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RCMA Profile: Joel Weinberger (Religious Conference Manager Magazine)

Image via WikipediaBy Bob AndelmanOct 1, 2008Religious Conference Manager When it Comes to minority members of RCMA, it’s hard to imagine a smaller group than the Orthodox Jewish contingent. Until this year, there was pretty much just one — Joel… Continue Reading →

Lowry Park Zoo: A Wild Thing (Maddux Business Report cover story)

By Bob AndelmanOctober 2008Maddux Business Report (Author’s Note: This story changed more than most from the time it was assigned and written until the time it was published. What follows is the original feature story, submitted before Lex Salisbury’s entanglements… Continue Reading →

Sarasota: Hot Hotels and Healthy Cities (Maddux Business Report)

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St. Petersburg: The Hits Keep Coming (Maddux Business Report; September 2007)

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Resort Redux (Maddux Business Report cover story)

Image by katherine of chicago via FlickrBy Bob AndelmanMaddux Business ReportSeptember 2008 The economy may have the blues, and corporate accountants may be seeing red, but Tampa Bay’s luxury resorts are still pocketing plenty of green. In an industry where… Continue Reading →

Patrick Sullivan Q&A: Hurdles Ahead (Corporate Meetings & Incentives)

Image by markbult via Flickr The Scoop on Incentive Trends By Bob Andelman Sep 1, 2008 Patrick Sullivan, president of PRA Destination Management New York and incoming president of The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives, shares his insights on… Continue Reading →

Real Estate Roundtable 2008 (Maddux Business Report)

Image via WikipediaThree thousand points. That was the difference between the “troubled” economy under discussion on the day that the Maddux Business Report conducted this year’s Real Estate Roundtable, and the day it was edited, a few weeks later, when… Continue Reading →

Finding a Way to Give Back (Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine)

By Bob AndelmanSeptember 1, 2008Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine When Harith Wickrema’s pharmaceutical client asked him to plan an incentive trip to Rio de Janeiro that would also give back to the local community, he knew he had his work… Continue Reading →

MotivAction: How to Thrive in Tough Times (Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine)

Dubai image via WikipediaBy Bob AndelmanSeptember 1, 2008Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine In a stubborn global economy, how does a meeting management company grow? We asked Minneapolis-based MotivAction, the company on the CMI 25 list with the largest percentage growth… Continue Reading →

George P. Johnson’s Long Road to Success (Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine)

James Bond image via WikipediaBy Bob AndelmanSeptember 1, 2008Corporate Meetings & Incentives MagazineThe longer a company is in business, the greater the need for reinvention. Not many companies in the meetings space understand this better than the George P. Johnson… Continue Reading →

Playing on the International Scene (Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine)

American Express ad imagevia WikipediaBy Bob AndelmanSeptember 1, 2008Corporate Meetings & Incentives American Express Business Travel and BCD Meetings & Incentives are two companies among the CMI 25 that plan the most international meetings and incentives. We asked Christina Wilkes,… Continue Reading →

Chester Elton on Motivation (Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine)

Image of Chester EltonBy Bob Andelman September 1, 2008Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine Let’s face it: If CHESTER ELTON and Adrian Gostick named their fifth book “The Stick Principle,” it wouldn’t be nearly as tasty and appealing. Instead, The Carrot… Continue Reading →

“A Spirited Life” Review: A must for any library about comic book history (My Pull List)

“Will Eisner: A Spirited Life was written by Bob Andelman and published by M Press in 2005. I saw Andelman do a presentation about his biography at MegaCon in 2006. I finally bought it last year and was not disappointed…. Continue Reading →

They’re Lovin’ It (Maddux Business Report, July 2008 Cover Story)

Check out this cover story by Bob Andelman! Or, listen to Bob’s audio report! Copyright 2008 Bob Andelman. Click here for copyright permissions!Some stories may appear in unedited versions that are different from their print counterparts.

Patrick Sullivan Interview (MeetingsNet On the Air)

Patrick Sullivan is a busy guy. As president of PRA Destination Management New York, he has worked in the meeting and incentive industry as both meeting planner and suppler partner. In his more than 20 years in the industry as… Continue Reading →

RCMA Profile: Heidi Jo Hagstrom (Religious Conference Manager)

By Bob Andelman Religious Conference Manager MagazineJun 1, 2008 12:00 PM Heidi Jo Hagstrom needed to postpone being interviewed for RCM magazine. She was recuperating from a flare-up of multiple sclerosis, but to see her, you’d probably never know. “It… Continue Reading →

Degree Soup (Corporate Meetings & Incentives)

By Bob AndelmanCorporate Meetings & Incentives MagazineJun 1, 2008 12:00 PM As meeting planning reaches a new level of professionalism, the number of degrees and certificate programs has taken off. But will they help you to get a job? For… Continue Reading →

The South-Central States (Corporate Meetings & Incentives)

By Bob AndelmanCorporate Meetings & Incentives MagazineMay 1, 2008 12:00 PM There may be a hotel seller’s market nationwide, but meetings are still being courted in the South-Central states, where billions of dollars are being spent on new hotels, venues,… Continue Reading →

