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Join us at one of our upcoming CONNECT Afterhours and we’ll cheers to you!

Join us at one of our upcoming CONNECT Afterhours and we’ll cheers to you!

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Upcoming Kreate events | Seattle & Bellevue/Eastside areas

Spring Professional Business Networking and Development Events for Kreate

Next 2015 Event

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Join us at this premium venue inside Pacific Place’s shopping area where we’ll be hosting terrific nibbles from the Il Fornaio chefs, a no host bar and your first glass of wine on us! Enjoy a friendly and open setting with inexpensive and safe parking brought to you by Kreate.

Upcoming 2015 Events

May 20th / 6-9pm

@ Stone Karaoke, Downtown Bellevue (two blocks from Bell Square)

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Info & Registration Link:

June 24th / 6-8pm

@ Total Wine, Bellevue (East side of 405 off the 8th St. exit)



2012 Events

June 13 | CONNECT 20th Edition Afterhours & Wine Tasting at Novelty Hill/Januik Winery, Woodinville

Join us for a night of indoor/outdoor interactive networking featuring live music and fabulous wines and winery tours…and be sure to bring a friend or two!!

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Location: Novelty Hill/Januik Winery
Address: 14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville 98072
Time: 6:00-8:30pm

Where the Connect Afterhours event was born in May 2010! This is our third consecutive year at Novelty Hill/Januik and we hope to make it the best for our guests! With a wide open and intimate space for networking and mingling, enjoying fabulous wines and hors d’eurves, featuring live outdoor music and indoor/outdoor terrace, how can you not have a great time!? Make sure to post this on your calendar for sure!

Sponsors by: Capitol City Press, Puget Sound Business Journal

Get more info and/or register for this event



2012 Past Events


Purchase TWO tickets and get a Third ticket FREE!! Single admission: $15, Two tickets: $25 gets you three!

This is the LAST Bellevue Event for 2012! Be there!!

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Join us for a night of interactive networking and bring a friend!

Last year this was our highest turnout event (82 guests) and we expect to fill the house again! We’ll have wine and goodies on-site with some non-alcoholic beverages available as well. Your admission includes either one glass of wine or three tastings provided by Michael Harris Wine Sellers, featuring premium wines without the premium price!

Sponsored by: Harris Wine Sellers, Puget Sound Business Journal, Capitol City Press

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Sample Schedule for event
7:30 – 7:50 – Open Networking
7:50 – 8:15 – Announcements & Formal Networking
8:15 – 9:15 – Feature Panel/Speaker, Audience Q&A
9:20 – 9:30 – Door Prizes & Announcements

See video from our Oct 2011 event of feature panelists Josh Dirks, CEO of Project Bionic and Jess Estrada, Director of Marketing of Banyan Branch here

Feb 28 | Connect Interactive Happy Hour @ Suite-Bellevue

Join us from 5:30-8:30pm at one of the hottest new spots on the Eastside to let loose after a hard day’s work, have a great cocktail, food, and mingle with dozens of professionals looking to CONNECT! Our format is very casual and interactive, featuring an optional activity, light appetizers, and HAPPY HOUR PRICING ALL NIGHT until 7pm thanks to the awesome staff at Suite-Bellevue at Hyatt! Get your tickets today and save!!

Sponsors for this event: Suite Lounge, Capitol City Press, Fire Eyes Photography, Puget Sound Business Journal

Get more info and/or register for this event

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Feb 2 | 11:30-1:00pm

Midday Mingle Interactive Networking Event
Location: 520 Bar & Grill, Bellevue (Main Street area)

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Event info: Open networking format with an interactive activity and marketing inspired conversations while enjoying lunch to order. We strongly encourage our guests to order lunch on-site and even enjoy a midday drink or beverage as our venue has been nice enough to open it’s doors for us. This is the first time we’ve hosted this style event with a very informal structure that will be captained by Darrin Helfrecht who hosts a similar function in nearby Issaquah. Be prepared to enjoy a meaningful conversation with serious business professionals and a no-MLM atmosphere.

