Thursday, December 27, 2007

Social Media/New Media Interview with Erica O'Grady

Photo used by Creative License from EricSkiff's account, terms of use <here>

We catch up with Erica O'Grady to talk about what the new media affords the "world changers" of the future. Get caught up in THE VORTEX!

A "From the Front Lines" Podcast Interview with Erica O’Grady of Peanut Butter Media – Making Ideas Stick”

Erica O’Grady is on the front-lines of social and new media. Her contact list and influence represents a “Who’s Who” of what everyone is talking about on the old media. Erica shares many of her insights into how she got involved, continues to meet dynamic people making the big moves, and shows you how to be a part. See: and

Battle for the Heart: "The Death Crawl" from the movie "Facing the Giants"

The Death Crawl

This is one of our favorite movies for 2007. "Facing the Giants" will inspire you and your family. The "Death Crawl" scene is a life metaphor and example of what might be within us, if we will just keep pushing through to victory!

We recently interviewed Stephen Kendrick, Co-Writer and Producer for this amazing feature film. Get caught up in The VORTEX!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Open Door Mission on Steven Kay Live!

My Band of Brothers at Open Door Mission - Our Kingdom Assignment Night at the Aeros

Curtis Lovett, Director of Programs at Open Door Mission and Bill Adams, Resident and Staff member, go on the air with Steven Kay. Listen to the interview here: <radio active>. Get caught up in THE VORTEX!

Thank you Elite Limousine, O'Rourke's Steakhouse, Aeros Hockey, and the Houston Chronicle

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Kingdom Assignment Interview with Denny and Leesa Bellesi

Denny and Leesa Bellesi, authors of the book series "The Kingdom Assignment" based on the parables that Jesus taught, go on the air with Steven Kay and Andy Valadez, President of Marketing Dynamics to talk about their remarkable book that has garnered media attention across the U.S. and around the world. Listen to that interview at this link <Radio Active> Get caught up in THE VORTEX!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

On Creation and Evolution a Battle for the Mind

In the battle for the mind, dialogue and debate is key. I think this is a great example of a debate won by Mike Huckabee, a Presidential candidate. I too don't understand why this question was brought up, but I think the answer was very thoughtful and intriguing. Wolf Blitzer seems to stumble over his own response and it is surprising that the media failed to comment on Blitzer's weak attempt at a "stinging" follow up. Many in the media have an agenda and it is to disprove the existence of God, but they continue to fail over and over again. Get caught up in THE VORTEX!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Become a Mentor at Open Door Mission

Andy Valadez appeared on the Houston Business Show (, hosted by Kevin Price. Guests were Rick Hill, Director of Open Door Mission ( and Bill Adams, Resident and on Staff at the mission. Get caught up in THE VORTEX!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

11/25/07 Episode of "Movers and Shakers" - Media and Business

The "Movers and Shakers" talks about media and the new media to help businesses Market what they do. A great discussion on marketing, business, networking, legal, and the new media. Kevn Price, Show Host, welcomes Ken Marsh of Fearless Networking, Mark Krasney, The Virtual Lawyer, and Andy Valadez (StealthMarketer/Marketing Evangelist) of Marketing Dynamics. Get caught up in THE VORTEX!

See the episode here: <New Media>

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

11/13/07 - "Movers and Shakers" TV on Real Estate

Kevin Price, Show Host, discusses real estate issues with Pam Efferson, Realtor(r) for Exit Complete and Andy Valadez, StealthMarketer/The Marketing Evangelist, of Marketing Dynamics. In this segment, we talk about the "differentiated" Realtor, market trends, use of the web and technology, changes in the Realtor community, and the invention of the new Realtor (i.e., tech savvy, conscierge, maven, networked community leader, community servant, etc.) - Realtor 2.0 (you heard it here first). Get caught up in THE VORTEX!

