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Pilgrim Talks: Scott Kavanaugh

November 30th, 2011 · Comments

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First Foundation Inc.First Foundation Bank

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Scott Kavanaugh

CEO of First Foundation, Inc., Chairman and CEO of First Foundation Bank

Scott Kavanaugh brings proven entrepreneurial executive leadership and a strong knowledge of finance, banking and real estate to First Foundation and its affiliates. In his role as the CEO of First Foundation, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership and overseeing the operations of both First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank.

Mr. Kavanaugh was formerly an Executive Vice President and Director of Secondary Marketing for Provident Funding. Mr. Kavanaugh was a founding stockholder of Commercial Capital BanCorp and served as Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer from June 1999 to February 2003. Mr. Kavanaugh also served as Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Commercial Capital Mortgage since its formation in 1998 until 2003. During his tenure, the bank grew over 400% and was successfully taken public in December 2002. Other responsibilities included management of interest rate risk, Director of Human Resources, Director of the Trust Department, and negotiation of loan transactions, loan review, and oversight of operations in the mortgage company. He was Chairman of ALCO, and a member of Executive, Compliance, Information Technology, Loan and Internal Asset Review committees.

Since January 2000, Mr. Kavanaugh has served as Independent Trustee and Chairman of Audit Committee for all Highland Funds managed by Highland Capital Management, L.P. Highland is a Registered Investment Advisor specializing in credit and alternative investment strategies currently managing leveraged loans, high yield bonds, structured products and other assets.

Prior to entering banking, Mr. Kavanaugh spent a majority of his career in investment banking. After becoming a partner of Great Pacific Securities, Inc., a west coast-based regional firm, Mr. Kavanaugh became Head of Trading for fixed income and equity securities.

Mr. Kavanaugh earned a BS in Business Administration - Accounting at the University of Tennessee and a MBA in Information Systems at North Texas State University.

About First Foundation, Inc.

First Foundation Inc. is a private financial firm that offers banking, estate planning, wealth management, philanthropic consulting and trust services seamlessly. Founded in 1990, this full-service firm provides complete financial management through its affiliates.

First Foundation's goal is to offer clients a single source to handle their investments, insurance, taxes, estate planning, charitable donations and other financial needs.

To learn more about First Foundation, go to: www.ff-inc.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Anthony Vincent Bova

November 16th, 2011 · Comments

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Anthony Vincent Bova Creator of the Bova Communication System

Anthony Vincent Bova is a prominent communications coach based in Times Square, New York. He has over three decades of experience as a teacher of communication skills and the performing arts. Professionals from Broadway to Wall Street gravitate to his system, responding to his personalized and practical approach to teaching communication with clarity, authenticity, confidence and passion. He has gained a reputation for understanding personalized communication challenges and developing an individualized approach that provides his clients with a distinct advantage over their competition. He is now working with clientele throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Anthony was a consultant for Special Events projects in Mayor Giuliani's administration. He has taught in elite educational institutions throughout the country, including the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, andTuftsUniversity.

Anthony was born in Brooklyn and currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, Cathy and daughter, Annarose.

A Message from Anthony

The conventional antidote to experiencing "negative" states such as feelings of mediocrity, nervousness, tension and self-consciousness, is to impose "positive" behavior so the executive "acts" confident, relaxed, dynamic and self-assured while experiencing  just the opposite.

The Bova Communication System trains clients in a contrarian fashion. I train the executive how not to "act," how not to posture, how not to function in spite of nerves and tension-but rather to communicate from an authentically confident and relaxed state. In order to make their most optimal business contribution, the executive must communicate from a centered and authentic place within themselves-and they must be trained to access this space at will.  Knowing a specific process for attaining this unique state is what separates our clients from their competition and paves the way for impactful and superior communication skills.

If you want your audience to be relaxed, you have to be relaxed. If you want your audience to be passionate about your product or service, you have to be passionate about your product or service. Listen to what I have to say to senior executives about regaining confidence. If you want your audience to trust you, then you need to be trusting, and so on. We train our clients to transform their behavior from hard-wired communication obstacles that can compromise their message to clear, confident and dynamic communications that connect to the hearts and minds of their audience.

To learn more about Anthony Vincent Bova and the Bova Communication System, click on the picture below:

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Pilgrim Talks: C.C. Chapman

November 9th, 2011 · Comments

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Content RulesCC Chapman

CC Chapman, Social Media Expert and Father of Two

C.C. is the Founder of Digital Dads, where a Dad can be a guy. He is also the creator and host of of the widely popular Managing the Gray podcast and is also a member of the Media Hacks and Cast of Dads podcasts.

He has extensive knowledge of the online space and is a sought after speaker on social media and community building. Over the years he has worked with a variety of clients to build and execute multiple digital marketing programs. He has worked with the likes of The Coca-Cola Company, Discovery Channel, American Eagle Outfitters, HBO and Verizon FiOS among others.

He is a graduate of Bentley University and an avid photographer. His personal blog just celebrated it's 8th Anniversary with no plans to slow down at all. He lives in Metro West Boston with his wife, two amazing kids and black lab Roxie.

About the Book

How does a company make the leap from "marketing-speak" to become a publisher on the Web? How do you know what to say? How can you create stories and videos and blog posts that people will love? How can you cultivate fans and spark devotion? How can your ideas ignite your business? How do you know if it's working?

Blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other online platforms are giving organizations like yours an enormous opportunity to engage directly with your customers. That's a lucky thing: because instead of creating awareness about your company or your brand solely the old-school way (through annoying people with advertising, or bugging them with direct mail, or interrupting them with whatever), you now have an unprecedented and enormous opportunity.

"Produce great stuff, and your customers will come to you. Produce great stuff, and your customers will share your story for you. More than ever before: Content is king! Content rules!"

Now, thanks to the advent of the Internet and the rise of Web-based tools and technologies, you can create the kind of web content, blog posts, videos, webinars, and web sites that will attract customers to you, rather than you chasing after them. What's more, you can entice your customers to share those stories with each other, all across the web.

Produce great stuff, and your customers will come to you. Produce great stuff, and your customers will share your story for you. More than ever before: Content is king! Content rules!

Of course, like many things in life: That bit of luck comes with a hitch. Content may rule, but your online content must be the right sort of content:  Customer-focused. Authentic. Compelling. Remarkable. Interesting. (Gripping, even.) Valuable.

The problem, of course, is that it's a struggle to actually do it. What does it mean to create content that's "compelling"? And how can you do it consistently? How can your be heard above the noise? Why doesn't your blog have any comments? It's hard work, right?

That's where this book comes in. This book demystifies the idea of organizations as publishers. It streamlines the process of creating remarkable blogs, podcasts, webinars, ebooks, and other web content that will lure would-be customers to you. It walks you through the fundamentals of how to create bold stories, videos, and blog posts. And then, once you've created the content, it tells you how to share it widely online to cultivate fans, arouse passion for your products or services, and ignite your business.

Content Rules is suited for organizations of all sizes and stripes, whether you are a Fortune 500 corporation or a mom-and-pop on the corner, or anything in between: hospital, entrepreneur, nonprofit, sole practitioner or consultant, artist, government agency, church, school, political candidate, sports team, community group, or rock band or maybe a butcher, baker or candlestick maker.

Also, one more key thing: It's not boring.

To learn more about CC Chapman and Content Rules, go to: contentrulesbook.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Dave Morse

November 3rd, 2011 · Comments

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Dave Morse, CEO

Location Based Technologies (OTCBB: LBAS) designs and develops PocketFinder personal locator devices for a highly mobile society. PocketFinder devices provide an easy solution to help people use technology to stay connected to what they value most – loved ones, pets, vehicles and assets – at any time from almost anywhere. PocketFinder products include the GPS Vehicle Locator, Personal GPS Locator and GPS Pet Locator.

PocketFinder’s Personal Locator fits easily in a pocket, purse or backpack and provides real-time information that allows users to locate the devices online at any time from almost anywhere. The portable GPS Personal Locators are especially useful in locating children and elderly seniors who might get lost. The devices are as easy to recharge as a cell phone.

PocketFinder Vehicle attaches to automobiles, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, jet skis – virtually any powered vehicle. It allows users to pinpoint the location of the vehicles as well as their speeds – capabilities especially welcomed by parents of teenage drivers. The compact GPS Vehicle Locator can also help authorities to quickly find a lost or stolen vehicle.

“Just because you are on the move doesn’t mean that you have to be out of touch with the most important elements of business or life. We optimize the way technology allows you to know the “location” of what you value, even when you cannot be there,” stated Dave Morse, CEO of Location Based Technologies. “Selling our products through Apple Online and Retail stores fits perfectly with our focus on quality and service as we provide customers with peace of mind in knowing where people, pets and things that are most important to them are located at all times.”

The heart of the PocketFinder system is the online PocketFinder GPS User Interface and an iOS App for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad which can also be accessed via a web browser.

The online PocketFinder GPS Mapping Application pinpoints the location of all selected PocketFinder GPS Personal and Vehicle Locators. Users can customize the map application by establishing zones that automatically send alerts if a loved one enters or leaves a zone on foot or in a vehicle. In addition, speed alerts can be set that notify users if a vehicle exceeds set speed limits. Alerts are sent instantly via email, SMS text, and push notification.

Freedom with Peace of Mind

The PocketFinder® family of personal GPS locators help you stay connected with the things you love. As we say: “If you love it, locate it!®” These devices are designed to provide the exact location of a loved one, pet or vehicle at any time and from almost anywhere. Easy to use software allows you to customize zones, speeds and alerts that send you an email or text message.

People

PocketFinder® People is the perfect way to keep the family connected. Parents can enjoy peace of mind knowing their children, teens, special needs loved one or senior parents can be located at any time. Learn More.

Pets

Pets are part of the family. This tiny device can be secured to your pet with a durable holder to create a GPS dog collar or cat collar. Locate escape artist dogs and adventurous housecats and receive alerts when they leave the house, yard, or neighborhood with this pet locator.Learn More.

Vehicle

PocketFinder® Vehicle GPS trackers are durable and dependable devices that provide real time locations with easy to use software. This is an affordable way for individuals and businesses to locate cars, motor-homes, boats, trucks, fleets and other assets. Learn More.

For more information, visit http://www.pocketfinder.com.

Connect with PocketFinder on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PocketFinder or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/PocketFinderGPS.

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