Park Square Homes Brings Charming, Single Family Home Community to Davenport

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Park Square Homes continues to add more homes to Central Florida – this time, the company brings its award-winning 3-5 bedroom home designs to their newest community, Carlisle Grand, where the dream of owning a home becomes reality! Located just minutes from I-4 in Davenport, Carlisle Grand’s proximity to Central Florida’s celebrated attractions and shopping centers is a convenience that can’t be matched. The 164 delightful, single-family home community will feature a community pool and green space to be enjoyed by the whole family, making even a quiet weekend feel like an adventure. Park Square is devoted to making Central Florida’s homes more than just a place to live, but also a community in which its residents can feel at home.

Family owned and operated since 1984, Park Square Homes’ innovative designs, superior construction and commitment to homeowner satisfaction helped their small business become one of the largest and most respected independent residential development and homebuilding companies in Central Florida. For more information, visit http://www.parksquarehomes.com.

We celebrate our client, Park Square Homes!

Foundry Commercial Named One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America by Inc. Magazine

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We are proud to announce that our client Foundry Commercial LLC., a multi-city commercial real estate firm headquartered in Orlando, has been named one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. by Inc. magazine! Foundry Commercial boasted a 75% three-year growth and $30.6 million in revenue, earning a coveted spot on the list. Since 1982, the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies has compiled the nation’s most successful private companies based on their growth over a three-year period. The list has included companies like Microsoft, Timberland, Chobani and Zappos.com in the past. The honorees will be recognized at the Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala in San Antonio this October.

About Foundry Commercial
Foundry Commercial is a full-service real estate services and investment company with 240 employees and nearly 30 million square feet of space under management across the Southeast and Texas. Foundry provides corporate services, brokerage, leasing, building management and project management services, and is the largest real estate service provider to religious and not-for-profit organizations in the Country. Foundry also includes a development and investment platform that is fully integrated into its services business, leveraging its local market expertise to control more than $500 million in advantaged investment opportunities in partnership with its clients. Foundry Commercial was founded as CNL Commercial Real Estate in 2007 and launched as Foundry in 2015 through a management led buyout. For more information, visit foundrycommercial.com.

We celebrate our client Foundry Commercial LLC.!

Phil Kean Design Group Wins “Best of Show” at AURORA Awards Gala

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Glass walls, clean lines, and large spaces dedicated to indoor and outdoor living are just some of the recognizable features you will find in a Phil Kean home. Having designed residences for over 30 years, the company has been turning dreams into houses all over the world and is dedicated to making Central Florida more unique and breathtaking – home by home.

In its star-studded portfolio such as Phil Kean’s, it must be difficult to achieve the crown gem that tops them all. However, this year, the Sloane house in Orlando does just that. Earlier this month, the Sloane house won multiple awards at the Southeast Building Conference including “Best of Show” and “Best of State.” Not only is it spectacular in design, but it has also won a gold level certification from the National Green Building Standard certification program. This commitment to using green practices and materials is not a recent focus—Phil Kean has been dedicated to sustainably-designed homes since inception. The owner firmly believes that building green doesn’t mean spending more, and he hopes to someday build a house with net zero energy consumption.

Established in 1979, AURORA Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers and other housing-related professionals from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the Eastern Caribbean.

Phil Kean Designs, Inc. is an internationally recognized, award-winning, Architecture, Residential Construction, and Interior Design firm located in Winter Park, Florida. For more information, go to: http://philkeandesigns.com.

We celebrate our client Phil Kean Designs for its accolades and dedication to making Central Florida a comfortable, artistic and timeless place to live!

Immigration Client Paitoon Ratanasirintrawoot Went from Thailand to Working with Disney, Warner Brothers, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Nickelodeon

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We love to hear about client success stories, and when we read about Paitoon Ratanasirintrawoot in this NBC feature article, we grew excited about his many contributions and advancements in the world of animation. Paitoon, who is currently the concept design director and project producer for ITEC Entertainment, has worked on more than 300 products for clients such as Warner Brothers Consumer Products, Marvel, and Hasbro. He also has worked for theme park and gaming industry clients such as Universal Creative Studios, Walt Disney Entertainment, and Electronic Arts. The youngest of five boys, Paitoon grew up in Bangkok. His family worked in the medical, finance and business field. Paitoon loved to draw, paint, and build models, and chose a different path in life – the arts.

Paitoon’s eldest brother was a doctor working in Hawaii. Paitoon’s first step into the world abroad was moving to Honolulu and enrolling in English and design courses. He then attended the Columbus College of Art and Design, graduating in 1993 as the school’s Outstanding Senior in Industrial Design. From there, Walt Disney Feature Animation tracked him down and offered him an animation role in the Lion King—and the rest is history. Since that initial film, he has worked on 8 other feature Disney films including Tarzan, Mulan, and Beauty and the Beast. He left Disney in 2002 to open his own design consulting company, where he has worked with clients such as Warner Brothers, Marvel, and Hasbro to design toys and other consumer products.

