Blogger Socialites: Sponder, Starbucker, Thomas, Toad
March 21, 2008 2 Comments
Once again, blogging comrade-in-arms (and fellow North Jersey resident) CB Whittemore has come through with some introductory profiles for our fellow Blogger Social registrants (if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting CB yet, be sure you find her at the Social – she’s an absolute delight!).
Everyone in this group hails from right outside of NYC.
Marshall Sponder embodies a Renaissance man. Not only is he a Senior Web Analyst for Monster.com, author of two Web Analytics blogs – http://www.webmetricsguru.com/ and http://theanalyticsguru.com/ – and an art blog (http://www.artnewyorkcity.com covering the New York Art Scene), but he also paints (below is a small sample of one of his works!)
On top of that, Marshall is on the Board of Directors for social media at the Web Analytics Association and his committee is launching WAASOCIAL, a Social Network for the WAA and working on Social Media Standards with the IAB. Now, how can he have the time to attend Blogger Social? I don’t know, but I can’t wait to meet him.
Terry Starbucker – a founder of SOBCon and service company executive – embodies the philosophy of “Half-Fullism” – aka realistic optimism. In fact, his blog goes by the name of Ramblings From A Glass Half Full. Don’t you dare be half empty around him! Terry now lives on the East Coast, but he is a native Midwesterner and frequent trips back to the Rockies and and wide-open National Park spaces make for inspired writings and pictures – and, he even writes and records music.
If you still don’t fully grasp Terry, then take a look at his “Crash Davis Belief Statement”: “I believe in the incredible potential of the human spirit, the vast underappreciated beauty of the earth, my wife’s smile and the love that radiates from it, long hugs and soft kisses, weddings and butterflies, honesty and courage, incurable optimism, the men and women in the arena, movies that make me laugh and cry at the human condition, the Green Bay Packers, downward dogs, a fine hot grande latte, the warmness of friendship, the spirit of SOBCon, vanilla ice cream, Elton & Bernie, the Grand Tetons, common courtesy, melodies I can’t get out of my head, amazing grace, Mom & Dad & my two sisters, servant leadership, government above hypocrisy, the daily grind, deep cleansing breaths, the power of dreams, the incredible wisdom of my grandmother, E=MC², and God and the Golden Rule.”
Seni Thomas is Founder at Ad-Vocate, a conversation platform for students and youth to initiate a dialogue with marketers – essentially a location where students and young professionals might be exposed to cutting edge advertising and marketing ideas that, in Seni’s opinion, schools just aren’t offering. Pretty impressive. Even more so when you realize how much Seni has done in an extremely short period of time. You don’t believe me? You had better sit down.
Imagine being born in Tokyo, Japan, and then living throughout Southeast Asia before settling down on the island of Maui… where he founded a web development and computer repair company when he was only 14. At age 15, he has a quarter-life crisis – after a summer working 40 hours a week at Boeing R&D on Maui. So, he decides to pursue another passion: marketing. That’s when he opts to go to NYU’s Stern School of Business in New York City. Mind you, not the normal destination if you’ve been hanging loose in the land of Aloha.
Seni has launched alternate reality games, marketed ethnic fashion, even assisted in the launch of Verizon’s FiOS television service. Imagine what the future holds!
The delightfully anonymous, amphibian Tangerine Toad hangs out at The Toad Stool blog – his “frank-but-fair” view of advertising, marketing and Web 2.0. He describes it as “A place for advertising execs, marketers, PR professionals and interweb types to get together and learn from each other.” He definitely has opinions that make you reconsider… advertising, web 2.0, marketing. No wonder he has adopted a nom-de-blog!
In real life, he’s a New York based creative director who’s spent 20 years working at some of the best-known online and offline ad agencies. That means that he can legitimately speak both television and Web 2.0. Often in the same sentence. You will find the Toad in a multitude of virtual places… MarketingProfs, Twitter and now… at The Blogger Social!
Here’s the full list of Blogger Social registered attendees: