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Pilgrim Talks: Mark Babbitt and Bill Washburn (6/16/10)

June 16th, 2010 · Comments

Mark Babbitt YouTern

Mark Babbitt, Founder, YouTern.com

For those entering the workforce, internships are no longer optional.

In our “new” economy, 45% of young adults under 25 remain unemployed. And in 2010, 80% of graduates do not expect to have a job soon after graduation – up dramatically from just 49% the year before.

Without jobs waiting for them, students must plan their career paths years in advance – a career-relevant internship is the key to success. And for good reason: 9 out of 10 direct-from-college jobs will go to students with experiential education on their resumes.

At YouTern, we connect emerging talent to entrepreneurial driven companies through internships. With YouTern, intern candidates have a choice: the “coffee and copy” dash at large corporations... Or, the YouTern opportunity. To see more about YouTern, go to www.youtern.com.To see their initial launch press release, go to www.youtern.com/cm/press_release

Bill Washburn BMIC.org

Bill Washburn, Founder, Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative

The evolution of the mobile marketplace is transforming the mobile tech ecosystem around the globe. As we enter this new decade, what will follow is a period of unprecedented economic growth in mobile software.

Because of these developments, a group at Berkeley started pursuing a vision of enabling universities and mobile telephony companies around the globe to collaborate on tapping into the energy and enthusiasm of students by encouraging them to become mobile applications entrepreneurs. Mobile applications are a global phenomenon and they offer clear, real world incentives for students. These young people are poised to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, developers, technology leaders and visionaries. To make mobile applications innovation and entrepreneurship happen, the mobile industry needs to collaborate with and support mobile technology entrepreneurship in the curriculum and extra-curriculum of all of the world’s major universities. By attracting and inspiring students, there is a significant opportunity for universities and mobile companies across the globe to collaborate through innovation. To see more about BMIC, go to www.bmic.org

Tags: DefaultTag · business · innovation · iPhone Apps

Pilgrim Talks: Kristin Arnold and David Browning (6/09/10)

June 9th, 2010 · Comments


Kristin Arnold, Author, Speaker, President of QPC, Inc.

The first thing you notice about Kristin is that she is tall. 5′ 10″ to be precise.

You’ll also note her passion for helping others be more engaging and interactive in their presentations.  She’s a master facilitator as well as a professional speaker – and has done a ton of research about how to make a presentation more facilitative, engaging and interactive.

In her newest book, she shares over ninety different techniques you can use immediately in your next presentation.  These techniques will be your “springboard” for you to adapt the idea to your own presentation, rather than “adopt” the idea as your own.

For the last fifteen years, Kristin has been the President of QPC, Inc, focusing her energies on facilitating high stakes meetings, speaking to large groups about the power of teamwork, and training others to do what she does – building extraordinary teams at work. To learn more about Kristin and to see her book, Boring to Bravo, go to boringtobravo.com


David Browning, CEO

thinkASG grows your business through innovative IT strategy, implementation and support. But above all, our team is passionate about partnership. As a result, market-leaders in all areas of business have come to regard us as knowledgeable, dedicated and, ultimately, indispensable partners in growth. thinkASG provides the human drive to lead your next successful technology implementation.

thinkASG’s IT strategy, Green IT implementation, and information technology support experts take the time to understand your unique business and architect solutions to optimize your competitive advantage. From consultation and strategy, to implementation, and support, we help our partners face diverse IT challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

We solve problems. We invite you to explore our site and find out how we put The Human Drive to work for our customers. To learn more abou thinkASG, go to www.thinkasg.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Keith Pinter (6/2/10)

June 2nd, 2010 · Comments

CORE Development Services

Keith Pinter, Chairman

Core Development Services and its subsidiaries, Core Planning Services, Core Communication Services and Core Design Services, are highly experienced with regard to site acquisition, planning, and design. We’ve combined these services in order to provide a total solution that takes advantage of synergistic relationships, direct communication, and overall management of the project. In this way, we maintain total control and prevent any single aspect of the project from going over budget or running behind schedule.

