I left the lush and brisk Upstate New York, Finger Lakes Region on my 30th Birthday on September 16th 1988 on the heels of my second divorce, a 30 day trip to rehab and a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and dismantling of my first start up, Axiel Research Group, Ltd. The air was crisp that weekend as the Barr clan rallied at my eldest brother Chuck’s country village home in rustic Ridgefield, CT and the fall folliage show was late for arrival due to unseasonably warm temperatures the previous two weeks. The dress code that weekend were loose in the knee Wrangler jeans, dark, solid colored Champion Products sweatshirts with Oxblood Bass Penny Loafers. There was more tossing back of single malt than footballs as I recall that weekend, as the Barr boys weren’t much for sports, plus, I was just 30 days away from shaking off as 3 year daily crack addiction up on the lockdown nut ward of the Buffalo VA Hospital.
Stephen G. Barr, Group Publisher
Author, Syndicated Columnist, Editor In-Chief and Group Publisher at SGB Media Group, a social media marketing firm specializing in digital media content production, publishing, affiliate marketing, public relations and advertising. Over 25 years experience in retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, affiliate marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, non-profit fund raising. Event planning, promotion, production and MC/Host at public events. Author, Editor & Publisher of 35 syndicated, digital publications utilizing multiple digital distribution channels in conjunction with launching and administrating national advertising campaigns for major Fortune 500 advertisers in partnership with Google, Ning, Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo, DoubleClick, LinkShare, PepperJam and other industry leading third party affiliate networks. Product development team member from conception to launch on many websites, tangible goods and organizational structure for start ups. Specialties: Public relations, retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, blogging, email campaigns, affiliate/performance marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, event production & promotion, non-profit fund raising and tasteful, responsible adult content publishing. An internationally recognized and read social media columnist & pundit on The Examiner, Associate Content, Vator.tv, X-Biz.net and Technorati and his own affiliated sites.