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COVER THE REAL BRAD LEA CEO, LIGHTSPEED VT TRAINING & MOTIVATING BRANDS WORLDWIDE
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D-ZYN CORNER By Carol Townsend
7 GROWTH STRATEGIES SURE TO SPUR FRESH SUCCESS
AUTOMOBILE | RIDE
HEALTH | BEAUTY
PRESERVATION RHINOPLASTY CONTINUES TO GROW IN DEMAND SAYS RHINOPLASTY SOCIETY PRESIDENT DR. JAY CALVERT
2019 PORSCHE 911 SPEEDSTER
OCEANCO'S 106.7M BLACK PEARL AND 90M DAR WIN BIG AT THE WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS 2019
BUSINESS | INNOVATION
FUTURUS GROUP FILES FIRST EVER PATENT TO PREDICT GRATITUDE USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
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Dear readers, Welcome to our June Men’s issue. In this issue, you will find interviews with men, who are growing their businesses and capitalizing on opportunities in their respective industries while promoting professional self-development. On the cover is self-made entrepreneur Brad Lea, who is the founder and CEO of LightSpeed VT, an interactive experienced based training and communications system that helps leading Fortune 100 brands train and engage. With over 25 years in sales and marketing experience Brad Lea is committed to advancing companies and helping them scale and succeed. Today the company boasts a bevy of A-list clients like Tony Robbins, Grant Cardone, and Daymond John amongst many. Brad Lea is also the author of The Real Deal Lease training program, and host of “The Bottom Line” and “Dropping Bombs” podcasts, aimed to educate and solve everyday problems for entrepreneurs. Lea’s passion on helping companies improve existing systems and processes has revolutionized the online training world. In our exclusive interview, Lea gives us insight into LightSpeed VT and shares valuable points in attaining success.
Later in this issue, we turned to Futurus Group, an affiliate of Gobel Enterprises and a full-service consulting firm focused on artificial intelligence, as they seek a patent for its proprietary gratitude prediction machine learning model. This patent-pending technology is the first and only artificially intelligent algorithm that accurately predicts gratitude. “We conceptualized this idea a few years ago," said Chad Gobel, CEO and founder of Gobel Group. “We're so excited to see such great preliminary results, and the filing of the patent is an exciting milestone for us." Elsewhere, in this issue we have curated the perfect gift guide to help make sure dad gets something truly great this Father’s Day. May your Father's Day be filled with both gratitude and love. Best wishes,
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D-ZYN CORNER Written by Carol Townsend, A.S.I.D. Interior Designer
Sizzling Summer Trends! If you have picked up any of the season’s fashion magazines, color, smooth surfaces and ‘life’ are the theme this year. So let’s look at what this could mean for your home in the sky! How great do you feel when you buy new shoes or a great new summer dress when you buy them? You want to wear them to any new event you attend, not to just break them in, but to show them off. Keeping that in mind, let’s look at Fashion in terms of your lovely home. Is your living room all that you ever hoped it would be? No? What’s wrong? Is it the color on the walls? The same old pictures you brought with you from your old home, which worked great in that space but look old and tired in your new space? Start with color or texture on the walls. There are some fabulous new wall coverings that can add glamour to any space in your home. But what could you do with color or new wall coverings, art or a huge slab of granite hung on a major wall? What would that feel like? Take a trip to a local stone yard. Walk the huge area looking at the slabs with an entirely new thought in mind. What would this beautiful slab of stone look like hanging in my living room or dining room as a piece of art? You could even position it on a wall as you are going down the hall to your room. Hang it behind your bed as a headboard interest. Place spotlights above and below it to bring that wall to life.
You probably bought your place in the sky because of the beautiful views. But how do you keep the bright sunshine during the day from blinding you? Hang beautiful sheer drapes or motorized blinds on the windows with built in timers. They will be there to diffuse light during the day and automatically open to the evening colors at the specific time you dictate. A new chair in a great fun pattern can be like that cute, pair of new shoes that caught your eye online. Paint the focal wall in a room to capture the color of one of your favorite photos. Blow the photo up, frame it or unframe it in canvass or poly glass and voila…you have a new dress on your walls! I saw a wonderful piece online the other day where several fabulous photos of colorful Gerbera daisies were blown up and a collage was created on canvas pieces. It was bold! It was exciting! It added pizazz! Whatever you do, don’t play it safe. These are just things. Your bedding can be changed by the season, walls can be repainted, and if you are like us, you have dozens of great photos, just stuck in your phone. Artwork can be changed easily in today’s digital world. As I always say, it’s your home. Have fun! That’s the fashion industry in a nutshell. D-ZYN your home to be happy! Carol Townsend, ASID firstname.lastname@example.org
AUTOMOBILE | RIDE
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2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Limited to 1,948 units worldwide, the 911 Speedster honors 70 years of Porsche sports cars Last year, Porsche celebrated its 70th anniversary of building sports cars by showing two 911 Speedster Concept vehicles to the public. Now, the production version â€” the last of the 991.2 series 911 GT cars to be produced by Porsche â€” is available for order. Powered by a naturally aspirated, motorsport-based 4.0-liter flat-six engine that develops 502 horsepower and 346 lb.-ft of torque, the 2019 911 Speedster can sprint from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.8 seconds, with a top track speed of 192 mph. To deliver a particularly engaging driving experience highly desired by
purists, the 911 Speedster, with a 9000 rpm redline, is available exclusively with a GT Sport six-speed manual transmission. Porsche Speedster models began in the United States in the early 1950s, as a lightweight, and less expensive option for the burgeoning California market and rapidly developing car culture. Speedsters combine open-top driving pleasure with incredibly distinctive driving dynamics, have been part of Porsche history since 1952. The forefather of Porsche Speedster models, the 356 1500 America Roadster, had an aluminum body manufactured entirely by hand. It weighed about 20-percent, or approximately 350 pounds (160
kilograms), less than the 356 Coupe it was based on, and its top track speed of 108 miles per hour (175 km/h) with its 70-hp four-cylinder flat engine was impressive at the time. Featuring slot-in curtain side windows, a folding top, lightweight bucket seats and no heater, this car, developed exclusively for the US market, embodied several key elements of the speedster design that would be repeated in future models. By 2010, eight different production and special models bearing the "Speedster" name had been created. The 356 A 1500 GS Carrera GT Speedster represented a highlight in 1957, and the first 911 Speedster followed in 1988. Limited to just 356 units worldwide, the 997 generation Speedster built in 2010 was the latest model to be fitted with the famous designation. The 2019 911 Speedster is the first developed by the Porsche Motorsport department in Weissach and is immediately recognizable as a Speedster. The low-cut front windshield and side windows as well as the manually operated lightweight fabric top are characteristic for a Speedster model and make
the car stand out from other series production 911 models. The two streamliners atop the rear decklid are made from carbon fiber are yet another design highlight rooted in the model's history. The interior of the 911 Speedster is characterized by a focus on the essentials of driving. Lightweight door panels with storage nets and door pulls emphasize the dedication to weight reduction. The standard black leather interior can be supplemented with red stitching for the dashboard and the "Speedster" designation in the headrests. With this option, the door pulls are also fitted in red, and the GT Sport steering wheel is decorated with a red 12 o'clock center marker. The interior trim, which spreads to the gear shift knob as well as the door sill guards with "Speedster" model designation, is carbon fiber. Underscoring its purist focus, extensive measures were taken to keep the weight of the new 911 Speedster down. The front luggage compartment lid, front fenders and rear decklid are made from carbon fiber composite material, while the front and rear fascia are constructed with lightweight polyurethane. The rear decklid, which covers the top when folded, is also made from carbon fiber composite and weighs just 22 pounds. Standard Porsche Ceramic Composite
Brakes (PCCB) save about 50 percent from the system weight with grey cast iron rotors. The fabric top does without any automated operation, save for the electrically operated latch to lock and unlock it. Air conditioning is omitted in the interest of weight savings but can be added as a no-cost option if the customer desires. Finally, the six-speed manual transmission saves about nine pounds compared to the seven-speed manual transmission in other 911 Carrera models, and almost 40 pounds compared to a PDK dual clutch unit. With this clear focus on lightweight construction, the 2019 911 Speedster weighs just 3,230 pounds. The 911 Speedster's race-bred powerplant is based on the on the one used in the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS models and represents the next generation of this engine. It has been enhanced with individual throttle bodies that make the throttle response sharper, like the ones found on the new 911 GT3 R race car. Higher fuel injection pressure and a new lightweight exhaust system, which saves about 22 pounds of weight compared to the 2018 911 GT3, are also unique to the new 911 Speedster. The 2019 911 Speedster uses a chassis derived from the 911 GT3 models with a specifically calibrated rear axle steering system and dynamic engine mounts to deliver a maximum amount of precision, stability and driving pleasure. 20-inch center lock wheels painted in Satin Black are shod with Ultra High Performance (UHP) tries to offer high levels of grip, while standard PCCB (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake) delivers very powerful and consistent braking performance.