Our specialty includes California’s complex zoning, planning, and entitlement processes. With a thorough working knowledge of California’s policies, politics, and laws, we avoid unnecessary delays. By investing time and energy to establish working relationships with key people, we can also streamline the approval process. This is partly why we’ve been hired to do more work than any other development firm in California, successfully managing more than a thousand land acquisition, permitting, entitlement, and design projects. In the words of our clients - “Core delivers.” For more about Core Development Services, see core.us.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Brad Caldwell (6/2/10)

June 2nd, 2010 · Comments

Integrated Media Systems

Brad Caldwell, CEO

Founded in 1986, Integrate Media Systems has built its nationwide reputation on a foundation of creative collaboration and technical expertise. Collaboration that allows architects, engineers and our diverse field of customers to push technology to its limits.

As a full service audiovisual design consulting company, IMS offers a full compliment of on site engineering and technical staff. State-of-the-art CAD systems to insure exacting system design and architectural renderings.

With current offices in both Northern California (Hayward) and Southern California, IMS also employs a skilled group of senior account consultants who understand the demands of today’s complex multi-media environments. From project concept through design, installation, maintenance and service, IMS consultants play an integral role in the success of each client relationship. To see more about IMS, go to www.imsav.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Joey Benadretti , Bob Juracka (5/26/10)

May 28th, 2010 · Comments


Joey Benadretti, CEO

Since its inception in 1978, SYSPRO has been delivering state-of-the-art business solutions to some of the world's leading companies. As a global leader in the production of world-class ERP software, the company now caters to the specialized needs of 14,000 licensed companies in more than 60 countries worldwide. SYSPRO is marketed globally through regional territory distribution centers and a global reseller network in the US, Canada, Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia and the UK.

SYSPRO is a fully integrated business software solution that provides complete control over the planning and management of all facets of business including accounting, manufacturing and distribution operations in a variety of industries.

For additional information on SYSPRO, call Stanley Goodrich at 714/437-1000 or go to www.syspro.com

XDimensional Technologies

Bob Juracka, President

XDimensional Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Brea, California, was founded in 1989 under the name of Fuher and Associates. Ever since, XDimensional Technologies has focused on providing products and consulting services that reduce friction and transaction costs associated with the distribution of insurance products.

XDimensional Technologies began by providing automation consulting and systems integration solutions to independent insurance agencies. In response to customer needs, it expanded its services to provide a full range of insurance management and operations consulting. As XDimensional Technologies identified areas of specific need, the company began to develop and integrate technologies designed to automate and streamline insurance operations. Not only did this include development services for software integration, but also for web design and Internet-related services.

Over the years, XDimensional Technologies' position as the premier insurance industry consultants has continued to expand as carriers, other intermediaries, and insurance industry associations have sought its expertise in resolving automation and operations issues common to all segments of the industry.

For more information on XDimensional Technologies go to: http://www.xdimensional.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Satnam Gambhir, Ken Burke (5/19/10)

May 20th, 2010 · Comments

Envision Financial Systems, Inc. Satnam Gambhir

Satnam Gambhir, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Design Officer

Satnam Gambhir is co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Design Officer of Envision Financial Systems. He is responsible for determining the strategic direction of the company and its products. Satnam has over two decades of experience in managing, designing and developing software applications. Prior to forming Envision, Satnam was Vice President of the Information Systems group for Analytic Investment Management. There he developed, implemented, and managed the transfer agent software used by four mutual funds. Previously, he designed and developed Computer Aided Design software for Advanced Micro Devices in Sunnyvale, CA.

Envision Financial Systems, Inc is a privately held corporation with headquarters in Irvine, California. Envision has offices in Owings Mills, Maryland and Bangalore, India providing client support and software development respectively. Envision was incorporated in 1994.

Envision provides real-time shareholder accounting and servicing technologies for mutual funds, asset managers, transfer agents and 529 program providers. Our products allow firms to increase efficiency and improve customer satisfaction, while enabling their emerging business needs. Using industry standard open technologies, along with a modular design, an intuitive interface and configurable rules, our clients are able to introduce new features, functions and product capabilities to the market faster, easier and more cost effectively.

Envision is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including First Place for the mutual fund industries Best Post Trade Implementation, First Place for Innovations in the SourceMedia Fund Operations Award, the Deloitte Fast 50 and the Software 500. The company and its executives are featured regularly in industry media, including Ignites, Money Management Executive and the NICSA conferences.

You can see more about Envision Financial Systems, Inc. at http://www.enfs.com

CMS Products BounceBack

Ken Burke, Chief Executive Officer

Established in 1983, CMS Products, Inc. is a leading innovator in data backup, encryption and security technology for business users and consumers. Their flagship ABSplus automatic backup and restore disaster recovery solution, powered by their award-winning BounceBack software, is sold in more than 90 countries. In addition to their extensive line of laptop hard drive upgrades, CMS offers a full suite of data security products for business powered by their CE-Secure data encryption software. Their data security product line includes the innovative ABS Secure encrypted portable backup solution as well as the VaultOTG encrypted flash drive.

