Monday, September 11, 2017

Comfort Zone CEO's Foxhead Farm May Serve as Hurricane Relief Base Camp

Soperton GA

Comfort Zone Portables CEO Mark Slade constantly strives to plan ahead for any contingency. Whether it is to serve at a large music fest in California or first responder relief after a natural disaster, Slade anticipates needs before they arise and devises prospective solutions.

So it is with Foxhead Farm in Soperton Georgia. With relative quiet on the storm front since 2008, Foxhead has served as a hunting & fishing retreat for family, friends & Comfort Zone business associates. Roughly halfway between Macon & Savannah just south of Interstate 16, the farm is convenient to travelers across Georgia & the southeast.

In his years of stewardship Slade has made annual improvements to Foxhead. He added a second pond, thinned trees, planted others, groomed acreage & meticulusly restored & maintained biological & botanical balance.

Slade even maintains a "no-shoot" rattlesnake policy consistent with a wildlife preserve. If a rattler threatens kill it only in self-defense. Otherwise get out of the snake's habitat. Snakes were here before humans.

It is Slade's instinct to improve assets & enhance the quality & value of everything. Businesses he creates, events that Comfort Zone serves & property he owns all improve & thrive under Slade management.

Slade has continued to anticipate his original vision that Foxhead would serve a larger purpose in the event of natural disaster in the southeast US. That time has come. In the wake of Hurricane Irma first responders will require shelter & basic life essentials to do their work.

Slade's plan is to construct an approximate 200 man camp for relief workers & utility employees, perhaps even military personnel. The buildings for housing will be wind rated, allowing teams to take shelter pre-storm & for rapid response afterward.

As is becoming well known to large event producers, government agencies & others, Comfort Zone provides innovative, environmentally sustainable sanitation technology where it is needed. Products & services include mobile restrooms, showers & fresh water delivery, as well as kitchen, laundry facilities & more. A large tract of Foxhead Farm serves as a marshalling yard of sorts for such equipment, one of many strategically located across the US.

Mark Slade anticipates that Foxhead can serve as a long term encampment for Irma relief workers. Comfort Zone can provide much of the required infrastructure from its own inventory of products. What is not in their primary line of business Slade can readily secure through his vast network of associates. Tents, temporary buildings, generators, propane boilers & full maintenance & service staff can be in place on very short notice.

In the immediate term Comfort Zone is mobilizing to serve in Texas, Florida, Georgia & wherever need takes them. In the intermediate & long term Mark Slade, Comfort Zone & Foxhead Farm stand at the ready to serve a larger purpose.

Comfort Zone is an industry leader in innovative global sanitation solutions.

Contact Info:

Name: Mark Slade
Organization: Comfort Zone Portables
Address: 5655 Shirlee Industrial Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004, United States
Phone: +1-770-772-8066

For more information please visit

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Comfort Zone Delivers Newest Technology Shower Facilities in Hurricane Relief

Atlanta GA

Comfort Zone Portables is an industry leader in providing sanitation technology to music fests & large scale events across North America. In August & September Comfort Zone was called to action in another arena in which it has over a decade of experience - first responder work.

Hurricane Harvey brought record levels of damage to Texas, and Comfort Zone responded with aid to several coastal towns in the form of base camps for those first on the scene for rescue & recovery.

With Texas efforts still underway Hurricane Irma approached up the Caribbean, and Comfort Zone prepared to go to work for days before landfall in the Florida Keys.

Dating to before Hurricane Katrina, Comfort Zone has delivered mobile restrooms, showers, water tanks and kitchen & laundry facilities where needed. Those come in the form of portalets, trailers & a variety of innovative solutions that best suit conditions in affected areas.

In the wake of Irma in Florida & northward, Comfort Zone aspires to introduce the latest technology for a number of needs, in particular large scale modular shower systems.

The traditional approach to mobile showers are large trailer units, and Comfort Zone was among the first to introduce those. Trailers offer clean, individual stalls complete with their own water supply when permanent facilities are otherwise scarce or unavailable.

