Volume 14

Uncovered

LEFT TO RIGHT: SHARON DIPIETRO, JACQUELINE JOURNEY, LISA LAZARUS, STEPHANIE KANTIS
PHOTOS BY CARLOS ARISTIZABAL

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. — KOFI ANNAN

SHARON DIPIETRO

HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE AND WHO YOU ARE TODAY? WERE THERE CHALLENGES? IF SO, HOW DIDYOU OVERCOME THEM?
WOW, this is a multi-level question that can’t beanswered in a brief statement. But I will try – I am who I am today because of the loving influences and guidance from my beloved grandmother. She literally and figuratively saved my child-life many times. Even today, I have so many “grandma-isms” that come to my mind and heart during difficult situations. Yes, there were many challenges, challenges young children should never have to face during their innocent years. My grandmother is how I overcame them; she still lives in my heart and continues to help me overcome obstacles to this very day.

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS YOUHAVE MADE IN LIFE?
One of the most important decisions in my life, which guides and anchors me daily, is my commitment to my faith. This “anchor” makes each day a blessing, even during turmoil. This decision/ commitment propels everything. My next most important decision was to become Mrs. Jay DiPietro.

AS INFLUENCER, HOW DO YOU TEACH OTHERS?
I hope I influence others just by being me…by living and staying true to my values. The example one lives, leads the way they influence those around them, whether they be family, close friends or acquaintances. I have no room for self-betrayal.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CAN SHARE THAT IS A MUST EVERY DAY FOR MOTIVATION?
Be grateful for everything you have and for the breath that you take.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU DAILY?
Making every day a new day. We write our daily life-pages with our thoughts and actions. I want all of my thoughts and actions to be with the purpose of helping others, especially the ones without a voice… our furry little ones and the children of challenging life situations. I relate to both!

WHAT IS ONE CHARACTERISTIC THAT YOU BELIEVE EVERY LEADER SHOULD POSSESS?
INTEGRITY because with integrity comes honesty and moral values.

WHAT IS THE ONE BEHAVIOR OR TRAIT THAT YOU THINK WOMEN SHOULD HAVE?
Directness without the feeling of intimidation.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE WOMEN?
Be your own best friend! Be a good listener… listen with your ears but hear with your heart. This does not mean be a soft-touch and let anyone take advantage of you. You can always hit with a “velvet-hammer.”

WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU? AND HOW WILL YOU GET THERE?
As the Chairman for Tri-County Animal Rescue, my foremost goal is our $10 Million Dollar Capital Campaign to build our Campus. It is called The Big Dig.


JACQUELINE JOURNEY

HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE AND WHO YOU ARE TODAY? WERE THERE CHALLENGES? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Hard work and perseverance have been two of my best allies. You can never give up. Like most people I have experienced personal, financial and emotional devastations. From major setbacks and layoffs to cancer, it has been incredibly challenging at times. Learning to accept difficult situations, making a plan and taking one step at a time towards a solution really works

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE IN LIFE?
At a difficult time in my life I realized I was not fulfilling my own dreams and living my life to the fullest. I wasn’t happy and knew I needed a change. I decided to analyze and document the qualities and traits of some of the extraordinary celebrities and CEO’s (Oscar winners, Grammy winners, legends, trailblazers, billionaires and spectacular everyday people) Within a year I had started my own successful production company. Within three years I had fulfilled my lifelong dream of producing a feature film. (The award winning thriller, Hidden Assets, available summer 2017).

AS INFLUENCER, HOW DO YOU TEACH OTHERS?
I love working with students of all ages and try to lead by example. I have learned over the years that actions really do speak louder than words. I love to volunteer. One of the most important things I can impart is that everyone should pursue a career, a life’s work…not a job.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CAN SHARE THAT IS A MUST EVERY DAY FOR MOTIVATION?
Believe. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? You absolutely have to believe that you can achieve what you desire. Define it. Visualize it. Be it. Don’t be discouraged by obstacles or detractors. Don’t listen to those who say you can’t. Believe you can and you will. Believe you can’t and you won’t.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU DAILY?
My friends and family inspire me to do better, be better. I try to surround myself with people who mirror my high self-expectations and believe in making the impossible possible.

WHAT IS ONE CHARACTERISTIC THAT YOU BELIEVE EVERY LEADER SHOULD POSSESS?
I believe every leader should inspire confidence. Even when you are in unchartered territory and are unsure, don’t let them know it. Have passion & a plan and stick to it. I’ve learned it is incredibly difficult to lead others when you allow them to see uncertainty in your resolve.

WHAT IS THE ONE BEHAVIOR OR TRAIT THAT YOU THINK WOMEN SHOULD HAVE?
Confidence. Too many women are unable to exude self-assurance. I’m not talking about faux bravado or being obnoxious. I’m talking about an inner strength that turns heads and ensures you are heard and respected. Real confidence radiates and allows you to feel great about yourself.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE WOMEN?
Every woman should define her standards and goals. If you don’t, you invite outsiders to do it for you. It is so important to clearly outline who you are and what you expect of yourself. What are your professional, personal, spiritual and romantic standards? Actually write it down. You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to avoid unwanted situations when you commit to yourself in this way.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU? AND HOW WILL YOU GET THERE?
My book, “The Diva’s in the Details…The Celebrity & CEO inspired guide to Confidence, Courage & Style” will be out soon and I am absolutely thrilled! Releasing my first book and my first film in the same year is a little daunting (and crazy), but a thrill.


LISA LAZARUS

HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE AND WHO YOU ARE TODAY? WERE THERE CHALLENGES? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I grew up as the oldest and independently. I was considered a latch key child- I think my upbringing forced me to be outgoing- we moved around a lot- I learned to make friends to survive and thrive. I was also financially independent from a young age- I worked for commission in college, which taught me how important a work ethic is very early on and which I still implement today.

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE IN LIFE?
The most important decisions were getting married, starting my own business and having children- these decisions have shaped my life for the good, bad and the ugly. Life is not perfect. I realize that by working hard to be good in all areas of my life I can make a difference.

AS INFLUENCER, HOW DO YOU TEACH OTHERS?
I teach by example and communication. I believe that hard work brings results and success. If I can help someone I will and get great joy by doing so.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CAN SHARE THAT IS A MUST EVERY DAY FOR MOTIVATION?
I love where I live and my private morning time. I try to think positive, take the actions necessary to stay healthy and secure.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU DAILY?
My staff, my friends, family and feeling grateful for all the beautiful Palm Beach nature that surrounds me. I love to be on the water, or anywhere outside, spending time with my loved ones.

WHAT IS ONE CHARACTERISTIC THAT YOU BELIEV EVERY LEADER SHOULD POSSESS?
Integrity

WHAT IS THE ONE BEHAVIOR OR TRAIT THAT YOU THINK WOMEN SHOULD HAVE?
Confidence is key. Women need to learn to be confident in their own skin. They need to be a first rate version of themselves rather than a second rate version of someone else.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE WOMEN?
Stop overthinking… mistakes have to be made to learn and grow… You have to show up, do the work this usually turns into something REALLY GOOD.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU? AND HOW WILL YOU GETTHERE?
I have landed… I just moved here and started this lifelong dream a few years ago… Being able to shop and buy furniture and home goods that make people happy, I am truly living out my dream. I am right where I always hoped and dreamed I would be. I am blessed.


STEPHANIE KANTIS

HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE AND WHO YOU ARE TODAY? WERE THERE CHALLENGES? IF SO, HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I come from modest means – my father and mother divorced when I was young and I remember it being very traumatic. I vowed to myself that I would never let this happen to me. I would set out to achieve each and every dream and be a very independent person who would not rely on anyone including a husband. I loved art and design from early and I knew that I wanted to be a designer. I had the words: “Where there is a will, there is a way,” in everything I would set out to do.

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE IN LIFE?
I think the best decision (over and over again in my life,) has been to always take the high road – to feel good about what I do by working hard to achieve, and in the process, never stepping on anyone to get ahead.

AS INFLUENCER, HOW DO YOU TEACH OTHERS?
I influence people to be spontaneous and courageous and to just be themselves! We live in a pretty pretentious world – and now for me being in fashion, I really see how this industry is. I like to always say that the most beautiful part of ourselves is our “true inner beings” and being true to ourselves. Be honest, good and kind to people and have gratitude. That is pure beauty!

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CAN SHARE THAT IS A MUST EVERY DAY FOR MOTIVATION?
The one thing that I can share that is a must every day for motivation is taking time for gratitude. Closing my eyes at little moments throughout the day and thinking how grateful I am for whatever comes to my mind – and believe you me there is so much we all have to be grateful for. And doing one thing for somebody else’s life to make it better that day.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU DAILY?
Because I have worked so hard at achieving and moving myself towards success and Independence, financial security – I have always found that looking “inward” for inspiration has been my living grace. I see so many people looking out for other things to
bring them balance. That does not work.

WHAT IS ONE CHARACTERISTIC THAT YOU BELIEVE EVERY LEADER SHOULD POSSESS?
If I were to name a characteristic that I believe every leader should possess – it would be compassion. If you can put yourself in another person shoes – he will understand them better possibly from their perspective, and not just from yours.

