Around the Moon

I can’t believe it’s already June! We’re full swing in Summer, and it seems like this year is flying by, but we’ve had a lot of positive and great things happening in a short period of time and June was no different.

The month started off traveling back to Kansas City, a city where I ended my career but I have a lot of good personal and business relationships, and that’s what our trip was about, business.

With our Aggregated Marketing Platform and Processing For a Cause, I had meetings with the Kansas City Royals, Chiefs, and Sporting KC to present these business opportunities to them.  We had some very successful meetings from our time there.  I’ve also been involved with the American Royale, where we partner with local radio station AM810 every year.  I met with the station’s president to discuss a strategy for building off last year’s fundraiser and success.

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I can’t visit Kansas City without stopping at one of my favorite BBQ places, Johnny’s BBQ.  I also indulged in some great junk food at the Royals baseball game, as different stadiums have become very creative in ways they present their ballpark food these days. Before we left, we enjoyed the Keith Urban concert at the beautiful outdoor Verizon Arena.

From Kansas City, I flew to Houston for a memorabilia signing in Katy, Texas and it was great to see so many of my old Houston Oilers fans from my days there. I also got a chance to see my family, children, and grandkids and we had some great quality time together.  My niece and nephew both graduated high school, so I organized a big graduation dinner at Maggiano’s to congratulate them on their success.

After my time in Houston, I flew to Buffalo, NY to take part in Jim Kelly’s 30th annual golf tournament to support his Foundation.  He hosted a gala the night prior with a huge auction and the following day a very fun and festive golf tournament, although not a whole lot of golf was actually played.  It was a great time and together we raised a lot of money for Jim’s charity.

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From Buffalo, we flew into New York City for a dinner reception with our partners at L’oreal, a key client, and supporter of our events and charitable foundation.  It was a great time in New York City and we also ate at one of my favorite steakhouses, STK in Midtown.

Back in Seattle, I went to the Matt Talbot Center Breakfast of Champions and spoke about the upcoming season for the Seahawks.  The center has been around for 30 years and they do a tremendous job supporting people of need in the community.

After breakfast, I met with the University of Washington fundraising and Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity about the scholarship program I am involved in with Steve Pool.  We met to see how we can continue to build this successful program and grow it for the coming years.

The following week I was back down in Orange County at the S1M offices for a number of meetings.  One of those meetings was with a producer from a number of hit reality television shows to discuss a couple of future projects in the works.

Back in Seattle, I spoke at the University of Washington Huskies Quarterback Academy camp.  I spoke with the campers about what’s required of them to make an impact at the next level and the tools they need to succeed.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the young guys because I’ve been in that position before and it’s always nice to have help and advice in pursuing your dreams.

I flew back down to Southern California and had dinner with some good friends of mine from my old neighborhood in Manhattan Beach.

The next morning, we embarked on our trip to Kenya along with my executive assistant Iris, Dave, his wife, and their 17-year-old-daughter.

We landed in Nairobi and spent the night in a beautiful bed and breakfast, House of Waine.  The next morning, we took a short flight to the Maasai Mara, where we went on a photo safari for three days.  As soon as we landed and started driving towards our lodging, we saw a group of eight giraffes within 15-20 yards of us.  Right there and then I knew we weren’t in Orange County anymore.  We saw pretty much every animal you could want to see in the first two hours driving to our lodge, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, and a leopard with her 2 cubs.

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There are five animals the locals speak about that you should see when you are there: rhinos, lions, cheetahs, hippos, and elephants and fortunately we were able to see them all.

After the Safari was over, we flew to Bogani for the rest of our trip.  That is where we met up with the people from “Me to We” and the rest of the group from the Unstoppable Foundation, the real reason why we went.  We got to see the progress that has been made in the village we all helped fundraise for.  They now have access to clean water, cattle, milk, and the ability to create income for themselves.  Shelter and education are also now a staple in the communities and improved to a state that they’ve never been before.

What was so impressive about the trip was seeing the happiness, gratitude, and appreciation on all the faces despite how little they really have.

Overall, it was a life-changing experience for me and our whole group.  The appreciation I have for the people of Kenya is at the highest level.  I am so thankful that I’m in the position to help people in need.  The Kenyan people are extremely hard workers and do not take for granted the opportunities they receive.  I look forward to doing the trip again and hopefully taking my son along with me next time.

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June was a month that started off with a lot of great business and meetings in Kansas City but ended in the continent of Africa. It’s extremely rewarding to see my Crescent Moon Foundation making a positive impact locally with our scholarship nights.  But to see us making an impact globally is something I am very proud of.

