Attorney Peter Ticktin is Today’s Honoree

Peter Ticktin is a brilliant attorney whose background is in science. While in college, he saw validity  in the Global Warming theory and soon was convinced it was true long before it became a common belief.  In 1974 at age 29, he gave up his then law practice, bought a farm and embarked on a 10-year study on climate, its adverse effects on our planet, and ways to address them. Eventually he became an expert in the fields (literally). In 2009, he started The Global Warming Foundation, not to preach, but to inform those already accepting of the threat.  He went on to launch his own highly-successful law firm, The Ticktin Law Group. Lately he has returned to educating the public about global warming in his insightful blog, “What’s Tickin’, America?”

In it Ticktin goes well beyond  other “experts” on Climate Change, advising  we’re past the tipping point, so it’s more important to prosper and rebuild an infrastructure suitable for the new climate reality. He proposes  we rely on solutions other than simply reducing carbon emissions.  He maintains that ironically the Trump Administration has the right answers to confront this global threat, a booming economy, which will  enable America to do what  must be done to confront its most severe effects.

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The Relationship Help Doctor, Rhoberta Shaler, PhD is Today’s Honoree

Rhoberta Shaler, PhD, The Relationship Help Doctor, offers urgent and ongoing care for relationships in crisis through consulting, speaking, video, and writing.  She particularly focuses her expertise on the partners, ex’s, adult children, and co-workers of relentlessly difficult, disturbing people.  She calls them Hijackals.

Working with people struggling with life, death, and relationship for over thirty years in Canada and the United States, Dr. Shaler has brought hope, comfort, strength, and success to countless people who honestly believed it was impossible. Even the United States Marines have used her services!

Relationships in conflict foster fear, frenzy and friction. Dr. Shaler calms the turbulence of troubled relationships, offering the insights, strategies, and pattern-breaking skills that lead to blame-free, game-free, non-manipulative relationships. She consults with people worldwide through Skype and Zoom, helping to restore their connection, improve their communication, and deepen their emotional intimacy. She creates the insights, skills and space for new beginnings and positive re-connections.

Dr. Shaler is the author of sixteen personal growth and relationship books. Her most recent ones are to help those struggling with relationships with chronically difficult people:

Dr. Shaler’s work has been featured on FoxNewsPsychCentralCosmopolitanGood HousekeepingThe Good Men ProjecteHarmonyCare2GreatistPulse, and The Needs, among many others. Her YouTube channel,, is an evergreen source of practical insights and tips for relationships. Her newsletter and podcast, Vital Tips for Relationships, provides frequent valuable strategies.

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Singer Chris Rob is Today’s Honoree

True music lovers always search for the connections between the new and the old, the fresh and the classic. Sometimes they’re fortunate enough to find both in one artist. For Chris Rob, the classically trained pianist featured on Kanye West’s ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothin’, crossing genres is natural. “All music is connected in some way, so if its from the heart, the audience can feel it, there really isn’t that much discrimination,” says Chris. This might explain why the singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer can’t be boxed in and audiences from New York to Russia have revealed in his genre fusion. His twist of hip hop, house, and cool funk can be witnessed firsthand on the recently released “Everything’s Beautiful”, the Robert Glasper executive produced Miles Davis remix album. The final track, “Right On Brotha” featuring Stevie Wonder, was co written and produced by Chris with the industry heavyweight DJ Spinna. “Working with Stevie has been a tremendous blessing for me,” says Chris. He also has served as an opening act for the legendary singer, as well as serving as his musical director for President Obama’s inauguration.

Chris Rob is currently promoting his latest project “Sound Of Da Struggle”, and selections from the album have already been well received from audiences throughout the US as well as Europe, where Chris most recently wrapped up the “New Stars of America” Tour that even made stops throughout Russia. His last project “Mental Notes” was named among the top soul albums of 2010 by Soultracks, with selections from the album were featured in the Tyler Perry film Peeples” as well as the award winning Showtime documentary “Phunny Business”. He also tours and directs music for his older brother, actor/comedian Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine, Morris From America) and has been seen alongside him on NBC sitcoms “The Office” and “Mr. Robinson”, as well as in “Hyped For Halftime”, a series of commercials promoting last year’s Superbowl Halftime Show.

The native Chicagoan has come a long way since relocating to New York, where he was inspired to produce his soulful debut project “The Official Bootleg of Chris Rob, Volume I”. He quickly began headlining at the city’s hottest spots including SOB’s, The Blue Note, and most recently, Brooklyn Bowl and the legendary Apollo Theatre. That funky, soulful, and jazzy nine song EP featuring his singing and musical talents, opened the eyes and ears of many, including Grammy award winning artist Meshell N’degeocello. “She called me up and said it was all she listened to for a month. That was so amazing because I had listened to her albums with that intensity before I ever met her.” Meshell shared a mutual admiration for him, stating “his music is a reflection of who he is, a beautiful person.”

