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Ukrainian Moneymen Fruman, Parnas Spotted At 2018 DeSantis Victory Party

The Rudy Giuliani associates charged with conspiring to mask foreign political donations, among other things, were filmed at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) victory party in 2018. In a video filmed by Reuters’ Joey Roulette, which he flagged Monday, Parnas is seen at the right shoulder of current Florida first lady Casey DeSantis. Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas, one of two Giuliani associates arrested last week and charged for scheming to funnel foreign money into various US elections, is s...
Tags: News, Global Energy Producers, Igor Fruman, Lev Parnas, Ron DeSantis, Rudy Giuliani, Matt Shuham


In Orlando, everyone’s back and expectations are high

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon doesn’t put much credence in outside expectations. The Orlando Magic weren’t widely picked to be a playoff team last season, and then not only did the Magic make the postseason but wound up winning the Southeast Division. It’s an accomplishment worth noting since the Magic had finished last in […]
Tags: NBA, Sports


Universal opening stunt show based on Bourne franchise

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando is opening a stunt show based on filmgoers’ favorite amnesiac ex-CIA assassin. The Bourne Stuntacular, which opens next spring, is based on the Jason Bourne film franchise that has starred Matt Damon, Jeremy Renner and Julia Stiles. Universal officials said in a news release Tuesday that the show will […]
Tags: Movies


Photos show Rudy Giuliani’s fixers with Florida governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida businessmen who are tied to President Donald Trump’s lawyer and now face federal criminal charges were photographed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photographs taken by a photographer on assignment for The Associated Press show Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman at DeSantis’ election party in Orlando last November. One image […]
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Wyndham Destinations becomes first timeshare company to commit to ECPAT Code to end human trafficking

ORLANDO, Fla.  - Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), the world's largest vacation ownership and exchange company, today became the first timeshare company to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct with ECPAT-USA. The formal agreement solidifies the commitment Wyndham Destinations has previously made at its 225 managed vacation club resorts in North America, the Caribbean, and Asia Pacific to combat human trafficking. By signing the agreement, the company joins many of the major h...
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, North America, Caribbean, Orlando, ECPAT, Wyndham Destinations, Fla Wyndham Destinations NYSE


PE-backed Sciens buys SmartWatch

Sciens Building Solutions, which is backed by Huron Capital, has acquired Mount Dora, Florida-based SmartWatch, a security, fire alarm and sound integrator serving Orlando and the Central Florida area. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE Detroit, MI – October 14, 2019 – Huron Capital today announced its fire detection and integrated solutions ExecFactor® platform, Sciens Building Solutions (“Sciens”), has acquired Mount Dora, Florida-based fire, security and sound firm SmartWatch Se...
Tags: Florida, Trends, People, Orlando, San Francisco California, Central Florida, Business Services, PE, Huron Capital, Detroit Huron Capital, Sciens, Sciens Building Solutions, Danielle Lalli, Terry Heath Sciens, North America Huron Capital, Mount Dora Florida


Theme Park Bits: Universal Orlando Raising Wages, Disney’s Butterfly Conservation Efforts, and More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Universal Studios Orlando will raise its employee pay next year. Does Six Flags want to gobble up Cedar Fair? Learn how Disney gives back to the butterfly community. And more! It’s always a good thing to see that a major corporation is willing to put its money where its mouth is, and pay its employees a better wage. Such is the case with Universal Orlando, where an announced wage increase will be going into effect early in 2020. That, on the face of it,...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Disney, Walt Disney Company, Theme Parks, Gru, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Disneyland Paris, Josh, Knott, Central Florida, Universal Studios Orlando, Disneyland Walt Disney World, Cedar Fair


How brands are measuring success—and which metrics are becoming outmoded

Compelling marketing stands out and is shared by consumers. And while there were plenty of campaigns shown at Association of National Advertisers’ Masters of Marketing conference in Orlando that elicited laughter and tears, it's sometimes hard to know how to measure the success of those ads. In today’s constantly connected world, how can marketers be sure the work they put out into the world is having the desired effect in terms of increasing transactions, improving brand perception and driving ...
Tags: Advertising, CMO, Manhattan, Chipotle, Orlando, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dunkin, Brandt, Weisman, Tony Weisman, Screenvision, John Partilla, Chris Brandt, ANA Masters of Marketing, Dunkin Screenvision, Partilla