By developing leading edge, easy-to-use products revolutionizing the notebook and desktop data backup/restore and storage industry, CMS Products has received global recognition because of its high quality, user-friendly product offerings.

CMS Products offers its products through enterprise, government agency and educational institutions, as well as SOHO, consumers through national and international distributors and resellers.

You can see more about CMS Products at: http://www.cmsproducts.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Evolution of IT Management in the New Economy, Dave Cunningham, 5/5/2010

May 6th, 2010 · Comments


Dave Cunningham, CEO

Dave Cunningham, CEO, talks about the evolution of IT management, how sales processes will change in digitized Internet economy, and the path for small business who want to leverage others' expertise.

In business since 1982, Dempsey Bluevar has been working with companies to integrate, manage, and protect their enterprise systems and information assets.  Beyond our expertise in strategic, technical, and project management, however, Dempsey Bluevar also brings a passion for extra-mile service to our clients.  As your technology partner, Dempsey Bluevar focuses on quality, efficiency and reduced cost of ownership to deliver the optimal technology platform for your organization.

Our Team Is Your Team Dempsey Bluevar professionals go beyond expert problem solving and customer support to work as an extension of your IT Support Department.  Our problem-solving approach begins with understanding your business objectives, IT strategies and desired results and ends with scalable solutions that serve as a foundation for your future growth.

To learn more about Dempsey Bluevar go to, www.dempseybluvar.com

See more about the future of IT Management: The Google-ization of Bechtel

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Pilgrim Talks: Sean Burns (5/05/10)

May 5th, 2010 · Comments


Sean Burns, President of ForceNation

ForceNation is a premier professional services firm and consultancy committed to help you build your future. They can assist your organization maximize your CRM investment to capture insight and intelligence like never before. Drawing on their groundbreaking research, functional experience, and I.T. expertise, ForceNation delivers insights and puts them into action. They help inspire the people that drive companies to explore otherwise unseen opportunities. With their broad reach across industries, functions, and geographies, they speak their clients' language. They live where they live. They understand their customer's business. To see more about ForceNation, go to www.forcenation.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Innovation in the Digital News Production Space, Fred Forcher, 4/28/2010

April 28th, 2010 · Comments

Fred Fourcher, President and CEO of Bitcentral.

Fred Fourcher is the Chairman and co-founder of Bitcentral. In 1980, he founded Miralite Communications, which became Bitcentral when the firm began focusing on digital file-based solutions. Mr. Fourcher led Miralite to design and build many large satellite networks worldwide. His vision of how satellite communications technology could be successfully applied resulted in Miralite becoming an industry leader in radio, television, and education distribution networks.

Recognizing the opportunity to provide worldwide voice and data services by satellite and fiber, in 1992 Mr. Fourcher also founded DirectNet Telecommunications, an international common carrier. He served as DirectNet's President from 1992 through 1994, during which time he implemented the Company's global network strategy. DirectNet's 1999 revenues were close to $90 million.

Mr. Fourcher is well positioned to leverage his unique industry experience in order to exploit new market opportunities for Bitcentral in the broadcast technologies industry.

Bitcentral (bitcentral.com) is a recognized innovator of news content production, distribution and aggregation solutions. For over 20 years, Bitcentral has demonstrated a unique ability to develop and deploy revolutionary technologies for leading content producers.

From building America's first IP-based satellite distribution network to deploying the country's most popular news production system in scores of newsrooms, Bitcentral has been trusted with engagements at major content-creation companies like CNN, CBS, NBC, Fox, Raycom Media, Belo, Media General and many more.  Led by industry veteran and technology evangelist, Fred Fourcher, and an experienced management team with decades of experience in news and technology, Bitcentral continues to transform the way news content is produced, delivered and consumed.

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Pilgrim Talks: Desiree Stimson, Cathy Nanadiego, Cary Facer, Robert McNider (4/14/10)

April 16th, 2010 · Comments

Desiree Stimson and Cathy Nanadiego

Since 1992, DSYL has been providing clients with creative and high-quality advertising, contemporary design and innovation. Every marketing tool created for a client is developed exclusively for them.