Mr. Media Named “Top New Citizen Journalist” by DigitalJournal.com

I recently was invited to start posting the Mr. Media podcasts at DigitalJournal.com, a wonderful site that encourages readers to become citizen reporters. That was nice in and of itself, but then the site’s editor, David Silverberg, had this to… Continue Reading →

NAIOP Tampa Bay 2008 Report (Maddux Business Report)

The Greening of Your Workspace By Bob AndelmanMaddux Business ReportJune 2008 Go ahead – be skeptical and suspicious of the “green” building concept. But while you do that, better look over your shoulder because the competition is already cashing in…. Continue Reading →

The Backroom Sport (Maddux Business Report)

By Bob AndelmanMaddux Business Report June 2008Cover Story In the business of luring Super Bowls, communities must nail the brutal politics of pro football, tackle the gentle embrace of team owners, try a quarterback sneak with free golf, and, most… Continue Reading →

Casting for Cash (Maddux Business Report)

The fishing is getting better for local companies looking for venture capital. By Bob AndelmanMaddux Business ReportApril 2008 If you ever cross paths with Field Forensics president and CEO Craig Johnson in the security line at Tampa International Airport, don’t… Continue Reading →

Class Is In (Maddux Business Report Cover Story)

Judy Genshaft is Tampa Bay’s undisputedtop female executive. No bull. By Bob AndelmanMaddux Business ReportMay 2008Cover Story (NOTE: This is the original, longer, and unedited version of the story that appeared in print.) Hold that thought a moment. Judy Genshaft… Continue Reading →

Philip Shenon, THE COMMISSION: THE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF THE 9/11 INVESTIGATION author and New York Times journalist: Mr. Media Interview, Part 1

I think everyone remembers where they were when they first heard about the planes flying into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. For our generation, it’s that horrifying moment that matches up with when other generations remember the… Continue Reading →

Philip Shenon, THE COMMISSION: THE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF THE 9/11 INVESTIGATION author and New York Times journalist: Mr. Media Interview, Part 2

Return to Part 1! LISTEN to this interview by clicking here! BOB ANDELMAN/Mr. MEDIA: Hi. Do you have a question for Phil Shenon? CALLER FROM CANADA: I just tuned in, so I just wanted to know if you guys could… Continue Reading →

Diane Miller Profile (RCMA Magazine)

For Diane Miller, the appeal of being a meeting planner is in the variety of challenges and responsibilities the job entails — sometimes, all hitting at once. “It’s like a puzzle — you put it all together,” says the senior… Continue Reading →

Good as Gold (Biz941.com)

In a lackluster economy, Tina Little’s luxury jewelry business is shining. Bob AndelmanBiz941.comFebruary 2008 Gemologist Tina Little discovered up-and-coming jeweler Michael Beaudry at the 1996 New York Jewelry Show, and it changed her professional life. At the time, Little was… Continue Reading →

Sitefiles: The South-Central States (Association Meetings Magazine)

The South-Central states are beefing up their infrastructure and courting meeting business. By Bob AndelmanAssociation MeetingsApril 2008 There may be a housing crisis nationwide, but the meetings business is still being courted with downright ferocity in the South-Central states, where… Continue Reading →

Project Rescue (Maddux Business Report)

By Bob AndelmanMaddux Business ReportApril 2008 Click HERE to keep reading!

It Takes an Outsider (Biz941.com)

Locals didn’t see a market for the empty mammoth warehouse, but Steve Kossoff made it a mega-success. Bob AndelmanBiz941 MagazineJanuary 2008 Who could really blame Carl Wise and other Sarasota-based commercial realtors for being skeptical? On paper, Meridian Development Group’s… Continue Reading →

Spreading Goodwill (Biz 941.com)

The Rev. Don Roberts celebrates 30 years at the helm of the most successful Goodwill in the world. By Bob AndelmanBiz941.com May 2008 The Rev. Don Roberts knew early on that he was an entrepreneur. But he was always an… Continue Reading →

El Espuritu de Una Vida… Will Eisner: A Spirited Life now available in Spanish Language Edition!

I think the only thing cooler than seeing your book published… is seeing it published in another language! So it delights me to announce that my authorized biography, WILL EISNER: A SPIRITED LIFE, has been published in Spain by NORMA… Continue Reading →

Mr. Media Quoted in Tampa Tribune (March 27, 2008)

Good ‘Ol Times: Mason Dixon Marks 30 Years On The Air By WALT BELCHERThe Tampa TribuneMarch 23, 2008 ST. PETERSBURG – The week always begins with “Blue Monday” and ends with “Friday on My Mind.” In between are jokes, parody… Continue Reading →

Mr. Media Quoted in Tampa Tribune (March 27, 2008)

Good ‘Ol Times: Mason Dixon Marks 30 Years On The Air By WALT BELCHERThe Tampa TribuneMarch 23, 2008 ST. PETERSBURG – The week always begins with “Blue Monday” and ends with “Friday on My Mind.” In between are jokes, parody… Continue Reading →

Mort Walker, “Beetle Bailey,” “Hi & Lois” cartoonist: Mr. Media Interview

Mort Walker is the dean and — in some ways — the curator of American cartoonists. Best known for his long-running strips “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi & Lois,” Walker, 84, is also a bedrock member of the National Cartoonists Society,… Continue Reading →

Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman Now Available in Spanish Language Edition!

