Mike Rowe - Dirty Jobs

Dirty Jobs – Somebody’s Got To Do Them!

Another Day – Another Dirty Jobs Opportunity…

Orlando, Florida – Mike Rowe, host and star of “Dirty Jobs”, had another dirty job to fulfill in Orlando recently – entertain a couple thousand veterinarians at a corporate event while strung out on flu medication and fighting a fever. In classic Mike Rowe-style, he hit it out of the park! He had the crowd laughing hysterically for practically the entire 90-minute set. Many highlights during the evening, but one of my favorites was when a young boy interrupted Mike’s set for an autograph. As Rowe tells it…

“Then, there’s the kid who walked up to the stage in the middle of my presentation and asked for an autograph. Did he have a pen? No. Did he have a something for me to sign? No. So – while I can’t congratulate him for his organizational foresight, his boldness and complete lack of guile gives me further hope for H sapien. Thanks, kid.”

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During this time of the year, millions of seniors in high schools across the U.S. are graduating and moving onto the next phase of their life’s journey. Seems like a good time to highlight and quote some of Mike Rowe’s insights and (researched) opinions of the opportunities available to these young adults.

Rowe said there are 5.6 million job openings waiting to be filled in fields that for the most part do not require a bachelor’s degree.

The former “Dirty Jobs” host stated he’s sent letters to both former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump drawing attention to that fact and has testified before Congressional Subcommittee on closing the skills gap.

“There’s a belief … in the country that we can cure unemployment by creating opportunity,” Rowe said. “The skills gap proves that opportunity alone is not enough to get people employed.”

“It’s a sucker’s bet … You have to be talking about jobs that are uniformly cared about,” Rowe said, referencing many trades where such job openings exist.

Rowe said that taking vocational-technical training out of high school curricula helped accelerate the skills gap, in that it taught “a whole generation” that the best path to success is a college degree. Currently, the U.S. has over a trillion dollars of student loan debt, record high unemployment and three million good jobs that no one seems to want.

“The vast majority of available opportunity right now requires training – not a liberal arts degree, not a four-year education.”
-Mike Rowe

Today, Mike runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades. He is closely associated with the Future Farmers of America, Skills USA, and the Boy Scouts of America, who honored him as a Distinguished Eagle Scout.

In addition to his foundation, Mike’s website, mikeroweWORKS.org, focuses on all the issues related to the widening skills gap, aging workforce, high unemployment and millions of unfilled jobs. It also provides comprehensive resources for anyone looking to explore those vocations, as well as continue to focus the country on the real dilemmas facing our trade workers, miners and farmers.

For those so inclined, you can listen to a new episode of Mike’s Podcast: “The Way I Heard It”, every Tuesday.

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ASU Law School - formally known as the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

ASU Law School Finds New Home in Downtown Phoenix

New Home for ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Phoenix, Arizona – The ASU Law School, formally known as the “Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law”, has found a new home in the Beus Center for Law and Society (BCLS) in downtown Phoenix. The beautiful new building space uses form and function to connect students, visitors, and the general public to the role of justice in society.

“It is a privilege—and a great responsibility—to be entrusted with the name and legacy of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.). We strive to honor her by committing ourselves, as she has, to public service.”
-Dean Douglas Sylvester

Grand Opening of the Beus Center for Law and Society

It was truly an honor to photograph the grand opening of the Beus Center for Law and Society’s (BCLS). The venue was packed with ASU Law School alum, local and state politicians, students and faculty and many high-profile VIPs, including the college’s name-sake – Sandra Day O’Connor. The list of speakers addressing the full-house included Arizona Republican Senator, John McCain; ASU President, Michael Crow; Dean of the College of Law, Douglas Sylvester; Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton; Leo Beus (for whom the building was named); Arizona Board of Regents Chairman, Greg Patterson; and U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman and enrolled tribal member to serve as a federal judge.

The grand opening highlighted how the building that Crow called a “world-class facility in a world-class location” would serve as more than home to ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. This $130 million state-of-the-art building symbolizes a new model for legal education – one that fosters openness, collaboration, and innovation for students who walk through its doors, and serves as a resource to the community. The BCLS was designed to be inviting, engaging, and accessible to everyone who is interested in learning about the law, its effect on our daily lives, and the many services and resources available through ASU and other BCLS partners.

“I am proud that this college bears my name. It is dedicated to providing students with opportunities and experience that advance justice and the rule of law.”
-Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.)

