Redefining The American Dream: The Raleigh Architecture Co. Partners Will Join Panel Discussion April 28th

Craig Kerins and Robby Johnston, co-owners of The Raleigh Architecture

The Raleigh Architecture Co. partners
L-R: Robby Johnston, AIA, and Craig Kerins, AIA

Co.  will join a panel discussion on “Redefining The American Dream: Housing Preferences of Millenials and Boomers,” presented by the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Young Leaders Group of the Triangle. The event will take place in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday, April 28, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Raleigh Grand Ballroom at the Capital Club Building, 16 West Martin Street.

The panel will examine how the shifting tastes and preferences of Millennials (people born from 1981 to 1997) and Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) are influencing new speculative – or “for-sale” — housing development in the Triangle area.

Along with the latest insights from local real estate economists, marketers, developers, and builders, Kerins and Johnston will discuss urban infill housing.

For the past two years, The Raleigh Architecture Co.‘s partners have been developing, designing, and building urban infill houses – a series of modestly sized Modern, sustainable homes — on vacant lots in an old, established neighborhood just east of downtown Raleigh. The neighborhood includes all generations, from Millenials to senior citizens. Johnston, a “Generation Xer,” lives with his family in one of the houses on East Edenton Street.

Other members of the panel will be: Jay Colvin, director of the Triangle/Triad Metrostudy; Rick Bagel, developer of Wetrock Farm; Will Yadusky, director of Acquisitions and Development for Baker Residential; and Jonathan Barefoot, vice president of Business Development for Fonville Morisey Barefoot. Joseph Martinez, development manager for Northwood Ravin, will moderate the discussion.

“Redefining The American Dream” is open to non-ULI members as well as members. For admission costs and more information:

LOGOAbout The Raleigh Architecture Company:

The Raleigh Architecture Company is an award-winning design/build firm specializing in Modern sustainable architecture, and craftsman-quality construction. As licensed architects and general contractors, we consider designing and building to be one integrated process. This streamlined approach empowers us to meet our clients’ economic expectations and to seamlessly execute high quality details, both small and large. Our office and shop are located under one roof in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at 502 S. West Street. For more information visit, call 919-831-2995, or email:

About the Urban Land Institute and Young Leaders Group:

Founded in 2005, ULI Triangle has grown quickly to become the premier real estate organization in eastern North Carolina providing leadership in the responsible use of land, educational programs, and community outreach to address land use challenges. The Young Leaders Group is comprised of ULI members under the age of 35 who want to be actively involved in shaping the future of the real estate industry in the area. For more information:

Veteran World Traveler, Cruise Specialist Joins “Travel For Boomers”

Pamela Scala brings her expertise to the new blog. 

Pamela Scala

December 7, 2011– Pamela Scala, a seasoned world traveler and cruise specialist, has joined Travel For Boomers, a new blog about a host of travel topics specifically for members of the “Baby Boomer” generation who either love to travel or want to travel, and want to do it as inexpensively and comfortably as possible.

Cruising, travel safety, and traveling with special dietary needs will be Scala’s focus on Travel For Boomers.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Pamela Scala studied Radio, television and film production with a sub-specialty in journalism. Her career has included working for a Chicago marketing firm, work with non-profits in board development, public relations, and event planning. Most recently she’s been involved in website development.

Known to her family as “Thrifty Pam,” Scala lives up to the moniker in her world travels by using frequent flier miles and rewards points to fly and stay in hotels for free. She’s also an expert at finding the best deals for luxury travel.

“I lived for 25 years in the Chicago area, where I did almost anything to get away from the weather,” she said. “Snow is a four-letter word, after all. Having had enough of that, my husband and I moved to a barrier island in Florida where we happily wear flip-flops year round.”

Her travel mantra is “Anywhere, anytime,” she said. “Back alleys and hidden storefronts don’t scare me. Biking where no motorized vehicles can go and people take their water buffalos for an afternoon walk is right on target. And luxury travel that includes flying in the front of the plane is the only way to go as long as it’s for free.”

A dedicated “travel hacker,” Scala uses a variety of methods to amass frequent flier miles and hotel rewards points. She brings that expertise, as well as her vast experience on cruise ships, to Travel For Boomers.

For more information on Travel For Boomers, visit

Travel For Targets Baby Boomers Who Love To Travel

New travel blog is authored by “Boomers” for “Boomers.” 

October 10, 2011 — A group of self-professed “travel fanatics” and veteran “travel hackers” have launched Travel For, a new blog specifically targeted to “Baby Boomers” (people born between 1946 and 1964), who either love to travel or want to travel, and “want to do so as inexpensively and comfortably as possible.”

Travel For Boomers went live on September 15. Just a few of the topics posted thus far include:

  • How to get the best deal when you’re booking a hotel room
  • Medical and dental “vacations” to get less expensive procedures
  • Why everyone should have a passport
  • Whether or not AARP travel discounts are all they advertise
  • Who “Baby Boomers” are and how they affect the travel industry
  • Suggestions for great destinations for mature travelers
  • and humorous, just-for-fun topics.

“We want Travel For Boomers be both informative and fun,” said blog editor and award-winning journalist Kim Weiss. “We’ll cover everything from step-by-step ‘how-tos’ on amassing frequent flier miles and rewards points, to memories of traveling before security check points — when airlines named Piedmont, Pan Am and Eastern still existed. We recently ran a post on how to help your kids who have their own kids travel more comfortably, and we have a three-part post on how to see the world in a weekend. That’s right: in a weekend.”

Weiss noted that most travel blogs direct their content to 25-45 year-old travelers. “That’s why we started Travel For Boomers. Baby Boomers are active, enthusiastic travelers who often have different priorities than less mature travelers, and certainly have different priorities than senior citizens. As Boomers ourselves, we can relate to those priorities and address them specifically on the blog. And we’re looking forward to reader input via the ‘comments’ feature.”

Weiss said she’s particularly proud of the roster of “Boomer” writers already on board and contributing posts, including veteran travel “hacker” and magazine columnist Cristine Krzyszton, who has amassed a million frequent flier miles; humor writer and seasoned frugal traveler Mars Candiotti; published author and award-winning freelance writer Bill Morris, who travels the world in search of the best fishing opportunities; and world traveler and film director Allen Weiss.

Producer/technical director Howie Rappaport and advertising/marketing director Shannon Watson round out the behind-the-scenes support system for Travel For

“We’re currently working on the design and branding of Travel For Boomers,” Weiss added, “so readers can expect to see some changes in the look of the blog in the near future.”

To follow Travel For Boomers, go to The blog also maintains a Facebook page.

About Travel For

Travel For is travel blog specifically for members of the Baby Boomer generation (1946-1964) who love to travel, want to travel, and want to do so inexpensively and comfortably. Its contributors are veteran world travelers located across the U.S. who address a variety of travel concerns specific to the Baby Boomer audience, from “travel hacking” to amass frequent flier miles and points, to exciting and unusual destinations for mature travelers who are clearly not “senior citizens” yet. For more information, go to