William Jackson is a 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

We extend hearty congratulations to our Founder & Chief Business Officer, Mr. William Jackson, MBA who was feted a 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree on Thursday, December 6th.

The Grand Ballroom of The Yale Club in Manhattan was packed with some of magazine media’s brightest minds to celebrate Folio:’s list of the top 100 innovators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and industry-disruptors from over the past year.

The annual list, which is comprised of the best thought-leaders from the industry, and recognizes them for the tangible impact they’ve had in their jobs, on their companies and brands, or on the industry at large. Representing every sector of magazine media, including consumer, b2b, regional, enthusiast, and association, the honorees set a theme of thanking their hard working teams and bosses who allowed them to execute their ideas.

Clever Kitchen Upgrades

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

For avid cooks, seasoned hosts and busy families, the kitchen is likely the center of daily life and a place where both form and function are of the utmost importance.

This high-traffic space generally influences the design of the rest of the house, especially if the home has more of an open-concept layout. The colors and materials used in the kitchen normally set the tone for the rest of the home.

When it comes to considerations like finish and materials, kitchen cabinetry trends are shifting toward colored cabinetry and a mixture of exposed textures and materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful allure

White kitchen cabinets have dominated the market for years; white is constant, safe and classic. While white kitchens are likely to remain a popular option for homeowners, buying trends are showing a shift in painted cabinetry design from classic white to eye-catching colors.

Natural colors, burnt orange, shades of gray, blue hues and green tones are likely to be the leaders in painted cabinetry colors in 2019, and all are offered through an option like Wellborn’s ColorInspire program.

For those with a visionary and creative approach to design, the blue tones for cabinetry reach atmospheric wisps of colors and capture the unique space between technology and spirituality. The unbridled adventurer may use burnt orange to soak in the blue of endless horizon and the subtle earthy colors of the high plains and desert.

For the naturalist, green earthy tones can bring the wonder of the world into your kitchen. For the cozy home-body, dark warm tones of gray on cabinetry add a rich and modern scope that spans space and time.

Trends in texture

From classic to modern and from farmhouse to high-tech modernistic styling, designers work to make surfaces make a statement. With cabinetry, there’s no shortage of options: matte and glossy, dark and light, with and without handles.

Technology has played a major role in the improved quality of laminates in the kitchen; many of today’s laminate options have a more realistic appearance and texture than their ancestors. For a more authentic wood look, an option like Wellborn Cabinet’s Decorative Laminate Veneer Door Collection is filled with color choices in a range of materials spanning embossed and textured melamine, acrylic, laminates, metal and more.

Another option is cabinetry featuring timber with exposed grain for a balance between embracing nature and exuding sophistication. This trend celebrates imperfections and allows you to bring nature into your home. Defined or rustic woods are made from materials such as walnut, oak and cherry. For nature enthusiasts or those seeking the rustic farmhouse style, you can find beautiful organic finishes in Wellborn’s Aspire Full Access Frameless line. The standout feature is heavy graining. Hand sanding, along with hand-rubbed finishes, provide a quality product with varied textures that minimizes the need for a lot of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus on Function

A beautiful kitchen may please the eye, but when it comes down to it, a kitchen’s function is its greatest value. Integrate these ideas for a kitchen that offers maximum function for one of your home’s most-used spaces.

Declutter the countertops. Consider incorporating pull-out and roll-out trays into your cabinetry to maximize your storage space, as well as dressing your cabinets with appropriate inserts and organizational kits. Eliminate wasted space by adding corner cabinets to utilize all your available space.

In addition, an option like Wellborn Cabinet’s Aspire Full Access Frameless cabinetry makes it simple to create diverse design styles with better storage options than traditional cabinet framing allows. Without a face frame on the front of the cabinet box, this style provides more room for storage and easier accessibility. You can create a modernistic kitchen, a rustic farmhouse kitchen or a nature-styled kitchen.

Determine the island’s function. The island is often the visual centerpiece of the kitchen, but determining its function can maximize its benefit. Fully functional cabinetry around the island can provide added storage space. For example, custom cabinetry appliance panels let you not only conceal bulky appliances, they also give your wall cabinets more space and functionality.