The 2019 911 Speedster is available to order and has an MSRP of $274,500, not including a $1,250 delivery, processing and handling fee. It is expected to reach U.S. dealers in late 2019. The optional Heritage Design Package designed by Porsche Exclusive Manufacture, which offers many styling cues and design elements inspired by classic Speedster models from the 1950's, can be ordered for an additional $24,510. For more information please, visit www.porsche.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
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Oceanco's 106.7M Black Pearl and 90M DAR Win Big at the World Superyacht Awards 2019 Oceanco is proud to announce S/Y Black Pearl and M/Y DAR have won the highest possible honors at the World Superyacht Awards, 2019— Black Pearl came away with the award for ‘Best Sailing Yacht 60m and above’ and DAR won ‘Best Displacement Motor Yacht 2,000 GT and Above’ but above all both yachts took home the coveted ‘Best Yacht of the Year’ award. An unprecedented achievement, which will go down in history! The World Superyacht Awards Gala, organized by Boat International Media, took place in the heart of London, in Old Billingsgate. Nearly 600 guests including superyacht Owners, designers, and builders were on hand for the dinner/ awards event. Black Pearl, measuring 106.7-meters in length, is not only the world's largest private sailing yacht, she also has many unique and innovative features such as a state-of-the-art Dynarig sailing system, single- level engine room, and a hybrid propulsion installation with a high capacity battery bank allowing for a regeneration mode when under sail. With Exterior Design by Ken Freivokh and Nuvolari
Lenard, Interior Design by Gerard Villate and Nuvolari Lenard and naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects/ Oceanco, Black Pearl is both stunningly beautiful and a technological tour de force. The 90-meter motoryacht DAR, with edgy exterior styling by DeBasto Design has an unprecedented —nearly 24 tons and 400m2 of exterior glass. Her detailed interior by Nuvolari Lenard works well with the exterior by taking advantage of the extraordinary floor-to-ceiling views from nearly everywhere on board. In addition to head-turning aesthetics and advanced technology, DAR is the first yacht to ever achieve the Lloyd's Integrated Bridge System (IBS) notation. "We are thankful to all of the team members and myriad individuals responsible for the execution of both of these yachts," says Marcel Onkenhout, CEO of Oceanco. "Moreover, we are thankful for the trust given to us by the Owners of Black Pearl and DAR to build the extraordinary yachts that they envisioned." For more information please, visit www.builtbyoceanco.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
BUSINESS | INNOVATION
Futurus Group Files First Ever Patent to Predict Gratitude Using Artificial Intelligence Futurus Group, an affiliate of Gobel Enterprises and a full-service consulting firm focused on artificial intelligence, announced that it is seeking a patent for its proprietary gratitude prediction machine learning model. G2G (Gratitude to Give), Futurus' flagship product, currently utilizes this patent-pending algorithm and is the first artificially intelligent product on the market focused on predicting gratitude specifically in a healthcare environment. Early results have revealed promising insights. One client using G2G prioritized a list of 500 high-gratitude patients and 500 high-wealth patients. Forty-seven percent of the high-gratitude patients became donors, surpassing the ten percent of high-wealth patients who did. "We conceptualized this idea a few years ago," said Chad Gobel, CEO and founder of Gobel Group. "We felt that the way philanthropic organizations were finding prospects was incomplete, and we wanted to develop an algorithm that could dramatically improve the methodology. We're so excited to see such great preliminary results, and the filing of the patent is an exciting milestone for us." This patent-pending technology is the first and only artificially intelligent algorithm that accurately predicts gratitude. It involves the use of various machine learning models in order to generate a gratitude score that characterizes the likelihood that patients will donate to the healthcare organization in the future. Using this HIPAA-compliant method, organizations will be able to obtain patient history data, including data collected from patient interactions with the hospital as well as third party data, and then use the gratitude prediction model to process the data in order to generate a "gratitude score" for each individual. This technology will enable philanthropic organizations to use the gratitude scores generated by the system to optimize resource allocation and reduce the number of resources required to obtain a target objective. The algorithm will prioritize prospects based on their varying levels of gratitude, thereby optimizing the allocation of the organization's limited resources according to the prioritization. "We are pleased to be able to strengthen our intellectual property protection with the addition of this patent," stated Nathan Chappell, president of Futurus Group. "Our goal with Futurus is to expand and improve the uses of AI-based gratitude indication, both nationally and internationally, and we're very excited to be working towards securing a patent for our proprietary technology. While we have already seen early success with the model in G2G, we intend to take full advantage of the algorithm and utilize it in other products soon to come." For more information about Futurus Group please, visit www.futurusgroup.com.
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TRAINING& MOTIVATING BRANDS WORLDWIDE
ceo, lightspeed vt Written by Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief Photos by Ella Gagiano Studios
elf-made entrepreneur Brad Lea or as people call him “The Real Brad Lea,” is the founder, Chairman and CEO of LightSpeed VT, an interactive experienced based training and communications system that helps leading Fortune 100 brands train and engage. With over 25 years in sales and marketing experience, Brad Lea is committed to advancing companies and helping them scale and succeed. Headquartered in Las Vegas, the company boasts a bevy of A-list clients like Tony Robbins, Grant Cardone, and Daymond John amongst many. Brad Lea is also the author of The Real Deal Lease training program, and host of “The Bottom Line” and “Dropping Bombs” podcast, aimed to educate and solve everyday problems for entrepreneurs. Lea’s passion on helping companies improve existing systems and processes has revolutionized the online training world. In our exclusive interview, Lea gives us insight into LightSpeed VT and shares valuable points in attaining success.
Here is what he had to say. Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself? I grew up in a blue-collar family, in a small town in Cottage Grove, Oregon. I was the youngest in the family. I moved to Las Vegas July 7, 1991 due to a sequence of events. I had $2900, which I lost in a day and had literally no money left and had to quickly find a job to survive. I got married soon after and Las Vegas became my home. Q: Can you tell us about your company LightSpeed VT? I was running a sales team and there was this employee in our sales department, he reminded me of my father. He was only making minimum wage and I felt a need to train him. Under my training he morphed; there was an unbelievable transformation with him. He went from making 5 dollars an hour to making 15k a month. This transformation not only positively affected him, but his whole family evolved for the better. Up to this point, I had only focused on my personal success. I soon realized when I focus on others success, I am most successful. From that point on, I was hooked. I wanted to help people learn to succeed and make more money. I decided to quit my job making 350-400k and start training and doing the same thing I did for him and his family.
“Reject ordinary, be legendary.” -Brad Lea
I launched LightSpeed VT, an online interactive video-based training and communication platform to help people achieve success. Q: How does LightSpeed VT train individuals effectively? When I launched LightSpeed VT, over twenty years ago, it was not easy as I had imagined. I was charging a lot of money and companies were paying for my service, but it just didn’t work successfully as it did on my first successful training. I was baffled by the results. I soon realized that in order to train someone effectively you need four ingredients:
their team to handle that traffic. Ultimately, you are paying for training whether you train your team or not in losses when your team is not trained properly to handle clients. Q: Can you tell us about your podcast Dropping Bombs? I created the Dropping Bombs podcast to help people succeed in life and in business. I cover a wide range of topics that educate, inspire and deliver results rooted in real-life experiences and stories. Q: What do you love most about what you do?
1. Good Content 2. Repetition 3. Practice 4. Accountability
I am passionate about helping people attain success. I get so much knowledge and wisdom from all the people I work with on a regular basis. I tell people the truth even if it is painful that’s why people call me the “Real Brad Lea.”
The challenge was solved, and the solution was LightSpeed VT. The company was rapidly growing from all the results people were experiencing.
Q: What do you think is the key to success?
Q: What made you decide to collaborate with big names in the industry over competing? The list was massive with big names. I thought to myself I can compete or collaborate. I think the universe has a way of rewarding people that add to the world. I decided to collaborate and show my software to my competition and allowed them to take my name off and use my technology. Q: What is a common problem companies often face when training their team? Most companies are training ineffectively, lack repetition and accountability. Majority of companies in the U.S. and throughout the world have exposure programs not training programs. They will spend insane amounts of money to draw traffic to their company, but little to no money on training
I believe with the right knowledge success is guaranteed. My mission at LightSpeed VT is to get the knowledge from the people who have it, to the people who need it. This technology can help franchises, direct marketing, brands, manufacturers, it literally can help any type of company because it is designed to scale, track and measure interactive content.
“Determination is the fuel for success. Without it, you’re not going anywhere.” -Brad Lea For more information please, visit www.bradlea.com.
BUSINESS | DEVELOPMENT
7 Growth Strategies Sure to Spur Fresh Success Written by Merilee Kern
Growth. All businesses and professionals should desire it and most certainly need it. But achieving and sustaining growth in today’s uber-complex environment—whether corporate, entrepreneurial or personal career growth—takes multifaceted vision, ingenuity and agility. Indeed, a lack of growth in business speaks volumes. It says a business or individual hasn’t fruitfully evolved in its own lifecycle (or career cycle), hasn’t kept pace with industry trends, that increased profitability isn’t being prioritized (or valued) ... or all of the above. Even when all of these things are successfully realized, there’s still quite a macro fight to be had as one endeavors to advance.
Economy, GDP data shows that “... growth slowed in the final quarter of the year ,” and that, “during 2019, expect growth to slow further, as effects from fiscal stimulus measures wane ...” Such intel can put things into perspective and prompt businesses to pivot on activities and expectations for the period.
For companies, economic indicators are a useful benchmark which often portray how ominous or encouraging the growth opportunity landscape may be. For example, according to intel from The Conference Board’s Economic Forecast for the U.S.
For some insight-oriented motivation, here’s a glimpse at how some business owners and professionals are growing their businesses and capitalizing on opportunities in their respective industries while promoting professional self-development.
But even as businesses at large strive to thrive, so too must the individual professionals that drive them. At the end of the day, a business’ success, or lack thereof, is a direct reflection of the people therein—from ownership and management to frontline and support staff and everyone betwixt and between.
1. Embrace Your Uniqueness, Don’t Try to Blend In Whether with respect to a company’s offerings, approach or image—or to staffers, themselves—uniqueness and authenticity can be key in attracting and entrenching customers. Sure, it’s easy to “play it safe” and still turn a profit, but to fully achieve breakthrough goals and hit seemingly impossible targets requires taking risks—true, and even unconventional, sincerity among them. Harvard-trained lawyer Chinwe Esimai, the first African to secure a global executive role at one of the world’s largest banks, encourages individuals to embrace “shining in their own lanes,” even in corporate America. By not downplaying her efforts or her Nigerian-born immigrant background and by staying true to her uniqueness, Esimai achieved extraordinary success with a banking industry leader.
