A little on Kidney Donation

I was asked to share a little about the "Living Donation Experience", a great experience with a tremendous outcome. The whole thing started with a simple survey and blood test. It was very easy. Once I was determined to be a match (I was the #2 match for my recipient-...

Spotlight in Excellence Michael Rank

photo by Missy Malouff Michael Rank has had a tremendous career in  music. Starting in the mid 80's (with his band Snatches of Pink)  playing straight up Rock and Roll, performing with such icons as Johnny Thunders, The Ramones, The Cramps, Iggy Pop, and Soundgarden,...

Spotlight in Excellence Howard Cadmus

A few years ago, I was teaching wine and food pairing classes and I received a telephone call from a nice sounding gentleman who introduced himself as "Howard from Oh Pour L'amour Du Chocolat". Howard Cadmus wanted to introduce my wine customers to his fine chocolates...

Spotlight in Excellence Michael Ferguson

I met Michael several years ago when he hired me as a Keynote Speaker for the Americas Grape Country Wine Festival, the largest Wine Event in New York's famed Chautauqua Grape Growing Region. It was a great event, with Bands, Wineries, Speakers, Vendors and Food...

Spotlight in Excellence Terence Van Horn

I first met Terence Van Horn, president and founder of the Van Horn Group, 25 years ago. He was a new cashier at Premier Liquor and I was a part-time stock guy. Terrence quickly moved up to one of the trusted associates in our wine department (in all reality a garage...

Mezcal! The Importance of Being There.

If you live in the Buffalo NY area, we can arrange for me to do a program for you,but if you want to really experience the true terroir of Mezcal, you need to experience this great spirit where it’s rooted. In Oaxaca, because that’s where you learn the importance of being there!

Spotlight in Excellence Jay Johnson

When Jay Johnson was in his 40's he was "woefully unhappy with his job" – a situation that spilled over into his personal relationships and other aspects of his life. His passion was helping others. He decided to use his skills and talents to follow his passion. He...

Spotlight in Excellence Matthew Cybulski

Over the last few years, Matthew has grown from a comfortable position as Retail Manager from a mid sized family owned grocery store into a Trainer, Speaker, Transformational and Mindset Coach- dedicating his life to growing others as part of the John Maxwell Team...

Guys and Foods Mezcal Podcast

Last January, I was asked to be interviewed as an expert on Mezcal for a great podcast called Guys and Food. Being interviewed was a new experience and it was a great stretch to answer Gabe DiMaio's thoughtful questions "off the top of my head" . My passion for Mezcal...

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