Crush It @ AU with Social Networking Guru Gary Vaynerchuk

AU’s School of Communication and Kogod School of Business, in cooperation with Ogilvy PR Worldwide, are proud to bring Gary Vaynerchuk to AU for a special evening with AU students and community on Wednesday, October 14, 8 p.m., the day after Gary’s news-making book on social networking, the future of media, and his down-to-earth business and communications philosophy Crush It: Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passions is released in NY. (NOTE: The event is free, but RSVP is required).

Gary Vaynerchuk came into the public eye after transforming his family’s local wine store into a $50 million national biz, and into the nation’s most-turned-to-experts on wine, by creating a video-blog (Wine Library TV) and maximizing the power of social networking. An early and innovative adopter of Twitter and other social media tools, he has become recognized as a sort of guru/prophet of personal and business branding and new media. His new book (check out the first chapter here) is just the first of a series of ten we can expect, for which he received an unprecedented seven-figure advance from Harper Books.

No student studying communications or business—or interested in either—should miss this event.

Editorial Reviews:

“Gary was the first person to push me on the importance of personal brand and transparency – this was months before anyone was talking about it, he’s always two steps ahead of anyone else.” (Kevin Rose, Founder of )

“Gary Vaynerchuk has become a walking, talking (and oh, such talking!), webbing and Tweeting example of how believing in what you do and keeping it fun can step up your life in all ways. There is nobody I would rather talk sports with-or wine or life.” (Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR )

“Gary is a force of nature. His authentic, raw passion and caring touches everyone. His insights into social media & his message of opportunity could not be more timely.” (Tony Robbins )

“Anyone looking to supercharge their career should beg, borrow, and steal to learn Gary Vee’s techniques. He reinvented the rules to build a $60-million business from scratch-on his own terms.” (Tim Ferriss, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek )

“Gary Vaynerchuk is one of those entrepreneurs who has discovered the secret to combining passion with business. He is always an inspiration and always entertaining. You owe it to yourself to read this book!” (Tony Hsieh, CEO of )