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George W. Bush - Lone Star Texan

GOP Lone Star George W. Bush

Keynote Address Deep in the Heart of Texas

San Antonio, Texas – George W. Bush, the former Lone Star Governor and 43rd President of the United States of America, made his appearance at a corporate event held in San Antonio, Texas; addressing a crowd of 2,000+ attendees to promote his book and discuss his life after the White House.

During his “conversational-style” keynote address, President Bush managed to steer clear of political discussions and whether or not he was going to publicly endorse either of the candidates running for office. Instead, “Dubya” chose to connect with the audience through humorous anecdotes and personal reflections on his presidency. President Bush’s story about Vladimir Putin’s dog, Koni, and Putin’s dissing of Bush’s Scottish terrier, Barney, had the audience cracking up. The former-president also shared how he was –and still is– inspired by the spirit and resolve of the American people during the tragedy of 9/11 and the disaster of Hurricane Katrina.

“As president, I had the privilege to see that character up close. I saw it in the first responders who charged up the stairs, into the flames to save people’s lives from the burning towers. I saw it in the Virginia Tech professor who barricaded his classroom door with his body until his students escaped to safety.

I saw it in the people of New Orleans who made homemade boats to rescue their neighbors during the floods. I saw it in the service members who laid down their lives to keep our country safe.”

Photo-ops with “George W. Bush”

After the former-president’s keynote address, we had a meet-and-greet photo-op session backstage for the execs and VIPs – even us humble photographers were able to have their photo-op with the former POTUS!  Though the line was long, Mr Bush stayed true to form of the Lone Star GOP politician: greeting everyone with a firm hand-shake; a big smile and a friendly slap on the back, some witty banter plus a personality as big as Texas! The consummate GOP Lone Star…  George W. Bush.

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City of Angels - L.A.

City of Angels

I ❤️ L.A.!!

Los Angeles, CA – The beautifully diverse and sunny City of Angels gives us so many reasons to love her – from glorious beach-fronts and breath-taking sunsets to spotting Hollywood celebrities and cruising palm tree lined boulevards.

LA is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, making it a truly global city. From San Pedro to the San Fernando Valley, LA is home to 211 sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Bradbury Building, Watts Towers and the Ennis House. As the entertainment capital of the world and home to more creative residents than any other city, LA has a long history with film, TV, music and literature. From the world class LA Philharmonic to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, J. Paul Getty Museum and LACMA, LA’s cultural legacy continues to grow.

If you enjoy eating fish tacos while soaking up the SoCal sun, then the sunsets as seen from either the Santa Monica Pier (located at the foot of Colorado Avenue where the iconic Route 66 ends at the sea) or Venice Beach are a fantastic way to wrap up a day of exploring a a city of endless entertainment – the City of Angels.

Song writer and performer, Randy Newman sums it up quite nicely in his tune,“I Love L.A.”:

From the South Bay to the Valley
From the West Side to the East Side
Everybody’s very happy
‘Cause the sun is shining all the time
Looks like another perfect day

I love L.A.

Look at these women
There ain’t nothin’ like em nowhere

Century Boulevard (We love it)
Victory Boulevard (We love it)
Santa Monica Boulevard (We love it)
Sixth Street (We love it, we love it)

I love L.A.

Me, too Mr. Newman – me, too…

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Jesse McGuire

Jesse McGuire, Kicks-off NAIC Conference in Phoenix

Dr. Jesse McGuire

Phoenix, AZ – Award-winning trumpeter, Dr. Jesse McGuire, is always at-home with the National Anthem and this particular performance was a supreme rendition! Dr. McGuire raised goosebumps among the commissioners, legislators, directors and attendees with his moving performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the opening session of the NAIC Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. What a fantastic way to start a corporate event!

Throughout the years, McGuire has had the honor and privilege of performing for three U.S. presidents and at many major sporting events – most notably the 2000 Daytona 500, Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, and the 2014 NFL Playoff game between the Panthers and the 49ers. Jesse’s resume reads like a Who’s Who of soul, gospel, and rhythm and blues. Jessie McGuire has toured and recorded with some of the world’s biggest musicians, including Elton John, Paul Simon, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Wynton Marsalis, Seal and Hootie and the Blowfish.

Even after performing for three presidents (Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush), playing at the Carnegie Hall and touring all over the world, McGuire said there are still two things that remain on his bucket list: opening for the Rolling Stones and performing at the Super Bowl!

“Nothing else carries the clout, the hype and the universal exposure that the Super Bowl does,” he said. “Now, regarding the Rolling Stones? I just think it would be a blast to open a Stones concert. I would love to do a rock concert, and it doesn’t get any bigger than the Stones! I’d blow the roof off the stadium!”

No doubt you surely would, Jesse McGuire!

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