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Smartphones and a Smarter You!

Do you own a smartphone? If so, is it an iphone or an Android? Do you only use it to make phone calls and texts? Your smartphone is millions of times more powerful than all of NASA’s combined computing in 1969. Let’s get the most out of it! The growth rate of technology has increased exponentially in recent years, and keeping up with it is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Smartphones are amazing and constantly changing with new features and cool apps, while constantly integrating additional internet functionality with multiple devices; this is called the Internet of Things, or IoT. More about this in following articles. Smartphones can save you both time and money and I’m not talking pennies. Discounts for hotels, flights, ride shares and retail apps can add up. Time savings by ordering your prescriptions online, and banking online saving trips to the bank. And for all snowbirds you know during season, that can save 40 minutes a trip! Spend more time on what you WANT to do. Tennis anyone? Another round of golf? Throomers

Pedego Electric Bikes: Hello Fun!

A love of cycling and dislike of hills prompted the co-founding of Pedego Electric Bikes. In 2008, Don DiCostanzo and Terry Sherry were at lunch talking about what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. They were both 50-something serial entrepreneurs who were in between ventures. Best friends since college, they loved cycling but hated hills. They loved the concept of electric bikes but hadn’t found a really great electric bike. Despite having no bicycle industry experience, they decided to create their own. Over lunch, they designed their first bike on a napkin. The first Pedego electric cruiser bike was designed with a nostalgic look reminiscent of 1950s beach cruisers. Overcoming Challenge #1: Manufacturing in China Manufacturing challenges included persuading big-name bicycle components companies to allow Pedego to use their parts. Most were unfamiliar with electric bikes and were reluctant, but DiCostanzo was highly persuasive. Another challenge was finding the perfect factory in China to manufacture the bicycles, eventually they found one. Overcoming Challenge #2: Distributing Electric Bikes In 2009, the first Pedego Comfort Cruiser bikes rolled

Ted Rubin: International Man of Influence

The alarm rings on Wednesday morning, we crawl out of bed towards our phone to find the email inbox confirms we haven’t sold anything overnight. And so, wondering what it is we’re missing, we walk to the computer, in our temporary office, in our garage, where we began our first little online company. We need a strategy to get our brand out there, and we need it yesterday. We ponder and search and come upon a video of two men, business partners it appears. One is the unassuming, approachable sort, sporting a plain grey V-neck sweater and vintage reading glasses, meaning black-framed, oversized, and circular. His partner’s formal business attire creates a stark and humorous juxtaposition. The first thing the unassuming man says is, “I’m wearing this on purpose, I swear.” We look for this intriguing character’s name on the website’s header, unaware that we’ve stumbled upon one of the industry’s most respected social media strategists and marketing gurus. We take a deep dive into the man and here’s what we find. His name is Ted Rubin, and yes, he

Peter W. Singer: Definitive, Essential, Required Reading

A History of Conflict  From the beginning of time, man has been in violent and oft-times protracted conflict with man. Whether the dispute is rooted in religion, ideology, tribalism, nationalism, or something else, man has tended to engage in warring. Usually, one party is claiming ownership of the earth’s scarce resources, with or without legitimacy. It’s the never-ending story of the ‘haves’ versus the ‘have-nots.’ Some are seeking to accumulate even more power and wealth, others are seeking their freedom from oppression, and others, due to corrupt and incompetent leadership, are simply starving to death. At its origin, combat was hand-to-hand, then sword-to-sword, in open fields with the only apparent strategy being a man’s cunning and bravery, or foolhardiness. As the centuries marched forward, so too did the technologies, tools and strategies of war, and the battlefields on which the conflicts played out shifted as well. In the 18th and 19th centuries, gunpowder was adapted to make pistols, rifles and cannons the deadly weapons we’re familiar with today. New modes of transportation, including horseback and maritime, allowed the richest nations to dominate

Michelle Gomez: America’s Best Bounty Hunter

There’s an old adage, “Good things come in small packages.” In this case, it depends which side of the law you’re on. The 4’11” dynamo, Michelle Gomez, has been called “the world’s best bounty hunter.” We’re not intending to test the veracity of the claim first-hand, instead we’ve hunted down her story from the safety of our editorial room. A professional ‘skip tracer’ is a private investigator hired to track down people who’ve “skipped out on the court without a trace.” Consider an old western movie where immediately after a bank robbery or saloon shooting, the sheriff gathers up the most brave and forms a posse to hit the trail in pursuit of justice. Michelle Gomez is of that ilk but even more courageous. In taking on a job, she’s a relentless, revved-up posse of one. Since 2003, this Texas-born woman has run her own business, Unlimited Recoveries, where she specializes in the most difficult cases whose trails have gone cold. She outthinks her marks by using clever ruses and rummaging tirelessly through the cyberworld to uncover seemingly scrubbed digital

Ben Coes: A Real-Life Dewey?

