*UPDATE* Bremer Trust released a statement earlier today, denying any plans to sell the estate. “Contrary to some recent media reports, Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the Prince Rogers Nelson estate, has no plans to sell either Paisley Park or the property referred to as the ‘Purple Rain’ house. There is no additional formation to share on this topic.”Sad news out of Minnesota, as it appears that Prince‘s famous Paisley Park complex is about to hit the market. When the versatile songwriter and performer passed away, he left no will, and since then several family members have stepped forward to attempt to take the lead on the estate. However, with no clear heir, a bank has been managing the estate, and they recently delivered a list of several of the Purple One’s properties that they intend to sell off, with Paisley Park topping the list.The 60,000 square foot complex–which includes a large home, recording studio, concert venue, and bank vault–is legendary (to say the least), worth over $7 million, and was the home to countless parties and recording sessions, as well as several late-night basketball games. Prince’s family had planned to turn the complex into a Prince-themed museum, and it seems that they are preparing to fight the estate managers in court to block the sale of the famous mansion.With a legal battle brewing, we can only hope that whomever ends up being in charge of Paisley Park finds a way to pay tribute to Prince at the home and studio where he spent so much time.[via TMZ]
The career path of a chef today can take an interesting route, beginning as lowly stagiaire, and perhaps leading to chef-owner of an acclaimed restaurant or two, then books, endorsements, and television. Few have the opportunity to use a top university classroom as their stage.This year, Harvard University has gathered 12 of the most accomplished chefs from around the world to teach “Science and Cooking’’ at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Each lecturer presents a class to a group of 400 undergraduates. In an effort to allow some public access (and accommodate overflow students), each chef also presents a weekly seminar one evening. They kicked off last week with the world’s most talked-about chef, Ferran Adria of El Bulli restaurant in Spain, the man at the forefront of molecular gastronomy — though he prefers the term “avant garde cuisine…”Read more here
The IDC Technology Spotlight, sponsored by Dell, found that the Dell UltraSharp Curved Ultrawide Monitor (U3415W) improves productivity and efficiency, especially for workers in financial or creative fields.While the Dell screen rated highly across industries, professionals in finance, accounting and creative work found the most benefit from the curved screen, thanks to the ability to display multiple windows without scrolling or task switching. (By the same token, Videomaker Magazine called the Dell U3415W a “video editor, colorist and VFX artist’s best friend.”) Across the board, respondents preferred the Dell product’s matte screen and commented on the monitor’s attractive industrial design and build quality.“IDC believes that once users become more educated and aware of the benefits (and as component prices fall), it is only a matter of time before 21:9 curved monitors become commonplace in the workplace,” the IDC Technology Spotlight states. “Companies and IT departments that get such displays earlier in the game also stand to benefit from the efficiencies in productivity that competitors won’t have.”The findings of both the InfoBrief and the Technology Spotlight support our approach to designing monitors for today’s workplace needs. Whether our customers need ultrawide, curved displays, a more compact profile or a mixture of both, we offer monitors that minimize eye strain and maximize the ease of establishing multi-monitor configurations. When we can set workers up with a comfortable, efficient workstation, their satisfaction increases, their productivity skyrockets, and the entire organization benefits. Pop quiz: What object do you spend the most time looking at, but the least time thinking about? You can’t do your job without it, but it’s only useful when you fill it. And it can affect the course of your entire day without you even knowing it.Many working professionals give very little consideration to the role their monitor plays in their daily work. But for jobs that require multitasking — which, let’s face it, is almost every working professional today — the style and configuration of monitors can either boost productivity and comfort levels dramatically or make them plummet.To gauge