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March / April
IN FLU E N C E Exotic Summer Journeys ..............................................10 TRAVEL
Vacation In Luxury ......................................................12 TRAVEL
A Glimpse Behind The Lens ..........................................14 LIVING WELL
Featuring The Artist: Marlene Jorge ..............................22 LIVING WELL
Chuck Aksland Returns at 2015 Red Bull Grand Prix ......24 LIVING WELL
Best Apps For Austinites ...................................................26 LIVING WELL
Pal Zileri ....................................................................38 FASHION EDITORIAL
3 Wearable Spring Trends ............................................42 FASHION & STYLE
SUMMER SUN SECRETS ........................................18 Skin care from the expert point of view
Pluckers Wing Bar Turns 20 ..........................................44
JULIE ANDERSON ~ SUPERMODEL & SUPERWOMAN ....................................................32
Favorite Summer Cocktails ...........................................46
Beautiful, busy, well-grounded and gracious, is Julie Anderson.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Age of Singledom .......................................................50
IN NE T WOR K People You Should Know .........................................16, 29, 48
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Laziness: A Leading Cause of Divorce ...........................54 HEALTH & WELLNESS
IN S OC I E TY A Night Full of Stars .......................................................58 The Best Tasting Lemonade Contest ....................................59
IN T H I N G S Quick Weekend Getaway For Busy Professionals ............56
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J A M E S C L O W E R Director of Marketing | Tramex Travel | Austin, Texas | www.tramex.com Director of Marketing and Online Resources for Tramex Travel, James Clower is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities, both external and internal, for Tramex Travel. Clower has 28 years of experience in the travel industry, 24 of those years at Tramex. As vendor liaison, James coordinates and manages cooperative events between Tramex and strategic tour and cruise line partners. Outside of his marketing role, James has expertise in travel systems automation, training, meetings and conventions, and online self-booking tools.
B R A D K E N N I N G T O N , L M F T, L P C Therapist & Author | Brad Kennington & Associates www.bradkennington.com Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC is a therapist in private practice at Brad Kennington & Associates. He provides therapy to individuals, couples and families and focuses on disordered eating, anxiety, grief & loss and relationship issues. Because of his expertise with eating disorders and relationship issues, Brad has been interviewed by satellite radio and has been quoted by Huffington Post. Brad is a board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, a clinical fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is the president of Austin Eating Disorder Specialists. To contact Brad, you can reach him at email@example.com.
L E S L I E M O N T OYA Life Coach & Emmy Award Winning TV Host | Univision www.univisionaustin.univision.com Host and producer of Univision 62’s morning show “Despierta Austin” (Wake up Austin). Recently, Leslie was nominated for and was the recipient of an Emmy from the National Academy of Television & sciences Lone Star Emmy Awards. Leslie is in the process of acquiring a certificate as a life coach at the Robbins-Madanes institute. This would allow her to positively motivate and inform the Hispanic community with the use of the communication platforms.
B A S N Y D E R Founder & Operations Manager, Veritas Group | Marketing & PR | Austin, Texas www.veritasaustin.com Founder & current operations manager of Veritas Group – Marketing & PR, a full service firm dedicated to bridging a gap between the operational and marketing mindset with a hands on approach. Founded in 2010, the Veritas team works with clients of all industries, ranging in size from start-ups, corporate brands and product launches bringing opportunity regardless of marketing budget. Since founding Veritas Group, BA has continued her serial entrepreneurship by integrating resources and investment into retail, e-commerce and real estate. BA Snyder is the current 2015 honorary chair for Austin Child Guidance Center.
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letter from T H E E D I T O R
In this, my first words to you as Editor-in-
Chief of InFluential Magazine, I wanted to share my absolute joy in joining a team of brilliant and diverse individuals that are able to bring to you the stories from all
corners of Austin. I’ve been an avid reader of InFluential Magazine since its first issue in the fall of 2011. Austin’s cultural scene came alive in its pages, bringing to me in Columbus a city flourishing 1,200 miles away. Ohio winters, bitter from the cold blow of the polar vortex, were tempered with each turn of the page that brought me a world away. Justin McNulty’s “Destination Makeover” piece on travel in the January / February issue particularly helped while my then hope was for it to warm up to the mid negative teens on a Saturday afternoon. To those of you inside the InFluential Magazine sphere
to come on board with. Our Q&A with legendary supermodel
of Austin, know that there are those of us in every area
Julie Anderson brings you an insider perspective to the world
of this great Union that share in your city and its stories.
of glitz and glamour, and our fashion tips for the season will
We’re quite jealous.
make you feel ready to walk down your own runway.
So it was a tremendous honor when I was asked to fill
This is a particularly great time of year to make memories and
in as Editor-in-Chief of InFluential Magazine for a short
our sit down with photographer Todd White reminds us how
time, because I felt like Austin had been my get away
important it is to capture those moments most precious to us.
from home for a while.
From good food and refreshing libations to all the apps you need to get you around town, this issue is sure to have you
And this summer issue is a particularly wonderful one
prepared for the season. Until next time,
Aaron G. Powell, Jr.
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IN FL FEA TU UE RN E C E : travel
E XOT I C S U M M E R
JOURNEYS WRITTEN BY J A M E S C L O W E R D I R E C T O R O F M A R K E T I N G F O R T R A M E X T R AV E L
adjective | ex·ot´ic | \ ig-ˈzä-tik \ - being from another
part of the world; intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange. Maldives
ould this be the very definition of exotic
You’re in a souk, or marketplace, in Marrakech, Morocco.
It’s miles away from everything you’re used to, an alluring locale with new experiences around every twist and bend.
The air is thick with lavender, cardamom, clove,
I’ll admit - the phrase “exotic travel” is completely
indiscernible spices. The distant sound of goblet drums,
subjective. Some may consider the islands of the Maldives,
tambourines, and zithers provide an ever-steady rhythm.
with their powder-white sandy shores and turquoise
Your eyes are processing a vibrant color spectrum that
shallow water, just another beach destination. But, when
you previously thought only existed in dreams. Every one
you look deeper, beyond the glossy brochure pictures, you
of your senses is alive.
will see that the Maldives is rich in culture and history.
Hanalei Kauai, Kauai, Hawaii
Lava Tunnel, Galápagos Islands
The islands of the Maldives lie between the trading routes
don’t be surprised to look down and find a seal enamored
of the Indian Ocean. Traders, settlers and visitors from
by your water shoes, gently touching your ankle with its
around the world have come into contact with the islands
for all of recorded history, leaving a lasting effect on the people, language and culture islands. While the unmatched
Exotic travel does not necessarily require a passport.
beautiful beaches are a main attraction for the Maldives, a
On the Hawaiian Islands you can find some pretty
truly immersive experience lies inward from the shores.
unique properties such as the Exotic Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano.
An enticing cocktail of romance and
The exclusivity of a destination can, by virtue, make it
enchantment combined with excitement and adventure
exotic as well. The Galápagos Islands, located 600 miles
await if you choose to stay in this little house perched up
off the coast of Ecuador, receives approximately 200,000
in the trees. Many of us have enduring dreams of sleeping
tourists per year. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
in a treehouse, and are drawn to the intimacy of cozy
will exceed that number of visitors in a week.
spaces. Imagine soaking in a fragrant cedar hot tub under the starry canopy, relaxing on the two levels of verandas.
So why are there not more people making the trek to
Sleep in the bamboo bedroom, and awake to rainbows
the Galápagos? Two reasons – governmental control to
of light bathing you through the multiple stained glass
protect the islands and the tourists themselves. A trip to
windows. Throw open the French doors and sip locally
the Galápagos is a very deliberate choice. People that
grown Hawaiian coffee on the lanai while you watch the
make that choice know that 90 percent of the wildlife
birds of the forest flirt. This is a playhouse for grownups.
found on the islands does not exist anywhere else in the entire world. Of course the Galápagos are famous for the
For more than 30 years, Tramex Travel has been planning
Giant Tortoise. These tortoises are so iconic that the islands
exotic journeys to destinations around the world.
were named after them. They are the largest tortoises in
travel consultants will narrow down and focus in on
the world, with potential lifespans in excess of 170 years.
the options that match your budget and interest.
