The Journey… Back to becoming an Ironman

Week 1 – So on truth, I’ve been diligent about the foods I’ve been eating for a solid week and I’ve been working out 3-4 times a week. (During the week at 6am and weekends closer to 7:30am).


Having said that, removing one or two dense calorie items (Lenny & Larry’s protein cookies) from the daily diet (approx 400 calories per serving) has helped me feel better.

I will actually record my weight this week but my starting baseline 2 weeks ago was 285 lbs.

I haven’t taken measurements yet or done my BMI.  Here is a safe assumption at this point.  I’m overweight.  The heaviest I’ve been in approximately 10 years.  My son is going to be 2 years old in April and I want to be a healthy role model and be able to comfortably play with him.

So one of my goals for 2017 is to lose 40 lbs on the low end and 80 lbs on the high end.  

It sounds big, but removing something as simple as one protein cookie a day equates to 400 calories and over 7 days that equals 2,800 calories.  3,500 calories equals a pound.  So one more subtle change in the eating regimen and we’re easily at 1 pound per week of weight loss plus the workouts which I had pretty much given up previously.

Another goal of mine, will be to work on getting a couple of sponsors or advertisers on this blog to motivate me with their products but also so I can show the results herein.

Thanks for joining me in this journey and I hope it inspires you as well.

We’re gonna do great things in 2017!


Me & my amazing super athlete and supportive wife Jonell!

Stay Serious When Seeking Greater Good

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The Way I See It

BY IAN BLACK * SRQ DAILY * SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION * SATURDAY DEC 17, 2016

While enjoying a sabbatical last May in the “Ould Sod,” my ire was elevated when I learned that the County Commission folded to the “fierce backlash” not of the business community, as referred to in Zach Murdoch’s recent column in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, but to the demands of one or two roofing contractors backed by the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange to shut the door to efforts to bring the corporate headquarters of the North American Roofing Company to our community. My ire was further elevated upon reading Mary Dougherty-Slapp’s recent column in SRQ Daily, which stated: “Let’s make Sarasota a place that businesses want to come to grow and hire workers with good paying and quality jobs.” So, are we now to believe that the GCBE, after advocating the very opposite in opposing Project Mulligan, now want us to believe that the board have had an epiphany? Hopefully so. The GCBE has always been a proponent of economic growth and vitality even though on this occasion they appeared to be in cahoots with those who would not be in favor of efforts to attract meaningful jobs to our community.

Diversification of our economy is a serious topic and I am heartened that the County Commission, encouraged by our newly elected Commissioners, have prioritized this subject for the BCC over the next year. As a community, we are asking for trouble if we do not take advantage of the incentives that are available for economic diversity. We need to balance the three-legged stool. It is not sufficient that we rest on our superior “quality of life” reputation to attract qualified targeted industries and corporate headquarters. These targeted industries are well documented by the State and are revised every three years. These industries have been identified as those that can help diversify local economies to make them more robust and resilient during an economic downturn or an economic recession. 

I am all for working together to create a strong future as suggested by Mary’s column. The tools necessary to do this are readily available for use in the right circumstances. However, we as a community need to seriously get behind these efforts and not simply put the interests of a few before the greater good when an opportunity such as Project Mulligan comes before us in the future.

There is a time honored maxim in my industry: “Dear God please give me one more real estate boom and I promise I won’t fritter it away.”

Ian Black is founder of Ian Black Real Estate.

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Real estate finance expert joins Ian Black Real Estate team

via Tampa Bay Newswire

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George Kruse brings with him more than 20 years of real estate finance experience

SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 21, 2016) – Real estate finance executive George Kruse has joined the Ian Black Real Estate (IBRE) team as a Sales Associate in the firm’s Sarasota office. Kruse brings with him more than 20 years of experience on both the debt and equity sides of commercial investments. In addition to his role as a commercial broker, he will provide the IBRE team with guidance in value creation, financing opportunities and an understanding of the present debt and equity environments.

Kruse is also a Senior Managing Director at Osprey Capital, a Tampa-based commercial real estate finance company, specializing in the financing of value-add investment opportunities.

“We’re thrilled to welcome George to the team,” said Ian Black, partner at Ian Black Real Estate. “His experience on the financing side of the industry is a valuable add-on to our existing skill set and will go a long way in providing our clients with the highest level of service available.”

Leveraging Kruse’s expertise in the finance industry will allow the IBRE team to better assess opportunities for clients and maximize their investment potential.

