[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Nov 11th, 2015
Mike Smith saves lives, property and profits by applying weather science and technology to the real-world problems faced by business and society. Mike and his team have saved literally thousands of lives and prevented more than $2 Billion dollars in damage due to extreme weather.
Whenever we are viewing color radar, a color newspaper weather page or a GPS-powered storm warning display, we almost always run across one of Mike’s many innovations. He has received 20 U.S. and foreign patents.
[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Nov 18th, 2015
John Hargrove, age 41, had a 14 year animal training career where he trained orcas in 3 different killer whale parks in 2 different countries. He trained and swam with orcas at SeaWorld of California and SeaWorld of Texas, where he was promoted to the highest ranking Senior Trainer at Shamu Stadium called a Senior 1. Hargrove was also a Supervisor of the killer whale training program at Marineland, in the south of France. This skill set and reputation earned John the privilege of working with and swimming with the corporation’s most dangerous killer whales. In France, he conditioned and performed “waterwork” (in-water interactions) with naive killer whales that had never swam with trainers before. He later returned to SeaWorld in March 2008 and resigned his position in August 2012.
Following his resignation, Hargrove was featured in the Sundance selected documentary, ‘Blackfish’, which was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films, which has been seen by more than 150 million people worldwide. ‘Blackfish’ set records the night it aired on CNN becoming the most watched of any cable program that night and became the most watched program in the history of CNN within the 18-49 age demographic. “Blackfish” was nominated for a BAFTA and won the Satellite Award for best feature film documentary.
Following the success of ‘Blackfish’, Hargrove was asked to co-sponsor the ‘Orca Welfare and Safety Act’ proposed by Democrat Assemblyman Richard Bloom and testified for this bill before the California State Assembly on April 8, 2014. Later, on May 28, 2014, Hargrove travelled to the New York State Capitol in Albany to speak and support New York State Senator, Republican Greg Ball’s ‘Blackfish Bill’ which, like the legislation in California, seeks to stop the practice of enslaving orcas for entertainment and ban breeding and forced artificial insemination.
Hargrove has since become involved in Europe with the Born Free Foundation and World Cetacean Alliance where he was invited to give presentations and interviews at Whalefest in Brighton in the UK, where more than 15,000 people attended the two day event, the largest such event in the world. In July 2015 Hargrove returned to the south of France for a book signing event in Cannes and interviews with journalists. Speaking alongside Ric O’ Barry and Pierre Robert de Latour he supported the approximately 700 people gathered to demand the end of captivity at Marineland in Antibes where he was a former orca supervisor.
Hargrove, who currently lives in New York, secured a book deal with Palgrave Macmillan (New York City), who obtained the worldwide English rights. The audio book rights were acquired by Penguin Random House. His book, ‘Beneath the Surface’ was published on March 24th 2015 and became a New York Times Bestseller in both e-book and hardcover non-fiction. The book also made the New York Times Bestseller monthly lists for Animals, Travel, and Science for both April and May. The book provides an insight into his career as a killer whale trainer and the battle that is now playing out to end the highly lucrative business of forcing killer whales into captivity.
Hargrove now speaks at various universities and was the government’s expert witness for OSHA for the Miami Seaquarium case.
[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Nov 24th, 2015
Bruce Howard Kulick is an American guitarist, musician and a member of the band Grand Funk Railroad, with whom he’s been since 2000. Previously, Kulick had been a long-time member of the band Kiss (1984-1996). He was also a member of Union with John Corabi from 1997-2002