Monthly Archives: December 2015

#127 – Peter Shankman – Best-selling author/futurist, keynote speaker, angel investor, marketer

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 127 - Peter Shankman - Best-selling author/futurist, keynote speaker, angel investor, marketer

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton wrap up 2015 by talking about what they did for Christmas and Ryan‘s family trip to Hershey Park. Then, the guys welcome best-selling author/futurist, keynote speaker, angel investor, and marketer, Peter Shankman, to help ring in the New Year.

Peter talks to the guys on everything from starting up his business, Help A Reporter Out (HARO), to working with NASA to fatherhood to turning ADHD into a super power.

Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage.

An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter Shankman is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about Customer Service, Social Media, PR, marketing and advertising.

Peter is best known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO), which in under a year became the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline, offering them more than 200,000 sources around the world looking to be quoted in the media. HARO is currently the largest free source repository in the world, sending out over 1,500 queries from worldwide media each week. HARO‘s tagline, “Everyone is an Expert at Something”, proves over and over again to be true, as thousands of new members join at each week. In June of 2010, less than two years after Peter started HARO in his apartment, it was acquired by Vocus, Inc.

Peter is the founder of ShankMinds: Business Masterminds, a series of small business entrepreneurial-style masterminds in over 25 cities worldwide.

Additionally, Peter is also the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc., a boutique Social Media, Marketing and PR Strategy firm located in New York City, with clients worldwide. His blog, which he launched in 1995 at, both comments on and generates news and conversation.

Peter‘s Customer Service and Social Media clients have included American Express, Sprint, The US Department of Defense, Royal Bank of Canada, Snapple Beverage Group, Saudi Aramco, Foley Hoag, LLP, NASA, Haworth, Walt Disney World, Abercrombie and Kent, The Ad Council, Discovery Networks, New Frontier Media, Napster, Juno, Dream Catcher Destinations Club, Harrah’s Hotels, and many, many others.

Peter Shankman is the author of four books: Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015); Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management is Over, and Collaboration is in (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013); Can We Do That?! Outrageous PR Stunts That Work–And Why Your Company Needs Them (Wiley and Sons, 2006); and Customer Service: New Rules for a Social Media World (Que Biz-Tech 2010).

Peter is also a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences and tradeshows worldwide, including South By Southwest, Affiliate Summit, BlogWorld, TBEX, The Public Relations Society of America, CTIA, CTAM, CES, PMA, OMMA, Mobile Marketing Asia, and the Direct Marketing Association.

Peter is an adjunct professor of Marketing at New York University, and sits on the advisory boards of several companies, and is honored to sit on the NASA Civilian Advisory Council, appointed to his position by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. He’s also an angel investor, specializing mostly in very early stage tech and social media companies.

A marketing pundit for several national and international news channels, including Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, Peter is frequently quoted in major media and trade publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News, The Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today.

A proud Boston University graduate, Peter Shankman started his career at America Online as a Senior News Editor, helping found the AOL Newsroom and spearheading coverage of the Democratic and Republican 1996 conventions, which marked the first time an online news service covered any major political event.

Born and raised in New York City, Peter still resides there with his beautiful wife and daughter, and NASA the Wonder Cat, all of whom consistently deny his repeated requests to relinquish the couch. In the few hours of spare time Peter has per month he’s completed 13 marathons, seven Olympic distance triathlons, two half-Ironman triathlons, and one full Ironman Triathlon. He’s also a “B” licensed skydiver with over 400 jumps.

In 2011, Peter authored a tweet that was voted as one of the “Top Ten Tweets of the year” by Twitter, out of more than 160,000,000,000 tweets sent. (…not bad. 😉

Follow Peter Shankman on Twitter @petershankman, Facebook, and his phenomenal blog at

#126 – Greg Washington – Daddy Porter

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 126 - Greg Washington - Daddy Porter

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk about Christmas and what presents they can’t wait for their kids to open. Then, the guys bring on at-home dad and craft beer enthusiast, Greg Washington from Daddy Porter.

Greg talks to the guys about what are some good holiday beers to bring to a party, his passion for beer, homeschooling his kids, and being an at-home dad.

Greg is a also a long-standing board member at National At-Home Dad Network.

Make sure you follow Greg Washington on Facebook, Twitter at @daddyporterblog, and on

#125 – Partick Quinn – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Preview

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 125 - Partick Quinn - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Preview

This episode, Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk with Life of Dad co-founder Patrick Quinn on everything Star Wars. Patrick was able to preview the movie and also interview the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, courtesy of Disney.

No spoilers in this podcast.

Art, Ryan, and Patrick each bring their own take on Star Wars and the role this movie franchise has played in their lives. They talk about whether this is a film you bring your kids to or do you see the movie first and then decide. They also talk about some of the latest tech from the film and where you can pick it up.

Enjoy…and May The Force Be With You.

#124 – Art Eddy – Life of Dad

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 124 - Art Eddy - Life of Dad

This week, Ryan Hamilton interviews his co-host, Art Eddy, to find out about certain things that people might not know about Art.

In this episode, Art tells Ryan how he got his break to work in the world of radio, how Art‘s dad saved a comic book store owner’s life, and how Art used Star Wars to prank his radio colleagues during a snow storm.


#123 – Joel Gratcyk – Daddy’s Grounded

The Life of Dad After Show - Episode 123 - Joel Gratcyk - Daddy's Grounded

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk about Ryan‘s drive with his son from the DC area to Ferguson, Missouri. Then they bring on Joel Gratcyk from Daddy’s Grounded.

Joel is a first time father still adjusting to short nights and dirty diapers. Daddy’s Grounded was started as a way of remembering the experience of fatherhood in all its details, with photos, video and thought.

Living in the Chicago suburbs he travels when he can, loves sci-fi movies, is a technology geek and a professional nerd. He’s been married for 8 years to his best friend, Abigail of She is a flight attendant and travels a lot when she’s working. This blog is Joel’s way of remembering the experience of fatherhood in all its details, with photos, video and thoughts.

Make sure you read his fantastic article called “Dear Son”. You also must check out the commemorative birthday beer he brewed for his son and his thoughts on why he wants his son to question his authority.

Follow Joel Gratcyk on Twitter @ daddysgrounded, Facebook, and