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ICSC Foundation spearheads hurricane relief efforts by shopping center industry

So when you think about shopping centers, what comes to mind? Your favorite store? A good meal? The latest Hollywood blockbuster? What if I told you that, during a major crisis, the shopping center industry is a key component in community preparation and recovery? Well, it’s true. And that’s what I discussed recently with Trish Blasi, President at Borghese Investments …

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Living kidney donor shares life-giving story

A few weeks ago, Vickie O’Neill-Haber gave the gift of life. She became a living kidney donor to a complete stranger who desperately needed a transplant. It’s a fascinating and beautiful story, and she came on the air recently to tell us about it. A close friend had posted on Facebook that she knew of a woman who needed a …

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RF skin tightening benefits busy executives

Let’s face it: None of us are getting any younger. I’m starting to get more than a few gray hairs on my head. That can be advantageous, however. In business, it tends to convey experience and wisdom. But the wrinkles and blemishes on my face are another matter. They make me grateful for the periodic touch-ups I get from Dr. …

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Lombardi: Art will always be the focus of a growing Wynwood

David Lombardi is a great friend and one of the first guests we ever had on Fried On Business. The founder of Lombardi Properties is also a major benefactor for one of Miami’s most exciting up-and-coming neighborhoods – Wynwood. Fortunately for us, he got there through a series of fortunate events. Lombardi started selling homes in Miami Beach about 20 …

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Fortune International founder outlines South Florida strategy

It’s always an amazing experience when we have a chance to bring a true expert into the Fried On Business studios, and Edgardo DeFortuna did not disappoint when he stopped by to chat about the multifamily residential market in South Florida. The founder and president of Fortune International Realty in Miami said he sees a rare balance in the South …

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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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