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Movers & Shapers podcast

Hosted by Bruce Barone, Jr.

Movers & Shapers lets you in on who’s making waves downtown and why. Meet some of the City’s most influential business owners, restaurateurs, politicians, city officials, entrepreneurs and others. It’s a great way to be first to find out about Fifth Avenue happenings.

Episodes 5 & 6


Please join us and download our new upcoming podcasts as I welcome two major Movers & Shapers, who are making a huge impact on Fifth Avenue South and the Naples community overall. You’ll meet two very talented people with diverse backgrounds and expertise.

Episode 5: Marlissa Gardner, founder and owner of Emillions Art on Fifth, discusses her successful art showroom featuring established and emergent international artists in all genres: painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture and works on paper, as well as her foray into the world of cryptocurrency.

Episode 6: Chris Rozansky, Executive Director of Naples Airport Authority, oversees one of the most important private airports in the country. Chris explains the crucial role the airport plays in attracting residents and businesses to SWFL, especially on 5th Avenue South.

Episodes 3 & 4

Episode 3: Urban Retail legend Bob Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs Planning Group – Gibbs has helped develop more than 1,000 town centers and historic districts worldwide. If architect Andres Duany is considered the Father and visionary of Fifth Avenue, then Bob Gibbs is its kindly Uncle who worked alongside Duany in the Avenue’s initial planning and has continued to shepherd it through expanded growth for decades. We will talk about Fifth Avenue’s attributes, including walkability, accessibility, natural beauty and urban retail in meeting the needs of the community. We will trace the Avenue’s historic beginnings, its case study development, and explore its future.

Episode 4: Kristen Coury, CEO and Producing Artistic Director, Gulfshore Playhouse – Gulfshore Playhouse has grown from fledgling artistic startup to world-class production company, with Coury’s visionary plans to build a state-of-the-art, 45,000 square foot new home for the theater, which is scheduled for completion in late 2023, as her priority. Kristen will discuss how the Playhouse has raised almost $60 million for construction and what this incredible undertaking means in terms of Naples’ culture and economic impact.

Episodes 1 & 2


Episode 1: Teresa Heitmann, City of Naples Mayor – The inaugural episode of Movers & Shapers features the new Mayor of the City of Naples. They discuss the financial impact of COVID-19 on local businesses, future enhancements to Fifth Avenue South, the Mayors vision for the city and much more.

Episode 2: Veljko Pavicevic, Co-Founder Sails Restaurant – The ultimate restauranteur. Veljko is a passionate showman with impeccable tase and pedigree. We discuss entrepreneurship and the finer things in life as the Co-Founder of Sails restaurant discusses his unique approach to business and his ultimate passion…food.