By Bari Auerbach
“Affairs of State “ (and of the heart) was the theme when business leaders passionate about networking gathered on Valentine’s Day for an Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon co-hosted by Lynn University and KW Property Management & Consulting. The event featured Dr. Robert Watson, a Lynn University professor, award-winning historian, political commentator and author of insightful, entertaining books including Affairs of State: The Untold History of Presidential Love, Sex, and Scandal, 1789-1900; America’s First Crisis: The War of 1812; and Nazi Titanic.
AMC Chair Gary Pyott of FirstService Residential welcomed guests to the Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club in Hallandale Beach along with Steven Pruitt, director of graduate and iLynn admission; RT Good, Dean of the College of Business and Management; Bill Mathiesen, business development manager for KW Property Management & Consulting; Timothy O’Keefe, KW Director; and Jane Bracken, KW Director of Business Development. Lewis Rissman, the Diplomat’s General Manager, extended a warm welcome to everyone and offered a tour of this beautiful property that has some exciting plans ahead.
Lynn University students especially appreciate smaller class sizes and the opportunity to know distinguished professors such as Dr. Robert Watson. His illustrious credentials include publishing more than 40 books and hundreds of scholarly articles; co-convening national conferences on the American presidency; moderating political debates and forums; and delivering over 1,000 keynote addresses.
Sharing amusing stories about the “untold history of presidential love, sex and scandals,” Watson recounted how Martha’s loving visit to George Washington helped win a war; Lincoln hooked up with a shady lady; and trumping Bill Clinton, JFK and Lyndon Johnson top Watson’s list of “remarkably reckless” leaders.
In his book Affairs of State, Watson highlights presidents throughout history whose careers were affected by rather tawdry liaisons. Imagine Warren Harding caught in a compromising position in a cruise ship lifeboat. Grover Cleveland in forbidden love with his 21-year-old god-daughter. Andrew Jackson married to a bigamist. JFK sequestered in a penthouse with actress Angie Dickinson on his inaugural night. Lyndon Johnson also got along quite swimmingly with his secretarial pool.
Proving it’s actually possible to be “lucky in love,” before the meeting concluded AMC members won fabulous door prizes including Dr. Robert Watson’s newest book, Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II; a beautiful Betty Boop statue donated by Barker Animation Art Galleries; bakery sweets from Mo’s Bagels & Deli; and a couples massage complete with champagne at Turnberry Isle Resort’s elegant âme Spa Wellness Collective.
KW Property Management & Consulting, founded in 2004 by CPAs Paul Kaplan and Robert White, is a leader in turnkey management and consulting. Today, KW is renowned for being a respected, full- service, professional association management company serving more than 60,000 properties in premier locations including Florida, New York City and the Bahamas. Over 1,000 dedicated KW employees are committed to exceeding expectations while providing the best combination of luxury and lifestyle.
Lynn University, an independent college based in Boca Raton, serves as a beacon to higher education offering accelerated, flexible, affordable degree programs including graduate degrees that can be completed in 12 months. Focusing on innovation, internationalization and individualization, the university’s College of Business and Management offers undergraduate programs as well as an MBA program with 11 different specializations, recently ranked one of the top five in the region by South Florida Business Journal.
For more information visit lynn.edu or phone 1-561-237-7900; kwpropertymanagement.com or phone 786-363-2458.