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RIESA PASCAL Riesa was born in London, England and now resides in sunny Orlando, Florida. She is a proud graduate of Florida State University where she double majored in creative writing and communication. In addition to editorial writing, Riesa is also deeply passionate about broadcast journalism and currently freelances as a TV personality with various networks in Central Florida. You can learn more about Riesa at her website: RiesaPascal.com

DANA DAMATO Dana Damato is a Florida native and a travel writer turned publicist. Prior to starting Damato Public Relations, Dana was an avid traveler seeking new adventure, and has appeared in Forbes Travel, My Malibu Beach, Sky Magazine and many more. She pursued a Masters degree in Communications from the University of Central Florida and uses her expertise in media and travel to work with different brands around the world. She is addicted to adventure and loves to indulge herself in new cultures. She thrives off travel, visiting unique destinations, and bringing those experiences to life through words.

GREG ALEXANDER Greg Alexander is a world citizen who travels the planet to transmute all the quintessence of femininity on glazed paper. If he nourishes an atavistic passion for Greece, the ground of his ancestors, it’s in Paris that he has found his home port. As a photographer, he continues his dream of perfection because, according to him, “the photograph is a kind of plastic surgery which is able to modulate a face ad infinitum!” His vision of beauty is fragile, transitory, a little kitsch and inevitably fatal.

MARK NEJAME Mark NeJame is a renowned trial attorney who has been involved in some of the areas and country’s highest profile cases. He is routinely sought by the media as a legal commentator and is currently a Legal Analyst for CNN. He is the Founder and Senior Partner of the Law Firm of NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi & Moreno, P.A. a/k/a NeJame Law. NeJame Law has 15 attorneys and 4 divisions: Personal Injury, Criminal, Immigration and Business/Commercial Litigation. Mr. NeJame is a regular contributor to Orlando Style Magazine. Mr. NeJame can be reached at 407-245-1232 and NejameLaw.com.

MAHA CHAUDHRY Maha Chaudhry is a long-time Florida Resident. Her background consists of both Public Relations and Marketing, but her passion lies in Storytelling. After graduating from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, she moved to Washington D.C. to kick-start her corporate career. Upon returning to Orlando, she continues to offer expertise in the area of communications - expanding

from entrepreneurial services to media relations and beyond.


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16 / EVENTS What’s Happening Orlando

36 / EVENTS Cirque du Soleil

18 / CITY NEWS In Case You Missed It By Riesa Pascal

38 / TRAVEL N’ STYLE The Local - St. Augustine

22 / OUR TOWN Dine with Purpose Magical Dining is Back By Maha Chaudhry 24 / VACATIONLAND The Weekend’s After Hours Nightmare 34 / DON’T MISS THE BEAT Red Hot Chili Peppers By Maha Chaudhry

44 / FASHION Fall Winter Fashion Show 56 / CELEBRITY SOUP Famous Films That Inspired Real-life Events By Riesa Pascal 60 / TOYS Designed to Delight 67 / SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FEATURE Orlando’s Attorney’s of the Year 2022



PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Dear Readers, This September issue of Orlando Style is our Fall Fashion issue featuring the newest trends in elegant Haute Couture with the Fall/ Winter fashion runways in Paris and Milan. We are also starting to see improvements on the inflation and gas prices are slowly coming down again. When it comes to real estate, we see a slight slowing in the market even though the higher valued properties are still rising in price and are hard to get. Upscale properties are still a sellers market comparing to the lower level properties that move into more of a buyers market. You may find professional advice in our Portfolio Estate section where excellent real estate professionals are presenting their best. Let us know about your experience. This issue also includes “Orlando’s Attorneys of the Year 2022,” where you can find good legal advice in the Orlando area. This feature offers fresh perspective on local attorneys that have been evaluated by their peers, and, readers of Orlando Style. Please be sure to let us know what you have learned from your own experience while searching for the right attorney. You can visit our website and vote for your favorite “Orlando’s Attorneys of the Year” throughout the year. We are already gathering votes for next year’s “Orlando’s Attorneys of the Year,” and we want to add your opinion to our list of local lawyers chosen by you. Summer is coming to an end, and that means this year’s hurricane season will soon be reaching its peak. Make sure that you are staying alert and stocking up on the necessities and usual supplies before any threatening weather gets too close for comfort. Even though it is important to take the proper precautions, I believe that we should not become too concerned with tropical formations that are emerging from thousands of miles away, since they may never make it this far. Don’t let the worries of tomorrow allow you to forget to enjoy the happiness of today. As we send everyone in this city our wishes for safety during the rest of this hurricane season, we also hope that you all have a relaxing and reviving Labor Day holiday spent with your closest family and friends. Take a well-deserved break from your work schedule and indulge in the beautiful paradise that is Central Florida. We are wishing a very happy New Year / Rosh Hashanah 5783 to all of our Jewish friends. While we are eternally thankful for the freedom and privileges of this country, we send our well wishes and hope for peace in the world that is currently affected by turmoil. May we all try to live together with gratitude and strive to enjoy life with tolerance in our minds and care in our hearts. We are so appreciative of the loyalty of our dedicated readers. I hope that you all have a wonderful beginning to this fall season!

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SEPT 1 / Cirque du Soleil - Drawn to Life 5:30PM / Walt Disney World Resort

SEPT 16 / Kevin Hart 7PM / Amway Center

SEPT 3 / DeadMau5 5PM / The Vangaurd

SEPT 17 / Alicia Keys 8PM / Walt Disney Theatre at Dr. Phillips

SEPT 4 / Disney On Ice 12PM / Amway Center

SEPT 23 / Mikcey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 7PM / Magic Kingdom

SEPT 10 / Lil Baby 7:30PM / Amway Center

SEPT 23-24 / Ranch Rodeo & Cowboy Heritage Festival 12PM / Silver Spurs Arena

SEPT 15 / Red Hot Chili Peppers 6:30 PM / Camping World Stadium

SEPT 29 / Wisin & Yandel 8PM / Amway Center

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Montblanc Patron of Art Event

Socialize

Grand Opening Party at MY Lounge

ORRA Expo at Loews Royal Pacific

Private event at the Bentley Residences sales gallery

James Beard Foundation at Kabooki Sushi

Snap Event

GMF Event at Maggiono’s

Grand Opening Party at MY Lounge

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CITY NEWS

IN CASE YOU

MISSED IT! The release of our Summer Double Issue every July means we always have not one, but TWO jam packed months of exciting events to talk about in our September issue! Here are all the highlights, just in case you missed it! Held at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte, Red Hot & Boom is an annual Independence Day celebration like no other! This year’s festivities took place on July 3rd and featured live entertainment by XL106.7. Thousands packed the park for to honor the country’s birthday with an unforgettable night of great performances, mouthwatering eats and 25 minutes of beautifully synchronized fireworks Hopefully guests didn’t party too hard at Red, White & Boom because the Watermelon 5K took place bright and early the following morning! The Independence Day event consisted of a 5K around Park Avenue at Winter Park. The run was immediately followed by a watermelon eating contest and all event proceeds benefited the Track Shack Youth Foundation which promotes physical fitness to children and teens through a wide variety of community organizations. The favorite time of year for foodies and wine enthusiasts alike has arrived – the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE! Starting July 14th and running through November 19th, this iconic festival serves up flavors from across six continents and unlocks unlimited fun through your tastebuds. With more than 25 Global Marketplaces, guests can indulge in cuisines from across the globe featuring the culinary mastery of the chefs and mixologists, who yet again do not disappoint. The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival recurs daily until November 19th so check it out and be sure to pick up a Festival Passport to keep track of all your stamps and experiences. Luau by Lake Nona Social brought the month of July to a close with a unique Polynesian experience that proved to be fun for the whole family! Luau and Tiki Highlights included hula dancers, fire knife performance, a delicious pig roast, Tiki Bar, live Polynesian music, and more. Visitors who upgraded to a VIP ticket also got to enjoy reserved covered seating, a free specialty drink and premium views of the hula and fire dancer show. Held at Nona Adventure Park on July 30th, attendees were also invited to partake in Aqua Park Actives at a whopping 50% off.

By Riesa Pascal

SeaWorld is serving up an incredible festival for craft beer lovers! SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 craft brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails. Attendees get to sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites in addition to savoring more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew. Then, top it all off with nightly fireworks during Ignite 360. This is the one craft beer celebration you won’t want to miss. The fun began brewing on August 5th and the festivities will continue on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until September 5th, only at SeaWorld. On August 13th, Track Shack’s Celebration of Running 5k presented by AdventHealth helped to kick off the Florida running season. This year was an extra special event as attendees celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Track Shack Store and the Track Shack Running Series. Held at Orlando Cultural Park, event highlights for participants included a Finisher Medal, a gender-specific micro mesh fabric tech shirt, B-Tag Timed, FREE AdventHealth for Children Kids’ Run, a rocking post-race party, and more! To celebrate and commemorate Track Shack’s anniversary, each 5k finisher also received a finisher medal that was worn with pride. The 85 South Show Live – Ghetto Legends 2: Unfinished Business, featuring three of America’s funniest, talented and fearless comedians, made a stop at Orlando’s Amway Center on August 18th. Produced by 85 South Media, the 85 South Show has altered the comedy industry with over 2 million YouTube subscribers, 410 million independent views, and over 100,000+ live show tickets sold. Laughter was had by all in attendance as 85 South Show cohosts DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller, and Chico Bean kept attendees on the edge of their seats all night long. The 7th Annual Florida Kids and Family Expo brought more than 150 prenatal, baby, toddler, kid, teen and family exhibitors together with products, services and opportunities to enrich the entire family. From August 20th-21st, the expo offered live performances and a variety of epic family fun while also helping attendees to discover all that Central Florida has to offer. Held at the Orange County Convention Center, attendees enjoyed everything from fun zones, a sports zone, a wrestling ring, a petting zoo, character meet and greets and so much more.

