New York Giants Lineman Geoff Schwarts is Today’s Honoree

GeoffSchwartzGeoffrey Isaiah “Geoff” Schwartz is an American football offensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is 6 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 340 pounds. described him as a “naturally strong mountain of a man”.

Schwartz played college football at the University of Oregon, for the Oregon Ducks. He started for three years at right tackle, and in his senior year was a second-team All-Pac 10 selection.

SchwartzSchwartz was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played in all 16 games for the Panthers in 2009, and started all 16 games in 2010 playing both right tackle and right guard, but was injured in 2011. He played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, and was signed by the Chiefs in March 2013.

His brother, Mitchell Schwartz, is an offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns. They are the first Jewish brothers to play in the NFL since Ralph Horween and Arnold Horween, in 1923.

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IDDS Consultant Damien Bullard is Today’s Honoree

DamienBullardDamien Bullard is no stranger to teaching from experience. After spending years in the automotive space including many years as a finance manager and general manager, he understands how tough it is for dealers, dealer groups, and sales people to remain successful and engaged month after month.Damien decided to push forward by providing dealers across the country with services that extend beyond just that of a product. IDDS group and Consulting Services offer some of the most effective sales coaching, consulting, and forecasting to some of today’s top dealers, helping them once more raise the bar in profitability and customer retention.

Between his experience managing various dealerships and dealer groups, and building three 7 figure businesses focused in the automotive space, it’s only natural that many dealers nationwide call him their “dealership’s best friend”.

Damien has a proven track record and the business acumen in turning five location car dealerships group into a regional leader with annual sales of more than 100 million dollars. He has tripled sales and profits; resulting in an average annual with sales of 25 million and average annual gross profit of 1.1 million dollars.  He used his talents to develop a top notch closing system that yielded a 28% closing ratio providing an increase of 20% for the national average. He is a charismatic leader that drives businesses to excel.

  • Charismatic Executive with strong business acumen successful at establishing the vision and strategies necessary to turn a five location car dealership group into a regional leader with annual sales in excess of $100 million.
  • Impressive record of top performance across multiple categories; proven ability to capitalize on both new and existing market opportunities.
  • Skilled negotiator with excellent communication skills, adept at developing and fostering productive relationships.
  • Team builder noted for constructing highly successful teams with diverse business skills.
  • Tripled sales and profit for Ford dealership in first month of taking over; maintained sales and profit at tripled level for past five years, resulting in average annual with sales of $ 25 million and average annual gross profit of $1.1 million.
  • Developed a closing system yielding 28% closing ratio, compared to the national average of 20%.

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Filmmaker Lucy Kostelanetz is Today’s Honoree

LucyThe closing ceremony of the 7th  Russian  documentary film Festival in New York took place in  the oldest Manhattan club of veterans of the World War I. Special award of the Pushkin  Society in America – medal and diploma of  honorary membership  was directed to the out-of-competition program’s director Lucy Kostelanetz for the creation of the documentary “Sonia” about the fate of the artist Sofia Dymshitz-Tolstaya.

Filmmaker Lucy Kostelanetz premiered her first documentary feature Sonia in 2007 in film festivals around the world. Her previous work included two award-winning films for children, Rebeka Goes Down the Slide and Rebeka Goes to China. Lucy also worked at the New York State Council on the Arts during its early creative, idealistic period (1968-1981) and has served twice on the Board of International Film Seminars.

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Xtend-Life Founder Warren Matthews is Today’s Honoree

WarrenMatthewsWarren Matthews is a true, entrepreneurial success story. Starting from scratch, he created Xtend-Life, a worldwide business that strives to help others achieve vibrant health and longevity through the use of pure and natural products.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the son of a carpenter, Warren Matthews has gained increasing, international recognition as a researcher and advocate of natural health. He is also a remarkable example of the vital, anti-aging benefits of his own theories and products.

Warren has always been a highly driven, imaginative entrepreneur with a passion for technological innovation and the natural environment. Over the past 40 years, he has established a number of successful businesses in New Zealand and the USA.

A decade ago, an abiding personal interest in health and well-being inspired him to focus his considerable energy and resources on the field. Along with his son, Lance Matthews, he founded Xtend-Life Natural Products in 1998.

Xtend-Life has since become one of New Zealand’s business success stories, renowned for the purity of its ingredients, its innovative formulations and competitive pricing. The company now sells its expanding range of natural supplements, ZupafoodsT, Omega-3, and skincare products each month to thousands of customers in over 40 countries.

Warren Matthews himself has emerged as one of the industry’s evangelists. Traveling over 250, 000 miles a year, worldwide, he lectures to the nutritional science industry and health and beauty professionals. In addition, he hosts consumer seminars and meets with Xtend-Life’s customers and suppliers on a regular basis.

His agenda is simple: to encourage continued, and broader, scientific research into better-informed public acceptance of the very real benefits of pure, natural products along with sensible diet and lifestyles.

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R & B Singer BJ Bowers is Today’s Honoree

BJBowersComing from Newberry, South Carolina, Bobby Calvin Bowers, JR. (BJ Bowers); is a street wise R&B singer making his own heavy staple in the  music industry. Famous blues singer Nappy Brown, Who wrote Ray Charles ” Night Time Is The Right Time” happens to be Bowers beloved grand father. Having been raised into a musical family, Bowers no doubtly took this blessing and has exceedingly been recording and swooning his audience on and off stage.

Now currently residing in Atlanta, GA , Bowers is recently working to drop his first album ” Love Sick”and has so far released a few singles. “Bad Girls”, “Jump”,  and “Smokin” are the only tracks I’ve heard thus far. I gotta say I  love, love love his music! I can’t wait from him to blow up!

He just brings a fresh  new sexy melody to the R&B world, Which we’ve been craving for ages (or…maybe just a few of us). Bowers has traveled across the country doing shows in New York, Florida, LA, and Atlanta, GA. He’s performed with quite a few of your favorite main stream artist’s such as: Lil Boosie, Roscoe Dash, Nappy Roots, Anthony Hamilton, Travis Porter, Dwele, and many more!

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Credit It Forget It Co-Founder Michael Morgan is Today’s Honoree

MichaelMorganMichael Morgan has always had a fascination for finance, credit, and cars. After founding a very successful business focused on automotive transportation, he followed his passion by directly working in the automotive space for a major dealer group. He worked his way up to finance director where he felt at home being able to combine his deep understanding of finance, credit, and cars all into one.

After a successful career in the automotive space moving up to General Manager, he chose to leave the field to focus strictly on helping educate America on better credit practices. Having all the knowledge of the automotive industry coupled with his understanding of what consumers struggle with during the credit process at a dealership, he co-founded Credit Forget It: An innovative credit platform that enables dealerships to help their clients reach higher levels of credit education and optimization. Today, Credit Forget It works with thousands of dealerships nationwide and has helped over 100,000 people optimize their credit while protecting their identity.

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Music Artist Tanya Dartson is Today’s Honoree

TanyaDartsonTanya Dartson (also known as Tanya Young) has participated in various international performances and composer competitions in North America and Central Asia. She is a recipient of the 2010 National Academy of Music award as well as numerous other awards for her performing and composition skills.

Since moving to New York City, Tanya has been inspired to further demonstrate and develop her musical talent and performances. She is currently participating in the research study “The Genetics of Absolute Pitch” conducted by The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

Tanya has Master’s degree in International Affairs and a degree in Music.

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