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Category - Up Close

Up Close with Cliff Long

(February 2020) – Cliff Long, CEO at Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, came to real estate by way of politics. It was his previous role with the State of Florida a few years before he...

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Up Close with Shaun Germolus

   (January 2020) – Shaun Germolus always knew he wanted to fly. “Since I was 11, I wanted to become a professional airline pilot,” he said. He enrolled in the University of North Dakota...

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Up Close with Elisha González

(November 2019) – Elisha Gonzàlez has always felt a calling to public service. In every field she has broken into she has excelled because of that calling. “Above all else, I’m passionate about...

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Up Close with Bev Seay

As an inductee into the National Center for Simulation Hall of Fame and one of Florida’s most influential business leaders as chosen by Florida Trend magazine, Bev Seay has established herself as a...

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Up Close with Adrian Jones

Born and raised in England, Adrian Jones has seen a lot of changes in the hospitality industry in his journey to his current role as divisional director of Midway North America for Merlin...

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Up Close with Georgia Lorenz

Education forges paths. Some grit their teeth and hack their way through while others follow a gilded yellow brick road, but anyone who makes it to the finish line finds a world of opportunity — and...

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Kelly Nierstedt

Up Close with Kelly Nierstedt

    Kelly Nierstedt began working at age 15, cooking, cleaning and eventually staffing the register at a Burger King in her hometown. The job brought with it some contempt from her high...

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Up Close with Yog Melwani

Yog Melwani, president of the Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) in Orlando, learned early in his career the value of “working smart.” His first job at the student computer lab at Hofstra...

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Up Close with Steve Quello

A career, like any journey, is subject to chance encounters and events that influence the choices and ultimate course of that journey. It was such an encounter that changed the career path for Steve...

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Up Close with Carol Ann Dykes Logue

Carol Ann Dykes Logue is the site manager for the University of Central Florida business incubator in the Central Florida Research Park in east Orlando. UCF’s nine incubators throughout the region...

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