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OUR TOWN

Dine with Purpose Orlando’s

Magical Dining is Back!

By Maha Chaudhry

The candles are lit. The courses are set. The mood, just right. Come one, come all, It’s the tastiest time of year again in Orlando - the time when magic meets dining. For 38 days, now through October 2nd, you can feast at your favorite restaurants for a magical dinging experience featuring a prix-fixe threecourse meal at a set rate of $40 per person. Participating restaurants include some of Orlando’s most renowned spots, some of which

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OUR TOWN

Come one, come all, It’s the tastiest time of year again in Orlando...

are considered MICHELIN Guide honorees: Kabooki Sushi, The Strand, Z Asian, Four Flamingos and The Ravenous Pig. The magic behind Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining goes beyond sharing a sophisticatedly prepared meal with an ambiance. The real magic is in the giving back. This year, a $1 from each meal served will aid in supporting The Able Trust- a local nonprofit that aims to provide and expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Central Florida. The proceeds from this year’s program will

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specifically support The Able Trust’s High School High Tech (HSHT) program in Orange County. Essentially, the goal is in providing the opportunity to explore jobs or postsecondary education for high school students with disabilities, exposing them to equal opportunity high-demand careers. Dining with a purpose never tasted better. Now is the perfect time to try that restaurant you’ve been eyeing, going back to the restaurant you love to visit, celebrating something special, or scratching off a Michelinmentioned restaurant from your list. No matter the occasion, the experience awaits you and your palate. FYI: Returning this year, take Magical Dining to another level with Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights. This upgrade gives you

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the opportunity to stay at some of Orlando’s top participating hotels and resorts. The offer includes weekend getaways, stay-and-dine savings, romance packages, and so much more! But to capture this feature, booking in advance is strongly recommended to guarantee reservations. For a complete list of participating restaurants, OpenTable reservations and menus, visit OrlandoMagaicalDining.com. Bon appétit!

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DINING N’ STYLE

10th ANNUAL

TASTE AMERICA CULINARY SERIES, at Kabooki Restaurant Orlando.

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DINING N’ STYLE

Orlando Style attended the: JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION® 10th ANNUAL TASTE AMERICA CULINARY SERIES, PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE at Kabooki Restaurant Orlando.

Kabooki Sushi’s newly expanded original location was closed to the public Tuesday night as its chef/ owner, two-time James Beard Award semifinalist Henry Moso hosted the organization’s secondever Taste America series dinner in Orlando — and one of the fastest to sell-out in the 10-year history of the event. Ninety-five guests gathered for a two-plus hour meal featuring decadent raw-bar setups beneath branded ice sculptures, setting the stage for a multicourse meal with effort split between Moso, whose kaiseki first course ate more like three (highlights included a citrusy mizudako balanced with deeply oceanic Hokkaido uni and a two-bite toro tartare oshizuki piled with Kaluga caviar) and guest chef Taylor Thornhill of Bateau, a modern American steakhouse in Seattle, Washington. ABOUT THE FOUNDATION: From June 2022 through March 2023, this year’s lineup features a national kick-off event in Houston, 15 pop-up dinners, and four walkaround tastings with food stations curated by the James Beard Foundation. Guests attending pop-up dinners will enjoy a one-of-a-kind multicourse menu with wine pairings and cocktails, resulting from a TasteTwenty host and visiting chef collaboration; while guests at walk- around tastings will experience a stellar lineup of local chefs preparing signature tastes from their celebrated restaurants, alongside two national TasteTwenty chefs. Menus at all events promise a delicious evening benefiting the Foundation's industry-focused mission and programs. Over the course of the year, the series will showcase the breadth of culinary creativity across the country, while highlighting the positive impact chefs have in their communities and the industry at-large. Attending a Taste America event is a special opportunity to become part of the Foundation’s vibrant and growing national culinary community, comprising food lovers and industry professionals alike.

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the following inaugural TasteTwenty chefs: TASTING CHEFS: - Shenarri Freeman, Cadence, New York City - Natalia Pereira, Woodspoon, Los Angeles - Chutatip ‘Nok’ Suntaranon, Kalaya, Philadelphia - Taylor Thornhill, Bateau, Seattle - Michelle Wallace, Gatlin’s BBQ, Houston DINNER CHEFS: - Angel Barreto, Anju, Washington, D.C. - Ana Castro, Lengua Madre, New Orleans - Varanya Geyoonsawat, Kann, Portland, OR - Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer, Boia De, Miami - Elizabeth Johnson, Pharm Table, San Antonio, TX - Ravi Kapur, Liholiho Yacht Club and Good Good Culture Club, San Francisco - Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta, Brassica Kitchen + Café, Jamaica Plain, MA - Andrew Le, The Pig & The Lady, Honolulu - Lamar Moore, Chicago - Henry Moso, Kabooki, Orlando - Cassie Shortino, Phoenix - Eric Skokan, Black Cat Farm Bistro and Bramble & Hare, Boulder, CO - Forough Vakili, Le Bon Nosh, Atlanta - Natalia Vallejo, Cocina al Fondo, San Juan, PR - Yia Vang, Union Hmong Kitchen and Vinai, Minneapolis CITIES HOSTING TASTE AMERICA DINNERS INCLUDE: -

Atlanta Boston Chicago Denver Honolulu Miami Minneapolis New Orleans Orlando, FL Phoenix Portland, OR San Antonio, TX San Francisco San Juan, PR Washington, D.C.

Chef/Owner Henry Moso and Taste Orlando Guest Chef Taylor Thornhill

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VACATIONLAND

VACATIONLAND Howl -O- Scream Orlando After a successful “inaugural fear,” Howl-O-Scream will once again wash ashore in Orlando on Sept. 9, 2022 with nowhere to hide! This year promises to be bigger than ever before with more pulse-pounding, sweatinducing haunts, thrills, and chills. Evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones. Seek shelter indoors, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Deepen the thrill with a nighttime coaster ride. Quench your thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar. Feel the monstrous electricity of a live show. Evil is returning—with a howl and a scream. Experience 28 nights of fully immersive fear in fall 2022, only at SeaWorld Orlando.

By Simon Thompson

THE WEEKEND’S “AFTER HOURS” NIGHTMARE Becomes A Reality At Halloween Horror Nights Fear fans are getting the opportunity to step into The Weeknd’s nightmarish vision this Halloween.

of the artist.” The question is, will they be able to escape his creations?

The acclaimed artist and producer has teamed up with the creatives at the Universal Studios theme parks in Los Angeles and Orlando to realize The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare, a haunted house inspired by select tracks from his similarly titled record-breaking album. It’s part of the wildly popular annual Halloween Horror Nights event.

The Weekend is not the first music artist to have their tunes turned into a terrifying reality at Halloween Horror Nights. He follows in the footsteps of Alice Cooper. Once again this year, Slash provides the soundtrack for one of the haunted houses.

As guests make their way through the seasonal attraction, they’ll be immersed in a nightmarish and surreal world soundtracked and inspired by The Weeknd’s fourth consecutive number one album and some of the multi-award-winning artist’s short films. Park officials warn that those brave enough to enter will be “stalked by slashers, bandaged maniacs, gruesome toad-like creatures and other unfathomable horrors from the mind

CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL At SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers. SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails. Sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites. Plus savor more than 15 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew. And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration you won’t want to miss. The fun is brewing Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, only at SeaWorld.

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The final mazes have yet to be revealed, but tickets are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights at both the Los Angeles and Orlando parks. The Universal Studios Hollywood event kicks off on Thursday, September 8, 2022, but the nightmare begins a few days earlier at Universal Orlando Resort. The screams start there on Friday, September 2, 2022. Both events will run through Monday, October 31, 2022.


MAVERICK EVENTS & PROMOTIONS PRESENTS

A Nightmare on Church Street After 20 Years, Orlando's Famous Halloween Costume Party Returns "A Nightmare on Church Street" to Downtown's Historic Cheyenne Saloon. Event Date: Sat. Oct. 22, 2022 Time: 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM Location: Cheyenne Saloon 128 West Church Street #3304 Orlando, FL 32801

Funds benefiting Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation (501c3) -Local Charity

Join us for a wicked fun evening with All-inclusive food and drinks with tastings from some of Orlando's best restaurants and bars. Show off your best costumes for our Halloween costume contest with BIG cash prizes from several categories.

All Tickets are All-Inclusive including “Unlimited Tastings" from vendors at the event, lite bites, craft beers, wine, specialty cocktails, soda, water, live music and entertainment, admission into the costume contest, access to silent auction, and fun photo booths. Sponsored by The Orlando Style Magazine https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-nightmare-on-church-street-orlandos-famous-halloween-costume-party-tickets-355533368877 MUST BE 21 AND OLDER TO PURCHASE TICKET & ATTEND EVENT!


