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Friday, March 23, 2012

Electronic Daisy Carnival and Insomniac Events CEO Pasquale Rotella Falsley Accused in Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Leah Lee

Gary Jay Kaufman (left) attorney for
Insomniac Events walks with his client Pasquale
Rotella who voluntarily returned to LA for
a court appearance this morning
 after learning that the District Attorney's
 office was looking for him.


Insomniac Events CEO Pasquale Rotella, was one of six people named in an indictment Friday (today), the LA TIMES reports.  Pasquale Rotella is a nightlife industry leader who is also the CEO of Electronic Daisy Carnival which operated at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum up until it was moved to Las Vegas in 2011.  This politically charged move on the part of the Los Angeles District Attorney, is clearly publicity driven in an effort to revive the desperate Coliseum in L.A. after they almost went bankrupt when Insomniac events moved their events to Las Vegas in 2011.  These deperate measures on the part of the L.A. District Attorney are extrememly disappointing for the nightlife industry as a whole and serve no useful purpose in bettering any aspect of of the industry.


Yesterday, Gary Jay Kaufman, attorney for Insomniac Events, issued the following statement regarding the news that the District Attorney's office was looking to arrest Pasquale Rotella following other arrests associated with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and its former staff.  “Pasquale Rotella has always acted lawfully and appropriately with respect to all of his dealings with the Coliseum. Any allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Rotella by the District Attorney are completely baseless and flat-out wrong, both on the law and on the facts.”


“All transactions between Insomniac and the Coliseum were transparent and approved by the Coliseum General Manager, his staff and the attorneys representing the Coliseum. While we recognize that issues surrounding the Coliseum demand attention, we are disappointed that the District Attorney would seek to have Mr. Rotella arrested when he did nothing wrong.  Any charges against Mr. Rotella are clearly politically motivated and publicity driven. Mr. Rotella will vigorously defend himself and looks forward to being completely vindicated.”
This morning, Pasquale Rotella, along with his attorney, voluntarily turned himself in and attended a court appearance after learning that the District Attorney's office was looking for him. His attorney insists that  "Mr. Rotella moved mountains to return expeditiously to Los Angeles from a pre-planned business trip in Florida in order to appear in court voluntarily today to defend himself against any baseless charges."
"In the meantime, it is business as usual for Insomniac. The company has a robust leadership team in place implementing Mr. Rotella's vision and no events will be impacted."


About Insomniac Events


Insomniac produces innovative concerts and music festivals amplified by state-of-the-art lighting design, interactive circus and theatrical performances, and audience participation. Insomniac's premier annual event, Electric Daisy Carnival, is one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. Insomniac has produced more than 250 music events for more than 2,000,000 concertgoers in California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Founded and led by Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac has been based in Los Angeles since it started in 1993.

NEW NATIONAL ORGANIZATION CHALLENGES “WAR ON WOMEN”

Local fashion designer Cameron Levin recently accepted the volunteer position as the Seattle Lead with Unite Women. UNITE Women is the formation of a non-partisan national grassroots women's movement / organization to fight the assaults on women's rights.  Cameron is assisting the organization with mobilizing a nation-wide rally, march and protest on April 28 in hundreds of cities; including Seattle and Olympia.

UNITE Women was formed online, via a Facebook group started by a "mad but peaceful" small business owner in Michigan who wondered why more women were not outraged by what is occurring. She called for a national protest in Washington, D.C. on April 28, but within 24 hours her group had 1,000 members around the country who wanted marches and rallies in their  states, too.


While the immediate urgency for the April 28 events is the assault on reproductive rights, Karen Teegarden sees the threat to women inclusive of other concerns, including education, economic equality and crimes against women and children. UNITE Women is looking long-term toward future actions and activity for the organization, according to Teegarden.  “This war on women MUST be resisted and won - before the toxic effects of the current national conversation become irrevocable reality,” she added.

