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Real Detroit Test Drive 3: Operation: Kid Equip

In this episode of Real Detroit Test Drive I grab Menachem Kniespeck of Operation: Kid Equip and we take a spin in a 2014 GMC Acadia. We also do a tour of their warehouse that is filled with hundreds of thousands of books. Menachem was one of the speakers at the first #313DLove event. Check it out.

The 2013 Beanies Awards (my favorite Facebook moments

It’s that time of year again. You know the time…when one year ends and another one seamlessly begins. And just like last year, I’m going to present the Beanies Awards. What are the Beanies you ask? Really? You have to ASK?

Well, they’re my now annual awards that I present for the most impactful Facebook moments or movements of the year. If you’re overly curious (or exceedingly bored) you can check out The 2012 Beanies Here.

So without further Adieu…

Best use of your position to get people to go to the movie with you: And the winner is: Stephen Clark!!! Stephen’s “go see Anchorman 2 with an Anchor Man” was brilliant. I loved it and I certainly hope those who made it enjoyed a cocktail (or 3), the company and of course, the movie!

Best Goading Me Into Something I may or may not want to do: This award goes to Dave Phillips and ALL of his efforts to get me and others to check out the XICW “Best in Detroit” event on January 18. Near as I can tell it’s like the WWE without all of that boring World stuff.

Best Online Relocation:  This guy moved from the lovely city of Detroit to becoming a virtual nomad in India for the next six months (he’s 60 days in). Additionally, he is the first ever 2 time Beanies Winner and it’s Keith Zendler. Way to go Keith. Keep sharing those awesome photos and making a REAL difference!!

Best Leveling Up of a Cause:  It’s little secret that I’ve long been a fan of Menachem Kneispeck and the wonderful work he and his team have been doing at Operation: Kid Equip, but this year they REALLY moved the needle. They did so by taking Michigan Friends of Education to a dream level so that students could get books for FREE (really, families can order books and they have to pay for is Shipping and Handling…check it out and share it). 

Best Freshman Floor Mate Making a Difference:  I was listening to morning radio and they were doing their “breaking and entering” thing for Christmas. The story was so touching about a young girl whose parents were told by the Dr.s that there was nothing more that could be done to save her. She had but one wish…to meet Selena Gomez. The “radio station” pulled it off and the young lady did. Later that day I learned that it was Steve York and the Charity, Angels of Hope who actually made the magic happen. Well done good people!

Best New Startup in the Shameless Self Promotion Category: Shockingly, I’m voting for the company that we have been so busy launching. We keep getting closer. It’s going to be super fun. In related news, if you know anyone who will be leasing a Chrysler or GM vehicle in January or February, they should talk to me. Click Click Car will be doing a soft launch and I will be doing A LOT of user experience testing. 

Best Looking Blushing Bride: I am way biased, of course, but just look at this picture. Look at it. Look at it!!! I believe the saying is “Bean out kicked his coverage on this one”. Smoking hot wife I got here 😉


Best former mentor who will be a future mentor: Frank Agin taught me how to run a network way back in the 90’s when I still lived in Columbus. Since that time he’s really grown his business AND written a bunch of good books. I’m gonna be more like Frank in 2014!

Best use of Facebook for keeping up with #little Babies:  This one is a bit obvious. It was so cool to watch Nikki Little and her husband’s pregnancy, delivery and growing of their #Little Babies (see what she did there) as they had twins this year. It really was one of my favorite Facebook trends. Congrats you two (or should I say four)?

Alright, that’s it. What did I forget?

What were some of your favorite Facebook moments?

Be sure to submit early for the 2014 Beanies 😉


Operation: #FloodOKE with drop off locations for 7/17

We are doing a “replenish” the school supplies Operation: Kid Equip lost in a flood on July 10 and we need your help.

This link has a list of locations where we will be accepting donations on Wednesday, July 17:

If you know people who have children on free/reduced lunch programs in and around Detroit this is very important.

Please show your support!

Thank you!!

Operation: Kid Equip press release for Operation: #floodOKE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 Media Contacts:


                                                                                              – Terry Bean




Operation: #floodOKE is a Multi-Location School Supply Fundraiser Planned to Replace Supplies Lost in Flood

Community Bands Together to Support Non-Profit that Serves

Close to 100,000 Detroit Area Children

DETROIT, Mich — July 12, 2013

On July 10, 2013 Menachem Kniespeck, Founder of Operation: Kid Equip ( walked into the HQ like it was any normal day. That changed the in an instant. “The minute I walked through the door and I put my foot on the floor it just went, squish!” said Kniespeck. Tens of thousands of dollars in donated school supplies ruined.  The biggest problem is that their insurance covers everything but donated items.


Instead of volunteers spending their Wednesday getting ready for upcoming multiple distributions of school supplies, they spent their day ripping up carpet and throwing out water soaked things like papers and books. 

Operation: Kid Equip exists to make sure children have the school supplies they need when their parents can’t afford to buy them. Since their inception in 2006, Operation: Kid Equip has distributed tens of thousands of backpacks filled with the basic necessities: pens, notebooks, pencils, crayons, rulers and more to well over 100,000 needy students in the Detroit metro area.

The organization relies on donations, and has great success attracting many corporate partners. This year the shelves were stocked and volunteers were ready to distribute the supplies. But the weather combined with a plugged outdoor drain system had different plans.  “Sometimes if something gets wet it can get moldy, we don’t want to pass out anything to the kids that could potentially make them sick,” said Kniespeck.

So now this wonderful organization is looking to create a significant grassroots movement to replace non-usable supplies. In partnership with some local organizations, Stay & Play Social Club, and Motor City Connect, Operation: Kid Equip looks to replace what is lost. It is being referred to as Operation: #floodOKE so it is identifiable on social networks.

“The idea is pretty simple,” said Stephanie Puertas, Founder of Stay & Play Social Club, “we want to show the world just how resilient, fun-loving and giving Detroiters really are. So we decided to setup a multi-location event next Wednesday, July 17, where people will be encouraged to donate supplies and grab a drink.”

“It was a real easy decision to support the work Operation: Kid Equip is doing” said David Phillips of “They make a positive impact in so many people’s lives. It just seemed like the right thing to do”.

At the time of the writing of this press release seven establishments had agreed to participate: The first is O’Toole’s in Royal Oak. Donations will be accepted Sunday, July 14 from 12:00-7 pm. The following locations will be accepting donations on Wednesday, July 17 from 6-9. Shark Club in Waterford, Rosie O’Grady’s in Ferndale, Shields Pizza in Southfield, Red Ox in both Auburn Hills and Utica and Main Street Billiards in Rochester. On Thursday, July 18 donations will be accepted at the Black Finn in Royal Oak. We anticipate that other locations will also be accepting donations throughout the week. Follow Operation: Kid Equip on their Facebook page for the most up to date info:

Here is a list of supplies that can be picked up at Meijer, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target or wherever you would find school supplies: Crayons (16- or 24-packs), Pencils, Pens, Markers (washable), Scissors (blunt-tip), Rulers, Glue Sticks, Spiral Notebooks, Copy Paper, Erasers, Backpacks

Operation: Kid Equip is a 501(c)3 with a passion for giving children the tools they need to succeed in life. If you would like to donate directly to Operation: Kid Equip, you can do so on their website: You can also learn more about the organization there.