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Charlotte Sun Herald Story


Well, somebody's got to handle those midnight emergencies
Date: August 2, 2007 ~ Author: Bob Fliss
I've noted this trend before -- the time gap when the first physical occupation of a new business location draws ever further from whatever ceremonial hoopla goes along with the deal.

So, in the interest of full disclosure, The Gateway Group physically occupied its new location at 1532 Rio de Janeiro Blvd., Port Charlotte, as far back as April.

But it wasn't until Wednesday that Kristine and Bill Wishard invited the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and other well-wishers over to wield the big ceremonial shears.

Gateway provides management services to 63 neighborhood and condominium associations from North Port to Naples.

Basically, they're the folks you call when your upstairs neighbor's plumbing starts dripping into your living space at 2 a.m., explained Bill Wishard.

Gateway also handles less stressful tasks like bookkeeping for its various clients. Gateway manages about $15 million in assets for its clients and often performs services like hiring contractors to do both maintenance and site improvements at the communities.
The firm has a staff of 18 in the office and 13 in the field. Bill Wishard explained that they also have contractors to supply certain other vital skills, like locksmithing.

Kristine Wishard has been one of Charlotte County's more visible volunteers -- she was last year's president of the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Chamber of Commerce, and is also a past president of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Wishard had a long career with Florida Power & Light and the city of Punta Gorda before joining his wife in the family firm.

Gateway was founded in 1980. The company's phone number is 941-629-8190.

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