Tom Carlucci the Rome Ventur the largest gay resort in Florida LGBTQ Marketing Leader lgbt out gay entrepreneur lgbtq business owners lesbian queer community OutBuro

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with serial entrepreneur Tom Carlucci in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Tom is building ROME, which will be the largest gay resort and entertainment complex in Florida serving both local as well as vacation travelers.  

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Prior to launching Riceplex (more info below), Tom spent several years in the hospitality industry working at large casino resorts in Atlantic City.  He worked in many areas of the resort’s operation which provides him a great foundation for his newest entrepreneurial quest in building the largest LGBTQ resort and entertainment complex in Florida literally from the ground up.  His new resort is called ROME with distinctive Mediterranean architecture and decor.    

Tom explains that ROME will be a members-only resort a decision to increase the safety of all guests so that only members who are biometrically identified may enter.  ROME will be an inclusive place for all community members offering various dining, entertainment, activities, and venues to suit whatever mood you are in on that day.  ROME will also have different levels of rooms from large well appoint suits for those on extended stays to smaller rooms for those last-minute smart decisions to stay the night versus driving home after a night of exuberant celebration.  From Tom’s experience in large resorts, he knows how an exceptional service experience is important.  So, like those large resorts, ROME will employ the use of a guest experience database capturing the choices customers make so for example if they know a frequent guest loves chocolate, they may have it in their room upon arrival.  Attention to detail and quality will be the hallmark of ROME.    

Tom is the founder of Riceplex which is a nutritional product ingredient company, focused on plant-based nutritional powders. It supplies bulk material to small to medium-sized formulators (primarily smoothie/health shake makers and nutrition bar manufacturers. We have a direct-to-consumer retail segment served by our core online venues: Riceplex.com, PoseidonHealth.com, and HapaVir.com.  It also supplies nutrition-focused call center operations with private label products.  This company was founded in 2002.  

Tom currently has a few potential development sites around Tampa Bay under consideration and expects to have the location choice nailed down by Jan 2021. Once that happens there will likely be 5-6 months of slight layout adjustment to the master plan and then breaking ground in the Summer of 2021. His goal is to be open by the Summer of 2022.  An aggressive target for a large project like this, but Tom will be on top of all details along the way.    You can join ROME today and be an early supporter.  The early member who join now and during the construction phase will have special perks to show appreciation.  Check out the site and join ROME today at http://TheRomeVenture.com/ 

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Matt Skallerud_ Innovative, Pioneer, LGBTQ Marketing Leader lgbt out gay entrepreneur lgbtq business owners lesbian queer community OutBuro

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with serial internet marketing entrepreneur Matt Skallerud.   Matt founded one of the first internet websites focused on the gay community.  Within a short period, he also founded one of the first websites (gaywired.com 1995) for the lesbian community (shewired.com) both acquired by Here Media (2006) and no longer active.  Matt shares a bit of history surrounding the development of early LGBTQ web platform presence.  Matt shares how the LGBTQ were early adopters using sites to connect with others.   

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The experience he gained from those experiences led Matt to launch Pink Media (2008), a marketing firm specializing in helping corporations target and reach the LGBTQ community across all media platforms.  He and Pink Media has also been instrumental in bringing many live and virtual events, conferences, and symposiums regarding LGBTQ entrepreneurship with a keen focus on marketing SEO, and public relations (PR).  We further chat about the current changes in live events to leveraging online virtual events/conferences with a high production value contrasting the past of the logistics of live events versus virtual content that can reach thousands day and night.  Matt and Pink Media is continually experimenting to evolve their strategies.    

We discuss social media etiquette and properly using it for business networking with authenticity on sites like www.OutBuro.com and LinkedIn.  Recently even Gary Vee has been touting the opportunities on LinkedIn.  We share some stories of how some LinkedIn profiles are inappropriate as well as compare and contrast the value of social media sites and being very selective on what you post can actually increase engagement versus sharing low-quality content often.    In our conversation, Matt shares a bit of his entrepreneur journey along with current and future plans.  

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About Pink Media

We integrate the power and reach of content & social media marketing with traditional online strategies including banner ads and e-mail campaigns. We merge PR, Advertising, Marketing & Social Media.

