Being Bruce -: June 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Welcome to Wednesday - Personal Energy Strategy - Power Tip

In the middle of the work week it's important to keep your energy reserves up so you can keep going and perform at your best levels. If you know about your personal power profile you can use that information on Wednesdays to recharge and keep running strong for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Welcome to Tuesday!

Tuesday can be a super productive day. If you work a typical work week, let Tuesday be the most productive day of your week.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday's Are Special!

Monday's are wonderful for many reasons. For many of us Monday is the start of a new work week, and beginnings are always exciting. The opportunity to make a fresh start is always present, of course, but on Mondays it's even more apparent than usual. I wish you a marvelous Monday and a wonderful week!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sterling Cabinetry - Client Appreciation Celebration

Our friends Pam and Mike Caldwell, owners of Sterling Cabinetry, held a wonderful client appreciation event today at their showroom in Supply, North Carolina.

Pam Caldwell and Marge Brown

Since they primarily design kitchens, the showroom was a perfect setting for serving a bounteous selection of took-me-to-my knees appetizers. Turns out Pam spent the week preparing the food herself. (Wow!)

I really like their mix of cabinet styles.

Nice surround for a fireplace.

And bookcases.

This tile backsplash was gorgeous (the apricots were amazing).

A moment with Mike Caldwell.

In the nine years Pam and Mike have been in business they've built a loyal clientele. Because they work so closely to design the cabinetry in their clients' homes, most become friends as well.

Thanks for including us in your celebration.

My Adventure with Dancing with the Brunswick Stars - Journal Entry 12 - Our Ninth Practice

Welcome back, Kim! Kimberly Boggs was on vacation for a couple of weeks so I held off on blog posting about my preparation for the August 6th Dancing with the Brunswick Stars. (Trust me on this, you don't want to watch videos of me doing our routine alone. I'm counting on all eyes being on Kim when we compete in August before judges and a thousand or so people.)

And here's Kim from Friday, as you can see she's ready to dance - she's even wearing the t-shirt!

So yesterday we practiced. And it was good. I can tell you flat out straight right now that the videos we've been putting up on this blog aren't quite what we're really working on.

But here's something we tried:

And then here are our usual quick commentaries. I'll go first (I've learned it's wise to let Kim have the last word):

And here's Kim:

And in case you haven't heard about it before, Dancing with the Brunswick Stars is a serious, big deal fund raiser for Brunswick Community College. This year will be the third and final year of this event. Last year they raised more than $330,000 in scholarship money for students at BCC, so you can see this is a pretty big event. The actual event will be held August 6th, but you can go to the website today to vote, buy tickets, or even become a sponsor for the event.

Check out this website with photos of Stars and Pros for Dancing with the Brunswick Stars.

Brown - out!

Friday, June 25, 2010

NBCC Ribbon Cutting at The Brunswick Beacon

The Brunswick Beacon recently joined the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce. That always calls for a ribbon-cutting.

Here's the view of the front desk.

North Brunswick Chamber Executive Director Dana Fisher and Brunswick Beacon Advertising Manager Angie Sutton.

Linda Cheers works in advertising for the Brunswick Beacon and she's an Ambassador for the North Brunswick Chamber.

Ever wonder how the modern newspaper printing process works? Here's my simplified version:
Once all the content including ads are written, designed, and assembled, they're fed to the printing line via this big box-y looking computer.

The press run starts here.

And it comes out here! (With help from 6 people who make sure all it all runs smoothly.)

Next the inserts are added to the printed papers. Here's the stuffing line (I don't know what they call it, but you get the idea).

And that's what happens before the papers are put on trucks and taken wherever they're going.

Reporter Sarah Wilson.

Dana Fisher with Brunswick Beacon Publisher Scott Harrell - we always bring big scissors, but they had even larger ones. So now we have scissor envy. (Ooops, I forgot - Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's scissors.)

Managing Editor Stacey Manning.

A line up of mostly North Brunswick Chamber folks who turned out for the ribbon-cutting. Rick Paxton James Shoemaker, Kerry Kasotsky, Monica Clark, Dana Fisher, Nick Arbia, Lee Ann Mitchell Bolton, Dave Seaton, Michael Triggiano, Frank Williams, Julie LaMay, and Brunswick Beacon Publisher Scott Harrell.

Getting ready to cut the ribbon.

Kerry, Linda, Monica, Jamie, Scott, Julie, Nick, Dave, and Michael.

After the cut they get to keep the piece of ribbon. (Not sure what they do with it, maybe use it in beauty contests?)

And here it is, in the air, another successful ribbon-cutting. 

Welcome to the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, we're proud to have you as members.

Wilmington Young Professionals at Old Chicago Pizza

The Wilmington Young Professionals networking group met last evening at Old Chicago Pizza in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jackie Willse is the founder and organizer of WYP, which meets monthly at various locations.

Early arrivals Robert Sheldon, Bruce Brown, Sarah Barbee, Jackie Willse, and Donald Brower.

Sarah Barbee and J. Ross Simeon.

Jake Hunt and Deborah Butler (she's running for New Hanover County Commissioner!).

Cynthia Hunt.

Nick Arbia and David Merrill (pay no attention to David's name badge, he was trying to get a friend's attention).

Jackie Willse, Mark Evans, and Sarah Barbee.

JC Skane, Bruce Brown, and J. Ross Simeon.

J. Ross Simeon, Brad Walker, Korey Hite, and JC Skane.

David Merrill and Lauren Formalarie.

Lauren Formalarie and Bruce Brown (note to self, no more linen shirts when you're going to have your photo taken).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Last night was the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, held at the Magnolia Greens Golf Course Club House.

Below, Chamber Ambassador Gina Schiess with outgoing President George Murray and incoming Board Member James Shoemaker.

New NBCC President Bruce Brown with now ex-officio President George Murray.
George is of course staying very active with the Chamber.

Photographer Bob Baer and Susan Cruse, Manager of East Carolina Bank.

Butch Pope and his wife Beverly - Butch is running for District Attorney.

Board member Jeff Harvell of Nancy Hall Publications and Bruce Brown.

Marge Brown of Quantum Results Coaching with Barry Eagle, Managing Partner of the Comfort Suites Magnolia Greens Hotel.

Also from Comfort Suites the newly married Lee Ann Mitchell Bolton, with Marge.

Bruce and Lee Ann.

Board member and NBM and SBM magazine publisher Justin Williams.

Nick Arbia of ADT (he's also pro DJ), board member Terry Grillo of Capeside Animal Hospital, Frank Doherty of Oak Island, and Justin Williams.

Justin Smith of Whiteville is working on U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre's campaign.

Marge with board member Alice Razzano of the Newcomers Club.

Justin and I were two of only a few men wearing shorts. Because there was an HVAC malfunction in the facility, I think we were lucky.

Connie Reeves, an outgoing board member who also was in charge of organizing the Annual Meeting spoke to the crowd. Connie is also very active with the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Introducing new board members (L to R) James Shoemaker, Ken Schiess, Peggy O'Leary, and Alice Razzano. To Bruce's left is Executive Director Dana Fisher. Terry Grillo,  between George Murray and Dana is also new board member as is Drew Roper of BB&T who was not able to attend the meeting.

Despite the warmth, we had a fine time and great food. I want to personally thank the many North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce directors, ambassadors, and members as well as the representatives of our area who came to the event and who help in so many ways to benefit the economic development of North Brunswick County.