75 Days out from the Primary​

  75 days away from the primary election and I just arrived in Kansas City. I stepped off the plane and arrived to a little impromptu jazz concert right in the terminal at the airport. How cool is that!  Mark Hayes Consulting is heading west to work with the "Entrepreneurial Evangelist" aka Patrick PK Kucera.  Follow my blog on my website for the latest news from the campaign trail. He's not your typical candidate and we'll find out what makes this conservative rev his engine non stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In my role as a journalist and media penetration professional, I’ll be telling the story of this political outsider taking Kansas politics by storm. He just launched his campaign prior to my arrival. And now he’s doing his best to get his name out to the voting public.  So many hurdles to clear and not a lot of time.  Visibility is the goal right now.  And the campaign team is running round the clock to get PK’s name and message all over the state.#PKforGovernor #TellMyStory #MediaStrategy #SocialMedia #media  #BrandManagement  

NiteTables Launches The OWNERS Initiative​

 Guided by the philosophy that “society will not change until the economics of society change,” NiteTables Inc. has formed The OWNERS Initiative (Opportunity, Wisdom, Network = Responsible Success) to provide business opportunity to minorities, women and other disenfranchised individuals.  We intend to unlock potential by tapping into communities of talented people who are typically shut out of entrepreneurism due to lack of funding and often the absence of a network of people in positions to help the start-up process. The OWNERS Initiative will be headed by Mark Hayes, currently a marketing and branding consultant having completed a distinguished 25+ year career as a television newscaster. OWNERS will address the inequities in American business by enabling young minority and women entrepreneurs to start a marketing business via a license to the NiteTables e-commerce software and a team of mentors with the expertise required for small business success. The network will address the areas of legal, accounting, sales, marketing, technology and business development as well as create a group of peers on the same journey.   In eliminating the onerous business start-up costs, we endeavor to launch OWNERS in every major American city. Opportunities in The OWNERS Initiative will be offered on a regional basis. Each entrepreneur will have access to a network of mentors who are committed to leveraging their experience, expertise, and connections to help increase the odds of success. We believe the network of people and advisors is a critical element of this process often unavailable to minorities and women. We will change that dynamic. In subsequent steps, early stage entrepreneurs will be aided in raising the funding needed to scale.  Our initial OWNERS team: AtlantaThe OWNERS Initiative has begun in Atlanta where NiteTables has partnered with Devan Dmarcus, the co-founder of Black Men Smile, a rapidly growing movement focused on self-identity and changing society's perception of men of color. Washington DCDerek Simms will launch the business in Washington DC as well as serving as a mentor to others in the network. Derek is a lawyer and Managing Partner at Simms & Shaw Sports Management Group. New York CityIn New York City, August Knight and Estefania Ochoa will join the entrepreneurial team. August is the Founder of Discover the Nightlife, an experiential activities business focused on visitors to NYC. Estefania is the Founder of Soyyo Magazine, a venture focused on culture and sustainable development.   ManagementPlease contact us if interested in applying, mentoring or partnering with The OWNERS Initiative:Mark Hayes (President, The OWNERS Initiative) at  or 404-510-6674.Brock Ganeles (CEO, NiteTables) at  or 415-846-2220.  NiteTables Inc. is a marketing software platform for bars, lounges and clubs and has developed the "Night Out Expereinces" category for the travel industry. ​

Code Red​

“Code red” is code for “active shooter” in many schools. There was a Stoneman survivor on Good Morning America discussing gun reform. He didn’t even know he was doing it, telling the anchor, “We can’t get used to this, because then it’ll happen again.” Something’s got to give. The adults are the ones making the decisions, while the kids are getting shot. Dare I use the term compromise? Perhaps the answer lies somewhere between gun free households and small arsenals. What exactly do you NEED an assault rifle for, anyway? The Florida school shooting is, of course, still dominating the news cycle. GMA enlisted doctors to discuss coping mechanisms, therapy…even run/hide techniques (be sure to silence your phone—no social media!) Bullets are not a thing kids should ever have to cope with. Parents are buying BULLET PROOF BACKPACKS. There have been 18 school shootings in the past year. Do with that what you will.​

Blurred Lines.

On Thursday’s episode of The View, the panel discussed the latest, (and I’m sure not last), White House scandal. Rob Porter and his hidden domestic abuse allegations. Guest host Whitney Cummings made a comment that the upsurge of domestic abuse is not a red or blue issue, but a human one. Why is it that we can’t look over the towering “walls” that are our political affiliations? The future is only guaranteed to be as freethinking as those primed for positions of power are, and while many young people blur the lines of the music they listen to, the clothes they wear, even the places they choose to live, many draw the line at the polls. A glance at the numbers from the last Presidential election says it all. White women (52% according to exit polls) overwhelmingly supported a man with nearly 20 accusations of abuse. Individuals with less than a high school education—and more likely to live under the poverty line— (51% according to exit polls) ushered a billionaire, and all of his 1%er comrades, right into Washington. Perhaps the solution to the divisiveness plaguing our country is to stand up for the issues that affect YOUR life—whatever they may be—rather than standing up for the political party your parents belonged to, think instead of who has your best interest in mind. Let’s forget donkeys and elephants. YOUR vote. YOUR choice.   Sources: The View, The Washington Post, Business Insider​

Take a Page From the Book of Some Very Eloquent Young People​

Another mass shooting.   More thoughts and prayers.   Oh and another hashtag.  That’s what our society has grown accustomed to when it comes to the mass shootings that plague this country and this country alone.  No other major industrialized nation deals with this kind of savagery on a regular basis.  What happened in Parkland, FL was definitely preventable.  But this time its going to be different.  These young and amazingly courageous “children” are going to show the adults how to fix the problem – which is the ease of access to weapons of war!  Have you seen the poem Aly Sheehy tweeted to the President.  Yes, she’s the same young lady who went after Trump after his weekend twitter tirade that set her off.  17 of my classmates are gone. That’s 17 futures, 17 children, and 17 friends stolen. But you’re right, it always has to be about you. How silly of me to forget.  We need to take a page from the example set by these young people and the way the jumped into action because they were so traumatized and so disturbed and so moved to not let their best friends and family die in vain.  I’ve actually been moved to tears this week watching these young people pour out their hearts to the adults who are supposed to be protecting them and yet there is nothing being done to remedy the ease of access to weapons and the killing machines that fuel these mass murders.  Its so disgusting to see these young people in pain, and adults doing absolute nothing.  The FL general assembly even voted down a motion to open a discussion on banning assault weapons. That was the ultimate slap in the face, and the ultimate let down for these children and that’s why this is going to be different.  It the adults—parents, lawmakers, mental health professionals and law enforcement won’t do what’s right then get out of the way and watch these young people, “Call B.S.!” Emma Gonzales and her friends are not just gonna let it ride.   So get used to seeing these young people push for common sense Guns Laws.  If you think its not a movement, take a look out your window in your local community, as students walked out of class at schools all over the country.  The movement has begun. These eloquent and charismatic students, which are not paid actors, will be ushering in a new age of gun legislation.  It seems its going to take some incredibly motivated young people to accomplish what countless adults couldn’t do. And that is pull the trigger and remove the NRA and its influence from the conversation.  FYI, it’s a done deal.  And if you think its not, try this stat on for size, 4 million 17-18 year olds will be voting for the first time come November and what issue do you think is going to drive them to the polls…I’m going to gently let that marinate for ya.  #NeverAgain ​