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Barbat Brings Back Detroit With New Regis Houze

June 30th, 2014 Comments off

Joe Barbat, the CEO and chairman of Wireless Toyz, purchased a 64,000 square foot building connected to the Hotel St. Regis. The purchase, which closed on Monday, June 23, 2014, is the latest in a series of downtown development purchases by Barbat. In keeping with his desire to maintain ties to the city’s tradition, Barbat will rename the building the Regis Houze.

Barbat’s purchase of the rechristened Regis Houze shows his dedication to Detroit and its people. By providing luxe accommodations to discerning tenants, Barbat is working hard to bring Detroit back. His purchase and renovation of a building that is in a prime location, in the midst of art, theater, business, and retail establishments, will offer interested tenants unsurpassed amenities.

As noted, this is merely the latest in a line of purchases by Barbat.  Barbat recently purchase the building that was once the Briggs Hotel.  Barbat stated that the building would be renamed the Briggs Houze, reflecting back on its importance as a prime destination for visitors to Detroit. The building drew many during its heyday, starting from its opening in 1937. Renovations to the Briggs Houze are set to be completed within the year.

Barbat continues to invest in the city, working to make its living spaces desirable and affordable. He has the 86,000-square-foot Phillip Neudeck office building under contract and is looking to convert it into 100 apartment units. Like the other buildings Barbat is renovating, it will offer tenants desirable amenities, up-market building materials, and enchanting designs.

While the Neudeck Building has been empty for the past few years, it is ready for renovation. Located on Clifford and Bagley, it was built in 1918. Although a mid-century remodel covered up the building’s original façade, it still has the remnants of the ornate brick that was used initially.

Barbat plans to close on the Neudeck building within the next month, as “due diligence is finalized, and we are ready to go.” The cost of the building and renovations will run between $6.5 million and $7 million.

Dedicated to providing the city and its residents accommodations that are stylish and worthy, Barbat is someone who is on the cutting edge of aiding Detroit in its comeback. Rather than focus only on new construction, Barbat is reinvigorating the city by polishing the jewels it already has. The city is rife with glorious architecture in many styles, from Art Deco to Neoclassical to Post-modern. Detroit’s architecture is among the best in the country. Barbat’s dedication to renovating and hearkening back to the city in its prime show his dedication to a city that is bouncing back.

IOC Launches Online Olympic Athletes Hub

April 20th, 2012 Comments off

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently launched what it calls an Olympic Athletes Hub where fans of the Olympics can connect with their favorite athletes from the past and present.

With less than 100 days until the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, fans are stirring with excitement of the build up to what many believe will be one of the more impressive opening ceremonies.

The Olympic Athletes Hub offers a searchable directory of both past and present Olympians that includes posts from their Facebook and Twitter accounts, photos, videos, training tips, and much more.  So far, over 1,000 Olympians have joined the site and are contributing content with the number increasing daily.

When the Olympic Games begin this summer, visitors to the site will have the ability to conduct live-chat sessions with the athletes living in the Olympic Village.

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Oakland County Court Grants $487,000 to Wireless Toyz and Joe Barbat

February 24th, 2012 Comments off

Oakland County Court grants $487,000 to Wireless Toyz, its CEO Joe Barbat, and Other officers of the company.

On January 17, 2012, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina D. Kumar awarded case evaluation sanctions against David Abbo and Colorado Toyz, LLC in favor of Wireless Toyz, its CEO Joe Barbat, Richard Simtob and Jack Barbat.  On February 15, 2012, Judge Kumar entered a judgment against David Abbo and Colorado Toyz, LLC in favor of Wireless Toyz its CEO Joe Barbat, Richard Simtob and Jack Barbat in the amount of $487,000.

The plaintiffs in the case, David Abbo and Colorado Toyz, LLC, have filed a malpractice law suit against their former attorneys, Norman Yatooma & Associates, Norman Yatooma and Robert Zawideh for malpractice and other claims.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the trial.  To see the court recognize that plaintiffs and their attorneys who seek to abuse the legal system will be held accountable is important to the integrity of our legal system…. justice has been served”.  Says Joe Barbat Wireless Toyz Chairman and CEO.  Barbat continued to say…  “This was an unfortunate case of bad legal advice that cost the plaintiff(s) severely.  Although the outcome was appropriate, well deserved and justified my feelings go out to Mr. Abbo and his family”.