2. Increase the Value of Your Brand For companies, your brand isn’t your brand until you’ve legally maximized all your resources. This is according to patent lawyer JiNan Glasgow George, who underscores that, for multi-billion-dollar companies like Apple or Nike, their trademark, logo and patent is what they focus on to drive value. George, who helps small businesses understand the power behind copyrighted brands, explains that intellectual properties (IP) provide protection against other companies from “borrowing” your ideas while also solidifying the uniqueness of your brand. When it comes to one’s personal trademark, Karen Leland, author of “The Brand Mapping Strategy: Design, Build, and Accelerate Your Brand,” suggests developing your brand by design, not default. “Know precisely where you are so you can discern where you need to go,” she says. “Every businessperson, from secretary to CEO, needs to start by assessing the personal brand they currently have and be truthful about the degree to which it exists by design—or default. Then they need to take stock of the impact that current brand is having. Is your brand producing the reputation you desire? What is it about what you do, or how you do it, that makes you unique, distinct and special? What sets you apart? Positioning yourself by specifically articulating how your brand speaks to the needs of your audience, coupled with the unique way you address those needs, is critical to creating an effective personal brand. And the more specific you can be, the better.”
3. Double Down on Failure Many in business are understandably discouraged after taking a loss, let alone experiencing a series of losses or rejections. However, with a fresh point-of-view on failure you just might be able to turn those setbacks into growth springboards. In fact, in his book, WTF?! (Willing to Fail) Brian Scudamore (founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?), explores the notion of “failing upward” and, in the process, “using setbacks to change your business for the better.” He asserts that “being an entrepreneur means letting go of fear,” and I contend that all aspiring professionals (not just entrepreneurs) should embrace this paradigm. Speaker and business guru Anthony Russo was able to wrangle his fear and rejection worries–to an extent that he built a seven-figure business in less than 18 months. Russo achieved this remarkable revenue benchmark by “doubling down” that, as he puts it, “is the art of leveraging failure to accelerate success.” By this, he means absorbing everything he passively learned from each prior failure and proactively learned about each situation by seeking and researching new tactics and trying again. While Russo concedes that failure is a significant part
of nearly any business process, especially relating to company ownership, he urges that powering through can lead to success that may not just meet, but exceed, original expectations.
4. Fractionalize Unforeseen Problems Unanticipated problems or events are always spontaneously occurring, and that unpredictability—especially with complications—can wreak havoc on the most well-conceived plans, sabotage timelines and send expenses soaring. Therefore, many companies invest so largely in prevention development teams—a strong resolution department to solve problems before and after they happen to keep the momentum and productivity flowing. But, not all companies—and certainly not individuals—have the luxury of having a department team at-the-ready to alleviate the angst. Franchise and small business expert Brian Clark, owner of Service Team of Professionals ("STOP") franchises, uses a simple method to avoid unforeseen obstacles from overtaking his businesses. According to Clark, “Every problem can be solved by asking the right questions and breaking down the problem. Fracturing each challenge to small, accomplishable tasks will not only be less intimidating, but also easier to maneuver.”
5. Work Smarter, Play Harder Productivity is a key priority in the labor supply-and-demand chain. It’s easy to focus on profits and products, dismissing the “how” it all gets done. Yes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it also wasn’t built single-handily either. Many businesses and professionals have been taught strategies to “work smarter not harder.” But well-respected business advisor and company CEO Richard Polak subscribes to “work smarter, play harder.” He’s advised the world’s largest companies, including the likes of General Electric, to focus on time and output. To invest in the well-being of its staff as well as invest in technologies that boost its efficiency and capacity, thus maximizing work time and morale to boost bottom lines. Polak differentiates himself by referring to his model as “compassionate” productivity strategies. According to an Accenture study, “The parallels between a superior customer experience and employee experience are striking. An optimized customer experience generates loyalty and additional sales. A stellar employee experience attracts talent and boosts workforce engagement, productivity and retention. This, in turn, directly improves a business’s financial performance.” The report revealed that “companies with highly engaged workforces are 21 percent more profitable than those with poor engagement.”
6. Embrace Value System-Driven Victory Pak Chau, the wildly successful tech entrepreneur who operates in various sectors like social networking, e-commerce and esports, did the unthinkable. As a value-driven entrepreneur, Chau had undertaken a successful ICO (Initial Coin Offering) to raise nearly $2.5-3 million for his esports platform. But, subsequent to raising these funds, he had an epiphany. Chau returned the money from investors and told his team they were going to start raising sales-driven capital from scratch. Why? As months passed after the ICO, Chau harbored an ominous feeling. “Deep down in my heart,” he recalls, “I felt that something was wrong. I felt that the energy in the office was slowly draining.” One reason for that was the newly established investors from the ICO. “They knew nothing about gaming,” Chau laments. “They were offering advice that did not resonate well with me or my team, and it was starting to obviously impact the company culture.”
Chau was looking for more than generating revenue, but rather to actualize a more holistic measure of achievement. Having foregone the funds from the ICO—undeniably a gut-wrenching decision most entrepreneurs would never have the stomach to execute—he had to figure out a way to launch on a shoestring budget. He believed that he could build his new business directly with the customer; in this case as a community-based marketplace. So, Chau pressed ahead without the ICO-driven funds and ultimately launched his community-based solution. Within days, it attracted more than 20,000 users and now, less than a year later, it boasts more than 70,000. Chau feels that, at the end of the day, it’s really about the conscience of the entrepreneur. He personifies this notion and walks the walk...all the way to the bank.
7. Control What You Can While cliché, they are undeniable truths: Perception is reality and “image is everything,” as painfully vain as these maxims sound. From one’s physical appearance to how one behaves, people tend to judge first and reason later. The same holds true for a business facility. Whether an office lobby, a retail display window, a website home page or even the body condition of fleet vehicles, aesthetics play a mission-critical role in overcoming the litany of obstacles and objections that are initially present with a new engagement. The influence of appearance is something serial beauty and cosmetics industry entrepreneur Dawn Hunter knows all too well, having built an empire helping people cultivate and refine their image by putting their best face forward. Looks aside, the idea of “controlling what you can” is about far more than trying to make yourself as outwardly attractive as possible. It’s about embracing your inner beauty, strength and fortitude and being utterly and unequivocally confident in your capabilities. Epitomizing these philosophies is former Ms. Olympia 50+ Sheryl Grant who, after leaving a corporate career, discovered that transforming her body began with a shift of what she could control: her mindset. She developed what she now calls the “F.I.T. for Business” model based on principles of faith, intuition and tenacity and went on to win Ms. Olympia her first time competing at age 55. Today, Grant teaches entrepreneurs and executives that, while they can’t always control their external surroundings, they can determine how they respond to situations. She imparts that their perspective and beliefs often drive success, or lack thereof, and play a big role in shaping their future. As the adage goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat ... and there’s certainly more than one way to spur growth for your business or career trajectory. The seven strategies above, particularly when employed in multiplicity, can catapult your professional endeavors to new heights. It’s never too late and there’s no better time than now.
About Author As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Preservation Rhinoplasty Continues to Grow in Demand Says Rhinoplasty Society President Dr. Jay Calvert Technique Aims to Preserve the Original Nose Structure as Possible Dr Jay Calvert, President of the Rhinoplasty Society, says the preservation rhinoplasty technique has caught the interest of the Rhinoplasty community around the world. This philosophical approach to rhinoplasty allows the surgeon to attempt to preserve as much natural structure as possible. This includes the soft tissue ligaments and cartilaginous structures of the bridge of the nose. Dr. Calvert preforms over 200 rhinoplasty operations a year from offices in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, California and has seen the interest in Preservation Rhinoplasty increase. His patients continue to become more selective when choosing a premiere plastic surgeon. They want a plastic surgeon who can deliver outstanding results. This technique has become a topic of discussion. In a blog post on his website, Dr Calvert discusses this preservation rhinoplasty in greater detail. While Dr. Calvert feels that this technique may be useful in some very select cases, he cautions rhinoplasty surgeons to be careful when adopting this novel approach to an operation they already perform in a tried and true way. Dr Jay Calvert is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who performs rhinoplasty, facelifts, and breast implant operations. Dr Calvert is known around the world as a leader in his field and an authority on the trends in plastic surgery. "I am cautiously excited about preservation rhinoplasty. And, I will be evaluating this technique like any other new technique...with a keen eye on patient safety, reliable and reproducible results, and its ability to improve my patient's results," said Dr. Jay Calvert. "There is no substitute for thorough evaluation and study of techniques and the outcomes from implementing those techniques." Dr. Jay Calvert, was installed as President of The Rhinoplasty Society annual meeting on May 16, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana. As President, he will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the Society, appointing committee members, and continuing to generate the highest quality rhinoplasty education in the world. On October 9 - 11, 2020, The Rhinoplasty Society will partner with the Rhinoplasty Society of Europe to hold the 3rd International Meeting of the Rhinoplasty Societies in Berlin, Germany. Dr Calvert will be lending his expertise to this meeting, as well. Dr Jay Calvert will be speaking at the 15th annual Vegas Cosmetic Surgery meeting June 5-8, 2019 in Las Vegas. His lectures will include "In Situ Total Septal Reconstruction" and a Masters' Seminar on "Nasal Tip Architecture." For more information on Dr. Jay Calvert and his practice please, visit www.drcalvert.com.
SPORTS | FITNESS
Photos by Emily Jones
On the Field with Jose Vasquez Written by Jennifer Gonzales
Jose Vasquez, 23, is working his way to the top. He signed his first minor league contract four years ago with the Tigers out of his hometown in Venezuela, where he was first discovered. He then spent the past couple of years playing in the United States in hopes to one day play for Major League Baseball team. Previously, playing for Gulf Coast League Tigers (GCL), this year, Vasquez has been assigned to the West Michigan Whitecaps, a step in the right direction. He is determined and persistent on doing whatever it takes to get to where he needs to be. Recently, we were able to do an interview with Jose Vasquez and here is what he had to say.