The Waved Albatross, Blue-Footed Boobie, Galápagos
begin, just give us a call at (800) 527-3039 or email us
Penguin, and Flightless Cormorant are among the many
other exotic creatures that inhabit these islands. Because these animals have never been threatened by humans,
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IN F L U E N C E : t r a v e l
LUXURY WRITTEN BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N
n July, there will be a new place to vacation in Austin. Top Trip Rentals, a vacation rental property company based in Austin, has announced the launch of Littlefield Lofts. The chic vacation rental property is located in the heart of Austin’s iconic downtown at 119 6th Street.
Architects with Fisher’s input as to what attributes
underutilized southwest corner of 6th and Brazos
would attract visitors to the prominent historic
into a destination,” says Top Trip Rentals owner
corridor. Inside, guests will have unparalleled
sweeping views of downtown, as each of the lofts will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private
The 24 vacations lofts have been undergoing an
balconies. Other highlights include an exclusive
extensive exterior renovation over the past few
penthouse floor, concierge lobby, and a distinct
design; all providing a unique boutique-styled
The renovation, a modern, sleek glass
façade, was designed by local firm Sixthriver
A rendering of Littlefield Lofts courtesy of Top Trip Rentals.
“There is nothing like this in Austin right now,” says Fisher. “With
The appeal of this section of downtown continues to grow and
the creation of Littlefield Lofts, Top Trip Rentals provides a better
attract visitors. Fisher says this who Littlefield Lofts plans to
way to stay in our vibrant city center for a night, week, or longer
accommodate to. Littlefield Lofts and the ground floor tenant, a
at multiple price points.”
30,000 square foot Gold’s Gym, are part of Stream Realty Partners multi million dollar 6th and Congress city block revitalization
Fisher says Littlefield was designed with convenience in mind.
project. Other tenants include DropBox, Jimmy John’s, PTerry's, Allen Edmonds, Keepers, and Bank of America.
“When you stay with us, you live like us,” she says, “Guests are not just renting a great space with spectacular views and all the
“I’m finding more and more that visitors to Austin want to feel
conveniences of home, they are also getting the inside track to
connected to the city’s roots, and this property, as Austin’s
Austin. Be it instant reservations to a great restaurant, tickets to a
original epicenter of commerce, exemplifies this,” says Fisher.
landmark venue, or a private cocktail tasting, our guests feel part of our city’s amazing vibe and culture.”
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BEHIND THE LENS: InFluential’s Chat with Photographer Todd White INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY
WILLIAM JACKSON & AARON G. POWELL JR.
ave you ever wondered what it would be like
Florida Georgia Line. His career is flourishing, and we figured
to be a professional photographer? Have you
there was no one better to give us a real look behind the lens.
aspired to have your name in the photo credit below an editorial?
InFluential Magazine: Tell us about your photography and what you bring to the table when you work with a client.
We reached out to one of our favorite photographers, Todd
White, with whom we collaborated to shoot the stunning cover
and fashion editorial of our March / April ‘Spring Fling’ issue,
manifestation of my emotional state at a point in time, subject
to discuss of the evolution of his career. Todd’s experience
to change in response to the exchange of energy during a photo
ranges from fashion, portraits and weddings to commercial and
session. My approach is what I term a ‘documentary feel’ - an
humanitarian projects. Recently, he has had the opportunity to
organic aesthetic less posed, capturing the ‘emotions of the
shoot with big names in music, such as Carrie Underwood and
My photography is an extension of me - a
My experience working in foreign countries that
presented so many diverse elements provided me this unique
TW: When I first started getting more serious about photography,
I was working a corporate job to pay bills while I gained experience and acquired gear. There were two local photographers I hung
InFluential: Where did your interest in photography begin?
around early on to soak up knowledge - I tagged along on shoots and asked a lot of questions. One of my first big breaks was
My interest started in middle school, and photography
shooting with Carrie Underwood for her label and for People
remained a hobby with a focus on shooting landscapes. Several
and Country Weekly. I had to know my stuff and make it happen
visits to India and other exotic countries in 2010 fostered a
- there were no “do-overs” for this. Thankfully, preparation and
change in focus from a preference for photographing landscapes
experimentation paid off well. When the opportunity came for
to photographing people, the true landscape of a country. Along
me to leave the corporate world and jump into photography full
with this change in focus was the transition from considering
time, I took it. It was a risk but it has paid off. God has been good!
photography a hobby to a career. InFluential: What is your work day like? InFluential: Was there any formal education you had to complete as a photographer?
TW: My workday is a little different because I work with The Daytripper television show on PBS. Approximately 20-25 hours
TW: I did not pursue formal training. Much of my experience was
of my week are spent with on that program.
gained when there was less automation - I had to learn the core aspects of photography and how they work together. Being self-
My pure “photography” days are split between shooting, editing,
taught has offered a great deal of freedom in developing my style.
marketing, answering client emails and making contacts for new business. There’s a lot of freedom and no boss, but it takes a
I’ve spent time studying other photographers’ work as inspiration.
lot discipline. We can’t just go out and shoot all day – there’s a
Some of my favorites are Paolo Roversi, Jai Mayhew, and Lena
business to run.
Mirisola. I consume a steady diet of these photographers. InFluential: What is one thing you love and one thing you dislike InFluential: How helpful would majoring in photography or a
about what you do?
related field be to your work today? TW: I love shooting and collaborating with other artists. It’s great TW: As far as majoring in a photography related field, I can see it
to be able to make art! The business side can be a little draining.
being helpful BUT can also see it limiting creativity. Don’t get me wrong - learning the basics of photography is essential. But I have
InFluential: What is one lesson you’ve learned along the way you
met photographers who spout off all this training, yet struggle
wish you had known when you were starting out?
with a blank canvass and shooting something that does not fit a formula. For me it’s about experimenting.
TW: I wish I would have paid a little more attention and pursued a business degree. Having a business plan sooner and having
So take us a bit through your first steps as a
photographer: did you intern with anyone or have a second job
business processes in place earlier on would have made things easier.
to pay the bills?
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IN N E T W O R K : p e o p l e y o u s h o u l d k n o w
R O B E R T WAT S O N G E N E R A L M A N A G E R | H I LT O N A U S T I N AUSTIN, TEXAS Who He Is: An exceptional hotelier and effective leader
Plans for the Immediate Future: In an ever-changing Austin
recognized for his collaborative leadership style. When not
market, the key is to remain relevant. Having just completed a
busy overseeing the Hilton Austin, Watson enjoys walking
full-room $23 million renovation, there are plans for additional
with his Fitbit, and, leading by example, has challenged his
improvements. Watson wants to continue to inspire his family
executive team to live a healthier lifestyle. Relocated to Austin
and his ‘work’ family to be the best they can, never forgetting
from Oklahoma several years ago, Watson is a God-fearing
the importance of God, family and community.
