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Great Lakes Geek Annual Magnum Holiday Party

Magnum Computers Annual Holiday Party
Bo Loong - 3922 St. Clair Ave.
December 6, 2023

The annual Magnum holiday lunch took place on Wednesday December 6, 2023 at Bo Loong restaurant at 3922 St. Clair Ave in Cleveland.

We are pretty sure that this was our 25th year in hosting this annual event where we have invited an eclectic group of friends and business associates for a holiday lunch. Techies, media, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented.

When asked what the diverse group of 75 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 the guests introduced themselves, this became evident and all were impressed by the positive outlooks expressed.

Guests left with a goodie bag with a hardcover copy of the Ratanjit Sondhe's book How Oneness Changes Everything: Empowering Business Through 9 Universal Laws as well as a delicious sample of Pickle Chips from Drew Anderson at Cleveland Kitchen and a healthy and tasty juice from Garden Of Flavor founder Lisa Reed.

Want to be invited next year? Let's do some positive things together next year. Take a look at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to Anjan Ghose for taking these photos of most of the attendees.

Dan Hanson with serial entrepreneurs Tim Mueller (Vantage One, City of Cleveland Tech Czar

Dan Hanson with serial entrepreneurs
Tim Mueller (Vantage One, City of Cleveland Tech Czar, etc.)
and Ron Copfer (Fathom IT, Visual Evidence, RBX, etc.)


Ron Rerko,

Ron Rerko, Healthcare professional - Onix Networking Corp.,
John Hill, CEO of Aztek Web,
Nicky Sulandari, Edward Jones Financial Advisor and Collaborative Chambers Alliance President,
Larry Miller, President, French-American Chamber of Commerce


Carmen Blackwell, WKYC TV Anchor and Reporter

Carmen Blackwell, WKYC TV Anchor and Reporter


Gordon Priemer, Developer and Cleveland Kitchen partner

Gordon Priemer, Developer and Cleveland Kitchen partner


Joe Cimperman, Global Cleveland president

Joe Cimperman, Global Cleveland president


Jose Feliciano Sr. Hispanic Pioneer, Cleveland Heritage Medal Honoree

Jose Feliciano Sr. Hispanic Pioneer, Cleveland Heritage Medal Honoree


Judge Dan Polster, senior United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Judge Dan Polster, senior US district judge of the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio


Former Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar

Former Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar


Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek

Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek


Mark Owens, Honorary Irish Consul

Mark Owens, Honorary Irish Consul and
Team NEO VP of Marketing and Communications


Chia-min Chen, City of Cleveland Asian Liaison

Chia-min Chen, City of Cleveland Asian Liaison


Dick Pogue, Jones Day

Dick Pogue, Jones Day


Gerry Quinn, Radio Host, Mayo Society Founder

Gerry Quinn, Radio Host, Mayo Society Founder


Angela Shute-Woodson, City of Cleveland Community Relations and Community Relations Board Dierctor

Angela Shute-Woodson, City of Cleveland Community Relations and Community Relations Board Director


Rachael Stentz-Baugher, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

Rachael Stentz-Baugher,
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Pan Am Masters Games


John Ryan, State Director for Senator Sherrod Brown

John Ryan, State Director for Senator Sherrod Brown


Letitia Lopez, Director of Julia de Burgos

Letitia Lopez, Executive Director of Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center


Lou Frangos, Developer and Greek Cultural Garden leader

Lou Frangos, Developer and Greek Cultural Garden leader


Dona Brady, former Cleveland Councilwoman

Dona Brady, Albanian Garden delegate and former Cleveland Councilwoman


Aklilu Demessie, Engineer and Ethiopian community leader

Aklilu Demessie, Engineer and Ethiopian community leader


Alex machaskee, Former Plain Dealer publisher and Serbian Garden leader

Alex Machaskee, Former Plain Dealer publisher and Serbian Garden leader


Basil Russo, national president of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America

Basil Russo, national president of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America


Carl Ewing, African American Cultural Garden leader

Carl Ewing, African American Cultural Garden leader


Charles Cicco, NEORSD Government Affairs Specialist

Charles Cicco, NEORSD Government Affairs Specialist


Johnny Wu, award-winning film maker and producer

Johnny Wu, award-winning film maker and producer


Pamela Dorazio-Dean,  Italian American Museum Director

Pamela Dorazio-Dean, Italian American Museum Director


Dr. Gita Gidwani, Association of Indian Physicians

Dr. Gita Gidwani, Association of Indian Physicians


Josť  Feliciano Jr., Greater Cleveland RTA Intergovernmental Affairs Officerr

Josť Feliciano Jr., Greater Cleveland RTA Intergovernmental Affairs Officer


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Michael Miller CPA and Cleveland International Hall of Fame board member

Michael Miller CPA and Cleveland International Hall of Fame Treasurer


Rich Crepage, Council on World Affairs, American Cancer Society, etc.

