AMA Columbus December Happy Hour

Thursday night was a busy one for events around Columbus and it started with the American Marketing Association (AMA) Columbus December Happy Hour that was held at the Buckeye Bourbon House. Conveniently located across the street from our office, it was an easy call to join the crowd and mix it up with AMA President Elect, Crystal Vause and others at this fun downtown spot.

Sippin’ bourbon with  Ryan Rekstis  and  Doug Evans  at last night’s AMA Columbus Happy Hour.

Sippin’ bourbon with Ryan Rekstis and Doug Evans at last night’s AMA Columbus Happy Hour.

Columbus Firefighters Foundation Topgolf Tournament Benefitting MDA

I had the opportunity today to be a part of the Columbus Firefighters Foundation’s and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Columbus’s Topgolf Tournament at the Topgolf at Polaris. They brought the community together to raise awareness and vitally needed funds that will support MDA’s mission.

Thanks to Ron Palanca, Owner of Palanca & Associates (Wealth Management & Investment Advisory Services) for being an event sponsor and for hosting our group and hosting the cash bar for everyone participating once their drink tickets were gone. Not surprisingly, Ron got the biggest round of applause of the day for that generous move. Their office phone: (614) 564-0045. Also, thanks to John O’Connor, VP Marsh & McLennan Companies for the invitation.

Myself, Ron Palanca, Owner of Palanca & Associates (one of the day’s sponsors) and Pete Armstrong, Regional Vice President at Advisors Asset Management at Topgolf at Polaris today in Columbus.

Myself, Ron Palanca, Owner of Palanca & Associates (one of the day’s sponsors) and Pete Armstrong, Regional Vice President at Advisors Asset Management at Topgolf at Polaris today in Columbus.

The Modern College of Design - Mock Interviews

I spent Friday afternoon at The Modern College of Design doing mock interviews with students to help them prepare for their upcoming job interviews. The Modern does a great job of getting the students ready to start their careers. The school’s track record of helping them is outstanding. I had the chance on Friday to see some strong work from this latest wave of designers.

Image of The Modern from Bizjournals.com

Image of The Modern from Bizjournals.com

Innovate New Albany - Tiger Talk

Yesterday was packed full of good info and great people. I was at Innovate New Albany for their Tiger Talk luncheon presentation: The Power of Peers: The Secret Weapon of The Most Successful Entrepreneurs. It was a unique opportunity to hear entrepreneurs share their stories of success and sometimes setbacks and how they’ve bounced back. The “power of peers” was the results that come from the understanding of shared experiences.

Here’s a bit more about the program from Innovate New Albany’s site:

The Power of Peers: The Secret Weapon of The Most Successful Entrepreneurs

Emcee: Bill Troy, President, Columbus chapter of The Entrepreneurs' Organization

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Being an entrepreneur means being a leader. It also frequently means that you are alone in your own organization. No one else has the same questions, issues, or challenges. So where can an entrepreneur turn for ideas and advice? Fellow business owners! Join us for a panel discussion by multiple business owners who have tapped into the Power of Peers to improve the success of their business and personal lives. Learn what the most successful entrepreneurs know: that peers are a powerful secret weapon.

Panelisits:

Bill Troy: President of EO Columbus and CEO of Civilis Marketing and TroyResearch Dr. Carol Clinton: Owner of Timeless Skin Solutions in Dublin and New AlbanyRex Elliott: Owner and Partner at Cooper & Elliott Jason Pohl: Founding Partner of Centric Consulting Miranda Boyle: Owner of THREAD in Grandview

Miranda Boyle (Left, Standing), Owner of Thread, shares her story with the Tiger Talk audience.

Miranda Boyle (Left, Standing), Owner of Thread, shares her story with the Tiger Talk audience.

Creative Mornings Columbus - Elvis Saldias

I took advantage of the great events going on this morning and hit the second stop at Capital University for Creative Mornings Columbus. Immigration is a complex issue in the U.S. and it’s not often that I’ve gotten to hear a Dreamer’s story. Elvis Saldias shared his journey from Bolivia as a toddler with his sister and mother to Ohio. Elvis is a DACA recipient and advocate. He’s a community organizer working with Dacatime.com. My understanding of the issues surrounding DACA grew from this morning’s program and I’m happy to have had the chance to be there.

“Civic engagement means being American.” -Elvis Saldias

I make it a habit to attend Creative Mornings Columbus because of the stories that are told and the people I meet. I recommend attending if you want to make a great start to your day once a month (on a Friday).

Elvis Saldias shared his Dreamer story this morning at Creative Mornings Columbus.

Elvis Saldias shared his Dreamer story this morning at Creative Mornings Columbus.

