Monthly Archives: November 2009

Design For Good – Get Creative for African Orphans

Common Threadz a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has partnered with Action Profiles to create the Design For Good campaign to benefit orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. Action Profiles will be hosting a design contest with its action sports community to create a new shirt design for Common Threadz’s line of stylish, eco-friendly apparel. The theme of the contest is “hope”. Common Threadz will sell the winning designs, with 100% of funds raised going to the orphans; no funds will be diverted for administration.

“Common Threadz is one of those rare non-profits that is extremely effective in their mission while staying relevant to youth culture,” explains AP Co-Owner Jesse DenHerder. “Action sports athletes are creative by nature and ActionProfiles is a perfect venue to harness it.” Zac Folk, founder of CommonThreadz added, “It’s great to be working with Action Profiles on this project and to witness how the nonprofit and private sector can work together in a win-win fashion. We’re excited to see the designs and hope to make this an annual contest.” AP has also put together an elite team of judges who will be announcing the winning design including:

Monica Staniec – Board member of WIAS (Women in Action Sports) and VP of Marketing at iMa, a marketing and PR agency that targets the actions sports, art, music and fashion markets. Monica is also an active Snowboarder and enjoys surfing.

Luiz Calado – Photographer, writer and award winning editor, Luiz’s work has been published in many US and Brazilian publications including Thrasher, Tribo, SKT, Veja, and Yeah! Magazine. With degrees in Communications and Photojournalism, Luiz blends insight and ingenuity in his reporting, while remaining true to his skateboarding roots.

Wendy Burkman – Co-Founder/producer of the Wanda Show and media personality for Wendy is also a talented singer/songwriter and model.

The Design For Good T-shirt design competition kicks off on Nov. 1st. Submissions are welcome from November through December 23, 2009 and we encourage artists from all over the world to submit their entries. The winner will receive national exposure as an artist/humanitarian, and a generous prize package from our sponsors, including watches, headphones, apparel and much more. Presentations to the winner and commercialization of the T-shirt designs will take place in January. For more info go to: or

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About Common Threadz:
Common Threadz is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is working to build and fund sustainable projects that help save orphans and vulnerable children living in extreme poverty in Africa and other developing nations. They employ a holistic approach to their programs that aid the children and their caretakers, with an emphasis on education as the building block for sustainable change and the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

About Action Profiles: is a leading online Action Sports network for riders, quality brands, and worthy causes. Communities include Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Mountain Biking, BMX, Motorcross, Skiing, Kiteboarding, as well as a new Filmer and Photographer network. AP merges cutting edge social media with on site event marketing to create an environment that effectively engages both consumer and brand. AP is owned and operated by riders with award winning talent and proven business chops.

Jesse Den Herder
Co-Owner | CCO
PH: +1 231.590.3583
FX: +1 928.441.3583


Where’s Waldo? Finding Social Influencers & Decreasing Your Costs

Find, connect, empower! Then what? The WHERE’S WALDO Social Media Essentials panel dives into the next step – discussing the value of key social influencers in actions sports, where they are on your social network, and how targeting these potential brand evangelists will have a positive influence on your social media network and ROI.

Tonight’s PLAN of Action at BlankSpaces

6:30p: Doors open. Relax, Mingle, Drink Wine & enjoy Appiteasers
7p-8p: Panel Discussion
8p-8:30p: Questions? Comments? Angry Mobbing?
8:30p-9p: Network, Socialize, Process Knowledge

Moderated By:

Denise Garciano

Denise Garciano has led PacSun in discovering who is talking about their brand online, who their customers are, and how to genuinely reach out and engage with friends and fans. As their Social Media Manager, she has developed and established a Community for PacSun, and continues to put forth initiatives and strategies that provide a better experience both online and in stores.

Confirmed Panelists Include:

Jonathan Rosen

Jon, i.e. The International Man of Advertising, developed his success at award-winning traditional agencies such at Leagas/London, Fallon/NY, Wieden/Amsterdam and Publicis MOJO/Sydney on global brands such as: Nike, Adidas, Diesel, Powerade, Gor-tex and Coke. He began directing & Lucky Viral Branded Content was born. Lucky is a hybrid – half agency/half production company that writes, directs and produces viral films and branded content.

Cameron Olthius

Cameron Olthuis is an Internet Marketer and Entrepreneur that owns several Internet Companies. His specialty combines social media with search engine marketing to build large media audiences on the web. He tries to work as little as possible and in his free time enjoys surfing, skiing, and adventure travel.

Scott Tilton

Scott grew up racing motocross, BMX and mountain bikes. In 2001, he co-founded, the leading online sponsorship site for action sports. In 2007, he expanded the concept , becoming CEO and launching Loop’d Network, which now has a global audience of 500,000 action sports athletes and enthusiasts and a successful social media and eCommerce model embraced by 400 brands.

Emily Goligoski

Emily Goligoski is a Strategic Programs Manager with online publishing company Federated Media’s and writes about arts, culture and design innovation . After studying journalism at Northwestern University, she was as an interactive producer for the advertising agency Venables Bell & Partners and worked as a digital strategist for Ogilvy PR.

Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is an emerging photographer and social media consultant. He specializes in fashion, reportage, and portrait photography. When he is not staring at Twitter or out shooting, he loves just being out on the road. He forms part of the Fiesta Movement, an innovative social media initiative in which 100 young trendsetters test drive and live with a European-spec Ford Fiesta for six months, traveling as agents and relating their experiences through social networks.

Greg Cargill

Prior to starting bigMETHOD in 2008, his professional career focused on developing awareness for celebrities, brands, and products through the internet & strategic partnerships. Beginning as an intern in Interscope Records New Media Department in 2000, Greg spent 8 years at the center of the new music industry – working up through the new media departments of IGA and Virgin/Immortal to become the New Media Director Suretone Records & finally Custard Records. His time spent was part of a living education in online consumer engagement and served as the foundation for Greg’s contribution in the creation of bigMETHOD.

Special Guest Tech Zulu

TechZulu is about creating a community platform for technology and media companies that is focused on covering, discovering and connecting. They cover the best events, showcase talented individuals, and provide the content online; ultimately connecting everyone. TechZulu’s goal is to do their part to help the Community continue to thrive!

If 90% of all conversations about brands still take place offline, how do we know if we are making an impact? Please join the esteemed panel of Social Media Experts and Influencers to find out.