Jan 25 | 4:00-6:00pm

CONNECT Interactive Afterhours
Location: Hard Rock Cafe, Seattle (Upstairs)

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Feb 10th

Caffeinated Conversations
Location: Il Fornaio Italian Restaurant & Bakery at Pacific Place, Seattle (Downtown)
Topic: Thinking ‘Social – Local – Mobile’ in 2012 and Beyond in Marketing

Sample Schedule for event
7:30 – 7:50 – Open Networking
7:50 – 8:15 – Announcements & Formal Interactive Networking
8:15 – 9:15 – Feature Panel/Speaker, Audience Q&A
9:20 – 9:30 – Door Prizes & Announcements

See a video short of Matt Heinz, feature panelist from Dec event (from Aug 2010 clip):

See video from our Oct 2011 event of feature panelists Josh Dirks, CEO of Project Bionic and Jess Estrada, Director of Marketing of Banyan Branch

Find more info by visiting this page

2011 Events

Dec 13th – #ConnectSeattle w/Treehouse4Kids Drive

Special Guest: Panel Moderated by Mike Whitmore, President & Co-Founder of Fresh Consulting

Theme: The Power of ‘Stories’ in Business

About this event: This is a multi-faceted, influential, and interactive networking and professional development event featuring:

Feature Panelists:
Rebecca Weaver. Executive Director of Puget Sound American Heart Association
Kelsye Nelson (@Kelsye) Vice President of Growth & Outreach at Brown Paper Tickets
Melody Overton (@SBuxMel) ‘Unofficial’ Starbucks Blogger
Fun, interactive breakout session that will have you connecting with new
people in a new format we promise you’ll enjoy!!
– Meaningful & VALUABLE new connection building and development
in a new format for live events for Kreate

Dec 2nd – Caffeinated Conversations in Bellevue

7:30-9:30am | Caffeinated Conversations Breakfast Panel featuring Matt Heinz
Location: MOD Pizza, 317 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue (breakfast pizza, coffee and snacks provided)

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Event Description: Wake up by getting a double shot of knowledge from leading local experts and personalities while getting in some quality networking! This month we’re in Bellevue and talking about Sales/Biz Dev (the big ‘S’ word) and how you can keep yourself in the driver’s seat in December and January so you don’t have a big dip for during the holidays and other slow periods in your business cycle.

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See a video short of Matt from Aug 2010:


December 13 | Kreate Holiday Connect Special Event: Stories & Subscriptions

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Event Description: What do most of us do on a regular basis? We ‘subscribe’ to people’s ‘stories’ on Facebook, Linkedin, blogs, forums, you name it! Well we’re going to take what’s online all day long and bring it OFFLINE to our event!

Join us for this spectacular event featuring lots of open networking, a feature interactive panel and meaningful breakout sessions designed around ‘subscribing’, ‘likes’ and ‘interests’…something we’re all used to ‘online’, but sometimes find more difficult to culminate ‘offline’. You’ll walk away with a NEW or least enlightened experience about connecting more effectively and you’ll have built some new personal relationships to foster following the event!

Lots of appetizers provided with a no host bar available all night long in this amazing venue! Let’s bring in the holidays with a heck of a story!!


December 6 | Podcast

Listen & Learn Podcast with Bobby Bakshi, Chief Inspiration Officer at Resonant Insights

Time of Live Broadcast: 3:00pm
Topic: Being Your Best Brand
Become a member and access free recordings

About Bobby Bakshi (written in ‘first’ person): Welcome to Resonant Insights, the company I created to celebrate my passion: human potential. I am excited to be living my mission fully: I empower a world of compassion, courage and abundance by inspiring people to be their best. After a decade of experiencing many learning methods, I am excited to share my contribution to the world.

See a video short of Bobby (from his first video blog post in Feb 2011):

The results I’ve created, mostly for Fortune 100 companies, include: leading branding and marketing research strategy; creating empowered global teams, particularly between the U.S. and India; and crafting strategies for trusted advisers as ambassadors of many brands. I am an author, speaker and consultant. What gets me most excited is the amazing opportunity to shape a new way of doing business, that starts with people and ends with people. Read more about Bobby…


January 2012

Connect Afterhours, Bellevue

February 2012

Connect Afterhours, Seattle

March 2012

Coming soon…


Why Kreate Events?
Each month Kreate hosts a variety of events targeting small business professionals and entrepreneurs throughout Seattle, Bellevue, and the greater 405 corridor. With so many trends, updates and new media channels being introduced monthly by Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other core social networks and online service providers, the idea of ‘keeping up’ gets to be daunting at best. Thus, Kreate has partnered with a variety of exclusive venues, power networkers and event hosts, and sponsors to provide a first-class experience to every guest, every month! We offer Facebook training, LinkedIn training, Twitter training and Social media training in the form of online webinar events and live Bellevue and Seattle events.

