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Great Lakes Geek Annual Magnum Holiday Party

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Annual Holiday Party
Bo Loong - December 8, 2016

Each year we like to gather an eclectic group of friends and business associates for a holiday lunch. No, it's not just techies. Media, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented.

The food and atmosphere at Bo Loong at 38th and St. Clair is always terrific and our 70 guests maxed out the party room.

The attendees are involved in one or more of the projects that we are involved in such as:

  • Computers Assisting People (CAP) Inc. which has refurbished and donated over 15,000 PCs to over 450 schools and non-profits in Cleveland.
  • ClevelandPeople.com where we celebrate the 100+ ethnic groups in the area and make it a more attractive destination for immigrant talent as well as showing what a cool and diverse city we live in.
  • ClevelandSpeakers.com which has grown, by popular demand, from a section on GreatLakesGeek to its own website with some great speakers and topics.
  • Cleveland101.com which was intended to give visiting reporters some interesting stories during the RNC and Cavs championship run but has evolved into a collection of great Cleveland stories, firsts and landmarks.
  • ClevelandCooks.com which is for foodies, chefs and wannabe chefs as we celebrate how Cleveland has become a foodie town with great chefs and restaurants.
  • Cleveland Food Adventurers a group that visits local ethnic restaurants and learns about the food and culture while enjoying camaraderie and a great meal.
  • ClevelandSeniors.com for the 50 and over crowd and those who care for and about them.
  • ClevelandWomen.Com for girls and women of all ages in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
  • Cleveland International Hall of Fame which recognizes lifetimes of important and enduring contributions to Cleveland's multi cultural communities.
  • GreatLakesGeek.com. The business, science and technology information on GreatLakesGeek.com is becoming more essential as many of our longtime favorite print publications have disappeared or cut back.
  • Magnum Computers Inc. where we try and earn some $ so we can volunteer more for CAP and support our other projects. (grin)
  • ClevelandPets.Com for the four-legged (and other) members of our families.
  • And some more projects we are working on

When asked what the diverse group of guests had in common, some reflection made it clear that they, like us, love Cleveland. Most have had many opportunities to work and live in other cities. But we have all chosen to be here because we believe in the city.

As attendees introduced themselves, this became evident and all were impressed by the positive outlooks expressed.

And though the techies naturally gravitated to their own area, as did the media, international, political and other types of guests the fun was when seemingly unconnected people discovered a thread that connected them to someone else in the room.

Want to be invited next year? Let's do some positive things together next year.
Let's talk.

Enjoy these photos (random order) of some of the 2016 guests. Apologies to Joe Cimperman and other guests who didn't get in a photo.


Radhika Reddy and Margaret Wong

Ariel International's Radhika Reddy and
immigration attorney Margaret Wong


Lt Col Joseph Meissner and August Pust

Lt Col Joseph Meissner and August Pust


Former Plain Dealer Publisher Alex Machaskee

Former Plain Dealer Publisher Alex Machaskee


Bert Boyd and Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell

Bert Boyd and Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell


Author Les Roberts, Dan Hanson and Jim D'Orazio

Author Les Roberts, Dan Hanson and CSU prof Jim D'Orazio


Forest City's Neil Mohney and Friendship Foundations' Gia Hoa Ryan

Forest City's Neil Mohney and Friendship Foundations' Gia Hoa Ryan


Councilman Anthony Brancatelli and Ben Stefanski

Councilman Anthony Brancatelli and Ben Stefanski


Attorney Dick Pogue and contractor Nacy Panzica

Attorney Dick Pogue and contractor Nacy Panzica


Weedman CEO Phil Fogarty and Mace CEO John McCann

Weedman CEO Phil Fogarty and Mace CEO John McCann


Jennifer Fierbrand, Anthony Yen and Lisa Wong

Jennifer Fierbrand, Anthony Yen and Lisa Wong


Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys, Intercontinental Hotel director Peter Clarke and Murat Gurer

Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys, Intercontinental Hotel director
Peter Clarke and Murat Gurer


Caryn Candisky from Senator Rob Portman's office

Caryn Candisky from Senator Rob Portman's office


Benson Lee, CEO of Technology Management, Inc

Benson Lee, CEO of Technology Management, Inc


Lev Gonick, CEO of DigitalC

Lev Gonick, CEO of DigitalC


Leslie Carruthers,  President of The Search Guru

Leslie Carruthers, President of The Search Guru


Jane Alexander, Chief Information Officer for the Cleveland Museum of Art

Jane Alexander, Chief Information Officer
for the Cleveland Museum of Art


Peter Clarke, Regional Director of Operations Midwest / Canada at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Peter Clarke, Regional Director of Operations InterContinental Hotels


Steve Potash, CEO of Overdirve

Steve Potash, CEO of Overdrive


Ron Copfer, Serial Entrepreneur and Heureka Software Founder

Ron Copfer, Serial Entrepreneur and Heureka Software Founder


Judge Dan Polster and Margaret Wong

Judge Dan Polster and Margaret Wong


Gordon Priemer, President J&M Real Estate

Gordon Priemer, President J&M Real Estate


Dick Russ

Dick Russ


Filmmaker Johnny Wu

Filmmaker Johnny Wu


Judge Ralph Perk Jr.

