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31.07.2022
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The Author, the Speaker, The Blogger & Event Planner Extraordinaire    Stephanie C. White is a Motivational Speaker, the Author of “A Thousand Miles in My Shoes”, a blog writer with “The Savvy Event Guru" and CEO and Owner of Stephanie White Events LLC, located in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Stephanie C. White has made several footprints in this world and she continues to make extraordinary Boss Moves.  With TV show appearances on "Great Day Washington", "Good Morning Washington" and "Let's Talk Live with Julie Wright", Radio appearances, and more, Stephanie C. White is a pioneer in and around the Washington, DC region. 2017 TV Appearance on "Great Day WashingtonSome would say that Stephanie's life is on top, but little do they know things did not start out that way.The Early Years:    A Maryland Native, born in Crisfield, MD, raised in a town called Salisbury, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Stephanie C. White was the middle child of 3 girls born from her mother and father. Tragedy struck the White Family on October 28, 1987, where as Stephanie's Mother and older sister were killed by a drunk driver.  Stephanie’s younger sister Brittany, will later succumb from her injuries from the accident at age 15.  Stephanie, survived the accident, walking away with a broken leg and a concision. With the help of her dad and other family members, she began her new normal life journey without her mother and sister,  trying to maneuver through life, not only as a young girl, but later as an adult. Stephanie's Mother, older Sister and baby Stephanie"I often wondered why God left me here on this earth and took my mother and sisters instead."  Maybe God didn’t want my dad to be lonely. Maybe there are things in life that I am supposed to learn that I have not learned yet. I spent a lot of time in my life pondering on what my purpose in life is."There is Purpose in Your Pain    "Growing up  I had many struggles.  I moved from home to home and unfortunately these moves did not create the stability that I needed as a young girl growing up."     At age ll, 6 years after Stephanie's mother died, she was taken away from her father and put in the Foster Care System.  "Half of the time I couldn't tell you how I survived, all I knew how to do was to keep moving and trust the process.""I struggled with low self-esteem, I struggled with the scares on my body from the accident.  Even today at age 39, I still try to hide the scare on my face. I struggled with my identity.  What I mean is that I didn't know who I was.  I only knew who I thought I should be.  It was a whole new world for me when I discovered who I was and when I discovered that it was okay to be myself."How was your life at this time?"At this time in my life, my life was all over the place, I didn't realize that there was purpose in my pain. I didn't realize that God would use my pain to help others.  I didn't realize that the crying and rocking back and forth I used to do as a child and as teenager would be something that would continue from time to time in my adult life. That same little girl who cried for her mother would use this same story to comfort someone else who lost their mother as well."What fueled you to push through in your life?"I used my pain to fuel me. I used my pain to push myself to limits that I never thought I would make. I used my pain to push my business, create opportunities for myself.  I used my pain to get ahead in life." Education was my escape:     In 2005 Stephanie earned a BS in Business Administration from The University of Maryland Eastern. In 2010 she then graduated with a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College, now UMGC and later in 2017 she earned an Event Planning Certificate from IAP University.  THE MAKING OF A BRAND:    In the Summer of 2006 Stephanie, started her own business Stephanie White Events, LLC  in the Washington, DC Metro area after coordinating her first Wedding Event.  Stephanie recognized her passion for planning events and catering to brides and grooms, after working at Martin’s Crosswind’s in Greenbelt, MD from 2005-2008.  Stephanie was a Bridal Hostess.  “I liked it so much that this would be something I would do for free”."My Pain and Drive in life Allowed me to Create Opportunities for my business"    In January 2013 Stephanie White put on her first Bridal Education Workshop called "Educating Brides and Brides-to-be on Everything Wedding" and she has continued the annual event for several years.  This event now goes by the name "The Spring Wedding Extravaganza" and over time Stephanie has added a Fashion Show component to her events.January 2013 1st Bridal Education Event 2017 Spring Wedding Extravaganza Bridal Expo & Bridal Fashion ShowCreating More Opportunities:    In 2014  Stephanie coordinated and organized a Fundraiser Gala for Kennedy Krieger Institute's Brain injury team.  She created this Fundraiser Gala as a way to give back to the organization and Rehabilitation Center that had helped her sister.  This event was a way to honor the life of her sister Brittany.  Brittany, was a patient in their Brain Injury department at Kennedy Krieger Institute in the 1980's right after the car accident.  Stephanie also put this event on again in 2019.2014 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2014 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2014 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2014 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2014 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2019 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2019 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2019 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2019 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2019 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"2019 "A Night to Remember Fundraiser Gala"There is Purpose in My Pain    In April 2018 Stephanie published her first book, a memoir about her life called  “A Thousand Miles in my shoes” One Woman's Journey from A Shattered Life to An Authentic Self-Discovery".  “With this book about my life, I want to help others whether it be male of female, overcome a life of hardship, loss and pain.”  In this book I speak about my journey of having low self-esteem to moving into a life of purpose to include finding my authentic self.  This journey was and is not easy but through it all I have learned to love myself, embrace my purpose, be of service more to others and to be grateful for my journey."GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON, "Motivation Monday" June 2018BOOK RELEASE PARTY 2018My Service to Others: "We are not here for Ourselves but for Others" -Stephanie C. White "My drive to help others has often times led me to organized holiday drives for food, clothes, and toys for a local Shelter called Sarah’s House, in Fort Meade MD, a Catholic Charity organization.""My Motivation to write more after publishing my first book, drove me to begin a blog in 2019 called The Savvy Event Guru.  Where I later landed a monthly segment on "The Renee' Allen and Friends Show".  With this blog I have been fortunate to travel to Fashion Show events, charity events, capturing photos, videos and stories of each event. Stephanie White has attended New York Fashion Week, DC Fashion Week and several DMV Charity and fundraiser events.Collaborations & More:    Through her work with her business, Stephanie White Events, her book and her blog, The Savvy Event Guru,  Stephanie has connected and collaborated with over 100’s of people and business owners in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Northern VA areas as well as the Dallas, TX Metro and New York areas, to include Organizations such as The Stamped School of Modeling, We Will Survive Cancer, The American Veterans Ball, Taste of The Runway, Proof Modeling Agency, The Purple Runway, etc. My Shift to Motivational Speaking:    The Motivation Speaking journey for me started many years ago, when I began speaking and working with young girls and working and organizing workshops at local shelters. "I believe that what we go through in life is not necessarily for us but to help us help others." In October 2021 Stephanie began working with the MADD organization, Mothers against drunk driving, where she volunteers with the VIP Impact Panel Event.  In June of 2022 Stephanie began speaking as one of the volunteers on the Impact Panel with MADD, telling her story, in hopes to encourage others to not drink and drive.  I live for my Mother and Sisters!    "A lot of what I do in life, I feel that I do, not only for my mother who never made it past age 28, but also for my older sister who never made it past age 7 and my baby sister who never made it past age 15.  I live for them. I live for them because they were never given the chance to live their lives. What does that look like? And what does that mean?      "What this means is that I do the things in my life that I want to do, whether that be, travel the world, go to a movie, donate my time for a great cause or go visit a friend that may need me. It means, looking at my life bigger than what I have looked at it before".  "Some may think that this would create pressure for me, but it does not.  It makes life much more worth living, knowing that I am doing things in life that allow me to live my life to the fullest.  Though I can not see them, I know my family is with me every step of the way. "What do you think when you hear the words “purpose driven life”? What does that mean to you?    "When I hear the words “Purpose Driven”, though the title of a already published book, I think of someone that is  destined to be here, someone who despite the tragedies in life and the mishaps and start overs, this person is supposed to be here and though I feel sad at times because of so much lost, I know that God has a purpose in my life and what better way to honor the lives of the family members I lost, then to live a life driven by purpose."      "I was blessed with a strong family that stepped in to help raise me when my dad was not able to continue the job. God blessed me with great Social Workers, a great foster mother and a great family.  My situation could have been a lot different and I take nothing that I have been blessed with for granted."What motivates you to keep moving?    "What motives me to keep moving is knowledge of “That I am still here and there is still more for me to do”.  I sat on my couch the other day and thought to myself “Stephanie you are 1 month shy of your 40th birthday and you are still here”!  “ I am still here God, you still have purpose for me”.  I got a little sad, thinking about those who didn’t make it to age 39.  I then began to think about the things in life that I have been fortunate to do and the things in life that I still want to do and have not done.  Despite the fact that I am a lot older than my 5 year self who lost her mother and older sister in 1987, the little girl in me still misses the memories I could have made with me family."      "I never once imagined that my life would be what it is today. I can’t say that I was one of those little girls who said “I want to grow up and be a Business Owner or an Author, or Travel to different cities to cover different stories.”  Life just happen and as I journeyed through, God used other people on my journey to get me to where He wanted me to be.     "People say that it's better to look at the Glass "Half Full instead of Hall Empty" and for a while I never truly understood what that meant. Today I have a better understanding that this phrase means to look at the positive side of things instead of the negative side."  What’s Next for Stephanie C. White:    "Hmm I have a lot of upcoming projects that I am working on. I have a few fall fundraising events I want to do.  "I am also working on a 2nd book.  I won’t give it away, but just know I am working on my 2nd book. "😊  I have a couple other collaborations that I am working on with some business owners as well.  So we are pretty busy over here and I have a lot to look forward to in my days to come."Photo by Ms. Jackie Hicks, Make-up by Ms. Letitia Thornhill For More from The Savvy Event Guru check out Our website at www.thesavvyeventguru.com and also check us out on THE SAVVY EVENT GURU YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe-Ya14sTzPi-1qzz3BSSWQ

