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The May Report: 3/28/2011: Four Square draws 120 as it holds birthday party at Digital Bootcamp, organized by Todor Krecu; Two bozos who registered but did not show up: David Dalka and Fred Hoch, but they were not missed!; Howerton has some sort of gig at Fox News but he doesn’t have the common sense or the regular cents to bring his own gadgets; Groupon adds 150,000 square feet at 303 E. Wacker; Dick Reck rakes it in as a board member; Thornton not far behind pocketing an extra $60K a year sitting on the board of Advanced Life Sciences; Melanie reviews six or more events she attended recently and Antonio Wells has some bones to pick; A sad and depressing story of doctors dumping their Medicare patients and moving toward a high income boutique practice with membership fees in many cases, ignoring years of loyalty from patients

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Scoop section:

– Groupon adds another 150,000 square feet of office space
– Howerton has a gig with Fox News Chicago as an expert on mobile issues, but he forgot to bring his gadgets with him
– Antonio Wells: AndroidTapp Gets bad treatment by Samsung- Welcome to life as a reporter!!!
– Getting back in the Groove! Some tech events I’ve attended recently, by Melanie Adcock
– UIC Digital Accessibility Expo, which will be held at the UIC Forum on April 11, 2011
– Fritz Golman: Please vote for a music video clip
– What a shock — NOT! Jerry Mitchell can’t even organize an MEF meeting in Wheaton at IIT
– Reader has some views on the state of health care and cancer
– Tuesday, April 12: IFS Customer Summit
– Monday, March 28: 7pm, Chicago Media-Marketing & Advertising Meetup Group
– Wednesday, April 6: The Chicago Mac Meetup Group: Bill Geraci will give a presentation on the History of the Interface
– QuesTek’s Ferrium C64 Alloy to be Applied by Bell Helicopter in U.S. Army FARDS Program
– Thursday, April 14: Learn about how you can leverage BlackBerry smartphones,
applications, accessories and software to help make your team and your
business more efficient, responsive and productive!
– Wednesday, March 30: EDC luncheon: China’s Economic and Business Environment Kok-Chi Tsim, Managing Director and Senior Relationship Executive, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
– Melanie Adcock: A Quick Update on Leigh Segall, former CMO at the SAVO Group — Dick Reck answers Ron’s question about his board compensation
– Reck does seem to have a good gig going sitting on boards!
– And on top of his $365K compensation from the Kansas Bioscience Authority, Tom Thornton pockets another $60K for sitting on the board of Advanced Life Sciences
– Miscellaneous notes from Mike Carruth, Charles Wu, Kevin Hogan, and Mike Rhodes
– Wednesday, March 30: Chicago Booth Marketing Roundtable CO-SPONSORED EVENT with CEO Roundtable – “How to Use the Power of New Technology to Drive Leads and Generate Sales”
– High-altitude balloon launch is Bloomington’s first, scientists say
– Editor’s note, by Ron May
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The Scoop section:
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Groupon adds another 150,000 square feet of office space

Meanwhile in the East Loop, fast-growing online coupon company Groupon added another 150,000 square feet at 303 E. Wacker Drive and extended its short-term lease through May 2012, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by the building’s owner.
Chicago-based Groupon, which first leased 46,115 square feet in November in the Illinois Center high-rise, now leases a total of 196,189 square feet there – about 23% of the office space in the 27-story building, according to the filing, made last month.

The company’s space now includes five full floors and parts of two additional floors. Groupon’s monthly rent for the space is $441,425.25, or $27 per square foot, according to the filing from the owner, an affiliate of Suburban Boston-based Franklin Street Properties Corp.

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Howerton has a gig with Fox News Chicago as an expert on mobile issues, but he forgot to bring his gadgets with him
Putting Tablets to the Test: iPad vs. Motorola Xoom
Updated: Thursday, 24 Mar 2011, 12:01 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 24 Mar 2011, 10:19 AM CDT

http://bit.ly/hwMXD7

By Kirsten Miller, FOX Chicago News

Tablet wars are heating up. If you’re in the market for one of these devices – which aren’t exactly laptops, and not exactly mobile devices either — you’ve now got a lot to choose from, between the iPad, the iPad 2, the Motorola Xoom, and the Samsung Galaxy, to name a few.

No matter which device you buy, it’s important to be mindful that they’re media-consumption devices, not necessarily work horses for word-processing. They’re excellent for watching video, listening to music, paging through books, newspapers and magazines, playing games and engaging in social media. They’re clunky when it comes to writing long e-mails or documents.

So what’s the difference between the devices? How do you know which one’s best for you?

Terry Howerton from the Illinois Technology Association joined us on Good Day Chicago with the iPad and the Xoom.

Howerton didn’t bring the iPad 2 on air, because, for show-and-tell purposes, it’s essentially the same as its older brother — with a few small upgrades: it’s faster, lighter, thinner and it has a front-facing camera.

He also said he had planned to bring the Galaxy, but decided he couldn’t recommend it to our viewers, because it’s running an older version of the Android operating system. He added that “there’s a later, greater version that’s on the market – and that’s the Motorola Xoom.”

If you don’t own a tablet device, chances are you’ve played with a friend’s, or at least seen one.

I fall into the don’t-own-one-but-have-tried-out-a-friend’s category.
I’ve been very non-committal about selecting and purchasing a tablet, because I know that once my credit card gets swiped, some better product will come to the marketplace.

But after playing with the iPad and the Xoom for an hour today, I’d say I’d pick the Xoom. (Full disclosure: I’m a Mac person. I own a PowerBook, an iPhone and three iPods. I also am no technological expert. I am simply coming to the table from the everyday consumer’s perspective.)

Here’s why:

Speed-wise, the two are essentially the same. I can download apps and cruise the web at about the same speed.

From an aesthetic perspective, the iPad wins hands down. (And the iPad 2 really takes the cake, because it has a neat magnetic cover that is removable and that puts the device to sleep when it’s closed.)

Both tablets are essentially the same weight. The iPad is slightly lighter, but it’s only a minor difference.

The Xoom’s screen is bigger. Its aspect ratio is 16:9 so your movies and other video will display quite nicely.

The Xoom allows for widgets on different pages, so you can essentially set up several “desktops” if you want to monitor different streams/social media programs for personal and business use.
Apps run in the background on both devices, but it’s easier to come back to a running app on the Xoom.

The Android Market has fewer Xoom apps available for download at this point than the Apple Store has for iPad; but it has the most popular ones, and it’ll only be a short while before it has the breadth of apps that its competition does.

The Xoom platform is “open,” so a variety of developers can come up with new apps and programs that will work for Droid’s new Honeycomb operating system. This also means that I can use Skype, Google Voice or any other video chat/conferencing I want.

You can use your iTunes music on the Xoom – when you started paying $1.29 instead of
$0.99 for songs, you started paying for this ability to listen to your music wherever you want.

The Xoom only comes with WiFi. The iPad is available with WiFi and 3G connection as well, so Apple wins that one.

If you want to dock your tablet to your computer or plug it into your HD-TV, you need USB and HDMI ports. You won’t find those on the iPad. Xoom wins that one.
So there you have it. I just might have to give the Android OS another look.

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Antonio Wells: AndroidTapp Gets bad treatment by Samsung- Welcome to life as a reporter!!!

Subject: AndroidTapp Gets bad treatment by Samsung- Welcome to life as a reporter!!!
Date: 3/25/2011 2:23:21 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: melanie_adcock@msn.com
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr, ronaldmay@aol.com

Ron, Our friend Antonio Wells at Android Tapp published a rant today trashing Samsung for their silly behavior. I don’t blame him. This sort of thing happens to us at The May Report a lot, too. I mean, really, who do they think they are for not allowing photos? What will they do next? Hold a conference and not allow anyone to register? -Melanie

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Samsung: no pictures and videos… Oh you’re press, Sorry [RANT]

Posted Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 8:17 am by Antonio Wells 1 Comments

I really want to let whoever the idiot(s) at Samsung who instructed staff at their pavilion at CTIA Wireless 2011 know it was a distasteful and unprofessional decision to not allow non-press attendees to take hands on pictures and videos of their consumer smartphone and tablet products.

