Thursday, December 29, 2011

My top 5 “Rock Star” moments of 2011


My job brings me a fantastic opportunity to experience great moments, due to having a wide network of friends and my constant travelling. This year (according to my LinkedIn travelapp) I covered a distance of 240,088 km’s.  Here are my personal Top 5 “rock star” moments for 2011


Our friend Michele Hamdorf invited my wife Jan-Marie and I to a special cocktail party for about 20 people to meet Dita Von Teese. She was amazing, a true Diva. Her dress range is exceptional, which I describe as classic sexy - like the lady herself.



#4 Thievery Corporation 2/8/11 at Metro Melbourne
My friend Jet Troth invited me to meet Rob from Thievery Corporation and Rob invited us backstage (and onstage) to watch them play to a packed crowd at the Metro in Melbourne, we then went bar hopping with the band. What a great night.

#3 The Book of Mormon - Broadway show 17/11/11 New York
The winner of 9 Tony awards this musical is a must see if you visit NYC. My friend Mindy Hersh and I had killer seats in the box overlooking the stage. The funniest show I have been to. Love it!





#2 Jim Stynes speaking at our charity event.

Each year Kimberly Palmer and I conduct a charity event. This year we raised close to $30,000 for the Reach Foundation. Jim Stynes gave a speech about his life and The Reach Foundation. Jim delivered an amazing speech that brought tears to most in the room.


# 1 Frank Lo Porto boxing World title fight El Paso Texas 11/11/2011

The best boxing gym in Melbourne, BoxingFit’s owner Mick Hargraves invited me to Frank’s world title fight in El Paso Texas. As I was due to fly from Vegas to NYC the same day - it was a no brainer.  Mick is Frank’s trainer and about 12 other Australians travelled to El Paso to watch the fight.   

We arrived at the stadium and I noticed a sign that said. “No unlicensed firearms allowed” El Paso is truly in the Wild West. Mick invited us backstage to watch Frank’s preparation.  The atmosphere was amazing, the tension and excitement you could cut with a knife. After about an hour we gathered with Frank to walk him up to the ring waving Australian flags and cheering him on. About 5,000 Texans were there support the local defending champion Austin “no doubt” Trout.  We received a resounding boo from the locals as we approached the ring, marching to the sound of AC/DC’s Hells Bells. I was out of my skin excited! One of the local lads yelled as I was taking my seat ringside, “Send him back to Europe! In the excitement of the moment I turned to him and said, “It’s Australia you idiot not Austria! He then replied in true American fashion “Go F…. yourself”

Frank was touted by Australian & US newspapers as the "Rocky Story". He was not expected to win but had his chance at the title. Frank lasted 6.5 rounds before the referee called a TKO. Frank won the respect of the locals as the rounds past because he would not go down or give up against Trout, who was clearly a champion.  I was proud to watch this great Australian athlete and who despite the pain - would not give up.  Thanks Frank for providing me with inspiration to carry on into my fitness, family and work life into 2012 and beyond.

Thanks to Mick and his wife Selena the team and members from BoxingFit for what was a once in a lifetime experience.

BTW if you want to get fit and lose weight get down to Boxingfit. I have lost over 20 kilos in the last 2 years because of boxing and eating Jim Stynes Muesli.


Introduction of 4 hour workshops to PeSA 2012




I am pleased to announce that the PeSA internet conference will be expanding to include 4 hour optional workshops.

John Lawson will conduct session stream A "Social Persuasion Commerce: How to establish authority, influence and sell more" 

Agenda:
  • 10am - 12pm Morning session
  • 12.00 - 1pm Networking Lunch
  • 1pm – 3pm Afternoon session
At 3:30pm the general conference will begin.

We look forward to seeing you at PeSA 2012.


My experience of lending money to following (updated):






Clinton (Clint) Gebert: Principal
David Naparstek: Principal
Steven Mooney: Accountant
Robert John Rushford: Lawyer










29/03/2007

Steven Mooney approached me to help his client out namely Clint (Clinton) Gebert and David Naparstek with a short term loan. I told him the only money I had was our deposit money for a home; a sum of $23,000.