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November Events

November 16

6:00-8:30pm | CONNECT Interactive Afterhours
Location: Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz, Airport Way S.
City/Neighborhood: Seattle (SoDo district/easy access to I-90 and I-5)

Our third time back at this feature venue we’ll be networking amongst beautiful German automobiles in an open and inviting atmosphere with lots of free parking at the dealership. We will have lots of appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages includes with your admission, as well as wine tasting by Harris Wine Sellers on-site.

Plus! Win our Grand Door Prize: One lucky professional will win a Mercedes for a Week!! That’s right, it’s true…must be present to win!


Nov 2nd, 9:00-1:30pm | BIZ BOOST Workshop:  Visible and Searchable Connecting

Featuring ‘Facebook Strategy and Landing Page Design’ by Julian Michael of Kreate; and ‘Blogging for Search Engines like Google and Bing’ by Mavis Lamb of Mambo Productions
Location: Master Builders Association, Bellevue (easy access to I-405, Hwy 520 and I-90)
9:00-11:00am Julian Michael
11:00-11:30am Lunch break
11:30-1:30pm Mavis Lamb

Who is this event for:
– Small business owners looking to DIY but need some guidance and a jumpstart
– Marketing/Business Manager who needs help getting their strategy setup
– Anyone who needs a refresher on the power of Facebook for brands and
needs to know how to create content that is meaningful in purpose and for Google

Register for this event

Nov 10th | Listen & Learn Podcast with Beth Buelow ACC, The Introvert Entrepreneur
Time of Live Broadcast: 10:00am
Topic: Sales Strategy for Introverts
Become a member and access free recordings

About Beth: Beth Buelow is known as The Introvert Entrepreneur to a growing tribe of thousands of followers and fans. As a certified professional coach and a skilled interviewer, writer, facilitator and speaker, she’s recognized as a thought leader in the area of life and leadership coaching for introverts. Beth is on a mission to empower introverts to understand, own and leverage their natural strengths. She is certified by the International Coach Federation. a Living Your Vision® Licensed Facilitator, and is an active member of the Puget Sound Coaches Association.

Beth has enjoyed sharing her message that “Success is an Inside Job!” with numerous organizations and corporations, including Boeing, Starbucks, Peterson Sullivan, Puget Sound Business Journal, eWomenNetworking, Ignite Seattle and the Puget Sound American Marketing Association, among others. Read more about Beth

October Events

Oct 24th, 5:30-8:30pm | Connect Interactive Afterhours
Location: Bellevue Towers-North Tower Event Room, 10700 NE 4th St., Bellevue
City/Neighborhood: Downtown Bellevue (above ‘Purple’)
Sponsored by Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery, Covington Cellars, Puget Sound Business Journal and Choices Realty NW

Learn more about the Connect event series

October 18, 7:30-9:30am
CAFFEINATED Conversations
Breakfast Panel & Networking Event
Zoka Coffeehouse, University Village, Seattle
Featuring Jess Estrada, Director of Marketing for Banyan Branch and Josh Dirks, CEO of Project Bionic
Topic: The Power of Social Influence & Conversation in Today’s Marketing Mix

August 19th
Friday, 10-10:45am
Webinar Training: Maximizing Your Time and Marketing Communications on the NEW Facebook
with Julian Michael, Principal at Kreate Media Agency
Register for this event & Find more info

August 4th
Webinar Training: What You Wear Can Boost Your Business
with Mayna Sgaramella, Owner of Closet Fly Wardrobe Consulting
Register for this event & Find more info

July 28th
Thursday, 2:30-3:30pm
Webinar: Clear the Clutter: Get Your Email Inbox Working For You Instead of Against You!
with CPO and Productivity Consultant Debbie Rosemont

July 22nd
Friday, 2:00-2:45pm
Webinar: Facebook Design: Learn to Design Your Own Facebook Sidebar in Powerpoint
with Chief Kreative Strategist Julian Michael of Kreate Media Agency

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Facebook’s New Guidelines for Branded Timeline Images Go Too Far

March 5, 2012
by Julian Michael

Facebook’s newest HUGE SHAKEUP relates to their moving brand/business pages over to ‘timeline’ format at the end of March. All current ‘tabs’ and ‘welcome’ pages will become completely obsolete.