Immigration attorneys Teresa Finer and Natalia Gove could not be more proud of Paitoon, and are honored to have assisted him with his US citizenship. We celebrate our client Paitoon Ratanasirintrawoot!

Inaugural Lowndes Lagooner

We had a great time with our long-time friends and clients at the Inaugural Lowndes Lagooner. Thank you for coming and joining in the fun Blake Peeper, Tom Sittema, Gene Curcio, Paul Bayer, Sam Miles, Paul Reynolds, TJ Bettis, and Steven Greathouse. More photos can be found here: http://www.lowndes-law.com/news-center/photos-54. We look forward to heading back to the Mosquito Lagoon in 2017.

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Florida Jury Finds Former Pinochet Lieutenant Living in Deltona Liable for Murder and Torture of Chilean Folksinger, Víctor Jara

A six-person jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District Florida found Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nunez liable for the 1973 detention, torture and execution of Chilean social icon Víctor Jara

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Forty three long and painful years have passed since Víctor Jara, the famous Chilean folk singer whom Rolling Stone Magazine called one of the top 15 protest artists of all time, was found dead covered with dozens of bullet wounds in the brutal Pinochet military coup that upended his country. This week, a Florida jury found Florida resident Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nunez liable for the torture and murder of Jara, and the court ordered Barrientos to pay $28 million in damages – $8 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages. Richard S. Dellinger with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. served as the local counsel and worked closely with The Center for Justice and Accountability, a San Francisco-based legal advocacy group, and the New York law firm Chadbourne & Parke, LLP to bring justice to the Jara family.

“This is justice at its best,” said Dellinger who worked tirelessly with the legal team in the eight-day trial. “Mr. Barrientos received a fair trial process that Mr. Jara never received. I am proud of what we were able to give the Jara family, who never lost sight of what happened 43 years ago and fought hard to hold Jara’s killer to account. I hope that this week’s verdict provides some measure of justice and renewal for the Jara family,” added Dellinger.

Joan Jara, Victor Jara’s 88-year old widow, attended the trial and said, “It has been a long journey seeking justice for Victor’s death. His songs continue to be sung today, and inspire both artists and those who seek social justice. For Victor, art and social justice were one and the same. Today, there is some justice for Victor’s death, and for the thousands of families in Chile who have sought truth.”

The legal team filed a civil suit on September 4, 2013 before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against Barrientos on behalf of Jara’s widow, Joan Jara, and children, Amanda Jara Turner and Manuela Bunster. The complaint alleged that Barrientos was responsible for the torture and execution of Jara, who was also a theater director and activist inspired by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Joan Baez, Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary, and The Clash. A professor of theater in Santiago in 1973, Jara was one of thousands of intellectuals, political leaders and perceived political supporters of the Allende government detained en masse at Chile Stadium during the early days of the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet.

The former officer, Barrientos, who is now 65 years old, moved to Central Florida at the end of the Pinochet dictatorship in 1990. His whereabouts were unknown until mid-2012, when a Chilean television crew located him in Florida. He worked as a landscaper and then a cook. Over the past several years, Barrientos worked at Perkins Restaurant in Deltona. Barrientos told the court that he came to the United States to earn money for his family. He did not report his military past when he applied for citizenship in 2010.

“I find it unnerving that the former Pinochet Lieutenant who is responsible for the torture and murder of Victor Jara and others at the Chile Stadium was living right here in Deltona,” said Dellinger. “This is a person who could have been one of our neighbors.”

Throughout the trial, the plaintiffs called many eyewitnesses to the stand, including ex-military conscripts assigned to the Chile Stadium detention center who placed Barrientos at the scene of Victor’s death. One conscript testified that Barrientos repeatedly boasted that he killed Jara. Additional testimonies came from others who were incarcerated in Chile Stadium with Jara, who witnessed the brutality levied against him by the Pinochet regime.

Jara’s torture and death has become a world-wide symbol for the suffering of all the innocent people who were detained, tortured, and killed at Chile Stadium, many of whom have yet to be identified.

We celebrate our client, the Jara family!

Holly Greer: OBJ’s WWMB 2016 Business Executive of the Year

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We congratulate our former colleague, friend and client Holly Greer with CNL Financial Group on receiving the Women Who Mean Business: Business Executive of the Year award by the Orlando Business Journal!

