The B&B’s Offer A+ Service for Your Vacation

 

The B&B’s Offer A+ Service for Your Vacation

by Amy Lignor

 

When it comes to vacations people always think and worry about the locale. Where will they go? Does it have something for the kids? Are they looking at a camping trip, a historical location where they can treasure hunt through the museums, or simply that relaxing by the beach vacation that has everything to do with getting the right tan while sipping those amazing cocktails with the bright, colorful umbrellas? However…there is definitely another thing to think about. The location is a big deal, true, but what about the choice of lodging?

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There are hotels and motels all over the place in this country (and others). Everywhere across the highways of America you will find those familiar signs that offer a place to stay. But when it comes to pure luxury, there are also those lodgings out there called Bed & Breakfasts that give far more in the way of comfort and amenities than any old hotel/motel you can think of – not to mention, offer up lasting memories where the lodging is actually more beautiful and fun than the actual location where it sits.

 

For those who are unaware, or feel that staying at a Bed & Breakfast would take more money out of the wallet than your standard hotel/motel, there are things you need to know. There are actually B&B’s that can be found almost anywhere you go, in any location you choose, that provide much more bang for your buck. You receive personal attention and delectable meals. When it comes to a motel/hotel, you receive a room that’s normally on the small side. And as far as “extras,” you’d be lucky to receive free parking. And that good old continental breakfast they serve is always sub-standard. You also end up having to pay for things like snacks, and if you open up that wine bar, the word ‘complimentary’ no longer applies.

 

There are many differences between the B&B and the standard hotel room. At a B&B the room is more than comfortable and the décor is amazing. Some even pride themselves on having ‘themes’ for each of their rooms in order to appeal to all guest’s individual tastes. Whether or not you wish to stay in a place that “feels like home” or has the fun and exuberance that home may be missing, there is a B&B out there just as unique as you are.

 

A majority of the B&Bs also offer everything from free parking to free snacks, and one of the greatest ‘gifts’ is a real complimentary breakfast every morning that literally is more delicious than a home-cooked meal. None of that ‘cereal in a box’ stuff or doughnuts and muffins that are a week old. Some B&B’s also offer discounts on the local attractions.

 

If you’re looking for history, there are lists of B&B’s that boast exciting histories; there are some B&B’s that are restored buildings hundreds of years old. In the Deep South of the U.S. you will find some B&B’s that were once plantation houses that are stunningly beautiful. In France you can stay in historical authentic chateaus. And in the U.K., there are B&B’s that were actual castles that played a large part in Britain’s history. So make sure that no matter where you go you ask the innkeeper about the background of the inn. You may be extremely surprised by what you learn.

 

Another thing B&B’s offer that hotels and motels have no interest in providing is personal attention. At a B&B the staff goes above and beyond to make sure the guests are comfortable, feel welcome, and have all the amenities they require (and more). You are not simply a ‘person staying in a single room with a double bed’. At the B&B you have an actual name and they make sure you know up front that they are available to help you when you need it. If you want tips on what to do in the area, or have questions about the B&B itself, those innkeepers are always there to answer your questions.

 

Little extras will always be found at the B&B, as well. There are those that leave out freshly baked bread or cookies in the dining area for their guests, while others have a Happy Hour where wine and appetizers are served. Some even offer a library of books and/or DVDs for the guests who wish to curl up in their comfortable room for the evening.

 

There is even a competition run every year for the best “dish” served at a B&B that features some of the most intriguing and innovative recipes ever seen. Innkeepers from all over enter this contest with this year’s winner coming from the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, Illinois, with their breakfast offering: Elvis Toast with Candied Bacon. Now, really, are you ever going to find anything that cool at the Motel 6, 8 (or whatever number you wish to place in here) that looms on the side of the highway? I think not, my friends.

 

So when you’re thinking about the location of your trip, make sure to think long and hard about the wonderful lodging that you can have by simply turning to those Bed & Breakfasts across the land just waiting to welcome you to their neck of the woods.

 

Source:  Baret News

 

Propane vs. Gas: The Camper’s Debate

 

Propane vs. Gas: The Camper’s Debate

 

Although they say every “opinion” is worth about two cents nowadays (and if you’re career happens to be in politics it’s worth even less) there are some definite facts that come along with choosing what is easier and better, between propane and gas, to use in the Great Outdoors.