EVENTS

at The Orlando Museum of Art Let's paly - Masquerade Night at The Museum | Walk the Red Carpet Dressed like your favorite celebrity and dance the night away... like only a Orlando celebrity could. On october 1st, the people of Orlando get the chance to dress up and see their Great Gatsby Fantasy come to life! General admission enjoys food stations (until 9 p.m.) and desserts in additon to wine stations as often as you like throughout the evening. Let’s not forget the live music, plus a special surprise performance in 26

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the Auditorium. Complimentary self-parking is also included with the ticket. VIP guests enjoy all the benefits of a GA ticket. Plus, no lines + a special VIP Speakeasy room with additional hors d’oeuvres, exclusive rated wines, and a full premium liquor bar. They also receive limited seating, in addition to best parking. The Location is the Orlando Museum of Art, and the attire is chic cocktail. Wear any type of Masquerade Mask that fits your style best! Masks encouraged but NOT REQUIRED.


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ORRA Expo at Loews Royal Pacific

Hilton Garden Inn Apopka Event

IACC & AACCb at Legends

James Beard Foundation at Kabooki Sushi

Tiktok Event At Citrus Club

Grand Opening Party at MY Lounge

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James Beard Foundation at Kabooki Sushi

P H OTO G R A P H Y BY B R I O N P R I C E & OT H E R S

Grand Opening Party at MY Lounge

Private event at the Bentley Residences sales gallery

Hilton Garden Inn Apopka Event

ORRA Expo at Loews Royal Pacific

IACC & AACCb at Legends

Hilton Garden Inn Apopka Event

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Grand Opening Party at MY Lounge

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LIVING N’ STYLE

SCARF ME UP ADIDAS X GUCCI MAXI FLOWER PRINT SILK SCARF $550 / Gucci.com

ETRO FLORAL CASHMERE FRINGE SCARF $690 / Neimanmarcus.com

SURELL ACCESSORIES FOX FUR PULL-THROUGH SCARF $250 / Neimanmarcus.com

BURBERRY FLORAL JEWELRY CHECK SILK SCARF $520 / Burberry.com

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FASHION

Award-winning hiTechMODA combines traditional fashion shows with the latest innovations and the new “thinking of fashion.” They are a cutting-edge runway production company. Every season, hiTechMODA focuses on featuring established, emerging, and Indie fashion designers, identifying current marketing trends, and aligning with new thought leaders committed to transforming the way the industry operates today. Their mission is designing opportunities. Specializing in providing avenues for emerging new-to-market and young prodigy designers, up and coming and aspiring models of all ages, shapes, and sizes, photographers, and videographers. In addition to this, they also specialize bringing in a host of interns and volunteers from some of the region’s most prestigious fashion design and business schools.

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Orlando Swim Week

RECAP Featuring HiTech Moda


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Real Producers Event at Harry Buffalo

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DON’T MISS THE BEAT

ILI PEPPERS ENDING THE SUMMER WITH EXTRA HEAT By Maha Chaudhry

It is about to get pretty nostalgic in Orlando. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are making their way from “Under the Bridge” to tour at the Camping World Stadium on September 15th. The ‘Black Summer’ World Tour featuring hits like “Unlimited Love,” will be their first in five years.

earned the band a Grammy award, thanks to “Give it Away,” ultimately landing the number two position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Established in the 1980s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are notorious for combining funk and punk rock to create a musical style unique to their own. Fans love them for their originality and for delivering some of the biggest classic hits of all time.

Then came the classic “Californiacation,” in 1999 as the seventh studio album, bringing the Red Hot Chili Peppers even more stardom with 16 million copies sold, and to date, their most successful album. “Californiacation” features three number-one hits, “Scar Tissue, “Otherside,” and of course “Californiacation.” Rolling stone labeled it as one of the 500 Greatest albums of all time.

Whether or not you grew up with the Peppers, it’s likely you’ve heard the name before. Since their beginning in the 80s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have gone through several transitions, only to come out stronger and notoriously renowned at the end. Did you know that before they were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, their short-lived name was “Tony Flow and the Majestic Masters of Mayhem?” If you ask me, they made the right choice by spicing up the name (no pun intended).

Fast forward to the 2000s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers continued to build their musical empire, but this time with a less-controversial and sober twist. In 2010, the band made their live comeback, playing tribute to Neil Young at MusiCares. A couple years later in 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2014, graced fans all over with their presence at a highly viewed Super Bowl Halftime performance.

Throughout their musical journey which began in high school, the band lost and gained a number of members, with the guitarist being the prime denominator. Despite all the fallouts, transitions and controversial reputation for being unapologetic in the drug addiction department, the Red Hot Chili Peppers found their way back to stardom and proceeded to produce some of their biggest hits.

Today, the band comprises of the two original co-founders Anthony Kiedis, who is since sober and a strict vegan follower of yoga practices and spiritual aspects, and Michael Balzary, also known as Flea, who also left behind his drug-centered past. They continue to take the band through a new era. The two are joined by drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante.

In 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers followed guidance by music producer Rick Rubin to record their album at a mansion once owned by the magician Harry Houdini (also rumored to be haunted). Aside from the spooks, Rubin’s advice served them right, “Blood Sugar Sex Majik,” became an instant breakthrough album, and it only went uphill from there for the band. The album sold over 12 million copies globally and

What once began as a high school band is now considered one of the most successful bands in the history of alternative rock. To date, they have won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 60 million albums across the globe. It’s needless to say, the peppers are on fire! And they aren’t about to dim the flame just yet. Catch them as they spread nostalgia mixed with new flavor. You don’t want to miss the beat under the heat.

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LOCAL ST. AUGUSTINE

When husband-and-wife team, Adam and Leila Bedoian, opened The Local – St. Augustine last October, they never envisioned that they would quickly accumulate such a large social media presence, garnering viral viewership, and topping the must-see list for social influencers and travelers alike. And they did just that including being named the 2022 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Roadside Motel. The Local – St. Augustine took USA Today’s number one spot out of 20 motels around the country from Arizona to Maine. “It’s amazing to see our passion and commitment to this project be recognized and appreciated on a national level,” explained Leila Bedoian, co-owner of The Local – St. Augustine. “We are so excited to be able to bring attention to our local community, which has welcomed us so warmly, and we want to pass that hospitality on to our guests!” Originally built in the 1940s, back when roadside motels were the standard accommodation offered in the Sunshine State, The Local – St. Augustine is currently a 21-room property renovated to feel like nostalgic Old Florida. It features a retro inground pool, flamingo pink façade, kitschy palm frond wallpaper, and seaside artwork as well as the new “Florida Room,” which functions as a hospitality suite, offering up complimentary coffee and tea services. The Local – St. Augustine is also a digital property, which means that it features the latest technology such as an app that provides contactless check-in/check-out and acts as the front desk, verifying identification and granting access to a guest’s room with a digital key using Bluetooth technology, while also providing a platform for guest services. This means that guests can bypass the front desk and use their phone as a key to their room. “Even though we both have extensive backgrounds in the hospitality industry, owning your own property is a completely different experience,” said Leila. “In less than a year, we have learned a lot about what the modern guest is looking for while also making fun improvements to the property such as revamped rooms, all new landscaping, and pool upgrades. We are one hundred percent focused on making sure our guests have an amazing experience when they come to St. Augustine. Exciting changes have just begun! Upcoming upgrades include a deck and more improvements to our outdoor areas and experiences!” ABOUT THE LOCAL - ST. AUGUSTINE – Founded in 2021 by Leila and Adam Bedoian, The Local - St. Augustine is located at 512 Anastasia Boulevard, just south of the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island. It is a pet-friendly, 21-room boutique-style inn that caters to the modern traveler with a digital check-in and check-out process and concierge app to help guests plan their St. Augustine vacation. For more information, visit www.thelocalinns.com and follow along on social media @thelocalstaugustine


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DON’T BE AFRAID OF

COLOR

Color can be intimidating. However, you want to step out of your comfot zone. But not too much, and perhaps you don’t know which step to take. If you are brave enough to commit to an entire outfit, great! However, sometimes smaller and more simple is better for you, instead of going all out and making a huge wardrobe shift and buying a neon orange blazer that you are only going to wear once. There are many ways to do this and I’m sure there is a way where it suits you best! Start off with a base color. Some examples are: Navy, black, grey, or beige. Once you have your base color picked for your suit, then choose what and where you would like the pop of color to be. It can be anywhere from your tie, bowtie, hankerchief, socks, or even the blouse under your blazer! These small adjustments make a big statement, believe it or not. And as far as what color to choose as your “accent” color, you can pick any. Find a color that looks good and stands out against the base color that you choose. Another thing that you can do is choose a pattern. Many ties, socks, and hankerchiefs come in different types of patterns and prints that also give the same affect. Next time you have the opportunity to wear a nice blouse or jacket, pair it with a pop of color of your choice!

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Stay Clean! What it smells like: sweet, spiced, creamy pumpkin (a.k.a. the essence of fall). Fragrance notes: harvest pumpkin, spiced clove and sugarcane.

Fall fave colors Ditch the summer neons, it’s time to embrace thel neutrals. Neutrals are available to compliment every skin tone and play a part in every color. Browns and nudes are especially appealing and look professional. When it comes to metallics, avoid silver and go with a gold. If a darker look suits you, vampy colors are always approved. Try a maroon or cherry red. Blue can be tricky, but try to find grey or purple tones, like navy. If ever in question, look for a warm tone that will compliment your most natural or darker wintery outfits.

