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Winning Style

Hairstylist Chris Martin gives pageant hopefuls crucial advice and a big dose of confidence.

Story of a… Therapy Dog

Tori, a 9-year-old St. Bernard/Golden Retriever mix, gives comfort and joy to Orlando Health patients.

Story of a… Bodybuilder

Through years of intense training, Ian Frierson, 31, has mastered the ability to transform his body and work the crowd.

Best of Orlando 2015: Personalities

50 Most Powerful: 21-29

Perry Jr., Sublette, Shugart, Grayson, Pugh, Marchena, Demings, Wick, Aguel

50 Most Powerful: 41-50 & 10 to Watch

German, McGee, Webster, Maladecki, Sheehan, NeJame, Batchelor, West, Stuart, LaRoe, Hill, plus 10 to Watch

50 Most Powerful People

Our annual list comprises politicians, entrepreneurs, educators, philanthropists and others who are instrumental in shaping our community.

Story of a... Comic

For more than half his life, Brian Bradley, 60, has made others laugh—and learned to master tough crowds.

50 Most Powerful: 1-10

Dyer, Morgan, Houmann, Hitt, Jenkins, Jacobs, Gardiner, Downs, Rosen, Kalogridis

50 Most Powerful: 11-20

Williams, Martins, Mica, Cohen, Thakkar, Ashton, Nelson, Rawlins, Ustler, Kruppenbacher

50 Most Powerful: 30-40

Maines, Miller, Simmons, Ramsberger, Siegel, Macnab, Whittall, Brown II, Bailey, Maxwell, German

Story of a... Boat Tour Guide

With 15 years on Winter Park’s lakes, Dan Lancaster, 77, has seen it all: wildlife fights, stormy weather and a “dead boat.”

Story of a... Living Statue

Nicolas Jay, 43, paints his body, dresses in costume, and stays perfectly still to entertain audiences at Disney World.

Story of a... Hiker

Sandra Friend, 52, braves gators, bears and floods to research her guidebooks to Florida’s best trails.

Story of a...Barista

Coffee, like beer, has gone craft, and no one knows that better than Aaron Albright, 26, of Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen.

Story of a... Hockey Player

At 24, Solar Bears forward Scott Tanski is already a veteran—and he still has all his teeth.

Story of...a Children's Entertainer

Richard Peeples, 53, and his quirky songs have delighted thousands of youngsters over the past decade.

Story of a...Pianist

Wes Hamrick, 52, hits the right note among audiences with his musical serenades.

Story of a... Stilt Walker

Mike Weakley, 48, has made a career out of walking tall, to the delight of young and old alike.

Filling a Tall Order

With a message that’s modern in style but traditional in substance, Pastor David Uth has led First Baptist Church of Orlando to embrace a multicultural outlook—and has become a strong voice in favor of immigration reform.

Story of a... Dog Trainer

Trained as an engineer in England, Martin Deeley, 68, found his true calling when he got his first hunting dog.

What Lies Beneath

George O’Leary seems to be the classic curmudgeon. But that’s just one side of UCF’s football coach. We found another.

Neighborhood Watch

Matt Broffman’s Bungalower site draws readers by using a straightforward approach to community news.

Story of a... Driving Instructor

Bonnie Frank, 55, steers Orlando’s motorists of tomorrow in the right direction.

Face Time

A UCF student captures life in Orlando through snapshots and snippets of stories.

Story of a... Theme Park Performer

As worrywart dad Marlin, Robby Pigott, 45, entertains and inspires in Finding Nemo—The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

Unsung Hero

Master Legend keeps an eye out for evildoers while striving to take care of his fellow man.

Story of a… Ballerina

Anamarie McGinn, 30, dances through life as a member of the Orlando Ballet company.

Story of a… Magician

Kostya Kimlat, 31, created a career out of magic using some sleight-of-hand and a lot of hard work.

Story of a… Power Lineman

When the electricity goes out, OUC’s Sean Carroll, 43, climbs into the spotlight.

Story of a... Sign Twirler

Jose Melendez, 36, is the man behind the hat-tipping masked character that has become a roadside icon.

Playing It Cool

Jeremy Litwack’s perseverance—and his knack for quirky flavor formulas—have made Jeremiah’s Italian Ice a sweet pursuit.

A Woman for All Seasons

Attorney, adviser, traveler, friend: Having stared down death, Mayanne Downs lives like there’s no tomorrow.

Story of a... Romance Novelist

A Rollins College librarian by day, Dorothy Mays, 47, transforms into an award-winning writer at night.

Gator Wrestler

Donny Aldarelli, 28, educates and entertains audiences at Gatorland, while keeping a sharp eye on his reptilian performers.

Story Of A... Holiday Decorator

Christmastime is year-round for Cindi DeYoung, 42, senior director of floral and holiday for Greenery Productions.
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Guides & Resources

Ask a Vet 2015

Local vets answer some important questions about your pets.

Premier Veterinarians 2015

Check out our searchable 2015 list of some of the best vets in the Orlando area.

Choosing a Graduate School

Programs at UCF and Rollins College

Top Vets 2014

Check out our searchable 2014 list of some of the best vets in Orange and Seminole counties.

Premier Realtors

Let Orlando's best realtors help you find your dream home!

Wedding Resource Guide

Find the best wedding vendors in Orlando.

Summer Getaways 2015

Summer is finally on its way and now is the perfect time to plan your getaway. Check out some of these great deals and special destinations just a short drive from Orlando.

Shattering Myths of Better Business Bureau

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PeopleRecent Blog Posts

Weekend Happenings in Orlando August 28 to 30

Find the best events in and around town for the weekend.

Arts Beat: Python Sing-along

Extras needed Saturday for 'Spamalot' video.

Arts Beat: Step Right Up!

An exhibit at UCF looks at the art of the circus sideshow.

Weekend Happenings in Orlando August 21 to 23

Find the best events in and around Orlando for the weekend.

Arts Beat: Present Perfect

A key player in the Dr. Phillips Center saga is especially proud of one of the stars on the theater's stage this week.
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