Still, Chris’ first love is playing live and connecting with the audience. You’ve probably seen him hyping up the audience in the video for ‘So High’ from John Legend’s “Live at The House of Blues” DVD. Legend’s grammy award winning “Get Lifted” tour featured Chris as primary keyboardist and backup vocalist, as well as serving as part of the musical direction team. “The ‘Get Lifted’ Tour was that first next level experience for me… just to help create something that was moving people so much all across the world, it tuned my own music deeper into the universe that much more.”

His additional stage credits as opening act and supporting musician include Prince & the New Power Generation, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, John Mayer, Ashford & Simpson, Jill Scott, The Roots, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Roberta Flack, Common, Cee-lo, Anthony Hamilton, Patti Austin, and Earth, Wind, & Fire. His television appearances include The Grammy Awards, “Oprah”, “Last Comic Standing”, VH1 Hip Hop Honors, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The American Comedy Awards”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, “The Late Show with James Corden”, “Jimmy Kimmel”, The Soul Train Awards, “Entertainment Tonight”, “Raaymond is Laat” (Amsterdam), “Top of the Pops” (Amsterdam, London), and Jules Holland(London).

Like music itself, this artist likes to stay in the moment. “I don’t really think about the different genres I’m crossing. I try to stay open, and not get in the way of how great the music can feel.”

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DeadSoxy CEO Jason Simmons is Today’s Honoree

CEO of DeadSoxy, Jason Simmons, combined good looks with the simple, farm-grown aesthetic of function and durability to create the perfect sock brand.

In rural Mississippi, the closest Jason Simmons came to the clothing industry was wrestling with his brothers in a trailer of cotton while his dad’s tractor towed them to the gin. On his farm, “fashion” meant function and durability: A pair of jeans that would last more than one season and boots that didn’t give you blisters.

But when he handed over his Wranglers for that first pair of designer jeans, Jason’s fashion obsession began. As his wardrobe grew, along with his appreciation for exquisite look, fit and feel, socks were a constant disappointment.

Jason’s hardworking roots and desire to fix things that were “broken” led his passion to reinvent this underrated apparel.

In 2015, Dallas-based company DeadSoxy was born to combine good looks with that simple, farm-grown aesthetic of function and durability – because designer socks that shrink, fade, or droop aren’t a good investment.

Since its inception, this high quality brand and its CEO have taken the fashion industry by storm. DeadSoxy was named the #5 start up in Dallas, Jason was ranked #2 on the up and coming fashion designer list in Texas and Simmons was also nominated for designer of the year in 2017.

“My work is my passion, and my competitive urge to win your loyalty drives me to make the best socks, so you can make the best impression. There is no greater joy than to take a risk, put your heart and soul into it, and have people like/love what you’ve created” says Simmons.

DeadSoxy is changing the foot game one step at a time!


Jason Simmons is the innovative CEO & founder of DeadSoxy. He refused to accept that traditional sock-manufacturing was the best that can be done. He took his time to understand every aspect of sock production and recreated what is now the perfect high-performance sock. The company officially launched in May of 2015 and in the first 2 years sold over 120,000 pairs of socks all over the world. The brand is currently sold in 62 select specialty stores in the US, Canada, UK, and New Zealand.

Recently, DeadSoxy was ranked #5 among Dallas startups and Simmons was named #2 on the up and coming fashion designers in Texas list. Simmons was also nominated for designer of the year.

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Author D. Durand Hall is Today’s Honoree

According to NBC News, 70 percent of Americans believe that race relations in the U.S. are harmful. D. Durand Hall, a Phoenix native, believes that lowering tensions and healing can come from better understanding.

Which is why Hall created Urban Multimedia Communications, a company committed to creating platforms that inform and promote minority struggles in the world.

The corporation’s first work is Hall’s book The Memoirs of a Hoodstar: Young, Black and Misunderstood . Using his studies in Africa American culture and based on true events, this book addresses serious socioeconomic issues occurring in urban communities such as premarital sex, teenage pregnancy, generational poverty, drug abuse, gangs, violence and the high rate of crime and imprisonment. He hopes to give those outside of urban America a raw and authentic look at the life of many African Americans.

In 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruled California’s prison system as unconstitutionally cruel and overcrowded. The decision mandated the downsizing of a prison system that had risen to become the largest in America. How did California become the king of imprisonment, and what prompted the mass incarceration of a generation of minority males?

Memoirs of a Hoodstar is a real look at one man’s life as he goes from a serious hustler to prison inmate. Jamal ends up behind bars after living a life of crime, and although he deserves some punishment, he soon begins to realize the huge number of African American males behind bars is more than punishment: it’s a political game and he’s just one of the pawns paying a priceless price.

Greedy men like Big Al make loads of dough on the California penal system, and nobody’s stopping them. Jamal hopes that the madness will stop, but who will stand up for prison inmates? D.Durand Hall provides the uncut truth behind the barbaric imprisonment of California’s notorious department of Corrections but also reveals how ex-cons can turn their lives around.

