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8 x August 3 - 16, 2017 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com Re/Max Properties S.W. Inc. Realtor Bobby Baldor is a hero on both the national and local levels. The veteran turned Realtor was born in Miami and lived in South Florida until joining the U.S. Marine Corps. in 1994. He was stationed out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he was assigned to various units and deployments, including the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU, pronounced “Mew”), an expeditionary quick-reaction force, deployed and ready for immediate response to any crisis. It was with this unit that he was a part of the forces that evacuated embassies in Albania and Congo. Upon completing his active duty and being honorably discharged with a rank of E-5 sergeant, he moved to New York City to become a stock broker. He achieved a Series 7 license, also known as the General Securities Representative license, but soon BUSINESS “decided neither the city nor the business was for me.” Now Baldor has more than 14 years of combined experience in real estate and mortgage lending in Central Florida. Beginning his career as a mortgage lender, most recently as an area sales manager (ASM 1) for Fifth Third Bank, he is now a licensed real estate broker and a recipient of every local Realtor award there is. He is a Re/Max Hall of Fame member, multiyear Re/ Max Platinum Club Award winner, and an Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA) Gold Level Award Top Producer. He earned recognition from Orlando Style magazine Reader’s Choice for Real Estate Agent two years running. Orlando magazine PROFILE Service Beyond the Sale Former Marine Makes Southwest-Area Real Estate His Mission hardrockliveorlando.com recognized him as a Hot 100 Realtor. He is one of Orlando Family Magazine’s 2017 Best Realtors in Dr. Phillips. And he was listed in Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Best of Southwest for three consecutive years. Nationally, Baldor was named one of America’s most productive sales associates as part of Real Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by Real Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group. He is now one of America’s best real estate agents and was the featured cover agent for Top Agent Magazine’s Florida edition for July 2017. Baldor’s qualifications are as numerous as his accolades. His many certificates include graduate of the Realtor institute (GRI), accredited buyer representative (ABR), Florida military specialist (FMS), and certified short sale professional (CSP). These advanced designations denote expertise in finance, market and investment analysis, in addition to negotiation. With the commitment befitting a Marine, Baldor is an active and dedicated member of his community. He serves on the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA board of directors, Dr. Phillips Little League board of directors and as a Partner in Education with the Orange County Public Schools system. Both Chain of Lakes Middle and Palm Lake Elementary schools benefit from Baldor serving on their parental committees. He is also a local youth sports coach and was recognized in 2015 with an ORRA Good Neighbor Award for his volunteerism and charitable contributions. This honor was most meaningful, as it was bestowed upon him by his peers. Bobby Baldor of Re/Max Properties S.W. Inc. serves the Southwest community as a Realtor in the same manner he served as a Marine. Baldor works one-on-one with each of his clients and treats each property with equal importance, no matter the price. He stays with his clients all the way through the process, from listing to closing. His knowledge as a mortgage lender and extensive experience helps to expedite this process. Baldor is available to his clients in the evenings and on weekends, although he is an active and involved family man. Anytime he’s not working, he spends with his wife and three children. The children are active in numerous competitive sports, and his wife runs her own business while also focusing on rescuing and fostering dogs. The family recently adopted a shelter dog named Tucker who accompanies Baldor on visits to inspect properties. Nicknamed “Real Estate Dog,” you can follow it on Instagram @TuckerTheRealEstateDog. Baldor, along with his team at Re/Max Properties S.W. Inc., has demonstrated the extensive experience and proven expertise in the local market to help any family achieve its real estate goals. For more information, call Bobby Baldor at 407-342-6980, email bobbybaldor@live.com or visit www.bobbybaldor.com. ª

www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x x August 33-17, - 16, 2017 x 91 Orlando Repertory Theatre’s 2017-18 Season It’s almost showtime again for Orlando Repertory Theatre, but the 2017-18 performance season marks a different focus for the theater in providing quality entertainment for children and their families. This season encompasses shows that reflect the current times young people are living in and offers theatrical opportunities that give a voice to children’s perspectives on life. Among the upcoming shows are Disney’s Newsies The Musical; Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical; Flora & Ulysses; Madagascar — A Musical Adventure; and Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt. “The crucial role of theater, and the arts in general, is to reflect the times we are living in, and I have chosen shows that are told or shown from the viewpoint/ perspective of a child, or we see the story through a young person’s eyes,” said Jeffrey Revels, Orlando REP’s artistic director. “Children understand situations a lot more than we give them credit for, and these are shows about young people making a diffe rence.” The Shows To start the season off with a bang, Orlando REP is the first theater in the southeastern United States to produce Disney’s beloved Newsies (Sept. 5-Oct. 22), which is based on the real-life newsboy strike in 1899, following a successful Broadway run and recent national tour. “What we love is that the story shows young people affecting social change, where those who are Orlando Repertory Theatre gears up for a spectacular 2017-18 season. considered ‘weak,’ stood up to those in power (publishing giants in the industry) and actually affected change when they saw that things weren’t fair,” Jeff said. Following Newsies’ social change stance is a unique musical that focuses on the civil rights movement, particularly the events inspired by young Ruby Bridges entering a newly segregated school in Little Rock, Arkansas, during the 1960s. Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Oct. 23-Nov. 19) features a girl with purple skin and pink polka dots entering a new town and school filled with people who have blue skin with orange squares. “It illustrates how a young person can make a difference in the world, where this young girl comes to town and challenges everyone’s world views,” Jeff said. PROMOTIONAL FEATURE The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical (Nov. 13-Dec. 30), based on the treasured children’s classic, is sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit, as six rowdy and disobedient children learn about the Nativity story while taking part in a local church’s Christmas pageant. “It has fun and inspirational music, with every character making discoveries along the way” Jeff said. Up next, from Jan. 29-Feb. 25, is Flora & Ulysses, based from the Newbury Medal-winning book about a young girl grappling with her parents’ divorce until she meets a superhero squirrel named Ulysses. “Many children have found themselves in the same position [as Flora] and felt alone. In this play — and many others — Orlando REP finds exceptional ways of exploring challenging themes and creating a theatrical experience families can share together,” said Ashley Willsey, marketing director for Orlando REP. Rounding out the season is a musical adaptation of Dreamworks’ Madagascar (Feb. 26-April 8) and from the popular children’s series, Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt (April 9-May 13); Judy Moody is part of a co-commission Orlando REP is participating in with six other theater for young audiences around the country, collectively offering seven different productions of the same show for audiences nationwide. Interspersed this season are four staged readings comprising Perspectives: A Series of Staged Readings presented in conjunction with the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida and featuring guest speakers to discuss timely topics with audiences following their performances. Themes of these readings include a young refugee escaping his war-torn country, a Muslim-American tee na ger attending school in a hijab, high school girls who are undocumented citizens, and a ceremony for the last paving stone over natural earth. “In any of the productions this season, I think young people watching will see themselves in some role of the story,” Jeff said. “Our vision for every production is all about how we can find the voice of the young person and give them a platform for creating conversations with others. We feel this is our contribution to society.” Enrollment is currently open for Orlando REP’s youth academy classes and everyone, especially families, are welcome to volunteer at the theater. For tickets and more information, visit www.orlandorep.com. ª