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ska redefined 2013

September 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Okay, I worked on a simple and more professional profile for The SKA Group. I love this new summary a lot better than those of previous years. I hope you enjoy reading this too. Enjoy!

The SKA Group

OVER AND BEYOND™

Profile
The SKA Group goes over expectations and beyond. It is constantly raising the bar for excellence in innovation and service.
Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, The SKA Group Incorporated is a leading, privately-owned, multinational, diversified business conglomerate. It owns and oversees the operations of several companies with interests spanning advertising solutions, branding, catering, clothing, document management, education, financial services, memorabilia, publication, and real estate all over the world. Reporting legitimate, record-breaking profits through the dedication of its employees worldwide, The SKA Group is one of the most admired, dynamic and profitable companies in the world.

History
The vision for The SKA Group was conceived by Sylvester Kay-Adade II in November, 2009, and by September, 2010, it was registered in Canada under the laws of the Province of Ontario. It initially began operations as Pearl Kreations on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in Hamilton, Ontario, while he was a freshman at McMaster University. As Pearl Kreations became more and more successful, it provided the necessary capital for research into new industries. The real estate and retail markets were explored, and the subsequent breakthrough success respectively gave rise to Ransrive Realtors in November, 2009, and Suave Clothing in February, 2010. Those were preceded by the acquisition of accounting and insurance firm, SKA Ventures in June, 2009, and followed by the development of innovations firm, Sylver Productions in August, 2010.
Presently, The SKA Group owns Café Euphorie, Herança Financial, Pearl Kreations, Prestige Academy, Ransrive Realtors, Suave Clothing, Sylver Productions, and Vecasyer Hotels & Towers, as well as controlling interests in RCubed-Merit LLP and Spinners Incorporated.

Mission
The SKA Group will relentlessly provide superior quality products and deliver exceptional service, while thriving to be the best and exceed expectations in all its business and social endeavors.

Vision
The SKA Group will be the global brand with a drive for innovation and heart after perfection.

Values
Integrity
We believe in consistency in the right values.
– Fairness: There is no discrimination; everyone is equal and every job is vital to our brilliant success.
– Hard work: Excellent results are not manufactured, but accomplished through hard work. We understand that and are very familiar with it.
– Lawfulness: All our actions and activities are in total obedience, and in complete accordance with the law.
– Quality: All our products and services are always held to the highest standards.
Leadership
We believe in leadership by example.
– Accountability: We account and take responsibility for our actions, and conduct ourselves responsibly and transparently in all situations and at all times.
– Entrepreneurship: We are creative, innovative and ready to take calculated risks.
– Perfection: We are performance-oriented and put our best into everything.
People
Like every family, we trust respect and trust each other, and that attitude flows right from the top to the branches.
The people make the company, and our people are the best employees, executives, and partners; hence, we are the best company.
Service
We make everything about our patrons because it is.
– Community: A good community produces good people. Our people are good people because they come from good communities.
In order to maintain the balance, we give back through caring for the environment, maintaining old and raising new fundamental structures, and providing basic necessities to lacking communities.
– Customers: Customer service is paramount to us because without our clients and customers, we would be non-existent. We are committed to continually provide value through our products and services.

Subsidiaries
Every business venture owned or affiliated with The SKA Group is held to the highest standards, operated efficiently, and pacesetters in their respective industries.

