Veteran journalist Matt Walsh, editor/founder and CEO of Business Observer/Observer Media Group, will present at the CBIA (Collier Building Industry Association) monthly membership meeting on Thursday, March 29 at The Club at Olde Cypress, 7165 Treeline Drive in Naples.

“Doors open at 5:30 pm for networking followed by Mr. Walsh’s presentation ‘Are You Ready for the Flood?’ — addressing how population growth will change Collier County’s economic future, ” reports CBIA executive vice president Kathy Curatolo.

Since 1995, Walsh and his colleagues have grown Observer Media Group to include multimedia operations with 12 weekly newspapers, one daily business paper, eight websites, two quarterly lifestyle magazines and multiple

social media channels serving Sarasota/Manatee counties; Plant City; Palm Coast, Ormond Beach/Port Orange; Winter Garden, Windermere, Winter Park; Jacksonville; and the Gulf Coast of Florida.

The company’s newspapers, websites and social media reach a weekly audience of more than 350,000. Headquartered in Sarasota, Observer Media Group employs 120 people around the state.  Prior to forming Observer Media Group, Walsh served as Southeast Bureau Manager of Forbes magazine; editor of Florida Trend magazine; and assistant business editor of the Miami Herald 13 years.

Sponsored by building permitting and inspections process experts Elite Consulting of SWFL, LLC, the cost is $30 per person for CBIA members and $50 per person for non-members and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Table sponsorships are available for $200 including two complimentary tickets, display table and recognition at the event.

To RSVP or sponsor, call 239-436-6100 or email by March 24, 2018. CBIA members may register online at

About CBIA

Founded in 1985, CBIA is an association of builders, remodelers, interior designers and other housing industry professionals. It is one of 800 state and local associations and operates under the auspices of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. CBIA is located at 3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 110, Naples. Florida. For more information call  (239) 436-6100 or visit


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