 

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Let us begin with the issue of ease. It is absolutely true that propane is one of the easiest fuel sources to use. After all, you screw in the container, turn on the valve, and simply light the gas that’s exiting the burners; how much more ease can you ask for? Seeing as that propane is already under pressure, you do not have to pump it or do anything special. When you’re talking about white gas (Coleman fuel), you have to pump the container up, heat up a bit of the fuel, and then ignite it. So it obviously takes more time in the set up and start up categories than when speaking about a propane stove.

 

Propane stoves for the camper also provide the benefit of ease when it comes to transportation. There is no need to worry about filling it up, spilling fuel by mistake, or priming the stove, which makes it more fun and less of a chore for the individual when it comes to enjoying their camping experience.

 

Although this is starting to sound like propane runs away with the race, it is important to note that even with all the benefits, propane does have some definite problems that you will encounter with gas stoves. Propane is not able to be used in very low temperatures. Say you’re looking at a forty degree hunting/camping/fishing weekend. Or maybe you are an ice fishing lover and will sit in 0 degree weather or less; if that is the case, propane is definitely off your list and white gas is the one and only choice.

 

If we’re talking about backpacking instead of driving that RV or camper up to your site, propane also is not the one you want to go with. Although it’s easy to transport, that benefit falls apart when talking about throwing it into your backpack for the long trek. Propane containers are heavy and they are not disposable. Seeing as that garbage cans can usually not be discovered on top of the mountain, you will also be forced to carry those containers back down with you. When it comes to gas containers, they are lighter and smaller, which makes the backpacker far happier.

 

In addition, when it comes to refilling the propane canister – the small ones, that is – you will be unable to. You will be forced, instead, to trash them in a landfill, whereas white gas stove containers can simply be refilled.

 

When you get down to the brass tacks of cooking, another issue also crops up when speaking about cooking with propane. Simply put, when propane burns, heat, light, carbon dioxide, and water are produced. When the water vapor comes in contact with your food it alters the taste ever so slightly. This is why many choose to use charcoal to cook instead of propane, because the briquettes offer a great flavor to the food.

 

Keep in mind that there are three types of stoves to choose from: Canister stoves, which are easy-to-use, low-maintenance stoves that typically screw onto the threaded tops of self-sealing fuel canisters that contain two pre-pressurized gases (isobutane and propane). Liquid fuel stoves, which are extremely versatile stoves that connect to refillable fuel bottles, not only white gas. And, last but not least, Alternative-fuel stoves that is a category that continues to grow bigger with each passing year. More and more backpacking and camping stoves are being made that run on fuel pellets or actual wood.

 

Make sure that the size, ease of transportation, and the ability to run the stove in certain temperature are all issues you take into account before choosing what is right for you. Whereas propane might be perfect for that family camping trip, your backpacking excursion most certainly will call for the smaller, easier to carry gas options.

 

But no matter what, keep those Great Outdoors safe and have one heck of a trip!

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

“Go Big! Go Six Flags!”

 

“Go Big! Go Six Flags!”

by Amy Lignor

 

That is the beloved motto of the company that provides the ultimate in entertainment and fun. Summer is here. School is already dismissed in many states which means Six Flags Parks are gearing up to provide you and your family with the best summer trips, daily visits, and all-out massive family vacation destinations.

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The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has been thrilling people for over 56 years. They are the world’s largest regional theme park company with parks open all across North America. Taking in $1.3 billion in revenue, Six Flags has provided and continues to provide new and thrilling world-class roller coasters, water parks, the most unique attractions you could hope for, and even movie-themed rides.

 

And this is not all about the family. Six Flags offers discounts for entire companies to bring their staff to the park in order to reward hard work or simply to motivate a team. Youth groups, associations, religious organizations – you name it, Six Flags works hard to make sure that no matter who you’re tagging along with, that you have the absolute time of your lives. They also will provide you with special pricing, catering packages, parking for buses and even free admission for bus drivers.

 

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation focused on building a brand new assortment of innovative rides for the 2017 season, including diving into Warner Brothers and DC Comics branded attractions. In addition, the company is opening a brand new water park in Mexico called, Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec Mexico, adding yet another amazing location to its already extensive family.