3 industry leaders on how a recession might affect business and other financial decisions

With the possibility of a recession on the minds of executives across industries, Ad Age was eager to hear what the current economic climate means for their marketing plans. At the Association of National Advertisers’ Masters of Marketing conference in Orlando, Ad Age spoke with the chief marketing officers of Clorox and Bank of America to hear whether the current economic climate has them making changes to their approaches and budgets. And we hear from Fiat Chrysler's CMO on the merits of skipp...
Tags: Advertising, CMO, Bank Of America, Fca, Chrysler, Orlando, Fiat Chrysler, Brian Moynihan, Clorox, BofA, Grier, Olivier Francois, Francois, ANA Masters of Marketing, Meredith Verdone, Verdone


Watch: ‘Ghostbusters’ Star Dan Aykroyd and Director Ivan Reitman Visit the Ghostbusters Maze at Halloween Horror Nights

There’s a Ghostbusters-themed maze at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights event this year to celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary, and not long ago, there was something strange in that theme park neighborhood: two major players behind the film franchise. Original Ghostbusters co-writer and star Dan Aykroyd and director Ivan Reitman dropped by to experience the spooks and scares for themselves, and a camera crew came along to capture their reactions. Check it out below. Aykroyd and R...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Sony, Theme Parks, Ghostbusters, Orlando, Universal Studios, Peter, Dan Aykroyd, Universal Studios Hollywood, Reitman, Ivan Reitman, Aykroyd, Halloween Horror Nights


NASGW Announces Finalists for the 2019 Caliber Awards

NASGW-POMA Caliber Award Ankeny, IA – -(AmmoLand.com)-   The 2019 Caliber Awards Finalists have been selected for the 3rd annual NASGW-POMA Caliber Awards. The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) in partnership with the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), have chosen the top products in six categories including: Best New Rifle, Best New Handgun, Best New Shotgun, Best New Ammunition, Best New Optic, and Best New Accessory. An independent panel of 18 industry...
Tags: Guns, Awards, Orlando, Shooting Industry News, POMA, NASGW, NASGW Expo, Professional Outdoor Media Association POMA, Kevin Orthman, Kenyon Gleason NASGW, NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting, Leopold Stevens, SAS Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame Winners


Screenvision's CEO on why advertisers should take a look at in-theater advertising

Moviegoers are likely to be less distracted than at-home viewers and about half of ticket buyers are 25 years old or younger, making them a prime target for advertising, according to John Partilla, CEO of Screenvision. “The audience is a uniquely engaged audience,” Partilla told Ad Age on the sidelines of the Association of National Advertisers’ “Masters of Marketing” conference in Orlando this month. Clearly, as the CEO of a company that runs ads on roughly 15,000 screens at more than 2,5...
Tags: Advertising, Orlando, Association of National Advertisers, Screenvision, John Partilla, Partilla, National Association of Theatre Owners When


Secrets of the Las Vegas Airport

This was not the scene I imagined unfolding my first time in the Las Vegas airport. Whenever I pictured my my first time in Las Vegas, I imagined one big blur full of overpriced cocktails and buffets and Blackjack tables, five-course meals served up by celebrity chefs, interesting strangers and late-night strolls through nearly-perfect replicas of Venetian canals. I imagined coming home with more...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Coffee, and a Love LetterWhy I Fell in Love...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Shopping, Restaurants, United States, Las Vegas, Airport, Orlando, Layover, Las Vegas airport, Kristin projects, Kristin Winet


2020's Best Cities to Retire In

About 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age each day, and some are choosing to leave their homes behind in search of a more desirable place to live out their senior years. But where are they headed? U.S. News & World Report unveiled its annual best places to retire rankings on Tuesday — with Florida scoring four of the top 10 spots, including three of the top five. That may come as no surprise considering the favorable tax laws in the state including no statewide income tax. "Deciding wher...
Tags: Florida, Radio, United States, Miami, South, New York Mets, Orlando, Jacksonville Florida, Nashville Tennessee, Lancaster, Sarasota, Asheville, Grand Rapids Michigan, Winston Salem North Carolina, Sarasota Florida, U S News


