One more chance to get a piece of Lou Pearlman
Some of fraudster Lou Pearlman's best bling will be on the auction block today at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Bankruptcy trustee Soneet Kapila is selling off the former music mogul's fancy watch collection, diamond rings, necklaces and cuff links. The goodies include Tag Heuer, Cartier and real and fake Rolex watches, and a couple of Orlando Predators Arena Football League world championship rings. The money will go to pay the costs of the bankruptcy and, if any is left over, to the banks and investors who are out more than $300-million.
We'll find out how bad airlines were
Talk about a bad time to get a report card. J.D. Power & Associates releases its customer satisfaction survey for struggling U.S. airlines Tuesday. Results will reflect the opinions of more than 19,000 passengers who flew between March 2007 and March 2008, a period of record flight delays and declining service. It won't be pretty.
The fun browser gets a little better
A new version of the Firefox Web browser will be released Tuesday with improvements in security, speed and design. Many of the enhancements in Firefox 3 involve bookmarks. Web surfers can add keywords, or tags, to sort bookmarks by topic. Other new features include the ability to resume downloads midway if the connection is interrupted and a password manager that doesn't disrupt log in.
Toast Tampa's year over lunch
The Tampa Downtown Partnership will review the past year over lunch Wednesday at its annual meeting at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. The group will hear from urban expert Carol Coletta, who heads CEOs for Cities, a nonprofit networking organization, and produces Smart City, a syndicated public radio show. Cost is $50 if you're a member or $60 if not. Call (813) 221-3686 for info.
She's been there; learn from her
Evelyn Follit, a veteran corporate director, will share her boardroom experiences at a talk sponsored by Women Executive Leadership on June 27. A former executive in charge of human resources and information technology with RadioShack, Follit has been on the board of Catalina Marketing and Linens N' Things. She's on the boards of Beall's and Winn-Dixie. Her lunchtime talk will take place at Tampa's Centre Club, corner of Westshore and Kennedy, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. For more information, call Sherry Smith at (813) 205-2138.