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GET YOUR SKIN READY FOR FALL! Tips you need to know! With a new season comes new beauty trends, and this fall, there are plenty of makeup, skin, and nail options to choose from. Beauty experts are already anticipating a resurgence of bobs, lobs, and bangs, but when it comes to the other steps in your daily beauty routine, it appears that triedand-true staples (with a few unexpected twists) are sticking around. We might not entirely welcome the departure of warm weather, but this is a good opportunity to revamp your beauty regimen. Fall presents us the chance to update the usual nude palette

with hints of shimmer and the unexpected use of bright color. Plus, with holiday festivities just around the corner, always make sure to have a few makeup goodies that can work for whatever the day throws your way. When it comes to skincare, fall often spells disaster for our once sunkissed skin. With the changes in weather, our skin usually goes from oily to dry. In this case, go for products like a soothing, lightweight moisturizer and a mask created to combat redness and dry skin woes.


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BRIOGEO MERRY MULTI-MASKING KIT

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BATH & BODY WORKS MOISTURIZING HAND SANITIZER

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SONOMA GOODS ‘IT’S FALL YALL’ CANDLE JAR

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PETER THOMAS ROTH PUMPKIN ENZYME MASK

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GET IN UNIFORM Fall’s favorite pattern every year Fall simply will not be the same without plaid, tartan or flannel. You know fall is here when all the clothing stores have plaid on their displays. Its unique pattern gives the casual, cozy vibe, which is why it is so popular in fall and winter. And fashion designers have also started to make more elegant clothing pieces using plaid, steering away from the casual vibe it gives. Of course plaid comes in bright colors too, but you want to go with the plaid or tartan that has burgandy, dark green, black, blue, or grey.

KNITS, SCARVES, BOOTS Fall fashion that we can wear in Florida! THE EDGY NECKTIE I know it sounds crazy, but there are many ways to use a scarf as an edgy necktie to add more attitude to your outfit without feeling like you’re dressed in the wrong season. Get that silk scarf you have had in your closet since last winter, and give your look an edgy touch with a necktie. This look is best achieved by tying the scarf in either the french knot or similar to the way a flight attendant might wear her uniform. The idea with this accessory is to complement a casual look and make it more elegant for a brunch with your friends.

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In Florida, it’s hard sometimes to keep up with trends when the weather seems impossible to work with. It is simply just too hot for certain pieces. But there are ways to go around it. Fall fashion is here and we want to wear the plaid, the scarves, the boots, the knits, the hats, you name it, we wanna wear it! So here are some tips to look the part (while not sweating in the Florida heat). Colors. One of the easiest ways to be in the fall spirit is to wear cooler tones, tradtional fall colors. Burgandy, black, brown, taupe, forest green, etc. You can wear a t-shirt, or a light long - sleeve shirt, in one of those fall colors, pair it with your favorite bottoms and you’re ready for

fall. You can wear any clothing item, even a dress, as long as it’s in your favorite fall color. Now for texture, you want breathable clothing. You can purchase a knit top with no sleeves. And boom. Pair it with leather shorts, looking the part while avoiding the sweating! The last tip for fall fashion in Florida’s heat is to accessorize. Wear your tank top and shorts, but wear boots with it, or add a hat and/or scarf. The idea is to keep cool while embracing the upcoming end-of-year season. Because even though we are in the month of Septemebr, it still feels like August. We have to do the best with what we’ve got until it actually gets cold.


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All Things Cozy

THE LOGO FISHERMAN RIB CASHMERE SCARF KHAITE $880 / Nordstrom.com

UGG FLUFF YEAH SLIDE $100 / Ugg.com

FAUX FUR TEDDY JACKET FRENCH CONNECTION $99 / Nordstrom.com

GORSKI METALLIC WOOL BLEND HAT W/ FOX FUR POMPOM $145 / Niemanmarcus.com

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TRANSITIONING INTO FALL While living in the Florida heat!

You may not see the palms of palm trees falling, but believe it or not, fall is right around the corner. If you can’t wait to break out your boots and stand out in autumnal colors, easing your way into fall fashion when it’s still hot outside isn’t as hard as it seems. It’s time to exchange those open toe’d flip flops for something a little more classy and on trend. Your shoes tell a lot about who you are, so starting with fall footwear is the easiest way to make the transition. Chelsea boots are still prominent in menswear, and we won’t see them going away any time soon. Chelsea boots are the perfect fall accessory because they can bring together an outfit or even be the statement piece. A neutral suede boot can make any basic outfit look stylish. You can even try complementing a leather jacket with black or brown leather boots. Incorporating jackets into your look may seem like the most difficult part when it still feels like summer. Nights get cool and breezy, so it’s perfect to wear a light jacket. Bomber jackets,

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cardigans, flannels, and light leather jackets are all good options for this transitional period. A classic transitional piece is a denim jacket. Denim jackets have the ability to make any outfit look put together. They aren’t too heavy, so they’re perfect to pair with a basic outfit underneath such as black jeans and a t-shirt to stay cool and still rock the fall trend. Fall doesn’t mean you have to completely cancel out your summer clothes. When putting together your fall wardrobe, look for burgundy, greens, mustard, navy, browns, and camel. These autumnal shades complement each other well and give off the appearance that you know how to properly dress for the “confusing” in-between season. Knowing the ropes of rocking fall fashion when the weather is still hot will have you entering cool weather prepared, ahead of the game, and fashion-forward. Letting go of summer doesn’t sound too bad now, does it?


FLINT AND TINDER FLANNEL-LINED WAXED HUDSON JACKET $298 / Huckberry.com

MONCLER MEN’S VANCOUVER SUEDE ANKLE BOOTS $650 / Niemanmarcus.com

For the MAN VERSACE MEN'S LA MEDUSA NYLON BACKPACK $1775 / Versace.com

TATEOSSIAN MEN'S BLACK RUTILATED QUARTZ CUFFLINKS $895 / Niemanmarcus.com

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CELEBRITY SOUP

Famous Films That Inspired Real-life Events

By Riesa Pascal

It’s well known that many movies are based on real-life events, but did you know that some films have actually been the cause of real-life events? Here are six films that changed the course of history in various ways, from overturning a life-long prison sentence to nearly putting one of the nation’s most beloved attractions out of business. If you’ve ever been in doubt of the power of movies, just keep on reading and you’ll be a believer in no time!

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THE BIRTH OF A NATION, 1915 As you’ll quickly find out, not every movie on our list has led to a positive event or change. Before 1915’s The Birth of a Nation glorified the Ku Klux Klan, the American white supremacist, right-wing terrorist, and hate group was entirely defunct. However, not long after the film’s release, the KKK was reborn with 16 members and by the mid-1920s, had grown to boast several million loyal followers. William J. Simmons was the man responsible for the revival and he became inspired to do so after drunkenly watching and rewatching The Birth of a Nation thanks to free admission granted by an Atlanta theater manager. In addition to reviving the Klan, The Birth of a Nation also created many of the group's signature traits such as pointed headwear, white robes, and cross burnings. These hallmarks of Klan members were not standardized by the original Klan, but were written into the source novel of the film and adopted by Simmons for his revival of the group. TAXI DRIVER, 1976 Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Jodi Foster tells the story of a mentally unstable veteran who works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action. Not only did the movie receive four Academy Award nominations, it also inspired an attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. On March 30, 1981, Reagan was shot by a man who wanted to impress Jodie Foster after becoming obsessed with her character in the film. John Hinckley Jr. watched Taxi Driver as many as 18 times, memorized the script, and began dressing, drinking, and acting like Robert De Niro's character Travis Bickle. This bizarre behavior resulted in him attempting to assassinate a politician just like Bickle does in the movie. Fortunately Reagan survived and Hinckley was hospitalized after being found not guilty by reason of insanity.

THE THIN BLUE LINE, 1988 Sentenced to death in 1977 for the murder of a Texas police officer, Randall Dale Adams was eventually exonerated as a result of information uncovered by film-maker Errol Morris and presented in the acclaimed documentary, The Thin Blue Line. The film presents the case of Adams and questions why he was sentenced to death—later commuted to life in prison—for the killing in spite of key witnesses giving contradictory testimonies. The film centered around the "inconsistencies, incongruities and loose ends" of the case, and even obtained an admission of Adams' innocence by the original suspect of the case, David Harris. Videographic proof of witness perjury along with the film's popularity finally led to Adams' conviction being overturned though he received no compensation from the state of Texas for the 12 years he spent in prison. TITANIC, 1997 In addition to sparking the age-old debate of if Jack could have also fit on the door, the film Titanic also sparked a revolution of sorts by teaching multiple North Koreans about the outside world and inspiring them to defect. Yeonmi Park got her “first small taste of freedom” by viewing an illicit copy of Titanic at her uncle's house with the windows covered. Due to constant power outages, it took months to finish the film which her family hid under a potted plant in between watches. As she recalled in her memoir, “When I was 7 or 8 years old, the film that changed my life was Titanic. It amazed me that it was a story that took place a hundred years ago. Those people living in 1912 had better technology than most North Koreans…The idea that people could choose their own destinies fascinated me.” After an arduous journey that sadly took her father's life, Park successfully defected and is now a U.S. citizen. Fellow North Korean Jeong Kwang-il also watched Titanic under similar circumstances as Park before escaping to South Korea. He now smuggles media into his former country to continue the cycle of North Korean deprogramming.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, 2006 Unless you live under a rock, you are well aware of the huge cultural phenomenon that was and still is High School Musical. Incredibly, the film is credited by 17-year-old Jordan Turpin as her motivation to escape lifelong confinement in her parents' house and free her siblings. Jordan was one of 13 children, ages 2 to 29, who had been held in captivity by their parents in California. They were allegedly beaten, choked, shackled, underfed, undereducated, rarely washed, and weren't allowed to go outside save for family trips. As such, they didn't know much about the world until they watched the Disney Channel. After seeing High School Musical and other pop culture content, Jordan realized what kind of life was out there for herself and her siblings. The brave teenager managed to eventually escape out a window and find help which led to the release of her 12 malnourished siblings and the life imprisonment of her parents. BLACKFISH, 2013 The controversial documentary Blackfish questioned the ethics of orca captivity and sent waves through the marine park industry. SeaWorld suffered severe attendance drop-off as a result and major stock losses with even Southwest Airlines ending its SeaWorld partnership after facing backlash. The documentary spurred the passing of multiple legislative bills to prevent companies from using captive orcas, one of which was a whale-specific amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Act. Another bill, the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, banned orca captivity for entertainment purposes in California. SeaWorld blamed the legislation for low attendance, but ultimately ended its orca breeding program and eventually phased out orcas altogether. They spoke of the changes saying, “Society is changing and we’re changing with it.”

