How detailing cars at age 16 got Paul Marobella to the top

first_img Is Falconer the Coolest Drinks Industry Profession Out There? Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Today we speak to CEO of Havas Chicago, Paul Marobella.I always knew I wanted to be in advertising. It started with me trying to make money the summer I was 16. I started a car detail business in a executive bedroom suburb of Boston, Sudbury, MA. I charged $125 for a detail in 1986. At the time I knew I had to do something different to be noticed, something that nobody else was doing so I bribed the building managers of small office parks to use their electricity and water during the day and I offered a detail-while-you-work service. Now they call it mobile car detailing. The rush of leaving a business card or flyer on someone’s car and then my phone ringing to make an appointment was the very start of me realizing the power of advertising. From there, I went on to Bentley University in Boston to study marketing and the rest is history, with playing some baseball and hockey, partying in Vegas and South Beach and being president of my fraternity thrown in for good measure. Over the past 20 years, I have worked on some of the most incredible brands in the world. The industry has taken me to all corners of the earth. I’ve met incredible people and truly have had the career I would have hoped for. I’ve lived in Boston, Manhattan and now Chicago working for amazing agencies all winning top awards for work and for the agency’s performance. Now, I am the CEO of the Havas Chicago Network, which is a collection of seven agencies in the US with over 750 people, based in the Chicago Village of Havas. Havas is one of the largest agency holding companies in the world, based in Paris and leading the way with progressive thinking and innovation. In a way, fashion drove my choice to pursue a career in advertising. I didn’t want to wear a suit and tie to work and I was vigilant about staying true to my identity and style. I still carry this chip with me, today. My style has morphed over the years but today, I’d call it a street-smart style that blends best of custom with street wear and high-end brands. I’ve adopted the French fashion mentality of have less but better. Living in Chicago definitely tempers your style in ways that would be different if living in Manhattan or LA. However, you can still get away with wearing jeans to a multi-million dollar meeting and it’s just the risks aren’t taken as much with fashion for men, here. When not at work, I am passionate about my charity in Chicago called the Inner City Education Program or ICE. ICE is a Chicago Blackhawks charity partner and we are dedicated to helping low-resource kids in the City of Chicago play the game of hockey and as a result be awarded academic scholarships to attend top-tier private schools. We have raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and this past year became an official partner of Chicago Blackhawks charities. I also still play hockey a couple of nights a week on a local men’s team and on the North American Havas team called the MadMen. As for my style….  Jeans:I wear jeans 90% of the time paired with a sport coat, t shirt, sweater and sneakers. And, when I find a cut and brand I like I buy it in every wash.Paige Lennox AG NomadA.P.C. Petit New StandardShirts:Prada t-shirts and for button downs, all custom from Wilfred Newman in Chicago.Pants:All pants that aren’t jeans are custom from Wilfred Newman in Chicago.Suits:I have suits and sport coats for all seasons and occasions. I like to experiment with patterns, liners and details on my jackets. My man Eddie Lehneer at Wilfred Newman is always looking for new patterns, textures and liners for me. Custom from Wilfred Newman in Chicago. Shoes:I have a versatile arsenal of shoes of which I include designer sneakers I wear with high-end fashion or my suits. My days of Adidas suits and crispy new kicks have never left me so when I can, I rock some AF1‘s or the always popular in Boston, Adidas Superstars. But my favorite thing I put on my feet are my Bauer skates for those nights at Fight Club, aka hockey. Accessories:To me the dollars are in the details and I like to pay attention to the small things, especially a carefully chosen piece of jewelry or my watch. Right now, all of my jewelry is David Yurman carbon fiber or black. I wear big watches, always have, and my new passion is the collection from Panerai. All David Yurman all the time for Jewelry My go-to watch is an all-steel Panerai 1950 Luninor  Marina 3 Days AutomaticLouis Vuitton graphite black wallet and champs elysees money clip Tumi Alpha 2 luggage Bauer APX2 stickOuterwear:Someone once said to me your jackets are always part of your outfit. This is very true and I pay attention to having jackets for all occasions, weather and color ways. I like slim fitting cuts, which is why I obsess over Prada and Moncler, mostly. Also, Canada Goose Chateau Parka for Chicago winters.Favorite Cologne:Yves St Laurent L’Homme and Viktor Rolf SpicebombYour favorite App:My life is crazy and we introduced our company to the Whil app, recently, and I am hooked. I use it in the middle of the day, on a plane or right before I go to sleep. Whil for meditation and Texture for catching up on magazines.Favorite piece of technology:Jailbroken Amazon Fire stick Next tech purchase: Sonos for my home Editors’ Recommendations 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Everything You Need to Know About White Pinot Noirlast_img read more

