About Top 5 + Update + Bios


About Central Florida Top 5

More than just a Top 5 list Central Florida Top 5 is one of the regions go to sources for everything Central Florida.  From original interviews to a calendar of all the must do events CentralFloridaTop5.com is here to help locals and tourists alike to discover all of what Central Florida has to offer.  Be sure to not to miss anything happening locally by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube as well

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

We are looking for Advertisers as well!

Meet Ken Storey

Ken is our Senior Editor.  He has been a netizen from the early days and has been a blogger for the past 10 years.  A sociologist professor by day and Orlando cheerleader by night, Ken is a walking encyclopaedia of all things Orlando.  A foodie by nature, Ken is spotted at many of the area’s local owned restaurants and businesses.  Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Check out his Vizify profile for more info.

Meet Kelly Green

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.


Meet Brian Wilson

Brian is CFL5’s owner and face.  Originating from New Jersey, lived in Portland, Oregon and loves many things Central Florida!

Brian is excited to be trying to fill the shoes of Bess! He moved back to Central Florida in 2010 after taking a few years off in Portland, Oregon. He is inspired by community, sharing, small business and culture.  Share with us Event Information here!  We also have a couple spots open showcase business and companies here!                                 

Meet Jen Vargas

Jen is our Video and Media Contributor, and really a “Jill of all trades.” When she’s not co-producing Indie Cinema Showcase on OrangeTV, working on a big time movie or tv set, helping with FilmSlam at Enzian Theater or volunteering for the American Cancer Society, she’s shooting and producing web content for us! She is also an Orlando Google Glass Explorer and is helping create GOOD in our Central Florida community via #Glass4good.  Follow her adventures with us on Twitter  and Instagram!

(FYI: Jen is available for freelance video work and social media projects too!) Check out her Vizify profile for more info.

See some video highlights of 2012

Meet Lisa Wilk

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!

Founder Background

Both Bess Auer and her husband and grew up here in Winter Park. In fact, her family’s Central Florida roots date back to the 1800s, with her grandmother being born right there on the banks of Lake Howell.  And although she knew lots about the Central Florida area, this website was allowing them to discover even more about the place they loved to call home.

What is she doing now ?! Follow Bess at @Bess_Auer and find out!


 (background) The Story & A New Era

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