Domain Name Expert Bill Sweetman is Today’s Honoree

Domain name expert Bill Sweetman is a successful and respected domain name industry business leader with extensive experience in the domain aftermarket (or secondary market) of premium domain names, including domain pricing, distribution, and sales. He has provided strategic domain name advice to major companies around the world for over 20 years.

Bill is the President & Lead Ninja of Name Ninja, a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names for their next big thing.

Prior to launching Name Ninja, Bill was Vice President, Domain Portfolio at Tucows as well as General Manager of YummyNames. During his five year stint at Tucows, Bill tripled the company’s Domain Portfolio business to over $10M in annual revenue, increased sales volume 800%, launched the successful YummyNames service, and managed the sale of over $20M of premium domain names. Bill led all of the domain name monetization efforts for Tucows and he and his team managed one of the largest premium domain name portfolios in the world.

A self-confessed domain name fanatic, Bill registered his very first domain in 1994 (which he later sold for five figures) and has been perfecting his “Domain Karate” moves ever since.

Bill is also one of the Internet marketing industry’s most respected authorities and his innovative work over the last two decades has been recognized by numerous awards, including the prestigious Internet World Impact Award for Communications.

Bill is a popular speaker at industry conferences, and he is frequently interviewed by the media as a domain name expert. Bill is a contributor to various trade publications and blogs, including his own domain name strategy blog, Sweetmantra, located at sweetmantra.com.

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David Yakir of the Yakir Group is Today’s Honoree

For over 20 years, David Yakir has been an entrepreneur, creative-lead and technology strategist in the advertising, media, digital marketing and entertainment space. As an executive, he led one of the first and most successful new media and marketing companies, winning several industry awards. He has also served on the board of two advertising holding companies. In the entertainment arena, he has written and directed for the theater and television in both London and the United States. He is also currently host of  I Heart Radio’s “Yak About Tech”.

In the large Ad-Agency world, David was Chief Digital Officer of Y&R and Wunderman worldwide.

As Founder and CEO, David led Blue Marble in the winning of virtually all major industry awards, as Adweek named Blue Marble “a top five agency” every year of its existence. Blue Marble grew to a global agency of several hundred people and is now a strategic part of the Publicis Group.

David has been instrumental in developing or leading many of the Fortune 500 companies digital strategies including P&G, Continental Airlines, General Motors, Microsoft and Ford.

David was also an investor in the 33Delivered group which provides counsel for companies dedicated to serving the human condition which included institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History.

As a theatre and television producer, director and writer, he worked with Ned Sherrin, CBE, to develop the PBS and Yorkshire Televisions series, “We Interrupt This Week” and “Song by Song.” Other notable works include writing and directing the London musical, “Only in America,” the original “Smokey Joe’s Café.”

As an assistant professor of communications at Baruch College, CIty University of New York, he developed one of the first computerized visual analytic labs for the study of English as a Second Language. This model has been used in many colleges and universities.

The Yakir Group has evolved over the last 9 years,from a marketing and development company to the new, present day entrepreneurial consulting group. For most of its life we were champions of change. CHANGE IS GOOD, CHANGE IS GREAT, CHANGE SUCKS!. And yet, all the while as The Yakir Group addressed rapid changes in communications and marketing, change happened to The Yakir Group business itself.

Visit http://yakirgroup.com/on-a-mission/ for more information.

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Sydney Paige Founder and CEO Courtney Brockmeyer is Today’s Honoree

With a passion for helping others, an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong-willed nature to overcome barriers that many would tell her were impossible to break through, Courtney left the safety of the corporate world to launch her own Company.  With SYDNEY PAIGE Inc., she brought her tenacity for success and internal pull toward helping others together to create a business that could teach her own children (Paige & Sydney) the importance of giving back and making the world a better place for all.

Originally from Southern California, Courtney currently resides in Moraga, California with her husband, two daughters and three cats.

About Sydney Paige:

Sydney Paige manufactures high-quality backpacks from eco-friendly materials: 100% cotton canvas, natural leather, nickel free hardware and recycled polyester. Its mission has always been to provide a backpack filled with supplies to a child in need for every backpack purchased.

Sydney Paige is providing quality backpacks and school supplies to students impacted by Hurricane Harvey. While first responders work hard to provide much needed shelter, food, water and clothing for Harvey victims, we are running this drive to provide items that students and teachers will need once it is safe to return to school.

