The Man Behind the Broadcast: Norman Pattiz

Norman Pattiz, chairman of PodcastOne has launched a new program called “Beyond the Darkness”. “Beyond the Darkness is the newest program of Jericho Network. The program explores paranormal activity and will feature discussions with researchers and people experienced with paranormal encounters. Think you know everything about the paranormal? This show will prove otherwise as it delves into content about ghosts, angels, demons, aliens, monster encounters, mysteries and miracles. It is a show guaranteed to get your blood flowing! “Beyond the Darkness” will be hosted by renowned author and radio host Dave Schrader and radio producer/host Tim Dennis. Norman Pattiz explains that former WWE star Chris Jericho is one of PodcastOne’s “jewels”. Pattiz new that bringing Jericho onto PodcastOne would evolve past just wrestling as it did with “Beyond the Darkness”. Jericho has also brought comedians onto PodcastOne. PodcastOne has launched to success as the nation’s leading advertiser-supported podcast network. The network features over 200 different podcasts with big names hosting such as Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Austin, Dan Patrick and more! Before PodcastOne Norman Pattiz founded Westwood One which took off under his leadership. Westwood One became America’s largest radio network and provider of news, sports, entertainment, talk and traffic programming to the Broadcast Industry. Westwood One managed or distributed for some of the biggest networks during huge sporting events such as the Super Bowl and the Olympics (summer and winter), not to mention NCAA basketball’s “March Madness”. Adding to his portfolio, Norman Pattiz created Courtside Entertainment Group, a premier sports entertainment group founded on individualism and creativity. As if that isn’t enough, Pattiz was also appointed to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors of the United States of America by both presidents Clinton and Bush. Pattiz launched America’s Arabic language radio and television services to over 22 middle eastern countries. In Iran broadcasts reach over 40 million listeners. The Broadcasting Board also oversees broadcasting services such as “The Voice of America”, “Radio Free Europe”, and “Radio Liberty”. The over achiever has also won numerous awards such as the Distinguished Education Service Award, The Freedom of Speech Award, and some broadcaster of the year awards. This multi talented man is a force of nature that not many are capable of keeping up with. We should all strive to be more like Norman Pattiz as he strives to make the most out of everyday and it shows.

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Fabletics is Changing the Way People Shop

Actress Kate Hudson is the co-founder of Fabletics active wear. The actress is changing the way people shop by making a flexible VIP membership for Fabletics customers. Most companies who sell products online and in stores are worried about how other online companies like Amazon effect their sales. Fabletics is definitely not one of those companies.

 

When visiting the Fabletics website, customers are greeted by multiple models, including Kate Hudson, wearing various athletic outfits. Customers are offered the $10 first two-piece outfit deal when they become a VIP member with Fabletics. When signing up, customers have to take a short style quiz which asks what is their favorite way to get fit, where is their favorite place to work out at, which colors best match their style, which diagram best mirrors their body type, and their size preferences for tops, bottoms, and sport bras. Once becoming a Fabletics VIP member, customers can chose their first outfit. The company promotes their $10 intro price outfits the most when a VIP member first joins, but if the customer does not particularly like any of the $10 outfits there are $25 and $35 intro price outfits to pick from as well. VIP members get exclusive access to exclusive outfits and VIP members-only sale events. After the customer buys the $10, $25, or $35 intro price outfit and they are satisfied with their outfit and want to continue their membership, customers can shop for their outfit between the 1st and 5th of each month. If the customer decides that they want to pass on their outfit of the month, they can simply login onto the Fabletics website and say that they want to pass on that month and the customer will not be charged. If the customer does not want the outfit that month, but do not login and say that they want to pass on that outfit, the customer will still be charged for $49.95 that month, but will be able to use that as credit towards their next outfit purchase.

 

Fabletics is a growing company which is primarily focused on the Internet, but they are using a newer technique called the reverse showroom technique. Fabletics is tied to this technique in Paul Armstrong’s article “How Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Is Takinng On Amazon” for Forbes. Armstrong mentions in his article that Amazon controls 20 percent of the fashion e-commerce market. Fabletics General Manager Gregg Throgmartin thinks that the reason the company has had so much success over the few years the company has been in business is because of the membership model and providing quality personalized service. Fabletics is using the reverse showroom technique by luring customers online to become members, but the customers are then interested in the Fabletics stores. Around 50 percent of the people that shop in stores are already members, and 25 percent of in-store customers leave as members.

 

Fabletics is using a smart technique to provide customers with quality and personalized service while being accessible for the customers.

