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  • 11 Jan 2018 11:45 PM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    Patrick Surdy

    Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments

    Where did you grow up?
    Eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio (first Garfield Heights, then Chesterland until college). I frequently joke that I had to show my passport before they let me cross over from the east side where I grew up to live on the west side of town now.

    What is your hockey history?
    • Started skating at age three at the rink in Garfield; started playing hockey at age five
    • Played at Garfield through fifth grade
    • Played with Cleveland Americans through eighth grade and then for University School
    • Played intramural at Miami University and some men’s leagues after college
    • Over my years, I have had the privilege of playing with some tremendous hockey talent that went on to play collegiate and professional hockey. More important than their skill, they were great human beings and I will never forget the friendships made along the journey.

    What business are you in now?
    I am a financial advisor with Edward Jones. The reason I got into this business is I value personal relationships and helping people but always felt far away from the end client at the corporations I worked for in the past. Edward Jones is an employee-owned organization and, therefore, has a collaborative culture that fits perfectly with me and my interest in looking after my clients as if they were good friends or family.

    How has hockey helped you achieve success?
    Although there are countless lessons I have learned (and continue to learn) from our great sport, I had some specific circumstances growing up that provided a great lesson. Spending most of my youth in Chesterland, hockey was an unknown and unappreciated sport. In addition, it was not very convenient to get to a rink as most were at least a 45 minute drive away. This situation taught me that it was important to maintain focus on a goal that was important to me, no matter how unpopular or difficult, and that it required certain sacrifices by both myself and my family for the reward of achieving that goal.
    In addition, the social nature of hockey and the interpersonal skills it helped me develop have been instrumental to my success in both personal life and business.

    Can you share a few fun facts about yourself?
    One of the most enjoyable parts of hockey for me now is watching my son play and seeing his enjoyment of the sport — and helping coach on occasion.
    A couple fun facts: When I was a kid, trading hockey pins was a big deal. I enjoyed it so much, I ended up creating my own pin company (P.J.’s Pins) and made hockey pins for teams spanning several states. I also was into trading pins and gathered quite a collection from the US, Canada, Europe and Russia — all of which I still have today.
    Bill Davidge, Blue Jacket announcer, was my coach during a traveling hockey camp he worked at in the ‘80s that stopped in Lakewood for a week. When I went to Miami University, I ended up playing with him on an intramural team. Despite being in the prime of my hockey career as a college freshman and the large age advantage I had over him, Bill was still a much better player than I was!

    How can other HPIB members contact you or learn more about your business?

    email: patrick.surdy@edwardjones.com
    web: www.edwardjones.com/patrick-surdy
    phone: 216.954.4458

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  • 17 Dec 2017 10:22 PM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release
    Contact Rob MacKinlay

    Two of the Largest Hockey Networking Organizations in North America Announce Merger

    Cleveland, OH, December 18th, 2017 – The founder of the 40,000+ member group “Hockey Players doing business together,” Shannon Lewandoski based in St. Louis, Missouri, has announced he will be merging with non-profit hockey organization Hockey Players in Business (HPIB), founded by Rob MacKinlay and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with chapters throughout the U.S and Canada. In addition to being added to the HPIB board as Co-president, Shannon will also serve as the HPIB St. Louis Chapter President.  

    “We believe bringing together the two largest hockey networking organizations in North America will add a tremendous amount of value to our members, as well as the hockey community at large. Now our members will have access to a website with a fully searchable database of member profiles based on their industry and geography, as well as the opportunity to network in HPIB chapter cities and meet face-to-face at events across the U.S. and Canada,” says Lewandoski.

    “With the addition of Shannon and his network, we can expand our reach to connect current and former hockey players who are now in the business world, and help them further expand and develop their networks,” says Rob MacKinlay, founder of Hockey Players in Business and president of its Cleveland chapter. Chapters hold member events throughout the year, such as CEO forums, former professional player panels, business thought leadership discussions, networking happy hours and a host of other events. Furthermore, HPIB will be hosting regional, national and international events and meetings in the near term.  “In addition to helping others be successful, we also have a goal of giving back $1 million to the game of hockey through charitable giving,” explains MacKinlay. HPIB is particularly excited about the charity hockey tournament it is planning for 2018. 

    In order to join HPIB, members must have played organized hockey for at least one year, at any level, and be currently employed or seeking employment in a business, whether for-profit or not-for-profit. Those who are currently members of the 40,000+ Hockey Players Doing Business Together LinkedIn group will have the opportunity to join HPIB at a discounted rate of $35 until January 31st, 2018. 

