Author: Jim Leusner

Leading the Way

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer talks about the painful days since a shooter killed 49 people inside a nightclub. And about how proud he is of his city.

Faces of Tech

Orlando’s tech startup community is a digital melting pot of app developers, software designers and hardware makers. Their stories are as diverse as their creative endeavors.

Cool Hand FLUKE

If not for a chance encounter with a frustrated golfer in 1993, who knows what David Maus would be selling today? But, really, the product doesn’t matter to a natural, yet unconventional, salesman like Maus. He can sell anything—especially himself.

Mr. Big

 

There is more to timeshare kingpin David Siegel than living fabulously large and being in charge. He says he is the ‘most misunderstood person in Orlando.’ We’ll leave that for you to decide.

The Reserve at Lake Butler Sound is an address for people with conspicuous wealth, but the homeowners in this enclave of fashionable Windermere don’t want their mansions on display for every-one to see. To enter the neighborhood means you either belong here or your name is on the list with the gatehouse guard.

Once waved through by the polite man in uniform, a visitor takes Bridge House Road past custom-built homes of Mediterranean, contemporary and English Tudor influences. Each is different from its neighbor, yet almost all the homes flow into a rhythm of size, proportion and curb appeal, with manicured lawns and palms, and brick-paver driveways.

On a mild, blue-sky morning in The Reserve, two young mothers dressed in active wear push strollers at a hurried pace while chatting at a similar speed. Just past Kirkstone Lane, a cul de sac off of Bridge House, they stop to answer a visitor’s inquiry about a distant blue-and-gray building that dwarfs all the homes around it, standing out in both size and architectural design.