The Virtual International Round Table

The lady Irma is long gone – but the memory lingers on. We read of a lovely community in Longwood which flooded because a retaining pond put there by the Ultimate I-4 Project collapsed during the Hurricane.  Tsk, tsk. Hospitals

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Blog for 27 July2017

TO:  Virtual International Round Table FROM:  Rachel & Jim Shipley This July seems like old times.  Some forty years ago when we first moved to Orlando, you could almost set your watch by it.  Four o’clock in the afternoon the

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Virtual International Round Table, 5.17.2017

EB-5!  Suddenly there is such an interest in this visa program that has been with us for almost a quarter century.  The present confusion and what makes it newsworthy is of course, Jared Kushner’s sister using EB-5 visas as part

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A Conversation

We have been partners for very close to sixty years. We have been in business together and separately. A couple of years ago, a friend of ours, Pam Hoelzle who runs the Launch Pad program at the University of Central

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The Challenge of Going Digital

As you probably know, The International Round Table has been holding monthly meetings for close to twenty years.  We have successfully”closed” three venues in that time. No, seriously – we met at the Banker’s Guest Club in the SunTrust building

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A Really Stupid Decision

Washington is locked in an death embrace from which there is no extraction.  The cities vote Democratic when they bother to vote, the rural and ex-urb areas vote Republican and they usually do vote.  So, gridlock is pre-determined. The way

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A Changing World

There is nothing so consistent as change.  In business you have to watch those changes with an eye to how it affects your business.  Oh yes – these changes do in one way or another affect your business.  A brutal

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The World is Constantly Changing

And friends, you better be ready for it. New markets emerging, mature markets going through huge changes.  We find the key to successful international business is the “people on the ground”.  There is no way you can have an intimate

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