Power of Social Media is alive and well!

Having content to describe what you do has great affect on potential clients searching for you on topics that they may require for their business development.  LinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows you to sharing experience for work, business and projects you have completed.

On March 16 I got an email from a connection from LinkedIn which said “I am reaching out to you as I am currently working on a research project for an investment client of ours who would like to better understand the email marketing space. Based on your background and expertise in this industry, I thought you would be a great additional contact to speak with our client over the phone, possibly in a brief and independent, but well-paid, consulting capacity.”

It was interesting paragraph to read a few times, I literally said “now that getting connected make wealth online style!”

Few days later I email back after getting some technical issues cleared with social media company that I do speaking for and was cleared to progress with this offer.

Contract was signed and amount was entered and approved and looking forward to sharing insights and experience with this new client.

Moral of the story- have content that explains what you do and you will connections “reaching out” to you to pay for the valuable knowledge you have learned and apply daily in your business and professional career.

Get Connected Make Wealth

Jim S Pagiamtzis
About Get Connected Make Wealth Happen!

Published Author, Speaker and Elite Entrepreneur Jim Pagiamtzis is the founder of Get Connected Make Wealth Happen! has been articles published online by Toronto Public Library Small Biz Express, Centennial College, Happen.ca Linking People and Entrepreneurs,How’s Business blog (Staples Business Depot) and Metro Active.org.  Printed articles for FedEx Freight Canada (Newsletter) Centennial College Ascent Magazine. Has been on That Channel.com speaking on How to become Networking Success.

www.jimpagiamtzis.blogpspot.com and link below for links



A Photo Essay Capturing Richard Geoffroy’s (le chef de cave de Dom Pérignon) Natural Character

Written and Photographed by Liz Palmer


This photo essay is a collection of images of my interview with Richard Geoffrey, Chef de Cave, Dom Pérignon, capturing his expressions and movements.

Outside on the grounds of the Abbey

I met Richard Geoffroy at the Abbey of Hautvillers, the celestial home of Champagne, where in the 17th century the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon conducted research and experiments on the wines of Champagne.



Richard Geoffroy has been the head winemaker for over 20 years of Moët & Chandon’s Cuvée Dom Pérignon, and shows no signs of slowing down. He greets me with a warm smile, quite personable and relaxed.



The scientist at work: focused, attention to detail and perfection – wines often mirror their maker. I was absolutely thrilled to taste with one of the world’s premier Champagne artists. I paced myself in elegant moderation.

Richard Geoffroy’s comments:

“A seamless, silky texture is what I’m looking for –

I am not looking for weight or power.”

“Dom Pérignon must be vibrant and long.”

 “Dom Pérignon is all about pleasure and joy!” Richard Geoffroy

“Perfectly Balanced!” Liz Palmer




















Veuve Clicquot has announced this week it’s shortlist for “Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award” at the WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) Power Breakfast at The London Stock Exchange, and the three finalists are:

  • Anya Hindmarch: Founder, Anya Hindmarch
  • Helena Morrissey: CEO, Newton Investment Management
  • Ruth Rogers: Chef & Owner, The River Café

The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of female entrepreneurs and business leaders, and is now in its 40th year.  It celebrates entrepreneurial women who have made a significant contribution to business life in the UK. The nomination criteria are those ideals epitomised by Madame Clicquot: Entrepreneurship, financial success, Corporate Social Responsibility and acting as a role model.

All Finalists selected by the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award judging panel demonstrated the strongest evidence of all nomination criteria. Notable achievements included Helena Morrissey’s groundbreaking 30% Club, which helps champion the issue of women on boards, Anya Hindmarch’s entrepreneurial story and global pioneering of her ‘I am not a plastic bag’ initiative which raised the issue of plastic bag usage amongst the public’s consciousness as well as the government’s agenda, and Ruth Rogers’ steady growing business, changing how we perceive, as well as cook, Italian cuisine.

Carolyn McCall, a previous winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and current Panel member, noted: “The nominees for this year’s award are all great role models and have all the attributes that Veuve Clicquot looks for in its Business Woman Award. This award has played a vital role in recognizing and celebrating women in business.”