Catch the episode here: <Realtor 2.0>

11/1/07 LIVE Remote at the "Houston Business Expo" with Steven Kay

Steve Kay of Steven Kay Live,
Tune in M-F on CNN 650 AM in the Houston Market

The "Houston Business Expo" was an amazing sucess. Listen to this live remote with Steven Kay as he interviews Mr. Jim McIngvale of Gallery Furniture, R.D. Yoder, President of Houston Networking News, D-Mars, Deborah Duncan, and John Beddow, Publisher of the Houston Business Journal. Listen to the live broadcast here: <Steven Kay Live> Get caught up in THE VORTEX!

Mr. McIngvale Goes on the Air with Steven Kay

R.D. Yoder, President of
Houston Networking News and
Mr. McIngvale at the "Houston Business Expo"

Pictured left to right: Andy Valadez,
Marketing Dynamics, R.D. Yoder, and
Deborah Duncan

R.D. Yoder, Ghristina Garza, and
Kirbyjon Caldwell

Mayor Bill White Speaks to Business Owners

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The CEO Show with Sheila Harrison

Sheila Harrison
invites Andy Valadez, President of Marketing Dynamcis on her TV show, "The CEO Show". The live segment aired 11/7 on Phonoscope Business Channel 11. "The CEO Show"airs every Wed. at 10am on Ms. Harrison publishes the Houston Business Guide featuring top companies, their leadership, and contact information. Get caught up in THE VORTEX!

Sheila Harrison Welcomes Our Viewers

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Worlds Fastest Motorcycles by Denis Manning

"Streamline 7" World Record Holder

Marketing Dynamics, a 100% pure Strategic Marketing firm, gets a YouTube video interview with Denis Manning of BUB Racing, Inc., founder and creator of 6 of the 11 fastest motorcycles in the world. Mr. Manning’s team currently holds the world land speed motorcycle with “Stream Liner 7” (pictured above) – a record at 350.884 MPH completed in September of 2006. Special thanks to Meghan Lee of Spin Communications for facilitating this interview in the field. Mr. Manning will make himself available for a special podcast where we discover why he has decided to pursue his dream of creating 7 of the fastest motorcycles in the world. What is the next speed record? Maybe he will disclose in our next interview. Get caught up THE VORTEX!

Meghan Lee and Denis Manning

Interview Courtesy of ThunderBobMan (found on YouTube)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Pay Your Children to Read Books and Raise Leaders

I recently attended the "Houston Business Expo" here in Houston, where Kirbyjon Caldwell, Jim McIngvale, Deborah Duncah, and Mayor Bill White spoke. Mr. Caldwell talked about one of his friends John Maxwell, a leadership training expert, noted for many successful books and corporate speaking engagments. In Mr. Caldwell's message, he cited Mr. Maxwell - "If you want to raise employees, pay your chidlren to do chores. If you want to raise leaders, pay your children to read books."

So, Kayla (my daughter) and I discussed this and came up with a program where she will get paid to read books. We also have decided on a negotiated price on the value of the book she reads. A $1 book would be very limited writing and many pictures, a $3 book would have more words and fewer photos, and $5 would be a thicker book, with lots of words. We haven't decided on a limit yet (who knows how many books she will want to read now).

Child Entrepreneur Kayla Valadez

Finally, a $10 book is a book that daddy and mommy want her to read that has more reading than she might be used to. In addition, we still want to instill the entrepreneurship spirit in her and other young children (if you have children, we hope you try this). So, we have started an on-line bookstore for all of the books that she reads that are available on for sale. She will be providing her review of each of her books and you and your family can decide if you want to puchase the book. If you have any business ideas for kids, please send them to Get caught up in The VORTEX!

We are paying Kayla $5 to read this book (she decided she wanted to make money (she will be writing a review on her blog when she is done with the book).

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Prepare for Rain!