The problem this created was for members of the press who, quote-unquote had the privilege; Samsung’s staff would rudely interrupt us snapping shots and taking vids for our audiences then look at our badge credentials. Only to offer an apology and allow us to continue. This completely ruined media assets.

One blogger told me how one of Samsung’s staff basically assaulted him by forcefully grabbing him by the neck badge and dragging him off the show floor; as if he was a dog! Thereafter looked at his badge, offered an apology and allowed him to continue. Personally, I would have pressed charges or used my right to self defense from being attacked in that situation.

I spoke among many other press and bloggers who experienced the same harassment and they all share the same disgust. I learned a long time ago that common sense is not common. I’m really baffled trying to rationale why would someone issue such a stupid command. Worst case scenario, what’s the damage non press folks can do in snapping and filming your products? Give you more coverage and brand recognition. Even if they catch bugs on film or completely trash talk your product, again, what harm on the global scale of your brand and sales would that affect? If anything it would balance out the organic nature of review for your products; as only all good praise reviews of a products seems like marketing versus organic.

If you agree or disagree with Samsung’s approach, let’s discuss it in the comments below.

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AndrewKam says:

March 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’ve experienced this twice. In the middle of recording, Samsung booth attendants stopped me from recording and then apologized when they saw my badge. It’s annoying and needs to stop.

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Getting back in the Groove! Some tech events I’ve attended recently, by Melanie Adcock

From: melanie_adcock@msn.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com; ron@192.168.1.100/tmr
Subject: Getting back in the Groove! Some tech events I’ve attended recently:
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:31:02 +0000
Getting back in the Groove! Some tech events I’ve attended recently:

By Melanie Adcock

After two operations last month I’ve been pretty out of it to say the least. Despite this, I have gone to as many events as I can recently and it’s helped lift my spirits and get me back in the groove. I regret not being able to attend the Lean Start Up Circle and Tech Pitch but hope to go them both next month. I heard their events were terrific as usual. Lots of great things are happening around Chicago and we’re only gearing up for what will be a networking packed spring and summer.

Here’s a quick run down of a few things I’ve attended recently and what was significant about them:

DrupalCon 2011

DrupalCon was a week long event at the beginning of this month which took place at the Sheraton hotel featuring lectures, training and an exhibit hall for all things Drupal. Drupal is an open source platform used for designing websites. Drupal has an international following among developers and if the nearly 3,000 people in attendance is any indication of its popularity, it’s likely to keep growing in use over the next few years. I was surprised by the intensity of this event and what little local attention it received. It was a major international tech event that took place right here in Chicago. We should be proud for our city. I loved the type of people I met. They were geeky in all of the most wonderful ways and not many people wore suits, there were a lot of creative thinkers and I heard mobile as a theme that kept popping up in conversations throughout the event. If you’d like to see what took place during the conference please visit http://chicago2011.drupal.org/

“Unleashing the Leader Within You”

This event featured a lecture by Tom Kuczmarski on March 14, 2011 from 5:30 – 8 pm at Boka Restaurant. Tom is one of the founders of the Chicago Innovation Awards. There were around 30 or 40 people in attendance at this event. It was an intimate gathering focused on leadership traits and Tom’s book called, “Apples are Square” Getting to spend an hour listening to someone so motivational was a real treat. My biggest take away from his talk was that the attributes of the new generation of leaders are all character traits traditionally considered female in nature: transparency, humility and collaboration to name a few. It’s about time someone figured that out. I was especially touched by Tom’s use of Lady Gaga’s song, “Born This Way,” as part of his presentation. To get informed about upcoming events that support or are related to the Chicago Innovation Awards please visit here: http://www.chicagoinnovationawards.com/events

CDMUG (Chicago Drupal Meet Up Group)

CDMUG met March 16 at Duo Consulting for a recap of the DrupalCon event. Around 50 people were in attendance and the discussion was lively and focused on what gems and nuggets of learning were uncovered at the DrupalCon Conference. Afterwards a few people went for drinks at Dick’s Last Resort. This is a great Meetup for anyone who’s into Drupal. To check out details on their April event please visit here: http://cdmug.org/

Roundtable: Future of Mobile in Media

March 19 at Digital Bootcamp a fine Saturday meeting took place with around 30 people to discuss important topics in the mobile industry. Several important and familiar faces were there and the big take away from the event was around the struggles media companies are experiencing and which industries we can expect to see die out in this decade due to mobile’s disruptive force on the establishment. It was so powerful they are doing it again this Saturday. Join their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Mobile-Media/134170699989502 and for info on the next Saturday meeting visit here: http://futureofmobile032011.eventbrite.com/

Mobile Monday (MoMo) Chicago Leveraging the Cloud in Mobile App Development – A Panel Discussion

This month’s MoMo meeting took place March 21 at the MorningStar office. The panel featured Chris Balcer from Slalom Consulting, Mark Ferry from Roundarch, Tom Gersic from Model Metrics, Jeff Judge from Signal, and Jonathan Ozeran from Lextech. All of these companies are hiring mobile developers. Wow! The discussion centered around Cloud computing and the challenges with data security and cross platform development in mobile. There were around 60 people in attendance. The best way to keep in touch with MoMo these days is through their meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/momo-chicago/events/16565564/

FoursquareTM Birthday Party

On March 23 Chicago Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing Groups hosted a terrific party for Foursquare’s second birthday at Digital Bootcamp. I must give props to Todor Krecu who did a lot of the work to gather sponsors and coordinate this event. He’s not the type who likes a lot of attention but he deserves it. Great job! The event quickly swelled in attendance and popularity to get over 120 people to attend. Speakers talked about what their companies were doing with social media while attendees chowed down on Wow Bow’s superb hot Asian Buns, Eli’s sinful cheesecake, Domino’s terrific pizza, tasty snacks from PopChips, and Crumb’s Bakeshop over the top cupcakes. I mention these companies because I’ve never seen better event organization and someone who went out of their way to get as many sponsors for an event. It was very well done. I was the one handing out cupcakes to people during the presentations. Ron told me if I had to collect 30 business cards or else. I got 32. It was so fun! Check out these site to be in the know about future events from this group: http://www.chicago-social-marketing.com/

Springtime is here and I’m looking forward to attending the next Mobile Roundtable event at Digital Bootcamp tomorrow http://futureofmobile032011.eventbrite.com/ as well as the Bricks + Mobile Conference http://www.remodista.com/bricks-mobile-2011/ and Tech Cocktail http://techcocktailchicago2011.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn next week. Hope to see you all there! I’ve got to get some more business cards, LOL! :-)

-Melanie

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UIC Digital Accessibility Expo, which will be held at the UIC Forum on April 11, 2011
From: Charles Stack , MPH
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:53:37 -0500
To: “ron@192.168.1.100/tmr”
Conversation: UIC Digital Accessibility Expo
Subject: UIC Digital Accessibility Expo

Ron, I just received information about the UIC Digital Accessibility Expo,
which will be held at the UIC Forum on April 11, 2011.

Please see: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/oaa/disability_resources/dae2011/

This event is cosponsored by UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, who is a
wonderful advocate for the disabled on campus and nationally.

One of the keynote speakers is Mr. Daniel Hubbell, “Accessibility Technical
Evangelist for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing division.” I hadn’t heard
of this division before!

Your readers may be interested in this, as there will be presentations and
expositions. Hope you are feeling better, take care, Chuck

Charles R. Stack, MPH
Vice President
Constant Compliance Inc.
140 South Dearborn Street
Suite 411
Chicago, Illinois 60603 USA

Website: http://www.2Ci.com/

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Fritz Golman: Please vote for a music video clip

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Hi Ron,

I’d appreciate if your readers would take a look at the music video my son, Lorne, produced and vote for it.

He has entered it into a competition that Sony is sponsoring and the grand prize is a $23,000 Sony PMW-F3 camera.
Here is the link:

http://t.co/gRbty3W Search for the name “David Campbell” (who is the musician).

The backstory on this is it was shot completely in Bloomington, Indiana (where he’s a junior majoring in Broadcast Communications at Indiana University), all with students of the University as crew, editors, etc. He even got a “jib arm” (a type of camera crane) for the shoot along with a generator, etc, that you would see on a big movie. As you’ll see, the production is extremely professional.

