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Paul Kennedy Aug 22, 2019
31 Years Televising Live Sports Events
31 Years Televising Live Sports Events

Entering his 31st year televising live sporting events to audiences throughout Florida and the nation, Paul Kennedy anchors coverage of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning and serves as studio host for Orlando Magic road contests for FOX Sports.

A member of the telecast teams for both franchises since their expansion seasons, Kennedy is also involved in feature writing for national broadcasts of the NFL, Major League Baseball, and the U.S. Open Golf Championship on FOX.

From 1988-2010, Kennedy called the action of Florida State football on "Prime Time Noles," a chronicle of the success achieved by coach Bobby Bowden and the tradition-rich Seminoles.

 

His football work includes national play-by-play for the NFL on FOX, NFL Europe, and college action for Fox Sports Net, in addition to SEC and ACC Games of the Week, while hosting shows for both the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kennedy served as the "Voice of the Crimson Tide" for five seasons at the University of Alabama, prior to his arrival in Orlando.

His Major League Baseball credits include NBC and ABC networks' "Baseball Night in America" telecasts, as well as hosting and calling Florida Marlins contests.

His portfolio offers commentary assignments for professional tennis, equestrian sports, swimming, track and field, water skiing, and soccer.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, he is engaged to Joan Carroll of Winter Park, Fla.

 


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Saso Venovski Aug 29, 2019
Totalitarian Societies and Dysfunctional Social Groups
Totalitarian Societies and Dysfunctional Social Groups

Sašo Venovski is a businessman with extensive experience in commodities trading, financial markets, and real estate.  He was born in the late fifties in Yugoslavia, a country which no longer exists. His father was a resistance fighter against the German occupation during WW2 and  played a big role in Sašo developing a keen interest in history and world affairs. 

After graduating from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje with a degree in Sociology and Social Psychology, Sašo worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Sociological Research in Skopje, Macedonia. His main research interest focused on totalitarian societies and dysfunctional social groups. His findings eventually put him in conflict with the regime and forced him to leave the totalitarian country and seek refuge in London, England.

After successfully running several different businesses he became very involved in the financial markets and specialty derivatives traded on the US commodity exchanges. At the invitation of a brokerage house from Chicago, Sašo moved to the US with his family in 2000 to work as a commodities broker and European Trading Desk specialist for the next 12 years. He has since retired from the commodities business and now works as a residential and commercial real estate specialist here in Orlando. In his free time, he continues to study dysfunctional social groups and the history of totalitarianism. 

 


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Mayor Buddy Dyer Sep 05, 2019
Update on the State of the City
Update on the State of the City

Having served Orlando’s residents as Mayor since 2003, Buddy Dyer has worked tirelessly to advance the community’s shared vision for Orlando as America’s 21st Century City. Through strategic investments, Orlando is becoming America’s new home for inclusiveness, innovation, transportation, opportunity and quality of life.

Mayor Dyer helped the community unite and heal following the June 2016 Pulse nightclub tragedy that took the lives of 49 people and injured more than 50, vowing that Orlando would not be defined by one hateful act, but instead by responding with love and compassion.

He has shaped Orlando into a desirable place to live, work, learn and play. He is leading the efforts to diversify Central Florida’s economy and create a new breed of high-tech, high-wage careers for residents in cutting-edge industries such as digital media, life sciences and biotechnology, modeling, simulation and training and aviation and aerospace.

Mayor Dyer is an advocate for the expansion of public transit and for creating an environmentally sustainable city. His commitment to bolstering police protection helped bring about the most dramatic reduction in crime in Orlando history. This focus on safety has also helped make the Orlando Fire Department one of the elite departments in the entire country.

Since his first day in office, Mayor Dyer has strived to increase cooperation and partnership between Central Florida’s many governments, its business and civic communities and its residents. The result of this effort is a new era of collaboration that has paved the way for a string of remarkable, “game-changing” accomplishments for greater Orlando in a very short period of time and has set the City on course for a more prosperous future.


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Bill Russell Sep 12, 2019
9-11 Remembered

Bill Russell is a retired Infantry Officer from the United States Army. His military career included thirteen years of overseas duty in 9 countries with service in the Cold War, Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia & Kosovo, the Iraq War, and two tours in the Pentagon. Both his wife, Kasia, and he were in the Pentagon on 9/11 when flight 77 struck the building.  Following his retirement in 2008, he was a candidate in a significant Congressional race in Pennsylvania against a 34 year incumbent which drew national attention. He has been a guest on several national television and radio talk shows and has had opinion pieces published both nationally and internationally. He and Kasia, along with their children, moved to Orlando in 2012. He is currently a second year law student at Florida A&M University, College of Law. 

 


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Tony Manolfi Sep 19, 2019
WESH 2

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Karen Willis, with Dr. Kevin Sherin Sep 26, 2019
Time for Innovation in Florida Programs for Early Childhood Education
Time for Innovation in Florida Programs for Early Childhood Education

Karen Willis, CWDP, has been the Chief Executive Officer for the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, since January 2007. As CEO, Karen leads a staff of over 50, two key contractors, and over 750 early care and education providers to appropriately invest over $71M in state, federal and local funding to benefit Orange County’s youngest citizens. Prior to joining the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Karen served as Executive Director for the Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County for 3 1/2 years.

She has over 40 years of experience in designing, managing and administering publicly funded programs at both the local and state levels – primarily those focused on services to youth, the physically challenged, and the unemployed and underemployed.

In 2012, Karen was inducted into the Florida Family Child Care Home Association Advocate Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of Leadership Brevard, Leadership Orlando, Leadership Seminole, Leadership Orange, Leadership Law, and Leadership West Orange. In 2019, Karen was named as one of Orlando Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business.

Karen currently serves as chair emeritus of the Central Florida Regional Committee for the Children’s Movement of Florida and is a past chair of the Orange County Children’s Cabinet. She is a current member of the inaugural class of Leadership Orlando 2.0, the Orange County League of Women Voters, Women’s Executive Council, the Association of Early Learning Coalitions (AELC), the West Orlando Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, and Orlando, Inc..

During her tenure, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County has been awarded Central Florida Urban League’s 2019 Cornerstone Award for Youth Empowerment and the City of Orlando’s 2019 Community Builder Award.

A resident of Orange County, FL since 1998, Karen holds a BA in Sociology from Valparaiso University, a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University, and a TQM certificate and Servant Leadership certificate from Indiana University.


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David Murphy Oct 03, 2019
Growth of Orlando as a Distribution Center
Growth of Orlando as a Distribution Center

David Murphy is a recognized market leader in Central Florida industrial and office/flex real estate. Mr. Murphy has been named the Top Industrial Broker in Central Florida by NAIOP for 17 years and has been recognized by Real Estate Florida Magazine as one of the Top 25 Commercial Brokers in the State of Florida. In 2018, he was recognized at the CBRE National Recognition Conference as one of the top producing brokers in the firm. Additionally, he was recognized by The Business Journal's publication network as one of the Top 100 Commercial Executives nationally. Mr. Murphy combines aggressive sales skills with a strong technical real estate background. He is both a Florida Certified General Appraiser and a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI).


Murphy has completed over One Billion Dollars ($1,000,000,000) in industrial and office/flex real estate transactions and specializes in handling the entire life cycle of an industrial real estate asset from acquisition and assisting with financing to leasing and ultimately selling the property. Mr. Murphy also represents industrial tenants and has handled many of the largest industrial leases in Florida.

 


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Pamela Carroll Oct 10, 2019
Plans for the Downtown UCF Campus

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Steve Leichner Oct 17, 2019
CART - Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust

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