Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida to induct Gail Markham and Bob Simpson into 2013 Business Hall of Fame


Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Gail Markham of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. and Bob Simpson of LeeSar into the 2013 Business of Hall of Fame, Lee County, at a dinner and awards ceremony on April 10 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa.

The prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Markham and Simpson will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1987. For more information including sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets, visit www.jaswfl.org.

Gail Markham serves as valuation, litigation and mediation services partner for the certified public accounting firm which she founded in 1979. Today the firm provides comprehensive business advice as well as a wide range of accounting services with offices in Fort Myers, Naples and Fort Lauderdale.

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Markham has received many awards during her business career including the Uncommon Friends Foundation Business Ethics Award, Florida Accountant Advocate of the Year and Lee County Career Woman of the Year. Her business has been recognized as one of the best places to work by both the Collier County Economic Development Council and Florida Trend magazine. Markham was also instrumental in establishing the PACE Center for Girls in Lee County, a center for at-risk girls. She is currently board president of PACE Center for Girls and is active in its capital campaign for campus expansion.

Since March 1, 2002, Bob Simpson has served as president and CEO of LeeSar’s Supply Chain Management Division and Cooperative Services of Florida, the Group Purchasing Organization for Lee Memorial Health System and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System. He came to LeeSar with more than 35 years of leadership experience, serving several major health care organizations throughout the Northeastern U.S. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., and has advanced training in negotiation from Wharton School of Management and Harvard University. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Training Program and a Champion of the Six Sigma process. In 1995, he was the International President of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management, and in 1997 received the association’s George R. Gossett Leadership Award. He is also the founder and president of Project Perfect World, which takes medical teams around the world to provide free surgery for needy children. He is a noted speaker and writer as well.

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Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Inc. provides in-school and after-school programs for students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, 129 individual area operations reach more than 4 million students in the U.S., with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 122 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org or contact Anne Frazier at 239-225-2590.