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5 Water Safety Promotion Ideas

All over our planet, people enjoy beautiful waters and beaches – canoeing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, surfing, jet skiing, swimming. Fun on the water is always an amazing adventure; however, remember with sun, sand and surf, you need to be safe on the water and in the water!

You can bet if you are dusting off your flip flops and heading to the water, your customers and employees are doing the same! So, why not give your promotional campaign a water safety refresher? As a business, one of the best things you can do for a customer is to show them that you care about them and their families’ well-being. A gift of safety is a very good reminder of those feelings and a gift for water-front activities is just the ticket because they are appropriate gift all year long.

Security for Customers and Employees

The United States Coast Guard has requirements for safety equipment – basic items crucial in emergencies. However, there is other “equipment” that is not necessarily required by law, but may certainly keep the people we love safe or even save a life on the water. Here are water safety promotional products that should be a part of every adventure on or near the water.

1. Waterproof Cellphone Pouch

Recently, a waterproof promotional product was in the news when two young men called 911 after one of their kayaks sank on Lake Michigan. The call was possible because the cellphone was in a Waterproof Cellphone Pouch. Help arrived soon after the call and the young men were rescued. Many items you bring to the waterfront, besides your cellphone, need to stay dry. Giving a useful gift such as a Waterproof Dry Sack will keep towels, clothes, documents and cameras safe from the water. You can start your summer promotion off right with these perfect ideas for attracting customers.

Waterproof Pouch

PVC Custom Waterproof Pouch


2. Safety Whistle

Another personal safety tool that is simple and extremely reliable is a safety whistle. The U.S. Coast Guard regulations state that if a paddle board is operated outside a surfing, swimming or bathing areas, they are “vessels” and operators must have a life jacket and a whistle. A safety whistle is an effective way for customers to be listening to your promotion while making sure they are heard in case of an emergency or to warn boaters in the vicinity. Whistles fit into any type of budget and could be the perfect choice for your customers. In addition, to stay legal on the water, the U.S. Coast Guard regulations state that if you’re on the water after sunset, you need to have a flashlight, or similar lighting device.

Safety Whistle

3-Tone Plastic Custom Safety Whistle


3. First Aid Kit

Safety also includes being able to easily handle small injuries, scrapes and cuts with the help of a first aid kit. Gauze, bandages, tweezers and antiseptic should make the trip every time you venture to the beach. So, if you’re looking for an easy gift appropriate for water safety and more – problem solved! This is an affordable idea with a collection of protection that can be found in a variety of first aid kits customized with your logo.

Functional Promotional First Aid Kit

Functional Promotional First Aid Kit


4. Sun Protection

Fun on the water usually means sunshine. Too much sun can result in a painful sunburn or lead to more serious health issues including premature aging, eye damage and skin cancer. More than one million cases of skin cancer are reported in the United States each year. Your customers are free to enjoy time in the sun because you are helping to protect them from overexposure with a variety of carefully chosen giveaway ideas including: SPF30 sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, baseball caps, bucket hats and also UV protection/performance clothing.

SPF 30 Promotional Sunscreen Spray - 1 oz.

SPF 30 Promotional Sunscreen Spray – 1 oz.

Keeping your eyes safe from the sun is important. The bright summer sun is a great time to bring out summer promo gear to protect your customers! Shield your customer’s eyes from harmful rays, whether they are on a summer vacation or simply spending the day in a boat. Give sunglasses away as a picnic favor, inside a summer festival gift bag or at a sporting event. Or, how about the wide canopy of an umbrella to keep away from the sun at a golf event, celebrity baseball game or field day excursion.

Gradient Tinted Lenses Custom Sunglasses

Gradient Tinted Lenses Custom Sunglasses


5. Water

Sometimes safety is as simple as staying hydrated. When it’s warm, people head outdoors to enjoy the weather. Dehydration can creep up quickly on hot days full of fun and action. Giving away water bottles will be a simple reminder to stay safe during outdoor activities. Drinkware is a practical and durable safety gift that will be used by customers and seen for months, providing you with repeated brand exposure.

Matte Double Wall Custom Tumbler w/ Straw - 16 oz.

Matte Double Wall Custom Tumbler w/ Straw – 16 oz.


These innovative products are simple and effective, plus they are an amazing way to show your appreciation for customers and employees. Wherever there is water and recreation, your brand will be in front of people who are in “enjoyment mode”…the perfect way to positively connect with your target audience with greater impact.