Social Media

  • #ILoveGay Network
  • Hyper-targeted social media advertising
  • LGBTQ Influencers
  • LGBTQ Influencer Opportunities
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media PR
  • Social Media monitoring and analytics

Advertising

  • Hyper-Targeted, Programmatic Advertising
  • Hyper-Targeted Email Marketing
  • Mobile Advertising
  • Business to Business Advertising
  • Market Specializations
  • Advertising RFPs

Search

  • SEO services
  • Keyword search term marketing on Google,
        Bing and other search platforms
  • SEO Monitoring and analytics

Video

  • Pre-roll and other forms of video advertising
  • OTT video advertising
  • Video as content in social media marketing
  • Custom video packages

Events

  • Pink Media Receptions
  • LGBTQ Week NYC
  • LGBTQ New Media Expos & Conferences
  • Event Sponsorship
  • Our Pride Sponsorships + Corporate Work

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Stan Kimer_ VP of Training for National Diversity Council & Consultant lgbt out gay entrepreneur lgbtq business owners lesbian queer community OutBuro

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Out gay professional and entrepreneur Stan Kimer. Stan shares how he not only held several professional roles within IBM over his 31-year career there but how he moved between several departments such as operations, sales, product development, marketing, and Human Resources (Diversity & Inclusion).

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Stan Kimer Diversity and Inclusion Consultant VP of Traing National Diversity Council

He has always thrived while constantly learning and challenging himself. When assigned to a cross-departmental project he would take it upon himself to learn as much as possible about the functions and strategies of the other departments in a truly collaborative manner. He not only learned by doing this he also built great relationships which often lead those other departments offering him an opportunity to join their department. What a great way to learn new skills create a new career path all while remaining in the same company. This approach could be used in large organizations to keep your career fresh and do what you enjoy.

Stan came out as a gay man at work in 1991 when IBM began to offer domestic partner benefits. At that time Stan was the most senior IBM employee to be openly out as a gay person at IBM. Due to that, he was invited to participate in executive-level meetings regarding diversity and inclusion. In the Stan-way, this involvement led him to join the IBM global Diversity and Inclusion department. IBM was also an early adopter of providing employees who identify as transgender health coverage to meet their unique health needs which started in 2002. The IBM D&I role ignited Stans’s passion. Ever since it has been his focus. After retiring from IBM, Stan was far from sitting back sipping margaritas. He took a year of reflection and planning then launched his own diversity and inclusion consulting business to help other companies and organizations be their best. Additionally, Stan is the VP of Training for the US National Diversity Council. In that role, he is responsible for training delivery as well as training material development.

Stan Kimmer - retired yet out gay entrepreneur and adult figure skater

As if all that post “retired” work was enough at age 59 Stan started to learn to figure skate. In Stan-style he competes in the adult figure skating competition circuit and knows many Olympic figure skaters. Stan believes life just keeps getting better.

To connect with Stan find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/stankimer/

Check Stan’s figure asking video out here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDxiFUWhZl9G2Vr-vvoF_Q

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Overcoming fear to transform your life empowerment day Sharon Rea lgbt out gay entrepreneur lgbtq business owners lesbian queer community OutBuro

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Sharon Rea, a Total Life Change Expert coach located in South Whales.