WHAT IS THE ONE BEHAVIOR OR TRAIT THAT YOUTHINK WOMEN SHOULD HAVE?
The one behavior or trait that I think women should have would probably be confidence to be who theyare and not what they think they should be. The confidence to be real and true to yourself.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE WOMEN?
Be soft while still being strong. A woman is the soft, gentle, nurturing side of our species. There’s a time and place for when a woman hones her strength and skills in business and leadership… But there is also a time for her to be gentle.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU? AND HOW WILL YOU GET THERE?
What is next for me is to be able to really find out about the laws of packaging and materials – I want to personally have an influence in this world for lessening the waste of packaging products. If I’m going to create beautiful things in the world, I want to also keep the world as beautiful as possible exactly as it is. I would like to take part in lessening the trash for an improved and cleaner environment.

POETRY, BEAUTY AND SIMPLICITY

THE DESIGN PHILOSOPHY OF ADOLFO DOMINGUEZ IS THE PALM BEACH WOMAN.

BY LAUREN MAY MALIS

The Spain-based Adolfo Domínguez brand chose to open its second fashion boutique in the U.S. at Town Center at Boca Raton. Featuring the Spain-based designer’s AD Collection for women and men. Domínguez’s signature designs are impeccably cut to flatter in a choice of luxurious fabrics. The clothes match today’s pace of life without losing their essence: simple poetry.

The global designer fashion label was founded in Spain by Adolfo Domínguez in the 1970s that through five decades has developed a renowned international reputation in the fashion industry for quality and elegance. With its flagship boutique in Madrid, Spain, the brand has 600 points of sale in 50 countries (including Venezuela, France, United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago), with only three in the United States — all in South Florida — with additional distribution channels, including e-commerce. The Adolfo Domínguez brand designs, manufactures and distributes a broad range of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear products and accessories.

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THE AD MEN COLLECTION IS DESIGNED FOR THE “SOCIALLY AND ECOLOGICALLY AWARE” MAN WHO WEARS HIS CLOTHES LIKE A SECOND SKIN.

Domínguez reports that this season’s collection is abundant with artisanal and bohemian themes, with the vintage influence observable on items such as pants and tailored garments. Relaxed looks and deconstructed silhouettes once again become the epitome of the brand style.

Rejuvenated takes on 50s and 70s nostalgia make an appearance: knitted fabric tailoring with pinstripes and collarless shirts. Garments treading a stylish line between classic and casual for a relaxed yet well turned out look. Alpaca and merino wool garments are the heroes of the limited edition collections, while the sports look is gaining ground with super-lightweight garments crafted from technical fabrics and tiered items for a layered look.

The color palette journeys between icy shades (greys, indigo, nudes, sky blue and
white), and earthy and more intense hues (burgundies, khakis and navies). Black
appears in blocks, enhanced with textures.


THE EVOLUTION OF THE ADOLFO DOMÍNGUEZ BRAND

“The way we dress is a part of the person we show others. I studied Art and Film in Paris during the golden decade of the Beatles, the musical ‘Hair’ and that controversial month of May ‘68 dominated my experience. Meanwhile in Spain there was inflexibility everywhere; entire generations caught up in a web of corsets and fears. The rigid social order permeated every aspect of reality. Fashion exhibited collective values, not individual ones.

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On his return home to Spain, Domínguez said he worked hard to change the situation. “Crinkles and wrinkles all bear witness to the passage of time, the stories that we tell and those we do not,” he added. “Reluctantly, we wear the map of our lives etched upon our features. Clothing as a second skin. This honesty of our disposition inspired our early slogan ‘Wrinkles are beautiful’.”

The designers private pleasures include literature. “As a librarian, in my youth, I discovered the Classics and learnt to love literature. Thus my soft spot for books. My first novel, ‘Juan Griego’, a story that takes place in Buenos Aires, was published in1992. The film ‘La Moños’ came about from a script that moved me. It tells the true story of a magical woman living in Las Ramblas of Barcelona.”

The entrepreneur designer remains faithful to his aesthetic principles, to creating clothing with poetry. Adolfo Domínguez is still at the heart of the business, which has evolved and adapted to modern times with new lines to continue meeting its client’s desires. Over the years, the designer’s family has gradually become involved in this project. First, he was joined by his wife Elena González, creative director of Adolfo Dominguez Mujer. Then came his daughters Adriana and Tiziana Domínguez, Area Director for Perfumes and Creative Director for U by Adolfo Domínguez respectively. The latest family member to join the business was Valeria Domínguez, director of the online branch of the business.

Committed to being socially responsible, the company established a CSR policy in 2003.

It joined then Climate Project in 2007, adopted an Ecology Manifesto in 2008 and an animal wellbeing policy (PETA) in 2010, established the Adolfo Domínguez Foundation in 2011 and began manufacturing Green Me vegan accessories in 2012.

THE NEW ADOLFO DOMÍNGUEZ BOUTIQUE IN BOCA RATON IS LOCATED IN THE PALM COURT AT TOWN CENTER AT BOCA RATON AT 6000 GLADES ROAD, BOCA RATON, FLA. STORE HOURS ARE THE SAME AS TOWN CENTER, MONDAYS THROUGH SATURDAYS, 10 A.M. TO 9 P.M. AND SUNDAYS FROM 12 NOON TO 6 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL (561) 416-8919 OR VISIT WWW.ADOLFODOMINGUEZ.COM/EN-US IN ENGLISH AND WWW.ADOLFODOMINGUEZ.COM/ES-US IN SPANISH.

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STOP THE FADS

TAKE THESE 6 EVERYDAY SPICES TO TRANSFORM YOUR HEALTH

BY SHIVANI GUPTA, PH.D.

The “golden milk” fad—that has taken the Western world by storm—has both been good and not so good for consumers.

THE GOOD
As people are becoming more health conscious, they are trading in sugar and caffeine for healthier options to gain energy.

THE BAD
Many advertisers and companies are misinforming us about the proper uses and absorption of turmeric and healing herbs alike, which is a waste of our time and dollars.

Long before turmeric lattes hit the scene at our trendy neighborhood
cafés, our ancestors for centuries have used natural healing herbs in
their daily diets to promote health and treat common ailments.

Having grown up in an Indian household where herbal remedies trumped all else, I learned
that the magic of healing came from the science of life coupled with the understanding of what
our bodies truly need to function optimally.
And much of what our bodies need can be found right in our own kitchen.

TURMERIC

It’s no surprise turmeric is a staple in Indian cuisine, but this dynamic herb is also used for a myriad of healing benefits.

Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) is one of the most well-studied naturally occurring inhibitors of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2—which is known to promote the activity of carcinogens in the body and the survival of cancer cells through the growth of blood vessels.

In addition to being a powerful blocker of these toxic enzymes, the benefits of this Superherb also help our bodies clean up unstable oxygen molecules (free radicals) that can damage cells and cause diseases such as cancer.

From childhood through adulthood, I’ve experienced firsthand how powerful turmeric can be—helping with everything from relieving inflammation to weight loss.

Do: Take turmeric with black pepper or a healthy fat.

Hundreds of published studies tell us to consume turmeric with black pepper or a healthy fat (whole milk) for proper absorption and to activate the benefits of this spice.

Don’t: Fall for dubious turmeric and curcumin fads.

Stop wasting your time and money on turmeric or curcumin supplements that are absent of the Bioperine or black pepper extract needed for absorption. For example, taking skim milk lattes or nonfat almond milk with turmeric or adding fresh turmeric to your green juice without a pinch of black pepper are ineffective for proper absorption into the body.

BOSWELLIA

Boswellia is also known as Indian frankincense and has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its dual cooling and heating properties. Since healthy aging requires controlled levels of 5-LOX (an enzyme linked to degenerative diseases and health issues in aging individuals) in the blood, this Superherb is excellent for joint relief because it cools inflammation and also heats the body to improve circulation.

Boswellia can also be used for supporting you during asthma, fever, rheumatism and gastrointestinal issues.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon, a very common spice in the kitchen known for enhancing sweet and savory foods, is also used as an anti-inflammatory. This healing agent can relieve pain, detoxify the body, aid indigestion, lower cholesterol, and stimulate the heart.

I use cinnamon in my tea daily, I love it with black tea. In Ayurveda, cinnamon is thought to be a major digestive aid, stimulating intestinal tissue health and integrity. Cinnamon is credited with increasing agni (the digestive fire) and increasing circulation to the joints, also pushing toxins out of the system. Cinnamon has invigorating, warm, and penetrating properties.

Pair this Superherb with ginger or black pepper to improve its medicinal benefits.

ASHWAGANDHA
When I researched the healing benefits of Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng) during my Masters in Ayurvedic Studies, I was blown away. For centuries, empirical evidence has attested to the calming and antispasmodic properties of this Superherb—which is highly regarded by doctors around the world for its ability to nurture the nervous system and counteract anxiety and stress by promoting a calm state of mind.

Well-known in Ayurveda as a potent aphrodisiac, Ashwagandha can increase vitality and energy, improve endurance and stamina, and strengthen the immune system without stimulating the body’s reserves.

