Meet Mario, the Dell Team Member in our New Small Business Ads

first_imgMay was Small Business Month. Dell celebrated with a four-part small business series. Check out the other three posts here:How to Know When Your Small Business is Ready for a ServerVirtual Reality Revolutionizes Small Business LandscapeWhat is Stumping Small Businesses in their IT JourneyWelcome back for my last installment in our Small Business Month series.After months and months of planning, this May the Dell for Small Business team unveiled our “More than a PC” campaign. This campaign has a new focus!The ads feature real-life small biz customer, Skai Blue Media, with founder/ CEO, Rakia Reynolds at the helm of her fourteen-person team.Co-starring in the new campaign is Mario Delapena, a real-life Dell employee. In fact, Delapena manages Reynolds’ companies account. In her words, “Mario has become like an extension of our Skai Blue Media team.”Me, Erik Day (left) with Mario Delapena (right) – one of my team members who is featured in the latest Dell for Small Business ad campaign.As the VP of Small Business, I oversee two hubs of small business sales advisors – one in Nashville, TN and one in Austin, TX. It is exciting to hear stories like that of Skai Blue Media and Mario.If you know me, you also know I am somewhat of a politics aficionado. Because of my affinity for public policy, I know small businesses are our countries economic backbone. We NEED small businesses to succeed so that ultimately our economy can prosper.  One of the biggest challenges to small business success is picking the right IT. I am going to solve that challenge!That is why relationships like Skai Blue Media and Delapena are important. I want more small businesses to have dedicated technology sales advisors like Delapena to help them overcome or avoid altogether one of the most common impediments to small business success.Click here or call 1-800-BUY-DELL to find out how to get an IT sales advisor like Delapena.“…relationships like Skai Blue Media and Delapena are so important.ShareI did a Q&A with Delapena to find out about his newfound fame and see if that fame is going to his head!Mario DeLapena posing next to a poster of himself in the new Dell for Small Business national ad campaign.Erik: What did you think when you were picked to be in the national ad campaign?Mario: I thought, “It’s about time!” Just kidding! I felt honored.  So many people attended the internal casting call on Dell’s campus. I didn’t think I would be the “chosen one”.When they told me it was going to be EVERYWHERE, I thought I had better call my family. I have been the first in my family to do many things. I called my mom and, sure enough, she was definitely more excited than I was.“My mom was more excited than me.ShareE: How long have you worked for Dell? Ok. I know how long you’ve worked here but for your fans…M: Just over two years. I was a university recruit from Texas Tech University.E: Why are you passionate about small businesses?M: It’s pretty cool to work with startups and small companies. You get involved with the people and build relationships and really friendships.“You get involved with the people and build relationships and really friendships.ShareIt’s also pretty cool to watch those friends as they build and grow their companies. I see transformations from when I first start working with a small business to where they are now.The small business team at Dell has an infectious passion for bettering the small business world. As a leader on our team, I treat my job as if I am running my own SB, which, as any small business owner (SBO) will tell you, means I wear many hats. It also means I’m close to the action and the daily highs and lows of a business’s journey.E: What is your favorite part of your job? Besides working for me of course?M: I love the people I work with! There’s an idea that working in a corporate environment is stuffy and means you won’t like who you work with or can’t have fun at work. My experience is the exact opposite.My teammates here in the Austin, Texas office love to have fun. They also love to succeed, which makes for great competition (mostly friendly – HA!) and a readiness to celebrate each other’s victories.E: I know you are not forgetting the Nashville, TN teammates, right (nudge nudge)?M: Right! The Nashville team is awesome. I should visit them more. Will you send me to Nashville?E: NEXT QUESTION! What is the biggest IT challenge for small biz that your clients are telling you about right now?M: Preparing or reacting to this new age of technology, namely ransomware and cloud storage.  Most SB’s do not have a dedicated IT department – and sometimes not even a dedicated IT PERSON. Therefore, IT decision making can be a side thought (or worse, an afterthought).Technology in this new age can be overwhelming. When you have no IT department, you’re hearing words like “ransomware” and “cloud storage” and you’re strapped for time because… DUH, you’re running a business. This causes some SBOs to dive into data security and cloud and more without a complete knowledge of what will work for their unique business.That’s where I come in. With Rakia and her team for example, I not only advise them on tech to buy, I help educate them on the best pathways to improve their IT space. Rakia and the rest of Skai Blue Media are fun to work with and it’s fulfilling to see how far their IT acumen has come over their years as a Dell customer.E: So, Is it weird seeing yourself on TV and in magazines?M: I have never been on TV before, but in my daydreams, I’ve always felt I might end up doing something like this. Not that I am destined for stardom and don’t look for me on the Hollywood walk of fame.Of course, the age of the meme makes it even better. My friends send me pictures of myself on TV or screenshots of the ads with hilarious captions so they are making memes of me. I get at least one per day. It’s become a thing.“My friends send me pictures of myself on TV or screenshots of the ads with hilarious captions so basically they are making memes of me.ShareE: If you could give one piece of advice to small businesses making IT decisions, what would it be?M: Even when it’s hard and you have a million other things on your plate, be proactive about IT.  Rakia will tell you that I preach that to my customers all the time.I don’t want you to be the client who comes to me completely frazzled because something broke or something bad happened at a critical moment for his/her business (though I will still be glad to help you then).You want to be thinking about what comes next– or having your Dell small business sales advisor think about that for you – that’s where you want to be. Many people think it’s pricey to be proactive about IT. It’s true that it can require more of an initial investment than if you fly by the seat of your pants in IT decision making. But I have seen time and again, that those dollars come back around in the long term.Delapena appears in the new Dell for Small Business ad campaign, which includes video, print, billboards and more!You can get your own small business IT sales advisor by going to our website here or by calling 1-800-BUY-DELL.last_img read more