UNITE Women can be followed at: Unitewomen.org, on twitter @natlWOW, and locally at unitewomenwa.tumblr.com, or on Twitter: @WOW_Wastate.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Girl Power Hour Blog: Behind The Scenes With Cy Waits

BLOG REPOST FROM GIRL POWER HOUR

Recently, my business partner Kassie Edwards and I were fortunate enough to host nightlife mogul Cy Waits in Seattle. We provided all his travel arrangements, hospitality and Public Relations while he was in town.  I wrote an article on him for the March 2012 DLIST Magazine and got to know him on a very personal level.  It was a great experience and I wanted to make sure to share it with my GPH gals!  Cy was an absolute pleasure to work with. He’s extremely intelligent, very polite and devilishly handsome.  It’s definitely no surprise to me that he rose from the bottom up, to meteoric success in his industry. Here are excerpts from my interview with one of Extra’s  Most Eligible Bachelors. {To read the interview in full, please visit http://www.dlistmagazine.com/issues}

Maile Cabral & Kassie Edwards with Cy at his cover shoot.



CREATE YOUR OWN DESTINY. CY WAITS DIDN’T JUST MAKE IT…. HE MADE IT.

Cy Waits opens up to Maile Cabral Hager about his meteoric rise in the nightlife Industry, what it takes to be successful, and what he’s up to now.

Cy Waits is undoubtedly one of the most successful nightlife and club entrepreneurs in the world.  Recently, I had the honor of speaking with Cy discussing his meteoric rise to the top of the Las Vegas and Hollywood nightlife scene.    Cy Waits was at one-time an owner and partner at club XS in Las Vegas. XS is located inside the Encore Las Vegas, which is owned by the Wynn Resorts Holds, LLC and it has been widely speculated to be one of the most expensive clubs in the world, with an estimated value of over $100 million.   He was also a partner in Tryst Nightclub, also located in the Wynn.  Currently his twin brother, Jesse Waits, manages and oversees both of the clubs. However, when Cy was still overseeing operations at XS and Tryst he most notably helped club XS earn the number one spot in the Top 100 ranking in the Nightclub & Bar magazine's annual list.    

Early in his career Cy learned the ins and outs of the industry when he was with the historic House of Blues (HOB).   Here he learned all the basic elements of nightlife that he would need later in his career.   He began building a foundation of knowledge and experience by working every job in the front of the house as well as the kitchen of The House of Blues restaurant, to working within their nightclub, at concerts and even with the Foundation Room.   His four year stint with them began when he was hired as a security guard, to work the front door.  On his days off Cy would come in and learn about anything he could, from lighting to sound to the kitchen.   Eventually, the corporate headquarters saw something special in Cy and promoted him to General Manager and he travelled the United States opening new venues for them.   When asked about his successful career with HOB Cy said, “As long as you work hard and work harder than anybody else, you will surpass everyone. You can be anyone you want to be. I came from nothing and look where I got”.  


After his time with House of Blues, Cy’s next stop was as Assistant Manager at Tabu Ultra Lounge in Las Vegas. “At the time, Tabu was very edgy and very fashionable.  We were the first to have model waitresses and model staff.  It was the first ultra lounge, which is a concept we created.  I worked very hard for them and within a year was promoted to General Manager based on my work ethics,” Cy says.   Moving from a corporate job with House of Blues to Tabu was risky, but he insists that, “You can’t be afraid to take chances.” He stayed with them for three years.


From there, Cy’s professional accolades include a six year partnership with Victor Drai, and helping Drai turn around his afterhour’s club named Drai’s inside Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon in Las Vegas. After a successful turnaround in Las Vegas, Cy helped Victor Drai bring Drai’s to Hollywood and secured a successful opening for the brand in Los Angeles.  Cy has also been a managing partner in the past at Botero restaurant inside Encore Las Vegas, which took him from the nightclub industry to the restaurant industry. His most recent venture is “The Agency” in Hollywood, which is a smaller, invitation  only venue built for celebrities.  He was even named one of Extra’s “America’s Most Eligible Bachelors”. 


DLIST Magazine and I were honored to bring this nightlife mentor to Seattle for an exclusive interview and photo shoot for the magazine.  Here are excerpts with my interview with Cy where he talks about his rise in the nightlife industry, how he got started, and even about his relationship and breakup with Paris Hilton.


Maile:  So Cy, how has your visit to Seattle been so far?

Cy:  Everything has been great so far. I love it! It’s been cold and it rained, but people are still very friendly. It’s a very fashion forward place and a very romantic city.

Maile: Have you ever visited here before?

Cy:  No, but surprisingly I have a lot of friends out here. I’m getting a lot of calls and texts from people.

Maile: Yeah, your friends and your fans are definitely learning through the grapevine that you are in town! How do you feel about having fans here?

