Alzada Company owner and president, Rebekah Barney, is featured in the August 2022 Futuremakers Issue of Gulfshore Life, Southwest Florida's premier lifestyle magazine.

Entitled "Urban Legend: Second-generation developer Rebekah Barney marks a new era in Fort Myers urbanization with The Irving," the profile by Stephanie Davis, which features photographs by Anna Nguyen, describes the vision and philosophy behind Rebekah's debut development, The Irving Downtown, a luxury rental community coming soon to the historic River District in Downtown Fort Myers, Florida.


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The Alzada Company has officially introduced its director of marketing and communications, Jane Brickley Disla.

As marketing director, Disla is responsible for conceptualizing and creating all branding, marketing and communications for Alzada and its debut development, The Irving Downtown, a luxury mid-rise rental community coming soon to the historic River District of Downtown Fort Myers, Florida.

“I’ve worked with Jane for over five years on several developments, and I knew she was the ideal candidate for our marketing director,” said Alzada owner and president, Rebekah Barney. “Jane has an innate ability to creatively translate facts and figures into engaging branded content and collateral, always with originality and nuance, always with exceptional quality and style.”

With 15 years of professional writing and graphic design experience and more than a decade in branding, web design and marketing, Disla’s expertise encompasses a spectrum of traditional and new media, from newspapers and TV ads to the vast, varied and ever-changing digital landscape of web, social, search engine, mobile and email marketing.

After receiving a B.A. in English from Ohio State, Disla relocated to Southwest Florida and was hired into a weekly newspaper group on Sanibel and Captiva, where she quickly rose from staff reporter and layout artist to editor, and received a “Best Feature” award from the Florida Press Association (2010). In 2011 she began her branding and marketing career, and has since crafted content and strategy across many industries, including art galleries and artists, high-end boutiques, skincare and cosmetics, luxury salons and spas, Realtors®, and various Southwest Florida small business owners. 

Since 2017, when she first joined Barney’s team as a marketing coordinator, Disla’s focus has been real estate development, including a $90M luxury 55+ high-rise rental community and a $140M luxury high-rise two-tower condominium, both located on the Downtown Fort Myers waterfront.  

“Rebekah’s mentorship over the past five years has been a privilege for which I’m so grateful,” Disla said. “Her vision is innovative and her commitment to historic preservation and sustainable development is inspiring, and I’m honored and so proud to be a part of the company – and communities – she’s building from the ground up.”

Although Disla grew up in Central Ohio, she has been visiting family and vacationing in Southwest Florida her entire life, finally making the move to Fort Myers in 2007. She now resides in Cape Coral with her husband.


On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, the Pace Center for Girls, Lee County presented “A Day in the Life of a Pace Girl,” sponsored in part by Alzada Company president Rebekah Barney, who also serves as board secretary for Pace Lee and is co-chair for the Believing in Girls Society (BIGS).

The unique event began with faculty and staff giving attendees an overview of the Pace Center, its mission, and its services, which was followed by an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour led by members of the Pace Lee Girls Leadership Committee.

The Pace Center for Girls provides girls and young women with an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy, with the belief that each individual deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential, and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity, and grace.

To make a donation and to become a member of the Believing in Girls Society, go to the Pace Lee Website and click the red “DONATE” button; you can designate your donation for Lee County from the dropdown menu. Donations of $500 more will automatically make you a member of the Believing in Girls Society, but not amount is too small, as every cent will help make a difference in the lives of these girls.

Learn more by visiting the Pace Lee Website and connecting with Pace Lee on Facebook.


School might be out for summer, but the Fort Myers community is still coming together in support of its students.

In June, Studio+, an architectural and interior design firm headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida, hosted a BBQ & School Supply Drive, to which The Alzada Company was happy to contribute!

Donations of notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, earphones, crayons, backpacks and calculators – just to name a few – will all go to benefit The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Education Resource Center.


Alzada founder and president Rebekah Barney was named among this year’s “100 Women to KNOW Across America, an annual award recognizing the top 100 female leaders across the United States.

Presented by Morgan Auto Group, the 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award recognizes and showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society, including entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists who exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious, and who continue to give back to their communities as they do so.

This year’s honorees were recognized with an award gala during the annual KNOW Women Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. May 15-17, 2022.

Read more and see all 100 honorees at the KNOW website or at Yahoo! Finance.


The Alzada Company was among the proud sponsors of Gulfshore Business’ 2022 Women in Business, held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs on May 3, 2022.

Hosted by the wonderful Lois Thome of WINK News, this inaugural event celebrated 10 of Southwest Florida’s most accomplished and innovative businesswomen.