family man who instills within his household the benefits of giving back to the community. Why Being a Great Leader is Important: Described by his staff as a passionate and caring manager who puts people first, Robert credits the mentoring from his father as the foundation to his capabilities as a leader. “Being a great leader and developing a high performance team means I demonstrate I care for them; not only their work, but other aspects of their well-being,” Watson says. “An effective leader can inspire a group of people to treat one another with Care, Value and Respect - the core values of Hilton - which translates into highly successful teams. That’s who I strive to be and what I strive to do, everyday.” On Excellence in Customer Service: Being polite, attentive to customer needs, and going the extra mile to ensure their needs are met – these are the attributes that demonstrate excellent customer service to Watson. At Hilton Austin, excellence starts with “Blue Energy”, Watson says. "in other words ""Blue Energy" is our culture, and it celebrates the passion and commitment our Team Members have for creating outstanding Customer Service Experiences.” Why Community Service is Important: Watson learned from his father that “one of the greatest gifts you can have is to pay it forward”. Watson “adopted” Travis High School in Austin, and worked tirelessly with the corporate management of Hilton Austin to develop a scholarship program for deserving students. Watson challenges his team to look for opportunities to give back to the community - a philanthropic spirit for which the Hilton Austin is recognized. 16
JAC K S O N KNOWLES YO U T H E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P P R O G R A M M A N AG E R | E N T R E P R E N E U R S F O U N D AT I O N | A U S T I N , T E X A S Who She Is:
A relationship cultivator, community builder
and advocate for innovative teaching models with over 14 years experience in community development and nonprofit management. Prior to starting her role at the Entrepreneurs Foundation, Jackson worked with The NOCCA Institute, the non-profit partner organization to Louisiana’s arts conservatory for high school students. She managed community relations and directed the development of projects that connected the school to its neighborhood, including culinary gardens, a student-led food truck and a national civil rights memorial. She particularly enjoys connecting teachers with powerful new learning opportunities. Why Youth Entrepreneurship:
Having deep roots in
innovative approaches to education, Jackson’s new role is a natural extension and energizing next career step. Lemonade Day Austin, one of the youth programs at the Entrepreneurs Foundation, is beneficial to all kids, regardless of their desired career. The program is a hands-on way for these young participants to hone essential skills and collaborate with others. Jackson values how the program challenges young people to be creative and think critically, while empowering them to develop their own calling. Empowering Children:
Jackson encourages parents and
mentors to listen to young people. “Tuning in to what children say is the most important thing you can do to help foster their natural talents,” she says. “If you listen, they will take you where they need to go and will tell you what they need to get there. The beauty of an entrepreneur is that they trust their own mind. Don’t be afraid to let them lead.” Austin Favorites: After moving to Austin from New Orleans in August 2014, Jackson has enjoyed exploring hiking trails with her husband and their four-year-old daughter. They also love checking out new local restaurants including a family favorite, Mi Madre’s on Manor Road. IN FLUENTIAL 17
SECRETS FROM THE EXPERTS he skin is our largest and most visible organ, and is often a reflection of how healthy
we are on the inside. Generally speaking, more of our skin becomes exposed to the sun during the summer months due to a shift to cooler clothing options and an increase in outdoor activities. The team at Evans Dermatology Partners in Austin, Texas shares their own personal secrets for keeping your skin and hair healthy and
sun safe this summer.
Venessa Peña-Robichaux, MD Although washing your hair is important to keep it clean, daily shampooing can lead to drying out your hair and scalp. Allowing the natural oils of your scalp to hydrate your hair can be helpful in keeping your hair looking and feeling healthy. I recommend shampooing every two to three days and using a dry shampoo to remove excess oil on the scalp from time to time - this is much less drying than a washout shampoo. I use different dry shampoos, basically any that I find on sale. There is no particular brand I love since I always switch it up and try new ones.
Amy McClung, MD I have three small children, so I worry a lot about keeping them safe in the sun. Recently, I’ve been very excited about the Babiator kid’s sunglasses. They’re more comfortable than other brands I’ve tried and my kids actually keep them on. And the best part is that they come with a fabulous guarantee – if they get lost or broken within one year of purchase, Babiator will replace them for free!
Eryn McIntyre, PA-C
Lindsey Detwiler, PA-C Mike Rains, MD
I tend to see a lot of teenage
I always pack my running hat
acne patients, so summer is
when hitting the pavement in the
Recently, I’ve been recommending a
summer sun because sunscreen
lot of physical sunscreens, especially
alone cannot stand up to my
EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40. Physical
Many acne medications (Retin-A,
summer sweating. I also love
sunscreens have ingredients (like zinc
the Colorscience Sunforgettable
oxide) that sit on the surface of the skin
and reflect the sun’s rays. These physical
means they make skin much
my look and make sure I'm
sunscreens have really come a long way
more vulnerable to the sun’s
protected throughout the day.
in recent years. They used to be very
rays. Protection becomes more
The powdered sunscreens are
white and chalky – think of the bright
important for these patients, and
easy to keep in my purse, since
white stripe on a lifeguard’s nose. But
many worry that sunscreen will
they are lightweight and I don’t
newer micronized versions are much
cause them the breakout. I often
more cosmetically appealing. And since
suggest sunscreens developed
the ingredients are not absorbed into
specifically for acne-prone skin,
the skin, they’re much less likely to set
like EltaMD UV Clear.
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Donna Adam, RN Donna Adam, RN joined Evans Dermatology in January 2007. She is passionate about skin cancer prevention and treatment. She supervises the Evans Dermatology medical assistant team, and helps to coordinate patient care. People are often surprised by how effective cool compresses can be at reducing flushing. A cloth dipped in cool water and placed at the pulse points (temples, wrists and neck) is incredibly soothing and can reduce the redness that comes with overheating and exercising in the heat. Another trick for feeling refreshed in the summer is keeping Cetaphil cleansing towelettes handy in my purse. They are quite gentle, and I like to be able to clean my skin before re-applying sunscreen.
Colby Evans, MD I’m a big fan of brimmed hats and aerosol or alcohol-based sunscreens. I tend not to care for the creamy feel of sunscreen lotions, so I tend to use alcohol-based sunscreens, like Solbar PF Sunscreen Liquid SPF 30, that have the consistency of hand sanitizer rather than lotion. These are also great for sports like golf and fishing, when you really don’t want your hands to be greasy. For patients, I find that the humidity of summer is a mixed bag. Some conditions, like eczema and psoriasis, tend to get better when the air contains more moisture. But it’s also common for patients to experience more discomfort due to chafing. If you are prone to chafing, it can be helpful to dry the skin completely after bathing (for example, with a hair dryer set on cool) and also consider applying over-the-counter Zeasorb AF powder. The best way to manage summer skin, hair, or nail care is of course to discuss any questions or concerns with a dermatologist.
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Fe at uri ng t h e A r t is t
he artwork of Marlene Jorge reveals a complex arrangement of influences from her rich and varied life. Born in the Dominican Republic and exposed to bold colors touched by warm and tropical surroundings, Marlene’s art reflects her Caribbean inheritance. Now splitting her time between Austin and New York City, she is intrigued by movement and the genteel
dominance of the human figure. Marlene captures these elements through black outlines portrayed in a dramatic and illustrative manner.
Jorge’s work has been exhibited in over 30 art
“In my opinion, art has the luxury of being perfect
shows and galleries around the world. Her various
and inconsistent at the same time, as it captures
travels allow her to use the many faces observed in
specific images, feelings or ideas,” she says. “These
her artwork to convey her multilayered view of the
can then be translated into art, which I view as
world, giving her work a poetic significance. Happy
personal expressions of those images, feeling or
and free to express herself through the bright colors
of her daring style, she vibes to the rhythm of her brushes when she paints. Her work is lively, warm
In addition to having earned a Bachelor of Laws from
and distinctive. Not prone to impose upon herself
the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago, Jorge
any limits, she allows the magic to happen. As the
has completed art courses at many recognized
painting progresses the audience is invited to enter
institutions, including the School of Visual Arts in
the artist's universe, her mind, to appreciate the
New York City, the New York Academy of Art, the
visual subjects captured in her paintings.
University of Texas at Austin, and both the Instituto de Cultura y Arte (ICA) and Escuela Nacional de
It’s been said of Ernest Hemingway that “he
Bellas Artes (now the Escuela Nacional de Artes
was a man of inconsistencies and that people of
Visuales) in the Dominican Republic.
inconsistencies often, for that specific reason, turn to art”. Marlene agrees.
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IN F L U E N C E : l i v i n g w e l l
CHUCK AKSLAND returns at 2015
RED BULL GRAND P R I X FORMER COTA EXEC NOW PARTNER WITH MOTOAMERICA WRITTEN BY B A S N Y D E R
huck Aksland is a name known for the many influential roles he has held in the racing industry, including being a successful pilot. Aksland is also largely remembered in Austin as one of the main players when the Circuit of The Americas motor racing circuit was initially developed. Aksland served as VP of Motor Sports Operations and withstood major heat when it came to the city’s early opinions of the Grand Prix
facility. In April, at the 2015 Red Bull Grand Prix, Aksland
and we immediately dive into the topic of last September’s
reappeared at CoTA, but this time for a new partnership
MotoAmerica series announcement, and what Aksland
fostered by MotoAmerica.
and his partners have in store for the brand. He expresses the direct need for his team to be listening and learning,
Walking into the MotoAmerica camp at the CoTA paddock,
ultimately giving an ability to mold the foundation of the
Chuck Aksland greets me with a big smile. His demeanor is
new series this inaugural year.
genuine and comfortable at the track, and his familiarity with the scene is immediately apparent. Known for being
“I believe we have an unique advantage, as my partner
well respected and well liked by his peers and partners, his
Wayne Rainey and I originated our careers from the sport
attitude amongst colleagues in the MotoAmerica tents is
and have a background in moto and development,” he
explicitly present as a leader. He is briefed with updates
and asked questions by staff throughout our interview - he politely takes a moment to answer each one.