AMLA

Amla is also known as Indian gooseberry. Amla (one egg-sized fruit containing as much Vitamin C as eight lemons) is the highest natural source of Vitamin C. Also known to increase red blood cell count, Amla helps regulate blood sugar levels and improves eyesight, while also relieving inflammation of the stomach and colon. This Superherb balances agni (digestive fire), promotes energy and calms the mind, body, and immune system.

Indian Amla Chyavanprash (a jam that has a sweet, sour, and spicy taste) is taken daily in many Indian households as a health tonic and supplement to build immunity and has anti-aging properties.

FENUGREEK

Fenugreek, similar to clover, is used to relieve digestive issues and reduce inflammation. This Superherb, though commonly used in cooking, is also used for painful menstruation, menopause relief, and even for inducing childbirth. Fenugreek has been used as an Ayurvedic treatment for improving heart health and diabetes.Fenugreek seeds are rich sources of carbohydrates, proteins, Vitamin A and C, iron, calcium, and minerals.

Fenugreek can be used as whole seeds or ground. As with many other Ayurvedic spices, it is best to sauté whole or ground fenugreek in ghee before adding it to dishes.

Looking for additional ways to transform your health and to discover the myriad of benefits of using these Superherbs? Check out our article Meet Superherbs, The New Essentials For Your Medicine Cabinet or visit our blog at FusionaryFormulas.com.

Stop THE FADS
SHIVANI GUPTA, PH.D. ABD IN AYURVEDIC STUDIES, IS THE CEO OF FUSIONARY FORMULAS, AND AUTHOR OF THE CONSCIOUS PREGNANCY: A SPIRITUAL AND PRACTICAL APPROACH TO MAKING A ZEN BABY. A BORN ENTREPRENEUR, GUPTA HAS OWNED AND RUN SEVERAL SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES AND CO-FOUNDED AN ECO-CONSCIOUS BLOG WITH FAVORABLE REVIEWS FROM TOP CELEBRITIES, ACTRESSES, AND OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS. HER WORK IS FEATURED IN PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, USA TODAY, VANITY FAIR, AMERICAN BABY MAGAZINE, ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE, THE EXAMINER, AND SEVERAL OTHER MAJOR PUBLICATIONS WHERE SHE HAS GARNERED AUTHORITY AS A GREEN LIVING GURU. SHIVANI IS A CATALYST OF CONSCIOUS LIVING AND DEDICATES HER WORK EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO TRANSFORM THEIR HEALTH. FOLLOW HER ON FACEBOOK FOR DAILY HEALTH INSIGHTS THAT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE.

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CHIROPRACTIC IS FOR EVERYONE

PBWM TALKS WITH DR. MICHAEL SMATT

Your passion for chiropractic is overwhelming considering you have been in practice for 37 years. And you have treated me and many people I know for decades.

I feel like every day is my first day in practice. I’m always excited because I get to witness miracles everyday of my life. I started as a patient myself when I was thirteen suffering from ulcerative colitis. I was healthy after four months of chiropractic care and I have never had to receive medical care for that since. My wife, Dr. Lori Smatt is also a Chiropractor and gave birth to our three children naturally. Our children received a chiropractic adjustment right after the birth process and then as a way of life. I am blessed to have the knowledge that the body is a self-healing organism as long as it is not interfered with.

What does a chiropractor do?
A chiropractor detects and corrects subluxations of the spinal column by adjusting to remove the nerve interference allowing the normal healing process to occur. We reconnect the brain to the body through the specific, scientific chiropractic adjustment.

What is a subluxation?
A spinal bone or vertebra out of its normal position, interfering with the nerve messages flowing from the brain to the body. When should someone get checked for subluxation? Right after the birth process. It is easier to correct a subluxation when it first occurs.

How do I know I am healthy?
If you do not have any subluxations and the brain is in communication to all body parts along with proper diet, exercise, mental attitude and rest. What is the best kept secret in healthcare? The best-kept secret is that the body has the ability to heal.

Can I just take medicine to feel better?
You can, but that is not my choice. I suggest that you find the cause of the problem and correct it instead of treating the effect. When you take drugs, pushed or prescribed you are now off the hook to changing your ways. For example, if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol because you are overweight you then take medicine to reduce the blood pressure or lower the cholesterol. I think it would be better to take charge, lose the weight and lower the pressure or cholesterol naturally without the harmful side effects of the drugs.

I know you adjust children. But children are so fragile. Do you adjust their spine like you would an adult?
We adjust children with traditional non-force chiropractic techniques. It’s the same amount of pressure you can withstand by pressing on your eyeball. The sooner you remove the interference, the better.How often should a child be checked for subluxations?

We check the kids at birth, when they start crawling, when they start walking, after any minor fall or other injury, when they cry more than normal, when they can’t sleep, etc.

What’s your advice?
Get your spine checked for nerve interference, clear out the subluxation and reach your maximum potential mentally, physically and spiritually.


DR. SMATT APPEARED ON WOMAN’S DAY TELEVISION WITH PHYLLIS GEORGE AND FEATURED ON SEVERAL MAGAZINE COVERS WITH MARLA MAPLES TRUMP AND GLORIA STEINUM. DR. SMATT WAS ALSO APPOINTED CO-CHAIRMAN OF HEALTHCORPS, FOUNDER DR. MEHMET OZ. DR. MICHAEL SMATT ALSO PRACTICES IN NEW YORK CITY AND IS THE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF THE MADISON AVENUE CHIROPRACTIC CENTER LOCATED AT 295 MADISON AVENUE NEW YORK NY 10017. 212 684-5811 WE ALSO HAVE OFFICES AT 37 BEDFORD ROAD PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. 10570 914 769-0900 AND IN PALM BEACH COUNTY WE HAVE THE VIP CONCIERGE SERVICE FOR HOME CALLS. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT WWW.CHIROTIME.COM DR. SMATT CAN BE REACHED AT (917) 535-9338 FOR HOUSE CALLS IN FLORIDA.

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THE C-SUITE STYLE

THE LOOK OF SUCCESS

BY RENEE MARIE SMITH, ESQ.

College graduates receive fashion styling from their career guidance centers along with interview tips, job leads and relocation advice. Universities across the country realize that young women need to dress differently once leaving the classroom for the office life in order to be successful. I remember quite vividly a guidance counselor saying “Dress like you already work in the corner office from day one.” Clothes alone don’t make a woman successful but clothes make a silent statement that can make or break many business interactions. Think about the time you wore a cocktail dress to a gown event and you know what I mean. Nothing’s worse than being the one underdressed. Says more about you than your words will relay.

“Flatter your Fabulous…and focus on the fit! Your only fashion ideal should be you at your best! The secret to looking great is choosing clothes that look like they were designed around your body and wearing clothes that look like they were made for you”.
FIRST AND FOREMOST ADVICE FROM CELEBRITY STYLIST AND IMAGE CONSULTANT ELYSZE HELD (WWW.STYLEOUTOFTHECITY.COM)

I am in the boardroom now, having passed the corner office a decade ago, and I outgrew my career counselor’s suggestion, so now where do I look for my fashion advice? As women climb the corporate ladder, venture into the entrepreneur arena or transition back to the work force from raising kids to growing a paycheck, the C-Suite fashion information becomes less and less available. Good luck with the trendy magazine rack or Instagram feed. Few fashion magazines share relevant fashion advice on how a successful 40 to 65-year-old woman should dress in the boardroom. Fashion bloggers talk current trends and fashion shows not work place mojo. I look at social media and see the fashion that influential women are wearing and cringe. Ill fitting, un-polished or just plain boring. All which detracts from the woman.

AS COCO CHANEL SO FAMOUSLY SAID, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

Also, work place fashion rules have changed dramatically and continue to evolve at light speed as the internet changes how the traditional office operates. In the eighties, there was a running joke that as a woman, you wanted to dress how a man would dress if he was a woman. My 1987 internship suit had those crazy shoulder pads that made my body look like Herman Munster from the TV show.

My first job, post university, was at IBM in 1990. Women were not allowed to wear pants even with a jacket. A sleeveless dress was fine but if you wore pants, you would receive a memo from your boss. Oh, and I did.

In 1997 after passing the Florida bar exam, I was sent to the court house to cover a motion hearing. I learned more than law that day. One’s peers are a better fashion barometer than your mirror. It was my first lesson on fashion social pressure. I wore open toed pumps without pantyhose. You would have thought I showed up in sneakers from the 50 something lawyers’ disapproving looks.

The next evolution was “Casual Fridays” in 2001. A workplace fashion turning point much like what the industrial revolution was to farming. “All bets were off” in workplace dress codes. Formal workplace style rules were sent adrift causing such fashion chaos that coworkers wore everything from sweatshirts to sport coats resulting in numerous “fashion memos” outlining appropriate casual office attire. The Casual Friday revolutionized fashion reporting as well. Articles sprung up about casual style for the workplace and how wearing traditional suiting showed you were a style novice.

The 2017 C-Suite woman has weathered this fashion evolution while building a successful career. C-Suite women’s fashion is more important than ever because there are no set rules to get you through your fashion fatigue. So where does one turn for relevant styling suggestions? Where do we learn how to use our fashion dollars to invest in a wardrobe that telegraphs we are C-Suite status when walking in the room?