Cy:  I am very appreciative of how I have been treated here. I’m surprised at how many fans I have in Seattle.

Maile:  How did your photo shoot go? Were you nervous?

Cy:  It was a lot of fun. I have done several photo shoots before and it was very easy and everyone was fun to work with. I loved the energy in the DList Magazine office. So far, you guys are genuinely the favorite that I’ve work with so far.  I was very tired but you guys made it effortless for me. The photographer was great and I wasn’t nervous in front of the camera. Everyone was just easy, no one had attitudes.

Maile: Most of the clothes at the shoot were a locally created brand called Built For Man by Francisco Hernandez.  How did you like the locally based clothing line we styled you in? 

Cy:  His shirts really fit me like a glove. He makes great clothes for me, because I am into fitness. I’m not a body builder but I am a fit guy.  He puts a lot of thought and complexity into his designs and its clear he designs for people that are fit and into their health. I appreciate that. For men’s clothing this guy is the best, really he’s a genius.

Maile: After the shoot you picked up some one-of-a-kind pieces from Built For Man, as well as some of his other pieces which are available at The Finerie, in downtown Seattle. Are you excited about them?

Cy:  Yes, this city is a great place to go shopping in. I was surprised to see how many talented local designers there are.

Maile: Have you read DList Magazine before?

Cy:  I think DList is a great magazine for people in the nightlife industry. I’ve read a couple of the magazines and they are very good. They know what is going on, they are very hip and on trend.  The magazine is not out in L.A. or Vegas, but from now on, I will watch what they are doing up here in Seattle.

Maile:  Your accolades are pretty impressive.  Tell me what getting started in the nightclub industry was like for you.

Cy:  I started as a security guard at a club in Las Vegas, and moved my way up to Management from there. Really, I dabbled in all aspects of the industry. I’ve worked in every aspect, from security to bar back, to bartender, and even lighting. I’ve never worked exclusively as a DJ, but I watched and learned what they do. I came in on my days off to observe what is going on and put a lot of time in. I would also go out and market the clubs on my own, hand out flyers and try to bring more business in.


Maile: So, Seattle’s nightlife has its pro’s and con’s.  What advice can you give to anyone about being successful in the nightlife industry?

Cy:  You have to know your market, and what your market wants. And then, be unique.  I also think being honest and cutting out the B.S. is important. Be very motivated and be the best. Make sure you do everything right. Build a great foundation and after that take care of it. Address all the elements you need to be a success.  Really, it’s a lot of hard work. 

Maile: What is your key to a successful nightclub?

Cy:  Keeping it sexy is vital, keeping it warm. The attention needs to be on the club itself and not the entertainment at the club.  Having the act is the cherry on top.  People want to come somewhere where they know they are going to be treated well, every night and not just when there is  a headline act is in town.  Your customers need to know what to expect when they come in.  They need to feel comfortable.”

Maile:  What is the best way to make your customers feel comfortable in your club?

Cy:   There are many elements that play a role in keeping people comfortable. The venue needs to have good flow.  Your staff has to be very well trained and the venue needs to be clean.   Organization and communication with your staff and team is key.  Be consistent and have the integrity to run your club the same from night to night. Having the lighting just right, and perfect, is really important. You can’t have the wrong lighting no one wants to go into a club that is too dark because it’s scary.  You want them to feel safe in your club and when they feel safe, they are comfortable. The colors in the venue also have to be sexy. If you use the wrong colors people will want to leave.  They will feel more comfortable with warm colors that make them feel like they are in their own living room.  Don’t just paint your club black.

Maile: What kind of crowd do you want in your clubs?

Cy:  A sexy crowd is definitely important. But more than that, controlling your crowd is also key.  The patrons you let in the door have to respect the staff and the other patrons.  As an operator, you have to constantly stay on top of your crowd. You can’t let hooligans in even if you have a slow night.  If the night is slow, accept the fact that it is slow and keep the crowd sexy even if it means less numbers through the door.   In Vegas we have to keep a balance between the table and bottle buyers and the ticket buyers who are more of a filler crowd.  In Seattle, you would want to make sure to keep the right balance between premium drinkers and your filler crowd drinking the well specials.

Maile: Do you make an effort to maintain relationships with your guests?

