LLL025 Amanda O’Brien: Maine Connector @amanda_pants

Amanda Lounged with LannaLee and Got a Couch

Amanda Lounged with LannaLee and Got a Couch

Amanda and Lanna talk about life in Maine, sending dogs to the farm, The Social Media Breakfast Maine, and how social media tools have changed the face of marketing. Does Amanda have a work/life Balance? Amanda talks about her nerdy roots. And she answers 10 questions.

Amanda O’Brien

Amanda O’Brien was raised on Peaks Island, Maine. She went on to the University of New Hampshire, did a little traveling and found herself moving back to Portland, Maine. Amanda is the VP of Marketing at Hall Internet Marketing, the organizer of Social Media Breakfast Maine, on the board for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, the Tech Expert for WMTW and guest blogs for a variety of different businesses and products. She is an active person who enjoys running and spending time time with her husband and two dogs.

The 411: Amanda O’Brien

LLL022 @TheRichBrooks Agent of Change: No Capes!

Rich Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Rich Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Rich Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

This episode has caché! Join Rich and LannaLee as they get down to business in a lively discussion of life in Maine, entrepreneurship, and zombies. Rich explains how he balances his work and home life – or not. Rich tells us all the dirt about his upcoming conference, Agents of Change. And he answers 10 questions.

Rich Brooks

Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media (http://www.flyte.biz), a web design and marketing firm in Portland, Maine. He is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, Internet marketing and social media.

He presents and blogs (http://www.flyteblog.com) on web marketing topics such as social media, search engine optimization, email marketing, blogs and building websites that sell.

He is currently an Expert Blogger at FastCompany.com and a regular contributor at SocialMediaExaminer.com.

He is a founder of The Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference (http://www.agentsofchangecon.com/), an annual conference on search, social & mobile marketing.

He is the “tech guru” on WCSH Channel 6’s evening news show, 207, and teaches web marketing and social media courses for entrepreneurs at the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Continuing Education.

The 411: The Rich Brooks

LLL020 Rob Gould: Change Like You Mean It @bobbbyg

Rob Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Rob Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Rob Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Join Rob and Lanna in the House of Urban Angst for an intimate discussion of life change, high-quality friendships, and the importance of names. Rob talks about his writing and his love of art. And he answers 10 questions.

I don’t need to think so much about myself, it’s none of my business. – Rob Gould

Rob Gould

Rob works as a consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He’s also open to full- or part-time opportunities and the possibility of relocation. He has over 20 years of marketing experience. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency. In 2011, VIA was named Advertising Age’s Small Agency of the Year. Rob played an integral role in VIA’s efforts to earn this distinction. He also did other things. He can discuss most of them without using profanity. Rob loves VIA. A lot. Prior to VIA, Rob worked with agencies in London & Boston including Munro & Forster, Cone, Feinstein Kean Healthcare, and Lehman Millet. He began his career in the office of communications at Deaconess Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Rob’s client experience includes Samsung, Dunkin’ Donuts, Welch’s, Lands’ End, Hugo Boss, Swiss Army Brands, HP Hood, North American Breweries, Tiffany & Co., Barbor, Discover Card, Lojack, IBM, Warner Lambert UK (Listerine, Benedryl, Sudafed & Calpol), Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Amgen, Silverstein Properties, and The New York Academy of Sciences. Pro bono experience includes TedxDirigo (Director of PR/Communications), The Steppingstone Foundation, The Salvation Army (campaign), and the Portland Museum of Art. Rob is a Boston native and a graduate of the University of Vermont. His real-life interests include art, travel, books & movies (because “literature & film” sounds pretentious), medical anthropology (because that doesn’t sound pretentious at all), the beach, and various form of exercise, albeit grudgingly at times.

The 411: Rob Gould

LLL019 Candace Karu: Marathon Woman @CandaceKaru

Candace Karu

Candace KaruWhat will make Candace Karu wear palazzo pants and carry a long cigarette? Lanna hunkers down with Favorite Foodie Candace for a rousing discussion of food, art, and work/life balance. Lanna learns about the meditative properties of running. Candace shares her appreciation of great cheddar and passion for healthy living. And she answers 10 questions.

Candace Karu on Candace Karu:

My career path may seem like a joyride through life with no discernible connections from one stop to the next. On closer inspection, however, you might see the very real ties that bind the experiences into a cohesive, if unusual whole. If the ties are not readily apparent, then perhaps the journey is interesting enough on its own.

After studying Russian and Chinese at Ohio University, I went on to promote rock concerts in Los Angeles, work as an advertising and public relations executive in Washington, DC, design interiors for both residential and commercial projects, take up a full-time studio practice as an artist, and work as a freelance writer.

In the early 1990s, as a working mother with two young children I discovered distance running, a pastime that quickly became a passion. I ran my first marathon in 1990, eventually qualifying for the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1995. This experience led me to an assignment for Running Times magazine, where I started as a freelance writer and eventually became Editor at Large. My column “The Running Life” appeared in the magazine for more than three years. I also wrote articles on cross training, nutrition, personality profiles, and apparel and gear reviews. While at Running Times, I edited the popular how-to book, “The Running Times Guide to Breakthrough Running” with Gordon Bakoulis.

I left Running Times in 2007 and became Editor at Large at Maine Home+Design magazine, where I wrote about art, architecture, design, and cuisine.

In 2009, I was named the Consumer Lifestyle Commentator & Favorite Foodie (yes, that’s my real title) for Cabot Creamery in Vermont. In this capacity I write about health, fitness, lifestyle, and wellness, as well as representing Cabot at culinary, health and fitness events around the country. I am also the social media voice for this iconic New England brand. Cabot is a company with a rich 90+ year history, and remains cooperatively owned by the dairy farmers who share in 100% of its profits. It is Cabot’s commitment to helping their consumers lead the best lives possible and my own work supporting those goals that brought my career full circle.

In addition to my work at Cabot, I maintain an interior design practice with my daughter, Tyler. Our company, Karu Decor, serves residential clients in New England and New York.

Having served on the board of the Maine College of Art since 1991, I am the past Chair of the MECA Board of Trustees. I am on the board of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and Engine, an arts advocacy organization in Biddeford, Maine. I also serve on the Advisory Board of ZAP Fitness Foundation in Blowing Rock, NC.

I can be found on the coast of Maine, hanging out with my two ill-behaved dogs and cooking for a rag-tag assortment of family and friends. I am still committed to fitness and running, having participated in over two hundred road races around the world, including nineteen marathons.

The 411: Candace Karu

#001 @AlexSteed in the Lead

Alex Steed

Alex Steed Lounges with Lanna Lee and gets a couch!

LannaLee and Alex Steed talk about FoodComa.tv, Kickstarter, Facebook/Are you really my friend?, and Twitter. Alex lets Lanna know just what a Community Digital Specialist is. And he answers 10 questions. Lounging with LannaLee inaugural episode.

Alex Steed is a Writer, Organizer, Thinker, and Marketer. He the Producer of the web series FoodComaTV, a Maine and New England based Web Series that reports “on the oft-overlooked food culture of Maine that exists outside of Portland’s city limits”. He also works as a Community & Digital Communications Specialist at Opportunity Maine.

The 411: Alex Steed

Wonder where can you find Alex online? Well, wonder no longer!

[Recorded 01/30/2012]
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