Enjoy the video … and as they say here in Chicago, vote early and often ;-)

Thanks!

Fritz Golman
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What a shock — NOT! Jerry Mitchell can’t even organize an MEF meeting in Wheaton at IIT

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Several of our panelist have had to cancel their appearance at our meeting
on Tuesdays March 29th. As this occurred we have been able to replace them
so we have to cancel this meeting. We regret this unfortunate situation. To
make up for this we will extend to our members a two month extension to
their membership.

Again please accept our apology for any inconvenience this has caused.We
look forward to seeing you nextmonth.

Jerry R. Mitchell
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Reader has some views on the state of health care and cancer

put this in your newsletter – i dare you

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Hello Ron,

The sad news of Jim Tyree should not pass without
a proper response and reflection on how ineffective our
western medicine system is to actually curing people.

Your reader, Dave McMurray, gave a typical brainwashed response
to the tragedy:

“Cancer really sucks.”

You see, the problem with that comment is that it’s missing the point.
Our medical system really sucks and almost all of us are completely
brainwashed by tv commercials and tv shows that it’s the best in the world.

There are many cures for cancer using natural remedies but you won’t
hear about them because they are not profitable and your doctor can’t
recommend them or he/she will have their license taken away.

Plus, statistics show that hospital mistakes and “complications” are
the third leading cause of death in America, estimates from
100,000 to 225,000 people die each year,
right behind heart disease and cancer.

Let’s put it a different way:

If a Jumbo Jet crashed and killed 280 people everyday… 365 days a year…
year after year… would you be concerned about flying?

Um, probably! In fact, I probably wouldn’t fly at all.

And, that’s what I’ve done with the western medical system we have,
I don’t participate at all.

If I ever get sick, I’ll go to Chinese natural medicine doctor or many
of the other doctors curing cancer with natural remedies. Emergency
medicine is of course an exception, and arguing from extremes is weak.

Don’t believe me? Do your own research. If you don’t, then
it could cost you your life. The cancer industry refuses to accept
new disruptive technologies (natural, low cost cures) and so they
must keep beating the drum of how great their toxic poisons are
and how many people are surviving (except for the fact that they
redefined a “survivor” as someone still alive after 5 years – die
at 5 years, 2 months and you’re still considered a survivor!).

Plus, the industry makes up almost 20% of our economy. So,
we either have a major shift and the industry is slowly eliminated
by an increasingly skeptical and informed public, or we’ll continue
to throw our hands up and say “cancer really sucks” and there’s
nothing we can do about it! It’s a war, choose your side.

The solution: quietly withdraw from the western medicine system
of drugs, surgery, and unnecessary treatments. Embrace natural
remedies that help the body heal. The industry needs to be
eliminated or drastically reduced, kind of like typewriters
and stagecoaches, we just don’t need them anymore.

Good Day!

Larry
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Tuesday, April 12: IFS Customer Summit

IFS Customer Summit
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Ron-

It was good to talk with you this afternoon, here is the IFS Customer Summit advisory. As part of our media outreach, IFS North America is offering you a short conference call briefing to give you overview of the customer summit and IFS North America as a whole. Please let me know a day and time that would work for you in the next few days.

All the best,

Scott Becher
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Ron-

We would like to give you a briefing on the customer summit and IFS as a whole to better assist you. Please tell me what day and time would work for you.

Scott Becher

on behalf of IFS North America

“FACEBOOK IN THE FACTORY”

Social media functionality is coming to ERP – see it first hand at the IFS North America Customer Summit

WHAT: Exclusive look at current and future enterprise 2.0/Social Media functionality in ERP and other enterprise software.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

WHERE: Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd.
Itasca, Illinois

CONTACT: Chuck Rathmann, IFS North America, chuck.rathmann@ifsworld.com, 414.526.0392 cell

Scott Becher, Becher Group, scott@bechergroup.com, 608.838.9115 direct

Social media functionality is finding its way into perhaps the most conservative and staid technology … enterprise resource planning (ERP) used to run large enterprises. In these two sessions at the IFS North America Customer Summit, you will see the current state of the art – social media or “Enterprise 2.0″ functionality that is currently ready for deployment – as well as a preview of future developments that will continue to change the way we work.

Two sessions at the IFS North America user conference will provide an exclusive look at the current state of the art in Enterprise 2.0 and the next wave of functionality that will in the months ahead. These sessions are must-covers for those writing about technology, the influence of social media on society, enterprise software, futurism or manufacturing.

BREAKOUT SESSION

2:13-3:00 p.m. IFS LABS – Social Media Functionality in IFS Applications

IFS Labs is a research unit within IFS Research & Development that explores new areas of functionality, using new technology to create cutting edge business applications. In this session we will guide you through some of the projects currently ready for deployment, focused around social computing, user experience, and mobile workforce.

David Andersson, Director, IFS Labs

Dan Matthews, Chief Technology Officer, IFS

~ INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY WITH IFS EXPERTS ~

GENERAL SESSION

3:30-4:30 p.m. – WHAT’S NEXT FOR IFS APPLICATIONS

While the earlier breakout session reviews enterprise 2.0 software functionality that currently exists, this general session takes a look into the immediate future of IFS Applications. How will we work in the future?

Dan Matthews, Chief Technology Officer, IFS

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Monday, March 28: 7pm, Chicago Media-Marketing & Advertising Meetup Group

Subject: Chicago Media-Marketing & Advertising Meetup Group
Date: 3/27/2011 1:46:17 P.M. Central Daylight Time
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Technology meet Marketing, Marketing meet Technology
Chicago Media-Marketing & Advertising Meetup Group

http://www.meetup.com/chicagomarketing/events/16273042/?a=md1p_yes&rv=md1p

Monday, March 28, 2011
7:00 PM

SELECTED BY: ANSON WU
Illinois Technology Association
200 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, IL

SELECTED BY: CHANTAL TARDIF
11 Media & Marketing Professionals going
Brad Gerstein added this Meetup on Nov 4, 2010
Panel Discussion on how Advertising/Marketing and Mobile/Web Technology firms can partner together to deliver great results for their clients. Some points for discussion:

? Staing focused on what your company does best while expanding the services you can offer your clients
? Learn how to speak each others lingua franca
? How best to team up on pitches, proposals, getting projects done

Talk about this Meetup

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Wednesday, April 6: The Chicago Mac Meetup Group: Bill Geraci will give a presentation on the History of the Interface

Subject: The Chicago Mac Meetup Group
Date: 3/27/2011 1:42:27 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: melanie_adcock@msn.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com, ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

The Chicago Mac Meetup Group
Bill Geraci will give a presentation on the History of the Interface

http://www.meetup.com/mac-238/events/17073752/?a=mc1_lnm&rv=mc1

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
7:00 PM

SELECTED BY: RUSS CONTE
Digital Bootcamp
25 West Hubbard Chicago, IL

SELECTED BY: RUSS CONTE
1 Mac Fanatics & Developers going
russ conte (Organizer) added this Meetup on Mar 27, 2011
Who’s hosting? russ conte

How to find us: 2nd Floor

I am pleased to announce that Bill Geraci will be our guest speaker on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Here is Bill’s summary of the topic: A History of the Interface Pliers? Have you ever needed to use a pair of pliers to switch programs on your computer? There was a time…when that’s exactly what you needed! And do you know how the Modal Interface has allowed computer users to become real people, not specialists? Come hear a review of the history of The Interface–how we have interacted with computers over the years. And some speculation on how we will be connected in the future…. The Chicago Apple User Group presents Bill Geraci A History of the Interface 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011 25 West Hubbard, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60654 Bill is a very engaging speaker who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his presentations. They consistently receive outstanding feedback from our members. The event is open to the public, everyone is encouraged to attend and bring friends. Remember to RSVP. I look forward to seeing many of you at the event! Sincerely, Russ Conte Group Coordinator Chicago Mac Meetup
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QuesTek’s Ferrium C64 Alloy to be Applied by Bell Helicopter in U.S. Army FARDS Program

Subject: News Release – QuesTek’s Ferrium C64 Alloy to be Applied by Bell Helicopter in U.S. Army FARDS Program
Date: 3/15/2011 1:21:54 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: rkooy@questek.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com, ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

Hi Ron,

This news today from QuesTek Innovations LLC may interest you and your readers.

