The Perfect Game | Welborn Media Wins 2013 Fast & Furious Bowling League!!!

When I let it go, I knew it was good.

The blue and yellow swirled ball rumbled down the lane, hit the pocket, and sent all 10 pins exploding in different directions.  So excited, I yelled and gave a fist pump.  I turned around to see my dad, mom, brother and grandma screaming, yelling and applauding.  I hugged them each, one by one . . . we were all teary-eyed at what had transpired.

A moment I will never forget.

Zeb Welborn's Perfect Game

Zeb Welborn

In September 2012, Welborn Media sponsored the Welborn Media bowling team in the Fast & Furious Bowling League at Chaparral Lanes in Chino Hills, CA.  The Welborn Media bowling team consisted of myself; my dad, Larry; my mom, Annie; my brother Rocky; and our honorary team coach . . . my grandma, Lenore.

My parents had bowled in leagues when I was extremely young and my brother and I had played for just a few months in the previous season . . . For all intents and purposes we were new to the game.

We somehow managed to stay atop the leader board for the entire season, but many teams were within striking distance going into the final week. We had just a 2.5 game advantage over two very talented teams.

During the season we managed to rack up some incredible performances.

  • My brother, Rocky bowled a 705 series with my Uncle Steve and Aunt Brenda looking on in amazement.
  • My mom, Annie scored a 728 handicap series while bowling in front of her sister, Cathy and her husband, Robert as witnesses.
  • My dad, Larry always came through in the clutch.  In one memorable outing, the pressure was on, we needed him to get three straight strikes in order to win, so he did.

As for me, I saved my clutch performance for the last match of the season.

In bowling, the last week of the season is called position week, where the teams closest to each other compete against one another to determine their final placement in the league standings.  We had to set up a pre-bowl because my brother, Rocky, was going to be out of town for a wedding.  To win the league we needed to beat the Ball Busters while also securing enough points to make sure that One Time Split didn’t sneak in and steal the title from us.  Our season was on the line.

I prepared more diligently than I had before, trying to figure out the lanes during our practice bowling, the right amount of curve on the lane.  I got dialed in.

My 1st game started off with 3 straight strikes, all perfectly placed in the pocket.  In the 4th, I let the ball go a little too late and it hit the back side of the headpin . . . a “brooklyn” as they call it, but the pins still fell.  Frames 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 went by like a blur as I continued to pile up the strikes.

In the 10th and final frame I let my first ball go . . . another perfect ball.  It hit, the pins exploded but one pin was left standing . . . the 10 pin.  Slowly one spinning pin began making its way from the left side of the lane to the right – headed towards the 10 pin . . . My family and I were screaming for it to hit.

It missed.

The wayward pin slid right by the 10 pin. I turned around, dejected, knowing I had missed my chance for a perfect game.  As I was looking over to my family — they suddenly burst out, cheering uncontrollably . . . Somehow, the 10 pin had fallen.  My perfect game was still intact.

Before I was able to remain fairly calm. To avoid jinxing the game or adding pressure my team had been containing their enthusiasm, but after such a close call they revealed their extreme excitement. Now, I was nervous. My hands and my body were shaking after the intense low and high of that previous ball.  I continued on. I lined myself up for the next throw and fired it down the lane for my 11th strike in a row.

For the 12th and final ball, I stood for a moment, gathered myself. I walked to my spot and let go.

A moment I will never forget.

Two weeks later we headed to Laughlin for Sweepstakes, the big, end of the year tournament which took place this past Father’s Day weekend.

Team Welborn Media in Laughlin Perfect Game

Team Welborn Media in Laughlin

It was a great weekend spent with my brother, his girlfriend, my sister, her boyfriend, my parents, my grandma and my Aunt Holly & Aunt Lindra.  My dad won a poker tournament, we all won some money, spent some great quality time together and had a fantastic time bowling with a spirited group of our loved ones cheering us on.

Walking into the awards ceremony, 4 trophies were positioned on the table at the front of the room – all 4 were for us:  1st Place – Welborn Social Media.

During the awards ceremony Rocky won the highest handicap series, my Mom tied for the highest handicap series for females, our team had won the highest team scratch game and I won the highest scratch game of the season with a 300 – a perfect game.

Welborn Social Media wins 2013 Fast & Furious Bowling League at Chaparral Lanes. Zeb Welborn bowls a perfect game.

2013 Fast & Furious Bowling League Standings

Looking back on my perfect game I can see the faces of my dad, my mom and my brother – sheer joy.  I’ll never forget walking to the table behind the alley to give my grandma a hug – a tear streaming down her face.  And I’ll always remember the love, excitement and support I felt that day – perfect.

Some may be able to say they’ve bowled a perfect game, but I think I’m alone when I say that I’ve bowled the perfect game.

2013 Share Your Passion Scholarship

The deadline, June 14, 2013,  for our annual Share Your Passion Scholarship is quickly approaching.  We’ve already given $100 scholarships to Alexandra Robledo at Norco High School in Norco, CA and Kevin San Juan from Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, CA.