Q: What tips would you give to someone who is pursuing baseball as a career?
Q: What has baseball taught you that carries over into other areas of your life?
If you decide to play baseball you need to work hard every day, this is a sport that requires dedication and consistency. Never give up. Q: Besides Baseball what are some other hobbies that you enjoy doing?
It has taught me that if you go after what you want you will get there, never give up or stop believing in yourself.
I enjoy hanging out with my friends, fishing and traveling. Iâ€™ve been to many different places with great views that itâ€™s hard to have a favorite.
To one day play for the Major League team for The Detroit Tigers.
Q: What is your overall goal?
SPORTS | FITNESS
UP FOR A
MATCH ? Pro Tennis Coach
Michael Elguera Written by Jennifer Gonzales Photo by Efrain Kingz Photography
ichael Elguera, 24 pro tennis coach, knows what it’s like to work for what you want and to never give up. Having a love for tennis, ever since he was four years old, and growing up around those who played professionally, it wasn’t until he was sixteen, when he decided that he wanted to be a coach.
Having the opportunities to assist in coaching for top ATP tour players such as Radu Albot, Marius Copil and many other top ATP players while in their journey in the U.S. circuit and off-season training, was a dream come true for Elguera. However, this year, he was able to assist Radu Albot win his first title ever in Delray Beach, Florida and his rise-up in the ATP tour rankings from 81-44 in the world. Aside from coaching, he has also been to many places in his career such as Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. He had even traveled to NYC for a photoshoot for a clothing campaign when he was 22 years old. We got together with Michael Elguera for a one on one interview with High Rise Life, and this is what he had to say. Q: What has tennis taught you that carries over into other areas of your life? Tennis has taught me many things; it teaches you hard work and perseverance. It teaches you how to believe in yourself and how to trust your instincts at difficult moments. Q: What kind of sacrifices did you make to become a pro tennis player-coach? To be honest, I didn’t have to sacrifice a lot because I was in love with the sport. Tennis was everything to me; I didn’t come from a wealthy family to travel to many tournaments. I was obsessed. Tennis is a very clean environment, every day right after school I would head to the wall at Shenandoah Park in Miami to hit tennis balls for 6-7 hours a day every day. When I was nine years old, I started taking the Metrobus from little Havana to Brickell to grab another bus to Biscayne to practice. I was allowed to train for free with other good junior players at the Bryan Park, Ocean club, Calusa Park, the courts at the Ritz Carlton, Pablo Arraya Academy, and IMG Academy. Q: What are you one day hoping to accomplish? When I was 12 years old one of my dad’s friends took me to the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne to watch Roger Federer VS. Gael Monfils from the top afar 400 level. I saw people picking up tennis balls for top players. I was like “I want to be ball boy next year.” So, the following year I found myself picking up tennis balls in the same stadium for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and many more. After ten years of being ball boy, I ended up sparring for a couple of the top players; I could call them personally to ask them for advice, something I never thought I could do in a million years. However, one thing I had on my wish list was to be a coach for top ATP professional players. In 2018, I ended up helping Radu Albot, Marius Copil, Nikoloz Basilashvilli with their needs while they were in Miami. Who would have thought I’d be surrounded by amazing talented individuals?
Photo by Ivan Brun Q: Who inspired you to follow your dreams? Tennis runs in the family. My dad played professional tennis in Peru. My uncle was top 30 in the world in 2007. When I was 14, I met former hitting partner of Serena Williams, Sasha Bajin, whenever he was in Miami he would come down and hit with me, he would surprise me with Wilson tennis rackets and Nike shirts. It inspired me to become a hitting partner. Liam Smith, ATP super coach, my best friend and mentor inspired me and guided me to be an extraordinary coach. He has taught me the tools and fundamentals in the world of tennis. Q: Working on anything exciting right now? There have been many things in the talks this year about collaborating with Brazilian partner to create a tennis luxury experience when foreign clients that want to vacation and looking to play tennis in Miami. But as of right now I am focusing on expanding my brand Elguera Tennis, which I started two years ago. I'm working with all types of clients, beginners, intermediate, advanced, top players, etc.
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Opulent Luxuries Crystalizes Art of Gemstone Décor & Gifts Perfect for Father’s Day Written by Merilee Kern
For those with their hearts and minds set on finding inimitable bespoke décor, housewares and custom-commissioned gifts that are mind-blowingly exquisite need look no further than Opulent Luxuries. This artisanal crystal design house has raised the bar beyond the traditional work of Tiffany, Waterford and Baccarat courtesy of its custom-tailored “patent-pending” pieces made exclusively from the finest semi-precious gemstones extracted throughout the globe. The company uses these scrupulously-sourced stones to handcraft giftable wares like vases, candlesticks, bowls, glassware, lighting, coasters, landscape pieces, accolades and more—all designed by hand with perfect symmetry by some of the world’s most skilled craftsmen. Each resulting work exudes glamour, elegance and sophistication, from liquor glasses fashioned in Amethyst to candle sticks and vases crafted from Phantom Quartz and much in between.
Opulent Luxuries can yield virtually any design imaginable for the most discerning consumers, with many items available with personalized etching. This includes a few engraved design options perfect for sports fans, such as the first ever baseball bat created from Phantom Quartz for the New York Yankees. The company can even design the most striking natural clusters of rough gemstones that are perfectly suited for illuminated interior and exterior environments. The results are jaw-dropping notes of glam within the space, whether indoors or out. Place a cluster adjacent to a kinetic fire or water feature and the effect is nothing short of spectacular. To uphold and guarantee the utmost quality standard, Opulent Luxuries employs a grading scale for its gems that’s synonymous with diamonds with respect to cut, color and clarity to ensure only top-quality stones are utilized. Only the gems that have a rating of
A/A+ are chosen and then crafted by hand by the world’s most talented artisans through an incredibly painstaking process. All the crystals utilized present their own signature of internal inclusions, fractures and crystal structures that took millions of years to form through a series of catastrophic geologic conditions— characteristics that serve a precious reminder of each stone’s provenance. It’s these distinctive properties that help ensure every piece is wholly one-of-a-kind. The company was crystalized by Jeff Rutstein, the son of a geologist and geology professor at State University of New York at New Paltz. Rutstein spent decades traversing the globe with his father, and his father’s aspiring geology students, in search of the most beautiful, unimaginable gems hidden in deep, remote regions of the earth that had yet to be discovered. Then, after working with industry giants the likes of Tiffany and Waterford, coupled with a decade-long tenure in sports marketing, Rutstein had a vision to “elevate the game” and launch a suite of designs exemplifying high end, luxurious sports accolades ever created. Due to the impeccable craftsmanship and beauty of his works, Rutstein rapidly expanded from commissioning sports-specific pieces to a wide array of housewares, drinkware, décor and landscape items that are utterly unparalleled. Every single creation is customized for each client predicated on their desired gemstone, level of design sophistication and budget. Whether it’s a set of extravagant goblets, pair of Amethyst cathedrals framing a fireplace, illuminated clusters in an outdoor oasis or a football, basketball or baseball cut to perfect form for the ultimate sports enthusiast–the options are virtually endless. Perpetuating this variety is that the company offers an assortment of semi-precious gemstone choices to help ensure the work meets your exacting expectations, hopes and desires. Crystal materials available include Phantom Quartz, deriving its name from the Greek mythological word “Krustallos,” meaning “Ice Created by the Gods.” They also work with soft pink Rose Quartz, regarded as the “heart stone” and commonly associated with “unconditional love and passion,” as well as Amethyst—a stone often referred to as “Purple Diamonds” due to its intense color tones and splendor. I, myself, commissioned a Rose Quartz heart perched majestically (and seemingly impossibly) atop a Phantom Quartz base, also with a personalized inscription. The resulting sculpture took my breath away when I first saw it, as it does every time, I gaze upon it to this day. “It took several years for me to perfect our ‘patent pending’ etching process, which is an incredibly sophisticated and arduous procedure allowing the gemstone to be meticulously engraved to perfect symmetry,” Rutstein notes. “These designs can not only be etched with meaningful personalized text, but also with a favorite team logo. In fact, we have licensing agreements with all the major professional sports properties including MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and NCAA.” So magnificent are Opulent Luxuries creations, the company boasts a bevy of A-List clients like Gearys Beverly Hills, Phyllis Morris, MLB, ESPN, the NFL (including the Dallas Cowboys organization), and even famous movers-and-shakers in Hollywood. So, if you want to add shock, awe and sparkle to your life, or some polish and panache to your gifting endeavors, Opulent Luxuries is a categorical go-to gem. About Author As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.
REAL STATE | DEVELOPMENT
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Introducing VuPointe The Newest Evolution of Vu at MacDonald Highlands Vu, one of the most exciting, innovative and beautiful luxury neighborhoods in Southern Nevada has expanded to introduce the next evolution of its popular brand. VuPointe, featuring 71 all single-story homes in a mix of single-story paired homes and single-story detached homes is staying true to its name with each home offering a spectacular view from the MacDonald Highlands hillside on which the luxury neighborhood sits. From the glittering Las Vegas valley to the north and west, to the dramatic ridgeline of the McCulloch mountains and triple fairway views of DragonRidge golf course to the south and west, VuPointe is positioned to deliver 360-degree views from every vantage point. Offering distinctively unique, modern and spacious floorplans, all Vu homes feature gorgeous contemporary architecture with floorplans
designed for empty nesters, professionals and influencers seeking a highly desirable place to call home. Spanning from 2,800 to 4,000 square feet, VuPointe homes are priced from the upper $900,000s. Developed by long-time Las Vegas luxury homebuilder, J. Christopher Stuhmer, founder and CEO of Christopher Homes, Vu is the companyâ€™s signature, contemporary neighborhood that is meeting strong demand for luxury living. Elegant appointments in each Vu home are abundant and include high-end finishes, details and products commonly found in custom homes. Vuâ€™s partnerships with best-in-class brands like Kohler, Bosch, Thermador, Sub-Zero and Wolf outfit each home with top-shelf appliances and fixtures with special focus on gourmet kitchens that are as gorgeous as they are functional.
