Thursday, January 22, 2015

My Adventures at the North American International Auto Show 2015

    I recently just got back from a trip from Detroit, Michigan, where I not only had the honor of attending the Ford press conference with the Ford Motor Company and their digital influencers event entitled #FordNAIAS, but we were able to go into the North American International Auto Show(NAIAS) to see all of the other phenomenal cars and vehicles that were being shown during the NAIAS event this. Here are the videos from the press conference. and

   I was able to attend #FordNAIAS and see my business partner Seth Leitman, aka The Green Living Guy and we were able to experience some pretty cool stuff with one another. Our first night in Detroit we went to the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, listened to some presentations by Angie Kozleski the Global Marketing and Digital Communications Manager for Ford, Sheryl Connelly the Ford Futurist and Dean Weber the Manager of North American Archives for Ford. We were able to have a stroll of the Piquette Avenue Plant, get photos of some pretty cool Model-T cars,  enjoy a nice buffet style dinner with some adult beverages, listen to the amazing entertainment of the live band Vincent J. Evangelista, while getting to know one another.


   Along my journey I met some pretty amazing individuals. I gained new friends, learned so much new information, and walked away from #FordNAIAS with a whole new inspiration and drive for life.  Just to name a few of the cool people I was able to hang out with; @HarshCougar aka Chris DeMorro the Site Director/Editor for aka Shane Shirley the CMO for SB brands, @Mttsm aka Carmen the Digital Media Blogger and owner of aka Ron Myers the Principal Design & Marketing for Motorsports, @geekazine aka Jeffrey a Podcaster, V-Caster,  host of Geek Smack!,  and owner of aka Daniel Gray the Guerilla Video Producer and owner of,  @zachbussey aka Zach Bussey the Digital Content Creator, lifestyle blogger,  and owner of aka Will Jenkins the Owner and Founder of aka Kevin C. Paulson the Founder and CEO of aka Matt McKahan the Owner of aka Christopher Rauschnot the New Media Consultant at aka Megan McWilliams a radio show host/TV personality/producer/green diva for aka TerriAnn van Gosliga the Editor-in-Chief and blogger for and, and last but definitely wasn't the last amazing person I met was @DennisPang aka Dennis Pang with Please check them out by clicking on the names as hyperlinks to their information.

   I have to be honest and say I was completely mesmerized by one of my favorite cars of all time having its WORLD DEBUT, the unveiling of the Acura NSX! I went to the unveiling of the Acura NSX  some amazing first hand video footage, and got lots of pictures. To see the NSX so close, and with the background music and vibrations from the floor, I literally had goosebumps.  It's an indescribable feeling to be live during any car unveiling,  let alone one of my top cars of all time,  the Acura NSX unveiling was beyond my dreams and an experience that I am truly beyond so thankful for! Here is the link for the video of the Acura NSX World Debut.


   While walking around the floor with all the amazing cars, my partner Shane and I noticed this video booth kiosk and decided that we were going to try it out see what it was about. Little did we know the amount of fun we were about to have. Her and I stepped into the booth and we got to do the Kia Hamster Dance!  Check us out here having a blast,  and make sure you have the volume up for music.      

  The press kits from all of the automotive dealers that were at NAIAS that I was able to collect are pretty awesome too. LexusJaguarMaserati, Land Rover, and Porsche were a few cars I was able to see. The Acura NSX gave us a limited edition metal car, Bentley gave a key chain, Tesla offered a battery and then the cool SD card holders from BMW,  Mercedes,  and Alfa Romeo. Scion had a Swag machine and I won a key chain and a hat,  and of course,  Ford gave us #FordNAIAS influencers a water bottle, travel pouch,  note pad, and an experience to last a life time.

Hope you enjoyed!!!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ford Motor Company Makes Another Impact at NAIAS 2015

I had the pleasure of attending the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, for the third time this year with the Ford Motor Company. During this amazing digital influencers event, #FordNAIAS, we were able to learn about the latest Ford vehicle innovation, technology, durability, and attend the press conference to see the newest vehicles that were being shown this a year.

The first vehicle unveiled, was the Ford 2017 Raptor truck. The Raptor is a more light weight,  on and off road capable, offering a unique front bumper and vented hood to give this truck exceptional dual uses.  It offers a 3.5L EcoBoost engine,  more torque and horsepower than the previous V8 engine, a wider body design,  and last but certainly not least, tires specifically designed for the Raptor truck by BFGoodrich. 

The second vehicle I was able to see was the amazing Ford GT350R. This car not only is the most track capable mustang on the market today, but it is also the most street legal mustang on the roads right now. To create a faster vehicle a few things needed to come out of the mustang. The air conditioning is gone, the backseats are gone, and no hyped up camera systems to backup or see better. The GT350R is powered by a naturally aspirated flat-crank, V-8 5.2L engine, and offering both the 400 lb-ft torque and 500 horsepower you want and expect from the mustang.  The GT350R rides smoothly on carbon-fiber tires made by Michelin and stiffer than any aluminum wheels. 

The last car that Ford unveiled at the press conference this year was the GT. Now this car, she was a beauty. Not only does the car drive fast, and is eco-friendly, but has a new sleek body design to help this GT maintain its durability and control.  Innovation and technologies that are featured with the GT, make it easier to drive for the customer, and enhances the bond between car and owner making it feel as though you are one when behind the wheel.  The GT offers more than 600 horsepower,  uses carbon-fiber construction and body parts,  and offers a V-6, 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged engine. While the GT has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission,  and can safely glide down the road on these 20-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires meant for ground clutching and better handling.   

After the presentations,and were are able to hit the floor and talk to Bill Ford and other representatives from the Ford Motor Company, as well as get up close and personal with the cars for photos and videos. If you would like to view video footage of the Ford Raptor,  GT,  and GT350R,  check out:
Ford Raptor Truck and Ford Mustang GT350R:
I was able to also attend the North American International Auto Show inside the Cobo Center also located in the heart of downtown Detroit after the Ford press conference concluded.  It was inside NAIAS, that I was able to see many new hybrid, electric, sustainable, eco-friendly, and dynamically different automobiles from numerous car manufacturers. Inside the Blue Oval,  a designated Ford hang out area,  we were able to listen to presentations by Sheryl Connelly the Ford Futurist, Raj Nair the Group VP & CTO, and Mark Fields the President and CEO of Ford. Those were just a few of the amazing presenters I was able to learn from at NAIAS 2015. From trends of the future,  to vehicle innovation and technologies,  I was able to hear first hand about what is going on in the world of Ford. 

Sometimes it's almost like a surreal experience when you're around so much amazing beautiful fantastic technology advanced cars that were not around 50 years ago, that weren't even around 10 years ago, and it leaves me almost speechless and gasping for air when I look at the photos and relive the memories and amazing experience I was able to have. I want to thank Ford Motor Company for inviting me along for #FordNAIAS this year in Detroit!   (I will be doing additional blogs about the rest of my amazing journey at NAIAS)
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