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.

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.

Michael Jordan Serves as Honorary Captain for University of Michigan

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Michael Jordan
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Antonio Junior has several decades of experience founding and leading businesses, several of which have been based in the greater Miami area. Outside of his professional responsibilities in and around Miami, Antonio Junior follows the sport of basketball and considers Michael Jordan his favorite player.

Drawing the degree of attention that only the basketball legend could, Michael Jordan attended Michigan’s sold-out football season opener against the University of Hawaii. Introduced to the crowd as University of Michigan’s (UM) honorary captain, Mr. Jordan was welcomed with an emphatic roar of appreciation.

Wearing a gold and blue Jumpman brand shirt, Michael Jordan was seen at midfield sharing a few words with Major League Baseball’s Derek Jeter and the National Football League’s Charles Woodson, also a Wolverine alumnus, during pregame warm-ups. The first game of the 2016 season also marked the beginning of a new era as Jordan’s personal clothing brand Jumpman, a subsidiary of Nike, Inc., will outfit the University of Michigan’s football program for the next 15 years.

With help from Nike endorsee Charles Woodson and UM’s former athletic director Jim Hackett, the Wolverines became the first and only collegiate football program in the United States to bear the Jumpman logo. The contract, requiring the Wolverines football program to exclusively wear only Jordan brand attire, guarantees UM $85 million in Nike products and apparel for the next 15 years, and a total of $88 million in base compensation.

And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’s Enduring Influence

 

The founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., Antonio Junior earned his MBA from Florida International University while managing a small business that involved over 300 Miami residents. Although based in Miami, Antonio Junior travels to New York City to watch Broadway musicals, including Dreamgirls

A collaboration effort of composer Henry Krieger and lyricist Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls is a musical based on acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, and James Brown and the musical chronicles the aspirations and successes in show business. After it opened on December 20, 1981 at Imperial Theater, Dreamgirls went on to put on 1,521 performances. Of all the songs in the musical, one of the most enduring is Effie White’s song And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.

Effie White’s role was originated by Jennifer Holliday, whose performance of And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going was a show stopper. It eventually became her signature song, winning a Tony award for best actress in a musical and Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. When it was released as a single, the song reached the top spot on the R&B charts, thus paving the way for Holliday’s career.

When the musical was adapted into a film, the torch song also proved to be a star vehicle for Jennifer Hudson (who played Effie White in the film) as she went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2006 Academy Awards. Her version’s single reached the 60th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.