Party Bus from Akron to Cleveland for my Birthday!

For my Akron fans I’ve teamed up with Rockin’ Cleveland to offer a round trip from Akron to Cleveland to my 21st Birthday Bast at Earth Nightclub on September 6th.

The $5 ticket include party bus round trip and club cover (18+ to get in, 21+ to drink – EVERYONE NEEDS AN ID)

The bus will pick up in Akron at 9:30pm sharp in front of Barley House Akron and will depart Earth Nightclub to return to Akron at 2:15am.

If you’d like to buy multiple tickets, you can edit in shopping cart!

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Alan Cox Interview

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State of the Union

Attention SuperPimp Army! As you all now know, I am no longer employed by Progressive. I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support you’ve all showed this past few days. A lot of you have asked what’s next. LET ME ASSURE YOU: I am happier then ever & focused to follow my dream in this next chapter of my life.

I’m going to be announcing some very exciting events coming in the near future, as well as discussing some recent turn of events in my personal life, THIS TUESDAY at 4:20pm on the The Alan Cox Show Fan. I’m asking all my fans friends to join Allan, Chad, Erika, & I in this radio extravaganza.You can help me by tuning in to 100.7 WMMS on Aug. 28th at 4:20pm & by calling the station, letting them know you appreciate hearing Superpimp on the show. Thanx in advance….I am so pumped to represent Cleveland!!!

- SP

The End of an Era

My colleagues and I dressed as different forms of Flo for Halloween. I’m to the right of the original. I was dressed as Flo circa 1985

“YOU’RE FIRED!” says Donald Trump on his hit reality series, “The Apprentice.” This is certainly not a new phrase. It has been around in one form or another since the first person paid money to someone else to perform a task. What is also not new is the fear of possibly hearing these words, and the anguish it causes for people who have heard it. On July 18th, 2012 I was personally told by Progressive Insurance my employment with them was terminated. Why and how did this happen to me, arguably one of their very best salespeople? As with most things that surround me, the story is very unusual.

Disguised as a mild-mannered insurance agent during the day, turned into Superpimp at night

May 10, 1999 I was hired by a very vibrant company in the middle of an exciting evolution. Although Progressive was founded 75 years ago, when I first walked through the doors it seemed like it just started that day. As I walked down the hallways, I could just feel the energy and enthusiasm exuded by the people who worked there. They were happy to work for a forward moving company, who appreciated their important role in making that happen.

In those days you would see a tall striking man with a black cowboy hat wandering those same hallways. His aura and reputation could be felt ten feet in front of him, as well as ten feet behind him, as he mingled and talked with his employees.

A “Superpimp“ of sorts, his name was Peter B. Lewis. As most titans of industry of his era, he understood it was his people in the “trenches” who made the company successful. Good pay, good benefits, and motivational bonus incentive for those who excelled was his blueprint for showing his appreciation. As a tribute to this philosophy, when I started , Progressive was the 5th largest auto insurance company in the U.S. Approximately 2-3 yrs later we moved up to #3, quickly moving toward #2. As we fast forward to today’s version of this company, many of you reading this will be able to relate to your current job situation.

Some of the great people on one of my earliest sales teams. I will most certainly miss all the wonderfull people I met at Progressive

As time went on, the health of our fearless leader began to fail. His active role in the company became less and less until now it is my understanding he is a member of the board for pay purposes only. Many of the great Progressive leaders of this time period have either retired or moved on to another company. It is my opinion, as these people left, so did their philosophies as to what ultimately makes any company a success. The new “regime” has a different idea as to the order of priorities.

No longer are the hard working people of Progressive and their families #1 priority, but rather the stockholders. Why the change? Follow the money.

Like many other companies, the pay for the top end execs are way out of line. Progressive’s top dog (I personally like him) makes about $12m a yr salary, plus gainsharing and stock options. Depending on the year, it brings him to anywhere between $18m- $25m. How can he possibly live on that kind of money? I don’t blame him for that, but rather the financial structure of the company. Top execs keep those big bucks by pleasing the stockholders, not the “little folks”.