The Top Promotional Products Trends Of 2016

From custom tote bags, to drinkware, to apparel…there are so many options for promotional merchandise it could literally make your head spin.  While most companies are going to use promo item staples such as bags and pens, you don’t need to be boring.  If you take a look at companies like Google, their promo choices are never boring – ever! If you want to stand out, make a statement and kick your competition to the curb, you have to step up your game.  That is what working with ePromos is all about.


Here is our most recent instalment of top trends to get you noticed and make your competition jealous. Inventors are constantly bringing us the latest concepts in branded giveaways and our merchandisers have their fingers on the pulse of leading-edge promotional products. Here is the Top 10 list shaping the 2016 promotional products landscape.

1. Inflatable Loungers:

You’re probably seeing these brightly colored custom inflatable loungers everywhere.  Also known as breeze bags, wind couches, beach sofas and air chairs. They are a retail sensation and now you can get them with your logo. Talk about impressing your clients. At home loungers are great outdoors or indoors: soccer games, movie nights, video gaming, sleepovers or instant  extra seating that looks cool. Many of our clients are saying recipients love them at the office as a fun piece of extra furniture. Portable, waterproof, durable, and easy…just gather some air, roll up the end and clip – it’s  ready to go in seconds. Unclip, rollup releasing the air and store in the drawstring bag. Your logo goes both on the lounger and the bag for great exposure.  Go make your mark with this trendsetting product.

Instant Inflatable Custom Lounger Bag

Click here to see our video on How to blow up an inflatable lounger.

2. Insulated Tumblers:

Two of the biggest names in drinkware have made a huge impact in retail. Everyone wants one! However, there is no need to spend $30-$50 per tumbler on a Yeti or Swell. ePromos has similar high quality custom tumblers and you don’t have to pay the high price tag for a brand name.  Depending on the drinkware you choose, these less expensive tumblers will also keep ice for more than 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed which means the temperature outside doesn’t conduct through to the liquid inside. Many of our items are sprayed internally with copper for extra insulation. Insulated tumblers have become increasingly popular for coffee and tea, too…keeping beverages hot long after a morning commute. In addition, you don’t have to settle for just the stainless steel color and smooth texture, ePromos brings some style in a wide range of textures and colors to match your company’s identity..

Stainless Steel Double Wall Custom Tumbler – 20 oz.

Stainless Steel Copper Insulated Custom Tumblers – 20 oz.

Stainless Steel Copper Insulated Custom Tumblers – 30 oz.










3. Virtual Reality Goggles:

Virtual Reality Goggles are no longer a product of the future. Today your brand can exist on this futuristic product so anyone can experience VR and transport themselves anywhere in the world. Choose your favorite virtual reality app, slide a smartphone into these goggles (promoting your logo) and transform any cellphone into a virtual reality experience. Promote your brand at a low cost and you can order small quantities to make this cool giveaway even more affordable. You can even speak to our our Brand Consultants about making your very own VR application featuring your brand in the experience.

Cardboard Virtual Reality Custom Goggles

Cardboard Virtual Reality Custom Goggles











4. Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers:

Bluetooth technology is quickly making wired electronics a thing of the past. When customers need a bigger sound from their devices, you can gift  them a quality speaker imprinted with your logo – an item with high perceived value that people will appreciate. Our current selection of custom Bluetooth speakers features over 80 items in a wide variety of shapes with carry-along features such as carabiners, straps, clips or hooks to secure the speaker. We even have multifunction speakers that also serve as chargers and sell from brand names such as Brookstone and OrigAudio.

Waterproof Bluetooth Cube Custom Speakers





5. The Heather Look

One of the most fashionable fabric trends this year has been heathered items. Traditionally custom apparel was the only promotional product where you found heather looks. Now this fashion favorite look of heather can be found in portfolios, lanyards, totes, caps, duffel bags and more. And, you’ll find colors beyond the traditional heather gray, we are using many base colors interwoven with white thread to produce muted shades to match your logo. Look for these hot new items at ePromos.com.

