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#FollowFriday: Brian Vickery

By: Gini Dietrich | February 15, 2013 | 
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I remember the exact moment I met Brian Vickery in person for the first time.

It was in the lobby of the Hampton Inn in Knoxville at the start of Social Slam last year.

I was standing in a group of people, next to Sean McGinnis, who is intimidating in his own right (until he opens his mouth) and Brian just walked right up and introduced himself.

Stuff like that always impresses me because I’m such an introvert, I would never do that unless the person was alone or with only one or two other people.

Since then, Brian and I have become good friends and I’ve learned a ton about him that I’d love to share with you.

  • He is the father of two young women; one who just had a baby and the other who is going to college this fall (and got accepted to many great schools).
  • He lives in Denver (I’m jealous).
  • He’s not very old and is already a grandfather (this freaks me out). Heck at the rate I’m going, he’ll be younger when his grandkid graduates from high school than I’ll be when my kid does.
  • He’s the co-host (with Marjorini, er Margie, Clayman) of Heckler’s Hangout, where I once was a guest.
  • He’s a huge sports fan (namely the Dallas Cowboys, though he’s become a Broncos fan, especially with Manning there), but he talks about football, baseball, basketball, judo, soccer, taekwondo, tennis, and exercise on his blog.
  • He is a partner at Mantis Technology Group, which does lots of analytics and business data analysis that helps an organization grow.
  • He’s been married (to the same woman!) for more than 20 years (I think he must have been 12 when he got married).
  • His birthday was yesterday – yes, a Valentine’s Day baby, which is probably why he’s so sweet. Wish him a happy belated birthday!

He’s not only a guy’s guy, he’s surrounded by so many women, he also knows how to talk to us.

Get to know him. He can be found on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest (!!!), LinkedIn, his blog, occasionally on 12Most, and every Thursday night on Heckler’s Hangout.

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.

145 comments
gagasgarden
gagasgarden

Hey Gini,

After reading Brian's sports posts all this time I had to hear it from you Gini that Brian is a Dallas Cowboys Fan. How could I not know this? I figured it out. He has become such a Broncos fan and so smitten with the Manning crowd its all we hear about ;) Gini, I think you really captured the essence of Brian. As my wonderful Mom used to say about me, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and I am glad he does. What a wonderful family man he is and a brilliant writer. Happy Birthday Brian!

dbvickery
dbvickery

@amymcctobin @SpinSucks Back from about 3 days of celebrating birthdays, and gotta say thanks Amy. I try to be one of the good guys...

dbvickery
dbvickery

@BeckyGaylord @shonali @ginidietrich Thanks, Becky - that was a birthday present I didn't see coming - and youngest turned 18 yesterday!

dbvickery
dbvickery

Thanks, Shonali - I've enjoyed the SpinSucks flair in the comments, too! @shonali @ginidietrich

dbvickery
dbvickery

@OneJillian @lisa_catto Thanks, Jillian - and it was great to see you on #cmgrhangout today - Gini was awesome with the #FollowFriday today

dbvickery
dbvickery

@adamtoporek @ginidietrich Thx for leaving a comment on the SpinSucks post too, Adam - Great meeting you, and let's stay on Gini's good side

dbvickery
dbvickery

@amymcctobin @SpinSucks And I have a badge and everything...courtesy of @kmueller62 - still waiting for my free shopping cart.

dbvickery
dbvickery

@amymcctobin @SpinSucks Follow the Grumpy Cat Heckler!

dbvickery
dbvickery

@mainwilk @ginidietrich Think Gini just liked meeting a short, introverted Texan after talking with that big Chicagoan @seanmcginnis #FF

dbvickery
dbvickery

@barrettrossie @ginidietrich thanks, Barrett - and FYI, still waiting for Savvy's news from UVA and Univ of Chicago (and 5 others)

dbvickery
dbvickery

Thx Craig - I've enjoyed several of Gini's #FollowFriday pieces...never thought I'd be the subject of one, though @craigmcbreen @SpinSucks

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

As usual, I'm late to the party. Oh well. I learned two important things from this post.

 

(1) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you big romantic guy, you!!  Born on Valentine's Day, that has to be a great omen!

