Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 022616 Contents THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 26, 2016
4Graduating Class Of
Disabled Veteran Trainees
Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers (DVIC), the non-profit organization that
helps train, educate and create meaningful employment opportunities within
the insurance industry for disabled veterans, celebrated the graduation of its
most recent class on February 4. The three graduating disabled veterans -- Nelson
Acevedo-Diaz, Jordan Hess and Paul Dunaway -- were each awarded their Certified
Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designations. The CISR program, devel-
oped by The National Alliance for Insurance Education, is a CE credit-approved,
nationally recognized designation that included five courses of study.
"I am so proud of our three recent graduates," said Gary Bryant, president and
CEO of DVIC. "They have each spent the last six months training and working toward
the goal of achieving their CISR designation, and they each accomplished that. With
their military training and insurance training combined, the have very successful careers
ahead of them."
DVIC relies on corporate donations, personal donations and support from the
Florida Department of Veterans Affairs to continue to sponsor disabled veterans who
go through the CISR training program. If you would like to sponsor a veteran or make
a donation to DVIC, visit www.DVIC.us or call 433-8523.
Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers is a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization, estab-
lished in 2011 with the mission to educate, train and create meaningful employment
opportunities within the insurance industry for disabled veterans. The organization's
operating board consists of: retired U.S. Army Major General James L. Dozier; Roger
C. Mercado Jr. of Community Cooperative Inc.; Gary V. Trippe CIC, co-founder and
chairman of Oswald Trippe and Co.; retired insurance agency executive Gay Trippe;
John Pollock CIC, regional insurance president, Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee of
BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.; retired U.S. Army Colonel Thomas A. Dials, chairman
emeritus of the Armed Forces Insurance Corporation; Dr. JR Harding of the Agency
for Persons with Disabilities; former U.S. Air Force Captain and professional speaker
Wayne Smith; Todd E. Gates, chairman of Gates Construction; and retired U.S.
Army Captain Jae Barclay of CRC Insurance Services. Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant
Colonel Gary L. Bryant is the president and CEO of DVIC.
Gary Bryant, Nelson Acevedo-Diaz, Paul Dunaway, Jordan Hess and Gary V. Trippe
John Pollock, Gary Bryant, Nelson Acevedo-Diaz, Paul Dunaway, Jordan Hess, General
Dozier, Gay Trippe and Gary V. Trippe
The League Of Women Voters Hosts
Open Government & You Program
Open Government & You, a forum sponsored by the League of Women
Voters of Lee County, will take place on Saturday, March 12 from 1 to 5
p.m. at the News-Press Building, 2442 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the
Democratic government depends on the active participation of informed citizens
and requires that governmental bodies protect citizens' access to public information by
giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public
Florida has traditionally been a leader in providing its citizens oversight and
review of the actions of its elected officials at every level through its Sunshine laws.
Unfortunately, privacy concerns and influential special interests are working to erode
these laws and erect barriers to transparency and accountability.
The Open Government & You program will:
• Examine the current state of open government laws
• Highlight how these laws are being narrowed
• Present personal testimonials from citizens regarding their experiences with open
Program partners include The First Amendment Foundation, WatchdogCity.
com, Office of the Lee County Clerk of Court, Lee County Chamber of Commerce,
League of Women Voters, City of Sanibel, Florida SouthWestern State College, Barry
University, Lee County NAACP, Fort Myers/Naples NOW, ACLU of Florida (Lee
and Collier Counties), Florida Gulf Coast University Office of Community Outreach,
Sanibel/Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters of Collier
County and the American Association of University Women.
For additional information, visit www.lwvlee.org/opengov.html or contact Charlotte
Newton by email at email@example.com.
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