Striped Heather Custom Tote Bag – 18.25″w x 13.75″h x 4.25″d

Heathered Custom Lanyards w/Metal Crimp & Split Ring – .75″w

New Era Heather Melton Wool Unstructured Custom Caps









6. Drones

Remote Control Flying Drone Custom Toys

The newest and coolest trend up there, literally is Remote Control Flying Drones. You’ll be making a difference with your logo on a promotional drone that you know is going straight home and creating backyard bonding with the family. Gifts that allow for family bonding are always effective. Drones will be the main attraction as the top prize at any tradeshow booth – talk about a conversation starter! Giving a drone as a gift will be an effective advertising tool as well as keeping recipients buzzing while your brand is taken to new heights.





7. Fitness Bracelets

Personal fitness trackers are on the shelf at stores everywhere. ePromos offers brand name Fitbits with your logo and fortunately, we also have activity trackers  at much lower prices so you can get your name on recipient’s wrist daily! Imagine your logo on the trendiest fitness technology in the industry. These fitness-aware devices not only keep time, track distances and display calories burned, these good health promoters will show your company cares about wellness. Jump on this trend to make your business stand out from the rest.

Activity Tracker Custom Wristband w/ Clock



8. Mobile Chargers

Cell Phone Custom Chargers Accessory Kit

Today, cellphone battery life is a lifeline. Whether it’s personal or business, people rely on cell phones every day…so you can bet your audience will find a cool charger imprinted with your brand very useful. ePromos suggests this custom charging kit to show your clients you are there for them. The kit includes a USB car charger, a USB wall charger and 3-in-1 charging cables. At 2.1 amps of power these work with tablets and charge smartphones twice as fast as typical 1 amp chargers. That’s power at clients’ fingertips…and your brand is there, associated with being a lifesaver too!



9. Selfie Sticks

Yes, Selfie Sticks are still hot! Reach out to your customers and promote an easier way to take a selfie. Favorite moments will be captured while you promote your brand with an ePromos customized selfie stick. Travel with your audience and capture the good times with the perfect picture…your logo is alongside the fun too!

10. City Style Totes

The conservation movement is huge right now in the world but many bags lack style. Handing out an ePromos custom RuMe Tote Bag with your logo provides a high fashion on trend item that is practical and eco friendly. shows your company is environmentally aware. Customers opting for green-friendly commuting need an on-the-go carrying solution will love this bag! Imagine a lightweight bag that can fold up to fit in the palm of your hand, and is. But this durable enough to tote expands and can hold up to 50 pounds! Useful every day and ready to carry almost anything…anywhere. Here’s a link to many other on trend styles:

RuMe Classic Medium Custom Tote Bags – 15.5″w x 15.5″h x 4″d












Glass Etched Wine Bottles – a Personalized Gift & Sophisticated Business...

Have you been looking for something to show customers or partners how much you appreciate their loyalty? Set yourself apart from the competition with etched wine bottles! Anyone can give out a pen or a stress ball, but those trinkets aren’t fit for repeat clients or generous donors. A nice bottle of wine is a sincere gesture that they can enjoy during a special occasion, while the bottle becomes a keepsake.

Our Process

We want to give you the finest quality decorated wine bottles that will be cherished by recipients. Our process is done by hand to provide a deep etching with luxurious texture for a one-of-a-kind design on every bottle. Add one color to create a branded message that catches the eye, or choose a full-color, vibrant design for a beautiful decor piece.

Select from LaTerre Cabernet, LaTerra Chardonnay, Monterey Cristal Champagne, and sparkling cider. For spirit or wine enthusiasts wanting a different selection, we invite you to work with one of our brand consultants to create a custom order.

Etched Promotional Wine Bottle - LaTerre Chardonnay - 750ml Etched Custom Champagne Bottle - Monterey Cristal Etched Custom Wine Bottle - LaTerre Cabernet - 750ml

Glass Etching On Bar Accessories

Our options don’t stop at wine and liquor bottles. We also have etchable bar accessories and packaging to choose from. Pairing a wine bottle with accessories that display a matching design is the perfect touch to make your business stand out from the pack. One of our brand consultants can help with putting kits together with various items, including some not listed on our site. Start brainstorming ideas with our list of example products below!