Long story short, Facebook is pretty much telling businesses that they need to completely change how they reach and communicate with incoming fans, how they collect information and how they visually provide calls to action. This is a serious WTF moment in history in my opinion.

From ‘item III. Page Features’ from Facebook:
B. Cover (i.e. your Timeline cover)
All covers are public. This means that anyone who visits your page will be able to see your cover. Covers can’t be deceptive, misleading, or infringe on anyone else’s copyright. You may not encourage people to upload your cover to their personal timelines.
Covers may not include:
i. price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “download it on”;
ii. contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your page’s “about” section;
iii. references to Facebook features or actions, such as “like” or “share” or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features; or
iv. calls to action, such as “get it now” or “tell your friends.”

There are positive and negative sides to this huge changeover. For Facebook this will boost their ad sales as this is the only way brands can get anyone to take action on liking and/or engaging with their page! More money for Facebook…yehhh!!! Like this is what we signed up for a couple years ago. We all knew the good times wouldn’t last, but now we’re all getting a huge slap on the wrist.

How will they monitor all the branded pages? With their some-odd thousands of outsources workers they should have no problem getting after this since they’re going to make such a big deal about what is on the timeline ‘covers’ anyhow.

More to come in the second half of this article.

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From January Connect event

Welcoming everyone back from their holiday vacation was a lot of fun and it was great to see some of our favorite business friends again after over a month without an event. This Seattle networking event was during Hard Rock’s happy hour, which always makes our guests a little happier when their tab closes out!

Next month’s Connect Afterhours Networking Event will take place at the Suite Lounge at Hyatt in Bellevue, Washington.

2011 Highlights for Kreate Marketing & Professionals Network

What a fun year of riding the event and business community roller coaster, meeting hundreds of new and inspiring contacts from a variety of business arenas. This year Kreate introduced several exciting venues and experiences for our audience including Gene Juarez Salon & Spa, the Avalon Towers in Bellevue, PNK Ultralounge, MOD Pizza, and more!

We made a few transitions as a group and in our mission statement throughout 2011 and began to attract a higher caliber of professional as the year developed, leading into the tech, digital marketing and non-profit spaces to close out the year. We also introduced a new event format and began events on both sides of Lake Washington in Seattle and the Eastside.

March 2011 : Kreate raises funds for Tsunami effort at Mercedes-Benz event

April 2011 : Highest event turnout @ Gene Juarez Salons & Spas, Bellevue (82)

June 2011 : Puget Sound Business Journal announced as Strategic Partner

Aug 2011 : Mutli-level marketing ban goes into effect

Oct 2011 : Inaugural ‘Caffeinated Conversations’ event held in Seattle (25 in attendance)

Nov 2011 : Kreate membership introduced to public

Dec 2011 : Kreate collects $600 in toys & gifts for Treehouse 4 Kids charity

Jan 2012 : Capitol City Press becomes latest Strategic Partner for quality printing and press needs

Feb 2012 : Kreate celebrates 3 year anniversary in the greater Seattle business community

Top 10 Lines Given to DUI Patrols by Tech Entrepreneurs

Happy New Year Professionals!!
Here’s a little humor to enjoy the New Year…
Share and follow us at @kreateconnect
1)      Sorry officer, I was just trying to get to market first!
2)      Ohhh, you wanted me to walk a ‘straight’ line! I haven’t seen one of those in a lonnng time! Can you show me what that looks like first?
3)      So what you’re saying is that I was taking up too many lanes of code??
4)      I always thought the cuffs were just a plug-in!
5)      I bet my mobile app launches faster than your cruiser!
6)      You know you should really have a partner if you want to get this done quickly!
7)      Why did you pull my patent? I mean, pull me over?!
8)      Where I come from, ’30 over’ is pretty common as a first stop.
9)      If I slip you a couple UI guys will you let me off?
10)  No that’s not the smell of liquor…that’s the smell of my Series A funding round and a new PR nightmare.

