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SAMURAI RIDES: NOMADNESS SUMMER BBQ W/ THE 2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON

SAMURAI RIDES: NOMADNESS SUMMER BBQ W/ THE 2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON [NIGHT EDITION]

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Every summer there is an event that I can’t wait to attend. From humble begins on Riis Beach in NY the annual Nomadness BBQ has grown like no ever event thrown by my community. This year the festivities were hosted in the City of Brotherly Love. After 3 years in Atlanta, this return to the North East resulted in our largest crowd ever. Fortunately, moving around Philadelphia would be handled in style as I would be rolling through in the special Night Edition Hyundai Tucson. Since my first time with this crossover SUV I’ve had enjoyable experiences. This combination of loading space, power, and agile handling is great when dealing with the roads out here. Pot holes and construction require a steady eye on the road and quick reflexes, but the Tuscon and I ate those up with ease.

It’s funny just how well I’ve taken to crossover SUVs after 12 years in a full sized Ford Truck. Tucson is one of my favorites with the right balance of SUV toughness and compact agility. Not to say that it handles light on the road, but it definitely doesn’t feel heavy on the road.

Let me hit you all a few of the stats and numbers behind this beauty.

As an overview of the Compact crossover/SUV field, Car and Driver ranked the Eco Tucson 5 out of the Top 10 in the field. Pop the hood of the Night edition and you find  A 175-hp 1.6-liter turbo four, seven-speed automatic with all-wheel drive. In addition to that, the Night Edition adds on 19-inch matte-black Rays wheels, a black-tinted panoramic sunroof, and gloss-black mirrors. Aluminum pedals and a leather steering wheel lace the interior adding to the dark styling on this ride. Color options are limited to white, black, blue and gray. All of the darker shades of course. Hyundai is now it

Hyundai is now in their 2nd year of the Tucson and it looks like things are only getting better. The ideal SUV experience for me is a vehicle that handles my day to day needs without making me feel like I’m driving a tank. The enjoyment features and smooth driving should balance the space and cargo carrying aspects. The Tucson does this really well.

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Even when packed to the roof with drinks for the annual BBQ the Tucson rode excellently while my music played loud, crisp and clear.

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The Night edition was supposed to be a limited quantity release so don’t waste time if you’re planning on picking this beauty. It definitely passes the test with me.  More info is available over on the Hyundai USA site too.

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NMDN Conference Returns / Nomadness 5th Year Anniversary

NMDN Conference Returns / Nomadness 5th Year Anniversary

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Many things come with the end of September. In those final days we see the official end of Summer, Football season hits the 1st quarter mark and the Tribe of Nomadness flocks to New York City for its annual celebration and newly launched business conference. This year The NMDN Conference enters year 2 while the overall Nomadness movements hits its 5th year of existence. Having been here from the beginning it’s an interesting time to reflect back on humble beginnings and where Nomadness presently is.

We were again blessed with perfect weather for the final weekend of September. With Nature doing her part, NMDN set up commenced that Friday with decorations, displays, accessories and more being delivered to the venue. As is generally the case I secured the adult beverages for the big night. There is no truer sign of an official Nomadness event then me navigating a city with a ride full of libations.

5 years of Tribe…… Its that time of year! #Nomadness

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As preparations were being finalized, our Nomadness family started to make its way into the city. Wrapped around the actual events of the weekend, Tribe held meet ups, brunches and various smaller gatherings all in the name of Nomadness fellowship.

I can’t help but think of all that has taken place since the 1st 100 members. The faces that have come and gone, the events, trips and bonds made. Not to mention those broken. From a small digital collective has come global acknowledgement, media recognition and a reach that literally spans the planet. It can all be a bit humbling at times. I watch it all from a unique position. High Council, Best Friend, Guardian…..I have various titles, many roles I’ve played but all of them stand in support of the Tribe. I know I saw something in this group early on but I’d be lying to say I saw all that it has become and all it would come to mean to me and so many others.

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Now Nomadness functions as a global resource for current and future generations of Urban travelers. From international business inquiries, to medical info, on the ground local knowledge of cities and towns, media connections across continents, Nomadness has grown into a position of being the stand out network for our people’s traveling needs. Along the way, the Tribe has steadily been the incubator to so many other travel groups and collectives that it’s value can not be measured solely in its own accomplishments but in the over reaching growth of many others.

