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I blame it on the coffee

I’m running late this morning. It’s the coffee’s fault–it’s tasting too good.


Detroit Airport vs Virginia Beach Light Rail

Hey look, shortsighted Virginia Beachers. Even the Detroit airport has more light rail cars than you.


Life in Omaha

After a full day of business meetings at the Cosmopolitan International Convention in Omaha, I deserve a break before tonight’s Awards Ceremony and closing banquet, right?

Cosmopolitan International Convention in Omaha


Diabetic Dog Alert Demonstration

Wow. These rescue dogs are incredible. I’m watching a diabetic dog alert demonstration by Heads Up Hounds at the Cosmopolitan International Convention in Omaha. We’re fighting diabetes together!


Those @JASEGROUP Guys Are Everywhere

Everywhere we go we spot those JASE guys hiding. Here they are hangin’ out at CNBC in the Atlanta airport.


Norfolk City Manager Listening Tour

Join the City Manager on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 5:00-8:00PM at the Second Patrol Division, 2500 N. Military Highway .

 We want to hear from you! What should Norfolk focus on the in the next 3 to 5 years?

In addition to a discussion, participate in an interactive experience centered around key initiatives in Norfolk including Community Policing, Norfolk First, Complete Streets, Public Schools, and more!

Migrated Over to The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

I feel like I sold my soul to the devil by moving over to Google Android and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The ecosystem is definitely not as friendly and easy to use as the Windows Phone. But, hey, Microsoft did themselves in by giving up on the phone business. Movin’ on . . .

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Monday Oh Monday

It’s a slow moving Monday morning with this little cutie running around the house. Princess Jeri takes priority.




Annie Trumps All

With a two-year-old in the house, Annie trumps World Cup on Poppie’s big screen.


My Mind’s Debate: Android Phone v Windows Phone. Windows Phone v Android Phone.

I’ve spent a little over a week researching, talking with Android fanbois, and talking to coworkers and my wife. Why? I’m trying to make the point to myself that a move to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge from my Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone is the right thing to do.

I’m having a hard time with this. Every time I put five checkmarks on the Android side, a feature that I have now with the Windows 8.1 environment pops up as one that I’ll lose. And we can’t have that!

I know that I need to go to the more popular platform. I know. But it really is hurting my soul to move to a tech solution with less features, less security, less environment (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone) integration, and less comfort.

Hey, here’s a bright spot maybe: Windows 10 launches in a few short weeks, and T-Mobile is coming out with the Lumia 940 this Fall. Damn, now I sound like my old Blackberry self–always waiting for the new device that never came, or came out too late to keep up with the competition.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

4th of July Holiday Weekend Weather #HRVA

Well don’t that just suck. Several days off means several days of rain. No! I’m protesting.

4th of July Holiday Weekend Weather

Friday, 90% chance of rain.
Saturday, 70% chance of rain.
Sunday, 80% chance of rain.

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Craft Distillery in Newport News

Ironclad Distillery to Open City’s First Craft Distillery, Source 100% Virginia-grown Products

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Ironclad Distillery will open a new small-batch bourbon distillery in the City of Newport News.  The company, the first craft distillery in revitalized downtown Newport News, will create eight new jobs in the city and source one-hundred percent of its corn, wheat, and rye needs  from Virginia agricultural producers.  The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Newport News and Ironclad Distillery on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).

Speaking about the announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Today’s announcement is an excellent example of the important role that our diverse agricultural economy can and will play in building the new Virginia economy. This AFID grant to Newport News leverages agriculture to bring together multiple aspects of economic development –  entrepreneurship, manufacturing, tourism, and community revitalization – in one operation.  Projects like these strengthen these important sectors of the Commonwealth’s economy and enhance Virginia’s reputation as a world-class spirts, wine, cider, and craft beer producer.”

“Ironclad Distillery’s investment represents an exciting new opportunity for Newport News and our local Virginia grain producers, who are successfully marketing their Virginia-grown inputs to the emerging craft beer, cider, and distilled spirit industries,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore.  “We are delighted to award this grant to a project that will not only promote Virginia’s agricultural sector, but also demonstrate the role agriculture can play in urban revitalization.  With more than 260 wineries and cideries, 100 craft breweries, and 20 craft distilleries, Virginia is quickly emerging as the preeminent craft beverage player on the East Coast.  These entrepreneurial ventures are creating jobs, generating revenue, and helping the Governor’s overall efforts to build the new Virginia economy.”

