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30 x May 18 - 31, 2017 x There are not many individuals who receive recognition by going through life using only their first names. Cher, Beyonce and Prince come to mind. But in Southwest Orlando, the name Ron the Realtor is immediately recognizable. Ron Ziolkowski of Re/Max Property S.W. Inc. has made a name for himself during the past 20 years. Ron’s mantra is “The harder you work, the luckier you get,” and he certainly exemplifies that statement. For Ron, being lucky is being modest. He works hard for his clients, and the results are tangible. He epitomizes the American dream, achieving his success by exceeding the goals of every one of his clients, one home at a time. A resident of Windermere, Ron Ziolkowski averages closings on two homes each week; is ranked No. 9 out of all Re/Max agents in Florida, winning every award a Re/ Max agent can receive; and is the No. 10 ranked Realtor in Orange County. In Winter Garden alone, Ron has sold more homes in the past 10 years than any other Realtor in the country. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Ron established his work ethic at an early age. Coming from a poor, single-parent home and always working to help provide, Ron obtained his first job at the age of 12, walking 2 miles to a local restaurant after school. Continuing to work in restaurants through college, Ron honed his customer service skills. He also developed a BUSINESS passion for cooking. Married for 17 years to his lovely wife, Kathy, and a father of three teenagers — Evan, Owen and Kaitlyn — Ron delights in preparing meals for his PROFILE A Proven Winner Local Realtor Provides Top-of-the-Line Service Ron the Realtor averages closings on two homes every week. family, finding time in spite of being a Realtor who “is always working.” Ron said he loves everything about being a Realtor. He credits his success with treating every client’s goals as the most important, which has resulted in the majority of his business coming from referrals from happy past clients. The average amount of time a house is on the market in Orange County is 80 days. Homes listed by Ron sell in an unheardof average of 49 days. Ron does it all himself. He does not have a team, buyers agents or closing coordinators. When a client works with Ron, he is there for every facet, every call and detail of his client’s transaction. Every year he is ranked with massive teams, foreclosure auction houses and even national homebuilders in closed sales volume with just an army of one. Ron’s website at www. encapsulates everything Southwest Orlando has to offer. His Facebook page gives clients a daily look into the highpowered Orlando real estate world through a top Realtor’s eyes. Ron has more than $350 million in closed sales. He was voted No. 1 Realtor in Southwest Orlando by readers of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin for both 2015 and 2016, earned recognition in Orlando Magazine’s Hot 100 Realtors for the past 12 years, and was named Orlando Style Magazine’s Renaissance Man of the Year in 2014. According to Ron, if you are looking to purchase a home in the Southwest Orlando area, “You need someone to be in your corner. You need a proven winner.” Ron knows every street in Southwest Orlando, every builder, every floor plan, and, most importantly, the current market values of the area. Clients looking to sell their homes need look no further than the Realtor who consistently achieves above-market price for his sellers in record time. The real difference, when working with Ron, is the 20 years of experience and advice he provides his clients every step of the way during one of the most stressful times of their lives. Ron arms them with the ability to exceed their real estate goals every time. No matter the time, Ron the Realtor can be reached on his cell phone at 407-592-7653. ª 407 592 SOLD Ron the Realtor Voted Best Realtor in SW Orlando 2015 & 2016 by Southwest Orlando Bulletin Currently Ranked #10 in total volume in Orange county on ORRA MFRMLS. #9 in entire State of Florida for REMAX in 2016. RTR has sold more homes in Winter Garden over the last 10 years than anyone in AMERICA! Over $350,000,000 in closed volume. The harder you work, the luckier you get. No such thing as after hours. Ronald Ziolkowski, PA RE/MAX Properties SW 6985 Wallace Rd., Orlando, FL (407) 352-5800

From Florida’s northern coast to the Keys, this state is prime real estate for tropical fruit, many of which even grow in Greater Orlando. High in fiber and dense in vitamins and minerals, these delicious beauties are a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth, cool off and spark up your diet for summer. Check farmers markets and Asian and Latin stores for guavas, papayas, mangos, carambola, passion fruit, lychees and longans. Many of these can also be found at your favorite grocery stores. Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find coming into season. “Guavas come in all different sizes and colors,” said Josh Taylor of Do Good Farm in Winter Garden. “They are kind of unique and tropical, and they are super delicious.” Along with papayas, mangoes, star fruit and a host of tropical plants, Taylor grows four different varieties of guavas, which all have different flavor profiles. “The skin is edible and so are the seeds,” said Taylor, who enjoys guavas straight off the tree, or they can be added to smoothies or salads. Mangoes are one of the world’s most popular fruits, hailing from India more than FOODIE FOR Florida’s tropical fruits are full of flavor and health benefits. A Taste of the Tropics From Passion Fruit to Papayas 4,000 years ago. With many varieties, shapes and sizes, mangoes can be added to savory salsas, cooked into chutneys or whirled into smoothies and ice cream. “You really should be buying them local for best flavor,” said Jim Ford of Grower Jim’s Plants and Produce in Apopka. x May 18 - 31, 2017 x 31 THOUGHT by Kirsten Harrington “They should be a little soft and smell like a mango,” said Ford, who sells tropical fruit at area farmers markets. “And don’t worry about a few brown spots on the skin — that means they are fully ripe.” Carambola, also known as star fruit, have a waxy-green exterior that turns a deep-golden color when ripe. “Some people like to eat them like an apple,” Ford said. “The whole fruit is edible.” Star fruit comes into season in this area at the end of summer and into the fall. Slices of the beautiful sweet-tart fruit can be added to green salads and beverages or used as a garnish for grilled meat. Star fruit consumed before bedtime also might help you sleep soundly because of the fruit’s high magnesium content. Passion fruit is a hearty, fast-growing vine that produces egg-sized fruit (yellow or purple) with a jellylike orange interior. Cut it in half and scoop out the interior, which is filled with edible seeds. Named by Spanish missionaries who thought the fruit’s brilliant purple color reminded them of the passion of Christ, passion fruit can be added to fruit salads and sauces for desserts, or sweetened and used in juices or over shaved ice. Papaya is a slimming, cholesterol-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth, with just 39 calories per 100 grams. Offering one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C of any fruit, it is recognized for its diseasefighting properties. When ripe, it has a delicious, deep-orange flesh, but can also be enjoyed green (unripe) in soups, stir-fries and curries. Scoop out a halved papaya and fill with chicken salad or baby shrimp, enjoy fresh papaya chunks seasoned with a squeeze of lemon, or use pureed papaya in marinades to tenderize meat and impart a tropical flavor. Longans are eyeball-shaped fleshy fruits that taste a little bit like grapes but sweeter. Also known as dragon’s eye, the best way to eat these edible orbs is to squeeze CONTINUED ON PAGE 32