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NMDN in 2016 showed major signs and growth and maturity as it took on a more serious travel tone then the previous year, as much more sensitive topics were brought forward to the various panels. #BlackLivesMatter, LGBTQ Travel & 911 Travel Info were just some of the topics that stood out at the conference. Powerhouse personalities like Necole Kane & YK Hong were among our guests speakers. Helping to pull things together appearance wise, hosting/lodging giant AirBNB was one of the top sponsors which included a couple of specialty AirBNB lounges furnished by Best Home Fashion.

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There were a lot of moving  parts both physically and logistically but I mus say that from behind the scenes, one of the biggest things I noticed was just how seamless the day went in transitioning from panel to panel. After doing this the first time there was definitely a sense of calm as the event proceeded along. The guest panelists enjoyed their time on our stages. The attendees networked while taking in vital info. Plus they received a first look into the upcoming Nomadness mobile app. 

That smooth flowing vibe would carry over into the evening Anniversary party were even more Nomadness members from around the world came through to toast to another year of travel. As our Tribe family danced to the tunes of DJ Likwid and cheered on the recipients of the annual Nomadness awards, they were also treated to a few surprises via event sponsor GOPRO. 

Half  way into a decade and Nomadness is showing little sign of slowing down. With new initiatives, services and products lined up to add even more value to the growing international network, year 6 is shaping up to be its biggest one yet.  

I’ve witnessed what started with a small hookah lounge meet up grow into worldwide force that as I type this has taken over a full town in Hungary. There is definitely a lot to celebrate. Most importantly is the ability to connect and enjoy life with our peers from around the world.

Check a few of the party images below and stay locked in for everything Nomadness has on deck.

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MR REFINED LAUNCHES NEW PUBLICATION FOR THE TODAY’S URBAN PROFESSIONALS

MR REFINED LAUNCHES NEW PUBLICATION FOR THE TODAY’S URBAN PROFESSIONALS

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One of the most powerful forces in our society today is media. It is how people get most of their information and for better or worse it’s a huge factor in how people form their views and opinions. With this power comes a responsibility to be truly comprehensive, honest and engaging with the content you deliver. In addition to that, the people now hold more ability to control the stories and narratives that are presented. Enter Mr. Refined Magazine.

I take personal pride and consider it an honor to have my words among the premiere articles within the newly launched Mr. Refined magazine.

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The Mr. Refined brand has set itself as an expanding force in delivering mature lifestyle content for the new age young adult. From style to travel to business and more Mr. Refined magazine looks to deliver a quarterly dose of high-caliber reading material that you can truly relate and connect to.

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So, without further ado here is the info to get your own copy of Mr. Refined Magazine. You have your choice of digital or hard copies. You won’t be disappointed so order your copy and please share this among your peers.

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SAMURAI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TODAY’S MAN

SAMURAI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TODAY’S MAN

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It’s that time of year folks. Holiday season is upon us. Have you already finished all your gift buying? Of course not so while you prepare to knock that task out I’m here to help out in my own way. Do you have a guy but you’re not sure exactly what he’d like? Is he a busy multifaceted guy that’s’ always on the move?

Today’s man isn’t just the beer drinking handy man of old. He’s doing many times at any given time. With that in mind welcome to the Samurai Holiday Gift Guide.  Here you’ll find an array of gift ideas based around various lifestyle interests. I called in a couple friends too for additional input. I’m sure you’ll see a few things the man in your life will appreciate.

Hit the jump and dive into the 2015 Samurai Holiday Gift Guide! Oh and since today is cyber Monday you might see some great deals on this today too.

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Moleskine Revamps Its Line of Personal Bags

Moleskine Revamps Its Line of Personal Bags

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When you’re constantly on the move your bag is often your life support. On the day-to-day you need something that combines organization with smooth mobility. You don’t want to drag a sack around that is over bearing and cumbersom. I have to say that the Moleskine series of bags delivers consistently in this field.

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Presently an array of options for the new season, Moleskine provides a wide selection to cover all situations. Choose from classic designs like the totes especially for ladies. In addition to that they have messenger and reporter bags for your daily routine. If you need a little more room you can dive into the collection of weekender bags that can hold a change of clothing for a day or two, a lap top and more as you hit the road.