Glass Bar Accessories

  • Wine Glasses
  • Stemless Drinkware
  • Stemmed Drinkware
  • Flutes
  • Brandy Tasters
  • Martini Glasses
  • Rocks Glasses
  • Beer Mugs
  • Pilsner Glassware
  • Decanters
  • Wine Carafes
  • Leather Presentation Boxes
  • Wooden Presentation Boxes
  • Glass Front, Wooden Presentation Boxes
  • Glass Wine Holders
  • Glass Wine Stoppers

Customized Wine Bottles as Party Favors

Etched wine bottles go beyond customer appreciation, including gifts for large celebrations. Attendees of weddings, anniversary parties, and corporate holiday parties will appreciate a remembrance bottle of wine to take home with them. You can engrave the date along with a special message that fits the special occasion. Take a look below at some example phrases:

Special Occasion Wine Etching

  • A Special Thank you
  • Thank You for Your Service
  • Happy Birthday
  • Aging Finer Than Wine
  • Season’s Greetings
  • Happy Hanukkah
  • Merry Christmas
  • Happy Holidays from the Private Wine Cellar of (Insert your name)

Increase Business with Etched Wine Bottles

Nothing says “congratulations” quite like a bottle of wine. Many businesses help their clients with major life changes, such as buying a home. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful gesture to show up with an etched bottle of sparkling wine, saying “Best Wishes on Your New Home,” with your logo and business information etched at the closing? They would admire that bottle for years, while their guests would see it proudly displayed every time they come over.

You can also achieve new deals and strike fruitful business relationships by using etched wine bottles as an out of the ordinary sales tactic. Often, if you want to do business with someone the only way to get to them is through their assistant. Sometimes those thoughtful touches are what help you get a foot in the door to land a big contract.

We hope these ideas make doing business and hosting events extra special. To start your etching, design a custom order, or build a unique gift set, give one of our brand consultants a call today at 844-768-0319!

Please Note: Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah prohibit shipment of alcohol by law. Non-alcoholic wines are available, please contact your Brand Consultant for details.

Our products’ prices include a one color/design imprint in any location. There is a setup charge per color/design. For each additional imprint or color added, an additional per-item charge will be added. The information below breaks out the pricing and available locations.


ePromos’ Own Gives An Inside Look At The Crazy-Intense Sport Of Pond Hockey

More than 500 games were played on 25 rinks at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship

More than 500 games were played on 25 rinks at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship

As if the sport of hockey wasn’t intense enough, bring it outdoors on a frozen pond in the middle of winter in Minnesota. That’s the setting for the annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championship, the nation’s largest outdoor pond hockey tournament.

If you’re a sports fanatic and you’ve never played pond hockey (or at least watched it), you should. ESPN.com listed the tournament as part of its “101 Things Sports Fans Must Experience Before They Die.”

ePromos’ Karl Gilbert, a Brand Consultant who’s also a lifelong hockey enthusiast, was on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis last month, participating in his first-ever Championship.

Read on for his account of the sport he’s loved since childhood and his experience at the 2014 U.S. Pond Hockey Championship.

How many years have you been playing pond hockey?

I have been playing hockey since I was five or six. Pond hockey is just something we play for fun. This was the first time I participated in this tournament, so we were rookies in some sense of the word, but we had a good team.

How did you prepare for the Championship?

A lot of us play in men’s leagues in our towns, which helps keep our game sharp.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

Being outside and playing hockey outside is something I did all the time as a kid growing up. If it was winter, and if it was a weekend, then that’s where my buddies and I would be – playing hockey on the outdoor rink (ODR).

What’s most challenging about it?

Having to be defensive. It’s easy to get lazy/want to be offensive because it’s pond hockey, but the actual tie breaker for any ties in the tournament is goals against. We didn’t really agree with that rule, being as we were the team that scored the most goals in one game and the tournament in our division, but it is something we learned and can use to our advantage next year.

How did you feel right before the puck dropped?

I felt good. Was all bundled up and ready to go since it was a bit cold!

Were there any outrageous moments during the game?

We had some teams try to start some stuff, but our enforcer, Mitch Ryan, put a few guys over the boards to restore peace out there.

How far did you advance? What was the final outcome?

We did not make it to championship Sunday, despite winning three of four games. We lost our first game 8-6 after we were up 4-0. We did not have any subs (you play with four guys on the ice and are allowed two on the bench), so that definitely hurt us. We won our next three games very easily (15-5, 33-2, and 16-7 I believe).

What does it take to be successful in pond hockey?

Creativity. Your team needs it to win.

Anything else to say about your experience or the sport in general?

