Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Bill Dorman

By: Gini Dietrich | November 2, 2012 | 

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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107 responses to “#FollowFriday: Bill Dorman”

  1. AmyMccTobin says:

    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. 🙂

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

  3. rdopping says:

    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.

  4. lauraclick says:

    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 hours, which is just amazing to me. I’ll be nowhere close to that!
    Anyway, cheers to Bill!

  5. ExtremelyAvg says:

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

  6. wonderoftech says:

    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!

  7. magriebler says:

    Hi Bill! Go Cubs!

  8. KenMueller says:

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

  9. belllindsay says:

    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! 🙂

  10. bdorman264 says:

    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.

  11. TonyBennett says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. KDillabough says:

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

  14. RebeccaTodd says:

    Happy Follow Friday Bill!

  15. lauraclick says:

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

  16. 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 says:

      @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.

  17. 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? 🙂

  18. MSLDC says:

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

  19. MSLDC says:

    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.

  20. Shonali says:

    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.

  21. waynemcevilly says:

    @MartinaMcGowan strange wondrous synchronicities you show up w BohemianRhapsody and a Rumi quote #kewl

  22. howiegoldfarb says:

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

  23. 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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