The introduction of VuPointe comes on the heels of a quick sell-out of Residences 1 and 2 within Vu’s initial phase, underscoring the floorplans’ popularity and award-winning design. In 2018, Vu was recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) with a prestigious Gold Award for Best Architectural Design. Vu received top honors as the country’s Best Community by Best in American Living Awards (BALA). And Vu won three Silver Nugget Awards from the Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association (SNHBA), including the top award for Best Home of the Year for its Residence 3 model.
“As a longtime Las Vegas homebuilder, I am particularly proud of what we’ve done at Vu,” said Stuhmer. “We left no stone unturned and paid attention to every detail to ensure Vu floorplans meet the needs of the luxury buyer. Every home is sited to maximize the area’s stunning views, and important architectural and design details create impact. The community’s popularity says it all.” Vu is situated behind a 24-hour manned gate, high alongside the McCullough Mountain range that creates a sense of peaceful sanctuary and unrivaled privacy. Yet its location just west of the 215 Beltway offers convenient access to the Strip, McCarran International Airport, and just about anywhere in the valley. Residents of Vu have special access to the DragonRidge Country Club, a 42,000-square-foot clubhouse that offers formal dining, two casual restaurants/grills and lounges and a spacious ballroom to accommodate special events. It also includes a well-appointed fitness center, swimming pool, spa and pro shop. VuPointe is located adjacent to holes 1, 2 and 3 of the acclaimed private, 18-hole championship DragonRidge Country Club course. All homes in VuPointe are carefully situated on three single-loaded streets, meaning homes are placed only on one side of the street to ensure each home offers spectacular unimpeded views of the surrounding golf course, mountain and canyons. As part of the MacDonald Highlands community, Vu residents enjoy access to three neighborhood parks with designated play areas and picnic facilities, plus tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate five miles of residential walking trails within the community that connect to additional and more rugged McCullough Mountain trails. For information, visit christopherhomes.com or call the Vu sales office direct at 702-651-1151 to make your personal appointment.
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
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San Francisco's 181 Fremont Earns Superlative Architecture Awards from Global Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat San Francisco developer Jay Paul Company's first foray into residential development, 181 Fremont in San Francisco, garnered top global awards from the esteemed international Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The awards were announced in Shenzhen, China in early April and represented entries from 20 countries and 33 global cities. 181 Fremont presides over San Francisco's skyline as the most exclusive residential development in the city and the tallest mixed-use tower west of the Mississippi River. This prestigious awards program recognizes projects and individuals that have made the greatest contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, while reaching sustainability at the highest and broadest level. 181 Fremont's Awards Include: Best Structural Engineering Best Geotechnical Engineering The two superlative awards were achieved among 181 Fremont's earlier five Awards of Excellence, announced in February. No other U.S. building received as many commendations: Best Tall Building, 200-299 meters MEP Engineering Award Structural Engineering Award Fire and Risk Award Geotechnical Engineering Award Opened in 2018, the completed residential tower soars over 800 feet into the sky and was designed by Heller Manus Architects and engineered by ARUP Group. Notably the most exclusive residential
development in San Francisco with only 55 residences, 181 Fremont is also the tallest mixed-use tower west of the Mississippi River. "We are extremely proud of 181 Fremont's innovative and worldwide leading engineering prowess," says Jay Paul Company Chief Investment Officer, Matt Lituchy. "The global recognition of our dynamic contribution to seismic safety and quality recognized at the very highest level, underscores our commitment to create the safest high-rise homes possible for our San Francisco residents." Additionally, in February 2019, 181 Fremont was one of a select group of outstanding structural steel projects that have earned recognition in the 2019 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). 181 Fremont rises 802' from San Francisco's downtown high-tech nexus to transform the skyline and has set a new bar for luxurious residential living in the West Coast. The $850 million tower features a state-ofthe-art exoskeleton designed in a saw tooth pattern, with a magnificent spire that ascends from the crown of the building. 181 Fremont's central location in the East Cut invites easy access to Silicon Valley and is surrounded by icons of technology including Salesforce, Facebook, Google and Twitter. The award-winning architecture reaffirms San Francisco as a global city on the forefront of innovation and design. It stands to redefine not only the neighborhood, but also the very definition of San Francisco living. Exclusivity at its finest, 181 Fremont provides access to the entire city all from the privacy â€” and security â€” of home. Sales and marketing for 181 Fremont are handled by Compass Development. For more information please, visit www.jaypaul.com. www.HighRiseLife.com
REAL ESTATE | MARKET TRENDS
Existing-Home Sales Inch Back 0.4% in April Existing-home sales saw a minor decline in April, continuing March's drop-in sales, according to the National Association of RealtorsÂŽ. Two of the four major U.S. regions saw a slight dip in sales, while the West saw growth and the Midwest essentially bore no changes last month. Total existing-home sales completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, fell 0.4% from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million in April. Total sales are down 4.4% from a year ago (5.43 million in April 2018). Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist, said he is not overly concerned about the 0.4% dip in sales and expects moderate growth very soon. "First, we are seeing historically low mortgage rates combined with a pent-up demand to buy, so buyers will look to take advantage of these conditions," he said. "Also, job creation is improving, causing wage growth to align with home price growth, which helps affordability and will help spur more home sales." The median existing home price2 for all housing types in April was $267,300, up 3.6% from April 2018 ($257,900). April's price increase marks the 86th straight month of year-over-year gains.
Total housing inventory3 at the end of April increased to 1.83 million, up from 1.67 million existing homes available for sale in March and a 1.7% increase from 1.80 million a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 4.2-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 3.8 months in March and up from 4.0 months in April 2018. "We see that the inventory totals have steadily improved and will provide more choices for those looking to buy a home," Yun said. He notes that sellers must realize that price growth has moderated. "When placing their home on the market, home sellers need to be very realistic and aware of the current conditions." Properties remained on the market for an average of 24 days in April, down from 36 days in March and down from 26 days a year ago. Fifty-three percent of homes sold in April were on the market for less than a month. Yun says that college student debt continues to hinder millennial homebuyers. "Given the record high job openings in the construction sector, some may want to take a gap year to work there and save, and thereby lessen the student debt burden."
Single-family and Condo/Co-op Sales
Realtor.com®'s Market Hotness Index, measuring time-on-the-market data and listing views per property, revealed that the hottest metro areas in April were Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.; Lafayette-West Lafayette, Ind.; Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash.; Columbus, Ohio; and Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, Calif.
Single-family home sales sat at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million in April, down from 4.67 million in March and down 4.0% from 4.81 million a year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $269,300 in April, up 3.7% from April 2018.
According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage decreased to 4.14% in April from 4.27% in March. The average commitment rate across all of 2018 was 4.54%.
Existing condominium and co-op sales were recorded at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 570,000 units in April, up 5.6% from the prior month and down 8.1% from a year ago. The median existing condo price was $251,000 in April, which is up 3.4% from a year ago.
"I think the market had a bit of a slow start in the Fall, but Realtors® all over the country have been telling me that April was a nice rebound. We're hopeful and expect that this will continue heading into the summer," said NAR President John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota and broker at Edina Realty. "Homes over the last month sold quickly, which is not only a win-win for buyers and sellers, but it's also great for the real estate industry."
First-time buyers were responsible for 32% of sales in April, down from the 33% reported last month and one year ago. NAR's 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers – released in late 20184 – revealed that the annual share of first-time buyers was 33%. All-cash sales accounted for 20% of transactions in April, down from March and a year ago (21% in both cases). Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 16% of homes in April, down from March's 18%, but up from a year ago (14%). Distressed sales5 – foreclosures and short sales – represented 3% of sales in April, equal to the 3% in March and down from 4% in April 2018. One percent of April 2019 sales were short sales. June 2019
April existing-home sales numbers in the Northeast decreased 4.5% to an annual rate of 640,000, 4.5% below a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $277,700, up 0.9% from April 2018. In the Midwest, existing-home sales saw relatively no percentage change from the month prior, as the annual rate remained 1.17 million, which is 7.9% below April 2018 levels. The median price in the Midwest was $210,500, an increase of 5.5% from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the South modestly dropped 0.4% to an annual rate of 2.27 million in April, down 1.7% from a year ago. The median price in the South was $236,800, up 4.4% from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the West grew 1.8% to an annual rate of 1.11 million in April 5.9% below a year ago. The median price in the West was $395,100, up 1.3% from April 2018. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Information about NAR is available at www.nar.realtor.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
Photos Courtesy of Grand Hyatt Seoul
Transformation to New Heights of Luxury After extensive renovations, Grand Hyatt Seoul proudly unveils its collection of newly renovated guestrooms and suites designed to maximize the panoramic city vistas
rand Hyatt Seoul is excited to announce the introduction of the completed renovation of all 615 guestrooms and suites.