This years top prize is the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship to the individual who responds the best to the following prompt:

What are you passionate about? Why are you passionate about it?  How do you plan on using your passion to help others?

We will also follow up the $250 scholarship with a scholarship offered to all students who entered through our Facebook page to see who can get the most votes.  The essay with the most votes will win the 2013 Share Your Passion Facebook Scholarship.

The scholarship came about because of our passion in education and our desire to see more students use their passions to help others.  It is with that in mind that we collaborated with The Tutoring Solution in Eastvale, Norco and cities across Southern California to offer this scholarship.

To enter or find out more, please visit our 2013 Share Your Passion Scholarship Contest page.

2013 Share Your Passion Scholarship

2013 Share Your Passion Scholarship

 

Welborn Media and the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Website

At the beginning of 2012 Welborn Media joined the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. So far we’ve attended numerous events, given a handful of helpful presentations, met so many hardworking business leaders, and Zeb has become an Ambassador for the Chamber. Recently we were brought on to redesign the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce website.

About the Chamber:

“The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce continues to be the largest and most comprehensive business organization in the Chino Valley speaking on behalf of its member firms. Members include a mix of companies of all sizes and industries, from entrepreneurial start-up companies to large long-established business entities. The Chino Valley is indeed “Open” to business and the Chamber works to make this community a premiere place to do business.”

We were excited to get the opportunity to create a website that would be able to benefit so many people in our own community, whether it be business owners who would like an online presence, or residents looking to find out more about businesses and events in the community.

The old Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce website was difficult to update and difficult to navigate. We wanted to make sure we gave our chamber something much more useful, for chamber members and visitors to the website alike. We decided to use WordPress as a content management system in tandem with ChamberMaster, a powerful easy-to-use member management software created specifically for chambers of commerce. By keeping the design clean and modern we were able to create a site that is easy to navigate while still representing the Chino Valley. Here are some screenshots of our chamber of commerce website design:

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Check out the new Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce website and let us know what you think!

Click over to our Clients page and scroll to the section Website Design to see some of the other websites we’ve built.

New Website – RB Production Rentals

We recently completed the RB Production Rentals new website!

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We wanted to keep the vibe and feel that RB Components had already established for their Production Rentals Department on their print materials. We wanted to use large images and include galleries to really show every detail of their wonderful production trailers. Featuring the Honeywagon, the PMO, and soon, their new Wardrobe Trailers was the goal of this site.

The production trailers that RB Production Rentals manufactures include the Honeywagon and the PMO. The Honeywagon is a 53 foot long trailer with 7 talent rooms, two crew restrooms and an associate directors room.  The modern styling and high end fiberglass/aluminum steel construction make it stellar vehicle to have on set. The PMO is a 4 stall VIP restroom. Its efficient design includes more stalls, necessary for a busy production crew.  Coming soon is their Wardrobe Trailer, which is sure to be well thought out and designed and have the same high end construction.

RB Production Rentals is already at work on some of the hottest sets across the country including Califonication on Showtime, Scandal on ABC, House of Lies on Showtime, New Girl on Fox, and Justified on FX.

Check out the new website and let us know what you think!

The Defining Success Podcast with Zeb Welborn

Everyone has dreams, but why do some people fail to become successful?

Welborn Media has set out to answer this question in our new podcast launching today . . . the Defining Success Podcast with Zeb Welborn.

The Defining Success Podcast will be an interview style format where we’ll interview people whom we consider to be successful and share their insights and expertise with all of you.  The one questions we plan on asking every interviewee is to define success to us and then share whether or not they consider themselves to be successful.  I genuinely want to understand what makes these people successful, while so many others dream of being in their shoes.

The interviewees come from all walks of life and we’re excited at the people we have as guests for our beginning episodes.  We’ve lined up interviews with world famous tennis coach, Vic Braden; Orange County Register Sports Reporter, Rich Hammond; Reality TV Blogger, Ashley Majeski; and Author and Publisher, Tamika Newhouse.  This is just the start as we have many more slated to be interviewed in the upcoming weeks including some of the biggest names in business, education and in the online marketing world.

Go to iTunes to listen to our introductory podcast, An Introducation to the Defining Success Podcast by Zeb Welborn or visit the Defining Succest Podcast page.

Special Request:

In order to make our podcast successful, we need to build exposure.  Please help us reach more people by downloading all of the episodes of the Defining Success Podcast and rating them in iTunes.  Please also share our podcast with family and friends.  Lacey and I are extremely excited about this new opportunity and we promise to provide some of the most entertaining and insightful interviews.  Thank you all for being a part of the Welborn Media family!  Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

New Website Design! Our Saviour’s Children’s Center

Welborn Media created a brand new website for Our Saviour’s Children’s Center located in Orange, CA.

We wanted to create a playful website that showcased the fun and caring environment at Our Saviour’s Children’s Center. The wonderful childcare provided here to kids in Orange, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Tustin and other Orange County Cities is enriching lives. Encouraging all the children to grow spiritually, cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically from infants only 6 weeks old through kids in pre-kindergarten.

