Sunday, July 1, 2007

Letter from the Editor

Notable and Newsworthy: VIP Profiles, Issue 24

What's happening?

Quite a bit here at the Notable and Newsworthy pad at 69 Second Street. We are thrilled to feature a variety of stories this week.

We have David Koretz, CEO of BlueTie, Inc - a young and incredibly influential figure in the technical world and beyond, Frank Kowsky, retired professor of Art History from Buffalo State College, and Leonard Echevarria of St. Pauly textiles - a person with a must read story about determination to succeed, despite an under privileged background.

Team VIP Notables: Michael Reiff continues to produce exemplary work for us with this week's article on Frank Kowsky. Chris Popovici helped us with his talents by producing the Notable and Newsworthy Logo! Thank you Team VIP!

Always our best,


Notable and Newsworthy

SUNY Geneseo '08

Life and Times of JWN

Throughout the past week I spent a considerable amount of time eating food leftover from the housemates (and former housemates) at 69 Second Street. A bunch of class acts - those crazy cats. Thanks to ol' Eugene, I had some delicious Italian Sausage just this [Sunday] afternoon. I can be pretty frugal, so I've been feeling like a king recently with such delicacies at my fingertips.

Also, this week I pumped out a considerable amount of personal notes on my new "branded" cards. Maybe one day you'll receive one and understand what I'm talking about.This is a habit I've developed 1) because of some good advice from a few important people in my life, and 2) adding a distinct personal touch in a world that has become so impersonal is incredibly important to me.

ACTION PLAN: Take time this week and write a personal, handwritten note to three important people in your life. Everybody has someone to thank for making their life a little easier.

Notable and Newsworthy was founded by Ben and me on these principles of personal interaction, so it is something we take very seriously.

In other news, I attended a fund raising event Saturday night at Hot Shots in Rochester - the Second Annual Shnozfest. This was an event put on by a friend of mine at work, John Serron, and his former classmates from Penfield High School. It raised money for the Jon Ozimek Scholarship Fund, an award named after a friend of theirs that died of cancer in the last few years. There was some rocking music, it was a great cause, and I had an enjoyable time. (Nice work John & Co.).

Have a splendid week readers and enjoy this week's VIPs. They are some good reads, if I do say so myself (as an English major, I feel I have enough clout to make that claim).

Always my best, ~ Joseph

Frank Kowsky

Frank Kowsky:
Art History to the Core

By: Michael Reiff

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Frank Kowsky is a retired Art History professor from Buffalo State College, who resides in Buffalo. Always the fan of a mid-day cup of coffee, Kowsky understands the value of friendship like no other, and is always encouraging others to share experiences and friendships. Over his career at Buffalo State he has not only grown as an Art Historian, but also as an advocate for understanding and cultivating one’s passions in and out of the professional world. Kowsky currently is working for the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier in Buffalo, researching and writing on behalf of the organization’s efforts to solidify buildings throughout the Buffalo area as national landmarks.

Kowsky began his career as an Art Historian at George Washington University, where he originally had majored in Foreign Service. However, upon taking a basic survey course in Art History, Kowsky began to form a passion for art and architecture, one that was encouraged by his professors who took notice of his strong work. From there, he went on to graduate from George Washington with a bachelor’s in Art History.

Kowsky studied briefly at New York University during his master’s studies, but upon receiving a scholarship, he transferred to Johns Hopkins. Here he finished his master’s under the tutelage of the trailblazing scholar Phoebe Stanton, who at the time was one of the rare experts in the field of 19th American century architecture, what Kowsky would later build his own expertise around. Kowsky became one of her first students, and with her guidance crafted his master’s dissertation around the American church architect, Frederick Withers. And in 1970, Kowsky began his own scholarly path, taking a teaching position at Buffalo State College. Kowsky taught at Buffalo State his entire teaching career, retiring fully last January, 2007.

While at Buffalo State, Kowsky taught courses in American Architecture and American Art, along with Italian Renaissance courses.

Today, Kowsky still works in the field of American architecture, but now works in the preservation sector. Kowsky, along with Buffalo researcher Martin Wachadlo, has been researching and preparing papers, aiding in the process of naming existing Buffalo architectural structures as landmarks, through the National Register. Most recently, Kowsky has written a paper about the derelict grain elevators along the Buffalo industrial waterfront. Kowsky says that this work is simply an extension of his past research during his time at Buffalo State. Two architects that Kowsky has been most interested in following have been Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, both notable 19th century architects who left their mark on Buffalo. Through his work with the Landmark Society here in Buffalo, Kowsky has been “trying to increase the interest in historic districts in Buffalo.”