 

At Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Great Adventure, and Six Flags Over Georgia, the award-winning JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis is a ride taking the world by storm. A multi-sensory “dark ride” featuring some of the most sophisticated technology available, guests are immersed in a video gaming world. Becoming members of the actual JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve Team, people battle alongside their favorites: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash. Not only are they with their beloved superheroes, but they battle the worst of the worst (Lex Luthor, The Joker, et. Al.)

 

When it comes to Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Great America, and Six Flags New England:

THE JOKER rollercoaster is the biggest and most amazing in the world. THE JOKER lifts riders straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill where they then flip head-over-heels at least six times. Unexpected drops, tumbling from one level to the next, sitting in wing seats that show the rider absolutely no track either above or below them makes for a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

 

Seeing as that it will be the biggest summer movie in 2017, it is no surprise that this mighty heroine gets her just reward at Six Flags America. WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth is what you would call the ultimate swing ride, spinning thrill seekers in a 98-foot circle at speeds of 40 miles per hour atop a 24-story tower.

 

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in the huge Six Flags family this year, Six Flags Fiesta Texas opens the very first rocket blast water-coaster in North America. Called Thunder Rapids, this state of the art ride is a coaster/water slide, featuring a custom-designed inline raft and new water jet propulsion technology for lightning-fast uphill speeds and drops. The entire structure is 942-feet long!

If heading to Six Flags St. Louis, a high-flying attraction called Spinsanity is new for 2017. A completely new technological and creative masterpiece, this massive disc spins first one direction and then another, while also swinging from side-to-side. Forty guests perch on motorcycle-style seats facing outward as the disc flies along a 51-foot high halfpipe track while whirling around at 14 revolutions per minute.

 

At Six Flags Mexico, North America’s very first fully-integrated Virtual Reality roller coaster will debut called The New Revolution. Riders wear Samsung Gear VR headsets in order to experience a multi-dimensional virtual roller coaster. Talk about unique and innovative, hi-def imagery storytelling with the unique track configuration of the Medusa Steel Coaster combine to create a one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen thrill ride that seamlessly allows the rider to cross from real world into virtual world and back again.

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From events to celebrations to food fests, there is even more when it comes to the Six Flags creativity for 2017, so head to www.sixflags.com to check out all these amazing and stunning things to do this summer. It is most definitely time to book those tickets and “Go Big!”

 

Source:  Baret News

Myrtle Beach Has Something for Everyone

 

Myrtle Beach Has Something for Everyone

By Burt Carey

 

With more than 300 hotels, beach-front condos and homes for rent, 100 golf courses and 60 miles of beaches that make up the world-famous Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach plays host to millions of visitors every summer.

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They key word used around this South Carolina gem along the Atlantic Coast is fun. And it’s all made possible through inclusive vacation packages offered by area hotels and resorts that include specialties for golf, cuisine, attractions, theater, live entertainment and weddings.

Whether you’re into putting golf balls on butter-smooth greens, fishing, shopping or just lounging on a sandy beach, there’s plenty to do and see here.

Showcased throughout the Myrtle Beach area are 60 miles of exquisite, white-sand beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean. Sure, bring the Frisbee, a wake board and a couple of beach chairs, but remember that with all of those beaches come the trendiest of trendy watersport activities, such as surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking, scuba diving, parasailing and windsurfing. And for family enjoyment, there’s no shortage of waterparks that feature some of the best water slides on the East Coast.

Inshore visitors rave about the area’s rivers, creeks and marshes, and you’ll find the Intracoastal Waterway is filled with spectacular views, waterfront homes and even access to excellent restaurants and shopping.

Myrtle Beach is billed as the “Golf Capital of the World” for good reason. Many of its 100 courses were designed by some of the legends of the game. Whatever your budget, there are several options to choose from, and even if you were to come for all 92 days of summer you’ll never get bored by having to play the same course twice.

Looking for entertainment? The Carolina Opry needs to be on your must-experience list. There’s also the Legends in Concert, the Palace Theatre, and the Alabama Theatre. If the kids are coming along, you’ll want to see WonderWorks, an upside-down house, and Ripley’s Aquarium, Pirate’s Voyage and Medieval Times. And at Plyler Park in downtown Myrtle Beach, you can take in the live music and bands of the city’s Hot Summer Nights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m. through Aug. 29.

