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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

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.

COURTNEY CAGGIANO Courtney was born in Miami and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA degree in English Literature, where she developed her passion for the written word. She pursues all forms of writing, including journalism, nonfiction, critical literary analysis, and songwriting. In her free time, Courtney also performs as a musician and guitarist in the Orlando area.

VANESSA BRAELEY Vanessa Braeley is an attorney with NeJame Law, P.A. where she serves as corporate counsel for national and international clients, handling civil litigation matters involving business disputes, intellectual property litigation, employee contracts and commercial litigation. Vanessa has appeared as Legal Analyst on News Channel 13 and Al Jazeera, and has been published in local and national publications. Vanessa enjoys travel, fashion, art and serving on the board of Pennies from Heaven, a non-profit based out of New York City.

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14 / TRAVEL ‘N STYLE Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott By Riesa Pascal 16 / TRAVEL ‘N STYLE San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino By Riesa Pascal 26 / CITY NEWS In Case You Missed It By Riesa Pascal

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50 / CELEBRITY SOUP Celebrities Whose Real Names Will Shock You! By Riesa Pascal 52 / DONT MISS THE BEAT Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Live! By Courtney Caggiano 54 / TOYS The Most Powerful 911 of All Time 56 / TRAVEL ‘N STYLE The Bimini Islands By Elliot Mintzer 58 / IN THE KNOW Hemp By Mark NeJame 60 / SPOTLIGHT ON REAL ESTATE Why Should I Invest in Commercial Real Esate? By Hooman Hamzehloui

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108 / PEOPLE Bigg Persona By Hannah Filiatreau 110 / PEOPLE My Style Annivesary By Riesa Pascal


PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Dear Readers, Once again, the Florida summer must come to an end, and with it, the long, effortless days and nights of the Sunshine State’s favorite season. However difficult it may be to get back into the post-summer swing of things, we at Orlando Style are here to remind you of all the spectacular highlights of fall in Central Florida, an always-sunny

the area, in your offices and on your coffee tables. This would not be

location where the month of September brings you some of the best

possible without the participation of our wonderful advertisers, who

local events and fashion trends of the year!

help to keep Orlando one of the most fashionable cities on the map.

Now that fall is right around the corner, that means that new fashions

I hope that you enjoy this issue full of the lovely aspects of fall

are about to make their way from the runways to your favorite shops

that make living in Florida something to be so grateful for. We are

and boutiques in Orlando. In this September issue, we present to

overflowing with gratitude because we get to share this journey with

you a beautiful photo editorial from photographer Candice Lake

you.

with Jimmy Choo fashion and accessories, called “Indian Summer,” actually shot in India. Orlando Style’s pages are packed with a taste of

I am kind of relieved that we are leaving the humid, hot summer days

all the styles that are to come, so you can begin to fill your closet with

with temperatures in the 100+, and looking forward to cooler days

statement pieces, accessories and jewelry that last all season long.

ahead! We wish you all to be safe during the balance of the hurricane season.

As always, this issue of Orlando Style is complete with the finest features and articles about what you’ll want to include in your list

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of fun fall activities and the best places to shop, sip, and savor this month. It is our desire to discover the best-kept secrets in Orlando— from local cuisine to Floridian fashion—and curate them right to you, our loyal readers. You are what make The City Beautiful even more gorgeous with Style.

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FRENCHMAN’S REEF & MORNING STAR MARRIOTT Experience “The Reef Life” in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands By Riesa Pascal To have the opportunity to travel to the Virgin Islands was an unforgettable experience all on its own, but to combine that with luxurious accommodations at Marriott’s cliffside retreat was a decision that took my vacation to an entirely new level of comfort and pleasure. It was there, in the heart of St. Thomas, where my companions and I experienced the incomparable benefits of “The Reef Life” travel package which starts at an astonishingly low $399 per night. When travelers book The Reef Life package, they will receive: - Water-view accommodations (a three-night minimum stay is required) - $200 Adventure Center credit to use on an excursion - $100 spa credit for Lazule Sea Spa - $150 food and beverage credit to use on-site True to their word, my gorgeous water-view room overlooked the sailboat-dotted Charlotte Amalie Harbor in downtown St. Thomas. Affectionately known as “The Reef,” the iconic Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is just a moments drive (or ferry ride) away from the island’s best attractions. Nothing makes this more abundantly clear than waking up to the sight of a luxurious cruise ship gliding past your window to the island’s bustling port located nearby. Needless to say, I was excited about my first visit to the US Virgin Islands and I was honored to have arrived on the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Virgin Islands as an American territory. To celebrate the momentous occasion, my companions and I enjoyed the Centennial military parade in downtown St. Thomas as well as a joyous Centennial Ceremony. The pride and cheer of locals in attendance was beautiful to witness and I was reminded of how fortunate we were to have traveled to the beautiful and exoctic island of St. Thomas without losing the convenience and comforts of traveling within America. Everything from being able to travel without a passport to spending U.S. Dollars without the hassle of currency exchange makes St. Thomas an easy vacation getaway for American travelers. As mentioned above, The Reef Life package also comes with a $200 adventure credit to use on a diverse variety of exciting excursions. As the pulse of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas encourages its travelers to explore the very best of the area through a mix of activities that are available. Just one of the many highlights for me was the St. Thomas Cultural and Historical Sightseeing Tour where we explored some of the island’s iconic and picturesque sights including Drake’s Seat, 99 steps, Beacon Point, and Magen’s Bay Lookout. After reenergizing with authentic Caribbean food at Cuzzin’s Restaurant in the historic downtown district, we were off again to Frenchtown Brewing Company in the bohemian fishing village of Frenchtown. There we got to sample small-

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batch, tap only craft beers made locally in St. Thomas. With average temperatures ranging in the 80s year-round, it was practically mandatory to swim through the island’s beautiful turquoise waters and get up close and personal with exotic marine life during a snorkeling excursion to St. John. For those of us who wanted to keep the thrills going long after the sun had set, night kayaking proved to be the perfect excursion and it was located just steps away from the resort. Through clear bottom kayaks retrofitted with powerful LED nights, we explored the harbor filled with tarpon, rays, sea turtles and other marine life that swam past our kayaks. One may need a little R&R after experiencing so much adventure out, about, and around the island! With $100 worth of spa credits for Lazule Sea Spa, The Reef Life package will ensure you get that relaxation while you receive the ultimate spa experience in a setting with spectacular Caribbean views. Frenchman’s Reef ’s ultra luxurious Lazule Sea Spa and Salon is the premiere boutique spa experience in the US Virgin Islands. The spa embraces the power of the sea with use of marine extracts from oceanic plant life to restore balance and beauty through innovative skin and body treatments that are rich in vital trace minerals and complex nourishment. Their goal is to provide guests with a rich experience that will leave them

feeling renewed and refreshed in a beautiful, tranquil setting. Lazule Sea Spa features 8 treatment rooms including a couples suite, a steam room and a wet room with a Vichy Shower. The spa also features a jacuzzi, cold plunge and a private spa pool with chaise lounge chairs, poolside cabanas and spectacular views of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor. The welcoming oasis also boasts a full service salon featuring hair, makeup, nail services and retail shopping to enhance your relaxation experience. Although there are endless options for authentic and delicious local dining around the island, I would be remiss not to mention just a few of the six on-site restaurants and bars available for resort guests to enjoy. Best of all, The Reef Life package has you covered with a $150 food and beverage credit to use on property. First, I strongly suggest you fuel up for the day with a breakfast at Aqua Terra which showcases spectacular views of the famous harbor through dramatic ceiling to floor windows. A multitude of breakfast options all under $30 included everything from buffet to continental to grab-ngo dining and more. For a laid-back meal with more incredible ocean views, my companions and I enjoyed lunch at Coco Joe’s. The beachside cafe offered Caribbean bites, Spanish tapas, soups, salads and some of the best paella on the

island. A dinner at Sunset Grill served up both classic St. Thomian views along with freshly caught seafood, hearty sides, decadent desserts and traditional favorites including pan-roasted chicken, seared scallops, and lamb with a rosemary reduction. Our final evening at the property was brought to a close with an oyster farewell dinner at the award-winning Havana Blue restaurant. After enjoying a perfect fusion of Latin American and Caribbean favorites, it was time to say our goodbyes to the breathtaking property that served as our exciting Caribbean refuge for several unforgettable days. Fortunately, The Reef Life package runs from now through December 22, 2017 so there is still plenty of time for you to sign up and experience your own island adventure. For booking, travelers can visit Frenchman’s Reef ’s website and enter promo code SO9. A sunny seaside retreat, St. Thomas is truly ideal for every type of traveler from the laid-back beachgoer to the adrenaline junkie craving an island-hopping adventure. With first-rate facilities, breathtaking views, and unforgettable adventures, there’s no doubt that Frenchman’s Reef is the one and only place to start your journey to discovering what “The Reef Life” is all about. Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott 5 Estate Bakkeroe St. Thomas, VI 00802, USVI Reservations: 340-776-8500 www.marriott.com

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IF DYNAMIC EXPERIENCES ARE DECIDING FACTORS IN YOUR NEXT VACATION, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE SAN JUAN MARRIOTT & STELLARIS CASINO.

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SAN JUAN MARRIOTT RESORT & STELLARIS CASINO Let’s just call this a vacation!

The beachfront resort is conveniently situated five miles from Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, which means relaxation is just steps away from the very moment you land. The resort sits proud and regal over its prestigious location on Condado Beach and offers travelers a lucrative combination of adventure, local culture, and the opportunity to create lifelong memories. Though this trip was my second visit to Puerto Rico, it marked my first time as a guest of the San Juan Marriott and I was eager to experience firsthand the reputation that precedes it. Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long as I arrived at the resort in under 15 minutes and was quickly checked into one of their 527 sophisticated guest rooms and luxurious suites. I stepped out onto my balcony overlooking breathtaking city and beachfront views that could only be visible from the resort which is located in the heart of Condado. From the physical decor to the air around me, the feeling of luxurious Caribbean elegance was unmistakable, and immediately I knew that this vacation would be like no other.

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The courage to pull myself away from those stunning views required something extra special such as welcome cocktails with my companions at what’s been dubbed one of the most exhilarating bars and dance floors in the Caribbean! By day, San Juan Marriott’s Red Coral Lounge is a great location to grab a cup of joe while taking advantage of the lobby’s free Wi-Fi. By evening, resort guests mix and mingle with local crowds that dance the night away to live music and Latin beats. After enjoying our welcome cocktails at the bustling lounge (which features decor inspired by the island’s top local artists and sculptors), we were off to Santurce, also known as Puerto Rico’s art and music district. Throughout Santurce, travelers are met with numerous options for tasty gastronomic dining including Lote 23, an outdoor food space divided into four terraces that brings together 16 culinary concepts including a rotational kiosk. My companions

and I enjoyed a local beer, the smells of Puerto Rican favorites, and colorful murals by local artists as we strolled through the festive food court and took in all the ‘El Lote’ had to offer. I could hardly contain my excitement the following morning as we set out to experience something that my other Puerto Rican vacation hadn’t made easily accessible—the cultural and historically rich city of Old San Juan. As the oldest city in Puerto Rico, San Juan was full of age-old beauty and historic tales. The 475 year-old neighborhood is a 47-square-mile area located on the western half of the island. For several hours we soaked up just a few of Puerto Rico’s many incredible attractions including everything from colorful buildings, monuments and graffiti artwork to shops and friendly roadside vendors. One of the notable highlights was the popular tourist attraction, Castillo San Cristobal, also known as Fort San Cristóbal. The site and our spirited tour guide brought us back in time as we climbed through hidden passages and explored antique weaponry used to protect the transportation of gold and silver at the historic Spanish port. After we had our fill of Puerto Rican history and culture, we headed to lunch and prepared to have our fill of homemade Puerto Rican cuisine! We dined at Cafe El Punto, one of the many exquisite restaurants of San Juan and it was there that I checked yet another item off my list of must-have experiences in Puerto Rico. That wish was simply to try mofongo, the island’s renowned fried plantains dish! Needless to say, I was far from disappointed as the taste of Puerto Rico came alive through a mix of seasonings that made each bite a delight to the palate. As I sampled my companion’s dishes and sipped a refreshing, yet ridiculously large strawberry margarita, I quickly found out that Puerto Rican culture includes incredibly generous portions in both food and beverages! Fortunately, my appetite ORLANDOSTYLEMAGAZINE.COM |

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returned by dinner time and I was able to enjoy another exceptionally unique dining experience with my travel companions. It was nonstop laughter and oneon-one foodie fun as we took part in a thrilling cooking class at Cocina Abierta. The passion Chef Karina Santiago and her team shared for their craft was evident as they taught us how the cooking techniques, flavors, traditions, and culture of the island can come together for an unmistakably authentic meal. The following morning, I fueled up with a hearty breakfast at the resort’s La Vista Latin Grill before embarking on a morning excursion to El Yunque National Forest. The name is attributed to an Indian spirit that translates into “Forest of Clouds,” which is also the name of the main mountain peak in the forest. The only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System, El Yunque spans 28,000 acres and welcomes 600,000 visitors a year. It was there that we experienced La Mina Trail which is one of the most popular hikes of the rainforest. The path took us through the dense evergreen forest containing 240 native tree species (26 found only at El Yunque), and masses of vines, 50 native orchids, epiphytes, giant ferns, and mosses. The hundreds of animal and plant species were a sight to behold as we trekked only the paved trail that ended at La Mina Falls, a beautiful 35 foot waterfall. Upon arrival, we stripped down to our bathing suits and joined dozens of other hikers for a refreshing swim in the natural pool as cool waters cascaded over the rocks around us. Though we could’ve easily spent the whole day at El Yunque, there were more adventures to be had back on property such as enjoying the San Juan Marriott’s two-level pool and swim-up bar before taking part in a traditional pig roast at La Vista Latin Grill. Pig roasts are a staple in Puerto Rican cuisine and culture and we relished in the authentic cookout with mouth watering trimmings and a side of gorgeous resort views. Though we drank, laughed and dined until the sun had faded into the evening sky, it was clear that our night was far from over. In fact, one might say the real fun had only just begun! San Juan Marriott offers one of the liveliest casinos on the island, and we were not about to let that experience pass us by. The 24-hour, 12,700-square-foot Stellaris Casino offers Caribbean stud poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and more than four hundred slot machines. In addition to boasting the greatest number of penny slot machines in Puerto Rico and the highest betting limits on the island, the Stellaris Casino also provides complimentary $20 match play coupons at check-in. With modern guest rooms, multiple pools, on property dining options, a non-stop casino, a happening lobby bar, and a stretch of golden beach, it goes without saying that the San Juan Marriott caters to every traveler’s indulgence. Simply put, my stay on property led me to experience an authentic vacation in the truest, most pure sense of the word and I’d encourage my fellow Floridians and travelers to do the same. Come and experience the exotic nature, life and culture of a historical Caribbean island with the convenience of traveling within America. While you’re here, stop by Ocean Club Spa for a variety of relaxing treatments including scrubs, wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, massages, and more. Take advantage of yoga, aqua aerobics, cardiovascular equipment, tennis courts and even personal trainers all available through the Ocean Club Fitness Center. Expand your palate as you enjoy a variety of restaurants and bars that deliver the unmistakable flavors of Puerto Rico. With the warmth and hospitality of the Puerto Rican people and the Marriott brand, a charming vacation awaits you at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and I for one can’t wait to return.

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DESIGN

DESIGN TRENDS Come to the Dark Side.... Be stark, be dramatic. Dark painted walls are in this fall. We’ve seen them in movies, in celebrity homes, and now they’re coming to the spotlight of interior fashion. Dark painted wooden walls are sleek, modern and sophisticated. Good for the sophisticated person smitten with the dark side, and who also likes depth and drama. Black or dark wooden walls look best for this look, but you can also have a similar effect with black painted walls, or black tile. You can also accent the darkness with strokes of white, perhaps white framed photos, or wall art. Don’t overdue it however, too much white can distract your visitors from the rich powerful dark color. To achieve this look, go for a Deep Onyx or Black Flame pantone.

GO BIG FOR YOUR HOME

Oversized furniture, matte countertops, oh my! Fall is here, and as the holidays are fast approaching, it’s that time of year where we bring out those pumpkins, some hot cocoa, and maybe even those sweaters (weather permitting). Interior styles for the fall season make way for the holiday spirit. Let’s freshen up on a couple different things you could stylize in your own home! Matte is coming to our appliances. Yes, you read right. Many different appliance stores across Orlando are stocking up with fresh, new countertops, cabinets, stoves, refrigerators, microwaves all in matte. With countertops as soft

SWISH SWISH

Velvet fabrics swish their way in style Dark velvet is ideal for fall decor. It’s soothing, it’s luxury, it’s welcoming. Not many fabrics that welcome fall and winter look good in furniture, but velvet pulls it off so well. The mixture of smooth metals, ceramics and rough natural textures gives visual enticement and overall tactile coziness to your home. And if velvet furniture just so happens to not be in your budget, velvet pillows and throw overs have the same effect.