Today, Kowsky feels that he is, “busier than before!” He states, “The only thing I’m not doing that I did before is be in the classroom, teaching. I enjoyed it…but I saw the opportunity that I could devote myself [to preservation]…doing the kind of research and writing that I like to do.” Kowsky doesn’t feel that he will be returning to the classroom, but considers that what he is doing now with the Landmark Society is educating as well, “but in a different way,” he says. Kowsky has also joined the editorial board of the Olmsted Papers, a scholarly periodical headed by Charles Beverage, a close friend of Kowsky’s and a renowned Olmsted scholar himself.

Kowsky grew up in Washington D.C. In fact, he walked by the White House “almost every day” on his way to George Washington while attending college. Kowsky says that he had relatives in Buffalo, however, and therefore found the move from D.C. to Buffalo State easier. And, as Kowsky relates, he has found the city itself to be an “architectural museum.” Buffalo is indeed home to a veritable who’s-who in 19th Century architecture, with buildings crafted by such notable designers as Olmsted and Vaux, as well as Louis Sullivan, D. H. Burnham, and of course the Frank Lloyd Wright. All of these architects created a community of artistry that gave Kowsky a ground for his own research. It’s only recently that Kowsky has become interested in the lesser-heralded industrial buildings that can be found throughout Buffalo.

Michael Reiff (Team VIP) and Frank Kowsky enjoying a nice backyard session

Kowsky’s love of architecture stems from the aesthetics of its appearance. As Kowsky says about what draws him to architecture, “I guess I look at architecture for its aesthetic appeal.” The aesthetics of the Hudson Valley, and the Hudson River School Painters in particular drew Kowsky early on. Now, he looks at the “aesthetic dimension” that can be found in Industrial structures, as he works for the Landmark Society. Now that they are “empty shells,” Kowsky notes that such buildings as the grain elevators have taken on a “monumental expression,” and notes the quote from Ruskin, “When things cease to be useful, they become beautiful.”

Kowsky remembers that during the 19th century aesthetics played a large role in how the city of Buffalo was being planned, and notes that people are coming around to that idea again. “We’re kind of coming around to the idea…that it’s not just a place where things work well—that’s important—but where it’s also enjoyable to be.” This balance of utility and aesthetic is continually important to Kowsky.

Recently Kowsky also took opposition to the selling of works of art at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, which is still in the process of liquidating its pre-18th century works, dating back thousands of years. Kowsky’s reasons are numerous for his opposition, including, “as an Art Historian…I just couldn’t say goodbye to these great works of historical art. I just didn’t see how an art historian could say ‘this is expendable.’” Kowsky was also concerned with the false delineation between contemporary and historical art, and how one should take precedence over the other. Kowsky notes that many of the works being sold today also were given to the gallery at its inception, and a connection to the past is now being lost.

As Kowsky notes, “I often say contemporary art is a lot like contemporary science. In the past, in the 19th century, probably every educated person could understand the principles of science that were popular at the time, but today it’s become so esoteric, you really have to be very knowledgeable. And that’s sort of the way art’s gone.” This ties back to his Albright Knox argument, where Kowsky notes the current misguided practice to only acquire the latest modern works that down the road, hopefully, will become masterpieces in their own right. Kowsky believes that the Albright Knox already had a collection that was valuable, and discouraged the idea from its inception. “[The hope] is to buy something that will be equally or more valuable in the future. But it’s a chance, you really don’t know what the future is going to say about the art of 2007. It’s very hard to judge.” But, Kowsky concedes, “It’s done now.”

In the realm of hobbies, Kowsky is an avid reader. “I haven’t been systematic in my reading,” Kowsky notes, mentioning he is currently reading the latest novel by Margaret Drabble, his favorite modern writer. Kowsky has also been reading the works of Penelope Lively, and both authors write insights about modern life that Kowsky enjoys. Looking to past literary works, Kowsky also enjoys the work of Balzac, and novels in the “novel of manner’s” tradition. Kowsky enjoys reading for the “use of language,” as he puts it, something which he feels helps him develop his own writing.

Kowsky feels that any written work, whether it’s fiction or architectural study, “should be well written as well as informative, and that can be very difficult sometimes. When you are explaining the contributions of others, rather than your own contributions, you have to be very careful about what you say and how you say it, trying to get at the truth, without being boring.” Reading the works of novelists as well as his colleagues helps him to hone his own writing to ensure the quality of writing he aspires to produce.

