Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Bill Dorman

By: Gini Dietrich | November 2, 2012 | 
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There once was a man named Bill Dorman.

He works in Orlando as a foreman.

OK. That’s not true. It was the only word I could think that rhymes with “Dorman.” He really does live in Orlando (or maybe not Orlando proper, but somewhere around there – Lakeland, I think), but he’s in insurance.

In fact, he’s a big muckety muck at an insurance company where nepotism is alive and well because his newly graduated son (who, by-the-way, is a Cubs fan) just joined the ranks.

I first met Bill on Twitter and then he found his way over to Spin Sucks. That was back when he was blogging as the Invisible Blogger (now he just blogs as himself) and, for some odd reason, he thought he’d read this blog to figure out how this whole world worked.

Thankfully he found other bloggers to show him the way, but continued to harass me via Tribber, Twitter, email, comments, and any other way he could find. Heck, I think he’d send me a carrier pigeon if he could.

Last year, when I was in Orlando for the big PRSA International Conference, Bill and Adam Toporek (and their better halves) came to the hotel to meet Shonali Burke, me, and I’m sure they made several other friends along the way.

We met in the hotel lobby bar where, mind you, drinks were not free. The plan was to have one drink there and then go downstairs to the reception Martin Waxman, Joe Thornley, and I were hosting as Inside PR…where the drinks were free.

But Bill sabotaged the plan by paying for his drinks and then not having anything at the reception.

I love to tell that story and the story where he threatened to show up to the reception in a Speedo.

Thankfully he did not (though I’m not sure he would have been properly dressed had Mrs. Dorman not been there), but it still creates quite the visual, particularly if you know Bill.

He’s one of the good guys (other than the fact that he sends me photos while he’s boating when it’s 60,000 degrees below zero here) and he is definitely someone you want to get to know.

You can find him on his blog, on Google+, on LinkedIn, and on Twitter. So, if you don’t already know him, check him out. YWRI.

P.S. Bill, this blog post and $4 will buy you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. On me.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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AmyMccTobin
3 years 5 months ago

Awe… Bill found you. ¬†I don’t know where I found Bill, but I totally agree that he is one of the really good guys. And since he offered to meet up somewhere down here in SUNNY , warm Florida… I’m glad I know he’ll buy:) ¬†We were debating: Starbucks or a The Sand Bar. ¬†It’s the Sand Bar Bill. :)

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@AmyMccTobin I saw that debate in the comments here. So you have proof!

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@AmyMccTobin I just read your guest post for Monday. It fits in nicely with what I wrote. Two awesome brains, if I do say so myself.

AmyMccTobin
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich¬†I’m excited… and the next one is coming together nicely as well. I just read Lindsay’s on 1984 – WOW. Awesome comment discussion.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@AmyMccTobin¬†Absolutely the Sand Bar, as we are drinking our Margarita’s next to the ocean; and yes, I will buy.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 5 months ago

It’s about time you featured bdorman64¬†, @ginidietrich¬†. Sheesh.
 
Hiya, Bill!

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@jasonkonopinski  I know, I know. I thought I featured him last year, right after we met IRL. I was wrong.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski I do believe you posted about meeting people in real life and that event which might have actually been better than a #FF.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@jasonkonopinski¬†¬†bdorman64¬†¬†@ginidietrich¬†Hey Jason, thanks for stopping by. My social shares go up tremendously every time I hang around Gini. Somebody told me she is somebody around here………:).

jasonkonopinski
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264   @ginidietrich Stop encouraging her. Sheesh.

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 5 months ago

Well this should be epic. I predict over 1 billion comments. I hope your servers are up to snuff over there. Hey bdorman264¬†as much as we love to kid around I really appreciate you as a social media friend. Next year when I am in FLA I will certainly have to school you on the links……riiiiiight.
 
Let the games begin.

lauraclick
3 years 5 months ago

@rdopping  bdorman264 So true. That was my first thought.

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@rdopping¬† The problem is, you’d have to play golf every day in order to school him on the links. Maybe even twice a day. But, I agree, I hope the servers are actively working today. It’s going to be a busy one!

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich  @rdopping Did you know insurance guys play a lot of golf?

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@rdopping And I will put the Kung Fu grip on you so you better go back to your dojo and get ready.
 