I was offered good interest for this 30 day loan. I was assured by their lawyer Robert John Rushford about his clients: Clinton Gerbert and David Naparstek.

“Clint and David are property developments who have tens of millions in property holdings and plenty of assets. This is a no brainer and you will have the money back before the 30th day.”*

I asked the obvious question.

I was informed by Robert John Rushford and Steven Mooney that it was a short term cash problem for Clinton Gerbert and David Naparstek. They had a need to scrape together enough cash so they could do this other deal that would be a windfall for them.

I asked for and received Security by the way of a Caveat on a block of land valued at $60,000.

20/05/2008

It is now over a year and I still have not received my money back apart from $2000. The security is useless as others have taken out a Caveat on the same block. I was led to understand that the security offered was gold. I am not the only person that has been hit this way by these people.

The thing that really annoys me is that I have been promised dates for payment over a dozen times over the past 12 months or so. I am repeatedly told it will happen in the next few weeks. David Naparstek has made many appointments with me to talk face to face and never shown up for any of meetings.

11/05/2009

Another year has past and despite weekly promises nothing has been paid back or any written assurances. I know of at least 5 others in my suburb alone that have had the same experience.

 20/12/2011 (Update)

Clinton Gerbert has never fronted to any meeting and is still doing business.

David Naparstek. I have many text messages from him promising a settlement and promising a letter from his lawyers outlying the settlement. However each time he has always failed to deliver. This man is not to be trusted.

Steven Mooney is currently servicing time in Jail for fraud on different matter.

Robert John Rushford is apparently in Albury and trading again.

 15 August 2012

Steven Mooney or Steve Mooney is out of Jail and has been seen hanging out with his old mate Clint Gerbert. David Naparstek call me occasionally to make promises he never keeps. Steve Mooney is off the hook with me having served his time, however I am appalled that he still makes at choice to hang around Clinton Gerbert.



DO NOT DEAL WITH THESE PEOPLE EVER!


Philip Leahy
*words to the effect

Friday, November 18, 2011

The PeSA Internet Conference 2012 update



New website live by the end of November.


2012 event theme:

Multiple Channels.  Multiple Opportunities.

In order to be a successful online merchant in 2012, businesses need to adopt a multi channel approach to selling online. Best practice dictates that selling only on eBay or your own website limits your sales opportunities.


The PeSA Internet Conference will be in its sixth year in 2012. From humble beginnings of approx 100 delegates per city in 2007, the Conference saw over 545 delegates in 2011. We expect this to in 2012, to 750 delegates. This will be achieved through a continually expanding program and a combination of promotional means, attracting both repeat and new delegates.

Unlike other conferences, PeSA is focused on practicality – the HOW to sell online, not the THEORY of selling online. Whilst we share some case studies and market data, the content is focused on helping people learn and immediately apply what they’ve learned to their business. This is not a future focused/trends conference – it is what’s happening NOW in the online retail environment.

Due to continuing evolution of the online retail market, 2011 saw PeSA make a shift towards a wider focus on Conference content, adding to traditional eBay, PayPal, shipping and mutli-channel tools focused sessions topics with:

·      SEO
·      Email marketing
·      Analytics
·      Social Media
·      Online case studies


PeSA Internet Conference Pricing

The early bird pricing for PeSA Internet Conference is $395 till 28 February, 2012. The regular price is $495 till 30 April 2012.
Last minute sales will be at $595, as we need to advise venue of the final numbers by this stage.

PeSA Internet Conference Pricing is a combination of ‘eBay legacy’ and a commitment to affordability.

As eBay has been the key partner since launch, eBay have had a significant impact on the development of the conference. An early requirement of eBay was to keep the cost for delegates as low as possible. As the Conference has grown, and we’ve expanded the offering and continued to lift professionalism.

However, we’re committed to keeping the conference affordable – and in fact PeSA Internet Conference is HALF the price of the nearest “competitor”, ensuring this is a truly democratic event within reach of small sellers.

PeSA has also avoided the tactic of offering “free” exhibition passes. Exhibitors are not simply buying space – we engage to ensure they are as integrated into the Conference program as possible. As such, exhibitors gain much greater exposure than simply those they engage with at their stand.

PeSA Internet Conference Location – Why the Gold Coast?