Sydney Paige Runs Backpack and School Supply Drive

The victims of Hurricane Harvey have lost so much: homes, cars, belongings. Right now, their immediate needs are food, water, and shelter, butin the coming days and weeks, they’ll need even more.

When schools are able to re-open, many children will be without pens, notebooks, backpacks and other school supplies. Sydney Paige http://www.sydneypaigeinc.com/ has partnered with Roonga https://www.roonga.com/ to change that by running a school supply and backpack drive. The goal is to provide 3,000 packs to Hurricane Harvey’s school age victims and their teachers.

The need is anticipated to be large. Low-income children make up more than 75% of the Houston Independent Public School District. Other districts in the area have similar economic conditions making it difficult for families to afford replacing basic school supplies lost in the hurricane.

A backpack and school supplies certainly won’t fill all the needs of child victims, but it’s a start. Letting children know people care can go a long way towards healing while going back to school can provide a small semblance of normalcy in a world that’s been turned upside down.

To help:

https://www.roonga.com/hurricaneharveydrive/

About Roonga:

Roonga partners with non-profits to provide the right quantities of necessary supplies to those who need them.

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Digital Dads Brent Basham and Andrew Currie are Today’s Honoree

2014-07-12 17.56.17-1My name is Brent Basham and I’m one half of Digital Dads. The other guy in the mix is Andrew Currie, but since he made me write this I probably won’t say much about him. To sum it up, he’s a computer programmer, has enough other talents (singing, design) to make me #jealous, and he’s pretty instrumental in the production of our podcast (specifically bringing the kids in like we do in the Star Wars episode). Other than that I believe we can safely ignore him for now.

Now where was I, oh yes, back to me. Like Andrew, I’m also a computer programmer and love technology. I’m also a dad to the three little monkeys pictured to the left. One afternoon at lunch (we used to work together), we realized we are part of a unique generation of parents.

You see Andrew and I grew up in a time without the Internet. Perhaps the single biggest invention since the beginning of time. Seriously. It’s right up there with fire, the wheel, and toilet paper. And our children will never know a world that is not always on, always connected (listen to Top 10 Things Our Kids will Never Know), and increasingly distracting. As parents, we are challenged with raising them to succeed in a world that is moving faster by the day. How can we possibly keep up?

Our biggest goal at Digital Dads is to provide a super interesting and amazingly insightful look at the joys and pains of parenting in this brave new world. And if we come up a little short well, we tried. But I can tell you now that this is the best thing to hit the Internet since AOL. And that’s saying something.

So check out a few of our posts or listen to a couple of our podcasts, and I’m certain you’ll be hooked for good. If not, check back with us in a couple weeks. We are working hard to improve our craft and we may have gotten better by then. A great place to start is Hello World or our first podcast “Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads”. And if you really want to go for a ride make sure you check out our episode where we recorded the S-E-X talk with my son. It’s authentic and guaranteed to make you laugh.

If you enjoy the show iTunes reviews are like gold in the podcast world. And I’m talking about pre-bubble gold. It would help us a ton if you gave us a good rating and review.

Also, we’d love to include you as part of our community. We’re all in this together after all. And all of us are better than any of us. You can of course connect with us here and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Or if you want to learn more about raising kids in a digital world you can download our free book, The Rules of the Round Table. We look forward to getting to know you better as we blaze a digital path to the future together.

Visit http://digitaldads.fm/about/ for more information.

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Online Business Expert Liz Theresa is Today’s Honoree

Liz Theresa is an online business expert from the Boston area with skills and a breadth of experience in business development, online marketing, graphic design, and web development. The bulk of her work has been with entrepreneurs and small businesses. She is the founder of Concept to Creation, her flagship program in which she blends her role as both a strategist and designer / developer for her clients. The end goal of the Concept to Creation program is to help her clients bring their ideas to life online in the form of a brand and website. She is there for them every step of the way. Liz was recently a featured woman business owner in WE USA and has also been credited in Business News Daily and CEO Blog Nation. She was recently published for an article, “How to get Divorced and not want to Die,” in Elephant Journal.

Liz holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts where she also was honored with the prestige of being a graduate assistant both years she attended. Liz completed her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts with a degree in English and Theatre Arts.

Visit https://liztheresa.com/about/ for more information.