I appreciate you too sir, it has been a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

lauraclick
3 years 5 months ago
What?! Bill hasn’t been on here before? I’m pretty sure he’s been around here WAY longer than me!¬† ¬† I think I first discovered Bill through your blog. And then, I began seeing him EVERYWHERE. And now, we see each other on our own blogs. Bill’s tweets are my favorite – he always finds a way to use “click” in it. This week, was “click this to get rid of that smell”. They always make me laugh! ¬† Oh, and we can’t forget that Bill is a runner! I think someone told me he does a marathon in under four… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@lauraclick¬†Well, yeah. I’m a jerk. I SWORE I had featured him before, but I went through every, single #FF for the past three years and he wasn’t there. Either it was longer than three years ago or I’m just a jerk.

lauraclick
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich¬†NOOOO! You’re totally not a jerk. He’s just a fixture around here, so I think everyone assumed he’d been featured already…including you!

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@lauraclick LOL!!

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@lauraclick¬†¬†@ginidietrich¬†Dang party crasher is what he his……..

Adam | Customer Experience
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264¬†¬†@lauraclick¬†¬†@ginidietrich Social crasher you mean… you’re famous Bill — but just Internet famous. :)

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich¬†¬†@lauraclick¬†No, you da best. You have done way more than necessary to support me along the way. I couldn’t have asked for more.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@lauraclick¬†WAS a runner, but yes I have the Lanier Upshaw record at 3:42. My feet and legs have been hurting me when I run; I think it’s from too much desk time being incredibly popular with my blog………:).¬†
 
Thanks for the kind words, it’s always a pleasure seeing you and one of these days there will be an IRL meeting and hopefully free drinks and food.

lauraclick
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264¬†Um, 3:42 is pretty darn amazing. I will be MUCH slower than that when I run my first one this month. I’ll just be glad to finish in one piece!
 
Totally know what you mean about sitting all day – it’s so bad for you! I think I might have to get a stand up desk.¬†
 
And, free drinks and food? I’m there. With bells on. :)

Adam | Customer Experience
3 years 5 months ago

@lauraclick I first discovered Bill at a monster truck rally… In the end, he finds everyone somehow.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@Adam | Customer Experience¬†¬†@lauraclick¬†Then, it was a wrasslin’ match after that, remember?

ExtremelyAvg
3 years 5 months ago

Bill is Awesome and I completely agree that everyone should follow him.

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg Where should we follow him?

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg to the bank. He’s loaded.

ExtremelyAvg
3 years 5 months ago

@rdopping  @ginidietrich  @ExtremelyAvg I was envisioning a conga line with Bill at the front.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg¬†¬†@rdopping¬†¬†@ginidietrich¬†I like it….:)

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich  @ExtremelyAvg Happy hour?

jasonkonopinski
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich  @ExtremelyAvg TO THE BAR!

Adam | Customer Experience
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich¬†¬†@ExtremelyAvg It doesn’t matter where, just that he’s not wearing his speedos at the time. @bdorman264

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg¬†Pied Piper, huh? Follow me to fun……

wonderoftech
3 years 5 months ago

Well if this doesn’t convince Bill to continue blogging, I don’t know what will! Hopefully he doesn’t get many more holes-in-one in golf so he realizes that blogging is where he will reap the rewards of adoration.
 
Thanks for showcasing such an awesome blogger/person, Gini!

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@wonderoftech¬†Right?!? I know he’s struggling with, “What’s the ROI” with his blog, but he wouldn’t have met all of us without it.

ExtremelyAvg
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich  @wonderoftech I made 52 cents off my blog, plus two book sales, which meant I covered the cost of hosting last month. The real profit came from the nice comments and the warm feeling I feel when people come over for a visit.
 
I hope Bill keeps blogging, too.

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg  @wonderoftech I love the warm feeling I get from all you crazy people.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg¬†¬†@ginidietrich¬†¬†@wonderoftech¬†Hey, I bought one of your books; that covered half a month didn’t it?

ExtremelyAvg
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264  @ginidietrich  @wonderoftech Yes it did. I hope you liked it.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ExtremelyAvg  I did very much.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich¬†¬†@wonderoftech¬†Priceless………that’s the ROI….

Adam | Customer Experience
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich¬†¬†@wonderoftech I thought the ROI was meeting you and shonali Isn’t that enough?¬† :)

MSLDC
MSLDC
3 years 5 months ago

@Adam | Customer Experience  HAHAHAHA!!! @ginidietrich  @wonderoftech

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@Adam | Customer Experience  @ginidietrich  @wonderoftech  shonali Priceless; I thought that was the pinnacle, right?