Endangering ecology livelihoods

first_imgA group of farmers in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar, who have long been opposing limestone mining in the district, recently wrote to a court-appointed panel highlighting how the proposed project would undermine the ecology apart from endangering livelihoods. Farmers sought that the committee, appointed by the Gujarat High Court, recommend that all mining on agricultural lands of Mahuva and Talaja talukas of the district be stopped with immediate effect. They also sought that the panel advises the court to cancel the mining permission and lease. Also Read – A special kind of bond”The issue is not of livelihoods alone but of the loss of the entire ecosystem, water bodies, biodiversity and the endangered and protected lion population in the area,” said Sagar Rabari, president of Khedut Ekta Manch Gujarat, a farmers’ platform. The farmers wanted the committee to advise concerned departments to ensure that before sanctioning of any land for non-agriculture use, prior informed consent of affected people be made mandatory—not only from Gram Panchayat but Gram Sabhas as well. They called for a mandatory livelihood loss survey too. Also Read – Insider threat managementRabari submitted a letter to committee members in late June on behalf of several organisations opposed to leasing out of land to a cement company for mining limestone for 50 years. Farmers of around 13 villages have kept the company out of the land in question. After some violence on January 2, 2019, farmers approached the high court seeking action against the police for alleged custodial torture of agitators including women and children. The court in May reportedly transferred the case to the state Criminal Investigation Department after preliminary judicial inquiry findings pointed to police atrocity. It then formed a three-member committee to find out the repercussions of a mining lease in agricultural lands. It also has to report on police atrocities in three months to the court in Bhavnagar. The farmers listed several reasons for their stand: Pointing towards the specific impacts of limestone mining in 1,300 hectares over the 13 villages of Talaja (Jhanjmer, Talli, Methala, Madhuvan, Reliya, Gadhula, Bambhor, Nava Rajpara, Juna Rajpara) and Mahuva (Nicha Kotda, Uncha Kotda, Dayal, Kalsaar) talukas, they claim 98 per cent of the acquisition was of private agricultural land. Limestone, they said, was responsible for the availability of sweet water. Referring to Mahuva—referred to as Kashmir of Saurashtra—they said its coconut plantations and Jamadar mangoes would face extinction. They also requested the committee to refer to scientific data and studies on salinity ingress in the area in the last four decades and also probable impact on fertility. They sought an invitation to the forest department officers to gauge the number of lions, vulture and migratory birds in the region and the potential impact of mining on biodiversity. They pointed out that mining would entail excavation, blasting, drilling and manual shattering of rocks, loading, and transportation, etc. This would lead to disbursement of dust on fields, water bodies and standing crops, which could eventually lead to desertification and stunting of crops like cotton, onion, garlic, jowar, millet, and vegetables. Water sources would also be polluted. A check dam built on Bagad river by the people of Methala and Kotada to check salinity ingress would also be endangered. The letter underscored that the local population was dependent mainly on agriculture. Villagers were earlier compelled to migrate in search of work post-Diwali in the absence of permanent irrigation. The children suffered academically and the migrants had to live in precarious conditions in the Ankleshwar-Vapi industrial area. “The check dam assured a regular source of irrigation, greatly raised the water table and improved the quality of water only in one monsoon,” the letter pointed out. Bhavnagar district, particularly the two talukas, are known for their onion and garlic. Based on them, around 1,102 dehydration plants function there, each employing 200-250 people, for around 100 days every year. Dehydrated onions and garlic are exported to Russia, the Middle East, Germany, France, and the USA. There are also around 30 cotton ginning mills in the talukas, providing seasonal employment to 2,500-3,000 people. “If the fertile agriculture land in the area is mined and polluted, not only the entire agro-industry but the farmers, the farm workers, the cattle-rearers and the workers working in agro-industries would lose their employment and will be forced to migrate elsewhere thus falling into poverty and vulnerability,” the letter claimed. The letter inferred to the Report on Development of Coastal Areas Affected by Salinity (November 1981) by the Planning Commission. The report dwelt on the problem of salinity ingress in coastal Saurashtra right from the 1950s. It also emphasised on findings and recommendations of a 1976 high-level committee. “We are awaiting what the committee submits to the court. Thereafter, we will chalk out our agitational programme. We will not give up the fight,” Rabari told DTE. Gujarat might just see another battle around ecology and livelihood. 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