Look for the team “The Warroadians” on next year’s Golden Shovel (the trophy for the tournament). We plan on going back and taking home the gold.

pond hockey team

Some members of Karl’s team (from left): Kyle Hardwick, Joe Harren, Karl Gilbert, and Gabe Harren


pond hockey 1

pond hockey 2

pond hockey 3


ePromos Spreads Holiday Cheer In UberSLEIGH Toy Drive

ubersleigh toy drive

Presents under the tree in the lobby of ePromos’ building are ready to be loaded onto the UberSLEIGH.

ePromos’ New York City staffers got into the holiday spirit and chipped in more than two dozen toys for the UberSLEIGH toy drive.

Uber, the service that lets anyone summon a taxi, car or high-end sedan right from their smartphones, turned its shiny black Escalades into UberSLEIGHs to deliver toys to children in need.

The company called upon New Yorkers and residents of 10 other cities around the world to spread good cheer with donations to various charities.

In NYC, UberSLEIGHs are delivering unwrapped toys and baby items to Room to Grow, an organization that provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items.

Uber initially planned to stop at the first 100 offices that pledged to donate 20 toys or more, but due to overwhelming response, it doubled its number of stops to 200.

ePromos joins the likes of Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in donating toys. That means thousands of toys for Room to Grow and a great feeling of giving back for all those who pitched in.


ePromos Talks To Jeff Parness, Founder And Chair Of New York Says Thank You

Today, members of the ePromos team are offering some helping hands to New York Says Thank You Foundation (NYSTY). The organization, a 100% volunteer-based nonprofit, helps rebuild communities around the country that have been impacted by disaster.

The focus for its annual 9/11 Anniversary Project is right in ePromos’ backyard – in Long Beach, the Rockaways and Staten Island. Volunteers from ePromos’ New York office and people around the country are coming together to rebuild 10-15 homes over the weekend. ePromos is also donating 500 custom t-shirts for volunteers to wear during the rebuilding projects.

“This is the biggest project we’ve done, and I’m in awe,” says Jeff Parness, Founder and Chair of NYSTY.

If you’re not familiar with NYSTY, the story is fascinating. And nobody tells it better than the man who started it all: Jeff Parness. See our interview with Jeff here, and check out our blog next week for photos from the job site.

Jeff Parness, New York Says Thank You

Photo credit: CNN

What inspired you to start NYSTY?

It was a very personal reason. My friend and business partner, Hagay Shefi, was killed in the attacks. He had a wife and two young kids. That changed my life forever. I’ve thought about Hagay every day and what we could do to commemorate his life. Two years later in 2003, my 5-year-old son, Evan, was watching CNN and saw a news report about wildfires in California. He looked at me and said he wanted to send his toys to the kids who lost their toys in the fire.

Within three days we had volunteers. I put a big sign on the side of the truck that said: New York Says Thank You. It was my personal way of paying homage to Hagay. As New Yorkers, we’ll never forget what others did in our time of need. From that simple suggestion of a child, we’ve grown into the largest volunteer service organization dedicated to remembering what happened on 9/12. That’s what it’s all about.

What do you want people to know about NYSTY?

The fundamental message is not about 9/11 but about 9/12. It’s a powerful message. No matter what the tragedy, whether its wildfires, shootings, tsunamis, no matter how bad the tragedy, the sense of compassion and kindness is so much more powerful.

NYSTY started with disaster relief, and now we’ve created an education division: The 9/12 Generation Project where kids are learning about NYSTY through a beautiful educational movie. Teachers teach citizenship and how a child’s idea can turn into a national pay-it-forward service movement. We set a goal of a million and a half children to be touched by the project.

How is your family involved in the organization? Did your son design the t-shirts that ePromos made for the volunteers?

Both my sons, Evan and Josh, have grown up in the organization. Evan, the older, is very artistic. It was a few years ago that he came up with the logo of the statue of liberty holding a hammer. He took that logo, and in his own artistic sense, he wanted to acknowledge all the other cities that were helping. He drew beachy letters to convey New York and beach communities.

We’re so appreciative that ePromos turned it into a professional graphic. I wish I would have had a picture of his face when he saw it. It’s very personal to our family.

NYSTY has helped rebuild all over the country – how do you decide which projects to take on?

Over the years, I’d answer the question by saying I watch The Weather Channel and I’d wait to hear about some small place that got whacked. The secret sauce is that traditionally we go to small towns. These people are blown away. They think: Wait a sec, you’re going to bring NYC firefighters to us to help us?

This year, unfortunately, the decision was made for us. Hurricane Sandy was Katrina in our region. Most people don’t fully understand it. There were 650,000 people who lost their homes. These families are living elsewhere and struggling with the rebuilding. There were over 2,000 NYC firefighters and cops who lost their homes.