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@wonderoftech You are way too kind counselor; I do appreciate you immensely.

magriebler
magriebler
3 years 5 months ago

Hi Bill! Go Cubs!

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@magriebler Go Cubs, Go!

magriebler
magriebler
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich Hey Chicago, whaddya say! The Cubs are gonna win … someday.

HowieG
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich @magriebler well @bdorman264 is selling bj upton to the cubs for two beers and a bag of peanuts

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@HowieG¬†¬†@ginidietrich¬†¬†@magriebler¬†¬†@bdorman264¬†….and a signed bat……

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@magriebler¬†When my son finally made it to Wrigley for the first time, it was like The Field of Dreams for him…..is this heaven? No, it’s just Wrigley……..:).

magriebler
magriebler
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 I like this kid! Where did he get that North Sider gene?

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@magriebler¬†Growing up, Ryne Sandberg was his guy and he’s followed the Cubs ever since. Rain or shine, good season or bad, he has never wavered.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@magriebler¬†Oh yeah, my son also played little league with Chris Sale who pitches for the White Sox, but he’s still a Cubbie’s fan.

magriebler
magriebler
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 Your son has good taste; Ryne’s my guy too! Don’t tell my husband. (Well, I think he suspects.)

magriebler
magriebler
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 The White Sox? Who? Never heard of them.

KenMueller
3 years 5 months ago

That Bill Dorman is a fine looking young man. Congrats, Bill!

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@KenMueller But not as good looking as you when you are wearing a blond wig.

KenMueller
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich man, you need your eyes checked.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich  @KenMueller Where is that video anyway?

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@KenMueller Thanks Ken.

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 5 months ago

Bill!! I hardly knew ya! Look at you all handsome and stuff in that picture. I love Bill. Perfect choice Gini, as all of your FollowFriday’s are. Any man who pays for drinks is a friend sof mine! :)

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@belllindsay¬†That was a major faux pas on my part as I am usually the master at free food and drink……….I was just in awe of Gini and she threw me off my game. It won’t happen again, trust me………:).

HowieG
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 @belllindsay the movie the wedding crashers was about Bill

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@HowieG¬†¬†@bdorman264¬†¬†@belllindsay¬†So true…

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago
And his hair was perfect……….:). ¬† Quite the surprise, I can assure you. I just figured I never made the cut because I’m a little bit country a little bit rock-n-roll…..meaning, I didn’t exactly fit your target audience around these parts.¬† ¬† You have certainly been a friend and a mentor even if I’m probably your worst student. Thankfully, you let me hang around anyway. You are definitely one of the ‘good guys’ in here.¬† ¬† So now let’s see if this catapults me to the next level or if this will be just a feel good moment; feel good… Read more »
belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264¬†“And his hair was perfect……….” – made me choke on my coffee. Great tune, perfect usage.

magriebler
magriebler
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 Drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s, by any chance?

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@magriebler¬†Werewolves in London no less……….

magriebler
magriebler
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 Aaooooo!

TonyBennett
3 years 5 months ago

BDiddy is the freakin Man! We’ve shared a couple of moments ūüėČ Yes, your hair is perfect and your poem is money, Bill.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@TonyBennett¬†At least the freakin’ man in his own mind…….:).
 
Good to see you sir.

Josh/ http://joshuawilner.com/
3 years 5 months ago

Yeah the speedo and invisibility thing were kind of awkward. You see the first time I met Bill was on a ‘gator hunting trip. We were out in the Okefenokee swamp, that man knows how to use the hell out of a spear and duct tape.
 
But I do owe him for the very nice pair of boots and the belt that came from that, not to mention 500 pounds of ‘gator meat which does taste like chicken, even if it is a bit chewy.
 
Hey Bill, you ought to post pix and the recipe for @ginidietrich because she LOVES PINTEREST.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@Josh/ http://joshuawilner.com/  @ginidietrich Gini loves Pinterest? Go figure, huh?
 
Gator meat is chewy, that is a true statement….and yes, I have had some….fried, of course.¬†
 
Good to see you sir.

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264  @Josh/ http://joshuawilner.com/ I LOVE PINTEREST!!

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 5 months ago

@ginidietrich  @bdorman264  @Josh/ http://joshuawilner.com/ PIN ALL THE THINGS!!!!

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@belllindsay¬†¬†@ginidietrich¬†¬†@Josh/ http://joshuawilner.com/¬†…ALL the things…..