Effective advertising backed by sound research is a key element to our clients’ success. DSYL’s media expertise covers all disciplines and we have assembled and maintained the finest creative resources and business-savvy account managers available.

In almost 20 years, DSYL has helped many different companies brand and differentiate themselves from their competitors, giving them the edge to successfully meet and exceed their marketing objectives. With every successful project completion, DSYL takes that experience and learns from it, continually strengthening the amount of knowledge, resources and innovation we bring to the table. As we learn, we also strive to teach. Our goal is to educate as we create, in the hopes that our clients learn with us. This in turn increases the depth of our business relationships while generating high quality and most effective advertising.

You can contact Desiree at:

desiree stimson I magic maker
DSYL I advertising . public relations
108 E. amerige ave., fullerton, ca 92832
o: 714.446.1968 x208  •  c: 714.504.7217  •  f: 714.446.1977

Cary Facer and Robert McNider

Primary clients include owners of closely held businesses, professionals, contractors, and other affluent individuals.  Evaluate present financial positions, identify shortcomings in current financial planning, and recommend investment strategies to achieve desired objectives in light of tax and legal regulations.  Review and analyze areas of income tax planning, investments, fringe benefits, business continuity, and estate analysis.

You can contact Cary at:

Cary C.W. Facer Financial Services Professional CA Insurance License #0F84113 fmcfg.com/caryfacer.html

FMC Financial Group

4695 MacArthur Court, 10th Floor Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.612.1990 - Phone

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Pilgrim Talks: Eric Mandell, Bob Fair (3/24/10)

March 30th, 2010 · Comments

Eric Mandell

Eric Mandell is the Chief of the California Department to General Services’ Office of Small and Disabled Veterans Services and Communications and Outreach for the Procurement Division.  He also serves as the Department’s Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Advocate. In these capacities, Eric and his staff work to make certain that small and DVBE businesses get access to their share of state awarded contracts.

Eric has over 30 years in the fields of marketing, communications, advertising, and the media.  He has created award winning marketing efforts and campaigns for California’s Breast Cancer Awareness, Enterprise Zones, Military Base Reuse, and Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank programs, as well as Sacramento WORKS for Sacramento County.

Eric is a graduate of UC Davis.  He has worked in on air and in management positions in radio and television and also owns his own small business, ECM Communications.

Eric is discusses the Stimulus Funds Workshop #2 Webinar that will be held on April 28 from 9am to 12 noon. The Webinar host, Wayne Gross, will walk Orange County companies through the step-by-step process for suppliers to register with the State of California's eProcurement system. He will also show companies how to be certified as a Small Business, and he will show them how to use the eProcurement system to market a companies products and services to the State. To reserve your Webinar seat go to:


Bob Fair

Co-founders Jim Collins & Bob Fair discuss the role of the www.DVBEblog.com. Both Jim and Bob are certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises with the state of California.

The DVBEblog’s altruistic goals are to provide a mentoring environment with a communication forum/blog that provides an opportunity for many others in the business community to actively participate and or become sponsors in assisting DVBEs in succeeding. We are in the process of becoming a 501c(3) non-profit.

Jim and Bob met through the chat function of an online DVBE webinar sponsored by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, one of several state agencies who truly wish to work with DVBEs.

As an example of those in the business community, whom they met online at the webinar, Mark Wilson, expressed interest in helping the two of them establish the blog, even though he is not a veteran. They met Mark at the PIER Webinar and have been in communication with him many times in the past weeks. Mark is seeking qualified DVBEs whom he can work with on a regular basis.

DVBE Founders –

(1) Jim Collins of JC Write www.jcwrite.com

(2) Bob Fair of FairMed www.fairmed.com

DVBE Advisors –

(1) Mark Wilson

The DVBE Blog is:

· A resource for disabled vets wanting to get started in business and eventually get their DVBE certification so they can work with the state

· An information source for contacts in the State

· An information source for DVBE contracting news (legislative, upcoming contracts we may here about, contracting success stories…)

· A social hub where DVBEs can discuss their problems, concerns, and successes

· A source for training and other help (Once they get the grants they are looking for.)

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Pilgrim Talks: Doug Reitmeyer, Kevin Peithman (3/17/10)

March 18th, 2010 · Comments


Doug Reitmeyer, President

Federal Construction Consultant and Creator of BidTrakker

Over the last 35 years, Doug has completed more than 1,000 Federal Contracts worth over 1 Billion dollars, and he's making his expertise available to contractors and construction companies. He has a 90 day program to help people get registered for, find, win, complete, and get paid for their share of the Billions of dollars in Federal Construction Contracts. See more.

