Entries by Michael J. Solender

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CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Boomer Options Aplenty for Seasoned and Novice Travelers

When south Charlotte resident Pat McCourt told her boss she was giving notice and taking early retirement, he was dumbfounded and struggled to understand why she’d want to give up her position. “I simply told him I wanted to travel more,” said McCourt, who takes two to three overseas river cruises annually to destinations such […]

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Less is usually more in the Japanese restaurant kitchen. From tiny yakitorias and roadside ramen shops to tempura palaces or the most intimate kai seki tea houses, the country’s most accomplished chefs know clean, unfettered culinary creations allow the finest ingredients to prominently shine. This practice is on full display at Charlotte’s Baku, the gleaming […]

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CHANGE MAGAZINE – Telework Dials it In

Working remotely is not simply a trend, it’s an employment revolution and significant component in talent attraction, retention, productivity and cost savings for employers large and small.   As workday commutes stretch longer and longer for millions of Americans, the notion of work-from-home jobs is an idea whose time has more than arrived. Telework – […]

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CONNECT SPORTS – Linda Logan on Why Columbus Has No Off-Season

Linda Logan is the only executive director the Greater Columbus Sports Commission has ever known. She helped form and has led the Commission since its inception in 2002. The organization is responsible for the Ohio city hosting 425 new sporting events that have generated close to $535 million in visitor spending. Immediately prior, Logan was the director of sports […]

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CONNECT FAITH – Church of the Nazarene Goes Hi-Tech at General Assembly

Full-service creative events production company Bartha produced the 10-day, 20,000-participant Church of the Nazarene Quadrennial General Assembly in Indianapolis this summer. The Columbus-based firm, producer of the 2013 assembly as well, supports national associations, faith-based organizations and corporate groups with meetings and events, producing 350 shows annually. Business, celebration and worship were the focus for this event. […]