WILL EISNER: EL ESPÍRITU DE UNA VIDA, de Bob AndelmanNúmero únicoFormato: Rústica con solapas. 15 x 22,4 cm. 376 págs. B/N. 18,00 €El espíritu de una vida es la biografía oficial de Will Eisner: el maestro de maestros del cómic… Continue Reading →

Profile of Carolyn Collins (Religious Conference Manager)

By Bob AndelmanDec 1, 2007 12:00 PM RCMA Member After reading this profile of Carolyn Collins, you’ll probably imagine that while being interviewed she simultaneously answered e-mail, shuffled office paperwork, filled gaps in her calendar, chose ethnic recipes, planned a… Continue Reading →

A Sea Dream Come True (Corporate Meetings & Incentives)

Wynn Las Vegas took its star employees on a luxe cruise and hired a personal shopper to dress them and limos to whiz them to the airport. Why? To give the the same first-class treatment they give Wynn guests. By… Continue Reading →

The Boomerang Bowl (Maddux Business Report)

Stack ’em High: Pinellas County Corporate Report (Maddux Business Report)

Table Talk: Six Pros Talk Commercial Real Estate (Maddux Business Report)

(The following is an expanded transcription – edited only for clarity and grammar – of the 2007 Real Estate Roundtable printed in our December 2007 issue.) Maddux Business ReportReal Estate RoundtableDecember 2007 Moderated by Bob Andelmanbob@andelman.com Let’s talk commercial real… Continue Reading →

Atypical: Laabs Brings Varied Experiences to Meeting Planning (Religious Conference Manager; August 2007)

By Bob AndelmanReligious Conference Manager MagazineAug 1, 2007 12:00 PM Profile of Jonathan Laabs Jonathan Laabs can’t understand why Religious Conference Manager would want to profile him. “I’m not a typical planner,” he says in that gentle, unassuming Laabs manner…. Continue Reading →

Elnora Hamb, Member Profile (Religious Conference Manager, October 2007)

By Bob AndelmanReligious Conference Manager MagazineOct 1, 2007 12:00 PM Don’t Make the Mistake of thinking that Elnora P. Hamb, president of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church’s Women’s Missionary Council, is retired, just because hers is a volunteer job. “How… Continue Reading →

Get S.M.A.R.T. (Financial & Insurance Meetings; September 2007)

By Bob AndelmanFinancial & Insurance MeetingsSep 1, 2007 12:00 PM At some companies, nonmandatory training is the first thing to be cut when budgets are tight. Not at Commerce Bank. Here, training is a top priority for all employees —… Continue Reading →

Get ‘Em Revved (Corporate Meetings & Incentives; September 2007)

By Bob AndelmanCorporate Meetings & Incentives MagazineSep 1, 2007 12:00 PM We asked Mr. Twentysomething himself, David Morrison, what gets the youngest generation of employees pumped David Morrison knows about people in their twenties. When a reporter from The New… Continue Reading →

Elliott Masie on Meetings 2.0 (Corporate Meetings & Incentives; July 2007)

Jul 23, 2007 11:08 AM Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine In a recent interview with freelance writer Bob Andelman, Elliott Masie–founder of The Masie Center, a Saratoga, N.Y., think tank that focuses on learning, technology, business, and workplace productivity–buttressed the… Continue Reading →

“Body Copy” (Biz941 Magazine)

Medical researchers, Hollywood filmmakers and animal rights activists stand to benefit from Chris Sakezles’ synthetic human body parts. By Bob Andelman When Robert Cresanti met Sarasota inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Chris Sakezles in February, Sakezles shook his hand and showed… Continue Reading →

“Marketing to the Mob” (Biz941 Magazine)

Dan Miller and his Movo Mobile technologyshake up the marketing industry. By Bob Andelman When the flash mob materialized last February outside the Adidas store in Las Vegas within 30 minutes of being summoned via mobile phones and PDAs, it… Continue Reading →

“Mr. Tampa Bay: Lee Roy Selmon scores with food, football and business” (Maddux Report)

Who else but hall-of-famer Lee Roy Selmon has his name on a restaurant chain and an expressway? And, oh yes, his mama’s cake is to die for. By Bob AndelmanMaddux Business ReportAugust 2007Cover Story Dessert. A palate-cleansing, sweet treat at… Continue Reading →

Author Bob Andelman on “Sci-Fi Overdrive” radio show, Pt. 1

Part one of an audio interview with Bob Andelman, author of “Will Eisner: A Spirited Life,” on the syndicated radio show, “Sci-Fi Overdrive.” Click here for part 2!

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