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Make-A-Wish and Dreams Come True, Prepare for Hurricane Season, Using Video to Market Your Business

Episode 430: 08-03-17

Make-A-Wish and Dreams Come True

Shareef Malnik is Owner of The Forge Restaurant, Chairman of NextWave Funding, and a movie producer.

He is one of the country’s top restaurateurs, with over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry.

Nextwave Funding provides funding to thousands of small and mid-sized companies across the nation. Nextwave Funding is dedicated to supporting the future generation of entrepreneurs

“Building Nextwave is a great opportunity,” says Malnik. “I work with a cross-section of businesses across the country and feel rewarded when I see our capital help their companies thrive and grow.”

However, Malnik might be best known for his charitable endeavors. Malnik proudly holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. He has also held the prestigious title of Chairman of the InterContinental Make-A-Wish Ball for the past 12 years, helping to raise more than $15.5 million which has been used to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

In 2013, Malnik was honored as Make-A-Wish Board Person of the Year. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Foundation. Since he has been on the Make-A-Wish’s Board, the Foundation has raised $60 million.

Malnik says, “Make-A-Wish is in my DNA, and my top priority is to grant as many wishes to every eligible child as is humanly possible.” In addition, Malnik also is Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Capital Campaign. He has already raised in the eight figures towards this campaign.

Jim and Shareef discuss what Make-A-Wish does, its goals and how people can help.

Prepare for Hurricane Season

Brent Stern is Director of Commercial Sales for Cyalume Technologies Fort Lauderdale. Cyalume Technologies Inc. is a pioneer and world leader in chemical lighting solutions.

Trusted by the U.S. military and government agencies for over 40 years, Cyalume products are expertly engineered and crafted in the USA to strict quality standards. They make “survival kits” that are great for hurricane and other disaster situations.

It has been 25 years since Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida. Jim and Brent discuss what you should have on hand to prepare for the next big storm.

Using Video to Market Your Business

David Siqueiros/Digital Pictures is a one-stop creative and production resource for a variety of companies, public relation firms, ad agencies, nonprofits and organizations. With an upscale and unconventional point of view, David Siqueiros/Digital Pictures serves an array of clients who are accustomed to quality service.

Jim and David discuss tips to make your creative product more useful in PR and marketing.

Vivian Fried Kidney Transplant Update

Jim’s wife, Vivian Fried, still needs a kidney donor. She is staying strong and upbeat! Please help!!

Donations are welcome. Visit

For an update on Vivian and her search for a kidney transplant, watch her interview on WPLGTV10 in Miami:

For information on kidney donation, email

Episode 430: 08-03-17

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