The DAILY Message for Monday April 27th, 2015

April 26, 2015

“My feet are bigger than my Dad’s but his shoes I will never try to fill. At 82 he’s alive with an apartment named after him. A living legend.”

Dad

Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Developer of the app Motivation To Your Mobile, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs at the Encouragement Speaker and can be reached at info@derrickhayes.com  or (706) 615-1662.


The Dude That Helps St. Jude: The Richard Salgado Story

May 5, 2014

BigDaddy Presented to you by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

In a split second your life can change. A few months ago I was faced with a decision and that was to reach out and say hello to someone in hopes that they would respond or not say anything and never know if there ever could have been a relationship.

This story begins on January 19th, 2014 when I realized that Richard Salgado was also Facebook friends with M.J. Pedone who is the CEO of Indra Public Relations. Previously M.J. had connected me with Richard that opened the door for our Exclusive DERRICK Interview.

Once I sent “Big Daddy” as he is called in the industry a friend invite networking as they call it for me would never be the same. After we became Facebook friends I thanked him for the past interview and asked for him to share the same opportunity with his current clients and that he could also nominate others that deserve recognition for my blog Today’s Honoree.

In life you will meet many people that are connected and resourceful but not many who will share their network in the way that Richard Salgado does. A few of the many people that he has nominated for Today’s Honoree are Celebrity Handbag Designer Anzhelika Steen Olsen, Jeweler Scott Kay and Hannah Andrusky-Hilburn who is the Author of “Living the Invisible Disability.”

I wanted to tell his story and help him like he has helped me so I took time out to share the news of Who, What, Where, When and Why Richard Salgado is “The Dude That Helps St. Jude.”

Who are you? I’m the CEO of Coastal Advisors, LLC Insurance Consultants and I have been in the insurance business for over 20 years. I have clients in various backgrounds which include Sports, Television, Media, Entertainment as well as business owners and families. I work with business owners on employee benefits, health insurance and many other forms of Insurance.

What are you planning to do? I’m hosting the 3rd Annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and for the Health Humanitarian Aid Foundation to help build schools and hospitals in Ghana, Africa. Last but not least we are raising money for North Shore University Hospital, which is the hospital that saved my life when I had an Aneurysm.

Past guests of the Annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic have been Michael Strahan, Current Co Host of Live with Kelly and Michael, Joe Buck, Fox Sports Commentator, Actor Singer Robert Davi, Adam Schefter of ESPN and Superbowl Winning Coach Brian Billick of Baltimore Ravens.

Where and when are you going to do it? The Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic will be held at the World Famous Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY on Monday June 23rd, 2014. The Golf will be played on the Cold Spring CC which surrounds the Oheka Castle. For more information on the Oheka Castle please go to www.oheka.com.

Why are you doing it? I want to give back because I know that I’m blessed to be alive after my surgery and it feels great to be a part of a special work place. I used to be the one that helped my clients put on fund raisers, help find sponsors and raise money for their events so I took it upon myself to start my own foundation, The Big Daddy Foundation. Once I Hired Bob Broderick of RTB Media, LLC. to run my events and provide public relations we were off and running. It has been a fun ride but it also comes with alot of work. This year we decided to support St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, HHAF and North Shore Hospital.

I’m going to visit the St. Jude Hospital in June before my event with two goals in mind. The first is to visit the hospital in hopes to bring some cheer to some of the kids that are in St Jude’s Care. The second goal I have is to make a video from St. Jude to ask for support and let everyone know that they are my new benefactor.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I hope that everyone can attend the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic. You can purchase a foursome, attend the VIP Celebrity Gala-Live Auction Dinner Party or just make a donation. All of these things can be done at www.bigdaddygolfclassic.com.

People can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and visit our insurance company websites at www.coastaladvisorsllc.com or www.youtube.com/bigdaddyinsures.

Thank you Derrick and I look forward to this story getting out there for everyone to read so they can support our efforts in helping the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Health Humanitarian Aid Foundation and the North Shore University Hospital.

Please visit Derrick’s website at http://www.DerrickHayes.com and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.

 


DERRICK Interview with Author Roy Glenn

February 12, 2014

RoyGlennEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Author Roy Glenn who is known as the master of urban suspense. Roy Glenn is the author of Treat Me Nice, Wanda’s Reign, The Indictment of Mike Black, Misunderstood, and Is It a Crime, which became a best seller and gave birth to the popular character, Mike Black.

