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ESPN, leadership dinner, 360 MAGAZINE

ESPN Leadership Dinner

On Thursday, November 14th at 6:30 PM ESPN celebrated today’s visionaries and their role on leveraging innovation to impact change. The dinner will take place ahead of Beyond Innovation – an annual event hosted by Beyond Sport, which will convene a series of leaders and innovators across sports, technology, government and education to inspire cross-sector discussion and partnership on innovative solutions to the global STEM workforce crisis.

Both Thursday’s dinner and Beyond Innovation are private, invite only events. Thursday’s dinner kicked things off and was headlined by David Goldstein of SpaceX. Goldstein will give his perspective on the tech space and the opportunity to advance, such as landscape, insights on where the tech world is sitting at the moment, what does it take to work as a leader in tech, and lightly touch on the sport angle and how they can connect/engage. 

Thursday night’s turnout was phenomenal at the iconic Dodger Stadium. Beyond Innovation started the topic of conversation about how important the role of sports and STEM education is to our community.

David Goldstein, retired Air Force colonel, gave a very motivating speech on what it takes to be a good leader.

“You need to inspire, engage and have grit in what you do to help others get to their destination and be able to pass that knowledge on to our upcoming leaders as well.”

Condé Nast Collection

The other night at Morrison Hotel Gallery inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel, the younger generation of today’s Hollywood came out to celebrate the unveiling of the new Condé Nast Collection.

The exclusive event was hosted by John Varvatos and photographer Timothy White. Co-hosts included Hollywood’s new generation, Tommy Dorfman, Adam Faze, Gulliver Oldman, Odessa A’zion, Duke Nicholson and Amanda Steele.

Guests enjoyed signature cocktails like Mr. White’s Red Margarita and the Diltz Daiquiri – both made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey – and the Mezzin’ Around and Love Live Tequila, each made with Villa One Tequila, who presented the event

The Morrison Hotel Gallery Condé Nast Collection, an exquisite lineup of contemporary photography carefully curated from the extensive Condé Nast archive, featuring work from remarkable master photographers such as Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Heune, John Rawlings, and Bert Stern. Famed for their unparalleled perspective, these photographers have captured timeless moments that range from alluring and captivating to unconventional and provocative – images that will be on display as extraordinary archival prints for discerning collectors and lovers of fine art to view, enjoy, and make a part of their personal collection.

Curated by photographer Timothy White and Condé Nast Corporate Photography Director Ivan Shaw, this elegant collection features an exclusive grouping of 30 prints. From Joni Mitchell in a pensive pose to a temple-clutching Jack Nicholson and the ever-elegant Audrey Hepburn, each image was chosen based on having driven the historical direction of photography forward, as well as having left an indelible mark on fashion, art, and pop culture.

After its unveiling, the collection will be showcased on a dedicated wall in each Morrison Hotel Gallery. The prints will also be available for purchase online via all of the gallery’s digital channels.

About Morrison Hotel Gallery:

With over 50,000 photographs in our archive and 18 years of experience, we strive to curate the best collections privately and through our galleries, creating unique offerings to our broad range of diverse collectors.

About Condé Nast:

Condé Nastis a global media company producing the highest-quality content with a footprint of more than 1 billion consumers in over 30 territories through print, digital, video, and social platforms.

*Photo by Vaughn Lowery

Marriott, hotels, Chicago, 360 magazine

NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS WITH MARRIOTT HOTELS

Three, two, one… Happy New Year! From parties lasting late into the night to day-time celebrations for the entire family and more, the country’s Midwest cities are hotspots for some of the greatest New Year’s traditions and events. Forget watching the ball drop in Times Square from your hotel room – the Midwest Marriott properties allow travelers and locals alike to ring in the New Year at their choice of festivities with convenient proximity. Whether looking to have an intimate New Year’s Eve with close friends or attending the largest gala, guests need not look far for the best lodging accommodations, some even with popular celebrations all their own.