Rich Crepage, Council on World Affairs, American Cancer Society, etc.


Tony Brancatelli, former Cleveland City Councilman

Tony Brancatelli, former Cleveland City Councilman


Qaisra Haider, Pakistan Cultural Garden leader

Qaisra Haider, Pakistan Cultural Garden leader


Kelly Falcone-Hall, President & CEO, Western Reserve Historical Society

Kelly Falcone-Hall, President & CEO, Western Reserve Historical Society


Chris Martinez,  Hispanic Liaison - City of Cleveland

Chris Martinez, Hispanic Liaison - City of Cleveland


Gary Kotlarsic, Polish American Cultural Center (PACC)

Gary Kotlarsic, Polish American Cultural Center (PACC)


Ingrida Bublys, Honorary Consul to the Republic of Lithuania

Ingrida Bublys, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania


Judge Ralph Perk Jr.

Judge Ralph Perk Jr.


Pierre Bejjani, President of CAMEO

Pierre Bejjani, President of CAMEO


Lori Ashyk, Executive Director Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation

Lori Ashyk, Executive Director Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation


Lisa Wong, president OCAGC

Lisa Wong, president OCAGC


Debbie Hanson, Co-founder Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Debbie Hanson, Co-founder Cleveland International Hall of Fame


Paul Burik, Sokol Cleveland President and Czech Garden Leader

Paul Burik, Sokol Cleveland President and Czech Garden Leader


Fran Burik, Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Garden officer

Fran Burik, Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Garden officer


Gia Hoa Ryan, Vietnamese Cultural Garden

Gia Hoa Ryan, Vietnamese Cultural Garden


John Niedzialek, Erosion & Sediment Control Inspector

John Niedzialek, Erosion & Sediment Control Inspector


Irene Morrow, former ANM President and Mayor Perk right hand woman

Irene Morrow, former American Nationalities Movement President
and Mayor Perk right hand woman


Bobbie Morrow

Bobbie Morrow, Interior Designer


Connie Adams, Polish Cultural Garden

Connie Adams, Polish Cultural Garden


Erika Puussaar, Estonian Cultural Garden

Erika Puussaar, Estonian Cultural Garden


Mona Alag, Past-President FICA, Founder Project Seva

Mona Alag, Past-President Fedreation of Indian Community Assoc.,
Founder Project Seva


Drew Anderson, CEO Cleveland Kitchen

Drew Anderson, CEO Cleveland Kitchen


John Lewis, Cleveland International Hall of Fame incorporating board member

John Lewis, Cleveland International Hall of Fame incorporating board member


Anjan Ghose, Tri-C Director of Network Services (retired)

Anjan Ghose, Tri-C Director of Network Services (retired)


Joe Meissner, Friendship Foundation attorney

Joe Meissner, Friendship Foundation attorney


Rannia Abbadi, Eva Mea Event Planner

Rania Abbadi, Eva Mea Event Planner


Nada Martinovic, Serbian Choirmaster and Department of Homeland and Security

Nada Martinovic, Serbian Choirmaster
and Department of Homeland and Security


Mary Quinn

Mary Quinn, Quinn Industrial Piping


Teevi Champa, Estonian Cultural Garden

Teevi Champa, Estonian Cultural Garden


Michael Patterson, Margaret Wong representative

Michael Patterson, Margaret Wong representative


Ying Pu, Publisher at Erie Chinese Journal

Ying Pu, Publisher at Erie Chinese Journal


Dan Hanson

Dan Hanson


See more pictures (Page 2) from the 2023 Magnum Holiday Lunch



Want to be invited next year? Let's do some positive things together next year on one of the projects (below) we are working on or something new. Let us know what you are up to and excited about.

  • Computers Assisting People (CAP) Inc. which has refurbished and donated over 25,000 PCs to over 500 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 for organizations that need a speaker on a variety of topics and those interested in speaking.
  • 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.
  • Fun with Maps our series on interesting places in the world.
  • Cleveland Tech History telling the important contributions of Clevelanders.
  • 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. (work in progress)
  • ClevelandMen.Com for the boys and men in our lives. Sports, veterans, tools and more. (work in progress)
  • And some more projects we are working on - Ask Us!

Let's talk.


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