FORT MYERS, Fla.  – America’s SBDC (ASBDC) has selected John Benkert, Owner of CPR Tools and client of the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) to attend a dinner and reception in Washington DC, on Capitol Hill, Monday, February 6, 2017.  The reception will showcase some of the ASBDC network’s top clients to Legislators. Only 12 business nationwide were selected by the ASBDC for this honor. Amanda Stirn, marketing director for the FSBDC at FGCU will be in attendance to represent her region and show her support of small businesses across the county.

CPR Tools, Inc. is a woman-owned small business, owned and operated by John and Sue Benkert. It specializes in data recovery, eradication, and data security. The Benkert’s began working for CPR Tools in 2004, John as a Senior Computer Scientist and Sue as the office manager. There were seven employees when John started at CPR Tools. He quickly determined the company’s potential went beyond data recovery services. He hired several hardware and software engineers and began designing and building products for the data recovery and security markets. In 2011, the Benkert’s acquired the company, Sue serving as CFO and John as CEO, and employment has since expanded to 28 employees

As a testament to CPR Tools’ success, John Benkert was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Business Innovator of the Year award by the FSBDC at FGCU for his commitment to the development of technological advances in the field of data recovery.