Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Roland Frasier Bio

Roland Frasier started out selling real estate when he was 18 and gradually moved into doing syndications of real estate and business investments. Roland held real estate, insurance and securities licenses and did leveraged buyouts with Prudential Securities while he was in college and law school.

After law school, Mr. Frasier started his own law practice and grew it to one of the top firms in San Diego providing services to entrepreneurs, business owners and marketing and entertainment industry clients. While there Frasier acted as Managing Partner and conducted all the marketing and advertising campaigns, generating clients through copywriting, speaking, networking and forming joint ventures.

During that time Roland began joint venturing deals with clients and gradually evolved from practicing law to buying and selling companies, repositioning businesses and direct response marketing (including copywriting for his own direct mail company, infomercials and other projects).

Over Roland's career He has completed infomercial deals with Guthy-Renker and K-Tel Direct, publishing deals with Simon & Schuster and Random House, negotiated shows with major hotels on the Las Vegas strip, been involved in over 100 private and public offerings, run international hedge funds, advised major brands on a variety of business and legal related issues (from PepsiCo to MacDonald's), worked with copywriting great Gary Halbert, created presentations and marketing campaigns for major brands and much more.

Roland Frasier has a real passion for business and putting deals together and is always on the lookout for businesses to buy, reposition and sell.

Specialties: Negotiation, copywriting, marketing strategy, structuring and funding of mergers, acquisitions and private and public exit strategies for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Design and implementation of comprehensive multi-channel marketing and advertising campaigns. Internet, new media, print, social networks, direct response.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

M Resort Las Vegas Review

I recently had an opportunity to visit one of Las Vegas's newer resorts, the M Resort Las Vegas, and wanted to post a review of it.

The drive to the M from the airport is about a $35 affair, and takes you approximatley 10 miles down the strip away from the Mandalay Bay side. The drive is worth it to experience the cool, funky and loved by the locals vibe of the M.

The staff at M Resort are carefully screened through a five stage hiring process and must pass certain tests showing their willingness to help others and be courteous before they are hired. This screening process shines through with everyone I met at M being helpful, friendly and even going out of their way to make your stay more pleasant.

One typical complaint for me is that rooms are too hot, especially in the summer in Las Vegas, and the M is no exception, however the helpful staff did provide a fan which made a huge difference in the comfort in the room.

The food at M is decent, nothing to get excited about, but decent, and the casino is clean and hip. Rooms are spacious and clean, with a fun window that looks out from the bathroom into the main area.

One of my favorite things about the M was the free coke draft soda fountains placed throughout the casino. Rather than waiting for a cocktail waitress to find you, any thirsty moments can be sated with a quick trip up the drink dispenser.

All in all, M is a nice choice if you are okay with being off the strip several miles and you are looking more for a spa, pool, gaming and relaxing experience than something luxe and special.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Four Seasons Austin Review

I have just returned from Austin, Texas, where I spent six days and five nights at the Four Seasons, and I wanted to take a moment to post a Four Seasons Austin review.

The hotel is stately, truly a classic Four Seasons property, and it's perched on Town Lake, which is really not a lake at all, but rather a river that runs through downtown. The Four Seasons sits on one side, next to the Raddison and is conveniently located near the fun and excitement of 6th Street and Congress.

They have a lovely bar with delicious, albeit typically Four Seasons expensive food, and amazingly good service (be sure to ask for Terez if you go there). The drinks are tasty and the pizza (meat lovers) and free snacks are not to be missed.

Clean rooms do not disappoint, but I would have liked to have had that separate shower I so enjoy in many Four Seasons properties.

Room Service and Housekeeping were quick to meet any request, and on some nights you can catch the bats flying out from under the bridge from your river view room or the bar downstairs, just around dusk.

The doormen sentry the doors trying to let no one pass without a warm hello and the concierge was very helpful in assisting me in getting out a last minute FedEx.

Other than being a bit highly priced, I find it to be about the best hotel in Austin and well worth checking out. Be sure to check the site for specials, and be sure to check your bill carefully to be sure you aren't accidentally overcharged.

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Visit To Lyon France

It's always nice when your business leads you to a place that you have always wanted to visit and spend some time. I recently had that pleasure when business took me to the beautiful French city of Lyon. Having enjoyed my time there immensely, I highly recommend that you find a reason for a visit to Lyon France.

Lyon is a large city, but it is at the gastromical heart of France and French cuisine. Chef Paul Bocuse who has a not to be missed restaurant there, reinvented French food years ago and relit the fire of irresistibility of French Country fare.