While trailers provide comfort & essential hygienic solutions, getting them to relief sites is a major logistical challenge. Such trailers are inherently large steel compartments with sophisticated plumbing systems - and many cubic feet of air.

In Irma relief Comfort Zone plans to utilize their modular 4500 Showers Series.

The 4500 Series is a unique collapsible and reliable shower system, ideal when logistics are a challenge. The modular system offers economical transport, is quick & easy to assemble, and can be applied at open air events, in tent complexes, existing buildings such as sport halls & trade fair halls.

Tented showers can be assembled in various layouts & quantity of stalls. Showers are fitted with water saving shower heads & provide hot water 24 hours a day. They can include extra changing areas for additional privacy.

A key advantage to the 4500 Series is logistical efficiency. The system ships in the equivalent of solid cubes & is assembled on site. The result is high capacity & a small footprint. Hot water is supplied by propane boilers, and drain water is removed to the public sewer or frac storage tanks if sewer in unavailable.

The system is efficient to ship, install, maintain & dismantle, and it can remain in continuous use for long periods with minimal service.

As with every Comfort Zone innovation, the 4500 Shower Series benefits the user, immediate community environment, an often stressed surrounding ecosystem - and planet earth.

Comfort Zone stands ready to put their latest innovative systems to work after Hurricane Irma as soon as conditions are suitable for mobilization.

Comfort Zone is an industry leader in innovative global sanitation solutions.

Contact Info:

Name: Mark Slade
Organization: Comfort Zone Portables
Address: 5655 Shirlee Industrial Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004, United States
Phone: +1-770-772-8066

For more information please visit

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Phi Gamma Delta ~ Kappa Deuteron Chapter at the University of Georgia

Athens GA

Those who think only of the movie Animal House when they hear the word "fraternity" do not know Phi Gamma Delta. In particular they do not know the Kappa Deuteron chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Georgia.

On March 24, 2018 Kappa Deuteron will host its 50th annual graduate Pig Dinner to commemorate the anniversary of their 1968 founding on the Athens campus. They just learned there will be far more to celebrate than the remarkable last half century.

Technically, “founding” is not the proper word. “Recolonization” is correct. Phi Gam, also known as FIJI, existed at UGA from 1870 to 1890, whereupon the university expelled them for violating curfew to attend the circus. The infamy! No brothers from the era could be reached for comment, so that particular chapter in chapter history figuratively & literally ends here.

Early recolonized brethren learned much from poor judgment of those 1800s Phi Gam rascals. To avoid alternative recreation expulsion from campus again they left the country. In this case a hasty Thanksgiving 2,167 mile road trip to Juarez Mexico. No "going to the circus" misbehavior or mischief for these exemplary young men.

Rumor has it Golden Owl original chapter members may plan a 50th Anniversary 2018 wee hour road trip to this revered establishment for touch up of wrinkled & faded ankle artwork.

Kappa Deuteron will indeed have much to celebrate in 2018. On September 7 they were awarded their 14th Cheney Cup for "greatest all-around efficiency in scholarship, fraternity relationships & general collegiate activities." In other words, the Best 2017 Phi Gamma Delta Chapter in ... the World.

UGA FIJIs won recognition for a record number of 2017 national awards. They include the Baker Cup for religious, ethical, and social service activities & the Brightman Trophy for relations between the chapter & graduate brothers. They earned 2nd place for the Coon Plaque - best chapter publication & the Jordan Bowl -  highest comparative scholarship among the undergraduate chapters.

Famous Phi Gams include Calvin Coolidge, Johnny Carson, Phil Knight, Mike Pence, Seth Meyers, John Ritter, Roone Arledge, Admiral William Crowe, Jack Kerouac, Tom Peters, EB White, Norman Vincent Peale, Donald Trump Jr, Sal Bando, John Cappaletti, Skip Caray, Hale Irwin, Jack Nicklaus, Christy Mathewson, Bob Mathias, Roger Penske, Bobby Rahal, Dean Smith, Payne Stewart, Jerry Pate, Byron White, Tom Brookshier & Matt Suhey.

