Archive for May, 2013

‘ReTake’ Is Testament That It’s Never Too Late To Get A Second Chance At Becoming A Superstar

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Mount Kisco, NY – After months of development, ReTake Artist and Music Listing and Promotion Service just unveiled its new website−a dedicated listing service for bands, singers, songwriters and musicians. Kenneth Schwartz, president of ReTake, announced the company’s commitment to signing former television talent show contestants who competed in shows such as American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent.

ReTake provides innovative marketing solutions to help artists promote and grow their business. “The website offers far more exposure than other popular platforms that typically handle millions of participants and whose artists tend to get lost in the confusion,” says Schwartz. “Instead, ReTake understands it is fans that drive popularity and success, so fans are free on our platform. As the fans discover new music or find out more about favorite artists, this will increase the popularity of the artist’s profile.” The company has made it easier for fans to follow their favorite artist and have likewise simplified the process for artists to keep fans informed about new music, releases, promotions, concerts and shows.

ReTake will be bringing in talent from all corners of the world. They offer unique features and their packages will be customized to the individual artist to have the maximum affect on their marketing and promotional success. Vigorous online advertising will draw venues, labels, managers and promoters who will have easy access to each individual artist’s music, videos, images and other key features. ReTake is built for artist promotion with a goal to see everyone succeed and get a viable shot at a recording deal with a major record label! For more information, please visit their website at: www.retaketalentsearch.com .

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Trisha J. Stevens
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
Direct: (832) 334-2733
tstevens@ascotmediagroup.com
www.ascotmediagroup.com


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KALM Talent Agency: Utilizing Today’s Technology To Find Tomorrow’s Superstars

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Mount Kisco, NY – KALM Talent Group remains inspired by the quality and range of untapped talent and the success of such young powerhouses as Justin Bieber whose rise to fame began on YouTube.  In a world where fresh talent is being discovered and fostered in progressive new ways, including reality shows and the Internet, the time – and need — for an innovative up-to-date talent agency has arrived…and its name is KALM Talent Group.

Going outside the bounds of traditional methods for discovering new talent, KALM heavily utilizes the power of the Internet for everything from discovering and auditioning prospective clients, to presenting its growing roster of signed artists to major records labels via their website at: www.kalmtalentagency.com.

KALM is committed to identifying America’s finest contemporary musical talent and providing an environment that allows them to develop their skills, personally and as artists−generally doing whatever it takes to put their clients on top! As evidenced by the success of Sareena Dominguez, a truly gifted singer who already has two albums under her belt (please see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfVQ0pRXJWs), and the extraordinary talent of Oceanroyal, Lexi Ulmer and Katie Ekin, they are all rapidly becoming household names! 

“Like the KALM before the storm, we make history and redefine the art of artist management as we take it to the next level in the present and future,” says Kerry Kessel, Founder and CEO of KALM Talent Group. “Our artists produce and perform original material and we help them not only find their voice but a worldwide audience to share it with.”

An accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kessel blended his keen business sense and desire to help others with his life-long passion for music into KALM. With a forward-thinking mindset, he created an agency that discovers and fosters fresh talent differently. He is a man of many interests and extraordinary drive who is committed to presenting the music industry with quality artists who have the ability to become the superstars they were born to be. For more information, please visit: www.kalmtalentagency.com .

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Trisha J. Stevens
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
Direct: (832) 334-2733
tstevens@ascotmediagroup.com
www.ascotmediagroup.com

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Keeping The Peace At Family Gatherings: Sherri Evans Opens Houston Office Of KoonsFuller Family Law

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Houston, TX – Memorial Day Weekend means family gatherings and sometimes, family strife. But clear communication and thoughtful strategy can reduce family squabbles. KoonsFuller, P.C., Family Law is pleased to announce the opening of their Houston office, with Sherri Evans as Managing Attorney in the new location.

Houston family lawyer and divorce attorney Sherri Evans is a 1992 graduate of Tulane Law School in New Orleans. She is uniquely qualified to analyze and litigate complex property cases in a divorce, with a reputation as a dynamic litigator. Evans holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas in Austin and worked as a financial analyst prior to entering law school. She is also Administrative Chair and faculty member of the Family Law Trial Institute, an intensive 8-day litigation seminar focusing on advanced family law issues such as business valuation.

Evans is board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the Supreme Court of Texas. She has repeatedly been named to the list of “Best Lawyers in America” and Texas Monthly Magazine’s “Super Lawyer.” Sherri Evans is also the Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

KoonsFuller has experienced attorneys with both the knowledge and the resources to serve clients in matters including complex divorce litigation; property settlements of all sizes; marital agreements; asset tracing, valuation and division; child custody, possession and access, support and paternity; and trial and appellate work, as well as offering litigation alternatives such as mediation, settlement conferences, arbitration and collaborative law, across Texas and the nation.

For more information, please visit the website: www.koonsfuller.com

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Trisha J. Stevens
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
Direct: (832) 334-2733
tstevens@ascotmediagroup.com
www.ascotmediagroup.com


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Why So Many Team Performance Strategies Fail: Getting results is about more than getting along. Herrmann International looks at team thinking in a new light.