About Joe Barbat and Wireless Toyz:

Joe Barbat founded Wireless Toyz in 1996.  Under Joe Barbat’s direction, Wireless Toyz began franchising in 2001, following the success of the company’s first store. By the end of 2004, Joe Barbat had established 62 Wireless Toyz locations. Today, Wireless Toyz has 72 locations across the country.  Joe Barbat attributes Wireless Toyz’s success to its innovative business model, which allows customers to compare several service plans and products side-by-side.

The Wireless Toyz business model has also been of great benefit to the Wireless Toyz franchisees, and Joe Barbat takes pride in providing others with a means to launch their own careers.

Wireless Solutions Enhance Business Bottom Line

January 27th, 2012 Comments off

Wireless Toyz, a premier multi-carrier national wireless retailer, offers small business owners a variety of services and support in honor of National Small Business Week (April 21 – 25), recognizing the more than 25 million small business owners in the United States.

With a possible recession on the horizon, many small businesses are seeking ways to increase profitability and cut costs.  Wireless Toyz is extending the nationally recognized Small Business Week to a month-long event packed with special promotions and other offerings to help small business owners save money, time and increase productivity in their businesses.

“As small business owners ourselves, Wireless Toyz understands what challenges a slow economy can bring to operating a business,” said John Corcoran, a franchisee and wireless expert. “During this tough economic time, we can offer small businesses wireless advice, tools, products and plans to run their operations more efficiently and productively –ultimately saving time and money.”

Mr. Corcoran recently saved a Tampa-area business $16,000 annually on their 14-line cell phone plan. Wireless Toyz’ wireless experts regularly work with businesses to save them money.  Another expert recently saved a Sacramento-area company $3,360 annually on their multi-line cell phone plan.

Here are three ways small businesses can save now on wireless costs:

  • Provide employees their own company phones

This might be counter-intuitive to most business owners, but according to a survey by In-Stat, the time an employee spends on paperwork and related tasks surrounding cell phone reimbursement exceeds the cost a business might pay on personal calls made on a company-provided phone.

  • Analyze company’s current phone plan

Wireless Toyz has been helping small businesses navigate the complex world of wireless – from monthly minutes to data packages. The retailers work with a local businesses to evaluate their monthly bill and was help save them money. Wireless Toyz has an in-store bill analysis tool that allows them to evaluate monthly cell phone bills (regardless of carrier plan or service provider) and provide personalized tips on ways to save money.

  • Consider going to an unlimited wireless plan

 As people do more with their phones (e.g. emails, text messages, web access, and music / game downloading, etc.), the monthly costs can quickly get out of control. This may also be of interest in light of the new “unlimited” calling and data plans being offered by Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and other wireless service providers.

In addition, throughout the month of May, participating Wireless Toyz retailers will offer special discounts and incentives to local small businesses.

  • Make an appointment for your business with a Wireless Toyz expert and receive a free Bluetooth® headset
  • Wireless Toyz’ certified wireless experts will analyze your business’ current wireless plan and develop a customized solution to save your company money on its monthly phone bills and discuss your ongoing account management
  • If your small business activates five wireless lines or more, you’ll receive a free PDA handset.

To find a local Wireless Toyz retailer, visit www.wirelesstoyz.com, or request that you be contacted by a Wireless Toyz Expert to schedule an appointment at your business’ location to discuss your wireless options.

About Joe Barbat

Wireless Toyz Founder and Chairman Joe Barbat pioneered the retailing concept of offering wireless communications from multiple carriers in a single store.  He is responsible for building the organization from a stand-alone kiosk at age 18 into a multi-million dollar company with 200 retail locations in 24 states.

Barbat’s success has led to his recognition as an Ernst & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Central Great Lakes Award Recipient, one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2005 “40 Under 40” and the Chaldean Detroit Times Man of the Year in 2005. His business acumen has also earned Wireless Toyz repeated recognition in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held U.S. companies, Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” and “Fastest Growing Franchises,” and acknowledgement by Crain’s Detroit Business’ as one of Michigan’s “Private 200” and “Fastest Growing Companies.”

Cool Innovations from CES 2012

January 20th, 2012 Comments off

There were several new innovations at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2012 this year in Las Vegas, NV.  Below are videos and demonstrations of some of my favorites:

The Transparent Smart Window

Google TV

The Old and New From Sony