The designer is a native of Mississippi, where his love of sewing and design was nurtured by his grandmother, a master quilter. “I always dreamed of moving to New York to be a fashion designer,” he says. “I didn’t know how I’d get there, or when, but I had a subway map pinned to my wall. Before I was 13, I knew the city by heart.”​ In 1997 Hollis moved to NYC and began his career in the fashion industry by attending Fashion Institute of Technology.  He holds a degree in Fashion Design from New York’s FIT. Wherever his career led, Hollis never lost sight of his goal to head his own business. In fact, he launched his own eveningwear line when he was just two years out of college. Unfortunately, time wasn’t on his side then: “I opened the showroom on September 10, 2001,” he says. “Like just about…
Posted On Friday, 26 February 2021 00:00 Written by
“Bes-bawl.” Well, that’s the way it sounded to me when Terrance Mann (played by James Earl Jones) said it to Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) in the movie “Field of Dreams” about why Ray should keep this baseball field in his Iowa cornfield. “Bes-bawl” is America’s game and “surely people will come.” Mann continued, “people will most definitely will come. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. ‘Of course, we won’t mind if you look around,’ you’ll say. ‘It’s only $20.’ And they’ll pass it over without even thinking about it. They’ll sit in the bleachers in their shirtsleeves on a perfect day and watch the game. This field, this game will remind us of our past. The one constant through the years has been baseball. It reminds us of all that is…
Posted On Friday, 26 February 2021 00:00 Written by
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, exponential digital transformation was the biggest disruption many organizations and leaders within those organizations concerned themselves with. Will artificial intelligence (A.I.) take my job? Will machine learning make our entire operation irrelevant? Is there something on the horizon that will change our industry, and how can we be the ones to discover it? Even given the increase in the rate of exponential transformation of business practices thanks to those aforementioned digital disruptors, it astounded me how many of those same organizations feebly considered what would happen if digital technology truly disrupted them or how to get in front of it. They were agile and reactionary, resting on their laurels and taking refuge in the antiquated phrase “we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.” Then as we kicked off 2020 with a booming economy, COVID-19 barreled into the United States like a freight…
Posted On Wednesday, 24 February 2021 00:00 Written by
Wendy is the MS Warrior Queen and now a mentor for empowering other women diagnosed with MS. She loves working with them to improve their Mind, Body, Relationship and Environment by bringing out their Inner MS Warrior Queen. She lives in NW Wisconsin with her husband and two teenage sons but loves to travel. In her free time she loves to read and spend time outdoors as long as it's warm out since winter lasts so long in Wisconsin. As someone who has dealt with MS for over 30 years, Wendy now wants to give others hope by designing premium custom programs to help them with their lifestyle reset. She is an author for the National MS Society's Momentum magazine, as well as participated in roundtable discussions with Dr Terry Wahls in regard to her Wahls Protocol and has been featured on several podcasts. For an introductory call with Wendy,…
Posted On Wednesday, 24 February 2021 00:00 Written by
My 13-yr old son and I hopped in the JEEP to go grab a Garden Burger at the only restaurant he’ll order a burger from: Nielsen’s Frozen Custard in South Jordan, UT. In fact, he gets two Garden Burgers, which to us is thrilling, as he won’t eat anywhere else (incredibly, he always passes up the Concrete shakes, which are other-worldly good, since he’s going 4 years strong off of sugar…he’s like SuperBoy). Picky is an understatement for our son.  He demands to know the type of cow and where it grew up that he’s eating, and Nielsen’s staff has walked us through their process, so our health nut boy feels good about what he’s consuming. As we drove past multiple gas stations we hit Maverik to fill up the tank because it was a Friday night, and that means only one thing: We will be in a serious line for the burger. Pulling into the parking…
Posted On Tuesday, 23 February 2021 00:00 Written by
We have seen a real jolt to the bond market and pricing is trying to find a new level. This happens from time to time and those of us who have been at this for a while are prepared for the questions and reactions of our clients, prospects, and referral partners. A few simple things to remember:  • You don’t control the rate markets! If a client wasn’t locked on their loan, or were “waiting” for the “bottom”, that was a risk they took, not you. Don’t feel guilty unless you lied!• Do the math! Take a few minutes and share the actual costs in monthly payment in a move of .25% . Sometimes rates are an emotional hurdle until they see the actual dollars.• Share offsets and strategies. Maybe we borrow less money to keep the payment where they are comfortable or maybe we buy down the rate?• Remember that car…
