Honoring UM’s Black Trailblazers

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UTrailblazers Gala
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Entrepreneur Antonio Junior of Miami, Florida, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami (UM). Antonio Junior serves as co-chair of the UM Black Alumni Society’s First Black Graduates Project Committee, which organized UTrailblazers, a series of events held February 24-25, 2017, at UM’s Coral Gables campus. The celebration honored men and women who blazed the trail for racial integration at UM during the 1960s and 1970s.

Following registration and a guided bus tour around the campus, the UTrailblazer exhibition at the Otto G. Richter Library featured a reception and a lecture by history professor Donald Spivey. The Opening Ceremony had as keynote speaker attorney Harold Long, past president and a founder of United Black Students.

More events followed the second day, capped by the UTrailblazers Gala, which paid tribute to all the black graduates of the 1960s and 1970s. During the gala, recognition was also given to distinguished UTrailblazers and funds were raised for scholarships.

Three Tips for a Stress-Free Air Travel Experience

 

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Stress-Free Air Travel
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Antonio Junior is an entrepreneur and the founder of fuel reclamation services firm Florida Conservation, Inc., in Miami Springs, Florida. Outside of his professional life, Antonio Junior likes to spend his free time engaged in his favorite pastimes, one of which is traveling.

As exciting as it is to arrive at a travel destination, the process of getting there can be incredibly stressful, especially for those traveling by air. The following three tips can help travelers avoid unnecessary stress at the airport.

1. Do as many things ahead of time as you can. Does your airline offer the opportunity to check in for your flight online? Take it. Does the airline offer you the option of saving your boarding pass to your smart phone? Take advantage of that, too. The more that you can do before you arrive at the airport, the less time you will spend waiting in lines.

2. Consider signing up for TSA Precheck. Individuals who meet certain qualifications and are determined to be low-risk flyers can pay a fee that allows them to move more quickly through security checkpoints in airports around the world.

3. Evaluate your luggage ahead of time. Make sure that your bags meet your airline’s standards for weight and size, regardless of whether you’re checking your luggage or carrying it on. Additionally, all liquids and gels stored in carry on bags need to meet the 3-1-1 rule, where containers can hold up to three ounces of liquid and must be stored in one quart sized plastic bag to be screened at security.

Best Broadway Plays Right Now

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Fiddler on the Roof
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Since 2003, Antonio Junior has led Florida Conservation, Inc., in Miami Springs. The founder of the company, he maintains responsibility for its financial success and management retention. He holds an MBA from Florida International University in Miami. Outside of work, Antonio Junior is a fan of Broadway productions and has visited New York City to see a number of performances.

Broadway shows are a huge draw for visitors to New York City. According to Time Out New York, here are some of the best:

1. The Encounter. An intimate one-man play based on a true story, The Encounter requires audience members to wear headphones. The musical tells the story of a photojournalist and his time with a Brazilian tribe.

2. Fiddler on the Roof. Revisit this classic in a production renowned for its stellar cast–particularly Danny Burstein, who plays Tevye.

3. Hamilton. Of course, the year’s most buzzed-about musical has made the list. Though star and director Lin-Manuel Miranda has departed the show, Hamilton is still worth checking out for its groundbreaking combination of hip-hop and musical storytelling.

Florida Conservation Inc. – Improving the Bottom Line

A resident of Miami, Florida, Antonio Junior operates a number of successful businesses and has had the privilege of attending White House ceremonies such as the one observing of the passage of the Community Reinvestment Act. One company that Antonio Junior founded and leads is Miami-based Florida Conservation, Inc. (FCI).

In partnership with California-based GRS, LLC, FCI is responsible for growing the fuel reclaiming services market in Florida. Vehicles that are sold or auctioned off usually still have a sizable amount of fuel in their gas tanks. With OSHA-approved state-of-the-art equipment, FCI extracts the excess fuel from these turn-back vehicles and returns it to the fuel supply tanks of its clients.

Among the advantages of partnering with FCI is that the client will have no out-of-pocket expenses, as the service fee is based on the number of gallons extracted. The client will no longer need to purchase sophisticated siphoning equipment, as most cars have anti-siphoning and anti-spillover mechanisms which FCI can easily bypass. There is also no need to hire additional personnel with its corresponding labor costs.

