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#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.

105 comments
barrettrossie
barrettrossie

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?

howiegoldfarb
howiegoldfarb

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

Adam | Customer Experience
Adam | Customer Experience

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.

lauraclick
lauraclick

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

KDillabough
KDillabough

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

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

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.

TonyBennett
TonyBennett

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

bdorman264
bdorman264

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 will be just fine with me.

 

Thanks so much, you've made my day. 

 

 

belllindsay
belllindsay

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! :) 

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

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

bdorman264
bdorman264

 @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.

bdorman264
bdorman264

 @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. 

bdorman264
bdorman264

 @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. 

bdorman264
bdorman264

 @TonyBennett At least the freakin' man in his own mind.......:).

 

Good to see you sir. 

belllindsay
belllindsay

 @bdorman264 "And his hair was perfect.........." - made me choke on my coffee. Great tune, perfect usage. 

bdorman264
bdorman264

 @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.........:). 

bdorman264
bdorman264

 @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........:).

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

@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!

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

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

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

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

magriebler
magriebler

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

bdorman264
bdorman264

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

bdorman264
bdorman264

@jasonkonopinski @Shonali @ginidietrich

bdorman264
bdorman264

 @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........:). 

magriebler
magriebler

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

bdorman264
bdorman264

 @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. 

bdorman264
bdorman264

 @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.