Other novels in The Mike Black Saga include; Beneath The Surface, Out of Control, No Loose Ends, Prelude to War, Secrets of War and A Tale of Three Women. Roy is also a contributing author in the popular series Girls From Da Hood and Around The Way Girls.

His other novels include Crime of Passion, Body of Evidence and Ulterior Motive which feature the character, attorney Marcus Douglas. After Hour’s Tales, Doctor-Patient Confidentiality, Killing Them Softly: An Erotic Tale of Murder.

Roy was born and raised in The Bronx and currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he is working on several projects including, I Came to Bring The Pain, the next installments in The Mike Black Saga. And The Kimberley Process.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

I have achieved so much and have so much to be thankful for. I love the way that I earn my living; writing. I love where I live; I have great friends and family that I love. I believe that is a major achievement in life. But I still have dreams and goals, which is to write a screenplay and see it produced on the big screen.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I went to college and since my craft is using the written word to tell a story, I can say that I get to apply what I’ve learned everyday.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Organization and discipline.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I decided to do it, then I woke up one morning and got started.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

The writer Aja. She is a great writer

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

You name it and it came at me. I just refused to surrender.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Decide what you want to do and get started, now. The world is waiting for what you have to offer.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Stay true!

Visit Author Roy Glenn for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Worship Leader Rayna Brown

January 23, 2013

raynaEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Rayna Brown who is an anointed, energetic praise filled woman who believes “worship is what she was created to do”.  She is a worship leader, songwriter, vocal coach, speaker, directress and up and coming author born and raised in Long Island, New York.  Rayna recently released her Debut single “Stand in Worship”.

 D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My Dream is to see nations united in Christ through His love!  I want to see hearts connecting back to God!  I want to see healing and deliverance to every nation and I believe God has gifted me to be a soldier in the army that is rising up to build the Kingdom!

 E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m always encouraged when I see hearts connecting to God.  When healing and deliverance is taking place is when I’m most encouraged.  I am also encouraged by worship and the Word of God.  Whenever I feel the need to replenish, my worship and His word are always a sure turn around for my thoughts and feelings.

 R is for Resource.What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The number one resource I have is the anointing that equips me to do whatever God needs me to do at any given time.  I can do nothing on my own and have to completely depend on the anointing to lead me and show me what the people need at that very moment.  I also have determination and passion!  Those two elements together attract people with like hearts and minds which enable us to come together as one unit to accomplish the mission of RBM which is to connect people to the heart of God!

 R is for Ready? When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I was ready when I got tired!  When I was tired of leading, tired of singing, tired of praying, tired of fasting, tired of wondering, just plain tired.  When I arrived at the point of wanting to give up was when I realized that all of me had to be broken so that God could use me and most importantly, trust me to do what He purposed me to do.  It was at that time that God released a fresh anointing, opened doors and gave me strategy and help to do what He commissioned me to do.

 I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Well, I would say King James I.  Yes, I know that’s odd but hear me out.  I choose King James because I believe he is a great example of how God uses anyone He chooses. It isn’t about us being perfect people.  King James printed the first English bible which bore his name King James Bible of 1611 A.D.  He is a true example of Christ’s grace and mercy because if people were to look at the life of King James they would see that he was not a perfect person and quite controversial.  Some would say he wasn’t even a good man but I point out the fact that God still used him as an instrument to bring us what we use as our lifeline today – the Holy Bible.  Without the word of God, where would we be?  If God would use someone like King James to do something as important as bring us an English Bible, we have to believe that His grace and mercy toward us is the same!

 C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Christ first, my husband and then my supportive friends and family.  I know that my anointing to worship, write and lead are not for my own benefit so that is what keeps me going.  I have learned to trust God and have faith in His promise to equip me to do what He has called me to do.  I look at how Christ didn’t give up on His way to the cross and just press forward knowing that lives are connected to my press! There is a charge and call on my life and God will give me all I need to walk in it.  He has also given me a husband and supportive friends and family that have been gifted to encourage me when I need it most.

 K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Time spent with God and His Word, Humility and Unity.  Doing what I do, leading worship and ministry, we cannot take people anywhere that we have not been.  So the first thing is spending time with God and the Word.  We must spend time with Him in private in order to be effective in Public.  In order to connect to people to God’s heart, I have to know the way there!  Secondly, there must be humility.  What we do is for no glory of our own but for God and for His people.  If we ever think it is about us and become a distraction, God will gladly move us out of the way.  Lastly, everyone needs someone to do anything.  Without unity and working together there will be division and a house divided against itself will not stand.  You must function under one vision and one mind.