Set Your Appointment Because The Hair Doc is In!  

    Brilliant mind and a Master at his Craft, Mr. Steven Thomas is known to the World as TheHairDoc.  Steven, has done more in his career than some will do in a lifetime and he still has more to do!  On Saturday January 10, 2021 at 1pm, The Savvy Event Guru sat down with Mr. Steven Thomas at TheHairDoc Studio Salon and learned more about how Steven has built his empire! 

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The Savvy Event Guru: Thank you so much Steven for meeting with me today!  I am very excited to learn more about you and your business.

TheHairDoc: You're very welcome! 

The Savvy Event Guru: So who is Steven Thomas?

TheHairDoc: Who is Steven Thomas? Well, I am someone who is fun, very creative, crazy at times and I would also consider myself to be a very humble person.  

The HairDoc: I tell people "If you want to know who Steven Thomas is, then invest your time in me and sit in my hair chair. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, so it sounds like you are a very well rounded and balanced individual! In this type of business it is important to keep a leveled head.

The Savvy Event Guru: So where are you originally from? Are you from the DMV area? 

TheHairDoc: No, I am originally from Winnsboro, South Carolina. I moved to Baltimore a little over 10 years ago. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Okay very nice! So what brought you to the DMV area?

TheHairDoc: Well, as a recommendation from one of my family members, I was told that in order to grow and expand my brand, I would need to move to a place where the growth would be possible.  I also had family in Baltimore, MD so it was a WIN WIN situation for me. 

TheHairDoc: The opportunity was there so I took it! 

The Savvy Event Guru: Thank you for sharing, when the door of opportunity knocks, you need to answer! 

The Savvy Event Guru: What and/or who would you say has been a heavy influence in your life?

TheHairDoc:  First, I would have to say my mother has been a heavy influence in my life. My mother is a Registered Nurse (RN) and she has sacrificed a lot for me! 

TheHairDoc: Next, I would have to say my Hair School Teacher Ms. Joy, has had a heavy influence on my life! 

TheHairDoc: My teacher said to me one day, "You are a Star! You have it in you and you will be amazing! Those words stuck with me! 

TheHairDoc: Last, I would have to add that 2 of my favorite Industry influences on Instagram is Alonzo Arnold and Tokoy Styles! Both do amazing work! 

The Savvy Event Guru: So, it sounds like you have great support from family and in your professional career. Support is great and will help you advance in your career!

The Savvy Event Guru: What influenced you to go into the Hair Care Business? 

TheHairDoc: I never thought in a million years that I would be working in the Hair Care Industry. Working in the Hair Care Business was the furthest thing from my mind. I actually wanted to be a Shoe Designer!  It was my dream to design a high heel shoe, but when the opportunity fell into my lap, to be a Hair Stylist, I just went for it!

TheHairDoc: It was a natural talent for me. I knew once I began this journey, I would stick with this field and I had to "master" it.  I began making Hair products from scratch with vitamins at my home in my kitchen. It was important to me to create products that would strengthen the hair and protect the hair as well.  

The Savvy Event Guru: Okay, this is good stuff! When and where did you attend Hair School?

TheHairDoc: I attended The Baltimore Studio of Hair Design from 2008-2009. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Okay.

The Savvy Event Guru: So what "Vision" did you have for yourself once you began work in Hair Care business?  What did you see yourself doing in the Hair Industry?