Sian Westerman, MD of Rothschild and member of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award Panel commented: “This strong shortlist, drawn from an excellent long list, exemplifies what women can achieve in business: strong entrepreneurship and leadership, combined with a desire and ability to deliver real change in society. Spanning areas key to the UK economy of fashion, finance and hospitality, they are great role models for all who aspire to succeed in business.”

Jasmine Whitbread, CEO of Save the Children International and member of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award Panel said: “It was inspiring to see the sheer quality and range of candidates for the award — busting the myth that there aren’t many women business leaders!”

The Award’s 20-strong judging panel is comprised of business leaders, including Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive, easyJet, Jasmine Whitbread, CEO Save the Children, Duncan Bannatyne, Entrepreneur and Dragon, Caroline Michel, CEO, Peters, Frasers and Dunlop as well as Sian Westerman, MD, Rothschild and other key industry experts.

The winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award will be announced at a high-profile Champagne reception at The Ballroom at Claridge’s, London on the 18th of April 2012 at 6.30pm.

Christina Jesaitis, Senior Brand Manager, Veuve Clicquot said: “As we reach our 40th year of the award, social and environmental responsibility are still a key focus for our judges and this year’s finalists all represent business women that have embedded these important attributes into their organizations. The award also looks for those women that are able to act as more than just an example of a successful business woman, but rather an inspiration and mentor for future female entrepreneurs; we believe that all of our three finalists have demonstrated this quality.”


Liz Palmer

Champagne 2011 exports reached their second highest volume in 5 years

Champagne exports 2011 reached their second highest volume in five years – with sales close to the peak of 2007.  Exports in 2011 were up by 5.1%, rising to a total of 141.2m bottles, the second largest volume ever achieved behind 2007 and only 9.5m bottles less than this peak, according to the latest statistics just released by Champagne’s governing body CIVC.

However because of a slight downturn in domestic sales in France, where the market weakened towards the end of the year, total sales figures rose by just over 1%, to 322.97m bottles.

The best performers in emerging markets were Russia (up 24.5%), China (up 19.4%), and Hong Kong (up 15.1%) – the rate of growth slowed in the second half of 2011; these three markets between them account for 4.1m bottles.

Top performer in emerging markets was India at 58.7% – total shipments to this market reached 290,286 bottles.

Shipments to Belgium and Germany both rose by 8.5% – the best results achieved within Europe.

Shipments to the USA recovered well, rising by 14.4% to 19.4m bottles – still short of the historic peak of 23.2m bottles in 2006.

Shipments to Australia rose to 4.86m bottles.

Michel Letter, head of G.H. Mumm and Perrier-Jouët, said, ‘2011 was the third best year ever after 1999 and 2007 with total shipments reaching 323m bottles, not bad considering the worldwide economic situation.’