The 2022 Women in Business Honorees are ­– Ingrid Aielli (Aielli Group), Nancy Dauphinais (David Lawrence Centers), Marie Grasmeier (Grasmeier Business Consulting), Teri Hansen (Priority Marketing), Gerri Moll (Southwest Florida Bank of America), Karen Mosteller (Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company), Sarah Newcomb (The Wine Room), Connie Ramos-Williams (CONRIC pr + marketing), Robbie Roepstorff (Edison National Bank) and Jen Whyte (Fort Myers Brewing Company).

Congratulations to this year’s remarkable honorees! Read more about the honorees at Gulfshore Business.



Rebekah Barney, President of The Alzada Company, was featured in an online profile by Gulf & Main Magazine, highlighting her unique experience as one of very few women leading her own real estate development company in Southwest Florida.

Click the link to read the full profile at the Gulf & Main Magazine website.

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Team Alzada had a wonderful time attending the highly-anticipated annual Market Trends of Southwest Florida of 2022, held in Downtown Fort Myers at the new Caloosa Sound Convention Center!

Joining the Alzada Team table were Realtor Susan Yarab and Julie Kwasnik and Dwayne Bergmann of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors.


The Alzada Company has announced the appointment of Ryan Anderson as Vice President of Development.

“Ryan has built an impressive career and brings a wealth of versatile knowledge and experience to our team,” said Rebekah Barney, Owner and President of The Alzada Company. “His expertise in sustainable design and construction aligns perfectly with Alzada’s commitment to both meeting and exceeding increasingly important green development standards.”

Anderson, a LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida, has more than 16 years of experience in Pre-Construction and Project Management throughout Southwest Florida and beyond, including Atlanta and Nashville, with projects ranging from custom private residences to high-rise condos and office towers.  

Beginning his career as an intern constructing the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, a $200 million entertainment complex, his major projects have since included – The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, a $100 million 32-story commercial office building in Nashville, Tenn.; Chandler Park Apartments, a $21 million 320-unit multi-family complex in Owensboro, Ky.; Naples Square III, a $35 million 77-unit mid-rise condominium in Naples, Fla.; and Marina Bay 880, a $55 million 87-unit mid-rise condominium in Clearwater, Fla.

He previously served as a board member on the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee’s Construction Leadership Council (2009, 2013) and, prior to joining Alzada, was a Senior Preconstruction Manager with the award-winning construction company DeAngelis Diamond, headquartered in Naples, Fla.

Anderson’s first project with Alzada will be The Irving Downtown, a luxury mid-rise rental community coming soon to the corner of Lee Street and Bay Street in the historic River District of Downtown Fort Myers, Fla.

“Having spent the entirety of my career in construction management, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some terrific development teams on some very exciting projects, and development is something I’d been dreaming of diving into,” Anderson said. “The opportunity to become a part of Alzada and develop a project like The Irving Downtown is a dream come true. Rebekah’s leadership, professional integrity and passion for serving her community are an inspiration, and I feel fortunate to be a part of this team.”

Born and raised in Gainesville, Fla., Anderson is an avid fisherman and golfer. He resides in Naples with his wife of 15 years, Stephany, and their three children.

Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn.


Southwest Florida-based real estate developer, THE ALZADA COMPANY, has commenced with architectural and pre-development work for its debut project, THE IRVING DOWNTOWN.

Coming soon to the historic River District of Downtown Fort Myers, Florida, The Irving Downtown is an eco-friendly, pet-friendly, luxury mid-rise rental community featuring 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments – each with a balcony and spectacular views – as well as an array of splendid amenities, including a swimming pool, fitness center, greenery and gardens, indoor and outdoor social spaces, and a self-service pet spa.

The Irving has several green features, including energy-efficient residences and appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, preferred electric vehicle parking in the attached garage, greenscaped social spaces, a convenient resident recycling area, and a bike and helmet rental program for residents.

THE ALZADA COMPANY is a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) led by Rebekah Barney, a real estate developer with more than 20 years of experience, and a Fort Myers resident with a passion for historical and environmental preservation.

“It’s a delicate balance between building for the future and preserving and protecting Downtown’s historic structures and natural environment,” Barney said. “The Irving is designed and developed from top to bottom complement the existing aesthetic of historic Downtown Fort Myers, while also meeting and exceeding Florida Green Building Coalition certification standards.”

The Alzada Company is proud to be working with three Florida-based industry experts on this innovative project – architects Baker Barrios, construction company DeAngelis Diamond, and interior designer Dwayne Bergmann.

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