Aksland points all around the facility and continues to explain: He has held the majority of positions possible in the
As nearby moto camps finish idling their bikes and loud
industry, giving him an upper hand when comprehending
engines die down, a qualifying race begins on the track
all of the elements inclusive in operations as well as
development. Ultimately MotoAmerica looks to build
the industry is lacking in awareness and interest stateside.
credibility, value and sponsors for the organization. These
Aksland comments during our conversation that in order
are the factors that are key to the growth and success of
to gain interest a younger generation has to be engaged
the new series, as well as AMA racing.
early on in the culture of the sport. Plans to create a class appropriate to lowering the initial age of riders to fourteen
My curiosity in our conversation progresses toward the
years old would enable
impact on American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) riders. Twenty-four hours prior to meeting with Aksland, I
MotoAmerica to break into this demographic and build
spent the day at CoTA interviewing pilots from each class,
up a larger and stronger fan base.
getting an in-depth look at what their teams feel when it comes to the agreement. It seems as if both MotoAmerica
Chuck Aksland and MotoAmerica hope riders see the
riders and Aksland have the same mindset regarding
potential their brand can bring too. Attendance during
the goals of the new brand managing AMA. Having the
the weekend reached over 120,000 at Circuit of The
platform to build the series and create awareness
Americas. Fans who came to see the incredible racing provided by MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and MotoAmerica
could result in financial consistency and opportunity for
were treated to a variety of interactive entertainment
the younger riders, commonly found to be the biggest
activities throughout the circuit.
initial obstacles for pilots. â€œI can see us being the X-Games of the racing world. That There is tremendous talk in the community of AMA
culture is what we want to bring to the riders and fans.â€?
riders of hope toward the potential that MotoAmerica brings to the sport. This hope goes beyond immediate sponsorship and financial stability. While even rookie riders can have large fan bases overseas, in the United States racing culture is less than celebrated in the mainstream. It is apparent to racing crews that
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BEST APPS FOR AUSTINITES W 26
ith the 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival just behind us and a recent news ranking of Austin as the Top Tech City in the world, we thought it would be a great idea to share some of our favorite apps every Austinite should use to explore the city we love. Our friends at Realty Austin have put together an awesome list youâ€™re invited to check out.
Best Apps to Get Around Without a Car
Best Apps to Eat Out
• Lyft - Connecting riders to friendly, background checked
• Push For Pizza - Pick a nearby pizzeria based on your
drivers. • B-Cycle - Swipe your credit card and grab a bike. • RideScout - Informs user of all forms of transit from bus, bike, taxi, car share, rideshare, parking and walking directions in one view. Also allows you to compare rides by cost and type. • Transit App - Displays all nearby transport options and departure times. Helps you quickly plan routes, request an Uber, or grab the closest bike share or car2go.
location. • AustinFoodCarts - Tracks the latest and greatest mobile food carts, trucks and trailers in Austin. • Instacart - Free up your weekend and have your groceries delivered within one hour. • Fungry - Spin-wheel food finder for local restaurants in Austin. • Keep Austin Eatin’ - Full of great info and photos of the best eats around Austin.
• Google Transit - Transportation service open to public, operates with fixed schedules and routes. Simple and
Best Apps to Get Fit
• FitMob - Unlimited top local fitness classes and gym access for one low price.
Best Apps for Austin Real Estate and Vacation Properties • Realty Austin Mobile Home Search App - Search all homes, condos and lots for sale in the Austin metro area. Use our interactive map search to find homes for
• YMCA of Austin - Schedules, facility status, program highlights, events, and check-in. • Yoga Yoga Austin - Yoga Yoga has five studios in Austin and offers over 325 classes.
sale, save your favorite listings, get notified about open
•P ure Pilates Austin - Plan and schedule Pilates classes.
houses, price changes and status changes.
• My City Bikes Austin - Your best resource for finding
• Austin Relocation Guide for iOS - Definitely a must for
local cycling routes.
anyone considering visiting, moving to, living in, or just wants to learn more about Austin. • SafeTREK (for when looking at houses) - Summon immediate help with the push of a Panic Button and instantly connect with emergency contacts. • HomeAway - Puts over 1 million properties from all over the world in your hands.
Best Apps for Things to Do • Austin Insider guide - Find Austin’s best restaurants and live music venues. • Locally Austin - Tool for residents and visitors to discover locally-owned small businesses. •F ree at - Find out where to have fun in Austin for free! • Austin 360 - Helps you easily find things to do all around
Best Apps to Make Friends or Find a Date • Singles Around Me – Location-based mobile dating app for finding nearby singles. • Firefly - Meet people your friends know! • Grouper - Grouper sets up drinks between two groups of friends.
Austin. • Austin Party Guide - Find the locations and details for all parties in Austin. • Scene Check Bars & Live Music - Find the hottest local promotions in Austin with live drink specials, happyhours, and free shows.
• Plenty of Fish - Using advanced matching algorithms,
• CityGram Austin - Connects locals and visitors to the
view matches, and send & receive unlimited messages
best restaurants, live music, shops, and hidden gems in
• Meetup - Get together with your neighbors to learn something, do something, share something. • Nearify - Discover new and amazing events nearby.
For all of your realty needs, contact: - Elliott Sanchez, Realtor - Realty Austin
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Q U I TA CULPEPPER TELEVISION NEWS ANCHOR, JOURNALIST | KVUE NEWS | AUSTIN, TEXAS
Who She Is: A journalist known for her work with KVUE News in Austin. Culpepper anchors KVUE News Weekend and hosts the popular consumer segment, “Does it Work Wednesday”. During her accomplished 15-year career, Culpepper has gained the respect of her peers and the community for her honest approach to journalism. As a result, Culpepper has been awarded recognition as the Best TV Anchor and Best TV Reporter in Austin. Why Being Passionate is Important: Culpepper’s zeal for journalism manifested itself quite early. She says, “I remember being a little kid with my nose practically pressed against the television screen watching the 11 o'clock news. Reporting the news would be my passion.” The advice she tells people pursuing their dreams may seem simple, but is critical to being happy in what you do. “Find something within your soul which speaks to you,” she imparts. “When you find that passion, you will come alive. Never give up.” The Thrill of Journalism: Possessing an inquisitive personality and the charm of a natural born storyteller, journalism was the obvious fit for Culpupper. Most thrilling about journalism is the opportunity to deliver important information to viewers in an honest, thorough and unbiased manner. Culpepper’s sees her viewers as family and she delivers the news as if she is talking to her own family members. How She Defines Austin:
Culpepper has grown up with
Austin and is in love with the city. Vibrant, alive and full of newsworthy opportunities, Culpepper feels the Austin community has embraced her with arms wide open. She’s turned down several opportunities to work in larger markets, stating that Austin is where she belongs, her family is here and there’s no greater thrill than working where you love.
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Photography | Paul Empson Styling | Jose Silver Clothing | Vintage Dress Necklace | Vintage Channel
Hair & Makeup | Julie Anderson
INTERVIEW CONDUCTED AND EDITORIAL WRITTEN BY LEONARDO D’ALMAGRO WITH WILLIAM T. JACKSON AND AARON G. POWELL, JR.