Personally I’m a weekender bag type. I keep my devices on me due to the nature of my business. It’s water repellent, durable and adaptable with a retractable shoulder holster, luggage tag and more.

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It’s not foreign for me to have to dip into a Starbucks while in another city and whip out my laptop to manage a business issue. From buses to car to planes Moleskine is as stylish as it is tough so you know that when you buy one you won’t be replacing it anytime soon.

I can go on and on about Moleskine’s quality but hey, hop over here and take a look for yourself. 

Did you cop your Anniversary Batman Items from Moleskine earlier this year?

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THE STORY OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA SAMURAI – OVERSEAS SAMURAI FROM NY TO DUBAI #UAETAKEOVER

THE STORY OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA SAMURAI – OVERSEAS SAMURAI FROM NY TO DUBAI #UAETAKEOVER

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It started out as a cute name to show my affinity for the Internet and Social Media. Now it is my calling card and the key to new opportunity and business. Closing out the Summer of 2015 I took another step toward growing the brand that is the Social Media Samurai. The United Arab Emirates became the latest venture as my digital skills would take me across the globe for the first time ever.  I make things connect and this time the benefits were first class or in this case, business class.

Even as I type this more thirty thousand miles above the earth I can’t help but reflect on what has gotten me here and what it will take to push me further. This is not an end goal but rather a new beginning to prove what I’m capable of.

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Since January of this year members of my Nomadness Tribe have visited the amazing cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai due to the infamous #GlitchGate flight sale of Christmas morning 2014. Even though neither was on my personal radar, I too took advantage of the amazing opportunity. While still half asleep I cashed in on a $220 round trip ticket and booked it for nearly 9 months down the road. My random scheduling would turn out to be a major professional  come up for both myself and the Tribe, IF I held up my end of the bargain.

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Let’s call it a real life test of the methods I’ve preached for so long. I am an advocate for the power of social media and its ability to free people from the shackles of stationary employment. Location independence is the name of the game. Yet, it’s one thing to be based out of New York and bounce up and down the East Coast. The scenery changes but my mobile plan is constant, wifi is easy to locate and the time zone is the same. Even if business takes me to the west coast were only looking at 3 hours of difference. It is an adjustment but not a difficult one. When you aim high life will make you show and prove. In this case it was facilitating contacts with international partners in a foreign land with limited wifi, no cellular service and 100+ community members creating social content in real-time that I needed to funnel towards the proper channels. All of this happening while being 8 hours ahead of my New York base. Thankfully multitasking is what I do. Yet I thrive to do it better. Progress is never ending.

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Dubai Yacht Dance Off Tribe Vs Crew!!!!!

This trip was equal parts leisure and learning. From yacht to rootop I was on call for my people.  Although as I look back on it I literally had NO time to myself the end results made it well worth it.

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Lessons were learned about what I can do and what I can improve. I’m returning home a far more skilled Samurai. The wow factor of this trip will fade. The interest people have in my business class upgrades will pass, but the connections and business ties if properly managed can go so much farther. For Nomadness and myself I had no choice but to perform. No one else was there but me to keep the brand’s name in good standing. Sometimes you have to just put yourself out there.

In regards to Nomadness I made a promise to myself and my partners. I would not truly consider myself a Nomad within the Tribe I crossed the Atlantic. This venture was my stepping up into those ranks. Growth doesn’t stop once you leave school. Life is a class with no set graduation date and predesignated syllabus.  I’m going to savor passing this latest test as I prepare for what is to come.

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Enter Nomadness: The Week The World Got Put On

Enter Nomadness:

The Week The World Got Put On.

Tribe Hoody2I’m usually not one to speak in grandiose fashion about anything. Stay humble and build has always been my motto. When I’m off to the side watching the people enjoy the annual Nomadness BBQ that’s what I do. I silently appreciate and reflect. Yet I didn’t fully grasp what that lighthearted weekend was going to lead into. Understand that from the position of managing Nomadness and seeing both the outer and inner workings of the community and the brand, you work and push for the moment when others “get it”. You seek the point where it clicks outside of the immediate numbers that caught on and adopted it early.  I believe we have reached that point.

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Nomadness Launches Ticket Sales For 1st Annual #NMDN Conference!

Nomadness Launches Ticket Sales For 1st Annual #NMDN Conference!

