Ben Mallah started out his multi-million dollar real estate career in California, picking up garbage for a break on his rent. At the time, Mallah was 22, stationed in Oakland, Calif. after a stint in Germany. The landlord was impressed by Mallah’s work ethic and put him in charge of the building. Soon, he was in charge of all of the buildings.
Now, more than thirty years later, the self-made real estate “tycoon” (Mallah rejects this designation), is one of the biggest investors in Tampa Bay, with a real estate portfolio worth more than $200 million.
You’ve likely seen the striking books on the coffee tables of cafes and offices across Tampa Bay. Open the cover, and stories of region-altering businesses, must-see attractions, and local thought leaders stare back. The glossy pages drip with color, boasting photos of Tampa Bay’s natural and man-made assets.
Given the depth and breadth of the varied entities detailed in the Best of Tampa Bay and Innovate Tampa Bay publications, you might be surprised to learn that they weren’t created by a Tampa Bay native. You might also be surprised to find that these are just two of dozens of series publications throughout the world produced by the same company, The Global Village.
AMERICA’S LOCAL NEWS has reached its death spiral phase.
Look no further than today’s grim announcement from the New York Daily News, a once proud fighter in the city’s news wars. On Monday, the tabloid’s owner, Tronc, announced the latest in a slog of job cuts, this one totaling 50 percent of the staff and prompting the departure of Jim Rich, who had been the paper’s editor.