TheHairDoc: My "vision" as a Hair Care Professional is to educate clients on how to take care of their hair.  What products to use in your hair what products not to use. I also saw myself creating beautiful and unique hairstyles that my clients will love! 

The Savvy Event Guru: Very expressive!  When did you open up your own Salon? Is the Studio here in Beltsville, MD your first Salon location?

TheHairDoc: So in 2013, I moved to Prince George's County in Maryland.  I operated TheHairDoc Studio out of a Salon Suite for a few years and in August 2019 I closed on my own Turn-key Salon location in Beltsville, MD.  I opened the Doors to my NEW Salon 2 months prior to COVID shutting the businesses down. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, that is amazing! Congratulations on the opening of your Salon! It is very unfortunate that you had to close your doors after only 2 months after opening! 

TheHairDoc: Thank you so very much! It's been an incredible achievement for myself and my business.

The Savvy Event Guru: So would you consider yourself a Stationed Salon Hairstylist or do you Travel or Make House Calls to your clients?

TheHairDoc: I would say both! I of course as you know have my Salon and when my client's call I do travel to their location. 

TheHairDoc: I have been very fortunate to travel and meet my clients in California , New York, Texas and I have also traveled internationally to Italy, Belize, to Paris for Paris Fashion Week, Jamaica and Dubai.  

TheHairDoc: Where ever my client's are in the world I will travel to them. 

The Savvy Event Guru: That is such a blessing to be able to travel to different parts of the world to meet with your clients.  

The Savvy Event Guru: What products and services do you offer to your clients?

TheHairDoc: My services and products include Wig creations, Sew-in Weave services, Cleaning, Deep Conditions and Color for Wigs, Cleaning and Color for Extensions, Hair Care and education for hair. At one time I did offer services for Natural Hair clients, but I no longer. 

The Savvy Event Guru: You definitely have an array of services you offer. So I now know who to call when a Girl needs a Beautiful Wig or a Cute Weave! Thank you for sharing! 

The Savvy Event Guru: So you mentioned education; is there anything you do with your business to promote the importance of Hair Care Education. 

TheHairDoc: Well, one thing that I like to do on my "Birthday" is give back to the Hair Industry by teaching a "FREE" Hair Class to Students at the Empire Beauty School located in Baltimore, MD. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow that is very impressive.  Giving back is important! "To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required"! 

The Savvy Event Guru: So, to switch subjects a little, when did you begin working with Celebrities?

TheHairDoc: So back when I moved to Baltimore, MD, I was working for a Club in Baltimore and I was a part of a Glam Squad for Club owner  & Promoter Tracy Stafford. Tracy Stafford, would have celebrity guests come to the club and she would provide them with Hair & Make-up Services and during that time is when I began working with celebrities.

The Savvy Event Guru: Okay wonderful, I know that you have had some great experiences!

TheHairDoc: Yes, I have. When this opportunity fell into my lap, I also made it my business to network and meet a lot of people behind the scenes. My name began to spread like "fire" and celebrities began to "ring" my phone. 

TheHairDoc: I am grateful for the many blessings and for the life I have been fortunate to live.

The Savvy Event Guru: I love that you are very humble. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Who are some of the Celebrities you've had the pleasure of working with?

TheHairDoc: Some of the Celebrities, that I have been fortunate to work with include Reality TV Star, Mrs. Nene Leakes, during Season 5 of The Real housewives of Atlanta, Lil Kim, Reality TV Star Ms. Porsha Williams of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and "The Grand Dame of The Potomac", Mrs. Karen Huger from the Real Housewives of Potomac. 

Ms. Porsha Williams & Mrs. Karen Huger

Mrs. Karen Huger, "The Grand Dame of The Potomac"

Ms. Porsha Williams

TheHairDoc, Steven Thomas with Mrs. Karen Huger on "Watch What Happens LIVE with Andy Cohen

TheHairDoc, Steven Thomas with Mrs. Karen Huger 

TheHairDoc, Steven Thomas with Ms. Porsha Williams

TheHairDoc, Steven Thomas with Mrs. Karen Huger on "Watch What Happens LIVE with Andy Cohen

The Savvy Event Guru: Wonderful!  I saw you on a few episodes of Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Potomac, displaying some of your gorgeous work!

TheHairDoc: Yes, I was on a few of the episodes! Thank you so much!

The Savvy Event Guru: You're very welcome!

