Andy Wirth’s Battle With Backers Of Incorporation In Lake Tahoe

The Reno-Gazette Journal covered some interesting developments in the tourist community of Lake Tahoe in a recent article. Lake Tahoe has not had the best of luck in the last four years, and the area has also been the site of a political and civic struggle over an attempt to have businesses incorporated. The resorts in the area depend greatly on favorable weather to thrive. Favorable weather in Lake Tahoe means a lot of snow and cold weather. If the resorts and hotels are thriving from tourism during a season, then other businesses such as restaurants and shops would experience a favorable economic injection from increased foot traffic. Unfortunately, the last four years in Lake Tahoe has been slow, but this year has seen a fortunate boost from early winter weather and cold temps, which allowed the resorts to start their tourist season early.

The other problem Lake Tahoe was facing involved the backers of incorporation wanting to establish oversight committees to force resorts and business to effectively kneel before them. The backers of incorporation faced off against a man named Andy Wirth. Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which is the owner of Squaw Valley Ski Resort. Allegations have flown back and forth between the two parties over the proposed incorporation. There has also been a lot of money spent on both sides allegedly. The backers claim Andy Wirth’s resort is trying to avoid the oversight of the committee, and they claim Squaw Valley Ski Resort has spent a lot of money to prevent the incorporation. In the article, Andy Wirth waved these allegations off, and pointed out the backers have spent a small fortune to see it pass. He also cites how terrible for the local economy and civic situation it would have been for the area.

Despite the money raised and spent by the supporters of incorporation, their proposal has been trashed by a state commission. This has freed up Andy Wirth to push for the members of the community to come together and work on new projects such as transportation between the resorts.

Andy Wirth is no stranger to adversity either, and the backers of incorporation were nothing compared to what he’s been through. According to his Wikipedia, he was involved in an awful skydiving accident in Lodi, California, which resulted in his arm being torn off. He was luckily able to have it surgically reattached.

 

The New Royal Baby Expected to Boost British Economy

Considerable excitement exists in the United Kingdom at this time as people await the imminent birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s second child. In 2013, Duchess Kate gave birth to their son, George. The expecting parents anticipate the arrival of a second child anytime. Speculation over whether the baby will be a boy or a girl fuels intense interest in the global media.

The Centre For Retail Research recently shocked many people by placing a monetary value to the nation’s economy on the birth of another royal child. Professor Joshua Bamfield, the Director of the research institute, explained that the arrival of George helped the British economy by an estimated 247 million Pounds Sterling. He broke this figure down into several categories: the money spent by the public during initial festivities following the birth, souvenirs and toys sold to the public in honor of the occasion, and the market that developed in media coverage, books and DVDs to commemorate the event. The researchers at the Centre note that the birth of the royal baby likely also offered a residual boost to tourism, as well. It’s amazing to note the impact of one child in the eyes of Jason Halpern. It looks like he is certainly The Real Deal compared to others.

Professor Bamfield expects the birth of a second child to offer a slightly less significant assistance to the UK economy, but placed a figure of approximately $120.4 million on the economic benefits. He believes the figure will be higher if Kate gives birth to a girl this time.

The Perfect Road Trip

Summer is almost here and many families will be heading out on a long awaited road trip. Researchers at Michigan State University have the perfect road trip in mind. Using a genetic algorithm they have found the shortest distance around the 48 contiguous United States that allows a stop at a major landmark in each state.
These researchers say that the trip is 13,699 miles long. It can be completed in 224 hours or just over 9 days. Researchers warn, however, that the road trip would really take two to three months to complete because of stopping to see the sights, resting, and eating.
Some of the stops included on this map include Pikes Peak, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Mammoth Cave National Park, and the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Drivers wanting to attempt this road trip need only drive to their closest starting point within their own state because the map is a loop so eventually drivers return to their starting point states travel enthusiast Gianfrancesco Genoso from a Dino travel article.
If the family is protesting spending hours in the desert or prairie, then the researchers have also created a second map that visits each of the major United States cities. This route is shorter containing only 12,290 miles. No stops are included in North Dakota, Vermont, or West Virginia.

