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Urbana University1/9/2017 – One of my proudest moments – Urbana University began using Business is ART as the required reading for MGT 315 – Strategic Management and Leadership. This is one of the courses in Urbana’s Strategic Management degree. Thank you!!!

1/5/2017 – Looking forward to speaking at the 2017 Launch Executive Course sponsored by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association.

12/15/2016 – At long last, we have moved in to the alpha test stage for Plan Canvas, the business planning software based on Business is ART. Beta test begins in January 2017.Plan Canvas

10/2016 – I feel proud to have been part of a proposal team for a client that won a contract worth nearly $100 million. And now, we wait while other bidders file protests exclaiming why they should have won, or at least why we should not have. The contracting life is very exciting to say the least. Just don’t be in a hurry for anything.

9/20/2016 – Honored to have special guest @RealDanLyons on the BIA Podcast discussing his best-selling book Disrupted (My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble). I loved this book for many reasons.


Personal Succes9/20/2016 – Enjoyed presenting “6 Steps to Evolving with Intent – Your Personal Roadmap to Success” for the Champaign County (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce.


Gloria Theatre6/30/2016 – Thank you to Dayton, OH NBC affiliate WDTN’s Living Dayton team for having my daughter, Abby, and me on to promote “Gloria – The Musical” – a stage production I write and Abby directed to raise awareness and funds for restoration of the Gloria Theatre in Urbana, OH.


6/28/2016 – Nice article in the Springfield News Sun about Gloria – The Musical.


Rich6/2/2016 – Congratulations to my friend and mentor Rich Tafel on his appointment to a new service aimed at helping social entrepreneurs meet the demands of impact investors. Rich was a critical component to the business success chronicled in Business is ART. Check out this article at CSRWire.


mastermind6/2/2016 – Thank you to Lindsey Evans of 16th Floor Media for an excellent presentation given to our business owner/CEO/organizational leader mastermind group. This was one of our best to-date.


5/24/2016 – I had a very special guest on the BIA Podcast for Episode #33 – Economic Development – Steve Odland, President and CEO of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), a non-partisan Washington DC think tank established by FDR. Steve is also a co-founder of No Labels.


5/12/2016 – Appreciative of another opportunity to contribute to Canada’s The Globe and Mail, this time with a piece entitled “Why Would You Not Have a Plan?” I came across some pretty compelling data while researching this one.

Globe and Mail

Branding5/12/2016 – Thank you to Living Dayton for having me back this past Tuesday. This time we played a little “True or False” on the topic of branding. Quite a show: Grease, Goats, Games and Great Brands = Good Time.

4/22/2016 – Proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 BNI U.S. National Conference in Cincinnati this year. Each attendee receives a copy of Business is ART.
BNI Logo

4/8/2016 – Honored to attend a BNI pre-conference planning meeting to discuss opening and closing ceremonies for the annual U.S. National Conference.
BNI Logo

4/7/2016 – Smart Business (sbonline) suggested I write an article on the subject of how behind every success is significance. After it ran, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judge Yvette McGee Brown herself, referenced in the article, expressed her appreciation and agreed to let me tweet her picture along with announcement of the publication.
Smart Business Online

4/6/2016 – Back on “Living Dayton” discussing how to write a good elevator pitch.

3/17/2016 – Had a good time appearing on “Living Dayton” at
WDTN Channel 2 (NBC) in Dayton, Ohio where host Katie Kenney and I discussed ways to deal with doubt.
"Living Dayton" Host Katie Kenney
Living Dayton” Host Katie Kenney

3/11/2016 – Greatly appreciate the endorsement of Business is ART from the leading authority on business networking, New York Times best selling author and founder of BNI (Business Networking International) Dr. Ivan Misner.
Dr. Ivan Misner

2/26/2016 – Honored to be one of the featured artists in the 2016 Champaign County Arts Council’s Annual Bad Art by Good People Fund Raiser – $1 per vote – This is my rendering of The Gloria Theatre for the fund raiser / auction – article is from the Urbana Citizen
Jon Umstead rendering of the Gloria Theatre

Conference Table2/18/2016 – Exibitor table at the Greater Springfield (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting & Business Expo

WDTN2/18/2016 – Appreciative of the opportunity to appear on “Living Dayton” at NBC WDTN Channel 2 in Dayton, Ohio to discuss how to get out when you are stuck in a rut.

2/15/2016 – Thanks to Figure.1 Business for featuring me in your Q&A Series.

2/9/20153 books giveaway offered on Amazon. 465 individuals entered the 7 day event.
Amazon Giveaway

2/3/2016 – 782 people registered for Business is ART giveaway at Goodreads
Goodreads giveaway

2/2/2016 – Thank you to Smart Business Online for running my article “Luck does exist, but business is both a science and an art”

1/28/2016 – Canada’s largest circular, The Globe and Mail, ran an 800 word excerpt from Business is ART entitled “Strategic Planning: the discipline to look before leaping” – receiving over 900 social media shares
Globe and Mail

1/9/2016 – Dayton Daily News, “New local author hopes to help businesses increase profitability” interview with Kate Patrick,

11/10/2015 – Hip replacement surgery – “That’s gonna leave a mark!” – Thank you Orthopedic One.

9/11/2015 – The launch of Business is ART at “An Evening with the Arts” at the Gloria Theatre
Business is ART book launch