Travis Brown Photography: The Color of Wine

A bottle of Chateauneuf de Papes:  Vieux Telegraphe, “La Crau,” over the Missouri River

A bottle of Chateauneuf de Papes: Vieux Telegraphe, “La Crau,” over the Missouri River

Even within the Show Me State of Missouri, you can find many Travis Browns.  Travis Brown the cyclist.  Travis Brown the school superintendent.  A Travis Browne that fights.  There are Travis Browns that sing, that play professional football, and even Travis Browns that advertise tattoos.  However, I think that my profile is still relatively-unique in its focus on fine wines, entrepreneurship, and growing our Midwest economy.

If there’s one Travis Brown that I should partner with, it is likely another Travis Brown with a creative focus on photography, graphic arts, and creative productions.  It turns out that even near Saint Louis, there’s another Travis Brown whose career is precisely that as well.  Even though the two of us have never met, occasionally I get to observe his handiwork inside an Opera Theatre of Saint Louis event.

Growing up on our family farm in Ste. Genevieve County, my mother and father used to say that “there’s a Brown in everything.”

There are certainly fewer Travis Brown searches related to the Northern or Southern Rhone valleys in France.  That is likely in part due merely to the fact that the name “Travis” is often thought to be derived from native American/French Canadian roots (like travois).  In any event, for those looking for great wines on this blog, I often refer you, again, to the South of France.

A recent cover article for Decanter Magazine outlines my case better than I could do for myself.  There’s so much diversity – of color, of varietals, and of blending, to be found within the Great Rhone river regions.  Even the bodies, depths, and range of colors found within Rhone whites can be incredibly complex, just like the spectrum of google searches for Travis Brown.

Running like a Cowboy

Last week, during our @HowMoneyWalks book tour along the East Coast, I had the privilege of meeting NFL legend Emmitt Smith.  We were both moving in and out of Fox News for the Friday morning broadcast.  In my case, I was lobbying for all Americans to understand how money walks between the states.  In his case, I believe that he was also promoting a few endorsed brands.

What I respect greatly about someone like Emmitt is that he appears to have thought beyond his athletic years to apply his celebrity appearance to other dimensions.  Many professional athletes often miss how fast their first career may expire.  However, a few of the greats, like Roger Staubach or Emmitt Smith in Dallas, have found ways to diversify their careers through real estate investing, brand endorsements, and new coalitions.

Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity with assist with many hall of fame sports legends closer to home in Saint Louis, Missouri.   Every one of us needs to run like a cowboy to make our voices heard.

Missouri Lobbyists & Chief Executive Officers: Remember Your Last Five Years Without Social Media

By Travis H. Brown

This CEO.com report sounds the alarm of the tsunami of social media changes ahead within the next 60 months.  Most Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) have armies of lawyers, lobbyists, regulatory affairs experts, media relations gurus, along with many public relations agencies on some of their working priorities.  Missouri lobbyists share the same challenge – they have corporate clients who call, issue-based campaigns who email, and many others who visit from time to time.  For many contract lobbyists, mainly over 50 years of age, I suspect that they will continue to resist the wave of social mediums that are already disrupting their relevance.  To play a devil’s advocate, precisely what values have I found after my 8,443 tweets as of this moment?

Fine.  Enjoy it while it lasts.  However, as reports like these evolve, failure to define one’s digital presence will have dramatic consequences within five years or less.  As your time will fly these next 60 months, others will be standing by to define you, your scope of work, and perhaps even your legacies.

By no means am I proclaiming the end of lobbyists, in Missouri, or elsewhere (influence-peddling is at least as old as Plato’s Republic).   The fundamental organization of a strategy, a message, its production, or its direction.  All of these entrepreneurial variables will continue to be essential to how democracies and republics must work in some fashion.  However, whether or not your hired lobbyist in Jefferson City, in Springfield, or in Topeka, can remain relevant to your company’s demands with customer-driven social media will be another question.

The prosecution rests, with a statute of limitation imposed for 60 months or less remaining.  Meanwhile, New York City will be turning their payphones into wifi hotspots.

A Proud History of Flying Missouri Bombers

By Travis H. Brown

These days, lobbying for defense contracts within the U.S. Air Force is big money for the Saint Louis RegionBoeing St. Louis appears to have scored a large contract for C-17s, a great flying aircraft that I have had the pleasure to operate (at least from their very elegant flight simulator at Lambert Field).

I believe that aviation can touch all of our lives in meaningful ways, even if it is primarily-designed for our Armed Forces, and not Southwest Airlines.  One great way to share these experiences is from looking backwards into our past.

To experience aviation history, our Saint Louis Science Center has wonderful exhibits that go back at least to Charles Lindbergh here.  Other wonderful collections, such as Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, also have a wonderful array of living metal history.

But, let’s be clear:  nothing beats flying the real thing off a runway.  This week, in Jefferson City, Missouri, of all places, was an authentic B-17 Flying Fortress.  The notion that aviators (like my uncle in WWII) could equip gunners to invade the Pacific or Berlin in this tail-dragging plane still seems amazing.

If you get a chance to kick the tires of this aircraft, or even fly in one with an EAA aviation program like this one in Jefferson City, jump on it!  Along the way, if a veteran helped make your adventure possible, give him or her thanks for his/her services for our freedoms.

Here’s a quick video lobbying you in case you can head up near the State Capitol to see this bird in person.