SKA in 2013Café Euphorie is the chain of state-of-the-art cafes designed for and with the quintessential business executive in mind.
Herança Financial is the global, small business management firm which deals in the provision of top-notch financial advice and solutions for small and medium scale businesses. It provides business analysis, consultation, operating leases, project management, small and medium scale enterprise (SME) loans, training, and excellent financial advice for businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals.
Prestige Academy is the educational institution which delivers quality, unparalleled educational services. These services include entrepreneurial education, financial management education, middle school education, high school education, private tutoring, and renowned etiquette & grooming classes.
Pearl Kreations is the collectibles manufacturing company which manufactures, retails and supplies superior quality button-badges for a variety of corporate, personal, professional, national and international events and purposes. It is the unofficial button-badges supplier for the FIFA World Cup™ Tournaments, the IOC Olympics™ and the UEFA Champions League™.
Ransrive Realtors is the real estate company which provides temporary and permanent accommodation through the letting and sale of commercial and residential properties with onsite luxury amenities.
Suave Clothing is the unique clothing venture solely in the business of elite corporate apparel. It retails luxury accessories from reputable brand names, and manufactures and sells its own line of bespoke dress shirts, dress pants and suits,  as well as provide wardrobe consultation services. It also produces a biannual style publication called The Suave Series.
Sylver Productions is the innovative firm which provides unique products and services that meet untapped customer needs. It developed, manages and operates proprietary services like Citymail™, CollegeTix™/TixItUp™, Datlik™ and Wefyl™.
Vecasyer Hotels & Towers is the collection of the most stylish hotels and resorts worldwide which offer 5-star accommodation with first class professional treatment and quality services. It also provides chauffeur services to and from international airports.

The noteworthy companies and ventures The SKA Group has partial ownership in are:
RCubed-Merit LLP is the outfitting firm which highlights and optimizes the potential for various living spaces by redefining the outlook of the rooms, offices, homes and work spaces through the reorganization and restructuring of their overall presentation. The SKA Group has fifty-one percent (51%) ownership.
Spinners Incorporated is the agency which provides expert advertising services and solutions to its clients. It also uses its ace designing skills and creative wordplay to make befitting logos, catchy names and impressive slogans for its clients’ businesses, events and products. The SKA Group has seventy-five (75%) ownership.

All subsidiaries operate independently, but are monitored and regulated from its Headquarters, SKA Tower, which is controlled by the President.

reboot

August 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Last month, I decided to put a halt on some of my businesses for a month or two. I wanted to take a step back, and see if there’s something I may need to change. I’ve been running the same programs, and making little changes based on what I wanted or was advised to, as opposed to also taking into consideration the suggestions of the customers. I decided to have a rethink of everything – customer service, products/services, websites and so on. In the end, I made a couple changes to The SKA Group, Pearl Kreations, CollegeTix and Datlik.

For The SKA Group, ever since I envisioned it, I’ve described as a mammoth. I realize now that my description have been grandiose. I’m leaning towards a more humble profile which will be revealed in September under ska redefined 2013. It’s profile also mentioned it is headquartered in Canada. I chose Canada because the vision was conceived here, and well, also because I live here. Recently, I’ve been considering Nigeria, Brazil, and even Togo as well, for sentimental reasons. Either way, I’ll need to make a decision on the headquarter(s) soon. While I decide, I’ve closed down the website. It was nice to have it. I drew inspiration from it, got to picture everything as I would love it, and sort of gave life to something that has been in my head. It even inspired a few friends to dream big as well :). I can’t wait to have the revamped version back up soon.

Pearl Kreations was my first baby, and now, it is this collectibles manufacturing company which deals in the production of button-badges and lapel pins for a variety of events and purposes. Everything is fine, except for the lapel pins part. We went to compete in that market to increase revenue, and we did, but I don’t like the product, at all. I love buttons. I love designing and I love making them. Once business resumes, we are scraping lapel pins and sticking to buttons, which is what we are famous for. The website was also closed down for an upgrade in order to streamline the business, and accommodate online shopping and payments.

Sylver Productions is my version of a think tank. It is an innovative firm which provides unique products and services. We started with Citymail™, the in-city specialty courier service, and then developed CollegeTix™, the premier online event management platform exclusively designed for college and university events, Datlik™, the proofreading service for articles, essays, projects, webpages and more, and lastly, Wefyl™, the electronic document filing/management service. Business was good, but I didn’t like that the products weren’t getting the most recognition, the company was. I mean it’s cool the company was, but the services needed the most recognition. For example, with CollegeTix, I would hear people say things like,”I got my tickets from sylverpro.com” or “Can we use sylverpro.com for our ticket sales?” instead of CollegeTix. Datlik also had a brand recognition problem. The company is more popular than its services. I’ve been thinking, may be that issue arose from the fact that the services were sub-links; that is, collegetix.sylverpro.com and datlik.sylverpro.com. Another issue I’ve been having is I think their names aren’t catchy enough for the target demographic (college students). I’m playing around with a few “cool”, new names at the moment. There will be a new post when I’ve made a decision, or in case I need to take a survey. Needless to say, those sites are also down until further notice.