Cy:  Yes, building and maintaining relationships with customers is crucial.  You have to make them feel at home.  Everyone wants to be where they feel the most comfortable.  Also, I try to be the best at anything I do and I  am always be open to learning more. You have to really learn the business and be willing to change in order to stay ahead of what’s going on.  Otherwise you’ll fall behind everyone else. You need to be ahead of the curve.

Maile: How do you stay ahead of the curve and keep things interesting at your venues?

Cy:  It’s a lifestyle. You have to live the nightlife. I think most professionals live the lifestyle of their industry. You have to keep your finger on the pulse.  I am involved day to day and am a strong operator.  I also observe what is going on.   I talk to a lot of people and see what they like and what they dislike.   I talk to cab drivers or anyone really and ask them what they think and I listen to their responses.  I also travel and watch what other clubs are doing.

Maile: Do you think nightclub owners in Seattle can be successful?

Cy:  Yes, absolutely.  I brought a nightclub to Macau, where a nightclub had never been done before and we were very successful.  If you follow the right recipe, you can be successful anywhere.  Make sure you hire and keep the right staff.  Each of your staff members are key marketing tools for your club.  Your waitresses are better than any billboard, and being in touch with your staff is more important than anything.  You want to look at your waitress and know that you want that look and you would want their friends to come in too.

Maile: What’s the biggest mistake other club owners make?

Cy:  It’s a lot of things. There is a formula and a recipe to a successful nightclub.  It comes with the details like the sound and lighting and the temperature of the club.  The flow that’s in there is important and the staff and the way people run their door.  You can’t let other people run your clubs for you.  Marketing is very important and partner with the right people, the right magazines the right billboards.  Figure out what works best in your city for your demographic.

Maile: What’s your most important marketing tool?

Cy:   Employees are your most important marketing.  Treating your employee’s right is imperative.  You have to dress them well and pay them well.  Listen to your employees concerns and have them come up with solutions.  They get it, they are right there in the middle of it.  Sometimes, their solutions will make sense. When they give you solutions, it’s a win-win situation when you solve something together.

Maile: Do you use hosts or promoters to boost your business?

Cy:  Yes, hosting and promoting is a profession in Las Vegas. They make a ton of money and take it seriously.  They are very well respected in the community because nightlife is the number one industry in Las Vegas.

Maile: Coming from a guy who started at the bottom and worked his way up, what’s it like now getting to meet all the hottest celebrities day in and day out at your venues?

Cy:  They are just like anyone else. They are people too. There are some nice ones and some not nice ones.

Maile: Vegas and L.A. always gets the world’s best DJs.   Who are some of your favorites?

Cy:  I have several of them. I have so many favorites right now.  I really like all types of music but EDM is everything right. I love Avicii, a Swedish house music star. I also love Tiesto, Alesso and Rehab. Manufactured Superstars, are good DJs.  I really like Morten Breum.  This guy Travis Emmons out of L.A. is a great local DJ too.  There are really too many to list. I’m really fortunate that I am able to get some of the best DJs in the world, like Deadmou5, to play at The Agency in Hollywood, in such an intimate setting.

Maile: I’m guessing your Blackberry never stops ringing. How do you deal with all the communications? Do you use an assistant, or do you just attend to everything yourself?

Cy:  I like doing it myself because I don’t want anything being mis-communicated, which could be really bad.

Maile: So tell me, what’s next for you?  Are you working on anything outside the nightlife industry?

Cy:  I have a music studio I’m working on. I’ve been asked to work on one of Jenny McCarthy’s upcoming shows.  I love good food so I’m working on a few restaurants.   I feel most comfortable staying with what I know best.  I wouldn’t mind doing other stuff but it just seems nightlife is what I am best at.

Maile: Would you consider acting, modeling, singing?

Cy:  Not so much. I don’t want to be famous. I like to stay a little more low key.  I like to be behind the scenes.

Maile: Kassie and I were honored to attend your charity events you partnered on with Roc Nation after the Grammys this year.  The event included performances from DJ Sebastian Ingrosso, Rihanna, Chris Lake, Calvin Harris and Deadmou5.  How did you feel the event went?

Cy:  It went great. I’ve worked with the House of Blues so many times before and most of the people or additional staff I brought in were from my new club, The Agency.  My management team Misty Mansouri and JP did a great job.  Really my entire staff was great; I couldn’t have done such a great job without them.

