Category Archives: Blogging

Shared Value – Launchpad.ae

Launchpad the first UAE enterprise licensed to design, fund, and implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives is two years old.

 

Tum, Tum, Tumblr Blog to Promote Solar and Renewable Energy

“Good luck counting your money when you can’t breathe.”

I am certainly as pro-business as your average person, however the changing weather patterns, ongoing pollution, and continued fracking combined with unlimited sun and wind overwhelmingly point to a greater way we can all live.

I have taken it upon myself to learn more about the practical business applications of the solar and renewable industry.

Solar_for_Everyone___Renewables_rock_the_NYSE

This practical way is a tumblr blog where I explore the business of solar and renewables. I like tumblr as a light weight publishing tool and the communities are great for exploration. Be sure to check out the site here: http://solarforeveryone.tumblr.com/

London Calling – YouTube Series

I’ve had a career defining opportunity to work on a MENA region first – the co-creation, launch, and delivery of an original branded mini-series for Marks & Spencer MENA titled London Calling. This unique and engaging media campaign combined all my analytical, creative, financial, and, technical acumen to deliver this groundbreaking series. Brands can be very skittish when pushing into new mediums and new languages, but adaptation is essential for successful global growth.

Be sure to watch Season 1 and leave us a comment to let us know what you think. (We’ve added videos with English subtitles too)

UPDATE 1 June 2014:
London Calling was so well received, and we had so much fun making it, we brought it back for Season 2.

UPDATE 2 June 2015: London Calling the M&S Original Series is now over 1.5M views!

Talent Development Presentation

I recently gave a great webinar on Talent Development with Potential.com

You can watch the first part here.

This was the short presentation I referenced. I’ve never been one for a lot of slides. I like to talk about what I know

I think the Storify application is cool so I chronicled the happenings on the Twitter. #humblebrag

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Fun with Economics

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics. While I don’t directly use economic theory in my daily work, I do appreciate a good discussion on Opportunity Cost. So when I came across these minimalist economic posters on NRP I had to share.

Direct Mail and Email Marketing – Working together in glorious harmony

This is a blog post I did while I worked at FireDrum Internet Marketing. The tone is fairly lighthearted but I think hits something interesting, using direct mail to increase effectiveness and digital marketing efforts.

This morning I was listening to the Diane Rehm show after leaving an appointment. Her guest was John (Jack) Potter, U.S. Postmaster General.

Mr. Potter had the unfortunate task of defending to Diane and her listeners why the U.S. Postal Service was still relevant and how to fix the acute financial crisis that was affecting it.

While there is a very real financial crisis effecting the health of the postal service, it was a very in depth and extremely informative interview.

There was one interesting perception of Postmaster General Potter’s that really stayed with me.

Stayed with me so much I actually had to tweet about it.

Click here to read more

Direct Mail and Email Marketing | FireDrum Internet Marketing Blog.

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Wine Recommendations – before the blog

Before blogging became what it was, I was filing posts on my MySpace page. This style of blogging sounds so quaint now. I was heavily involved in the restaurant industry, first as a way to help pay for University. And soon after graduation, a way of life I was extremely passionate about.

I was diligently studying to become a Sommelier and would share my wine drenched thoughts with anyone who would listen. Here is my most favorite post about my most favorite wine I wrote back on August 18, 2006

American Sparkling

My lust of the bubbly runs so deep; if drinking wine was a monogamous affair, I am unequivocally willing to forsake all other wine styles, for Lady Champagne. Hell, I would give up ALL alcoholic imbibements, for her. This love of the bubbles is not easily satisfied. Some of my favorites, Moet & Chandon, Laurent & Perier, and the Veuve can retail between $40-$50. This is American Sparkling. Showing a young man how to stay fitted in bubbles, on a beer budget.

American Sparkling (a term first used by me, thank you) has achieved wondrous flavors and spectacular character in the past 10 years. And what a 10 years! America finally paid the Champagne region the respect it deserves by not allowing, (save for a few wineries, which were grandfathered in) the term Champagne to appear on its labels. See, true Champagne, must come from the Champagne region in France, and made only from three grapes. Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay are the three Noble Varietals that create the luscious and toasty cuvees. And American Sparkling makers are following this model of perfection, to create some amazing flavor combinations, and stunning bubbles.

Mendocino Countys Scharffenberger has been the most recent tryst, in this tawdry affair. Vibrant complexity, and outstanding luscious chains of bubbles, that rise with thunderous force from the flute, attribute to the care that is taken when crafting this wine. With fruit, spice, and minerality on the front nose, this American Sparking stands out. For only $25 restaurant, and $12 retail, even Mr. Bubble couldnt keep you this flush with suds.

Gruet ($23 retail) from the desert climate of New Mexico has methode de champanois written all over it, literally, its on the bottle! Crafted in the most exacting Champagne style these New Mexican bubbles with their sultry ways, will make you see fireworks. This was my choice of beverage this last Forth of July, standing on the rooftop at LaFayette City Grill, so maybe that would attribute to the fireworks

Finally, from the house of Mumm, comes MummCuvee Napa Brut Prestige. This American Sparkling is unfortunately the most average of the three, but the House of Mumm has been making Champagne since 1827. This longevity in the wine world allows them to work the California earth to the best of their abilities and produce this fine offering. These toasty, dry sparkling bubbles, with a nice green apple tartness is an excellent way to start of a meal.

As with purchasing any wine, it can take work to find what you enjoy. While Champagne is always my first choice, exploration, for the sake of exploration, and even price, can produce surprising results. American Sparkling, a new love.

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