    To join Hockey Players in Business, visit: https://hockeyplayersinbusiness.org/

    About Hockey Players in Business

    Hockey Players in Business (HPIB) is a networking association organized as a 501c3 Non-Profit founded by Rob MacKinlay, President of Cohen & Company. The mission of the group is threefold: to provide an opportunity for hockey players in business to expand their networks; to continue hockey players’ professional development and education through thought-leadership events, panel discussion, and networking happy-hours; and to give back to the sport of hockey through charitable giving. HPIB is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and currently has seven chapter locations in Boston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Detroit, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Toledo, with many more to follow including chapters throughout Canada. To learn more about joining HPIB or starting a chapter in your city, please visit hockeyplayersinbusiness.org/

    Download the press release by clicking below...
    HPIB Merger Press Release 

  • 11 Dec 2017 9:18 AM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    Tuesday, December 5th the Hockey Players in Business Cleveland Chapter held an informative networking event centered around the topic of "Using Social Media to Grow Your Business." The event was sponsored and made possible by JIT Packaging Aurora Inc. - a privately held independent manufacturer and distributor of corrugated packaging owned by HPIB board member Rick MacDonald (special thanks to Rick!) It was well attended by approximately 30 members and guests and was hosted by Roll House Entertainment in Solon within the private 8-lane bowling suite at their recently renovated facility. The atmosphere was awesome, the networking was great, and the full service bar and menu didn’t disappoint.  

    The Guest Panel of speakers was headlined by Glenn Gable, owner of Roll House Entertainment, who discussed how he has leveraged Facebook to successfully grow his business as well as his Rotary club. His passionate plea was something to behold as he told the story of how he has personally seen positive sales results from the platform.

    Roll House Marketing Consultant, Jeremy Amos of Hill + Jane Design provided a deep dive into why we should pay attention and put resources into utilizing Facebook as a marketing platform no matter what business you are in. The numbers he presented in his slide presentation were impressive. Facebook now boasts 1.7+ Billion users! A platform that is free to use that allows you to reach over 22% of the entire world’s population is not something we should ignore. 

    Eric Cantini of Digital Yalo added great insight into how those business owners and executives who would rather not use Facebook personally can spend minimal time but still reap some rewards. As content marketing is a proven strategy for getting inbound sales leads a key tip in building a business page on Facebook without creating unique content would be to simply share articles that are of interest to your target market. Digital Yalo’s philosophy was described in sports terms as a football field, The first 80 yards are the information gathering stages of the sales funnel, this is where social media is so important to a content marketing strategy; building your reputation as an expert in the industry. The final 20 yards, The RED ZONE, meanwhile can only be reached after your prospects have researched your business via your website and social channels and are ready to meet face-to-face to give you the opportunity to close.

    Nick Pietravoia of Contempo Design + Communications provided real world results in the form of a short case study of a business event that his firm recently held. The annual event was teetering on the edge of being discontinued until the successful social media plan was implemented this year utilizing LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The results were promising, largest attendance ever, Increases in sponsorships and ticket sales by 40+% each, and increased profits by a factor of 4x! The Best part, the campaign also netted a new design client for the firm with a large contract. The case study from this example can be downloaded by clicking on the link below for your reference…

    Download the Social Media Marketing Case Study pdf

    Overall, these experts helped attendees to understand reasons to move forward with putting more time and resources into Social Media marketing. Many more details and specific tactics were mentioned that will hopefully allow those in attendance to implement some ideas that lead to real world sales results.

  • 08 Nov 2017 11:21 PM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    Brad Steven

    President, Palmer Holland

    Where did you grow up?
    Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    What is your hockey history?
    • Played AAA youth hockey through Midget in Kitchener/Waterloo
    • Men’s league

    What business are you in now?
    I currently serve as President of Palmer Holland, a distributor of specialty chemicals for paints, coatings, adhesives, plastics and other markets. The industry is very large, ranging from multi-billion-dollar competitors to small, independent regional players. Palmer Holland falls somewhere in the middle. One of my biggest challenges has been being new to this industry. I have had to learn everything from the ground up, from the technology we represent to the products we carry. We sell products that alter rheological properties of paints, make plastics impact resistant, enable pigmented coatings to cover the substrate more efficiently and many others. With all the end-use markets we serve, it’s almost like directing multiple businesses at once.

    How has hockey helped you achieve success?
    Hockey was the first team sport I played as a youth. From it I learned how to be a good teammate and how to achieve goals together. Hockey is ultimately a game of character. I had plenty of youth coaches who challenged me to act like a man even before I actually was one, and they held me accountable for my effort and attitude. In hockey, as in life, character counts.

    Can you share a few fun facts about yourself?
    I moved to the U.S. when I was entering college on a golf scholarship from Cleveland State University. At that point, there wasn’t as much hockey to be found in the Cleveland area as there is now, so I stopped playing. I got involved again with the game after meeting Rob MacKinlay and as my son approached playing age. When I first stepped on the ice for a pickup game after not being on skates for 20 years (literally), let’s just say my mind remembered some things about my ability that my body was not capable of delivering on.

    How can other HPIB members contact you or learn more about your business?

    email: bsteven@palmerholland.com
    web: palmerholland.com

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  • 07 Nov 2017 12:07 AM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    On November 2nd, 2017, HPIB Toledo chapter held its second event, a happy hour networking event filled with exciting guest speakers. The event was attended by approximately 20 members and guests.  Attendees heard from USA Hockey's Scott Paluch, along with former NHL players talking about their experiences, challenges, and the direction USA hockey is headed. The networking that occurred before and after the discussion was great, as were the stories, camaraderie, and laughs.  We appreciate all those who joined us, and look forward to our next event!