The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel isn’t for sissies. It is the biggest Ferris wheel on the East Coast and takes in fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the city’s skyline. A day trip to Myrtle’s 1.2-mile Boardwalk will put you there.

Myrtle Beach and its surrounding communities have something for everyone, from the budget-conscious to big spenders, when it comes to accommodations. Depending on how far you want to travel, there are places with ocean views right on the ocean or within walking distance. From hotels and motels, condos, beach homes, rustic cabins and campgrounds, the area offers a wide variety of places to you to lay your head at night.

As 15 million visitors annually can attest, Myrtle Beach is a thriving vacation hot spot for weekend getaways or longer vacations. For special deals and current events, click on http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/ and plan your next beachside outing.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

The Teens Drive the Tanning

The Teens Drive the Tanning

 ~by Samantha Lewis

shutterstock_4295347The utilization of tanning salons is growing, with teens leading the way. In fact, the teen market leads the way in many areas of the health and beauty market. Without that demographic, things like cosmetics, power drinks, fashion and more, would fall in revenue as quickly as the stock market does when it experiences one of those devastating crashes.   The long, hot days of summer are not as long as they used to be, especially in parts of the country that are transforming – whether it be through global warming or factors in climate change. The East Coast will be the first to talk about the polar vortex situation, and dealing with some of the worst winter months in years.   It is no surprise that beaches and pools are packed with sunbathers attempting to achieve a deep bronze tan before yet another winter slides into place (which truly is happening quicker every year.) But even with the summer, comes humidity so thick that a lot of outdoor lovers prefer to get their tan in the air-conditioned building, so they do not have to deal with the agony of yet another bad month.   Tanning is a category that has experienced, and will continue to experience, debate. However, no matter what the figures, facts or stories, the teen population will continue to flock to tanning salons in order to get the look they want. And when it comes to tanning salons, they need to head into a salon that will not only provide them with what they want, but also provide them with the best technology, ‘5-star’ services, and skilled employees who will make sure that the fun of tanning runs hand-in-hand with the safety of tanning. This is exactly what The TAN Company and Spray La Vie do when it comes to providing valuable services and products!   UVR exposure comes from hours in the sun; the component of the sun’s rays that tan and burn the skin. But instead shutterstock_2314022 (1)of having to deal with great looking skin for only three months out of the year, the teens make sure to keep up their summertime sessions in UVR tanning booths so the golden color they love doesn’t have to disappear. . Dermatologists worry. Not only because of an overexposure that puts someone in the path of skin cancer, but also because of less frightening skin worries, like wrinkles, weathering, and faster aging that will come later in life. And even though some health professionals will tell you there is no safe way to tan, The TAN Company and Spray la Vie not only offer the most technologically advanced systems, but they also make sure to provide information, and sell products that can help with these safety issues.   Tanning is mostly done for cosmetic reasons when you’re young. People still view tanned skin as healthy and attractive, and people usually feel healthier when they have a tan. Of course, what they are feeling is the emotion of being better looking, which gives them a better sense of confidence. Because of this, it is no surprise to see that the statistics of tanning have sky-rocketed in this demographic, making the indoor tanning industry into a $5 billion-a-year industry. Every day, more than a million people visit tanning salons, and out of the 30 million that visit, teenagers, and women between the ages of sixteen and twenty-nine make up most of the numbers. Popularity will continue to rise, which means choosing The TAN Company or Spray la Vie will lead you down the best ad safest path to golden skin!   Yet another trend that is bringing teens in by leaps and bounds has to do with health and fitness. More and more are searching for that normal weight, however. Thankfully, more people in 2014 understand that thin can be too thin, just as overweight can be too overweight. With each new day, Xist Fitness is seeing teens walk through the doors, and they are teaching them the best ways to get and stay healthy.   When it comes to the teenage population, it is a very good thing that BAM Franchises created lasting companies that will shape, teach, and help the next generation. Learn more today!   www.XistFitness.com www.TheTANCo.com www.SpraylaVie.com

Stopping ‘Slack-Off Summer’ Syndrome

If you are used to accepting a lax summer work ethic from your employees (and maybe even taking on one of your own), it’s time to stop, says Tom Hall. He suggests you use this summer season to ruthlessly focus on improving your business.