The webpage http://www.questek.com/ferrium-c64.html provides additional information about Ferrium® C64™.

Cheers,

Rich

Rich Kooy, P.E.
Director of Sales and Marketing
QuesTek Innovations LLC
1820 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL USA 60201
Office Tel 847-425-8213 | Cell 847-528-5016
rkooy@questek.com | www.questek.com

QUESTEK’S FERRIUM® C64™ ALLOY TO BE APPLIED

BY BELL HELICOPTER IN U.S. ARMY FARDS PROGRAM

Ferrium C64 Expected to Reduce Helicopter Gearbox Weight, Increase Durability,

Improve High-Temperature Performance, and Provide Manufacturing Benefits

EVANSTON, IL, Mar. 15, 2011 – QuesTek Innovations LLC has been awarded a subcontract from Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company, to jointly evaluate the application of QuesTek-designed Ferrium® C64™ steel for helicopter gears. This subcontract is part of the $30 million Technology Investment Agreement awarded to Bell by the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate to develop state-of-the-art drive system technology under the Army’s Future Advanced Rotorcraft Drive System (FARDS) program, as announced by Bell on November 8, 2010.

The FARDS program is targeting a 55 percent improvement in power-to-weight ratio, a 35 percent reduction in production, operating and support costs, and other improvements in drive systems for the U.S. Army’s Current/Future fleet of rotorcraft and for commercial rotorcraft. The application of C64 can contribute to these goals because its ultimate tensile strength is about 35 percent greater than that of incumbent alloy Pyrowear® 53 (“X53″). C64 is also able to be case hardened up to about 64 Rockwell C, leading to improved durability. The combination of increased strength and high hardness of C64 can improve gearbox life and power-to-weight ratio. The high thermal stability of C64 is also expected to improve “oil-out” survivability, and may reduce the size and weight of auxiliary gearbox cooling systems.

QuesTek will work closely with Bell to further develop the thermal processing and finishing processes of C64 to optimize the combination of strength and hardness in the gear case and core. Manufacturing cost savings will also be assessed, since manufacturing processes for C64 can be significantly simplified over incumbent options.

Latrobe Specialty Steel Company of Latrobe, PA, USA produces and sells C64 under license from QuesTek. Applications for C64 beyond rotorcraft gear assemblies include integral drive shafts and power transmission components in high-temperature, high-performance, or weight/space-sensitive applications.

Charlie Kuehmann, President and CEO of QuesTek, commented: “We thank Bell Helicopter and the Army for this opportunity to apply Ferrium C64 to improve the performance, economy, capacity and durability of demanding rotorcraft platforms. We also thank NAVAIR, the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command, for their guidance and financial support during earlier STTR Phase I and Phase II projects under which we computationally designed C64.”

This research was partially funded by the Government under Agreement No. W911W6-10-2-0007. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate or the U.S. Government.

ABOUT QUESTEK

QuesTek Innovations LLC (www.questek.com) is a global leader in computational materials design. QuesTek uses its proprietary Materials by Design® expertise to rapidly develop new materials that reduce capital, processing, operating or maintenance costs, or improve environmental protection or competitive supply. QuesTek has been highlighted in many leading business and technical publications, and has more than 30 patents awarded or pending worldwide. For more information, contact Rich Kooy at 1-847-425-8213 or rkooy@questek.com.
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Thursday, April 14: Learn about how you can leverage BlackBerry smartphones,
applications, accessories and software to help make your team and your
business more efficient, responsive and productive!

Subject: 4/14 event for May Report consideration
Date: 3/25/2011 9:05:34 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: nancy_tubbs@FullCalendar.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com, melanie_adcock@msn.com

Hi Ron and Melanie,

Here’s an event for consideration for The May Report.

Thanks very much,
Nancy Tubbs
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BlackBerry presents:

BlackBerry Business Seminar – RSVP Today!

DATE/TIME:
Thursday, April 14th, 8:00 am to 11:45 am

LOCATION:
The Westin Chicago
909 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL, 60611

COST/REGISTRATION:
Free.

http://www.startandgrowwithblackberry.com

MORE INFO:
Website: http://www.startandgrowwithblackberry.com

DESCRIPTION:
Thinking about starting a new business? Looking to grow your existing
business?

The BlackBerry product portfolio can help you along the way.

Come join us to learn about how you can leverage BlackBerry smartphones,
applications, accessories and software to help make your team and your
business more efficient, responsive and productive!

For seminar information and to RSVP click the link below.

www.startandgrowwithblackberry.com

*Space is limited

Schedule
8:00am – 8:30am – Registration and Breakfast
8:30am – 8:45am – Welcome
8:45am – 9:45am – Leveraging BlackBerry Solutions for Small Business
9:45am – 10:45am – Small Business Social Media Guest Speaker
10:45am – 11:45am – Networking Session
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Wednesday, March 30: EDC luncheon: China’s Economic and Business Environment Kok-Chi Tsim, Managing Director and Senior Relationship Executive, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

China’s Economic and Business Environment. Learn about the internationalization of the Renminbi (China’s currency) and how it will impact the way U.S. companies do business in China from Kok-Chi Tsim, Managing Director, Senior Relationship Executive, and head of the China Advisory Service at JPMorgan Chase Bank. 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Wednesday, March 30, at The Tower Club, 39th floor, 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago.

http://www.edcchicago.org/

Events – Upcoming Events
China’s Economic and Business Environment Kok-Chi Tsim, Managing Director and Senior Relationship Executive
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 , Noon
The Tower Club, 20 North Wacker Drive – 39th Floor
Chicago, Illinois

What is the economic and business environment in China currently? What are the major trends and development in China and what is their impact on Midwest companies? What is the internationalization of the Renmimbi ( China ‘s currency) and how will it impact on the way the U.S. companies do business in China ? What is the impact on global financial markets? In China ‘s overseas direct investments, what are they looking for and what are the implications for the Midwest ?

These are questions to be addressed by Kok-Chi Tsim, who is the Managing Director and Senior Relationship Executive at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. He is responsible for marketing JPMorgan Chase Bank’s international capabilities to the Bank’s commercial banking clients in the U.S. and he also heads the Bank’s China Advisory Service.

Kok-Chi began his banking career 30 years ago when he joined NBD Bank as a Loan Officer Trainee. He served assignments in Detroit and Toronto and was appointed Chief Representative of NBD ‘s Southeast Asian Regional Office in Hong Kong in 1983. He was responsible for the Bank’s correspondent banking and corporate banking relationships in China , Taiwan , Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent. In 1987 he set up and managed NBD ‘s wholly owned finance company subsidiary in Hong Kong , which was subsequently converted into NBD ‘s Hong Kong Branch. Kok-Chi returned to the U.S. in 1995 and worked at First Chicago NBD ‘s office in Chicago as a Senior Banker. This included assignments in the Foreign Corporate Group, the International Business Development Group and the Global Trade Services Division. He became Bank One’s Country Head for China in 2001. Before returning to Chicago to take up his current position in August of 2004, Kok-Chi served as General Manager of Bank One’s Beijing Branch.

Kok-Chi grew up in Hong Kong . He received a Bachelor of Music degree and an MBA in International Business and Finance from the University of Michigan .

The luncheon is at noon at the Tower Club, 39th floor, 20 North Wacker Drive , Chicago . The cost of the lunch and program is $40 for EDC members and $65 for non-members. There is no charge for EDC Corporate and Sustaining Members.