The decision to host the Conference in 2011 on the Gold Coast was due to a number of factors, including:

·      Relative affordability of professional convention centre in comparison to Melbourne & Sydney
·      Majority of delegates 60% and many sponsors travelling to either Melbourne or Sydney already (no firm “home” ground in either capital)
·      30% of PeSA delegates coming from Qld, but not having staged an event there previously
·      Relatively affordability of travel to, and accommodation at, the Gold Coast.
·      Lack of non-convention centre sized venues that were able to accommodate growing PeSA numbers

These factors combined to make the most successful PeSA event yet. In fact, the overwhelming feedback (70%) from both delegates AND sponsors was that they wanted to attend the conference on the Gold Coast again in 2012. The reasons supplied centered around the following:

·      A chance to really focus on being at PeSA, away from demands of business/personal lives in a home city.
·      Good range of affordable accommodation close to venue meaning people could easily walk.
·      Cheap flights from all destinations to the Gold Coast
·      Delegates more amenable to attending all elements of the conference, not skipping the start or end to catch flights
·      Sponsors in particular felt they had a great chance to network with delegates and other sponsors.
·      An opportunity to extend the stay by 1-2 days and enjoy a warmer weekend in the midst of winter.

    Content: Proposed agenda
·       
·      Whilst the final speaker line up will take until early 2012 to finalise, below are some of our confirmed presenters, streams and our draft planned event schedule for 2012.
·       
·      New 2012 Speakers Confirmed
     Gabby Leibovich – Catch of the Day
Simon Smith – Quantium
Griff – eBay’s 1st employee
Sheridyn Fisher - eBay success   (fashion)
Modi & Melissa –  JoeButton.com (fashion)
Steve Price – Radio MTR & 7PM project
Adam Hersh - Posterrevolution .com

Panelists
Amanda Suefong - Ecommerce Manager at Lenovo
Laura Yeomans - Country Manager, ShopStyle Australia  (fashion)
Stewart Duff  - General Manager Multichannel  at  Bevilles Pty Ltd
Jim Stewart – Stewarts Media
Paul Greenberg – Deals Direct

·      Streams
·      1. All eBay
·      2. Online Retailing
·      3. Marketing & Social Media
·      4. Fully interactive

Wednesday 30 May 2012
Time
Content, Plenary, Breaks
6am-11am
Stand building by exhibition companies
11am-2pm
Exhibitor bump in/stand set up
2.30pm-3.30pm
Conference registrations open & Expo Exploration
3.30pm-5.30pm
Sessions:
PeSA Welcome
PeSA International keynote
eBay opening keynote
5.30pm-7pm
Welcome Drinks & canapes & Expo exploration


Thursday 31 May 2012
Time
Content, Plenary, Breaks
Stream Sessions x 4
9am-9,30am
Final registration

9.30am
PeSA Welcome

9.40am
Australia Post Keynote

10.10am
Keynote

10.40am-11.10am
Morning Tea

11.10am-1.15pm
STREAM SESSIONS
4 streams / 3 sessions each (12 sessions)
1.15pm-2pm
Lunch break & Expo Exploration

2pm-3.30pm
STREAM SESSIONS
4 streams / 2 sessions each (8 sessions)
3.30pm-4pm
Afternoon tea & expo exploration

4pm-4.45pm
Panel

4.45pm-5.30pm
Keynote

5.45pm
Close day 1

7pm-11pm
GALA DINNER



Friday 1 June, 2012
Time
Content, Plenary, Breaks
Stream Sessions x 4
9.30am
PeSA Welcome

9.40am
Keynote

10.10am
Panel

10.40am-11.10am
Morning Tea

11.10am-1.15pm
STREAM SESSIONS
4 streams / 3 sessions each (12 sessions)
1.15pm-2pm
Lunch break & Expo Exploration

2pm-3.30pm
STREAM SESSIONS
4 streams / 2 sessions each (8 sessions)
3.30pm-4pm
Closing Keynote

4pm-4.15pm
Official Close

4.15pm-4.45pm
Afternoon tea & expo exploration

5pm-6pm
Exhibitor bump out

5pm
Networking Drinks (off site)

6pm-9pm
Expo company pack down