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  • 01:00 Understanding WHY someone does what they do is insightful and inspirational. Further, hear how they arrived at where they are today in their professional career, business, or community leadership role may inspire others.
  • 01:45 Sharen shares that earlier this year she had the idea to launch 3 Empowerment Days. One focused on the LGBTQ+ community, the second on women, and the third on men.
  • 02:10 Fear due to the COVID pandemic has for some been compounded by underlying fears.
  • 02:35 Sharen explains that low confidence, low self-esteem, not believing in oneself, panic, phobia, anxiety, are all based on fear.
  • 03:15 Sharon has developed a content-free way of dealing with deep-rooted long-held fears without having to delve back into the past situations that were the root causes. The system has been trialed over and over with gray success.
  • 04:00 Virtual workshops are coupled with a duration of support.
  • :15 Confidence doesn’t happen overnight. It has to be taught/learned.
  • 06:00 Dennis shares some personal experiences
  • 16:00 For many four-letter dirty words are help, talk, play, and rest
  • 16:30 Sharon shares some personal experiences
  • 17:30 Sharon explains the difference between being shy and introverted
  • 19:30 All thoughts and emotions are electrical and chemical. One gets addicted to the chemical naturally released based on the emotion. Fear, anger, depression, anxiety all release chemicals you can be addicted to. Luckily good healthy emotions and mental states are equally addictive.
  • 23:00 Become aware of turning off the familiar autopilot to break free and change your life.
  • 24:00 Sharon explains that her process blocks the fear and like switching on a light.
  • 25:00 Sharon describes the empowerment course and follow-up.
  • 27:00 Fear is a root emotion that builds layers. We discuss the fear of acceptance, love, money, success, prosperity, and more.
  • 29:00 Accepting, respecting, loving and a relationship with yourself first is the most important and a foundation to give and receive from others.
  • 32:00 Labels are the other person’s projections and attempt to make themselves feel comfortable. They do not define you.
  • 36:00 Have rules of engagement and boundaries. Make others aware of what you will not do, discuss, tolerate, etc. If and when those are passed or broken halt it and remind the other person. If it continues you may need to reconsider that relationship, limit it and maybe walk away, no matter who it is.

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Brison Scholar Lee Downing Transgender Parents Disertation lgbt out gay entrepreneur lgbtq business owners lesbian queer online community OutBuro

Parents of Transgender Youth: In this episode host, Dennis Velco chats with Ph.D. candidate Brison “Scholar Lee” Downing about his thesis project. Downing, a person of transgender experience himself knows all too well the adjustments, strains, and struggles family members can often experience when a child or loved one comes out as transgender and during the transitioning experience. As Downing expresses, family, loved ones, and friends are not the persons directly going through the physical changes, yet they too are going through the transition often experiencing emotions of loss of a loved one.

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These are normal feelings he explains. He explains there is a limited number of studies to date, yet the participant pool has been predominately US Caucasian families. Downing’s study is to broaden the current research study pool striving to include underrepresented minority families. He states that to better serve all we need the perspective that different races, ethnically and cultural backgrounds bring to the learning and sharing conversations.

Downing’s goal is to publish his findings in hopes to be a resource for all parents, loved ones, and family members to cope with the emotions and retain as well as grow stronger loving relationships.

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Be bold, be OUT, be visible, and now thanks to the new domain extensions.GAY and .LGBT your organization, business, and brand can be just that with your internet presence too. In this episode, host Dennis Velco chats with PrideLife domain registrar founder and CEO Scott Seitz. See the interview/podcast timestamps below as an overview and to jump to a section of interest. OFFER: 38:00 Many are starting their own business. PrideLife through the end of 2020 offering a 30% off plus buy one give offer. www.PrideLife.lgbt

OFFER: 38:00 Many are starting their own business. PrideLife through the end of 2020 offering a 30% off plus buy one give offer. www.PrideLife.lgbt

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  • 01:10 Scott provide a brief overview of involvement in ICANN
  • 02:00 How the need for internet domain extensions grew beyond .com to include .gay and .lgbt
  • 03:00 From the beginning the LGBTQ community has been recognized as significant internet users
  • 3:30 PrideLife.lgbt is the first certified domain registrar globally similar to a GoDaddy.com or Domain.com
  • 04:00 How the relationship between domain registrars, domain owners and ICANN works
  • 06:20 Is this an entire LGBTQ ecosphere? Scott explains how the chain of organizations involved are building trust and safety as much as possible.
  • 12:00 When registering a domain the personal data you provide is kept at the registrar level.
  • 13:00 PrideLife is striving to build a community of resources and referral of services to keep as much in the LGBTQ community as possible
  • 14:00 So what is the benefit to the LGBTQ community to support the non-LGBTQ owned corporations who purchased/acquired the gay-oriented domain extensions?
  • 17:00 ICANN community standing explained – how the fragmented LGBTQ community with lack of a hub organization made ICANN award these domain extensions to non-LGBTQ owned corporations.
  • 18:00 The fractionalization of efforts means scarce resources and limited effect. Together we can accomplish astounding things where we all win. OutBüro (www.outburo.com) is striving to be a bridge of connecting all LGBTQ people, organizations, and business owners around the globe.
  • 23:00 The evolution of the LGBTQ community due to the internet.
  • 24:00 Scott explains that OutBüro is an important new part of advancing the LGBTQ community infrastructure by being a vehicle for connecting, finding, and growing.
  • 25:00 At work, no matter all the policies and best intentions of an employer, you are only secure and safe based on your direct manager if oversight is not strong.
  • 30:00 For partnering employers, OutBüro can be an LGBTQ related projects and services gateway streamlining and cost savings verses doing it all in-house.
  • 35:00 Most employers lack the diversity content on their website that candidates seek when making a choice to apply for a job. Employers may leverage the .lgbt and .gay domain names and use OutBüro as an employer branding platform to attract top candidates and differentiate it from competitors.
  • 38:00 Many are starting their own business.