A Meeting Of The Minds On Traffic

 

On Thursday, December 15, 2016, a panel of experts in transportation met at the Williamson County Growth Summit. This was the 19th year of the Austin Business Journal’s event. The participants included Joseph Kopser (RideScout LLC founder), Leandre Johns (Uber’s Texas External Affairs Director), Jared Ficklin (ArgonDesign product designer), and Mike Heiligenstein (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director).

 

The focus of this summit was on the growth of suburban Austin communities and the need for transportation improvements.

 

Heiligenstein, who’s been part of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority since inception, oversaw his agency’s first project of 183A in Williamson County, where he served as public official for 23 prior to taking charge of the Mobility Authority. The Mobile Authority was created in 2002 as an independent government agency to serve the transportation system in the counties of Williamson and Travis. In addition to his work in this agency, Heiligenstein is President of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, is a member on the advisory board of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and is active on many other transportation-related committees.

 

During the panel discussion, Heiligenstein stressed the importance of increasing the efficiency of new and existing roads in the suburban Williamson County, especially with the influx of people coming into the area. While he believes driverless technology in the future can be great, he’s not too optimistic about it solving all the traffic issues. The main focus should be on road, bus, and traffic efficiency now, as the population is growing in the suburbs. Even with over 15 years of improvements to Williamson’s traffic infrastructure, a lot can still be improved to accommodate its growing number of citizens.

 

Ficklin, while more favorable of autonomous vehicles, agreed that it’s still necessary to improve the road infrastructure now, so the autonomous driving technology can also benefit from it in the future.

 

Johns of Uber added that commuters in the Austin region need that solution for getting on and off public transportation, and that’s where companies like his come into play. This should improve the overall efficiency of the commute for people who don’t solely depend on cars for their transportation needs. Johns said there’s the need to give the people options to make their daily commutes easier than imagined.

 

The discussion of Austin traffic held an emphasis for the importance of practical solutions for current times to pave the way for future technologies.

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New Brunswick Philanthropist Sam Boraie Helps Feed The Hungry Through Elijah’s Promise

The name Elijah’s Promise comes from a passage in the Hebrew Bible. The passage talks about God calling the prophet Elijah and asking him to stay with a widow at Zarephath during a famine. Elijah asks the widow for food, but she only has enough for one final meal. Elijah told her that if she shares food with him she will never lack food again. She does share, and her jar of flour stays full ever after. Elijah’s Promise, the New Brunswick, New Jersey nonprofit organization, developed their name from that bible passage.

Elijah’s Promise uses food as a tool to help the most vulnerable members of the New Jersey community on boraie.com. The organization operates a culinary arts school, catering business, soup kitchen and a pay-as-you-go café for low-income families and individuals. The volunteers and partners in the community serve more than 100,000 meals every year. The organization also trains unskilled workers for careers in the food industry.

Sam Boraie, one of the members of the well-known Boraie family of New Brunswick, decided that Elijah’s Promise needed him as much as he needed Elijah’s Promise. Sam didn’t need Elijah’s Promise because he was hungry or because he needed a new profession. Boraie needed to give back what the New Brunswick community has given him and his family over the last three decades. Sam needed to help Elijah’s Promise feed and train more people, so he donates his time and money to that organization. Boraie was asked to be on the Advisory Board because of his service and dedication to the community and he accepted. According to Sam, being part of the Elijah’s Promise family has been as rewarding as being part of his own family.

New Brunswick is known for being the home of Rutgers University and Johnson and Johnson, but the city is also the home of the State Theater. The New Brunswick State Theater was established in 1921. The Theatre developed a reputation as a “class act” because of its superb acoustics, opulent décor, live attractions, and cinematic features at http://www.njbiz.com/article/20141230/NJBIZ01/141239989/the-visionary-omar-boraie-has-seen-the-potential-of-new-brunswick-for-four-decades. In the early days, stars like Gary Cooper, Houdini, Bob Hope, Minnie Pearl, Bela Lugosi, Barbara Stanwyck, and Blackstone the Magician, visited the State Theater. Today, the State Theater is the state’s second-largest not-for-profit entertainment hall. More than 200,000 people visit every year. More than 30,000 teachers and students attend the performances and participate in outreach programs. That’s why Sam Boraie got involved with the State Theater. Sam is an education activist. His donations and his leadership role on the Board of Trustees helps enhance the education process.

Boraie Development LLC has done a lot for the city of New Brunswick in terms of urban development. Sam Boraie decided that he needed to do more than develop new office and condominium buildings. He wants to play an active role in educating and feeding the community that has been so good to him and his family. Omar Boraie was a business visionary. His mission was to rebuild New Brunswick. Sam Boraie is on a mission to give back and pay forward.