Maile: I appreciate what you do professionally. Can we talk a little about you? I know that you’re a very private person. Have you always been that way?

Cy:  I try not to blend or mix the two, my personal life and professional life.  It’s the lifestyle I live, it’s hard. But I like to come home and protect those small things, the little things that you do have in your private life. I don’t like to be completely accessible.

Maile: What’s it like when you were single trying to meet people in L.A. and Vegas?

Cy:  Well it’s not hard, you meet lots of people.  But that’s part of the problem is that you meet a lot of people but you never know what their intentions are.

Maile: I have to ask, are you currently dating?

Cy:  Yes, I am dating.

Maile: What do you find most attractive in a woman?

Cy:  She has to be secure about herself and I like women that are soft and sweet.

Maile: I know the million dollar question for our female readers is about your relationship and break-up with Paris Hilton. Tell me about that?

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Interview by Maile Cabral Hager, Cabral Edwards Management.  To reach Maile for comments or questions please contact her at info@CabralEdwardsManagement.com or tweet with her @MailePRMedia.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Hollywood Stars are Glittering in Blue Nile Diamonds!

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed latelly, but the stars in Hollywood are all glittering in Blue Nile.  Blue Nile, Inc. is the leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry and is a locally based company out of Seattle. The Company has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently certified diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail.  Stars like Penelope Ann Miller are hitting the red carpet during award season at the SAG Awards and the Oscars in Blue Nile’s hottest jewelry.  Watch out Tiffany & Co., Neil Lane, Lorrain Schwartz, Harry Winston and Chopard, Hollywood seems to love Blue Nile.


Recently, Penelope Ann Miller attended the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, wearing a rare three-carat pink radiant diamond ring, surrounded by pink and white diamonds; an art-deco 24-carat diamond encrusted cuff bracelet; and 11-carat halo drop diamond earrings from Blue Nile.  The one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces are part of Blue Nile's "Extraordinary Collection" created exclusively for celebrity red carpet appearances and premiere Hollywood events.  The collection is absolutely gorgeous and ranges in pricing from an affordable $500 to $125,000. 


The BAFTA Brittania Awards in Beverly Hills, California, was also packed with Blue Nile on both men and women. Helen Mirren, Academy Award winning actress, wore Blue Nile's Tahitian pearl and diamond drop earrings.  The earrings were also from Blue Nile's "Extraordinary Collection”.  The earrings showcased Tahitian cultured pearls and more than 160 pavé-set round diamonds set in 18-karat white gold.  Blue Nile also supplied the event's presenters, like Steve Carrell and honorees with sterling silver beveled cushion cufflinks.   Actress Helena Bonham Carter received a special gift from Blue Nile consisting of a black diamond pavé ring.


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Photo Courtesy  of Brides Magazine, the CW, and
Blue Nile.
Most notably, the 100th episode of CW’s hit television show ‘Gossip Girl’ featured Blake Lively wearing a stunning  Morganite and Diamond Ring.  This diamond and 14-karat rose gold ring, features an oval morganite center stone has a price tag of $1,775. This is an extremely affordable option for getting a fantastic piece of world class jewelry from Blue Nile.




Getting these stars adorned in Blue Nile is certainly no easy task and is the result of a lot of hard work by Blue Nile’s Fashion Publicist, Jessica Piha.   Jessica has travelled over 5,000 miles back and forth from Seattle to Hollywood for awards season, bringing these exquisite pieces directly to the stars. I asked Jessica how she gets this done and she told me that “I often work with celebrity stylists.  In Penelope Miller’s case, I worked with Badgley Mischka’s  PR person to see what they are custom making for her to wear. I then go to my buying team at Blue Nile to see what we can bring in specifically for that specific star. We go through numerous product consultations before selecting the pieces to bring down to Los Angeles for them.” Well, keep up the fantastic work Jessica and Blue Nile. I personally can’t wait to see what the stars are wearing from your collections next!




Want to get the stars looks for less? Try shopping the Blue Nile website for two hot trends, Chandelier earrings and Black and Onyx jewelry.  You can find these fabulous trends starting at just $50.

And, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to win fabulous Jewelry from Blue Nile! All you have to do is follow Blue Nile on Twitter, retweet them or send them “I want to win” tweet and you’ll be entered to win. Contest subject to terms listed below.



