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Vivian and Betty: On the Road to Recovery

My wife Vivian’s kidney transplant story has gone global. We’ve gotten calls and messages from all over the world from people who have been following our relentless search for a kidney donor. And now they’re following Vivian’s story of recovery. Thanks to G-d and Betty Demartini, the incredibly gracious donor, Vivian’s successful transplant surgery is about a month behind us. …

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Relationships and diligence lead to finding new business deals

Finding new business deals is as much an art as it is a science. It takes time a practice, and it’s something I like to teach as I mentor young up-and-coming professionals in the business. So, today, we’re going to review how to find business deals. This is nuts and bolts stuff. It’s basic blocking and tackling. And, as you’ll …

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Tips for business success resonate in 2018

Mentoring is one of my favorite things to do in business. I love helping my colleagues climb one more rung on the ladder to success. So on a recent episode of Fried On Business, I outlined a few of my key tips for business success. In no particular order, here we go: 1. Give good phone. No, it’s not what …

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EWM’s Shuffield sees momentum in South Florida residential real estate

It’s always a pleasure to speak with Ron Shuffield. A true gentleman in the business, he is the President and CEO of Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors®, which has been active in the South Florida real estate market since 1964. That was the year Anna Mae Esslinger, Doty Wooten, Arlene Maxwell set up EWM and ran the show until they sold to Shuffield …

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Grace and mercy pave road to kidney transplant recovery

Well, the kidney transplant is complete, and the healing has begun. Four years to the day that my wife Vivian was found unresponsive on the floor of our apartment, she received the gift of life from a complete stranger who wanted to be faithful to G-d and His calling. Betty Demartini, a Realtor in Aventura, stepped up and embodied the …

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Healing is the beginning for Jim and Vivian Fried

For me, 2017 was laser-focused on only one goal: Finding a living kidney donor for my wife Vivian Fried. Our situation during the year went from urgent to practically desperate. Vivian took care of herself and dutifully went to dialysis six days a week, but time was running out. Her body would not take much more. Then, through the miracle …

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On urban infill housing and branding – and unicorns

When I say this, you probably won’t believe me. But I’ll say it anyway: There are unicorns in Miami. No, I’m not crazy. And I’m not talking about any mythical creatures. I’m talking about affordable urban infill housing. I call that a unicorn because finding that in Miami is about as likely as finding a horse with a single horn …

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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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