Liz Palmer


Hockey Night at Christie Pits

He shoots She scores!  that’s what we said on the bench all the time! We had skaters of all ages come out to play and even skilled women who showed there  hockey skills. The local park Christie Pits (Christie and Pool) has  baseball diamond, swimming pool, soccer field and basketball courts
 December  through February the ice rink is best place to be in town. Men and women and kids come out for pleasure skating and shinny hockey. A time to have fun and enjoy the winter weather.
It’s a special and memorable spot for me, because back in 1986 (day  the Space Shuttle disaster), I  had been skating with friend and  fallen and badly injured two front teeth. (required severe dental work).
Fast  forward  to  February 2003 and my brother and I decided to take beginner skating lessons to finally enjoy the sport of hockey the way it’s meant to be played. (excerpt of story is below)
Had played ball hockey for  10  years and had won two championship with two teams in two different leagues in the same week. ( experience to share another  time!)
It  had been a few years since I had taken the beginner lessons and felt ready that wanted to continue on my skating journey. Had gone out to play hockey with full equipment with a friend who has indoor shinny game that they play couple time a month up at the north part of the city, had not done very well playing there so needed  to go back to the hockey basics.
Began to participate  in local indoor family skate(on Sundays)at  Bill Bolton arena (Palmerson and Dupont) and began to work on my stamina at the local gym.
Winter had finally arrived and was excited to start playing hockey more consistently so Christie Pit skating rink was the best place to go play and practice. There were also few other rinks in the neighbourhood that I visited occasionally (Dufferin Grove near Dufferin Mall).
It was great pleasure to watch talent skaters would showed their talents night after night. There were spectacular goals, passes and team co-operation.
We had a few special nights that were worth remembering. In mid-December the Red-Bull mini cooper car showed up near the rink (the one with the Red bull can on top of the car!) Two young ladies walked down the concourse and entered the room where we get changed, we were not sure  what  they were doing, we figured  perhaps  refilling the pop machines! We could see the two  City of Toronto workers talking  to the ladies (by the way Anderson , Jermaine and John were great in providing pucks an light hearted fun throughout  the evening)
They ladies exciting the room and headed toward the outside the rink near the where the benches were. The were carrying the cylinder like cooler bags filled with drinks. They asked us “Anyone want  some Red bull?”  We all said “sure”. They started throwing the cans over the fence, which wasn’t the best of idea for a few of the cans! The cans were small so they passed them through the fence, which was better and faster!
Everyone was happy and full of energy we had a very spirited game after that. I only had half a can and didn’t up sleep until 3:00am (the stuff is full of sugar and caffeine) not a great mixture to take late in the evening.
As the days and weeks passed I began to find my skating groove and got better and stronger on the skates. Playing in such a high skilled and fast paced game on most nights was the best exercise and environment  to learn and play.
Leadership and systems also played important part in having an evening  that we required participation by everyone to make the skating a success.
Someone had to separate all the  sticks into teams sometimes as many as four teams! Many nights  line changed system had to be used because we so many players show up. 5 on each side and 12-15 players on the bench.
On a few nights we had so many players we had three to four teams in order to get the game started, it was an amazing site to see how everything flowed so easily. Whichever team scored first the losing team would be out and the next team would play.
There was one special night where it snow so much that we  used three shovels and clean half the ice so we can play. There was great teamwork  in getting it done so we can have a mini game of hockey. Everyone was smiling and enjoying themselves. We still had a very competitive game, as it kept snowing. Even after I left they got the shovel out again and kept shovelling!  They were determined to play until 11:00pm (that’s when the lights turn off)
It was great 90 days of hockey and made some new friends and learned  some new moves to apply in my journey of becoming a better skater
Moral of the story- Go out and learn  a new skill and at the same time you will learn more about your own abilities and make new friends along the way
Thanks to everyone to make Hockey Night at Christie Pits a great experience.

Youtube video:  Christie pits Skating rink (http://youtu.be/GHiqREithkQ )

Exerpt from my book “How to Attract a Mentor for Business life and Success”


 The key focus of a coach is they give you “specific direction”, great example of this is a few years ago my brother and a friend and me decided to learn how to skate. So we signed up for beginner lessons and were very excited about the experience. The months prior to lessons we began to assemble the necessary equipment that we required. Most of the equipment we purchase new from skates to helmets, hockey pants etc.
Prior to starting the classes we got dressed up with our hockey equipment to get used to the equipment, we felt like “gladiators” on skates! Very soon the lessons were to begin the excitement was growing as the days got closer.
We had assembled at the first practice and got to meet out teammates, we had variety of ages and backgrounds on our team. We had to pick a representative for our team to convene with the league and to my surprise they chose my brother and I provided some computer assistance.
As we got on the ice I quickly realized that this was going to be a very challenging experience. I had skated very briefly prior to this and did have many happy memories. The coaches put us through some drills and I and few other participants were lagging behind. Frustration began to set and I was beginning to have doubts. During the second lesson I had a friend come and watch me practice and this where I had a significant experience. I ended up falling on the ice very heavily headfirst and suffered a brief concussion and was in bed ridden for three  days. This was a turning point for me. My brother and his friend ended up quitting the three practices, and I also had a choice to make after suffering the concussion.
I had a lot reasons to quit but many more to stay I wanted to learn how to skate and was willing to put the effort to do so. As I continued to go the lessons the coach’s made this statement. “You’re not going to learn how to skate coming on day week. You are going to have to go on your own time and practice”. I took his statement very seriously and that’s exactly what I did. I went to indoor family skates on Sunday’s and to open skating arenas in my neighborhood. We got some practice times at the local arena with our teammates and gradually we got better. Got some great tips from my co-worker who had been skating for many years. He told me to practice skating with puck and learn to control it also to overextend my skating to allow the body to feel the extra tension.
Began to apply this tips and suggestions and through practice and persistence my skating got better and better. Confidence and self-esteem began to grow and was more balanced on my skates when I was in front of the net. It worked because that’s been I scored most of m goals!
Great personality I like to watch is Don Cherry he does a first period rant with Ron McLean on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday Nights. Don Cherry was a coach for many years and share some great examples and highlights of players are persistent and achieved their goals.