Ironclad Distillery will invest $100,000 in the site improvements and equipment needed to open a new distillery, tasting room, and remote-licensed ABC store in a revitalized warehouse district on the James River.  The company’s signature product will be small batch Virginia Bourbon aged in 15-gallon barrels.  Ironclad Distillery is named after the famous Civil War engagement between the U.S. Ironclad Monitor and Confederate Ironclad Virginia (also known as the Merrimack), which took place within sight of the distillery.

Stephen King, President and Chief Financial Officer of Ironclad Distillery commented, “With award-winning corn and grains from Renwood Farm in Charles City County, the generous support of the Commonwealth and the City of Newport News, and our unique downtown location engulfed in the brackish air sweeping off the James River, my family and I are very proud to be making a bourbon with a distinctly Virginia flavor.”

“We are excited that the King family has chosen to expand their business operations in our city,” said McKinley L. Price, DDS, Mayor of the City of Newport News.  “Ironclad Distillery is poised for a bright future and will be a welcome destination and a catalyst for the renaissance of downtown Newport News.”

Speaking about the AFID grant’s impact for Ironclad Distillery, Delegate Mayme BaCote, D – Newport News said, “I am pleased to welcome Ironclad Distillery to Newport News and I appreciate this important investment and job creation in downtown as the city continues its revitalization efforts in the area.  Today’s AFID grant is a testament to the work of our region to diversify our economy and lure innovative companies, like Ironclad Distillery, to create new jobs and bring new investment to Newport News.”

Florence G. Kingston, Director of the Newport News Department of Development added, “Ironclad’s presence provides a unique opportunity to add agriculture to the City’s economic mix, and we are grateful for the Commonwealth’s support, which will encourage the creation and growth of similar businesses in Newport News.”

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) worked with the City of Newport News to secure this project for Virginia.  Governor McAuliffe approved a $12,000 grant from the AFID Fund to assist Newport News with the project.  Ironclad Distillery is also committing to purchase more than 675,000 pounds of Virginia corn, wheat, and rye over three years – 100% of the agricultural products needed for the new production venture.
According to a 2013 economic impact study conducted by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, agriculture and forestry are two of Virginia’s largest private industries with a combined economic impact of $70 billion annually.  Agriculture generates more than $52 billion per annum, while forestry generates more than $17 billion.  The industries also provide more than 400,000 jobs in the Commonwealth.  More information about the Weldon Cooper Center’s study can be found at
About the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund
The AFID Fund was created during the 2012 session of the General Assembly and is being embraced by the McAuliffe Administration as an important tool in growing the Commonwealth’s agriculture and forestry sector and helping to make Virginia the leading exporter of agricultural and forest products on the East Coast.  More information about the AFID grant, which has the flexibility to assist projects large and small throughout Virginia, can be found at
Since the beginning of the McAuliffe Administration, 424 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with over $7.54 billion in capital investment, more than twice the amount of capital investment brought to the Commonwealth by the previous two governors in the first 17 months in office.

Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Press Special Assistant
Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe


Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Contact: Elaine Lidholm
Phone: 804.786.7686

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Craft Distillery in Newport News

What I saw on my walk today in #Ghent #ORF

This is what I saw on my walk today: Heat! Lots of freakin’ heat. Shew. How’s your day going?

JASE Studio in Ghent

Grill in on Fathers Day

Children and grandchildren at my house with the grill fired up = the best Father’s Day. I now feel the luck that my awesome Father felt for so many years.


Delaneys Baptism

How blessed we were to attend Delaney’s baptism this morning at Yorktown Beach. God is good!


YellowBook to File 13

YellowBook found its home in our studio: file #13, the nearest trash receptacle. You don’t waste your advertising dollars there, do you?


A History of the Creek Indians

The Muscogee language (Mvskoke in Muscogee), also known as Creek, Seminole, Creek-Seminole, Maskókî or Muskogee, is a Muskogean language spoken by Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole people, primarily in the U.S. states of Oklahoma and Florida.

Historically the language was spoken by various constituent groups of the Muscogee or Maskoki in what are now Alabama and Georgia. It is related to, but not mutually intelligible with, the other primary language of the Muscogee confederacy, Hitchiti/Miccosukee spoken by the kindred Miccosukee (Mikasuki), as well as other Muskogean languages.

Muscogee people first brought the Muscogee and Miccosukee languages to Florida in the early 18th century where they would eventually became known as the Seminoles. In the 19th century, however, the US government forced most Muscogees and Seminoles to relocate west of the Mississippi River, with many forced into Indian Territory.

Today, the language is spoken by around 5,000 people, the majority of whom live in Oklahoma and are members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Around 200 speakers are Florida Seminoles. Seminole usage of the language constitutes distinct dialects.