Reservations are mandatory and can be made by prepaying online (www.EDCChicago.org), by calling the EDC at (773) 279-8787 or emailing Kathleen Matuszewich at edcchicago@ameritech.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Melanie Adcock: A Quick Update on Leigh Segall, former CMO at the SAVO Group

Subject: A Quick Update on Leigh Segall, former CMO at the SAVO Group
Date: 3/26/2011 12:06:15 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: melanie_adcock@msn.com
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr, ronaldmay@aol.com

A Quick Update on Leigh Segall, former CMO at the SAVO Group

A few months ago I reported that Leigh Segall, former CMO at the SAVO Group had left SAVO after I’d heard the info from several people and confirmed it. I thought the readers would be interested in learning what she is doing now according to her Linkedin Profile:

Principal
Accelerated Market Strategies
Marketing and Advertising industry
February 2011 – Present (2 months)

Senior Strategist
Leapfrog Online
Privately Held; Marketing and Advertising industry
February 2011 – Present (2 months)

I wish more people would write in when they change jobs and tell us what their experience is like. I think people like to know about this sort of thing and it makes for interesting reading.
Have you recently changed jobs or changed directions? Have you set a new business goal? We would like to know about it. Please send it in to us at melanie_adcock@msn.com and ronaldmay@aol.com

Melanie Adcock
Assistant Editor of The May Report
312-259-0610 melanie_adcock@msn.com
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Dick Reck answers Ron’s question about his board compensation

Subject: RE: Dick, just curious, are you getting $50K a year too for board service on ALS?
Date: 3/27/2011 5:10:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: dick@rreck.com
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Ron – the compensation of directors for public companies is published in the proxy statement each year.

Some companies pay cash, some options, some restricted stock, some a combination of these items. Additionally, some companies pay other benefits, such as health insurance and provide other benefits.

The disclosures in the proxy statements include all of these items, however, many of these items are not paid in cash and the method used for computing the compensation expense for stock options, for example are both theoretically and factually erroneous. Nonetheless, the computation method and the disclosures are required so that the shareholders are provided the information so they may make informed decisions regarding the compensation of their executives, as well as their board of directors.

To respond to your direct inquiry, in addition to the directors’ stipend at ALS, I receive a small additional stipend for serving as the chair of the audit committee. For 2010, the amount paid was far less than $50,000 for each director for a number of reasons. This information will soon be filed with the SEC and you will be able to find it on EDGAR.

Dick Reck

Business Strategy Advisors LLC
BSA Heartsfield
BSA Management
128 Hillcrest Avenue
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
312-307-8030
425-740-0987 Fax
dick@rreck.com
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Reck does seem to have a good gig going sitting on boards!

Subject: Reck’s raking it in. No wonder he can ski. You’re better sitting on boards!
Date: 3/27/2011 4:36:04 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: RONALDMAY@aol.com
To: bob@vcbob.com
CC: dick@rreck.com, sglickson@mcguirewoods.com, tlc@midwestvp.com, ecarnahan@me.com, mccall@newworldvc.com, jbp@newworldvc.com, ronaldmay@aol.com

http://people.forbes.com/profile/richard-a-reck/1567

Richard A. Reck
Director
Merge Healthcare, Inc.
Hartland , WI
Sector: TECHNOLOGY / Healthcare Information Services

Director , Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.
Woodridge , IL
Sector: HEALTHCARE / Biotechnology

Director , Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
Indianapolis , IN
Sector: TECHNOLOGY / Business Software & Services

60 Years Old
Richard A. Reck is the president of Business Strategy Advisors LLC, a business strategy consulting firm, and has served in such capacity since August 2002. Mr. Reck joined the certified public accounting firm of KPMG LLP in June 1973 and remained employed there until his retirement as a partner in July 2002. He currently serves on the boards of Interactive Intelligence, Inc., a publicly held software company, and Advanced Life Sciences Holdings Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company, as well as the boards of several private and not-for-profit entities. Mr. Reck is a certified public accountant and holds a B.A. in Mathematics from DePauw University and an M.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Michigan. Mr. Reck has served as a Director of our Board since April 2003.

Director Compensation (Merge Healthcare, Inc.) for 2008
Fees earned or paid in cash $20,500.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $40,214.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $60,714.00

Director Compensation (Merge Healthcare, Inc.) for 2007
Fees earned or paid in cash $76,875.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $33,932.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $110,807.00

Director Compensation (Merge Healthcare, Inc.) for 2006
Fees earned or paid in cash $81,750.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $49,650.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $131,400.00

Director Compensation (Merge Healthcare, Inc.) for 2005
Fees earned or paid in cash $24,500.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $27,000.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $51,500.00

Director Compensation (Interactive Intelligence, Inc.) for 2009
Fees earned or paid in cash $41,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $49,282.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $90,282.00

Director Compensation (Interactive Intelligence, Inc.) for 2008
Fees earned or paid in cash $37,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $43,701.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $80,701.00

Director Compensation (Interactive Intelligence, Inc.) for 2007
Fees earned or paid in cash $38,250.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $26,664.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $64,914.00

Director Compensation (Interactive Intelligence, Inc.) for 2006
Fees earned or paid in cash $17,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $57,514.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $74,514.00

Director Compensation (Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.) for 2008
Fees earned or paid in cash $55,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $10,943.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $65,943.00

Director Compensation (Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.) for 2007
Fees earned or paid in cash $55,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $11,032.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $66,032.00

Director Compensation (Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.) for 2006
Fees earned or paid in cash $55,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $25,333.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $80,333.00

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And on top of his $365K compensation from the Kansas Bioscience Authority, Tom Thornton pockets another $60K for sitting on the board of Advanced Life Sciences

http://people.forbes.com/profile/thomas-v-thornton/1575

Thomas V. Thornton
Director
Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.
Woodridge , IL
Sector: HEALTHCARE / Biotechnology

44 Years Old
Thomas V. Thornton, 44, joined our board of directors in June 2001. Mr. Thornton is a successful early-stage venture capital investor and recognized leader in the development of public/private technology development initiatives. Mr. Thornton is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, one of the nation’s largest bioscience development funds. From January 2005 to October 2006, Mr. Thornton was the President of the Illinois Technology Development Alliance, a public/private partnership established to strengthen Illinois’ economy through science and technology. From July 2001 to March 2002, Mr. Thornton was the Senior Vice President?Midwest Region for Convergent Technology Group, a mergers and acquisitions advisory services firm. From October 1999 to May 2001, Mr. Thornton was the Managing Partner for divine interVentures, Inc., a service and software company, and led seed- and early-stage venture investing teams that managed over $120 million and contributed to divine interVenture’s initial public offering. Mr. Thornton received a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Thornton provides exceptional knowledge and advice on capital markets, financing and government revenue streams, and development strategies of technology-based companies.

Director Compensation (Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.) for 2009
Fees earned or paid in cash $50,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $3,136.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $53,136.00

Director Compensation (Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.) for 2008
Fees earned or paid in cash $50,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $10,216.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $60,216.00

Director Compensation (Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.) for 2007
Fees earned or paid in cash $50,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $11,032.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $61,032.00

Director Compensation (Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc.) for 2006
Fees earned or paid in cash $50,000.00
Stock awards $0.00
Option awards (in $) $0.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nondisqualified compensation earnings $0.00
All other compensation $0.00
Total Compensation $50,000.00

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Miscellaneous notes from Mike Carruth, Charles Wu, Kevin Hogan, and Mike Rhodes

Subject: Re: There was a party for Four Square tonight which drew 120 at Digital Bootcamp
Date: 3/23/2011 11:23:49 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: mike@fiodan.com
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

That’s great news. Glad to hear it!

Hope you are doing well, Ron. I know you were in the hospital lately, and you were in my thoughts during that time.

As far removed as I am from the Chicago tech scene at the moment, I still religiously consume TMR.

Thanks for getting in touch!