Chicago,Illinois

• Travelers looking for an upscale celebration in the Second City have options aplenty. The JW Marriott Chicago offers its own NYE Soiree, boasting two concurrent events throughout the hotel. Featuring Chicago’s hottest live music cover bands and DJs, multiple rooms of entertainment and a four-hour all-inclusive premium package available, JW Marriott Chicago invites guests to leave the worries of the past year behind and embrace 2020 with full enthusiasm. Gala fans may enjoy “NYE 2020” at the W Chicago – City Center, an extravaganza with over-the-top entertainment, all-inclusive packages, pre- and post-parties and more in the heart of Chicago, near the Magnificent Mile. For guests looking to enjoy Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Chicago Resolution Gala, which is held annually in the Aon Grand Ballroom, is a lively option, while those traveling with children may prefer the spectacular display of Navy Pier’s Fireworks or enjoy time together at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Zoo Year’s Eve and the Chicago Children’s Museum Noon Year’s Eve. Several top Marriott properties are located just steps from these events, including The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, AC Hotel Chicago Downtown and The Westin Chicago River North.

Minneapolis,Minnesota

• Those visiting the Twin Cities have prime pickings for luxurious and comfortable Marriott properties to stay at, no matter what their plans. All within walking distance or short driving distance from some of downtown Minneapolis’ most popular celebrations, Hotel Ivy, Elliot Park Hotel, Aloft Minneapolis, Le Meridien Chambers, W Minneapolis – The Foshay, Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Emery and Moxy Minneapolis Uptown are in the center of the action. One of the most notable events for New Year’s in Minneapolis is the Crystal Ball, which offers guests 21 years of age and older the opportunity to dance, sing, laugh and play the night away, with live DJs, Piano Karaoke Lounge, an arcade game room with interactive LED games and more. In a similar fashion, Countdown Minneapolis is held annually at The Minneapolis Club, the extravagant festivities occur on multiple levels of the club with top DJs and a midnight countdown. For music lovers, the Snowta NYE Festival is a must at the famous music venue, The Armory.

Detroit,Michigan

• New Year’s in Detroit often comes with its own Motown Twist. The luxe Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney is the perfect on-site hotel for those looking to attend the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the historic David Whitney Building, which known for beautiful art deco architecture stylings and an enclosed five-story atrium covered in marble with a skylighted roof. The party features Epicurean catering, a champagne toast, balloon drop, hors d’oeuvres and live music for the evening. For travelers and locals looking to explore the city elsewhere, top celebrations include the classic Detroit Princess Riverboat New Year’s Eve Motown Dinner Cruise, which allows guests to “rock the boat” on the Detroit River, the Resolution Ball at The Fillmore Detroit, which is billed as the most exclusive NYE party in the Midwest, and NYE Bleuout at Bleu Detroit, all convenient celebrations under three miles from Courtyard Detroit Downtown, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and The Henry.

Kansas City and St. Louis,Missouri

• Whether in downtown Kansas City, the Crossroads Arts District or beyond the locals and visitors know how to celebrate. At the iconic Union Station, thousands of people gather each New Year’s Eve to countdown at the New Year’s Swingin’ Eve, big band style. Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center each offer a relaxing haven after an evening out, just a mere seven minute drive from Union Station and within walking distance of the Power & Light District, which hosts NYE! Live at the KC Live! block of the popular neighborhood. A fan favorite for individuals looking to get their party on into the early hours of the New Year, The View hosts a premium event with gourmet food options, DJs and a see-and-be-seen environment. Children and adults of all ages are invited to enjoy Zoo Year’s Eve at the Kansas City Zoo and Noon Year’s Eve at Science City, which is also conveniently located at Union Station.

• Across the state in St. Louis, similar festivities are held including NYE Live! At Ballpark Village in the dining and entertainment district downtown that attracts thousands of tourists each year. The Marriott St. Louis Grand and Magnolia Hotel St. Louis are each conveniently located less than a mile from the heart of Ballpark Village and the Courtyard St. Louis Downtown West is about 10 minutes from the action.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati,Ohio

• The three “C Cities” in Ohio are each hotspots for New Year’s Eve, boasting their own can’t-miss bashes. The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party is held every year until 2 a.m. With several rooms each with their own vibe and entertainment, attendees have their choice of live band entertainment, DJs and the opportunity to enjoy a premium open bar, while being on-site at the beautiful hotel, keeping the evening safe and fun.