exactly how much of an effect monitors have on workers’ daily lives, Dell commissioned studies by premier global market intelligence firm IDC and SURL at Wichita State University, whose report was also written by IDC. What the studies discovered will serve as an eye-opener for companies that are still equipping workers with outdated displays. (Hint: They may be unintentionally impacting their team’s productivity.)Dual monitors improve employee satisfaction and productivity.The first IDC InfoBrief, Improving Productivity with Dual Monitors, summarizes a 2015 Wichita State SURL Study to show that dual monitor users are 18 percent more efficient, completing tasks at hand quicker and with more accuracy than single monitor users. This is largely because dual monitor users can compare more information simultaneously, switching windows 15 percent less frequently than other workers. Perhaps most significantly, 91 percent of study participants said they were more satisfied with dual monitors than single monitors.The IDC InfoBrief goes so far as to say that, for office workers dealing with information as a large part of their workflow, dual monitor configurations are a must.Dell’s selection of thin bezel Dell UltraSharp monitors (U2415, U2515H, U2715H, U2417H and U2417HA, U2717D and U2717DA), especially lend themselves to a dual or multi-monitor setup with virtually borderless viewing between monitors. Like the curved ultra-wide monitors, our thin bezel displays are tuned for wide-angle viewing and maximum real estate.Curved, ultrawide monitors reduce eye strain, increase efficiencyOf course, a dual monitor setup isn’t the only option for increasing screen real estate thus boosting productivity. The ultra-wide, curved monitors can give workers some of the same productivity benefits.Almost half of all PCs being purchased by IT departments globally today are notebooks. This is fantastic for convenience and mobility, but the smaller screen size can be less than ideal for longer working sessions. When users have to constantly scroll or switch between applications, it can very quickly impact productivity and efficiency.To meet these needs, in April 2015 Dell introduced the Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Ultrawide Monitor (U3415W) to great excitement from consumers and industry pros alike. With its 21:9 aspect ratio, the curved screen provides much more contiguous real estate to the user. PC Mag recognized the U3415W as the editor’s top pick for ultrawide monitors, saying, “You get a lot of monitor and great performance for your money. Dell’s UltraSharp monitors have always maintained a pleasing aesthetic, but the U3415W takes it to another level with a slick, (mostly) bezel-free design that makes the gigantic 34-inch panel look even larger than it already is.”Recently, IDC tested the Curved Dell U3415W alongside a flat 34-inch monitor, created by a Dell competitor, for its Technology Spotlight Curved Ultrawide Monitors: Seeing the Big Picture. Both monitors measured 34 inches with a 21:9 aspect ratio, and brand names were hidden to eliminate any bias from respondents, who represented over ten different industries ranging from finance to fashion design to software programming. The IDC Technology Spotlight found that, despite the identical size and resolution of the monitors, the flat panel caused more eye fatigue vs. the curved screen, as users strained to see information on the far left and right sides of the screen.
On the Move Walfrido “Wally” Martinez returns to Hunton & Williams as the firm’s managing partner. Michael A. Berke, Karen P. Londell, Michael B. Chavies, Fransisco Silva, Joel E. Maxwell, Mary V. Carroll, Scott B. Cosgrove, Gail Guzzi, Jorge A. Lopez, David C. Miller, and Esther L. Moreno were named shareholders at Akerman Senterfitt’s Miami office. Sean I. McGhie and Leslie M. Tomcak were named shareholders at Akerman Senterfitt’s Ft. Lauderdale office. Jacob A. Brown and Cynthia M. Montgomery were named shareholders at Akerman Senterfitt’s Jacksonville office. Erik P. Kimball and Susan M. Wilson were named shareholders at Akerman Senterfitt’s Orlando and Tampa offices, respectively. Augustin “Gus” Simmons joined Aloia & Roland as an associate concentrating his practice in the areas of family and domestic law, commercial litigation, and real estate. Jorge R. Gutierrez, Luis O’Naughten, Bert Diaz, Sean Santini, Richard C. Bulman, Jr., and Susana Betancourt joined Akerman Senterfitt’s Miami and Ft. Lauderdale offices as shareholders. David M. Fernandez joined Barr, Murman & Tonelli as a senior associate. He practices in the area of insurance defense. Joseph