The Coolest ‘Hook Ups’ I’ve Ever Gotten

by Mike Chiasson on January 11, 2013 · 4 comments

If you’ve ever met me you know I’m a story teller. I’m not the most comfortable in silence and I like to hear about everyone’s lives and tell stories of my own. In other words, I never shut up. A lot of times when telling people abut various things I’ve done they ask me “HOW THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN”. Usually the answer is much less exciting than the event, but still, it goes with the story. So I wanted to do a quick run down of the 3 coolest hook ups I’ve gotten as a benefit from others.

Number 3 – Meeting Troy Clark

Troy Clarke, former President of GM

Troy Clarke, former President of GM

One of my best friends works in the Social Media industry in D.C. He’s worked for a few great companies in Washington that had a few high profile customers. At the time they were running all the social media for General Motors. As it turns out the then President of General Motors, Troy Clarke, was going to be in Boston, MA for a meeting. The PR agency organized a small private dinner get together with influential automotive bloggers from the state that evening. Having always been into cars, my friend was amazing enough to think of me and got me on the invite list. He even got me a +1 for my friend lol.

Troy was a remarkably down to earth guy and was taking criticisms and advice from the nine of us very well. He spoke very candidly about GM’s strategy, their failures, and how we could help if we were interested. At the time he was probably the richest/most powerful guy I’d ever gotten the chance to meet and those sort of things really inspire you to strive harder in life.

Number 2 – Red Sox Opening Day 2012

Opening Day Tickets

Opening Day Tickets

I’m a huge Boston Red Sox fan and frequent Fenway Park during the Summer months. When I was 21 and interning for my uncle he took me to my first opening day game. Opening day was like a normal Red Sox game on crack, I loved it. I’ve since gone to every opening day game except two, one I had just started a new job, and another I went but couldn’t buy tickets (cheapest ones were $400 for standing room only) so I sat outside in a bar with my dad watching the game.

In April of 2012 opening day was fast approaching and the company I work for has 4 season tickets. Me and a few cohorts had been jokingly dropping hints to the president for months that we were planning on him giving us those tickets. In the end the senior team there did give me a ticket, all four. I opted to take some of my closest friends that I worked with. We had great seats and got to watch an awesome game, and start a miserable season off great!

Fortunately, I have a severe gambling problem and I ALWAYS buy a 50/50 raffle ticket that they do to raise money for the Boston Red Sox Charity. After a few minutes of arguing with my friends I convinced them to each spend the $5 to try and win, we all agreed to split the prize if one of us won. Many many….many beers later it was the 7th inning and we had all missed the raffle drawing. I pulled out my phone that I barely got reception on and called the # on the ticket and heard the winning # and noticed that my friend had that ticket right in his hand. I explained that I thought we just won!

They didn’t believe me and after some follow up phone calls our attention quickly turned from the very close game to celebrating! I took a picture of the ticket and sent it to the Red Sox on Twitter. They came to grab us and brought us upstairs to the swanky Red Sox offices. Now having been in most areas of the ball park, this was awesome to get to see. They had us fill out some tax paperwork and informed us that it was the largest jackpot they had ever had, today’s 50/50 had brought in over $16,000.  Yahtzee!

They wanted to take some promo pictures of us so they brought us up onto the famed Green Monster (best seats in the park if you ever get to go!) and snapped some shots. It was a great day, won money, Red Sox won, pefect day!

On Top of The Green Monster

On Top of The Green Monster

They Even Put a Picture of Us At Their Charity Sales Desk

They Even Put a Picture of Us At Their Charity Sales Desk


Number 1 – The Playboy Mansion

A lot can be said about failed affiliate CPA Network, Epic Direct. One thing is for sure though, these guys knew how to party!

This was one of the craziest things I’ve ever gotten to do in my life. They flew me out to L.A. Put me up in a nice hotel suite. Threw like 3 mini parties before the mansion party. Got to meet with all kinds of amazing people. So much happened during this crazy weekend, but many of us took a vow of secrecy, so I’m afraid I can’t go into details too much. There was a lot of grotto swimming, trapeze acts, ladies getting more comfortable, etc. For the record there were many taken men, like myself, who had a great time partying without any…touching. Others, may not have been so innocent… For months after this, all my friends and family kept asking, “what was it like!?!” “OH MY GOD YOU WENT WEAR?”, the whole thing was pretty surreal.

Mike Chiasson at the Playboy Mansion

Mike Chiasson at the Playboy Mansion

What great hook ups have friends and colleagues gotten you!?!

Please share, I gotta know!

About the author

Mike Chiasson Mike Chiasson is the Director of IT for a publicly traded company by day and an Internet Marketer by night. He absolutely hates the words 'serial entrepreneur' but loves discussions about business. You can follow him on Twitter.

Affiliate Manager January 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

I get to go to Vegas once a year and hang out with all my affiliate buddies…and get paid to do it! 🙂

Mike Chiasson January 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

Yeah that whole getting paid to thing is the clutch part!

Stuart January 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

Hi Mike,
Great idea for a post.
I can’t beat Hef’s Mansion … who can?
My number 1 was in Copenhagen at the UN’s COP15 conference about climate change in 2009. I was working for a media firm and my colleague and I had managed to bag an interview with the former President of Botswana, who was one of the UN’s Special Envoys.
We get ushered into the private area, away from the media and NGO throng, into the area where the heads of government were all chatting. There were dozens of government leaders that I recognised, so there must have been lots more that I didn’t. Then we are guided up some steps, frisked and into the UN’s private VIP area. There were about ten people in the room, all people you know from the news including Kofi Annan – then UN Secretary General. Our guide introduces us to everyone and disappears to leave us chatting with the former Presidents of Chile, Botswana and Tanzania. They were amazingly interested in our opinions and thought my colleague was the most knowledgeable person they had met on climate change in days! The guide basically forgot about us and left us there for around 40 minutes. They were really nice guys.

Mike Chiasson January 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

Haha infiltrating the UN, nice job Stuart. Sounds pretty intense.

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