Like the women who’ve come before us, we share our secrets and so I’m sharing my coveted top fashion tips, learned through trial and error, for a successful C-Suite woman.

Dress successful, you earned it. If you wore the look to work in your twenties and are still wearing it, make sure it’s a basic and that you layer it with other more current trends. In the C-Suite you have the ability to pull off more fashion forward pieces, especially jewelry, so take advantage of this earned luxury

  • Smooth Look. If you look in the mirror and you see undergarment lines, buy Spanx. Nothing detracts more from your visual appearance than underwear lines or bra straps. Your work efforts are wasted if a coworker thinks more about your La Perla than your business acumen.
  • Wear clothes that fit. This means not just too tight but also too baggy. Too tight is distracting, Too baggy looks sloppy. Both mean you haven’t invested time in your most valuable asset, PRESENCE. Trust me, if you made it to the C-Suite you have presence. You got to the top office by learning to pick your battles and stand your ground more than a few times to make an impact. So, if you took time to spellcheck you PowerPoint presentation for the new multimillion dollar client, invest time to make sure what you put on fits.
  • Know your audience and look the part you are there to play. I attended an education day in New York City for C-Suite women who wanted to apply for open board seats and meet recruiters. I planned my attire, with accessories, when I RSVP’d. I wanted to make sure my time investment was maximized and knew my wardrobe needed to match. I researched our speakers and planned my styling accordingly. I was shocked at what fellow attendees wore. They looked like it was either a day off or were applying for an entry level position. The female panel members were women who were there to meet new board members and were running Fortune 500 companies. Unfortunately, few looked like they could step into a boardroom. C-Suite women know that in every encounter they have a message to deliver and a role to play in their career. Make sure your “costume” matches.
  • Buy with a plan. We all impulse buy. No problem with that. Just don’t impulse wear it. C-Suite women plan their casual wardrobe, business attire and formal garments. They calendar style when they calendar events. Know what your closet is missing and fill in the holes. Ask yourself questions like: is my closet filled with basics that need some pizazz, do I have casual clothes that in a retreat setting still make me look polished, or what is that “get it done” gown for that last minute fundraiser. If you spend more time furnishing your living room than your dressing room, you need to get a fashion plan.
  • Get help. You don’t fix you own car, your assistant handles your schedule and you have a trainer maybe even a nutritionist. So hire a stylist. Maybe just for that event, to review your closet or to talk about your concerns with your wardrobe transition but hire a professional to give you unbiased advice. Trust me. The dress might be nice when you look in the mirror but from behind its unfaltering and you need an objective voice to tell you. A stylist will support your choice to be bold and wear a red jacket to that power lunch with a new client. To all C-Suite authors, please accessorize for that cover photo. I recently saw the book cover for one of the United States’ top female executives. Her clothes said nothing about how smart she is, what she accomplished or what she could share with the reader and I bet $100 dollars that she didn’t hire a stylist because nothing about that cover said she ran a multibillion-dollar company.

“The secret of professional women who always look so put together? … Stylists.” — STYLISTS AREN’T JUST FOR CELEBRITIES ANYMORE FORBES MAGAZINE, JUNE 2009

I start my meetings when I walk in the room, no words needed but my style announces that with me there, we are ready to begin. For the C-Suite woman, styling is much more than getting dressed for the office or fitting in. C-Suite style is about showing your intelligence by how you have designed your presence for impact. C-Suite style is about running a meeting in your jeans and turtleneck because your power necklace says you are the one to be reckoned with. C-Suite style sums up 20 to 30 years of consistently investing in your career and everyone knows it because your style speaks even when you don’t want to.

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FAST FIT WITH 5

Christine King, Founder and CEO of YourBestFit created this simple workout which can be done anywhere, making perfect for busy people on the go! YourBestFit suggests 10 reps of each exercise every other day. One set of these five movements takes only 90 seconds to complete and works the entire body. Imagine if you had only FIVE minutes…you’d complete three circuits! Set your alarm two minutes earlier in the morning and boom, one circuit done! Close your office door for 90 seconds and complete another one, finally finish off the day with one more right before brushing your teeth! As you progress, add 2-3 reps per week and watch your body transform!


SQUAT
BACK STRAIGHT, BUTTOCKS BACK, HEELS DOWN, KNEES NOT TO MOVE FORWARD OF SHOELACES.
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BRIDGE
BACK FLAT TO GROUND, RAISE HIPS, SQUEEZE BUTTOCKS, PULL IN ABDOMINALS, RETURN TO STARTING POSITION.
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ALTERNATING LUNGE
BACK STRAIGHT, FRONT KNEE DOES NOT MOVE FORWARD OF ANKLE, BACK KNEE DROPS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT TOUCHING FLOOR, STEP BACK TO STARTING POSITION.

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PUSH-UP
VERSION 1 (ADVANCED): BACK STRAIGHT, ABDOMINALS IN, HANDS SHOULDER WIDTH APART, LOWER ENTIRE BODY AS FAR AS YOU CAN, THEN PUSH BACK UP. VERSION 2 (BEGINNER): ON KNEES, THEN FOLLOW SAME CUES ABOVE.

BICYCLE
BACK FLAT, HANDS BEHIND HEAD, ELBOWS STAY OPEN, OPPOSITE SHOULDER TO KNEE, ENGAGE ABDOMINALS, ALTERNATE LEG AS LOW AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT TOUCHING FLOOR.
Precautions:
Please consult your physician before beginning any type of exercise program. If any movement causes discomfort do not proceed. Always begin exercises slowly and reps cautiously.

FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH — CHRISTINE KING

Christine King experienced a life-changing incident in July of 1996, when a traumatic Jet Ski accident left her with a broken back. Pulled from the water, Christine repeatedly said “I cannot feel my legs,” and knew she would never walk again. Six months prior to this terrible accident, she was in vigorous training for the Miss Fitness USA Contest. Injuries included an explosion of Christine’s lower lumbar vertebrae. Doctors were unable to say whether she would ever walk again. During emergency surgery, bone was taken from her hip to replace what had burst, and two rods, four pins and a cross bar were inserted to hold her back together. Post surgery, doctors announced the operation was a success. Although her back was repaired, they were still unsure of the amount of nerve damage and internal injuries. They still couldn’t say whether or not Christine would walk again, however, they did say she didn’t die due to her level of physical fitness before the accident.

“Christine King and her staff are knowledgeable, professional and caring. I have trained three times a week for seven years with excellent results. They have helped strengthen my bad back and legs to alleviate chronic pain giving me mobility, balance and the ability to function on a higher level. — KARI S., CLIENT

As Christine lay in her hospital bed with little movement in her legs, the doctor’s positive comments convinced her that she would walk again. During her rigorous rehabilitation, she started to begin feeling in her legs and began the slow process of learning how to stand with a walker, eventually taking her first steps. “After the realization of how important it was to be fit, I decided to dedicate my life to helping others in this endeavor.”

“My strength has improved and my balance has gotten better, and you have shown me the path to continue with my workouts. Thank you for helping me regain some confidence in my abilities.” — BILL B., CLIENT

During her rehabilitation, Christine also studied for and became nationally certified by the American Council on Exercise, and achieved the Post-Rehabilitative and Medical Exercise Specialist designation from the American Academy of Health Fitness and Rehab Professionals. These certifications combined with her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from Rhode Island College, prompted Christine to change her career full time to educating people worldwide about the importance of developing healthier lifestyles – and YourBestFit was founded.

During her rehabilitation, Christine also studied for and became nationally certified by the American Council on Exercise, and achieved the Post-Rehabilitative and Medical Exercise Specialist designation from the American Academy of Health Fitness and Rehab Professionals. These certifications combined with her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from Rhode Island College, prompted Christine to change her career full time to educating people worldwide about the importance of developing healthier lifestyles – and YourBestFit was founded.The health and wellness company is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing fitness, nutrition, massage therapy, wellness and design & management services for individuals, private clubs, luxury communities, and corporations. “Our team is comprised of highly skilled certified fitness, rehabilitation, medical exercise, and degreed wellness and massage therapy professionals committed to providing clients and facilities with what’s been missing in the past – visible results, “ said Christine.

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MODERNIZING THE FUTURE

WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY

BY KAREN O’BYRNE, CHIEF FINANCIAL & OPERATING OFFICER AT MODERNIZING MEDICINE ®

According to the US Census Bureau, women make up 59 percent of the US labor force and almost 51 percent of the US population. And in most industries, women make up roughly half of all entry-level jobs. Yet only 37 percent of entry-level workers in technology companies are women, and the percentage of women who work for leading US technology companies like Twitter and Facebook is only 30 percent. If you continue to break down the numbers, women in technical positions and leadership roles represent only 16 and 23 percent of the workforce, respectively. While these statistics may seem grim, they also expose tremendous untapped opportunities and room for growth.