FCI has a $2 million liability policy in place and over two decades of car rental industry experience. The company provides industry data illustrating how savings can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for large rental companies, positively impacting their bottom line.

Among the companies FCI services are Hertz, Enterprise, E-Z Rent-A-Car, Advantage Rent A Car, Alamo Rent A Car, Dollar Rent A Car, National Rent A Car, and Manheim Central Auction.

FCI is the top revenue producer in GRS’ network of nationwide partners.

Visiting Robben Island in South Africa

South Africa is Robben Island,
South Africa is Robben Island,

 

A past president of the Miami Dade Urban Banker Association, entrepreneur Antonio Junior is involved in a number of Miami-based enterprises including fuel-reclaiming service provider Florida Conservation Inc., consultant service provider Diversified Management International, and social conscious lifestyle concept 7one. Outside of work, Antonio Junior enjoys traveling and one country he has visited is South Africa, a trip taken at the time when Nelson Mandela was president.

A memorable place to visit in South Africa is Robben Island, a rocky outcrop standing roughly 30 meters above sea level across Table Bay from Cape Town. The island was initially inhabited by a diverse range of wildlife such as seals, penguins, and birds. It is well known as the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in incarceration when a maximum security prison for South Africa’s political prisoners was operated there.

What is not widely known is that it began as a place of incarceration 350 years ago when a member of a now extinct indigenous group was banished there by colonial settlers. The island has also been used as a grazing ground and been home to an outpost, a mental hospital, and a post office.

There is a three and a half hour tour of the museum on Robben Island which starts in Cape Town, followed by a 30 minute ferry ride to the island. Most often, former political prisoners guide visitors around the prison facility sharing personal experiences of their time spent there. Mandela’s cell can be seen, which is about seven feet square. A 45 minute bus tour around the island showcases its historic locations including the mental hospital, leper colony, and military base.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island is a symbol of hope, justice, and self-sacrifice.

Nelson Mandela’s Election

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

 

Miami entrepreneur Antonio Junior is a businessman who has used his leadership skills to bring organizations success and recognition. When he is not engaged in professional activities in Miami, Antonio Junior enjoys traveling around the world. He had the privilege of traveling to South Africa at the time Nelson Mandela became the nation’s first black president.

After nearly three centuries of apartheid in South Africa, legendary leader Nelson Mandela was sworn into office on May 10, 1994 in Pretoria, South Africa. The inauguration marked a historic shift from minority rule in the nation and was attended by politicians and dignitaries from 140 countries.

Leading up to the momentous shift in South Africa’s culture, Mandela worked closely with President F.W. de Klerk to move toward the country’s first nonracial democratic elections. As a result of their collaboration and efforts, the two men received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. After becoming president, Mandela named de Klerk deputy to the president.

The Mandela administration addressed numerous problems that existed in South Africa, including socioeconomic discrepancies, poverty, and a lack of social services. In 1996, a new constitution that sought to establish equal rights to all minorities was signed into law.

Encouraging Innovation in the Workplace

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Encouraging Innovation in the Workplace
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Antonio Junior of Miami is an experienced entrepreneur who has applied his business and leadership skills to grow several organizations. In 2003, he founded Florida Conservation Inc., a fuel reclaiming service based in Miami that works with the rental car industry to manage their fuel reclamation efforts. As a business leader, Antonio Junior must pair effective management strategies with the ability to encourage innovation within his organizations.

Creating an environment in which employees can freely innovate and express their creativity can dramatically improve the success of a company. In a world where change takes place at lightning speeds, innovation can be critical to a company’s survival.

In 2005, Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt presented an approach to encouraging innovation in a corporate environment. According to Schmidt, a company can encourage innovation when it not only invests in current projects and products, but also allocates time and resources to creative and experimental thinking.

At Google, Schmidt encouraged employees to divide their time according to the 70-20-10 rule. In this approach, 70 percent of an employee’s time and resources is dedicated to the company’s core business, 20 percent to development of adjacent products and 10 percent to experimental projects.

Though there is merit to traditional methods of learning and development within a corporation, setting aside time that is dedicated to innovative thinking can drastically change the future of the company. Large corporations such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Home Depot, and Dell have all implemented the 70-20-10 rule in some form.