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and gorgeouse as these, you are bringing a more modern taste to the kitchen. Big cushions, big comfortors, big pillows, big furniture. This is absolutely necessary for the sweater weather season. Big couches in general give off an inviting feeling to get snuggled up with your quilt, pet, or significant other. Updated looks such as these help you enjoy the season that much more and say “sayonara” to those outdated designs of 2016!


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WADE LOGAN MATIAS FACE CERAMIC WALL SCULPTURE

Figurines and sculptures add personality to your home. This chic wall sculpture creates a contemporary look. Its charm and uniqueness will become the center of attention. Add some freshly-picked florals for a warmer touch. $40 / Available at Allmodern.com

WEST ELM FACETED ASYMMETRICAL WALL MIRROR

Mirrors are perfect for creatng the illusion of extra space in smaller rooms. The faceted border is intended to reflect more light in the room. Its asymmetrical design creates a modern look to your space. $379 / Available at Westelm.com

BRANDT WORKS LLC 18” W X 60” H DECORATIVE LADDER

Crafted from the best selected wood, this ladder will add a rustic accent to your home. Expose your favorite quilts and blankets on this handmade ladder that will add a modern style to your living room. $183 / Available at Wayfair.com

MERCURY ROW THUCYDIDES 3 PIECE CERAMIC VASE SET

WORLD MENAGERIE MOSAIC ROUND CHARGER AND STAND

This mosaic decorative plate will add a coastal bohemian look. The splashes of the shimmery hues are perfect to add presence to any room in your home. $75 / Available at Wayfair.com

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Vases complement the beauty of a home. This chic set will add texture to any flat surface. Their unique mold highlights accents in your home. White finish for an elegant look. $74 / Available at Allmodern.com


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CITY NEWS

Say so long to summer, and give a warm welcome to fall! A new season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to look back on the many exciting happenings that packed the months of July and August. We’ve got all the highlights for you, just in case you missed it! From May 26th-August 13th, guests and visitors of Gaylord Palms got ready to Surf In & Rock Out all summer long at Gaylord Palms’ annual SummerFest! The event featured far out offerings like a double FlowRider, brand new drop and racing slides, a poolside sing-along show and much more. The whole family was hangin’ ten and cheering for encore after encore at the family friendly festival. The City of Altamonte Springs and XL 106.7 hosted yet another spectacular Independence Day celebration on July 3rd! Red, Hot, & Boom was a phenomenal show complete with synchronized fireworks, food vendors, and live performances by artists like Austin Mahone, James Arthur, and more. XL 106.7 also held live interviews with the artists which aired on the station throughout the free celebration.

In Case You Missed It STYLE EVENTS, NE WS & G O SSI P FROM AR OUND O RL AN DO

By Riesa Pascal

Wall St. Plaza also began the 4th of July festivities a day early with Red, White, & Brew! The event was free to the public and brought a patriotic celebration complete with a stunning fireworks display, outdoor games, exciting giveaways, great music, delicious food, a beer garden and plenty of drink specials of course! Florida’s most spectacular bridal show returned to the Orange County Convention Center on Sunday, July 30th! Florida Wedding Expo featured over 125 vendor exhibits and thousands of dollars in giveaways including 5 honeymoon stays and other free wedding products and services. VIP ticket holders were granted early access to seating for the “STYLE Down the Aisle” fashion show and entered to win exclusive VIP prizes. Walt Disney World Resort supported the Orlando Museum of Art for August’s 1st Thursdays event! On August 3rd, the museum was transformed into Pandora

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- The World of AVATAR. In addition to local artists submitting their artwork to win awards, work by Disney Imagineers and artists were also on display throughout the evening. To make the night even more special, Walt Disney World Resort offered complimentary food reflecting the atmosphere of Pandora. From August 19th-20th, Florida Kids and Family Expo took over Orange County Convention Center for two days of family fun and education on all the “Back to School” resources available within our own backyard! While kids were making things, trying new things, playing, bouncing, picking up free stuff, sliding, riding, discovering, creating, watching, running, eating and more, parents had the opportunity to capture new ideas and opportunities for their family. Central Floridians are satisfying cravings for haute cuisine at an even hotter price during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. The festivities kicked off on August 25th and run through October 1st. Magical Dining Month is a culinary celebration sure to please diner’s palates and wallets. For a limited time, more than 100 of Central Florida’s top restaurants are featuring three-course, prix fixe dinner menus for just $35, with $1 from each meal donated to a local charity. Visit the Visit Orlando website for more! On August 7th, attendees enjoyed diverse selections from classical to pop as Orlando Philharmonic celebrated the music of female composers and songwriters at The Plaza Live. Orlando Philharmonic Sounds of Summer: Shattering the Glass Ceiling was presented by violinist Joni Bjella, along with violinist Olga Ferroni, cellist Maureen May, violist Karen Peters, and soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel.


CITY NEWS

What’s HAPPENING Orlando SEP 1 / Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba

SEP 8-10 / Disney on Ice:

SEP 21 / Mumford & Sons

Walt Disney World Resort / 6PM / www.cirquedusoleil.com/la-nouba

Dare to Dream Amway Center / 7:30PM / www.amwaycenter.com

Festival Park / 7:30PM / www.amwaycenter.com

SEP 1 - NOV 1 / Mickey’s Not-So-

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SEP 23 / Crab Feast Tour

Scary Halloween Party Magic Kingdom Park / 7PM / www.disneyworld.com

SEP 9 / Yoga & Wine in the Park

SEP 1 / Blue Man Group

SEP 9 / MargaritaFest 8

Universal City Walk / 8PM / www.eventful.com

Wall Street Plaza / 5-9PM / www.eventbrite.com

SEP 1 / Reggae Fest

SEP 9 / Paramore

International Drive / 9PM / www.eventbrite.com

Walt Disney Theatre / 8PM / www.vividseats.com

Lake Eola / 8-9:30AM / www.eventbrite.com

Verdana Park / 12-7PM / www.eventbrite.com SEP 23 / Luis Fonsi

Hard Rock Live / 8:30PM / www.amwaycenter.com SEP 27 / Orlando City Soccer

SEP 27 / Orlando City vs. SEP 2 / Summer Vibez Orlando

SEP 14 / Tove Lo

Aloft Orlando Downtown / 2-9PM / www.cirquedusoleil.com/la-nouba

The Plaza “Live” Theatre / 8PM / www.ticketmaster.com

New England Orlando City Stadium / 7:30PM / www.orlandocitysc.com

SEP 2 / Orlando Pride vs.

SEP 14 / Tove Lo

SEP 29 / Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull

Boston Breakers Orlando City Stadium / 4PM / www.orlandocitysc.com

The Plaza “Live” Theatre / 8PM / www.ticketmaster.com

Amway Center / 7:30PM / www.ticketmaster.com

SEP 14 - SEP 17 / Mall at Millenia

SEP 29 / Foster the People

Fashion Week / Mall at Millenia http://www.mallatmillenia.com

Hard Rock Live / 8PM / www.ticketmaster.com

SEP 16 / Go Party Food

SEP 30 / 2017 Orlando

Loews Royal Pacific Resort / 6PM / www.eventbrite.com

Truck Festival Festival Park / 11AM-7PM / www.eventbrite.com

Brunch Festival Festival Park / 12-4PM / www.eventbrite.com

SEP 7 / Orlando City vs.

SEP 17 / Nicky Jam & Plan B

Richmond Kickers Orlando City Stadium / 7:30PM / www.orlandocitysc.com

Amway Center / 7PM / www.eventbrite.com

SEP 2 / Wantilan Luau

Loews Royal Pacific Resort / 4PM / www.eventbrite.com SEP 6 / Caribbean Carnaval

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Pregame Block Party / 4:307:30PM / Wall Street Plaza

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BARFLY

From homemadefoodjunkie.com

BARFLY Ingredients • 1/4 cup Malibu rum with coconut liqueur • 1/2 cup pineapple juice • 2 Tbsp grenadine (to make the bottom of the glass red) Garnish with: • 2 maraschino cherries • 1 slice of pineapple

Recipe - Put 3-4 ice cubes in the bottom of a glass. - Pour the pineapple juice and the rum over the ice. - Pour the grenadine slowly down one side of the glass (pouring too fast will mix the grenadine in and you won’t get the color separation). - Stick 2 cherries and a pineapple chunk on a toothpick for a garnish. Enjoy!

MALIBU SUNSET No Beach Necessary

A predominantly sweet drink, this eye catching cocktail will make you

The cherries will give an extra burst of sweetness while a pineapple chunk

think of paradise no matter the weather. It may get a bad rep as the

will absorb the cocktail for a bold final bite. Orange slices are another

“Malibu Barbie”, but no one can deny its popularity. Served over ice, it

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bright and tangy option, even as an extra splash. Any fresh fruit lovers can

is fruity, refreshing and too easy to sip on. Though typically served in a

opt to blend or juice their own pineapple or oranges for a more tart flavor.

hurricane glass, any will do. Two cherries and a pineapple chunk on a

Enjoy one whatever the occasion before summer ends, even if it is a short-

toothpick make the perfect garnish to extend the sunset a little bit longer.

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ARTS & CULTURE

BRONZE KINGDOM Orlando gallery-museum Bronze Kingdom showcases African art, culture and history with largest collection of African bronze sculptures in world One of Orlando’s newest attractions provides visitors a glimpse at the other side of the world and back in time – all through the artistry of African tribal art. Bronze Kingdom is an 8,000-square-foot gallerymuseum showcasing approximately 300 pieces of a more than 2,000-piece collection – the largest collection of rare African bronze sculptures in the world. Founded in 2017 by collector, philanthropist and entrepreneur Rawlvan R. Bennett, Bronze Kingdom offers visitors the opportunity to view and purchase unique African tribal art pieces with artistic and historical significance. Bennett acquired the artwork over the past 37 years directly from African leaders through cultivated relationships and respectful negotiations building schools, hospitals and bridges for West African communities. “Collecting this artwork has been a life’s passion for me,” said Bennett. “The beauty, history and cultural significance of each piece has brought great meaning in my life. Through Bronze Kingdom, we hope others will have the opportunity to experience and gain insight into this authentic art that is still largely unknown.” Bronze Kingdom showcases an expansive variety of African bronze, beaded and wood sculptures from 29 African countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, and Ghana

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All the art on display at Bronze Kingdom, as well as many other pieces in the collection, are available for purchase. As part of any purchase, Bronze Kingdom will deliver, install and provide maintenance on the piece, leaving collectors little left to do but admire their rare piece of African history. Purchases can be shipped worldwide. “My wish is for our patrons to learn the history of the African people,” said Bennett. “To understand that African Americans are not only descendants of slaves. Slavery is a part of our history, but it is not the whole story. Our story begins with our ancestors in Africa who were Kings and Queens, and our legacy is told through the stories of their African artifacts that we will now call African Art.” The gallery-museum is open to collectors, institutions and the general public for sales, educational tours, cultural programs and exclusive events. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 12. Bronze Kingdom is located at 8249 Parkline Boulevard, Suite 400 in Orlando, Fla. For more information, please visit www. bronzekingdom.com.


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VACATIONLAND Terralina Crafted Italian The former Portobello Country Italian Trattoria is moving closer to the Italian countryside as Terralina Crafted Italian. Still located at The Landing on the shores of Lake Buena Vista, the updated restaurant will be reminiscent of an Italian home. “Dining rooms with eclectic décor and a new veranda bar outside the main entrance” will be focused around the hearth of the open kitchen. Two new signatures – mussels and a grilled pork chop – will be on the menu, along with lasting favorites from Portobello. Planned to open in the fall, award winning Chef Tony Mantuano will return to serve lunch and dinner.

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NINE HAUNTING HOUSES RETURN At Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights Starting September 15th, Universal Studio’s premier Halloween attraction is back with a new list of scares and screams. This years festivities will run through November 4th and will include popular television shows and cult classics. The largest floor plan, known as the uber maze, will be home to the FX’s American Horror Story. It will include characters and settings from Season 2: Asylum, Season 3: Coven, and Season 6: Roanoke.

READY. SET. RIDE.

At Andretti Indoor Karting and Games Featuring modern electric go karts, the climate controlled Andretti indoor facility promises a one of a kind experience for mature and junior racers this fall. The multi level course includes hairpin turns and long straightaways to suit any speed. When the race is won guests can enjoy a meal at the Andretti grill, or continue the fun in the arcade and bowling alley. Thrill seekers will be able to reach new heights on the rope obstacle course and two level laser tag arena. Guests can also test out state of the art race car simulators and virtual thrill rides.

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Then, in an epic clash of comedy and horror, the battle of a lifetime will take place in settings from the Starz original series Ash vs. Evil Dead. Guests will also be able check into Overlook Hotel’s room 237 in the world of Stephen King’s The Shining. Other notable themes and horrors will appear in scare zones and live shows throughout the event.


LIVING ‘N STYLE

BEAUTY

THE PERFECT BLOWOUT for any event this fall!

Tame the Mane BUMBLE AND BUMBLE REPAIR BLOW DRY

This serum-in-creme elixir for dry or damaged hair helps seal split ends and protects against heat. Proven to help repair hair with every blow dry and keep styles looking soft, smooth and healthy for up to 3 days. $32 / Available at Sephora.com

Fall fave colors Ditch the summer neons, it’s time to embrace natural 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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Planning time to achieve perfect hair can be stressful, especially when it comes down to an already hectic week. For business or play, a relaxing 20-40 minute blowout could be the remedy. Appropriately cared for, a blowout can last from three days up to a week. To achieve flawless results don’t worry about having to hunt down a blow dry bar. Skip the cut and color at any salon for a basic wash and dry. While this seems obtainable at home, going to a salon ensures quality products and professional methods. A

lavish scalp massage will also increase blood flow to your hair follicles for growth. A blowout typically involves styling with a round brush but can range from modest texture to curls. Performed at a salon, there should be no frizz or flyaways from unpracticed hands. In order to best care for a blowout, stylists recommend the simplest of tasks. Add volume by flipping your hair and teasing with hairspray, and minimize oiliness using a dry shampoo bar or spray. For around $30, it’s hard to beat a relaxing 4o minutes and runway ready hair.

What having your nails done really tells people Keeping up with your nails can be tedious, but what do they tell a person about you? Having constantly painted and perfectly sculpted nails often gives off the appearance of wealth and good time-keeping. It’s a known fact that it takes some extra dough and impeccable organization to make regularly scheduled nail appointments. On the other hand, chipped polish can be perceived as equally lazy and busy. Who has time for the little things like nail upkeep when you’ve got a business to run? Most people however, would agree that having no polish is better than chipped. Clean nails with an appropriate length show good hygiene and professionalism, often associated with a corporate setting. What do you think when noticing other people’s nails?


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STYLE

WHATCHA’ PACKIN’? Armani Exchange couldn’t have made a more perfect satchel bag for the fall season. This sleek crossbody bag is ideal for carrying your must-have items on-thego. It’s light, and perfect for work, and school.

FALL FOR HIM!

The fall trends that had us shook! Fall is here already, as if 2017 couldn’t breeze on by any quicker. This season is notoriously known for its hot fashion in cold weather. And to top it off, men’s fashion is cooler than before. Knitted sweaters are back this season, trench coats are booming in many different colors, and lets not forget how stylish guys look with scarfs on. Let’s face it, everyone always looks good bundled up! Gentlemen, it’s time to put those summer shorts and tanks back in the closet and bring out those fall fabrics.

ORANGE

really is the new black. When most people think of fall, they think of the orange and red leaves falling from trees and the preparation for winter. No one would ever think to take this more literally than fashion designers across the globe, from Prada to Givenchy, Dior and Missoni, their newest collections had shed some fall spirit into the industry this year. Several fashion shows exemplified the concept by revealing these remarkable outfits that truly showcased the fashion designers potential to make such a traditional fall color revolutionary.

BUNDLE UP! Keep yourself warm this season. Dolce and Gabbana’s new scarf collection can do just that. The satin fabric makes it soft, but also durable in the cold weather. Don’t get lost in 2017 without these wonderful fabrics!

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Just look at Givenchy’s outfit: how an orange trench coat falls so perfectly on the models shoulders, with matching pants, a simple striped scarf and black shoes to accentuate the dark details. These looks are hot this fall. Be bold, be engaging and be proud. Pull those orange toned fabrics out of the closet, order your Velma turtleneck on Amazon, and start strutting your stuff.


