February 29, 2024

People & Profiles

Editorial Growth from Within
FLORIDA TREND'S editorial success derives from its team of extraordinarily talented award-winning journalists. Their focus, dedication and attention to their craft is undeniable. Throughout its history, FLORIDA TREND has guided itself on its editorial integrity, its unbiased news approach and its ability to be a loyal and trusted source of business news and information for its readers.
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A Fresh Take
I was recently a guest speaker in a new course called “Fresh Take Business” at the University of Florida journalism school. The course is an off shoot of an existing class called “Fresh Take Florida,” which has operated as a kind of student journalist news service and provides students with clips they've used to get jobs.
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Florida Icon: Lee Brian Schrager
I always worked in restaurants. When I was 10, 11 years old, I used to bag Chinese takeout food, Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, in a local popular Chinese restaurant. I worked in snack bars and movie theaters. I worked at Swensen's ice cream parlor, (and was a) valet car parker at a fine-dining restaurant. There was always something about the hospitality industry. The people in it are very special. And you know, I've always enjoyed wine and food.
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Education Guru
Education was calling for Adam Giery. His mother was a teacher — he always dreamed of following in her footsteps — and he was inspired by his own teachers. “I'm a product of an American public education system that just wouldn't expect less from me,” Giery explains. “My teachers were there for me, my teachers set a very high bar and when given the choice to pursue a profession, ‘teacher' felt like the answer.”
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The Villages: The ‘Non' Final Frontier
I have a personal connection to this month's cover story, “Endless Horizon” (p. 52) by Associate Editor Michael Fechter. It has been nearly 12 years since my parents bought their home in The Villages. At first it was their “second” home as they split time between Wisconsin (where they had lived their entire lives) and The Villages. Each year, the time they spent in Florida became longer and longer, until they decided to sell their home up north and make The Villages their permanent residence.
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Publisher & Editor

Florida's Future is Strong
As publisher of Florida Trend, I travel the state from its most northern regions to its southern tip and all the places in between. As many Floridians know, many of the state's most precious treasures can be found in the lands tucked between the coasts...
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Florida Ever After
When you move to a state with a fairy tale castle at its center, a certain amount of magical thinking comes with the territory. Fresh out of journalism school in Arizona, I came to Florida because I wanted to be a storyteller, and no place had — and still has — better stories to be told...
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Could Florida electric bills go up because of a fuel made from manure?
Could Florida electric bills go up because of a fuel made from manure?

A bill advancing through the Florida Legislature that would entice utility companies to invest in “renewable natural gas” could cost Florida residents if signed into law, according to energy watchdog groups.


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