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E XC L U S I V E F E AT U R E influential-magazine.com
ith natural beauty
has played as huge a role in her success as
Julie was raised in small-town Florida.
you dead in your
tracks, Julie Anderson is, quite frankly,
“There was little focus on fashion, anything
irresistible. Behind her striking eyes are
trendy or cultural,” she says.
vulnerability, intelligence and strength. You only need to chat with her for a few minutes
She considers her career in the world
before you find it is impossible not to be
of modeling a “miracle”. At the outset,
entranced. Seldom have we experienced a
her start was nothing magical or awe-
more intriguing combination of radiance,
inspiring. Teenage Julie’s parents obliged
humility and work ethic packaged as one
her request to take her to a model search
woman, all while being so gracious.
in her local town, where she was chosen and subsequently invited to attend a larger
A fashion tour-de-force with a decades-
modeling convention. What started as a
long career, Anderson has worked with
simple wish to mom and dad, turned into
some of the most illustrious powerhouses
a life-changing event for the stunning and
to define the fashion industry – including
fashion houses Chanel, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Lolita Lempicka, Claude Montana
Before crossing the Atlantic and heading to
and Valentino. She has graced the covers
fashion capitals in France or Italy, Julie chose
of the world’s leading fashion magazines –
to work in Chicago and later on in New York,
Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, GQ and Vogue
a decision that allowed her to remain close
– in addition to hundreds of editorial fashion
to her family and avoid the “culture shock”
spreads in these and other publications.
of moving from a small town in Florida to
And even she hasn’t let any of her success
the fashion meccas of Europe.
go to her head. Julie found success in modeling quickly, her It would be easy for someone with a career
first booking was for the coveted American
so renowned to let it go to her head. And yet
Vogue. Anderson’s widespread allure lay
the Julie Anderson we find in our exclusive
in looks that appealed to both men and
InFluential Magazine interview is a well-
women. Her expressive face, full lips and
grounded and busy wife, mother, editor-in-
chief and philanthropist who maintains a
her classic all-American looks and natural
modest disposition and believes a miracle
elegance were pleasing to women.
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“I soon found myself constantly on magazine covers of some of the world’s most popular magazines,” she says. “I walked the runways for major designers and have called my friends, key players in the industry, such
John Casablancas. Yet it was important for me to remember where I came from and to remain well-grounded.” Julie’s
accomplishment came in the early 1990s, when she became the face of the Estee Lauder campaign for the new fragrance Spellbound.
terrified her, so she wanted to be extremely prepared. She did her homework and determined the Estee Lauder woman was crisp, clean and chic and to her mind, nothing said this more
Photography: Neil Kirk for British Vogue
than a white Ralph Lauren suit. She purchased a suit from Barney’s, wore it
magazine started with her friend and fellow
to the casting, and nailed
fashion model Marla Carlton. The magazine
provides “A daily dose of inspiring essays and stories empowering women to face their
fears, follow their instincts, and find their truth.”
publishing, Julie became
the president and editor-
awareness for important causes.
recently, she joined fellow supermodels,
such as Kelly Emberg and Cheryl Tiegs,
Photography: Walter Chin
Julie Anderson is the embodiment of natural beauty, humility and creativity and has set the bar high for those who would follow in her footsteps. With a future as vibrant and boundless as her epic past has been, how thrilling it will be to witness what’s next on the horizon for this stunning superstar. “Stay tuned,” she says.
“THERE IS NOTHING TYPICAL ABOUT Photography: Francesco Scavullo
and traveled throughout the United States in support of the I Am Waters Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing fresh, clean water to the homeless and founded
MY ROUTINE. BETWEEN MANAGING
by supermodel Elena Davis.
Julie’s life is as marvelously busy as you could
imagine it to be for a wife and mother of three who is now a burgeoning media mogul. “There is nothing typical about my routine. Between managing a household, creative writing and fashion photo shoots, striking the right balance so as not to go stir crazy is the key,” she explains. She is still stunning and quite comfortable in front of the camera, as the cover of the May / June Issue of InFluential Magazine demonstrates. It certainly doesn’t hurt that her husband, professional photographer Paul Empson, finds
AND FASHION PHOTO SHOOTS, STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE SO AS NOT TO GO STIR CRAZY IS THE KEY,” SHE EXPLAINS.
her such a beautiful subject to work with.
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InFluential asked Julie to share a few tips Be Confident on how to be successful as a model. “Be secure in yourself and develop and maintain
Do Your Homework “A common mistake of models new to the business is not being prepared. Search out the
through during a photo shoot and make for a photographer’s dream.”
top modeling agencies and avoid scams from
phony agency representatives who ask you to
“Self-confident people avoid taking things too
pay for photos. Legitimate agencies, who are
personally. Be able to handle rejection - a number
truly interested, will help you in your development
of supermodels have heard the word ‘no’ quite
as model. Lay your eyes on all with whom you’ll
often before developing a stellar career.”
be working and make sure you get along with them.”
Make School a Priority
Study the Fashion Industry “Learn to be successful by studying successful supermodels
“Make school and continuous education priorities.
Take classes online. Learn another language.
movement, placement and posing.”
A career in modeling won't last forever so it's important to have an alternative plan.”
Photography | Paul Empson Styling | Jose Silver Clothing | Vintage Jacket Hair & Makeup | Julie Anderson
strong self-confidence. These qualities come
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PAL ZILERI Spring | Summer 2015
PAL ZILERI chooses a language that is essential and goes right to the heart of the matter with passion, without indulging in pleasantries. Imagine a multitude of elements in a wardrobe that truly represents and protects us on all occasions, wherever we are.
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W E A R A B L E SPRING TRENDS WRITTEN BY L A U R E L K I N N E Y
he shift from winter to spring can be such a refreshing time of year. Change is in the air, and it
is time once again to get out and be social after a long winter of bundling up and hibernating. Spring also means cleaning out the old and introducing some shiny newness into your life, and your wardrobe should be no exception. Fashion can be overwhelming, and it’s often a challenge to sift through the plethora of youth-centric trends to find something new and modern that can
work for everyday life. To help you on your way towards freshening up your look for spring, I’ve collected several ultra-wearable pieces you can add to your wardrobe without sacrificing your personal style and comfort.
The Modern White Shirt One of the most classic clothing items is back with a vengeance this year. The modern white blouse is a little edgier and has more going on than your classic darted button-up. Some are boxy and cropped, while others have one characteristic that’s blown out of proportion - think oversized breast pockets or wide sleeves. Curvy women can find V-neck versions that have a wrap or belted waist, and petite women look great in the cropped-tothe-waist styles. Wear your offbeat white shirts over jeans for a put-together casual look or tuck one into a high-waisted skirt to look effortlessly polished. There is no need to hide this shirt under a blazer anymore! Photography courtesy of the chicstreetjournal.com »
The Cut Out Shoe One of the easiest ways to rejuvenate your footwear while transitioning from winter to spring is to add a pair of cut out shoes to the mix. This stylish shoe is incredibly versatile because you can find a cut out version of any type of shoe and select one according to your personal style. The open-toed ankle boot is a great way to add some edge to your summer dresses and skirts without the heaviness of a boot. Keep in mind that choosing a soft neutraltoned option won’t create too much contrast if your legs are on the paler side. Flat-lovers will find great two-toned or perforated d’Orsay flats, slip-on sneakers, or cute cut out oxford options. Luckily, the comfortable shoe trend is still going strong and cut outs keep the style fresh. Photography courtesy of freepeople.com
The Structured Light Layer Since it will surely be hot before we know it, it’s wise to invest in pieces that can carry you through the warmer months. Find a light layer that meshes with your current wardrobe and can be worn in several different ways – it’s a surefire way to stay modern without sacrificing your personal style. Preppy ladies will find it easy to style the short-sleeved cargo or military-inspired vests that are popping up now. A long, sleek blazer-like vest will take your jeans, trousers or pencil skirts up a notch, and can be worn over any sleeve length as the weather changes. Staying modern and on-trend doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Selecting new pieces that go well with your pre-existing style will keep you from looking like you’re trying too hard and bring some spring to your stylish step! Photography courtesy of fashioncognoscente.blogspot.com »
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PLUCKERS WING BAR TURNS 20 W E S T C A M P U S S TA P L E C E L E B R AT E S W I T H S P E C I A L E V E N T S E V E R Y M O N T H I N 2 0 1 5 WRITTEN BY I N G R I D G A R N E R
t’s hard to believe that 20 years ago a late night craving influenced the creation of an Austin institution. It was 3 a.m. after a long night on 6th Street in Austin, and Mark Greenberg and his friend Dave Paul were hungry for one thing - chicken wings. Though wing joints were abundant in many parts of the South, it became clear to Greenberg and Paul that something was missing in Austin – something they would soon
offer with Pluckers. Along with Greenberg’s brother Sean, the duo officially
to Pluckers. How many wing bars do you know of that
opened Pluckers on Rio Grande at 23rd Street on July 23,
have a Dr. Pepper sauce? Paul tells of the inspiration to
1995, one day after graduating college.
give the Lone Star State’s best-known beverage a front and center location on their menu.