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FALL FOR RED

It’s the trend this season From head to toe, red is the trend. The fiery hues have stolen the runway this season. A woman is noticed when she wears red. She is perceived as someone who is strong, confident, and sophisticated. Red huances can be styled in any way. If you are looking for a bolder look, you can go monochromatic. Red pantsuits play a very chic role in fashion. It has become the latest trend this season. You can style it with red lips and high heels. Vibrant hues make you look elegant. Did you know that men find woman in red more attractive? Men perceive these woman as more daring, passionate, and romantic. (Tip: Next time you and your lover go on a date throw in some red to your outfit! ) If you prefer a subtler look, you can always include red huances in your accessories or even in your shoes or rock a red lip. You can also add some textures, like fur and fringes, to make your outfit look more playful. No matter how you decide to implement it, red will always make you look fabulous. It can easliy make a casual outfit much more put together with a splash of red. So as we transition to fall, start putting in some red to your wordrobe. From scarlet to carmine, these hues are perfect for empowering your beauty.

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SHINE BRIGHT

And dare to impress

Sparkle and shine with this season’s shoe trend. From ankle to high knee, glittery and metallic boots will create a polished, futuristic look to your outfit. They are easy to pull off. These boots look great with jeans, shorts, and dresses. Sparkle any time of the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a walk at the park or for a night out with the gals, sparkly shoes will make you look glamorous. Are you ready to impress?

STYLE

Think Motif PRADA ABSTRACT TOP HANDLE BAG Complement a rosy look with this embroidered velvet bag. Its minimalistic design will add a modern allure to your look. One inside zip pocket and one inside slip pocket for your convenience. You can’t go wrong with Prada’s multicolored top handle bag. $2,980/ Available at Saks. com

Off The Beaten Track The new American sweetheart and a nod to OTBT’s iconic Bushnell style, this shoe features color blocked vibes with comfort stretch that will take you anywhere and everywhere. Your new favorite wardrobe neutral, the Rexburg is durable and designed to last. Available at otbtshoes.com

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GROOMING

Wax On! V76 never disappoints with their products. The V Rated Natural Wax can help shape and position your hair in any style you want. Apply wax to dry hair—shorter styles work best, though it’s great for tousled medium looks, too. You’ll get medium hold and low shine. $21 / Available at v76.com

GO LONG, LUSCIOUS HAIR Classic cuts that made the cut!

Finishing Touch Get that perfect look with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray. For a firm hold and a natural finish, your hair is gonna look clean and not greasy. Imagine having that really nice, soft feeling in your hair again! $19 / Available at paulmitchell.com

With haircuts, especially with hairstyles today, the 60’s pompadour is coming back in its own modernized way. The late and great Elvis Presley rocked the look in his music career, and it has been a popular men’s hairstyle ever since. The key to maintaining that thick mane is to really get the sides short, and grow the top portion of your hair to that ideal length, wet it down, and mold it to that perfect shape. Apply a couple layers of Paul Mitchells hairspray, and you’re out the door looking sexy and slick like a brand new Ferrari. Another very popular hairstyle that seems to never really get out of style is the Caesar haircut. Men especially with curly hair can really pull this off. The horizontal straight cut bangs, the tight sideburns, and the textured layers have always complimented men’s hair, since those blunt short bangs really minimizes the appearance of a receding hairline. That’s one of the main reasons why it’s so popular. It’s the typical go-to in today’s hair looks. Tapered hairstyles really give that illusion of a fade, but instead of using actual clippers, barbers would use scissors to shorten those edges and

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make them skin tight. With the tapered look you can achieve a variety of looks, have some texture up top, slick it back all the way, or part it to the side. There’s many different options you could do and still look your absolute best. The bigger the hair the bigger the personality. The mohawk is no exception. It has come a long way since its booming debut in the punk scene. All mohawk hairstyles feature a single strip of hair down the center of the scalp with shaved sides. Different styles sprout with the strip of hair. Ethnic hair can pull off the best mohawks because of the thickness and texture. It could be dyed in any color and would still look good. And let’s not forget thick stripped mohawks, with straight shaved lines on the side--sexy! With great hair comes great opportunities. Maintain your masculinity and your pride with a healthy head of hair. Don’t forget to always check your hair before walking out that door because great hair makes the best first impressions.


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CELEBRITY SOUP

?! Celebrities Whose Real Names Will Shock You! By Riesa Pascal

...and the surprising stories behind their stage names! You might think you’ve never heard of Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, but perhaps the name Michael Caine rings a bell? You may swear up and down you’ve never seen a movie starring Mark Sinclair Vincent, but I’m willing to bet you’re familiar with The Fast and the Furious star Vin Diesel. Have you ever heard a song by Declan Patrick McManus? No? Maybe because you’re more used to the stage name Elvis Costello. It’s quite a common practice for celebrities to go by names that differ from the moniker given to them at birth, but not every stage name is as obvious as Ice Cube or 50 Cent. Take a look at the real names behind some of your favorite A-list celebrities.

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LOUIS C.K. The stand-up comedian and actor was born Louis Szekely which is pronounced “See-kay.” His stage name is actually just an easier way to say his last name! Clever, huh?

JAMIE FOXX Eric Marlon Bishop changed his name to the gender-ambiguous Jamie in order to get a better set time when he was doing stand up as women were often called first. Adding the last name Foxx was a reference to one of Jaime’s favorite sitcom stars, Sanford & Son’s Red Foxx.

STEVIE WONDER The legendary Stevie Wonder was born Steveland Hardaway Judkins. As a child, many people were astounded by his ability to play numerous instruments and sing at the same time which led to them calling Stevie “A Little Wonder”.

GENE SIMMONS KISS rockstar Gene Simmons was born Chaim Witz in Israel. After immigrating to America, Chaim changed his name to the easier to pronounce Eugene and took his mother’s surname of Klein. Eventually Gene Klein adopted “Gene Simmons” as a stage name.

BRUNO MARS The Grammy-award winner Peter Gene Hernandez was given the name Bruno by his father as he was a chubby baby and resembled the wrestler Bruno Sammartino. The singer later added Mars to the end as he reportedly said, “A lot of girls say I’m out of this world, so I was like I guess I’m from Mars.”

MARILYN MONROE Few know that this platinum blonde bombshell was born Norma Jeane Mortenson. She was later baptised as Norma Jeane Baker and eventually began modeling under the names Jean Norman and Mona Monroe. She only legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in March 1956, when she was already a star.

MILEY CYRUS Although this superstar was named Destiny Hope Cyrus at birth, her nickname “Smiley Miley” caught on so much that she legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus at 15 years old.

EMMA STONE Emily Jean Stone changed her first name to Emma because of her obsession with the Spice Girls, particularly Baby Spice whose real name is Emma Lee Bunton.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG Why did Caryn Johnson change her name to Whoopi Goldberg? According to an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, the reason was because she’s a “farter.”

REESE WITHERSPOON The Legally Blonde star and Oscar winner has what is perhaps the most simple stage name! She was actually born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon with Reese being her mother’s maiden name.

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DON’T MISS THE BEAT

DON’T MISS THE BEAT by Courtney Caggiano

Summer may be fading, but on September 29th things will be heating up once again as Enrique Iglesias takes the stage at Amway Center in Orlando. This year, Iglesias is returning to the sunshine state with Miami’s own international superstar, Pitbull. After teaming up for their first tour together in 2011, Iglesias and his most compatible music personality have joined forces to shake up the night with their iconic latin flair.

From their tour’s launch in June, the duo has gained a position on Billboard’s list of top-grossing tours of 2017, earning the second-highest amount during the first leg of touring out of all international tours. Currently traveling the road through their 35 concert stops, Iglesias and Pitbull reached over $18 million within the first four weeks of the tour, including two nights of performances in Madison Square Garden.

Although Iglesias is famous for his own captivating live performances, he seems to have found a co-headliner who takes his sold-out shows to the next level. The Grammy Award-winning sensations have both entranced audiences on their own, with multi-platinum albums and skyrocketing ticket sales, but they have taken the latin world by storm as a combined act.

Perhaps the most exciting attraction that draws audiences to Iglesias’ concerts is the unexpected surprises that the singer throws into his shows. Who could forget Iglesias’ iconic live version of “Hero,” during which he would sing to a woman in the audience and leave her with a kiss? Even at his Los Angeles performance in June, Iglesias took an opportunity to teach the crowd a little Spanish before his song, “Cuando Me Enamoro.” Now, with Pitbull along for the ride, there’s no telling what Iglesias will bring to the party at his enthralling set in Orlando.

With 100 million albums worldwide and a long list of latin music awards including Latin Grammys, Iglesias has become a master of engaging his fans with music that transcends both culture and language and creates a spirit of energy and vibrancy to make the singer’s live tour a not-to-bemissed event.

Corazon.” You definitely won’t want to miss his first tour showcasing his latest release, “Subeme la Radio” and any other songs the heartthrob might wish to thrill you with. 2017 has been the year for latin vibes, so come celebrate one of Florida’s favorite genres with the unstoppable duo of Iglesias and Pitbull. After Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi’s smash hit “Despacito” exploded Top 40 radio with Spanish spice—the first Spanish-language tune to climb to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart since “Macarena”— it’s no surprise that tickets to Iglesias’ Orlando tour stop are selling out fast. Iglesias and Pitbull will be joined by latin boy band CNCO, winners of the first season of La Banda, a new Simon Cowellcreated talent series produced by Ricky Martin.

One thing is certain: Iglesias is sure to liven up Central Florida with his charttopping latin hits. Enjoy the night as Enrique serenades you with songs like “I Like It,” “Bailando,” and “Duele el

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THE MOST POWERFUL 911 OF ALL TIME The fastest and most powerful road-approved 911 is ready for launch: The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS celebrated its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. At the heart of this high-performance sports car is a 515 kW (700 hp) biturbo flat engine. Weighing in at 1,470 kg with a full fuel tank, the lightweight two-seater accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. The rear-wheel drive Coupé has a top speed of 340 km/h, and with its near-motorsport drive technology, the new 911 GT2 RS trumps its 3.6-litre predecessor by 59 kW (80 hp) and achieves a torque of 750 Newton metres (an increase of 50 Nm). The engine builds on that 3.8-litre in the 911 Turbo S at 427 kW (580 hp). In order to increase performance, large turbochargers push an increased volume of process air into the combustion chambers. A new additional cooling system delivers optimum cooling at peak loads and, at very high temperatures, sprays the charge-air cooler with water. This causes the gas temperature to fall in the overpressure range and ensures optimum power output, even under extreme conditions. The customised GT seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK) in the new GT2 RS enables power to be transferred with uninterrupted traction. What’s more, the specially developed exhaust system is made from extra-lightweight titanium, weighs around seven kilograms less than the system used in the 911 Turbo and delivers an emotional sound without precedent. For the first time ever, Porsche Design is celebrating the debut of the high-performance sports car by releasing a special-issue watch. Offering a nod to the world of motorsport, the 911 GT2 RS watch is exclusively available to owners of the new vehicle and can only be ordered in conjunction with the new GT model at a Porsche Centre from June 30, 2017. Racing chassis for outstanding dynamic cornering Discipline in sport means mastering every detail. And in the world of super sports cars, cornering speeds are on another level. The 911 GT2 RS reaches these speeds thanks to its flawless racing chassis with rear-axle steering and Ultra High Performance (UHP) tyres. Like all GT sports cars, the new top model features a specially calibrated PSM with a Sport mode that is tailored to provide optimal driving dynamics. Powerful air intakes and outlets and the imposing rear wing emphasise that the vehicle’s aerodynamics have mastered both form and design. The large, wide wheels (265/35 ZR 20 at the front and 325/30 ZR 21 at the rear) ensure outstanding braking and cornering forces. The 911 GT2 RS features Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) as standard. The front wings, wheel housing vents, outer shells on the Sport Design exterior mirrors, air intakes on the rear side sections and parts of the rear end are made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFR), as are many of the interior components. The bonnet is also made from carbon to make the vehicle as

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lightweight as possible, while the standard trim roof is made from magnesium. Both body parts have a wide lateral swage line. A truly sporty interior The passenger compartment of the 911 GT2 RS is dominated by red Alcantara, black leather and interior parts with a carbonweave finish as standard. The GT2 RS sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles enables quick and sporty gear changes. Drivers and passengers experience the driving dynamics of the highperformance sports car in full bucket seats with a carbon-weave finish. As in every 911, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is the central control unit for audio, navigation and communication. The Connect Plus module and Porsche Track Precision app are also included as standard, enabling detailed recording, display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone. The optional Chrono Package expands the PCM functions to include performance display, which can be used to display, save and evaluate track times. The package also includes a stopwatch on the switch panel with both analogue and digital display. What’s more, the Chrono Package on the 911 GT2 RS comes with a lap trigger. Using the Porsche Track Precision app in conjunction with external markers on a start/finish straight, this lap trigger enables drivers to record lap times with a high level of precision. Exclusive watch to accompany the car: Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph Porsche Design has teamed up with Porsche Motorsport to develop the 911 GT2 RS Chronograph for customers of the new super sports car. It is reserved exclusively for 911 GT2 RS drivers. At its heart is the first clock movement developed by Porsche Design, the product of three year’s work. The calibre 01.200 includes a flyback function, a load-path-optimised movement bridge and an official COSC certificate of authenticity. The timepiece housing is made of lightweight titanium. The flyback function is inspired by motorsport and represents a special feature of the Porsche watch. On a traditional chronograph, the buttons must be pressed three times in order to measure consecutive time intervals: The first press stops the chronograph, the second resets it and the third restarts the measuring process. On chronographs with a flyback function, these processes happen automatically and in rapid succession. The stop function and the ongoing time display are clearly separated using yellow markings. Many of the details on the timepiece are based on the high-performance sports car. The tungsten winding rotor is modelled on the rims of the 911 GT2 RS. The clock face is made of carbon, while the design of the time display matches the instrument cluster and the tachometer. The 911 GT2 RS and its watch counterpart are exclusively available at Porsche Centres worldwide. The vehicle and watch are produced individually in line with customer wishes and delivered together.


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Porsche Design has teamed up with Porsche Motorsport to develop the 911 GT2 RS Chronograph for customers of the new super sports car.

Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6 | Weight: 3,241 lbs | Power: 700 HP | 0-62 mph: 2.8 sec

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If you are looking for that quick getaway, Bimini is only 40 minutes by private air charter from Orlando Executive Airport.

THE BIMINI ISLANDS By Elliot Mintzer - President of MySky Aviation As the summer draws to an end, we look back at the trips taken, memories made with new and old friends and islands visited. Abaco, Eleuthera and more. You don’t just have to experience the Bahamas during summer. The islands are closer than you think.

South Bimini is know to be the possible site of the famous Fountain of Youth and home to lost continent of Atlantis. With resorts and condos located along the shoreline you can expect beautiful views at any spot on the islands

Did you know that the Bimini islands are the closest chain of Bahama Islands to Florida? North and South Bimini are only 60 miles away, nine square miles long and packed with history and interest.

Being so close to Florida, Bimini can seem like a ghost town because of the boater community that constantly is going back and forth to Florida.

North Bimini settled in 1848 became famous during prohibition as it was used mainly for storage for Florida Rum Runners.

If you are looking for that quick getaway, Bimini is only 40 minutes by private air charter from Orlando Executive Airport.

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HEMP. Hemp isn’t the type of marijuana that gets you high (otherwise your hemp-seed juices would have a much different post-workout effect…).

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IN THE KNOW

Pay attention this fall, because hemp

is hitting the runways. Well, it has been for years. Derek Lam, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, YSL, Versace… the list goes on. High-caliber fashion houses have been blending hemp in their textiles for years, and for good reason. Hemp is sustainable, biodegradable, affordable and eco-friendly.

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But is it legal in the United States, federally? Yes. Well, sort of. It’s legal to import hemp products from other hemp-producing countries. Hemp isn’t the type of marijuana that gets you high (otherwise your hempseed juices would have a much different post-workout effect…). You see, hemp is different than its sister strains of cannabis; it’s a particular strain of cannabis which has been genetically bred to produce male plants, which contain little or no THC (the psychotropic compound in the cannabis plant). Hemp is stalky, durable and fastgrowing, and has been used for hundreds of years as a sustainable fabric. In fact, hemp crops were brought over from Britain to Colonial America in the 1600s and relied upon heavily for production of sails for ships due to its durability, resistance to decay and climate adaptability. Bob Reilly, manufacturer of Florida-based hemp clothing company Sativa Fashion Brand and co-owner of Highlife Media is a staunch advocate for use of the sustainable fiber in all things from clothing to car interiors. While everyone is nail-biting over the legality of use of the cannabis that currently sits as a Schedule 1 narcotic, Bob is busy educating the public on the history of hemp and why it’s destined to rebound as one of the world’s most important industrial crops.

