In my travels, as President of The Nierenberg Group, I am fortunate to meet wonderful people and hear their stories. Please read about some of the fascinating people and situations that make up my world.
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Last week at our Rotary meeting at The Harvard Club, we were honored to have Retired Colonel Will G. Merrill, Jr., U.S. Army speak with us about his upcoming book on "The Attack on New York City on 9/11 and the First Battle in the War Against Terror".His book will focus on the bravery and heroism in New York. Here is Will with his lovely wife Barbara who he met while studying at West Point.
As we spoke about his research for the book, he said 'it all started at a flea market'- I loved Will's story and thought about the power of networking-connections and how one incident and connection leads to another--
See Will's story below-and I am looking forward to reading his book---
After considerable research, but few interviews, while starting to write a book on 9/11 (Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes)my wife and I were in New York City. She met retired “fireman Jack” Fortmeyer who was selling old bottles at a flea market in Brooklyn. She thought I might be interested in meeting him and introduced us. Thinking it might be good background material for my book, I asked him if he would be willing to be interviewed.
He agreed and we exchanged phone numbers. A few days later he invited me to attend a Brooklyn retired fire fighter breakfast. When we arrived, he introduced me to the President who invited me to say a few words about the book I was writing.
After I finished, a fire fighter suggested I interview Bob Beckwith, the man pictured with President Bush at Ground Zero. Another person suggested I interview Al Fuentes, a severely injured fire fighter who was buried alive. I met and interviewed Al Fuentes at Central Park. Jack Fortmeyer also introduced me to several other fire fighters, both active and retired, who I interviewed.
I interviewed Bob Beckwith who introduced me to Jimmy Boyle, former president of the fire fighter union, whose son was killed on 9/11. I interviewed Jimmy and he introduced me to Chief of Department, FDNY, Sal Cassano. He also invited me to a foundation fund raiser where I met Tim Brown, who arranged an interview with Mayor Giuliani. Jimmy also arranged an appointment for me with Congressman Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, who wrote the introduction to my book. I interviewed Chief Cassano and he introduced me to Mickey Kross, Jay Jonas, who had been trapped in what remained of one of the Twin Towers, and others.
I mentioned to a friend that I needed material on the Port Authority Police Department. He knew a retired PAPD retiree, who put me in touch with the family’s liaison representative. She put me in touch with two former PAPD Chiefs of Department and a current Deputy Chief of Police. She also put me in touch with several family members of PAPD officers killed on 9/11.
When I told Jimmy Boyle that I didn’t have much contact with NYPD officers, he suggested I contact the former Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik. I wrote him a letter and he answered immediately and had his former Chief of Staff contact me. The Chief of Staff, John Picciano, met me and I interviewed him. He contacted the former Deputy Chief of Police, Sal Carcaterra and the Chief of Police’s assistant, Ralph Cefarello, both of whom I interviewed. My son, in Iraq, introduced me to a retired Police Chaplain who was involved with supporting service men stationed in Iraq. He introduced me to another police officer and a current NYPD Chaplain, both of whom I interviewed.
All told, I have interviewed about sixty fire fighters, police officers and civilians for my book. Their inspirational stories of danger and courage have been invaluable to the development of the book.
How great to meet a whole new group of people through my association with The Rotary.
This evening I had the great pleasure to be at dinner and speak to The Rotary Club of Upper Manhattan.
We met at a wonderful restaurant-Gran Piatto D'oro, 1429 Fifth Avenue, and above see the owner-- Amie Kiros who is a terrific woman and owner of not one, but two delicious restaurants.
Also in the picture is our great President of our Rotary club of New York--David Del Monte and holding the Rotary sign is Tom McConnon, long time Rotarian, past President and another great person!
The Rotary Club of Harlem was founded in 1962 with the support of David Rockefeller. The Rotary Club of Harlem is local chapter service its local community and beyond and a part of a 33,000 club, worldwide organization called Rotary International. (www.rotary.org). Rotary! The organization that empowers its members to become better friends, better professionals and better World Citizens.
What a nice weekend birthday trip to visit my longtime bookkeeper and friend, Margie Kraker-Funch who recently relocated to Albuquerque and continues to work with me--thank goodness for life being virtual!!
We have been everywhere in the last three days from the Sandia Tram--(view above) 2 miles above sea level to a day in Santa Fe exploring all the great art galleries and eating at terrific places like the Georgia O'Keefe cafe and then today going to the Pueblo Cultural Center where we saw everything from Native dancing to touring the wonderful museum and taking a picture outside in front of one of the murals.
Of course-through all of this-we did manage to get a bit of work done and leaving the beautiful weather in the morning and heading back to what I hope won't be much snow!!
This morning bright and early, I had a great discussion with my friend and colleague, Jim Blasingame who is THE Guru of Small Business. He is one of the world's foremost experts on small business and entrepreneurship and is President and founder of Small Business Network, Inc-a media company totally dedicated to serving small business.
Jim is also the creator and award winning host of The Small Business Advocate Show, the world's only weekday radio talk show dedicated to small business and nationally syndicated since 1997.
Today we spoke about my new book and "Networking with the Next Generation" and as always, the discussions with Jim are lively and fun!
Jim clearly 'walks the talk' and is in demand everywhere with his great advice and business knowledge.
Our feet are our foundation!! If they hurt--so do we!!
I'm lucky to have the greatest podiatrist,Dr. Richard Goldstein--who truly believes in strong patient care and he along with his amazing team are truly the best in all they do and always exceed expectations in every way.
Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, pictured above with Dr. Goldstein is truly the expert for many national media outlets-including radio, TV, internet and beyond when it comes to everything you need to know about foot care.
I recently watched one of her appearances with Dr. Oz and how high heels (which we all wear)---can cause many problems later in life. She is terrific with a very personable and caring manner as she advises us all on ways to keep our feet in great shape.
Today The Rotary of New York had a special treat as we listened to John E. Oden give an inspirational presentation using lessons learned from his book- "Life in The Ring"-Lessons and Inspiration from the Sport of Boxing.
John is a true advocate for the sport of boxing and a former competitve white collar boxer himself. In the business world, he is a principal at a global money management firm traveling through the U.S., U.K. and Asia.
He was instrumental in starting the first boxing program in the New York City school system at the Archimedes Academy in the Bronx and in honor of his participation and advocacy for academics, the program is called the John E. Oden Boxing Scholars and the boxing gym at the school was also named in his honor.
We all learned wonderful lessons listening to the stories of some of the world's greatest boxers and their inspiring stories of life, defeat and success. Everyone was able to walk away with many pearls of wisdom whether you were a boxing lover or not. It applied to everyone. To learn more about John and how to buy his book or ask him to be a speaker, visit www.JohnEOden.com
Also--for me, not only did I learn alot--- I should have had a pair of these boxing gloves with me this past Friday night when I was mugged on Lexington Avenue. For all my friends that have called and emailed--I am fine---just know that no matter where you are-whatever time of day--be sure to be aware. You never know.
The other day sitting with my friend, Susan Ginsberg O'Sullivan, we were talking about resolving conflicts via the internet and what came up was an interesting case study on how we all communicate.
We have all had times when our gut reaction to defend ourself or show emotion is easily done through an email letter---however as we also know there are many repercussions that we most always regret after we hit the 'send' button.
At first it is very cathartic to get our feelings out and say whatever we are thinking-however by doing ourself the favor of not hitting the send button will result in us still feeling ok and just letting it go.
Of course, easier said then done--and like any verbal argument or heated discussion, we often say things we later regret.
So-- as I mention in workshops on Communications-- it is a good practice in almost any form of communication that you are writing to someone to first put it into a word document and then re-read it and put yourself in the recipient's shoes. How will they feel and react when they receive this. Often, we will rewrite it before we send it and we are very glad we did.
When it comes to a message that you know you are 'letting off steam' or saying things that could be hurtful or taken the wrong way from someone else---go ahead write the letter--get your feelings out ---just be sure that instead of hitting the 'send' button, you hit 'delete'.
You will feel better in the long run!
Susan Ginsberg O'Sullivan is an an award-winning marketing and communications executive with experience in strategic planning, digital marketing, brand management and new product launches in both b-to-b and b-to-c enterprises large and small. I have known her from when I was selling advertising the direct marketing industry many years ago and she was an executive at New York Magazine and Viacom. If you or someone you know is looking for a top notch marketing professional either full time or as a consultant, reach out to Susan at
STRIVE proudly announces its 25th Anniversary Gala on April 6th 2011 at New York City’s Gotham Hall. The occasion will celebrate the legendary John Whitehead for his vast civic and business contributions, and especially for his role as one of STRIVE’s founding directors. Lesley Stahl will also join the evening as a special guest. Ms. Stahl was instrumental in gaining national attention for STRIVE when she featured it in two60 Minutes segments.
STRIVE is a not-for-profit corporation recognized as an innovative leader in job-readiness programs for hard-to-employ individuals. STRIVE’s mission is grounded in its commitment to enable low income men and women to permanently replace histories of poverty, public assistance, joblessness, or incarceration with living wage work that brings economic self-sufficiency, dignity and hope to them and their families. This is a goal that enjoys equal support from both sides of the political aisle (not an easy thing to find these days).
What makes STRIVE different is its focus on personal responsibility and theculture of work … not just the work itself. At the core of STRIVE is an intensive, tough love, multi-week training program that combines attitude and job skills with job placement, individualized counseling, group support and successful social modeling. Beyond the “core” curriculum, STRIVE has developed skill-specific programs to further career and personal growth. STRIVE also provides active follow-up for 2 years, offering a lifetime commitment to its graduates.
STRIVE’s success has been so compelling it’s been profiled on 60 Minutes,CNN, the New York Times and in several other media outlets. Historically well over 60% of STRIVE participants are still employed 2 years after graduation. They become productive, tax-paying citizens who bring hope - not just a paycheck - to their families. Over 400 small and large businesses have employed STRIVE graduates, with many recruiting additional graduates year after year. By targeting an industry’s particular needs, STRIVE can then partner with local businesses and community colleges to provide specialized programs consistent with industry demands for its participants.
STRIVE develops and delivers its programs through its flagship Harlem client training center, and through a network of independently-organized affiliate centers in 18 domestic and six international cities. It is also dedicated to encouraging improved employment policies nationally and globally. STRIVE’s success has been acclaimed by the White House as well. STRIVE president Rob Carmona has been invited by President Obama to participate in the Jobs Summit and in the administration’s Fatherhood Initiative.
In its 25 years, STRIVE's programs have transformed the lives of over 40,000 graduates and their families. The positive financial impact of people leaving public assistance and joining the work place is enormous. The benefit of redeemed lives, renewed hope, and strengthened families and communities is priceless.