CSCA - Ray "Neutron" Spears

Last Thursday, CSCA held their monthly meeting and it featured a presentation by NYC based photographer, Ray "Neutron" Spears. Great stories, perspective and images were shared by Ray. Here's a bit more about him as published on the CSCA site:

After being fired from a factory job at 21, Ray “Neutron” Spears thought he had hit rock bottom. In reality, the manager who fired him knew he was destined for better things in the art world. Taking a janitorial job at a church to just get by, Ray learned to anticipate the human behavior that would dictate his work for the day. This skill influenced his photography work and helped him land his first break in Los Angeles as a wedding photography editor.

With a background in audio engineering, graphic design and, of course, photography, Ray is a man of many talents who wants to showcase everything that grabs his interest, including interior design, album art, and architecture. Ray captures everything from portraits and documentary to environmental portraiture and commercial work. He is a still image maker professionally and a people watcher naturally.

 John Schuman, Photographer and I at last Thursday's CSCA presentation.

John Schuman, Photographer and I at last Thursday's CSCA presentation.

AAF Columbus - Silver Medal Luncheon

AAF Columbus held their Silver Medal Luncheon this past Friday with the Silver Medal being given to Donna Teach, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Nationwide Children's Hospital. Here's a bit more about Donna that was shared on the AAF Columbus site:

Donna Teach is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. With more than 1.3 million patient visits annually, Nationwide Children’s is America’s largest pediatric hospital and research institute and has been recognized by US News and World Report on their honor roll list of America’s Top 10 Children’s Hospitals.

Donna has been with Nationwide Children’s for over 20 years and her current role includes oversight of all marketing, communication and digital functions. Nationwide Children’s 56-member Marketing and PR team supports all aspects of the institution and includes brand strategy, consumer, donor and referral source marketing, call center, market research, web, social media and interactive marketing, media relations and corporate communications.

During her 30+-year career in health care marketing and public relations, Donna has gained real-life experience in all areas of the discipline.

Donna is a two-time alumnus from The Ohio State University with degrees in Medical Communication and Allied Health Administration. She served two terms on the board for SHSMD, the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and is Chair Emeritus for Goodwill of Columbus.

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Creative Mornings - Crow Works on Commitment

Once a month on a Friday, Creative Mornings gathers and features unique speakers who take on a new theme every month. This month, Dennis and Denise Blankemeyer spoke at The Goat RiverSouth.

Here's a bit more about them and their business that was published on the Creative Mornings Columbus site: 

Dennis and Denise Blankemeyer are childhood sweethearts that grew up in Kalida, Ohio.  The couple’s passion for design and creating a sense of place influenced their decision to enter the furniture industry. The duo opened American Furnishings in a 1,200 square foot storefront near Grandview Heights in 1995. They expanded to Polaris Parkway in the mid-2000s, but closed in 2011 to focus solely on commercial sales under the name Crow Works.

Specializing in design and manufacturing, Crow Works has been creating custom commercial furniture for clients all over the world. They love what they do and are excited for what’s next. Crow Works is expanding their team and their footprint in the hopes of creating a design-centric manufacturing campus, a sense of place for their team and community. Dennis and Denise are the parents of their three children, Brooke, Jacob, and Faith and live in Granville, Ohio.

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Drink Up Columbus 7 Year Anniversary Party

Drink Up Columbus celebrated their 7 year anniversary with a party last night at Barley's Brewing Company in the Underground. Thanks to Cheryl Harrison, Editor and all of the sponsors for putting this fun event on!

This event was sponsored by Barley’s Brewing CompanyBrewDog USAThe Actual Brewing Company,Middle West SpiritsAmeriStop Food Mart LancasterThe Daily GrowlerEight Cakes a WeekCOSI,Columbus Summer Beerfest and Glenn Ave Soap Company

 Mike Liddy and I at the Drink Up Columbus event last night.

Mike Liddy and I at the Drink Up Columbus event last night.

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio - Casino Night

Gambling with pretend money is the best...when you're losing. I had the opportunity last night to be a part of Junior Achievement's Casino Night. Blackjack was my game and by the time I got up from the table, I was walking away with more than I sat down with at the table. It was only then that I wished it wasn't play money. 

 Tim Shock of ALD Precast and I at last night's Junior Achievement of Central Ohio Casino Night.

Tim Shock of ALD Precast and I at last night's Junior Achievement of Central Ohio Casino Night.

The Business of Podcasting #CMHStartupWeek

I was a part of the afternoon crowd who gathered for the Columbus Startup Week program, The Business of Podcasting. The panel, led by Tim Fulton, shared their personal podcast journeys which shed light on the amount of work it takes to make it happen along with the trials and errors that come with creating something new. Most of all, they emphasized, was having something to say from your distinctive point of view. 

 The Business of Podcasting panel on stage today at Vue.

The Business of Podcasting panel on stage today at Vue.

CHROMA: Best of CCAD 2018

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) celebrated CHROMA: Best of CCAD 2018 which is the annual campus-wide juried show and celebration that features exemplary pieces from each of their majors as well as their CORE programs and their first-year MFA students. 

There was art everywhere, inside and out; activities, a fashion show; food trucks; beer; and ice cream. This annual event is always on our calendar!

-Chris

 I snapped a pic of the scene just before the start of the fashion show. 

I snapped a pic of the scene just before the start of the fashion show. 

We're Confident You'll Enjoy Reading Our May Newsletter

Our May newsletter is out now! Confidence is one of our company's values and we share how we apply it to our work. In this issue, a digital marketing agency owner takes our quiz; craft beer has a Cbus champion; digital wizard is honest, sincere and fun; and how a creative leader stays creative. Thanks for giving it a read!

 Cheryl Harrison has crafted a career from her love of beer. She's featured in our May newsletter.

Cheryl Harrison has crafted a career from her love of beer. She's featured in our May newsletter.

#CMHStartupWeek18 is Happening This Week!

I began this morning by attending the kick-off of Columbus Startup Week 2018 with the keynote address by Mark Kvamme, Founder Drive Capital. "Carpe Diem" for everyone in Ohio is what he wanted to ensure everyone here took away from his presentation. 

CMHStartupWeek is happening all this week with a majority of the programs taking place at Vue Columbus. All of this is available for free! Thank you sponsors!

 Mark Kvamme onstage at CMHStartupWeek.

Mark Kvamme onstage at CMHStartupWeek.