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GET YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS HERE!! USE DISCOUNT CODE NMDN15

Travel is something that has been a part of life for many for years. Yet for the most part the media depiction of Urban travel(ers) has been a mix of tropical getaways and domestic parties in locales like Miami & Las Vegas. You would never know they people like us were in Asia, Europe or Australia just like everyone else. This misrepresentation is core to what birthed Nomadness. 4 years later there is a massive growth in the urban travel community.

Just as media is still in need of more diverse travel content the live conference space that connects and networks with the people and brands in the travel community is suffering from the same issue. If Nomadness shows the world anything, let be that when a space is nonexistent we will create it.  From that same spark that formed the Nomadness Travel Tribe we give you NMDN.

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On Sept 26th Nomadness presents a full day of travel workshops and panel discussions. NMDN is ideal for the modern traveler, the travel business person and more. We will be touching on all elements of travel culture the Nomadness.

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That means more fun, creativity and style then your usual hotel conference room convention gathering. Get a peek at some of our panelists here on the NMDN IG page.  Make sure you follow that and the NMDN Twitter page to stay up on all the needed updates.

Early bird tickets sales started today so don’t miss out on this event. It’s the beginning of a new day.

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Make The Social Media Samurai the People’s Choice

Make The Social Media Samurai the People’s Choice

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The summer season is upon us and I was made aware of an amazing opportunity that I just could not pass up. The people at Choice Hotels are looking for an Ambassador for the summer. The search for the Ultimate People Person is on and yours truly is throwing is his hat in the ring for the role. If selected I would be on the road for the next few months visiting various events, interacting with people and representing the Choice Hotels brand.

Those of you that know me know this is an ideal situation for me. Travel, Driving & Social Media is what I do. So now we need to let Choice Hotels know.  Using the hashtag #ChoicePeoplePerson & @ChoiceHotels show your support for why I should be their new Ambassador!! Post on IG, Twitter & Facebook and make sure you tag me so I can show my thanks!!!!

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Everyone Needs A #MonthofMe

Everyone needs a #MonthofMe

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They call it Pisces season, the final days of winter and the ushering in of spring. For me it’s my Birthday month and a period that for the past few years I’ve labeled the #MonthofMe. Initially this was just a cute way to indulge in Birthday celebration antics well beyond the usual few days most people give towards their special day. With time this has evolved into much more then reason to drink & socialize more although that does happen. It’s really become a space for me to sit down look at myself and examine who I am, what I stand for and am I doing what I need to do to move towards where I want to be. It’s also I time that I stop and look at those around me and measure the input and output of energies between us.

As my personal new year begins I’m now 34. Surprisingly a number of folk don’t believe this so I’m happy for that but in all seriousness there is another phase of life I want to enter and everything I do now has to result in preparing for that. I’m in no rush for a family but there is an increasing awareness to that end goal related to the work I’m doing now as I chart my course in life. There are mountains I need to get past and goals I need to reach. Recent interactions with specific people have really shown me a lot about myself regarding my mental and emotion ability to adapt to situations.

In addition I’m grasping and understanding certain powers and forces that I need to be careful with in how I apply them. It’s all pretty trippy to be honest. I’m a long way from that skinny shy kid with glass back in Jefferson Elementary School.

I honestly think the #MonthofMe concept should be embraced by all. Stop for a moment and think to the last time you worried solely about yourself. Not in a selfish manner but when was the last time you got up and said today will be all about me? We get so caught up in the rat race that we can go massive lengths of time with treating ourselves. I’m a reformed member of #TeamNoSleep. Be clear that that lifestyle will kill you eventually.  Embrace rest, embrace stillness and quiet. Build it into your schedule and lock it in as you would any other vital meeting or appointment.

When the #MonthofMe ends I ideally want to be refreshed in myself, my direction and my relationships. My 30’s have injected new life into me that I didn’t expect in the form of Nomadness. The way the Tribe randomly reaches out with words and expressions of love and support is something I often struggle to put into words. I’m truly not worthy. There have been others to step up and in their own ways earn a special place with me. There are people who I’ve known for years that I want to link back up with. I need and want to know where I stand with those that matter to me. Spring cleaning is another element of the #MonthofMe

Call it what you want but I truly hope you all invest the same time and energy for yourselves that the world asks of you for so many other things. You all deserve it/ Not just for a month but life. Get back to putting you at the front of the line.

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