Huggable #5 : Brian Solis pulling people along with him as he climbs the success ladder

I got connected with Brian Solis on the internet( Twitter most likely)  but the connection came when I met Geoff Livingston. Geoff and Brian so-authored the book “ Now is Gone“. We met at conferences and also at his book signing in the DC area along with Geoff Livingston organized by the Social Media Club DC

Another book that I read and admired was “Putting the Public Back in Public Relations” which Brian co-wrote with Deidre Breakenridge ( another friend) and then came Engage and I used the book in my class on New media Platforms and Techniques at Georgetown University.

My reason for nominating Brian is not all the above reasons. He may be a good author but how he interacts with other humans is what gives  him a “huggable”  honor.  I have watched Brian really engage with people he meets and offering guidance and advice. I am pretty sure he leads a busy life and along with fame comes a time crunch, yet he seems to manage it pretty well. His blogs and offer good content.

While teaching my class I asked him if he would spare a few minutes to talk to the students on Skype and  the entire class was thrilled to speak to him. Almost like their textbook coming to life.

Wishing Brian the best and looking forward to his new book he is writing. When friends flourish and take their friends along with them it is a win-wing for all. Brian is now with the Altimeter Group and is among friends there as well.

Official Bio :

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His current book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web.

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Huggable #4 : Marc Sherer creator a powerful ecosystem of businesses and professionals – both big and small is all about recognizing people who are exceptional and make a difference. Crowd sourcing is encouraged and I am happy to get this nomination from Ramon Ray ( Our Huggable #1) and editor of

Here is Ramon Ray’s Huggable Nomination :

Marc Sherer is President of Event Management an event production company located in Connecticut. NY XPO produces big trade shows for businesses, such as the New York Expo.


I first met Marc in 2005 when he was getting ready to produce his first NYXPO in NY. Marc is one of the most generous, giving and smart persons I know. He deals with BIG sponsors, BIG events, BIG people, but his graciousness and openness make him accessible to all. His ability to bring together NY’s professionally diverse network of small business community members (Chambers, organizations, associations, groups, etc) and have them in ONE room during his planning meetings is a testament to his personal professionalism and the strength of the organization he’s built.

NYXPO is not a very big business, but shows that small businesses can do big (no VERY BIG) things with passion, dedication, some luck and brains.

My hat’s off to him and his team (shout out to Devin Cleary) who have created a powerful ecosystem of businesses and professionals – both big and small.  It’s easy to do events and trade shows – it’s not easy to bring together so many professionals an a “family” atmosphere of support to the greater growth of their collective small enterprises. Marc Shearer should definitely gets the Huggable man recognition – IF The Huggable Man grants it



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Huggable #3 : All the way from Ireland – Mark Cahill Technology, Small Business, Marketing & of course photos

When you meet a man from Limerick you expect him to be funny, humorous and have a heart of gold. Mark Cahill was all of that as we met in a line to board a limo for a Klout event at SXSW Austin 2011. Everyone who meets Mark will hit it off very well as he makes people comfortable. he seems to be a big deal back in Ireland and to us he was a big deal as we networked together at SXSW.  Thought provoking conversations, sharing knowledge and also taking great pictures made us all like Mark Cahill when we met him IRL ( in Real Life) I have been following him on Twitter for some time.

In case you felt it was just me who was impressed with Mark, This is what Lisa Byrne had to say “I first met Mark on Twitter yet we never interacted until we found ourselves tweeting from the same line in Austin, Texas. The shared love of all things Apple and the launch of the new iPad 2 brought us face to face! Well, that and we’re both from Ireland! Mark’s contagious spirit enhanced the good times at SXSW and we’re new and good friends since.”
Mark Cahill has over 15 years experience with blue-chip corporations such as such as Dell, Airtricity, Trinity Biotech and Johnson & Johnson in a variety of Technical/IT  Project Management and Strategy roles. In recent years he has also worked with SMEs and entrepreneurs developing business and social media marketing strategies.  He completed his masters degree in business administration (MBA) in 2008 (Kemmy business School, University of Limerick, Ireland ), and his thesis “To what extent have Online Social Networks Changed Business to Consumer Marketing” ( His thesis looks at how online social networks and Web 2.0 have changed the marketing landscape and it proposes a model for an integrated offline and online marketing strategy.