They don't seem to get my name right...

Is their new priority working? As of the day I left , Progressive’s ranking has dropped back to 4th largest, heading backwards towards 5th. (Even though they added homeowners insurance). Even in this time of high unemployment the company suffers from a large exodus of employees. Stock value has remained stagnant or dropped. The overall morale of their employees (As evidenced by the turnover rate) is at an all time low. Gone is the genuine energy, and enthusiasm that once was the trademark of people who worked here. In their place are false actions kept in place so they don’t hear the words, you’re fired. Now let’s talk about my firing.

As I mentioned earlier, my firing from Progressive is unusual. One of the reasons i: I planned and orchestrated it starting actively about two yrs ago. Up until approximately five years ago, I had planned to stay with Progressive for twenty yrs. Why my change of heart? Progressive’s change of heart.

I outlined earlier how, in my opinion, this company has changed. To sum up the major reasons I became disillusioned……

CEO? No, just me dressed up at work ready for the nights festivities!

1) Every year I worked at Progressive I lost money (Average cost of living rises approx. 4% a yr. Progressive raises, if you got one, 1-3%)

2) Continuing to pile on more & more work with one hand, while taking more from you with the other. i.e. no more bonuses, less break time, less vacation than promised at hiring, less company sponsored employee appreciation events, to name a few.

3) Going to work everyday feeling like a micro-managed trained monkey, rather than a productive, thinking, adult human being.

Once I made the decision to get fired, I set the time table. I wanted my daughter to reach her 18th birthday. I needed to have a backup plan for her health insurance in place. Money had to be set aside for a couple months worth of bills. Last but not least, I had to develop

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Dancing with one of my friends, when Progressive used to have great Christmas parties

the testicular fortitude to leave my comfort zone ( guaranteed paycheck ) so i could pursue my dream. With these things in place, I proceeded to break the rules I needed to get fired.

Will everyone agree with what I’ve said about today’s Progressive? Probably not. But it is my heartfelt opinion that most will. I want to make something very clear to all who read this: It was not my purpose to trash my former company. Keep in mind everything positive I said in the beginning, as well as the fact I was with them over 13 years. During the time I worked there i fought very hard to try & bring back the company I truly loved. As my peers of that time will tell you, I put my butt on the line many times saying out loud what most were thinking but were afraid to vocalize. My purpose was just to tell my personal story with the hope it will help others in some way.

In closing I want to convey to Glen Renwick & his staff what a wonderful group of hard working dedicated people they have working for them. If you make them once again your # 1 priority, many of Progressive’s problems will disappear & your jobs will be easier. Remember, when that call center licensed agent answers the phone, they are the “face” of the company. An appreciated employee equals a happy customer.

To my former Progressive “family”… hard as it was to try & write this piece, it will be much harder to convey how much I love & miss you all, and what you have meant to me through these last 13 yrs. Not only did we share our work experiences, but also our personal lives. Weddings, divorces …. births, deaths …. joys, sorrows. Hope I brought you a laugh or two through the years. I am happy and pursuing my dream…..I wish the same for all of you.

Diane, John and I, during happier times at Progressive, circa Peter B. Lewis

- SP

P.S.This is for those of you who didn’t see, or hear about my final morning at Progressive. Those of you who know me will get a kick out of this: Knowing I was going to get fired as soon as I came in, I wanted to go out with a bang instead of a whimper. So what was I wearing when I walked into the office at 10:05 am to get the official word……………..The Pink Panther Suit…..

I posted this video when I launched my site. Looking forward to pimpin life full time now.

