Southwest Florida Most Influential Diversity Achievers is a celebration of influencers and community builders committed to developing a stronger, more prosperous communities across the region.

Honorees of the 2018 Southwest Florida Most Influential Diversity Achievers:

  • Veronica Barber, Mentoring Programs Coordinator & Co-Founder of the Community Press and AFCAAM Center-Catholic Charities
  • Dr. Martha Bireda, Executive Director, Blanchard House Museum
  • Carl Burnside, Principal, Dunbar Senior High School
  • Jaha Cummings, City Councilman, City of Punta Gorda
  • Derrick Diggs, Police Chief, City of Fort Myers
  • Javier Fuller, Vice President of Web Development, CONRIC PR & Marketing
  • Dr. William Glover, Senior Pastor, Mount Herman Ministries
  • Edgar Harris, Owner, Red Wing Shoes
  • Larry Hart, Lee County Tax Collector
  • Dr. Peter Lewis, Family Practice and Internal Medicine, Primary Care of Southwest FL
  • Barbara Melvin, Vice President, First Florida Integrity Bank
  • James Middlebrooks, Educator, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Community Press
  • Juan A. Gonzalez, Business Owner, Consultant and Founder of Effective Growth Management
  • Abdul Haq Muhammed, Founder and Executive Director, Quality Life Center
  • Joseph North, Attorney, The North Law Firm, P.A
  • Tasheekia Perry, Founder, Crowning Daughters For Success
  • Lee Pitts, Host and Executive Producer, Lee Pitts Live on Fox 4
  • Karen Putman-Watson, Executive Director, Our Mother’s Home of Southwest FL
  • Janeth Ramirez, Chair of Board of Directors, Hispanic Chamber of Southwest Florida
  • Diana Riley, Founder, Swinging with Purpose
  • Antranette Forbes, Founder, Lee County Economic Development
  • Diane Spears, Director of Medical/Infectious Disease, Lee Health
  • Johnny Streets, City Councilman, City of Fort Myers
  • John Tobler, Owner, Tobler Construction
  • Gail Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, Hodges University

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