Kappa Deuterons have long been known for apprecation of individual style & character. Unless the evening theme for some sorority social is "Hey there beautiful lady. I'm Bob from Irwinton."

Kappa Deuterons take pride in some impressive alums of their own, including a major university president, chairman of a national bank, high ranking military officers & innumerable CEOs, judges, physicians, attorneys, ministers & entrepreneurs. They even boast a major Atlanta network chief meteorologist & the UGA Bulldogs Sanford Stadium football announcer. This chapter clearly enjoys a legacy of high achievers.

Kappa Deuteron has also enjoyed their share of colorful personalities. Those include consecutive year student body presidential candidates Chicken Little, Munchin Mark & Ima Duo. The last and only to actually be elected & serve in office was The Unknown Candidate,
who ran his campaign in disguise with a grocery bag over his head.

A brother once known as Keggel is now a senior bank executive. Moonpie is a PhD & dean of a state college business school. Poonhead is a corporate CFO, as is BoBo. Wormy is VP at a stock brokerage. Ajax is broker at a storied real estate agency. So is Chomper. Nick the Stud owned several award winning preschools. Weasel is VP at a major plastics business. Stalker became a journalistic honcho & claims he kept a straight face in the 1978 photo above while interviewing Brothers with whom he pretended to have no affiliation. Early media bias & corruption at its finest. As it should be.

Sparky is a racketeering orthodontist. DA is President of an insurance company with a confusing name. Goose is CEO of a medical services something. Beast is a physician no one wants to visit. BD is a dentist who got rich performing unneeded root canals. Murph wasted a Wilkinson Award & Harvard Law School degree by opening a craft beer brewery which in truth adds far more value to mankind than being some ambulance chasing lawyer.

Scoop is a prominent attorney. Idi Amin is a successful CPA. Papa is a judge & law school professor. Vito is such a big shot at a multinational technology conglomerate one must pay to get his contact info. The Unknown Candidate became a major network director. Bambi became an insurance kingpin by answering the wrong side of a help wanted ad.

Grandfather gives one speech a year in broken German, can still fall asleep standing up & otherwise lurks beneath the radar. Brigadier is a tycoon of some sort & legend in his own mind.

Watty is as unhinged as ever & will never amount to much. The Commodore peddled Florida swampland before becoming a tabloid journalist hack writer. Every dynasty has a black sheep or two. Some less than stellar individuals secure bids only by virtue of a superior older sibling.

The very least worthy individuals require more than one superior elder relative to secure a bid.

Watching over this brood & keeping them on the straight & narrow for 50 years is a wise & prudent Mother Hen, Director of UGA Student Affairs Office of Judicial Programs. No one ever worked up enough courage to call him Mother Hen lest they face consequences from the UGA Student Affairs Office of Judicial Programs.

Because of or in spite of the above, Kappa Deuteron got off to a fast start in terms of national awards. They sustained that momentum for decades. They won their first Cheney Cup in 1972, only 4 years after their return to the UGA campus. They were awarded the Cup again in 1973, twice more in the late '70s and twice again in the '80s & '90s. During an embarrassing run from 2001 to 2004 they won the Cup for 4 consecutive years. Once more in 2011.

Now another Cheney Cup in 2017, with collection of other high honors to accompany that. One would think such recognition might induce complacency. But Kappa Deuteron has never been a group of young men to rest on their laurels.

Keggel, Poonhead, Bobo, Moonpie, Wormy, Ajax, Chomper, Nick the Stud, Weasel, Stalker, Sparky, DA, Goose, Beast, BD, Murph, Scoop, Idi Amin, Papa, Vito, The Unknown Candidate, Bambi,  Grandfather & Brigadier will be among high achievers in attendance at the 2018 50th Anniversary Pig Dinner. Watty & the Commodore, meh. But hundreds of others will reunite on March 24 to celebrate a pretty good first half century.

