The dust has finally settled a bit…

Are you ready for an event that you cannot explain…We just completed A View from the Edge for WorldVentures. Combining theatrics & special effects, with educational concepts, with personal growth and development lessons toss in some amazing lighting and energetic music and you get one of them most amazing events you’ll ever experience. With close to 3,000 people in attendance we kicked off things with a high exciting note on Friday night, with all of the attendees arriving in their limos, walking down the red carpet as the excitement and anticipation filled the arena. Once the show hit the road with our first video opener…it was no looking back from that point on. The owners came out and announced WorldVentures Top 20 Income Earners and Marc Accetta came out and gave a intense, up in your face message that just gave everyone an idea of what they could expect for the weekend. And the rest of the weekend was just that amazing lesson after amazing lesson. Marc Accetta brings forth to the industry what no one else can do, his unique method of delivering the information that he uses and shares with people has helped him to be one of the most sought out after speakers in the Personal Growth arena.

We really spent a countless amount of hours preparing for this year, with various presentations, new characters and also various special effects that we hadn’t used in the past, we really had to have our game faces on the entire weekend. After the first night of the event, you could just tell that the excitement had filled the room, people’s faces would light up and you could see the level of appreciation they had for being there and having their fellow teammates there. The Corporate Team of Mike Azcue, Wayne Nugent, Robert Oblon, Mike Conway & Dan Stammen also came forth with some exciting announcements throughout the weekend including some brand new compensation plan upgrades, a new state of the art back office and a unbelievable donation to Big Brother Big Sister of North Texas.
Now one thing that I get asked over and over again, is how do we choose the music that we play, and it is definitely time consuming going thru tons of songs to find the right one to use at a specific moment. Of course the main theme of the entire weekend is, “Life Will Never Be The Same”, which is also the chorus of “Life”, by Haddaway. Another great song that we used in one of our videos was, “Love Can Move Mountains”, by Celine Dion. There are also several other songs that I’ve previously listed that we’ve used, Don’t Stop Believing, Magic, Crazy by Seal, Son of Man and many others that deliver great messages and in fact I had listed some of them in one of my previous posts from Journey. But as far as the dance songs that I used for the event, one of the songs I used over and over because of the energy and hype was Bob Sinclair’s, “Rock This Party” which is a great song to use for any event, others I used were Cupid Shuffle, Fantasy, Peter Gunn Theme Song, Usher’s famous Yeah, Don’t Stop till you get enough, Get This Party Started, Soak up the Sun, Perfect Day, I need to know. I mean there’s just so many songs that I could stay here all day just listing songs but it is truly the fun part of my job when I can play a song and everyone gets into it and they are excited and just having a blast.

I hope everyone enjoys these couple of videos from the View and we hope to see you next year…

 

Happy Birthday to me…It’s been a good year and its only just begun!

Just wanted to say a very special thank you to everyone that was with me for my birthday this year. This year we were out in Nashville, Tennessee for an Acceleration Training headed by Marc Accetta (www.MarcAccetta.com) for WorldVentures. From their initial conception trainings have now grown in sizes well over the 1,000 person mark with the help of being spearheaded by Marc Accetta, personal friend and mentor to me on a monthly basis throughout the US. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to such places as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Hawaii, Miami, as well as other great destinations that most people only dream of visiting. This year while in Nashville I had the honor to meet one of Marc’s long time personal friends Laurie Rubidge (www.laurierubidge.com). Laurie has also had amazing success in the Personal Growth and Development industry throughout Laurie Rubidge’s career she has trained tens of thousands of people from all over the globe. Laurie has dedicated over 18 years of her life to inspire and motivate people to be the best they can be. Being that we were visiting he hometown she took the initiative to be in charge of giving us all the hotspots to visit while in Nashville. I was lucky enough to have my girlfriend Melinda with me, also one of my best friends Robert Oblon, which as of this past March in Las Vegas, NV has been named President of WorldVentures at their Annual Convention. This year at the WorldVentures Convention in front of over 4,000 people in attendance we were able to do the first ever WorldVentures concert. It was definitely awesome to play drums along with Robert, as well as having Marc sing a couple of songs. It was something that no one ever expected. A lot of work and time went into this year’s convention and I would have to say that everyone was excited and amazed to see several of WorldVentures reps & employees participate in this year’s concert. Who knows what we’ll pull off in 2009…

On another note, I wanted to give much props to both Robert and Marc, Robert Oblon recently became a big with the North Texas Big Brother Big Sister organization. Marc and Kelly Accetta which have been involved with the Big Brother Big Sister organization already for about 6 years have recently been asked to head the Board of Directors for Collin County chapter of BBBS. Big Brother Big Sister is an amazing organization and I’ve been lucky enough to attend their annual Black Tie and Boots ceremony for the past 2 years and meet one of their top people Mr.Charles Pierson. Just being around Marc and Kelly and seeing all of the positive guidance and support that they have given their little brother has made me realize that I should also apply to join to help out this organization in 2008.

As we all organized ourselves in the lobby at the Gaylord Opryland and waited for the limos the excitement and laughs had already began remembering how on Saturday night I rang in my birthday at the local Jack Daniel’s Saloon with Jeff Bolf singing on stage and also having my midnight birthday drink with Marc, Melinda and the rest of my friends there. We had a great party crew that was getting ready to invade downtown Nashville, so we went to The Stage where we tuned in to a little different kind of music than what most people have seen me listen to…Country! A lot of people think that because I listen to mainstream party music or hip hop then that’s all I listen to but they forget that I was born in South Texas just minutes from the border. And I’ve played in a number of bands where we sometimes had to play some country music, so I was no stranger to Dwight Yoakum, George Strait, Georgia Satellites and many others. On our way out of The Stage we stumbled across Layla’s Hillbilly & Country INN….there they had a great country band that was just jamming out. I had the honor of being asked to come up and jam out with them as you’ll see below and it was definitely fun, a little different than playing with Tejano bands but it was still fun to get back behind the set and jam out in Nashville.

I must say that in the past 2 or 3 months, I’ve been finding myself behind the drum set more and more often. First, in Las Vegas for the WorldVentures Annual Convention, we did some cover tunes from The Beatles, Eddie Money, Stevie Wonder and a couple of other bands. I’ll be sharing some of those videos down the road. Then in April Eddie Head and Jessica his fiancé decided to join their lives together in holy matrimony. I must say both of them are some of the most amazing people that I’ve had the opportunity of meeting, if you want to see some photos from their wedding check out this link…(http://www.perezblog.net/). So during their wedding reception we got an opportunity to get up on stage and jam out for a couple of songs. Then finally in Nashville for my birthday I had the opportunity to play once again. Drumming has always been one of the passions in my life and although I don’t pursue it on a full time base now, I still think that I’ll keep behind a drumset throughout my life and if an opportunity does allow itself where I can squeeze in playing with a band that can handle my crazy traveling schedule well then I am definitely open to the opportunity…That’s all for now…