I guessed some people may have wondered where PK, SP, and possibly SKA were, so I figured I’d tell; it’s the least I could do, while they’re being rebooted. They’ll be back on soon, so stay tuned! Ciao.

tweaking ct

January 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Caught myself thinking about how to improve CollegeTix even more. It is the first online ticket sales platform for college and university events, yeah, that’s great, what next? If you’re number one, you constantly have a bull’s eye on your back because guess what, the competition doesn’t like being number two. As a pioneer, you have to keep moving forward.

Keep Calm

A quality I’ve long admired in extremely successful entrepreneurs is their compulsion to constantly improve their products/services in order to stay ahead of the competition. I want that, so I sat down today and started pondering on what I can tweak about CollegeTix service to make better.

After some thought, I realized there is a market that CollegeTix hasn’t penetrated. That market is the registration market. Organizers host events for free on CollegeTix, hence the only earner is the ticket sales. Unfortunately, not every event hosted sells tickets; some events are free. However, I realized that they wouldn’t mind a registration service that helps them track their attendees, and possibly use the information gathered to contact those attendees in the future.

That was my eureka moment!

Instead of limiting CollegeTix to just an online hosting and eTicketing service, why not build it into an online event management service. I thought it was a splendid idea, but this addition was going to be a lot of work. The website had to be tweaked, price list changed, new service marketed/publicized, notifications altered, interfaces improved and all; and these had to be done seamlessly in order to add the Online Event Registration/eRegistration feature without affecting the other features.

After hours nonstop work, the eRegistration feature is active. It is actually quite convenient, the process is fast, and there is a security feature actively monitoring registrations. We also automated the master guest list generation so CollegeTix can process event registrations and ticket sales simultaneously.

As for the charge, like the online ticketing, I decided to make the online registration free for first events, and there will be a $0.20CAD/registrant processing fee for subsequent events.

Say hello to CollegeTix, the premier online event management service exclusively for college and university events!

This tweak was followed by a tweak of the entire company. Sylver Productions has been changed from a document management service provider to an innovative company, due to the host of niche services under its belt – Citymail, CollegeTix, Datlik and Wefyl.

inspitories xii: andrea iyamah

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Inspitories is my made up word for inspirational stories on young people I find interesting. They are usually interviews of other Entrepreneurs like myself whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, stumbled upon online or dug up that motivate me. Enjoy and get inspired!

I think we exude passion when we’re doing things we absolutely love. After CollegeTix was launched late September last year, I started to talk to everyone and anyone who cared to listen about it. One of such people who cared to listen was Hannah B. A couple of days later Hannah pings me and tells me a friend of hers was looking for an avenue to sell tickets online for her fashion show; she thought of me and referred her to me. I added her friend, we discussed and a couple of hours later The Andrea Iyamah Fashion Show & Cocktail Party was live on CollegeTix. The power of networking lol. I was out of town at the time, but by chance, we met in the flesh a few weeks later.

I first knew of Andrea Iyamah after I stumbled across her brand new site and read her brief bio. I also watched this video that showed her at work, and I have to say Dumebi is possibly one of the most creative people I have ever met. She is very talented. You can just tell from the detail in her sketches that she has an eye for detail, meticulous and passionate about what she does.

I attended the fashion show and I think her work is absolutely brilliant. I keep tabs on her new creations now lol. I’m not a fashion fanatic, not even close, but I don’t even need to be one to be convinced and positive that if she continues undeterred, she’s on her way to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry.

Dumebi Iyamah
Founder & Creative Director
Andrea Iyamah

Birth Name
Dumebi Iyamah

Age
20 (as of 2012)

Skill(s)/Talent(s)
Cooking, dancing, drawing, painting and sewing

Art/Business Name
Andrea Iyamah

Business Profile

Andrea Iyamah is a custom couture clothing and apparel line which creatively exhibits African/Nigerian culture and embraces royalty through its range of simple to elaborate designs.