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HEALTH

CANT SLEEP? HERE ARE SOME ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU CATCH SOME Z’S

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HEALTH

Ah, September.The kids are back in school, the weekends are packed with activities, and you’re running amuck trying to get everything done--even if it means sacrificing sleep. You know you’re supposed to get the recommended eight hours a night, but your life (and your brain) just aren’t allowing it. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

Sure, the end of summer might make you a bit crankier than usual (who would want to stop going to the beach every day?), but your sour mood may be related to your lack of sleep. Those who get little sleep or suffer from insomnia typically have short fuses, terrible memory and an insatiable hunger. Does that sound like you? If so, it’s time to start taking your health seriously. Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, depression, and inflammation, which in turn can cause premature aging, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and arthritis. Staying on top of your schedule is important, but it’s not worth the health risks and mood changes that insomnia can cause. But don’t worry, these tips and tricks are sure to help you finally catch some z’s. First (and we know you don’t want to hear this), you need to cut the caffeine. Stick to a cup of your favorite brew in the morning, but halt all coffee consumption after lunch. If you’re a regular Starbucks junkie, you may feel like your venti triple-shot latte only gave you enough energy for one hour. In actuality, your first cup of caffeine is more than enough to get you through the day, whether or not you want to admit it. On average, one cup of coffee should stay in your system for around seven to eight hours--enough to get you out of bed and through your workday. Same rules apply to you, soda and energy drinkers: One and done. So you’ve cut the caffeine, but an afterhours drink at your favorite pub won’t cause any harm, right? Wrong. Ladies, this one’s especially for you: Cut out the bedtime booze. While men can toss back a beer before bed and sleep like a baby, studies show that women who do the same have a harder time sleeping. If you simply must have a substitute, try a room temperature glass of water or a cup of warm milk. Chances are, your workday isn’t quite over when you leave the office. Between picking up the kids from school, going to your dentist appointment and making dinner, you hardly

have time to think. As difficult as it may be, take some time for yourself when you get home--even it’s just for a few minutes. Put a hold on all distractions to read a chapter of your favorite book or hop on the treadmill for thirty minutes. In addition to helping you destress, this personal time is perfect for winding down before you climb into bed. Before your head hits the pillow at night, make sure your bedroom is your sanctuary. Turn off your phone completely before getting under the covers--your emails and Instagram will have to wait. If your phone is your wake-up call, that could be part of the problem. Switch off your favorite digital device in exchange for an actual alarm clock. Sleeping is sure to be easier when you aren’t waiting for the next text or Facebook like. But don’t just stop at your phone: Turn off your iPod, laptop and tablet, too. While you would think that straining your eyes would make them more tired, keeping your laptop open means you’ll spend more time on Netflix instead of in dreamland. Unfortunately, shutting off the phone doesn’t necessarily mean that your brain turns off as well. If you toss and turn half the night while thinking about everything you have to do the next day, you may need a fresh scent to help you unwind. Worried about starting a new job or the state of your finances? Sniff some valerian root. Convinced that car repair will totally empty your savings? Try some lavender oil. These aromas will relax your mind so that you can finally get some sleep. Aromas aren’t only used for helping you sleep at night. If you’re still struggling to hold up your eyelids at work the next morning, some natural scents will give you a little pick-me-up (no, it’s not the coffee bean--keep dreaming). Pop a peppermint in your mouth or squeeze a few drops of lemon into your ice water at lunch for an energy burst. This is the healthy way to keep you moving forward, especially if you’re sure you won’t last another 30 minutes without a Red Bull. And yeah, you might not need that triple-shot latte after all!

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Cadillac has a heritage deeper than almost any other automotive brand. The luxury division of General Motors is 120 years old. Among American car badges, only Buick is older. And at its peak, Cadillac enjoyed a reputation few car companies have ever matched.

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DESIGNED to DELIGHT CADILLAC CELESTIQ EV Cadillac has a heritage deeper than almost any other automotive brand. The luxury division of General Motors is 120 years old. Among American car badges, only Buick is older. And at its peak, Cadillac enjoyed a reputation few car companies have ever matched.

It once built some of the world’s most luxurious cars – an American Bentley. In recent decades, Cadillac has styled itself an American BMW or Audi. Its best-selling product remains the untouchable Escalade large SUV. But the company has advertised luxury sport sedans like the Germans do and pushed its V series of high-performance models as its showpieces. That’s leaving a lot of history on the table. But not for long. GM plans to remake Cadillac again. The brand has promised to go all-electric – an opportunity to make American buyers see it in a new light. With that in mind, Cadillac today unveiled a new banner carrier meant to show off everything its designers can do. It’s such a callback to history that the first press release explaining the car mentions “the artisanship and customization that defined early Cadillac sedans such as the bespoke V-16 powered coaches of the pre-war era” as inspiration.

Meet the Cadillac Celestiq – a modern electric car inspired by your great grandparents’ dream cars. The full-size ultra-luxury sedan you see in these photos isn’t meant for sale… yet. Cadillac officially calls it a “show car” to illustrate that it’s not production-ready. But insiders have said the Celestiq is headed for production, with about 400 a year to be handbuilt at GM’s Warren Technical Center research facility. The Celestiq bears some resemblance to today’s Cadillacs. The familiar sharp-edged sheet metal creases and vertical lighting elements are here. But it looks as though designers filtered them through an F. Scott Fitzgerald story to create a 1920s-meets-2020s vehicle.

Designers took inspiration from several periods of Cadillac’s history, the company says. Touchstones include “classic architecture such as the mid-century masterpieces of architect Eero Saarinen” and the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. They come together to create a beautiful car from the front but an oddly-proportioned one from the rear. The front fascia is imposing, with its lighted false grille borrowing the Cheshire Cat grin of the Lyriq SUV. But the rear is bulbous. It reminds us of the Porsche Panamera, but somehow more angular. The Panamera looked odd until everyone got used to it, so maybe the Celestiq’s rear will seem right eventually. Inside, the look is sumptuous. The seats are upholstered in chevrons of red leather, deepening to black at the headrests. Piano black and brushed nickel trim look right out of an upscale bar. But it’s 2022. Touchscreens are everywhere. The dashboard looks like one immense LED screen – 55 inches diagonally – but is segmented with privacy filters so that the driver sees the usual instruments while the front passenger can watch video the driver can’t see. “The Smart Glass Roof features Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology that allows for four zones of variable lighting,” Cadillac says, “allowing passengers to fine-tune their cabin experience for completely personalized comfort and visibility.” Cadillac describes the Celestiq as a car that “considers the entirety of travel as a curated experience — one intended to evoke an emotional response.” It looks like nothing else on the road, which could well evoke the response they’re going for. But will ultra-luxury buyers pay Maybach money for a car from the people who brought you the $37,000 XT4? We’ll have to wait to see if the emotional response is that strong.

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CELEBRATE ON SEPTEMBER 28TH WITH A COLD ONE!