Blue Nile, Cabral Edwards Management and Girl Power Hour Giveaway Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary. The prize mentioned in this giveaway was generously donated by Blue Nile, Inc. Odds of winning depend on the number of entrants.  Grand Prize Winner will receive the pictured bracelet from Blue Nile. BagBeautiful, Cabral Edwards Management and Girl Power Hour are not responsible for late, lost, stolen, illegible or incomplete entries which will be disqualified.  Giveaway closes on date listed in giveaway terms.  Prizes are not refundable, returnable or exchangeable. No cash value.

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Maile is a founding partner of Cabral Edwards Management, C.E.M. She blogs for Girl Power Hour (http://www.girlpowerhour.com/) managing their Celeb Buzz Seattle blog. She also freelance writes for Dlist Magazine (http://www.dlistmagazine.com). Cabral Edwards Management is a boutique Public Relations and event management company. Follow Maile on twitter at @MailePRMedia and @CEMManagement.
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Daily Inspiration: The Way You Treat Your Employees Is More Important Than Any BillBoard

The way you treat your employee's is more important than any billboard.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Girl Power Hour Blog: Bachelor Season 16 Finale Predictions

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This season of the Bachelor has undoubtedly been an interesting one. Whether you watch T.V. or not, you have most likely seen the tabloid headlines and social media buzz surrounding the show.  This Monday, March 12th will be the show’s finale and Ben Flajnik will likely profess his love, and even propose to one of the final two contestants. Naturally leaving the other gal, heartbroken.
Will he choose Courtney Robertson, the 28 year old, professional model from Scottsdale, AZ? Or will he chose Lindzi Cox, the 27 year old Business Development Manager originally from Ocala, FL that currently resides the greater Seattle area?  Or, worse yet will there even be a proposal at all and does Ben send both ladies home, heartbroken?  {To view more complete bio’s on the final two women visit the shows official website at: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor}.



Seattle area fans can join Molly Mesnick from the Bachelor Season 13 for a private screening of the season finale this Monday, at Suite Lounge inside the Hyatt Bellevue. The event is hosted by Amy Yamada and Devani Freeman. Spaces are limited so to reserve your ticket please visit: http://thebachelorfinale.eventbrite.com/.   

If you ask me, I think the final rose is going to Courtney Robertson, the controversial model who famously took Ben skinny dipping early on in the shows filming.  If I could choose Ben’s partner for him, I would undoubtedly pick Lindzi.   Unfortunately, I’m pretty certain Courtney is the shows “winner” but not everyone agrees with me. Take a look at predictions of how the show will end from The Bachelors very own Molly Mesnick, GPH Founder Darnell Sue, Neiman Marcus Publicist Rachel Roberts, my business partner at C.E.M. Kassie Edwards and Suite Lounge event hosts Amy Yamada and Devani Freeman. 

Molly Mesnick, Photo Courtesy of Molly Mesnick.
“I think Ben's final rose is going to Courtney. Though she may not be a fan favorite, Ben has been so obvious about his attraction to her. You can't deny that they've had chemistry on the show.   If it were up to me, however...I would choose Lindzi for Ben. She has an easy going personality...not to mention she's a local gal ;) I think she's cute and bubbly...and if Ben doesn't choose Lindzi, some lucky guy will surely scoop her up quickly.”-- Molly Mesnick, from ABC's The Bachelor, season 13



“I think he will pick Lindzi from Newcastle, WA.   She's driven, witty and confident.   She’s definitely the top contender!” – Darnell Sue, Founder of Girl Power Hour





My bracket pick is Lindzi, however I do strongly believe he will pick Courtney. As much as I hate to admit it, I do see him genuinely attracted to her, although she was definitely not a fan favorite. I think Ben will end up seeing the error of his ways though and they will end up splitting.” Rachel Roberts, Public Relations Manager, Neiman Marcus

“Although most people believe that the final rose is going to Courtney Robertson, I believe the final rose should be going to Lindzi Cox.  So, my prediction is that Ben picks Lindzi, because if he doesn’t, he is missing out on one of the sweetest, most genuine women I have seen on the show in a while.” – Kassie Edwards, Founding Partner at Cabral Edwards Management (C.E.M.)




