The self-lockdown lifestyle of AKA’s Larry Korman

first_imgLarry Korman (Photo by Emily Assiran)Life under quarantine has brought big changes for everyone. For Larry Korman — the head of property development, management and marketing at AKA, the luxury extended-stay brand that he runs with his younger brother Brad — it’s literally been a matter of night and day. Before Covid, Korman, 57, was a night owl, sending out emails as late as 3 a.m. But after six months in lockdown, he’s transformed into an early riser who’s in bed by midnight and composing his first round of emails at sunrise.As the country shut down, Korman holed up with his wife, Korin, who runs a spa chain, and three adult children in their family home in Philadelphia, which was the final work of celebrated American architect Louis Kahn. Korman has dedicated himself to restoring and maintaining the home for decades, and he decided to go ahead with plans for yet another renovation this year despite conditions that would make others balk.AKA was hit hard by the pandemic, leading Korman and his brother to suspend their salaries for a year. Many of AKA’s properties received Covid-relief loans, but Korman said that most of AKA’s corporate partners, including Brookfield Asset Management, BlackRock and Brandywine Realty Trust, sent the money back. “I wish we had taken some of it,” Korman admitted, though he said he believes AKA’s partners did the right thing.As reopening began, a big win for AKA was helping film crews find ways to get back to work safely. The firm has also seen an uptick in a new client type — guests who plan to use their AKA suite primarily as a socially distanced office. Korman said he’s negotiating deals with hoteliers and condo sponsors eager to fill vacant rooms and unsold units, and he plans to travel to New York, Miami, Chicago and London. “I’m a child in a candy shop,” he said.4:30 a.m. I wake up with a smile because my first thought is, “I’m going to get my La Colombe Corsica coffee.” I grind it, I smell it. I put my little cinnamon stick in. I take my coffee very seriously.5:00 a.m. I take my two Maltipoos out in the morning, and I like drinking my coffee outside, watching the sunrise, and then getting right to work on the garden. I’m sort of cultivating my garden while I can’t do that at our properties.5:30 a.m. I always send out something funny to the AKA team — like a funny cartoon or a clip from an old movie. I’m the chair of the Philadelphia Film Society, so I have an arsenal of clips. 7:30 a.m. I shave every day and do all the normal things I would do on any business day. Except for my clothes. I started out in a jacket and tie. Then I eliminated the tie, then the jacket, then the pants — but I still wear a nice shirt. Today, I’m wearing black jeans and sneakers. When I go to visit properties, I wear a tie and jacket.8:00 a.m. I start my calls with different managing directors and partners. I’ve never been on the phone so much or done more Zoom meetings as this year, and I never was a big phone person. I don’t think this will become the norm, but I certainly see positives to it. I can visit a lot more people virtually than I could physically in London and Los Angeles. 11:00 a.m. Once a week, and then once a month, and now once a quarter, I was doing my Zoom calls with the whole company of about 700. The first one I did was from our office with the computer all the way at the other end of a long, empty conference table as a joke. 12:00 p.m. Lunch is now my breakfast. I either make scrambled eggs or a really nice salad. My oldest son, Alec, criticizes me throughout because he’s a really meticulous chef, while I’m just trying to get the ingredients in the pan, eat it and get back to work. 12:30 p.m. More calls. I prefer individual calls. I just find it more humanizing in a pandemic and more productive ultimately. Every week, I have about eight calls with different partners and about 20 calls with team leaders and staff members.5:00 p.m. I try to stop whatever call I’m on at 5 p.m. to take a one-hour walk. My home is next to a 250-acre vineyard, which is magnificent. I’ve actually lost 20 pounds over the past five months.6:00 p.m. Sometimes I’ll take a call while working out. The person knows I’m working out, but I’ve been on calls where I’ll have to ask, “Are you going to the bathroom?” I haven’t done that.7:30 p.m. Alec cooks at night because I’ll work right up until everybody yells at me to come in. My one and only role is to set the table, and they yell at me because I do it last minute. 8:00 p.m. I respond to about 300 to 400 emails a day, so a lot of my email time is after dinner. I try and sit outside. I love that time of night, with the sun setting. I love seeing the house lit up and all my landscaping illuminated. Sunsets are my single favorite thing in life, although I’ve learned to appreciate sunrises a lot more this year.10:00 p.m. My wife goes to bed before me, so she’ll want me to get off the email and spend a little time together. We just started rewatching “The Sopranos.”11:00 p.m. Late at night I’ll watch “Tiger King” or “Ozark” after my wife falls asleep.12:00 a.m. I try and cut it short at midnight, but I used to go until two or three in the morning.last_img read more

King of the Cage showcases MMA at the Meadows

first_imgI’m nervous.  I think I’m sweating actually, even though I haven’t run anywhere.  My mind however, is racing as I walk into the Meadows Casino to meet Jeff Michalec, the VP of operations for King of the Cage.This is my first MMA fight.  I’m usually either trying to get away from fights that I’ve seen or trying to stop them.  As Jeff seats me right next to him, ringside, in the best seats in the house, it starts to really set in.  Not sure how I feel about it, definitely excited, but thinking, I’m so close, am I going to get these men’s blood and sweat on me?  Fights I’ve seen in my life have always scared me, I didn’t know how I was going to feel watching someone get the crap beat out of them right in front of me.  I feel bad and scared for them.As the first fight started and I looked in each of the fighters eyes as they touch gloves, I see this is not what like I have seen before.  They both want this, they love it.  I watch fight after fight and see the determination and passion in each one of the fighter’s eyes as they begin the fight.  I see how the person feels as the other guys arm is raised at the end and I FEEL how the opposing fighter feels as his arm is raised by the ref determining him the winner.  I started out worrying about getting blood on me and shortly into it, seeing how close I can get to the action with my Nikon.Jennifer WeifenbachOnce the championship fight is over, I and my partner begin trying to catch these guys for an interview.  I first met with Jordan Griffin from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Jordan was there to defend his title, fought a great fight but in the end had to hand over the belt for this one.  Jordan has been fighting since he was 19 yrs. old, over 7 years. When asked about his bow before he fights, he speaks of having respect for his opponent.Jordan teaches a martial arts class in Milwaukee, and that’s what they teach.  Respect. Jordan explains, “This is a rough sport, physically, mentally, and I think that when you don’t show respect for your opponent, show respect for others, it makes it even harder, so I try and show respect for my opponents by bowing before the fight. I put a beating on them, and bow when it’s over. After that, we leave the cage, and we have good blood. Loser buys beers”.While Jordan was buying them tonight, he did it holding his head high and with respect to his opponent and now title holder Juan Archuleta.What touched me most about this experience and really changed how i viewed MMA fighting, now that I’ve seen it first hand, is when we asked about advice he would give to young fighters. Jordan actually got emotional with this question and I saw just how much passion he has for this sport.He answered, “Just dedicate yourself to the sport, don’t give half of yourself to it and expect to make it to the UFC, it doesn’t work that way, you have to put hours, and hours, and hours, and never give up.”I began to realize the amount of heart, work and determination it takes for these fighters, and I am not scared for them anymore, rather inspired by what these guys endure for the love of the sport.I was invited back for the next one and I won’t be sweating because I’m nervous, I’ll be sweating because I’m running to get my ringside seat, back in the action.last_img read more

Home cooking can’t power Wildcats past Immaculata at KVC

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyThe weekend saw the Mount Sentinel Wildcats move up the competitive ladder, just not enough to capture the overall title at the Kootenay Volleyball Classic Saturday in South Slocan.Immaculata defeated the host Cats 2-1 (25-16, 23-25, 15-8) to claim the overall High School Girl’s Volleyball tournament at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium.“(This) was a good weekend for us,” said Sentinel coach Joe Moreira. “We had important contributions from a number of players who are beginning to play with more confidence.” “In particular Laura Soukeroff and Chelsie Van Brynen (both Grade 12s) who had limited roles last year but are now feeling more comfortable on the floor and are recognizing that as Grade 12s this is their time to take charge,” Moreira added.Immaculata finished on top of the table following round robin play and easily disposed of J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 2-0 in one semi final.Meanwhile Mount Sentinel took second after pool play. The Cats defeated Kootenay rival Selkirk Storm of Kimberley during the round robin, then knocked off the Bavarian City squad in the other semi final, this time 15-13 in the third game of the match.“We had three important victories,” Moreira explained. “We beat Selkirk twice, both very close and in three sets, and also beat Fernie. Both teams are solid and athletic and we need to beat them both to advance to provincials.”Fernie finished fifth in the tournament followed by A.L. Fortune of Enderby and Osoyoos.Mount Sentinel has little time to relax as the team travels to Kelowna to compete in the UBC/O High School Volleyball tournament.“We sill have lots of work ahead of us to compete with the really good teams in the province,” Moreira explained. “At the moment “slow and steady” is a good pace for us (because) without Grade 11’s on the team we must rely on our Grade 10’s to play beyond their level of maturity.”RALLY POINT: Immaculata, currently second in the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball rankings, may jump into the number one slot. Selkirk will most likely drop down the table from seventh to ninth while the Wildcats of Mount Sentinel could move into eighth [email protected]last_img read more