“Originally Mark, Sean and I wanted to fill a void in West Campus at the University of Texas because there were no
“We are all big fans of Dr. Pepper and were inspired after
chicken wing restaurants in Austin,” Paul says. “We wanted
tasting Coca Cola-glazed ribs at a restaurant in Georgia
to be available at the times our guests would crave our
many years ago. I thought why not find a way to take
food so we were open from 11:00 am until 3:00 am 7 days
Texas’ favorite drink and create a sauce?”
a week. We wanted to be the restaurant we wish had existed while we were in college.”
Pluckers strives to be innovators within the casual dining industry in Austin. They were serving fried pickles before
Proving to be successful business owners, the Pluckers
anyone in Austin had heard of them. Their fried macaroni
team noticed that what Austin was also missing was a true
and cheese was inspired years ago during Paul’s vacation
in the South. The fried Twinkies were an idea they heard of from an employee that had attended a fair in Philadelphia.
“We are all passionate about sports and we made the decision to move towards larger restaurants with
Given the evolution of dining and eating non-processed
televisions dedicated to all types of sports,” Paul says. “We
foods over the years, Pluckers continues to bring back
believe that it is important for us to always stay in touch
customers and gain new ones. As Paul notes, “As Americans
with the wants and needs of our guests and provide it to
become more sensitive to what they put in their bodies,
them in the way they want it.”
we believe Pluckers has been and always will be perfectly positioned as a great dining choice. Almost everything
Now with many locations in Texas and Louisiana, a big
we serve at Pluckers is fresh and homemade. Because
source of pride for the company is that almost all of their
of the volume of business we have, we have the ability
food is made in-house and they have many recipes unique
to always serve fresh chicken, hamburgers and ribs. Our
buns come from a local bakery. Everyone talks about how
As Pluckers reflects back on 20 years, and makes plans for
much they love our ranch dressing and it’s because we use
the next 20, they are self-conscious about remaining true
real buttermilk instead of finding cost cutting alternatives
to who they are.
like many other restaurants.” “Our goal is to never be thought of as a ‘chain’,” Paul says. Another key factor to Pluckers’ success is their use of
“We want all of our locations to look and feel unique while
social media. Pluckers ranked as the 27th-most relevant
still keeping the Pluckers culture that is so important to
Austin brand on Twitter. Paul says they have over 50,000
us. We believe the best way to do that is slow and steady
fans on Facebook and have recently launched a campaign
growth of around 3-4 locations a year. It takes time to
to encourage guests to take selfies with their servers on
develop the people that work for us and we believe they
Instagram. “We view social media as our opportunity to
are essential to our growth.”
constantly engage with our guests and actually have a voice. We love that social media has provided us an outlet
Pluckers is celebrating their 20th anniversary every month
to communicate with all of our guests in ways that were
this year with special events at all of their locations. The
not previously available.”
culmination will be a free concert this fall at Moody Theatre at ACL Live for Pluckers Club members as a thank you for
Pluckers has also demonstrated a philanthropic spirit
over the years. In 2014, they donated over $250,000 to the communities in which they are located. “Almost any
“We can’t release the name of the band yet, but it will
organization that requests help from Pluckers receives
make a huge splash,” Paul teases. For further details visit
a gift card to raffle or we help them set up profit shares
their website at www.pluckers.com, Facebook, or Twitter.
in our stores. From Little Leagues to church groups to charities, Pluckers is always available.”
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SUMMER the C&C
C O C K TA I L S WRITTEN BY J A M E S N E L S O N
Created by Travaasa Spa
The best summer drinks are full of flavor — they can be subtle, fruity, or just plain refreshing. The best cocktail
The culinary team at Travaasa Spa in Northwest Austin
recipes offer lots of refreshment with minimal effort.
created a new libation to help us cope with our spring
Cool down this summer with these top-rated seasonal
and summer cravings.
concoctions, best enjoyed during parties, weekend cookouts, or while relaxing with a friend.
Introducing The C&C. This refreshing cocktail is perfect to enjoy poolside. The C&C 1 oz. Ketel One Citroen® 1.5 oz. fresh sour mix 5 in. piece of celery in into small pieces 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1 oz. Topo Chico™ sparkling mineral water 1. Combine celery and cilantro and muddle together with vodka and sour mix. 2. Shake and strain into a rock glass filled with fresh ice. 3. T op with Topo Chico. 4. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge…don’t forget to enjoy! Tequila | Created by La Pinta® Inspired by a locally crafted drink made in a village in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, La Pinta is a delicious blend of pomegranate flavors and Clase Azul Plata tequila. La Pinta Royale 1.5 oz La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur 1 oz Brut Sparkling Wine 1. Chill and strain La Pinta; pour sparkling wine to fill. 2. Serve in a Champagne flute and garnish with FLUENTIAL 46 an IN orange twist.
Vodka | Created by Deep Eddy
Local distiller Deep Eddy Vodka recently expanded its delicious collection by adding a zesty lemon number to their flavored cocktail portfolio. Deep Eddy Lemon Flavored Vodka is made with real lemon juice and Deep Eddy’s award-winning 10-times distilled vodka. Deep Eddy distills their vodka using the finest Texas water. One of our favorite cocktails is the refreshing Deep Eddy Lemon Basil Martini made with California lemons. Deep Eddy Lemon Basil Martini 2 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka® 2 basil leaves 1/4 oz. simple syrup 1. Combine Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, simple syrup, one basil leaf and shake with ice. 2.Strain into martini glass. 3.Top with hand-clapped basil leaf garnish and enjoy. Whiskey | Created by Jameson® Irish Whiskey The Moscow Mule is a popular vodka-based cocktail that gained its refreshing reputation in the 1950s, and is still well known today. A variation called the Kentucky Mule swaps out vodka for bourbon and adds mint leaves. But Jameson® makes the mule all its own with an Irish twist that eschews the traditional mule’s copper mug for a mason jar and adds bitters to enhance the flavor. The Jameson Irish Mule 1.5 oz. of Jameson Irish Whiskey Good quality Ginger Beer Bitters Large Wedge of Lime 1. Fill the jar with ice to the top 2. Pour a shot of Jameson 3. Fill the jar with good quality ginger beer 4. Stir briefly to mix and add in bitters 5. Take a large wedge of lime, squeeze it and them drop into it into the jar IN FLUENTIAL 47
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BEN SIEGEL OW N E R | B A N G E R ' S SAU SAG E H O U S E & BEER GARDEN | AUSTIN, TEXAS Who He Is:
Recognizable immediately for his infectious
enthusiasm. Siegel knows the devil is in the details, so he makes sure to stay involved in both the minor and the more grandiose projects. According to his assistant, Kate Beaudin, “His upbeat demeanor and positive outlook on life make working around him a treat rather than a chore.” Lesson Learned from Traveling the World: While attending college, Seigel had the incredible experience of living in Italy and traveling throughout Europe.