We were starting to plan a trip to go to Japan to help in tsunami relief, but when we realized just how many first responders lost their homes, we knew we had to help them. We made the pledge to rebuild 200 homes of first responders. So far, we’ve completed 65. By this weekend, we’ll be up to 80.

What happens after you select a project? 

NYSTY has become a family reunion. We have 9/11 survivors, and we have an extended family of disaster survivors from all over the U.S. With Hurricane Sandy, it’s been different and it’s been challenging. Normally we’ll do a big barn-raising and put up a big structure. For example, we went to Botno, North Dakota, and built a ski lodge.

It’s one thing to bring volunteers and build one big structure. With this it’s different. You have 650,000 of your neighbors who lost their homes. This year, we reached out to the commissioner’s office and said: If you could quietly publicize to have first responders who lost their homes register with us. I said there weren’t any promises, but we can see what we can do for them. We’ve had close to 300 families register with us. This is the first time we’ve taken applications. It’s been prioritizing based on who’s in the greatest need and who’s in a position for us to help now.

How many volunteers have participated in NYSTY’s rebuilding efforts?

More than 40,000 people have volunteered in any number of our projects. We’ve done one major rebuilding project a year since 2004, but a number of sites we’ve done as many as 14 service projects connected to the main project.

What do you think inspires volunteers to give their time and work so hard?

What makes NYSTY unique is that virtually all of our volunteers are survivors: 9/11, cancer, Katrina, domestic violence. They find it empowering to volunteer with us. That’s what makes NYSTY really special. It’s always been about helping people pay it forward.

You have more volunteers from outside New York than from the city itself – what does this mean to you?

This was never about New York – it’s always been about America. When I started this, I didn’t realize what I was getting into. I thought: We’ll do a little trip and bang nails for a day. I realized it kept growing, and it was about letting people go into these tiny towns and change people’s lives. They just become part of your family. What’s so humbling is that we have a lot of volunteers who don’t have much money, and they make sure they save their vacation dollars to be with us because they want  to be with their family.

What’s it like on the site of a project?

It’s total chaos. People can always find me easily – I’m the guy walking around in cowboy boots, shorts and mardi gras beads. It’s like a party. People are so happy to be with each other. People are hugging and crying and laughing and hammering. It’s been about the people and bringing them all together. Even a blind person will realize this isn’t your average construction site – it’s a family reunion.

Why do you think the organization has been so successful?

Two things: #1 is that everybody knows where they were on 9/11 and how powerless they felt. We deliberately chose to focus on the positive and to honor that day through service. It creates such a powerful, positive energy. #2 is that sometimes if you make it easy for people to step up and volunteer, they’ll be there for you. Because of this energy of empowering volunteers, there’s a momentum that I never could have imagined.

You’re at the helm of NYSTY – what’s the organization’s biggest challenge?

Me getting out of the way! I was the chief cook and bottle washer doing it all on my own, and we’ve been so fortunate to build such a great staff. We have people in Arkansas, Texas, Iowa – all over the U.S. To have this virtual organization and to have it gel together so well is amazing. As the founder of an organization to be able to trust your people and know you’ve been blessed with the right people and to step back and see the vision and passion drive them .

What has been the most humbling part of your journey with NYSTY?

Being around people with such deep faiths and strong convictions who have experienced such enormous tragedies – just to be next to them. They’ve gone through so much and they’ve let us into their lives and into their healing process. That’s been extremely humbling.

What has running NYSTY taught you? How has the organization changed you?

It’s interesting because we’re not a faith-based organization but the people who are involved have strong faiths and spiritual backgrounds. I always say I’m a nice Jewish man who builds Methodist churches with Amish people. You can’t help but say to yourself: What’s my purpose? Why did God choose me for this particular position? So many people have been able to answer the question: What’s my divine purpose? I’ve really found myself in this. I’m only 48. As a dad, from a purely selfish perspective, it’s been wonderful to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. It’s not about us – it’s what we can do for someone else.

What’s next for NYSTY?

We’re going to keep trying to build homes every single weekend until we get to our 200 goal. It’s going to be at least another year. As long as people want to volunteer and donate money, we’re going to keep at it. With our education division, there will be almost 1,000 schools across the country that air our video and get kids active. What’s next is up to everyone’s imagination.