If you look at Joe Lawrence's resume you'll see an eclectic mix of automotive jobs. Car salesman? Yep. Product Training Specialist at Nissan? Yeah, that's on there too. You'll even find 6 Series Communications Manager as well as Director of Marketing at BMW. At the top of the page is his current job, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Porsche Cars, North America.So how does a guy from El Paso, Texas go from selling cars at a Ford dealership to being the head honcho at Porsche? It started with education. Lawrence has a BA in Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas and an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I sat down with Lawrence at the Los Angeles Auto Show to hear the rest of the story.Lawrence: The first car that I actually paid for myself was a 1991 Nissan SentraSentra SE-R. I was working for Nissan and I had that as a lease car. It was a neat car as Nissan marketed it as a modern BMW 2002. It was a hopped up Sentra with a … [Read more...] about Hey Joe Lawrence, how did you get to be the COO of Porsche?
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Here’s a really dull, unoriginal statement: I love Christmas. There are few things in this world that can turn my perma-frown upside down, wipe that scowl off my face, and turn me into sugar and spice and everything nice, and one of them is CHRISTMAS.Again, there’s nothing specifically unique or interesting about why I love Christmas. I don’t have some touching family story, and nothing life-changing ever happened to me because of the holiday, but it’s just really effing fun. People put crazy light displays on their homes, and we bring trees inside, and everyone’s baking and eating and drinking. We take trips and buy presents and maybe there will be snow. I get to live in scarves and baggy sweaters and I’m being weather appropriate, not lazy. It’s a magical time of year. And for some damn reason, the Internet is trying to ruin it. Here’s how.Taking away your tree hunt.Everyone who really, truly loves Christmas knows that you cannot bring … [Read more...] about WTF, Internet? Why did you have to go and steal Christmas?
In today’s world partly governed by fantastic technological advances designed to make life easier and more manageable, it’s very easy to claim that anything is possible – even conducting the sacrament of matrimony over the World Wide Web.Long distance relationships are no longer a pain to deal with because of services like Skype, FaceTime, and Google+ Hangout, which allow couples to pretend they are within arm’s reach, and abandonment at the altar is an even lesser problem because overseas couples can now opt for a proxy marriage, a legal procedure that lets couples get married even when the other party is not present at the moment.Apparently, this has been a longstanding practice, dating back to the early 1700s when Marie Antoinette was wed to Louis XVI despite his absence. According to the New York Times, the option of a proxy wedding is rarely used in the country and is usually afforded by members of the military that are assigned to hostile … [Read more...] about Sick of having an ocean between you and your beloved? Get married on the internet!
College students have long complained that text books cost too much. But woe is the poor sap who has to pick up a copy of genetics textbook, The Making of a Fly, by Peter Lawrence, which was recently listed at the ridiculous price of $23,698,655.93 on Amazon.com.The absurd price of this out-of-print book, first published in 1992, was discovered by UC Berkley evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen, who went to Amazon to purchase the book. There, he found “17 copies for sale: 15 used from $35.54, and 2 new from $1,730,045.91 (+$3.99 shipping).”“At first I thought it was a joke –- a graduate student with too much time on their hands,” writes Eisen on his blog. “But there were TWO new copies for sale, each be offered for well over a million dollars. And the two sellers seemed not only legit, but fairly big time (over 8,000 and 125,000 ratings in the last year respectively). The prices looked random –- suggesting they were set by a computer. But … [Read more...] about Why did Amazon charge $23,698,655.93 for a textbook?
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to run Google’s new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. As such, it’s one of the most hotly anticipated phones of the season, but you wouldn’t know it by Verizon and Samsung’s behavior. The phone has been a ghost here in the US, with new release date and reveal rumors popping up every day. Over the weekend though, Engadget and a few other sites spotted a Galaxy Nexus in Samsung’s Experience shop in Columbus Circle, New York City and spent some time with the device. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the shop earlier today to check it out, I discovered that the phones had been removed.Wondering where the Galaxy Nexus was, I asked several employees at the shop, which doesn’t sell Samsung gear, but shows off all of the company’s latest products. The response I got was universal denial. All of the employees had a half smile because they knew what I was talking about, but all professed that … [Read more...] about Why did Samsung yank the Galaxy Nexus from its NYC showcase shop?