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Professionalism seminar set for June at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca

first_img Professionalism seminar set for June at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca Professionalism seminar set for June at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca May 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Do you see yourself, professionally speaking, as the wry and probing Jimmy Stewart in “Anatomy of a Murder,” or the courtly and idealistic Gregory Peck in “To Kill a Mockingbird?” Or maybe the hustling, overwhelmed, but good on his feet Joe Pesci in “My Cousin Vinny?”Find out as the Standing Committee on Professionalism again presents its Master’s Seminar on Professionalism during the Annual Meeting of The Florida Bar. “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Lawyers and Popular Film” will be held on Thursday, June 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. T his popular annual seminar will challenge participants to determine what is “professional” behavior. Using various film clips to view and discuss professionalism issues, the seminar promises to be both informative and entertaining.The program will be moderated by Second Circuit Judge Terry Lewis and Blan Teagle, director of the Center for Professionalism. Additionally, breakout groups will be facilitated by distinguished faculty members including former Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan; U.S. District Court Judge and former Bar President Patricia Seitz, immediate past Florida Bar President Herman Russomanno, West Palm Beach attorney Chris Searcy, Bar Board of Governors member Ervin Gonzalez, and Board of Governors member Henry Latimer.For more information and to register for the seminar, see the May edition of The Florida Bar Journal, which has a complete convention schedule and registration forms. Information is also available online at www.FLABAR.org or by clicking here. The course carries three professionalism CLE credits. But, alas, none toward a film appreciation course at your local college.last_img read more

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USC leaves Stanford frustrations behind

first_imgThe Pac-12 opener against Stanford this Saturday evokes some grim memories for USC. Perhaps the worst come from the midseason showdown at home last October, when the Trojans came close to upsetting the then-No. 4 Cardinal but fell in a 48-56 triple-overtime thriller.Lesson learned · In 2011, senior safety T.J. McDonald committed a costly personal foul late in regulation that led to a Stanford touchdown. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThough few could blame the Trojans for wanting to exact revenge, No. 2 USC (2-0, 0-0) insists that those thoughts are not motivating the team come Saturday.“[Luck] came out there and did what he did, but that was last year, and this year will be totally different,” junior cornerback Nickell Robey said.Robey nearly won that game for the Trojans with an interception he returned 33 yards for a touchdown that gave USC a 34-27 lead with 3:08 remaining in regulation.“I thought the game was going to be over at that point,” Robey said.Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck then engineered a final scoring drive that tied the game, and three overtimes later, Stanford won their 16th straight game.The rest of the team is trying to join Robey in his mindset: Move on from last year, and on Saturday, play even harder.One of the players who has embraced such a mentality is senior safety T.J. McDonald. The 2011 Pac-12 first-team selection was called for a personal foul on a third-and-out that kept Stanford’s game-tying drive alive.“Everything is in the past for me,” McDonald said. “Our coaches are going to put us in the position to make plays like they do every week. It will all come down to execution on Saturday.”USC coach Lane Kiffin commented on some of the team’s defensive strategies for a Cardinal pro-style offense that now relies on running back Stepfan Taylor, but stopped short of going into great detail.“We’re going to have to stop the run. We’ll have to play aggressive and really knock them back,” Kiffin said. “We have to play some really sound defense against these guys.”One of the key players for USC’s run defense will be junior defensive end Morgan Breslin, who transferred from Diablo Valley Junior College in the spring.Breslin has received a lot of recognition for his strong pass rushing skills in his two Division I games, but he still needs to prove he can withstand a stout Pac-12 running attack.“I’m very impressed for him to come in his first Division I college game and make as many plays as he has. He’s been huge for us — probably our biggest surprise,” Kiffin said.Breslin has 10 total tackles and two sacks as a starter and has helped fill the void left by senior defensive end Devon Kennard, who may be out for the season with a pectoral injury.Stanford will no longer have the luxury of Luck’s passing, but Kiffin still anticipates a tough matchup against the Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif.“Every year is new,” Kiffin said. “Every team is new. We got to play really well on the road, versus a team that is really well-coached and is hard to beat. That’s why they’ve won a lot of games over the last couple of years.”last_img read more