Original content by Julian Michael, Kreate Media & Productions, LLC

‘Business Stories’ Leads Special Holiday Connect Panel Discussion and Breakouts

From December Connect Event at PNK Ultralounge at Pacific Place, Seattle

Feature Panelists:
– Rebecca Weaver, Executive Director, Puget Sound American Heart Association
– Lindsey Davis, VP Marketing & Outreach, Brown Paper Tickets
– Melody Overton (aka ‘Starbucks Melody’), Publisher of an Unofficial Starbucks Community Blog
Guest Moderator:
– Mike Whitmore, President, Fresh Consulting

What an exciting professional networking event in Seattle! With so many other business events, holiday festivities and shopping going on we were very happy with our attendance of about 40 or so. We began with open networking then formed into groups based upon interests such as ‘foodies & cooking’, ‘travel’ and ‘sports’, which provided each person two minutes to share a ‘story’ from their personal life about the topic, then briefly share about their professional position. Each group was then asked to vote for the best story in the group that would be shared later.

Our panelists

About Connect events:
Connect Afterhours networking event takes place at alternating venues between the Seattle-side and the Eastside, typically at a different venue. Some of our favorite venues have been Gene Juarez Salon & Spa in Bellevue, Januik Winery in Woodinville, and Avalon Towers in Bellevue.

Matt Heinz Gives Another 5-Star Talk About Sucessful Sales & Marketing Strategy

Heinz shared a variety of strategies, techniques and best practices that had everyone’s heads spinning and wanting more.

“Just five minutes talking with Matt and you’ll have a whole different prospective on how your should be approaching your marketing strategy and execution,” I shared with the audience in our casual 45-minute discussion.

Many thanks to Matt Heinz for joining us this morning at an intimate location in the heart of downtown Bellevue at MOD Pizza, home of ‘Super Fast Pizza’. Our topic today was one that related to almost anyone in small business and many others working within the small and medium-sized business arenas…keeping sales flourishing and continuous through downtimes and holiday seasons.

Our format:
– Open networking between attendees and our speaker
– 20-second ‘Commercials’ (this month led by Stacy Anderson of Organized Innovations)
– Opening Announcements
– Panel or Speaker Introduction and Bio
– Feature Panel or Speaker
– Q&A Segment

Caffeinated Conversations will take place next on Feb 2nd at Il Fornaio Italian Restaurant & Bakery at Pacific Place in Seattle. Visit this link to learn more and/or register.
Speaker to be announced next week

Get Interactive at ConnectSeattle Networking Event at Mercedes-Benz

In our third rendition at the Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz location our group had the luxury to enjoy first-class interactive networking surrounded by fine automobiles and collectables in good company. Fine wines were supplied by Harris Wine Sellers including a variety of hand-selected Washington varietals that were a hit with the Kreate audience.

In addition to open networking each attendee had the opportunity to record a video commercial for future publication on the Kreate website, engage in an interactive activity as a prelude to our December event, and all had a chance to win a Mercedes-Benz for a week, compliments of the Phil Smart dealership.

All-You-Can-Eat Cancer Kicking at #SeattleGeekRoast for Nick Magnotti

Roasting for a cause in Redmond

Redmond Town Center, Redmond, Wash.
By Julian Michael for Kreate Professionals Network
Photos courtesy of Brandon Bleek Photography

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November 11, 2011 – “I can eat more than you,” announced Nick Magnotti in replying to #SeattleGeekRoast emcee Brian Westbrook’s @BMW hot-wing eating challenge to Nick while both were on stage cracking fun with one another in front of a fully attentive audience. Nick, a newly diagnosed, 25-year-old Stage IV abdominal cancer victim, shared his thanks and seemed surprisingly ‘cocky’ and at ease about his upcoming surgery, which occurs this coming November 22 at a cancer center in Omaha, Nebraska.