I started this
March 2011

I’m driven by
My passion to exhibit my creativity in the best way possible.

Past Works/Portfolio
• Andrea Iyamah Fashion Show.
• The Loud On Sound (LOS) Fashion Show.
• Afrik Couleur Fashion Show.

Contact me

email: admin@andreaiyamah.com

facebook: Andrea Iyamah

telephone: +1 (289) 489-1655

twitter: @AndreaIyamah

website: shopandreaiyamah.coml andreaiyamah.com

sp campaigns

December 10, 2011 Leave a comment

All campaigns involve the participants (students and non-students alike) changing their avatars/display photos/profile pictures to the posters, and also changing their personal messages/status messages to one of the two specific messages (sentences or one-liners) that go with each campaign. Let’s spread the word!

Phase One (December 10th, 2011)

The “You’ve Dulled” Campaign is for CollegeTix

The “You’ve Dulled” messages: “Post Uni Events Online For Free via linkor “CollegeTix has the largest selection of college/university events from all around the world and now students can post their events for free so it’s easier to find and share them with others via link“. Please follow link for visual aid.

Phase Two (December 22nd, 2011)

The “Bored? Pick & Choose” Campaign is for CollegeTix

The “Bored? Pick & Choose” messages: “Bored? Pick and choose from the largest selection of events for college and university students in the world via link” or “Bored? Select events from our vast selection via link“. Please follow link for visual aid.

Phase Three (January 7th, 2012)

The “Second Look” Campaign is for Datlik

The “Second Look” Campaign messages: “Stop losing marks and credibility for inconsistency, poor grammar or spelling mistakes in your essays, web pages and work: datlik.sylverpro.com” or “Say bye to losing marks and credibility in your essays and work: datlik.sylverpro.com”.

 

Once again, thank you in advance if you decide to help. God bless you 🙂

collegetix

December 3, 2011 Leave a comment

In July, I briefly mentioned that Sylver Productions was going to become fully operational with the addition of CollegeTix and Datlik. Today, I want to share the CollegeTix vision with you. CollegeTix™ is the premier platform exclusively designed for college and university events, owned by Sylver Productions. In order words, Sylver Productions is the first company to provide this service specifically for college/university clubs, student groups, student organizers and student promoters. CollegeTix operates two (2) distinct, but complimentary services – Online Event Hosting and Online Ticketing/eTicket Sales.

The vision behind it is to provide students with an online avenue where they can publicize their events on a platform where students everywhere (almost) can easily find and share them with others. I’m hoping it becomes the number one source college/university students go to find, pick, rate and share the hottest and latest events anywhere. Basically, I hope to build CollegeTix into a global online directory for college/university events. For example, I am a student at Yale University who will be spending his Christmas holiday in London, England. I get there on December 16th, and by the 22nd, I’m absolutely bored! What do I do? I log on to collegetix.sylverpro.com, type “london, england” into the search bar, and voila! Every single college/university event happening in London, England appears! Now, I can read about all the events, learn the ticket prices and get the addresses to every event people my age in London, England will be at. It is due to this vision that the event hosting service is absolutely free. That will make is easier for every organizer and promoter of such events to consider placing their events on the site. Who doesn’t like free publicity? This is not to say that just any event will be publicized. There is an investigative process that precedes every event posting.

Online ticketing is free for the first event any group chooses to use the e-ticketing feature for. Ours is pretty good because of the convenience – both credit card and debit card payment options are available. It is the easiest and most student-friendly way to generate sales. It is however optional to use this feature.

When God revealed this concept to me, I downplayed it and imagined it for use only in North America, but now I see it as a universal tool. By His grace, it is going global and presently used by various student groups and promoters in colleges and universities in Canada, Nigeria, United States and England for the free online promotion of their events via social networks like Delicious, Digg, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Twitter, and even via email.

If you like the idea, you can help with its promotion. Sylver Productions is running a three-part campaign – two for CollegeTix and one for Datlik. Phase one begins in a week (December 10th), and phase two will begin December 22nd. You may follow this link on December 10th for all the information you’ll need.