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Todd Evans CEO Rivendell Media out gay entrepreneur lgbtq business owners lesbian queer online community OutBuro

Rivendell Media has over 42 years of being an integral part of the LGBTQ community. It represents around 95% of all LGBTQ print and online media in the United States and Canada. They help media companies grow and stay alive by bringing advertising to newspapers, magazine publications, and websites. If it weren’t for Rivendell’s consolidated approach many local LGBTQ newspapers, magazines and websites would otherwise struggle and have to staff their own advertising sales representatives.

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39:45 Todd says, “I read every LGBTQ publication in America, Canada and around the world and there is nothing like your site (OutBüro). There is nothing business-oriented amongst LGBTQ media where you can really share. I highly encourage everyone to get involved especially if you are business-minded. Business is what has moved our market (issues) forward.”

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The founder of Rivendell was originally a music promoter. He promoted Jefferson Airplane and Elton John. He toured with Elton John’s first American tour promoting his concerts in all the city gay newspapers they could reach. After Elton’s tour, the founder turned all those new contacts into a new business opportunity. For the full story on the company, history listen-in as Todd Evans gives great insights. Brands go to Advertising Agencies to strategies on marketing campaigns and design the creatives. Then the market agencies work with Rivendell to reach the LGBTQ audience through all the LGBTQ media properties they represent. In a broad yet consolidated approach. Todd Evans is driven by a cause of equality. They know they help media companies be able to cover the news and topics that are important to the community. We have a great conversation about the impact of LGBTQ media. The consolidation of advertising buy makes advertising in LGBTQ media doable and desirable. Alone even the largest of LGBTQ media is smaller than most traditional national media campaigns would pay attention to. Most alGBTQ media is local. If advertising agencies had to themselves track down and buy from each local media companies to get the volume they want, the work to do so would be cost-prohibitive. So Rivendell with all their relationships makes it easy for brands and their ad agencies to do business with LGBTQ media. Your signup, subscription, and views of LGBTQ newspapers, publications and website is vitally important. They depend on advertising to remain in business. Listen to Todd’s explanation. Todd chats about how LGBTQ media is adapting to survive the COVID pandemic panic and those large advertisers that kept advertising which kept the lights on for many.

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How to ask questions. It seems simple since as humans our first words relied heavily on asking “Why?”. But when it comes to research, journalism, and even podcasting or as a YouTuber, “why” can be a great start, but depending on what comes after that can lead you down a path of connection and discovery or shut your study participant/interviewee down. The latter can happen when the question makes assumptions and may put the person in a defensive mode or worse feeling utterly offended. Ali Mustag is here to help you get to the heart of your research or interview topics with deep insights in a way that is open, respectful, engaging even if you have absolutely no personal connection with the subject matter.

Ali Mushtag is a university professor and out gay entrepreneur Social scientist with a strong background in the higher education industry with skills in data analytics, leadership, qualitative analysis, multivariate statistics, research, and business insights. He is a Doctor of Philosophy – Ph.D. focused in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

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Ali is in the process of finalizing the deployment of a systematic approach to forming questions in a manner that significantly increases getting the answers you seek from your research study participants, sources, or interview guests. This approach is well suited for academic research studies, marketing research studies, commercial product or service studies, reporters, journalists, interviewers, YouTubers, podcasters, recruiters, consultants, mental health professionals and so many more. If you want to get people to open up and provide detailed full informative responses to your questions, Ali’s training is could be right for you.