Creek Indians

Celebrating 91 Years of The Indian Citizenship Act in The United States

It’s not enough. What we have done to our American Indian heritage in the United States is atrocious. On this 91st anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act, it’s time for us to recognize this fact and make a change, both in our hearts and in our actions.

With Congress’ passage of the Indian Citizenship Act, the government of the United States confers citizenship on all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country.

Before the Civil War, citizenship was often limited to Native Americans of one-half or less Indian blood. In the Reconstruction period, progressive Republicans in Congress sought to accelerate the granting of citizenship to friendly tribes, though state support for these measures was often limited. In 1888, most Native American women married to U.S. citizens were conferred with citizenship, and in 1919 Native American veterans of World War I were offered citizenship. In 1924, the Indian Citizenship Act, an all-inclusive act, was passed by Congress. The privileges of citizenship, however, were largely governed by state law, and the right to vote was often denied to Native Americans in the early 20th century.

1924 Indian Citizenship Act

U.S. President Calvin Coolidge with four Osage Indians after Coolidge signed the bill granting Indians full citizenship. on the Indian Citizenship Act:

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What time is our coffee meeting? Weekly Recap from The JASE Studio, May 25-31

Gooood morning, Vietnam! How fun would that be to walk into the office and hear Robin Williams belt out that memorable chant? :) I hope you’re having a good Monday so far. Let me know what time works for you this week to get together. We have a client photo shoot and a couple of other meetings scheduled, but I’d really like to get together soon. If you don’t have time, be sure to tweet me here and let me know how you’re doing.

A quick note before getting into the recap of the short holiday week: If you’re battling the dilemma of needing that perfect marketing/advertising system for your small business or restaurant, check out these links. We’ve developed the perfect small business marketing system that’s truly effective and down right affordable. You won’t be disappointed.

Monday, May 25th

  • Monday was Memorial Day, but more importantly it was my Mother’s 74th birthday. I cannot express in words how important she is to me in my life. I love you, Ma.

Tuesday, May 26th

  • David spent his early morning on a .NET software project status update conference call with Mark of TRL, Inc. in Covesville.
  • On Tuesday we spent most of the day at Andrea’s La Bella in Ghent for a marketing materials photo shoot. I can’t even call it work spending a few hours with Andrea and Marti.  Plus Andrea whipped up a few special food items for brunch while we were there. Yum.
  • After the photo shoot, Cameron, Alvin and I stopped by A.W. Shucks for a late lunch and to say hi to Janine.
  • Cameron worked his content marketing magic for Janney Insurance Agency in Yorktown & Chesapeake, Gordy EyeCare in Phenix City [AL], and also Mark Pressed4Time in Hampton.
  • My cousin Joy and her son Brody were in town from Birmingham so Nicole and I took them to Bubba’s Seafood in Virginia Beach for dinner overlooking the Lynnhaven River.
  • Joy stopped by the studio on Tuesday afternoon and dropped off custom blocks made just for us. Check out the cool photo at the bottom of this message–great stuff from ABC Blockology.

Wednesday, May 27th

  • The web development team continued their fabulous work on the new website redsigns for The Dirty Buffalo in Norfolk and also Andrea’s La Bella in Ghent.
  • I had a lunch meeting with the team from The Community Directory at A.W. Shucks. Paul and Jeff are cool people to chat with.
  • We published a new social article, Behind The Scenes At The Andrea’s La Bella In Ghent Photo Shoot (, with photos from Tuesday’s photo shoot at Andrea’s La Bella in Ghent. Did you see them?
  • We had a family dinner Wednesday evening at Chow in Norfolk. Fun times with Jeri, Nicole, Mom, Joy, Brody, Jennifer and Cameron.

Thursday, May 28th

  • We did our second photo shoot of the week, this time at Philly Style Steaks & Subs in Norfolk. Debbie, Joe and the staff were so much fun to work with.
  • We publish a new social article, Microsoft Office on Android Tablets ( Will you be participating?

Friday, May 29th

  • The creative team finalized the June advertising campaign for Nathan’s Lynnhaven Pawn Shop in Virginia Beach. Good stuff that will be seen soon.
  • We published a new social article, Just for Restaurant Owners & Managers: Did you hear? (, about our very successful restaurant marketing system package. Be sure to spread the word to your favorite restaurant with that sucky website.
  • The team worked on new marketing materials for the JASE Small Business Marketing System and the JASE Restaurant Marketing System. Very exciting.
  • The creative team continued work on custom art for a detailed siteplan for Dragas Companies‘ newest condominium community Spence Crossing in Virginia Beach.
  • Nicole spent the weekend in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with girlfriends. So to kickoff the alone weekend, I stopped by A.W. Shucks for happy hour and dinner. It was fun to catch up with Keith, Hollie and Sharon.