While a beer can be enjoyed by beer lovers on almost any day of the year, Septermber 28th is certainly an extra special one. It’s National Drink Beer Day, a delightful day in which the dedicated activity is clearly stated in the name. What could be better? Honestly, there is no shortage of beer drinking holidays on the calendar because, well, most people not only enjoy drinking beer– many of them are decidedly passionate about it! From German Beer Day to IPA Day to Stout Day, from Oktoberfest to Homebrewing Day, this tasty beverage is worth celebrating all throughout the year. But this day offers the simplest of instructions when it comes to this world-renowned beverage: Drink Beer. How to Celebrate National Drink Beer Day Held annually, this exciting holiday is recognised in many different countries across the globe and taking part could not be easier. Try

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out these fun ideas for celebrating National Drink Beer Day, or get creative and come up with some other unique activities. The only important thing on this day? It is required to Drink Beer! Sample a New Kind of Beer With hundreds of different new and traditional varieties available, National Drink Beer Day gives all drinkers a wonderful opportunity to sample both local and internationally brewed ales and lagers. Although, of course, just any old beer will do on this day, it might be fun to make it special by trying something new and adventurous. Now it’s time to raise a glass of your favourite ale or lager and celebrate National Drink Beer Day! Info from daysoftheyear.com


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Elevate Your Home Bar BACCARAT X KIM SEYBERT COCKTAILS COCKTAIL NAPKINS, SET OF 6 $75 / Niemanmarcus.com

WILLIAM SONOMA ANTIQUE BRASS AND GLASS COCKTAIL SHAKER $40 / williamsonoma.com

RIEDEL VELOCE CHARDONNAY GLASSES, SET OF 2 $79 / Niemanmarcus.com

WILLIAM SONOMA WHITE MARBLE & BRASS HANGING BAR TOOLS SET $90 / Williamsonoma.com

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ORLANDO’S ATTORNEYS OF THE YEAR 2022

HOW DO I FIND A LAWYER? Florida has more than 85,000 licensed lawyers practicing in the state. How do you know which one is right for you? First, make sure the person you are

considering hiring is an attorney. You can do this by going to The Florida Bar website at www.floridabar.org. If you have questions, call membership records at The Florida Bar at 850-561-5832. If you believe the person is not an attorney but is claiming to be one, call The Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Department at 850-561-5840. Make a careful search for your lawyer; it’s an important decision. Your goal should be to find a lawyer you are comfortable with as a person and as a professional. Many legal matters involve personal considerations, and your lawyer often will need to know confidential information about you, your family and your finances to be truly effective in serving you. In your preliminary research, you should focus on compiling a list of the names of lawyers who may be qualified to handle your case. Your ‘follow-up’ research will include making phone calls to those lawyers’ offices then visiting one or a few to find the attorney you want to handle your case. To begin, consider a lawyer’s reputation. Have you heard people speak highly of a particular attorney’s talents or work? Think about your acquaintances who are, or may know, lawyers. Ask those who work with attorneys in their profession, or someone whose opinion you respect — an employer, lawyer at your workplace, banker, teacher, minister, doctor or other professional, relative, neighbor or friend. The best recommendations often come from people who hired a lawyer to successfully resolve a problem similar to yours.

Another check you can do is to see if the attorney has a discipline history — meaning the person has received a professional discipline for violating the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. You can find out this information by going to the attorney’s profile page on The Florida Bar website. Once the attorney’s page appears, scroll down until you see the words: ‘10-Year Discipline History.’ If there is no discipline, the word ‘None’ will appear to the right of the name. If there is a history, the word ‘Yes’ will appear, with a link to documents regarding the discipline. You can use that information to ask the attorney about this episode. You also may call 866-352-0707 and follow the prompts to check a lawyer’s discipline history. A new and growing development in Florida and other states is the prepaid legal services plan. Through a prepaid legal program, an individual or group pays a premium, something like health insurance, to receive such services as free consultations and advice, with prescribed fees for follow-up services. Before hiring an attorney or before you even think you might need one, you should check to see if your employer, union or other organization of which you are a member offers a prepaid legal service plan as a benefit. Most areas in Florida also have legal aid and public defender offices, which provide legal help without cost or at a nominal fee to people who cannot afford to pay a lawyer. Legal aid offices provide advice in some non-criminal cases such as those relating to small money claims for wages; disputes between borrowers and lenders; landlord-tenant problems; and domestic relations matters. Public defender offices handle criminal cases for indigent people.

A potential client also can use regional, state or national directories of lawyers and law firms, some containing detailed biographical information and client listings. These volumes — some specially produced for consumer education, and others used by lawyers to identify attorneys in other localities — often can be found in public libraries. Lists of recommended attorneys are also circulated within special interest groups. Aside from this information, some lawyers are now using consumer advertising on radio, television, newspapers, magazines, in other media and on the web to inform the public of their services and charges for certain routine legal matters.

Comment: Orlando Style Magazine has received lawyer recommendations from many peers and our readers. The results are presented in the following list and in addition, several professionals have taken the opportunity to present their experiences and profiles to you in the following special feature.

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Edgar B. Reilly Focused on Client Wins when Buying or Selling a Business. Helping business owners efficiently navigate legal complexities so they can focus on maximizing their business and achieving their goals is why Edgar has enjoyed practicing law for the past 30 years. Contributing to a winning team as a valued member is what drew him to leave his job in finance as a commercial banker and pursue a career in corporate law. Now, as a corporate partner in L&G Law Group’s Florida office, he feels he has found where he can have the greatest impact on the lives of his clients. “Business owners often struggle to find an experienced advisor they can trust to successfully manage the ‘last, great test of entrepreneurship,’ transitioning their business,” he notes. Although Mr. Reilly represents clients on the full spectrum of financial and corporate matters, Edgar sees another level of purpose when he helps someone (or a family) transition a business to a new owner. “For an entrepreneur, selling their business is very personal and the process is almost more transformational for the whole family than merely a business transaction,” he notes. In 2016, when Edgar moved with his family from Chicago to Orlando, he wasn’t sure how active the Central Florida market was for entrepreneurs and was pleasantly surprised. His mergers and acquisitions practice is split nearly evenly between representing buyers and sellers with transaction valuations spanning a wide range from $1 - $200 million. He has represented numerous owners in Florida selling their businesses to buyers representing large publicly-traded companies, other privately-held businesses, financial investors and next generation entrepreneurs. “Every situation is unique and that’s exciting, but, more importantly, every situation is the same because it involves people working on something extremely important to them – it may be the culmination of their life’s work - and that’s meaningful.” Edgar notes that he truly feels honored when close friends trust him with the transition of their most important financial asset – whether it’s representing his martial arts training partner or his college roommate (both are clients), the personal relationships that are deepened are incredibly rewarding. There is a planning gap and risk to business owners that Edgar is working to mitigate for clients. Using his unique perspective gained from a varied legal and business background having worked as a commercial lender, large firm corporate attorney and lead in-house counsel, he helps clients address the difficult issues. Sometimes there is a reality check that needs to take

place by assessing preparation against the risks of unexpected events forcing an urgent (and discounted) sale. In other cases, he points to the study from the Exit Planning Institute that although 76% of private companies plan to transition ownership within 10 years, out of this same group, 83% report that they don’t have a formal plan to accomplish a transition. Also, most owners admit they don’t understand all their exit options, how different alternative transaction structures work or the varying challenges between internal buyers (family, management or co-owners) and external buyers (strategic or private equity). Edgar says, “That is where a good team of advisors makes life much easier for an owner if they work efficiently together. In my experience, when the accountant, lawyer and other professionals understand the business and focus on the needs of the owner, you maximize the after-tax proceeds and minimize stress on the people and business. And that’s how we win.” Education and Admissions: Mr. Reilly received his undergraduate business degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and his Juris Doctorate from The Law School at the University of Chicago in 1995. He is admitted to the bar in Illinois and Florida.

280 W Canton Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 175 W Jackson Blvd., Suite 950, Chicago, Illinois 60604 P: 815-919-0027 | www.lgcounsel.com | ereilly@lgcounsel.com

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Kendell K. Ali Ali & Blankner | Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Trial Attorney “You need Ali in your corner!” Mr. Ali is a partner at Ali & Blankner where he practices primarily criminal defense and personal injury. Mr. Ali has tried numerous types of cases including several high-profile cases ranging from home invasion robbery to first-degree murder, sexual battery and many more. The Law office of Ali & Blankner is a staple in the Central Florida Community with its main office located overlooking beautiful Lake Ivanhoe since 1986 and a second office in Titusville Florida. This firm has fought for decades for their clients and Mr. Ali keeps the that zealous and aggressive mentality alive within the walls of his firm. Mr. Ali started his law career as an Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. There he prosecuted crimes from the lowest offense all the way up to the most serious and he uses this knowledge of the system to help his clients get the best results in court. Prior to his graduation from the University of Florida College of Law, Mr. Ali was a member of the University of Florida Trial Team and a teaching assistant for the Trial Practice Program. These experiences allowed Mr. Ali to master the intricacies of effectively litigating and trying a case. Mr. Ali completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida with a major in Legal Studies and a minor focus on Criminal Law and Individual Liberties. Mr. Ali has received the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s Top 1% 2019-2021; American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys 2017-2021; American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Law Firms 2019-2021; National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys 2019-2021; National Registry’s Superior A+ Rating; AVVO’s Superb 10.0 Rating; Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent; Super Lawyers rising star as well as many other distinguishments. Mr. Ali strongly believes that a person’s inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can be called into question at any time by mere accusations. The Government has the burden of proving its case with evidence at a trial beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt. For this reason, Mr. Ali ensures his clients’ rights are protected and that each case is resolved in a way that concludes in the most favorable outcome possible. He pursues each case vigorously and aggressively.

