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Rodney

Rodney Ramlochan is an executive, entrepreneur, and global business generator who has dedicated his career to empowering others, identifying strategic relationships, and building world-class organizations. Driven by his passion for technology, fashion, lifestyle, and culture, he serves as 360 Magazine’s global business manager. Rodney builds market position for 360 by locating, developing, defining, and closing business relationships with leading brands.

Alongside his role at 360 Magazine, Rodney serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dev-Byrne & Company, a national technology expense management firm serving premier clients ranging from global not-for-profits to Fortune 500 firms. He is a highly accomplished leader known for laser-like vision in formulating and executing cutting-edge strategies to achieve business goals.

Over the years, Rodney has held multiple roles within the business sector over the past two decades. As Vice-President and co-founder of an award-winning telecom auditing firm, he garnered an elite list of clients, taking the startup from obscurity to highly profitable in under three years. At Verizon, he oversaw large business units responsible for service delivery for enterprise clients.

Rodney completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees, with honors at New York University. He is a published contributing author who has written papers on service delivery and Total Quality Management. In addition, he has served on the Alumni Board Committee of New York University and the chairman of the board for St. Frances Cabrini Academy in Brooklyn, NY.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2021 INDUCTEES

36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to take place October 30 in Cleveland, Ohio – Tickets on sale in July 

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reveals its 2021 Inductees, celebrating the most diverse list of Inductees in the history of the organization. They are:

Performer Category:

  • The Go-Go’s
  • Tina Turner
  • Carole King
  • JAY-Z
  • Foo Fighters
  • Todd Rundgren

Early Influence Award:

  • Kraftwerk
  • Charley Patton
  • Gil Scott-Heron

Musical Excellence Award:

  • LL Cool J
  • Billy Preston
  • Randy Rhoads

Ahmet Ertegun Award:

  • Clarence Avant

“This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture”, said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.” 

To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction. Two-time Inductees include Carole King, previously inducted with Gerry Goffin in 1990, and Tina Turner, previously inducted with Ike and Tina Turner in 1991. The Foo FightersThe Go-Go’s, and JAY-Z were on the ballot for the first time. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) will become a two-time Inductee having previously been Inducted with Nirvana in 2014.

The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310. The Induction Ceremony will air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

The Induction categories and criteria for selection: 

  • Performers: honoring bands and solo artists who, in their careers, have created music whose originality, impact and influence has changed the course of rock & roll.
  • Ahmet Ertegun Award: given to non performing industry professionals who, through their dedicated belief and support of artists and their music have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture.  
  • Musical Excellence Award: given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music. 
  • Early Influence Award: given to a performing artist or group whose music and performance style have directly influenced and helped inspire and evolve rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture. 

To learn more about past recipients, click here.

Ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,200 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration. 

Three out of the top five on the “Fans’ Ballot” are being Inducted, including Tina Turner (winning the fan vote), The Go-Go’s, and Foo Fighters. 5 million votes were cast. 

The Inductees were announced on Rock Hall’s social channels and live on SiriusXM’s Volume channel and the morning show “Feedback,” hosted by Nik Carter and Lori Majewski, featuring special guest, Joel Peresman, CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

Tickets go on sale to the public and members in July.

Select Rock Hall donors and members get exclusive Induction ticket opportunities. Donate or join by June 30, 2021 to be eligible. Visit Rock Hall to learn more.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2021 Inductee exhibit celebrating this year’s class opens at the Museum in Cleveland on July 1. The Museum is open daily with advance tickets required at Rock Hall.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Inductee Bios

THE GO-GO’S 

As the most successful all-woman rock band of all time, the Go-Go’s performed catchy, well-crafted songs that formed a bridge between the brash urgency of L.A. punk and the dark melodies of new wave pop.  

Formed out of the diverse and egalitarian punk scene in Los Angeles in 1978 with Belinda Carlisle on lead vocals and Jane Wiedlin on rhythm guitar and vocals, the core lineup of the band solidified over the next few years with the additions of lead guitarist and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey, drummer Gina Schock, and bassist Kathy Valentine. Known for their raw and energetic live shows, the Go-Go’s circumvented record label sexism and signed with IRS Records in 1981. Their debut album Beauty and the Beat was released later that year and became the first (and, to date, only) album by an all-woman band that played its own instruments and wrote its own songs to top the Billboard albums chart.  