Alternatively, there is are two videos available – one introducing CollegeTix (Meet CollegeTix) and another explaining how CollegeTix works (The CollegeTix Manual). Both were directed by our very own, Spinners Inc. You can help by sharing those as well. Thank you in advance if you decide to help! 😀

ska redefined 2011

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Last year, I embarked on the quest for the continued redefinition of The SKA Group, and we have made a couple of changes over the course of the year. This year, we have two new logos – Pearl Kreations’ and Sylver Productions’ have been changed. The logo of The SKA Group has a new look. Sylver Productions has new profile, as well as new products and services. Finally, Pearl Kreations, Sylver Productions and The SKA Group have new and/or upgraded websites.

Here is the new profile:

THE SKA GROUP GOES OVER AND BEYOND™

The SKA Group 2011

The SKA Group goes over expectations and beyond imaginations. We overcome every obstacle, extend every boundary and conquer every problem. We are constantly raising the bar for excellence and innovating ways to improve the quality of life through our expertise that ranges from advertising to branding, clothing to education, finance to real estate. We are truly your company.

Profile
The company revolutionizing business and service through its ethics and expertise.

Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, The SKA Group Incorporated is one of the largest, privately-owned conglomerates in Canada. It owns and oversees the operations of several businesses with branches all over the world in advertising, branding, clothing, education, financial services, publication, real estate and more.
Reporting legitimate, record-breaking annual profits with over 150 dedicated people in employment worldwide, The SKA Group is undoubtedly one of the most admired, dynamic and profitable companies in the world.

History
The SKA Group was founded in Canada by Sylvester Kay-Adade in 2008. It initially began operations as Pearl Kreations (now, one of its subsidiaries) on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in Hamilton, Ontario.
As Pearl Kreations grew, he diversified into other markets, thereby giving rise new companies- Suave Clothing and RansRive Realtors. Those were soon followed by the acquisition of SKA Ventures Limited in June, 2009; and development of Sylver Productions in February, 2010.

In January 2010, The SKA Group was set up to manage all the ventures and potential businesses. It became a registered conglomerate incorporated in Canada under the laws of the Province of Ontario in September 2010 with most of its subsidiaries fully functional at the time.

The SKA Group presently owns The Pearl Academy, Pearl Cafés, Pearl Kreations, RansRive Realtors, SKA Ventures, Suave Clothing, Sylver Productions, and Vecasyer Hotels & Towers; with controlling stakes in RCubed-Merit LLP and Spinners Incorporated.

By December 2010, barely three (3) years since its inception in January 2008, it had made over C$ 1 million in revenue with a vibrant work force of about 100 people; thus making it not only one of the most profitable, but also one of the fastest growing companies in the world.

Mission
1. Provide superior quality products and deliver exceptional service.
2. Be the best, go beyond imaginations and exceed expectations in all pertaining to us.

Vision
The global super brand with a heart and drive for perfection.

Values
Integrity
We believe in consistency in the right values.
– Fairness: There is no discrimination. Everyone is equal and every job is vital to our brilliant success.
– Hard work: Good results aren’t manufactured, but accomplished through hard work. We understand that and very familiar with it.
– Lawfulness: All our actions and activities are in total obedience and in complete accordance with the law.
– Quality: All our products and services are always kept to the highest standards.

Leadership
We believe in leadership by example.
– Accountability: We account and take responsibility for our actions, and conduct ourselves responsibly and transparently in all situations and at all times.
– Entrepreneurship: We are creative, innovative and ready to take calculated risks.
– Perfection: We are performance-oriented and put our best into everything.

People
Like every family, we trust respect and trust each other; and that attitude follows right from the top to the branches.
The people make the company; and SKA people are the best employees, executives, partners and shareholders, hence we are the best company.

Service
We make everything about you because it is.
– Community: A good community produces good people. SKA people are good people so come from good communities.
To keep that balance, we give back through caring for the environment, maintaining old and raising new fundamental structures through our development initiatives; and providing free healthcare for lacking communities through our various outreaches.
– Customers: Customer service is paramount to us because without our clients and customers, we would be non-existent.
We are committed to continually provide satisfactory products and services that exceed your expectations.

