Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Bruce T Gora Photography Scholarship Recipient

Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts senior Collin Davis has been named the 2012 Bruce T. Gora Photography Scholarship recipient.  He’s one of 68 local students who will receive more than $230,000 in competitive scholarships administered by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.  The scholarship was created in 2010 to honor the memory of photographer, architect, musician and Alliance for the Arts Board Member, Bruce Gora, who was known throughout the community for his lifelo…

Christina Bracken – Endless Motion

Who is Christina Bracken

CB: I’m an highly energetic person who enjoys activities and love what I do. I was born in Germany and now living in Miami. This has allowed me to do even more due to its year round weather. I’m a mother of an amazing, beautiful and smart 21 old young daughter, along with my three dogs (2 chocolate labs, 1 German shorthaired pointer) and I’m married to the most fabulous man in the world.

You are an extreme player, what would be your daily routine.


Alice Brunner – Giving girls their voice

Alice Brunner joined PACE Center for Girls of Lee County in August of 2009 as Academic Manager, with oversight of 6 teachers and the academic program of the agency. In December 2009 she was appointed Executive Director. With over 20 years in higher education prior to PACE, including 13 years at Florida Gulf Coast University, she brought an understanding of the need to support young women with both education and counseling. During her service in higher education, Dr. Brunner was a personal, acade…

GINA DENGLER – Working Tirelessly to Combat Juvenile Diabetes

One of the most heartbreaking feelings for a parent with a sick child is, knowing their child has an incurable illness that is completely unpredictable; at times debilitating and may have devastating behavioral manifestations for the child and the family.


For Gina Dengler, it was clear after a close relative was finally diagnosed she and her whole family made the commitment to get involved with JDRF by volunteering their time and efforts to the cause to fight the disease. She and her …

Ivanka Trump – love for fashion

Sometimes one’s course is clear from the start. Take Ivanka Trump, whose love for fashion an integrity is echoed in the pieces she creates today.


You’re a very successful businesswoman, what are the traits of a successful negotiator and deal-maker?

IT: Being honest, well prepared, creative, and practical.


How would you advise businesswomen to reinvent themselves in today’s market?

IT: It’s definitely easier for women to achieve success in business and education no…

Candice Swanepoel – Swim 2012

Angel Candice Swanepoel, one of the most iconic supermodels in the world was selected to appear on the cover of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Swim 2012 catalogue, inspired by Brazil’s beautiful beaches and bombshells wearing a provocatively sexy Miraculous Push-Up bikini along with some of the sexiest swimsuits.


Candice Swanepoel was born in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Seen in a variety of print and television ads, Candice has walked the runway annually since 2007….

Meet IndyCar Star Helio Castroneves


 March 21

Helio Castroneves, who will drive the No. 3 Shell V-Power Dallara-Chevrolet during the first race of the 2012 IndyCar season on March 25 in downtown St. Petersburg, will appear at a season kick-off celebration at a local Shell station on the Wednesday before the race.


In addition to celebrating the new IndyCar season and the new 2012 car Helio will race this season, Helio will be …

Top Advisor in Florida – Michael Landsberg

Merrill Lynch today announced that Financial Advisor Michael W. Landsberg has been nationally recognized among the top advisors in Florida by Barron‟s magazine in its annual “America‟s Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State” list, published on February 20, 2012 based on 2011 information. In total, 287 Merrill Lynch advisors are included on this year’s list, the most advisors for any firm.

Advisors considered for Barron’s “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State” ranking hav…


It is unfortunate, nevertheless sometimes true, when we think of orchestra music or Conductors we assume that the ‘class’ in classical music somehow equates to being pretentious or perhaps a bit elitist. Nothing can be further from the truth when it comes to the Sarasota Pops Orchestra and their newest Conductor, Ms. Robyn Wilkes.

Robyn Wilkes is the Director of Instrumental Studies at State College of Florida, and is also the first female selected to lead as Conductor of the Sarasota Pop…

Backstage Artists’ Lounge – Christina Martin

Christina Martin, the owner of Backstage Artists’ Lounge, is a L.A., California based entertainment hosting business that tours with some of the best known, most prestigious entertainment industry clientele in the business, both in the U.S. and internationally. Her company has grown exponentially and is on its way to tour in with clients in Australia in 2012.


Christina is a phenomenon in the music industry today because she has created a business model and cultivated it in terms th…