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I met Seth Godin today

Seth Godin has been an inspiration to me for well over a decade. His books, podcasts, TED talks, courses, thousands of blog posts, and occasional email exchanges have given me a steady stream of good advice and insight day after day, year after year. Today I got to give him a scharffenberger chocolate bar, shake […]

Forty-Two

 Today marks 42 laps around the sun for me. 21 years since I turned 21. I’m getting older numerically but striving to stay young mentally. I’m enjoying finding things to “be bad at” so that I can eventually get good at them. This list currently includes things like daily mindfulness meditation, learning very basic Spanish through […]

Live Your Dream – 2015 SAA Commencement

Today, I had the incredible privilege of delivering the commencement speech at the 2015 School of Advertising Art Commencement Ceremony. I always thought it would be fun to speak at a graduation ceremony. Sure enough, it was. I am so thankful to my friends at SAA for trusting me with such an honor. I hope […]

Betting Against Education

The Springboro School board is making a very risky bet. It is a wager based on an insatiable need for unchecked power and complete control – one that only stands to pay out to them at the expense of our home prices, community spirit, and our schools’ and children’s future. They have intentionally offered our […]

Help Ella Crush Cancer

Two years ago today, the world was forever changed for my family.  That was the day that my daughter Ella was diagnosed with cancer.   I will never forget that day.  The feeling of overwhelming fear, helplessness, and sadness as my wife and I watched her playing in the backyard, still unaware of what we […]

The Boro Road Show

The Springboro School Board Road Show is coming to your town! Call your buddies, bring your friends, and prepare to be amazed!!! Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly be surprised by the actions of our Springboro school board, they go and turn it up to eleven.  Yep, even as they tell us about the […]

Class Dismissed

Today I taught my final marketing class of the quarter at SAA, marking the conclusion of my first attempt at teaching. I am so incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity teach. I have to tell you that I have a whole new respect for teachers. In my best English I can emphatically state […]

Stop the Email Madness!

Email marketing is a necessary evil of modern life.  We sign up for information, or a daily deal, or an event, or a special offer in exchange for giving brands permission to send us information.  Unfortunately this permission is all too often abused or simply ignored resulting in an endless stream of unsolicited email messages […]

Professor Bowman

As a kid, I was a particularly bad student in school. I wasn’t mean and I always got good grades, but I was still kind of a nightmare for most teachers to deal with – curious, inquisitive, creative, goofy, noisy, and loved to do anything for a laugh. For example… In third grade I once […]

People Are Talking

When it comes to discussions of modern marketing, it is not uncommon to hear people, myself included, state something like “people are out there talking about your brand.” The more I hear this statement said, the more I question its accuracy. The premise is not entirely wrong. In fact, it is accurate in the sense […]