Thursday, August 13, 2009

Doing a little R&R

I enjoyed water sports when I was in college and after. Now I get to pass them on to Caden..

A compliment from Aaron

Mr Booker the owner of Hardlines...

"I have deeply enjoyed watching you mature as a leader during our HTG3 time together. I was talking to Matt last week and he said (correctly) that from a business perspective I’d miss your amazing ideas"

Thanks for that.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Man these guys are good.

I always want to start an event by announcing "No video, audio recording and no pictures." And of course I wanted to announce the presenters as "Special Agent"(However I was really bummed when I found out that there is no such thing as a "Regular" agent)

It was interesting to watch how the FBI worked. From the individual agents who were great representatives and professionals at all times to the presentation of factual cases that happened in Kansas (Scary)

Couple of things I learned.

1. (Internet crime reporting...Check it out)
2. How involved the FBI is in stopping child pornography and predators. (If you are not monitoring your kids...DO IT...they have no rights under your roof)
3. All the encryption in the world and our government can get through it if the want. (If they want is a bit weak. They explained the process of getting the correct legal process complete and lets just say they have to have LOTS of evidence and more than just a hunch like is shows on TV)
4. China and Russia wants our information
5. Don't answer phone surveys. It can give way more away than you think
6. Social engineering is much more likely to give away the keys than the technology. (In other words what is between the ears is now the weak link)
7. If you computer is not up to date and have AV you may be participating in helping the bad guys.
8. The FBI takes the 4th amendment VERY seriously...If you don't know what it is, look it up.

All in all, I send a special thanks to Special agent Smith and Special agent Kice. And yes I did get to see their badge, gun and credentials

Like always the team performed perfectly and the event was a total success. With over 100 attending including members of the press it was great publicity for Nex-Tech.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It all comes together today.

So the PEERI & II groups meet together with the FBI this morning, we have a special invite only lunch and then public presentation which we have over 100 signed up to attend. As usual I did not sleep very well last night.

Is the room going to be ok?
Are people going to show up?
Is the presentation going to be good?
And generally is everything what I expect it to be?

I have become more and more dependant on the team to get the details done. From Nicki taking care of facilities, to Keven and Tammy handling marketing, Mark taking care of the presenters and their needs. There are so many things that have to come together for these events to be successful that it is almost impossible to handle all the details yourself.

I am not sure why I get worried about these details, the team has not let me down in the past. In fact they have always exceeded expectation.

Maybe the lack of sleep has more to do with my performance. I have to be "ON" today. From leading the PEER group, to getting the folks down and through the lunch and of course keeping things rolling through the afternoon. I am not sure what to expect other than to have the confidence that I can handle what ever comes my way!

Monday, August 10, 2009

You would think you would know when your being interviewed for an artical?

I thought he was calling about attending the event.

Anyway, great free press.

Two agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation will appear Tuesday in Hays for a presentation on cyber crime sponsored by Nex-Tech.
The event starts at 1 p.m. in the conference room at Whiskey Creek, 3203 Vine, and is expected to last about three hours. It is open to all who wish to attend, although registration is mandatory due to limited seating.
Addressing the audience will be Robin Smith, an agent with the Kansas field office in Garden City, and Cyber Crime Special Agent Scott Kice from Kansas City.
"We had some customers with issues that got the FBI involved," Nex-Tech Sales Supervisor Steve Riat said of how the event got started.
Riat said his company cultivated a relationship with Smith out of those incidents, and this special, free presentation for local residents and businesses was "the next step."
The two agents will begin by discussing common cyber threats, such as recent increased efforts to attack computer systems via social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, things to look for and steps to take if you have been scammed or intruded upon, and how to keep the chain of evidence intact "so they can properly prosecute the bad guys," Riat said.
A question-and-answer session will follow.
As of Thursday afternoon, about 50 openings remained for the presentation.
Registration can be completed by visiting or by calling Tammy Wellbrock, direct sales account representative for Nex-Tech, at (877) 625-7872.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

3 MLB games in one year?

I must be sick.

Anyway, we had a great time going to the game. We had amazing Crown tickets. Let me take a minute explaining these seats.

First of all they came with a parking pass. We parked about 40 yards from the entrance. You enter through a tunnel and meet a guy that takes care of you. He directs us to the elevator which has an attendant. You go to level one and the elevator opens up to the bar. Behind the bar is a dining area where there was prime rib, ribs, all the deserts you can handle and more. You sit and are taken care of like a king.

We wanted to check out the seats. You go out a private door to behind the catchers plate. We were the seats directly next to the Royals dug out. (Not above, next to) and 3 rows up. So we were about 5 feet from the team and about 8 feet behind where the batters warm up. Needless to say they were great. The seats were cushy and great. The waitress came by about every 20 min asking if there was anything she could get us. (All free)

And of the bathrooms were even marble. AT A BASEBALL GAME?

You really get a different perspective when you are this close. From the speed of the pitches to the power behind hits. We had a great time

Then to finish was the fireworks display. What a great weekend.