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eco-friendly materials. Hemp leaves a small carbon footprint. It actually absorbs CO2, potentially reducing the overall carbon footprint. It requires less water and land use than cotton. It grows like a weed – well, it is a weed – so minimal care, fertilization and pesticide use is required. It strengthens fibers it is blended with, is more durable than cotton and gets softer with use. And been around a heck of a lot longer than your poly-blend tracksuit – the first historical recordation of hemp use was discovered off the coast of an ancient Chinese village dating back 10,000 years. So what are we waiting for? Well, the “legalization of marijuana” conversation will continue to complicate things. First, because hemp is a fast-growing male plant (and males love to spread their seeds), the states that have legalized marijuana are in a position to also regulate the growth of hemp crops, with the goal to keep them away from each other. Why? Because the coveted female plant – the “narcotic marijuana” – can turn hermaphrodite, or full-blown male – if exposed to other male plants. Even a small gust of wind can carry the unwanted pollen from hemp to carefully cultivated female cannabis crops, essentially destroying the salability of the crop. So, as our legal marijuana climate continues to expand, as does our need to commit endlessly to our ailing climate, we will need to set aside our differences and find a way to co-exist. And we can certainly look good doing it.

It’s a no-brainer that we are beyond being mildly concerned about our carbon footprint. It’s urgent at this point, and this is one of the biggest arguments hempadvocates – which include major fashion houses – relies upon when advocating their pro-hemp agenda. Do not confuse pro-hemp use with pro-legalization-ofmarijuana use. Generally those who tout the benefits of hemp are pressing a more important agenda – the use of sustainable,

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WHY SHOULD I INVEST IN

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE?

By Hooman Hamzehloui

The economic crash of 2008 sent

Trump to see the value in this acquisition. Our

choose your broker, ask them to show you their

commercial real estate prices into a free fall.

client started with a fresh coat of paint and

recent resume of investment sales. Ask them to

According to the Massachusetts Institute of

the center started to come to life. Prospective

show you the letters of recommendations from

Technology Center for Real Estate, property

tenants began to fill the vacancies and the net

their past clients. Don’t just take their word for

values plummeted by 10.6% in the fourth

operating incoming slowly started to climb. The

it, look up the transactions online and verify

quarter of 2008. As we all know, it only got

Mcdonalds ground lease will soon be closing

if the numbers that they’re bragging about

worse from there. This created a spectacular

for over $1,500,000 dollars and our client is will

match up to the numbers recorded in the public

buying opportunity for savvy investors. They

be playing on the house’s money. Within a year,

record. The numbers don’t lie, but swampland

didn’t have to reach for low hanging fruit. All

they will have received all their money back,

sales people do.

they had to do was pick the fruit off the floor.

and they will have a shopping center that will bring in over $200,000 dollars a year until they

Commercial real estate investors don’t make

decide to sell. As their occupancy reaches closer

emotional buying decisions. Investors are

to 100%, that net operating income will only

primarily focused on getting the highest return

continue to rise. With annual escalators in the

on their investment while minimizing their

leases, that number will eventually reach north

risks. Usually the deals with the highest risk

of $350,000 to $400,000 a year. Can you say

offer the highest rewards. A perfect example of

“Show me the money?”

this is a shopping center we sold to a client in January for $1,525,000. The property consisted

This was such an incredible deal because

of 149,000 square feet, sitting on 15 acres of

it required a little work and some strategic

land at a very busy intersection. Now this center

planning. There are plenty of buying

was only 50% occupied and it needed some

opportunities out there that will produce

renovations, but it was still bringing in a net

similar results. Keep in mind that in the game of

operating income of $166,000 a year. The main

high risk, high rewards real estate investing, it

tenants of this center were Cash America Pawn

is imperative that you use the help of a seasoned

and Mcdonalds. One doesn’t need to be Donald

commercial real estate professional. Before you

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UNLEASHING HOPE Stem cell therapy for pets

By Hannah Filiatreau Animals contribute to our happiness and health in many ways. They can alleviate stress and have been proven to increase our oxytocin or “love hormone” levels. Some pets even assist with or warn of mental and physical health episodes. These facts considered, there should be no surprise that Americans spent $66 billion to keep their pets healthy and happy in 2016; according to the APPA. One up and coming treatment being spent more on is stem cell therapy. A form of regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy is most commonly used to treat arthritis in animals, as well as a wide range of other ailments. “Regenerative Medicine is a broad definition for innovative medical therapies that will enable the body to repair, replace, restore and regenerate damaged or diseased tissues.” In humans stem cells are used for a variety of treatments, such as skin grafts, bone marrow transplants, and to treat specific types of cancer. One pioneer of stem cell research and therapy in animals is VetStem, a biopharma located in California. VetStem has chosen to use adipose stem cells, primarily known for fat storage, as they are multipurpose and regenerative. Choosing the type of stem cell is important as some can develop into more cells than others. VetStem Regenerative Medicine uses concentrated adult stem cells from the same animal to treat their traumatic or degenerative diseases. This can include bowed tendons, ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, and osteochondral defects in horses, dogs and cats. More recently, studies have been conducted involving slipped discs in animals a “shock absorber” that sits between vertebrae of the spine. Also found in humans, the degeneration of these discs often cause pinched nerves and sometimes paralysis. Procedures are completed at a local veterinarian’s office, and when conducted go as follows: “stem cells are extracted from the bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, or fat of either your pet or another animal of the same species. A veterinarian injects the stem cells into the diseased area, such as a knee joint damaged by osteoarthritis. The cells move to the inflamed or damaged tissue, suppress the inflammation, relieve pain, and cause new

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tissue to grow. This new tissue is more like the original tissue than the scar tissue that would typically grow in an untreated inflamed area.” By far the most common uses of the therapy is to treat osteoarthritis - a disease that will impact 80% of dogs and 60% of cats. If your pet suffers from osteoarthritis, a common occurrence with hip dysplasia, ask your veterinarian for more information. This treatment is not a cure all and can be expensive. On average, prices run between $2000 to $3000 but can be more depending on an animal’s needs. Stem cell therapies are arriving at many veterinarians across the country, pending business approval. Check with your local veterinarian to see what services are provided and whether your pet may be a candidate.


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HIGGINS AND CLARK TEAM

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take advantage of the expertise of some-one who’s already been there. What’s available that matches your dreams…What the current crop of buyers responds to…What you need to know to narrow your choices… Patrick and Gwyn have the skills and the temperament to match your expectation with all of your current options and provide you with the counsel you’ll need to make the right decision for you and your family. AND WE’RE HOME! Congratulations! You’ve settled on the perfect home or you’ve got a serious buyer and all the details have been worked out and the contract is signed! Your journey has come to a satisfying end. But the Higgins and Clark expedition has only begun for Patrick and Gwyn. There are still relationships to nurture – yours and others they will soon meet who are yet to embark on their own journeys.

Starting Out… The journey ahead is one that most people undertake only a few times in their lifetime – buying and/or selling their home. Every adventure takes a different route. Every destination is as individual and personal as only the next home can be. Which is why it is wise to employ the services of professionals whose expertise you can rely upon to guide you from the beginning through journey’s end. CAPABLE HANDS. Patrick Higgins is a real estate broker and sales agent, licensed since 1974 and a multi-million dollar producer. For more than forty years he’s helped shape the landscape of the Central Florida real estate market, listing and selling custom homes and production homes in Winter Park, College Park, and throughout Orange and Seminole Counties. As a former owner of Higgins and Heath, Inc. Patrick had 325 agents, 7 offices and a mortgage company all working for him and Orlando Magazine designated him a Real Estate Hot 100 Realtor multiple times. Gwyn Clark began her own real estate journey in 2008 when, as a genuine Winter Park native, she worked extremely hard and parlayed her extensive knowledge of Central Florida real estate into a very successful career. In her stint at a prior real estate company, Gwyn had such success listing and selling new homes

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and resale homes that she regularly joined the ranks as a Top Ten Producer. She is a member of the Florida Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the Orlando Regional Realtor Association. WHAT LIES AHEAD. Simply navigating what lies ahead – initial property assessments, trend analysis for the area you’re interested in, establishing truly fair pricing, marketing, negotiating between interested parties, the legal landscape – requires a clear eye and a steady hand. Better to rely upon someone who does this for a living, someone who specializes in the areas and types of properties you’re considering, than to risk getting lost in unfamiliar territory. Today, Patrick and Gwyn have formed Higgins and Clark, a high-powered Realtor team working with Fannie Hillman and Associates. Together, they bring a unique combination of expertise and local knowledge that their buyers and sellers alike appreciate. It’s an ideal combination of talent and resources that sets them apart in a crowded and highly competitive marketplace. ALMOST THERE! None of us knows exactly what lies around the next corner. So, it makes sense to

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SPOLIGHT ON THE LAW 2017

SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FEATURE The lawyers profiled here exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and by so doing have garnered respect and esteem of their colleagues. There are a multitude of specialties in the practice of law, each requiring expertise gleaned through formal education, personal experience and prior court established procedures often referred to as case law. Lawyers and readers have been asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. The reality is that there are a variety of factors that determine the qualifications of a great attorney. Objective factors include trial experience and results in past cases, but most factors are subjective such as the quality or persuasiveness of an argument in court, skill at negotiating or giving legal advice. Do your due diligence when choosing an attorney thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for you; making sure the attorney being considered has a good reputation in the legal community and the community at large, in the location where your case will be heard. The attorneys being showcased in the following profile pages are specialized in areas of law practice and are considered to be excellent in their field.

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JOHN ELLIOTT LEIGHTON

Catastrophic Injuries. Medical Malpractice. Wrongful Death

The go-to lawyer for serious injury cases Aggressive. Thorough. Accomplished. Creative. Determined. Ethical. Respected. These are some of the words often used to describe serious injury attorney John Leighton. Leighton is unlike most lawyers. He doesn’t seek out cases; they seek him out. For over 30 years he has represented people who have been seriously injured and families of those killed by negligence. But his cases most don’t usually come from the public. They come from other lawyers. That’s because Leighton is referred the serious, complex and catastrophic cases from around the state and elsewhere in the country. He is seen as the go-to trial lawyer for major personal injury and death cases like medical malpractice, catastrophic trucking and car crash, resort/hotel/theme park, violent crime/ negligent security, traumatic brain injury and defective product cases. His cases are almost always referred by lawyers from Florida and around the world. Mr. Leighton fought for passage of the first parasailing safety law in the United States after his client’s daughter was killed while parasailing off Florida’s coast. It took seven years but the regulations finally passed in 2014. Known for his success in medical malpractice cases, Leighton’s track record in obtaining recoveries in Central Florida is remarkable. He won a record-setting $24.1 million verdict for a child who suffered a terrible medical mistake in Seminole County. Then he

obtained $9 million for a woman who was given improper anesthesia in the hospital, and $3 million for the Central Florida family whose mom bled to death from a doctor’s error. He followed that with a $24.3 million verdict for the family of an Orlando police officer who was killed at an ATM, won an $8 million award for the parents of a teenage girl killed on the turnpike, and recently recovered a $7.4 million verdict in Osceola County for a trucking crash. These are examples of why Leighton has developed a national reputation. He has been hired to handle cases in Georgia, Wisconsin, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois and Texas. And while many of his cases garner media attention, most of the time Leighton’s clients are ordinary people who have suffered serious loss. Like the Orlando family of a teen who was killed in a drunken boating crash. That family hired Leighton, who obtained a $1.35 million recovery and saw the boater sent to prison for 6 years. And like the $3.5 million recovery he won for an Orlando motorcyclist who suffered a brain injury where the driver who hit him only had $10,000 in insurance. A board certified trial lawyer, Leighton is considered one of the foremost experts in negligent security litigation (people injured from a criminal assault) and child sex abuse. He wrote the 2-volume textbook, Litigating Premises Security Cases, lectures around the world, and was recent re-elected Chairman of the Inadequate Security Litigation of the American Trial Lawyers. He is past Chairman

of the organization’s Motor Vehicle, Highway and Premises Liability Section. As part of his commitment to give back to the legal community, Leighton has lectured to lawyers in over a dozen states and two other countries. Leighton is recognized by his peers as being at the very top of this his field. For 10 years he has been chosen as one of the Top 100 by Florida SuperLawyers, is included in Florida Trend magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite,” and selected 11 consecutive years for The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff ’s personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability litigation. Mr. Leighton loves helping people who have had terrible things happen to them, and seeks justice for his clients in the courts.

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AUBREY DUCKER Attorney and Counselor at Law Collaborative Divorce, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Family Law and Guardianship Aubrey Harry Ducker Jr. knows many names and roles. As a child, Harry grew up in a midsize town in Tennessee and delivered the afternoon newspaper in the married housing dormitories at Tennessee Technological University. Around the age of 10, his family moved to Signal Mountain, a bedroom community outside Chattanooga, to live with his Grandmother who had begun showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Harry became Junior (just prior to the premier of Dallas) and his mother cared for Mamaw for eight years as she progressed through dementia and became bedridden. After joining the U.S. Navy at 17, and coming to the Orlando Naval Training Center, Fireman Ducker attended the Electrician’s Mate “A” school, followed by Naval Nuclear Power School as Petty Officer Ducker. During the Navy’s extensive training, he met his future wife Laurie Weatherford, a new attorney at the old Orlando firm; Maguire, Voorhis, Wells and Wells. They were married in 1988 when he was stationed onboard the U.S.S. George Bancroft SSBN 643. The couple moved in with Laurie’s parents after her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given six months to live. After caring for Parks in their home, the couple also inherited the care of her mother, Ann. For six years after her husband’s death, Ann lived with the family until complications made it necessary for her

to move into a nursing home. Ann stayed several years at the Mayflower in Winter Park, and enjoyed interaction with staff, friends and family. She said she enjoyed the Mayflower because there was always someone to talk to and, though she could not get around anymore, her true friends kept in close touch. While attending the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, Aubrey insisted he would never practice divorce or draft wills. Ironically, those two areas now make up the bulk of his practice. Elder Law - Estate Planning, and Family Law and Guardianship make an interesting intersection illustrated by the law firm’s motto: “Compassionate, Caring Service for Your Family.” All of the experiences of his early life culminate to inform Aubrey’s active Collaborative Family Law practice. When crisis comes to families in Winter Park, the Law Offices of Aubrey Harry Ducker Jr. stand ready to assist with sound advice; seeking to preserve family relationships while effectively addressing real problems. After more than 17 years in practice, with offices in Winter Park and Orlando, Mr. Ducker is adept at solving problems effectively for clients in many areas and sometimes surprisingly different ways.

