Kathleen O. Berkey Receives Chamber’s Women In Business APEX Award – Florida Weekly

APEX Awards 2021 recipient Kathleen O. Berkey, center, on stage with previous years APEX winners. PHOTOS BY ANNALEE HULL / FLORIDA WEEKLY

Kathleen O. Berkey was named 2021 APEX Awards recipient at the annual event of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee. The APEX Awards recognize local women with outstanding reputations for professionalism, philanthropy and leadership.

The 15th annual APEX Awards were held Nov. 12 at The Westin Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral. Presented by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, the awards luncheon honored three finalists and recognized all nominees before naming Ms. Berkey the APEX Awards recipient.

Ms. Berkey is an attorney, shareholder and certified professional planner at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a multi-practice commercial law firm, where she represents clients in zoning, land use and planning matters. She serves on the board of directors for Keep Lee County Beautiful, is a member of the Urban Land Institute of Southwest Florida Management Committee and ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative steering committee and serves on the Mothers- Esquire Breastfeeding Accommodations Committee.

Ms. Berkey with her APEX Award.

The 2021 APEX finalists were Kerri Goldsmith of HBKS Wealth Advisors and Alicia Miller of Our Mother’s Home.

Ms. Goldsmith is a senior financial advisor at HBKS Wealth Advisors and co-chairs the firm’s financial planning committee. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association and Estate Planning Council of Lee County, is involved in the Certified Financial Planner Board’s mentorship program and has fulfilled leadership roles for industry associations and nonprofits, including Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, Advertising Federation of Southwest Florida, Florida Public Relations Association, Wishing Well Foundation, Girl Scouts and United States Pony Club.

Ms. Miller is the executive director of Our Mother’s Home of SWFL Inc., whose mission is to empower young women by breaking the cycle of generational poverty. She was previously the executive director for The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center and the adoption specialist for The Children’s Network. Her previous experience with the foster care system, along with her desire to be a role model and leader for young women in the community, led her to Our Mother’s Home. As the executive director, she oversees the administration, programs and strategic planning as well as fundraising, marketing and community outreach.

Kelly Kirby speaks at the 15th annual APEX Awards ceremony.

Part of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the Women in Business committee is dedicated to helping women achieve their fullest professional and personal potential. A variety of networking and educational programs are offered throughout the year, typically the first Wednesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m.

Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The chamber represents more than 750 businesses, professionals and individuals throughout Lee County.

Guests at the 15th annual APEX Awards ceremony.

The chamber is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-332-2930 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber. ¦