The underrepresentation of females and female leaders in the workplace, specifically in the technology sector, is certainly not because women are incapable. There are a number of well researched reasons for the gender disparity in the tech industry which include pipeline, unconscious bias, balance of work and family and many others. Many leading tech companies are tackling these challenges with programs specifically designed to achieve more diversity in their workforce. Modernizing Medicine is among those companies making a clear and deliberate commitment to gender diversity in our workforce and in our community. We believe that through investment in education, community and in our own corporate programs, we can not only maintain that critical balance in our own organization, but also empower women in general with the confidence and skills needed to thrive and grow as contributors in the tech community.

INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

There is such an incredible pool of talent here in the South Florida community, sometimes referred to as ‘Silicon Beach’ for the tech talent and opportunities it holds. There’s always more that can be done to tap into that talent, foster it and keep it here in our community.
After decades of commitment to investing in curriculum reform and efforts to promote girls’ interest in STEM studies, we’ve seen some improvement. According to a report from the organization Girls Who Code, 74 percent of young girls express an interest in STEM education. However, there’s a disconnect that happens when they pursue their degrees and careers. They found that only 18 percent of undergraduate computer science degrees and 26 percent of computing jobs are held by women (TechCrunch.com). Additionally, when women come into the technology workforce, they tend to leave these positions earlier and in more numbers than their male counterparts. Why is there this disconnect and how can we close this gap?

Research points to lack of support, cultural bias within the workforce and societal pressures of balancing work and family.

Taking the time and effort to invest in education and awareness is key. Modernizing Medicine supports the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education at Palm Beach State College with awareness events throughout the year. We also offer robust internship programs to students with both technical and non-technical career interests. Through these programs, we showcase the many opportunities that are available within our organization. As a company we also expose interns to our culture of inclusion, and connect them with employees, particularly women, across the organization who are forging paths ahead of them. We hold panels on issues that young women confront in the workplace in general, and especially in technology, where our experienced leaders (both men and women) share stories about how they might have faced and overcome similar challenges.

CORPORATE INVESTMENT IN WOMEN
At Modernizing Medicine, there are various initiatives that help define our company’s innovative employee culture, many of those include catering to and fostering the potential of our talented women. Modernizing Medicine’s Women in Innovation and Technology (MMwit) is a community of women (and men too!) with a mission to develop and enable women in Modernizing Medicine to lead and innovate. It is a program that has blossomed over the past two years with a growing membership base, increased number of organized events and various leadership opportunities. The group brings together a cross-section of women from all departments each with different skills sets, experience levels and interests. It’s a cohesive organization that unifies different groups within our company with a shared mission. It provides an opportunity for those involved to get out of their comfort zone to take on roles and learn skills that are different from their day to day tasks, and that helps develop our internal talent. From internal company events, to events that support our community, MMwit provides leadership opportunities that help the women in our workforce develop confidence, collaboration skills and initiative.

INVESTMENT IN THE COMMUNITY
It speaks volumes when a company invests in their people to make an impact both within their company and outside of their office walls. Our MMwit group supports PACE Center for Girls, an organization that helps at-risk girls in school. Our successful women have had opportunities to impact and influence the girls in this program through career days, hour of code and job shadowing. MMwit has also supported the Dress for Success program, raising both money and awareness to help women gain professional employment. Our female leaders participate in South Florida Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday event every year, helping to engage with and mentor other women professionals in our community. We speak on community panels, participate in local leadership programs and take active roles in countless other community activities aimed at raising awareness and improving gender balance in technology and in all organizations. It’s a chain reaction of positivity and mentorship. When we help engage and foster development with our team, they are then able to pass on their experiences to help transform other women when they need it most.

A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE
What do you think of when someone says they work at a technology company? Maybe you assume that they are on the IT or product development teams or are coding software. While that certainly may be accurate, there are other roles that are vital contributors to the growth and health of technology organizations. Sales, finance, marketing and accounting roles, for example, are all in high demand for these organizations as the technology industry grows. So before you think that you don’t possess the skills to work for a technology company, I encourage you to reconsider that thought.
I see a bright future ahead for women in the workforce, specifically in technology-based companies. There is a groundswell happening in the technology world, with not only wide recognition about gender disparity, but also deliberate action. Modernizing Medicine is committed to motivate and encourage women to seek out technology roles in any organization, as well as non-technical roles within technology organizations. We are also committed as technology leaders in our community to foster and support growth for women who are already in the tech workforce. The opportunities are plenty. As Sheryl Sandberg said, “Technology is an agent of change — a force that shifts the way we live for the better. Today, all women need tech. And tech needs women.”

IN HER ROLE AT MODERNIZING MEDICINE, KAREN OVERSEES ALL FINANCIAL, HUMAN RESOURCES AND OPERATIONS FOR MODERNIZING MEDICINE, AND FOCUSES ON CORPORATE STRATEGY AND PLANNING. MODERNIZING MEDICINE IS AN AWARD-WINNING HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY AND IS HEADQUARTERED IN THE RESEARCH PARK AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY. KAREN BRINGS MORE THAN TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF FINANCIAL, ACCOUNTING AND OPERATIONAL EXPERIENCE TO MODERNIZING MEDICINE. SHE HAS BROAD FINANCIAL EXPERIENCE IN TECHNOLOGY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE, B2C TECHNOLOGY, SYSTEMS INTEGRATION, WEB HOSTING AND MANAGED SERVICES. SHE IS STRATEGICALLY MINDED WITH A PROVEN RECORD OF DRIVING PROFIT IMPROVEMENT, LEADING BUSINESS GROWTH, ESTABLISHING AND SCALING OPERATIONS AND BUILDING OPERATIONALLY-FOCUSED TEAMS. PRIOR TO MODERNIZING MEDICINE, KAREN SERVED AS THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR CAMPUS MANAGEMENT CORP, A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY THAT PROVIDES POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS WITH ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACADEMIC SOLUTIONS. KAREN ALSO SERVED AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS PLANNING AND FINANCE FOR VERIO, INC., AN NTT AMERICA COMPANY THAT PROVIDES GLOBAL WEB HOSTING AND MANAGED SERVICES. KAREN BEGAN HER CAREER IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING WITH NINE YEARS OF ADVISORY AND ATTESTATION MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE SERVING BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATELY-HELD COMPANIES ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF INDUSTRIES. KAREN IS A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT AND A CERTIFIED GLOBAL MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT. SHE HOLDS AN MBA WITH HONORS AND A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING, BOTH FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA.

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FEMALE FANS BEHIND BOCA RATON BOWL

RALLY YEAR ‘ROUND FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY’S VERY OWN COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME

BY BONNIE KAYE

BOCA RATON BOWL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND COMMUNITY CAPTAINS

STANDING FROM LEFT: BETH JOHNSTON, SUE DIENER, ANN RUTHERFORD, CONSTANCE SCOTT,CAROLYN KELLY, BARB SCHMIDT, SUSAN HAYNIE, SUSAN WHELCHEL, KELLY SMALLRIDGE, DAWN ZOOK, JESSICA DEL VECCHIO, MICHELE BELLISARI, ANDREA O’ROUKE, ILEANA OLMSTEAD, DYANA KENNEY,DEBI FEILER KNEELING FROM LEFT: ROXANA SCAFFIDI, MARY SOL GONZALEZ, ROSIE MARTIN, BONNIE KAYE, JACKIE REEVES, INGRID FULMER, LINDA PATON

Some lead county and city government and agency engagement, while others serve on the Boca Raton Bowl Executive Committee and as Boca Raton Bowl Community Captains. Some hail from large and small businesses in a wide range of industries, economic development boards, chambers of commerce, foundations, homeowners associations, universities, recreation and community centers and a group of volunteer corps and nonprofits. And as diverse as they are,they come together united in vision and mission: growing the Boca Raton Bowl reach, experience and engagement more each year while increasing awareness and support for its charity partner Spirit of Giving (serving the needs of 60+ nonprofits) and organization’s annual holiday gift drive.

HOW DO THESE WOMEN ROLL?
They partner with retailers for tailgate-themed fashion shows and events; set up bowl presentations to organizations, associations and companies; tap top chefs to serve up their best recipes for sampling at the Bowl’s Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase & College Spirit Night event and work with tourism, sports and recreation officials to promote the televised destination event. They include Bowl presence within company conversations and activities; sign up to be on bowl team welcome, band and pep rally committees; serve as hosts to visiting conference officials and recruit volunteers. But their biggest role, as they see it, is serving as ambassadors representing County and City of Boca when the teams and their fans arrive.

WHY ALL THE FUSS AND FOOTBALL BOWL FEVER? THE IMPACT IS EXPONENTIAL!
As Palm Beach County’s newest holiday-timed tradition, the Boca Raton Bowl is all about showcasing all we as residents and employers enjoy 24/7/365. It is when we roll out the warmest welcome mat and boast our ‘hometown’ pride live on ESPN from a filled.

FAU Stadium. It’s when we tailgate with zest, celebrate a favorite American pastime ‘right in our own backyard’ with family, friends and colleagues.

The postseason college football bowl game that first touched down at FAU Stadium in 2014 is one of only 41 bowl games in the US and the only one in Palm Beach County. As enjoyed by other communities that are fortunate to be tapped to host coveted bowl games, the spotlight brings to Palm Beach County all the traditional pomp and circumstance and team competition that makes game week an exciting and genuinely fun, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike.