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Author Stacey Honowitz is Today’s Honoree

Stacey Honowitz is a twenty-two year veteran of the State Attorney’s Office, seventeen years dedicated to the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit where she is currently serving as a supervisor. She is also a frequent legal commentator who has provided legal analysis for Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, CBS News 48 Hours, MSNBC, CNBC, as well as Fox News and Court Television. She has prosecuted several high profile cases in south Florida and is also a guest lecturer who speaks about child sex abuse, the sensitive nature of these cases, the navigation of the criminal justice system and the importance of frank and open communication with children about this important and difficult subject matter. She has provided important information for several years to both parents and children on the issues of child molestation and continues to send the message that the importance of reporting the abuse is the first step in healing.

Parents always want to know how to talk to their children about sexual abuse. The importance of “My Privates are Private” is two fold. This book will put both parents and children at ease when dealing with this delicate, almost taboo subject matter. The main character Betsy Boodle allows parents who find themselves having difficulty “breaking the ice” the ability to communicate openly with their child about the importance of reporting abuse. It provides easy to remember limericks which send powerful and important messages, first and foremost the importance of reporting the abuse. This book empowers children and parents who sometimes have a problem finding the “right words” for a frank and open discussion. Children will see that Betsy Boodle is not afraid to speak her mind if she thinks that she was abused. She advocates the many ways that you can report and most importantly she teaches others that they should never be afraid to speak up.

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Author Nimesh Mehta is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

Is your company suffering from inconsistent sales year after year ? Do you want to grow faster than your competitors but don’t know how? Do you strive to become a leader in your business or industry but feel you just don’t have the know-how? Would you like to hire and retain the best salespeople in the country?

Sales Booster is different from the thousands of sales books out there, in two refreshingly unique ways.

First, it is an action book that will teach you how to effectively implement the new science & Art of selling in your business and work. Sales is not just in the knowing but also in the doing. Most sales leaders, business leaders and entrepreneurs know what needs to be done, but few know how it needs to be done. Not only has Nimesh brought forward the new science & Art of selling in the twenty-first century, but in every chapter, he demystifies execution strategies that almost guarantee sales success.

Second, Sales Booster offers insightful interviews with leaders from some of the world’s greatest organizations, knowledgeable people who experience profits by multiplying their sales year after year. This real-life sales wisdom was acquired over decades, and the interviewees come from a wide variety of industries and geography; every reader will find something relevant to any work or business. The book caters to everyone who wishes to succeed in sales, be it an individual, corporation, entrepreneur, or a large organisation.

Sales Booster provides answer to two universal business question:

  1. Why some companies generate year on year growth in sales when most other companies struggle ?
  2. Why are some salespeople more successful than others ? After fourteen years of hard-core experience, the writer began to understand the science behind it all. Implementation of this great wisdom resulted in tremendous increases in sales, which jumped ten times in just two years. Now, Sales Booster will pass this sales wisdom on to salespeople, corporations, and entrepreneurs, catapulting them to a bigger bottom line, faster than ever before.

About The Author:

Nimesh Mehta is a dynamic sales leader with seventeen years of experience in sales and marketing across industries, with a lot of sales expertise in asset and equity investment management, financial services, insurance, consumer durables, and FMCG products. Nimesh has held various positions, including the head of business, head of products, head of sales and distribution, and head of the customer service. He has led many teams, ranging from 4 to 150 members, and every single year, he has over achieved his annual sales targets. Nimesh has made public presentations on equities, investments, and loans to audiences of 10 to more than 1,000 customers. He is a passionate speaker and is regularly invited to do client presentations and give lectures at his company’s Annual Day and other company forums. Nimesh loves training and has successfully trained Sales, customer service, operations, and other support teams, particularly in personal success, selling, time and productivity management.

In addition to his business endeavours, Nimesh Mehta enjoys travelling and making new connections, ever on the lookout to increase his network. He is a sports enthusiast and plays cricket, tennis & carrom. Recently, he has developed a love for bicycling, and in his first three months of pedalling, he achieved a remarkable 100-km. cycling adventure; riding at an average speed of 22 kms. per hour, Nimesh finished that 100 kms. in little less than 4.40 hours!

Because relationships are important in business and personal life, Nimesh is a very social person. He has eagerly served as a chairman or secretary of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the companies where he has worked. Every year, he contributes 2 to 5 percent of his annual income to worthwhile social causes such as education and providing for the medical needs of underprivileged kids.

Nimesh is a proud father of two beautiful daughters. He loves parenting and enjoys as much time as he can with his angels. They particularly enjoy their family bike rides to nearby temples, parks, and beaches. He served as the vice president of the Parent/Teacher Association at his daughters’ school, and over the last couple of years, Nimesh has played an instrumental role in organising cultural and sports events for students.

Nimesh is a spiritual person and attributes a lot of his success to the wisdom he gained through spiritual discourses he attends once every fortnight.

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