Golden Steer Steakhouse Cookbook - Bananas Foster
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in Food and Drink by James Hills

Las Vegas has been a foodie town for generations and despite the fancy new places that open up every week, there are still some classics left in town like the Golden Steer Steakhouse. Founded in 1958, it saw the golden years of "Old Las Vegas" and a list of celebrities a mile long, including: Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Tony "The Ant" Spilatro, Natalie Wood, Nat "King" Cole, Joe DiMaggio, Elvis…

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February 20, 2018

Interview with Teresa Lummus - Competitor on Truck Night in America

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History channel has got another hit on its hands! We just got a preview of their newest show, Truck Night in America and I absolutely love it. They managed to capture everything I love about the off road truck community and combine it with competitive sports-TV shows like American Ninja Warrior. One of the competitors featured in the first season is Teresa Lummus from Idaho and we got a chance to…

Bellagio Las Vegas for a Luxury Mancation
February 19, 2018

Art, Food, and Entertainment on a Bellagio Vegas Mancation

in Mancation Blog by James Hills

Picking the right resort for your Vegas mancation or guys getaway is essential. At first glance, you might think that it's "just a hotel" but the more trips here that you make, the more you realized that the choice of resorts truely sets the tone for your whole trip. In the case of Bellagio, that tone is one of more reserved fun and luxury including innovative restaurants, art galleries, and…

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February 17, 2018

Here's Where You Can Tour Motorhome and RV Factories

in Mancation Blog by James Hills

It's pretty exciting to visit factories and see how things are built. Today, industrial-tourism is a big business and that ranges from visiting auto manufacturing plants to breweries. However, what about visiting an RV or Campervan factory? That might be a perfect twist on your same ol' vacation that could turn it into a memorable experience where you might even learn something!

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Feb 16, 2018

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When thinking about places for the ultimate mancation most of us men think of places that are easy to get to, has guy-friendly activities and especially today is affordable. Daytona, located on the east coast of Florida certainly exceeds those requirements with plenty of fishing, nice sandy…

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Feb 16, 2018

How To Make the Right Snack Choices In Your Office Breakroom

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Chicago Auto Show 2018
Feb 14, 2018

What We Saw At The Chicago Auto Show (and some things we didn't)

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At this year’s 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show, the buzz was all about trucks and SUVs as they continue to rack up record sales. Alternatively, almost every automaker touched on their autonomous vehicle programs, but no one will discuss when day zero will happen, or how autonomous vehicles…

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Park MGM Las Vegas Preview

Las Vegas is constantly changing and it was pretty obvious a couple years ago when the T-Mobile Center opened that Monte Carlo's days were numbered. It simply didn't fit sandwiched between the fantastic new arena and The Park on one side and Aria on the other. Thankfully though, instead of…

Olives from Spain
Feb 14, 2018

Interview with Paula Sanchez about Olives From Spain

I absolutely love olives - black, pimento or cheese stuffed, in a martini, or crushed into a tapanade - they are simply delicious. While I knew that they were a Mediterranean treat, I didn't realize the percentage that come from Spain till I had the chance to chat with Paula Sanchez, responsible…

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Feb 13, 2018

Who Are The Developers Behind Top Canadian Online Casino Games?

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Feb 12, 2018

We Took The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali HD on a Vegas Road Trip

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Trucks are clearly being used as more than just tools to haul and explore, and today that means that there are LOTS of great options out there. Last month, we got the chance to test out one of the best - GMC's 2018 Sierra 2500 Denali HD. Our route would be the five-hour road trip from San Diego to…

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Feb 09, 2018

Awesome Guys Weekend At Mandalay Bay Resort Las Vegas

Sitting at the far south end of the strip, Mandalay Bay Resort seems like more of a conference hotel than a destination for a guys weekend, but over several visits it has become one of my favorite properties in Las Vegas. Simply put, it's got great bars and restaurants, fantastic entertainment, a…

Sn Diego Top Tech Exec Awards 2017

In business, as in sports it’s great to be recognized. Unfortunately though, it seems like only the quarterback gets the glory. Anyone who’s ever run a business knows though that supporting every great CEO, President, or business owner there are others that deserve their share of the glory too. San Diego’s Top Tech Exec Awards is an opportunity for some of these guys to step out of the shadows, hang out with their peers and be recognized for the super heroes that they really are.

As a Cox customer myself and someone that depends on their fast, reliable Internet services to run my businesses, I was excited to support the event. Cox Business is the Title Sponsor of the annual Top Top Tech Execs Awards and created the event 10 years ago to celebrate the fantastic IT and technology talent in San Diego.

A decade later, the event is stronger than ever and I can see why they love to support the event and make it even bigger each year! Despite the fact that many times the entire organization's ability to operate rests on the shoulder of these super heroes - these unsung heroes are often forgotten. Unlike a CMO or CEO - IT and tech people typically contribute behind the scenes. This is their chance to step out from behind the curtain, be recognized and have some fun with their peers and leaders from the San Diego business community.

foos ball on baseline

This year's Top Tech Execs Awards was held on the field of Petco Park and it was an amazing opportunity to have some great food, listen to great music, and walk on the same grass as the Padres and players from other MLB teams. Oh yeah and there were foosball and corn hole games, shoe shines, and even a roving band of super heroes who joined the event too.

top tech execs awards on big screen

While this was an amazing party worthy of the talent that was gathered together there, it was something greater too. What really impressed me about the Top Tech Exec Awards is that unlike other business awards where you can buy your way in and it’s really more of bullet on your resume when you win, this was an opportunity to truly celebrate the breadth of the top tech talent here in San Diego. With nearly 600 nominees, there were representatives from every sized business and sector imaginable including: education, manufacturing, software development, associations, healthcare, and consumer services. The one thing each person had in common was that someone in their organization recognized their contribution and invited others to celebrate their contribution!

We had a chance to meet some of the nominees and I’d like to share their stories with you.

John Hall from GIA

John is the Director of Global IT Infrastructure for Gemological Institute of America and received the award for his business type. 

Dallas Jones from Tech4Learning

Dallas is a software developer at Tech4Learning that creates educational software sold around the world including at department of defense schools. He’s a Cox Business customer because it has allowed him to migrate from a collection of T1 lines that were bonded together just a few years ago to a connect through Cox now that is faster, cheaper, and more stable. This helps him move data around faster as well as stay in touch with customers around the world.

Joshua from Carpet Club

Joshua manages the IT infrastructure for the Carpet Club including phone, internet, and other services provided by Cox Business.

Phelan Riessen from San Diego Startup Week

Phelan and the team at San Diego Startup Week tell me that they are excited that Cox Business has joined them this year as a sponsor to help them make their event even bigger. With 250 events and 3,000 attendees last year, this is one of the biggest celebrations of startups and entrepreneurs in San Diego.

Todd Yurasek of RNS360

Todd is the CIO of RNS360, an IT company that provides IT Services for A/V Companies and is a Cox Business customer. He loves the service because of its reliability and speed – something his customers require to keep their businesses running, just like he does.

While each of these San Diego businesses is engaged in radically different sectors, they all share a passion for creating innovative products and working together as a community to support other small businesses.

While this year is over, if you have someone in mind that would be great to nominate for next year – make sure to check out www.toptechexecs.com website in January with more information about how to nominate someone for 2018.

This post was sponsored by Cox Business, who not only know how to throw a great party and awards ceremony but are also the providers of leading-edge technology; fast, reliable service; business-class support and products to fit every business size and need.

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