Here at Throomers, whenever we hit a roadblock, meet with an obstacle to overcome, or encounter opposition we need to win over, our principal owner asks this sole question, “What would Dewey do?” That’s not necessarily a good thing, especially for the obstacle. As fans of the ‘spy thriller fiction’ genre of literature well know, the “Dewey” he’s referencing is former Delta Force member, Dewey Andreas, the charismatic, indefatigable protagonist of eight (8) NY Times best-selling novels including the latest, Bloody Sunday, released in July 2018. It’s apparent that most authors who’ve created iconic, enduring fictional characters have imposed a great deal of their own personality and behaviors into their creations. Just a cursory glance at any of author Ben Coes’ publicity pictures confirms this as the case here. From both the image we get and the results he’s achieved, this is one very serious, mission-oriented, take-no-prisoners guy. That premise began our inquiry into the man who exploded onto the literary scene in 2010 with his dynamic, breathtaking debut novel, Power Down, and hasn’t slowed down a millimeter since. Here’s what our throomer

Krystle Wright
: Canon Master Photographer

Shooting on the Edge: One gutsy woman takes adventure photography where few dare to go. What does it take to live the life of your dreams? For Krystle Wright, the sacrifice is massive. She’s suffered internal bodily damage, a fractured foot, blood clots, swallowed her own broken teeth, and more. But after each injury, she smiles at the camera and continues her journey. It is all, of course, worth it, when you get to live your life to the fullest, skyrocket to the top of your field, and have the freedom to follow your instincts without limitations.  A Sense of Adventure  Wright, a 31-year-old from Australia, is an adventure photographer, director, and cinematographer. She’s known for her extreme photographs taken at perplexing angles. Growing up in Australia, she’s used to beautiful scenery. When she was a child, you could find her surfing along the coast, playing sports, hiking, or exploring nature. In high school, she began toting a camera along with her and unknowingly began her lifelong mission to do whatever it takes to get the right shot. She started

Eric B. Maddox: Interrogator-in-Chief

As we dig deep into the lives of the highest echelon of entrepreneurial spirits, whatever be their pursuit, certain consistent characteristics emerge to explain their success. Early influences, work ethic, grit, positivity and a never-say-die mindset are all part of their recipe, no doubt. However, another less-appreciated “learned skill” is making an appearance time-and-again. In our noisy world that never stops talking, it is the art of patient, empathetic listening. Eric Maddox is famously known as the man whose investigatory techniques were most responsible for the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein in war-torn Iraq. But he is much more than that. Let’s dig beneath the surface to discover the core of this warrior’s incomparable life-force. An Empathetic Warrior in Service When most young people are a few months away from graduating college, they are busy studying for finals, getting their cap and gown ordered, securing tickets to the ceremony, attending various celebrations across campus (i.e. keg parties), and planning for life beyond the safe campus confines, also called “the real world.” These may all describe Maddox, with one minor nuance.

General Ann E. Dunwoody Four Star Role Model

How does a little girl grow up to be a four-star general?  In fact, the very first female four-star general in American history? So often we think there is a ‘proven formula,’ one that typically includes growing up in the proper environment, having a dream and vision, and then following a well-planned strategy. Well, interesting enough, even though General Ann Dunwoody grew up in a military family with four generations of West Pointers (brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather), she had no intention of ever joining the Army. As far back as Dunwoody can remember, all she wanted was to major in physical education and coach.  The Proven Formula Gone Awry Ann E. Dunwoody was born an ‘army brat’ in Northern Virginia in the triumphant glow of post-World War II America. Her father, a career army officer, soon moved the family to Germany and Belgium where they participated in the post-war reconstruction of the largely decimated European continent. That’s when the ‘proven formula’ went a little awry. In her formative years, Dunwoody wanted nothing to do with the military, instead moving

LARRY LEVINE – THE PRISON CONSULTANT

How does anyone become the premier expert in the world in their chosen field? To accomplish so rare a feat, it helps to have relentless energy, an extraordinary work ethic, no fear of failure, and at least a decade of hands-on experience. Each of these attributes clearly apply to Larry Jay Levine – the world’s premier expert in federal prison consultation. And just how would one gain ‘at least a decade of hands-on experience’ in the field of federal prisons? Simple – by spending 10 years as an inmate in 11 of them – from high security on down to medium, low, and finally, minimum security. “It could have been worse,” says Levine. “My ex-wife wrote a letter to the court with information on crimes even the prosecutors didn’t know about. Luckily, the statute of limitations had already passed.” The Incarceration, A New Beginning As described on one of Levine’s several websites, he was a Private Investigator in Los Angeles, California before entering federal custody in 1998. He also reveals that, in truth, he was working as an ‘efficiency expert’