My fans gave me the nickname “SuperPimp” (Money Mike in Akron). I imagine the nickname came from my style and the women around me… Some people think it means pimpin’ women but this couldn’t be further from the truth. I am a single father of a eighteen year old girl, whom I love very much. What I “Pimp” (Promote and Stand For) is the good life. It’s all about good friends, good family, good food and good times.

Passion Red

Why have I never considered wearing, let alone buying, a red suit until recently? Quite frankly, because I never thought I looked good in red. It didn’t matter if it was a shirt, pants, sweater, I never felt comfortable in red. This suit story re-emphasizes why we shouldn’t prejudge something solely on our past experiences or tastes.

Several months ago I was negotiating with Tom Rini to become part of his great Crav Vodka promotion team. I started by looking up his website to determine his marketing look, or style. What jumped out at me was his use of the word “Passion”, highlighted by bold red & black colors. My idea was to break my no red rule & show up at our meeting with a bold red suit, with a black silk shirt & tie; carrying a bottle of Crav.

I went to my favorite suit store and found the suit & accessories I had in my minds eye. The next step was to try it on; having already determined I wouldn’t be happy. When I looked in the mirror, I was pleasantly hocked. Maybe because my expectations were so low, or perhaps I just keep getting younger every day. ( the Horseshoe Casino has set the odds that it’s the first of the two reasons. HA!)

At the Love for Chardon Fundraiser

My favorite night so far in the suit, was at a fundraiser which I was asked to make an appearance. It was a blind bachelor auction benefiting the students & families of the Chardon High School shootings. I was way out of my comfort zone that night. As I have always stated as part of my “Pimpology 101” course study; “ life begins where your comfort zone ends” So when the evening ended as a great success, it was a tremendous relief. I met so many wonderful people who selflessly gave of their time, had fun, & made a bunch of money for a great cause. Can’t ask for more than that. ( As a side note, I was auctioned off for $1.17 cents……..Just
kidding……………$1.18 cents)

- SP

Swing City Big Band Live at the Office Grille in Westlake

Office Grille is proud to announce a special one night only appearance of the world renown, Swing City Big Band featuring the bold song stylings of Ray Ewers as well as the melodic tones of the beautiful Peggy Gibbons and Cindy Smith.

Spend a magical evening reminiscing with songs of such great artists as:

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, the Dorseys, Ella Fitzgerald
and many more.

Too young to remember, but really love great music? This truly remarkable 20 piece band experience will bring it alive for you. Due to the expected turnout for this event, please come early.

NO COVER, but seating is limited.

Hosted by Cleveland’s Own SuperPimp

  • Swing & Jitterbug dance contest with cash prizes
  • Drink specials all night
  • Prizes for best dress couple & best legs.

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The Owen & Laura Hood Wedding

On July 7 of this year a very special couple by the name of Owen & Laura Hood exchanged their wedding vows. I had met them out & about on several occasions while they were just going out together. Even before I knew they were planning to marry, I thought they were both outstanding people who made a perfect couple. So when Owen contacted me via my website asking me to be a special guest at their reception, I was honored.

The wedding & reception were both held at one of the most beautiful venues in Cleveland. I had never been to, or heard of the Shoreby Club in Bratenhal before this event. An absolutely beautiful facility right on the lake. Upon arriving, I went around back where a huge tent housed I would guess between 2-3 hundred people. The sun was just setting on the lake, bringing a soft glow across the event. Owen did not tell anyone I was making a special appearance, so when I walked in, a roar went up from the crowd. What a rush for me knowing this is the response Owen & Laura were looking for.

Laura looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, and Owen & his boys cleaned up good as well. I got to dance with many of their guests along with both moms…..a real treat. I met so many nice people. Each one in their own way made me feel at home, and that I added to the enjoyment of their night.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Owen & Laura for letting me a small part of this magnificent occasion. You deserve all the happiness you bring to others in your married life together.

As a side note, I really love going to weddings. ( As long as it’s not mine HA!) So if anyone has one coming up, and you would like me to appear, please contact me….Have a great day

- SP