    Click on the image below to see a photo gallery from the event!

  • 26 Sep 2017 10:24 PM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    Derek Booth

    Sales, Lakepoint Energy; RE/Max Preferred Associates


    Where did you grow up?
    Niagara Falls, Ontario

    What is your hockey history?
    • Played in the Ontario Hockey League for four years
    • Played 12 years professional hockey in the AHL and ECHL
    • Played in Europe for four years (Austria three years and Germany one year)
    • Coached professional hockey in Fayetteville, NC (SPHL) for two years
    • Coached professional hockey for two years in Bloomington, IL (UHL)

    What business are you in now?
    I work in three different areas: commercial energy (with Lakepoint Energy), real estate (with RE/Max Preferred Associates), and professional hockey. Generating sales and scouting professional hockey keeps me busy, but it gives me the freedom to be my own boss!

    How has hockey helped you achieve success?
    Hockey has definitely impacted my life. It’s given me the confidence to meet new people and taught me to keep a level head, never getting too high or too low in life. I’ve also used the pressure of being on the ice to my advantage in life. After my experiences in hockey, watching others “bite at my heels” (whether trying to snag my job or my clients) only makes me even more motivated to stay focused and continue improving in my professions.

    Can you share a few fun facts about yourself?
    I love skating with my old teammates on Thursday nights at an outdoor rink in Toledo, Ohio.

    How can other HPIB members contact you or learn more about your business?

    Lakepoint Energy:

    email: dbooth@lpenergy.com
    web: Lakepointenergy.com

    RE/Max Preferred Associates:

    email: dbooth@lpenergy.com
    web: Lakepointenergy.com

    Mobile: 419.410.4791

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  • 26 Sep 2017 9:22 PM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    Huge thanks goes out to all that attended our second HPIB Pittsburgh event last Thursday night at McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon! It was awesome to see a strong showing of approximately 20 people and to get to know the new members that joined the organization. For those that did not attend the event, here are some news briefings that were announced:

    • HPIB Boston and Los Angeles chapters were formed recently, so if you know someone who would be interested in the organization and are in those locations please let them know.

    • Since our first event, we have doubled our Pittsburgh chapter membership.

    • The Cleveland chapter is working on their 2018 schedule that includes the planning of a regional event that could end up being a hockey tournament for all members.

    For the next HPIB Pittsburgh chapter event (Dec/Jan timeframe), we would like to do a panel discussion with a few business owners to discuss their businesses and how hockey has helped them in their careers. If you or someone you know may be interested in doing that please contact HPIB Pittsburgh Chapter President Michael Schultz via email at michael.e.schultz@outlook.com or phone at (330) 212-1691.

    Thank you in advance for spreading the word to help grow our membership!

     Click on the image below to see a photo gallery from the event...


  • 30 Aug 2017 9:18 PM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    On Aug. 3, 2017, HPIB Toledo chapter held its inaugural event. The CEO Forum was attended by 30 plus members and guests.  The event featured three of the Toledo area's most prominent business leaders; Bob Howell, President & CEO of SSOE, Frank Bloomquist, Vice President of Sales, Northwest Region for Medical Mutual, and Brent Parent,  Founder & CEO of Material Handling Solutions.  The panel was moderated by Channel 11 Sports Anchor Jordan Strack.  It was a very engaging discussion where the panelists shared insight on the impact of athletics both personally and professionally, perspective on leadership and how athletics have helped them drive culture in their organizations, and a host of other topics.  The networking that occurred before and after the panel discussion was exceptional, as were the stories, camaraderie, and laughs shared before and after the event.  As a result of this event, we were able to present a great hockey related charity, Gliding Stars of Toledo, with a check in the amount of $500!  We appreciate all those who joined us, and look forward to our next event!

    Click on the image below to see a photo gallery from the event!

  • 29 Jul 2017 7:25 AM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    The HPIB Cleveland chapter event on Tuesday, July 25th at Oak Barrel was a great success.  About 30 HPIB members listened to the insights of former NHL hockey players; Kevin Dahl, Brett Harkins, Brian Holzinger and Toby Peterson as they recanted stories from their careers, the process of reaching the highest level in hockey and host of other topics. The networking, camaraderie and atmosphere was true to form and enjoyed by all. Looking forward to our next Cleveland chapter event in October or November.

    To see a full gallery of photos from the event click on the image below.

  • 24 Jul 2017 9:51 PM | HPIB Admin (Administrator)

    On Saturday, July 22nd HPIB Toledo chapter member Derrick Stumm was Interviewed on 106.5 FM The Ticket Radio Station in Toledo, Ohio. Derrick was featured in a segment hosted by Mik Gonzalez, who is a friend and former hockey teammate. We are very excited for the added publicity for our growing organization. A big thank you goes out to Derrick Stumm as well for an articulate description of our core mission. Please share this interview with anyone you may know in the Toledo area that might be interested in joining. Thanks as always for your support!

    Download the full interview by clicking here

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