Great Lakes Geek - Magnum Computers
Annual Holiday Party
Bo Loong - December 8, 2011
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, sports, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented.
The food and atmosphere at Bo Loong at 40th and St. Clair is always terrific but with over 70 guests we 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 almost 450 schools and non-profits in Cleveland.
- Magnum Computers Inc. where we try and earn some $ so we can volunteer more for CAP. (grin)
- 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
- ClevelandPeople.com where we celebrate the 100+ ethnic groups in the area and make it a more attractive destination for immigrant talent.
- Cleveland International Hall of Fame which recognizes lifetimes of important and enduring contributions to Cleveland's multi cultural communities.
- And 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.
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 in 2012. Let's talk.
Enjoy these photos (random order) of some of the 2011 guests.
Tom Thornton, Cleveland Clinic GM for Innovation Alliances,
Chris Coburn, Executive Director Cleveland Clinic Innovations
and Great Lakes Geek Dan Hanson.
If you don't recognize Tom it's because he just came to Cleveland earlier this year from Kansas where he was head of the Kansas Bioscience Authority. Prior to that he was in Chicago and DC in investment banking and state tech development. He worked for Dennis Hastert before he was Speaker of the House. Welcome to Cleveland Tom.
South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo, Lt. Colonel Joe Meissner from Legal Aid and the Vietnamese Friendship Foundation
and Judge Ralph "Rocky" Perk Jr.
Marc Canter, CEO of Broadband Mechanics with Cleveland City Council Ward 14's Brian Cummins
Immigration Attorney Margaret Wong and
Huntington National Bank President Dan Walsh
Gia Hoa Ryan, owner of Saigon Plaza and
Larry Miller, president of Global Cleveland
Blaine Griffin, Executive Director of the City of Cleveland's Community Relations Board, Oren Baratz, Director of International Operations, Jewish Community Federation and Cleveland Ward 8 City Councilman Jeff Johnson
Cleveland Council on World Affairs Administrative Director Rich Crepage, Holly Albin and author Les Roberts
Curtis Danburg, Cleveland Indians Senior Director of Communications, veteran TV Weatherman and Voice Over pro Brad Sussman, TV personality Fred Griffith and Jaime Lebron, Senior Executive, Medicare Sales at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio
Phil Alexander, President and CEO of BrandMuscle, Dan Hanson and Lute Harmon, President of Great Lakes Publishing
John Hill, CEO of Aztek, Brad Nellis, Director of NEOSA, the COSE Technology Network and Kevin Latchford, COO of Aztek
Entrepreneur Tim Mueller, Principal at Martin Wolf M&A Advisors, Jim Cookinham, founder of Neosa and Alan Schonberg, founder of MRI and WorldBridge Partners
Dr. Steve Duffy, Professor and Director of University Transportation Center at Cleveland State University's Fenn College of Engineering and Patrick Sweeney former Ohio State Senator and Representative
Dan McMullen, Chair of the Information Technology practice at Calfee Halter & Griswold, Phil Alexander and serial entrepreneur Ron Copfer, currently Principal at VeDiscovery
Debbie Hanson, VP at ClevelandWomen.Com, ClevelandSeniors.Com and ClevelandPeople.Com with Ellis Island Medal of Honor and Cleveland International Hall of Fame recipients Dr. August Pust and Margaret Wong.
Ward 6 City Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell
with geekette Lisa Canter
Cleveland, a city of Peace and Non-Violence founder Paramjit Singh with filmmaker Johnny Wu, founder of the Cleveland Asian Festival
Ohio Lottery Commission, and former TV anchor, Sandy Lesko Mounts, Nicole Kostura, NE Ohio Regional Liaison at Governor Kasich's Office and Katherine Bulava, President of Hatha Communications
Pat Hanson, Project Manager at ClevelandSeniors.com, ClevelandWomen.Com and ClevelandPeople.Com, Pat Mugridge from Viking Cooking School and Tom Mugridge, arborist with Forest City Tree Protection
Pierre Bejjani, Executive Director at Profile News and President of Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association with Harry Weller, WIN-Cleveland Vice President
Bill Carney, Cleveland International Hall of Fame Board Member, Mayor Georgine Welo and Pat Coyne, founder of the Ohio Celtic and International Fall Fest
Ward 12 Cleveland City Councilman Anthony Brancatelli
Danielle Cherry, Cleveland Indians-Communications, Marketing/Events Specialist
Jane Lassar, Publicist at Gray & Company
Linde DeCarlo of FiftySomething Magazine
with leader-dog-in-training Raymond
Paul Sciria, the first TV investigative reporter and newly elected Mayfield Hts Councilman
George Brown, District Representative
for U.S. Senator Rob Portman
Johanna Bajc, Office of the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia (the only official consulate in the state of Ohio)
Office of the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia
Richard Woods, volunteer with Computers Assisting People (CAP)
Michael Sreshta, Director of Pharmacy at Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Centers and board member of Federation of India Community Associations (FICA), Anita Kazarian, Armenian Ambassador to ClevelandPeople.com, Harry Weller and Judge Rocky Perk
John Mooney, Senior Vice President at UBS with Dan Hanson and Dr. Vik Stankus from the Cleveland Lithuanian community
Vi Spevack, columnist for the Cleveland Jewish News with Ray Saikus, president of Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County
Dan Budin from Alex Machaskee & Associates and Jaime Lebron
David Spevack, 99 and 1/2 years old and sharp as a tack
Former TV reporter Bob Cerminara
TV videographer (and winery owner) Ralph Tarsitano
Michael Patterson, from Congressman Dennis Kucinich's office
Cleveland International Hall of Fame Board Member John Lewis
(John left early to cook at a Hunger Center Kitchen)
Dan Walsh, Brian Cummins and Mamie Mitchell listen to Judy Wong from Margaret W. Wong & Associates
See Page 2 of Photos from the Great Lakes Geek Magnum Holiday Lunch
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