Exposure to so many
people, places and cultures deeply impacted his appreciation for humanity and it’s rich diversity. It’s this appreciation and understanding that he brings to every aspect of his life and contributes to its enrichment and fulfillment.
enjoys the experience traveling offers, Seigel relishes the comforts of home. “How thankful I am to live in the United States of America. Traveling is fun, but there is no place like home.” The Thrill of Being an Entrepreneur:
“There really isn't
anything like it. To take an idea, then put it into words, then write it down on paper and finally have it actualized as a business is simply an incredible process,” Seigel proclaims. He admonishes that entrepreneurship may not be for everyone there are many stresses and pressures that come with being a business owner. For Seigel, being an entrepreneur, and a successful one at that, allows him to embody of the idea of "living your dreams." How He Defines Success: For Banger’s, success is achieving quarterly goals consistently – a simple goal that can be hard to meet without personal success as a leader. For Seigel, success is being an effective leader who provides the direction and support to meet challenges and keep his team motivated to accomplish goals. “There are going to be challenges which present themselves from time to time with any business. The key is how well I lead the team to navigate past these challenges, and at the same time, making sure I maintain a work environment the team enjoys being a part of.” 48
D E N N I S VA N PA S T R Y C H E F | D I S T R I C T K I T C H E N & C O C K TA I L S | A U S T I N , T E X A S Who He Is: A young and talented pastry chef who graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, where he majored in pastry and baking. Recognized as having all the pedigree of a top pastry chef, the 21-year-old was selected by Amir Hajimaleki, executive chef and owner of District Kitchen & Cocktails to oversee their pastry program. Why Success Is The Best Show & Tell: Growing up the middle child in a traditional Vietnamese household where his career choice wasn’t praised easily, Van had to demonstrate he was making the right career choice. “I often needed an outlet. This was the catalyst to my interest in the world of pastry and baking.” While still in high school, Van started A Fond Ant Cakes, offering cakes for special occasions right out of his home kitchen. The Value of Mentoring: Upon graduation, Van completed an apprenticeship at the award-winning Uchi in Austin. “The team at Uchi has had a profound influence on me and the manner in which I approach my craft. They have such a stellar way of working. I couldn’t have asked for a better apprenticeship opportunity.” No matter your goals, Van stresses the value of having a great mentor to set you up on the road to success. What Gives The Greatest Thrills: “Because I value my family so much, I really wanted to show them what I can create. So I followed my passion and ran with it. Now that I’ve had several years to hone my craft, the greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the faces of people enjoying my desserts.” Future Aspirations: Van would like to grow with District, overseeing the pastry programs of multiple locations. Eventually, he would like to own and operate his own bakery, creating everything from pastries to wedding cakes. “The face of a bride when she sees a cake I’ve created is a reward all in itself.”
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A G E of SINGLEDOM W H Y W H E N Y O U ’ R E A L O N E I S B E S T T I M E T O F I X Y O U R F U T U R E R E L AT I O N S H I P WRITTEN BY B R A D K E N N I N G T O N, L M F T, L P C
ccording to a 2014 study, Austin is ranked as the fourth-best city for singles in the U.S. So, if you are single in our city, you are not alone. But it seems, in our Someone + 1 culture, if you are single and not married, or at least in a committed relationship, then you are sentenced to wear the scarlet letter “A” for Alone.
Unfortunately, being single and alone carries with
special someone to help you navigate life’s
it a lot of negativity. Feelings of loneliness, sadness
labyrinths. For most of us, feeling lost is the last
and shame, as well as having low self-esteem, are
thing we want to experience.
not uncommon. Maybe you have experienced the
“Why are you single?” question at parties, or, even
Is feeling lost - at least temporarily - all that
worse, weddings. Weddings can be excruciating
if you are single. While watching everyone dance
Barbara Brown Taylor writes being lost can
with their partner celebrating your mutual friends’
make us “stronger at the edges and softer at
new marriage, you may ask yourself another
the center.” Strong edges and a soft center -
question - What is wrong with me? The answer?
solid boundaries and a kind heart - sounds like
Nothing. It just might be the wrong time.
someone worth pursuing.
We are wired for connection. Wanting to be
“Singledom”, as relationship expert Dr. Harville
desired is normal and healthy. But for many,
Hendrix calls it, is a time of exploration. Maybe
having a meaningful relationship may feel like
you are a recent college graduate looking for
something that seems to always be just beyond
that special someone to accompany you into
reach. You may feel lost if you do not have that
young adulthood. Maybe you have never been in
a serious relationship. Or perhaps you find yourself dating
can result in a new connection overloaded with old
a lot, but it never really goes anywhere. However you
problems. Doing one’s own work has a way of forcing you
got to Singledom, now is the time to allow yourself to be
to examine your edges and center. It has a way of helping
lost and explore. Take this opportunity to discover your
you become the type of person you want to attract.
identity separate from a significant other. Pursue your own interests and desires. Date different types of people
Being single does not have to be something to avoid.
and discover what you like in a partner: psychologically,
Rather, it can be embraced for the opportunity that it is,
emotionally and sexually. Allow some space to listen to
as long as you remain open to what it can teach you. And
your own voice before learning to listen to someone else’s.
it may help to have a compass to guide you. In his book Fire in the Belly: On Being A Man, Sam Keen writes how
Take some time to understand your own relationship story,
a mentor of his, Howard Thurman, encouraged him to ask
and what you learned from past relationships, including
himself two questions: “Where am I going?” and “Who will
those with your family. Too many, I believe, rush into a
go with you?” Thurmond continues by telling him, “If you
serious relationship without first doing their own work,
ever get these two questions in the wrong order, you are
taking with them unresolved and unaddressed issues from
childhood and past relationships. Regrettably, these are the ones who usually stay lost. Rushing into a relationship
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“ M e et m e a t # M u l b e r r yA u st i n ” 3r d & nu eces • m u l b er r ya us t i n . c o m
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Laziness: A Leading Cause of Divorce WRITTEN BY L E S L I E M O N T O Y A L I F E C O A C H & E M M Y AWA R D W I N N I N G T V H O S T
ecent studies conducted in the U.S. found that
“Joe spends a lot of time at work,” she said. “When he finally
almost half of divorced individuals reported
gets home and I want to talk about things that need to be
wished they or their ex-spouse had tried harder
done, he just avoids me.”
to resolve their differences before choosing to
divorce. If the course of a relationship is examined from the
I have seen the same situation occur with many couples, but
beginning, it is found that curiosity plays a large role as one of
for different reasons, and with different levels of intensity. At
the top positive characteristics in a new couple. Learning each
the end, the average couple behaves very similarly during
other’s needs, and figuring out how to fulfill those needs, is one
difficult times, where one of the two pursues talking out their
of the most exciting and enjoyable activities to new couples.
problems, while the other withdraws.
Unfortunately for many marriages, this activity seems to fade out with time. “Are you kidding me?” was the discouraged expression of one of my clients whom I will call “Joe”. “I have enough to do at my job to also have to figure out what I need to do to get some love from my wife.” I met Joe and his wife when their marital crisis had reached critical mass, and the possibility of
According to researchers, about 50 percent of all first marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. And it gets even worse for second marriages, where an estimated 60 percent end in divorce.The top reason for this, with a 73 percent occurrence, is the lack of commitment by one or both partners.
divorce was imminent. The reason for their impending split-
I have been married for 11 years, and like any other marriage, it
up, according to Joe, was because she was a totally different
has been challenging. Every time I am going through a difficult
person than the one he had fallen in love with.
period in my relationship, I remember what the priest who married us asked me days before the wedding.
“She argues for every single thing - nothing seems to please
her,” Joe said.
“Why do you want to marry him?” he asked.
Joe’s wife; however, said the reason was because he was
“Because I know I am going to be very happy with him,” I
insensitive to events and situations at home.
responded with total certainty,
To which he replied, “For a real commitment, both of you should
is possible that your partner may not express their emotions in
only have one purpose, and that is to place each other’s needs
a positive way. But remember, the emotion of anger is equal to
and priorities ahead of your own.”
pain. If your partner’s frequent emotional state is anger, chances are that they feel hurt. Being angry all the time is just a way to
According to the motivational speaker Anthony Robbins, the
express the need of love. Therefore, once you decide to listen,
real pillars of marriage are Trust and Respect. If any of the two
do it with Presence and Patience.
are lacking in the relationship, chances are it won’t go well. 3) Share and Learn Going back to Joe’s marriage situation, it became clear to me
After listening to your partner’s concerns, needs and feelings, it
that throughout the years, they both had gotten lax, not taking
is your turn to talk. Tell the truth about how you feel. Speak the
the time to reassess their partner’s needs. After accepting and
unspoken. The whole purpose of sharing is to let your partner
forgiving each other’s mistakes, they agreed to follow these
know about your feelings and not to judge them. To avoid any
steps to regain Trust and Respect in their relationship:
misunderstanding, or judgment, start your sentences with, “I feel…” This will help your partner understand what your feelings
1) Commit to place your partner’s needs first
are without feeling judged.