A church makes a movie? After we interviewed Stephen Kendrick, Co-writer and Producer of "Facing the Giants", I had to read the book written by Michael Catt, Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA. The book came to me signed by Mr. Catt and is an amazing story of the creativity of the mind and the excellence within us all (given to us by God). Are you working hard? Planting seeds and sowing into the lives of others? Then you need to get this book today. Get caught up in The VORTEX and Prepare for Rain!

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Joint Venture Announcement: urbanFINANCIAL to underwrite "Houston Real Estate Today" radio show

Marketing Dynamics joint venture with Steve Levine Real Estate Media Announcement

Steve Levine Real Estate Media formally announces its new radio show underwritten by urbanFINANCIAL Mortgage. The marketing group/team is actively integrating several forms of media to showcase and raise the dialogue about everything "Houston Real Estate". The new show will begin airing on 11/9, every Friday at 1PM on CNN 650 AM. It will feature segments on the luxury market, investment property, condominiums and high rises, top builders, service providers to the industry (i.e., title companies, appraisal companies, insurance, etc.), hot neighborhoods, vacation rentals, home theatre, landscaping, pools, remodeling, marketing a home for sale, calendar of events in Real Estate, etc. The show will be produced by Steven Kay Media. The Real Estate news program will be supported by weekly press releases, features on-line, print, streaming audio, YouTube video, blog directories, search engine marketing, and promotional programs to position the show as a "must listen to" show locally and nationally. Get caught up in The VORTEX!

Steven Kay , Steven Kay Media (left), Rene Salvatierra, President of urbanFINANCIAL (middle), and Steve Levine (right)

"Houston Real Estate Today" Formal Announcement

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

10/16/07 The Booming Economy in Houston

Wow! It has been a busy month in the media. Went on air with Kevin Price (pictured left), Show Host for Houston Business Hour (radio program) and "Movers and Shakers" (TV and Web Segment), along with Ken Marsh (on my right), President of Fearless Networking, and Marck Krasney (far right), of Phonoscope Legal Services. We had a chance to talk about the great economy, being very contrarian to what everyone else sees and hears in the "old media" (the ones who always have bad news to report and are losing viewers and listeners as a result). Get caught up in The VORTEX! See the clip here: Great Economy

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Friday, October 12, 2007

10/9/07 "Movers and Shakers" TV/Web Segment - Best Practices

The Houston Manufacturers TV show airs every Tuesday in the Houston market at 10am on Phonoscope Business Channel 11. I was invited to be a guest panelist by radio and TV personality, Kevin Price of the "Houston Business Hour" radio show. Steve Chaplouka of SFC Business Services (pictured to my left) and Ralph Fain of RFain Group (pictured to the right of Kevin) were also available to discuss business "best practices". You can see the video clip here: Best Practices Get caught up in The VORTEX!

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Friday, September 28, 2007

"Facing the Giants" a Podcast Interview with Stephen Kendrick, Co-writer and Producer

Stephen Kendrick, Sherwood Pictures

A "From the Front Lines" Podcast Interview with Stephen Kendrick, Co-writer and Producer of “Facing the Giants”

Stephen Kendrick is part of a dynamic group of movie makers creating inspiring stories that have resonated with their target audience of family with spiritual values. Sherwood Pictures was founded by Sherwood Baptist Church and has had their movies distributed by Provident Films a Sony Motion Pictures company. To learn more about Sherwood Pictures go to

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Business Partner Steve Levine, Publisher of Real Estate Executive Magazine Goes on TV

The "Movers and Shakers" TV segment airs on the "Houston Manufacturers" show on Phonoscope TV every Tuesday at 10am on-line and live downtown Houston on Business Channel 11. Steve was invited by Kevin Price, the show host, to appear with his business partner Andy Valadez of Marketing Dynamics and Michael Gray of Exit Realty Complete. Andy and Steve recently formed a joint venture Steve Levine Real Estate Media, LLC and have garnered the attention of Houston media with the access to great guests who offer their expertise for the public at large. The simple model started with this blog, a cover story guest appearance on the "Houston Home Show" radio program with Kevin Price and Mark Jeffrey and then an extension to the "Movers and Shakers" with more in development. Stay tuned. See the segment here: Real Estate