Kowsky also enjoys photography, but confesses he hasn’t had too much time to follow the hobby lately. “I like to take pictures that look like paintings, or the works of the artists of the past,” notes Kowsky.

Along with reading, Kowsky also enjoys watching films, both old and new. Leaning more towards foreign films in his tastes, he recommends his favorite film “La Strada,” or any of the films directed by the renowned Italian director Frederico Fellini. “Those are my favorites,” he notes of the Italian director’s repertoire.

Kowsky also collects miniature replicas of famous architecture, as pictured here. Kowskey keeps the tokens, often of his travel in Geneva, in his study, where, he admits, they are becoming quite numerous.

Kowsky loves to travel, and while his mother had originally hoped he would become a lawyer, his love of travel originally positioned him for study in Foreign Service. However, now that Art History has become his passion, travel has become even more important. “You always come back from travels with a different view of your life,” says Kowsky, “and feel like you’ve been not only rejuvenated if it’s been a good trip, but you change the way you do things…some of the ways you look at things.” Kowsky also maintains a rule of often going to places where he knows a friend of a friend, someone who can give him an introduction to a new place, and enrich the experience, noting that he’s made some very good friends that way. A few places Kowsky particularly loves to travel to are Geneva, Sicily and Maine.

Kowsky is also a great lover of food, both the eating aspect and the sharing. “I would put French Cuisine at the top of the list, Italian second. And then a lot of other things,” Kowsky notes, describing his broad but European-centered tastes. Along with the flavors, however, Kowsky also loves the time spent sharing food with friends and family. “I think that some of my greatest pleasures have been around a table with people. I enjoy food for the taste but also because it tends to bring people together…[a] good meal with good friends…that’s one of the great pleasures in life,” Kowsky relates.

Kowsky is also a follower of a good joke, especially, “jokes that are ironic or clever. I like riddles. I have a hobby of collecting them, the more abstract the better.” Kowsky says that riddles can be a good way to get to know children and young people who often react well to them. Overall, Kowsky believes that a sense of humor is “extremely important in this life,” as well as being around people who have a sense of humor. Sharing jokes and laughter is like sharing a meal with someone to Kowsky, “you feel like you’re a friend, and you can laugh together. You’re sharing a point of view, which brings you together.”

Kowsky also enjoys playing certain games, especially billiards and poker. He enjoys both because they are games that, “you don’t have to take too seriously, and you can talk while you play.” The camaraderie of poker is something Kowsky enjoys, and the ambience of pool halls is something else Kowsky appreciates. “You get to mix with people you don’t normally mix with, and it’s really a nice thing,” Kowsky notes of the pool hall experience.

And to coffee: a day without coffee simply isn’t a day finished properly. “I have coffee every day, and I try to have coffee with someone, as a social event,” says Kowsky. The rise of the coffee shop, especially in Buffalo, is a very agreeable development to Kowsky. “I like coffee shops better than bars…I just like the mixtures of ages that you find in a coffee shop…men and women, young people and old people.” To be able to sit and enjoy an espresso in the middle of the afternoon is something Kowsky enjoys especially, and describes as “café culture,” something he has enjoyed practicing, in particular, with his nephew while visiting picturesque cafés in Europe.

And while Kowsky considers himself content in his personal life, he sometimes feels a little isolated from the mainstream of scholarly thought, living in Buffalo. As Kowsky puts it, while he is in contact with a few of his colleagues, Buffalo, on the whole, doesn’t have a “vigorous intellectual community,” especially in the area of Art History. While many scholars often look outside of the Buffalo area to find intellectual companionship, Kowsky has decided to look in, becoming involved in the local preservation movement.

Through the Landmark Society, which Kowsky considers to be only second to his main passion of art and architectural history, he feels that he has “met some wonderful people.” Kowsky believes that through working with different kinds of people he has not only been given a chance to educate in different ways, but also had the chance to view and accept new and different points of view. Working with the preservation movement has connected him with some very outwardly passionate people working on their own projects, connections Kowsky missed while working at Buffalo State.