The newly renovated Grand Hyatt Seoul returns to market as the city's premier destination, celebrating the glamour of luxury travel, providing guests an abundance of dramatic, highly memorable experiences. To minimize disruption, this comprehensive refurbishment of all guestrooms and suites was sequenced over a three-year period, culminating in the recent completion of the hotel's 53 premier suites on its uppermost floors. Room layouts have been adjusted to reflect changes in guest expectations with contemporary room designs, while still maintaining the distinctive golden-oak finishes and clean lines of John Morford's original design, complimented by new, subtle references to Korean culture. The renovations provided the opportunity for the hotel to integrate the latest in technology into the rooms, providing today's traveler with the ultimate in convenience, efficiency and modern comforts. Today's guestrooms are more open in feel, allowing natural light to flood the spaces while enveloping guests with breathtaking views from the moment they enter. The window-side sofas and generously sized tables invite guests to work, dine or relax as they gaze across the spectacular views of Seoul. Rooms on the 15th to 18th premium floors, feature a custom-designed semi-translucent glass panel between the bathroom and bedroom, connecting the two areas and maximizing the overall sense of space while allowing the natural light and views to penetrate the bath area. Based on the geometric patterns found in traditional Korean bojagi wrapping cloth, the room's striking panels add a native artisanal element to the space, serving as a luminous lantern at night. Original art in the form of timeless fish-themed ink brush paintings, a symbol of good luck in Korea, grace each guest room. After 40 years of accommodating visiting royalty, heads of state, celebrities and captains of industry, Grand Hyatt Seoul was well equipped to understand the discerning needs of its VIP guests in a suite. As the hotel embarked on the total renovation of its most luxurious suites, it drew on its vast treasure trove of accumulated guest knowledge to conceive the perfect combination of space and amenities. Today's portfolio of entirely transformed suites include Diplomatic, Ambassador and Presidential Suites, all uniquely designed by the award-winning Bar Studio. Both the Ambassador and Presidential Suites can be interconnected through a Grand Executive Suite, providing VIP guests with additional space for a secretary's office, private gym, styling room or media-communications 'strategy-room'.
The 91-square-meter Diplomatic Suite bathed in sophisticated dark tones and punctuated with burgundy, chartreuse and Prussian blue, features a separate living room with dining area. Meanwhile in the marble bathroom—dominated by a freestanding elliptical tub—bojaji-patterned glass forms a distinctive shower stall with the ceiling hosting a dramatic lighting fixture of antiqued mirrored glass. On the penthouse floor, the massive 200-square-meter Ambassador Suite has been structurally reconfigured to maximize the views, maintaining a distinct separation between its public and private quarters. The private wing can be separated completely and accessed through a discrete second entrance, allowing the public spaces—a living room with study area, dining-cum-meeting room, kitchen and powder room—to be used as a standalone event space for meetings, product launches and entertaining. The Presidential Suite more than lives up to its name, having played host to numerous presidents, royalty and heads of state over the decades. Throughout the vast 337-square-meter suite—blessed with breathtaking 360-degree views of the Han River and Mount Namsan—the original architectural features, columns and moldings have all been retained while the suite's luxurious new finishes, fittings and furnishings create a new, fresh and sophisticated aesthetic. Entering via an antechamber, guests are greeted by a spacious entrance hall which leads to a study with a living area and working fireplace. From this central reception area, the suite branches off into luxurious private quarters, a guest WC and a large living room with bar, subsequently leading to a dining room for 12 and a fully equipped kitchen. In the private wing, guests will discover a bedroom with a separate lounge area, dominated by a striking hand-painted wallcovering above the bed's headboard. Elsewhere, guests can luxuriate in the extra-large walk-in wardrobe closet, a private fitness area and an indulgent bathroom, paved with an opulent, marble mosaic floor, and equipped with twin showers, a free-standing, stone whirlpool tub and vanity areas, all beneath a spectacular chandelier. "At Grand Hyatt Seoul, our ultimate goal is to provide innovative, indulgent facilities to our guests, supported by exemplary service" says General Manager Adrian Slater. "With our newly renovated guestrooms and suites, Bar Studio has retained the spirit of our 40-year heritage, maintaining a high level of detail and craftsmanship, while bringing about a subtle but significant shift in the way guests will interact with the space. Our hope it that guests will find our new rooms a splendid space to rest and recuperate after a busy day of work or sightseeing in the dynamic city of Seoul." For more information please, visit www.hyatt.com.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
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Gurney's Star Island Resort & Marina Opens Its Doors as The Hamptons' Newest Luxury Waterfront Retreat Gurney's Resorts Debuts its Third Property Just in Time for Summer 2019 Gurney's Star Island Resort & Marina, the newest waterfront retreat in the Hamptons, has officially opened as the premier destination for summer getaways, seasonal boating and standout dining experiences. Home to the largest marina in the Hamptons, Gurney's Star Island is a luxury resort featuring preeminent guest accommodations, unique dining concepts including the highly anticipated Showfish restaurant, outdoor amenities and an array of private spaces for events centered around the water. Owned by George Filopoulos of Metrovest and Lloyd Goldman of BLDG Management, the opening of Gurney's Star Island marks the brand's third resort and second property in Montauk. "Montauk is a market that is important to us personally and professionally, and we are thrilled to unveil a second location that extends the Gurney's experience out to Star Island while introducing a new type of stay in the marina setting," said owner George Filopoulos. "The opening of Gurney's Star Island is a testament to the growth of our brand, and we are committed to delivering an unparalleled resort lifestyle that appeals to hotel guests, visitors and locals alike."
Marine Aesthetic The design of Gurney's Star Island stays true to the brand's coastal aesthetic and origin, led by designer Stella Abdoulin. Inspired by its nautical history, the resort showcases a neutral color palette and maritime elements through the 107 guest rooms and public spaces.
Creative Culinary Concepts Gurney's Star Island Resort & Marina is home to four distinctive restaurants and bars helmed by executive chef Jeremy Blutstein. A Hamptons native, chef Blutstein highlights the bounty of the community throughout the resort's culinary program which is characterized by local product and seasonality. Showfish, the resort's centerpiece seafood concept, is a fine-yet-engaging restaurant featuring a lobster aquarium and nine-foot seafood display. A mainstay of the locally sourced menu is seafood caught daily by local fishermen and brought to the docks at Gurney's Star Island. Guests can select and tag their fresh catch of the day at the marina or choose their favorite fish and crustaceans directly from the seafood presentation at dinner time. Virtually all produce is sourced from farms on the east end, located within 20 miles of the property and prepared on display at the restaurant's "vegetable butchery." At Showfish Bar, inventive cocktails complement the restaurant's gastronomic direction, mirroring a focus on sustainability and localism. Boasting sweeping marina views, chaise lounge chairs and live music, The Pool Club is the ideal place to sip, swim and relax during a leisurely day in the sun. Guests can enjoy craft cocktails, signature frozen drinks and poolside bites in a lively and jovial atmosphere. Meaning "the oven" in Italian, Il Forno Market prepares specialty gourmet pizzas, freshly baked goods, artisanal coffees and a variety of handcrafted sandwiches and salads. Il Forno also serve as a grab-and-go market for marina and hotel guests. Van Leeuwen at Gurney's Star Island, which is the beloved ice cream brand's first permanent hotel store, serves its core scoops along with signature Gurney's flavors in a whimsical setting.
Elevated Amenities In true Gurney's fashion, Gurney's Star Island is filled with amenities, programs and services offered to energize and maximize the guest experience. Multiple pools, a private beach with watersports and a Kid's Club focused on the marine ecosystem ensure endless activities for guests of all ages. Complimentary shuttle service grants full access to the nearby Gurney's Montauk Resort and its wide range of amenities including the iconic Seawater Spa and The Beach Club set on a 2,000-foot-long private sand beach, allowing guests to take advantage of the full Gurney's experience. Meanwhile, the concierge can arrange seamless transportation to Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina in Rhode Island via yacht and seaplane service, offering a scenic day trip while guaranteeing a return to Montauk in time for dinner at Showfish.
The Hamptons' Largest Marina One of the top ten marina destinations in North America, the 232-slip marina at Gurney's Star Island offers ample space for vessels up to 220 feet. A perennial favorite among the east coast boating community and a haven for cruisers, sport fishing and mega yachts, marina guests receive all-encompassing resort privileges including room service delivered on board.
Elegant Weddings and Events Gurney's Star Island Resort & Marina comprises 15 acres of grounds with a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces equipped for weddings and events ranging from five to 1,000 guests. Soaked in natural sunlight through its boundless windows, the Waterfront Ballroom showcases views of Lake Montauk and the marina, while the private beach and Great Lawn offer timeless backdrops for an intimate ceremony. The ideal environment for a productive meeting or corporate retreat, Gurney's Star Island offers nearly 10,000 square feet of private event space including four dedicated meeting rooms, two private dining rooms and unique breakout and outdoor spaces that can comfortably accommodate groups up to 200. For more information please, visit www.gurneysresorts.com/montauk-star-island.
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
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The h.wood Group Unveils The New Bootsy Bellows John Terzian and Brian Toll, founders of the top global luxury hospitality and restaurant lifestyle firm, The h.wood Group, will finally unveil the newly rebranded Bootsy Bellows, located at 9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. The remodeled space will take on an entirely fresh and new concept escaping to a luxurious Palm Springs-esque desert paradise residence. In addition to staying true to the Bootsy Bellows’ signature “Old Hollywood” era’s look, The h.wood Group will be taking world-renowned
concept to the next level with even more attention to the interior’s details and experience, within the level of service and entertainment the hospitality leaders are known for. Bootsy Bellows will be open nightly on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The h.wood Group co-founder John Terzian said, “As we have grown our portfolio through the years and have expanded more Bootsy Bellows, we are dedicated in making the Los Angeles flagship a true blueprint.” Terzian added, “We took the time to
rebuild since the concept has now matured, and we wanted to really set the bar high for ourselves. It will be unlike any other nightlife space that we have done before and what no one else is doing or expecting.” David Arquette said, "I’m so thrilled to show the world the evolution of Bootsy Bellows. Once again Bootsy Bellows is leading with a new era of entertainment for the Sunset Strip.” Brian Toll, cofounder of The h.wood Group adds, “ We are grateful for our family and friends that have supported us and Bootsy Bellows, in making it a destination for these past years. We are thrilled to show the new space and what the next phase of its evolution in Los Angeles and beyond.” John Sofio of Built, Inc., re. designs the all-new Bootsy Bellows concept with custom furnishes and materials like marble countertops, contrast chevron woodwork flooring, and vintage fixtures to maintain the classic and modern. Within the venue, lies a walkway entrance with custom wallpaper depicting the desert flora, leading towards the beveled glass and Calcutta gold cocktail bar, floating on a brushed brass base, overlooking the span of the main room and deejay stage, nostalgic decor and table booths lined up along the curved walls. Sofio comments, “It will be a timeless space that juxtaposes organic curves with clean lines, highlighting natures essence in the modern world, no matter what era.” The highly anticipated return of the sexy revamped Bootsy Bellows Los Angeles will conquer the Sunset Strip yet again, proving to still be the premiere destination for A-List celebrities, trendsetters and leading industry influencers. The h.wood Group (Bootsy Bellows LA & Aspen & Dallas, The NICE GUY LA & Aspen, SHOREbar Santa Monica & Cabo, Mexico, Blind Dragon LA & Scottsdale & Chicago, Delilah, The Peppermint Club, Poppy, Petite Taqueria, Harriet’s at 1 Hotel West Hollywood, Mason Chicago & Santa Monica, and FOUND Hotel Chicago. For more information please, visit www.hwoodgroup.com.
ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD
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Miami's Elite Scenic Restaurant Is Back The Deck at Island Gardens is now re-open and better than ever Miami has a newcomer, and it's certainly a stunner. The Magic City's most exquisite super yacht marina outdoor lounge, The Deck at Island Gardens, reopens its doors and is here to stay! With a prime waterfront location, The Deck at Island Gardens caters to those who fancy wining, dining and dancing outdoors, while offering panoramic views of Downtown Miami. Waterfront dining doesn't get any more luxurious than The Deck at Island Gardens, which sits on Biscayne Bay overlooking the Downtown Miami skyline, as well as some of the world's largest mega-yachts docked at Island Gardens Marina. Guests have the option to dine in a cozy cabana, lounge table, or even from the convenience of their own yacht. The scenic venue offers a charming ambiance of relaxed luxury throughout, with a breezy design to give guests the ultimate Miami experience while enjoying Miami's finest cuisine. The menu is a mix of modern Western and Eastern Mediterranean recipes with an emphasis on seafood. If you are really looking to
make a statement, the Seafood Tower will blow you out of the water with chef's selection of fresh oysters, whole lobster tail, jumbo prawns, king crab leg, tuna tartare, salmon tartare and cobia tartare. A few of many other must-have items are the Meze Tray, a customizable selection of three or six homemade mezze's served with brick oven bread; Oven Baked Salt Crusted Fresh Whole Fish, served table side with black truffle risotto; Tower of Tartare, with salmon, tuna and whitefish served with avocado ice cream and truffle oil; Pappardelle, with Braised Angus short rib, and Pear Ravioli, filled with pear and gorgonzola cheese, finished with black truffle cream sauce. The Deck at Island Gardens is open Thursday and Friday from 6 PM â€“ 12 AM; Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM â€“ 12 AM to provide Miami with the dining experience it has been waiting for. For reservations please contact (786) 627-4949 or email@example.com.
ENTERTAINMENT | NEWS
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Legendary Party Host Albane Cleret Partners with Sony International on the "ONCE UPON ATIME...IN HOLLYWOOD" Cannes Event Albane Cleret is the elegant mastermind behind transforming the rooftop of the JW Marriott into the most exclusive space at the Cannes Film Festival. Although, it is a combination of three venues; Le Club and La Terrasse by Albane. Albane is renowned for orchestrating events that are glamorous, exclusive and intimate mostly in Paris. During Cannes she describes her party philosophy as "creating a story with an intentional flow" that draws Cannes filmmakers and actors nightly to the private club to enjoy its relaxed atmosphere after their official festival activities have been completed. Sony International teamed up with this legendary club doyenne and her team to produce the "Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood" after party. The party followed the film's world premiere attended by filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and his lead actors Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. Stéphane Huard, Managing Director of Sony Pictures Releasing France stated: "Albane is a true artist who created a legendary party for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood that will forever be remembered as part of Cannes party lore." Albane is known for her small private parties with high wattage celebrities, but for this Cannes event her challenge was to create the same intimate atmosphere for a 600-person guest list. June 2019
For the first time at the Festival, Albane opened the whole rooftop space for one event to create a flow between three unique spaces including a private restaurant and terrace, a central party space with a circular bar and bespoke private cabanas and a stunning club lounge under the stars with a view of the Cannes bay. Major sponsors such as Hennessey, Chanel, Moet, and Breitling partnered on the event, with Hennessey creating original cocktails for partygoers. Following a seven-minute standing ovation at the Palais, a private dinner was prepared for Quentin Tarantino, the cast, the producers and Sony executives. The dinner was created one of France's leading chefs, lovingly referred to as "The French Chef" Cyril Lignac, who has worked alongside three-star Michelin chef Alain Passard at Arpège and pastry chef Pierre Hermé. Sal Ladestro, Executive Vice President of International Marketing for Sony said: " We were delighted to partner with Albane who made the party for our world premiere of Quentin's film an evening that we will always remember. Her creative instincts and international sensibility make her one of the leading event specialists in the world and we look forward to partnering up with her again in the future." For information please, visit www.sonypictures.com.
ENTERTAINMENT | NEWS
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Hublot's Family of Tennis Champions in Paris GAME, SET AND MATCH HUBLOT! An e-tennis tournament with Simona Halep, winner of the 2018 French Open, plus Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Borna Ćorić. A friendly, private gathering organised by Hublot on the eve of the 2019 French Open in Paris, at the Café de l'Homme – an exceptional venue with breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadéro Gardens. "On the eve of this second tournament in the 2019 Grand Slam Season, synonymous with excellence under pressure, we wanted to bring together our friends and our tennis ambassador for
a unique and entertaining event. Like all the great international sporting legends, their powers of concentration are impressive. The limbs are nothing without the power of the mind! We are very proud to be in their company and we wish them all the success they deserve." -Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of HUBLOT A few days before the start of the great international tennis tournament held in Paris, the Brand's guests competed
against three of the world's best players ranked in the WTA Top 10, one of the most promising players in her generation, and Hublot's tennis ambassador and friend. The e-tennis matches were played â€“ with no sliding and no topspin strokes â€“ all under the watchful eye of umpire Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. This afternoon event proved the perfect opportunity for these elite athletes to relax ahead of the competition... and a chance for our non-sporting guests to compete with them on an equal footing. This was a friendly tournament in which the interactions between the athletes highlighted the shared qualities driving their remarkable careers: passion, persistence and precision. This fun, sporting afternoon was hosted by sports journalist Anne-Laure Bonnet and retired French tennis professional Fabrice Santoro. A Hublot ambassador since 2015, Borna Coric is also currently 15 in the ATP rankings, having held the 48th spot in the world rankings just two years ago. Romanian tennis star Simona Halep, ranked world number 1 at the end of 2017 and in 2018, won the French Open last year. Currently in second position in the WTA rankings, she has been part of the Hublot family since 2016. Karolina Pliskova was the first Czech player in history to reach first place in the WTA rankings in 2017, the year in which she joined Hublot; she is currently in 7th position in the WTA rankings. Elina Svitolina is in 6th position in the WTA rankings and became one of Hublot's tennis friends this year. The principle of e-gaming implies equality between all participants. However, our young champions demonstrated their outstanding powers of attention and impressive focus over a long period, winning most of the matches hands down. An essential strength in addition to their physical skills. The event was held at the CafĂŠ de l'Homme, with its sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower.
ART | CULTURE
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Callen Schaub Goes Rouge With Solo Debut Exhibition “Fake Art” Without A Gallery Behind Him - Defining What It Takes To Stand Out In The New York Art Market Under the wing of his agent Thomas Pierce, founder of Pierce Media & Associates Canadian abstract painter Callen Schaub, most recognized for his unconventional techniques, launched his New York debut solo exhibition to large crowds - FAKE ART Since ‘95 - at 393 Broadway, on Thursday, April 25th under the wing of Thomas Pierce founder PMA Media, PMA builds authentic audiences for brands and individuals through experiences applying traditional brand growth strategies. Thomas has proven to be a force to be reckoned with delivering and audience and record opening sales, ensuring the (invite only) opening Vernissage event was a big success. Guests enjoyed themed Grey Goose and Patron cocktails, and spin art inspired canapés, with live set by hot New York City nightlife DJ
Kieren Taylor. Callen offered live performances creating a social media frenzy daily and intimately mingled with attendees. The artist-directed popup exhibition was a smashing hit, with a sold-out show selling more than 14 fine art pieces in both medium and large scale. Most of the merchandise was also sold out including scarves, t-shirts, stickers, magnets, pillows, and signed fine art prints. The program offered an open-invitation to collectors, fans, families, kids, and fellow painters to be inspired by Callen’s transparent approach and technique which includes two pouring methods, and a canvas spun using a trapeze and pendulum, to experience his live spectacle which seems to always wow avid and new-coming art enthusiasts.