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CHARLES E. EMANUEL

From the Locker Room to the Courtroom Charles E. Emanuel, Jr., is a former NFL football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mr. Emanuel’s legal expertise is within the fields of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and commercial litigation. A graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, in Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Emanuel received his Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University of Morgantown West Virginia. In 2004, Mr. Emanuel was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida. As a rising star in the legal field, Mr. Emanuel has excelled a both a litigator and in settlement negotiations having been involved with successfully producing multi-million dollars results for his clients, including, $1.5 million against a major university, $2 million against a national media company, $1.7 million against a national media company, $2.7 million against a global tire manufacturer, and $2 million against Orange County Public Schools. Mr. Emanuel represents former NFL players against the NFL in the head concussion litigation. The same drive and determination he possessed as a NFL player, he now puts to work fighting to protect his client’s rights. Mr. Emanuel has extensive experience in products liability, catastrophic injury cases, brain damage cases, mass tort litigation, auto accidents, nursing home abuse, contract disputes and defamation litigation. The same drive and determination as a former NFL player, now produces successful results for his clients. Mr. Emanuel is licensed to practice in the United States Middle and Southern District Courts of Florida. Mr. Emanuel and his wife believe in giving back their time to the community. Mr. Emanuel serves on the board of directors as President of Lake Nona Youth Sports, Inc. (Lake Nona Jr Lions), volunteer coach the past six years. Mr. Emanuel volunteers his time

coaching at the Lake Nona YMCA branch and generously financially supports the branch. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, National Bar Association, Member of National Board of Directors for West Virginia University Alumni Association and West Virginia University Varsity Club. Charles is married to Christine Emanuel and they have three boys. The family lives in Lake Nona. Never Give Up Charles grew up in Indiantown, Florida, a small migrant farm-working town in South Florida. Statistically Charles was to never make it out of Indiantown let alone go to college, play professional football and become a successful attorney. Despite all odds against him, Charles overcame obstacles with determination and proved the critics wrong. Charles used athletics as a vehicle to a better education and an opportunity to play professional football. He received a full paid scholarship to play college football for the West Virginia University Mountaineers. His senior year with the Mountaineers, Charles was named team captain and was recognized for numerous awards for his academic and athletic performance, including the Fred Sheaf ’s Award, which is awarded the Universities top captain of all sports. Upon graduating from West Virginia, Charles realized his childhood dream of playing in the NFL when he signed an undrafted rookie free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, and was the only rookie free agent to make the opening game day roster. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before suffering a career ending injury. However, playing football was just the start for Charles. He understood football was just a vehicle to better things and so Charles moved on to his next dream; becoming an attorney. Now Charles is one of a small group

of attorney who played professional football and then move on to becoming an attorney. During his extensive legal career, he has handled catastrophic injuries, wrongful death cases, and litigated against major corporations and media defendants. Most important however, Charles is a husband and father, who loves to share is life experiences with young people. He grew up understanding the value of hard work and knows what it takes to fights for your rights and he treats every case with the same conviction. Charles routinely shares his life story with audiences encouraging them to never give up on their dreams. Orlando Address: 545 Delaney Avenue, Building #9 Orlando, FL 32801 Lake Nona Address: 6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd #400, Orlando, FL 32827

www.theemanuelfirm.com | 407-412-7376 | charles@theemanuelfirm.com

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GEOFF HOATSON

Family First Firm Let’s get this out of the way - Geoff Hoatson is not a typical attorney and the Family First Firm is not your typical law firm. Geoff is innovating the way legal services are provided in Central Florida, especially when it comes to protecting seniors and their loved ones.  He and his staff combine the latest technology with intense dedication and compassion for their clients.  As an example, staff members regularly make in-home or facility visits and bring laptops with touch screens upon which their clients sign important documents.  This is unique in the Elder Law community where the firm specializes in helping clients with wills and trusts, estate administration, veteran’s benefits, Medicaid qualification, and social security benefits.    “Too often, attorneys treat their clients like an inconvenience” says Hoatson.  “We recognize that our clients are our lifeblood and they are never treated as an interruption of our work – they are the purpose of our work.”  Unlike most law firms which bill by the hour, the Family First Firm has adopted a fixed fee structure for all case types.  Each client knows exactly how much his or her case will cost with no variables or hidden surprises.  There are no invoices for telephone calls, appointments, or e-mails; and everything

is included from start to finish. Most importantly - their clients are loving it!  In the last year, the Firm has won awards from the American Institute of Legal Counsel, The Expert Network, Lawyers of Distinction, and now Orlando Style for its outstanding reputation and satisfied clients. When someone is doing good work, word gets around and as the firm’s clientele has grown, so has the firm itself.  In a short twelvemonth period, the firm swelled from four to ten members and relocated into its very own building in Colonial Town, a division of downtown Orlando.  This growth has brought considerable expertise and an array of talents to the firm.  For instance, there are four staff members fluent in Spanish and one in French.  Above all, the firm is united by the vision of its founder – to make each visitor feel comfortable in the office, to provide the highest level of legal services, and to treat each client like their only client.  To learn more about Geoff and the Family First Firm, you can visit them on the web at www.FamilyFirstFirm.com.  

1212 Mount Vernon St., Orlando, FL 32803 | 407-574-8125 | www.familyfirstfirm.com

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NAYEF A. MUBARAK

Mubarak Law

“BUILD A WALL!” “MUSLIM BAN!” “IMMIGRATION REFORM!” These statements have been at the center of what is likely the most chaotic political climate to enter the world of U.S. immigration law in decades; however, Attorney Nayef A. Mubarak is cool, calm, and collected. When Mubarak isn’t roaming the immigration courts, he can be sighted at the Orlando International Airport working with local officials and activists to help facilitate the entry of Central Florida residents detained after the President’s first #MuslimBan was announced, as well as facilitating immigration workshops in several languages: English, Arabic and Spanish. Mubarak, the founding attorney of Mubarak Law, is a Brooklyn-born American; and he is the son of Palestinian American immigrants. As the son of immigrants, Mubarak experienced growing up in a nation that allows immigrants the life-changing experience of the American Dream, but at the cost of effective and legitimate representation. Both of which have been engrained in the Mubarak Law ethos. Nayef is a lifelong resident of Central Florida. At the age of 33, he has championed the immigration realm for over seven years. Graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance, he went on to graduate from the Barry University School of Law in 2010. He

spent 6 years at NeJame Law, representing foreign nationals with investor visas , removal defense, and family based petitions. In less than three years he was promoted to partner of the NeJame firm. In 2016, Mubarak reached a new milestone by opening Mubarak Law with offices in downtown Orlando. During a time when the term, “immigration,” has become a polarizing political issue, immigration attorneys, like Mubarak, are experiencing a moment in their career that will potentially mark their most noble time to protect the rights of all under this country’s constitution and laws. With this in mind, Attorney Mubarak believes it is critical to develop real relationships with his clients. “It is important to truly understand, and know your clients , in order to represent your clients” Mubarak says. The firm’s motto: “Your Future, Our Priority,” was created based on this belief. Whether its removal defense, family petitions, or investor visas, Mubarak understands his clients have entrusted him with their future. Due to a natural progression within his diverse and loyal clientele, Mubarak’s firm handles personal injury and small business matters in addition to immigration law.

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Mubarak also sits on the Board of Directors for the Arab-American Community Center in Orlando. He received the AVVO Client’s Choice Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Florida SuperLawyers ranked Mubarak as a Rising Star for 2016 and 2017. In addition to Orlando Attorney Mubarak, the team is comprised of  Gloria Lopez of Venezuela, Grace Naranjo of Colombia, and National Guard SGT Jose Salvador, JD. 

It’s easy to list his accolades; however, the reviews of the Mubarak Law team speak volumes. Over the years, he has built deep community ties by volunteering with local non-profits to provide free naturalization workshops and “Know Your Rights Seminars.”

105 E. Robinson, St., Suite 307, Orlando, FL 32801 | 407-502-3000 | www.mubaraklaw.com

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JOHNNY A. PINEYRO,ESQ. Founder/Florida Injury Law Firm

Johnny Pineyro returned from Pennsylvania and moved to Florida where he began practicing law twenty years ago. He quickly gained valuable courtroom experience and skills, and realized his professional calling: to represent the injured. Ten years ago, he started his own personal injury law firm. Today, Johnny’s firm, Florida Injury Law Firm, has expanded to a staff of ten dedicated professionals, including three full-time lawyers with over 100 years of combined experience and over $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts. Johnny represents clients in civil litigation cases, primarily against corporations. He vigorously represents those who are unable to fight for themselves because of the economics surrounding the prosecution of catastrophic injury cases in this country. Johnny is a member of The Florida Bar, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the Middle District of Florida, as well as the District of Colorado. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Johnny is a pilot, author, tennis player, and active member of his local church and community. He serves as a board member to “Angel Flight,” a group that enriches the lives of children with disabilities through aviation. He also dedicates countless hours to “Big Brothers and Big Sisters” and the “Make-A-Wish Foundation,” fulfilling the words of one of his favorite quotes (spoken by W. Churchill): You make a living by what you get, but a life by what you give.” Johnny and

his wife, Amy, and their twin daughters, Kaiya and Camilla, live in Golden Oak, Florida. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Johnny to discuss a range of topics, including his advice on selecting the right attorney: Q: To what do you attribute your success in law? A: I think it starts with a warrior spirit. When I take on a case, I become engaged in a very real battle for justice against the other side. I am my client’s advocate, their voice in a time of need. One of my strengths is the ability to think many steps ahead, while staying focused on the here and now. This is the result of hundreds and hundreds of cases, over many, many years. Q: You mentioned “hundreds of cases.” How much do you rely on your experience? A: A great deal. Experience is everything, especially in complex cases. When you’re choosing on attorney, ask how many years he or she has been practicing.

A: Well, it has helped in many ways. First, it has provided another way for me to give back. Secondly, aviation, like law, requires precision, skill and focus. It keeps me sharp. Q: Can you talk about your philanthropic work? A: Of course. As you know, Angel Flight is very important to me. I support a growing number of other local and national charities, both with my time and resources. I recently started the Pineyro Education Foundation, which offers scholarship programs to underserved children in Florida. Q: “Get The Justice You Deserve” was published in 2011. What was your inspiration? A: I wanted to provide the general public with a practical guide to personal injury law. Many people don’t understand the basics or they have a misunderstanding of the basics. Mass consumer advertising by attorneys is partially to blame for creating these misunderstandings. We pride ourselves on being professional and above the fray.

Q: What kinds of cases do you handle? A: Personal injury and wrongful death cases. I have also handled aviation-related cases over the years. Q: I know you’re on aviator. How has that helped what you do?

950 Celebration Blvd., Suite G, Celebration, FL 34747 | 407-566-2210 | www.floridainjurylawfirm.com

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PAUL C. PERKINS, JR A Legacy of Over 100 years of Serving the People of Florida The Perkins Family has been representing the people of Florida in its courtrooms for over 100 years. Daniel Webster Perkins, Esq. was admitted to practice law in 1914, and in 1915, D.W. Perkins argued the landmark case before the Florida Supreme Court that allowed African-Americans to serve on juries in Florida. Paul C. Perkins, Sr., Esq. was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1950, and he worked at his Uncle Daniel’s side in Jacksonville, until he moved to Orlando in 1951. Perkins served as co-counsel with Thurgood Marshall and Jack Greenberg of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, representing the Groveland Four, four African-American young men who were accused of raping Norma Jean Padgett in Lake County Florida. The New York Times Best Seller Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King tells the story of this tragic tale. Paul C. Perkins, Sr. served the Central Florida Community as an advocate for civil rights and justice, as well as a business leader and philanthropist. He helped found the Washington Shores Federal Savings and Loan in 1963, the first African American owned lending institution in the state of Florida. Paul, Sr. died in 1985. Paul C. Perkins, Jr. began practicing in 1991, six years after his father’s death. Since that time, Paul has tirelessly represented people who have suffered injuries and illnesses due to the negligence of others in Florida’s courtrooms. Mr. Perkins concentrates his practice in the fields of personal injury and insurance law, including automobile accidents,

slip and fall accidents, wrongful death claims and medical malpractice. His insurance practice involves representing homeowners and business owners in claims against their insurance companies when they fail or refuse to pay the proper amount for covered claims. Recently, Mr. Perkins procured a verdict for a homeowner whose claim was denied by his insurance company when a Florida storm caused irreparable damage to his rear screen enclosure. Rather than pay his claim fairly, the insurance company chose to blame the homeowner for improper maintenance of the enclosure and denied the claim. After years of litigation, counsel for the homeowner engaged Mr. Perkins to try the case against the insurance carrier. The case required 2 trials, but ultimately, the homeowner prevailed, requiring the insurer to pay the entire loss, plus all of the homeowner’s attorneys’ fees and the cost of litigation. In another recent case, Mr. Perkins procured a $550,000 verdict for a woman who was injured in a minor automobile accident. She suffered very serious injuries because she had a condition in her neck that made her more susceptible to injury than perfectly healthy people. The law in Florida and throughout the country is clear, that a person who negligently causes a crash “takes the plaintiff as he finds them”, and is responsible for their injuries including any pre-existing susceptibility. It is called the “eggshell plaintiff doctrine”, and is taught in all law

schools. Nonetheless, the insurance company for the negligent driver refused to pay a reasonable settlement for the extensive medical care she needed, offering a mere $25,000, with a threat to charge her for their attorney’s fees if they prevailed. They did not. Mr. Perkins has many other verdicts and settlements for his clients, including a verdict of $5.9 million for a man whose foot was crushed in a fork lift accident. Mr. Perkins is rated by Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He and his wife Andrea have raised their two children here in Central Florida, where he volunteers for various civic and professional organizations. Paul’s firm is Paul & Perkins, PA at 3117 Edgewater Dr., Orlando FL 32804. Please call him at (407) 540-0122, or visit the website for more information at paulandperkins.com.

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DAVID T. ROBERTS

The Roberts Family Law Firm, P.A. David T. Roberts graduated with a 4.0 in Finance from the University of Florida College of Business in 1992, and with Honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1995. He was born in Virginia, moved to Florida at a young age, and has been a resident of Orlando for more than 20 years. A family man, he is the proud father of an amazing eight-year-old boy. Mr. Roberts has worked with families since admission to The Florida Bar in early 1996. He established his firm in Orlando, and soon began to focus primarily on the practice of family law. Over the course of more than 20 years, David has both expanded within, and influenced in great part, the evolution of family law in Central Florida. From day one, Mr. Roberts has espoused a bold, aggressive approach to practicing family law that has maximized his clients’ outcomes for decades. He has been involved in more than 1,000 family law cases, including divorces, paternity actions, relocations, modifications, appeals and a myriad of other family law actions; countless patrons of his firm have sought and found refuge from the awful effects of divorce, under the aegis of his practice. The Roberts Family Law Firm, P.A., is located just outside of downtown Orlando, and has a second office in Kissimmee, Florida. It is a boutique firm, working only in the areas of divorce and family law. Despite current trends where family law firms are growing larger, and where several attorneys handle different aspects of each case, Mr. Roberts’ firm strictly adheres to one fundamental principle. Each client will be represented by the family law attorney, (whether it be David himself, or one of his associate attorneys), that the client hires,

along with the same paralegal, for the entirety of the case. In addition to that, each client benefits from the use of the firm’s significant ancillary resources. These include an appellate attorney who specializes in legal research and family law appellate practice, several excellent paralegals, a full-time receptionist, and a number of law clerks. The guiding principle of this business model is to provide case-specific, intimate and aggressive representation, for every client. The initial intent, of course, is to settle every case, and the firm does indeed negotiate a settlement for more than eighty-five percent of its clients. The goal during the settlement process, which usually culminates in mediation, is fair, or better than fair. However, in the event that a favorable outcome cannot be obtained amicably, David and his team are dedicated to a results-oriented approach to litigation. This approach relies on vigorous preparation, sound strategies, the application of resources, and the significant experience of the attorneys and staff. As of this writing, Mr. Roberts has been involved in 139 major trials of one or more days. Over the years, Mr. Roberts and his firm have received numerous accolades. In 2004 he was chosen by the local Fox News affiliate to provide expert television commentary on a breaking story involving a custody dispute in Seminole County, Florida. He is also published, having co-authored a practice manual in 2011 titled Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Florida, related to the promulgation of new laws in Florida that have reshaped the family law litigation landscape.

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, and in 2017 he received a certificate of membership in Lawyers of Distinction, for Family Law and Divorce, and also recognition by Attorney and Practice Magazine as a “Top 10” Attorney in Family Law. All new clients experience the same passion, dedication and grinding work ethic that have become the hallmark traits of David T. Roberts and The Roberts Family Law Firm, P.A.

In 2016 and 2017 Mr. Roberts was awarded the “10 Best” Client Satisfaction Award by the

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ALY N. BENITEZ, JD, MBA Benitez Law Group, PL

An Orlando native, Aly is proud to serve the Central Florida community and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates as a legal expert. Aly truly believes that “Clients are Family” and makes herself available to each client 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Aly’s practice focuses on business and real estate law and she has appeared at over 2,300 hearings since 2007. She also holds a real estate license, helping her clients buy and sell properties with over $14M in properties sold since 2009. In addition to her legal and real estate practice, Aly is honored to give back to the Central Florida community. She serves as Chairwoman of the City of Orlando Historic Preservation Board and Vice President of the Orange County Sheriff ’s Foundation. Three days after the tragic events at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, Aly formed the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, “Pulse of Orlando, Inc.” The “Pulse of Orlando” fund was the first non-profit organization to distribute funds to survivors and victims’ families, with over 200 people helped and over $325,000 distributed.

Aly Benitez is proud to be a part of the Central Florida community and to serve on the Board of Trustees for the onePULSE Foundation. Even her Abuela, Sofia Benitez, is spreading the message that “We Will Not Let Hate Win”! To learn more please visit: www.onepulsefoundation.org.

Currently, Aly serves on the Board of Trustees for the onePULSE Foundation. The onePULSE Foundation is the official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Pulse owner Barbara Poma. To learn more please visit: www. onePULSEFoundation.org.

PROFESSIONAL HONORS: Super Lawyers Magazine “Rising Star” (2017, 2016) University of South Florida’s 13th Annual LGBTQ+ Gala – Keynote Speaker (Tampa, 2017) Orlando Style Magazine “Spotlight on the Law” (2017, 2016) Legal Elite Magazine, “Most ClientFocused Real Estate Lawyer” (2015) Best-Selling Author, “Against the Grain” – (Amazon Best-Sellers List) 2013) National Academy of Best-Selling Authors – ‘Quilly’ Award Winner (2013) Orlando Business Journal “Forty Under 40” Award, Finalist (2011) Nominee (2012, 2013) Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, from Congressman Alan Grayson (2010) PUBLICATIONS: “Against The Grain: World’s Leading Experts Reveal How They Achieved Positive Results In A Down Economy”, Co-Author with Brian Tracy (2013) COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: onePULSE Foundation, Inc. - Board of Trustees (2017 - Present) Pulse of Orlando, Inc. - Founder / Board President (2016 – 2017) City of Orlando Historic Preservation Board - Chairwoman (2013 – Present) Orange County Sheriff ’s Foundation Vice President (2013 – Present)

1223 E Concord St., Orlando, FL 32803 | Aly@BenitezLawGroup.com | www.BenitezLawGroup.com

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LAUREN BRUSCA Lauren Roderick Brusca is the Senior Associate Attorney at The Roberts Family Law Firm, P.A., a thriving practice located in a quaint neighborhood near the heart of downtown Orlando. While the media has made the case that attorneys are abundant, and the legal profession is overrun with incompetent and unseasoned attorneys, Attorney Brusca is an energetic young attorney who challenges many of the stereotypes attorneys face today. Her philosophy regarding the practice of law is refreshing and simple—love what you do and truly care about the people you represent, and you will succeed. Success is exactly what has befallen Ms. Brusca as she has made a name for herself in Orlando, and the surrounding areas, as an up-andcoming Family Law attorney with a promising career at The Roberts Family Law Firm, P.A., where she and attorney David T. Roberts espouse an aggressive approach to the practice of law.