Dubbed “Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party”, the ESPN-owned Boca Raton Bowl annually matches up the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Conference USA and American Athletic Conference (AAC) televised throughout the U.S. as well as international affiliates in South America, the Caribbean, Australia and Europe.

Last year’s game drew stadium attendance of 25,908 (with approximately two thirds being local) and received a 1.5 U.S. household rating, generating more than 2.5 million viewers who saw promotional commercials on both Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission conservatively estimates it generated a direct local economic impact of over $10.4 million, supported 3,650 jobs and generated more than 7,680 hotel room rentals in Palm Beach County with more than 8,000 out-of-state visitors. In addition, each year, the bowl brings about 500 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and support staff to visit and draw thousands of alumni and fans from the two participating schools who return as Palm Beach County fans sharing the features, advantages and benefits of living, working, playing, learning and vacationing here.

WHAT EXCITES THESE WOMEN THE MOST ABOUT THE BOCA RATON BOWL?

SUSAN HAYNIE
Mayor, City of Boca Raton
Boca Raton Bowl Executive Committee Member
“When I see a stadium filled with residents and visitors I am filled with civic excitement, appreciation and pride knowing so many in our city and county worked together year ‘round to put us on the coveted nationally televised college bowl map. Each year we get to introduce two visiting teams, their fans and the television audience to all that is good about our city and county — from our warm hospitality, beautiful parks, pristine beaches, state-of-the-art sports facilities, businesses to our diverse hotels, dining, shopping and entertainment that awaits them.”

VERDENIA BAKER
County Administrator, Palm Beach County
Boca Raton Bowl Executive Committee Member
“What I find most exciting about the Boca Raton Bowl is its amazing growth. This is our third year of a six-year contract and this event has yielded the return on our investment that we expected. I know that the Boca Raton Bowl will continue exceed our wildest expectations! Go Boca Bowl!”

SUSAN WHELCHEL
Former Mayor of Boca Raton
Instrumental in bringing the Boca Raton Bowl game to the City
“From the moment that Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams and I met with ESPN and learned of its bowl plans for FAU stadium, we knew it was both a perfect fit and an resonating opportunity. It is truly an ideal way to introduce and brag on our county and the City of Boca Raton to millions of viewers, thousands filling the stadium to cheer on the visiting teams while adding to our festive holiday programming traditions for residents and visitors. Having Spirit of Giving as its charitable partner, helps share even more holiday magic for so many children in our community.”

BARB SCHMIDT
Founder, Zen Sports
Boca Raton Bowl Executive Committee Member
“When the possibility of a national bowl game being played in Palm Beach County at FAU’s beautiful stadium came to my attention, I was ‘all in’ and it has been most exciting watching the enthusiasm build in our community and beyond. As a sports fan and mindfulness coach I am always excited to meet the teams that are fortunate to be selected for the Boca Raton Bowl.”

KELLY SMALLRIDGE
President & CEO, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Boca Raton Bowl Executive Committee Member
“The Boca Raton Bowl brings such excitement and energy to our county for months leading up to the actual game among residents, business, education and government leaders. It shines a bright national spotlight on the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County as one of the best places to live, work,learn, play and visit. It is our three-hour window to entice millions of viewers to come to visit, live or do business. We love this event and look forward to it every year.”

CAROLYN KELLY
First Lady, Florida Atlantic University
“Each year our FAU Family is so excited to welcome so many new people onto our beautiful campus and into our incredible stadium.”

CONSTANCE J. SCOTT
Director of Local Relations, Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton Bowl Executive Committee Member
“Love that the Boca Raton Bowl is primetime televised commercial for Boca Raton and Florida Atlantic University, showcasing our wonderful city, the great University campus and stadium. The exposure for business and student recruitment is amazing.”

BONNIE S. KAYE
President and Chief Strategist, Kaye Communications, Inc.
Boca Raton Bowl Executive Committee Member
“The Boca Raton Bowl ‘literally’ drives home the saying: “Good things happen when good people get together.” The ‘up close and personal’ engagement and access to bowl experiences make for great memories as the Boca Raton Bowl now presents residents and visitors with ‘Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party’. This Miami native grew up in a coveted college bowl city and remembers the exhilaration, pride and memory- making as a young child and teen that now is can be enjoyed during the holidays by those living, working, playing, learning and visiting in Palm Beach County.”

SUE DIENER
Executive Director, Spirit of Giving, Boca Raton Bowl’s Charity Partner
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“I love being a part of an event that not only brings our community together for some spirited football fun, but also on game night generously hosts so many of our area nonprofits and the families that they serve!”

JACKIE REEVES
AIF® PPCTM, Managing Director, Bell Rock Capital, LLC
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“I grew up watching BOWL games and I always thought that it would be so awesome to have that in my city! Having a BOWL GAME provides fantastic exposure to FAU & Boca Raton. My family and I love coming early to tailgate and check out the games, giveaways and more in the active midway area, including the pre-game battle of the college team bands and the great cheerleader performances.”

INGRID A. FULMER
Senior Leasing Advisor – Office Leasing, Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“The boca raton bowl gives us an opportunity to show off our beautiful city to the rest of the nation. what excites me that day is to see how the entire community joins together in this amazing world-class stadium to celebrate and enjoy the game.”

BETH JOHNSTON
Senior Manager Market Development,Florida Blue
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“For me, I most excited about the camaraderie that is created by uniting all parts of Palm Beach County — all ages, cultures, business clusters and people in general. It’s the one time per year there are no divisions and everyone comes together for the greater good.”

LINDA PATON
Regional Sales Director, Maui Jim
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“The Boca Bowl is a Community party where a football game breaks out! I love that we all come together and help cheer on our home team each year by attending the events that lead up to the “Bowl Game”- from the golf outing to the Great Chef’s Tailgate to the pep rally!

FROM LEFT: ANN RUTHERFORD, BONNIE KAYE, CONSTANCE SCOTT, KELLY SMALLRIDGE, PALM BEACH COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR VERDENIA C. BAKER, BOCA RATON MAYOR SUSAN HAYNIE, SUSAN WHELCHEL, BARB SCHMIDT

ROXANA SCAFFIDI
CEO / Adviser, FL – Accounting and Advisers
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“All football fans have the chance to make the Boca Raton Bowl at FAU, a special annual family event. It not only gives great exposure to Boca Raton, it generates income to the local economy.”

ROSIE INGUANZO-MARTIN
CEO, Allegiance Home Health
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“As a Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain I am excited to welcome all of those representing the two participating universities and introducing them to our awesome city! As a community we have been warming up prior to their arrival with spirited bowl lead-in events that continue into the bowl week full of family-friendly memory-making activities. As the owner of a local business, I also love to see the positive economic impact generated by the Boca Raton Bowl.”

DYANA KENNEY
Executive Vice President/Leasing, Penn-Florida Realty Corp.
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“As a long-term Boca Raton resident, I am most excited that the ESPN Boca Raton Bowl is right in our own backyard. With so many great reasons to live, work and play in Boca Raton, this event is one more exciting reason of why Boca has so much to offer. Plus, I like the tailgate party!”

JESSICA DEL VECCHIO
Economic Development Manager, City of Boca Raton
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“Last year, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission conducted an economic impact analysis of the bowl game and found it had an impact of $10.4 million; so I’m most excited to see all the fans enjoying themselves at the game and throughout our city – knowing the financial benefit it will have on our local economy.”

KAREN KRUMHOLTZ
Executive Director, Schmidt Family Foundation
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“What fun it has been since ESPN brought the Boca Raton Bowl to town! Just in its third year, it is hard to imagine my holiday season without volunteering before and at the game. As a lifelong resident of Boca Raton, I get excited when the visiting teams and fans fall in love with our area.”

DEBI FEILER
Vice President of Program Services
The George Snow Scholarship Fund
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“The Boca Raton Bowl marries two of my favorite pastimes: cheering for football … and our hometown. The lead-in events and game day itself bring together so our community assets in spirited unity during our active time-honored holiday festivities.”


DAWN A. ZOOK

Dawn Alford Zook, Private Investigations LLC
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“As a 57-year native of Boca Raton it is fabulous for our city to be known as a ‘football town’ because of the Boca Bowl! Not only does the Bowl and the exciting off-the-chart events leading up to the Boca Bowl bring excitement to our beautiful community, but joins our community together as we show the rest of the country what an unbelievable stadium we have at my alma mater Florida Atlantic University!”

ILEANA OLMSTED
Downtown Marketing Coordinator, City of Boca Raton
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“What most excites me about the Boca Raton Bowl is the enthusiasm and community spirit it brings to our Downtown Boca – from residents, to business owners and visitors passing through – everyone feels it!”

ANDREA LEVINE O’ROURKE
President, Creative Services
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“The Boca Raton Bowl…It’s a Win-Win-Win- Win-Win for the City of Boca, FAU, the economy, goodwill and good times!”

MARYSOL GONZALEZ
Owner, Image 360
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“I love that so many from other countries, not just the U.S, get to see all we have to offer in our City. The hours-long commercial, televised live from FAU Stadium, is brilliant brand booster for Boca Raton and FAU.”