David’s Upcoming Speaking Appearances
UCLA Anderson School of Management – 7/6/2016 Los Angeles, CA
Secret Knock — 7/10-7/12 San Diego, CA
MLB All-Star Week – 7/11-7/12 San Diego, CA
NFL Alumni Golf Tournament — 7/17 & 7/18 Dana Point, CA
Xbox Live – Game with Fame — 7/20 & 7/21 Seattle, WA
Transformational Leadership Council Retreat — 7/27 & 7/28 Napa, CA
Over Yonder Cay — 7/28-7/30 Exuma, Bahamas

Grow Me The Money – Capital Securities National Sales Conference
David headlined the Crown Capital Securities National Sales Conference in San Diego on June 15th at the Omni Hotel. His speech, “Grow Me The Money” was very popular with the audience of 350 financial advisors and encouraged them to shift the way they look at their industry from a method of selling, to one of giving.

Making Bank, Not Breaking Bank
David brought his principles to the Building Wealth Together conference in Alexandria, Virginia. The June 4th event, hosted by JJ Conway, helped a passionate group of entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and maximize their profits.

It’s All About The Process
Would you like to be able to donate to your favorite cause without having to open your wallet? Our Processing For A Cause program is perfect for you! Processing for a Cause donates to your favorite cause with every single transaction your business makes. Contact Scott Carter for more information at scott@sports1marketing.com

Take It to The Next Level
With David’s passion for accelerating businesses and taking things to the “next level”, he was invited to be the Guest of Honor for a Next Level Live event at 21 Oceanfront restaurant on June 16th.

What Goes Around – Rotary Club in Mission Viejo
David was invited to join the Mission Viejo Rotary Club on June 15th as the guest speaker. In true giving fashion, David made a donation to the scholarship fund at the end of his presentation.

Our Support Doesn’t Wane – Crescent Moon Scholarship Night
In addition to being the first S1M promotional gift night, July 19th is also Scholarship Night for Warren’s Crescent Moon Foundation. Warren and ten scholarship recipients, who all donate their time to their various communities, will be honored on the field prior to the game, followed by Warren throwing the first pitch.

Whip It Up – New Sports Blender Episodes
Open your mouth and take a drink, the Sports Blender delivers today’s most important sports news in an easy-to-digest form. David and Jim Leyritz host the nationally syndicated show, airing Tuesdays on Yahoo Sports Radio, ESPN Radio and locally in Southern California on AM 830.

Ground Control To Major Dave
Send your business or personal life into the stratosphere with the mentorship program offerings from Mission Meetings. Don’t forget to make a special (moon) landing on our page to check out the “out of this world” limited time offers and get started on your mission today!

Application Gratification – Meltzer Mission Updated
Get your thumbs ready, because we have updated the Meltzer Mission Gratitude App. The new incarnation of the app offers improved functionality, in addition to daily reminders to say “thank you” and build effective habits. Download today on the Apple or Google Play stores and change your life!

Hotelier, Yay
Searchwide continues their work as a leader in the hospitality recruiting industry, as the bridge between hospitality professionals. We work in conjunction with Searchwide to connect clients and partners in order foster business development for all involved.

Make It (Net)Work
We helped launch Athlete Network’s “Work in Sports Portal” this past month, which is the only free website to search and apply for professional sports jobs. The portal helps to place people in organizations such as the Tampa Bay Lighting, LA Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners, TaylorMade, Red Bull Signature Series, and many more.

Staying A Head – X2 Biosystems
X2 Biosystems CEO John Ralston presented at the 7th AWE (Augmented World Expo) in Santa Clara on June 1-2, 2016, sharing their latest head impact management system with the companies and organizations in attendance. You can view his announcement here

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Fast Pay, Fast Friends – Don’t Fall Into The Trap
Our partner PayActiv is putting the payday advance industry on its head! Their platform allows employees to access earned funds through mobile devices, web applications, or kiosks. This platform gives workers the most secure, instant access to their earned wages anytime, anywhere – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

What’s Up Doc
Dr. Raj has earned the reputation as a trusted expert and analyst on injuries for the sports media world. He has made appearances on Yahoo Radio’s Game Time with Matt Perrault, as well as David and Jim’s Sports Blender show.

Don’t Hassle the “HOF”
Providing an enjoyable and hassle-free youth sports experience for children of all ages, the Hall of Fame Flag Football league continues to grow with assistance from S1M. Registration for their Winter Leagues is open now, so make sure to sign up today.

This Is Sparta…n Races
Looking for a daring athletic experience? There are upcoming Spartan races in Lawrenceburg, IN (7/09), Palmerton, PA (7/16), Diablo Grande, CA (7/16), and Palmerton, PA (7/23). For more information, or to get involved with Spartan races, contact Daniel Edwards at (email)

Taking a Bite of The Big Apple 
Start spreading the news; David delivered an inspiring speech to entrepreneurs and leaders at the Secret Knock Conference in New York. Ranked a “Top 5 Must-Attend Conference for Entrepreneurs” by Forbes, Secret Knock will host an event in San Diego in July, and David will be in attendance to speak to the west coast crowd.