To learn more about Reitmeyer & Associates, go to reitmeyer.com

allied modular

Kevin Peithman, CEO

Allied Modular Building Systems

"Innovation Is Just One Step Ahead."--Feruzi Mwero

Allied Modular intends to help lead innovation in the modular building construction industry. Part of our leadership strategy is to (1) find, or develop, connections between the needs of our customers and the solutions we can offer, and (2) extensively research the questions of our audience and to answer as many of them as we can.

From Kevin's blog:

I recently spent some time with one of our customers who were making a change to one of their facilities. I asked him how the people were handling the change. His response was like many I’ve heard in the past. He said, “I don’t understand why people don’t want to change. I can’t figure out if they are lazy or just scared of what will happen.”

My response was very simple. . .Read More

To learn more about Allied Modular Building Systems, go to alliedmodular.com

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Pilgrim Talks: Andrea Waltz & Richard Fenton and David Swartz 3/10/10

March 11th, 2010 · Comments

Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton

Go for No

Everyone loves the sound of the word YES... it’s so positive, so empowering. And then there’s “NO!” For most people, NO is just the opposite: negative… draining… the antithesis of yes. But what if that could change?

What if you could achieve every quota… hit every income goal… and reach every personal dream… simply by changing the way you think, feel, and respond to hearing the word NO?

Well, you can.

When you hear the word, NO...

  • What does that "NO" mean to you?
  • How do you respond to it 'internally' in your mind (what you think)?
  • And how do you respond to it 'externally' in your behaviors and actions (what you do)?

Here's a simple fact: The relationship you have with the word NO… what you think and feel when you hear it, and what you do afterward as a result - whether you seek opportunities to hear NO again, or whether you run from them - is THE single most important factor in determining the level of success you will achieve in your life. Check out our Go for No! Breakthrough Package!

MEDL Mobile

David Swartz, visionary leader, CEO

MEDL Mobile

MEDL Mobile is a mobile application studio, built around a core team of seasoned marketers, serial entrepreneurs, veteran strategists and big idea lovers.

We see mobile application development as the single most exciting opportunity on the table today. We work with a diverse array of brands, companies, organizations and individuals to turn great ideas into powerful apps. What makes MEDL stand out is our ability to stand out. In a sea of hundreds of thousands of apps, ours break through.

If you've got an idea worthy of becoming a Shiny MEDL Object, click here.

If you've got an app on the store worthy of becoming a Shiny MEDL Object, click here.

To learn more about MEDL Mobile, go to medlmobile.com

If you'd like to hire MEDL to bring your app concept to life, click here.

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Pilgrim Talks: Sam Silverstein and Mark Franzen 3/3/10

March 9th, 2010 · Comments

Sam Silverstein

2008-2009 President, The National Speakers Association

Sam is a good friend. He has recently written and published No More Excuses. In our conversation he discusses the four things successful people are accountable for:

We are accountable to do the right things consistently We are accountable to manage our space We are accountable to manage the process We are accountable to establish the right expectations We are accountable to contribute to our relationships

Sam says: "Accountability is not a consequence. Accountability is your competitive advantage!™" NoMoreExcuses.me

No More ExcusesBuy the book from Amazon.

For information on Sam's keynote, No More Excuses® and complimentary articles visit Sam's web site: http://www.SamSilverstein.com Sam Silverstein Enterprises, Inc. 121 Bellington Ln, St. Louis, MO 63141 Phone 314.878.9252 • Fax 314.878.1970 • Toll Free 1-888-MOTIVATE

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Mark Franzen, CFO

MicroMedia Filtration

Mark is the CFO of Micro Media Filtration, designers and installers of The Micro Media Filtration Process. They are revolutionizing the process of wastewater treatment. In this interview Mark discusses the benefits the company's process brings to cities, counties, and wastewater treatment districts:

The process require minimal energy and backup power needs. There is no reject flow. Modular design allows maximum flexibility for all applications. Low operating and maintenance costs. Small footprint allows installation at existing sites.

For more information download their brochure or contact them:

Mark Franzen 21076 Bake Parkway, Suite 106 Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 293-2430 mfranzen@mmfwater.com

To learn more about M2 Renewables, go to m2renewables.com

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