Stunning Day For Galway Golf As Three Finish Inside Top Five At Leinster Boys…

first_imgOllie Turner spoke to Liam, Luke and David after their final rounds. He started with the champion Liam Nolan… Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pictured following the final round of the Leinster Boys Championship, The Three Players along with John McDonagh (Left) and Kevin Henry (Right)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email It has been an amazing day for Galway golf at the Leinster Boys Championship at the Heritage as Liam Nolan from Galway Golf Club won the title with Luke O’Neill from Connemara tied for third and David Kitt from Athenry in fifth.center_img Portumna’s Sam Murphy has finished in 14th, Darren Leufer tied for 26th, Cathal Cunningham from Galway Bay finished in 34th and Oughterard’s Ronan Hynes finished in 40th. Galway football legend Jimmy Duggan was there as a selector with the Irish team, he gave his reaction to Ollie.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Baseball: Feb. 23 Scoreboard

first_imgLamar and Southeastern Louisiana concluded the baseball weekend with series sweeps against LIU Brooklyn and George Washington, respectively, as Southland baseball picked up five wins Sunday. Abilene Christian finished its weekend tournament with a win against NJIT while Sam Houston took the series against Dallas Baptist and UIW knocked off Gonzaga at the Irish Spring Classic. The state of Louisiana had weather issues Sunday, causing McNeese State and New Orleans to cancel its rubber matchesLamar 11, LIU Brooklyn 4BEAUMONT, Texas – Kevin Santana had a big weekend against LIU Brooklyn, and Sunday proved no different as the junior helped propel the Lamar baseball team to an 11-4 victory and four-game sweep of the visiting Blackbirds at Vincent-Beck Stadium.  |  Read MoreSoutheastern Louisiana 9, George Washington 3HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team completed a series sweep of George Washington with a 9-3 victory Sunday over the Colonials at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.  |  Read MoreAbilene Christian 6, NJIT 5ABILENE, Texas – Through the first two weekends, the ACU Wildcats have gotten production from up and down their lineup, from their bullpen and off their bench.Another example of that came up in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday afternoon with their game against New Jersey Tech tied at 5-5.  |  Read MoreSam Houston State 4, Dallas Baptist 1HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Bearkats rallied from a Friday night loss to Dallas Baptist to take the three-game series with Sunday’s 4-1 win. Sam Houston State moves to 7-1 overall heading into a tough stretch with Rice Tuesday and the Astros College Classic next weekend.  |  Read MoreUIW 11, Gonzaga 8SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Playing their final game of the Irish Spring Classic on Sunday, the University of the Incarnate Word baseball team rallied from an 8-3 deficit to defeat Gonzaga University, 11-8 on Trinity University’s baseball field.  |  Read MoreNo. 21 Alabama 3, Stephen F. Austin 2 (10 innings)TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the second time in three days the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team took No. 21 Alabama into extra innings, but junior Wade Wass singled through the left side to deliver the game-winning run for the Crimson Tide in a 3-2, 10-inning decision on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.  |  Read MoreTexas Tech 4, Oral Roberts 1LUBBOCK, Texas – The sixth inning spoiled the Oral Roberts University baseball team’s defensive efforts on Sunday as Texas Tech completed a three-game sweep of the Golden Eagles in Lubbock, Texas, 4-1.  |  Read MoreNJIT 7, Central Arkansas 5 (10 innings)ABILENE, Texas – A day after coming back from a 7-0 deficit to beat New Jersey Institute of Technology 17-7, the University of Central Arkansas Bears’ Sunday comeback fell short in extra innings in a 7-5, 10-inning loss to the Highlanders at Abilene Christian’s Crutcher Scott Field.  |  Read MoreMcNeese State vs. Texas-Arlington – CanceledLAKE CHARLES, La. – Sunday’s series finale between the McNeese State baseball team and Texas-Arlington has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  The game will not be made up.  The Cowboys and Mavericks split the weekend series 1-1.New Orleans vs. South Alabama – CanceledNEW ORLEANS, La. – The rubber match in the three-game set between the New Orleans Privateers baseball team and the South Alabama Jaguars has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The two teams split the first two games of the set with South Alabama winning 5-0 on Friday night and the Privateers taking a dramatic 4-3 victory. New Orleans was seeking its first series victory against South Alabama since 2009.last_img read more