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Football quiz: English clubs v Scottish clubs in Europe

first_imgTopics Dear me. You’re the Brechin City of the football quizzing world. No, scratch that. You’re even worse than them. You’re getting relegated … to the Highland League. Which Liverpool player ran 70 yards to score against Celtic in the 2-2 draw at Celtic Park in 1997? Celtic beat Liverpool and which other English club en route to the 2003 Uefa Cup final? Aberdeen last played an English club in Europe in 1981. Who did they face – and beat – in the first round of the Uefa Cup? You got… Ipswich Town Great stuff. You have a bright future Steve McManaman Liverpool were losing 2-1 with one minute remaining when the midfielder picked the ball up deep in his own half before waltzing off upfield to score a stunning equaliser. The goal saw Liverpool through on away goals after a 0-0 draw in the second leg. Share on WhatsApp Dundee United were involved in a rollicking two-legged 5-4 aggregate defeat by which English team in the 1984-85 Uefa Cup third round? Hearts v Liverpool They met in the Europa League play-off round in 2012-13. Liverpool won 2-1 on aggregate. Liverpool Not bad. If you work on your finishing you could win something Manchester United Having shocked Ron Atkinson’s side by drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford, Dundee went down 3-2 in the second leg after an own goal by Gary McGinnis and goals from Mark Hughes and Arnold Muhren put Manchester United through. Newcastle United When Celtic beat Leeds in the second leg of the European Cup semi-final at Hampden Park in 1970 the attendance set a record for a Uefa match between club sides. What was it? Bolton Wanderers That feeling you have is shame. Rangers v Wolves Rangers won the 1960-61 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final 3-1 on aggregate. Patrik Berger Blackburn Rovers Celtic won 1-0 at Celtic Park and 2-0 at Ewood Park, where Chris Sutton scored against his former club. Michael Owen Tottenham v Hearts Dundee United v Leicester City Everton Share via Email 105,000 Mid-table Share on LinkedIn Thomas Gravesen Ipswich Town Alex Ferguson oversaw Aberdeen’s 4-2 aggregate win. This result helped to put the pain of a 5-0 aggregate defeat by Liverpool in the 1980-81 European Cup behind them. Fulham v Kilmarnock Tottenham Hotspur v Hearts Manchester United v Rangers Trevor Steven Share on Facebook Celtic v Liverpool Submit answers Arsenal Share on Pinterest Shunsuke Nakamura The Japan international was not the only Celtic hero; Artur Boruc saved a penalty from Louis Saha in the 90th minute. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink Share via Email 121,004 features Gary Stevens Mark Hateley The Derby-born forward lashed home a 20-yard strike after two minutes in the first leg at Elland Road. Rangers won the tie between the English and Scottish champions 4-2 on aggregate, making Rangers the reigning unofficial champions of Britain as a competitive match has not been played between champions of both nations since. Which of these fixtures has been played most between English and Scottish sides in European football? Dale Gordon Go home and have a good long think about this. Aston Villa Which English player scored for Rangers against Leeds in the European Cup in November 1992? 98,052 You’ve been knocked out in the second round. Share on Facebook Well done. With a little more movement up front you could go far Liverpool Liverpool v Celtic The clubs have met only three times in European competition but it is still the most common fixture between English and Scottish sides. Liverpool have won two of the ties and Celtic one. Before Aberdeen v Burnley, what was the last Europa League/Uefa Cup meeting between an English and Scottish side? 136,505 It’s fair to say Hampden Park was chocka. Challenge your friends Champions League Share on Twitter Beaten in the final but you should be very proud. What a performance! Celtic v Leeds Incredible! Maradona, Pelé, Messi, Ronaldo … they have nothing on you. Football European club football Celtic v Manchester City Europa League What was the first Anglo-Scottish match played in a European competition? Neil Lennon Share on Twitter Which player scored a 30-yard free-kick to ensure a 1-0 home victory over Manchester United that took Celtic into the knockout phase of the Champions League in 2006? Arsenal v Dundee United Nottingham Forest Robbie Fowler Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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