Make recycling easy. Place the recycle and garbage bins in a drawer near the sink to allow for easier accessibility and keep them out of sight.

Explore more trendy looks for your new kitchen at Wellborn.com. (Family Features)

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5 Ways to Support Your Community this Festive Season

Each year, the true spirit of the festive season can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

However, when it comes to the festive season, gifts don’t have to come in glossy paper with crisp edges and hidden tape (though those are nice, too). For example, author Carol Lavin Bernick recommends focusing on gifts that make an impact, such as giving back within your community.

The former chairman of beauty conglomerate Alberto Culver, Bernick published “Gather As You Go,”a book sharing insights she’s learned through her many roles: corporate leader, working mother, philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit organization Enchanted Backpack.

Consider these tips from Bernick for making a difference without breaking the bank.

  1. It’s About More Than Just Dollars

    Instead of measuring your support by how much money you give, focus on the many ways you can support organizations near and dear to you by spreading the word online and in-person while recruiting new supporters. Alternatively, you can find an organization that puts your knowledge and skills to work. For example, if you’re an artist or IT specialist, find a charity that needs your skill set.

  1. Think Long-Term

    When you’re working with an organization, consider how you can help it find a long-term solution to problems. For example, if you’re interested in helping young girls excel in science and math, work with your local elementary or junior high school to establish or support an after-school STEM program.

  1. Start at Home

    Teach your children the importance of giving back by donating gifts to those in need through charitable programs, volunteering at a food pantry or fundraising through a bake sale.

  1. Shop with Purpose

    This year, you can make an impact with your holiday shopping by buying gifts that give back. For instance, all proceeds from “Gather As You Go”directly benefit Enchanted Backpack.

  1. Focus on Your Passions

    Define your focus and make a difference by dedicating yourself to one or two causes that excite you the most. Find your passion and pursue it.

Find more inspiration to give back at gatherasyougo.com. (Family Features)

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The Shaker33 is a Game Changer in the Cocktail Game!

InFluentials, we want to introduce you to the latest innovation in Cocktail Shakers – the Stainless Steel Shaker33. With its BPA-Free, stainless steel design, Shaker33 is revolutionizing the art of mixing drinks.

We’re excited to share a few features of Shaker33:

Stainless Steel Shaker33 Cocktail Shaker

  • Made of lightweight acrylic and finished in stainless steel
  • Shatterproof BPA-free Tritan™ plastic
  • 24 oz. large format to enable large cocktail batches to be mixed at once
  • Leak-proof featuring an easy-to-open, lockable lid with a Dual Flow strainer for a slow or quick pour
  • Low condensation- chills drinks, not hands
  • Non-slippery and one-handed mixing capability
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • MSRP $39.95
  • Shaker33 is available at Shaker33.com

According to James Nelson, Technology Editor of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, “The Skaker33 is revolutionary.  The packaging is stylish and captivating and definitely makes for a great gift.  Shaker 33 is easy to handle and is perfect for making one perfect cocktail or many with a single use.  Skaker33 looks great when stored in the bar area awaiting our next use.  Shaker33 is a definite game changer in my cocktail game.”

MUST-HAVE Festive Season Travel Essentials!

With festive season travel plans in full swing, make sure you are familiar with the ChargeHub V2 vehicle USB port and the JumpSmart jump starter from Limitless Innovations.

The ChargeHub V2 is a 3-in-1 Vehicle Emergency Multi-Tool with charge, break, and escape features to flee from the car in the case of an emergency.

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  • 3-In-1 Vehicle Multi-Tool features (2) USB ports to charge, a glass breaker and seat belt cutter
  • Charge: 2 USB ports power most USB devices at a fast, up to 2.4A using SmartSpeed Technology through the vehicle power socket
  • Beak: The zinc alloy casing is robust and tungsten steel tip glass breaker works easily and efficiently to break tempered glass windows (*please note the ChargeHub V2 is not designed to break a windshield, laminated glass or plated glass)
  • Escape: The concealed, yet razor-sharp seat belt cutting feature cuts through safety belt
  • Available in 5 colors
  • MSRP $ 29.99
  • Available at www.limitlessinnovations.com

JumpSmart is a practical essential everyone should have in the car, especially while traveling to that whimsical festive season destination! The JumpSmart is a single 3-in-1 high-powered unit that includes a jump starter, a flashlight, and a power bank to charge your devices when desperate times call for desperate measures.