All Kappa Deuteron Brothers are hereby dutifully, officially & threateningly encouraged to register for Pig Dinner 50 & Lodging today. As in right now. Like post haste. Without further ado. We really don't want to make Ira the Enforcer have to come and find you. Capiche?

Phi Gamma Delta brother Tom Peters of Cornell authored In Search of Excellence. One can find 50 years of excellence at the Kappa Deuteron Chapter at the University of Georgia.

Kappa Deuteron Chapter
Phi Gamma Delta
3 Cloverhurst Court
Athens GA 30606

Friday, September 8, 2017

Comfort Zone Celebrates 15 Years of Exceeding National Event Expectations

Alpharetta GA

When people attend a concert, festival or sports tournament, they tend to have a few refreshments, be they of the adult variety or simply thirst quenchers to stay hydrated. 

In the old days many would be happy just to find a row of standard portalets with less than a 30 minute line. Once their turn came they could only hope the “facility” inside was not overflowing, and that they could get in and out before the capacity to hold their breath expired.

At some events that less than ideal scenario still prevails. But it does not have to be so.

Atlanta’s Comfort Zone Portables is changing the way event patrons “do their business”.

Founded in 2002 by Mark Slade, Comfort Zone has become a leader in providing superior sanitation stations at events throughout the southeast – and beyond. Not only does the company now have a national scope, it constantly develops innovative methods to deliver and service facilities to satisfy event attendees’ most basic needs.

In its first years of existence Comfort Zone simply did what others do, only better. They offered standard plastic shell portalets by the truckloads to events of all varieties. What set them apart was quality and service. Customers and event sponsors recognized that Comfort Zone products were newer, cleaner and better serviced than the competitors’.

That was then, this is now. Mark Slade’s vision has always been to think ahead and anticipate what customers want but aren’t getting – and be the first to deliver it. 

That foresight manifested itself with introduction of upscale restroom trailers, complete with granite countertops & air conditioning. In such accommodations one might expect a valet to offer a hand towel, splash of cologne & shoe shine after wash up. 

Comfort Zone does not yet offer the valet service, but it’s not as if Slade declines to give it perpetual consideration.

Next came mobile shower, kitchen and laundry facilities. Multi-day festivals present challenges and demands beyond the typical need to “just go”. Comfort Zone was there with solutions to needs for which the public thought there would never be a solution. And Slade hardly stopped there.

Markets expanded into areas where mobility and immediate response are even more vital. Disaster relief and military maneuvers create emergency needs and urgency that must be met ASAP, or to paraphrase medical jargon, STAT – “We need this yesterday!”

Fast forward to 2017. Comfort Zone still leads the nation in everything discussed. Slade has a Dutch partner delivering the same standard of excellence in Europe and Asia. 

An international co-op unites the two to both improve on (A) basic efficiencies and quality and (B) forecast, innovate and develop the next generation of products and services. Never satisfied with status quo, they intend to lead for the foreseeable future.

This brings things to a whole new realm. Sustainability, environmental concerns and green thinking hardly make up a new global movement. Until recently, that movement has never been on anyone’s radar screen with regard to portable toilet facilities.

With Comfort Zone’s introduction of POP UP3 that all changed. Instead of conventional bulky fiberglass stands to which the public has been accustomed for decades, the POP UP3 system ships compact, and is far more hygienic, efficient and less wasteful.

Consider this. Until now a mega event required delivery of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of portalets. Whether they be basic or luxury trailers, by their nature they are empty containers of air, requiring substantial resources to deliver, maintain and remove.

With the POP UP3 system, facilities ship in the equivalent of solid cubes. Once on site crews assemble them into stations that are exponentially more comfortable, efficient and hygienic for both patrons and maintenance staff. 

