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 region’s 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!

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

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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 encyclopedia 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 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 this blog from our founder, Bess! Like Bess and the rest of our staff, Brian 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 (click here)                                 



Meet Jen Vargas

Jen is our Senior Media Contributor, and really a “Jill of all Trades.” When she’s not co-producing film and  television, 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 an Orlando Google Glass Explorer and is helping create GOOD in our Central Florida community via #Wearables4good. Follow her adventures with us on TwitterInstagram and Google+!

FYI: Jen is available for freelance video and social media projects! Check out her LinkedIn and IMDb pages for updated professional credits.

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!


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!


 (Even more CFLT5 background!)

Our Story & A New Era…

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