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  • 4-Mode, 1100 Lumen LED Flashlight with 150m reach
  • Jumper cables with 10 built-in safety features, safety check lights and sounds
  • 10000 mAh/ 37000 mWh Lithium-Polymer battery
  • 5V/ 2.4A USB Port utilizing SmartSpeed Technology
  • JumpSmart Includes: Jumper cables, heavy-duty case, car and wall charging adapters, protective sleeve
  • MSRP $119.99
  • Available at www.limitlessinnovations.com

Give an Amazing Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year Long from Great Brands Like bblüv, Feltman Brothers, Isabelle Grace Jewelry & The Field

Another year is upon us to find the perfect gift for our sweet kiddos. This year, give an amazing gift you can feel good about. We’ve got thoughtful and creative gift ideas from brands like Feltman Brothers, bblüv, Isabelle Grace Jewelry, and more. Check out these unique gift giving ideas below and feel confident knowing that you’ll love these gifts as much as your kiddos!

Today’s parents need thoughtfully created and well-designed products for their little ones. They deserve quality products that are safe, durable, attractive, and make life easier. bblüv puts a great deal of effort in the design of their products so you can be assured that what enters your home will make life simpler for you and your baby. Their goal is to help you worry less about the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ and focus on what really matters: your little ones.

Whether you’re playing at home or on an outing for the day, don’t forget to bring along bblüv. With bblüv, you’re ready for playtime on the playmat and naptime in the travel & play tent. These items are must-haves for the busy new parent. Made from non-toxic and easy-to-clean material, the Mülti Reversible Playmat is a safe and durable mat to promote learning and motricity from the very first months and for many years to come. The Düo Foot Finders stimulate and can help develop fine motor skills. You can also use them as puppets!  And lastly, the Glüv Baby Teething Mitten relieves a teething baby’s gums while also providing entertainment. It is made from food grade silicone, carefully designed to provide different textures.

Featured from left to right—Mülti Reversible Playmat ($79.99), Düo Foot Finders ($12.99), Glüv Baby Teething Mitten ($13.99).

Creative play is proven to have intellectual, emotional and social benefits for children. The Field is a creative and imaginative learning toy for boys & girls ages 3+ and makes a perfect gift for the holidays. The Field offers a refreshing approach to the toy market by designing a simply yet elegant handcrafted toy where a child’s imagination is the only prop needed to create hours of inspired play for children. Check out the mini sized fields for livestock to graze, machinery to drive around the field, hedging, meadows and a traditional wooden farm gate. Create your own outdoors and let the fun begin!

Choose from The Field or Half Acre Field styles.

Your little girl will go gaga over this wonderful holiday gift! Feltman Brothers’ lifelike limited edition collector’s doll is baby scented and features the softest skin, real eyelashes, and an adorable pixie cut! Comes with a birth certificate and 4 pieces of hand embroidered, classic Feltman Brothers clothing – a dress, bonnet, booties, and bloomers! Retails for $149.00.

 

The perfect holiday gift is usually hard to come by, unless you’re in-the-know with Isabelle Grace Jewelry. For handcrafted jewelry that’s sustainably made in the USA, you can trust Isabelle Grace to deliver on lasting quality, gorgeous designs and beauty that never goes out of style. Isabelle Grace’s trendy jewelry is a favorite of celebrities like Katherine HeiglLindsay PriceTori Spelling, Courtney Mazza LopezAllison Sweeney and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Find the ideal gift for your little girl below:

Featured from left to right—Unicorn Kisses Personalized Necklace ($65), Build Your Own Charm Necklace ($58), Girls ID Necklace ($65), Girls Identity Bracelet ($60), Lovely Hearts Bracelet ($45) and Lovely Hearts Necklace ($42).

Sip Less, Enjoy More: Mindful Drinking During the Festive Season

From Halloween to New Year’s Day, the average consumer will attend at least 10-12 parties — and where there’s a party, there is bound to be alcohol. Between meeting new people and reconnecting with old acquaintances, it’s easy to lose count of just how many times you’ve topped off your glass of bubbly. Get ahead of the curve (and potential hangover) by following some expert-approved tips for festive season drinking.