Ah, summer…That wonderful time of year when everything slows down-including your business. Your clients, employees, and vendors are on a seemingly constant rotation of vacation time. No one’s ever in when you need them. The easiest thing to do, then, is just accept this state of affairs. After all, there is a gentlemen’s agreement in the business world that operations are supposed to slow down a little in the summer, and since your competition has slowed down, it’s fine if you put on the brakes for a while, too. Right?

Wrong, says business strategy expert Tom Hall. In fact, summer is the best possible time to really get focused on what makes your company tick-in large part precisely because your competition is taking it easy during these lazy, hazy, crazy days.

“It makes perfect sense,” says Hall, coauthor along with Wally Bock of Ruthless Focus: How to Use Key Core Strategies to Grow Your Business (Soft cover: Dog Ear Publishing, 2010; Hard cover: Dog Ear Publishing, 2010, ISBN: 1608446387). “If everyone else is slowing down and losing their focus during the summer months and you do the opposite, then you will be way ahead of the competition when fall rolls around. Plus, losing your collective grip on what you’re supposed to be doing-and why-for three months is just bad for business.”

The ability to focus-ruthlessly-is what separates the companies that grow steadily and successfully from the ones that get distracted, trot down the wrong side path, and find themselves lost in the forest, says Hall.

In fact, that’s the central lesson of Ruthless Focus. In the book-which is based on the authors’ experience running companies, working with companies, and studying what makes companies succeed and fail-Hall and Bock teach readers how to identify and then ruthlessly focus on the core strategy driving their business. The book is chock-full of excellent case studies that take a look at companies, such as Staples and Walmart, that have maintained success for years by maintaining a ruthless focus on a single, simple, core strategy.

“Focus requires complete concentration, which can be difficult to achieve when the joys of summer are distracting you and your employees at every turn,” says Hall. “It’s difficult but not impossible. Take the right steps and you can end the summer in a much better position than when it began.”

Read on for great advice that will not only help you and your team ruthlessly focus this summer, but maybe even have some fun doing it.

Vow to make this the Summer of Strategy. This summer, strive to make your core strategy (the main strategy that drives your business) the focus of everything: meetings, new projects, old projects, communications with clients and prospects-everything. You should be able to describe your core strategy in a couple of crisp sentences. And it should answer two key questions: 1) How are we going to beat the competition? and 2) How are we going to make money?

“You must maintain a ruthless focus on your core strategy where every action, every day, moves you and the business forward, especially in the summer,” says Hall. “A clear strategy will help you stay focused and help you stay on track. If you get off track, use that same clear strategy to help you identify what happened and what needs to change. Keep the two key questions in the forefront of everything you do.

“A great way to make sure you are ruthlessly focusing on your core strategy during the summer and beyond is by creating a stick-to-the-strategy group,” he suggests. “The group should include people from every department. Their main objective should be to make sure the organization as a whole isn’t losing sight of the core strategy. They’ll bring you and the rest of your employees suggestions on how to push forward and get back on track whenever necessary.”

Plan the work and work the plan. Sometimes the best way to stay focused during the summer is to put everything you have to do right there in front of you. Create a to-do work list and encourage your employees to do so as well. Carefully manage the master list so that you are regularly updating it with new tasks and crossing off those that you have already completed. Make sure your employees do the same with their individual lists. The constant focus (there’s that word again!) on these work lists will keep people from slacking off just because it’s summertime.

“You’ll be surprised how gratifying it can feel to check a task off of your to-do list,” says Hall. “When you do, it provides you with the encouragement you need to move on to the next task. Making a to-do list might seem like a simple idea, but, trust me, it will have a big payoff. The list will help you see the big picture, and having everything in front of you will be a great way to continuously remind yourself that there is a lot to accomplish this summer.”

Don’t let people use their vacation as a get-out-of-work-free card. Speaking of to-do lists, anyone getting ready to go on vacation should be paying close attention to his or hers. A pending vacation should not be an excuse for not getting work done. Rather, it should be a red flag that urges you to be mindful of deadlines, rearrange more flexible projects, and ask for help if you need it. This is the message leaders should be sending to employees: If you are going to be on vacation, know what your deliverables are-and then deliver!

 

“Have a meeting with employees a couple of weeks in advance of their vacations in order to go over their lists,” suggests Hall. “Point out those tasks that absolutely must get done before they go. Obviously, it’s important for everyone to get a break during the summer, but no one-not your employees, not you-should take three months off just because it’s summer. Not only will getting your work done make for a more enjoyable vacation for you, but it will make things a lot easier on your coworkers and/or employees while you are out. And it will make your return a lot easier as well.”

