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Author Archive for Grand Poobah

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Two Years Ago ...

Two Years Ago …

I got interviewed by the Sentinel two years ago and had asked for the video. They never sent it to me but I just found it on Youtube! Here is the original Orlando Sentinel Story.

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One Hour Record

One Hour Record

“Hey you want to set a state record?” That kind of question will always get my attention, of course. Nathan Rogut and Carl Sundquist had an idea. They felt the cycling velodrome at Brian Piccolo Park was underutilized. They wanted a promotion, or a publicity stunt, to get people’s attention on the track. “Let’s get […]

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BizFest 2017

BizFest 2017

I was honored and flattered to speak at BizFest 2017, put on by the Orlando SCORE chapter at the National Entrepreneur Center, on May 9. I was selected to be on a panel discussing “Tips From Business Survivors”. We introduced ourselves with a little story and then took on some questions. I think some of […]

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Misconceptions of Success

Misconceptions of Success

I‘ve listed seven and a half of what I see are the most common misconceptions of “success” 1: Success means having a lot of money. While it is certainly better to have money than have not, there are more important things than money. The most important thing to any person is health. Ask any person […]

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Jesus - Life's Easy Button

Why Is Being A Christian So Hard?

I‘ve never understood why people make being a Christian so difficult. It must be the devil’s way of keeping his flock, by scaring people away from faith. When I first started a personal relationship with Christ in 1994, I was immediately bombarded with lots of “good advice”, on the order of “you need to do […]

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Washington Odyssey

Washington Odyssey

What an adventure. On January 3rd, 2017, my family was invited to attend the swearing in ceremony of my sister Claudia, as the NY 22 member of the House of Representatives. Yes this is a family first. No other family member that I can recall has made it to the federal level in politics. My […]

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Failing My Way to Success

Failing My Way to Success

How many times do you need to fail at business before you succeed? I decided to review my own attempts at starting businesses and see how many it took in my life: Failure 1: Sailing Business in Upstate NY 1981: I started a partnership called “Racer’s Edge Sailing Accessories” with a girl friend, while living […]

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Three Steps of Leadership

Three Steps of Leadership

(edit: updated 2 Jan 2017) I am the oldest of five children, who grew up in central NY. Our father John R. Tenney was a successful public servant. He retired as the senior judge in the New York State Supreme Court in 2003. He taught us a lot about leadership. He had a lot of […]

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Three Rules of Money

Three Rules of Money

It shames me that I have to write this article. These three basic rules of money seem so obvious to me, and yet I see people break these rules every day. You’ve heard the expression “smart money”. What it really means is “people who are smart about money.” Kind of falls in to that category […]

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Blue Ridge Breakaway - 2nd Time is Not (Quite) the Charm

Blue Ridge Breakaway – 2nd Time is Not (Quite) the Charm

The reader may recall that last year the author had a less than perfect experience at the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a mountainous century ride held annually in the area of Waynesville, NC around the second weekend of August. This ride features over 12,000 feet or climbing and traverses a 27 mile section of the Blue […]