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This Is How They Do It

Get to know a little more about those A&E Flip Wars guys. After all, they are your neighbors.

If you’re a fan of Flip Wars on A&E (if you’re not, check it out on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and you’re sure to become one), you recognize the faces of these two entrepreneurial masterminds, Gene Schroeder and Angelo D’Alessandro. The Weston-based duo recently threw a launch party to kick off the new season of the show, but we wanted to ask a few questions that were nagging at us about why and how they do what they do—and they obliged.

Angelo D’Alessandro and Gene Schroeder

Q& A With Angelo D’Alessandro and Gene Schroeder

What did you do before you guys started flipping houses?

Angelo: I was working in the financial services industry, so the transition to real estate was an easy one.

Gene: I was in college and doing various sales and marketing jobs.

What’s the Weston/Broward market like for flipping houses?

Angelo: Weston and Broward are super competitive! Prices are going up, and some of the margins are tight. That’s why doing it well is very important in this market.

Gene: Very hot and competitive, with compressed profits, but we always seem to find good deals.

What area of Florida do you find is ripest for flipping?

Angelo: I like the sleeper counties about two to three hours north of us.

Gene: I don’t discriminate—we buy anywhere and everywhere!

How do the two of you make your partnership work personality-wise, and what makes it a good fit?

Angelo: It’s really simple: I am freaking awesome and super easy to deal with. (Laughs)

But seriously, I care about Gene and his family like my own, and that’s how he is with

me. We have the same morals and believe in treating everyone right. We also decided

years ago that we were never going to make any business decisions based on the seven

deadly sins. Although that’s hard, it works—we have been partners for over 16 years now.

Are there any times that you guys look back at now and laugh but at the time

made you sweat?

Angelo: Gene and I got creamed in the crash. We lost a ton of money. In a time when

most of our competitors were quitting and throwing in the towel, we doubled down on

advertising. I remember waiting for our wives and kids to fall asleep at night and Gene

and I would go and pass out flyers and signs. We look back at those times now and are thankful for what it taught us as businessmen.

Gene: We even tried to set up a hip-hop concert and figure out alternative energy for cars. We tried everything!

Ice, Ice, Baby

Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever on-ice production, CRYSTAL, comes to Sunrise this summer.

Cirque du Soleil is coming to BB&T Center with a brand-new arena creation. Cirque du Soleil’s “CRYSTAL | A Breakthrough Ice Experience” explores the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s 34-year history. Gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, combining multiple disciplines for a world-class audience experience.

Synchronized skating, freestyles figures, and extreme skating are featured alongside traditional circus disciplines such as the swinging trapeze, aerial traps and hand-to-hand, for the first time ever in Cirque’s 34-year history. CRYSTAL will perform in Sunrise Arena for 15 performances only, Wednesday, July 18, through Sunday, July 29, 2018.

For more information, visit cirquedusoleil.com/crystal.

SUMMER EDUCATION

Tibetan culture is yours to learn when the Sacred Art Tour comes to the Coral Springs Museum.

Sacred Art Tour, Tibetan Monks / Pictures by Julian Restrepo for the City of Coral Springs

The Drepung Gomang monks travel worldwide to share their art and culture through the Sacred Art Tour. This year the Tibetan Monks will be visiting Coral Springs Museum of Art June 5-10 to celebrate Tibetan culture, offer up culinary experiences and support their monastery in India. Visitors to the museum during those dates will get to experience authentic Mandala Construction, Meditation and Dharma Hours, Mani Stone Workshops and Butter Sculptures, and taste delicious meals catered by the Drepung Gomang monks. Funds raised through this tour supplement housing, meals, and educational materials for anyone wishing to study at this monastic center of higher learning including orphans and refugees fleeing occupied Tibet. Experience ancient Tibetan cultural rituals of dance, sacred chants, and prayer as well as the renowned sand mandala construction and deconstruction ceremony.

The Coral Springs Museum of Art is located at 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs; visit coralspringsmuseum.org.

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