Despite a shift toward a more melodic new wave sound, the band’s D.I.Y. punk roots remain evident in hits like “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” The group’s second and third studio albums, Vacation (1982) and Talk Show (1984), furthered their success with the singles “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels.” In heavy rotation on MTV, their songs (primarily composed by Caffey, Wiedlin, and Valentine) had weighty lyrics belied by their sunny melodies and a timelessness that set the band apart from many of their 1980s counterparts.  

Though the band broke up in 1985, the Go-Go’s have reunited periodically since 1990 to record and tour. In recent years, the band’s music has been celebrated with the Broadway musical Head Over Heels and chronicled in the Showtime documentary The Go-Go’s (2020). For the documentary’s soundtrack, the band reconvened virtually to record their first new song in 19 years, “Club Zero.” The Go-Go’s influence is seen in countless artists, including Bikini Kill, Green Day, and Nirvana. 

Selected discography:
“Screaming” (Live, 1979) • “Blades” (Live, 1980) • “We Got the Beat” (Stiff Records single version, 1980) • “Our Lips Are Sealed,” Beauty and the Beat (1981) • “Vacation,” Vacation (1982) • “Head Over Heels,” Talk Show (1984) • “The Whole World Lost Its Head,” Return to the Valley of the Go-Go’s (1994) • “Unforgiven,” God Bless the Go-Go’s (2001) • “Club Zero,” Beatnik Beach Summer (2020) 

Inductees: Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin

Influences: Beach Boys, Germs, Buzzcocks

Legacies: Green Day, Nirvana, Bikini Kill

Christian Erlandson illustration by Heather Skovlund (Photo Credit: Linden Bray) for 360 Magazine

Autofutura × Gforces Merge

LEADING AUTOMOTIVE SOFTWARE COMPANIES AUTOFUTURA AND GFORCES MERGE
 

  • Merger brings together Autofutura’s real-time data insight with GForces’ leading-edge e-commerce solutions, to create a new auto tech group
     
  • Created at a time of rapid digital acceleration in automotive retail, the new group enables car makers, dealers and finance providers to grow the lifetime value of their customers, by accelerating sales, simplifying the customer journey and improving customer retention

Two of the automotive industry’s leading retail software suppliers, Autofutura and GForces, have merged to form a new group. With the rapid acceleration of the digitization of the automotive sales process, the companies have come together to maximize sales efficiency and improve the way consumers buy cars.

The new group, backed by Inflexion Private Equity, sees the combination of Autofutura, the global, data-driven business intelligence provider, with market leading automotive e-commerce and omnichannel supplier, GForces. It also benefits from the expertise of the recently acquired Chrysalis Loyalty business, now an integral part of Autofutura.

The first of its kind in the industry, the new group aims to connect car maker, finance provider, dealer and consumer to optimize the entire customer journey – through the provision of software and data services.

The new group will be led by two highly experienced executives; data intelligence expert Christian Erlandson as CEO and automotive veteran David Riemenschneider as Chairman. Autofutura and GForces already serve 20 of the world’s leading car manufacturers and over 10,000 locations, across 96 countries. Headquartered out of the UK, its global presence includes offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, Vietnam, UAE and the USA.

Christian Erlandson, CEO, commented: “The digitization of the automotive sales process is accelerating at an unprecedented pace and now is the time to combine the expertise of Autofutura and GForces. By merging Autofutura’s data intelligence insight with GForces’ e-commerce solutions, there is huge potential to support our customers in streamlining the consumer journey, accelerating sales and driving revenue from the first transaction.”

Simon Turner, Managing Partner, Inflexion, said: “The combination of Autofutura with GForces unlocks a unique and highly relevant technology proposition for the automotive retail industry, against a backdrop of accelerating change and disruption for dealers and OEMs. We are delighted to be backing this team to create such an exciting auto tech group, by merging two outstanding private businesses with a long track record of growth.”

The newly merged group was advised by GCA Altium, Headpoint Advisors, Higgs & Sons and Taylor Wessing.

Meghan Trainor illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Meghan Trainor × NBCUniversal

MEGHAN TRAINOR TEAMS WITH NBCUNIVERSAL TELEVISION AND STREAMING ENTERTAINMENT FOR CROSS-PLATFORM PARTNERSHIP

Grammy Award-Winning Performer to Develop Starring Vehicle Comedy as Part of Overall Deal

Meghan Trainor is coming to NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Entertainment with an NBC comedy series in development as the first project under a cross-platform overall deal between the global superstar and NBCU.

