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Dec. 18, 6 pm

meet the nominees

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Jud Payne

 I'm originally from the mountains of Colorado where my wife and I raised our 2 kids near Estes Park.

 The best way I know to describe myself is as a serial entrepreneur.

 I left the pursuit of a degree at the University of Colorado in architecture in 1998 to start my first  company in the tech space - TOWC - specializing in web technologies and general website development. 4 years later I sold that company and started the first online motorcycle retail shop called

 GoMoto and another tech company - Borealis Media - focused on data driven web technologies and developed solutions for companies like Western Union, Qwest, Fox Racing Shox, Century Link, AT&T,


 I then sold both of those companies in 2006 and started 2 more tech companies • Delivery Biz Pro and Scheduling+. These companies became very successful in the home delivery space and employee

 scheduling genre. Both companies were sold in 2018 to a publicly traded company out of Australia and I retired.

 But...l got bored in retirement and started our latest company - Island Bikeworks - on pine island. As you probably know we do sales, service, and rentals of standard bikes, electric bikes, recumbents, trikes,

 and nearly everything in between. We are currently in the process of expanding and building a brand new bigger shop across the street from our current location. It will have a built in coffee shop and we

 are adding paddle sport sales and service to our lineup in addition to the bikes.

 We've lived in Matlacha for 5 years now, but have spent 20+ years on pine island as my parents used to live in Bokeelia.

Char Seuffert

Moved to Cape Coral in 1982.

Left in 1988 as her husband was in the military then moved back



Char has been a realtor for 26 years.


Purchased a building in Matlacha and operates a Real Estate brokerage in one of her 2 offices in Matlacha.


Char has been married 35 years and they have two children.


Attended Mariner High 5chool in Cape Coral, graduating in 1988.


Born and raised in South Africa moved to America at the age of 14.

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Jenipher Johnson

First stepped foot in Matlacha in 2015 and have lived next tQ the Little Pine Island bridge ever since.


Currently, I am operations manager for Nordic Plumbing and own the Pine Island Real Estate Guide.


I am a past board member for the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce.

Tami Lynch

I am part ofthe ownership team of Blue Dog Bar and Grill. I moved to SW Florida in 1973 and grew up in Cape Coral, Pine Island area.


I have two children; my son is 27 and daughter is 18.

My home is in the historic district of Matlac:ha on Pine Island Road, I love Matlacha.

As a licensed Cosmetologist I have owned Spa 33, which was in Matlacha for five years. I am involved in the Hookers and love giving back to this island.


Matlacha is important to me on many le\fals, and I want to do everything I can to preserve it.

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The Matlacha Civic Association
PO Box 121 Matlacha FL 33993


Cover Photo Courtesy of Jon Hunt Photography
All Rights Reserved


Image by Drew Farwell

About Matlacha

Matlacha is a census-designated place in Lee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2000 census, Matlacha had a total population of 735. As we like to say, "Island Time Begins Here."

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