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Lake Lure, NC – Organizations are increasingly relying on the collective power of teams to meet today’s business demands, but many teams aren’t living up to their full potential. While teambuilding and sensitivity training workshops abound, they typically deliver little in the way of long-term impact, often because they overlook an essential factor driving team performance: thinking.

“With knowledge workers, you can’t develop and maintain an exceptional, consistently high-performing team without focusing first on what drives the team’s behaviors and actions at the root level,” says Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO of Herrmann International. “From our more than 30 years of research on the brain and business performance, we’ve found that when people come together, their ability to communicate, problem solve, and get the most from their diverse experience and perspectives starts with understanding how they prefer to think, both as individuals and as a group.”

Thinking style data, which reveals a number of important clues about how a team works, can be assessed and used as a starting point for discussions and activities, she says. Once team members understand the importance of a breadth of thinking and how each person’s thinking adds value, they are able to view differences in a nonjudgmental way, and they have new context for how to tackle the challenges that inevitably arise.

To make sure the whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts, Herrmann-Nehdi says teams need to consider:

•    To what degree does the team prefer analytical, structured, interpersonal or conceptual styles of thinking?

•    How do these different modes of thinking affect team dynamics, process flows, idea generation and problem-solving approaches?

•    How do they contribute to desired outcomes, and where are there gaps in our thinking?

•    How can we use diverse thinking to move from conflict to creative contention? 

In addition, leaders, OD professionals and others can apply the data to strategically align thinking resources with business objectives and challenges.

“When managed well, cognitive diversity has been proven to pay off,” Herrmann-Nehdi says. “A six-year study with the USDA Forest Service using the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®) assessment and Whole Brain® framework found that teams with a balance in terms of thinking preferences are more effective—they consider more options and make better decisions—and they’re more efficient than homogenous teams.”

The new white paper, Are Teams Broken? Or Just Not Using Their Heads? Team Thinking in a New Light, (at www.hbdi.com/Resources/WhitePapers/index.php) discusses how to apply the latest research on thinking and team effectiveness to achieve specific business objectives. The free download also provides tips for using a thinking-based framework to overcome common team challenges.

About Herrmann International:

The originator of the Whole Brain® system and the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®) thinking styles assessment, Herrmann International works with organizations around the world to help them put their full brainpower to work to outthink, outpace and outperform the competition. The company’s Whole Brain® Thinking framework, which includes a variety of learning solutions, facilitation resources, job aids and business tools, has helped 9 out of 10 of the Fortune 100 harness their collective intelligence to sell more, spend less, innovate faster, and develop and retain the best talent.

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Trisha J. Stevens
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
Direct: (832) 334-2733
tstevens@ascotmediagroup.com
www.ascotmediagroup.com


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HOW TO BE LIKE JACKIE ROBINSON: Life Lessons from Baseball’s Greatest Hero by Pat Williams with Mike Sielski

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(Foreword by Allan “Bud” Selig, Commissioner of Baseball)

Tom Brokaw, Author and former NBC News anchor: “Jackie Robinson was a man of enormous resolve and dignity. He was not a patsy. Through all his trials, he always maintained his dignity. Jackie showed all of us how to be courageous and keep moving forward.”

Deerfield Beach, FL – How to Be Like Jackie Robinson (HCI Books-$14.95) is another dynamic book in the How to Be Like, a “character biography” series, which focuses on drawing out important lessons from the life of their subjects. Rather than just reviewing Robinson’s life in full, as so many books on his life have done, How to Be Like Jackie Robinson gives readers lessons and teachings from this remarkable man to take into their daily lives.

‘Everything Jackie’ seems to be the theme right now with the movie “42” hitting the #1 spot at the box office as celebrations take place to honor the 66th anniversary of his becoming the first black man to play in the major leagues. Jackie Robinson was not only one of the most extraordinary athletes of all time, he was a great man who lived his life with dignity and honor.

When Jackie Robinson stepped onto Ebbets Field on April 15th, 1947, it was as the first African-American ever to play baseball in the major leagues. Robinson broke the “color line,” a segregation practice dating back to the founding of this country. Robinson was not only a baseball hero, but also an amazing agent for social change who played an invaluable role in the civil rights movement.  

In this book, which is by far the most exhaustive in the series as it is based on more than 1,000 interviews, Pat Williams tackles one of the most influential people in recent history. Fans can see how Jackie Robinson became one of the most amazing athletes in baseball and how they can learn from many of his life choices and experiences.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Pat Williams is senior vice-president of the Orlando Magic and author of more than thirty successful books, including four books in the How to Be Like series.

Mike Sielski is Sportswriter for the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of La Salle University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he has won more than thirty local, state and national journalism awards and was named one of the twenty best newspaper people under age 40 in the nation by the Newspaper Association of America.

Available at bookstores or to order directly from the publisher, contact: HCI Books
(800) 441-5569 or www.hcibooks.com .

How to Be Like Jackie Robinson: Life Lessons from Baseball’s Greatest Hero
By Pat Williams with Mike Sielski
ISBN: 0-7573-0173-8
$14.95 – Trade paperback

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Trisha J. Stevens
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
Direct: (832) 334-2733
tstevens@ascotmediagroup.com
www.ascotmediagroup.com


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