Category: Business Profile

Facilitating a Positive Career Transition

Secrets From a Reluctant Expert


Matt Durfee, president of Navigator Executive Advisors, uses his own experiences to help others in the often-overwhelming process of job searching.


It happens to many of us at one time or another in our careers. Our employer lets us go without any warning or the company needs to downsize, and we find ourselves without income or self-esteem. Because it happened to one particular executive from the Orlando area, a new company was formed and an award-winning book was written.

Matt Durfee, president of Navigator Executive Advisors, was vice president of human resources for Centex Homes when the housing bubble burst in 2006. In a very short amount of time, he went from …

Escape at Escapology!

Are You Up for the Challenge?


Antidote is one of seven themed rooms at Escapology.


Imagine that you are locked in a room with a series of clues to help you get out. You have a limited amount of time to accomplish this feat, and time is running out. Is it frustrating, unnerving or fun? Are you in The Twilight Zone? No, you are experiencing the newest interactive game sweeping the globe. You are at Escapology.

Escapology, the winner of a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, is housed in a building at 11951 International Drive in Orlando.

Edu World Tutors Inc: Convenient Tutoring When Needed

Company Accommodates Students of All Ages


Natalie Alamdar, president of Edu World Tutors Inc., helps students reach their potential through affordable tutoring sessions.


Every parent of a school-age child has the same fear: One day my student will come home with an assignment I will not be able to help him or her complete. Whether with algebra, geometry, a foreign language or preparing to take the SAT or ACE, a parent reaches a point when his or her education and patience fall short.

Tony Rappa: For the Love of Photography

Winter Garden Resident Turns Passion Into Business


Tony Rappa, owner of Capture Video and Photo, is an FAA-approved commercial aerial photographer (Photo bytonyrappa@capturevideo-photo.com).


There aren’t many people who are able to turn a hobby they love into a business that can support them. Those who accomplish this feat find true happiness. Tony Rappa is one of those lucky individuals.

Medical Center Offers Individual, Patient-Centered Care for All Ages

One-Stop Medical Care


Niral Patel, M.D., and his team of experts provide comprehensive medical services, including both internal medicine and pediatric primary care, a walk-in clinic, chiropractic services and more, at Windermere Medical Center.


Retail shopping malls developed across the country in the 1960s and made the idea of one-stop shopping a matter of convenience and choice. Soon malls also became popular destinations for entertainment and dining.

Sky Zone Orlando Combines Fun and Fitness for All Ages

Get in the Zone!


Sky Zone Orlando is an indoor trampoline park that offers exercise and fun.


If you are looking for a new and unique way to get your kids to leave the computer or video games and get some exercise, or if you want to throw a special birthday party, look no further than Sky Zone Orlando.

Located inside Artegon Marketplace on International Drive, this indoor trampoline park is the freshest way to work off energy and extra holiday weight gain.

Sky Zone Orlando operates weekdays from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Spa Blue Orlando Enhances Clients’ Bodies and Health

A Boutique-Style Medispa

(L. to r.) Johanna Gomez; Janet Beres, PA-C; and Adele Hernández of Spa Blue treat a wide variety of medical and cosmetic concerns.

Spa Blue, Orlando’s newest medispa is located in the Conroy-Windermere area. Upon entering its blue-and-white-adorned facility complete with chandeliers, water fountains and friendly greetings from the lady behind the desk, guests feel more like they are participating in a private spa session at an elegant, boutique-style medispa. However, what they will leave with is a renewed sense of life and healing from several issues with their face, body and even sexual health through the latest in cutting-edge skin care and medispa procedures.

UroGyn Specialists of Florida Welcomes a New Physician

Keeping Up With Women’s Health Care

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Sarah St. Louis, M.D., joins the highly skilled team of physicians and practitioners at UroGyn Specialists of Florida.


As a little girl growing up in Winter Park, Sarah St. Louis always dreamed of becoming a doctor.

“My father is a surgeon, so I was exposed to the medical profession from a young age,” she said.

After graduating from Winter Park High School,

Preferred Real Estate Brokers Exceeds Clients’ Expectations

A WinWin for Homebuyers & Sellers

In modern real estate, when it comes to buying or selling a home, internet search is king. However, finding the right home or having your home found by the right buyer are just the first steps in a process that can be daunting for first-time buyers and sellers. That’s why choosing the right broker is just as important as the technology they use.


Rania JeBailey of Preferred Real Estate Brokers offers stress-free solutions to the daunting process of buying or selling a home.

A “Whole Self” Approach

Dr. Marissa Magsino strives to nurture the physical and spiritual sides of her patients

A holistic approach to healing — integrating the mind, body and spirit — is how Marissa Magsino, M.D., operates MetroWest Internal Medicine. Bumatako, a Filipino term that means “I’m young again,” is an iconic representation of Dr. Magsino’s commitment to a treatment that concentrates on the individual goals of her patients. Turning back the clock and regaining vitality and energy naturally is at the core of her philosophy when treating men and women regarding the effects of aging.