The Savvy Event Guru: So what would you say has been one of the "highlights" of your career? 

TheHairDoc: One of the biggest highlights of my career has been opening up my beauty salon.  It is the BEST feeling every morning when I come to my place of business and turn the key to my Salon!!

The Savvy Event Guru: And it's a GORGEOUS Salon! I love the Decor in your salon.  It's very warm and inviting!

TheHairDoc:  Thank you so much!

TheSavvy Event Guru: You're very welcome! Are there any other career "Highlights" that you would like to mention?

TheHairDoc: I would have to say another highlight of my career would be when I graduated from Hair School.  The funny thing is that this was not one of my dreams, but was definitely a HUGE accomplishment and "highlight" for me.

TheHairDoc: Another great "highlight" in my over all career would be my internship with BET(Black Entertainment Television).  I was a "Clothes Stylist" for several TV Shows for BET and a "Clothes Stylist" for several Photo Shoots for BET. The experience of working at BET was Amazing! 

The Savvy Event Guru: I can imagine that it was an amazing experience. 

The Savvy Event Guru:  Now, I know that there are several different Hair Shows, Hair Expo opportunities for HairStylist, etc., but because of the Pandemic, Hair Shows have been shut down.  Prior to COVID did you coordinate events or attend other events that pertained to your business?

TheHairDoc: Yes, I have participated in some shows. To be exact one of the events that I have participated in is the Bronner Brothers Convention. This event is held once every year. It's a convention for Hair Industry Professionals. The Bronner Brothers Convention is held in Atlanta, GA.  The year that I was chosen to be a Judge for the Convention, COVID hit and the event was cancelled! 

The Savvy Event Guru: The Pandemic has shut a lot of events down. It has been a hard experience to deal with.  

TheHairDoc: Yes it has been. 

TheHairDoc: As far as events for my business, every year I hold a $100 Weave Sale for my clients. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Very Nice! I know this sale is something your clients look forward too.

The Savvy Event Guru: So due to the Pandemic, has business slowed down for you?

TheHairDoc: Yes, my business has slowed down. As mentioned earlier, I was in my Salon for 2 months before I had to close my doors because of the Pandemic. 

The Savvy Event Guru: What kind of adjustments have you had to make with your salon due to the Pandemic?

TheHairDoc: I have had to made several adjustments to the number of people I allow in my Salon at one time, this includes, clients and staff.  I have a "MASK On" Policy as well as other Covid Related policies such as hand washing, etc. to make sure Clients and Staff are safe. 

The Savvy Event Guru: That's Great News! With everyone taking extra precautions to stay safe it is important to know that businesses such as yours are incorporating safety measures.

The Savvy Event Guru: So what does the "Future" look like for TheHairDoc? Are there any plans for an expansion in the future?

TheHairDoc: Yes, the future is very bright. I am definitely looking at an expansion!  I want to create what I like to call an  "Army" of "Hairdocs".  

TheHairDoc: I want trained hair professionals to duplicate what I do. I want to teach future hairstylist not only how to style and take care of hair, but I want to teach professionals how to be professional in the salon. I also want hair professionals to learn the different Black hair types. I want them to learn the difference between 4A hair, 4B hair, 4C hair, etc.

TheHairDoc: I want to open up multiple hair schools through out the US in the next 5-6 years. My goal is to be the next Paul Mitchell!

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, that is Awesome! So what else are you working on? 

TheHairDoc: I am working on "TheHairDoc Strains".  I am also working on a clothing line, a Men's Apparel line. I want this clothing line to be versatile, Street and business.  

The Savvy Event Guru: You are really doing a lot of great things.

TheHairDoc: Yes, I have several other ventures I want to birth as well. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Okay very nice! What other ventures are you looking to get into? 

TheHairDoc: I eventually want to invest in a Food Truck business.  The food truck would be located near my Salon. I think this would be great for business. My client's can grab a bit to eat before of after they come to me for their hair appointment. I want the food served to have a unique twist! I want to serve Gourmet Junk Food!😊

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, that sounds delicious! You are going to be busy!  I commend you for all the work you are doing. Very admirable!

The Savvy Event Guru: What quote, lesson or advice can you leave with me today? Something to be shared!

TheHairDoc: Hmmm I would say "That in order to experience growth you have to make yourself uncomfortable".

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, very powerful words! Thank you. 

The Savvy Event Guru: So how can one get in touch with you?