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Ms. Brusca is proud to call Orlando her home since graduating from her alma mater, the University of Central Florida. She was a Rower for the nationally recognized UCF Women’s Varsity Crew, where she medaled at nationally recognized regattas. She is the oldest daughter of an attorney and history teacher whose passion for history and law was contagious, and a public school librarian whose tenacity and hard work have guided her to this day. Lauren has a passion for helping the underdog, and is a diehard Florida State Seminole fan. Ms. Brusca takes a direct approach to explaining the often misunderstood area of family law to her clients in a no-nonsense manner. “Family law in certain counties is truly ‘The Wild Wild West’, make no mistake about that—you must have an aggressive and professional approach to make it in this area of law”, Ms. Brusca says. “We do not have

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crystal balls in our offices, nor can we expect the unexpected, but we can be prepared and be aggressive in the courtroom to get the best outcome for our clients”. Lauren had a passion for education at an early age and obtained her master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Analysis at Nova Southeastern University, and then her Juris Doctor at Florida A & M University. Since her admission to The Florida Bar, Lauren has worked hard to prove her value to the legal community and was invited to join the prestigious Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court, an organization she believes truly embodies the spirit that all Family Law practitioners should follow. One of her most memorable jobs early in her career was with the Greater Orlando Area Legal Services, now known as Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, where she helped low income clients obtain the social security and disability benefits they deserved. Additionally, Ms. Brusca has served the State of Florida as an Assistant General Counsel for the Office of General Counsel, representing the State in matters involving the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate during the subprime mortgage crisis. Attorney Brusca has been involved in a variety of committees and organizations, including the Junior League of Orlando and the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Journal Committee, and is a true believer of giving back from whence you came.


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Through years of hard work and dedication, Tiffany Faddis has become a skilled personal injury trial lawyer, specializing in wrongful death and serious personal injury, including auto/trucking, medical malpractice and Dram Shop liability cases. She has devoted her life’s work to helping injured victims and families through very difficult times, and is committed to achieving justice for her clients. She understands that their needs are all different, and her work ethic is tireless, which has played an integral role in the success she has achieved for her clients. Tiffany is “AV” and “Preeminent” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, as having achieved the highest level of legal ability and ethical standards. She was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State of Florida receive the Super Lawyers “Rising Star” award. She received this recognition four (4) years in a row. Not only does Tiffany commit her time to her family and law practice, she is committed to serving her legal profession as well as her community. Tiffany has been honored by her peers in the legal profession with various recognitions. She was honored to be the recipient of: • Orange County Bar Association’s 2016 Star of the Bar Award •Florida Justice Association’s 2016 Presidential “Indispensable Ally” Award •2016 Florida Justice Association - Gold Eagle Award. The FJA Gold EAGLE Award winners set a standard for leadership in their region by donating their time to raise EAGLE pledges as well as making their own generous contributions. They gain distinction at the highest level of EAGLE recruiting and fundraising. •2015 Mickey Smiley Award. This award is presented by the Young Lawyers’ Section to FJA member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help Young Lawyers improve their legal skills and become great professionals. • 2014 Florida Justice Association Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award recognizes FJA members that show exemplary promise as a future leader

of the Florida Justice Association; who demonstrate a commitment to developing legal, legislative, and civic responsibility in themselves and others and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on defending the Civil Justice System.

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•2014 and 2015 Florida Justice Association Silver Eagle Awards. The Silver EAGLE recipients are those members who go above and beyond the call of duty and contribute immensely to our EAGLE efforts. They have stepped up in a big way to meet the needs of our organization. •2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Florida Justice Association Cornerstone Awards. In 2014, the FJA created the “Cornerstone Award” to recognize their leaders’ efforts in recruiting members. This award recognizes the members who have worked tirelessly to set the Cornerstones upon which the great FJA is built and maintained.

Tiffany Faddis currently serves on the prestigious Florida Justice Association’s Executive Committee since 2015 and Board of Directors, which is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers. Tiffany is also the immediate past President of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association and past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida. She also currently serves on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar.

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Tiffany’s passion for the law and commitment to find justice for her clients through the civil justice system continues with the exciting new merger between her law firm of Faddis & Faddis, P.A., and the law firm of Dan Newlin & Partners. Tiffany Faddis and her law partner/husband Eric H. Faddis, a well-known and respected trial lawyer in Orlando, are excited to join forces with their long time good friend Dan Newlin who also shares an incredible passion for obtaining justice for his clients. Together we make a difference! “We are honored to have Tiffany and Eric on our team.” – Dan Newlin, Esq.

7335 W. Sand Lake Rd., Suite 300, Orlando, FL 32819 | 407-845-1756 | www.newlinlaw.com | tiffany.faddis@newlinlaw.com

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JEFFREY FEULNER

Men’s Divorce Law Firm The Men’s Divorce Law Firm was founded in 2004 by Managing Attorney Jeffrey Feulner with the goal of aggressively representing husbands and fathers SM in divorce and family law matters. Men involved in family law disputes need both personal and professional support during times that are highly emotional, but require calm and reasoned decisionmaking. Attorney Feulner handles all aspects of marital & family law and aggressively pursues cases involving the establishment of paternity and fathers’ rights.

“Our law firm has its strength in the fact that we have a singular focus, and that is representing men in family law matters,” says Attorney Feulner. This unique approach to family law offers a customized and compassionate approach to every client. A divorced father himself, Attorney Feulner understands the complex and painful emotions surrounding family law matters, which enables him to truly connect with others going through the process. Unfortunately, many people have the impression that the family court system is biased in favor of women. The Men’s Divorce Law Firm seeks to transform this perception and instill confidence in their clients - confidence that they are represented, supported and entitled to the same rights as women in our justice system. Advocating for the rights of husbands and fathers in the courtroom is not the only way the Men’s Divorce Law Firm helps others. Every year the Men’s

Divorce Law Firm participates in dozens of charity events and provides sponsorships to benefit organizations and causes such as Special Olympics Florida, AIDS awareness and research, suicide prevention, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, ALS research, the local arts and many others. Attorney Feulner has deep roots in Orlando. He is a Bishop Moore Catholic High School alumni and graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior. Attorney Feulner received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 19 years. Attorney Feulner holds an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale Hubbell, and a 10.0 Superb Rating with Avvo. Prior to graduating from law school, Attorney Feulner served as a judicial intern at the First District Court of Appeal for the Honorable Judge Stephan Mickle, now a senior federal court judge. At 6’8”, Attorney Feulner brings a commanding presence into the courtroom. He is a member of the Marital & Family Law Sections of the Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Seminole County Bar Association. Attorney Feulner is an avid soccer fan, so you’ll often see him at an Orlando City or Orlando Pride soccer game. Attorney Feulner is the proud father of two children and enjoys traveling with his family.

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CHAD FROST

Criminal Defense & Family Law Attorney | Frost Law PLLC “Always stand by your clients. Always do what’s right by them. And when they tell you their hopes for the final verdict, you listen. Because you’re the only person in the world who can deliver.” -Chad Frost Respected criminal defense & family law attorney. Experienced trial lawyer. Talented former prosecutor. Since 2010 Chad Frost has advocated for governments, families, and individuals, all with remarkable results. His secret? To listen to his clients, to understand their circumstances, and to be their rock in court, no matter how great the odds are against them. As a former prosecutor Mr. Frost knows how hostile the courtroom can be for those accused of a DUI, a misdemeanor or a felony charge. As a former litigator with family law experience,

he knows the fears, anger and frustrations which make divorces and child support cases so painful. It takes a steady hand and aggressive advocacy to overcome these impediments. Mr. Frost has proven time and again that he is prepared for every eventuality. And up for any challenge. Raised in Central Florida, Mr. Frost quickly set himself apart from his peers as a quick study with ambitious dreams. By 2010 he had received his Doctor of Law from Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Law. He launched his legal career as an intern for the New Orleans’ DA office, one of the busiest DA offices in the country. Two years later, he began work at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida as one of the court’s most reliable criminal prosecutors.

2012 to 2017, but felt compelled to serve the people of Florida in a different capacity. In 2017, he left his job as Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court to open up his own criminal defense and family law firm, Frost Law. As the lead trial attorney at Frost Law, Mr. Frost has a renewed purpose and more freedom than ever to be a legal champion to the people of Orlando. Mr. Frost is a rarity in the world of criminal defense and family law—an attorney who has achieved success on both sides of the justice system. In many cases, it takes a former prosecutor to truly know what you’re up against. Mr. Frost provides this perspective and stands by his clients.

Mr. Frost worked tirelessly for the state from

605 East Robinson St., Suite 339, Orlando, FL 32801 | www.frostlawfl.com

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FRANCISCO J. GONZALEZ Gonzalez Law Firm, P.L. “Clients are not mere numbers, or just dollars and cents. My clients’ interests must be handled the way I expect my interests or my family’s interest to be cared for, ethically, honestly and fervently.” Francisco J. Gonzalez is a civil trial lawyer whose areas of practice include wrongful death, automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other personal injury matters. Francisco also handles Social Security Disability cases, Immigration, consumer Bankruptcy matters, and is an Athlete Agent and General Counsel with the Pro Soccer Player agency. The success of Francisco’s law practice stems from his ability to connect with his clients through personalized services.  Francisco received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.  Subsequently, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. After being involved in several successful law partnerships, Francisco founded Gonzalez Law Firm P.L., where he continues to represent clients in different facets of law. Francisco has represented thousands of injured individuals who have been victims of someone else’s negligence, with a focus on protecting the rights of his clients in successful resolution of their claims, through settlement negotiations and/or civil actions. Additionally, he has successfully represented thousands of disabled individuals before the Social Security Administration, securing Social Security Disability benefits for these clients due to their inability to sustain employment.

Francisco’s Immigration practice includes Family related petitions, Business and Investment visas, Asylum, Athlete visas, as well as visas for Scientists and Skilled foreigners. A native of Venezuela, Francisco grew up competing in numerous sports. He eventually moved to the U.S., where he competed in multiple sports from an early age. Francisco later played soccer at the collegiate level and after college until 1998. However, his passion for sports has never subsided, and finds that representing athletes brings the perfect union between his love for the art of sports and representing those who seek to make it a profession. As an Athlete Agent and Advisor, he focuses on representing athletes’ interests and assisting them in achieving their goals, not only as sports professionals, but also in their lives after sports as well. Francisco is admitted to practice law in State of Florida, including the Middle Federal District Court, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the District of Columbia. He currently serves as Secretary of the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors of Humanitarian Airlift International, an organization that operates aircraft in support of medical facilities in the United States and Mexico. Francisco currently resides in the Central Florida area with his lovely wife, Lisa, and their four children.

1525 International Pkwy., Suite 4021, Heathrow, FL 32746 | P: 407-333-0070 | www.GonzalezFirm.com

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TRAKINA L. GRAHAM Graham Law Group, LLC Trakina L. Graham has been practicing law for over 17 years. She represents clients in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense and home owner insurance disputes. She owns Graham Law Group, LLC, a law firm dedicated to the protecting the rights of the injured and accused. Her primary objective is to represent each client vigorously and aggressively, ensuring that each client is treated fairly and gets the best possible settlement or outcome. Trakina graduated from the University of Florida earning her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology with a minor Sociology. After graduating from UF in 1997, she was awarded a full scholarship to Florida State University, College of Law. She began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in 2000, where she litigated thousands of cases ranging from DUI to First Degree Murder. Ms. Graham became an Assistant Statewide Prosecutors, in 2004, exclusively working multi-jurisdictional complex criminal litigation cases, including Racketeering, Organized Criminal Conspiracies, Internet Crimes, Drug Trafficking and Fraud. Ms. Graham used the skills she gained as a criminal litigator and transferred into the civil realm. She started working as a plaintiff ’s attorney in 2006 representing medical providers and injured persons. She opened her own personal injury law firm with her long-time friend and colleague in 2008. In 2014, she established the Graham Law Group, LLC, where she focused on protecting the rights of the injured and accused. She has tried over 40 jury trials during her 17-year legal career. Ms. Graham has represented thousands of personal injury and criminal defense clients. The Graham Law Group has Spanish and Creole speaking assistants ready to assist any individual who has been injured in an accident or accused of

crime. She maintains that “it is important that a client knows that if a trial is necessary, their attorney has the skill, competency, knowledge and experience to take their case to a jury.” Trakina is licensed to practice in all Florida State Courts and the United States Middle District of Florida. She is an active member of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Americans for Safe Access, NORML and United for Care. Ms. Graham was recently recognized by the National Black Lawyers as a Top 100 Black Lawyer. Trakina handles all matters that comprise personal injury and criminal defense, including:

•Car accidents •Home Owner’s Insurance disputes •Slip and falls •Tractor trailer accidents •Wrongful death. •Robbery •Theft •Manslaughter and homicide •DUI/traffic •Expunction/Sealing •White collar crime •Drug possession, sale and trafficking •Medical Marijuana

Trakina believes “it is important to maintain vigilant and represent each client with knowledge, integrity, aggressiveness and a commitment to justice.” tgraham@GrahamLawGroupLLC.com Photo by Kate McLean

3008 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL 32803 | P: 407-802-2968, F: 407 802 2978 | www.GrahamLawGroupLLC.com

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CARYN GREEN

Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law Caryn Green is an accomplished family law attorney. She is board certified in family law by the Florida Bar Association, a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) as well as a fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) . Her service to the family law bar extends beyond local, state and national interests. Caryn was one of the founders of the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court, has been the Chairwoman of the Board Certification Committee, and is active with Florida Legislation involving family law issues. She serves on the testing committee and new member mentor committee of the AAML and for the past two years she and her family have hosted students from the University of Cape Town Law School in South Africa. Carynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tireless efforts for her clients have become well known among her peers, and she enjoys the confident referral of clients from attorneys both in and out of Florida. She brings energy, commitment, organization and reason to each of her cases. This allows for the best opportunity to resolve difficult issues for the parties while still bringing a sense of decorum and dignity to the proceedings. Caryn has been married to her husband, Doug, for 17 years and they have two daughters, ages 13 and 15. She balances her roles as attorney and mother remarkably. Her involvement with school and extra curricular activities of her daughters is inspiring. Additionally, when her oldest daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2004, Caryn became involved with the Central Florida Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and created an annual gala in 2006 that has raised millions of dollars over the years for research. Last year, she and her husband were named honorees of the annual gala. In December 2016, Caryn started the boutique law firm of Green Family Law specializing in family law matters.

1000 Legion Place, Suite 1650, Orlando, FL 32801 | 407-403-5558 | www.greenfamilylaw.net

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SHARON JABLONSKI HENRY From the drama of the intensive care unit to the drama of the courtroom, Sharon J. Henry continues to have an interesting and fulfilling career. Being trained as a nurse and then going to law school, Sharon is uniquely qualified to represent hospitals, physicians, businesses, health care workers and individuals in a variety of litigation matters. After graduating with a nursing degree from Vanderbilt University, she obtained a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in critical care nursing from the University of Florida. Several years later, Sharon enrolled in law school at Stetson University College of Law where she was a member of the nationally recognized Moot Court Team. Sharon has been practicing in Orlando since 1992 and is a partner at Mateer & Harbert, P.A. She helps health care providers, institutions, and private and public medical facilities work through legal problems ranging from medical malpractice to employment claims, patient injuries and administrative investigations involving licensed professionals. Her civil litigation practice includes not only malpractice claims, but also a variety of complex state and federal cases including employment, civil rights, products liability, general liability and appeals. She is a member of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and a member of the Eleventh Circuit

Court of Appeals of the United States. Sharon also belongs to The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association. As a partner at Mateer & Harbert, she has tried hard cases, fought off frivolous claims, filed suit when appropriate and defended hardworking and dedicated doctors. She has helped all of her clients get past legal challenges. She acts in the best interest of her clients and works the long hours to make sure her clients are well represented. While the demands of her practice are many, her devotion to her immediate and extended family is tireless. She is a wife, mother to two children, and step-mom to three stepchildren. In her free time, she enjoys travel, theater, reading, fishing and the outdoors. Her home and family are cherished and she spends the time necessary to make sure that neither client, kin or friend is left wanting for her time and attention. Medicine, law and family are the well spring of her joy and work.

