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Ron Lynch, the Tempe businessman who franchised Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in 2006, will appear on the Nov. 9 episode of the CBS series “Undercover Boss.”
The Emmy-winning series features corporation owners or executives going undercover as an entry-level employee in his or her own company.
“Being 6 foot 6 inches tall with a very recognizable look and voice has made it difficult in the past for me to visit our locations without being recognized,” Lynch (pictured before and after disguise) notes in a press release.
Tilted Kilt is a Celtic-themed sports bar and restaurant that employs scantly-clad female servers in kilts.
The family-run business – Lynch’s wife, two daughters, and brother work in the Tempe corporate office – has grown to more than 70 locations nationwide.
What he did: The Gilbert businessman, who turned his start-up software company into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with 185 employees, was named the 2011 Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year by the Arizona Technology Council at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation dinner and reception in November.
The difference he made: Under Clate Mask’s guidance, the Gilbert-based Infusionsoft company has grown into a leading sales and marketing automation software maker, used by about 25,000 users in about 7,500 businesses. The company expects to gross about $26 million this year. The company made $165,000 its first year with 12 employees.
What he did: The former owner of the technology company Adtron Corp. in Phoenix, Alan Fitzgerald has developed an interest in historic photographic printing processes. He opened Art Intersection, a space to create, learn about and exhibit art as it intersects with life, in the Heritage District. The facility has gallery spaces, lobby areas, a meeting room and a photography studio, which is its main offering. Its users are those new to art, emerging artists looking for a space to grow and established artists who need community.
The difference he made: Gilbert’s Heritage District got a one-of-a-kind business that attracts another type of clientele. There’s a new reason to stay downtown, and the venue is one that adults can appreciate.
|University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate Club with Soke Hausel, red belt, 6th from left in front row.|
|Soke Hausel (center) with Kyoshi Rob Watson (left) and Renshi Todd Stoneking at the Utah Shorin Kai Gassuku in East Canyon, Utah.|
At our Traditional Martial Arts School in Mesa, we have some of the better martial arts instructors in the region including one considered as one of the top martial arts instructors in the world. We take martial arts instruction serious!
Soke fits into the best of the best category for martial arts instruction with more than 40 years experience teaching karate and kobudo. Along with karate he is an instructor of jujutsu, self-defense and kobujutsu (samurai arts).
While a Kyoju of Budo (Professor of Martial Arts) at the University of Wyoming, he taught classes and university-affiliated clubs in karate, kobudo (Okinawan weapons), samurai arts and self-defense. He also taught numerous clinics in martial arts to staff, faculty, students, other martial arts instructors, law enforcement, military, women’s groups, sororities, the general public, EMT, scientific groups and others. During his tenure at the University of Wyoming, the school had one of the better established martial arts programs in North America in which a few thousand students from all over the world took part. Soke is a member of Juko Kai International, known as one of the premier traditional martial arts associations in the world and has a reputation for producing many of the toughest martial artists in the world (see Part I and Part IIvideos).
Soke is a
grandmaster and 10th dan red belt holds other black belt ranks in other martial arts. a member of several Halls-of-Fame including the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame and World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame. 2001 International Instructor of the Year 1998 & 2004 Instructor of the Year 2005, 2003, 2002 and 2000 Grandmaster of the Year Professor of Martial Arts and taught martial artsat four universities.
|Dr. Neal Adam, Shihan/5th dan, at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Arizona.|
Other instructors at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate include Dr. Neal Adam, a professor at a local university in the Phoenix valley, who is ranked as Shihan (master instructor) with 5th degree black belt. Dr. Adam has a few decades of martial arts experience.
These two are complemented by Sensei (teacher of martial arts) Paula Borea (2nd dan) and Bill Borea (2nd dan). The Boreas spent considerable time in Japan training in martial arts and Paula, is of Samurai Lineage. Thus we have our own staff samurai!
Our Senpai (other black belts at the dojo) include Sarah Kamenicky (2nd dan), Dan Graffius (2nd dan) and Dan Lang (1st dan).
|Sensei Paual Borea, Japanese Samurai, at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa near Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona|
|Sensei Bill Borea with Senpai Dan Lang and Shihan Neal Adam in background at the Arizona School of
Traditional Karate in Mesa at Border with Gilbert and Chandler
|Dr. Teule (1st dan), visiting senpai from Utah State University, trains with Dan Graffius (2nd dan), Senpai from Mesa, Arizona|
|Senpai Sarah works with Amber during kobudo class|
|Sensei Paula Borea of Japanese Samurai Lineage show naginata during samurai arts class at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Arizona
Soke Hausel celebrates Halloween in Gilbert, Arizona. Soke also has certification as JKI Samurai
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, the 5th pick overall in the 2011 NFL draft, has purchased a home in Gilbert, Arizona. The twenty-one-year-old former LSU star paid $1,299,000 for his seven bedroom, eight bath, Mediterranean-style home with 8,341 square feet. Built in 2003, the home includes a grand entry with 10ft iron doors, canera stone fireplace in the living room, fireplace in the great room, billiard area, theater room, wet bar, detached guest house, two swimming pools, spa, rock waterfalls, fire pit, BBQ, and a six-car garage.
The home was originally listed for $1,499,000 in October 2010 then reduced to $1,399,000 two months later. The home price was further reduced to $1,299,000 in April 2011 which would be the final sales price.