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October 21, 2017

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Kendra Akers

A lifelong resident of Lake County, Kendra and her husband, Doug, have five children. She has been in the publishing industry since 1999, beginning her career as a marketing representative for a local newspaper. Since then, Kendra has worked at various publications and was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a magazine publisher and developing Akers Media Group. In her spare time she enjoys most sports and likes to spend her free time offshore fishing near Crystal River, Florida.
Divine intervention

Divine intervention

Many times, people ask me, “Where do you come up with the ideas for the magazine?” Most of the time the answer is by doing research about what is going on within the community or seeing what some of the national publications are focusing on and bringing it to the local level. This month was different. The idea to focus on members of our service…
More than 20,000 votes!

More than 20,000 votes!

This month Style is bringing the heat as we share our fifth annual Best of the Best Hot List! There is no doubt our readers love to vote on their favorite businesses, restaurants, community leaders and professionals, which is why this is my absolute favorite issue of the year! I love the interaction we have with thousands, (more than 20,000 to be exact) of readers…
From The Publisher

From The Publisher

I shared a portion of this story in the last month’s issue, but for those of you who missed it, I would like to share it again. Several years ago we came up with an idea to feature the businessmen and businesswomen of Lake and Sumter counties. It seemed fitting because Style magazine is all about the people, places, and events that make this community…
The Boss Lady lifestyle

The Boss Lady lifestyle

The Boss Lady is a woman who is in control. She oozes confidence and an aura of independence, as well as commanding respect from those people around her and perhaps even those who have only heard or read about her. People who get to meet her and engage her in their conversations always end up liking, respecting, and adoring her. Every guy wants to be…
It’s beginning to look a lot like Bikefest

It’s beginning to look a lot like Bikefest

The sound of bikers revving up their engines and the sight of leather-clad men and women can mean only one thing. Leesburg Bikefest has arrived. Now in its 20th year, I still remember the first time I attended this magnificent event. At that time, I was in my mid-20s and had just started my career in the media as an account executive at the Daily…
Legendary Leaders

Legendary Leaders

Welcome to our second edition of Legendary Leaders. We introduced our first issue last year, and the response to the coverage was overwhelming. So, of course, the natural thing to do was to do it again. However, this year we go a little bit deeper and brought you much more than just our local leaders. We are also highlighting legendary businesses and legendary places throughout…
Always improving

Always improving

“To be the standard in which others are measured.”  This is one of my favorite quotes and from the moment I heard it, I have tried my best to live it. This quote also rings true for one of my good friends, Lena Williams. I have known Lena now for several years, personally and professionally. She is a mother, a wife, friend to many, and…
Votes are in, and the people have spoken.

Votes are in, and the people have spoken.

Bet you thought I was referring to the presidential election that just took place last month. Nope, I was referring to the Style Singles. This is now our second year of promoting Lake and Sumter’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, and it just keeps getting better and better. Why is this important? Well, I don’t think our topics always need to be earth shattering or…
He’s so EXTRA. (It’s a good thing.)

He’s so EXTRA. (It’s a good thing.)

As the mother of five millennials, I am constantly introduced to a new language. It sounds like our English language, but it has been manipulated to mean something completely different from what I was originally taught. Unlike traditional language, the millennial vocabulary is ever changing, and ever so quickly. Once I think I know what they are saying, and even begin to use the language…
it’s time for us to see

it’s time for us to see

Every morning I come into work, I see the same homeless man standing outside Walgreens with a sign that says, “Homeless, will work for food.” He is walking back and forth beside the line of cars, as the traffic light turns red, hoping to grab someone’s attention. Then as I get closer to work, I see a woman sleeping on a bench at veteran’s park,…
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