Clorox CMO Stacey Grier prepares for emotional year as election looms

Clorox Co. Chief Marketing Officer Stacey Grier can’t predict whether a recession is coming, but she knows a presidential election is afoot, and that has her getting ready for a change in tone for advertising. “From a creative standpoint, we’re going to have to be particularly sensitive to emotion,” Grier told Ad Age on the sidelines of the Association of National Advertisers Masters of Marketing conference in Orlando this month. “It is a raw, emotional time for people. And as we lean more in...
Tags: Advertising, San Francisco, Orlando, Ama, Clorox Co, Omnicom, Clorox, Grier, Clorox CMO, Stacey Grier


Interview: Activist lives off food that he grows and forages for an entire year

Rob Greenfield is a self-described “adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian and dude making a difference.” Since this Wisconsin native had an eco-epiphany at the age of 24, he’s dedicated himself to spreading a positive environmental message by accomplishing heroic, sustainable deeds. These include things like riding across the U.S. three times on a bamboo bicycle, diving into more than 2,000 dumpsters and traveling internationally with no money. Inhabitat caught up with this pro-humani...
Tags: Florida, Design, Wisconsin, Gardens, Orlando, Inhabitat, Orlando Florida, Greenfield, Rob Greenfield


3 ways brands and agencies can work better together

As brands from AAA to Zenith gathered at the Association of National Advertisers' "Masters of Marketing" conference, many attendees were quick to discuss the ideal client/agency model. Brands that have been around for decades and are looking for a fresh way to tell their story may go searching for a new agency partner. Others looking for a variety of ideas have turned to a mix of agencies to piece together the right plan. And some hot brands prefer a do-it-yourself approach, relying on only a li...
Tags: Advertising, AAA, Orlando, Zenith, Association of National Advertisers, Arby, Freeman, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Martin Agency, Savannah Georgia, Martin Agency, Pearle, Pearle Vision CMO, Stanley Pearle, Messersmith, Oatly


How a blunt-talking agency helped Buffalo Wild Wings get back in the game

Buffalo Wild Wings is beginning to roar back thanks to some blunt talk from its new agency that led to a revamped marketing approach. Visits to its restaurants are now on the rise, says Chief Marketing Officer Seth Freeman, which marks a reversal from a couple of years ago when same-store sales and visits were declining. Buffalo Wild Wings was gobbled up by Arby’s parent company Inspire Brands in February 2018 and six months later Seth Freeman joined as its chief marketing officer. He soon hi...
Tags: Advertising, New Jersey, MGM, Orlando, Association of National Advertisers, Arby, Freeman, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Martin Agency, Mandalay Bay, Martin Agency, CAVALLO, Kristen Cavallo, Inspire Brands, Seth Freeman


Vicar Keir Shreeves delivers his baby son while driving

Wife Jessamy gave birth to Orlando in the family car as Keir was driving it to hospital in Sussex.
Tags: UK, News, Orlando, Keir, Jessamy, Keir Shreeves


When will real estate investors start reacting to climate change?

Just a few days ago, Orlando-area real estate agent Eric Rollings was talking to his parents, Michigan-based snowbirds who’ve had a home on the Florida coast for decades. And they talked about the area’s Blue-green algae blooms that give off harmful toxins. They discussed recent fish die-offs, which have scuttled local businesses and recreational fishers […]
Tags: Florida, Climate Change, California, Insurance, Analysis, Radio, Fishing, Miami, Agent, Michigan, Disneyland, Orlando, Anaheim, Climate Central, Vacasa, Red Tide


Meadow and Maguire ready to inspire next generation

Stephanie Meadow. Picture: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Stars Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire want to inspire the next generation of Irish girls when they tee it up on the LPGA Tour next season.Meadow (27) dramatically birdied her last two holes in the Volunteers of America Classic to keep her card, revealing she had to endure a nerve-racking wait for confirmation that she'd made the cr...
Tags: Usa, Australia, US, Sport, Rome, Ireland, Ian Poulter, Golf, European Tour, Dubai, Dallas, Denmark, Shane Lowry, Duke, Lowry, Orlando


