Join us in Orange County for TEDxOrangeCoast Next Week

TEDxOrangeCoast is hosting an event next week - June 28th at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. They will be broadcasting live from the TEDGLOBAL2012 event in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I discoverd the about 5 years ago and since then I've spent many a lunch break learning from some of the greatest minds on the planet. TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) has been around since the mid 80's. They have fantasic speakers sharing ideas that can help everyone- they are ideas worth spreading.
Part of why I got hooked on the site is that the talks are typically 18 minutes or less. One of the first videos I watched was by my favorite marketing author Seth Godin. Having read nearly all of his books, I loved how he was able to encapsulate some of his best thoughts into a single speech.
Since then I have continued to visit the TED website to watch videos and I dream of one day attending or better yet presenting at the conference.
A few years ago TEDx was created in order to make the event accessible to a larger audience. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
So if you live in the Orange County, CA area don't miss out. Whether this is your first time hearing or you have wanted to go for years this is your chance. 

I'm Moving to California to Work for

I'm excited to announce that I have accepted the position of Online Marketing Manager with
I will be working with a good friend from college, Damian Raffele. Believe me, I am not working with him because he is a friend. I have plenty of friends and I know better than to work with them. Have a beer, yes. Work, No.
But Damian is different. Besides having the same business training (an MBA from the same school), I think we see online marketing the same way. We also have a similiar approach to management, so I'm happy for him to be my "boss". is a completely free webinar service. They have the same features as Webex and GoToMeeting (well, actually, slightly better). The difference is, it's free. Whoa, I know, that's crazy. The truth is, Anymeeting runs ads on the side of the webinar to create revenue. It's kind of like Gmail. The best product on the market, supported by Ads.
So on the personal side, here's the 411.
The job is in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA. I will be moving in a a couple of weeks.
We will be staying with my wife's, Silvana, parents home until we find a place of our own.
Silvana is keeping her great job at Maritz in Fenton. They will let her work remotely.
I will be heading out in the next couple of weeks to get started at the new job.
I'm grateful for all of the great friends and connections I have made in Saint Louis. I will miss you and my dear family. I would like to stay in touch and remain friends on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.