“I think I was a good teacher. I think I was able to present material of a complicated nature, at least Art History, in a way that was understandable and appealing to people,” notes Kowsky of his in-classroom strengths. Kowsky tried to leave jargon out of his explanations of art, and instead tried to reach the essence of a topic, and then teach from that. And in the end, Kowsky feels that educating truly is his greatest strength. “[I] present things to people that they might not have thought about, that they might not have been open to,” Kowsky comments, acknowledging that, “I think sometimes when you give someone something, it isn’t just a physical thing that you can give, but knowledge, or the gift of another friend.” This sharing of friendship and common interests is one of Kowsky’s most fulfilling activities that he continually practices.

Kowsky concedes, however, that “I could be better organized. I’m still having trouble with that.” Kowsky has considered heavily issues of time management, and how to best allocate the day’s waking moments to maximize his time. Kowsky continuously is considering how much time a certain activity is worth, and that maintaining a balance of structure and flexibility in the day is something he ponders throughout his daily activities.

And while Kowsky is constantly striving toward accomplishing new goals, he has already grasped what life-long success can be as well. “I think what Sommerset Maugham said is, ‘The variety of experience and the ability to develop your talents to the fullest capacity,’ that’s what makes a person happy.” Kowsky lives by that mantra, and also notes that “I don’t think success is necessarily measured by your wealth.” To Kowsky, success is following and developing your passion, something he has done and continues to do in Buffalo.

This idea of personal success leads into what Kowsky believes is good advice for those beginning their own careers. “Think of life as what varieties and worthwhile experiences you can have. Try and find a way of doing something that will allow you to develop what your talents are to the fullest.” Kowsky notes that he has had the good fortune of being able to do that, teaching and researching in Buffalo, and says that if you can find a path that allows you to build on your talents, then that “makes for a happy life.”

Overall, Kowsky believes that an interest in Art History allows you to develop an interest and understanding of the world at large. “That’s what I told my students,” Kowsky notes, “that even if you never become an Art Historian…you will have a very wide liberal arts background, that will give you a wide view on things…and you won’t be bored!”

Kowsky notes that the study of architecture can lead to a more nuanced perspective on understanding the growth of a city, or any place, looking at what is new, what is old, and what people’s interests were from the buildings. “You can read the history of a place in its architecture,” Kowsky believes. Because of the solid grounding art history can give someone, Kowsky believes “everybody should take a basic course in the history of Art,” noting that one learns a wide variety of topics through the study, including geography, history, human psychology, all the way to the great myths of western culture. “There aren’t that many studies that take in that much,” Kowsky notes.

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Frank Kowsky
Buffalo State College
Art History Professor (retired)

David Koretz, CEO of BlueTie

David Koretz:
One Love

By: Joseph W. Norman

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One of the first things one notices about David Koretz is his incredible presence. Not only does he stand over six feet tall, but he carries himself with an undeniable sense of purpose, high energy level, and passion for life. An experienced traveler, David has grown into a person, 27 years of age, who appreciates world cultures and seeks to dig deeper into all of them. Now, as CEO of his fourth business, BlueTie, Inc. David is on a trek to make a global impact – something he takes very seriously. His entrepreneurial spirit and motivated quest for knowledge (on all levels) makes him a pleasure to talk to and a joy to be around.

David is a “geek at heart,” and takes probably the most pride in his twelve United States technology patents. This makes him considered a “fellow” amongst engineers, a feat rarely, if ever, accomplished by a CEO. His first business focused on home automation, and fittingly so, his loft near the art gallery in downtown Rochester, New York, is equipped with the fanciest technologies.

He confesses, “My house has wireless security cameras which email me when they detect movement.” Also, he has multiple robots which vacuum his floors, lights that dim when he calls home and says he has a date, and a 200 inch high definition screen that descends from the ceiling - all of which he installed himself. To add to probably one of the swankiest of pads, he built a three terabyte audio/video server which broadcasts digitized versions of 7,000 music videos, 550 movies, and 62,000 songs throughout multiple rooms, including the bathroom so he can watch music videos when he showers. Ladies look out!

Business has always been a quintessential part of his life – starting as early as the age of seven when he went into business selling sea shells from his grandfather. A well known quip of David’s is when he told his grandfather to stop sending shells from Florida, David would just pick some up when he went down to visit. This meant David did not have to split the profits anymore.

To understand David’s thoughts on business it is best to dig into a personal statement of his on the subject, but first some background…

He has created four businesses, starting his first at age 14 and built it up to about a $100 million in sales by age 17. He went to Brighton High School during the day and attended college, at RIT, at night. Thus, he graduated from both high school and college at the age of 16. One year after graduation he sold the company and went to Babson College for Business. He left after just one semester because he started a second company and sold it, and started a third company and got venture capital before he began a “formal business education.”