The new alliance is a first-of-its-kind for the company, encompassing potential projects across scripted and unscripted content throughout NBCUߣs larger Television and Streaming Entertainment portfolio, which includes NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA, and Peacock. Within this ecosystem, Trainor will have the opportunity to leverage her talents across network, cable, streaming, and syndication programming.

“In addition to being a phenomenally talented performer, Meghan is a vibrant and hilarious ray of light who is the perfect fit for NBC’s brand”, said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. “We love the idea of introducing Meghan into the world of scripted comedy as well working with her to find all the creative and crazy ways she can engage with fans across our brands. With eight distinct platforms, we’re able to provide the ultimate playground for multi-hyphenate artists, and this is just one of the ways we’re leveraging our new structure to benefit both talent and audiences.

This collaboration with NBCUniversal is so beyond a dream come true,” Trainor said. “I’m obsessed with and inspired by Susan and can’t wait to work with her and her incredibly talented team to bring our ideas to life.”.

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor emerged with her 2014 breakout single All About That Bass; and disrupted contemporary music with nostalgic pop beats and powerhouse vocals that delivered a worldwide anthem for female empowerment. Trainor cemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by charting eight multi-platinum singles, selling millions of albums worldwide, selling out three headline tours, writing multi-platinum hits for top pop and country artists, and receiving countless industry awards and nominations. She is one of only five female artists to receive a diamond certification for her hit single All About That Bass, which shares the RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards top honor with only 15 other singles in history.

Motus One Names Julie Hamp as Chairman

Motus One is proud to announce that two executives with a wealth of valuable experience have joined the company’s team in key positions – Julie Hamp and Nancie Stoddard.

Julie Hamp, a seasoned executive in the automotive industry is now the chairman of Motus One, an appointment that is effective immediately.

She will oversee and guide the strategy, development, staffing and training at Motus One, with a core focus on customer satisfaction attained through service excellence. With 35 years in communications, Julie helped build global brands while cultivating talent and key relationships around the world. 

In addition to her chairman role at Motus One, Julie holds a senior advisor position at Hawksbill Group, a global business and communications consulting firm, and is a consulting partner to Finsbury, a global leader in strategic communications.

In the automotive category, Julie was the global chief communications officer and managing officer with Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. Prior to her Tokyo appointment, she was the chief communications officer of Toyota North America.

Before Toyota, she held various communications positions within General Motors (GM) helping to lead their brands in North America, as well as holding roles as GM VP for the Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Europe regions.

Julie also has experience outside the automotive industry as global chief communications officer and head of consumer relations at PepsiCo, reporting to the CEO.

President and CEO of Motus One, Mike Jackson, said that Julie brings tremendous credentials to the post as well as experience that is vital for today’s changing mobility marketplace. “Motus One is proud to announce that one of the leading automotive public relations and communications professionals has joined our team to assist us in the ongoing transformation of our company,” said Mike. “I’m confident that Julie’s style, experiences and passion for the automotive industry will enhance our focus and help us always exceed the expectations of our clients and the automotive media community.”

Julie furthered Mike’s sentiment, “I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working once again with my long-time friend, Mike Jackson,” she said. “I love the automotive industry and am excited to a part of it during a time when we are seeing the most significant transformations the industry has experienced since its inception.”

Fritz Henderson, Hawksbill Group principal and former CEO of General Motors and SunCoke Energy, said, “The Motus One Board of Directors made an excellent choice in selecting Julie for this role. I’m confident she will advance their relationships with OEM’s and the automotive media given her extensive relationship history with people in these positions of influence.”

Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and her post-graduate studies include participation in the GM-Harvard Business School’s Executive Development Program with an emphasis on Asian studies. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the Arthur W. Page Society.

Nancie Stoddard – vice president of finance, is another ideal candidate for the ambitious and technologically-driven objectives of Motus One and for Mike’s drive to diversify the talent within the company.

“Nancie is a dynamic and multifaceted financial executive,” said Mike, “as her expertise comes from a history of strategic, functional and operational experience with rapidly growing technology companies. Nancie has deep experience in fleet management, including guiding a team responsible for managing a fleet of 1,200 vehicles. This combination of tech savvy and automotive know-how is critical for the success of Motus One.”

Nancie graduated with degrees from both University of Michigan and Michigan State University. “A champion of customer satisfaction, business innovation and continuous improvement, Nancie is a unifier and creates added-value through intellectual prowess, consistency, quality results and dedication,” said Mike.

Nancie also serves as an officer of Financial Executives International, Detroit Chapter and is the founder of Accounting and Finance Women’s Alliance, Detroit-West.