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GLSEN, a US national LGBT+ education advocacy group completed a research study recently and found that an astounding near 97% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students aged between 13 and 21 reported hearing disparaging comments about their sexuality or gender identity while at school. The GLSEN report, which surveyed students in all 50 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Guam, found homophobia was rife within educational establishments.

Almost 97% of respondents stated that they had heard the phrase “no homo” at school, while more than 95% reported hearing homophobic terms such as “dyke” and “faggot”. About 69% said they had experienced verbal harassment because of their sexual orientation, while just under 57% said they had also been called names or threatened because of their gender expression. Just under 10% reported the same experiences due to their gender expression, it added. Comments such as “that’s so gay” and “no homo” are regularly stated on playgrounds, in the cafeterias, and around school campuses. Almost 92% said the remarks had made them feel “distressed”, said the 2019 National School Climate Survey, which surveyed 16,700 LGBT+ students between April and August last year. 11% of LGBT+ students said they had been physically assaulted, or “punched, kicked (or) injured with a weapon” because of their sexuality, the report noted.

Aiden Cloud, a 17-year-old student who identifies as genderqueer and attends at a small, conservative private school in Nashville, Tennessee stated, “At my school, it’s very taboo for teachers especially to talk about LGBT issues. Even though there are a lot of queer students at my school – just as there are at any school – there’s a very big lack of visibility. It feels very isolating.”

“This is a very significant wake-up call about how the progress we’ve won is directly under attack,” said Eliza Byard, the executive director of GLSEN, formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

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Ray Barron-Woolford is a life-time community activist, broadcaster, playwright, and author. His most recent play is Liberty about Kath Duncan’s role in establishing the LGBTQ and civil rights movement in 1930’s Britain, laying the groundwork for The National Council Civil Liberties. Liberty is based on his book The Last Queen of Scotland exploring the rich and fascinating life of Kath Duncan. For more of Ray’s background watch or listen to Getting to Know Ray Baron Woolford – Part 1 at https://www.outburo.com/getting-to-know-ray-baron-woolford-part-1/

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Kath Duncan was a significant figure during the 1930s involved in nearly every significant civil rights movement, revered and respected by most. She was a personal good friend of Winston Churchill’s wife before she married Churchill and remained close. Kath was a lesbian and married a gay man to hide their sexual orientation during a time that was not welcoming. Due to her political views and activism, she was under surveillance by the British government. There is therefore a tremendous amount of documentation about her life, who she associated with, where she went, and even what she ate. Ray petitioned access to the government records on Duncan which offers his book on her incredible rich accurate details. After the book was released Ray was encouraged to write a play to help bring Kath Duncan’s story to life. In our, discussion Ray describes the process he went through and the details of creating a period of work. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kath_Duncan

In a short time, his play gained attention and he was contacted by #Netflix who optioned it as a movie or series. Connect with Ray on OutBüro. https://www.outburo.com/profile/raybarronwoolford/

She was a diminutive school teacher from Kirkcaldy who enjoyed an “extraordinary” friendship with Winston Churchill and spent two terms in jail as she led some of the biggest civil rights campaigns of her generation.

But the story of Kath Duncan, a powerful orator “everyone was scared of” has, up until now, gone largely unnoticed by a modern audience.

Newspapers of the day dedicated countless column inches to the activities of the Scot, who was involved at the highest level in campaigns such as the 1920s hunger marches and the fight against Oswald Mosley’s fascists. She took on slum landlords, rallied against gas price rises for the poor and, later, acted as a recruiter and fundraiser for the Spanish Civil War. She was also a suffragette. But her legacy has been largely airbrushed out of history, according to Raymond Woolford, author of The Last Queen of Scotland, who said Duncan should be celebrated as a working-class hero.

Woolford said: “We get taught about our kings and queens and tyrants and yet working class heroes, ordinary women like Kath, who became extraordinary, are left in the shadows. It is long overdue that Kath is recognised as a national treasure.

“In the post-war context, Kath would stand out from the crowd and become arguably the greatest UK civil rights activist of the past 100 years; no other activist was as forceful as her in her leadership in so many different campaigns.”

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