Enter Diana NovakNational Director of Craft Spirits Education at Palm Bay International, whose extensive portfolio includes brands such as Råvo Vodka, Tequila Bribón, Wemyss Malts, Los Amantes Mezcal and Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin. Diana believes in sipping less and enjoying more. Her background as a personal trainer, and now as a spirits educator, has inspired her pursuit of a balanced lifestyle, while her passion for food and drink has led to her career in the spirits industry. You can find a few of Diana’s useful tips on mindful drinking below.

Tip #1 - Stay hydrated by alternating between water and alcohol.

Tip #2 
- Know what you’re drinking and ask for ingredients.

Tip #3 - Substitute tea or kombucha for sugary mixers.

ABOUT DIANA NOVAK - National Director of Craft Spirits Education, Palm Bay International 

  
As the oldest daughter of an Air Force Colonel, Diana Novak’s love of different flavors, textures and adventure can be credited to her family’s extensive travel history.
 
Diana’s passion for food and drink led her to pursue a degree from the esteemed Johnson and Wales University. She began formally bartending during college and after graduation, Diana returned to her home in North Carolina to continue her growth in the bar industry. Using flavor and texture skills combined with pure experimentation, Diana developed a fast consumer following by creating unique and thoughtful cocktails.
 
While working for local and regional chains, Diana was able to design feature and specialty cocktails for various concepts in both North and South Carolina, including serving on the opening management and development team of the Carolina Hospitality Group. After several years in the Carolinas, Diana moved to Indiana. There, she spent 3 years mixing in high-volume cocktail and craft competitions, and participated in the creation of several local cocktail menus.
In 2010 Diana joined Palm Bay International, one of the leading wine and spirits importers in the country, to spearhead education for the spirits portfolio and to serve as a connection between distributors and key accounts in Chicago and the Midwest markets. Diana was promoted as the National Director of Craft Spirits Education in fall 2013 – a role she continues to hold today. In her capacity as National Director, she can be found creating the cocktails for the market and educating each segment of business about spirits categories, competitive sets, and how to use spirits in new and exciting ways.
 
Diana has been featured in Tasting Panel Magazine for her cocktails featuring Los Amantes Mezcal, Boulard Calvados, and more. Her recipe, “Smoke, Spice, and Everything Nice,” recently won the About.com “Savory Cocktail” competition.

Turkish Airlines Implements Two New Dining Programs to Provide Better Service to its Business Class Passengers Flying Intercontinental

“Meal Selection Before Flight” 

Awarded many times for its in-flight catering services, Turkish Airlines has carried its service a step further and implemented a new program enabling business class passengers to choose their meals before the flight.

With this service, business class passengers can view the meal details and visuals of the main dishes and make their choices on the webpage or via the mobile application.  Passengers can make their choice one week prior to their flight but no later than 48 hours before their initial take off.

Turkish Airlines passengers who fly from Istanbul to Atlanta, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Havana, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Manila,  Miami, Montreal, New York, Phuket, Port Louis, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington DC, Caracas, Panama City, Madagascar, Durban, Maputo, and Buenos Aires can take advantage of this service.

For detailed information on “Meal Selection Before Flight” service, please visit https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-ua/flights/fly-different/business-class/meal-selection/index.html. 

“Dine on Demand” Service

Another new experience; Turkish Airlines offers to its Business class passengers on intercontinental flights is to allow them to dine at any time they wish during the flight. This privileged service concept, applied by very few airline companies in the world, allows passengers to get a more customized service. Turkish Airlines passengers will have the opportunity to experience a more flexible flight by determining the time they want to rest and dine.

The passengers can use this service on all Turkish Airlines intercontinental night flights* departing from and arriving in Istanbul.

*There may be exceptions on some night flights depending on flight schedule.

About Turkish Airlines:

Founded with a modest fleet of 5 aircraft in the year 1933, the Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is an airline company that flies to 304 destinations globally, consisting of 255 international and 49 domestic destinations, with a fleet of 326 (passenger and cargo) aircrafts today. Further information on Turkish Airlines is available in www.turkishairlines.com or its FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, and Instagram accounts. 

