Born and raised in Arkansas, but now living in St. Louis, Steven Walden had one of the most colorful booths at this year’s National (#2169). Bright and bold works of art that look remarkable by themselves, but get even better when Walden himself hands you a pair of 3-D glasses. The 3-D sports art immediately jumps off the canvas.
“I’m an accidental artist and I didn’t know that I could paint until four years ago. This is my second National and is what I now do full-time. I work coast-to-coast with a lot of teams, athletes and charities.”
Walden may have mentioned “charities” last, but don’t let that fool you. His artwork has raised over $200,000 for charitable efforts over the last four years.
“Right now, it’s a one-man operation, so I handle everything: designing the site, marketing, promotion, customer service, ordering and keeping stock of inventory, mailing out orders, and social media interactions.”
Rick talked with the very talented, Steven Walden, at The National on August 3. Enjoy this interview. See more of Steven’s art here.
PrivateCommunities.com is the nation’s top online information resource for affluent and age-targeted consumers seeking primary, retirement, or second homes in master-planned lifestyle communities. Ben works with national developers and builders, along with ad agencies, HOAs, and real estate professionals to generate leads, build awareness, and produce ROI for their respective communities. Each year, Ben and his team helps clients connect with more than one million actively searching buyers researching privately developed communities featured on PrivateCommunities.com. Since 1996, more than one thousand communities across the nation have benefitted from advertising on PrivateCommunities.com.
“Lead by Example” is Ben’s motto. Whether he is calling on prospects or working with current clients, Ben believes that being involved in his team’s activity drives a successful department. As Director of Sales, Retention and Operations, his team is focused on winning new clients and maintaining strong relationship with existing customers.
Ben and Rick talk about the role sports play when people of all types are looking for a retirement community and this online resource can help.
Every year, PrivateCommunities.com matches more than 1 million visitors actively searching buyers with hundreds of privately developed communities featured on our website.
Optimized for page one results for top-ranked keywords, PrivateCommunities.com is used by motivated buyers at the moment of relevance – when they begin their search. Showcase your community with a customized feature page to help new prospects discover and learn more about your community. Prospects can also link to your social media, click to your website or contact you directly. They match sales leads generated online with demographic segmentation data licensed from Claritas PRIZM, a leading provider of market research and business intelligence.
Rick talks with Neville Boston on “Tech of Sports.”
Disrupting a 125-year old industry doesn’t happen overnight… but Reviver Auto Co-Founder and CEO Neville Boston is up to the challenge. That, added with the fact that people, especially sports fans love personalization.
What started out as a way to speed up and streamline the registration process for your car or fleet of vehicles has some additional byproducts. Gone is old dirty metal tag or plate and taking its place is a high tech and customizable digital display.
The Rplate Pro from Reviver Auto is the world’s first digital license plate. The multi-functional digital display and connected vehicle platform offers a variety of features to make driving safer and smarter for consumers including:
-Automated DMV Registration – Including renewals, transfer of ownership and autopay
-Parking & Tolls – Display parking permits & violations, automatically pay tolls
-Safety Alerts – Including emergency, weather and Amber Alerts
-Personalization – Change plate’s background color and add custom messages such as student driver, real driver or baby on board
-Specialty Plate – Handicap, medical condition, senior driver, student driver etc.
-Cause Plate – Support nonprofits, communities, charities and other causes with approved cause plates
-Vehicle Tracking – Track your vehicle, speed and trips, and even display a stolen vehicle message
-Smart Home Connectivity – Connect your Rplate Pro to interact with smart home features such as lights, garage door and security system
-Targeted Messaging – Display customized messaging when the car is legally parked
Rick and Neville talk about how this impacts the world of sports! A fun talk!
Will Allen, a college football star for Ohio State University, received All-American honors. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also played DB for the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers.
He was a panelist at the recent Green Sports Alliance Summit, in Atlanta. The theme for the 2018 Summit was “PLAY GREENER™ : Get in the Game” and focused on taking action that encouraged collaborative problem-solving to achieve sustainable change across the sports spectrum. Attendees engaged in multiple skill-building and problem-solving workshops to develop solutions that encourage environmental and social responsibility across operations, supply chains, and fan bases.
Rick talks to Allen about how athletes can use their name to promote change and eco-awareness.
A great deal of talk at the Summit about sustainability of sports facilities.
Great talking to Will Allen.
Keep the conversation going on social media! Green Sports Alliance handles:
A pleasure to have Ken Grohe of SignNow, back on Tech of Sports with some updates.
Ken is in golf mode at he played TPC Sawgrass and is at the Masters.
He talks Legal, Compliance, HR, Sales, Hospitality, etc and the many uses of SignNow to:
Register the players, caddies, transportation, Pro-Ams, and volunteers
Run the Charity
VIP and Hospitality
Run the local and national PGA Fundraising
Coordinate the suppliers, event staffing, and schedules
Ken also talks about a recently announced a simplified process for sending and collecting forms for youth sports clubs, leagues, and tournaments with the SignNow e-signature platform. Powered by the SignNow REST API, SportsForms removes the hassle of managing paperwork such as medical waivers, concussion forms, codes of conduct, birth certificates, player pass photos and league player contracts, and empowers athletes and parents to electronically sign required documents securely from anywhere and any device.
SportsForms is a service company designed for sports team managers, club directors, tournament organizers and sports leagues to send, sign and save team paperwork electronically. Powered by SignNow, SportsForms takes virtually any paper document, digitizes it and makes it available for electronic completion and signature. Users receive a link to sign a document and complete it using a standard web browser, or iOS or Android device. Once completed, the documents are automatically made available online to the team manager or club administrators. SportsForms allows for the simple and efficient collection of documents without printers, scanners, fax machines or even paper, pens or ink.
“SignNow simplifies the joy of participation,” said Grohe. “The SignNow API was built with the developer in mind – easy to implement, manage and use with an intuitive interface designed for simplicity. Together with SportsForms, we’re empowering sports teams to remove the hassle of dealing with paperwork so they can focus on their players and the game.”
Wednesday, February 7, was National Signing Day and an app called SignNow played a big role.
We talk with Ken Grohe of SignNow this week on Tech of Sports.
The SignNow app allows you to get legally binding signatures from your customers, partners and employees in seconds.
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How does SignNow relate to National Signing Day?
SignNow has established special relationships with numerous Colleges & Universities such as Arizona State, Boston College, Cornell, University of Nebraska, University of Michigan, Notre Dame, University of Massachusetts, UCLA, Oregon State, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois and North Dakota in an effort to streamline paperless processes for official documents. National Signing Day carries with it the significance of tradition as well as the hopes and dreams of hundreds of young athletes. Modernizing the process for these athletes brings them one step closer to making their dreams a reality.
SignNow allows university faculties to reach recruits in seconds. They’re able to collect letters of intent (also known as a #NLI) in a single click, free from the hassles of obsolete faxing technology or having to collect the letter in person. Both the recruits and faculty can easily store, secure and quickly access and manage their documents using SignNow.
SignNow is the world’s top ranking mobile signature platform, used in more than 170 countries and territories around the globe.