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On the set of the "Houston Manufacturers" TV Show

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Friday, September 21, 2007

"Bye, Bye Mrs. America Pie" - Tribute Video

Fellow Houston Business Hour advisor Jim O'Neill, President, of Lonestar Sound and Pictures creates a tribute video of the dynamic Trio "Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper" and the rest of the meaning behind the "American Pie" song by Don McLean. Since posting in January of this year, Jim has had over 800,000 downloads! "The Day the Music Died", a movie about The Big Bopper is planned to shoot in Houston in the Spring/Summer of 2008 (see article below). Get Caught up in The VORTEX!

"American Pie" by Don McLean (YouTube)

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Helloo Baby! "The Day the Music Died" to be Shot in Houston

It's official! The press release went out on Monday. Marketing Dynamics is assisting with the production of this larger than life figure and a look into Americana! The Big Bopper is a name we will all remember and J.P. Richards, Jr. will do his part to tell his father's story. The 50th anniversy of the dreadful plane crash is February 3, 2009. The movie makers hope to have the final cut in theatres to commemorate a story that deserves to be told. Get caught up in The VORTEX!

The Big Bopper on Dick Clark, 1957 (YouTube)

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Dynamic Business Relationships - "Movers and Shakers" TV Segment with Kevin Price and Crew

This segment aired 9/11 on "Houston Manufacturers" TV show, which broadcasts on Phonoscope Business Channel 11 in Downtown Houston and on The gentleman I reference in the clip who sent me an autographed copy of the book "It's Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men" was Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A. Get Caught in The VORTEX!

See the clip here: "Who You KNow"

Proverbs 22:11

"A good name is more desirable than great riches, to be esteemed is better than silver or gold."

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Movers and Shakers Segment - The Raving Fan (on customer service)

This segment aired 9/4/07 on the Houston Manufacturers show, "Movers and Shakers" segment. This TV/web show airs every Tuesday at 10am (CST) on downtown Houston Business Channel 11, on PhonoScope. Interestingly, the segment gets over 40,000 downloads each month. View the segment here: Raving Fans

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Katharine McPhee at "The WELL DONE AWARDS"

Wow! I almost forgot I had this video. My clients and friends Denny and Leesa Bellesi invited my family and I to attend the "WELL DONE AWARDS" this summer at Coast Hills Church in Aliso Viejo, CA. I blog about the "Whirlwind Trip" to California on The VORTEX. (search for it). Anyway, I was going through my hardrive this morning and realized I had completely missed this video. American Idol Star, Katharine McPhee is amazing. She also received an award that evening. Get caught up in The VORTEX!

Katharine McPhee on stage at Coast Hills Church, "WELL DONE AWARDS"

My wife and I at Coast Hills Church, Aliso Viejo, CA - WELL DONE AWARDS

My girl Kayla, looks forward to the evening

My girls pose for the camera (Kenna, Kayla, and my wife Tina)

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Tropical Breeze - TropiCouture Podcast with Elite Fashion Designer Suzanne B

We recently had the opportunity to interview international fashion designer Suzanne B of TropiCouture. We have officially made the splash into the fashion world. Listen to this podcast and discover her world of beauty and elegance, designed for a clientele that appreciates the warmer climates and the beaches of the world. Get caught up in The VORTEX!

An Interview with Suzanne B, Fashion Designer for TropiCouture (

Suzanne B is an internationally famous fashion designer who focuses on clothing for the warmer climates of Hawaii, Florida, Southern California, the Caribbean, and yes, Houston. Her list of clientele indicate the value of what she designs for people who travel and do business in other parts of the world. This was a fun and interesting interview with one of Houston’s most premiere designers.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Web 2.0 Machine is Us/ing Us - A.I.