Update clients once a week. During the summer, you and your employees aren’t the only ones who are traveling or just MIA; your clients likely will be too. Knowing they aren’t as available as usual, you might allow yourself to slip into less frequent communication with them. Don’t.

“Make yourself provide your clients with an update on what’s going on with their accounts at least once a week,” says Hall. “Doing so is a great way to stay ruthlessly focused on providing them the best service and making sure you are on track to meet your clients’ goals. Providing updates will push you to pay close attention to each of your clients. It forces you to keep the ball moving, constantly thinking about what step should come next, what goal should be reached next, and what you can do to improve your overall service.”

Leverage the freedom of summer to generate fresh ideas. Summertime is just more fun than any other time of the year. It brings out people’s “inner child” and sparks creative ideas. That’s why summer is a great time to focus on developing fresh ideas at your organization. One way to get people’s creative juices flowing is to hold an organization-wide contest.

“Ask everyone to submit their bright idea for the company and a plan for implementation,” suggests Hall. “To motivate them to give you their best effort, offer the winner an extra day of vacation or a Friday off. Another way to inspire people is to hold a brainstorming lunch with your staff once a month or so. Ask them to each bring at least one idea, whether it be a way to help a client, a way to save money, or a way to improve the business as a whole.

“Finally, get outdoors from time to time,” he adds. “Take everyone to the local park one day. Encourage them to use the time outside the office to brainstorm ways to improve the business or tackle a problem that has been giving them trouble. Not only will people get to spend some fun time together enjoying the summer weather, they’ll have a chance to clear their heads and do some great brainstorming.”

Look for ways to keep people refreshed. Staying focused shouldn’t be about drudgery. People need a bit of fun and levity to prevent boredom and burnout. That’s why Hall suggests you look for ways to infuse the spirit of summer into your organization. Let your employees enjoy the things that make summer great without ever leaving the office. Provide fresh flowers for everyone’s desks. Serve up a pitcher of ice-cold lemonade. Relax the dress code (at least one day a week). Pipe beach music throughout the office. The possibilities are endless.

“Do whatever you can to make work more summer-y,” says Hall. “It will create a nice escape from the status quo that will refresh you and your employees and help everyone refocus on the work at hand while still getting to enjoy the spirit of summer.”

“It may sound like a great idea to check out for the summer and just pick things back up in September,” says Hall. “But in doing so, you leave a lot of great opportunities on the table. You don’t have to be at the office 24/7. You can still enjoy the season, and you should. The key is to maintain a ruthless focus when you are working to keep pushing your business forward and to encourage your employees to do the same. Then, at the end of the summer, you and your employees can all celebrate a job well done.”

About the Authors:
Tom Hall has spent most of his career advising clients on growth as well as growing companies himself. He founded and built the largest advertising education organization in the country and sold it; he built and sold an advertising firm to a national company; he developed a system for public service advertising now used throughout the U.S.; he has built a multi-million-dollar property investment firm; and he chairs a communication firm based in Florida.

Tom has worked with many successful growth companies since his earliest days in business and has learned from clients and fellow business owners how to make strategy work. Over the years he has served as marketing and growth counsel to numerous national organizations including Sears, General Foods, Wendy’s International, Fox Television Network, U.S. Healthcare, Federated Stores, Tishman Speyer Properties, National Sea Products, Citibank, and Johnson & Johnson among others. He has also worked with many regional fast-growth and start-up companies.

He began researching fast-growth organization strategies in 1998 and sought to uncover why some companies are able to use strategy for both short- and long-term success and others seem to lose steam and plateau-never reaching their full potential.

Tom has been a guest lecturer at the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, Florida Southern College, the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida, in addition to speaking to various business groups including the American Advertising Association. He served on the National Committee on Improving Advertising of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and on the National Advertising Review Board.

Wally Bock is a writer, speaker, and consultant who specializes in learning and sharing how leadership and strategy combine to create successful companies. He is the author or coauthor of several books and writes the award-winning Three Star Leadership Blog. Wally is based in Charlotte, NC.

For more information, please visit www.ruthlessfocus.com.