TheHairDoc: For More Information on Our services or to make an appointment please go to the website www.thehairdog.org. 

TheHairDoc: You can also follow Us on Facebook at TheHairDoc and on Instagram @thehairdoc 

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow well this has been such a treat!  Thank you so much Steven, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet with me. Congratulations again on your New Salon! I look forward to reading and watching to see all that you will do in the future!  

TheHairDoc: Thank you so much its been a pleasure!

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The Savvy Event Guru & TheHairDoc at MGM DCFW Kickoff  Networking Event February 20, 2020

The Savvy Event Guru & TheHairDoc at TheHairDoc Studio January 10, 2021 for Our Interview

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Photo by Ms. Jackie Hicks, Make-up by Ms. Letitia Thornhill For More from The Savvy Event Guru check out Our website at www.thesavvyeventguru.com and also check us out on THE SAVVY EVENT GURU YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe-Ya14sTzPi-1qzz3BSSWQ

 Honor, Support & Connecting Our Veterans to the Resources they need! 

Founder Mr. Ozzy Ramos sits down with The Savvy Event Guru

*The Savvy Event Guru had the wonderful pleasure of sitting down with Founder of the American Veterans Ball, Mr. Ozzy Ramos in November 2020 to discuss this incredible event, geared towards  connecting, supporting and honoring our Veterans! 

*This incredible event has been in existence for several years, changing the lives of many veterans and non-military civilian that encounter this event. I am so very excited to learn more about the American Veterans Ball, an Organization Driven by Passion Rooted in Purpose and Anchored to the Future Leaders of America. (https://americanveteransball.org)

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The Savvy Event Guru: Good Afternoon Mr. Ozzy Ramos!  How are you doing? Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with me.

Mr. Ozzy Ramos: Hey Steph, I am well.  You're very welcome.  Thank you for interviewing me.

The Savvy Event Guru: You're most welcome. How have you and your family been doing during this Pandemic?

Ozzy Ramos: We are doing well.  Just trying get through the pandemic!

The Savvy Event Guru: Good, I can agree with you. This has been an interesting year. 

Ozzy Ramos: Yes it has been. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Well I don't want to take too much of your time up, so let's begin.

The Savvy Event Guru: So please tell me a little more about yourself.  Who is Ozzy Ramos?

Ozzy Ramos: Ozzy Ramos is a Humanitarian, a leader, and I am servant of God. In my daily life I try to show kindness, empathy, and compassion towards others. My parents are from Puerto Rico, but I was raised in Brooklyn NY. They came to New York from Puerto Rico in the early 60's to make way for a better life for me and my siblings. My father was a hard working factory Cobbler who made women’s shoes. He was always a great provider who possessed moral and ethical compass.

                                           Photo by Brian Silver from DC Hot Spots

Photo by Brian Silver from DC Hot SpotsOzzy Ramos: My family did not have much money and we grew up very poor, but one thing my parents instilled in me, was the ability to go into the world and do good to make a difference!The Savvy Event Guru: Wow! It sounds like your parents were amazing people.

The Savvy Event Guru: So what would you say Motivates you? 

Photo by Brian Silver from DC Hot Spots

Ozzy Ramos: Serving God’s purpose is what motivates me to serve others! I believe that I’m at a point in my life where my passion has intersect my purpose which has led me to my vocational calling, which I like to call "Ozzy's Journey". A vision which propels adolescents to young adults through a youth empowerment, development, and educational mobilization which contributes to the production of exceptional young citizens and leaders for the Greater Good of humanity.

Photo by Brian Silver from DC Hot SpotsOzzy Ramos: Just to add more to what I just mentioned, My mission in life is to "plant seeds", touch people's lives, and to inspire change in other people lives. I recognize that I have a "Rare" gift that allows me to do that and I’m very careful and respectful of that gift in how I use it to impact other people’s lives.The Savvy Event Guru: Wow! Thats amazing.  It's very rare that people even recognize when their passion and purpose have collided and it's wonderful that you use those gifts to serve people.  At the end of the day I feel that we are here on earth to serve others. 

The Savvy Event Guru: So Veterans Day was last month and I hear that you, yourself are a Veteran. If you don't mind me asking which branch of the Military did you serve? 

Ozzy Ramos: No problem at all, yes, I was in the United States Marine Corps. I retired Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 2005 after serving 21 years. During my last duty station I was stationed at Marine Barracks 8th & I, Washington, DC where I served as the Program Coordinator for the President Support Program which included the security at Camp David, White House Communication Agency, Annapolis, MD and the Marine Barracks.

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, you have had quite the career. What would you say were some of your most memorable moments in the Military?

Ozzy Ramos: I would have to say one of my most memorable moments in the military for me is when I was promoted to Sergeant and promoted to Warrant Officer.  Other great moments for me while I was in the Military involved taking care of the Marines; providing leadership, guidance and sowing seeds into the other Marines. 

The Savvy Event Guru: Thats very impressive.  Thank you for sharing. 

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American Veterans Ball

The Savvy Event Guru: What would you say inspired you to start the "American Veterans Ball" organization?

Ozzy Ramos: What inspired me to begin the American Veterans Ball (AVB) was the identification that there was an immediate disconnect between veterans and respective branch of service post active service. Veterans need and thrive on those structural and institutional disciplines whether in or out of the uniform. We all witness many veterans that are suffering from a host of problems such as; depression, homelessness, unemployment, broken marriages, drugs, alcohol, and a sense of not belonging to anything anymore. Many veterans are struggling in life looking for that passion and purpose in life is what veterans thirst for after leaving the military. As a veteran I recognize that there is a profound need to stay CONNECTED to the military in some sought of way and AVB is a great platform to do just that. It allows veterans to be a part of something meaningful that is bigger than themselves. Even though we don't wear the uniform any longer, out of habit we still look for that structured as a way of life. This connection does carry a profound sense of pride and impact for those that experience an AVB event.

Ozzy Ramos: So basically, I saw a gap and created a solution to fill the hole in connecting veterans to each other post active service and giving them the opportunity to network and enjoy a great show. AVB is unique as it is the only ALL Armed Service Ball in the country.

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, that is admirable.  You truly understand the need because you are veteran yourself.

The Savvy Event Guru: What is the goal and mission behind AVB? (American Veterans Ball)

Ozzy Ramos: The goal of the American Veterans Ball is to connect our past and present Military Professionals to the Future leaders of America, while keeping them true to the RED, WHITE & BLUE. The AVB was created to provide ALL VETERANS of the "Armed Forces" with the opportunity to participate in an annual service ball, similar to our active service components. The AVB will also serve out its mission by creating a pathway that will reignite, connect with, and maintain our patriotism with our fellow veterans through this unique event for years to come during this event once a year.

Photos by Brian Silver from DC Hot Spots

The Savvy Event Guru: Where is the American Veterans Ball headquartered?

Ozzy Ramos: In Stafford, VA

The Savvy Event Guru: When and where did the first American Veterans Ball take place?

Ozzy Ramos: We had the first AVB event in 2015 at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center in Fredericksburg, VA and since have grown tremendously.

                                          Photo by Brian Silver from DC Hot Spots

The Savvy Event Guru: How would you say that the response has been towards the American Veterans Ball?

Ozzy Ramos: When we first put on our first event, we did little to no advertisement with our event and yet drawn a sold out event. Since then we out grew every other local venue in our area and have now moved up into the MGM National Harbor, MD. The response has been overwhelming and have experience significant growth. All of our attendees can identify, relate, and support AVB because it’s such a worthy and much welcome event for those who serve. It also creates the opportunity for community leaders and businesses to also get involved with. We have been truly blessed in creating the magic that comes along with our efforts.

The Savvy Event Guru: What other organizations are affiliated with the American Veterans Ball?

Ozzy Ramos: AVB is affiliated with the organization Home of Miracles & Embraces, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to youth development, leadership and variety of humanitarian issues that affect our youth today. Here lies the connection to our youth and their future. We support sending kids to camp, leadership conferences, JROTC, and other types of youth related educational programs. This is why we are driven by passion, rooted in our purpose, and anchored to the future leaders of America.The Savvy Event Guru: That sounds like a great organization.  Who are some of the Big Sponsors for the American Veterans Ball?

Ozzy Ramos: Some of our big sponsors are NBC Universal Comcast, GEICO of Fredericksburg, VA and Washington DC, Reality Realty, Trilogy Security Services, Guarantee Rate Mortgage company, Larry Stokes & Associates, Stephanie White Events, and Think Big International to name a few.

 The Savvy Event Guru: You have a lot of wonderful supporters. 