ATB Financial maintains steady profits through 3rd quarter

ATB Financial maintains steady profits through 3rd quarter – The title of the feed item

March 2nd, 2012

Edmonton – Profits for the third quarter of this fiscal year remained steady at ATB Financial (ATB) despite continued higher-than-normal operating expenses related to implementing a new state-of-the-art banking system.

Net income for the quarter ending December 31, 2011 was $48.4 million. Profits for the first nine months of the 2011-12 fiscal year are ahead of last year’s pace. Through three quarters of the current fiscal year, net income stands at $158.2 million compared to $134.9 million at the same time last year, an increase of $23.3 million largely due to a reduction in the provision for credit losses.

Total operating revenue for the third quarter was $283.4 million up 5.8 per cent from a year ago. Non-interest expenses were $216.3 million, up 17.8 per cent from the same quarter last year. As the anticipated work to stabilize its new banking system continues, ATB remains focused on improving efficiency and productivity and managing expenses.

Net loans and total deposits both experienced solid gains. Net loans registered $26.6 billion, up $1.3 billion from a year ago, while total deposits also increased by $1.3 billion to $22.0 billion.

“This has been one of the most challenging quarters for ATB,” said Dave Mowat, ATB’s President and CEO.

“Introducing and stabilizing our new banking system has tested the patience of both our customers and associates. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our customers and associates who have stuck with us through the challenges we faced. Thanks to their support, we continue to do great business for Albertans in all corners of the province.”

Operational Highlights

Retail Financial Services (RFS) – This line of business includes branches and agencies throughout Alberta. Operating revenue was $112.2 million, an increase of $3.6 million, or 3.3 per cent, over last year.

Business and Agriculture financial services (B&Ag) – This line of business provides services to Alberta’s independent businesses, farmers and other agriculture customers. Operating revenue was $65.7 million, an increase of $0.4 million, or 0.6 per cent, over last year.

Corporate Financial Services (CFS) – This line of business provides services to Alberta’s mid- and senior-market companies in three sub-lines – Energy, Commercial, and Food & Forestry. Operating revenue was $65.6 million, an increase over last year of $9.1 million or 16.1 per cent.

ATB Investor Services (IS) – This line of business is responsible for growing and protecting wealth for more than 55,000 customers. Investor Services continues to build assets under management and administration, which increased to $6.6 billion this quarter, up $0.7 billion, or 11.8 per cent from the second quarter last year. Operating revenues were $16.4 million up 11.8 per cent from a year ago.

ATB in the Community – ATB’s annual United Way campaign proved to be another success. Associates and customers, combined with corporate matching from ATB, raised over $635,000 which will be distributed to United Way member agencies across Alberta. Through the hard work and generosity of associates and customers, ATB branches in the Edmonton area raised $45,000 for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. And in November, ATB launched its second annual Young Artists Competition. Grade four students across Alberta will be asked to submit original works of art that convey a part of Alberta’s history. 30 winning entries will be selected to be displayed at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton in the spring of 2012.

About ATB Financial – ATB Financial is the largest Alberta-based financial institution, with assets of over $30 billion. It provides Retail Financial Services, Business and Agriculture Financial Services, Investor Services, and Corporate Financial Services to more than 680,000 Albertans in 243 communities. It provides service through 170 branches and 130 agencies, telephone and Internet banking, a Customer Contact Centre, and Automated Banking Machines. ATB has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Employers by Maclean’s Magazine and one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Alberta’s Top 55 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

For complete third-quarter financial results, including Management’s Discussion and Analysis, please visitwww.atb.com

For further information, please contact:
Barry Strader
Media Relations
ATB Financial
(780) 886-4398 (cell); (780) 495-1343 (office)
email: bstrader@atb.com

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