Rona Gindin

Orlando, FL USA
Website: http://www.ronarecommends.com
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Professional Experience

Rona Gindin is a freelance feature, travel and restaurant writer, editor and TV personality. She'll manage a project from start to finish, on time, with a can-do attitude. Her expertise is in four main areas: PROJECT MANAGEMENT:She can put together a book, magazine, guide or massive special project. RESTAURANTS: She knows the foodservice industry from every angle. ORLANDO: She's a New Yorker, and that's reflected in the quality of her work, yet she has lived in Orlando for nearly two decades and knows this market intimately. BUSINESS: She has covered industries from photography to salons and casinos. www.ronarecommends.com

Expertise

Content Editor (online)
15 Years
Editor
25 Years
Writer
25 Years

Specialty

Food
25 Years
Lifestyle
25 Years
Travel
25 Years

Industries


Broadcasting - News - TV (Local)
10 Years
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
30 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
18 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

25 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Orlando Life (10+), Orlando Magazine (10+), Bright House Digital Networks (10+), Winter Park Magazine (10+), ZagatGuides (10+), GO! (Air Tran Magazine) (6-10), WHERE Orlando (6-10), Caribbean Travel & Life (6-10), Endless Vacation (6-10), Peter Pauper Press (6-10), Fodor's (3-5), Epicurious.com (1-2), Saveur.com (1-2), The Globe-Pequot Press (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Bonnier Corporation (10+), Elite Island Resorts (3-5), Google (1-2)

Other Work History

Editor at Caribbean Travel & Life, Caribbean Travel Planner, Discover St. Thomas * St. John * St. Croix, Restaurant Business, Food Management, Saveur.com

Foreign Language Skills

Some Spanish

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, InDesign, Quark, Windows

Equipment

PC, digital camera

References

Available upon request

Awards

Merit Award 2009, NATJA, for The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World

Associations

Association of Food Journalists International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, North American Travel Journalists Association

Work Samples

Special Advertising Supplements

(Caribbean Travel & Life 3/11/2011)
Stunning scenery. Sophisticated menu. And no passport needed.
(Destination Weddings and Honeymoons 10/1/2009)
Tropical treasures and island beauty are givens on Puerto Rico. The surprise: It's a breeze to get here, get hitched and celebrate in style.
(Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 6/1/2011)
Napa in a hammock. Unwind in a hookah lounge. Explore beach and jungle. Exchange rings in a stunning setting. And lodge in an air-conditioned treehouse. Belize is a haven for romance.
(ISLANDS 5/1/2011)
On a quest for the perfect family vacation? We'll lead you there.
(Caribbean Travel & Life 7/1/2012)
From chocolate massages to Barney sing-alongs — not to mention seaside dinners — the Mexican Caribbean’s resort hotels tantalize with entertainment for every traveler.

Publications I created and edited

(Discover St. Thomas St. John St. Croix 1/1/2007)
Hardbound hotel-room book for visitors to the United States Virgin Islands.
(Caribbean Meetings & Events 6/1/2006)
Trade magazine for meeting planners interested in Caribbean venues.
(Caribbean Travel Planner 6/1/2005)
Four-color magazine for consumers interested in Caribbean travel.

Websites I Created

(Saveur Magazine 9/15/2001)
Website for lovers of food and travel.
(Mariposa St. Kitts 1/1/2012)
Website for new villa complex on St. Kitts.

Writing Samples

(Brides Magazine 11/1/1999)
Feature about mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relations.
(Baby Magazine 10/1/1998)
In-depth look at sex life after baby is born.
(New York Magazine 3/13/2000)
Feature on island retreat off Florida's western coast.
(GAYLORD Magazine 10/15/2008)
Orlando offers a wide range of ways—some of them unexpected—to experience the finer things in life.
(Endless Vacation 7/1/2007)
Round-up of family-friendly Space Coast attractions.
(American Way 7/1/2007)
Collection of Orlando-area restaurants.
(Parents Magazine 5/1/1999)
Toddlers may not be talking much, but they're taking in a lot more than you think.
(WHERE Orlando 6/2/2009)
In Orlando, the all-American breakfast-lunch hybrid is not just a meal but an event. Offerings range from convivial local hangouts to signature hotel dining rooms.
(Endless Vacation 5/1/2012)
Don't just eat on the run in the theme parks. Try these places for delicious food and fun entertainment.
(Orlando Home & Leisure 5/1/2012)
Feature on an authentic Mexican restaurant followed by a round-up of French restaurants in Winter Park, Florida.
(GO! 4/1/2012)
Three Orlando-natives — a Disney animal specialist, a love ambassador and a man passionate about presidents — share their local insights.
(Edible Orlando 8/25/2011)
Challenges and solutions about getting farm-fresh produce into school cafeterias.
(Epicurious.com 4/1/2013)
You can eat shockingly well in Orlando-whether at Disney or exploring the flourishing food scene beyond Read More http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/diningtravel/restaurants/best-orlando-disney-restaurants#ixzz2TwX0ZJTc
(Floridian View 2/1/2013)
African animals roam in a Dade City ranch.

Author

(Peter Pauper Press 1/1/2011)
Handy guidebook to the Walt Disney World Resort published by Peter Pauper Press
(Rough Guide 9/9/1999)
Wrote Central Florida chapter of guidebook
(The Globe Pequot Press 4/1/2008)
Comprehensive guide to 175 Orlando-area restaurants.
(5/1/2012)
Edit Orlando-area restaurant reviews for Zagat guidebooks.
(1/1/2011)
Write the entire restaurant section for world-renowned guidebook.

Television

(On Dining with Rona Gindin 9/1/2009)
Host of on-demand Brighthouse television program showcasing Central Florida restaurants. Formerly called On the Town with Rona Gindin.

Resume

(Rona Gindin 9/11/2015)
Rona Gindin's resume