The old town of the city is brimming with tunnels and passageways that used to serve the old silk merchants, then the resistance during the World Wars and now tourists who scurry along through them, feeling giddy as they explore places that feel secret and off the beaten path.

This is a city to savour for several days, relaxing along the river, enjoying the beauty of the ancient roman ruins at the amphitheatre, exploring the shopts and bakeries and relishing the delicious food.

I found the people of Lyon to be uniformly friendly and welcoming and even tolerant of my attempts at French. This is a city well worth a visit. Oh, and if you do have the pleasure of visiting Lyon, be sure to check out the Cour De Loge hotel. It's ancient charm and windy passageways in the cobbled together nest of buildings that comprise the place create an icon that is not to be missed.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Best Burger In San Diego?

In my never ending quest for the Best Burger In San Diego, I have had a chance to experience quite a few exceptional burger joints, and I want to share what I have found so far with you here.

1. Four Seasons Aviara - For me, the Four Seasons totally gets it right. They make a high quality burger with all the right ingredients, home made bun, top grade meat, cooked to perfection, farm fresh veggies. It rocks and is my favorite burger in San Diego.

2. Rocky's Crown Pub - Many people consider this the best in San Diego, and it is arguably a solid contender for that spot. Fresh and juicy and in the heart of Pacific Beach, it must be tried.

3. Firefly Grill & Wine Bar - This little known bistro sits discreetly in a strip mall along El Camino Real in Encinitas, but it has excellent food, its very own Burger Night on Sunday's and one of San Diego's best burgers. Look for half-priced wine nights from time to time and try the Mushroom Burger!

4. Bistro West - This relative newcomer to San Diego is in an unlikely location in Carlsbad, just West of I-5 at the Cannon Road exit. It's in a hotel parking lot and doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside it has an artsy atmosphere and great food. The service has always been a little slow for me, but the food makes up for it and they also have one of the best burgers that San Diego has to offer.

5. Hodads - If you like funky, then you will love the scene at Hodad's in Ocean Beach in South San Diego. Dicey location (in Ocean Beach) and colorful people (they're hippies and harmless) make this an interesting place to visit but even though it's almost an hour from my house, I still make the trek for their top notch burgers, which make number 5 on my list of the tasty burgers San Diego has on offer.

6. Jakes Del Mar - Not really well-known for its burgers, Jake's, perched right on the beach in Del Mar, actually offers a very delicious burger and one of San Diego's best.

7. In-N-Out Burger - For faster fare, In-N-Out is always a crowd favorite. Fresh, never frozen meat and crisp fresh toppings continually get this eatery top marks from me and all who visit there.

These are 7 of my best bets for best San Diego burgers. If you have your own, please share!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Red Robin Burgers

Red Robin is a source of pretty decent and fairly consistent burgers here in San Diego. I have visited several of the Red Robins here and most are pretty good and uniform in their quality. One burger they recently added though that I think is quite tasty is the Blackened Bayou Burger.

I had one just yesterday and have to say that after almost 8 days staying at an abysmal hotel with even more dismal food, it was a pleasure to be back home and able to sample good food again. 

Red Robin and the Blackened Bayou Burger did not disappoint and I was really happy to be home from my real estate investor training workshop and in my old neighborhood with a comfy home and familiar places (not to mention familiar faces!)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Marriott Downtown Orlando Review

I spent the past several days and nights at the Marriott Downtown Orlando and thought I would take a moment to post a review and let you know what I thought of the hotel.

I was hear presenting a real estate training workshop to real estate investors with some friends of mine.

Sadly, the reviews are not great. The hotel is older and the rooms are okay, no complaints there, although they did have a musty smell to them that I suppose is just a result of being located in balmy Florida.

However the food was amazingly bad and incredibly overpriced. They had a $14 hamburger and $30 rubber chicken dinner dish that quite frankly would have been overpriced at half of what they were charging. The food was abysmal, some of the worst I've had at any hotel, and we found ourselves trying desparately to get out each day and night to find something halfway decent.

The problem with that was that the hotel is not located near anything decent to eat, not within walking distance anyway. It's in the Centroplex by Amway arena and the theatre center, but you can't even walk out and go a few blocks to get a Starbucks! What's up with that.

I thought Starbucks was everywhere. Not a decent tea in sight for this place though.

Our conference room was sub-zero temp almost the entire time we spoke. People were hugging each other for warmth and I was afraid they were going to break up the tables to start a survival fire. Next time, we'll bring blankets, but there probably won't be a next time for the Marriott Downtown Orlando because we will never stay here again.