Commitment helps to not get overwhelmed by the day-to-day problems and challenges. Each partner should always be aware
4) Create a compelling future
of his/her spouse’s needs and feelings.
After learning each other’s needs, it is time to create a plan on how to meet them. Be as clear and specific as you can. Do not
2) Listen with the heart
assume your partner should know what you like or dislike; this
Do not try to think, just feel when talking to your partner. Here
will avoid many misunderstandings.
you have to apply the two P’s, Presence and Patience, as these are fundamental when talking to your partner. Presence does
Before you decide to throw in the towel on your marriage, apply
not just mean being physically there, but looking directly into
these valuable steps. They may sound logical or redundant, but
your partner’s eyes with the purpose of feeling, with your
the challenge is to put them in practice regularly.
heart, what they need. This is where Patience is needed, as it
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WEEKEND GETAWAY TIPS FOR BUSY PROFESSIONALS W R I T T E N B Y M A R I A O R O Z O VA
As President & Creative Director of The MOD Studio, I’ve learned a thing or two about time management, and it definitely comes in handy when trying to squeeze in a quick weekend getaway. I rarely use the ‘no time’ excuse to take a couple of days away and recharge (while not totally unplugging). Time is always scarce but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a quick vacation between client meetings and business obligations. Here are some tips for all you busy professionals out there on how to use every second of vacation time you have to the fullest.
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FREE MONEY Get an airline or hotel branded credit card. It’s like free money. You get free travel miles, hotel stays and other travel benefits (free presidential suite upgrade, anyone?) just by spending money you were already planning to spend. Two of my preferred cards are AAdvantage Platinum and Starwood Prefered Guest. AAdvantage earns you miles when you travel, provides you with in-flight upgrades, and grants you access to all admirals clubs. Starwood awards you one point per dollar
spent and lets you use points for free nights at any of Starwood’s nine distinct brands, including The W Hotels, The St. Regis and Le Méridien.
Plan your home base prior to arriving.
Check out sites like TripAdvisor to scope out where you’re staying and what attractions and restaurants are nearby. Since you’ve already done your homework, you can wake up and get on to exploring and enjoying your vacation instead of wasting time planning out your day. Knowing your itinerary ahead of time also helps you
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to pack more efficiently. Staying in the city, close to things you want to see and do, can save you a lot on transportation. You might spend a little bit extra on the
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So long, lost luggage.
hotel (enter the Starwood card), but you’ll be able to walk to almost everything, saving time and cash.
Not to mention, never waiting at baggage claim. To accomplish this, I usually stick with packing one color scheme for a weekend getaway, wear my bulkiest shoes and bring lots of layers and accessories to vary my looks. The Westin Hotel keeps your load light by providing loaner
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workout shoes and clothing for just $5. Ladies, ust bring a sports bra and you’ll be good to go!
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When possible, fly direct. It may cost you a few extra bucks but you will spend less
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time getting there and more time being there. You may consider investing in airport lounges if you don’t already have access to them
(see #1). It makes waiting to board your flight, as well as any dreaded layovers way more enjoyable (and
WORK IT OUT
productive). Think comfy seating,
Don’t let travel cramp your workout.
adult refreshments, coffee and
To stay fit while you’re away from real life, take a jog through the city or a city park. This allows you to see the city you’re staying in and stay in shape at the same time. If the hotel you’re staying at has a fitness center (see #4), take advantage of this and answer some emails or get a little work done while you’re on the treadmill or stationary bike.
espresso, snacks, showers, TVs, Wi-Fi (no crime in answering a few emails) and peace & quiet away from the hustle and bustle.
Photos courtesy of Maria Orozova | Follow her travels on Instagram @mariaborozova.
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A NIGHT FULL
WRITTEN BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F RUBEN MORALES PHOTOGRAPHY
he stars were out on the town Thursday, March 12 at the Austin Studios Stage 7 for the 15th Texas Film Awards. The star studded 6
Crystal Anniversary, presided over by co-chairs Bobbi Topfer and Armando Zambrano, raised over $800,000 for Texasâ€™ creative community. The Austin creative community was pleased to
internationally acclaimed filmmakers to help kick off South by Southwest with a Texas-sized party. The Austin Film Society's Hall of Fame Awards pays tribute to the many talented artists with Texas affiliations.
Amongst the honorees were film producer Bonnie Curtis (who received the LALIQUE trophy), director Guillermo del Toro, actor Tommy Lee Jones (recipient of the H-E-B Texas Legend award), actor Luke Wilson, and the film Boyhood (recipient of the Variety Creative Impact in Cinema award). Posthumous awards were given to actor, screenwriter and film producer L.M. Kit Carson and actor Christopher Evan Welch. 1. Guillermo del Toro & Richard Linklater, Writer, Director & Producer of BOYHOOD 2. Actor Zane Holtz (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) 3. Actress Jess Weixler (The Good Wife and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) 4 .Mike Judge, Director of Office Space and Creator of King of the Hill 5. Patricia Arquette, Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in the film BOYHOOD 6. Actress Madison Davenport (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) 7. Robert Rodriguez (Executive Producer - From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) 8. Actor Elijah Wood (DJing the After Party) 9. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and his wife, Diane Land
B E S T TA S T I N G LEMONADE CONTEST
W R I T T E N BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N | P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F C H E L S E A W I L M O T P H O T O G R A P H Y
t was a Saturday morning full of laughter, delicious
on April 11 as young entrepreneurs aimed to impress judges at the seventh annual Best
Tasting Lemonade Contest. The event, hosted by Lemonade Day Austin, a program of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas (EF), was held at the Thinkery, Austin’s children’s museum. Participants put their skills to the test and competed for the title of best lemonade in a variety of categories including Best Tasting , Most Innovative, Best Presentation and Best Customer Service. A panel of distinguished local celebrities provided their expertise in selecting the winners for each category. The panel included: • Mikaila Ulmer, youth judge, founder and social entrepreneur, BeeSweet Lemonade • Morgan Travis, youth judge and four-time Lemonade Day Austin contestant • Sara Hickman, 2010 Texas State Musician, rock / folk / pop / children's music singer, songwriter • Peter Li, co-founder and CEO, Atlas Wearables • Karen Morgan, founder and gluten-free chef, Blackbird Bakery • Jan Triplett, founder and CEO, Business Success Center • Giftie Thompson, client services and support, Charles Schwab • InFluential Magazine founder & publisher William Jackson,
“Seven years ago our dear friends Joe & Andra Liemandt
who was also honored to serve as emcee.
challenged EF to inspire Austin's children to experience the fun of The Best Tasting Lemonade Contest served as a prelude to
entrepreneurship. With their support, we've engaged over 90,000
Lemonade Day Austin, held citywide on May 2. The event is free,
kids in Lemonade Day Austin, inspiring some of tomorrow's
fun, and educational for kids of all ages. Lemonade Day Austin
entrepreneurs, including Mikaila Ulmer, the 10-year-old Austinite
promotes entrepreneurship among youth and aims to empower
and founder of BeeSweet Lemonade,” said Eugene Sepulveda,
them to become the business leaders, social advocates,
CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation and a Director of Capital
Factory. “Mikaila was recently featured on Shark Tank and
Participants learn to create budgets, understand revenues and
received a $60,000 investment from American entrepreneur, investor
expenses, set profit-making goals, serve customers and repay
and TV personality, Daymond John. We are thrilled for her and
investors - sometimes choosing to give back to the community
the hundreds, if not thousands, of future entrepreneurs who have
benefitted from the lessons of Lemonade Day.”
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