Recognizing the close connection between the real estate market, tax planning, and estate planning Brian and Sebastian Nye-Schmitz founded Sandcastle in 2016.
Prior to being an attorney, Brian was a political consultant and Vice President of E-Roots Consulting. The firm designed and implemented grassroots campaigns that assisted campaign fundraising and voter outreach efforts. After leaving E-Roots Consulting, Brian moved to Naples in 2006 and was the Operations Manager of the Naples Historical Society where he assisted residents and visitors learn about the unique history of Naples. He left the Naples Historical Society in 2009 to pursue his legal career.
Brian can be seen around town supporting many different charitable and fund-raising efforts. He is active in the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce – Emerging Leadership Counsel, GAIN 2015 graduate, Naples Chapter of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, he is an active member of St. Agnes and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Junior Chamber, Collier County Bar Association, and active in his community association.
In his free time, Brian is often found spending time with his wife, Ashley. Both are active and enjoy golf, boating, fishing, SCUBA, bicycling, and of course walking Naples’ pristine beaches.
Caroline has a passion for horses and horseback riding,and believes strongly in the physical and emotional healing power of equestrian sports. She began riding competitively as a child,and has worked as a riding instructor and in horse care, as well as enthusiastically appreciating the chance to ride when possible. Additionally, mental and behavioral health challenges have impacted Caroline’s life and family significantly, and she seeks opportunities to help those in need.
Today, PCM manages $850 million for about 150 investors across two long-only investment strategies, as well as three hedged equity funds. PCM is highly regarded for its successful long-term performance record in the small-cap domain, as well as the firm’s periodic activism on behalf of shareholders.
Born and raised in Haddam, Connecticut, Jeff and his wife, Caitlin have been married since 1998. They are the proud parents of three children: Julia (18), John Patrick (16) and Casey (10). Jeff and Caitlin met while in college at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where Jeff earned his B.S. in Finance and graduated in 1997. Today, Jeff also serves on the national Board of Directors for the New Canaan Society, which is based in New York City.
Sara has experience in a broad range of commercial real estate matters and has represented individuals in disputes related to commercial and residential real estate projects.
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After volunteering for Avow for nine years, she was looking for the next passion project. She heard about NTRC’s collaboration with Avow on the children’s bereavement program and was anxious to learn more. She attended the annual Barn Dance fundraiser and saw firsthand how committed the staff was. She saw it as a perfect time in her life. Lee became an NTRC volunteer and is is now President of the Board of Directors.
Having been to the Kentucky Derby and hosted Derby parties in her home, she decided that helping to bring back NTRC’s Derby Party made good sense for her first volunteer chair effort. She believes having the Derby at the NTRC campus will give attendees the chance to meet the horses who are the real heroes.
Kristin has provided therapeutic services to Collier County Public Schools & Youth Haven. She currently is the Director of Student Programs at Champions for Learning and works within her family’s foundation, The Tina & Richard V. Carolan Foundation.
Joe earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Certified Financial Planner Certificate from Boston University. He also studied at Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management and Harvard’s Extension School. After earning his degree and studies he enlisted and proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps and is a decorated war veteran. He holds his Investment Advisor and Securities License(s) Series 6, 7, 63, 65 as well as state insurance.
He resides in Naples, FL and is an active member of the community participating with various charitable and civic organizations. He is a member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corps League, Home Base Program of SWFL, Wounded Warrior Project of Collier County, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, and Old Naples Association.
She has 50 years of experience as a wife and soulmate, 45 years as a mother, and 21 years as a grandmother. She and Gary have two children and seven grandchildren.
Honors and Recognitions:
*Recognized by Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center in Richmond, IN as Catalyst for Change Regional Honoree in 2012. Since then further donations led to naming a new residence hall named Sharpe Hall.
*Recognized as one of 100 alumni Transformers in Nursing and Healthcare from the College of Nursing at Ohio State University in 2014.
The Sharpes locally support Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, Neighborhood Health Clinic, Naples Community Hospital Foundation and Naples Buckeyes Alumni Club Scholarship. Support OSU through endowed scholarships and member of Capital Campaigns. Support health care on Anguilla, where they have a home, with donations of equipment for blood bank, dental clinic, CT scanner, and transport incubator.
Contributions to Naples Therapeutic Riding Center
Volunteer since 2002
Volunteer of the Year in 2009
Served on the Board of Directors 2012-present
Served as President of the Board 2015-2017
Served as Co-chairman of the Bootstrap Boogie Barn Dance in 2014 (with husband)
Provided initial funding for Operation Strides
Member of Strategic Planning Committee, Barn Dance Committee and the Corral
Former member of Governance, Finance, and Executive Committees
Given the naming rights to the new (delete new) round arena through a donation to Capital Campaign
“NTRC is what every charitable organization should be. It exemplifies coordination, cooperation, communication, and love of a program like I’ve seen nowhere else.” “Growing pains are seen as opportunities, not obstacles.”
Bill received his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Bonaventure University in 1986 and his M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University in 1989.
In 2003 Bill founded the Footprints in the Sand Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to better the lives of children and their families by locating and supporting programs that directly benefit their health and well-being. With no administrative costs, the Foundation is an entirely volunteer-based organization.
He is also a Trustee of the Virginia B. Toulmin Charitable Foundation, a private foundation that provides grants to organizations across the globe. His love for children drives his philanthropic vision. In the last decade he has supported multiple worthy causes, including job training and career placement for orphaned young women in Thailand, arts and education programs in schools, and summer camps for sick and disabled children, among others.
Bill loves spending time with his family at the beach, biking, and traveling.