How The West Was K-Gunned
Our team had a wonderful time at the 30th Annual Jim Kelly Golf Tournament in Buffalo, helping to raise money for the Kelly for Kids Foundation. Warren, David, Scott, and Colleen were on hand to have some fun and support our friend Jim Kelly with his dedication to helping others.

Fueling Growth in So Cal
OCTANe OC continues to accelerate business development in a variety of industries throughout Orange County. They hosted a successful Ophthalmology Technology Summit on June 21st, following up Southern California’s largest technology innovation and investment conference they held in May.

Around The World In 5 Days
S1M executives David and Derek traveled to Mumbai for meetings with the leaders of Eros Entertainment, Wizcraft, Gulf Oil, and more. We are excited to be partnering with Eros, one of Bollywood’s largest film studios, Wizcraft, India’s leading event management, and Gulf Oil International

 

Time To Enshrine
The Golden State’s best were enshrined at the California Sports Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and golf tournament on June 26th and 27th. The event took place at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa and honored our friends Ronnie Lott, Ralph Lawler, Dr. Frank Jobe, Lindsay Davenport, Fernando Valenzuela, Jim Fox and Christian Okoye. Scott, Jim, Monica, and interns Ricci and Rob joined forces to take 3rd place in the Golf event at Tukwet Golf Club.

Premiere Perception- Ideas Worth Spreading – TEDx Talk OCT 16th
Your perception rules the universe, and David is excited to share the tools and tricks for you to be the master of your consciousness. He will be speaking at the MissionViejo event on October 16th at Mission Viejo’s City Hall.

Where Would You Rather Be Than Right Here Right Now?
We caught up with our friend Andre Reed at his Annual Golf Tournament on June 27th. The Celebrity Golf Classic took place at the Lehigh Country Club and benefitted the Andre Reed Foundation in its commitment to underprivileged children.

What’s Your Fantasy? – Sports Fantasy Pro
Our partners, Sports Fantasy Pro, have developed an innovative new platform for daily fantasy sports. Together, we look to achieve our goal of making a lot of money, helping a lot of people, and having a lot of fun!

Because We’re Worth It
On June 6th, while in New York for meetings with the New York Red Bulls and Barclays Center, David and Warren were joined by Jim Leyritz to host another celebrity dinner for our partners at L’Oreal.

Saved By The Things I Learned At Citrus 
David spoke to a passionate group at a breakfast networking meeting in Tustin on June 21st. The group meets monthly and consists of entrepreneurs and business leaders in the local community.

We’ll Beat Ya, Media
Once again, our crew attended the local ESPNLA Golf Tournament on June 20th. They teed it up with local media members and celebrities at Pacific Palms Resort’s Industry Hills Golf Club; helping to raise money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

No Hibernating for UCLA Interns
On June 21st, we welcomed four new interns from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. These interns are the latest to join us from UCLA, continuing to grow our relationship with the prestigious Los Angeles university.

America’s Finest Players in America’s Finest City
The MLB All-Star Game is coming to Southern California! The game, which will be attended by many Sports 1 employees, will be played at Petco Park in San Diego this year.  We are looking forward to working with our partners to

Wood You Celebrate?
On July 12th, we will be celebrating the sixth anniversary of Sports 1 Marketing! We have had tremendous growth in the past six years and look forward to building on our momentum.

Off To The Races – Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack
AND THEY’RE OFF! We will be in attendance for Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack on July 15th. Be sure to cheer on our partners horse KNOWITALLHOUSEWIFE of NP Thoroughbred Stables.

I Love (XBOX) Gold
Attention gamers! If you have ever wanted take on David, Warren, and other S1M members on XBOX, now is your chance. On July 20-21st, David and others will be participating in the XBOX Live Game with Fame in Seattle, where they will play XBOX online for an hour against opponents from around the world.

Hall-er at a Player
The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction will take place in the first weekend of August. Warren, David, Scott, and Iris, will be traveling to Canton, OH to welcome the Class of 2016 to the Hall of Fame. Inductees include Marvin Harrison, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Eddie DeBartolo, Kenny Stabler and Dick Stanfel.

Old School Fun – NFL Alumni Golf Tournament
On July 18th, Warren, David, Scott, and our team will be teeing it up with the greats of the gridiron at Monarch Beach Golf Links for the NFL Alumni Golf Tournament. These guys were legends on the field, but how will their games hold up on the course?

Punts and Pooches 
What happens when a married man shirks his responsibilities? He ends up in the Dawghouse! We are working with renowned creative writer, Pidge Jobst, and MAD Magazine animator, Mort Drucker, to deliver the first-ever sports cartoon TV Show. We are involved in both consulting and producing roles with the show set to premiere later this year.