Visit Rayna Brown for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Indra Public Relations CEO MJ Pedone

December 14, 2012

MJPedoneEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with MJ Pedone who has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of Indra Public Relations. MJ’s ability to present and articulate strategies and high profile events has always been recognized as exceptional landing her clients both national and international media attention. MJ’s friendships, relationships and roster of clients read like a “who’s who” of Professional Sports, Entertainment and Corporate America. MJ’s forward-thinking approach towards business strategies, has led to unique and successful cross marketing opportunities for her clients. Integrity is the foundation of her values and character and is inherent in the methodology that she has employed in forming her firm and trusting relationships.

MJ was awarded Puglia’s Award of Excellence for industry leaders and is a Member of the National Association of Professional Women. MJ is a contributing writer of Media Magnetism in which she wrote the Foreword and is small investor in the animation Henry & Me starring Richard Gere, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the N.Y. Yankees which will be released to theaters Spring 2013.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dreams and aspirations change as I cross them off my list which allows me to set new goals. My business was a goal and working with  entertainers, athletes and nonprofit organizations on their PR campaigns, red carpet events and making a difference in the lives of others. I constantly set new goals that keep me motivated and challenged.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My encouragement comes from my parents who I admire and respect the most.  They have always instilled in me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and that quitting is never an option. In 2006, my father was trying to convince me that I can win the NYC Marathon as long as I put my mind to it and not give up. Needless to say, I didn’t win but his words carried me through the finish line.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I bring many resources to the table but the most outstanding is the network and contacts that I have been able to build through friendships and business relationships throughout the years and combining it with my experience and knowledge of the business.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I was fortunate to realize that I would be running a public relations firm and working with professional athletes and organizations while I was a freshman in high school.  I knew I would be an entrepreneur with my own business and would be able to handle many different responsibilities that a “Superwoman” can handle. I have been blessed with such characteristics and abilities.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I believe everybody can learn from the wisdom of the Buddha and incorporate his disciplines in their own lives. The name of my company, Indra Public Relations comes from a Buddhist word meaning the king of the gods; controller of the senses, and the beauty and splendor of heaven.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Failure is the greatest part of learning and motivation.  Each of us fail at a certain points in our lives. I never looked down on myself and always figured out a way to turn a negative into a positive which makes me successful.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

The key to success is to keep an open mind and obtain as much knowledge and insight that you can.  Be open and honest in your dealings and have the confidence and faith in yourself.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

 Be the best role model to your children and raise them with good ethics.  Our children are our future leaders of the world. Also, do at least one kind act each day that you would want people to do for you and others. It can be as simple as saying good morning to a stranger on the elevator or holding open the door for somebody.  Kind acts are contagious! Aspire to inspire.

Visit MJ Pedone for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Hustle University Founder Hotep

October 17, 2012

The #1 Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Hotep a native of Long Island and a  Georgia resident since 1991. Hotep is the Founder of  Hustle University which he calls the HBCU for entrepreneurs focusing in areas of self help and entrepreneurship that can turn your Dreams to dollars, Ideas into income, Passion to profit, and Craft to cash.

I first met Hotep a few years ago at the Twinkie Awards that is produced by Letitia Owens.  I still get energized ever time I talk to Hotep and that is why I wanted to DERRICK Interview him.

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream is for Hustle University to have a seat at the United Nations. When this happens we will effectively be able to broadcast the Hustlers Gospel to people all over the world. This makes it official that you have been brought to the table to make things happen and represent hustlers worldwide.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m encouraged by young people that are out there showing the commitment to make their own way. I’m encouraged by people that lead by example , people bold enough to live life on their own terms.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Combination of leadership of the civil rights movement,  intellect of the highest academic, swag of the Hip Hop generation and Culture and the business savvy of an entrepreneur. The mentality of a Hustler.

R is for Ready? When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

When I realized that people liked what I did but were more interested in learning  how I did it.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Marcus Garvey because he set the precedents and is the prototype for the Nation of Islam  and is the archetype for people like Malcolm X, Minister Louis Farrakhan and even President Barack Obama. People should learn more about Dr. Benjamin Mays  from Morehouse College as  he is the one that inspired  and influenced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

I’m an optimistic opportunist and it is in my nature to see the world for what it can be and also to take advantage of the opportunity to make it so.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Here are the  Hustlers 10 Commandments.

