Sunday, October 31, 2010

Island Packet dead wrong

Island Packet dead wrong
The Hilton Head Island's "home" newspaper endorsed someone other than Ed McCullough.

Last week they misquoted Ed, putting words in his mouth (which not only is unsanitary, but disrespectful), and now they come out in support of a Town Council member who has been endorsing Mayor Peeples agenda for like seven years. How sad. They still owe Ed a correction... here is his rebuttal to the endorsement:
On redevelopment, the Land Management Ordinance was broken 7 years ago when Drew was elected and it is still broken. Where's the leadership?

On Town culture, the town culture was broken and rabidly ant-business 7 years ago when Drew was elected. It didn't just break yesterday. Where's the leadership?

On Town finances, under Drew's careful watch, the town manager expense in the budget grew from $533,450 to $734,420 during the great recession and raises were given out across the board in the planning department of 15% to 35%. Yeah, that's the guy you want to be the "watchdog" looking after your tax dollars.

On the downward pressure from the economy, under Drew's watch:

The town chased The Farmers Market and its $2.2 million economic engine over the bridge to Bluffton.

The town wasted $2.2 million on The Compass Rose Park where no one ever goes (how fitting that mayor Peeples chose that site to endorse Drew).

The town refused to fund a sailing and rowing center and Gullah museum for the same amount of $2.2 million that would have put thousands of heads in beds and improved quality of life for locals.

The town did not push through the process of achieving official designation as a "Bike Friendly Community" which would have drawn thousands of additional bike tourists to the island each year.

The town and its bureaucracy made the process of approval for redevelopment for The Mall at Shelter Cove so onerous (did you know that the town demanded that the mall give them 5,000 sq ft of office space to house their swelling staff for free?) that the owners gave up and the mall is now a half empty ghost town from which it is estimated that ten additional stores will leave in January.

The town with Drew as a member of the committee drew up a trash recycling program that would make it impossible for small local trash haulers to bid on an island wide contract, it would put the local small business haulers out of business and it would raise fees to condo owners by as much as 35% (such as at Marsh Side where the 35% increase would result in an increase in trash hauling fees to that complex alone of $10,000 per year).


As the next mayor of Hilton Head Island, I, Ed McCullough, solemnly pledge that in the first 90 days:

I will bring in a new sponsor for The Heritage Golf Tournament.

I will bring in world class developers and completely recreate The Mall at Shelter Cove. It will be a vibrant village of rich diversity in the heart of Hilton Head Island. It will include state of the art performance space, convention space, meeting space, boutiques, cafes, walkways, benches, park space, retail space, living space, education space and high tech office space.

I will rewrite the Land Management Ordinance to protect our environment, facilitate good business and be completely user friendly and not be an impassible obstruction to reclaiming and redeveloping older so called non conforming structures on the Island.

I will fully fund the rowing sailing Gullah museum project.

I will see to it that the town achieves Bike Friendly Community Status.

I will bring a successful Farmers Market to Hilton Head Island.

I will see to it that the newly conceived Hilton Head Island Marathon will find a home here.

I will see to it that expenses are reduced in excess of the $1.2 million in additional taxes that the other 6 candidates want to levy.


I understand why Drew is sitting on the sidelines wringing his hands and worrying about the reassessment of 2012 which will reduce tax revenues. It's because he has no idea how to generate new business to create new revenue to offset it. His only response thus far has been to suggest raising the atax or the sales tax 1% which of course is a total business killer coming out of a great recession.

The only thing I have done in business on this Island for the last 26 years is generate new business! New Leaf $4.5 million! Second Nature $4.5 million! The Farmers Market $2.2 million and growing strong!

I promise you I will use all my skills and experience and every ounce of energy I have to bring new business to this Island! I promise you I will re-energize this economy!

Please forward this to hundreds of your friends and please encourage them all on Nov 2nd to

Vote for Ed McCullough!!! Thank you!!!

Why no HHI Farmers' Market?

Why no HHI Farmers' Market?

Because the status quo leadership of Hilton Head Island said, "No thanks."

So Ed and his colleagues took the idea to Bluffton. Where it has surpassed all expectations.

I call it leadership.

Vote for Ed McCullough for Mayor of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (but only if you are a registered voter!).

Ed is using Facebook in place of money to get the word out, check this short video clip out and then forward it to your friends and family. Almost everyone knows someone who lives on the island:

Ed promotes Facebook

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Vote November Second

Hilton Head Island Town Council
will not conduct business as usual if Ed McCullough is elected

Leaders are most often made, not born.

For over twenty-five years Ed McCullough has been in training for his first, best destiny. We met in late 1997 or early 1998 at a Toastmasters club on the Island (Fast Trackers #7199) and became impassioned to see one another succeed. Ed gives without hesitation. I simply cannot imagine a resident on the island that has not been impacted by his passion. Most often without knowing it.

How is that possible?

Ed never works the angles, he simply is not a political creature. He wanders the island doing good mostly because he observes situations that need addressed. How cool is that?