• In Cincinnati, visitors may enjoy a “Happy Zoo Year” at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is ideal for “party animals” of all ages, and the Fountain Square New Year’s Eve Blast, which welcomes thousands of attendees each year for a family-friendly, free day featuring goofy games, dancing, delicious food, musical performances, an ice skating rink and celebration finale of fireworks. Adults may prefer New Year’s Eve at Winterfest or a pre-fixe dining experience at Nicholson’s Palomino, The Palace and more, with the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel close by to rest before and after the festivities. The city’s Courtyard Cincinnati Blue Ash and Courtyard Cincinnati Covington hotels offer comfortable accommodations a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown celebrations.

• Upscale travelers looking for an elevated New Year’s Eve should make their way to Cleveland’s top events including the New Year’s Eve Gala on the Nautica Queen, which never fails to sell out each year due to extreme popularity and the Decades and Diamonds at The Vault, an upscale cocktail bar in the heart of downtown. After the night of lavish fun concludes, The Westin Cleveland Downtown and The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland offer accommodations sure to match the satisfaction of celebrating the start of a new year.

Marvel Launch Party

The one-shot that will shape the future of the Marvel Universe into 2020 and beyond hits stores on December 26, and participating comic shops near you will be hosting Incoming! #1 Launch Parties featuring exclusive offerings. Grab a party variant by Jorge Molina that shows your favorite heroes readying themselves for this massive event by donning mysterious Eternity Masks! Also, collectors can start planning ahead for the new year with 2020 Calendars!

Unite with fellow True Believers at a participating comic shop near you and witness the start of Marvel’s exciting new chapter on December 26. Be sure to snag the exclusive offerings! 

To find a comic shop near you HERE

Silverado, Chevy, general motors, 360 MAGAZINE, auto

Chevrolet Silverado 2WD RST DBL

By Anthony Sovinsky x Vaughn Lowery

The truck buyer is a unique individual looking to satisfy a variety of needs that match the demands of their lifestyle. Like the American dream, where there is a will there is a way. The all new 2019 Chevy Silverado 2WD RST DBL has created the perfect means to wherever their journey ends.

The Silverado has undergone some plastic surgery for this year; and we must say, for a full-size utility truck, it looks good. Let’s start at the front. The grille is just down right colossal which gives it with a very dominant presence. It’s design features are evocative of its athletic brother, the Camaro, with a near identical LED headlight ensemble. Below the headlamps are two more sets of functional lighting components that include daytime reflectors and fog lights. Tasteful cuts and lines give it a very modern look while preserving its rugged nature. Aside from looking like it belongs in a transformer movie, the Silverado is also equipped like one. It possesses the following: a tailgate with lift assist; power back and release; a corner step rear bumper for ease of access to the truck bed; 12 fixed durabed tie downs with each corner rated at 500lb and LED durabed lighting.

The double cab was undoubtably spacious and the convenience package afforded enhanced comfortability as well as style. We encountered a number of useful additions which were of great use. First off, the bucket seats were ergonomically designed to allow for cozy travel no matter how far the destination. Next, the ultra crisp sound of the Bose audio system immediately heightened the driving experience and instantly became a key highlight of the vehicle. For music, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard so prompt connectivity was a must. Furthermore, we had access to 4 USB ports to charge our phones. This comes in handy when there is a cabin full of avid cell phone users who are all on 10%. Lastly, the 8” HD color infotainment system with touchscreen and voice recognition makes it easy to navigate the city while allowing for handsfree texting and phone calls.

When powering a truck there is usually a sacrifice of efficiency for power. Well Chevrolet has solved that problem in 2019 with a 2.7 liter V4. Yes, that’s right, a 4-cylinder. Now, how does it power a full size truck? Easy, they turbocharge it, resulting in 310 hp and 348 ft-lb of torque (20 mpg street and 23 mpg highway). Because it’s boosted, torque is readily available at the tap of the throttle, providing the truck with additional pep to pass slow vehicles and getting up to highway speed faster.

While the tank-like structure and ride height provide a secure feel and safe ride, it does inhibit maneuverability in city traffic. The safety package ($890) increases the driver’s awareness. Front and rear park assist made it much less painful to park In confined spaces, which appeared quite often during our commutes in Los Angeles. Rush hour can become even more of a nuisance if you can’t switch lanes fast enough to keep with the flow of traffic. Lane change along with side blind zone alert allowed us to safely merge into different lanes.

In short, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2WD RST DBL possesses a bold futuristic styling. It’s agility is in tandem with other truck manufacturers and is well worth its value being priced well-equipped for just under $50,000.

