#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Dan Pincus, founder and CEO of World Golf Network, to discuss the premier golf business networking organization.
“I noticed that if you can get onto the golf course with the right people, business becomes easy,” Pincus states. “There’s no activity like golf, in terms of building a relationship.”
Here’s a breakdown of how it works. A company gives World Golf Network a profile of who they are, what they do, and who they want to meet. If they can help, the company is accepted into the system and is matched up with people who they can get referred to for business, or might need to take their business to the next level.
“You learn more about a person over one round of golf than you could over months of having cocktails and meeting with them,” Pincus said. “You get to learn who they are, what they do, and how they communicate with people.”
There are over 4,000 executives in their database that are used to match up people based on who they could actually do more business with.
People always say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. To use that to your advantage, head over to World Golf Network’s website and fill out an application to get qualified.
Bucket & Bay is a gelateria located on Bay Street known for its unique gelato. Gelato, of course, is an Italian style of low-fat ice cream that is characterized by its more dense texture in comparison to other styles of ice cream.
Cara sat down with Jen Kavlakov, the owner and chief of the café, to talk about what goes on behind the scenes. Along with her husband, Boris, she opened up Bucket & Bay because it had long been a dream of theirs and they wanted to make their kids proud of them for following that dream.
Perhaps the most pivotal ingredient that contributes to their healthier (and tastier) gelato is the 100 percent grass fed milk. This type of milk has more nutrients than standard milk whereas cows that produce the milk produce it in small amounts.
What also sets Bucket & Bay apart from other gelaterias in New Jersey is that rather from starting from a premade base and adding flavor from there like others do, Jen and the rest of her crew start completely from scratch.
The café also only uses local ingredients acquired from a purveyor. One drawback is that they only use seasonal ingredients, so you won’t be able to get anything with strawberries in the dead of winter. But they work around this. Family is very important to Jen and Boris and the duo would never put an item on the menu that they wouldn’t serve to their loved ones.
Jen obviously was not going to let Cara leave without a sample! Cara was lucky enough to try one of the cafes classic items, a pressed gelato sandwich. Served on toasted babka, a type of croissant roll, this sandwich includes gelato and a house-made jam. Her sample was a classic combination of Bucket & Bay vanilla gelato and strawberry rhubarb jam.
Jen and Boris also strive to be active community participants beyond desert by selling their top-notch ingredients through a buyers club deal called Bucket Share. Membership is not required in order to purchase the ingredients, but a discount is offered. Rather than a come-and-go atmosphere, the café also features community space and visitors are encouraged to sit back and enjoy the gelato.
It is the inevitable truth that life often gets in the way on the path to success. Chris Carrinosurely knows this. He took his path to success in the sports broadcasting industry. Carrino may not be recognizable to most by the face, but any avid sports fan from 1991 to the present day will definitely recognize his voice. Most would find it hard to believe that this New Jersey-based sportscaster dealt with any issues alongside building his impressive resume.
Since 2001, he has been the resident play-by-play announcer for BrooklynNets basketball after being both a studio producer and feature reporter for the team beginning in 1992. Carrino also calls NFL games during the pre-season for the New York Giants and made vocal appearances in the Beijing and London Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He lends his voice to additional sporting networks, as well.
He graduated from Fordham University in 1992 where he was a prominent broadcaster at the university’s radio station. He also loved to play sports himself. But while attending Fordham, his athletic abilities began to lack.
The Marlboro resident soon discovered that he had Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, or FSHD. FSHD is a genetic muscular dystrophy that causes severe weakening and wasting of muscles throughout one’s body. Victims of the disease acquire symptoms in their late teenage years and often garner inabilities such as difficulties with moving their arms or legs. Some may even suffer from vision impairment or hearing loss.
But Carrino wasn’t going to let FSHD deter him from a career in sports. On having FSHD, he said that, “It teaches you to take life as it comes and to live it moment to moment.” With that in mind, he shaped his career and created the The Chris Carrino Foundation for FSHD.
His foundation is devoted to helping fund FSHD research that could potentially improve the lives of those impacted by it whereas there is no known treatment or cure. The nonprofit organization is just one of three in the United States that supports FSHD.
Coming up on Thursday, July 21st at 6 p.m. at Russo’s On the Bay in Howard Beach, NY is the foundation’s most anticipated fundraising event of the year, the 6th Annual Chris Carrino Foundation Dinner/Dance. The event will include an open cash bar, DJ, dancing, live auction and raffle prizes.