MICHELE BELLISARI
The Bellisari Group/ReMax Services
Boca Raton Bowl Community Captain
“College football is a huge part of the Bellisari family dynamic! I know the awareness that the Boca Raton Bowl generates throughout the country is a gift to a Palm Beach County residential Realtor like me. Nationally showcasing beautiful Boca Raton and greater Palm Beach County as a much-desired, high-profile sports and recreation destination, an engaged community, a college town, a ‘giving’ city and economic driver makes the phone ring.”

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ANGEL OF HOPE NOMINEES

PRESENTED BY PLACE OF HOPE AT THE LEIGHAN AND DAVID RINKER CAMPUS

Located in Boca Raton and founded in 2013, Place of Hope at The Leighan and David Rinker Campus provides family-style foster care for sibling groups and other “hard-to-place” foster children, shortterm emergency care, support and assessment services, transitional residential support for aged-out or otherwise homeless youth. With their expansion into southern Palm Beach County, the Place of Hope team had to generate awareness in the area.

The result was Angel Moms, a volunteer corps of women working to raise awareness and support, who serve the needs of the foster children and youth cared for by Place of Hope.

Each year, Place of Hope selects an Angel of Hope who exemplifies the three branches of the Angel Moms mission statement. Meet the nominees for this this year’s award, who have dedicated their time to ensure that those who call Place of Hope “home” feel loved and valued.

ANGEL OF HOPE NOMINEES

TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: PAMELA ROULAN, IVANA MONTAGUE, CO CHAIR ANDREA REID,
CO CHAIR KELLY WOODS FLEMING, SUNG KNOWLES, SHARI PARSON,
LISA MCDULIN/DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT, PLACE OF HOPE RINKER CAMPUS.
BOTTOM ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: LYNDA LEVITSKY, KAREN LADRACH, MARIA FIFE, MARCI BUTTERS,
SARAH MARTIN, MARY BETH TATE, BONNIE JUDSON, SUE HELLER

AND THE NOMINEES ARE…


AWARENESS

Andrea ReidAndrea Reid of Boca Raton, 2016 Angel Moms President
One visit to the campus at Place of Hope (Boca Raton Campus) was instant inspiration. Seeing the kids and knowing that they do not have moms with them on a daily basis seemed like such a necessary call to action for me. I love seeing the kids enjoy experiences that I can easily afford my children, but which are precious events to them.
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? 3 years
Q: What’s your profession? Marital and Family Law Attorney for Isaacs and Reid law firm of Boca Raton.

Karyn TurkKaryn Turk of Wellington, Community Relations Chair, Angel Mom Leadership Board
I was inspired to become an Angel Mom because as an adopted child, I realized the opportunity that we all have to impact these children. Seeing the campus and the tangible results produced at Place of Hope made me want to be involved. What I find most fulfilling about the volunteer work I do for Place of Hope is knowing that every child that comes to Place of Hope leaves with the hope of a better future.
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? 3 years
Q: What’s your profession? I am currently Mrs. Florida U.S. Continental 2016; I work as a news correspondent and multi-media spokesperson.

Melissa bonarosMelissa Bonaros of Boca Raton, Enrichment Program Chair, Angel Mom Leadership Board
I was raised in a family where my parents and grandparents contributed to their community by volunteering or being part of charitable organizations. It naturally instilled a sense of responsibility to give back. I was reminded of how important giving back is as I watched my husband become involved in Boca Raton. I wanted my children to see both parents helping others just like I witnessed growing up. Place of Hope intrigued me by the example set forth by their leadership team and the servant spirit put into helping children. What I find most fulfilling about the volunteer work I do for Place of Hope is how I can set the example for my 3 young children, who often volunteer alongside me. They understand what Place of Hope is about and we are growing with them as a family.
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? Since September 2014.
Q: What’s your profession? I own a health and wellness practice called MPB Sports & Rehabilitation, rooted in clinical rehabilitation, and I have been established since 2010. I provide sports specific rehabilitation and private health coaching/consultation services.


SERVICE
Dorinda Bagwell

Dorinda Bagwell of Delray Beach
I’m a firm believer that kids need a stable foundation, loving environment and a good home. It sets them up to best deal with everything in their lives ahead. I have four kids of my own, who were raised in a good environment, and I want to do what I can to help others grow up in a good environment. Place of Hope offers me a location where I can play a role to help add value to these young lives. The work is very real; you get to see the results of your labor. I think the organization is critical and truly making an impact, and it takes volunteers, in addition to paid staff, to make this all happen. My own children have started to get involved in it, and they can also see how real the model is and how it helps.
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? 3 years
Q: What’s your profession? I used to teach pre-school in the various places we lived and was also a substitute teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in downtown Delray Beach.

Mary Kaub
Mary Kaub of Boca Raton/Delray Beach
I am one of the original Angel Moms. I have a passion for gardening, so when the campus remodeling started, Dorinda and I took on the job of designing the patio areas. My husband Fred and I were mentors for The Haven, so when Place of Hope asked for help, I immediately said yes. I feel children are our future and every child should have the chance to succeed and feel loved. My biggest fulfillment when volunteering with the children is the sound of laughter and seeing a smile on the faces of the children living there.
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? 4 years
Q: What’s your profession? I am a retired preschool/kindergarten teacher and co-owner of a woman-owned company, Geologistics, Inc.

Shari Parson
Shari Parson of Parkland
My husband and I were looking to volunteer with children. I called and asked if we could make dinner for the kids and sit with them to get to know them. We felt it was important to be a consistent, positive presence so we committed to weekly dinners with the Genesis Cottage boys. As I learned more, the more I wanted to get involved. What I find most fulfilling about the volunteer work I do for Place of Hope is spending time with the kids, seeing them acclimate and learning who they are. We try to make our dinners together special and memorable, especially during holidays. We’ve shared corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day, tacos on Cinco de Mayo, traditional turkey on Thanksgiving, to name a few. There is nothing more rewarding than making a difference in a child’s life.
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? One year
Q: What’s your profession? I am one of the Directors at a local summer camp, Eagles Landing and the Night Owls. This will be my 20th summer.

Sue Mochtak Heller
Sue Mochtak Heller of Boca Raton
I was inspired to become an Angel Mom after attending several functions with my husband’s Rotary Club of Boca Raton. Seeing the facility, knowing the great work being done to help the kids and learning how I could help encouraged me to get involved. It is truly a place of hope and opportunity for these young people who have faced such challenge in their lives. It is a joy sharing my art background with the children, where we both benefit from creative expression and they build self-esteem. I love to see the children smiling and their pride in their accomplishments!
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? I have been involved for several years, but made myself “official” in 2016.
Q: What’s your profession? I am a retired art educator/artist with more than 35 years of experience in the public school system, as well as a co-owner of an art gallery, Gallery 22
International in Boca Raton, with my husband,artist Yaacov Heller.


SUPPORT

Bonnie Boroian
Bonnie Boroian of Highland Beach, Membership Development, Angel Mom Leadership Board and 2016 Hope Bash Boca Co-chair
As soon as I heard that foster children would be living on what had been The Haven Campus, I wanted to become involved with Place of Hope. Joining Angel Moms was the perfect stepping stone to becoming involved with helping the children. What I find most fulfilling about the volunteer work I do for Place of Hope is a combination of being a part of raising critical funds for expenses for the children and seeing the smiles on their faces when Angel Moms have special events, like the Christmas party.
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? 3 1/2 years
Q: What’s your profession? Founder and CEO of Blissfully Better, an innovative confectioner that uses a low glycemic sweetener and healthier ingredients in its products.

Jeannine Morris
Jeannine Morris of Highland Beach, Mentoring Program Chair, Angel Mom Leadership Board and 2016 Hope Bash Boca Co-chair
The heart-rending circumstances of the children served by Place of Hope inspired me to join Angel Moms. These children are victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect and as a result, endure extremely challenging childhoods. Angel Moms help create experiences for the kids to show them support, encouragement, and kindness. It is a privilege to become involved in their lives, to show them care and respect, and to encourage them to place hope in their futures. I have most enjoyed getting to know the young women on campus who have “aged-out” of the foster care system. It is fulfilling to get to know them and guide them at such an important point in their lives. I remain actively involved, by doing such things as conducting bible study, attending church, celebrating birthdays or simply having lunch or dinner with them. My husband and I find it incredibly fulfilling to serve as foster parents providing respite care to children from birth to two years of age. We became licensed foster parents through a program at Place of Hope and enjoy being able to serve when needed.
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? 4 years
Q: What’s your profession? After having worked in Investment Services for over 20 years, I have been retired for the last decade.

Maria Fife
Maria Fife of Boca Raton
Four years ago I was at Place of Hope at the Leighan and David Rinker Campus; met Lisa McDulin, who had just started; and heard her vision of what was going to happen. I went to the Paxson campus in Palm Beach Gardens for a tour and saw what was already accomplished, the kids being served and the commitment of everyone involved. Lisa mentioned starting Angel Moms and I was in! It’s hard to say what the most fulfilling part of being involved is. I see how the kids come in, scared, broken, and then the transformation that follows. They start to feel loved, cared for and cared about, joyful and hopeful. One day, a boy arrived in the middle of the night. I was there volunteering the next morning and I watched the older boys comfort him and make him breakfast to let him know he was safe. It was astonishing to witness.
Q: How many years have you been an Angel Mom? 4 years
Q: What’s your profession? I am a successful Realtor.