1. Network is your networth 2. Image is everything 3. The early bird gets the worm 4. It’s Lonely AT THE TOP 5. Success is where opportunity meets preparation 6. Business is personal  7. Everything is negotiable Everything 8.It’s not what you or who you know its who knows you 9. It takes dough to make bread 10. Know and believe in thyself

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

It is good to have faith but faith without works is dead so get on your hustle.

Visit Hustle University for more information


DERRICK Interview with Animal Advocate and Child Actor Sean Martin

October 15, 2012

The #1 Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Sean Martin a 12-year-old actor with roles in various College Humor spoofs, television shows such as Team Toon and Redrum and starring as “Damaso” in the film Sin Dolor, which premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. television and starring as “Damaso” in the film Sin Dolor. He started “Kids Adopt a Shelter” to help animals with over 4,200 Facebook “likes,” 23 state representatives and over 55 shelter adopters. Martin won the 2012 Regional Kohl’s Cares Scholarship.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream goal is to help animals in every shelter, rescue and sanctuary on this planet.  I want all animals to be happy and not suffer. So far I have achieved 23 state representatives and over 55 shelter adopters.  “Kids Adopt A Shelter” has also gone worldwide with representatives in New Zealand and Canada.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Seeing animals suffering in shelters or anywhere encourages me to continue with my mission “To make sure every shelter, rescue and foster can keep animals comfortable while waiting to be adopted, with the help of fellow kids.”  I just want to see animals happy and healthy so they can be adopted into a loving home.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

What makes me unique is that I am only 12 years old and have a worldwide organization.  I think my youth and passion is what gets people so excited to help out and be a part of “Kids Adopt A Shelter.”

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I was ready right after my dog named Moose passed away in December 2011.  Even though I did a small fundraiser around Halloween, I was ready to put bigger and better effort into it after he passed away.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

One person others should learn about is fellow actor and animal advocate Lou Wegner.  Lou started Kids Against Animal Cruelty, which also helps animals and promotes the importance of adopting pets and spaying and neutering.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

When things look bleak the happiness of dogs, cats and other animals makes me want to continue.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

One major key to success is to put your whole heart into what you do.  You should give it everything you’ve got and not do things halfway.  People see when you truly believe in your cause, business or goal and they get inspired to help make it successful.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

I want people to know the importance of spaying and neutering to prevent homeless animals.  Others should do whatever they can to help animals or  those less fortunate.  I think “Kids like me should learn the joy of giving back. We should stand up for animals that cannot stand up for themselves  because animals need a voice, and kids can be that voice.” It is important for all people to volunteer in general.  Even if you cannot donate money or items, one thing everyone can donate is their time.

Visit Sean Martin for  more information


DERRICK Interview with Harlem New York Public Servant Vincent Morgan

October 8, 2012

https://i1.wp.com/morgan4congress.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/VSM-Headshot-1-3x4.jpgEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Vincent Morgan who is a client of Beatrice Davis. Vincent Morgan is  a Public Servant from Harlem, New York and also a future Candidate for the New York City Council position that represents Harlem where they have The Schomburg CenterApollo Theatre and Sylvia’s Restaurant. Development is going on in Harlem but not much of it is shared.  There is a big disparity in Harlem between the have and the have nots.

What is your Dream?

My dream is to create  a community that will be a model for the world so that others can see how Whites, Blacks and Latinos can live together. I hope we build and continue to grow Harlem so that we all can benefit from it.

What Encourages you?

We have a lot of youth in our area and I talk to youth who have dropped out of High School like I did at 16. Youth are looking for people to follow and I’m Encouraged that each time I talk to youth they are open for dialogue when they are approached the right way. When have to invest in our generations starting at a young age.

What Resource do you have that makes you stand out or unique?

We have a lot of resources in our community neighborhoods that we don’t use. The community center in the middle of Harlem is not being used fully used. Programs are under utilized. I realize that we should maximize more of what we already have as a starting  point and bring it up to capacity and then start looking at deficits and other things that are needed.

When did you know you were Ready for what you are doing now?

Politics in this country is broken. I see people that talk  a good game but don’t put in the work to make things happen in the community.We need elected officials that have real world experience in life and business. We could bring in teachers and educators that know our needs to help fix our education problems. I want to be someone that changes the game

Can you name one Individual that we all should learn more about and why?

People should learn more about themselves.  Most people don’t know who they are and who they can become. You can read a million books on others but if you don’t use it to better yourself no difference will be made.

When things are not optimistic what makes you want to Continue?

I have two small children and it is hard not to give up and make sure they have the little things like milk to the bigger things of seeing that they are in an environment that is safe so they will be proud of who they are and where they come from. My children remind me everyday about the power if God.

