Gulfshore Business 40 Under 40
The fabulous folks in the following pages might seem familiar to many readers. These are the young professionals who have distinguished themselves as the Gulfshore’s leaders in business and community service.
A record number of nominations this year proves that Southwest Florida has a wealth of talented young leaders. Still, many of those nominated stood out. They are Southwest Florida’s 40 brightest stars under 40 years old.
Why her: As CEO of the marketing and branding firm started by her husband, John, Milissa Sprecher oversees the company’s finances and 15 employees and also serves as video editor. She’s a mom of two with another child on the way, and she makes time to help the Sanibel-Captiva Cares charitable organization of the Children’s Education Center of the Islands. During the evenings, she and John turn their attention to Special Kids, their video company that creates learning products for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
The videos help the kids learn how to handle “things you and I take for granted, like going to a movie or a restaurant or even to the doctor or dentist,” says Milissa. “It gives them an opportunity to watch a video and prepare themselves mentally for what’s coming.” It’s this work of which she is perhaps most proud. “I know we are helping families and making their lives better,” she says. “When I get a testimonial or note back from parents, that’s probably the best pat on the back you can get.”
Off the clock: Sprecher likes to spend what little free time she has with her kids at the beach or in the pool.