Shelly Stockwell, Ph.D., is the founder of the International Hypnosis Foundation. Her Shelly Show won an Angel Award of Excellence for outstanding cable TV. She has appeared on hundreds of radio shows and TV shows, including The Phil Donahue Show, Good Morning Australia, Mike and Matty, Strange Universe, The Other Side, Pajama Party and many more. At her Creativity Learning Institute in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Dr. Stockwell certifies Hypnotists, Past Life Therapists and Spiritual Counselors
Bret Sheppard & Karen Patrick ~ 08/19/17 ~ Cosmos Connection ~ Revolution Radio (www.freedomslips.com), Studio B, 6 to 8 PM Eastern time ~ Hosts Janet Kira Lessin & Theresa J Morris ~ Producer Thomas Becker (amadpainter).
BIO BRET COLIN SHEPPARD
BOOK: DIGITAL MOON
“DIGITAL MOON” by Bret Colin Sheppard
Bret Colin Sheppard becomes strangely compelled to pursue research into space images of the moon. He founds the Lunar Anomaly Research Society and, along with other anomalists, peruses lunar and Mars imagery looking for structures, unnatural architecture and other types of anomalies. Then, he is confronted with an image that stirs his memory and he is seeing an image that he remembers seeing as a teenager, in a slide presentation, in 1982, in a darkened room at school in an art class. The strange time anomaly launches Bret on a quest, looking for more of this surreal, embedded imagery that is found in hundreds of space mission photography. Over time, Bret becomes convinced he is seeing what may be extraterrestrial or extradimensional (ET/ED) beings in contact with humanity by embedding imagery into space photographs using advanced holographic technique in layers of encoded light.
Digital Moon – Full Color Version: https://www.createspace.com/7467910
Digital Moon – Black and White Version : https://www.createspace.com/7470009
Digital Moon – Ebook PDF https://gumroad.com/l/Gzjdj#
Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command
I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations.
This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense. The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries.
United States Cyber Command’s elevation will also help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander with authorities commensurate with the importance of such operations. Elevation will also ensure that critical cyberspace operations are adequately funded.
In connection with this elevation, the Secretary of Defense is examining the possibility of separating United States Cyber Command from the National Security Agency. He will announce recommendations on this matter at a later date.
Through United States Cyber Command, we will tackle our cyberspace challenges in coordination with like-minded allies and partners as we strive to respond rapidly to evolving cyberspace security threats and opportunities globally.
ACO CLUB with Theresa J Morris
We are expanding our clubs with various social media groups.
If you are an owner or moderator of a group on Facebook there is a need to know how to podcast.
ACO Club assists others in learning about Social Media and how to share your own interests, as well as, how to assist your friends.
We as individuals can build our own relationships with others while we learn to make life better for all of us in communications.
ACO CLUB is shared by American Communications Online. We share our education in entertainment.
When planning your podcast, consider what your content will be about, what the goals are for your podcast, how your podcast’s content, logos and branding will reinforce your objectives. Also, come up with basic website theme and colors.
- Decide on your content, format and goals
- Come up with logos, branding and website theme
The heart of every podcast is the media content. Whether you’re creating audio, video, electronic books (PDF/ePub), the content production will be your most time consuming and important task.
- Decide on a media format (audio, video, electronic book)
- Pick the tools and software necessary to create the media format selected
- Create a first episode, or introduction episode
Podcast distribution is the infrastructure that allows your media to be syndicated to your audience. The infrastructure includes a website (a WordPress site is recommended), media hosting (separated from your website) and syndication via RSS feeds.
WordPress is recommended for podcasting for a number of reasons. First, podcasting is nothing more than an extension of blogging. A blog post with media associated to it is a podcast episode. With WordPress being the most dominant and free blogging platform today, it makes perfect sense to use WordPress for your podcast website.
- Setup a website for your podcast
- Setup a hosting service for your podcast media
- Setup syndication for your podcast (such as PowerPress plugin for WordPress)
- Publish your first episode
If you are using WordPress with PowerPress, simply create a new blog post. Upload your media to your media hosting company, then enter the media URL into the PowerPress episode entry box in the edit post screen. If you’re using Blubrry media hosting services, this is as simple as clicking the Blubrry upload icon , uploading the media, then clicking “Publish”.
Measuring the success of your podcast is critical. There are three ways you can measure this success: via media download statistics, web statistics and audience surveys.
- Set up media download statistics (Blubrry Basic Statistics are free and easy to add to WordPress website using the PowerPress podcasting plugin)
- Set up Web statistics (Google Analytics is free and easy to add to a WordPress website)
- Set up an audience survey (Blubrry.com offers a free audience survey)
Promoting your podcast is the only way to get your podcast into the hands of the masses.
