party in New York City with a guy who owned a cruising boat,” states Colgate. “It has been an incredibly rewarding journey and we are thankful we are able to continue our efforts to give-back.” Offshore Sailing School will host a 50th Anniversary Celebrity Pro-Am Regatta with 10 of the world’s most accomplished sailors taking part in this “fantasy sailing” event January 8-10, 2015 at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach. Space is limited to the first 40 participants with any level of sailing experience. Costs range from $2,500 per person double occupancy to $2,880 single occupancy with a minimum of $1,500 of each participant’s package rate donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
A sailor since he was 9, Colgate’s racing career includes America’s Cup Trials, the Olympics, TransAtlantic and Fastnet Races. He has completed numerous class championships and international distance races on maxi-ocean racers. Together, with his wife Doris, they have campaigned their 54-foot ocean-racer Sleuth and have enjoyed cruising all over the world.
Steve and Doris Colgate have been recognized with numerous industry and tourism awards, including the prestigious Sail Magazine Industry Award for Leadership in 1996, and in 2003 the US Sailing Timothea Larr Trophy in recognition of their outstanding leadership and excellence in sailing education. Doris was awarded the Betty Cook Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award from Boating magazine and the coveted Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award from Boat U.S. and the National Women’s Sailing Association. In 2013 the Colgates received the Junonia Award from The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, for “their tremendous commitment and dedication to the Lee County tourism industry.” Lee County is home to two Colgate Offshore Sailing Schools. Most recently the Colgates were presented with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Chairman’s Citation for their ongoing support of the annual Leukemia Cup Regatta series and having donated more than $100,000 to the organization through a portion of sailing course tuitions.
Offshore Sailing School is also soliciting entries for its 50th Anniversary contest which is open to everyone who has had an on-water experience with Offshore Sailing School. Prizes include Caribbean charters, exclusive dinner with the Colgates at the New York Yacht Club, chartered cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, resort stays and Gill gear. “We invite anyone who has taken an Offshore Sailing lesson, course or team building activity in the past 50 years to share their experiences and win fantastic prizes,” said Doris Colgate, president and CEO. Contest details www.OffshoreSailing.com .
Offshore Sailing School packages its courses with accommodations at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach and the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown St. Petersburg. Offshore Sailing School teaches sailing and power cruising courses in the British Virgin Islands at The Moorings base on Tortola and its newest sailing school is at Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina on Scrub Island, BVI. Commuter courses and a sailing club are also available at Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, N.J., as well as Pier 25 in Tribeca in New York City.
For additional information on Offshore Sailing School, call 800-221-4326 or visit www.offshoresailing.com.
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina Offers Complimentary Beach Rentals to Fort Myers Beach Guests
June 12, 2014 - The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina recently added additional free amenities after past-guests’ feedback was reviewed. All guests of the resort will now receive complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, paddleboards, and kayak rentals. Pink Shell guests can now relax on Pink Shell’s beautiful beach or have an adventure on the water free of extra costs.
With their Pink Shell guest wristband, any Pink Shell guest can go down to the beach and choose an available beach chair and umbrella to relax next to the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. Paddleboards and kayaks are available on a first-come first-served basis from 9AM to 5PM to be used on either the Gulf of Mexico side or the bay side of the resort. Currently, Pink Shell is the only Fort Myers Beach Resort to offer these complimentary services.
“We take to heart and act on the feedback we receive from our guests, we pride ourselves in making our guests feel like family by delivering a fun and memorable beach escape, with unmatched attention to detail. We feel by offering these complimentary services we truly live up to our philosophy and our commitment to providing our guests with the best beach vacation possible,” stated Ellis Etter, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resort. These changes prove that Pink Shell’s customer service truly lives up to its philosophy: “The only thing we overlook is the beach.”