Monday, June 29, 2009

Dwell on Design 09

What did everyone think of Dwell on Design this year?  My 2 cents?  Best design trade show in L.A., hands down.  Love to hear other insights!

Why B2B companies need social media too -

B2B companies need to be personable, responsible, and communicative. Here's why they can't afford to neglect blogs, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social channels.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

GOT MUD? American Clay at Dwell on Design



June 26 - 28, 2009 – Los Angeles Convention Center

WHAT: American Clay Enterprises, Inc., returns to Dwell On Design this year to showcase the newly-patented, award-winning, eco-friendly, all natural interior wall plasters. American Clay’s space will be 1/3 of the epOxyGreen booth, #422, but will cover the entirety of epOxy’s booth. Ongoing demos will be provided at within the American Clay space throughout the show, with opportunities to play with the clay and learn how to apply.  Dwell on Design is Southern California’s main hands-on, modern architecture and design event dedicated to showcasing the people, products and ideas that are driving design and architecture today. The event takes place June 26 – 28, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Carol Baumgartel, VP of Sales and Marketing for American Clay Enterprises, Inc. will be speaking at Saturday's panel at 1:30pm on the Sustainability Stage put on by epOyGreen which will be addressing issues regarding interior design, manufacturing, and building materials during today's economic recession.

American Clay has been on the market for over 6 years and has changed the way that people look at walls – especially in terms of what a green, all natural finish can provide. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site. Moreover, the plaster is non-flammable, gives additional masonry mass in rooms, resists mold growth, absorbs sound, provides humidity buffering, and repairs/cleans easily. It improves the air quality, mold issues and beauty of any room, no matter what style. American Clay plasters can contribute up to 7 LEED points; and unlimited textures with 100's of matchable colors can be attained.

American Clay has been seen on Planet Green, HGTV, ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", CBS' The Early Show, in the New York and Los Angeles Times, and numerous building, shelter and green publications, including Dwell, Sustainable Industries, eco-structure, ED+C and

WHEN:             Friday, June 26, 2009, 9:00am – 5:00pm (Trade day)

Saturday, June 27, 2009, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, June 28, 2009, 10:00am – 4:00pm (General admission)

WHERE:             Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015


American Clay produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products.  Their Earth Plasters and the commercial ENJARRE single coat plaster are a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural and elegant option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  The plasters contain zero VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resisting (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging. American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in and made of materials found in the U.S. American Clay Enterprises, Inc., is based in Albuquerque, NM, and its products are patent pending.  The product and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through one of the growing number of retailers and distributors across the U.S.  The website,, offers information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links.

U.S. PAT No. 7,485,186 B2


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TRAVELEX and "NT Live" in U.S.



WHAT:   TRAVELEX, the international foreign exchange and payments provider for both consumers and B2B, is the international sponsor this year for the UK’s Royal National Theatre foray into satellite transmission of their live stage performances, called “NT Live”.  Since 2003, TRAVELEX has sponsored the National Theatre’s £10 ticket.  This award-winning and critically-acclaimed initiative has helped over 1 million British enjoy theater-going, making the theatre affordable for the everyman. The initiative is aligned to the TRAVELEX business, sharing their brand values of innovation, value and service. The idea of the low-priced ticket has naturally progressed into their commitment to “NT Live”, a bold technological opportunity that will deliver live performances from the most respected theatre in the world, to the world. 

TRAVELEX strongly believes in consistent, key support of the high arts through emerging technologies and opportunities, even and especially in a down market, when people need their spirits lifted most.

TRAVELEX has made a name for itself by providing both commercial entities and consumers with an extensive list of products and services to meet all of their foreign exchange needs, while offering unparalleled service. In the Americas, TRAVELEX is the largest non-bank foreign exchange specialist, with trading floors in New York City and Toronto, serving over 6,000 commercial customers.

The pilot season of “NT Live”, the new initiative by the UK’s Royal National Theatre to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens around the world will launch with a broadcast of Ph├Ędre, by Jean Racine in a version by Ted Hughes starring Helen Mirren (The Queen) & Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! film), directed by Nicholas Hytner.

The upcoming “NT Live” season includes “All’s Well That Ends Well” (Oct. 1). “Nation” (Jan. 30, 2010), and “The Habit of Art” (TBD).

WHEN & WHERE:                       For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:


Many broadcasts occur on June 25th on screens across the United States; however some markets will be broadcast a week or two later, based on availability.   Screening locations include the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Director’s Guild Theatre in New York; the Mann Theatre in Hollywood, CA; the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C.; the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago; the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; and many more.



Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20. 

Contact local venues for ticket information.



Travelex is the world’s largest foreign exchange specialist, with offices in 35 countries, nearly 700 retail branches and 16,000 commercial customers. The company’s retail branches are located at key airport, seaport and rail locations, in addition to worldwide tourist and business centres. Nearly 40 percent of the world’s airline passengers, over 1.3 billion people, pass through airports at which Travelex’s business operates. This includes the major gateways at London, New York, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Sydney. Travelex operates two North American foreign exchange trading floors – located in New York City and Toronto.


The Group’s principal activities are organised into three divisions: Global Business Payments, Retail and Outsourcing.

