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News reports have described it as "hot," "overheated" and even "scorching."
We're talking about residential real estate, which sustains double-digit price increases in a reported three-quarters of U.S. markets.
It's not only a Florida phenomenon. It's a fact in Austin, Anaheim and Atlanta as well.
And that's not all.
Behind a second-place finish from Dabney Dennis and additional strong performances from Peyton Davis and Anna Marie Parisi, the College of Business placed eighth out of 80 schools last month in the International Collegiate Sales Competition, the world’s largest event of its kind.
Hosted by the college’s FSU Sales Institute, the event measures a university sales program’s focus on overall business revenue-generating skills.
You might have heard about hundreds of staffing-related flight cancellations at American Airlines on the last weekend of October.
Anne Hamilton of The Walt Disney Company certainly heard about them.
“Our phones were ringing off the hook,” she said.
When you’re No. 1, you see everything from a lone and lofty perspective.
“You’re on top of this mountain,” explained Dr. William T. Hold, a 2012 inductee into the FSU College of Business Alumni Hall of Fame. “If you can be No. 1 enough times, you become the mountain. That’s where you want to be.”
We’ve seen long lines of ships waiting to unload their freight in Southern California ports.
We’ve seen empty grocery-store shelves, including in aisles for pet food and canned goods. We’ve seen vacant car lots and backorders of household appliances from a worldwide shortage of semiconductor chips.
They reaffirmed their affection for Florida State University. "If I woke up every day like it was my first day at FSU," Peter Collins said, "I'd be OK with that." They accentuated their appreciation for newfound enshrinement and fame. "It's probably the biggest honor of my life," Ted Ostrander said. And they proclaimed their passion for helping people. "Isn't that what it's all about?" John Rivers asked. Collins, Ostrander and Rivers emphasized those points and more on Nov. 4 when the College of Business inducted them into its Alumni Hall of Fame.
With the candor of a commander, Ash Williams likens the Florida organization that he navigated for parts of four decades to a nuclear submarine.
Danny Persaud calls it investing in tomorrow. "Especially when it comes to education, if there's some way I can benefit the next generation and I can do it, I'll do it," he says. Florida State University concurs -- because he did it.
Luke Hopkins says he doesn't want Seneff Scholars to see the program as another graduation medallion or as another line item on a resume. "I would want them to say it was a valued experience," he says