What Keys to success can you leave for others?

Key #1.  Figure out who you are, what inspires you, what  your skill set  is. Key #2. Figure out how you can use your skill set so that you can be closer to your dream. Key# 3. Don’t give up, even when the first step doesn’t work out for you.

Visit Vincent Morgan for more information


Welcome To Rochester, NY

May 3, 2012

Marlene Carollseli would like to welcome you to Rochester, New York

Rochester, NY, is the home of George Eastman, Eastman Kodak, and a host of related businesses and organizations spawned by this entrepreneur. He’s not alone, though, in drinking the water that seems to spur innovation. Xerox was also founded here, as was Bausch & Lomb, Bond Clothing, Hickey Freeman, Gannett newspapers, and Wegmans grocery store, just named the best store in America.

We’ve had our share of other luminaries, of course, included those in the arts, sports and politics. Why consider a move to the Flower City? Why not? Rochester earned a sixth-place spot in the list of ‘most livable cities in 2007. Regarding quality of life, Rochester was chosen the #1 place in cities with metro areas greater than 1 million people. Our public schools are the sixth best in the nation. Think of that! And Forbes called us, in 2010, the third best place in the whole country to raise a family. Visit us and bloom along with our lilacs.

Visit Rochester New York for more information.


Get A Long: An Original Love Story

February 4, 2012

Copyright © 2012 by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

Growing up boys dreamed of marrying one of the Long daughters. Jim Long is married to Karen Long and the rumor is they named Long Island after their family. The saying is that  the family has Long money and their savings will never run out. The Longs made their money early on in residential real estate and later switched over to build a commercial real estate empire.

As a young man marrying a Long was like winning the lottery where everything would be taken for you. The Longs had three daughters and no sons. Each young man that would be given the opportunity would be treated just like he was a Long.

The three daughters were Kali 30, Joan 28 and Cassee 23. Kali and Joan were successfully married and where the story begins everyone in the family is wondering when Cassee will find and marry Mr. Right.

In High School Cassee became real good friends with Joe Joe Johnson. Joe Joe was a great fit for Cassee but because of his economic background she never felt the family would approve of Joe Joe becoming one of them. Joe Joe was not naive but he liked Cassee and remained good friends with her throughout High School and College.

During college Cassee became serious about Jamir Jefferson, a college All American running back who was projected as a 1st round draft pick in the NFL. Cassee and Jamir met as Freshmen and have dated for four years having an optimistic view of having a family with kids one day.  Jamir liked the idea but wanted to wait until he established himself with his professional football career.  Cassee  was more ready especially with seeing how Kali and Joan were living the American dream like their mom and dad.

Jamir went to the NFL Draft Party. He was selected the number 1 running back at pick #16 by the New York Jets. Since the draft was in NY the crowd went crazy. Jamir had went to the draft alone and did not invite Cassee. After the draft Jamir met with Cassee and let her know that he wanted to move on as just friends. Jamir wasn’t ready to be tied down for the Long haul with the Long family.

Cassee was full of tears and as usual called on her Joe Joe. Double J as many call him was always there for Cassee no matter what. Cassee asked Joe Joe to meet her out for dinner and the two began to establish a bond even greater than the one they already had.

Joe Joe went to see Cassee graduate from College with a B.A. in International Business from Harvard. Joe Joe never went to college but remained a mainstay at his job that he has held since High School. In 6 years he has gone from grocery bagger to one of the youngest Store Manager’s in company history.

Cassee decided it was time to introduce Joe Joe to her family as Mr. Right. Everyone was happy for her even though Mr. Long had some concerns about the finanacial future of their family. Mr. Long wanted to know if a Store Managers salary could provide Cassee with the type of lifestyle that she was accustomed to?

Joe Joe laughed lightly saying to Mr. Long “if anyone signs a prenuptial, it won’t have to be me”

“Mr Long have you heard of EOJ International?” “Yes I have Joe Joe, my two son in laws work for the company and are both earning well over six figures a year”

“Well if they are earning six figures how well do you think I’m doing? I own the company and EOJ is my name backwards. When my Grandfather died four years ago I inherited the company. I never said anything because I wanted people to treat me the same whether I had a lot of money or not.  Mr. Long I read in your book, Long Money, that a key to wealth is to put a great team together, keep them happy and get the hell out of the way. For four years I have done just that with great success. Running a store helps me run my other businesses and at the same time I get to shape lives.”

Six months later Joe Joe was able to Get A Long as he and Cassee tied the knot.