FAKE ART is Schaub’s response is to the digital world of art criticism and his dedication to advocating freedom of expression and inclusivity. Schaub’s colorful and free-wielding paintings seek to celebrate authenticity and imaginative freedom. The artist's work takes inspiration from the positivity expressed in the online community as well as responding artistically to the experience of being trolled. Thomas Pierce of Pierce Media & Associates was on the hunt to manage the next big artist, one with unlocked potential. After working with artists such as Andreas Giles, Bradley Theodore, and Ryan Keeley, he was drawn to Callen’s live performances and the ethos Callen lives by to be your true authentic self and to defy naysayers, to celebrate inclusiveness and love for all. Thomas wanted to tap into Callen’s unlocked potential and help break Callen into the US market. Together they defined what it takes to break through the traditional framework of artist
representation within the gallery system, one that both Thomas and Callen deeply respect. Thomas feels emerging artists need to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and need to think like a gallery by applying both digital marketing and experience marketing to grow themselves as an artist. “Artists need to find their audience and fan base, with the reach we have in today’s digital world, you can do that without gallery representation. As the end of the day galleries have four walls and several artists, how does an artist compete in the emerging art market when galleries have limited networks of buyers,” says Thomas. Callen says “Instagram for me is an exhibition that doesn’t have a start and end date, collectors and enthusiasts find me, get to know me, relate to me, and support me. Working with Thomas allows me to flush out the noise so I can focus on creating art and content for my fans while he focuses on growing my artist profile and managing my growing business, applying a skillset a traditional gallery would apply. Working with Thomas just works for me.” For Sales Inquires contact Callen’s Agent Thomas Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Callen Schaub Stemming from a diagnosis of dyslexia, a learning disability that primarily affects the skills involved in reading and spelling, Callen Schaub has harnessed his fascination to explore a more universal language, through live art demonstrations as a medium for self-expression. Focusing on the rawness of art, Schaub challenges traditional art-to-canvas painting with his bold, engaging and theatrical performances seeking to redefine how people appreciate and interpret ‘art’. Schaub has performed more than 120 live shows across Canada and over 10 solo exhibitions, charming audiences across North America with ‘The Arena’ — his portable studio comprised of self-made spin machines, pendulums and trapezes. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Schaub has been performing live trapeze, spin and pendulum paintings for nearly a decade.
CALENDAR June 1st, 2019 Emerge Festival – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Emerge aims to create a radically different experience. The festival unites calls to action, insightful discussion, and engaging artists, both established and emerging, to grapple with topics vital to our times. This year’s themes include Protest, Self, Brave, and Sex. For two high-intensity days, the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas will be transformed into a platform for emerging voices and creative connection. The festival will make full use of a wide range of spaces on site, but with a focused schedule that encourages festival goers to dig deep and get engaged.
June 15th, 2019 Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz – MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV. Tyson Fury to Defend Lineal Heavyweight Title Against Tom Schwarz June 15th at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The biggest star in world heavyweight boxing — all 6 feet 9 inches of him — is coming to the fight capital of the world. Unbeaten lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, the self-proclaimed “Gypsy King,” will defend his title against top contender Tom Schwarz Saturday, June 15th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
June 15th, 2019 Jennifer Lopez – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV. Capturing the hearts of fans from across the globe, Jennifer Lopez has been a force to be reckoned with since her breakthrough in film, television, dance, and music in the 1980s. Her continued success has led to this moment. Don't miss Jennifer Lopez It's My Party: The Live Celebration Tour with World of Dance special guest stars The Lab, Swing Latino, and Briar Nolet at T-Mobile Arena, June 15th.
June 16th, 2019 Car Show – Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA. A Father’s Day tradition for 26 years, the annual Rodeo Drive car show is free and open to the public and draws high quality classic automobiles and luxurious new models to Beverly Hills, year after year. Some of the automobiles shown include the 2015 Ford Mustang, a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom and a McLaren 12C. The coveted automobiles are displayed along iconic Rodeo Drive for auto-enthusiasts of all kinds to admire up close.
June 19-29th, 2019 Aerosmith – Park Theater at Park MGM, Las Vegas, NV. Aerosmith, continues their “Deuces are Wild” residency at the Park Theater with shows on select dates between June 19 and 29. This Las Vegas residency, will bring guests face to face with America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll band in one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas. The show will feature never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions. If you haven’t seen the classic rockers in an intimate venue before, now is your chance.
June 19th, 2019
June 22-23rd, 2019
2019 NHL Awards – Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV.
Technology Expo – Warner Bros. Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
The 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It marks the first year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at the resort’s sports and entertainment venue and the first time Bridgestone will be the presenting sponsor of the event.
Check out 30 exhibits ranging from virtual reality to 5G wireless, hear speakers, and tour a Hollywood studio at Shape Tech Expo at Warner Bros Studios.
June 29th, 2019 Latin Food & Wine Festival – Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV. Join us as culinary greats come together to showcase their take on classic Mexican dishes creating a vibrant, culturally immersive street market. Guests will explore bite-size dishes and tasty wines, spirits, and beers all celebrating the world of Latin cuisine. The event will feature: Cooking demo from Master Chef Claudia Sandoval and top Caesars chefs Entertainment with Latin bands, mariachis, and traditional dancers Street vendor food tastings Beverage sampling celebration with Latin cuisine. June 2019
SOCIAL | EVENTS
SIP, SAVOR & SOCIALIZE FOR A GREAT CAUSE Guests joined for a spectacular evening at Vu, an award-winning, luxury home neighborhood by Christopher Homes inside the prestigious golf course community of MacDonald Highlands. Hosted by AREAA Las Vegas in partnership with High Rise Life magazine and Christopher Homes. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors dâ€™oeuvres served throughout each model home while taking in the spectacular views of the Las Vegas strip. A silent auction benefitted Street Dogz.
Vu at MacDonald Highlands, Henderson, NV. May 10, 2019 Photos by Ash Photography Photos by Ozlem Dalmaz
D I S T R I B U T I O N D I R E C T O RY
ALLURE LAS VEGAS 200 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
PALMS PLACE 4381 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
SKY LAS VEGAS 2700 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
TURNBERRY TOWERS 222 Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
WALDORF ASTORIA LAS VEGAS 3750 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158
PANORAMA TOWERS 4525 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103
SOHO LOFTS 900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
VDARA 2600 W Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89158
METROPOLIS 360 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
PARK HOUSE 8925 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147
THE OGDEN 150 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
VEER TOWERS 3722 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
MGM SIGNATURE 145 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
PARK TOWERS 1 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89169
ONE LAS VEGAS 8255 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89123
TRUMP LAS VEGAS 2000 Fashion Show Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
NEWPORT LOFTS 200 Hoover Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
PLATINUM 211 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
JUHL LAS VEGAS 353 E Bonneville Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
LOFT 5 2715 W Pebble Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89123
ONE QUEENSRIDGE PLACE 9103 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145
REGENCY TOWERS 3111 Bel Air Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
TURNBERRY PLACE 2747 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
AQUA 388 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
WEST OCEAN TOWERS 411 West Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
QUEENS SURF 1750 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE SOVEREIGN 360 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
COOPER ARMS 455 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
LAFAYETTE BUILDING 140 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE VERSAILLES 2601 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
HARBOR PLACE TOWER 525 East Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
OCEAN CLUB 1310 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
GALAXY TOWER 2999 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
1100 WILSHIRE 1100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
METROPOLIS CONDOS 899 Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
THE CENTURY 1 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90067
THE CALIFORNIAN 10800 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
PERLA ON BROADWAY 359 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
RITZ-CARLTON 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
THE MERCURY 3810 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005
WILSHIRE REGENT 10501 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
EASTERN COLUMBIA LOFTS 849 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
SIERRA TOWERS 9255 Doheny Road, Los Angeles, CA 90069
THE REMINGTON 10727 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
EVO CONDOS 1155 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
SKYLOFTS 801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017
THE WILSHIRE COMSTOCK THE LINE LOFTS 865 Comstock Avenue, 1737 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Los Angeles, CA 90028
LOS FELIZ TOWERS 4411 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Feliz, CA 90027
TEN50 CONDOS 1050 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
W HOLLYWOOD 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
CROWN TOWERS 10701 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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ACQUA VISTA CONDOS 425 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
THE GRANDE 1199 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
THE MARK 800 The Mark Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
RENAISSANCE 645 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
BAYSIDE AT THE EMBARCADERO
1325 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
HARBOR CLUB 100-200 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
MERIDIAN 700 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
TREO 1240 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
CITYFRONT TERRACE 500 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
HORIZONS 555 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
THE METROPOLITAN 165 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
SMART CORNER 1080 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
DISCOVERY AT CORTEZ HILL ICON 850 Beech Street, 321 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 San Diego, CA 92101
CORTEZ BLU 801 Ash, San Diego, CA 92101
ALTA CONDOS 575 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
ELECTRA 700 W E Street, San Diego, CA 92101
LA VITA 300 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
PINNACLE TOWER 550 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
ARIA CONDOS 1441 9th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
829 FOLSOM 829 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ARTERRA CONDOS 300 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
ONE MISSION BAY Channel St. & 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94158
THE BRANNAN 219-239 Branna Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
170 OFF THIRD 170 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
181 FREMONT 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
ONE RINCON HILL 425 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE HAMILTON 631 Ofarrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
333 BUSH STREET CONDOS 300 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
CATHEDRAL HILL TOWER 1200 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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THE HARRISON 401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
750 2ND STREET
750 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
BLU CONDOS 631 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ROCKWELL CONDOS 1688 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
THE TOWERS AT EMBARCADERO
69 CLEMENTINA 69 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
ONE HAWTHORNE 1 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
SOMA GRAND CONDOS 1160 Mision Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
THE SUMMIT 999 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
888 SEVENTH STREET 888 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
MONTGOMERY WASHINGTON TOWER 611 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
ST. REGIS RESIDENCIES 188 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE WATERMARK 501 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ARDEN CONDOS 738 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
72 TOWNSEND 72 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
FOUR SEASONS RESIDENCES 765 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
GRAMERCY TOWERS 1177 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
THE 88 CONDOS 88 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95113
MONTEBELLO CONDOS 20488 Stevens Creek, Cupertino, CA 95014
PASEO PLAZA & VILLAS 130 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112
PLANT 51 88 Bush St. San Jose, CA 95126
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ONYX CONDOS 912 Campisi Way, Campbell, CA 95008
RYLAND MEWS 400 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112
PARK TOWNSEND 46 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110
38 North Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95110
690 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
88 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107