- Add your podcast to as many podcast directories as possible (iTunes, Blubrry Podcast Directory, etc.)
- Come up with a social media strategy (for example, use Google+, Twitter and Facebook)
- Attend conferences and trade shows that complement your content and genre
- Set up a mailing list / newsletter and regularly send news and information to your subscribers
- Consider using traditional marketing techniques such as Google Adwords
John Vucicevic CLU ChFC
101 Trenovia Place, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
President / General Manager / VP Sales – Financial Services
P&L / Negotiations / Regulatory Compliance / Budget / Reengineering
Multi-Site / B2C / Wealth Management
John Vucicevic is a dynamic executive with proven experience in expanding business and turning around underperforming companies in the financial services industry. Both promoted and recruited throughout his career, he advanced from Sales Representative to CEO / President over a twenty year period of time.
In addition to delivering as an individual contributor, John also has an ability to train and mentor both new and veteran sales people, helping them to become successful, high-performance team members. At Farm Bureau Insurance, he was specifically promoted to develop a training and coaching program which would improve overall sales performance. He then implemented this program in a region with six agencies. He worked with the agency managers and 100+ sales representatives. Demand for his advice and assistance exceeded his ability to keep up with all the requests. Sales in the region grew from $60M to $74M.
Another significant accomplishment included purchasing and turning around an Allstate Insurance Agency which had flat sales for three years prior. In the space of one year, he re-engineered operations, improving production 100%, and the agency qualified for company production promotions. Over the next two years, his team increased sales 30% to $25 million.
John received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. He is licensed in Series 7, 6, 63. He is also a Series 26 Investment Company Principal and a Chartered Life Underwriter from American College. Additionally he is a Certified IRA Distribution Expert and is licensed in Life and Health Insurance as well as Property and Casualty.
Bay City Financial, LLC.
2002 to Present
A $10M financial planning service
Purchased Allstate Agency in 2002, growing business from $3.5M to $9M in three years. The complexity of the deal required negotiating with three parties, Allstate Corporate, regional management and the individual seller, to close the deal. Agreeing to a purchasing model that met everyone’s needs was extremely challenging. In the end, John successfully negotiated terms about business value, client confidentiality, location, and staffing. He financed the purchase through a combination of bank and owner financing, conserving his own capital for future business expansion and operational improvements.
At the time, sales were flat, despite a stable base of customers and property and casualty sales of $3.5M. Allstate pursued John based on his reputation for growing businesses and his knowledge in property and casualty and his ability to implement in the financial services arena. Their intent was to increase property and casualty insurance sales and production and financial service production. He inherited the existing staff, most of whom were unmotivated due to the lack of prior good leadership.
He immediately hired additional sales staff and a support person to round out the veteran employee group. Then, John turned his attention to mentoring, developing and inspiring both the sales and the production personnel in the agency. He began advertising for the first time in the agency’s history. And he started a Client Advisory Board to gain input from current clients about service delivery and product array.
The Client Advisory Group indicated that they received virtually no assistance in managing or growing their portfolios. They felt ill-equipped to take any steps to enhance their financial holdings. John used their input to develop a financial training seminar which he then delivered to key clients. This led to a 150% increase in production and revenues through the addition of financial planning services. At the end of year one, sales were $5.5 million, customer retention rose from 84% to 92%, and referrals were plentiful.
Focusing his attention on the financial services aspect of the business, John grew sales to $9 million in year three, including $600K increases in insurance sales with financial planning increases of $3 million.
Realizing the untapped potential in the Florida market for wealth management services, John sold the property and casualty book of business in 2006 for $750K, realizing a 30% profit on this business. Revamping the company, he quickly opened two locations, one in Panama City Beach and the other in Destin, Florida. John aggressively pursued wealthy individuals approaching or in retirement to help them grow and protect their investments.
He developed seminar programs, often traveling nationwide to gather new ideas, and delivered them to target audiences in the 55-75 year age bracket. John gained national recognition and was soon asked to speak at industry, company and private events around the country. For example, he spoke at United Professional and Brokers Choice of America national conferences. He also spoke at local organizations including churches, Chamber of Commerce and specialty interest groups.
2001 to 2002
A fee and commissioned based financial planning business
Hired initially as Sales Manager of the Branch Office in Chicago, John was soon promoted to Managing Director of the office. Three months after his arrival, the company’s financial ratings dropped in the post-9/11 financial environment. As a result, the company was forced to draw on reserves to meet regulatory requirements. When the incumbent Director left the company, John was asked to take on the senior position.