“Lindzi seems like a down to earth person and she has done a great job with staying out of all the drama with the other girls. Her intensions seem real. I think their relationship could work in real life.  Courtney has been set up as the "bad girl" but it is hard to say if she is really that way in person. You have to admit her and Ben do have really good chemistry. Also she is aggressive and Ben isn't which can make a great match.  I predict Lindzi Cox as the winner of the Bachelor.” --Devani Freeman, CEO- Social Media Strategist- Connector





"Of course, I'm rooting for our local Bellevue sweetheart, Lindzi Cox! She seems very easy-going and up for anything, whether it's a glitzy night on the town or having s'mores around a campfire. She also comes across as very real, sincere, and humble... even though she's drop dead gorgeous! I think Ben and Lindzi would be an amazing match!! Of course, I keep hearing the Hollywood gossip about Ben picking Courtney Robinson, the controversial model from Arizona. She treated the other women so poorly throughout the show -- and acted completely different around Ben. He has been very taken by her, and my prediction is that Ben will choose Courtney in the end. The bigger question is... what will happen at the ‘After The Final Rose’ show, as a few months have happened between the final rose and now! IF he did pick Courtney, it'll be interesting to hear what has happened since then... as he's has the chance to see the other side of Courtney and her competitive ways.”  Amy Yamada, Executive Life Coach & Marketing Consultant



So where do these predictions leave us? According to my small pool of predictions the numbers they leave us with 4 predictions that Courtney Robertson is the “winner”,  3 votes that Lindzi is the winner, and 4 votes of confidence that Lindzi should be the winner in lieu of Courtney.  One thing is for sure, the Bachelor Season 16 finale will be  packed with so much drama it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin!



GPH Predictions Summarized



Maile Cabral- Courtney “Wins”, but wants the final rose to go to Lindzi.

Molly Mesnick- Courtney “Wins”, but she would pick Lindzi for the final rose.

Darnell Sue- Lindzi is the final contestant.


Rachel Roberts- Courtney “Wins” but he should have picked Lindzi.

Kassie Edwards- Lindzi is the final contestant.

Devani Freeman- Lindzi is the final contestant.

Amy Yamada- Courtney “Wins”, but she is is rooting for Lindzi for the final rose.
The Bachelor Season 16 Cast. Photo Courtesy of ABC.Com.

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Maile is a founding partner of Cabral Edwards Management, C.E.M. She blogs for Girl Power Hour (http://www.girlpowerhour.com/) managing their Celeb Buzz Seattle blog. She also freelance writes for Dlist Magazine (http://www.dlistmagazine.com). Cabral Edwards Management is a boutique Public Relations and event management company. Follow Maile on twitter at @MailePRMedia and @CEMManagement.





Friday, March 2, 2012

Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase Uncorked 2012


 Love wine? You should consider attending this fab even on March 8th!

Exhibitors and Wine Distributors connecting together to invigorate local business!
Mukilteo, WA --- The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce and Snohomish County Airport at Paine Field, along with Comcast Business Class and Twenty local Wine Distributors announce the seventh annual Mukilteo Business Showcase. The Mukilteo Business Showcase Uncorked will be held on Thursday, March 8, from 5-8pm at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, WA.


Over SIXTY local businesses will be exhibiting at the Showcase. Over TWENTY local wine distributors will be providing tastings and local restaurants will be serving hors d'œuvres, – it’s a cocktail party and trade show rolled into one.  This event is a fun and easy way to network and make business happen. The easiest three hours of cold calling you will ever do!


“With the explosion of new wineries in the Northwest and a desire to keep business local – I know businesses will want to take part” commented Jean Marie Trapp, Mukilteo John L Scott Real Estate Agent and community leader, “I’m excited to see a large turnout from the business community sharing their products and services, meeting, greeting and sharing some fantastic wines. This event is happening to help jumpstart the economy for the region. I hope everyone makes plans to attend and invite your colleagues.” 


The Mukilteo Business Showcase is open to the public and for a $10 entry you will receive 10 wine tastings, hors d'œuvres and many giveaways and contest entries. People are encouraged to bring their business cards, walk through the venue and take advantage of creating new partnerships and customers. The mission of the Mukilteo Business Showcase is to bring together the business community and provide a networking event that will invigorate the local economy. Proceeds raised by Mukilteo Chamber events support the Chamber Scholarship program. For more information and further details call the Mukilteo Chamber 425-347-1456 or visit www.mukilteo.org.
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Want more information? Contact: Shannon McCarty

Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce