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Friends and strangers bless search for kidney donor

A few days ago, two longtime friends – Blair Hyatt and Russ Bornstein – came down from Boca Raton to have lunch with me in Wynwood. We were there to catch up and talk business, but before we began they paused for a moment. Then they handed me a stack of checks they had collected to help support me and …

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FlexWheels brings fun back to the driving experience

We talk a lot about cars at Fried On Business, and my friend, Vincent Iafano, says there are basically three options for vehicle transportation. You can: – Buy the car. – Rent the car. – Lease the car. Each has advantages, no doubt, but also some significant disadvantages. Why can’t we have an option, Iafano said, that is at our …

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Real estate investment wakes in North Miami Beach

On the most recent Fried On Business program, I had the unique opportunity to interview someone who’s not only an expert in South Florida investment real estate but also a fan of the show and a great friend. I first met Adam Tiktin of Miami-based Tiktin Real Estate Investment Services more than 20 years ago when we were both doing …

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Community banking serves as metaphor in hurricane recovery

During the latest Fried On Business broadcast, we took some time to talk about community banking and to share some stories in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Those might sound like disparate topics. But, as you’ll see, they actually mesh very well. Trends in Community Banking I think community banks like Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust are evolving and taking …

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Insurance and marijuana round out post-hurricane return of Fried On Business

We are back in a rhythm at Fried On Business now that Irma is long gone and, hopefully, we’ve seen the last of the hurricanes for a while. I had a lot of damage to my apartment during Irma. A sliding glass door took flight, and I ended up with two inches of water where it really shouldn’t be. That …

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Post-Irma show highlights storm recovery and the joy of kidney donation

Although it didn’t make landfall here, Hurricane Irma sure did a number on Miami. There was widespread damage, but it wasn’t enough to keep Fried On Business from going on-air later that week. Here are some highlights from the post-hurricane show: The gift of kidney donation First up, my friend David Koster from Brooklyn, NY, told us about June 25, …

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Villasante and Turkel: A mission, a brand and a mastermind

Alina Villasante is on a mission to change the world – one garment at a time. Alina is the Designer, Creator and Visionary at Peace Love World in Miami, and she has transformed her life philosophy into what has become a global-lifestyle brand. “Love is not something you look for. Love is something you become,” she says, and it all …

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FlexWheels brings next-gen car sharing to South Florida

When you really think about it, as time passes we own less and less of the things we use. Instead, we buy the right to live in an apartment, use mass transit, even listen to music online. And just like I never thought I’d see the day when CDs became obsolete, my most recent Fried On Business guest foresees a …

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Vivian Fried perseveres in midst of soul-crushing summer

This has been a crushing summer for me and my wife, Vivian Fried. First, it’s been brutally hot down here in Miami and, as you know, Vivian cannot drink water like you and me because she’s suffering from end-stage kidney disease. She is completely dependent on dialysis, so to help quench her thirst she uses crushed ice, which I specially …

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Make-A-Wish chairman Malnik brings passion to fulfilling wishes of children

Shareef Malnik is a man of great passion – a passion for business, a passion for family, and a passion for some of the most unfortunate among us. In addition to owning The Forge Restaurant and serving as Chairman of NextWave Funding, he also serves as Chairman of the Board for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. No doubt you’ve heard of Make-A-Wish. …

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