About Star Alliance:

Turkish Airlines is an airline company that is a member to the Star Alliance that was established in 1997 as the first global airlines alliance and offers global transport, recognition, and unique service to those who travel internationally. The members of Star Alliance that has been given the “Market Leadership Award” by Air Transport World and “Best Airline Alliance” by Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax in addition to many others are Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United. Currently, the Star Alliance performs over 18,800 daily flights to 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Additionally, the Star Alliance Connecting Partner Juneyao Airlines also offers connecting flights within this scope.

Here’s How to Tap Into Your Home’s Not-So-Hidden Potential

Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. It’s above you, it’s below you and in many cases you don’t realize how much it can do for you.

According to the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., “Americans have a staggering amount of untapped equity in their homes.” How much? Altogether, $11,030,000,000,000. That’s 11 trillion, 30 billion dollars.

Yet despite this huge wealth possessed by homeowners, using it isn’t as simple as writing a check. You have to capitalize on your home’s equity.

What Is Home Equity?

Your home’s equity represents the difference between its current market value and the money that you owe on it.

Let’s say, for example, your home has a market value of $200,000, you made a down payment of $40,000 and you took out a $160,000 mortgage. At that point your equity is $40,000. You can always calculate this number by taking your home’s initial price and subtracting the amount you still owe.

Now, let’s say 10 years later you have paid off $60,000 of your $160,000 mortgage. At this point you still owe $100,000 on your home’s initial price of $200,000 so your equity is $100,000, assuming the home’s value has remained the same.

A little at a time

Each month when you make a mortgage payment, some of your money goes toward interest, some goes toward real estate taxes and homeowner’s insurance (if the lender is collecting for these and making the payments on your behalf), and some goes toward paying off the mortgage itself. This last portion grows your equity because it subtracts from the amount you still owe.

Your home equity can also grow if your home increases in value because the amount you still owe has not changed. A rise in value may be due to increased home prices in your area and/or improvements you make to the home.

Market home prices may rise and fall from one year to the next but given enough time, most real estate tends to increase in value. For example, current economic forecasts from CoreLogic project a 4.8 percent increase in home prices year over year in 2017.

Gaining access to your equity

Now that you understand what equity is and how much equity you have, your next question may be “How do I use it?”

Your first step is to contact a knowledgeable mortgage professional. They will be able to answer your questions as well as show you loans that use your home as collateral. You’ll want to do your research to determine which type of loan is best for you. You should also take the time to compare interest rates, offers and loan features.

And if you are age 62 or older, you are also eligible for additional home equity options such as a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), which is an FHA-insured Reverse Mortgage loan. This loan may be taken as a lump sum, a line of credit, through fixed monthly payments or a combination and the loan can never be frozen or reduced.

The equity in your home empowers you with several financing options and the specifics of each loan may vary from lender to lender, so ask questions and do your own research. Once you understand all your options you’ll be able to determine which loan offering allows you to make the most of your most valuable asset.

To learn about HECM Reverse Mortgage loans and other special home-equity options available to homeowners 62 and older, visit www.reversemortgage.org/HomeEquity. (BPT)

You’re Invited to the Peninsula at Rough Hollow Austin Parade

Legend Communities and Crescent Communities today announced The Peninsula at Rough Hollow will host the spring Spring 2017 Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin Parade of Homes™. 

The Spring 2017 HBA Parade of Homes™ will take place at The Peninsula at Rough Hollow May 12 through May 29. The annual event showcases the newest trends in construction, building design, interior décor and landscaping in one of the nation’s most vibrant real estate communities. This year will mark the third Parade of Homes tour to be held within Rough Hollow over the past 10 years and by far the most anticipated showing due to The Peninsula’s spectacular views of the Hill Country and Lake Travis. 

The tour will feature five custom-built homes by award-winning builders specifically chosen for the event—Arbogast Custom Homes, Jenkins Design + Build, Lake Travis Builders, Laurel Haven Homes and Triton Custom Homes Inc. During the tour, the homes will be open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays and Memorial Day, May 29.