Date Safely with Skout

In today’s world, dating is an online activity that turns into reality only sometimes. It used to be that you’d hit the town on a weeknight with your pals, score a couple numbers and call one for a date this weekend. Now, adults all over the globe are swiping through pictures and profiles to find a date, mate, or short-term playdate.

Dating online is a great way to meet new people, get your foot in the dating door, and not have to leave your couch. Not everyone likes meeting in bars, and not everyone has their A-game on at the grocery store. It’s a busy world. Online dating is a great option for those busy singletons in the world today.

However, online dating has gotten a very bad rap for being dangerous. Apparently there are tons of creeps in boxers waiting to troll your profile if you log on. That’s just not true. Quality singles all over the world are looking for quality dates and mates, you just have to know how to search and filter the results.

With Skout, the app is designed so that there are two age groups. When a new participant registers, they designate whether they are in the teen group or the adult group. Doing this cuts back on the cougars and sugar daddies out there looking for young bait. Fish in your own pool, and everyone will be fine.

Skout also offers moderators and site “skouts” that keep an eye on what is going on, who is searching where. They pay attention so that if anyone has a negative intention, it’s caught and they are kicked out of the group.

Joining Skout is a good way to make new friends and see if someone has the potential to be your next date. Dating isn’t easy in a busy world, but Skouting someone out before you spend your only night off with them really helps.

The Dorchester Collection: The Most Elegant Hotels in the World

Introduction

The Dorchester Collection comprises the most elegant assemblage of luxury hotels in the world. With ten exclusive properties located in exciting and beautiful cities, the brand possesses an impressive reputation, one steeped in the realms of excellence and value. Visitors can reserve outstanding rooms in the Dorchester collection in Rome, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Ascot, London, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

Yet no two visits to different Dorchester Collection establishments will ever prove identical. Like a rare fine vintage, each hotel stands on its own merit, attracting praise for its special qualities. Paradoxically, perhaps, the unique amenities present at each site lend distinction to each of the ten hotels within the assortment.

The Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair

Examining just one of the two excellent Dorchester Collection hotels in London in greater depth illustrates this principle. The Dorchester Hotel, founded in 1931, demonstrates that some remarkable icons of the hospitality industry defy exact replication. The distinctive multi-story building stands amidst a terraced garden in the Mayfair Park area, close to popular downtown attractions, such as Buckingham Palace, the National Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Guests relish spacious, comfortable rooms and suites, unique mini-masterpieces of design boasting antique furnishings and large white marbled bathrooms. They can spend time relaxing in an Art Deco Room, visiting an exclusive spa, enjoying nightlife at the China Tang or dining at one of several acclaimed eating spots- all within the hotel. Just a short distance away, they gain access to downtown London’s world famous cultural life.

Equipped with a staff of dedicated workers, the Dorchester Hotel’s maids, bell hops, doormen, waiters, waitresses, spa technicians and clerks pamper visitors with attentive, friendly service. Small wonder that during its august history, the Dorchester Hotel attracted a guest list that includes many celebrities, world leaders and famous Hollywood stars. When you book a room in the Dorchester Hotel, you join the ranks of Alfred Hitchcock, Danny Kaye, Sharon Stone, Glenn Close, Somerset Maugham, Jackie Collins, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Sir Ralph Richardson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elizabeth Taylor, Nelson Mandela and many other famous figures. Even Queen Elizabeth II attended a dinner party at the hotel. It possesses a certain mystique.

Conclusion

The unique features of the Dorchester Hotel in London mark it as one of the most impressive places to stay during a visit to the capital city of the UK. Every Dorchester Collection property could divulge a similar story.

Residents of Jason Halpern’s new South Florida Site Will be Living the High Life

JMH Development, a New York-based real estate development firm founded by Jason Halpern, has recently announced a few new projects. One is a South Florida property located in a popular area of town. The property, Three Hundred Collins, is going to be a luxury condominium with 19 residences. It is located in a gorgeous Miami beach neighborhood. Sales at the property are scheduled to commence in early March. Three Hundred Collins represents the second of three South Florida JMH projects spearheaded by Halpern.