This past Friday evening, on the popular ‘11-11-11’ date, a standing room-only crowd of 275-plus guests packed a donated banquet room at the Redmond Town Center Marriott to support Nick and his wife, Alyssa Magnotti @alyssamag, in their cancer fight that lays ahead. Friends, family, technology industry ‘geeks’, business partners, supporters and general public comprised the audience; even a Star Wars storm trooper, Boba Fett and others were there!

Nick & Alyssa Magnotti with storm trooper and Boba Fett from Star Wars

Currently the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at ThinkSpace based in Redmond, Alyssa has had the opportunity to work with a variety of local businesses, organizations and startups. It is because of her affiliation with ThinkSpace that this event was possible to come to fruition in less than two weeks, led by the efforts of ThinkSpace CEO and Founder, Peter Chee @pchee and his team.

Although she was unable to attend the live event, Shauna Causey , Social Media Manager for Nordstrom and non-profit advocate, was another driving force to Seattle Geek Roast. According to Chee, the idea for this event blossomed from a conversation with Causey about how they could help the young couple. They then approached Alyssa and asked her opinion of the concept and never looked back!

“I am amazed to see so many people here tonight,” shouted Chee to the live audience as the evening’s opening presenter, obviously happy to have helped mastermind the Roast.

Peter Chee, CEO of ThinkSpace

Jenni Hogan of KIRO7 news

Overall, Chee, Causey, and a team of 37 volunteers produced, promoted and executed the #SeattleGeekRoast event from idea to reality in only 13 days. Their efforts were amplified by garnering support from several local news networks including KCPQ13, KIRO7, KING5 and KOMO4, a handful of sponsors including The Marriott, Archive Solutions Providers, Heinz Marketing, Swift Creek Games, Passport Unlimited, Design Laboratory, Brian Franklin of PMF Investments and Spring Creek Group, a top local auctioneer in Larry Snyder, and KIRO7 Anchor Jenni Hogan. Together, this chorus line of supporters donated media coverage, blog and twitter postings, web design, volunteers, and other event-related expenses including food and beverage for 250 people! Tech and other ‘Geeks’ making appearances at the event were Chris Parillo, Jeremiah Andrick of Logitech, Jenni Hogan (shows to left), Andrew Edwards of, Social Media Club Founder Kevin Urie, and Brian Westbrook of Sandusky Radio.

A couple funny ‘roasts’ of the night:

– (Parillo to Hogan): “So KIRO pays you money to do what I can do for free from my iPhone!?”
– (Hogan to Westbrook): “Since Brian goes by ‘BMW’ in his Twitter handle, he’s a lot like a real BMW auto because they’re both full of gas!”

Nick’s Story

Approximately five weeks prior to Seattle Geek Roast, Nick suddenly felt a stomach ache that worsened quickly and was rushed to the ER because of a ruptured appendix. Initially, he was diagnosed with just an appendix rupture until receiving his pathology report several days later indicating he had developed a serious tumor and was now in fact a Stage IV cancer victim in immediate need of surgical attention, to the tune of $300,000 or more.

“The last five weeks have been a whirlwind,” said Alyssa during a segment of the event. “Nick has always been a super healthy dude,” she added about his surprise condition.

This time of year Nick would typically be playing on his softball team weekly and working at Lexus of Bellevue as a service department advisor, according to Nick’s oldest sister, Jacki Magnotti.

Nick has been diagnosed with Mucinous Adenocarcimona of the Appendix, which is a rare form of cancer typically found in patients in their 60’s and older. As a result of a late diagnosis, the cancer has masked itself without showing any obvious signs (as it is known to do) and has spread throughout his abdominal cavity. This form of cancer typically masks itself from visibility because it sits inside the fluids around the abdominal cavity nearly undetectable until reaching a late-stage nature, according to Alyssa Magnotti.

“This type of cancer cannot be beaten,” said Alyssa in a positive tone of voice, “but we’re gonna beat this for as long as possible!”

Normally the term Stage IV is reserved for type of cancer that has spread into the lymphatic system or blood stream. However, in Nick’s case, Stage IV means that his cancer is not contained within one organ and that it is technically inoperable, meaning a surgeon cannot make a 100-percent promise to remove all the cancerous cells.

Raising Funds for Nick

Auctioneer Larry Snyder closing a bid during the live auction

“Last call! All in? All Done? SOLD!” were the words heard the most throughout the evening from gratis auctioneer Larry Snyder @aunctioneer4hire, of Larry Snyder Auctions.