CNL Financial Group’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer, Holly Greer, was awarded with the Orlando Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business: Business Executive of the Year award on Friday, April 29, 2016. In her role, Holly oversees the company’s administrative goals and ensures that their business practices are in accordance with the company’s interests and values. This past year alone, Holly led an initiative to reduce business expenses within the legal department in addition to being responsible for the strategic buyout of CNL Commercial Real Estate by current and new partners. This was an important deal for CNL Financial Group as it has allowed the firm to concentrate more fully on its alternative investment platform, a move which owes a large part of its success to Holly’s efforts. Outside of the office, Holly is an active member of the Foundation for Foster Children and enjoys snowboarding. To read the feature article in full, go to: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2016/04/30/wwmb-2016-business-executives-of-the-year-holly.html. We celebrate our former colleague, friend and client, Holly Greer!

Escape to Paradise at Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ Resorts, Enjoy Additional Brands

Margaritaville 1Since launching its first restaurant location in Key West, Fla. in 1987, Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ has expanded to some of the most popular U.S. destinations. With locations in Orlando, Pensacola, Bossier City, Pigeon Forge, Biloxi, Hollywood, and most recently near Miami, Margaritaville has reported 1.5 billion in sales last year. In Orlando alone this year, work has begun on an $800 million family resort, which will include a 12-acre water park and 1,200 homes priced at up to $1 million each. Additionally, Margaritaville’s newest 17-story hotel near Miami will offer three pools, a full-service spa and eight restaurants. As highlighted in a New York Times article titled “Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ Is a State of Mind, and an Empire”, Margaritaville is also busy adding new products –  a new jewelry line, as well as  tequila and craft beer.

“People are always shocked when they find out how big we’ve gotten,” Mr. Buffett said in the New York Times article published on 4-23-16. We just kept quietly doing our thing. Not saying much. And now — bam! — here we are.”

Margaritaville is a global brand inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author, Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a passion for tropical escape and relaxation. Comprised of consumer products, restaurants, retail shops, hotels, resorts and Radio Margaritaville on Sirius/XM, Margaritaville, which features live broadcasts of Jimmy Buffett concerts, delivers a tropical experience where everyone can enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of their favorite destination regardless of their current latitude. For more information, please visit: http://www.margaritaville.com.

We celebrate our client, Margaritaville!

Yalaha Bakery, a legendary foodie destination in Lake County

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Reuben sandwiches on rustic pretzel rolls. German potato salad. Lavender rosemary shortbread cookies. These are just a few of the items you will find on the Yalaha Bakery menu. Nestled in between blueberry farms and old citrus groves 40 miles from Orlando, Yalaha Bakery is a family owned company that was founded in 1995. Their philosophy is to offer Central Floridians and out of town food lovers only highest quality German products, made with the best organic and natural ingredients from around the world.

Yalaha is more than your average bakery. The store operates an authentic Biergarten where customers can enjoy live music and a traditional German lunch before digging into the variety of pastries such as apple strudel, chocolate croissants filled with chocolate mousse, éclairs and more. Parents are not the only ones who can appreciate this delightful bakery – they also host tours for children and offer free pony rides every Sunday. Customers can even order products from their website for either shipping or pick up. Whether you are looking for a weekend family outing or pastries like your German grandmother used to make, Yalaha is a one-stop shop that will satisfy all taste buds. For more information, please visit: http://www.yalahabakery.com.

We celebrate our client Yalaha Bakery!

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Consolidated-Tokoma Land Co. Transforms Daytona Beach to One of Florida’s Most Attractive Destinations

Our forward thinking client Consolidated-Tokoma Land Co. has a vision for Daytona Beach. Under the strong leadership of President and CEO John Albright, the company has spent the last four years approaching investors who could come in as powerful game changers and transform Daytona Beach from a vacation destination into a permanent great place to live.

“If you look at Daytona Beach, you’ve got 65,000 people, the amazing oceanfront and intercoastal access, an international airport, universities and health care facilities,” said John Albright who was quoted in an Orlando Business Journal feature story which can be found by clicking here. “That’s the opportunity — making sure we communicate with business leaders in Orlando and other places about the opportunities they have in Daytona.”

So far, Consolidated-Tokoma has already brought Sam’s Club, Tanger Outlets, a large shopping center, North American Development Group, a regional distribution center of a national grocer, and Integra Sands Apartments—not to mention thousands of jobs to the area. As the company moves forward, John Albright envisions the acres of undeveloped land, which the company owns, to soon be flooded with opportunities for home and business owners alike to call Daytona Beach their new residence. To read about the current and future developments in Daytona Beach, that Consolidated-Tokoma is behind, click here.

Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. is a Florida-based, publicly traded real estate company, which owns a portfolio of income properties and loan investments in diversified markets in the United States, and over 10,500 acres of land in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. For more information, visit www.ctlc.com.

We celebrate our client Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. and thank them for advancing Daytona Beach!

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