Be sure to stop by the studio for coffee this week. I’d like to see you–I’ll make time in the schedule.

Keep your chin up, your eyes bright, and your ears open–you never know when a juicy bit of knowledge will come flying at you.

Your friend in Christ,

JASE blocks from ABC Blockology

Heavenly Gardenias

I walked out the front door this morning to the heavenly smell of gardenias blooming. Man, oh man.


Photo Shoot at Philly Style Steaks #HRVA @JASEgroup

Fun times at an @JASEgroup client photo shoot at Philly Style Steaks & Subs in Norfolk. Stop by.



I look forward to coffee with you this week. Weekly Recap from The JASE Studio, May 18-24

Good morning everyone. I hope you had a fun, safe and relaxing Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. I’ll be short and sweet, just like our short work week, with the recap today as I’m sure you’re all as busy as we are catching up.

Be sure to tweet me here and let me know about your weekend. I’d love to hear from you.

Oh, and by the way, we have a new small business marketing package that’s perfect (and affordable!) for your small business. Just ask.

Monday, May 18th

  • Our creative team delivered architecture sitemaps for website redesigns to three of our clients: First Choice Nurses of Virginia Beach and Richmond, Iggles Cheesesteaks & Burgers of Virginia Beach, and Janney Insurance Agency of Yorktown and Chesapeake.
  • Cameron, Alvin and I held a marketing materials photo shoot at The Dirty Buffalo in Norfolk. We had a blast with Russ, Stephanie and their staff at the restaurant.

Tuesday, May 19th

  • Walt delivered final art for the siteplan and exhibit board for a new Dragas Companies condominium community in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake.
  • Cameron worked on more content marketing items for Janney Insurance Agency, Mark Pressed4Time of Hampton, and Gordy EyeCare of Phenix City (AL). Good stuff–so important for today’s SEO.
  • We published a new social article, Newspaper, Blog & Facebook Advertising for Nathan’s Lynnhaven Pawn Shop ( showcasing a bit of our creative advertising work. Did you check it out?

Wednesday, May 20th

Thursday, May 21st

  • Our sys admin guys worked on server configurations, JASE CMS, and JASE Office Apps installation for the new Philly Style Steaks & Subs of Norfolk restaurant website.
  • Our development team began the website development process for Andrea’s La Bella in Ghent restaurant. Oh man, it’s looking amazing.
  • Cameron worked a while with Jamie at Gordy EyeCare on a bit of website maintenance. Dr. Gordy’s practice has brought on new staff and we are working with them to feature the new members on their website.

Friday, May 22nd

  • I met with Russ at The Dirty Buffalo restaurant to talk through new photos from this week’s photo shoot. They look spectacular.
  • Our development team began the website development process for The Dirty Buffalo restaurant. Busy, busy, busy with new websites. Love it. Are we working on your new website yet?
  • Cameron and Denise continued their amazing work on Nathan’s Lynnhaven Pawn Shop’s June ad campaign. Looking good!
  • We published a new social article, Mozilla Firefox iOS App Nearing Release ( Very interesting. Check it out when you get a sec.
  • My buddy, Frank, stopped by the studio to chat for a bit. It’s holiday weekend time so he was in a t-shirt and flip-flops ready for some sunshine.
  • Nicole and I did happy hour with Christie & Jon on the rooftop deck at Supper Southern Morsels in Norfolk. Fun
  • Later we slid over to Bardo Edibles & Elixirs in Ghent for dinner. We got to see our long-time friend, Whitney, who is the manager at Bardo.

Saturday, May 23rd

  • Saturday brought on a little yardwork and then enjoying the firepit with our friends Laura & Frank, Christie & Jon, and Ana & Brandon. So much fun.

Sunday, May 24th

  • On Sunday we had a cookout and pool party, although the pool was a bit chilly, at Laura & Frank’s home with tons of friends in attendance. Nicole and I are definitely blessed to have so many wonderful, Christian friends in our lives. We do not take that for granted.

Be sure to stop by the studio for coffee this week. I’d like to see you.

Keep your chin up, your eyes bright, and your ears open–you never know when a juicy bit of knowledge will come flying at you.

Your friend in Christ,

Coffee with the CEO

Tuesday @JASEgroup Photo Shoot @LaBella_InGhent

Fun photo shoot with cool client and fabulous food.