GAME RECAP: Magic 115, Pistons 91

Aaron Gordon puts up 25 points and grabs eight boards as Orlando beats Detroit.
Tags: News, Orlando, Aaron Gordon


Oatly’s own team boosts awareness, just don’t call it an in-house agency

Oat milk marketer Oatly is one of the hottest brands in food and beverage thanks to ads with a bold voice that are done completely in-house. Just don’t thank the in-house agency—because Mike Messersmith, the brand's U.S. general manager, asserts the brand doesn’t actually have one. He rejects the term "in-house" because "that still implies a bit of the somewhat transactional nature of briefs and separation," he told Ad Age in an interview at last week's Association of National Advertisers' "M...
Tags: Sweden, Advertising, Chobani, Eu, United States, Manhattan, Pepsico, Upper West Side, Cannes Lions, Orlando, PepsiCo Inc, Quaker, Maschmeyer, Martin Ringqvist, Califia Farms, Schoolcraft


Free 5 City 'All Access' Music Career Fairs Begin Tues. sponsored by HoB Music Forward Foundation

The House of Blues Music Forward Foundation begins its second annual series of free music industry-focused career fairs “All Access Fest” in 5 cities starting this Tuesday, Oct. 8. Slated for five U.S. cities  - Chicago, Illinois; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; Orlando, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana - throughout the month of October, All Access Fest offers youth, ages 16-22, vocational information on an array of positions available within the music industry. The fair...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando, Ticketmaster, Bruce Houghton, Orlando Florida, Los Angeles California, Las Vegas Nevada, Chicago Illinois, New Orleans Louisiana, House of Blues, House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, HoB Music Forward Foundation, Recording Academy House of Blues


Woman boards Delta flight without ticket or identification

Authorities are investigating how a woman managed to board a Delta Air Lines flight from Orlando to Atlanta without identification or a boarding pass.
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Woman boards Delta flight without ticket

Authorities are investigating how a woman managed to board a Delta Air Lines flight from Orlando to Atlanta without identification or a boarding pass.
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Woman boards flight without ticket or ID

Authorities are investigating how a woman managed to board a Delta Air Lines flight from Orlando to Atlanta without identification or a boarding pass.
Tags: News, Atlanta, Stories, Orlando, Delta Air Lines


Woman made it onto Delta flight at Orlando International without ID or boarding pass

Federal and local law enforcement are investigating how a woman managed to board a Delta flight in Orlando Saturday without ID or boarding pass.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Delta, Usa Today, Orlando, Orlando International


Fiat Chrysler CMO Olivier Francois on his music strategy, Super Bowl approach and agency relations

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Francois is so obsessed with getting the automaker’s vehicles in music videos that he has a special arrangement with the nation’s largest record labels. The deals, codified in contracts, give him first dibs on putting an FCA brand in music videos whenever the need arises for a vehicle. “When there is a car, call me,” Francois said, succinctly describing the deals during an interview on the sidelines of the Association of National Adve...
Tags: Nbc, Matthew Mcconaughey, Advertising, Fca, Fiat, Lincoln, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jeremy Renner, Matthew, Orlando, Fiat Chrysler, Max, Association of National Advertisers, Dre, Olivier Francois, Francois


Emotional, personalized marketing tops the CMO agenda at annual ANA event

The Association of National Advertisers has long called its biggest event of the year the Masters of Marketing. But this year’s confab might as well have been called “Masters of Emotion.” The event, which drew 3,000 people last week to the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, was filled with talk about how marketers must put more emotion into their marketing. “The whole notion of humanity is a big theme,” Meredith Verdone, chief marketing officer of Bank of America, said in an interview fro...
Tags: Google, Asia, Hollywood, Nbc, Martha Stewart, Advertising, CMO, Bank Of America, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, American Family, Sap, Zendaya, Derek Jeter, Orlando, Ana