H. Ganguzza and Lourdes Sanchez-Barcia joined practices with David B. Haber to start a firm called Haber & Ganguzza, LLP. The firm will specialize in civil litigation, real property transactions, bankruptcy, and community association law. Michael J. Dewberry joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as a shareholder practicing in the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. He will concentrate his practice on all types of business litigation and dispute resolution. Dickinson & Gibbons is moving to Gateway Professional Center at 401 N. Cattlemen Rd., Ste. 300 in Sarasota. The phone and fax numbers remain the same. Steven A. Lessne has been elected partner at Blank Rome’s Boca Raton office. Jason A. Collier joined Abel Band in Sarasota as an associate concentrating on employment law and commercial litigation. Shutts & Bowen is opening a Tampa office. The Shutts & Bowen offices are temporarily located in the World Trade Center at 1101 Channelside Drive and the firm plans to move into permanent space by June. Arnstein & Lehr opened its Ft. Lauderdale office on the 17th floor of 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., and added eight partners and two associates: James C. Brady, Sonja K. Dickens, Clint J. Gage, Alan G. Kipnis, Joel D. Mayersohn, Brian A. Pearlman, Charles B. Pearlman, and Franklin L. Zemel. The two associates are Jason Gordon and Myra P. Mahoney. Arnstein & Lehr’s phone number is (954) 713-7600 and the fax number is (954) 713-7700 Brandon Biondo, Cristina Jimenez and Allen Pegg joined Murai Wald Biondo Moreno & Brochin as associates. Erika Dine joined McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope & Weaver’s Sarasota office. Dine’s practice in the elder law section includes probate, guardianship, and financial exploitation. Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain & Williams named five partners: Nancy L. LaVista, Julie H. Littky-Rubin, Lake H. Lytal, III, David C. Prather, and Kevin C. Smith. Stacy R. Costner joined Levin Tannenbaum in Sarasota and will focus her practice on construction, real estate, and business litigation. Cort A. Neimark joined Fowler White Burnett as a shareholder. Neimark will focus his practice on corporate transactions, estate planning/probate, real estate, and commercial litigation. Traci Kratish opened an office on 14201 W. Sunrise Blvd, Ste. 104 in Sunrise 33323; phone (954) 838-8662; Web site www.kratishlaw.com. The firm’s focus is tax and estate planning and business organizations. Jeffrey Bankowitz, Alexander Dobrev, Jill Harmon, Anissa Knox, Joaquin Martinez, Timothy Miedona, Gregory Slemp, and John VanLongren have been elected senior associates at Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed. Carlos J. Reyes joined Akerman Senterfitt’s Ft. Lauderdale office as a shareholder. Reyes will focus his practice on governmental affairs, procurement, and real estate. Jeffrey D. DeCarlo and Jana Marie Fried joined Foley & Mansfield’s Miami office as partners. Andrew S. Alitowski became a partner at Wedderburn, Jacobs & Alitowski. The new firm concentrates on personal injury, criminal, commercial and employment matters, and real estate litigation. The firm is located at 16300 NE 19th Ave., Ste 244, North Miami Beach 33162; phone (305) 919-9222. Judith “Judy” M. Mercier of Orlando was named chair of Holland & Knight’s Women’s Initiative Program. Thomas A. Culmo has partnered with Daniel D. Dolan III to form The Law Offices of Culmo Dolan P.L. Sandra I. Tart returned to Fowler White Burnett to work on securities practice at its Ft. Lauderdale office. Kimberly Laucella joined Akerman Senterfitt’s real estate group as an associate in their Orlando office. Kim Wells joined the Merlin Law Group’s Tampa office as an associate. Alex H. Zaharias was named an associate in the Orlando office of George, Hartz, Lundeen, Fulmer, Johnstone & Stevens. He is assigned to the workers’ compensation defense division. Albert F. Tellechea joined Holland & Knight’s Orlando office as a partner in its litigation section. Gabriel E. Nieto joined Berger Singerman’s Miami office and will focus his practice on administration and regulatory law. Jose Villalobos and Alex Villalobos joined Akerman Senterfitt as of counsel in its Miami office. David L. Luikart III joined Hill, Ward & Henderson as an associate in its litigation group. Stephen C. Watson and J. Tom Watson joined GrayRobinson’s Lakeland Office. Steve joins as an equity partner and Tom as an associate. Tripp Scott named Scott Jordan as director of its commercial real estate practice April 30, 2006 On the Move April 30, 2006 On the Move