President Peter Dys Recognized With Business Award

Shell Point a Leader in the Community

FORT MYERS, FL (December 14, 1999) – Peter Dys, executive vice president of Shell Point Retirement Community, was recently selected as one of six finalists for the Chamber of Southwest Florida’s Business Leadership Award.

Dys was among good company. The list of finalists included Sam Galloway, Jr., a prominent Fort Myers businessman; William Valenti, senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank; Dr. Kenneth Walker, president of Edison Community College; Richard Botthof, recently affiliated with First Union National Bank; and the eventual award winner James F. Garner III, partner in the law firm Pavese Garner Haverfield Dalton Harrison & Jensen. Garner was among local community leaders who helped organize the Business Development Corporation (BDC), a forerunner of the Horizon Council economic development advisory group.

Dys was recognized as a finalist for his ongoing contribution to the business environment of Lee County through his management of Shell Point for more than the past 15 years. However, it was his pivotal role in the recent expansion plan of Shell Point that put him at the forefront of the business leaders in our area.

For 31 years, Shell Point has provided residential and health care services to seniors in Southwest Florida. The community has prospered to become one of the largest in the nation and one of the most financially sound through conservative fiscal management and prudent administration. It would have been easy for the management team, led by Dys, to continue with “business as usual.” However national statistics indicated unprecedented upcoming growth in the senior market that Shell Point serves, which would create a demand for new and expanded services.

Without planned growth, current senior services in Southwest Florida would not be adequate to meet the oncoming demand.

Based on Shell Point’s experience in the senior health care industry and effective, pro-active leadership, Shell Point embarked on an aggressive 10-year expansion plan which will provide state-of-the-art health care services for area seniors. During the expansion, Shell Point continues to deliver nationally-celebrated services to its existing population of 1,400.