Now, David is on his fourth company, BlueTie, Inc. which is valued well into the nine figures and is becoming a smashing success on the Software as a Service front. “It’s been a good run,” David reflects. The point of the background is, he is 27 years old and he started when he was 14. He has much to offer in respect to his motivations and here it is…

“What got me into this business is not what keeps me in business. When I was young I made a lot of money and I made arrogant statements like ‘I want to be a billionaire.’ I was hyper competitive and being able to quantify the yard stick was very important to me.”

“As I’ve grown up and had a chance to experience and travel the world – I’ve been traveling since 14 and on my own since 17 - I’ve had the fortune of meeting about 15 of the Forbes 400. Most of the people I have met in that world are extremely unhappy. One of the things that scared me was seeing a dozen unhappy billionaires because it made me think about my goal of running down that path to get to the same place they are. This created pause. I said, you’re chasing after somebody that is miserable – then I refined my goals and came up with the idea of the ‘One Love Tour,’ to which you cannot apply, you can only be accepted.”

The ‘One Love Tour’ is an incredible cultural experience which focuses on David’s desire to make “a ding in the universe,” – a quote from Steve Jobs, a person who David admires. This tour covers 72 countries in twelve months and includes four key stages: Relaxation of Mind and Body, the Adventure Tour, the Intellectual Tour, and the Eastern Religion Tour. But first, the rules must be set out. You cannot have any responsibilities at home. This means someone has to be paying your bills and taking care of your realities. You cannot have a job or any board memberships. “Nothing at the moment,” David says. “You’re only in it for being in it.”

The first three months is the relaxation tour which features trips to places such as Argentina, Venezuela, Tanzania, Mozambique, and many more. During the second phase, the Adventure Tour, trips into the jungles of Madagascar, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, and some parts of Antarctica are all par for the course. Phase three is the Intellectual Tour, featuring tours of Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, and more, while the final stage is the Eastern Religion Tour. This takes place in India, Tibet, China, and various other Asian countries. The next twelve months is spent on the islands in St. Johns to figure out “whether we rinse and repeat,” says David.

David in Nicaragua

This tour will most likely take place for David within the next five years or so, he states. “If I was intimately well versed in cultures, then I can add considerable value relative to my business capability.” At the age of 27, and with his latest business producing nine figure revenue streams, he seems to be well on his way to making that “ding in the universe.” The cultural experience no doubt remains a key part of David’s life, despite his intense focus on business.

To mix two philosophies together, David reflects on the culture of business. He states, “A lot of people, when they go into the world of business, look at what career they want, not what culture they want.” Next, he describes the three types of businesses in his eyes, “Zero to aha, aha to interesting, and interesting to major companies.”

“Zero to aha,” is a distinction David gives to the strategic phase of business building. This features questions such as; “How do you build a compelling business model and a compelling product?” And, “how do you get past the strategic questions to make it an execution question?” David admits, “I’m really good at that first stage. Therefore, for him, he enjoys creating the company and making it work. The benefits, David states, “You can make a lot of money quickly in the ‘zero to aha’ stage, if you like to run really hard, take big risks, and make big bets - that is my world and that is what I enjoy.” There is one key assumption though, that it is a business with $100 million plus in revenue potential.

“Aha to interesting” is now not a question of strategy, because that has just been solved, but rather a step into execution risk. For David, “That is not really fun.” It is refining processes, building out infrastructure, and scaling the business. “I don’t really enjoy that,” David confesses. “I’m not the best CEO to run this company five years from now.” Most CEOs won’t tell you that, David says.

Describing the Rochester area, he said, “You’re not talking about really scalable businesses - maybe ten or twenty – most of them are lifestyle businesses, not billion dollar businesses.” He reflects on the importance of these types of business but states, “When venture capital is involved, you don’t have a choice – you are intended to build a scalable business.”

“Interesting to major companies” feature nine figure revenue streams, proven out execution risk, and now is scaling risk – the third type of risk. This stage is also something David does not particularly care about. He reflects on the abilities of his friend Jonathan Judge, CEO of PayChex, Inc. “If you look at PayChex, you get a guy like Jon Judge. He’ll make a few million a year to figure out how to take the business from two billion a year to four or five billion a year. It is a very rare skill, and Jon is a very bright guy.” David also describes Danny and Colleen Wegman as business people at this level.