A Rolls-Royce with Bitcoin

Hospitality mogul, Tilman Fertitta, is proud to announce his luxury automobile retailer Rolls-Royce MOTOR CARS Houston (a part of Post Oak Motors) is the first Rolls-Royce dealership in America to accept bitcoin and bitcoin cash for payments. Luxury car buyers are now able to purchase Post Oak Motors’ luxury campaigns from anywhere in the world via the bitcoin processor BitPay.

“The rising of bitcoin sparked my interest,” says Tilman Fertitta who is the owner of Post Osk Motors. “Being a premier luxury car dealer, I always want to offer my customers the very best buying experience and this partnership will allow anyone around the world to purchase our vehicles faster and easier.”

We’ve noticed people prefer to make larger purchases with bitcoin since it is a simple way to make payments,” says Sonny Singh, Chief Commercial Officer of BitPay. “This partnerships is timely with the increasing popularity ultra-luxury vehicles. Post Oak Motors has a great reputation of selling the finest cars and we are thrilled to be partnering with Tilman.”

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Houston is next to Fertitta’s newest luxury development, The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. Its showroom provides a unique car buying experience Rolls-Royce motor cars for commission along with a selection of other luxury vehicles and pre-owned makes and models.

To hear more about Fertitta Entertainment

It is recognized as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment, and gaming industries. Fertitta Entertainment, solely owned by Chairman and CEO Tilam Fertitta, owns the restaurant giant Landry’s, Inc., the Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels and the NBA Houston Rockets. Its restaurant and entertainment company o9perates more than 600 properties in 36 states and owns a number of international locations and is also one of the nation’s largest employers with more than 60,000 employees. The company owns and operates a signature collection of eateries, as well more than 50 different restaurant brands and award winning concepts. The Signature Group includes some of the world’s premier fine dining concepts, such as Mastro’s Steakhouse and Ocean Club, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, Vic & Anthony’s, Brenner’s Steakhouse, Grotto, Atlantic Grill, La Griglia and Willie G’s; while the multi-unit restaurant brands include such well known favorites as Chart House, Landry’s Seafood House, Rainforest Café, and many more.

To hear more about Post Oak Motors Cars…

It is a Tilman Fertitta company and home to Bentley, Bugatti, and Rolls-Royce Houston. Here, clients are part of an exclusive world of luxury. Not only are clients’ privy t special concierge services from the sales and services departments, but dinner reservations, hotel stays, and helicopter transfers. They are located at 1530 W. Loop South, Houston, TX 77027. Click here for more details!

To hear more about BitPay…

Founded in 2011, it is the pioneer and the most experienced company in bitcoin and blockchain payments. Its suite of products enables businesses to send and receive cross border payments, also enabling consumers to manage digital assets with the BitPay Wallet and turn digital assets into dollars with the BillPay Prepaid Visa Card. The company’s locations are in North America, Europe, and South America–already raised over $70 million from leading investors including Founders Fund, Index Ventures, and Aquiline Technology Growth. Visit here for more information on BitPay.

Eric Schiffer

After the recent controversy, the Equifax CEO has suddenly ‘retired’. Eric Schiffer, the Chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, says that “Richard Smith did not have a choice, but that this is not a permanent bloodbath; Equifax can recover.”

Eric says: 

  • He was probably forced under the threat of a public firing by the board for them having to witness the single greatest act of online security incompetence in modern American history. 
  • I called publicly for his firing immediately after the incident because Equifax acted like a home security service who waits two months to tell his client they’ve been robbed. 
  • Equifax’s CEO became the enemy of the American people for failing them miserably. He was painfully unprepared. 
  • For their next CEO, they need a General Kelly, someone who is competent, knows how to protect and defend, and has great integrity and honor. 
  • They will recover, it will take a lot of time, but the right leader known for security competence and integrity can turn this around within one to two years or less. 

About Eric Schiffer // Los Angeles, CA

Eric Schiffer is a best-selling author, and a successful entrepreneur. He has founded two companies listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies, and serves as a trusted advisor to multiple Fortune 500 CEOs, foreign business leaders, and Forbes 400 billionaires. He is the CEO of Patriarch Group, and serves chairman of Reputation Management Consultants- an expert at rebuilding one’s reputation. Eric is also the CEO of Digitalmarketing.com, providing his insights to Fortune 500 CEOs, foreign leaders, Forbes 400 billionaires and celebrities.

Eric Schiffer on FOX News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQm87veDuSY