Video of Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado Keynote at Affiliate Summit East 2014

Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado, Founder of Coastal Advisors, gave a keynote interview with Emcee Rachel Honoway at Affiliate Summit East 2014, which took place August 10-12, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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Rich has been in the insurance business for more than a decade, founding Coastal Advisors, in 1998, but he has seen and experienced more than ten times that to drive home his point to athletes: You need disability insurance now, because you never know what tomorrow will bring. As an example to all the athletes he works with, he tells his own personal story. In 2008, Rich complained of a painful earache while at dinner with Thomas Dimitroff, GM of the Atlanta Falcons, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL VP Ray Anderson. Later that night, he checked into the hospital for emergency surgery for a brain aneurysm, which doctors were thankfully able to remove. He now has a 19-inch scar as a daily reminder that anything can happen to anyone, regardless of their amount of fame or the size of their paycheck.

Athletes of all ranks are getting smarter about disability and career ending insurance since Rich has gotten into to the ears of most GM’s, and many NFL, NHL, MLB draft picks and veterans. In the last five years alone, he has seen a huge increase in insuring college players in their senior year, a concrete example of the changing trends towards more informed players. In the last five years, he has insured more than 60 1st Round NFL picks for disability, career ending insurance, as well as life insurance and estate planning. Not to mention, the flip side of the coin, when Rich insures the teams and the contracts they offer the players. Everyone is smarter due to Rich’s hard work and unmatched networking skills.

While it seems accidents, injuries and deaths can be around every corner, Rich is trying to “one-up” fate, traveling more than half the year, attending more sporting events that you could dream of, and seemingly everywhere. An average day includes, texting Justin Tuck, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Bush and Michael Strahan, having pregame rituals with NFL owners like The Giants’ John Mara and traveling with Scott Gomez to name a few. There is a growing saying among NFL locker rooms that “when you get to NY, make sure you sit down with Big Daddy.” If you want to be protected, you need to talk to Coastal Advisors.

In the past five years, Rich has become a staple in the world of sports business media, becoming a regular on the FOX News and FOX Business Channels while also having his business covered in the pages of Sports Illustrated, Wall Street Journal and making appearances on ESPN, FOX Sports, NFL Network and Bloomberg News.

In addition to his tireless work ethic and constant networking, Rich has found the time to give back and support charities both within his hometown area of New York City and nationwide supporting his clients philanthropic efforts. Rich can be seen hosting his annual “Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic” every June in Long Island to support The North Shore LIJ Health System which he credits with saving his life in 2008 and supporting Justin Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy and The Health & Humanitarian Aid Foundation.

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Video: Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado Keynote at Affiliate Summit East 2014

Elevator Pitches at Affiliate Summit East 2014

Rachel Honoway, CEO of For Me To Coupon, opened the Affiliate Summit East 2014 conference as Emcee and presided over elevator pitches from the attendees.

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Affiliate Summit East 2014 took place August 10-12, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York, NY.

In this session, conference attendees were encouraged to step up on stage to let the crowd know what they were looking for (leads, affiliates, certain types of affiliate program).

This opportunity was open to any attendees, and we will be featuring it again at Affiliate Summit West 2015 (January 18-20, 2015 in Las Vegas).

Start working on your elevator pitch.

Have a look at the video to see if there is somebody who gave their pitch that could be a good contact for you. A lot of them shared their contact information, as well as their name and company.

Video: Elevator Pitches at Affiliate Summit East 2014

Affiliate Summit East 2014 Day 3 Recap

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 was the third and final day of Affiliate Summit East 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The day started with a tasty attendee breakfast, and I got nice and fueled up on bacon and juice.

Shortly after, there was a fun and informative keynote from Julie Gurner, which was illustrated live by The Draw Shop.

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The final day of Affiliate Summit East 2014 also featured a series of breakout sessions and lots of networking and good times in the exhibit hall.

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The exhibit hall wrapped up with a Pub Crawl for some cocktails and last visits to the exhibiting companies.

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After Affiliate Summit East 2014 wrapped up, we brought speakers from the conference to enjoy a wine tasting cruise around Manhattan.

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Thank you to everybody who came out to network, learn and have fun with us – Affiliate Summit East 2014 was the biggest Affiliate Summit East ever with over 4,400 attendees!

Register now for the early bird prices for Affiliate Summit West 2015, taking place January 18-20, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Affiliate Summit East 2014 Day 1 Recap

Sunday, August 10-12, 2014 was the first day of Affiliate Summit East 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Registration check-in and set-up for the Meet Market kicked off the day at 8:00 AM.

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I gave my First Timers Orientation for Affiliate Summit East 2014 session at 10:00 AM, and I was glad to see a packed crowd of folks eager to learn how to optimize their time at the conference.

This was followed by sixteen breakout sessions throughout the day that covered blogging, content, Facebook, gamification, links, monetization, SEO, WordPress, YouTube, and more topics.

The Meet Market opened at noon and ran through 6:00 PM with a steady stream of attendees meeting with the table exhibitors.

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During the day, exhibitors built out their booths in the exhibit hall for Monday and Tuesday.

The day wrapped up with a welcome talk from Emcee Rachel Honoway, followed by a series of elevator pitches where attendees were able to step up on stage to let the crowd know what they’re looking for at the conference.

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There were lots of networking options in the evening for Affiliate Summit East 2014 attendees.

I checked out the ShareASale Under The Stars Party at the Broadway Lounge in the New York Marriott Marquis. Missy Ward and I were humbled and honored by a philanthropy award during the party.

On to day two of Affiliate Summit East 2014.

Affiliate Summit East 2014 Exhibitor Guide

Want to take a sneak peek at the companies exhibiting at Affiliate Summit East 2014 and read descriptions of each?

We’ll be giving you a copy of the Affiliate Summit East 2014 Exhibitor Guide when you check in, but you can read it online now to help you determine who you want to meet at the show and map out your route.

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The Affiliate Summit East 2014 Exhibitor Guide is a listing of all of the companies that are exhibiting at the show, their booth and table numbers, as well as their company descriptions.

You can also see the exhibiting companies, their booth/table numbers, and company descriptions on the Meet Market map and Exhibit Hall map, as well as the Affiliate Summit East 2014 app.

You’ll also be getting a copy of FeedFront Magazine when you check-in. If you can’t wait until then, check out the online version of issue 27 of FeedFront Magazine.

See you in New York City.