Posted On Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00 Written by
”Third and thirty-three” certainly tells the story of Super Bowl LV played in Tampa, Florida on February 7th, 2021. That was the call by CBS announcer Jim Nantz as Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes was “sacked” by the Tampa Bay Bucs defense. Chasing Mahomes all night seemed to be the highlight of SB LV, also called “the double-nickel”. The hype preceding the game was certainly overblown considering the final score: Bucs 31, Chiefs 9. You are reading that correctly “nine” points in 60-minutes for the Chiefs! No touchdowns, which was not Mahomes style as he threw 38 touchdowns and 4,740 yards this season. The Chiefs only had 3 field goals by kicker Harrison Butker. BTW, while I’m on the subject of field goal kickers, Ryan Succop, field goal kicker for the Bucs was drafted #256 by the Chiefs out of South Carolina. He was the last draft choice in the 2009 draft earning him the title  “Mr. Irrelevant” created by Paul…
Posted On Friday, 19 February 2021 00:00 Written by
There’s nothing worse than being a non-profit organization when that was not your intention! The first issue to address is that profit is a good thing. Companies don’t survive without it. Jobs do not endure without company profit. Yes, profit is a necessary component of your business plan, and we should be proud when we make a profit. It shows that we had the initiative to figure out how to make our revenues exceed our expenses. With profit, we can retain some of the earnings for capital expenditures so that we can expand and produce more products or render more services over time. With profit, we can return some of it to the shareholders who enabled the entity to exist in the first place. With profit, we can entertain the idea of giving our personnel raises in pay and can hire more people to grow even more. With profit, we can expand our…
Posted On Friday, 19 February 2021 00:00 Written by
Part 3 in a series. Part 2: Would You Get a C Score on Your Relationship Report Card? Want to Kick Your Score From a C to an A+? Author Greg Godek Shares How a Relationship Report Card Boosts Love & RomancePart 1: Need a Little Romance Tip for Valentine's Day? Get the Scoop From Mr. Romance Himself, Greg Godek, Author of 1001 Ways to Be Romantic Greg Godek Sure, you could buy some roses.Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner.Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates. But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else. Packed with unique suggestions, easy gestures, and thoughtful gift ideas, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic is a romance kit “worth memorizing” (Boston Herald). It’s a…
Posted On Friday, 19 February 2021 00:00 Written by
As the Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk, I understand that public service has never faced as stern a test as it does today. People are watching our government, and with this challenge comes opportunity. They want to be reminded of that distinctly American feeling that theirs is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, a government that works for them and it is my goal to serve the public by standing up for them and making the Criminal Court Clerk’s Office stand out by being effective and efficient in our service.” Heidi Kuhn started her career with Shelby County Government in January 2001 as the Executive Director of the Crime Victims Center, advocating for victims and fighting for their rights. She was then appointed as the Deputy Director of Community Services, where she was responsible for all victim and offender services, as well community support…
Posted On Thursday, 18 February 2021 00:00 Written by
Krisstina Wise is a real estate mogul, Millionaire Coach, and creator of several multi-million dollar businesses including Goodlife Luxury, The Paperless Agent and most recently, WealthyWellthy. She is also an international speaker and the award-winning author of the Amazon Best-Seller Falling for Money, a romance novel for your bank account. Named one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in the country, she has been featured in USA TODAY, as well as by Apple, Contactually and Evernote for her creative leadership with emerging technologies.  
Posted On Wednesday, 17 February 2021 00:00 Written by
What do people say about you when you’re not there? Are you the type of person who buys FIVE $1 Lottery Tickets every day and hands them out to random people who do their job well as you interact with them? Keep reading to learn about this fascinating person who lives The Promise named Dr. Louis Sportelli! The Promise to be uniquely you, and spreading your goodness, is how you will be thought of and remembered. Do you make people laugh? Do you make people think? Do you do anything at all that is memorable? I remember the first time I was trying to come up with a parody to the classic song, “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and daughter, Natalie Cole. Eventually I decided to just sing it straight because I didn’t want to ruin this beautiful song for everyone forever – as I have with all the parodies I have created. You’re…
Posted On Tuesday, 16 February 2021 00:00 Written by
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