He also holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering and has a passion for technology and how it can benefit business. Mark is one of the founding organisers and speakers at Bizcamp Limerick (

Mark is also a visiting lecturer with the Kemmy business school, University of Limerick ( in Entrepreneurship and Marketing with a focus on Social Networks and Social Media.

He is also Marketing Director of the Green Enterprise centre Cloughjordan, Tipperary Ireland.



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Huggable #2 : Barry Moltz Author, Entrepreneur, Angel investor

I met Barry Moltz for the first time at the Small Business Technology Summit in New York in 2008 where Network Solutions was one of the sponsors. Barry was one of the Keynote speakers and spoke on the theme “Bounce! The Path to True Business Confidence”. He handed me a rubber band ball and asked me “How do you Bounce ?” and recorded my answer on video. Barry posted the video on his blog Crazy about Business, Insane for Success” .

Experts say that you have less than 10 seconds to make a first impression . Barry has made a lasting impression on me with a friendship that has continued over a few years now. We retained our friendship and meet often at conferences. Barry was one of the leading speakers at the GrowSmartBiz conference in Washington DC last year. His spirit of guiding and helping people definitely makes him a candidate for

Barry has been speaking and inspiring small businesses all over the country. He makes good use of tools like YouTube and you will find some amazing videos here . I also like this quote “Love everyone, trust a few, and paddle your own canoe” . You can find more such gems at his web site


Host of Business Insanity Radio, and writing for American Express Open Forum, Huffington Post, and Crain's Chicago Business

Barry Moltz gets business owners growing again by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own businesses ventures as well as consulting countless other entrepreneurs, Barry has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners out of their funk and marching forward. Barry applies simple, strategic steps to facilitate change for entrepreneurs, and get’s them growing their business once again. Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years.

After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry has branched out into a number of entrepreneurship-related activities. He founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. It is in its fifth reprint and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean and Thai.

His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to comeback and develop true business confidence. It has been translated into Korean and German. His third book , “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing. Barry is a nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he also has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and The Tavis Smiley Show. He hosts his own radio show, Business Insanity Talk Radio and writes regularly for American Express’s Open Forum,, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Now and Crain’s Chicago Enterprise City.

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Huggable #1 : Ramon Ray, technology evangelist, author, speaker and the editor of

If you have not met Ramon Ray and heard him speak, think of the experience this way. Till you meet him think of yourself as a weary passenger in a railway station waiting for a train’s arrival that is several hours away. Then in comes a superfast express train Ramon Ray who takes you to your destination not only sooner but more efficiently. Hope you will experience the Ramon Ray effect soon and the best way to do that is to look for opportunities to hear him speak and his website definitely has all the info.

Want to nominate someone – send me an email with a 400×400 picture and about 250 words on why this person is “huggable”. I reserve the right to publish or reject the nominations. As the site develops. we will have the ability for you to have a conversation with the person, about the person, vote for them . Please comment here to give me feedback and suggestions or email awesome [at] huggableman dot com.

Huggable #1 : Ramon Ray, technology evangelist, is an author, speaker and the editor of


Ramon Ray, technology evangelist, is an author, speaker and the editor of

Since 1986, Ramon has been using computers and was first “online” in 1995. He is the author of “Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses”, has written hundreds of technology articles and posted thousands of technology news items on His content is syndicated and read by thousands of readers.

He has written technology articles for Entrepreneur, Allbusiness, Inc Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, New York Enterprise Report, CNet, Var Business, TechTarget and other media.

Ramon is not simply a technology writer, but as a former technology consultant, has years of hands on experience in building networks, installing software, upgrading computers, configuring mobile technology and supporting the technology small businesses use on a daily basis.

He is often quoted in the media, including Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine, WCBS Radio, Crains New York, National Federal of Independent Business, Small Business Advocate Radio Show and has been invited to speak at events including the United States Small Business Administration Service Core of Retired Executives “Strategies for Succeeding in Business”, Inc 500, PC Expo, Internet World, American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation and Business Development Institute events.


Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of Director’s and Technology Committee Chairperson
Jim Blasingame’s Small BUsiness Advocate Radio Show, Brain Trust Member
IBM, Small Business Expert Panel

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