David in Austrailia

In conclusion on this topic, David states, “The question functionally is what part do you enjoy?” There are few people like Tom Golisano, his partner and founder of PayChex, Inc. who can go from “Zero to scaling a business and stay the whole way,” David reflects. “I’ve chosen that I’ll probably spend the next thirty years of my career finding interesting companies in billion dollar holes and filling that hole as fast as possible. That is the way I look at my world.”

A big part of David’s life involves interacting with people he admires. Recently, he had dinner with former President, Bill Clinton. “He is a really interesting guy,” David says. “He has an unbelievably charismatic way to capture the attention of whoever he is talking to.”

Tom Golisano, is a friend and mentor to David and Chairman of BlueTie, Inc. “If there are four options to do something, Tom will find the fifth,” David admits. “His ability to not necessarily analyze the question you asked him, but step back and analyze the question he thinks you should be asking forces you to re-ask the question and rethink your approach - I really appreciate that about him.”

David had the opportunity to spend a few days with Buzz Aldrin, one of the first American’s to land on the moon and a Doctorate from MIT. “I spent two days with him and he is a super smart guy,” David says. “He got so far over my head so fast – I couldn’t help but be interested.”

David at his desk at BlueTie World Headquarters in Pittsford, NY

Another really good friend of David’s and somebody he admires is Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight. “I have been friends with him since I was a kid,” David says. In fact, he brought Keith to Nazareth College in Rochester to speak at an event. David remarks, “He is interesting in terms of his scientific approach to networking, something a lot of people really suck at.”

David climbing Mount Marcy, highest peak in New York State

In general, David admits to be interested in people that are interested in stuff he knows nothing about and are really passionate about what they do.

Although David is consumed by a variety of interests, there are a few which take precedence, chocolate and racing BMWs, Porsches, and Ferraris. His favorite chocolate is Amedei Chocolate from the hills of Tuscany.

A self proclaimed connoisseur of the delicious dessert, David throws a chocolate tasting charity in which the participants have a stunning 42 course tasting. They each consume over a pound and a half of chocolate! Unfortunately, the Amedei, Porcelana and Chuao chocolate bars, David’s favorites, are in short supply. “It has been an interesting process,” David reflects. “I have had six people turn me down when I try to buy them - they refuse to sell it because they don’t have enough of a chocolate relationship with me.”

The hobby of racing cars stems from David’s need to get away from the throes of the business world. He cannot golf because it is too slow. David admits, “You can’t focus on anything else when you are driving a 130 miles per hour.” After competing in such races as Cannonball Run: the Race across America, he now instructs at Watkins Glen. If you meet David, ask him about the blonde woman he met at the track on the rainy day - it’s a good story.

David boasts an incredible work ethic, sleeping only 3 or 4 hours a night during busy times at his company, i.e. a new product roll out or a big deal being made. He often stays up for days at a time while on a roll with his work. Then, he’ll catch up on sleep for a few hours. He is not a man void of philosophies about his pursuits though, as reflected here in a personal statement about success:

David and Joseph in the office

“It is a whole theory for, ‘How do you really push yourself? And, ‘What is meaningful about life?’ The simplest way to describe it is that only two things matter; relationships and accomplishment. They are the only two things that drive sustainable happiness - so creating [BlueTie, Inc.] achieves both for me. If you create the right environment, you get to be surrounded by a lot of really smart people. I like to be around really smart people. At BlueTie I am fortunate to be surrounded by great people. Relative to accomplishment, I go on a week vacation and I get bored out of my mind. So, a lot of it is going out and having a canvas, so to speak, to create interesting things. I think I will always being doing this – I think I have to.”

David is motivated by a quote of Henry David Thoreau, “Only those that go too far will know how far one can possibly go.” David feels that most people don’t push the limits because they are uncomfortable with failure. “People combine failure as a person, with failure in business - failure is a track record where you understood the process of being great,” David admits. “I’ve been lucky because I’m four for four.”

To sum up David simply is impossible. His diverse interests make him a scholar all over the board. One thing does ground this man though, his insatiable desire to make an impact on a global level. His determination and work ethic will no doubt make that happen. More importantly, he will do it with the utmost respect for the cultures of the world - as long as he has the 'One Love Tour' under his belt.

Ben, David and Joe in the BlueTie, Inc. Lobby

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David Koretz
BlueTie, Inc.
Founder & CEO
BlueTie, Inc.
1050 Pittsford-Victor Road
Pittsford, NY 14534