Best,

M
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Subject: RE: Charles, how are things going with your $11MM broadband grant??
Date: 3/24/2011 7:04:44 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: cwu@cticonnect.com
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Fine

As a privately-held company with no outside investors other than owner sweat equity, we generally don’t comment on specific tactics and/or strategy related to corporate initiatives currently underway; in regards to ARRA, we have established a public web site for you to find out what’s going on with us at http://www.cticonnect.com/arra/

Also, Raman from DePaul did a nice article on us a few weeks back: http://bit.ly/f3SoKH

-Charles

From: RONALDMAY@aol.com [mailto:RONALDMAY@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 1:38 PM
To: Charles Wu
Cc: ronaldmay@aol.com
Subject: Charles, how are things going with your $11MM broadband grant??
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Subject: RE: Kevin, you’ve been on the TMR list since July 16, 2006. Another address?
Date: 3/23/2011 3:07:38 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: kevin.hogan@comproexec.com
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com
CC: mgrossman@exacttarget.com

Ron–Meant to send this to you and ccMG! I have not received an e-copy of TMR in a long time, that’s why I re-signed up. Though many of my associates pretend that they have other scoop sources, I always recognize went it has the May touch. So I went up to your sight and sure enough, his story about Weinstien ‘out’ and ‘Willer’ in at CEC jived. Thanx!–Kevin

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Subject: Kevin, you’ve been on the TMR list since July 16, 2006.
Another address?
From: RONALDMAY@aol.com
Date: Wed, March 23, 2011 11:21 am
To: kevin.Hogan@comproexec.com
Cc: mgrossman@exacttarget.com, ronaldmay@aol.com
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Subject: FW: missin my Melanie
Date: 3/25/2011 6:34:09 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: melanie_adcock@msn.com
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr, ronaldmay@aol.com, mike@syncubator.com

Aww, Thanks, Mike!! We miss you, too!!!!! I want to be the one who installs the disco ball in the new Sync Tech space as soon as the location is secured. FYI, I don’t do windows *but* I can do a pretty mean wall spackle, and I’m fierce with a level. Let me know as soon as you get a new space and I will personally volunteer to help with wall prep and color choices. :-) -Melanie

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From: mike@syncubator.com
To: melanie_adcock@msn.com
Subject: missin my Melanie
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:14:34 -0500

I hug you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, March 30: Chicago Booth Marketing Roundtable CO-SPONSORED EVENT with CEO Roundtable – “How to Use the Power of New Technology to Drive Leads and Generate Sales”

Subject: REMINDER: Chicago Booth Marketing Roundtable CO-SPONSORED EVENT with CEO Roundtable – “How to Use the Power of New Technology to Drive Leads and Generate Sales” – Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Date: 3/24/2011 9:54:32 P.M. Central Daylight Time
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Topic: How to Use the Power of New Technology to Drive Leads and Generate Sales

Speakers: George Couris, ’00, Partner, Pepper Group
Dana VanDen Huevel, Founder, The MarketingSavant Group

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Time: 6:00 – 6:30 Registration — Networking and Cash Bar
6:30 – 8:00 Program
8:00 – Cash Bar Re-opens

Once again, we’ll have a cash bar before and after the presentation in order to maximize your networking opportunity. If you need to leave at 8, we encourage you to come early and enjoy the pre-meeting networking.

Location: Gleacher Center – Room 100

To RSVP: Register Online

https://survey.chicagobooth.edu/ViewsFlash/servlet/viewsflash?cmd=showform&pollid=alumni_roundtable%21Marketing%20Registration

This is a Co-sponsored Event with the Chicago Booth CEO Roundtable.

Questions? Please contact Scott McGarvey at smcg@chicagobooth.edu

Session Overview
Let’s cut through the jargon and the hype and talk about what really works. Now more than ever, new business-to-business relationships are initiated by the buyer. Seller-focused tactics like cold calls and basic advertising continue to be less effective. As a result of new technologies, the way buyers and sellers connect and interact has changed forever. It’s also made modern lead generation more complex. The good news, though, is that there are phenomenal opportunities for those in the know. Will these opportunities benefit you? Or your competitors?

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The B2B lead generation landscape has changed dramatically. Social media, content distribution, marketing automation and other tools either didn’t exist, or were barely known just a few years ago. These technologies have created incredible opportunities, but just keeping up can be nearly impossible. What are the priorities? How do you make it all work so that you’re finding and capturing more qualified prospects? How can you make your sales efforts more effective?

George Couris, a Member of the CEO Roundtable, and former President of the American Marketing Association Chicago Chapter, will show you how your business can best leverage modern technologies and develop a powerful system to drive leads and generate sales. The presentation will include live, real-world demonstrations and examples of valuable new tools.

Next, Dana VanDen Heuvel will present “30 Social Media Ideas in 30 Minutes.” Dana will showcase multiple mini case-studies showing some of the most creative and effective applications of social media tools and technologies, including significant examples from B2B firms.

After the presentations, George and Dana will take audience questions and lead a powerful discussion on how your company can drive leads and results.

This dynamic presentation will explain and demonstrate some of the top B2B lead generation opportunities:
How and when to apply popular social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter and others to connect with business customers
How to automate your marketing campaigns to cultivate relationships with future customers and guarantee you’ll make their short list
How to maximize sales effectiveness by tracking behavior to find the best opportunities
How to develop a comprehensive plan and approach that delivers better, more measurable results.
Whether your company is small, or a member of the Fortune 500, you’ll get new ideas and gain actionable steps that you can put into place immediately.

Every attendee will also get multiple additional resources, including free e-books and valuable resource guide listing various free and low-cost marketing tools and opportunities that you can leverage immediately.
About Our Speakers

George Couris , ’00
Partner, Pepper Group

http://www.peppergroup.com

George Couris is a Partner at Pepper Group, a full-service B2B-focused marketing firm that’s been named a “Top Agency” by BtoB Magazine for the last four years in a row. Drawing upon 18 years of experience and a thorough understanding of marketing trends and technologies, George develops strategic, effective and results-driven programs for Pepper Group clients in a wide range of industries.

Prior to joining the Pepper Group, George held numerous positions within the commercial division of Michelin North America, managing strategic accounts, executing lead-generation efforts, launching new products and services, and winning support for multiple strategic growth initiatives.

George has written multiple articles and spoken to varied audiences on strategically applying marketing technologies to generate results, and was recently featured in Crains Chicago Business for a word of mouth success story. He is Past President of the American Marketing Association Chicago Chapter and currently serves as a committee chair on the DePaul University Marketing Department Board of Advisors. George holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Dana VanDen Heuvel
Founder, The MarketingSavant Group

http://www.MarketingSavant.com

Dana VanDen Heuvel is the founder of the marketing consulting firm, The MarketingSavant Group. An award-winning marketing blogger, Dana is also the author of the American Marketing Association’s “Marketech Guide to Marketing Technology” and their “Guide to Social Network Marketing” and the creator of the AMA’s TechnoMarketing training series, Advanced Social Media training series and B2B Social Media training series.

Dana is a widely recognized expert on thought leadership marketing, social media, blogging, podcasting, RSS, Internet communities and interactive marketing trends and best practices and speaks at over 50 events each year on these and other marketing topics at industry and private client events. Dana consults with dozens of clients each year on social media and marketing strategy.

Recognized as one of the “50 People You Should Know” by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, Dana serves on several advisory boards for nonprofits and community organizations in and around Wisconsin. Dana is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the leading organization for professional speakers. Dana is also an adjunct professor at St. Norbert College and teaches a course on social media and thought leadership marketing.

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About the CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable MISSION is to enhance the continuing value of our Booth MBA or other executive education by meeting the CURRENT needs and wants of our Members.
The CEO Roundtable GOALS for each monthly meeting are: timely topics, super speakers, lively confidential discussions, high ROI, with ample opportunities for networking in an enjoyable and private environment. We do not allow soliciting of any kind at our meetings, and the use of our CEO Roundtable Membership list is STRICTLY for internal use ONLY, per the CEO Roundtable Members.

The next CEO Roundtable meeting on April 12, 2011, will be our 214th consecutive, monthly dinner meeting, serving Booth alumni and other “C-level” executives, for 20 years. CEO Roundtable Members are welcome to invite friends and colleagues who are “C-level” executives to join our 84-Member, CEO Roundtable. Our Members’ companies range in size from approximately $1M to $1B, both public and private, and represent most industry sectors. Members are “C-level” executives (Chairman, CEO, President, Owner, COO, CFO, CIO, CMO, Managing Partner, etc.) with org-wide P/L responsibilities. Please direct prospective Members to our Chair: Alexander “Sandy” Weissent, at: O: 312-751-2153, or, C: 312-399-1901; or, SandyWeissent@post.harvard.edu
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Special Note

Once again, we’ll set up a Literature Table in the front registration area before the meeting. You may use the table to distribute copies of anything (within reason) that communicates your business, your capabilities, and/or career interests. This would include a brochure, a fact sheet, a resume, or other items of interest. This will give us all an opportunity to share our interests and find ways to help each other achieve goals.

