Tag: New York City

Transforming Spaces with Marialisa of Cyrus Contracting

Transforming Spaces with Marialisa of Cyrus Contracting

Are you considering a home renovation but feel overwhelmed by the prospect of working with contractors? 

You’re not alone.

In this episode, Iván Watanabe, and Evan Wohl speak with the owner and operator of Cyrus Contracting, Marialisa Zywotchenko, or ML for short. During their discussion, ML unravels the often daunting task of working with contractors, provides advice on establishing a trustworthy relationship with your contractor, and why investing in quality should be a priority. Through sharing first-hand experiences, ML illustrates the dangers of falling for misleading sales pitches, underscores the critical role of experienced subcontractors, and the legal importance of permits. 

After listening to this episode you will have a clearer understanding of how to approach your next renovation with confidence.

Key topics include:

  • How to find the right contractor for your project and budget
  • The most profitable home improvement renos
  • Questions to ask a potential contractor, including license, permits, and insurance
  • Real examples of client mistakes and misfortunes
  • Trends that stand the test of time vs. fads that don’t last
  • And more

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About Marialisa Zywotchenko:

Marialisa is the owner and operator of Cyrus Contracting. She holds two degrees from New York University in Construction and Real Estate Management. She earned her Associate’s degree from the University of Florida. Marialisa worked for several New York City general contracting firms in numerous roles and previously owned and managed her own painting company.

Marialisa has a passion for fine art and interior design as well as building. Her attention to detail sets Cyrus apart from other contractors in the Manhattan/Westchester competitive market.

The way Marialisa approaches the construction project simplifies the process for clients. She looks at the broad scope of the project and addresses each aspect.

What to Consider When Planning Your International Flight with Rob Karp and Henry Kamp

What to Consider When Planning Your International Flight with Rob Karp and Henry Kamp

How can you maximize your vacation and travel experience before you even leave the country?

In this episode, Iván Watanabe and Evan Wohl are joined by Rob Karp, founder and CEO, and Henry Kamp, head of Air Sales and Operations at MilesAhead, in sharing their knowledge of the travel industry and how to gain the most from your flight experience.

Rob and Henry discuss:

  • How the pandemic increased the cost of travel while negatively impacting the experience
  • Why travel so important to people
  • How to ease your flight with a baby
  • Tips to getting through customs and onto the plane faster and easier
  • And more


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About Our Guests:

Rob Karp is the Founder and CEO of MilesAhead. A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration (‘19), Rob was named one of Travel + Leisure’s International Rising Stars in 2017 and a finalist for Virtuoso’s Rising Star award in 2019. Rob first founded MilesAhead as a sophomore in high school, initially helping family and friends efficiently use their frequent flyer miles for plane tickets. Over time, MilesAhead has evolved into a full-scale luxury hospitality company that works with a discerning group of clients.

As the Head of Air Sales and Operations, Henry Kamp ensures that all of our clients’ journeys are as pleasant as the destination. Although Henry focuses primarily on air travel, he plays a pivotal role in all travel bookings, handling everything from finding last-minute rental cars to identifying the perfect hotel.