Found this whacked YouTube video on one of my business partners website, the new Pop Labs. It is suprpising is that there are still so many people who do not understand blogs. How are they ever going to get the rest? Sounds like opportunity! Pop Labs is now signing agency affiliates (must have a marketing business or high traffic partner). Tell them you heard about them from Marketing Dynamics, at The MarketingVortex blog or e-mail us at and we can introduce you to the Machine. Get caught up in The VORTEX!

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Houston Business Hour with Kevin Price

Creative Advertising and Marketing discussion on the Houston Business Hour radio program on CNN 650 AM in the Houston Market (27Aug07) - drive time traffic. Show Host Kevin Price interviews Robbie Adair of Media A Team, Ken Marsh of Fearless Networking, and Andy Valadez, President of Marketing Dynamics. Get caught up in THE VOREX!

Part I: of Radio Discussion: Introductions

Part II: Robbie Adair Talks about Radio and Andy Talks about Marketing Basics

Part III: "Whassup?" Discussion on Creative Marketing and Advertising

Part IV: Establishing Measurements on Your Campaigns

Part V: Ken Marsh and the need for "Networking" and Andy on "Dynamic Networking" utilizing YouTube

Part VI: Robbie on creating goals for use of video

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Advertising Campaigns That Have Failed

Do you know of any hailed campaigns that everyone seems to think are "great", but have actually failed in the market? If so, please send me your pick with the details to or post on The VORTEX (live).

For example, the ever popular 2000 Budweiser showing four African American guys answering the phone with "Whassup?" had everyone around the world going "Whassuuup?" (and some still are). The campaign actually did not increase sales for Budweiser as documented by Sergio Zyman in his book "The End of Advertising As We Know It" (see book link below).

"The campaign won just about every award in 2000, including the 2000 Grand Prix Cannes Lionnes, the 2000 Grand Clio, and the 2000 Grand Award: Best Commercial New York Festival at the Television and Cinema Advertising Awards. But while the ad execs were on stage, Budweiser's market share dropped 1.5 to 2.5 percentage points and sales in barrells fell by 8.3 percent - the largest share loss by Budweiser since 1994 and by far the largest drop in sales over the same period."

Now you know "Whassup?". Get caught up in The VORTEX!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Category 5: The Venture Makers

We went on the "Houston Manufacturer's" TV show "Movers and Shakers" segment to talk about "Houston's Neighborhoods" a joint venture of Houston Media Group and my business partner Steve Levine, Steve Levine Real Estate Media. The program will be an interesting platform for home buyers in the Houston market.

Click to see the video: "Houston's Neighborhoods"

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Leadership Summit 2007 - Lead Where You Are

Wow! Just completed 3 days of intense leadership re-calibration at The Fellowship of The Woodlands, "Leadership Summit 2007". This was my second year to attend and I encourage others to seek it out and put it on your schedule for next year 8/7 thur 8/9 2008 (see for more details on 2008).

The summit is satellite broadcasted all over the world, with over 100,000 leaders attending this year. We heard from Carly Fiorina, Former HP CEO, Floyd Flake, Marcus Buckingham, Michael Porter, PhD, Harvard Strategy Professor, Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State, John Ortberg, Filmmaker Richard Curtis (who has raised over $1B to help the poor and dying in Africa), Jimmy Carter (not my favorite past President, but interesting man to learn from), and of course, Bill Hybels.

I get inspired everytime I go, to do greater things. Our "little missions" when compared to the greater things going on around us, pale in comparison to what others have done and are doing to make life better for the desperately hopeless. Leadership is a gift and a higher calling. I am looking forward to the drastic changes I am making in my business, life, and focus for the rest of the year. The most dangerous prayer one can make, is "Lord use me!" Lead where you are. Get caught up in THE VORTEX.

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