The Savvy Event Guru: So what do you want people to take away from the AVB event? What "Message" do you want people to receive?Photo by Brian Silver from DC Hot SpotsPhoto by Brian Silver from DC Hot Spots

Ozzy Ramos: The message I want others to receive that as veterans and for veterans we have a social responsibility to pass on the torch of knowledge for a better tomorrow to a younger generation of leaders that will need a leg up through the portals of an older generation of veterans and their lessons learned. The AVB provides both platform and connection in making these efforts possible.

                                            Photo by Brian Silver from DC Hot Spots

The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, that is admirable!!  So it sounds like it all about giving back, whether it is connecting our veterans with resources or giving the youth a leg up!

Ozzy Ramos: Yep, that's it!

The Savvy Event Guru: So with everything going and with this year's 2020 American Veterans Ball being postponed until 2021, what has AVB been up to?

Ozzy Ramos: Yes, the 2020 AVB event was postponed due to the COVID 19 epidemic. We are not motivated by money and the anticipated revenue that our event brings into the organization. This does not define who we are. We have a moral, ethical, and social responsibility to our attendees, staff, and volunteers. Therefore, we will always put the health and welfare of others ahead of our personal ambitions for growth of our event. This is really important to me and the AVB team. We hope and pray that we will be able to have it on Friday, November 5, 2021 at the MGM National Harbor. MD.

Ozzy Ramos: Some of what we've been up to during this Pandemic period is the distribution of MASKS to Veterans and others in need throughout our community. To date we have distributed over 5000 masks and hand sanitizers to all of our local First Responders. We have also distributed approximately 26 Air Purification units to local elder home facilities to help take care of our most vulnerable. Click this link to read our most recent story with the Freelance Star: https://fredericksburg.com/news/local/ozzy-ramos-leads-effort-to-help-clear-the-air-during-pandemic/article_98df8f8f-0a85-55bd-bb7c-bb691d44b1c4.html

The Savvy Event Guru: Okay thats wonderful!  Due to the pandemic and the Mask Requirements for people, masks are few in number.  I am so glad that your organization has continued to look after the veterans to make sure they have what they need. A lot of times our Veterans are forgotten and homeless veterans are forgotten more often than not. Ozzy Ramos: This is very true. The most important message we send our via our efforts to veterans is that they are not alone and that we need to stay CONNECTED. As a leader and founder of this great organization it is important for me to keep my fingers on the pulse on a host of issues that plague veterans today so we can bridge the gap and focus on their needs.The Savvy Event Guru: Mr. Ozzy you are truly a hero. Thank you for all that you do for Our Veterans.

The Savvy Event Guru: So what's next for the American Veterans Ball? Where do you see your organization going in the future? 

Ozzy Ramos: First off you're very welcome I take what I do very seriously. It's my ministry. 

Ozzy Ramos: The future of AVB is very bright! I see the AVB event being replicated across the country on the same day. We already know that our production platform works in bringing veterans an “experience” of a life time. Veterans that attend our AVB event leave with a wow-factor and thirst to come back the following year. I know that there are veterans out there that the AVB mission and goal is something they will love to connect and be a part of and I am committed in making it happen for them. If I can be of any assistance to any veteran, I will. It’s a lifetime commitment that I am dedicated to. 

Photo by Brian Silver from DC Hot Spots

The Savvy Event Guru: That will be amazing.  There is certainly a need for organizations and events such as yours in every state.

The Savvy Event: How can one donate or be a part of the American Veterans Ball event and organization?

Photo by Brian Silver from DC Hot SpotsOzzy Ramos: To lean more about the American Veterans Ball people can visit our website https://americanveteransball.org/.  If you are looking to VOLUNTEER for one of our events please email us at volunteers@americanveteransball.org If you are looking to donate please go to our HOME PAGE on our website and click the link MAKE A DONATION. 

Ozzy Ramos: We are also on Facebook under AMERICAN VETERANS BALL - AVB and on Instagram @american_veterans_ball and the Direct AVB contact number is 540-288-7100.

The Savvy Event Guru: Wonderful! People have several ways to get in touch with your organization.  Thank you so much Ozzy for your time today.  I am grateful to get this interview with you despite everything that is going on with the Pandemic, etc.

Ozzy Ramos: No thank you, I am grateful to be interviewed. It has truly been an honor. 

The Savvy Event Guru & The Founder of the American Veterans Ball Mr. Ozzy Ramos

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