Rowan Samuel is a Naples area realtor with the Samuel Team at John R. Wood Properties Christie's International Real Estate, a top performing real estate team with over $375 million in sales to date, specializing in waterfront, beachfront, estate and luxury golf communities throughout Southwest Florida. An "idea guy" and serial entrepreneur, Rowan spent over 20 years in sales and marketing working on behalf of Fortune 50 clients, advertising agencies, media firms and high net worth individuals in multiple business verticals including automotive, banking, cable, health care, political, sports franchising, restaurants and real estate, specializing in direct response, digital and event marketing. He founded and launched several ventures along the way, including Alias Design Group, a graphic design and branding company, Six Degrees Exhibitions, a wine bar & art gallery, Kildonan Investments, an oil investment company, Beep Automotive and Ivy Pixel, online banner ad networks and in 2009, the Naples International Film Festival (one of 3 original founders), a local Southwest Florida film festival not-for-profit. Rowan has served on multiple Boards of Directors, including: The Naples International Film Festival, The Park Shore Association, The United Arts Council and currently on the Vester Community Advisory Board and the Penn State Alumni of Naples chapter board. Rowan is also a part-time musician, a supporter of the arts and enjoys everything cultural that Southwest Florida has to offer.
Mars Signal Light Company, relocated to Collier County— becoming the area’s first
manufacturing and assembly facility as stated by the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce.
Naples-based Transportation Company, Area Manager of a national freight shipping
company and Director of a national third-party freight logistics company. He has expertise in
strategic planning, new business startup, market plan execution, capital asset oversight, cost
containment, budgeting/finance, customer service and staff supervision.
served in leadership roles on many boards, committees, “task forces”, public safety
panels and volunteered for local philanthropic events. He is published with newspaper and business magazine articles.
- Elected Commissioner and current Board Chair of the Collier Mosquito Control District
- Trustee and elected Board Chair of the Collier Mosquito Control District retiree benefit trust
- Economic Recovery Task Force –” Reef Team” Collier County Artificial Reef Project, point person of the marketing, PR, logistics and Speaker Series
- Marine Industries Association of Collier County – Vice President, Board of Directors, $500 million yearly economic impact to Collier County
- The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce – Public Policy Committee
- Emergency Services Task Force – Greater Naples Fire Rescue
- East Naples Civic Association – Board of Trustees
- Hurricane Irma emergency relief effort – FEMA Team Leader – Flood and wind damage recovery in Everglades City, Chokoloskee and Plantation Island
Councilman Jesse Purdon was first elected in 2020 in a special election and then 9 months later he was reelected. Purdon represent District 2 and has led the fight to develop our downtown, advocated for law enforcement and fought for our water quality.
Councilman Purdon was both the youngest person elected and the first minority elected in Bonita’s 20 year history and has brought back major dollars to his district that has been historically overlooked, putting dollars into the community where it is needed on the ground level.
Prior to election Councilman Purdon lobbied for private property rights and real estate on a county, state and federal level. After lobbying he left and joined a national, app- based startup in the micro mobility and transportation space that operated on green technology and gave transportation solutions to municipalities and Universities around the country.
Today Jesse is the District Director for Congressman Byron Donalds FL 19 which encompasses
both Lee and Collier Counties. In that capacity he is over both District offices managing
the staff that handles the Congressional Inquiries for the over 750,000 people in
Jesse represents the Congressman in the community, keeps the Congressman up to date on all local issues and has a hyper focuse on water policy.
Councilman Purdon is currently a contributing writer on U.S World and Politics for NYC Daily Post, is on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, The Florida Gulf Coast University Vester Marine Lab Community Advisory Board, he is the representative for City of Bonita Springs on Florida League of Cities, Is on the Economic Development Council for SWFL Inc., the City of Bonita Springs Outreach Committee liaison, CREW Land and Water Trust Executive Board and is the liaison to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. Jesse loves dogs, camping, Johnny Cash and Detroit Lions football. He often refers to Bonita Springs as “The Greatest City in America”.
Peter serves as a Senior Advisor for Woodard & Curran, a national environmental consulting firm www.woodardcurran.com. As a former consultant for a Fortune 500 company, large, medium, and small companies and corporations, Peter understands the complexities of different business and grassroots activities.
As Deputy Chief of Staff in the United States Congress, Chief of Staff in the State Senate and Director of the Office of Public Affairs for a Secretary of State, Peter has extensive experience in staff management, budget oversight, legislative affairs, press relations, public outreach, and community relations.
Peter was honored to be elected to the Bonita Springs City Council in 2012, as Mayor in 2016, and has been an outspoken fiscal conservative. Peter served and remains active on the Board of Directors with the Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities.
He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, FOX, CNN, CNBC and has been quoted in the New York Times, and Miami Herald providing on the ground coverage of Hurricane Irma. He was a Division 1 athlete on the University of New Hampshire crew team in college. He is a leader and environmental advocate of the Florida Everglades, proud to call himself a “Teddy Roosevelt Conservative Conservationist” and was honored to win the 2022 Governor Bob Graham Award from the Florida Lake Management Society. He is a native of the New Hampshire Seacoast, and proud to call Florida home since 2009 along with his wife, SueZahn, and two children, Elizabeth (Ellie), a recent graduate of Florida State University and Peter (Petey) who in entering his junior year at the University of Michigan, is a member of the Wolverines football team, and just received his second BIG 10 Championship Ring in the past two years.
After graduating from UNC (honors economics) I received a law degree from Northwestern Univrsity where I was the editor of the Journal of Criminal law and Criminology. I then had the honor of serving as a law clerk to Judge George Edwards in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals I then formed the Benchmark real estate development group with two partners and have been Chairman of that Company for the last 50 years, semiretiring a few years ago. During that time I have been in many charitable endevours too numerous to list.
I am passionate about supporting everything that we are doing at Vester and the Water School. I am very proud of being associated with every aspect of our endeavors at the school.
From Toronto, Canada, Helen moved to Pittsburgh PA, where for 20 years she worked in the commercial contract design field, as Noble Bruce Associates. Helen and her husband Rick, raised their 2 daughters, Erica and Shawn in Pittsburgh and after graduating from Penn State and Ohio University, both girls established their careers in NYC.
A resident of Naples since 2005, Helen entered the wellness field, created a natural skincare company, was an author, and speaker. League member at The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, now Artis Naples; she also served on the board of Classic Chamber Concerts and was a committee member from 2009 - 2015 at The Sugden Community Theater. Our oceans are a deep mystery and she has always wanted to know more about the water. Her involvement with FGCU’s Vester Field Station has been an opportunity to serve the university and our community.