 

(2) @ginidietrich is an introvert? Wow, social media really is a miracle!! 

dbvickery
dbvickery

You are an online hero and friend, Gini - because you are genuine, occasionally snarky, and insightful! Thx for #FF @ginidietrich @SpinSucks

dbvickery
dbvickery

@jocmbarnett Gini was awesome - I appreciate that SpinSucks community, and I love her Follow Friday series...didn't know I'd be a part of it

dbvickery
dbvickery

I finally got somebody to co-sign for me ;) Only had to become a grandfather, first! #FollowFriday @dabarlow @MatthewLiberty @ginidietrich

dbvickery
dbvickery

I must be "transparent" enough if Gini nailed my priorities so well - I appreciate her and SpinSucks #FF @matthewliberty @ginidietrich

dbvickery
dbvickery

I'll do Friday dance as long as nobody is posting to YouTube or Vine (I can throw out a hip in 6 sec) @ideabloke @ginidietrich @SpinSucks

dbvickery
dbvickery

And Brian hopes you rock the house at SXSW Erin (I love speaking in 3rd person) | @erinmfeldman @SpinSucks #FollowFriday

dbvickery
dbvickery

As always - the SpinSucks community comments are more than half the fun! | @howiegoldfarb @SpinSucks @ginidietrich #FollowFriday

dbvickery
dbvickery

Well, you two ladies help me toggle between Grumpy Cat and Happy Heckler - thanks to both of you for being YOU @margieclayman @ginidietrich

dbvickery
dbvickery

@belllindsay @SpinSucks You folks rock with your #FollowFriday. About that Franzia...

AmyMccTobin
AmyMccTobin

@dbvickery @SpinSucks I only posted that because I knew you wouldn't see it:)

BeckyGaylord
BeckyGaylord

Awesome, Brian! @dbvickery @shonali @ginidietrich

AmyMccTobin
AmyMccTobin

@dbvickery @SpinSucks @kmueller62 Ken is a badge pimp... we are his hookers.

CraigMcBreen
CraigMcBreen

@dbvickery Will @ginidietrich is cool like that ;) Grandpa, huh? @SpinSucks

MatthewLiberty
MatthewLiberty

@dbvickery LOL...a special co sign @dabarlow @ginidietrich #FollowFriday

SpinSucks
SpinSucks

@dbvickery @ideabloke @ginidietrich We can't make any promises...

ErinMFeldman
ErinMFeldman

@dbvickery Thank you! I hope I do, too. @SpinSucks

howiegoldfarb
howiegoldfarb

@dbvickery @SpinSucks @ginidietrich always every friday I wonder who I get to roast! @comedycentral should hire me!

MargieClayman
MargieClayman

Happy Friday, 2 of my faves :D @dbvickery @ginidietrich

belllindsay
belllindsay

@dbvickery @SpinSucks HA! I don't have a clue what Franzia is. But I'm thinking it's NOT good. ;)

dbvickery
dbvickery

@amymcctobin @SpinSucks Are you going to come heckle @hessiejones this week, Amy?

dbvickery
dbvickery

@AmyMccTobin @SpinSucks @kmueller62 The new highlight in my career - this #FollowFriday just put me over the top!

dbvickery
dbvickery

@craigmcbreen @ginidietrich @SpinSucks yeah, Grandpa thing came about 5 years early. Bright side: we are still young and OH so good-looking

dbvickery
dbvickery

@ginidietrich that is my brilliant ability for understatement you just witnessed! Thanks again for that #FollowFriday, Gini

dbvickery
dbvickery

@howiegoldfarb @SpinSucks @ginidietrich @ComedyCentral Howie roasts 'em, I smoke 'em (via big green egg...not that kind of smoke @jkcallas)

dbvickery
dbvickery

@belllindsay @SpinSucks Franzia -> "Fine" wine...in a box ;)

KDillabough
KDillabough

@dbvickery @AmyMccTobin @hessiejones @samfiorella I give you full permission Amy (like I have any power or say, haha)

dbvickery
dbvickery

@amymcctobin @hessiejones Bring it, but don't make me round up extra Canadians to torment you | #HecklersHangout @samfiorella @KDillabough

AmyMccTobin
AmyMccTobin

@dbvickery @hessiejones Yes, but technically she's my boss, so can I just abuse you per normal Brian?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

@dbvickery My pleasure! Hope you had a good birthday.

belllindsay
belllindsay

@dbvickery @SpinSucks HAHA! I'm no wine connoisseur but even *I* won't drink it from a box!

dbvickery
dbvickery

@jasonkonopinski @SpinSucks @belllindsay And that is when it happened. Then we moved up to Coors Light/Franzia before hitting bocks/stouts

jasonkonopinski
jasonkonopinski

@dbvickery @spinsucks @belllindsay MD 20/20 tastes like high school.

dbvickery
dbvickery

@jasonkonopinski @SpinSucks @belllindsay True story: a friend got stung by a jellyfish. We gave him a bottle of MD 20/20 to kill the pain

SpinSucks
SpinSucks

@dbvickery @belllindsay Lol! You can be super classy and have box wine with cheez-its!

dbvickery
dbvickery

@spinsucks @belllindsay You haven't lived until you've had wine from a box...and perhaps a little MD 20/20 just to get it out of your system

SpinSucks
SpinSucks

@dbvickery @belllindsay Lindsay, how didn't you know of Franzia?! Who are you?

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