Top Employers

Get to know some of the biggest players in Collier and Lee counties


Jobseekers may naturally check out some of the largest employers in the region because they offer positions that fit all ranges of experience and skill level. The following are some of the largest employers based in Collier and Lee counties.

Some of the biggies are not included in this list: the federal government and national and regional retailers and chains, such as Home Depot, Walmart, Publix Supermarkets. Here, as in many places, local government including school districts and sheriff’s departments, as well as health-care systems are the largest employers.

As a side note, in Southwest Florida, November through April is prime time for tourists and returning seasonal residents, so many resorts, restaurants, and shops beef up staff temporarily to meet the fluctuating seasonal demand. The following are listed in alphabetic order, not size of workforce.

Collier County


1370 Creekside Blvd., Naples • 800-933-7001 •

This global medical device company is a leader in new product development and pioneered the field of arthroscopy and sports medicine. Arthrex’s global headquarters is in Naples, with worksites in Ave Maria, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers. To date, Arthrex has developed more than 14,000 surgical devices and related procedures used in more than 150 countries. Arthrex is a privately held company; more than 3,000 of its 6,000 global employees are based in Collier County. It has consistently ranked among Fortune’s “Top 100 Best Companies to Work For.” 

Ave Maria University

5050 Ave Maria Blvd., Ave Maria, FL 34142 • 239-280-2500 •

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning located in the town of Ave Maria in east Collier County. Founded by Thomas S. Monaghan, who also founded Domino’s Pizza and the Ave Maria School of Law, it is an affordable university that is service-oriented and offers 33 degrees.

NCH Healthcare System

350 Seventh St. N., Naples, 34102 • 239-624-5000 •

The NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of more than 237 board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, and 7,017 employees with two hospitals and 35 medical locations in Collier County and Bonita Springs. NCH is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Moorings Park

120 Moorings Park Drive, Naples, 34105 • 239-643-9111 •

Moorings Park originated with the members of Moorings Presbyterian Church in 1977 as a nonprofit corporation designed to create a nondenominational community where retirees could enjoy a secure, comprehensive residential and health-care program. With three local campuses, Moorings Park offers luxurious residences with upscale and casual dining, comprehensive physician services, state-of-the art fitness centers, and social activities.

Grey Oaks Country Club

2400 Grey Oaks Drive N., Naples, 34105 • 239-262-5550 •

Grey Oaks Country Club is a luxury, resort-style community with exclusive social opportunities, three championship golf courses, a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art wellness center, three dining venues, two clubhouses, tennis, pickleball, bocce, and a resort-style pool

Marriott Hotels/Ritz-Carlton

The international hotel chain has three local, luxury resort properties in Collier County¾The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, and JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, in addition to three other properties.

Oakes Farms

925 New Harvest Road, Immokalee, 34142 * 239-592-9024 *

Oakes Farms is one of the largest independently owned agribusiness operations in South Florida. Oakes Farms’ diversified portfolio of services include farming, packing, shipping, and seafood aquaponics, and food service and retail markets Oakes Farms Market, Food & Thought, and Seed to Table.

Physician’s Regional Healthcare System (Community Health Systems)

8300 Collier Blvd., Naples, 34114 • 239-354-6000 •

Physicians Regional Healthcare System has two hospitals and several multi-specialty clinics that provide quality care for Collier County residents and visitors. With more than 1,200 employees, it is one of the largest employers in Southwest Florida, and offers opportunities for professional advancement.

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee

506 S. First St., Immokalee, 34142 • 239-658-1313 •

The Seminole Casino Hotel is one of seven casinos owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Opened in 1994, the Immokalee casino is Southwest Florida’s premier gaming destination, offering more than 1,300 slot machines and 38 live table games, concerts and entertainment acts, 19 suites, and 80 deluxe rooms.

Stock Development

2639 Professional Circle, Suite 101, Naples, FL 34119 • 239 592-7344 •

Stock Development is a diversified real estate company celebrating close to 20 years in Southwest Florida. The family-owned company is a local leader in the development, construction, ownership, and management of high-quality real estate. It is a full-service real estate company focused on high-end, single-family residences, commercial properties, and the luxury apartment sector.

Vi at Bentley Village (Vi Living)

850 Retreat Dr., Naples, FL 34110 • 239-431-2100 •

Vi at Bentley Village is a 156-acre continuing care retirement community featuring a par-3 golf course and exceptional amenities. Vi operates 10 communities across the United States where residents enjoy stylish apartments, world-class cuisine, and varied lifestyle programming. Vi Living locations are recognized as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune magazine, and it is named among Glassdoor’s “100 Best Companies” for employment.

Other Major Employers in Collier County

Best Home Services

365 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 34102 • 239-932-7470 •

City of Naples

735 Eighth Street S., Naples, 34102 • 239-213-1000 •

Collier County Local Government

3301 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, 34112 • 239-252-8999 •

Collier County School District

5775 Osceola Trail, Naples, 34109 • 239-377-0001 •

Collier Health Services (Healthcare Network)

1454 Madison Avenue West Immokalee, FL 34142 • 239-658-3000 •

Conditioned Air

3786 Mercantile Ave., Naples, 34104 • 239-643-2445 •

La Playa Beach & Racquet Inn      

9891 Gulf Shore Drive N., Naples, 34108 • 239-597-3123 •

Naples Grande Beach Resort

475 Seagate Drive, Naples, 34103 • 239-227 2182 •

Pelican Bay Foundation     

6251 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, 34108 • 239-596-6180 • 

Lee County

Alico, Inc.

