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Saturday, July 26th, 2014 – Editor-In-Chief, Jennifer McLaughlin

LA Travel MagazineIn 2008, an on line magazine was created, LA Travel Magazine.  A little over a year ago, in August 2013, a quarterly print issue was launched in conjunction with the on line experience.

Please join Maria as she visits with Jennifer McLaughlin, Editor-in-Chief.  Jennifer shares with Maria what goes into creating and executing a travel magazine.  The behind the scenes experiences of a luxury periodical.

Friday, August 1, 2014 is the unveiling of the next issue at a Summer Issue Launch Party at the W Hollywood, Sunset Blvd.  to which you are invited.  Details and RSVP on their Facebook page.

Click here for their website.

Live From Tel Aviv

Marc SchulmanReporting live from Tel Aviv, Marc Schulman, a political historian talks with Maria about his time with his family in Israel.  Marc has his Bachelors degree and his Masters degree from Columbia University.  His MA is in Political Science and his specialization was the Middle East.

Marc moved to Israel for the first time in 1975 and became an officer in the Israeli Air Force.  He has lived in Israel at different times for a total of twelve years.  He was considered a lone soldier – soldiers who are in Israel without parents.  When his then 18 year old daughter wanted to serve, the family moved to Israel with her so that she would not be a lone soldier as well.

Marc is fluent in Hebrew and he shares that the three main television stations in Tel Aviv are broadcasting all news, all the time from 6am to midnight, dropping all other programming.  That’s as if ABC, CBS, NBC television stations here in the United States would be broadcasting only news for eighteen hours a day, all day, every day!

The Israeli anti missile system has been 100% effective thus far.  He explains what the sound of a siren means to the residents and how they should proceed when they hear one.   As one might imagine, living in a metropolitan area and hearing a siren is akin to being in a war zone and having to seek shelter.  Thus Marc used to go to the beach regularly, but because there isn’t shelter there, he feels that it is unwise to visit and enjoy.  This has been the case for nearly 3 weeks.

Having lived in Israel on and off for the past 40 years, Marc shares what he sees, experiences and learns regarding what is happening in Israel and the Middle East.

Marc who voted for President Obama also opines about how he feels the President is doing with regards to this matter as well as Secretary of State John Kerry’s actions thus far.

A conversation you do not want to miss!

Click here to read Marc’s Newsweek articles.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 – Greg Writer, Founder & CEO

http://angelnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ain-logo-460x751.pngYou can start a company!  You can get funding!  You can take your creation to execution!  Please join Maria as she visits with CEO and Founder of Angel Investors Network, Greg Writer, where dreams become reality.

Mr. Writer began investing at the tender age of 19.  At 21 he had his securities license and became the youngest owner in the history of the United Sates of his own investment firm. 

It is all about our mind set, our commitment and our desire to succeed.   In the past several years, the ratio is 2 to 1 of women starting businesses so this isn’t gender specific in any regard.

You can also find investment opportunities.  Typically, an angel investor is a high net worth individual and  is usually one of the first ones in and thus is taking most of the risk. 

Click here for their website.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 – Gary Tucker, CEO, Dealer Rater

logo_dealerraterIf we research our prospective romantic partners before we meet them, why wouldn’t we do the same for a car dealership? Relationships run an average of 3 to 6 months. The length of today’s average car dealership/customer relationship is 5 years.

Please join Maria as she visits with DealerRater CEO, Gary Tucker as he shares about the consumer experience.  With 1.5 MILLION reviews on line, you’re sure to take the surprise out of the experience.  You might even find that it will be worth the drive to get the rewarding experience you’re looking for, including which salesperson you’d like to work with.

This is the largest review site in the world in the automotive industry. They are receiving 35 – 40,o00 review a month!  They represent 5,200 dealerships in the United States.

It is often difficult to find situations where it is a win/win/win experience.  It seems that this is one of them.  People are paying it forward by posting their reviews about their dealership experience, both good and bad.

Mr. Tucker has been in the auto industry for nearly 30 years.  He brings his expertise to Dealer Rater since April of this year.

Click here for their website.

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 – Health & Wellness

Pacific HerbsDoctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupunturist and herbalist, Cathy Margolin visits with Maria about the science behind Chinese herbs and what they can do to help with our wellness as well as our disorders.

Dr. Margolin shares that the single worst choice that we make here in the United States regarding our health and wellness is our poor eating habits.  Not just the choices of our foods but the manner in which we consume them.  She speaks of mindful eating.  Being in the moment, relishing the nourishment, taking the time to enjoy what we are ingesting – much like they do in France, for example.

She also talks about the company that she created, Pacific Herbs, which offers a collection of natural herbal remedies for pain and issues ranging from menopause to PMS.  As well as treatment for chronic pain such as backaches, headaches, and arthritic pain.

The herbs have a synergistic effect and have been used for centuries, making it a reliable product to relieve pain without creating an addition or any other side effects.

Suggested use is 1/2 teaspoon daily and Dr. Margolin suggests that the product is consumed according to your situational need, in other words, to address a certain malady and then regain balance.

Click here for their website.