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Suite 600, Two Landmark Center, 225 E. Robinson St. Orlando, FL 32801 | 407-425-9044 | www.mateerharbert.com

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HANK HORNSBY Hornsby Law Hank Hornsby is a civil trial lawyer concentrating on personal injury, investment fraud, and SEC whistleblower claims. Hank is an Orlando area native having grown up in Maitland and graduated from Trinity Prep. Hank received a scholarship to play baseball at Wake Forest University and later Emory University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Hank comes from a long line of well respected Orlando attorneys. His grandfather, James Russell Hornsby, was a “larger than life” well known attorney in town who is still remembered by many in the legal community to this day. Hank’s father, Larry Hornsby, has been a prominent personal injury and worker’s compensation attorney in Orlando for over 30 years; and Hank’s uncle, Richard Hornsby, is best known throughout Orlando for his local and national television appearances as a criminal law legal analyst. With this family legal history, and Hank’s passion for seeking fairness and truth, Hank returned to the sunshine state after college to attend law school at Stetson University where he graduated with honors. During law school Hank worked as a law clerk for the general counsel’s office of a major national financial brokerage firm, Raymond James Financial, assisting with both SEC regulatory and compliance audits as well as litigation defense of investor and SEC regulatory claims.

Following graduation from law school, Hank joined one of the largest and most prominent law firms in the country, Greenberg Traurig, where he practiced as an associate attorney focusing on representation of major wall street brokerage firms. While at Greenberg Traurig, Hank litigated complex securities arbitration cases, investment and commercial business litigation claims. He was actively involved in legal claims relating to both the WorldCom and ENRON scandals that rocked wall street. In 2009, Hank left Greenberg Traurig to join his family’s practice, Hornsby Law. Since 2009, Hank has continued his civil trial practice focusing on representing individuals who have been injured or who have suffered losses as a result of fraud and misrepresentation. Hank became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 2014, a credential awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The ACFE association is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Hank is also a member of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association, the Florida Justice Association, and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association. Hank is married to his wife Kristin and lives in Winter park with their son William and twin daughters Catherine and Caroline. In his spare time, Hank enjoys spending time with his family.

1936 Lee Rd. Ste. 100, Winter Park, FL 32789 | P: 407-599-3800 F: 407-599-3801 | www.HornsbyLawGroup.com

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MARK L. HORWITZ Criminal Defense Attorney

As an Assistant United States Attorney representing the United States, Mark Horwitz prosecuted all types of cases including healthcare fraud, tax evasion, wire and mail fraud, fraud against the government, drugs, and the murder of the Gotha Postmaster. The opportunity to prosecute these and other crimes provided Mr. Horwitz a solid basis to vigorously defend people under investigation for or charged with serious crime in both federal and state court. In private practice, Mark has defended people in federal court in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville as well as Palm Beach, Ft. Pierce, Miami, Pensacola, Panama City and throughout the United States. Defending complex federal crimes, including healthcare fraud, tax evasion, securities fraud and mortgage fraud has been a major part of his practice. He has also defended clients in state criminal matters including white collar crimes, theft, bribery, and state sales tax. In non-white collar cases, he has defended clients in matters involving vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident with death, murder, drugs, child pornography, sex crimes and other offenses. Mark Horwitz is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Advocate and by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Criminal Trial Law. He has the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbel. In addition to the preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbel, he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and Florida Super Lawyers. Mr. Horwitz is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Horwitz believes that defending a person’s liberty is the most important responsibility an attorney can undertake. In protecting a client’s freedom, Mark’s philosophy is that no stone is left unturned, all facts are thoroughly investigated, legal issues fully developed and all actions legally and ethically possible are undertaken for the defense. The lawyers and paralegals that work at the Horwitz firm help him carry out these principles. Horwitz utilizes a team concept of lawyers and Florida Bar Registered Paralegals in conjunction with modern technology when investigating, organizing evidence, and building a strong defense. Criminal investigations, especially involving white collar crimes, can take months or years. In pre-indictment investigations, the goal is to conduct a thorough defense investigation aimed at developing the facts to convince law enforcement and prosecutors that criminal charges are not warranted. By preventing criminal charges, the client is able to avoid the humiliation and emotional stress associated with indictment and arrest. In some cases, it is not possible to prevent the filing of criminal charges. In those situations, the pre-arrest defense investigation is important to a vigorous defense at trial. Criminal tax defense has always been a part of Mr. Horwitz’s practice.  He has represented professionals such as doctors, dentists, architects, athletes, as well as business owners and other individuals under investigation and charged with violating criminal tax laws. He

has tried many criminal tax cases and has been able to persuade the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice to close investigations without prosecution. Mark Horwitz has also helped many clients with unreported offshore bank accounts enter and complete the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, thereby avoiding federal arrest and criminal prosecution, and reducing civil monetary penalties.  It is not unusual to deal with tens of thousands of documents and hundreds of gigabytes of computer data in white collar cases. To control such massive amounts of evidence, Horwitz utilizes the paralegals and the attorneys that work in his firm as well as cutting edge technology. Although technology is important, Mark believes that “there is no substitute for experience, hard work and diligence when defending a client’s liberty.” 

• All United States District Courts in Florida - Florida Bar - Colorado Bar - District of Columbia Bar EDUCATION

•University of Florida BSBA majoring in economics with high honors • University of Florida College of Law JD with honors and Order of the Coif PRACTICE AREAS

• White collar criminal defense including: - Criminal Tax - Healthcare Fraud - Mail and Wire Fraud - RICO - Bank Fraud - Securities and SEC Investigations • Non-white collar criminal defense

BAR ADMISSIONS

• Supreme Court of the United States • United States Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit - Fifth Circuit - Federal Circuit - District of Columbia Court of Appeals

17 East Pine St., Orlando, FL 32801 | 407-843-7733 | www.mlhorwitzlaw.com

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MARK LIPPMAN

Lippman Law Offices, P.A.

Mark Lippman, a Florida native, went to the University of Miami where he obtained degrees in biology, psychology and history. Deciding to continue his education in Florida, Mark went to the Nova Southeastern, Shepard Broad Law Center where he earned his Juris Doctorate while graduating with honors and earning a Leo Goodwin Fellowship in 1997 and 1998. Mark first entered into the real estate arena while in law school in Ft. Lauderdale where he worked with Homeowner Association and Condominium Association litigation issues throughout South Florida. Finding a strong connection with his native state of Florida, Mark began his lifelong passion of helping people and ultimately decided that he was best suited for helping individuals with their real estate needs.

After marrying his college sweetheart and

the State of Florida vs Casey Anthony and

wanting to get more litigation experience,

most recently US Bank vs. George and

Mark came to the Central Florida area

Cindy Anthony. Mark has been fortunate

where he went to work for the State of

and has been featured on multiple television

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shows and newspapers across the world

Defender, 9th Judicial Circuit and later, in

including providing legal commentary

2002, for the office of the State Attorney.

for Nancy Grace, People Magazine, and a

During this time, Mark received a

multiple of local news agencies for FOX,

commendation award from State Attorney

CBS, NBC and ABC television affiliates on

Lawson Lamar for services performed as an

a variety of different issues where they have

Assistant State Attorney. While at the State

looked to Mark as an expert on real estate

Attorney’s office Mark became a specialist

issues throughout Central Florida.

in prosecuting cases involving domestic violence, DUI, child abuse and sex crimes.

has received multiple awards including In late 2004, Mark began his own private

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the Florida Legal Elite award in 2011, Best

practice, and has focused on residential

of Business in 2015, Florida Community

and commercial real estate law, including

Association Journal’s Reader’s Choice

landlord/tenant, land use and zoning,

Award in 2016 and 2017 and the Orlando

foreclosure defenses, real estate contract

Family Magazine 2016 Reader’s Choice

litigation, business formations, homeowner

Award for Land Use and Zoning.

association and condominium association litigation and representation. During this

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time, Mark was blessed with having two

community that has enriched his life and

beautiful daughters and has since relocated

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to the beautiful Osceola County area.

9th Judicial Circuit in Orange and Osceola counties in the near future.

Throughout the years of private practice, Mark has been involved in multiple press cases including the representation of George and Cindy Anthony in the case of

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BRENDA L. LONDON Collaborative Family Law Attorney | Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator The Aikin Family Law Group My desire to help families has never wavered since I graduated from the University Of Florida Levin College Of Law and started practicing in Orlando, some thirty (30) years ago. My goal is to help make our community a more vibrant and healthy place – one family at a time. For the past 23 years I have practiced exclusively in the area of family law at The Aikin Family Law Group, www.AikinLaw.com. My practice includes divorce, child custody issues, paternity cases, support, modifications and Guardian Ad Litem cases. My years of training and experience in working with children and families have given me valuable conflict resolution skills that allow me to guide families to achieve positive outcomes. To reach these outcomes, I utilize collaborative law, mediation, and strategic and responsible litigation. I am a member of The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida, where I serve as a board member as well as the Administrator of

this professional non-profit organization, www.cfl-cfl.com. The collaborative law process allows families to utilize a professional team to resolve their conflict, without going to court. As a Certified Florida Supreme Court Mediator I often mediate cases for families who are not represented by lawyers. This is called “Pro Se” mediation. In “Pro Se” mediation, I meet with couples to facilitate their discussions and help them work together towards minimizing losses and maximizing outcomes both financially and emotionally. These meetings are conducted in the privacy of our office and not in the courtroom. Most importantly, this process helps avoid destructive battles that impact couples and any children involved, and is much more cost-effective. Also, I have the privilege of teaching collaborative law as an adjunct law professor at The Barry University Dewayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando. In my role at Barry, I am

the Director of The Collaborative Family Law Clinic, which assists families who financially qualify for free help with divorce or paternity actions. I am a collaborative law trainer and speaker, teaching professionals how to practice collaborative law. In 2016, I had the honor of being awarded the Judge J.C. “Jake” Stone Distinguished Service Award for my work as a Guardian Ad Litem. In 2017, I was extremely humbled to receive The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. I am so grateful to be able to serve the community through my practice, my teaching, and my pro bono work with children and families. Whether working with couples in my conference room or in the courtroom, I am committed to helping families achieve a healthier and more positive future.

2180 Park Ave. North, Building 100, Winter Park, FL 32789 | 407-644-4040 | www.AikinLaw.com

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SCOTT L. RICHARDSON Criminal Defense Attorney A Q & A With Scott L. Richardson

STYLE: You were voted by 200,000 plus Orlando Style readers and recognized nationally by attorneys to be featured here. What are you feelings on that? A: Well, obviously, honored and

grateful. I would like to think I have a nice following in Central Florida; developed over the decades. I have deep roots in the area. I believe I have a long list of satisfied former clients as well – that helps a lot. Accessibility is key.

STYLE: What kind of cases do you prefer to take on? A: I do almost exclusively criminal

defense. I’ve represented citizens of Central Florida from cases ranging from traffic violations to murder charges. Most of my cases, however, fall somewhere in between. I represent numerous people charged with traffic offenses, including DUI, domestic violence, drug charges, as well as economic crimes. I will consult with anyone facing any criminal charge in any jurisdiction.

STYLE: What part of your practice do you enjoy most? A: Circumstances where my client is

innocent or grossly overcharged. It happens more than people think. You don’t have to look far for examples.

STYLE: Give us some examples, if you would. A: Well, in Central Florida alone,

there are recent cases where people were charged with possession of narcotics. It turns out, in those cases, that the ‘substance’ was donut glaze in one case, and in another case, it was drywall powder - nothing short of a nightmare for these folks. Outrageous miscalculations by law enforcement. I represented a gentleman charged with attacking someone in a nightclub. I sent my investigator the next day to obtain video from the establishment. It turned out that he had been falsely accused.

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STYLE: Are there any trends in the criminal justice system you would like to point out?

A: Sure. Everything seems to be

on video now. We have dash-cams, bodycams, and security cameras seemingly everywhere. With actual footage of events at our disposal, the prosecutors and I can resolve factual issues easier than we could twenty years ago. Also, advancements in DNA and other scientific methods have illuminated important information for us. There have been numerous exonerations, based on DNA evidence. It turns out people have spent decades in prison when they were in fact innocent of the charges.

STYLE: We note you contribute to some charities in Central Florida. What are your favorites? A: I help sponsor the Me Strong 5k, in

DeLand, Florida, every January. I have also donated to high school booster clubs, and the Coastal Conservation Association. As a family, we attend any 5k races we can - benefiting charities.

STYLE: So, if you enjoy running 5k’s, what music tops your list on your I-Pod right now? A: Sublime, Foo Fighters, Incubus, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

STYLE: Tell our readers what you prefer to do on your time off. A: Outdoor activities. I’ve developed

a serious fishing habit and I’ve always been an avid surfer and golfer – anything outdoors. My family loves to travel. Our destinations are typically off the grid, involving mountain adventures or tropical island destinations – all involving adrenaline sports of some kind.

STYLE: Do you have any advice for any of our readers who may come into contact with police officers? A: Yes, be very polite and respectful.

Do not talk to law enforcement about whatever charges you may be faced with. Just politely state that you want to talk to your attorney, Scott L. Richardson! 407-843-9411

200 East Robinson St., Suite 1150, Orlando, FL 32801 | P: 407-843-9411 F: 407-649-1657 | Office@ScottRichardsonLaw.com

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PHILLIP J. SHEEHE

Commercial, Products Liability & Insurance Litigation scholarship. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee in 1974. During his time at the University of Tennessee, Sheehe served as the editor of the Tennessee Law Review and received the Order of the Coif in recognition of outstanding scholarship. In 1978, Sheehe moved to Miami. Sheehe has tried numerous complex jury trials, including a trial that exceeded six months in duration. Sheehe continues to represent both major corporations and individuals in trials throughout the United States in state and federal courts. The firm maintains offices in Miami, Lake Mary and Pensacola. UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Why did you become an attorney? I like the competition. I was a competitive swimmer at the University of Florida for my four years there; my favorite stroke was the butterfly. I’m extremely comfortable in the courtroom. I really like it; it’s fun. What do you like best about the practice of law? I like winning and I’m good at it. Being in the courtroom fighting for my clients brings me a lot of pleasure. Not many people hire a trial attorney to “do their best;” they hire them to win. That’s what we do and we do it well. I’m tough in the courtroom, but I can leave it behind. I’m friendly with most of my opponents because I can “leave it in the courtroom.” Most of my trials are long and complex and can take months of being in court. Personal:

Phillip J. Sheehe of Sheehe & Associates, P.A is an attorney who specializes in

commercial litigation, products liability litigation, and insurance litigation. He began his legal career on the staff of the General Counsel to the United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his career at the U.S. Steel Corporation, he obtained substantial experience in litigating complex commercial cases. He has tried complex commercial cases in Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, West Virgina, Florida and District of Columbia. Sheehe is a native of Marion, Ohio, though he attended college as an undergraduate at the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in finance and was awarded a swimming

Born in Marion, Ohio, October 7, 1948; came to Florida to swim for the University of Florida varsity swim team; married for 43 years; has two grown daughters; participates in U.S. Master Swimming for adults; has show horses that he keeps in Ocala. Miscellaneous: Firm founded in 1982; main office is in Miami; Central Florida office opened in 2006. Pensacola office opened in 2008.

Sheehe & Associates, P.A. 735 Primera Blvd., Suite 225, Lake Mary, FL 32746 | 407-804-9415

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CHRISTOPHER THORNE Thorne & Associates, P.A. Chris is a lifelong resident of central Florida, having been born and raised in St. Cloud, Florida and now permanently residing in Orlando, Florida. Chris graduated from Rollins College on a baseball scholarship and graduated cum laude with his B.A. in English (’98). During his time at Rollins, he broke the season doubles record in baseball and finished Top Ten all time in several offensive categories. Additionally, he was Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, President of the English Honor Society and President of Sigma Tau Delta. After graduating from Rollins, he attended law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Leiden University located in Leiden, Holland. He began his career as an associate focusing on workers’ compensation at the law firm of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson, P.A., and began to work for the law firm of George, Hartz, Lundeen, Fulmer & Leroy, P.A. where he continued the defense of workers’ compensation claims. In April 2006, Chris took the skills that he learned and opened the law firm of Thorne & Storey, P.A. In doing so, he opened his law firm with his best

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friend from law school and continued the representation of Employer/ Carriers throughout the State of Florida. Due to hard work and loyalty from clients, their firm achieved success very quickly and earned the respect of their peers. In 2013, Chris established the law firm of Thorne & Associates, P.A., where he continued to focus on the workers’ compensation defense throughout the State of Florida. He has tried countless cases during his 15 year career and has handled files throughout each jurisdiction in the State of Florida. He has received numerous awards and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer as well as rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. To date, his firm has seven (7) attorneys handling workers’ compensation and recently opened another office in Atlanta, Georgia. Most importantly, Chris enjoys being a father to his two children, Leiden and Arie, where he has helped coach their soccer and baseball teams. He loves travelling, spending time with his family and knows the importance of balancing it all.