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Some of the highlights of the day care program are field trips, a Christmas program, weekly Spanish classes for 3s and 4s, Grandparents’/Loved Ones’ Day, Winter Fun Day, Thanksgiving Feast, Parents’ Night Out, Daddy & Me, and Mommy & Me. They even have Webby Dance and gymnastics as well as Soccer Shots available at this child care center.

The goal of the center and their curriculum is to eliminate stereotyping and discriminatory behavior based on gender, physical attributes, socio-economic position, race or ethnicity. Cooperation, understanding and compassion are modeled by staff and encouraged in the children.

At Welborn Media we are proud to have worked on this site for such a wonderful local business with a caring licensed staff. Please check out the website, take a look at the childcare events and the photos that show the playground, the large outdoor areas, swing set, track path, colorful kids play room, and the babies room.

If you’re interested in getting a new website, like Our Saviour’s Children’s Center, contact us to find out about our website design process and about how we can create a custom website for your business.

Email Lacey@WelbornMedia.com

Personal Branding

Personal branding is critical in our new economy.  Long gone are the days of resume writing and interviews.  Today, employers and prospective clients are turning to the Internet to find out information about their potential hires or who they will be doing business with.

Google Searches:  Over 1 billion Google searches are conducted every single day . . . What happens when an employer or a prospective client Google’s your name?  What will they see?  It’s important to demonstrate that you are someone who is passionate about the field that you’re entering, so much so that you’re willing to work for free.  How do you the impressive things you’ve done to show up in those search results?  Start a website, sign up for LinkedIn, contribute guest blogs to websites that you’re interested in.

 

Facebook:  You hear stories about employers using Facebook to check out their employees.  Be sure you have your Facebook profile either set to private, or be sure to keep in mind that your Facebook page is now a part of your personal brand.  If you’re trying to become a professional in business try and avoid using those drunk pictures of you and your friends in Vegas.  Keep in mind, that anything on the Internet can, and most often will be seen.

LinkedIn:  LinkedIn is my favorite tool for connecting with business professionals.  I think the day of the resume is gone and employers will now be using LinkedIn to hire new employees.  Prospective employees have the ability to use LinkedIn to demonstrate their expertise much more thoroughly than a resume ever could.  Be sure your LinkedIn profile is filled out completely and you’ll attract more business professionals and build stronger connections.

Now, more so than any other time in history, humans have the ability to move up the social ladder faster than they’ve ever been able to before as a result of the ever expanding reach of the Internet and social media.  However, the Internet can also have some devastating consequences for some.  Keep in mind that anything that goes online can and will be used against your reputation.  Be sure to consider any decisions you make online that could help or tarnish your reputation.  In today’s economy, your personal brand is everything!

To learn more about how you can use personal branding to your benefit please listen to the Defining Success Podcast interview with Rich Hammond on Personal Branding.

Website Design | Exploring Your Options

We come across people on a daily basis who are looking to build a website to promote their business or product online. Exploring your options is an important function of any business and one a business owner should take seriously when choosing a company to design their website.  There are many things that people don’t know or understand about website design and it’s our intention to help educate you on what it takes to build a functional website for your business.

Many companies have sprouted up recently, offering free websites to people who are interested in using a do-it-yourself approach to website design.  This option is great for small business owners who don’t have money to invest in designing a website; however, these websites come with many limitations.  The largest of these limitations is that the websites are made using templates. Often you cannot get colors, spacing, and content to look the way you want. This can cause frustration and disappointment. Many business owners who take this approach spend a good deal of time setting up their website and end up unhappy with the results. If you fall into this category, all is not lost. In many cases you can hire a designer to make a few adjustments that will enhance your site for minimal cost.

If you’re looking for a top-notch website that will look and act exactly as you want it to, you’ll need to hire a website designer.  Be sure to check references from any website designer you hire.  We’ve heard so many horror stories from business owners who paid someone to do their website and then they disappeared.  I can honestly say that a good deal of the people who hire us have shared a bad experience they’ve had with another website designer. Ask for some examples of their work; check to see if you like the websites they’ve done. Ask if the final product is optimized for search engines. Consider hiring a photographer. Having beautiful photos on your website can set you apart from the crowd. Plus, having high quality photos available to a website designer can provide lots of inspiration.

With Welborn Media you’ll get a completely customized website.  Every single person who has had a website designed by us has told us that the website was better than they could have ever imagined.  Our website designer, Lacey, is extremely talented when it comes to taking an individual’s/company’s website and turning it into something that’s better than our customers had envisioned.

We are members of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and helping to make businesses successful online is our passion.  Our business will be here for a long time to come and we aren’t going anywhere.  If you’d like to see what other people have said about Welborn Media please check out our Social Media and Website Design Recommendations.

To  learn more about exploring your options, please visit The Defining Success Podcast for our interview with Kim Nelson from Daisy Cakes where she discusses the importance of exploring your options when making important business decisions.