Marissa Magsino, M.D., uses a variety of specialized techniques to help patients feel better and younger.


OPMI Offers High-Quality Music Lessons

For the Enhancement of Your Child

Musical eduction offers many benefits, but for children, the impact is most valuable. The Royal Conservatory of Music cites a great wealth of scientific research that highlights early childhood musical education as “a profound tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social and creative potential.” The staff at Orlando Premier Music Instruction knows it’s never too early for kids to begin their musical journey and offers lessons to children of any age in the comfort of their own homes.

 


Orlando Premier Music Instruction’s staff members provide private in-home lessons on all instruments. After-school group lessons, art classes, musical theater, dance, drama and voice programs are also available.

A Decade of Smiles: Windermere Center for Dentistry

Windermere Dentist Focuses on Patient-Centered Care

There are many reasons to smile in Southwest Orlando, and patients of Dr. Ximena Aldea at Windermere Center for Dentistry are not afraid to show their pearly whites. Celebrating its 10th anniversary of joining the community, the only dental office in Windermere proper has seen its community grow by quite a lot. And though it’s a small office, it has had a big impact.

Rising Stars

Accents Students Benefit From Classes in All Aspects of Life

In 2011, after a successful career as a model and owner of two prosperous talent schools in Pennsylvania, Donna CoccodrilliSheska and her husband, Jerry, decided to retire and move to Orlando. Donna never dreamed of opening up another school until last year when she received a call from Mike Beaty, president of the Model and Talent Expo in Dallas.

“Mike asked me to scout talent for …

Mama Louise – A Place for Family

Mama Louise Flourishes as a Proud Representation of Its Namesake

Since opening its doors in December 2015, Mama Louise Restaurant has welcomed families of all sizes — from young children to young-at-heart grandparents. The Dr. Phillips community has embraced Mama Louise’s homey and comfortable ambiance, coming back time and again for its truly authentic Italian dishes. Owner and chef Joe Esposito has been a restaurateur for more than 40 years, pouring his talent and …

Artegon Marketplace

An Unexpected Shopping Experience

Artegon Marketplace Offers Food, Fun and Shopping Under One Roof

Seattle has Pike Place. Boston has Faneuil Hall. Orlando has Artegon Marketplace. Like every major metropolitan destination, Orlando is alive with thriving artists and artisans, crafters and creators. But Artegon Marketplace is anything but ordinary.

Feel Good & Live Life to Its Fullest

Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness helps patients age gracefully & happily

If asked, most people would say they want to age gracefully, live longer and live better. Well, that is within one’s reach with the help of Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness under the direction and expertise of John C. Carrozzella, M.D.

Feeling fatigued, forgetful and not at the top of one’s game can be the results of hormonal imbalances in the body. Hormones are important, because they …

Relax in Comfort: The Sleep & Back Care Experts

Back pain and poor sleep aren’t new sensations for Central Florida residents. The first back care and sleep specialty store to open in the Southeast was founded in downtown Orlando in 1949. Anthony and Lucy DePaulis transformed the second-generation family-owned and -operated company into …

The Real Estate Coach

When It Comes to Real Estate, Paul McGarigal Covers All the Bases

Buying or selling a house involves much more than putting up a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. Is the house listed correctly? Do the neighborhood, schools and amenities align with the buyer’s ultimate goals? Does the seller need a quick …

Redefining the Dental Experience

Dr. Tejumade St. Matthew-Daniel believes excellence is not an accident

One of the greatest gifts you can offer is sharing your beautiful smile with the world.

But maintaining your pearly whites can be a challenge. Aside from routine hygiene such as remembering to floss every day, only a dentist can help you achieve a bright smile and …

Making Miracles Happen

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies Celebrates 10 Years In only 10 years, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies has established itself as one of the country’s premier health care providers for women. The hospital provides state-of-the-art obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal services, and with a direct connection to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, is the largest medical…

World of Decor Offers Unique Treasures

Local shop finds and sells unique treasures in customer-friendly experience World of Decor has been transforming the way Central Florida residents buy furniture for 25 years. From Orlando roots, World of Decor has become one of the nation’s largest importers of home furnishings. Unlike a big-box furniture store where sales-floor employees pressure you to buy big…

For the Sake of Financial Freedom & Security

Southwest Residents Achieve Financial Goals With Charles Schwab Few goals in life are more sought-after than financial freedom and security. For many, achieving financial goals can be a solitary quest of trial and error, actions and reactions, often leaving the pursuer uncertain of how to proceed. Financial management companies exist to guide individuals on how…

Sawasdee to Thai Thani!

Local restaurant provides authentic Thai dining experience “We have the best curry anywhere,” said Nat Sukitjavanich, manager of the family-owned Thai Thani restaurant on International Drive. Thai Thani has earned the Thai Select Premium award as one of the best Thai restaurants in the country. In fact, Nat said that regular patrons come from around Central Florida and…