4GIRLS FOUNDATION

4GIRLS FOUNDATION

Contact: Elsy Gomez
Founded in 2007 by Randal and Saily Perkins on behalf of their four daughters, the 4Girls Foundation, Inc. was created as a united family effort to address universal issues that prevent girls and women from reaching their full potential as valuable individuals within their family, workplace, and community. Combining family resources, individual creativity, a passion for helping others, and an inherent sense of service, 4Girls Foundation offers crucial support to initiatives and organizations taking important steps to assist girls and women to attain basic human rights, receive quality education, ensure access to healthcare and obtain equal economic opportunities. 4Girls Foundation, Inc. invests in initiatives giving a voice to girls and women by providing individuals opportunities to enrich their lives and supports organizations committed to strengthening the lives of girls, women, families and communities.

THE ANGEL OF HOPE will be announced at the
4th annual Angel Moms Brunch
and Benefit on
Thursday, April 27, 2017
at Boca West Country Club.
Presented by Kelly Woods Fleming and The Woods Family Foundation,
this year’s event will feature special guest speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy.
For tickets and information, visit www.placeofhoperinker.org/angelmomsbrunch.

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FRANK MCKINNEY

A MISSION FOR A MAN

BY SARAH MARTIN

“Each of us are blessed to be able to succeed at some level, yet those blessings weren’t meant for our own benefit, but so we can apply the result of our success to assist others.

Give Frank McKinney a mission and he will complete it…with excellence. Frank McKinney is known to take on huge challenges. As a best-selling author of 5 books, philanthrocapitalist, ultra-marathoner, real estate artist, father and husband, there isn’t much McKinney hasn’t accomplished.

McKinney wasn’t always known to be such a success. He attended 4 high schools in 4 years (being asked to leave the first 3) eventually earning his high school diploma with a 1.8 GPA. Searching for his life’s highest calling, McKinney packed up with $50 in his pocket and left Indiana for Florida. He had no idea that he would eventually create and sell the world’s largest and most opulent triple certified (USGBC, FGBC & Energy Star) green mansion for a staggering $22.9 million.

“Exercise your risk threshold like a muscle, eventually it will become stronger and able to withstand greater pressure.

McKinney is always looking to push himself further and further. At times you may see him running over a steep Intracoastal bridge dragging a large tire behind him or running miles and miles. It is all preparation for one of the world’s ultimate physical challenges….the Badwater Utramarathon. The race runs 135-miles non-stop through the Death Valley dessert in July and starts -282 feet below sea level. The air temperatures exceed 130 degrees, and ground temps are 200+ degrees. As the race traverses the135 miles through the Mojave, it goes over three mountain ranges, is run on blacktop pavement, and finishes nearly 8,500 feet above sea level. There are no aid stations. McKinney attempted the race seven times and finished four. McKinney is the first to admit that not finishing for three years in a row really affected his confidence for a period of time. However, McKinney, determined and devoted, finished one last time in 2016. When asked how he could possibly overcome such an amazing physical feat, he is the first to tell you: his team. McKinney’s team was comprised of his race coach, Bonnie Sun Collins, his wife, Nilsa, and daughter, Laura, who all ran side by side with him over those 135 miles. McKinney’s wife and daughter “run” with him every day and are a large part of what gets him across every finish line in life.

As McKinney grew in success, it became apparent to him that there is more to life and he began his search to find the best way for him to make an impact on the world. Thus, the Caring House Project was born. The Caring House Project Foundation creates projects based upon self-sufficiency by providing housing, food, water, medical support and opportunity for the desperately poor and homeless in Haiti. To date, the Caring House Project has built 24 self-sufficient villages with a mere $4 million. “It’s free enterprise and capitalism that provides the only true solution to poverty, thus requiring far less local/international government intervention, welfare and entitlements,” says McKinney. In fact, his knowledge and understanding of Haiti is what recently put him on the short-list to be chosen as Ambassador for Haiti as appointed by President-Elect Donald Trump.

The next endeavor for McKinney is in the world of “micro-mansions”. McKinney coined the new real estate term based upon the current living trends of the ultra wealthy. McKinney paid attention to the specific clientele who live throughout the world and want to have the luxurious private home experience without the largess of a mega-mansion. McKinney elaborates, “I’ve dominated the high-end speculative real estate marketplace for over 25 years and I’ve witnessed the evolution of the high-end buyer. It’s been dramatic. They desire artistry, luxury, quality and leading edge technology yet now want it in a much smaller and more manageable home. This exclusive Micro Mansion will have the $4,000 per square foot finishes, yet will need only 4,000 square feet, not 40,000, to showcase the artistry that distinguishes this home from all others.” McKinney’s newest creation (with a second already underway) recently launched in January 2017. The home is located in Ocean Ridge, Florida.

It is obvious that McKinney has an unbelievable knack for seeing opportunity where most can’t or won’t. Fear of failure is not an emotion that McKinney entertains. He strikes with a superhero devotion that gives him the strength to conquer and push himself and others to achieve their personal greatness….mission accomplished.


FAVORITE BOOKS
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
The Bible
Crazy from the Heat, David Lee Roth
Awareness, Anthony Demello


BUSINESS APPS

BY FALON VELEZ, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF TEACHGEEK

MY PERSONAL FAVORITE APPS TO INCREASE BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY WHILE SAVING MONEY!

I love technology! Always have…always will. In fact, while friends were playing sports and dressing dolls when I was a kid, I spent my weekends hacking game systems and challenging neighbors to gaming competitions. But years passed, I got older, and “winning” the online gamer contests no longer fulfilled me. Instead I have filled my time with technology updates, newly released apps, smart home advancements, and so much more! I read the blogs, listen to podcasts and attend seminars and conferences around country. And as I learn more and more about new technology and exciting advancements, I get to share it with you!

So without further ado, here is a list of my personal favorite apps that I use and “abuse” in my personal and professional life. They keep my life balanced, and they keep my tech-savvy mind appeased! Please enjoy and share my suggestions around with the friends and colleagues in your life! I promise you (and they) won’t be disappointed.

  • Trello — a great tool for organizing yourself (and your teammates / colleagues / friends). Forget lengthy emails and old fashioned white boards… now you can create boards and assign tasks, while syncing simultaneously to anyone’s computer or mobile device. Trello is easy to use, great for idea collaboration and offers real time syncing. It works for home and business.
  • Thumbtack App — whether you own a business or are looking for recommendations, this app is meant for you! Thumbtack is a pay-per-quote system where you buy credits (less than $2 each) to send quotes to customers that are a good fit for your business. The best part: You only pay to quote. The app does not charge commission on jobs you complete or future jobs with the same customer and their referrals.
  • ScanBiz Card — gone are the days of having a stack of business cards on your desk that you never go back to. Gone are the days of typing in business card contacts manually! Just scan your.cards right into this nifty app! The only business card app scanner with cloud to store all your cards into. It also syncs to your current Contacts App, so you have the contacts downloaded directly into your mobile device.
  • CamFind — this is mostly a personal app, but it will save you time! With CamFind, you snap a picture of an item and the app automatically searches to find it online. CamFind uses mobile visual search technology to tell you what the item is, where to find it for sale, how much it costs and how to order. CamFind app provides fast, accurate results with no typing necessary. Snap a picture to learn more.
  • 1Password — Password1, Password2… Forget about remembering hundreds of different passwords! With 1Password, you can store all of your passwords, PIN codes, documents, credit cards and more in one place. The app syncs to all your devices through the cloud, so you can take your passwords with you anywhere! Change weak or duplicate passwords to improve your online security and save time on the web by signing in to accounts with a single click.
  • Mint — a simple way to keep track of your financial life from your mobile device. Finally feel confident that you have access to all of your bank statements and bills and budget on-the-go with the help of Mint simply by logging in. Mint will keep you, your business, and your savings on track. Best of all…It’s FREE!

TEACHGEEK, A SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED TECH SUPPORT AND TEACHING COMPANY,
MAKES TECHNOLOGY, IT AND COMPUTER DEVICES UNDERSTANDABLE, RELATABLE,
AND DARE WE SAY FUN! FOUNDED IN 2015, THIS WOMANOWNED BUSINESS HAS HELPED MORE THAN 500 SATISFIED CUSTOMERS AND COMPLETED NEARLY 1,500 JOBS IN CITIES STRETCHING FROM PALM BEACH COUNTY TO BROWARD AND MIAMI-DADE. WHILE TEACHGEEK OFFERS A RANGE OF SERVICES INCLUDING TRAINING, SETUP & INSTALL,IT HELP, OPTIMIZATION & REPAIR, AND IN-HOME TECH SUPPORT, IT IS TEACHGEEK’S COMMITMENT TO BE KIND, EMPATHETIC, EMPOWERING AND CLEAR IN ITSCOMMUNICATION TO ITS CUSTOMERS AND STUDENTS THAT MAKES IT TRULY UNIQUE.

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