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.
1370 Creekside Blvd., Naples • 800-933-7001 • arthrex.com
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 • avemaria.edu
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 • nchmd.org
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.
120 Moorings Park Drive, Naples, 34105 • 239-643-9111 • mooringspark.org
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 • greyoakscc.com
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 • ritzcarlton.com • marriott.com
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.
925 New Harvest Road, Immokalee, 34142 * 239-592-9024 * oakesfarms.com
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 • physiciansregional.com
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 • seminoleimmokaleecasino.com
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.
2639 Professional Circle, Suite 101, Naples, FL 34119 • 239 592-7344 • stockdevelopment.com
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 • viliving.com
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 • getbest.com
City of Naples
735 Eighth Street S., Naples, 34102 • 239-213-1000 • naplesgov.com
Collier County Local Government
3301 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, 34112 • 239-252-8999 • colliercountyfl.gov
Collier County School District
5775 Osceola Trail, Naples, 34109 • 239-377-0001 • collierschools.com
Collier Health Services (Healthcare Network)
1454 Madison Avenue West Immokalee, FL 34142 • 239-658-3000 • healthcareswfl.org
3786 Mercantile Ave., Naples, 34104 • 239-643-2445 • conditionedair.com
La Playa Beach & Racquet Inn
9891 Gulf Shore Drive N., Naples, 34108 • 239-597-3123 • laplayaresort.com
Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive, Naples, 34103 • 239-227 2182 • naplesgrande.com
Pelican Bay Foundation
6251 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, 34108 • 239-596-6180 • pelicanbay.org
10070 Daniels Interstate Court, Ste. 100, Fort Myers, FL 33913 • 239-226-2000 • alicoinc.com
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.
11215 Metro Pkwy., Fort Myers, FL 33966 • 239-277-6200 • chicosfas.com
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 • fgcu.edu
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 • fsw.edu
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.
12651 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers, 33913 • 800-213-4848 / 239-561-4000 • gartner.com
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 • gulfcoastvillage.com
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.
9470 HealthPark Circle – Fort Myers, 33908 • 855-454-3104 • hopehospice.org
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.com
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 • baypines.va.gov
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 • leehealth.org
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 • shellpoint.org
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 • capecoral.net
City of Fort Myers
2200 Second St., Fort Myers, 33901 • 239-321-7000 •cityftmyers.com
5570 Enterprise Parkway, Fort Myers, 33905 • 239-693-0099 • foxonline.com
Hertz Global Holdings
8501 Williams Road, Estero, 33928 • 239-275-1001 • hertz.com
Lee County School District
2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 33966 • 239-334-1102 • leeschools.net
Lee County Local Government
2115 Second St., Fort Myers, 33901 • 239-533-2111 • leegov.com
12701 Commonwealth Drive, Ste. 9, Fort Myers, 33913 • 239-768-0600 • neogenomics.com
Radiology Regional Center
3660 Broadway Ave., Fort Myers, 33901 • 239-936-2316 • radiologyregional.com
25190 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-405-6100 • shawdev.com