Instead of a station simply being designated “women” or “men”, entire gender specific compounds are created to accommodate gals and guys with discretion and in privacy not previously available.

Further, waste is continuously removed via a closed vacuum driven plumbing system. None of what was formerly the inevitable end of day or end of event overflow, spillage and toxicity. Never again.

At each event Comfort Zone sanitizes and services every last component – on site – to ensure facilities are in like new condition for the next function.

For 15 years Comfort Zone had pioneered an array of products and services to enhance enjoyment of event attendees across America and beyond. Going forward they further pledge continued innovative technology solutions to yield environmental savings for both event sponsors, guests and the planet.

Contact Info:

Mark Slade
Comfort Zone Portables
5655 Shirlee Industrial Way 
Alpharetta GA 30004 
United States

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Stoddard Media & a Quarter Century of Hurricanes

Stoddard Media founder Peter Stoddard was first exposed to a hurricane while in the corporate events industry. He briefly worked a sales job for a boiler room operation selling hospitality at major US sporting events. Initially seduced by the opportunity & impressive offices high in Chicago's NBC Tower, only on day one did Stoddard discover the reality of the atmosphere.

NBC Tower Chicago ~ Never Struck by Hurricane

The first event Stoddard sold was the October 1992 Breeders' Cup horse race championships at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Florida, 20 miles north of Miami. The Breeders Cup came with two challenges from the corporate entertainment perspective.

First was the track, which lacked the sizzle of Churchill Downs, Santa Anita & more storied venues in more inviting locations.

The second challenge was Hurricane Andrew, which caused a bit of disruption in the area. Stoddard had focused his sales efforts around metro Miami, as he discovered early on that corporations elsewhere had minimal interest in taking clients to an event with which they were only vaguely familiar in some place called Hallandale that they had never heard of.

Andrew ~ Miami Area

Envious of other sales teams selling the Super Bowl & other lofty events of broader appeal, Stoddard's veteran boiler room salesmates were bitter & disillusioned. Andrew didn't help. But Stoddard hunkered down while he sought a legitimate non boiler room career opportunity. He sold 80% of the Breeders Cup simply because he stayed on the phone while others moped.

Figuring he would be promoted for his efforts, Stoddard was not surprised & even marginally excited to be offered a management position & event of his own. A week passed before 1993 event assignments, and he imagined himself in charge of the NCAA Final Four, US Open or The Masters. When announcement day came Stoddard was awarded the PGA Championship. In Toledo. Finding that to be non-negotiable, he tendered his immediate resignation.

Toledo 1993 ~ No Hurricane Necessary

Pardon the digression. This article is supposed to be about hurricanes. OK, back to those now.

As described here, the first hurricane that personally impacted Stoddard property was 1995 Opal. He still resided in the relative hurricane safe haven of Chicago, and the only asset he had at stake was a vacant lot on the Florida Redneck Riviera.

Opal ~ Redneck Riviera

In 1999 Stoddard moved to the tropical storm hotbed of Philadelphia. There he experienced the first and hopefully only significant personal property damage in a life to be filled with hurricane adventure. And it wasn't even his personal property. During Hurricane Floyd a Norwegian elm in the Stoddard front yard fell on a neighbor's Jeep, crushing it.

He immediately called the neighbor with an apology, assuring him Stoddard homeowner insurance would cover damages. On a 2nd call to his insurance company Stoddard learned he lied in call #1. Homeowner policies do not cover tree damage to a neighbor's car. The neighbor's auto policy covers that. Stoddard placed call #3 to his neighbor confessing his lie on call #1. The neighbor understood but relationships were strained for Stoddard's remaining years in Philadelphia over hard feelings resulting from a $500 auto policy deductible. Philadelphians are notorious for holding a petty grudge.

Floyd ~ Philadelphia

Figuring he was pressing his hurricane luck north of the Mason Dixon line, in 2001 Stoddard pressed that luck further by moving to Seagrove Beach on the Florida panhandle.

