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About Top 5 + Bios + Updates


About Central Florida Top 5

More than just a Top 5 list, Central Florida Top 5 is one of the region’s oldest, most trusted go to sources for everything Central Florida.  From original interviews to a calendar of curated must do events, CentralFloridaTop5.com is here to help locals and tourists alike discover all that Central Florida has to offer. Be sure not to miss anything happening locally by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. For some video highlights, click here!

If you would like your event to be considered for the Top 5 calendar, be sure to submit it here!

We are PR friendly. Advertisers welcomed!

Brian oranges

Meet Brian

Brian is CFLT5’s owner and community catalyst. A New Jersey native, he’s lived in many places including Portland, Oregon and all over Central Florida! Brian loves many things Central Florida and even took over Central Florida Top 5 from our founder, Bess! Like Bess and the rest of our team, Brian is inspired by community, sharing, small business and culture.  Share event information with us HERE! We also have a couple spots open showcase business and companies (Info: here)                                 


Meet Jen

Jen is our longtime Media Contributor, and really a “Jill of all Trades.” When she’s not co-producing film and television programs, sitting in Women in Film and Television Florida or Film Florida Board Meetings, being a social media butterfly (and top online influencer!), cheering on FilmSlam filmmakers at Enzian Theater or volunteering for the American Cancer Society, she’s taking pictures and video, and producing web content for us! She is also one of Central Florida’s top Google Glass Explorers and is helping create GOOD in our Central Florida community via #Wearables4good. Follow her adventures with us on TwitterInstagram and Google+!

Interested in Jen’s professional credits? Check out her LinkedIn and IMDb pages.


Kelly Sharkey

Meet Kelly

Kelly Green, aka SeaWorld Mommy, is a past editor at a national magazine and regional newspaper. Lover of all things Florida, Kelly can be seen daily at theme parks, cultural events/concerts, hotels, and local eateries often in between homeschooling and charitable activities.


Lisa Wilk

Meet Lisa

Lisa Wilk is the founder of Orlando Uncorked, a local group focused on demystifying wine. As a freelance food and wine writer, Lisa can be found blogging at TasteCookSip.com where she’s dining in and dining out, always enjoying Central Florida’s fresh and local ingredients. Lisa does love to pair great food with a local craft beer, glass of wine or well-made cocktail, sip along on Twitter and Instagram!

David B Bio


Meet David

David was born and raised in Orlando.  His first memory as a child was choking on a blue gumball.  Needless to say it has been all good since then.  He’s married to a beautiful woman and they have an even more beautiful daughter.  David has been a supporter of Orlando City Soccer Club since 2011.  Orlando is forever his city.

…and more to come in March as we unveil a NEW Central Florida Top 5!  

Bess Auer

Our Founder

Both Bess Auer and her husband Joe and grew up in Winter Park, Florida. In fact, her family’s Central Florida roots date back to the 1800s! Her grandmother was born in Central Florida, on the banks of Lake Howell. Although Bess knew a lot about the Central Florida area, starting Central Florida Top 5 allowed her and her family to discover even more about the place they love and call home.

What is she doing now?! She not only joined and grew the team at Florida Swim Network, Bess founded Florida’s leading Blogger and Social Media Conference, FLBlogCon! In 2014, she unveiled GottaGetBlogging.com, an online learning portal for those interested in blogging (as a hobby or professionally). Follow Bess on Twitter at @Bess_Auer!

Our Story & A New Era…

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