217 NE Ivanhoe Blvd Orlando, FL 32804 | P: 407-894-0341 www.orlando-criminaldefensefirm.com | AliGroup@AliBlankner.com

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Allison L. Cochran Cochran Law Firm, P.L. For attorney Allison Cochran, the strong women in her family provide her greatest motivation. From a young age, she watched her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother work hard for their family and persevere through hardships. She carried these values of dedication and grit into her career, becoming a celebrated lawyer and business owner specializing in real estate, small business, estates, and trusts. Practicing in Florida, Allison is renowned for her unique skill set and perspective built from an extensive background in real estate and corporate compliance. She attended the University of South Florida, where she earned a bachelor's degree in management, followed by a Juris Doctor degree in law from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law. From property management to home sales, Allison spent more than 20 years immersed in the real estate industry. In addition, she worked as a corporate compliance officer before moving into the role of in-house counselor for one of Florida’s largest trade organizations. In 2020, she discovered a deep passion for helping small businesses. During the devastating global pandemic, she witnessed many small businesses struggling due to lockdowns and supply chain issues. Compelled to

make a difference in the longevity of her clients’ businesses, Allison launched Cochran Law Firm, P.L. Through her law firm, Allison serves her small business clients using a proven comprehensive approach that brings added value. Rather than simply addressing their current issues, she takes the time to educate her clients on what it takes to build wealth and legacy from a legal perspective. Allison takes pride in serving her small business and estateplanning clients through multi-meeting processes and by maintaining open communication. Considering her clients’ success to be her success, Allison is dedicated to keeping the best interests of others in mind at all times. When she is away from work, Allison enjoys volunteering in her community and offering her expertise to leave the world a better place. She is currently a board member of A Little Light, Inc., a nonprofit focused on aiding breast cancer patients and survivors. Even in her spare time, Allison is consistently researching the legal sector to stay updated on today's industry best practices. After all, it is her ongoing mission to provide her clients with superior representation backed by proven strategies and client education.

www.cochranesquire.com | P: 407-504-1020 | info@cochranesquire.com

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John W. Foster Family Complex Litigation & Collaborative Group Attorney John Foster is one of Orlando's top family law attorneys. His passion, mixed with his decades of experience, allows him to offer his clients service that is hard to compare. As president of Family Complex Litigation and Collaborative Group (FCLC Group), John works with a fierce dedication to serving every client. "Our clients are more than just clients. They are people who come to us for help, and we want to deliver on our promise that we are your lawyers from start to finish," says John. Born and raised in the Orlando area, John has deep roots in his community. With more than 41 years of complex litigation experience, he is positioned to handle divorce and family law cases in the Orlando area and beyond. His practice now focuses exclusively on the resolution of complex divorce and family law cases, whether resolved through settlement, the litigation process and trial, mediation, the collaborative process, or the appellate process. In addition, John works with matters involving alimony, child support, custody, divorce, paternity, property division, and other marital and familyrelated issues.

618 E South St., Suite. 110 Orlando, FL 32801 P: 407-757-2877 www.fclcgroup.com info@fclcgroup.com

Before directing his focus exclusively to family law, John litigated numerous state and federal cases and appeals that put him in direct contact with sophisticated businesspersons, entrepreneurs, and general or corporate counsel responsible for litigation management. In many divorce and family law cases, the business entities with which a spouse is employed or involved may be added as parties or may become entangled in the discovery process. John's background and experience place him in a unique position for remaining sensitive to the impact of divorce on his client's business interests. John's accomplishments have earned him recognition and honors over the years. He has achieved the highest AV rating by Martindale Hubbell, and he is ranked

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by Chambers USA. John has been named one of America's Best Lawyers, as Florida Legal Elite for Marital and Family Law by Florida Trend, and has been named a Super Lawyer for 10 consecutive years. By invitation, John is a member of the National Advocates "Top 100." John is actively involved in the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. He currently serves on the Family Law Section's Executive Council and Legislation Committee and is a member of the Children's Issues Committee and the Domestic Violence Committee. John also served as Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Association, a committee designed to promote the health and wellness of members who passionately serve Florida's families in their family law matters. Another topic John is highly passionate about is recovery from addiction. After a long battle with addiction, his son finally found recovery. However, in 2013, a year and a half into his recovery, his son relapsed and fatally overdosed. John channels his passion for recovery by remaining involved in the recovery world. He is fortunate to be a founding member of Mind, Body & Soul Recovery Housing (“soberlivingorlando.com”), which owns and operates sober-living homes in the Orlando area. John is also a founder of The Mind, Body & Soul Surfing Club’s Recovery Foundation, which is a 501(c) (3) entity that raises charitable donations for recovery from addiction through events like the annual Run for Recovery, which will be held in Orlando at Lake Baldwin on Saturday, November 5, 2022. "Addiction can affect anyone, no matter age, race, socioeconomic status, or location," says John. "While death is the reality of addiction, life is the reality of recovery. Our goal is to give someone a chance and help them find life through recovery."

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Joyce Fuller, Esq. J.C. FULLER, P.A. | Representing Communities, Associations & Neighborhoods

Joyce Fuller grew up in Hyattsville, MD, Falls Church, VA and moved to Honduras Central America as a teenager to live among and serve the poor. When she returned to the United States, Joyce moved to Florida and earned her AA degree Summa Cum Laude from Manatee Community College where she learned for the first time that she is the Great Grand-Niece of the late Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Melville Weston Fuller 1888-1910.

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Joyce earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction from Eckerd College With Distinction and her juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law where she earned multiple scholastic recognitions. Joyce is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitrator, and is a Florida Bar Attorney Fee Arbitrator. She has worked with The Florida Bar in helping lawyers, members of the public and the judiciary in maintaining the integrity of the judicial system. After being mentored by Robert Taylor, Esq. and Harry Carls, Esq. of the Taylor &Carls law firm, Joyce and her devoted dear friends and family established the law firm JC FULLER, PA. Joyce is also a published writer, oil painter, and singer. When she is not in her office, or in an Ocala warehouse loading donated animal product, or in a courtroom: you can find her singing around town with Marty Jones and the Delicate Balance Duo band. You can check them out on Facebook at Delicate Balance Duo. When asked about the secret to her success, Joyce explains: “My family, friends and clients are responsible for my success. They are priceless. I also don’t take myself too seriously. I surround myself with positive wonderful friends and clients and take time to work with animal rescue. We are always trying to find that balance between work and self-care, because the better we take care of ourselves, the better we can take care of one another and our awesome clients. I am blessed far more than I deserve.”

AV Rated Martindale Hubbell* Member Bankruptcy Bar* Admitted Middle District of Florida*Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitrator*Florida Bar Attorney Fee Arbitrator* Licensed to Practice law in US District Court Middle District of Fla.* 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 America’s Most Honored Professionals 2020, 2021, 2022 Orlando Style Magazine Attorney of the Year 1700 N Maitland Ave., Maitland FL 32751 | collections@jcfullerpa.com | www.jcfullerpa.com | P: 407-641-5292

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Faith Keating Law Offices of Faith Keating Faith Keating has 36 years experience representing the injured and disabled in the Central Florida community. In 2019, she founded the Law Offices of Faith Keating representing those injured in personal injury claims, work-related injuries and Social Security disability. Previously, Attorney Keating provided legal services under Faith O. Horning-Keating, PA which she founded in 1989. Faith Keating received her BA and JD from the University of Florida. In law school, Faith Keating worked as a graduate research assistant to a Labor law professor editing National Labor Relations Board publications and other research materials. Subsequently, Ms. Keating became House Counsel to The Travelers Insurance Company which provided invaluable training in Insurance law. After successfully prevailing in litigation on behalf of Travelers on a number of difficult claims, Travelers assigned Ms. Keating to their National accounts. Faith Keating sustained injuries investigating a workers compensation claim, and became determined to overcome her injuries and then provide counsel to others in similar situations. Faith Keating served as both Section Chair and Secretary to the Workers Compensation Section of the Florida Bar. She was also published twice in the News & 440 Report, for the Workers Compensation Section of the Florida bar. In recent years, Ms. Keating has utilized her litigation expertise to pursue and resolve complex personal injury litigation with multiple defendants in both circuit civil, district courts of appeal as well as practicing before the Judges of Compensation Claims and the Administrative Law judges. Ms. Keating has pursued all types of personal injury claims including wrongful death claims, products liability, motor vehicle, truck collisions, slip and fall, etc. Ms. Keating’s legal work successfully secured and continues to secure millions in recoveries and awards by providing close attention to detail and having a passion for improving the lives of those injured who must endure chronic pain and suffering.

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In her personal life, Ms. Keating is married and resides in Chuluota, Florida where she enjoys time with her twin daughters, her grandson, dogs, cats, horses, as well as, travel, reading and outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, and hiking. At the Law Offices of Faith Keating each client is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Ms. Keating believes to be impactful as a counselor one must educate their clients in the law and their options to allow the client to make well informed decisions. She takes pride in providing exceptional legal services and counsel to individuals from all walks of life and all races and nationalities without exception. New clients are welcome in her Orlando office.

1225 Mount Vernon St Orlando, Fl 32803 | P: 407-895-4927 www.lawofficesoffaithkeating.com | Faithkeatinglaw@gmail.com

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Mark N. Longwell, Esq. Founding Attorney of Longwell Lawyers and Former State Prosecutor Attorney Mark Longwell has a clear vision and a proven strategy for effectively representing his clients. By utilizing his extensive knowledge and his effective courtroom capabilities, Mark believes he can provide his clients with the best legal representation possible. Additionally, Mark recognizes that his clients also deserve to be treated like valued customers. As such, Mark strives to ensure excellent communication with his clients so that they are fully informed and well-advised about their cases. Furthermore, Mark is committed to providing his elite level legal services for a fair and reasonable fee. Mark Longwell was born in the Washington, D.C area where he spent his early youth. He also grew up in the Detroit area and graduated High School in1983 from Grosse Pointe South High School. He earned a multi-disciplinary bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Political Science and Psychology from Michigan State University in 1987. After returning to D.C., Mark earned his Juris Doctor Law Degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in 1990. After completing an internship at the Office of the United States Attorney in Washington, D.C, Mark moved to Orlando, Florida, where he accepted a position as an Assistant State Attorney, for the Office the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit, under Lawson L. Lamar. Attorney Mark Longwell quickly established himself as a highly effective prosecutor during his tenure with the State Attorney’s Office. In 1993, Mark founded the law firm that is now known as Longwell Lawyers. For nearly 30 years, Orlando attorney Mark Longwell and the attorneys at Longwell Lawyers have solved the legal problems of thousands of clients in both criminal defense and family law cases. Over the years, Mark has built a team of highly skilled attorneys and staff at Longwell Lawyers who share his passion and drive to provide the best legal representation possible. Mark’s philosophy and strategy in representing clients is focused on getting the best possible result. Relying on his extensive knowledge and trial experience, Mark uses a trial-oriented strategy that maximizes and leverages his clients’ position. His dedication to this philosophy is exemplified by the results he has achieved for the thousands of clients he has represented over the years.