Immediately after arrival Stoddard was rewarded for his wisdom when Tropical Storm Barry landed at Seagrove Beach. Buckets of rain but an otherwise ho hum experience. After 4 successive hurricane free years Ivan paid a visit in September 2004. The Stoddard household boarded up the house & evacuated to Tallahassee. After Ivan passed they learned no neighbors were hurt, the home sustained no damage, electricity was not disrupted, but schools were closed. They thought they would be clever and go to Disney World for their unexpected school break. Unfortunately every Florida household had the same clever idea. The Stoddards spent 4 sweltering hot days standing in a single Orlando amusement park line.

Ivan ~ Seagrove Beach

Photo courtesy of Kurt Lischka, Moon Creek Studios. Stoddard coached & mentored Kurt's son in T-Ball & middle school scuba certification. It is hoped the Lischka boy is no longer traumatized by Stoddard's years of instructional ineptitude.

Late 2004 Ivan was followed by early 2005 Dennis. The Stoddards again boarded up the house & evacuated to Tallahassee, the only difference being this time they knew everyone there by name. Again the storm did no damage to Stoddard property. But the Ivan-Dennis one-two punch left the beaches a mess and struck dire fear into the hearts of Redneck Rivierites.

Dennis ~ Redneck Riviera

One Florida neighbor was so shaken he sold his home thru Stoddard, then a real estate broker, and moved to Charlotte. Only after the sale closed & his commission check cleared did Stoddard advise the neighbor that his new local NHL team was named the Carolina Hurricanes for good reason. Two years later the neighbor moved back to Florida with the help of a different real estate agent.

On the heels of Dennis came Katrina, originally predicted to make landfall, well, closer the Stoddards than Dennis. They made tentative plans to evacuate to friends' home in New Orleans. Predictions & plans changed, and the friends evacuated to the Stoddards' home. The night Katrina passed the families enjoyed a celebratory dinner after reports that New Orleans escaped severe damage. That celebration was premature, as the next morning levees notoriously broke & all hell broke loose. The Louisianans remained in Seagrove for another 9 months until restoration of order back home.

Katrina Projected Path ~ This is Not Where She Went

On the heels of Katrina came nasty but not quite as nasty Wilma. Wilma had zero impact on the Redneck Riviera but left in her wake an image created by some warped image creator.

Wilma ~ Somewhere Above Bedrock.

Following all the 2004-2005 excitement in 2006 the Tropical Meteorology Project predicted conditions ripe for annual Katrina strength storms for the next 20 years. Of course the world believed them because TMP headquarters is where everyone expects to find elite hurricane experts, Colorado. For years Florida real estate was available for 3¢ on the dollar.

TMP predictions were less than accurate. Stoddard calls to the TMP have not been returned.

One constant in Stoddard hurricane experience is compassionate outreach, both before & after storms. Friends & family in Alabama & Georgia would invite them north to stay out of harm's way. Stoddard declined with appreciation & the logic that it's better to risk 120 MHP hurricane winds than 400 MPH tornado winds that often follow to the north. Too often Stoddard was right.

Tornado ~ Not a Hurricane

The Stoddards are fortunate to have never needed post storm emergency assistance. But they have participated in such to areas harder hit to the east & west. Prayers are asked & answered. And they continue today.

In the wake of Harvey & in advance of Irma Stoddard is in daily contact with affected friends & family as well as first responders in Texas & Florida. Within a week Stoddard Media Atlanta offices may be in Irma's ominous path.

An 80 year old next door neighbor on Stoddard's Lake Lanier marina is a veteran of sailing the world for 30+ years in the face of many a hurricane. She has tales of adventure that put this narrative to shame. Today she is readying for her next storm, battening down hatches.

Time for Stoddard to do the same. Continued prayers go out to all.


Stoddard Media
1400 Market Place Blvd
Cumming GA 30041