For additional information go HERE.

JG BLACK BOOK’S NEW PRESIDENT!!

Alexandra Avila appointed President of JG Black Book.

JG Black Book, one of the world’s leading luxury travel industry consulting firm, announced yesterday that Vice President of Industry and Media Relations, Alexandra Avila, will assume the role of President of JG Black Book, effective May 1, 2018. Current Founder, President and CEO, Jena Gardner, remains as CEO, increasing her involvement with the growth and diversification of the agency’s parent brand, JG Worldwide.

Alexandra started working with Jena Gardner, Founder of JG Black Book, in 2009, returning in 2014 as a client when she was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Le Soleil D’Or a luxury resort in the Caribbean. In 2015 she returned to her JG Black Book roots where for the past three years Alexandra has been instrumental in bridging the agency’s assets in sales, marketing, branding, social media and public relations, offering clients increased ROI and added value in an increasingly competitive market where brands need a unified voice.

Alexandra has a strong background in the new integrated world of trade and public relations with experience that has combined partnership development, digital marketing and social media to maximize trade and consumer exposure. Her years of proven success has seen her implement creative marketing solutions to support brands within the travel, fashion and publishing industries, such as Travel + Leisure Magazine, the Guggenheim Museums, Ideeli and the Tod’s Group.

In her most recent position as Vice President of Industry and Media Relations, Alexandra led JG Black Book’s PR and Sales Representation departments, managing a team of 15, finding synergies between the services to identify efficiencies for clients which include some of the world’s leading properties, tour operators and tourism boards around the globe. Under her direction, revenue continued to increase and new partners include Delfin Amazon Cruises, Condor Travel, Al Bait Sharjah, Sheldon Chalet, The Giardino Group, Elewana, Global Community, Principal Hotel Company and The Stafford London.

As president, Alexandra will work closely with the executive team as the company continues to evolve as a fully integrated one-stop sales and marketing agency. The focus will be on growing new business, attracting fresh talent and maintaining superior client service, while building on the agency’s expertise and A-list contacts within the luxury hospitality industry in North America, Latin America and the United Kingdom.

Commenting on the announcement, Jena Gardner says “Alexandra is widely recognized for her creative business-minded approach which is essential to the success of our partners as well as ours” said Gardner. “She is committed to achieving operational excellence and innovation and I’m excited for the future of JG Black Book as she takes a lead on integrating our operations further”.

Alexandra Avila added, “I’m excited to build on the highly reputable foundation we have established. We have a strong, passionate team with top connections in the industry and media place, and are focused on achieving only the best results for our clients. We now have even more tools to work with and opportunities to deliver consolidated campaigns in a sector that is rapidly changing and needs to be more dynamic than ever before”.

Founded in 2002 by travel industry veteran Jena Gardner, JG Black Book’s mission is to champion independent travel brands to tell their stories, build new networks and increase sales. Over the last 15 years, the highly successful consulting firm has helped over 150 of the world’s most extraordinary travel providers increase their share of voice in a constantly changing marketplace.

This appointment announcement comes soon after Gardner’s recent acquisition of MERCURYcsc – a leading creative, advertising and digital agency which expands JG Worldwide’s portfolio of services to now include full brand development, content creation, digital and social campaigns, advertising and media planning.

This perfectly complements the robust trade representation, public relations, marketing and strategic consulting services that JG Black Book and sister agency W!T are already known for.

ABOUT JG BLACK BOOK:
JG Black Book’s purpose is simple – to give destinations a voice. We are a full-service consulting firm that offers integrated Public Relations, Trade Relations, Marketing, and Branding services to clients in the travel and travel lifestyle sector. We help destinations gain exposure, build brands, establish networks and increase sales in North America, Latin America, and the U.K. The JG Black Book team of industry veterans, unique service model, and powerful connections have built the firm’s reputation as a trusted advisor for more than 130 of the world’s most celebrated travel brands including British Virgin Islands Tourist Board, Belize Tourism Board, Micato Safaris, Grace Bay Resorts, Leeu Collection, Andronis Luxury Suites, Volcanoes Safaris, Stafford London, Sonnenalp Hotel, Elewana Collection, GHM, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and the country of Belize. For more information on JG Black Book, please visit www.jgblackbook.com or call 212-967-5895.

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