Andrew Comrie-Picard started stunt driving when he was 7 years old on the family farm in Canada when he rolled his first pick up truck. His childhood was spent messing around on country dirt roads and fields, driving, breaking and fixing anything with wheels. By the time he was 12 he knew he wanted to be an actor and a race car driver.Fast forward a few decades and he's now a professional stunt driver, television host and brand ambassador for BFGoodrich tires. But despite his early shenanigans, his career path has been anything but typical.Thinking that a kid from rural Alberta, Canada had little chance of making it in show business, Comrie-Picard threw himself into education. He has five college degrees, including degrees in law and physics. He went on to get a master's degree in political economics from Oxford (yes, the one in England) and ended up as an entertainment lawyer in New York, all the while racing for fun whenever he could.That fun racing soon turned professional when … [Read more...] about Roadshow Asks: Andrew Comrie-Picard, how did you get to be a world-class stunt driver?
Josh Cartu is the exception that proves the rule. While many of us work our way through high school, get a college degree and maybe go on to get a master's, this Canadian never even finished high school. Still, he has managed to become a successful entrepreneur, travel the world, win this year's Gumball 3000 rally and even fly a MiG-29 to the edge of space.It wasn't until Cartu bought his first Ferrari, a 458 Spider, that he fell in love with racing, and he now spends much of his time as a "gentleman racer" in the Ferrari Challenge series. Though he admits to being an adrenaline junkie, he also recognizes the emotional impact of being behind the wheel."The race itself is fun and amazing, when you race against your buddy and you're risking your life and you beat him and get out of the car and you hug your pal and you're crying…I can't even express the feeling until you do it. I'm addicted to that anxiety and fear I feel before a race. I'm literally shitting in my pants. Then … [Read more...] about Hey, Josh Cartu, how did you get to race Ferraris?
If you follow off-road racing, rallycross or drifting, chances are you've heard Jim Beaver. He hosts The Down and Dirty Show, which reaches one million radio listeners, and has hosted iconic events like the Mint 400, Red Bull Global Rallycross and the X Games Qualifiers as well as television commentary on CBS Sports. He's well positioned to comment on the action, given his 17-year Trophy Truck off-road racing career.In addition to his hosting duties, Beaver has teamed with motocross star Jolene Van Vugt to launch the Polaris Star Car video series for 2017. Each race will find a different star behind the wheel of a 2017 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo EPS side-by-side race car, which can achieve top speeds of close to 100 miles per hour. So far this year Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana have been guest drivers, both making a strong showing.I caught up with Beaver over the phone to find out how he became the voice of off-road motorsports. Q: What was your first car? … [Read more...] about Hey Jim Beaver, how did you get to be the king of racing media?
Someone recently asked me how I got into the field of security. It made me think about exactly how I did end up in this arena since it was not something I had ever examined. To examine this, we need to go back about 25 years to the 80’sDuring the mid-80’s while stationed in the Mediterranean area I spent time in a Surveillance and Warning Center (S&WC). This era was marked by hijackings (such as TWA 847 and the murder of Robert Dean Stethem), the massacre at Sabra and Shatila, terrorist bombings (such as the US Marines in Beirut at the airport by Imad Mughniyah), and war in Lebanon, and military activity in Libya in particular the Aouzou Strip near Chad reported to be rich in uranium. We knew as we provided SIGINT support so too we were targeted for the same. Security became a must. Any travel had to be officially sanctioned or part of a TDY (Temporary Duty Yonder) assignment. Our location was continually under protest by local communist … [Read more...] about How Did I Get Into the Security Field?
The good folks at Tech Republic gave me the green light to put together an idea I've been mulling for some time: a "Dear Abby" of sorts, targeted to those of us struggling in the management ranks and trenches of corporate IT. While I likely can't help with your marriage, solve problems regarding your intrusive mother-in-law, or provide tips to cure hiccups, I will happily take a stab at your toughest IT strategy challenges.The rules of the game are simple. Drop me an e-mail at the address in the bio at the end of this article and explain your problem. I'll change your name and any identifying details and will not mention your company name unless you specifically request that I do. I reserve the right to choose whatever submissions tickle my fancy, edit your queries for clarity and brevity, inject some humor into them, and respond to them here, although I will try and let you know if I choose your submission so you can watch for the related article. Without further ado, here comes … [Read more...] about Ask the IT Strategy Guy: Why do I get no respect?