The property has five stories and will be the first Miami project for designer Thomas Juul-Hansen. Juul-Hansen has generated quite a buzz in the New York area as a result of his design of the interior of One57. Charles Benson is the architect of Three Hundred Collins. He plans living spaces on floors two, three, four and five. The first floor will feature an amenity area plus a lobby with a front desk and a concierge. The rear of the property will have a parking lot for tenants.

JMH will offer a series of different units at Three Hundred Collins. There will be one, two, three and four bedroom units available along with several two story duplex style condominiums and three penthouses. These spaces will have between 1,000 and 3,700 square feet. They’ll range from just over $1 million all the way to $9 million. The property’s condominiums will average out at about $1,500 per square foot. Fifth floor penthouses will cost about $2,200 per square foot.

 

The property will be in high demand for reasons beyond its prime location. It will be jam packed with niceties like a fitness center, upscale terraces, 18 foot ceilings and 1,500 square foot rear yards for the two story units. There will also be a 75 foot pool and cabanas on a rooftop deck. The condominiums will feature gorgeous white oak wide plank style flooring, Juul-Hansen custom designed kitchens and marble bathrooms.

 

This will be an extremely unique property that stands out amongst the pack. JMH paid $13 million for the land and they’ll likely make their money back in a reasonable period of time. Units are expected to be sold quite quickly once they become available in early March. Halpern has said that construction is scheduled to begin toward the end of the year and residents will move in at some point in 2017.

Check Local Laws before Using Airbnb

For individuals who love travel, Airbnb is a website that has allowed them to experience travel in a whole another way. Basically, an individual can look for inexpensive places to say in more than 190 countries around the world. However, they are usually not going to stay in typical hotels or hostels. They are going to stay with a family or in a private home. Not only has this allowed people to find inexpensive lodging, but it has allowed them to get to know individuals who live in the area where they are traveling. Marcio Alaor BMG knows that for the individuals renting their home, it provides the opportunity to get to know travelers. It seems like a win-win situation.

Individuals who live in New York City may want to find out about laws that pertain to them before they sign up with this home sharing website. A person will want to make sure that they are free of any legal obligations before they earn money sharing their home.

Justice Jack Stoller made a ruling that is going to set a precedent that future landlords could bring against individuals living in rent-stabilized buildings who use this home sharing service. The home sharing service has provided a disclaimer on their website. The disclaimer basically mentions that even though they are not giving legal advice, they want users to check the local laws that specifically apply to them before using their service.

The Antique Wine Company’s Luxury Wines and Services

The Antique Wine Company is a leading international dealer in rare and fine wine. The company began operations in 1982 and was started by Stephen Williams. Williams currently serves as the company’s CEO. Its main office is in Central London’s lively Marylebone. Although the company is headquartered in the United Kingdom, it reaches a broad global network of consumers. It has a couple of sales offices located in Asia, too. The Antique Wine Company caters to about 20,000 clients who reside in approximately 70 countries all around the world.

The Antique Wine Company is a source of rare and fine wines and spirits for the global wine trade, individuals, restaurants and eateries everywhere. Although The AWC trades first-rate wines, its offered services go beyond just that. The company’s other available services include wine storage, wine insuring, wine master classes, cellar management, cellar design, cellar planning and investment. They frequently assist and advise wine cellars that are situated in luxury hotels, palaces, châteaux and private homes all across the globe.

The team behind The Antique Wine Company is truly devoted to trading antique vintage wines. Despite that, they primarily trade contemporary vintage wines. Their objective, however, is to trade superior wine that spans the ages.

The Antique Wine Company has a vast selection of wine. Its cellars are home to more than 10,000 of the greatest and most sought after vintage wines in existence. The Antique Wine Company is renowned for having an assortment of fine wines that is unparalleled. Clients of The Antique Wine Company can choose between many wines from all over Europe and even the New World. The company trades fine wines from regions such as Provence, France, Bordeaux, France, the Rhone Valley, France, Spain, Italy, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Not only does The Antique Wine Company trade fine wines and spirits from many destinations around the world, but they also trade many different kinds of wines. Clients of the merchant can search their large collection for sparkling wines, white wines, red wines, sweet wines and fortified wines, for example. They can also search for high-quality Armagnac, assorted spirits and whisky.