One example: Too few people understand his commitment to the Boys and Girls Club. A few years ago there was a celebration at the new location celebrating the progress that had been made and the debt that had been retired. And yet he was not publicly recognized. He was just happy that it all happened according to a plan he created and implemented years ago after a board meeting on an island parking lot infested with drug dealers. A plan that forced him to operate almost alone against [edit: Ed just reminded me that the other brave soul in the parking lot that night was David Johnson. Another unsung hero, standing with him against] all odds and the nay sayers... a plan that forced him to locate the land... a plan that forced him to find a "payer source" to ensure that his efforts on behalf of the kids was not in vain. At the celebration, he was content to let the "suits" pat one another on the back. Simply basking in the light of knowing he made it happen.

There is no one better suited to entrust the future of Hilton Head Island.

I love my country

American Bumper Sticker

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ed McCullough commits to Heritage of Golf


Some folks have it, some don't.

Ed McCullough, candidate for Mayor, commits to finding a sponsor for the PGA Tour event known as the "Heritage of Golf" played every spring on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina the week after The Masters.
Pass it on.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

McCullough on YouTube Part 2

Ed McCullough
running for Mayor of Hilton Head Island, SC

Part 2

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

McCullough on YouTube Part 1

Ed McCullough
running for Mayor of Hilton Head Island, SC

Do you know Ed McCullough

Ed McCullough for Mayor
of Hilton Head Island, SC

Please get the word out to your friends, family and colleagues that live on the island paradise that Ed McCullough is a unique candidate:
Political affiliation: Fiscally Responsible Anti-Big Government Local Small Business Persons’ Party
Okay, there is no official party by that name, but you get the idea: Ed is serious about returning to the vision our forefathers had for America. He started his campaign by deciding to not raise any money.

Yes, you heard me correctly. He decided to demonstrate that actions are louder than words.

That might suggest Ed is not beholden to any special interest groups. How refreshing.

Check out his campaign headquarters (aka Facebook): 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

google voice and cinchcast

google voice, MacBook Air internal mic and cinchcast

Has a bit of that "speakerphone" echo, but seems more clear than my cell phone. Remember when Nokia owned the cell phone biz? I could only find two phones at the mall from what seemed like hundreds in the various vendor kiosks.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2011 CTS Coupe

Cadillac CTS Coupe

My local dealer finally got one in! Black on black, of course... and it looks great. Now I have wait until Monday to test drive it... life can be so hard.

Of course as I pointed out in my last post, one in eight people on planet Earth do not have safe, clean drinking water and I am lamenting a 24 hour wait to test drive a $48K car that I don't really need... and really cannot afford at this moment in time.

But as some have rightly observed, borders that define countries are most definitely time sensitive, and so is my situation. Yours too. Which begs the question, what are you doing today to prepare your future for the life you hope to experience tomorrow? Or next year? Or at retirement?

If you don't challenge yourself, who will?

Before the sun sets today, get out and do some dream building. As I have pointed out numerous times, one thing that Sam Walton and Steve Jobs share with other successful folk is their ability to dream big dreams. What about you?

Friday, October 15, 2010



Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Just show up

Work is often just showing up!

Having trouble getting motivated? Watching the clock instead of your "to do" list? Have the feeling that the grass would be greener on the other side, but with this economy you don't dare make waves?

Here is a great idea for recharging your batteries:

Get up, walk outside, and run around your building three times!

How do you feel now? Tired, right? Seriously, get some blood flowing. Throw that new stress relief toy at your newest neighbor... even if she is the owner of the company. She get its! In fact, it has never been easier to impress her. When a co-worker complains about the economy, jump and yell, "It's not the economy, stupid!"

Well, maybe not. But be sure to remark rather sternly that too many companies to name are having a great year for it to be the economy... did you ever think maybe the rules have changed?!

If not, why not?

Need help, give me a call.

Jeff 'SKI' Kinsey, Jonah
+1 330.SKI.0431

Saturday, October 09, 2010

24 Golden Boxcars

We each get 24 hours per day

Golden Boxcars

Some years ago I read where Mike Murdock called the 24 hours in a day, 24 golden boxcars. That image has stuck with me all these years. 

What are you doing with yours?

The right people first—then flawless execution™

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Northeast Ohio's Newest Biz Incubator

Main St. Stark

Small Biz Incubator 4 Stark County™
Picking up some steam over at my newest adventure, Main St. Stark. In fact, after months of looking for the perfect WordPress theme, I found it. Of course I was working on other aspects of the business at the same time. But without multitasking.

Check it out. And if you are in the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce, give me a shout. We are one of its newest members. I have known Ruthanne Wilkof for almost a year, but heard good things about her team's efforts for much longer.

FYI: Membership in JBCC is a requirement for the companies we will help startup... but that is one of the details that is too early to share. {grin}

Jeff 'SKI' Kinsey
Entrepreneur in Residence
Main St. Stark
1240 Lincoln Way East
Suite 134
Massillon, OH 44646
+1 330.SKI.0431

Wednesday, October 06, 2010