Thankful 2014

by John on November 27, 2014

Whooo! It’s that time of the year baby. It’s time for me to dust off the blog, and write some self-serving/mushy post about last year, the people, the places, and the events. I name names, get a bit sentimental (which is a big deal), and post links. What’s not to love?

Let’s get this party started:

  • Congratulations to Jenny & Guri, Andy & Emily. They joined the parent club this year with the birth of their amazing children. Being a parent is tough, but y’all are amazing parents already, trust me. I know that your children will grow to be amazing people who are making a difference every day, just like their parents.
  • I can’t help but mention the usual suspects who make me shake my head and at times laugh: Paul, John, Mike, Frank, Dave, for being a group of peeps that make me smile and think.
  • Miss you and still worry about you Paul!
  • I always get a kick out of the fact that you two ladies probably have forgotten more about TKE than some of the newly initiated pledges. That and the fact that y’all are kick ass HR Peeps too! Cheers to you Tammy & Robin!
  • I’m still shaking my head in disbelief that you never had chicken & waffles before. The fact that we got to have them in one of the best places on South Beach makes it all the more special. You both are amazing, special people Jenn & Rachelle
  • You force me to think logically, raise my game, and I love the fact that we quote Stern and you’re always one of the first people I see at conferences. Gary? Gaaaaarrrrryyy? Garrrryy! You are the best Matt!
  • You have a big heart, are an amazing parent, and one of the smartest people I know. We don’t get to spend too much time together, but when we do, I cherish it Lance.
  • I admire your hustle Lars! Always have, always will.
  • You are a prince among men Steve! I’m lucky to call you friend.
  • A toast to your happiness Sarah! All my best on 12/13/14!
  • Dwane, you are family.
  • I love you Julie & Alex. I don’t say that as often as I should, but never doubt it.

I could go on and on, but I’m starting to get all misty and that’s just not in my DNA. There are too many to name, but you all know who you are (hell, you get the random texts…) May you all have a peaceful, and wonderful holiday!

All my love!


Out of the “Miami Bubble”

by John on November 6, 2014

I’m in the great state of Texas for the next few days. Going to be attending #HREvolution on Saturday.

Texas is, to put it mildly, is interesting. Especially for this Miami boy. I find myself being overly polite when interacting with the locals, but driving like a maniac on the highway.

Seems traffic rules in this republic are universal (For instance, turn signals are for the weak in this part of the world).

I’m really excited to meet with my peers at UT – Dallas tomorrow morning and really excited to catch up with my HR peeps this weekend.

So while I may be a stranger in a strange land, I’m sure that once I can figure out how to connect my phone to the rental car, I’ll be less of a menace and more normal.

Who am I kidding, Bluetooth can’t work miracles like that…


“Nykadamus” Predicts – Vol. 1

October 27, 2014

A whole heckuva lot has happened since August. I’ve been busy at work, and all of our indicators are up in double digit percentages versus last semester. I think I’ve finally wrapped my head around why college recruiting is broken and I’ve seen some pretty interesting examples of some new trends that will shape the […]

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The age of wisdom, the age of foolishness

August 16, 2014

Sorry, it has been a long while since I’ve posted to the blog. It’s been a crazy back half of the summer for me. I’ve been ramping up for the upcoming fall semester. I’ve been in meetings at clients around the city as well as a quick 24 hours in San Francisco. I’ve had a […]

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Dispatches from #SRHM14 Day Three: In case you forgot, it’s all about leadership!

June 26, 2014

The third day is when the conference grind sets it and depending on how late your “client meetings” ran, it’s a tough day. You need to start packing the suitcase and you’re probably wondering why you just didn’t ship that whole bag of “tangible memories” you collected off the expo floor. I’ve seen this conundrum […]

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