HowieG
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 @belllindsay @ginidietrich @Josh/ http://joshuawilner.com/ i have a speedo board

KDillabough
3 years 5 months ago

WOW, Agent 86 aka Bill Dorman, you are definitely not invisible :) Cheers! Snowshoes

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@KDillabough¬†Hola ma’am; can you see me now? Thanks for the well wishes.

KDillabough
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 I can always see you, my friend:)

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@KDillabough¬†We have a joke among my friends that when we go out, the girls no longer ‘see’ us anymore; you know it’s really bad when they don’t ‘hear’ you either……..:).

RebeccaTodd
3 years 5 months ago

Happy Follow Friday Bill!

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@RebeccaTodd Thanks, it was a pleasant surprise for a Friday.

lauraclick
lauraclick
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 You’re welcome! Congrats on your big feature at Spin Sucks! :)

Adam | Customer Experience
3 years 5 months ago

Wow, I would never have thought that @bdorman264 had not attained the coveted #FF yet. It’s well deserved, of course. Bill’s sort of difficult in that all the nice things you say about him are true. It’s a bit of a drag when you’re trying to mock. Anyhoo…
 
Congrats Bill! As @KDillabough said, I think the “Invisible” moniker is officially dead now.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@Adam | Customer Experience¬†¬†@KDillabough¬†The sky is the limit now, huh? Only up from here…….
 
Like you, I was surprised; see what happens when you hang around long enough.
 
Good to see you sir; headed up to Panama City this weekend for a wedding.

HowieG
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264 @Adam | Customer Experience @KDillabough bill i am still on hold with Lainer Upshaw trying to insure my nuclear plant Really bad customer service bill!

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@HowieG¬†¬†@bdorman264¬†¬†@Adam¬† Adam is helping me with that; it’s a 12-step program…..

WordsDoneWrite
3 years 5 months ago

Fun story, Gini. That Bill is certainly deserving of this post! Oh, and Harvey Korman could rhyme with Bill Dorman. And, might Dorman be a Mormon? :-)

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@WordsDoneWrite¬†Hey Amber, there are a few rhyming words but no Mormon, I can only handle one wife. What? They don’t do that anymore….:).
 
Good to see you; thanks for stopping by.

ginidietrich
3 years 5 months ago

@WordsDoneWrite Dang! Mormon would have worked really well. Shoot.

MSLDC
MSLDC
3 years 5 months ago

I just think Bill is TERRIFIC!!! As you know. SO glad to see him get a #FF here!

MSLDC
MSLDC
3 years 5 months ago

I am SO happy to see Bill get an FF here – I think he’s just the bee’s knees. Though I am glad he didn’t show up in a Speedo.

Shonali
3 years 5 months ago

I just think Bill is TERRIFIC and am so glad he got an FF here. Though I am also happy he didn’t show up to #prsaicon last year in a Speedo.

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@Shonali¬†Whoa now; I might look good in a Speedo….:).¬†
 
It was a great time meeting you IRL, I enjoy networking in case you didn’t know.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 5 months ago

@bdorman264¬†¬†@Shonali¬†“Taco, burrito, what’s that in your Speedo?” @ginidietrich

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@jasonkonopinski @Shonali @ginidietrich

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@jasonkonopinski @Shonali @ginidietrich I need to remember to put that potato in the front, and not the back…doh…

HowieG
3 years 5 months ago

@Shonali did you know @bdorman264 funds 18 third world orphanages and bailed out Greece?

bdorman264
3 years 5 months ago

@HowieG¬†¬†@Shonali¬† All by myself……..:)

waynemcevilly
waynemcevilly
3 years 5 months ago

@MartinaMcGowan strange wondrous synchronicities you show up w http://t.co/67Rxuvop BohemianRhapsody and a Rumi quote #kewl

MartinaMcGowan
MartinaMcGowan
3 years 5 months ago

@waynemcevilly :)

howiegoldfarb
howiegoldfarb
3 years 5 months ago

@jennwhinnem @bdorman64 @spinsucks omg i missed this! See mini golf school did it Bill! @ginidietrich finally loves you!

barrettrossie
3 years 5 months ago

DAMN! Take a day off and this is what I miss? Bill Dorman is a great guy to follow, stalk, and/ or harass, and an excellent role model for engaging folks on by blog. I have a feeling he’s every bit as engaging in person. Congratulations Bill! When are you coming to Spokane?

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