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Mark Your Calendar

George Couris will be back on May 11, 2011 with an ALL-NEW PANEL featuring Larry Kaufman of Blackman Kallick. This focus for this session will be how to use LinkedIn to boost business-to-business sales results. The May 11 meeting will be presented by the CEO Roundtable, Sales Leadership Roundtable and Entrepreneur Roundtable. Details forthcoming!

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Discounted Parking

Chicago Booth has arranged with the AMC Theater-River East Self parking Garage to provide discounted parking:

300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)
$6.00 after 3:00pm
Garage: Self Park Facility
Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.
To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. The new system for the AMC Theater- River East Self Park Garage is automated. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. You can validate your parking ticket at any time between your arrival at and departure from the Gleacher Center. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.

Detailed Directions :
Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.
a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street.
b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

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CHECK YOUR CHICAGO WEEKLY FOR OTHER CHICAGO BOOTH ALUMNI EVENTS OF INTEREST:

For information on other coming Chicago Booth Roundtable meetings, Chicago Booth Alumni Club events, and other alumni events of interest, visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/chicagoweekly/. The Chicago Weekly is updated every Thursday.

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ABOUT THE MARKETING ROUNDTABLE

Our mission: The mission of the Chicago Booth Marketing Roundtable is to help Chicago alumni and a broader community of marketing professionals learn more, meet other colleagues, and solve marketing issues. Our vision is to be the first choice for learning and sharing new marketing ideas.

About our meetings: Chicago Booth Marketing Roundtable meetings are typically scheduled at the downtown campus (Gleacher Center), on the last Wednesday of each month (with some variation), from 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. They are free of charge, and no food is served. (Food is available, if you wish, in the cafeteria.) Room location is posted each month at the front desk. Please note date is subject to change – check calendar listing for details.

Guests: Your guests who have an active interest in marketing are always welcome via your personal invitation. Please RSVP and let us know how many to expect! (But please don’t post this or any Chicago Booth Marketing Roundtable announcement in any public forum.)

Got a topic idea? If you have a topic idea, a presenter to recommend, or any questions or suggestions, please contact any Chicago Booth Marketing Roundtable Steering Team member:

Kyle Akerman, 847-414-1426, kyle.akerman@gmail.com
Bijoy Chacko, 847 598 7016, chackobe@yahoo.com
Santanu DasGupta, 312.961.4866, sdasgupt@chicagobooth.edu
Dan Drake, 630.212.2314, Ddrake1@chicagobooth.edu
Jordan Katz, 312-288-2422, Jordan_Katz@gallup.com
Scott McGarvey, 312.648.6275, smcg@chicagobooth.edu
Vivek Prabhu, (312) 493 4987, vivek.r.prabhu@gmail.com
Les Stern, 847.205.1936, les@lsternmktg.com
Jim Steuer, 773-935-7208, JSEChicago@aol.com
Galen Williams, 312.810.1300
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High-altitude balloon launch is Bloomington’s first, scientists say

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Last modified: Monday, March 28, 2011
High-altitude balloon launch is Bloomington’s first, scientists say
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Members of the Atmospheric Science Program at IU Bloomington have invited scientists from Taylor University to perform the first high-altitude balloon release in Bloomington history, its overseers believe. The launch is planned for Wednesday (March 30) at 9:30 a.m. in Dunn Meadow.
Taylor University’s Hank Voss, Don Takehara and Jeff Dailey will be on hand to describe the instrumentation that will accompany the balloon spaceward. More information about Taylor’s balloon launches can be found on the Web at: http://www.taylor.edu/academics/acaddepts/physics/balloon.shtml.

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“We are excited that professors Voss and Takehara were able to bring sophisticated meteorological science instrumentation to Bloomington,” said IU Bloomington atmospheric scientist and professor of geography Rebecca Barthelmie, who is organizing the event. “We will show our students how challenging these types of measurements are and how to interpret them to advance understanding of meteorology.”
Barthelmie said she invited the Taylor University researchers to campus to augment several IU Bloomington meteorology and atmospheric science classes.
“This will encourage our students to think about the structure of the atmosphere and the complexity involved in making measurements of meteorological variables like temperature and wind speed from the ground up to 100,000 feet,” she said.
Following the balloon release, data from onboard sensors will be streamed back in real time. At 4 p.m., Voss will give a lecture in the Gill Center at MSBII, during which he plans to discuss the data collected and make it available for students to analyze.
Both the launch and lecture are free and open to the public.
The event is supported by Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Multi-Disciplinary Ventures Fund.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Barthelmie, IU Bloomington Department of Geography, at 812-856-5135 or rbarthel@indiana.edu, or Don Takehara, Taylor University Department of Physics and Engineering, at 765-998-4606 or dntakehara@taylor.edu.
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Editor’s note, by Ron May

* I have been very busy but much of what I have been working on is hush hush for now.

Later today, I will have some things to say about:

– Mike Rhodes and The Sync and an update on what is happening
– Some interesting info. on Tom Thornton and his empire in KS
– Some info. on professors who are board members and what they are raking in with that racket
– A very sad and disillusioning experience i had on Friday at my internists’ office, which while it personally infuriated and depressed me, is a big sign of things to come in the delivery of health care in this country. A trend — I don’t know yet how major — but a growing one nonetheless, that can’t be ignored or missed. That trend is toward a boutique practice for doctors geared toward high-end patients who have the money to pay their own way and even join a “club” of sorts for $2,000 or $2,500 a year. The doctors will have far fewer patients but provide better service — supposedly.

Let me take a stab at understanding the basic economics of the problem. I am piecing together things said by Dr. Robert Sobel who has written the Ask Dr. Robert column in this report! and things said at my dialysis clinic about CMS (Medicare) and bundling, and some things that Dr. Pick told me. If I understand it correctly “fee for service” means fee for each service. The Sobel medical practice has its own lab and a lab manager and lab workers. The first thing they do when a patient goes to their offices is take blood and run the CBC (Complete Blood Count). That has, I gather, been reimbursed separately by Medicare in the past, but that is changing because Medicare is offering a flat rate for each patient. Hence, the economics work against the docs because they are now lumped in with all the other expenses. That is happening in my clinic too. They were checking my INR every week which is the way they track how thin or thick my blood is as a result of Warfarin. But now with bundling, they no longer check it weekly. I could go to Northwestern every week and they would do it there, but my cardiologist, Dr. Nancy Gracin, who was referred to me by Dr. Pick told me it is OK to do it every other week. The same trend is happening with many other things.

So, to deal with the Sobel issue specifically, they have a staff of 17 or so, including Monica, the long-time dietician and that includes a lab manager and lab techs. Dr. Gerald Sobel is 82 or 83 and he cannot work forever and many of his patients are on Medicare. That means that when he retires, Dr. Robert Sobel and Dr. Pick will be swamped by Gerald’s old patients and the mix of their practice will be even less beneficial than it is today. So, I am guessing here, that they are figuring that they will try to get new better heeled patients and cut their losses.

I can tell you that Dr. Pick was not happy with this and wanted an independent third party evaluation of the numbers and he even looked for a new position but did not find one that was suitable yet. http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Anthony_Pick.htm Pick told me he was offered a buy-in for the partnership but who wants 49%, he told me, when the decisions are being made by the 51% guys? Dr. Pick likes to just focus on his patients and giving the best care he can for them. It was my impression that the interest in the business issue has always been the province of Dr. Robert Sobel who can be outright loquacious when it comes to such matters. http://www.yelp.com/biz/robert-j-sobel-md-chicago

As you can see, Dr. Robert gets good reviews on Yelp! but the staff at Sobel & Associates is not well liked and even considered rude. I don’t care about rude in case you did not know. All of these guys, including Gerald who was affiliated for many years with Michael Reese Hospital, are tied to Northwestern and I believe they have assistant professor status, but that may be old info. https://fsmweb.northwestern.edu/faculty/facultyprofile.cfm?xid=16578

I have been loyal to these docs for 16 years and they have done a great job for me and many others, so it is very sad and distressing. When I was in Illinois Masonic three times since March of last year, the primary doc there (Gaziano) asked me several times if I would consider switching to him. I said emphatically “No” because I am loyal to my regular primary docs for many years and I was not about to switch now.