Previously, Kruse spent more than seven years as the sole managing director of Vesta Equity, LLC, a private real estate investment fund based in Sarasota. Under his leadership, Vesta made over $200 million in small balance senior and equity investments nationwide. He also oversaw both the lending and investment divisions and structured the fund’s capital deployment strategies.

Prior to that, he served as an Investment Officer at CapitalSource Finance in both the New York and Orlando offices. At CapitalSource, Kruse was directly involved in over $600 million in commercial loan and hypothecation line transactions.

Kruse earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and management from the University of Florida and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School. He recently obtained his Florida Real Estate license.

“It’s an honor to join the Ian Black team and put my experience in real estate finance to use in this side of the industry,” said Kruse. “I’m looking forward to starting my career as a commercial sales associate and working alongside such a strong team of brokers in the Sarasota market.”

Kruse is currently on the Advisory Board for the University of Florida’s Masters of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program, as well as the Board of the Columbia University Club of Sarasota. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Sarasota Commercial Investment Division (CID), and is regularly asked to moderate and sit on panels about private commercial financing.

About Ian Black Real Estate
Ian Black Real Estate (IBRE) is a boutique commercial real estate brokerage firm located in Sarasota, Fla. The firm is one of the largest commercial brokerage firms in Southwest Florida and boasts a deep knowledge of the commercial real estate market in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding area. For more information, visit ian-black.com.

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4 WAYS TO MAKE TELEPHONE PROSPECTING EASY


By Bo Barron via The Massimo Group
I once worked with a brokerage manager who said there were two types of people in the world – those that didn’t like to cold call and those that lie about liking cold calling. He might have overstated his point a bit, but he does have a point. The odds are you don’t like to prospect by telephone, but it’s equally likely that you would like to grow your commercial real estate brokerage practice.
There is no better way to expand your business than to talk to new prospects.

There is no better way to expand your business than to talk to new prospects. The easiest way to start a conversation with new people is to pick up the phone and call them, and it doesn’t have to be hard or unpleasant. Try to keep these principles in mind, and you’ll find that prospecting by telephone is easier than you expect. You might even have fun doing it!


1 ) CALL IN BLOCKS OF TIME

When you get a good rhythm going, calling gets easier. Set some time aside, close your email program, put your cell phone on vibrate, and make your calls. As you find your groove, you’ll find it gets easier.

2) CALL SIMILAR CLIENTS TOGETHER

Instead of just going through your CRM program’s database alphabetically, call thematically. For example, you could call only clients with mortgages that are rolling in the next six months, call everyone with between 20 and 30 percent vacancy, or only call people in a one or two block area. Calling similar clients lets you take what you hear on one call and use it with other prospects.

3) CALL ABOUT SOMETHING EXCITING OR VALUABLE

I believe there is always a reason to call. When you know that you have something valuable, your enthusiasm and confidence will come across and your prospects should respond. This is also a powerful brand building tool, since instead of being an annoyance like most cold calls; your telephone call will be valuable to your client.


4) MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE

No matter what you do, some of the people you contact will not react positively. It’s their loss. Move on and find someone else that appreciates the considerable value you can add to them. Telephone prospecting is a numbers game, and occasional failed calls are part of the process.

One of the great things about prospecting by telephone is it can have an almost immediate impact on your business. If you talk to more people, you will meet with more people and get more opportunities to compete for sales or leasing engagements. Once you have the opportunity, all that you have to do is close for the business. If that isn’t a great reason to shut down your web browser right now and do some prospecting, I don’t know what is!

Thanksgiving day NFL predictions



Guys to start 

Detroit 

Matt Stafford

Golden Tate

Minnesota

Matt Asiata

Blair Walsh… too soon?

Washington

Kirk Cousins

Robert Kelley

Jamison Crowder

Dallas

DAK

Zeke

Dez

Pittsburgh

AB

L’s Bells

Sleeper – Eli Rogers

Indy

… Frank Gore because he can catch
Enjoy your Turkey!!

THE CEO: Meet Chris Brown, the Deal Addict

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8-units For Sale in Sarasota, FL – Off Market, Confidential & Highly Desired

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$1B Colony Beach and Tennis Resort remains on track

The Longboat Key Town Commission has granted the latest requests from Unicorp National Developments. by: Terry O’Connor News Editor The Longboat Key Commission line of questioning made him sweat Mo…

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