390 North Orange Ave., Suite 1825, Orlando, FL, 32801 P: 407-426-5757 www.LongwellLawyers.com | Mail@LongwelllLawyers.com

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Johnny A. Pineyro, Esq. Florida Injury Law Firm, P.A. I learned at a young age that to be successful, you must accept all the challenges that comes your way, and not just the easy ones. I try to share the same values with my children and sacrifice for them just as my parents did for me. I have a work ethic that is something I take pride in and credit my parents for who both worked hard to give me and my siblings as much as they could. Their sacrifices allowed me to attend great schools and appreciate opportunity. They taught me the importance of benefiting others and giving back. Throughout my teen years, I spent a great deal of my time playing sports and reading just about everything. I loved to learned and that continued through law school in Pennsylvania. I have now been practicing law for over 25 years with a focus on aviation law. I have gone many directions with my career in law and I am most proud of my ability to fight for victims that cannot fight for themselves. About 10 years ago I started the Pineyro Education Foundation – a nonprofit organization to help underprivileged youth get access to higher education through scholarships we built and awarded. I learned to fly over a decade ago and since then have owned pistons, turboprops and turbines. It is only a passion of mine but something I enjoy sharing with others. I have served for many years at the Airport Authority consulting a Board of Commissioners on all matters related to the airport operations. In addition, I have served on multiple boards as a volunteer including Challenge Air, Mercy Flight, Angel Flight and Veterans Air Command.

I am proud to continue to lead the Florida Injury Law Firm with a focus in aviation and injury law into 2023. We just celebrated our 14 year anniversary! After building a private real estate portfolio, my love and passion for real estate led me to become a Realtor in Florida. I joined EXP Realty Brokerage, an innovative and growing publiclytraded company, and became one of their Certified Mentors in a short time. A few years ago, I launched a real estate company called Surgent Capital – a commercial real estate investment company with offices in Florida and New York. At the same time, I attended the MIT School of Architecture and Planning to learn more about Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment. This helping me on the residential analysis side and I learned the value of residential investing. I am now working on becoming a licensed Florida General Contractor to learn the real estate development side and allow me to start my own community of residential real estate. I think everyone should look at a home as a place to live but also a potential investment for longterm generational wealth which can sometimes be accomplished through value-add opportunities and ground-up development. I continue to learn and grow as a person and as a professional. I am active in my local church and community and have proudly served on several not-for-profit boards. I am also happy to announce that my ohana of six is growing. We will be welcoming our baby boy, Maui, in 2022. I hope to inspire my children to believe in anything is possible through love, hard work and taking measured risks, but most of all to commit and never give up your belief that anything is possible.

8601 Commodity Circle, Orlando, FL 32819 | P: 407-566-2210 | www.FloridaInjuryLawFirm.com

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Vikram Saini, JD Florida Accountable Care Services As a native Floridian and proud son of the Space Coast, Vikram Saini went to the University of Florida where he dedicated his undergraduate efforts to Political Science, Religious Studies, and Astronomy. Afterwhich, he went on to graduate Law School at UF and started his career in the Criminal Justice System both in the prosecutor’s office as well as his own law firm where he also represented numerous small businesses and physician offices. As his practice gravitated towards Healthcare, Vikram re-enrolled at UF and obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration which propelled him into his current role as a Healthcare Executive and General Counsel for one of the Leading Organizations disrupting the healthcare paradigm today. During the inception of the Value-Based Care movement, Vikram was recruited by a few entrepreneurial Physicians to form a small but extremely innovative team to spur the creation, development, and operations of multiple Medicare and Commercial Accountable Care Organizations. Together they have grown their enterprise to include over 600 Primary Care providers and roughly 750 Specialty and Ancillary providers across 16 Counties in Florida, that collectively focus their attention on Improving the Healthcare of roughly 100,000 patients while simultaneously reducing their Costs of Care. Their efforts have saved their patients, the Federal & State Governments, and the Commercial Insurance Companies roughly $190 Million over the past 10 years. Spurred on by their success, Vikram has had the opportunity to engage in multiple other Healthcare Ventures, from the incubation and management of Radiology Centers, Surgery Centers, Urgent Care Clinics, a Radiation Oncology Center, a Multi-Specialty Physician Group Practice, to the largest Independent Cardiology Practice in Central Florida, as well as a Population Health Software Company. Vikram often shuffles between the day-to-day operations of various healthcare entities, strategic planning and oversight, then back to his duties as General Counsel. Having had the good fortune of working with fantastic, forward-thinking luminaries, Vikram revels in the dynamism of medical business and is happy to be a part of a team that greatly impacts the lives of so many people. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, their miniature dachshund, and the rest of his extended family and friends across the I-4 corridor. As a proud Sikh, community service is part of his daily life, and he enjoys working with several local charitable organizations and has a hard time saying no to many more. You might catch him at the beach, at a local farm, working on cars, or snapping a set of grill tongs making bad dad-jokes. Photo By Kimberly Jefcoat

483 N. Semoran Blvd. Suite 204, Winter Park, FL 32792 | P: 844-624-3277 www.floridaaco.com | vsaini@floridaaco.com

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Mary Sherris, Esq. Sherris Legal, P.A.| Civil Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Litigation, Immigration

“Empowering others to take charge of their own lives again,” has always been part of Mary Sherris’ life mission. As a first generation GreekAmerican, Mary knows firsthand the sacrifices that her parents made so that she could enjoy the rights of being an American. She seeks to use this gift to make a difference by advocating for those that cannot advocate for themselves. Mary is a licensed attorney with the Florida Bar and managing partner of Sherris Legal, P.A. which is celebrating their 18th anniversary this year. Alongside her attorney brother, Jim Sherris, Mary is proud to navigate the complex issues in the areas of Personal Injury, Civil Rights Violations, Immigration Law and Social Security Disability. Sherris Legal, P.A. is a central Florida based law firm that is more committed than ever to fighting for the underdog and those in dire need. Mary is a civil trial attorney who began her career in central Florida as a criminal prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office fighting for victims of crime. For over 20 years, Mary has been seeking justice for victims of negligence or intentional misconduct; protecting people’s constitutional rights; and helping people realize the American dream through lawful U.S. citizenship. You can expect realistic and honest explanations as you work with Mary, who values transparency to help build a trusting relationship with her clients. As an avid traveler, she has had the opportunity to see the world and connect with people from many different cultures. Those differences ultimately have led her to one conclusion: we are more alike than we are different. Mary believes that her position as an attorney gives her the opportunity and responsibility of placing control back in the hands of those that have lost it, lifting her clients up from a position of powerless to powerful. Mary’s love for helping others fuels all her life’s pursuits. She values the time she spends helping others in and outside of work. Her law firm is also a “second chance” employer, as they believe everyone deserves a second chance. This is also why one of her favorite charities is The Sharing Center in Longwood, Florida where she has been serving on the Board of Directors since October 2020. “This is a great organization that provides essential resources to those struggling with poverty and homelessness, many of whom have a tainted record,” says Mary. Their homeless hospitality walk-in center provides access to basic services such as showers, toiletries, laundry, and computer access, including a food pantry and thrift outreach program. Charities such as these are closely tied to her own life mission: “Empowering others through a more satisfying and long-term solution…Empowering others to take charge of their own lives again.”

121 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1270, Orlando, FL 32801 | P: 407-999-9955 | www.sherrislegal.com

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Jessylin Polo Wiederhold POLO WIEDERHOLD LAW, P.A. Jessylin is a licensed attorney with the Florida Bar and founder of Polo Wiederhold Law, P.A. Jessylin brings her passion for serving others to her clients in the areas of personal injury, estate planning, and commercial tenancy. She has always been an active member in her community with a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Originally from Miami, Florida, Jessylin graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies with Summa Cum Laude Honors. During her time at UCF, Jessylin was an active member of Delta Epsilon Iota, The National Society of Leadership and Success, and Golden Key International Honour Society. Jessylin went on to earn her Juris Doctor Degree from Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law with Cum Laude Honors. During her time at Barry University, Jessylin received the High Honors Certificate in Litigation and Advocacy and numerous Book Awards, all the while serving her community as Secretary then President of Barry University, School of Law’s Rotaract organization. She is a member of the Middle District of Florida-Court’s Bar, American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, and Florida Justice Association. Jessylin has also served as a pro bono attorney with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. In her practice, Jessylin gives her clients one-on-one attention and is truly with them every step of the way. Given the growth of Polo Wiederhold Law, it is quite evident that Jessylin is nothing less than passionate about representing her clients and making a difference in their lives.

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