419 N. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, FL 32801 | 407-488-1223 | www.defensetrialgroup.com

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ERIC J. TRABIN

The Trabin Law Firm

Eric J. Trabin grew up in West Palm Beach. After graduating from Suncoast Community High School in the International Baccalaureate program, he was accepted to the Honors Program at the University of Florida. At UF he received his undergraduate degree with a major in Criminology and a minor in Philosophy in 2003. He remained there to receive his JD in 2006. He currently practices Criminal Defense and Family Law in Central Florida with an office in Maitland. Mr. Trabin has long had a passion for service. While in law school, he worked in a clinic providing family law services for the underprivileged, fighting for those who could not fight for themselves. He maintains that the legal profession gives voice to those who do not want to be, or cannot be, their own voice. He feels that at its heart, each case is about real people. Mr. Trabin considers the practice of law to be a calling and genuinely enjoys his work. After law school, Mr. Trabin moved to the Orlando area. He worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit for four years, giving him invaluable experience in a variety of cases, including DUI, domestic violence, murder trials, death penalty and more. In 2011 he founded The Trabin Law Firm where he now represents clients in family and criminal defense cases. Among his awards, Mr. Trabin has been recognized by the American Institute of DUI Attorneys as one of “Florida’s Ten Best” for 2016-17. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, the highest rating bestowed for

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ethics and ability. In Super Lawyer’s magazine, which recognizes and rates lawyers through peer recognition and professional achievement, he has been listed as a “Rising Star” for the past two years. Mr. Trabin is rated a “Top Attorney” on Avvo.com, an online legal services marketplace, having received a perfect rating of 10 out of 10; he is considered “Superb.” Community involvement occupies a part of his life and he is a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council as a liaison to the Seminole County School Board, helping to coordinate the organizing of events that they sponsor. Mr. Trabin is married with two children, ages two and four, lives in Oviedo, and practices the martial art of Wah Lum Kung Fu, which he feels provides mental focus and reiterates the value of hard work. “Kung Fu teaches the art of hard work, discipline, and perseverance,” he says. “I draw upon its lessons in my legal practice on a regular basis.” He likens it to the profession of law in the sense that hard work is required to accomplish greatness and to never give up.

1555 North Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751 | 407-925-2949 | www.TrabinLaw.com

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE LAW Special Promotional Feature

BRIAN M. WALSH, ESQ. Walsh Banks Law

For the last decade, Brian Walsh of Walsh Banks Law has contributed his extensive experience in business law practices to individuals, corporations and partnerships, banking institutions, and non-profit organizations, alike. A four-year recipient of the Rising Star Award by Florida Super Lawyer Magazine, Walsh holds a Distinguished rating from the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. In 2015, Walsh joined forces with fellow Central Florida based attorney, Brandon Banks, to form a partnership characterized by professionalism, expertise and above all, quality service for their clients.    Uniquely focused on helping clients navigate the challenges, risks and opportunities specific to matters such as banking and lending, corporate leasing and development, commercial finance, and business litigation, Walsh aims to help Central Florida-based organizations, and the individuals behind them, achieve their goals for success.   With clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local non-profit organizations, including serving as outside general counsel for corporate clients, Walsh’s portfolio is as diversified as it is impressive, with more than $800 million in domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions and another $900 million worth of real estate sales and acquisitions over the last 10 years.    “We hope to help our clients in all facets of their business and professional lives.  Over the last several years, as business dynamics have changed, we’ve been honored to assist clients as they downsized, restructured and adjusted their philosophies in order to adapt to current market trends – with local, national and global variables impacting their decisions,” said Walsh.

“Our clients continue to emerge with a more streamlined business model focused on overcoming new challenges, and, they are equipped for continued growth and prosperity in the future.” Whether it’s expertly guiding business owners, coordinating the intricacies of complicated contract negotiations, helping a non-profit organization achieve tax-exempt status, or navigating complex commercial litigation matters, Walsh Banks Law can help. The firm, located in Downtown Orlando, hopes to continue thriving and expanding for generations to come, and, as a testament to their vision for the future, they recently added Harold Morlan II, as Senior Trial Counsel.   Walsh earned his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University and his Masters in Federal Tax Law from the University of Miami.  He is an honors graduate of King’s College in Pennsylvania and enjoyed a 10-year paramedic career prior to becoming a lawyer.  Walsh is a member of The Florida Bar, as well as the American Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court and is currently awaiting admission to the District of Columbia Bar.   He is a Licensed Title Insurance Agent with Old Republic Title and the Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund, and serves his community as legal counsel and a board member for Central Florida based 501(c)(3), Helping Other People Eat.    Regardless of the complexity of the matters he handles for his clients, Walsh prides himself in the fact that those that trust in his firm begin as clients and stay as friends.

P.O. Box 2271, Orlando, FL 32802 | P: 407-259-2426 F: 407-391-3626 | brian.walsh@walshbanks.com

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ALISON YURKO

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Alison Yurko has been practicing law in Orlando now for almost 30 years and brings a wealth of experience for clients that have governmental permitting issues, land development approval needs and related issues. Having spent almost 6 years as an Assistant County Attorney for Orange County government in the early 90’s, Alison had a chance to see first hand how local government works. After that, she became a partner in a major local law firm and had an opportunity to work on many large projects for developers. She has been Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law since 2000 and is AV rated. She has special expertise in areas such as real estate tax appeals, public utilities, code enforcement liens, impact fees, dock disputes, drainage disputes, and all zoning and related development approval issues. She also has extensive expertise in bid protest issues, having been involved in numerous large bid protest proceedings in Orange County, including the approximately $300,000,000.00 catering contract bid protest at the Orange County Convention Center, where she was on the team that successfully represented the winning bidder. She has served as the Charter Review General Co-Counsel for Orange County government, Charter Review Counsel for Seminole County Government, currently serves as the Code Enforcement Board Special Magistrate for the City of Apopka, and is a board member of the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation, which helps oversee the

operation of the Morse Museum which houses the renowned Tiffany Art Collection in Winter Park. She has written numerous widely cited articles on the topic of municipal annexation, and has lectured throughout the state on this topic and related land use topics. Alison attended Oak Ridge High School, and then made her way to the University of Notre Dame as a Notre Dame Scholar. She was the research assistant for Professor James J. Brown and helped edit a well known land use book series while at Stetson Law School, where she was also the Articles Editor for the Stetson Law Review. Like her dad, Albert Yurko, who practiced law almost 50 years in Orlando before passing away this year, Alison hung her own shingle and opened an office about a dozen years ago. She prides herself on providing clients with a sophisticated land use practice. Her office is in the Delaney Park area, at 920 ½ Delaney Drive, minutes from downtown Orlando. She is the mother of 19 year old triplets – Claire and Matthew Callan, who are both sophomores at Notre Dame, and Paige Callan a sophomore at UCLA Film School. The triplets grew up going to her office after school, which had a basketball hoop and plenty of activities to keep them busy. None of them profess an interest in law at this point, but their mom holds out hope that at least one of them will help carry on the family tradition of solving client’s legal problems in a positive and cost effective manner.

920 1/2 Delaney Ave., Orlando, FL 32806; mail to PO Box 2286, Winter Park, FL 32790 | 407-340-7043 | Ayurkolaw@gmail.com

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In 1999 John Fredericks was known for gospel and contemporary Christian. With two number one songs on the contemporary Christian charts, he decided to step back and increase his business education. Now, known to most as Bigg Persona, he has a resume as big as his heart and passion. His most recent accomplishment, the musical short film “On the Mind of a Beautiful Woman” features 12 new songs and a cast of 200, including Central Florida local residents and pageant titleholders. Orlando Style: Tell me a little about yourself and how you got to where you are as an artist. Bigg Persona: During my first tour as a contemporary christian artist I decided to get more education on the business side of the recording industry. I interned for Def Jam in New York between 2005 and 2007. Afterwards, I moved to Orlando, started recording as an R&B artist and got the attention of A&R. Having my own knowledge of the business I formed my independent record company and began releasing music as Bigg Persona. I released “Need it So Badly” which was picked up by Top 40 radio stations and some night clubs. I also recorded a remake of “You Give Good Love” by Whitney Houston and was contacted by stations interested in airing my version. The president of RCA liked several songs on my record at the time but believed I was too late in the game and should stick to writing. It was during the brief tour for my second music video, “I Got Her Forever”, that I was requested to serenade Jackie Siegel for the 2015 Miss Florida Pageant and we began making plans for the film.

OS: The film features a cast of over 400 Central Florida residents. Why did you decide to feature state residents and sponsors? BP: It was the timing. I consider myself a practical person and a realist and the things that things were unfolding, it had the aura of needing to be done here. And it gave me the opportunity to work with people who had never been in something and wanted to, as well as to work with a lot of starving artists who had never gotten visibility. People came together from everywhere for this journey and dream and ended up forming lasting friendships. OS: Why include major pageant titleholders? Why was their appearance in the film important? BP: It was my word to Jackie Siegel. There were 200 women in the film and 50-75 were pageant titleholders. I had the opportunity to work with each and every one of them and keep the integrity of my word. OS: A lot of filming took place at the Bella Collina country club. How did that decision come about? BP: Steve Dehardy, the general manager I worked closely with to feature luxury cars, recommended shooting there. Paula Wyatt called and spoke with Rick Arughi, who said no, but was willing to meet me in person. Arughi did his research in the time I rushed over and was immediately interested. Despite it being a very private community he was open to the idea and the more we looked into it the more we fell in love with the idea.

OS: What inspired the creation of the film and how did the idea come about?

OS: Was there anything in the film or album that was especially important to you?

BP: As a record company I wanted to put out not one music video but something to promote the whole body of work. At the time music and film were being merged like never before so I decided in 2015 to get ahead of the game and create this life love story that would be intertwined with all of these songs, and would give it a unique concept. It was during my meeting with Jackie Siegel that we decided to create it featuring pageant titleholders.

BP: The last two songs in the movie. One is “Find the Courage”, meaning the courage for women dealing with domestic violence. The last finale song is “So I’ll Pray for Love”, and it’s a universal song that talks about praying for all mankind to come back to love for one another and to treat each other the way we want to be treated. Those are the songs that I believe will run to form with most fans.

OS: In your own words can you explain what the film is about? BP: It is an over the top musical production that incorporates the pursuit, loss, regaining and celebration of true love. It also deals heavily with domestic violence and inspiring the courage to leave and to live.

OS: The film features 12 new songs, each supposedly dedicated to one of the most influential female entertainment industry icons. Can you share with us who each song is dedicated to? BP: Sure, they are “Let This Man Sing” – Oprah Winfrey “You’ll Always Find Me Here” – Sade “Her Love” – Adele

“Show Off ” – Beyoncé “Letcha” – Patti LaBelle “Michael” - Janet Jackson “Chardonnay” – Aretha Franklin “Have A Drink With Me” – Anita Baker “I Got Her Forever” – Celine Dion “Find The Courage” – Mariah Carey “So I’ll Pray” – CeCe Winans And the Outro “Never Too Late For Love” – Chaka Kahn OS: What was the scariest part of your filming experience? BP: There were two instances. We were out in the deep ocean on yachts with drones flying in the air to film and sharks and everything else. I’m on the bow of this yacht, and I’m not afraid of water and I can swim, but I’m terrified of the wide open beneath me and not knowing what’s below me. I did conquer my fear and had to get out there. Then we were filming at wonderworks, with drones again, and I’m outside, stories high on a ledge with no harness. One close friend talked me into doing it. OS: Was the response to the film what you had hoped for? BP: The feedback we have gotten has been enormous and wonderful, it’s one of a kind and unique. Right after the premier at Mango’s Tropical Cafe, it was sent to South by Southwest Film Festival, the number one music festival in the world. Then it started garnering attention from producers in Hollywood who wanted see what else I was working on. OS: What can we expect to see from you in the future? BP: I’m engrossed in writing a new script and movie that we’re hoping will feature Jackie Siegel, called “A Life Lived”. It’s not a musical, it’s a sci-fi drama and were hoping to begin production sometime at the end of the year. I’m hoping to create it in Central Florida again with the same people and sponsors. OS: Is there anything you would like to add? BP: I will always remain very appreciative of all of my sponsors, partners, volunteers, extras, supporters, fans and any prayers. For everything they have done, every ounce of their contributions to helping me and helping me create my first major motion picture musical film. Without them joining my journey, this would not have been done or we would still be working on it.

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MY STYLE ANNIVERSARY A look back on five magical years writing for Style Magazines! By Riesa Pascal

The story of how I began writing for Style Magazines is one that not many people know, but it’s a story that I hope will encourage you in the same way it encourages me when life isn’t exactly going as I’d planned. As you’ll come to see through my brief retelling of the events, God truly works in mysterious ways and sometimes what seems like your worst nightmare is actually just a door opening towards something greater. To share this story requires winding the clock back to the spring of 2012 when I was a senior at Florida State University. My final semester of college was coming to a bittersweet close and I had just finished ordering my graduation announcements when a new email popped up from the university. I immediately clicked the notification and then read with horror that an unknowingly missed course credit meant I was still one English course away from graduating with my double major in Creative Writing and Communication Studies. In the blink of an eye, all of my post-graduation plans came to a screeching halt and I was suddenly left with two options to receive the diploma I had worked so long and hard for: 1) Enroll in summer school and complete the missing course or 2) Substitute the missing credit with a summer editorial internship. With deadlines right around the corner, I opted for the latter and scoured the internet in search of a publication local to my hometown of Orlando that would allow me to join their summer internship program at such short notice (in spite of me having no professional writing experience). It was then, in the depth of my desperate search, that my prayers were answered in the form of an internship offer from Style Magazines. My first article as an intern was published in the Summer Double Issue exactly five years ago. It was a Don’t Miss The Beat story about Gotye, the Grammy award-winning artist who was dominating the summer Billboard charts with “Somebody That I Used To Know.” As long as I live, I’ll never forget the moment I picked up that glossy hard copy of Orlando Style Magazine, flipped to my article, and saw my name in print for the very first time. I was filled with a sense of joy, pride and immense awe that I had never felt

before. As I read and re-read over my printed words, it began to dawn on me that I was now a published writer. From that moment on, I was instantly and irrevocably hooked to this exciting new world of editorial and luxury lifestyle journalism. As I wrote more and fine-tuned my skills, it became abundantly clear to me that despite the regrettable mistake that brought me to Style Magazines, God had me exactly where I was meant to be. Fast forward to the final day of my summer internship and I heard seven words that changed the course of my life and led me down a path of magnificent adventures and opportunities that I could’ve never imagined.

to see what other exciting adventures the future holds. In celebrating how far I’ve come as a lead Style Magazines contributor, I would be remiss not to thank my wonderful mother for her immeasurable patience in listening to me read every single article out loud before submission. Whether in person or over the phone, she has always been ready to drop what she’s doing to hear my latest story and offer her unfiltered critiques. I laugh now as I think back on the grim email from that fateful day—the day I once dramatically called the worst of my life—and I can’t help but to thank God that something so disappointing led me to something so beautiful.

“Would you like to keep writing for us?” As you can imagine, my response was an eager and resounding “Yes!” and it is with great pride today that I now celebrate five years of contributing to leading luxury lifestyle publications, Orlando Style Magazine and Tampa Style Magazine. I’m honored to have been published in every issue released since my inaugural Summer Double issue and this very story you’re reading marks my 160th article. In the last five years, I’ve covered every topic you could possibly think of from health, beauty and fitness to music, fine dining and celebrity gossip. I’ve met and interviewed a variety of renowned celebrities such as Imagine Dragons, Twilight’s Ashley Greene, Dan Aykroyd, Wendy Williams, Steve Madden, and many more. I’ve traveled on 15 national and international press trips including Mexico, Aruba, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Curacao. I’ve even represented Style Magazines live on both local and national television and that is just the tip of the iceberg. In the name of journalism, I’ve snorkeled with whale sharks, explored Mayan Ruins, hiked through a rainforest in a torrential downpour, slept in a teepee, hit speeds of 165 mph in a race car, driven a submersible scooter on an underwater safari, canoed across a bioluminescent bay in the middle of the night, jet skied through a Mangrove forest…the list goes on and on! Needless to say, it’s been a wild ride and an incredible five years and I can’t wait

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