I had a fantastic time as the keynote speaker for First Watch Leadership Conference 2014 at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. First Watch is one of my favorite places for breakfast and lunch in Lakewood Ranch. I am very proud of the recent growth of First Watch adding 50 stores in the last year totaling 150 stores. The very generous executives donated $20K+ to the V Foundation. CEO, Ken Pendery and CMO, Chris Tomasso are my kind of people. They are all about family and have a passion for helping others. I can`t thank them enough, as I gathered before 200 people from First Watch family and shared our message and received a standing ovation.
The battle to make the Top four in college football is already a wild ride!
Just when you thought it was easy to figure out, upset city hit. Arizona scored a stunning upset at Oregon. Utah State gave previously-unbeaten BYU a shocking setback. The state of Mississippi went wild as Mississippi State beat Texas A&M and Ole Miss rallied to knock off Alabama. Utah stunned UCLA. TCU won at home, edging Oklahoma.
Other schools scored important wins. Auburn easily defeated LSU. Notre Dame got a huge victory over a tough, defensive-minded Stanford squad.
It is excitement galore every week.
I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Burger King Convention of 1500 Franchise owners. I had a errific time and appreciated the standing ovation after my presentation. It was great meeting the CEO Daniel Schwartz andthe President Alex Maseo. They were great to work with and I enjoyed all the people I met. I stayed at the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas with my wife Lorraine and we had a blast. we also visited Cesears Palace and saw Britteny Spears perform live. Great time sharing the moment with all the people at Burger King.
I am a huge baseball fan, and the playoffs are all set. It’s time to go out on a limb and make some predictions, baby!
NL Wild Card: Pittsburgh over San Francisco
AL Wild Card: Oakland over Kansas City
Pittsburgh over Washington in 5
Los Angeles over St. Louis in 4
Oakland over LA Angels in 5
Detroit over Baltimore in 5
Los Angeles over Pittsburgh in 6
Detroit over Oakland in 6
Detroit over Los Angeles in 7
Tears were flowing in our household during Derek Jeter’s farewell to Yankee Stadium. What a storybook ending with the game-winning hit. I loved the final words of Bob Costas, who said Derek represented the pinstripes with total class.
I don’t think Hollywood would have believed that script from Thursday night. Jeter would have had the key RBI before the ninth inning. Then David Robertson gave up two home runs in the ninth, setting the stage for the dramatic moment.
It was absolutely incredible. Jeter deserved to enjoy every moment of the post-game celebration. It was wonderful to see all of his former Yankee teammates and former manager Joe Torre there, plus his family.
Congrats on a great career, Derek.
I really had a fantastic time as keynote speaker for the Million Dollar Round Table Conference. It was an honor to share the microphone with Condoleezza Rice and many other outstanding speakers. I had a blast and can`t thank Jason Dudum, the chariman of event, enough for selecting me to be a part of this special conference. The Million dollar Round Table consisted of outstanding people who have done a phenomenal job and are the best of the best in the field of life insurance and financial advisers.
I was absolutely honored and thrilled to receive the 1st Heart of Gold award given by the Pediatric Cancer Foundation in Tampa. I received an incredible introduction from my buddy Mike Valdez. It was an incredible, sold out evening with over 600 people to raise money for kids with cancer.
I was touched by the youngsters present including two local youngsters who attended my gala, Kyle Peters and Tony Colton from Sarasota. It was also very touching to have my family and friends presesnt including, my wife Lorraine, daughter Sherri, John Moran, Art Conforti , Larry and Lorraine Ciff, Larry and Susan Wade, Joe Barbetta, Mark Kenealy, and Janet Allen
It was a special night I will always cherish and am so proud they announded the Dick Vitale Heart Of Gold Award will be given every year to an induvidual who dedicates their time raising money for kida battling cancer.
This should be another exciting week for college football fans.
It starts on Thursday with a pair of ranked teams squaring off. Auburn takes on Kansas State. The SEC has seven teams ranked in the AP Top 15 this week, so there is some pressure to back it up.
#1 Florida state has an ACC showdown against Clemson. Alabama hosts Florida in an SEC match-up. You also have Oklahoma against West Virginia and Miami-Florida at Nebraska. Mountaineer QB Clint Trickett threw for 511 yards last week; Bob Stoops will have a few sleepless nights thinking about that.
It should be a fun weekend indeed.
There are certainly a number of issues involving NFL players and their off-field issues.
On the field, there have been a few surprises already. The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 after an impressive and emotional win over Miami. The team honored late owner Ralph Wilson over the weekend and the players responded. The Houston Texans won two games all of last season; the Bill O’Brien-led squad is now 2-0 after winning at the Raiders.
The Saints are a surprising 0-2 after losing at Cleveland on a late field goal. Don’t count Drew Brees and company out.
I had a blast sharing the stage with ESPN’s Allan Bestwick and Joe Lunardi, along with driver Kasey Kahne at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston.
Everybody is very excited about the new Chase Grid for this year. We talked about NASCAR’s version of the postseason and the new format and rules, which have 16 drivers competing for the championship. There will be so much excitement as we cut down the field of contenders.
The fans in New Hampshire should be thrilled as they have a race in Loudon coming up and Jerry Gappens does a super job up there.