Over 130 items were donated to their live and silent auctions collection that raised approximately $50,000 for the young couple headed into the fight of their lives starting next week.

Whether it was silent auction tickets, which went for $20 each or 20 for $100, a cash donation, the chance to ‘roast’ one of the seven geeks on stage, or a heftier live auction item, there were funds being raised left and right all night for Nick.

The largest donation came from the Redmond Town Center Marriott @MarriottRedmond, care of Sergio Meza and Dan Angellar, with a price tag of $7,000, according to a tweet by Peter Chee.

“I can’t thank (Sergio and Dan) enough for their massive and generous donation,” said Chee on Twitter.

Two Stories From the Heart

One more treat for Nick was the two keynotes by Q13 FOX anchor Bill Wixey who fought and beat cancer recently and My Tam Nguyen, Mayor of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance on FourSquare and cancer survivor.

Q13 FOX Anchor Bill Wixey, cancer survivor

“I decided that if (this cancer) was going to kill me then I’m cool with it,” Wixey shared with the audience in a confident tone. “It’s about the fight, it’s not about the fear,” he added.

Wixey was fortunate to receive news that he had Hodgkins Lymphoma type of cancer, which has a proven 90-percent or better chance of eliminating all cancer cells, according to Wixey. During his campaign with cancer he used the Twitter hashtag #blessed and received much support from his viewers as a result.

During Nguyen’s segment she delved into more of the day-to-day details of what life is like as a Non-Hodgkin’s cancer survivor, sharing stories of grief, pain and a deeper meaning of life and the ‘will’ to live. She shared about her ‘pre-chemo parties’ whereby she would live life to it’s fullest with friends, not knowing when or if she would have the opportunity to party again with them.

My Tam Nguyen, cancer survivor

“Life is much different remembering to take my twenty-something pills per day,” shared Tam with a faintness in her voice during her segment.

She added personal stories about chemo treatment, about discovery, and about the strength of the human spirit. Her message to the audience and to Nick: Ask and allow other to give.

The Road Ahead

Although the future is uncertain for Nick, his support from friends, family and community alike will remain strong. Nick’s surgery date is November 22 in Omaha, Ne. and will last anywhere from 6- to 18-hours, according to Alyssa Magnotti. He will then begin a recover process of three to four months, whereby Alyssa has opted to take a leave of absence to support her husband.

“My surgeon is extremely cocky about how well the surgery will go,” said Nick at the event. He admitted that his surgeon’s attitude is one of the reasons he maintains his positive attitude as well.

Nick and big sister Jacki

“I think is important for people to know that with this diagnosis comes a lifetime of tests, travel and possibly treatments, and Nick will never be able to let his guard down,” said Jacki Magnotti, Nick’s eldest sister, in a prior interview from the website. “And while (Nick, Alyssa and our family) so very much appreciate everything that everyone is doing right now, Nick and Alyssa will be needing assistance for years to come.”

We are all wishing Nick the best and we hope to see him around very soon with the same upbeat and cocky attitude that his surgeon has, and in a positive tone of voice that he carried throughout the evening. Maybe Nick will even be up for that hot wing challenge after all!

“I’m the perfect person to fight this fight because I can,” said Nick in a recent King 5 interview.

Ways to Continue to Give

Write a check to the Nick Magnotti Benevolent Fund and mail to:
c/o Nick Magnotti Fund
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Gene Juarez CEO, Janet Denyer, gives ‘Relationships-Focused’ Talk to Professionals in Bellevue

November 5, 2011
by Julian Michael for Kreate
Photos courtesy of Matt Brown

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“We are a people business,” proclaimed Janet Denyer, CEO of the very popular Gene Juarez Salons & Spas in Washington State.

Last Thursday, November 2nd, an attendance of 125 to 150 local business professionals got a real treat: they had the opportunity to listen to Denyer being interviewed by Gordon Prouty, Publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal as part of their monthly Business Journal LIVE on the Eastside event.

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Throughout the 45-minutes or so ‘fireside chat’-style expose with the audience, Denyer focused on sharing their corporate initiatives from the top-down and bottom-up such as relationships, guests, value, and vision. Each of these components are extremely important to how Gene Juarez as a company functions in its daily cycle whereby they perform nearly 750,000 services annually for ‘guests’.