Brands
Each and every business venture owned or affiliated with The SKA Group are operated at the highest standards; and Pacemakers in their respective fields.
The SKA Group’s brands are:
The Pearl Academy, which delivers a host of quality educational services.
Pearl Cafés, a chain of state-of-the-art cafes for business executives and the elite.
Pearl Kreations deals in the production of button-badges and lapel pins for a variety of events and purposes worldwide.
RansRive, which provides accommodation through the letting and sale of commercial buildings, residential suites and houses.
SKA Ventures provides top-notch financial services and solutions.
Suave Clothing retails luxury accessories and manufactures clothing for the stylish elite and professionals; as well as the provision of wardrobe consultation.
Sylver Productions provides documentation, printing and publication services.
And, Vecasyer Hotels & Towers is a collection of classy hotels and resorts which offer 5-star accommodation with professional treatment and services.
The SKA Group also has controlling stakes in RCubed-Merit and Spinners Inc.

Subsidiaries
Each subsidiary operates as a private entity with individual headquarters and branches worldwide all monitored by the Group’s Headquarters in Canada.

The Pearl Academy is an educational institution which delivers quality, unparalleled educational services. These services include entrepreneurial education, financial management education, middle school education, high school education, private tutoring, and renowned etiquette & grooming classes.

Pearl Cafés is a chain of state-of-the-art cafes designed for and with the quintessential business executive in mind. It offers freshly baked assorted pastries and doughnuts served with freshly brewed coffee and a variety of chilled, natural fruit juices. All shops are equipped with high speed wireless internet connection and a free membership book club.

Pearl Kreations is a collectibles manufacturing company which deals in the production of button-badges and lapel pins for a variety of corporate, personal, professional, national & international purposes and events. It is an official partner and the official button-badges supplier the FIFA World Cup™ Tournaments, the IOC Olympics™ and the UEFA Champions League™.

RansRive is a real estate company which provides temporary and permanent accommodation through the letting and sale of commercial and residential properties with onsite luxury amenities.

SKA Ventures is a financial institution which deals in the provision of top-notch financial services and solutions. It provides small business advisory & consultation, small and medium scale enterprise (SME) loans, operating leases, supervisory training & consultation and excellent financial advice for individuals, entrepreneurs and small & large scale businesses.

Suave Clothing is the unique clothing venture solely in the business of elite corporate apparel. It retails luxury accessories from reputable brand names, and manufactures and sells its own line of bespoke dress shirts, dress pants and suits,  as well as provide wardrobe consultation services. It also produces a biannual style publication called The Suave Series.

Sylver Productions is a media firm that provides ace document management services, as well as unmatched printing and publication services for prospective authors and clients. It developed and manages Datlik™ (formerly, EP-Reader™ Initiative) which proofreads hundreds of articles, essays and projects daily. It also developed and manages CollegeTix™, the premier online event hosting and e-ticket sales platform exclusively designed for college and university events and programs.

Vecasyer Hotels & Towers is a collection of the most stylish hotels and resorts worldwide which offer 5-star accommodation with professional treatment and quality services. It also provides chauffeur services to and from international airports.

Other Companies & Ventures
The major businesses that The SKA Group has partial ownership in are:

RCubed-Merit highlights and optimizes the potential for various living spaces by redefining the outlook of the rooms, offices, homes and workspaces through the reorganization and restructuring of their overall presentation. The SKA Group has fifty-one percent (51%) ownership.

Spinners Incorporated: This agency provides expert advertising services and solutions to its clients. It also uses its ace designing skills and creative wordplay to make befitting logos, catchy names and impressive slogans for its clients’ businesses, events and products. The SKA Group has seventy-five (75%) ownership.

Products & Services
The SKA Group provides its products and services through its numerous firms worldwide.
– Accommodation and Lodging
– Advertising Services and Solutions
– Branding
– Clothing and Accessories
– Document Management
– Education
– Financial Services and Solutions
– Memorabilia
– Printing and Publication Services
– Real Estate Space Optimization
– Wardrobe Consultation

The SKA Group has a new online home. It also has a blog, facebook page, twitter account and youtube channel.

All subsidiaries operate independently, but are monitored and regulated by the Group from its Headquarters, SKA Towers, which is controlled by the President.