Thursday, February 24, 2011


During my short lived Little League Baseball days I wanted to be Yogi Berra, an all time outstanding catcher for the Yankees. Today, to watch him on a television clip or read one of his books makes me still want to be like Yogi.
Since my baseball career was cut short due to inability, I could take Ron Guidry's place in Yogi's life.
Today the New York Times an excellent article about Ron Guidry a former Yankee's star pitcher of being Yogi's valet and driver.
Thank you to Put-This-On for posting this great article.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011


A good friend asked for this post.

Proper suit coat & blazer sleeve length.

Proper neck tie length.
Length #3 is correct unless your shoes need polished, then wear #1 or surgical booties.
Location as to where your pant waiste should be located.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ohio Bankers League's 2011 Economic Summit

This past Tuesday, Steve Layman and I attended the Ohio Bankers League's 2011 Economic Summit as the guest of Paul Thompson of First Federal Savings of Newark, Ohio. Attending the luncheon and listening to the extensive program was very interesting and the highlight of my week.

The three noted speakers at the event were David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, Mark Kvamme, Director of the Ohio Department of Development and Dr. Mark Schweitzer, Senior V.P. & Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Often during the past three years of our current recession I am asked to compare today to the last major recession. People look at me funny when I respond with that it was harder the last time around. The chart above was one of Dr. Schweitzer's many power point slides indicating the current Payroll Employment Losses compared to 1980 & 1981.

Dr. Schweitzer gave the group hope that we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There was only one thing Tuesday better than the meeting: spending two hours with two excellent business people in the car. Listening to the Federal Reserve V.P., Paul and Steve all in one day, jumped my knowledge by a significant percentage.

Thank you to Dr. Schweitzer & Kyle Fee for responding so quickly to my request for the photo above.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The Hipster PDA (Parietal Disgorgement Aid) is fully extensible system for coordinating incoming and outgoing data for any aspect of your life and work. It scales brilliantly, degrades gracefully, supports optional categories and "beaming," and is configurable to an unlimited number of options. Best of all, the Hipster PDA fits into your hip pocket and cost practically nothing to purchase and maintain.
Building your first Hipster PDA:
1. get a bunch of 3'c5" files cards
2. clip together with a binder clip
3. there is not step 3
Learn more about this from Folder 43, by clicking here.
I don't know if this will become my cup of tea or not. Thank you to Put-This-On & Secret Forts.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day is also for people with broken hearts.

Valentine's Day is for lovers. It's also for people with broken, bitter hearts who hate all those lovers. Whichever camp you fall into on February 14, has a list for you--from the songs you need to ease the pain to the movies that will sweep you in a romance nearly as epic as your own. Treat yourself to some chocolate and browse away.
Find out some of the romantic movies and tunes you should concentrate on for Valentine's Day. From Rudolph Valentino to Johnny Depp and Crazy by Patsy Cline

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Posted by Matthew Ferrara:
Matthew Ferrara posted ten quick ideas to help Associations leverage social media to engage their leadership, membership and the public.
"It's easy to offer a full plate of events, workshops and services on the calendar. It's another thing to have members actually show up. Getting new members involved, and keeping existing members included over the long haul, has traditionally meant massive marketing efforts-frequently beyond the staffing, budgeting and capacity levels of most Associations."
1. Focus on engagement, not advertising.
2. Make it last.
3. Understand your audiences.
4. Empower audiences.
5. Make it mobile friendly.
6. Spread the news.
7. Tell your of the story.
8. Listen and learn.
9. Interconnect your media.
10. Bring Social Media into the boardroom and classroom.
This list does not just pertain to Associations only, but also to the general business owner to promote their business in today's world.
Found this post via Twitter.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cocktails by the Fire at The Works

Pat Jeffries auctions off a hand blown glass vase after many witnessed the craftsman creating the vase from scratch at The Works this evening. Pat is one of the few people who if attending an event can be asked to jump in to be MC or participate with five minutes notice and pull it off like he has practiced for weeks.

Click here to learn more about Patrick Jeffries.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Friday, February 4, 2011


This morning I had the privilege of hosting the Licking County Chamber of Commerce's 55th Groundhog Breakfast. Part of my job at hand was to introduce President E. Gordon Gee of The Ohio State University and to read an extensive bio of our John Alford Community Service Award winner, John J. O'Neill.

The hardest part of my script writing was how to introduce the Groundhog Committee pictured above with Dr. Gee. I have been on this committee for a very long time as well as everyone else, I figure an average of 14 years per person for the group. They are special people doing a very special event that the entire business community looks forward to yearly.

We should have our own television sitcom. Yesterday as we set up 750 places for the attending, I watched how we worked together, joked as we had our pizza lunch as we do during our meetings throughout the year. One last minute change to my script last night came to mind, a television sitcom already has been designed after the committee. It ran from 1994 through 2004 and came to us with the title of "Friends".

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

4 Suggestions for More Memorable Dates

You can never, never go wrong with a weenie roast. But make sure you
don't spend too much time looking into each other's eyes!