“We create the highest value for (our guests’) dollar,” Denyer said in response to a question about why their brand is so strong and business continues to grow.

Gene Juarez Salons & Spas, which has grown considerably in the past few years, according to Denyer since her arrival, is the premier brand for salons in Washington and has a reputation for having a Nordstrom-like philosophy in terms of personal, customer service. Nordstrom has received countless awards and recognition for excellent in customer service.

“Our stylists really focus on building one-to-one relationships with our guests,” shared Denyer in response to achieving their approximately 80-percent margin of repeat ‘guests’ at their facilities. “Our number one goal is to provide impeccable customer service,” she added.

Denyer comes from a background in building highly successful salons and teams in the greater New York and New England area and cited that she was very hesitant initially when presented with the opportunity to lead the then up-and-coming Gene Juarez brand. Having spent time working, training and/or vacationing in almost every one of the 50 United States she saw an opportunity to explore and indulge in the energy of the Pacific Northwest region, which she admits was very appealing.

When Denyer arrived for her first in-person contact with the Gene Juarez executive team at their headquarters in Bellevue in 2006, she arrived a couple days early. With the intention of seeing the brand first-hand, she set out to visit a couple of the Gene Juarez Salon & Spa locations and rented a car.

“I drove to every Gene Juarez location I could get to,” Denyer shared with a smile. “What I saw was absolutely amazing! The women had that extra ‘bounce’ to their step on their way out. It was then that I knew I had found a good fit!”

On Development and Successes

Denyer went on to share about Gene Juarez’s success with reshaping their training academy program, about expansion into their now 10 select salon & spa locations, and about launching their new line of products developed in-house by their team.

“I came from operations and I like to pick things apart naturally,” said Denyer when discussing her initial analysis of the Gene Juarez Training Academy program.

In talking with her Director of Academy Operations she discovered that their enrollments were very ‘seasonal’ and that there were such high spikes of enrollment during part of the year that they were forced to turn applicants away, and that during the slower months they struggled to keep their program half full.

The Solution: Alter the training program from five days per week finishing in just a few weeks, to a three times per week program whereby those interested in the field could still work while attending school to make for a smoother transition.

“It was insanely successful,” Denyer said.

Recently, the Gene Juarez artists and executive team launched a new line of products exclusive to their salons and spas flying under the Identity1 brand flag. These products were developed 100-percent by the Gene Juarez team and with the feedback they received from their guests they were able to launch even more products that have been extremely successful for their brand, explained Denyer.

“We have a whole team of hair dressers in our locations that are ‘product junkies’,” said Denyer about how the idea came about in the first place. “It’s really not me, it’s the team that has all this energy,” she added when asked how they launched the product line.

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l to r:  Julian Michael, Founder & Executive Director of Kreate Professionals Network, Gordon Prouty, Publisher of Seattle Puget Sound Business Journal, Janet Denyer, CEO of Gene Juarez, Brooke Catano, Senior Account Executive at BizExchange.

On Vision and Heroes

Denyer’s final comments about the next steps and vision for the company flirted with expanding into other west coast states when the economy can support, about adding more men’s-focused salons and about continuing their success as customer service champions.

When asked about her ‘heroes’ in life, Denyer shared that her two types of heroes are in her personal and professional lives. Personal: her parents and grandparents since they originated from modest beginnings and helped her to achieve so much. Professional: the people that work the front line of operations at Gene Juarez as they are why the brand has become so successful.

In her spare time Denyer enjoys strumming some guitar and the arts, playing tennis for fun and snowboarding, which she called meditative to level out her corporate day.

As a loyal Gene Juarez ‘guest’ I am very delighted to say that the number one reason I return is because my hairdresser – Quinn – at the Bellevue Men’s Salon, does the best hair of anyone I’ve ever hired in six states and when I’m in her chair I feel like we’ve known each other for years. Needless to say, she’s a shining example of the type of corporate culture that Denyer shared…quality, value and a rockstar at building one-to-one relationships!

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Bellevue Business and Professional Development event by the Puget Sound Business Journal at Harbor Club