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powerHouse Books Photographer and Author Joseph Rodriguez is Today’s Honoree

When Brooklyn-raised photographer Joseph Rodriguez first debuted his body of work shot in Spanish Harlem in the 1980s, it changed the face of documentary photography. Grit, elegy, celebration, pride, lurking cataclysm—all embedded in the portrait of a place and the people. Now, three decades later, Rodriguez and powerHouse Books are revisiting that groundbreaking series: unearthing huge new caches of images, and re-editing and showcasing the body of work in a beautiful, deluxe monograph, reframing the project as one that pushed beyond documentary into the realm of fine art. Over 30 years since the project began, Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the 80s finally brings this unparalleled endeavor to fruition.

Spanish Harlem, New York’s oldest barrio, is the U.S. mecca where Puerto Ricans first established themselves in the 1940s. One of America’s most vital centers of Latino culture, Spanish Harlem is home to 125,000 people, half of whom are Latino. Shot in the mid-to-late 80s, Joseph Rodriguez’s superb photographs bring us into the core of the neighborhood, capturing a spirit of a people that survives despite the ravages of poverty, and more recently, the threat of gentrification and displacement. In a now-distant landscape littered with abandoned buildings, ominous alleyways, and the plague of addiction, the residents of Spanish Harlem persevered with flamboyant style and gritty self-reliance.

The heart of the work comes from Rodriguez’s intimacy and access. The trust and familiarity he built with his subjects—repeated visits with no camera, then no photographing, then little by little, a peek here, a shot there—allowed him to transcend surface level sheen and exploitation to capture images that reveal the essence of the neighborhood and of the era. That access paired with a sharp eye for detail and composition, and the practiced and disciplined ability to find the perfect moment, led to the creation of an entirely unique and breathtaking narrative. From idyllic scenes of children playing under the sprinklers on the playground, or performing the Bomba Plena on “Old Timer’s Day,” to shocking images of men shooting up speedballs and children dying of AIDS, Rodriguez reveals a day in the life of the barrio in the 1980s.

Joseph Rodriguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began studying photography at the School of Visual Arts and went on to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree at New York City Technical College. He worked in the graphic arts industry before deciding to pursue photography further. In 1985 he graduated with a Photojournalism and Documentary diploma from the International Center of Photography in New York. He went on to work for Black Star photo agency, and print and online news organizations like National Geographic, The New York Times MagazineMother JonesNewsweekEsquireStern, and New America Media. He has received awards and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists’ Fellowship, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism, the Open Society Institute Justice Media Fellowship and Katrina Media Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship Fund for Investigative Journalism. He has been awarded Pictures of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Missouri, in 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2002. He is the author of Spanish Harlem, part of the “American Scene” series, published by the National Museum of American Art/ D.A.P., as well as East Side Stories: Gang Life in East Los AngelesJuvenileFlesh Life Sex in Mexico City, and Still Here: Stories After Katrina, published by powerHouse Books. Recent exhibitions include the Hardhitta Gallery, Cologne, Germany; Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, University of La Verne, California; Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK Institute for Public Knowledge, New York, NY; Moving Walls, Open Society Institute, New York, NY; and Cultural Memory Matters, 601 Art Space, New York, NY.

Visit http://www.powerhousebooks.com/books/spanish-harlem-el-barrio-in-the-80s/ for more information.

 

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International Entrepreneur Sohan Gokarn is Today’s Honoree

Sohan is an international trainer and a motivational speaker who helps people and businesses to get past what stops them from getting what they want in life-mainly related to three things: health, wealth and relationships. Prior to establishing his speaking business, he spent over six years as a communication skills trainer.

Sohan offers a wide range of programs and services – from Keynote Speeches to Corporate Consulting and Motivational Seminars. He specializes in coaching people and businesses on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, sales, motivation, training, building self-confidence and more to help them build and achieve new levels of success.

After a successful career in the corporate training industry, he now inspires other people to achieve success. He is no stranger to the speaking industry. He spent over six years as a Corporate Trainer and a Keynote Speaker. Sohan’s teachings, coaching sessions and inspirational workshops have helped thousands to become better than they were and have empowered and inspired them to live better lives both, personally and professionally.

My Vision

“I dream of millions of people and businesses making worthwhile accomplishments. I dream of millions raising happiness and living extraordinary lives. Share my vision. See the real change for yourself.”
– Sohan Gokarn
Visit http://sohangokarn.weebly.com/ for more information.
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