Judge Ralph Perk Jr.


Mace CEO John McCann

Mace CEO John McCann


Councilman Tony Brancatelli

Councilman Tony Brancatelli


Debbie Hanson and Joe Meissner

Debbie Hanson and Joe Meissner


CAMEO President Pierre Bejjani

CAMEO President Pierre Bejjani


Laura (Chaoxiong) Liu, Business Analyst at ASMGi

Laura (Chaoxiong) Liu, Business Analyst at ASMGi


Steve Roesing, CEO of ASMGi

Steve Roesing, CEO of ASMGi


Photographer Tim Ryan

Photographer Tim Ryan


Magnum Inc. Project Manager Pat Hanson

Magnum Inc. Project Manager Pat Hanson


Linguist Laura Fruscella

Linguist Laura Fruscella


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Author Les Roberts

Author Les Roberts


KSU Music Professor Nada Martinovic

KSU Music Professor Nada Martinovic


Linda and Paramjit Singh

Linda and Paramjit Singh


Attorney Margaret Wong

Attorney Margaret Wong


Aztec CEO John Hill

Aztec CEO John Hill


Contractor Nacy Panzica and attorney Steve Owendoff

Contractor Nacy Panzica and attorney Steve Owendoff


Wendy Hoke, Vice President, Marketing and Communications at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Wendy Hoke, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center


Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell

Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell


Ruth and Rich Crepage

Ruth and Rich Crepage


Sloevinain Museum's Ed O'Shaben

Slovenian Museum's Ed O'Shaben


Irish Radio Host Gerry Quinn

Irish Radio Host Gerry Quinn


OHTEC President Dean Brainard

OHTEC President Dean Brainard


Ron Copfer and Harry Weller

Ron Copfer and Harry Weller


Anthony Yen

Anthony Yen


Bert Boyd

Bert Boyd


Ben Stefanski

Ben Stefanski


John Lewis

John Lewis


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A Food Industry Entrepreneur?


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ICC-WIN president Ken Kovach

ICC-WIN president Ken Kovach


Phil Fogarty, the Weedman

Phil Fogarty, the Weedman


Ariel International's Radhika Reddy

Ariel International's Radhika Reddy


Richard Eastburn

Richard Eastburn


Jennifer Fierbrand

Jennifer Fierbrand


Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys

Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys


August Pust

August Pust


Irene Morrow

Irene Morrow


OCA President Lisa Wong

OCA President Lisa Wong


Oanh Loi Powell

Oanh Loi Powell


Friendship Foundation's Gia Hoa Ryan

Friendship Foundation's Gia Hoa Ryan


Dan Hanson and John Hill

Dan Hanson and John Hill


Andy Netzel of ASMGi

Andy Netzel of ASMGi


Murat Gurer, Turkish American Society of Cleveland

Murat Gurer, Turkish American Society of Cleveland


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Laura and Steve Roesing

Laura and Steve Roesing


Richard Eastburn, Asim Datta, Councilman Tony Brancatelli and Pierre Bejjani

Richard Eastburn, Asim Datta,
Councilman Tony Brancatelli and Pierre Bejjani


Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, Lisa Wong, Ben Stefanski and Slavic Village rep

Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, Lisa Wong,
Ben Stefanski and Slavic Village rep


Peter Clarke, Murat Gurer and Dick Pogue

Peter Clarke, Murat Gurer and Dick Pogue


Gordy Priemer and John Lewis

Gordy Priemer and John Lewis


Jennifer Fierbrand, Gia Hoa Ryan and Johnny Wu

Jennifer Fierbrand, Gia Hoa Ryan and Johnny Wu


Ken Kovach, Nacy Panzica and Steve Owendoff

Ken Kovach, Nacy Panzica and Steve Owendoff


Lev Gonick, Ron Copfer, Steve Potash and Dean Brainard

Lev Gonick, Ron Copfer, Steve Potash and Dean Brainard


Pat Hanson, Pat Mugridge and Phil Fogarty

Pat Hanson, Pat Mugridge and Phil Fogarty


Tony Brancatelli, Bob Smith and Les Roberts

Tony Brancatelli, Bob Smith and Les Roberts


Jim D'Orazio

Jim D'Orazio


Ben Stefanski, Kim Kirkendall and Anthony Yen

Ben Stefanski, Kim Kirkendall and Anthony Yen


Benson Lee and Lisa Wong

Benson Lee and Lisa Wong


Wendy Hoke, Pierre Bejjani and Gordy Priemer

Wendy Hoke, Pierre Bejjani and Gordy Priemer


Gia Hoa Ryan, Pierre Bejjani and Yvonne Conwell

Gia Hoa Ryan, Pierre Bejjani and Yvonne Conwell


Ron Copfer and Steve Potash

Ron Copfer and Steve Potash


Laura Fruscella, Rich Eastburn, Bert Boyd and Nada Martinovic

Laura Fruscella, Rich Eastburn,
Bert Boyd and Nada Martinovic


Crowd at annual Magnum holiday lunch


Crowd at annual Magnum holiday lunch


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Visit Cleveland 101


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Want to be invited next year? Let's do some positive things together next year.
Let's talk.


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