Unfortunately, they operate out of Northwestern and I have had problems with NMH (mainly that the ER is based on the crudest triage and is unbearable and that when I had FUO — fevers of unknown origin — last year and they were going to do a CT scan of my abdomen, the radiologist refused to allow the test to go forward with the contract dye regardless of the fact that I had taken the steroid preparation and was ready for it (I have an allergic reaction to the iodine dye). As a result, Northwestern missed the problem I had with the interabdominal wall abscesses and the liver abscesses and that is why I figured I would try out Masonic when I got hit by a high fever (above 102) last March and Masonic did find the problem right away. The infection was not showing up in blood tests. Despite the long-term problems with NMH including the “hospitalist” system which NMH implemented to save money years ago and that the Sobels and Pick hated, we worked around it. They still did their rounds but cut back somewhat.

Well, maybe I was loyal to them, but it does not appear to be going both ways! And the tacky way that this was done with the son/brother of the two main docs in the practice who is a lawyer and a scrappy nebishy (if I may say so) one at that (his name is Jeff Sobel and I think he may be Jeffrey Gordon Sobel at 30 N. Michigan) doing the dirty work! Also, the guy who is officially my doc, Anthony J. Pick, is not happy with being railroaded into this whole thing and my suspicion is that he may quit. He is not a partner in the practice, just a salaried employee, he told me in our closed door private meeting.

But the economics of the practice issue is not just that Medicare pays less for office visits. They can deal with that. The problem is that they have done their own lab work for years and they have received reimbursement from Medicare for it, but that is changing now if I am understanding correctly. And these changes actually started three years ago, before the Obama health care bill was enacted. But as of April 1, 2011, the Sobel Associates Medical practice is agreeing to a two-year opt-out on Medicare patients and those patients will not be strictly on a fee-for-service basis with cash or credit card paid up-front at the time of service.

Pacific Pulmonary just called at 1:07pm today, Monday. Dr. Pick’s office is now refusing if you can believe it, to fill out the paper work for my oxygen! Pick wrote the script on Friday while I was seeing him. Some woman named Anita at the Sobel office told Dolly at Pacific Pulmonary that they “refuse to complete the paperwork.” Dolly said that she had another patient where this same thing happened last week. That doctor was also getting rid of Medicare patients. I have a pulmonary doctor, Dr. Kachru whom I saw at Masonic who can sign the papers, I am sure. But this is just tacky beyond belief.

Never mind that what Dr. Pick who is a really nice guy told me in private did not square with what that buttinsky Jeff Sobel told me in the lobby in front of the already highly agitated staff, and that what Mrs. Sobel (Gerald’s wife) told me as well. I asked Pick what happens if I end up in the hospital at NMH. He told me that we could work with that because i would be covered at NMH and he could talk to the hospitalist. But when I mentioned this to Mrs. Sobel, she said “No, we can’t do that” and she kept saying “It’s a business decision.”

That reminds me of Wally Wompers in the play and movie “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” who says at the end: “Now I have to decide what to do and who to do it to.”

You bet, Mrs. Sobel, dumping loyal patients of many years who can’t help that they are on dialysis and on the transplant list, is just business. Maybe when you were younger, Mrs. Sobel, people didn’t go into medicine just for the money. I recall the scene with Bert Lancaster from the movie Field of Dreams in which the young baseball player has to make the decision to leave baseball and come into the real world as a doctor. Doctors in general care about patients and the Sobels and Pick always spent time with me, unlike, I might add, Dr. Kumar, a cardiologist who was called in on a consult at Masonic and he was in and out in about thirty seconds. And Dr. Robert as they call him to distinguish him from his dad, has been very generous in writing the “Ask Dr. Robert” column in this report. I appreciate that which makes this whole thing even more depressing. But Dr. Robert and Gerald cannot be blamed for the behavior of the staff or Jeff Sobel. They are medical professionals. The others are not.

It dawned on me this weekend as I tried to make sense of this upsetting situation, that I have really been loyal to all the characters who “grace” the pages of this report. Thornton, Weinstein,  Tomes, Churchwell, Reck, Glickson, Jerry Mitchell, Tebbe, and many more. It would be easy to forget about ‘em as the saying goes, but Ron May does not forget and the only publicity many of them get is right here — while Crain’s and The Trib. has long ago moved on to the latest “it” people, the latest fad stories — no, not here.

Is what is happening consistent with the president’s claim that “You will get to keep your doctor.”? What if your doctor does not keep you? I told Mrs. Sobel that I had been with them since 1995 and she told me that they have some patients who have been there since 1970. First, even if it is a “family” practice of sorts, bringing non-medical family members into the process of dumping patients was tacky and inappropriate. Dr. Robert Sobel, Dr. Gerald Sobel and Dr. Pick plus Dr. Sidiki who left them already for Florida (they are spinning it that she has family there) have great bed side manners. Back in 2003 and 2004 and even much later into 2007 and 2008, they did rounds every single day, weekends included, and one of them came every day so we really got to know each other!

Not so for the business people in the family, Jeff Sobel who is a lawyer and Mrs. Sobel who was trying to helpful, but nonetheless should not have been involved, plus I believe that she crossed the line as did Jeff when she started telling me things that did not square with what Dr. Pick said. I have to use my options as the publisher of this report and put Jeffrey G. Sobel in the TMR stockade for 60 days! More on that later. You know, I came home on Friday and was so depressed that I could not get the report out. I went to sleep about 9pm which is very early for me. After leaving Sobel Associates Friday at about 2:40pm, I saw Dr. Barry Herst (Diversy and Sheridan) because my right eye is bloodshot. Herst calls it a subconjunctival hemorrhage and he also mentioned a word I don’t know — valsalva.

Here it is: Val·sal·va maneuver noun val-ˈsal-vÉ™-
Definition of VALSALVA MANEUVER: a forceful attempt at expiration when the airway is closed at some point; especially : a conscious attempt made while holding the nostrils closed and keeping the mouth shut (as for the purpose of adjusting middle ear pressure) -called also Valsalva
Origin of VALSALVA MANEUVER
Antonio Maria Valsalva †1723 Italian anatomist
First Known Use: 1886

In other words, the hemorrhage could have been caused by coughing. Herst is one of my two eye docs and he told me that this trend is catching on if the doctors have an affluent clientele. They will start charging $2K or $2,500 for an annual “membership.” My mother knows of someone who is paying this.

Sobel and Company said that they are not doing that, but that is for now. BTW, Dr. Herst also had Jim Tyree as a patient. You see, I have a hard time with the idea of being a nice guy like Jim Tyree was. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire and to heck with turning the other cheek. I was not planning to write about this, but there it is, I did it. Don’t write when you’re angry or mad. But I am glad I let two days go before writing. You can imagine how this would have sounded Friday night.

Ironically, I got to Sobel in 1995 through Ray Carroll of the MEF who knew about them through the Howard Hughes Institute tied to the University of Chicago where he worked. At that time, there was no Dr. Robert or Dr. Pick. It was just Gerald and his staff that included Monica, the dietician, who once told me that there are no fat people who eat breakfast when I told her that I don’t eat breakfast.

Here is my best guess about who the “bad” guy is and he’ll be 60 days in the stockade for TMR. If I have the wrong Jeff Sobel, I will apologize for it, but this is probably the one since his office is in the same building as the doctors just on a different floor. And Gerald Sobel got his MD at Texas in 1954 so it very well could be his son. Trust me, I don’t hold parents or siblings responsible for the behavior of their siblings or children since one would hate to think about how that would boomerang on my own mother and brothers. :-)

In the TMR stockade for sixty days starting now:

Jeffrey G. Sobel – Lawyer Profile

30 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 900
Chicago, Illinois
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University University of Michigan, B.A.
Law School University of Texas at Austin, J.D.
Admitted 1983
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