Breakfast with Business First | Horizon Science Academy

Was up and at ‘em this morning with Breakfast with Business First at the Horizon Science Academy in Columbus. These monthly events are a gathering of a mix of people across industries that I always end up making a connection of one kind or another with over coffee and a light breakfast.

Here’s a bit more about Horizon Science Academy, the morning’s program and the exhibitors present at the event:

    • STEM focused education

    • 2012 Blue Ribbon Award winner by US Department of Education

    • Career Pathways- Computer Science (Robotics, Mobile Apps, coding, Microsoft Certification, FTC, 3-D), Health Science (Medical), Engineering (PLTW,

    • Concept Young Scholars Program promoting Character Education

    • Network with hundreds of other Central Ohio professionals

    • Enter to win fantastic door prizes

    • Visit with exhibitors: Ohio Dominican UniversityExperience Columbus and Wright-Patt Credit Union, COSIand Spectrum Reach.

CSCA Creative Best 2018 - Test Of Time

CSCA (Columbus Society of Communicating Arts) celebrated the best of Columbus creative work tonight at their annual awards show, Creative Best 2018. The theme this year was Test Of Time. “Central Ohio creatives sent their best work off to CSCA to be placed in a time capsule, dreaming of what it would be like for someone to discover their designs 1,000 years in the future.”

“This is the work that stood the test of time.”

There were winners across 23 categories. The big winner, Best of Show, went to Eric&Todd for their project, Lucky Pickle Branding. “This project is nonstop fun. The quirky illustrations, eclectic type choices, and retro food photography lean hard into all the stereotypes of ‘Chinese restaurant graphic design’ and somehow come out the other side feeling perfectly fresh. Killer execution, well-considered details, and a refreshing sens of humor made this our unanimous choice for Best of Show.” -Abby Haddican

Judge’s Choice Awards went to:

Bonfire Red | Client Holiday Gift 2017

Lily Dent | Stetson Fragrance Campaign-Catalog

Wexner Center for the Arts | Mickalene Thomas Exhibition Catalog

Slagle Design | Wooly Pig Farm Brewery Packaging

Finally, congratulations to this past year’s Co-Presidents, Brittany Bergamo Whalen & Lydia Stutzman for an outstanding year programs.

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CityScene Magazine November 2018 Launch Party

CityScene Magazine celebrated their November 2018 issue launch party tonight at COSI. The monthly magazine is a go-to source for what’s happening around Columbus and always has interesting content. This month, Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band is featured in the magazine. They played in town earlier this month.

Kathy Gill, Publisher of CityScene Magazine and I at tonight’s launch party at COSI.

Kathy Gill, Publisher of CityScene Magazine and I at tonight’s launch party at COSI.

Downtown Residents Association of Columbus - November Event

The Downtown Residents Association of Columbus held their November event tonight: Smart Columbus Experience Center. Our search firm, based in downtown Columbus, has joined DRAC as a Business Member and we’re proud to be a part of this community. Thanks to Matt Reese, Founder of Commons Studio for getting us involved and being such a strong supporter and promoter of our great city!

Here’s more about this evening’s program per the DRAC events page:

Columbus is moving in all the right directions. From expanding healthcare and increasing national visibility to an ever-improving transportation system, it’s a great time to celebrate Columbus.

This month we are offering insight into some key players in industries working to affect the lives of all our citizens. Please join us as we welcome Sarah Rooney from Grant Hospital, Marie Medford from Experience Columbus, Brandi Braum and Mark Patton from SMART Columbus.

Sarah Rooney is the Director for Philanthropy at Grant Hospital and will be telling us about a couple of exciting initiatives taking place at Grant and how we can all get involved.

Marie Medford, Tourism Team Leader from Experience Columbus who will tell us about the growing Tourism Industry in Columbus and how we can get involved through the CTA Program.

Brandi Braum, Deputy Innovation Officer, and Mark Patton, VP of Smart Columbus will tell us about the conception and implementation of the Smart Cities Grant and future plans that are about to begin.

We will adjourn to Burgerim at 121 S High St where our hosts Ron and Ty Day will have some delicious complimentary food and happy hour adult beverage pricing available.

The evening’s agenda:
6:15 Registration opens, wine and cheese available
6:45 November DRAC Business meeting and our fantastic Downtown Update
6:55 Sarah Rooney, comments and your questions
7:05 Marie Medford, comments and your question
7:15 Brandi Braum and Mark Patton, presentation and your questions
7:30 Adjourn to Burgerim
8:30 Raffle

We look forward to seeing you all for another great Downtown experience.

When: Wednesday, November 14th – 6:30 PM
Where: 170 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215

If you aren’t a DRAC member yet – join here now 

Mark Patton, Vice President, Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership shares the Smart Columbus story with DRAC members tonight.

Mark Patton, Vice President, Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership shares the Smart Columbus story with DRAC members tonight.