Through exceptional leadership, John was able to sustain an operational business while the corporate organization sought and secured a buyer. This required great tenacity and the ability to motivate staff to stay with the company through the transition. He met weekly with employees and corporate staff to maintain momentum with the existing customer base.
One year after stepping into this difficult management responsibility, Almerica was sold. The company credited John for the strength of character that enabled him to hold the business together, maintaining current operations and clients, during a most challenging and turbulent period of time.
Farm Bureau Insurance
1998 to 2001
A property and casualty company
Promoted to oversee $18M agency serving farm business in Indiana through three locations and increased sales to $25M. This agency was initially extremely productive under the direction of a 25 year veteran. But when he retired, his replacement rapidly lost ground and the branch fell to last place among 35 branches in productivity and sales.
John immediately established relationships with the veteran sales staff, rebuilding credibility and trust. He created an Employee Advisory Group to identify why production was low and what changes were needed to improve sales and operations. It soon became clear a realignment of job functions was needed to allow the sales people to focus on generating sales and supporting customers to improve productivity and employee morale.
Through a reengineering process, job duties were redefined, disbursing functions to the most
appropriate job categories. Within a relatively short period of time, the company was working smoothly and efficiently and people were happy with what they were doing. All 35 representatives elected to stay under his leadership and production improved. The branch moved to top 10% in company performance.
Positioning the issue carefully with senior management, John successfully overcame resistance from the local Cooperative and repositioned office for more lucrative clients. John realized that the office location was actually preventing the agency from projecting a more professional image in the community and hindering more lucrative sales. The building was poorly maintained and not in a neighborhood conducive to reaching the target market.
The County Cooperative Board, which owned the company, could see no advantage to relocating. John understood that it was a political situation that needed to be handled with discretion and care to accomplish the needed strategic changes. He prepared a concise plan outlining the advantages to moving to a more suitable location. It required considerable negotiation, patience, and lots of studies. Over a three year period, John conducted due diligence. He obtained impact studies, addressed zoning, sewage and parking concerns, and dealt with a change in Board. Finally, the office was moved with production staying on track. The new building positioned the agency for higher value clients.
Agency Development Specialist
Farm Bureau Insurance
1996 to 1998
Trained and advised regional staff and increased sales from $60M to $74M. John was on the fast track toward management when the company decided to create a stepping stone position leading to the management role. The Agency Development Specialist was situated in the Home Office. The selected individuals all came from field operations and working in the corporate office allowed them to develop more well -rounded leadership skills
He was selected, along with five others. This group was challenged with developing the job description and procedures for the position under the direction of the senior leadership in the company. They also developed a training program to be delivered to new field and veteran agents to increase their sales capabilities. The plan outlined cross selling of products lines and a transition from property and casualty business to financial services.
Once the plan was approved, John was assigned to a region. It was his job to improve sales performance across six agencies. His compensation was based on the sales team’s production. In all, he worked with six agency managers, 75 agents and 35 staff and insurance adjusters. He had to enroll the agency managers in the value of participation in the program.
John started the program with early adaptors and soon gained a reputation amongst all the agency heads. The demand for advice and assistance accelerated. Production increased and mediocre agents were soon meeting or exceeding production requirements. New agents were productive earlier and veterans got better.
Farm Bureau Insurance
1983 to 1996
Hired into a training position, John qualified for company production promotion in a record breaking six months (typical advancement time was twelve months).
His first account was neglected and produced very little in ongoing commissions. John built relationships with the client and over three years grew his commission from $34K to $75K (1980’s dollars). He accomplished this through high quality, hands on service to his customers and was recognized by his community as premier agent and financial planner.
John’s first manager and mentor was approaching retirement and his focus on training and mentoring of new agents was ebbing. Seeing an opportunity to make a contribution, John took on the role and built relationships with the younger agents. He soon was helping many people learn the business and advance financially. This also meant the agency maintained a leadership role in the company at large.
With continued growth in personal sales, his eagerness to help others, and the resulting contribution to overall company performance gained recognition for John and he was soon seen as a high performance sales person with high potential for advancement. This is what led to his positioning on the fast track, his selection as Agency Development Specialist and his eventual promotion to Agency Manager
Personal, Professional, Community Service
Financial Authority Regulatory Agency (FINRA)
Million Dollar Roundtable
National Association of Independent Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
National Association of Security Dealers (NASD)
National Ethics Bureau (NEB)
Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Best of Bay Financial Planning, Better Business Bureau
Elite IRA Expert
Member, Kiwanis Club
Member, Scottish Rite
Member, Masonic Lodge
Leader, Scout Troop 302
Member ACO Club