Monday, August 14, 2017

Event Review: Taste of the Danforth 2017

Jim Pagiamtzis and Joe Collins

Jim Pagiamtzis in Marlies uniform

Joe Collins in Marlies Uniform

Jim Pagiamtzis and Joe collins all dressed up  for Kingsman The Golden Circle

Greek Dancing

Greek Dancing

Friday, August 11, 2017

Journey to appointment in Vaughan (Ontario)

Jim Pagiamtzis at Fastenal store on Pine Valley Drive and Steeles Ave east

    The goal was simple:

       Get to Pine Valley Road and Steeles Ave East for a job interview at 11:00am

  I did my research on the employer and where they were located

   Started my journey downtown Toronto at 9:15am  and took a quick subway ride east to St. George Stationa nd then Northbound to Wilson Station.

       When I got to Wilson station headed toward the bus terminal and noticed the second floor was under construciton and quickly ask lady that was wearing information vest "Where do I get the 165 West bus" she responded on this floor to your left.

  The bus showed very quickly and headed across Wilson and then north on weston.

  I got off the bus just half a block from Steeles and started walking to cross the street. When I noticed the bus turning left!  I waved to the driver if he was going across Steeles and he waved his finger with the no sign.

 Proceed to cross the street to get the bus going across Steeles ave East. I had about 35 minutes to ge to the interview. I figured lots of time, so I started to walk and look over my shoulder for the bus. Nothing appeared.

 It was a hot and muggy day in Toronto, figured I could use the exercise and burn some calories!

  Just as reached the next bus stop the bus shows up and I got on flashed my metropass and ask the driver if he went to Pine Valley Road and he said "Yes I do about 5 blocks away"

 I stayed near the front as he continued to journey, what I failed to recognize is these were 5 very long blocks!

   We reached Pine Valley Road and Steeles and I got off the bus and looking north and began to walk.

   I was looking for 7000 Pinevally road and I look at the first building and it said 30!

 Wow I have lot of walking to do. There is a bus that goes north but you have to pay an extra ticket to use it. Figured I would walk and burn some more calories!

   About 10 minutes of walking I started to figure there was something wrong. When I check the address on Google maps before my journey it show that it was very near Pine Valley Road and Steeles avenue east

  So I began to look around for a Taxi to hail. nothing in sight!  I had about 10 mintus at this time to get to the interview. I was beginning to panic and get very frustrated and upset a myself of messing this up.

   After I got over that would you know it a Taxi shows up and I flag him down.

   I get in and I said "need to get to 7000 Pine Valley road in 5 minutes!"

  He said "great I think 700  is on the right hand side"

  I said " oh that make sense, I was looking on the other side at the small numbers"

   He kept on driving and looking at the numbers, we go back very near the intersection and I see a sign that says 7000 on it. " We are here" I said

 Taxi driver says something very funny " don't you have phone with internet?"

  I said "yes I do!, unfortunately I didn't thnk of using it!"

  I gave him the money owed plus a tip

  I literllary walk in at at 11:00am and greet the secretary

  Moral of the story: The journey begins with small steps, don't get hung up on buring calories, make sure you know where the end is! 

Event Review: Discover Your Personal Brand -Friday August 11 & Saturday August 12th


                      All-star Personal Brands Panel Vicki Saunders , the Founder of SheEO , a Global Activator for female entrepreneurs Nav Bhatia Superfan Page , the Official Superfan for the Toronto Raptors Emily Lyons, CEO of Femme Fatale Media Group and social influencer on Instagram and LinkedIn Bobby Umar, 4x TEDx and Inc Magazine's Top 100 Leadership speaker, and founder of DYPB & Raeallan Blake Fleischacker , Author, Speaker, Musician KEYNOTES: Vicki Saunders & Blake Fly SLAM POETRY performer: Nerissa Bradley After party at Aria Ristorante . Join us this weekend at DYPB - Discover Your Personal Brand, Canada's biggest personal branding conference. See the FULL content of speakers, 10 workshops, 7 panels and 6 keynotes at 


 Saturday features even more amazing speakers like Amber Mac, Saul Colt, Manu Goswami, Kundan Joshi, Samra Zafar, Adam Silverman, Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, Fatima Zaidi, and many more

Raptor Super Fan, Vicki Saunder
Nav Bhatia Raptor Super Fan and Jim Pagiamtzis


Jim pagiamtzis and Zander Townend

Vicki Saunder sharing on Friday night

Daniel Speaks booth

Panel on Saturday

Jeff Goldenburd on Sales Funnels

Alexander Gittens Talking about Greatness

attendees at DYPB17 Katia Millaar at the bottom 5X attendee

Amber Mac Speaking at Keynote on Saturday
DYPB17 bag. until next year..


Audio Review: Leadership: The Critical Difference by Brian Tracy

               Jim Pagiamtzis Review:

                 "Brian Tracy shares insights on the power of leadership in the 21st century"


Business Spotlight of the day: Velofix

Velofix van at Maple Leafs Square

  A mobile bike van that started in Vancouver 5 years ago  has now spread across Canada.

       Why velofix?

Here are the reasons that make us unique in delivering an exclusive service:

Locally Owned

Every velofix Mobile Bike Shop is locally owned and operated by residents within those communities. velofix is simply the mobile version of the local bike shop!

Certified Mechanics

All velofix mechanics are required to complete a certification course that ensures they are experts in their field and qualified to fix and service all types of bikes.

Competitive Pricing

All bike service packages can be viewed on our website. Simply enter your zip/postal code and you will see the pricing for service in your area. At the time of your service, your mechanic will go over all associated costs for any bikes, parts and service necessary before they begin the work.

Enjoy a Coffee and Wifi!

All velofix Bike Shops are equipped with coffee machines and free WIFI. Sit with your mechanic while they work on your bike and learn some quick bike maintenance tips!

Easy Online Booking

Simply enter your postal code, select your service and book at a location most convenient for you. Your local velofix mechanic will get in touch to confirm any specifics about the service, if required.

Event Support

velofix supports a number of bike events in our communities. From charity rides, to Gran Fondos, fun/leisurely sporting events and triathlons, you name it we’ll be there! Want velofix to help out at your next event? Visit our Events page.

100% Guarantee

Our customers satisfaction is the most important and our certified mechanics will work with you to ensure your bike is functioning 100%. If after your service, you are unhappy with something, please reach out and we will make it right.

Corporate Services

velofix works with companies big and small to promote active living and a healthy lifestyle for employees. There are various options for these programs including company pay and employee pay. For more information view our Corporate Services page.

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Event Review: Your Are Hired book launch

                 Thursday August 10,2017

                 It was an amazing evening at the North York Civic Centry for Murli Murthy book launch event.

            You Are Hired is Murli Murthy 4th books inspired by article he has writting for Canadian Immigrant Magazine and other online postings.


Patti Pochuk the MC of the night

Murali Murthy addressing the audience

Murali Muthy and Jim Pagiamtzis




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Metro Newspaper: Yonge Bike Lanes "Ridiculous"


         "It will happen"  Jim Pagiamtzis



Spotlight Feature: John C. Reilly (Kong Skull Island) huge thant to Toronto Star


Magazine Review: Canada Fastenal



Magazine Review: Horizon- Travel & Lifestyle

                Invictus Games coming to Toronto in September 2017

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Event Review: Taste of India in Toronto

       It was great experience to try some awesome food from India at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday Augsut 6th. Huge thanks to Sujit K Reddy for the food.