Global Business Payments: 
Travelex is the world’s largest non-bank provider of commercial cross-border payment services. The business provides international payment services for commercial and personal customers, with products comprising multi-currency spot contracts, forward contracts and options. The Global Business Payments division was enhanced by merging Ruesch International, which was acquired during 2007 for $440m, with Travelex’s Commercial Foreign Exchange (CFX) division.

Travelex is the world’s largest retail foreign exchange specialist, with over 700 branded retail branches, principally in airports and tourist locations. The business sells banknotes and other foreign exchange and travel related products and services to individuals travelling for business and leisure purposes.

The business provides outsourced travel money services by supplying the foreign currency needs of financial institutions and travel agencies, as well as by fulfilling the individual orders of their customers. Products and services include banknotes, wholesale banknote fulfillment, the distribution of insurance policies and the issuing of prepaid cards.

The Group operates through its subsidiaries and branches in four regions: the United Kingdom; Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEA); Americas and Asia Pacific.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Non-Profit 'The World Is Just A Book Away' Launches 10 Libraries in Indonesia; Named for Top Celeb-Supporters



Los Angeles, CA, USA (May 2009) – Non-profit organization The World Is Just A Book Away (TWIJABA) launched in October 2008, is already exceeding its 2009 expectations by opening ten libraries at ten schools in Sidoarjo, Indonesia, on June 3-4, 2009.  The libraries will service approximately 2,000 children in the area, grades one through six.  Founder James J. Owens is proud to announce that the libraries will be named in honor of key TWIJABA supporters, including Muhammad Yunus, Queen Noor Al-Hussein of Jordan, Desmond Tutu, Yo-Yo Ma, Miep Gies, and the late actress Natasha Richardson.

The mission of The World Is Just A Book Away ( is to bring hope—in the form of books, libraries, and schools—to thousands of children in developing countries. The program was launched in Sidoarjo, site of the mudflow disaster that displaced more than 60,000 people and destroyed many schools.  The ten libraries introduce the idea of loaning non-classroom books for recreational reading.  The libraries also have educational DVDs for on-site use.

The organization has accomplished early fundraising success across various platforms:  a strong online push (primarily through Facebook), an art opening fundraiser sponsored by Los Angeles Tribal, and, most significantly, both a dedicated Board, and being the beneficiary of the Alumni USC Club of Indonesia’s annual Charity Ball.  The Ball raised over $30,000 for TWIJABA, and the club plans to work with the non-profit and its local partner to distribute books to Indonesian children in impoverished areas of the country.  

With an initial goal in 2009 to open 14 libraries, Owens is grateful for the immense support, and in awe of the accelerated progress that has been achieved.  “When we launched last October, we thought it would be a stretch to launch 14 libraries in Sidoarjo in 2009,” states Owens, assistant professor of clinical management communication at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Management Communication.  “However, due to our early success and the tremendous support of all involved, we will open ten in June and we are on target to open a total of 20 permanent libraries there this year, as well as a mobile library to serve children at an additional 23 schools.  In total, we will bring more than 15,000 books to more than 9,000 boys and girls in the region who have been most affected by the mudflow disaster in 2009, our first full year of operation.” 

TWIJABA has attracted a strong and varied list of people to its cause, from Board members to general supporters.  Owens wanted to honor a selection of early believers (not on the Board) by naming a library after them.  Confirmed library names include Queen Noor Al-Hussein, Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Lois and Buzz Aldrin, Shirin Ebadi (2003 Nobel Peace Prize), Yo-Yo Ma, Miep Gies, Muhammad Yunus, Fess Parker, and the Natasha Richardson Memorial Library.

Behind the scenes, the first person to commit to the organization’s Board of Advisors was Jenny Ming, former President of Old Navy and one of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.”  Rounding out the Board of Advisors are Jim Ellis, Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, and Tim Monich, highly-respected dialect coach of Hollywood.  Prominent people in the worlds of business, entertainment and academia have signed on to the Board as well, inspired by Owens’ enthusiasm, drive, mission, and their own love of the written word. 

Owens also enlisted the help of students and young professionals for the non-profit, when he encountered their enthusiasm for the project.  As a professor, he wants to encourage the idea that being on a Board shouldn’t be restricted to the over 40 age group.  So TWIJABA’s Board has members in their 30s, and he created the “Ambassadors” program as a stepping stone for the younger participants.

Owens is also working on a book featuring submissions from more than 70 of the world’s most prominent people—across the arts and sciences, politics, business, and philanthropy—about their love of reading and books that inspired them.  He plans to donate all the profits from the future book sales to non-profits, including TWIJABA.

Images of the building or renovation progress on the libraries can be viewed online at


  • March 2009—Professor Owens attended Education Without Borders 2009 Conference in Dubai, UAE, as a Distinguished Guest and Mentor, and Panel Judge.  Participating panel: “Improving Technology’s Role in Improving Life on Earth”.
  • In November 2008, “The World is Just a Book Away 20/20 Club” launched on Facebook to garner broader support from the general public.  Each member commits to an annual minimum donation of $20 (which translates into 20 books).  In the first two months, nearly 200 signed up, and almost $10,000 was raised.