10070 Daniels Interstate Court, Ste. 100, Fort Myers, FL 33913 • 239-226-2000 •

Alico Inc. (NASDAQ: ALCO) is an agribusiness company with citrus and land conservation its principal lines of business. The company owns approximately 103,000 acres of land across eight Florida counties. Headquartered in Lee County with more than 250 employees, it is one of the largest citrus growers in the U.S.

Chico’s FAS

11215 Metro Pkwy., Fort Myers, FL 33966 • 239-277-6200 •

Through three brands¾Chico’s, White House Black Market, and Soma¾Chico’s FAS (NYSE: CHS) is a specialty retailer of apparel, accessories, and lifestyle products for women 30 years and older. The brand was founded in 1983 as a boutique on Sanibel Island. Its corporate headquarters is located on an award-winning, 24-acre campus. Chico’s FAS was recognized among the 2020 “Best Employers for Diversity” by Forbes magazine. The company operates 1,309 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, and has sold online since 1999.

Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 33965 • 239-590-1000 •

Florida Gulf Coast University opened its doors as the state’s tenth four-year university in 1997. The 800-acre campus east of I-75 in Estero is home to six colleges with an enrollment of 15,000 students annually and more than 3,400 employees. Half of the campus—400 acres—is restored or preserved natural habitats.

Florida SouthWestern State College

8099 College Pkwy., Fort Myers, 33919 • 239-489-9300 •

The main campus of Florida SouthWestern (FSW) is in Fort Myers in Lee County, with satellite campuses in Charlotte and Collier counties and outreach programs in Hendry and Glades counties. It has an enrollment of 16,576 in 45 academic programs and employs a staff of more than 1,440.

Gartner Inc.

12651 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers, 33913 • 800-213-4848 / 239-561-4000 •

Gartner is the world’s leading research and advisory company, with more than 16,000 client organizations and 120 offices. Its Fort Myers campus is its largest to date and employs 1,200 people. Gartners provides technology research to senior executives with business-specific insights, tools, and advice. It offers high-wage jobs exceeding averages for the region and was named as one of Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers 2019” and “America’s Best Employers For Diversity 2020.”

Gulf Coast Village 

1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, 33991 • 239-772-1333 •

Gulf Coast Village is a large continuing care community providing a range of expertly delivered health care options. It has been in operation since 1989 and is part of the nonprofit, faith-based Volunteers of America. Gulf Coast Village is the only provider of its kind that allows people to also sign up for its program to age in place at home, utilizing short-term assistance up to 24-hour in-home care, called Seniors Choice at Home. It is rapidly growing with projections to have a combined 982 units and 750 employees as it expands into Fort Myers and Estero.

Hope Hospice

9470 HealthPark Circle – Fort Myers, 33908 • 855-454-3104 •

Hope Healthcare is a nonprofit, comprehensive home health-care system nationally recognized as a leader in providing high-quality, innovative care. Serving Southwest Florida for more than 30 years, Hope Hospice cares for more than 4,000 individuals a day through a variety of programs at its locations in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties.

LeeSar/Cooperative Services of Florida (CSF)

2727 Winkler Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901 • 239-939-8800 •

LeeSar is a health-care supply-chain service provider utilizing innovative technology and processing solutions to cover a range of services, including surgical, medical, pharmaceutical, sterilization, and culinary. It started in 1998 as a partnership between Lee Heath and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System and services health systems in four Florida counties. LeeSar is the operations component of the partnership; CSF is the corporate entity for product research, negotiation, and contract management.

Lee County VA Clinic

2489 Diplomat Parkway E., Cape Coral, 33909 • 239-652-1800 •

The 240,000-square-foot Lee County VA Clinic employs a staff of more than 500 and serves more than 1,000 patients daily from the five-county area. It is a full-service facility providing primary care and a wide range of specialty and diagnostic services.

Lee Health (Lee Memorial Health System)

2776 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, 33901 • 800-936-5321 •

Lee Health is the largest health-care system in Southwest Florida with more than 100 locations offering medical services

Shell Point Retirement Community

15101 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, 33908 • 800-780-1131 •

Florida’s largest single-site continuing care retirement community for people 60 and older was established in 1968 by the nonprofit ministry Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation Inc. Shell Point has approximately 2,400 residents and more than 1,100 employees. Amenities include a championship golf course, Gulf-access marina, dining, salon, and fitness, and a new $15 million performing arts hall.

Other Major Employers in Lee County

City of Cape Coral

1015 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, 33990 • 239-574-0401 •

City of Fort Myers

2200 Second St., Fort Myers, 33901 • 239-321-7000 •

Fox Electronics

5570 Enterprise Parkway, Fort Myers, 33905 • 239-693-0099 •

Hertz Global Holdings

8501 Williams Road, Estero, 33928 • 239-275-1001 •

Lee County School District

2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 33966 • 239-334-1102 •

Lee County Local Government

2115 Second St., Fort Myers, 33901 • 239-533-2111 •


12701 Commonwealth Drive, Ste. 9, Fort Myers, 33913 • 239-768-0600 •

Radiology Regional Center

3660 Broadway Ave., Fort Myers, 33901 • 239-936-2316 •

Shaw Development

25190 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-405-6100 •

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