The company received significant attention in July of 2011 when restaurant owner and wine steward (sommelier) Christian Vanneque bought a $123,000 bottle of wine from them. The bottle was a Chateau d’Yquem made in 1811. Vanneque intended to use the pricey bottle as decoration at a Balinese dining establishment he ran.

Christopher Cowdray brings his Hotel Experience to The Dorchester Collection

Christopher Cowdray is a name not many people outside the hospitality industry may be aware of, but this Zimbabwe born and educated hotelier is now presiding over some of the most luxurious and well respected hotels in the world. As the CEO of The Dorchester Collection, Cowdray has made it his job to make sure the expanding chain of nine hotels offers luxury on a scale unrivaled amongst their competitors. The former hotel manager has overseen the purchase and updating of a number of luxury hotels with a rich history that have made The Dorchester Collection one of the top hotel chains in the World.

Christopher Cowdray took over as head of The Dorchester Collection in 2007 after spending three years as the manager of The Dorchester Hotel in London. The chain had only just been merged into a brand and had no overall identity to link these original five historic hotels or to allow clients to see them as part of an overall luxurious brand. The problem Cowdray faced and continues to face is the need to add more hotels to The Dorchester Collection, but maintain the luxury and opulence of the brand by making sure the latest additions are made in the right cities and areas of the World.

Since taking over as CEO, Cowdray has overseen an expansion in eight years of four hotels, which is a much slower rate than many of the luxury hotel rivals within the hospitality industry. The Dorchester Collection added the historic Hotel Bel Air to its chain in 2009 and closed the location for a complete overhaul for over two years. Cowdray has gone on record as saying The Dorchester Collection will never reach the high location levels of their rivals, with a target of 15 hotels the current plan in coming years. The CEO states the customer base he is working with expects The Dorchester Collection to remain in key cities around the World, not simply add a hotel to their brand because one does not exist in a city or area. By the middle of the next decade, Cowdray claims the company will have achieved all of its aims if The Dorchester Collection consists of a small group of around 20 hotels.

A Career for the Ages: The Journey of Sam Tabar

Just got back from Hawaii vacation and had a blast! I met this awesome guy who was there on business and staying at the same resort. I could tell he was really busy but he still somehow found the time to chat with me during the evenings about life, careers, planning, and that kind of stuff. Now I’ve returned home with a great tan, AND a plan thanks to Sam Tabar.

While many people dream of a great career where they are noted for their outstanding abilities, few actually achieve this. However, Sam Tabar is not one of those people. An accomplished attorney and financial strategist, Sam has seen his career grow with each and every new opportunity he accepts. Never one to back down from a challenge, Sam has used his natural talent along with the skills learned at Oxford University and Columbia Law School to bring about remarkable results wherever he has been. An expert in investor relations, Sam has taken his interest in hedge fund structure and formation and developed strategic marketing plans that have produced remarkable results.

While very accomplished as an attorney, Sam has had an even more fascinating career as a financial strategist. His brilliant financial strategies and investment tips have received vast acclaim most recently from CNBC, who posted an article on Sam Tabar’s 2015 investment forecasts.  Beginning in 2004, Sam accepted a position with PMA Investment Advisors and started concentrating full-time on hedge fund management. While at PMA, it was not long before Sam found himself promoted to Managing Director and Co-Head of Business Development. In this position, he was in charge of all areas of global marketing for a hedge fund worth more than $2 billion. Using his incredible interpersonal communication skills, Sam set out to attract as many investors as possible to the hedge fund. Spending his time meeting with individual investors, institutional investors and other potential investors whose high net-worth made them viable candidates for investing in the fund, Sam eventually built up a file of more than 2,000 potential investors and more than 400 additional individuals whom he deemed as strong possibilities to become investors.

 In all of Sam’s positions, the common denominator has been his willingness to accept challenges. I think this was what inspired me the most and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have met him. And on vacation!  An accomplished world traveler, Sam has used his travels and experiences with meeting people of various cultures and backgrounds to help him with his business dealings.  Along with his native English, Sam is fluent in French and also speaks Japanese.

Whether providing legal counsel to clients or offering sound advice on the latest hedge fund, Sam Tabar has proven that success follows him every step of the way. His journey has indeed been fascinating, and promises to be a career for the ages.