Tonia Allen Gould is a wife and mother and frequently writes about the trials and tribulations of balancing life as an entrepreneur and writer from the female perspective. Here on this blog, she’ll write about whatever compels her at the moment. In addition to being an author, she is the owner/founder of Tagsource, (AKA TAG!) an award-winning, consumer promotions and marketing agency. With a creative, client-centric approach to brand development, TAG! builds unique promotional marketing campaigns that assists its clients in taking their products or services to an enlightened consumer in a rapidly changing media environment. A promotional industry veteran, she’s also an“Industry Voice”, a recipient of a PPAI Golden Pyramid, and has been named on ASI’s Hot List. TAG! is a recipient of a Supplier of the Year award through the Women’s Business Enterprise Council West, as nominated by Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Tonia’s also a Contributing Writer at InformationWeek, one of the world’s largest, most trusted information networks for business and technology professionals, addressing mission critical business and technology content across its many websites, applications, magazines, and events it delivers.
Tonia is excited to announce that her first children’s picture book, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore released in July, 2013 (Skies America) on iTunes in the App Store, and on soft cover in January 2014 and then hard cover in February 2014 (Mira Publishing). Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, was written and produced by her, and co-illustrated by “Mr. Lawrence” the voice of Plankton and an original storyboard director of SpongeBob SquarePants, along with another SpongeBob storyboard director, Marc Ceccarelli. The book app was narrated by two-time Marconi Award nominee, and one of the top radio personalities and broadcasters in the country, Mr. Steve McCoy.
The original musical score for the picture book app, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, was written and produced by Robby Armstrong, one of the hottest acts in Southern California, who is incidentally making a name for himself in Nashville. Robby collaborates with Nashville-based music industry icon, Darrell Brown, who has produced people like LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, and Josh Turner. Robby’s signature music has been featured in the Coen Brothers movie “Gambit” where he and his band also appeared in the bar scene giving him the opportunity to work alongside his sister-in-law, Cameron Diaz. Check out Robby Armstrong’s tempo-driven hot new video, “Rodeo,” a song that will also be included in the upcoming Cameron Diaz / Colin Firth film Gambit.
After the book’s release, Tonia founded the Finding Corte Magore project. The impetus of the Finding Corte Magore project stems from Tonia’s background – growing-up below the poverty line, in rural Indiana. A product of Indiana’s foster care system, she is the first to say that books, a solid education and teachers, taught her that there was a life for herself, tangible and within her reach, she just had to reach out an grab it – and that she did. Centered around the book’s themes, she wanted to promote dreaming, hard work and perseverance, by finding an island in Latin America, naming it after “Corte Magore” the fictional place in her book, and utilizing it for social good. Today, the 29-acre island of Hog Cay, Nicaragua- through a joint partnership with Ambassador Francisco Campbell, the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the U.S.-will be utilized by the Finding Corte Magore Project to work to keep Nicaraguan children in school. The Finding Corte Magore project will carry a fifteen-year leasehold on one-half of Hog Cay and be named Corte Magore on Hog Cay.
The Finding Corte Magore Project works virtually to connect a global community of professionals, students and crowdfunders in real time with the plight of educationally and economically repressed Nicaragua. The project incorporates social enterprise and involves showcasing and managing an eco-tourism operation on one of the Nicaragua’s own beautiful islands. The goal of The Finding Corte Magore Project is to create social awareness coupled with building a sustainable, positive and long-term educational impact on the country’s children who have an on-average fifth grade dropout rate.
Environmental strategies implemented will be based on innovative sustainability practices and initiatives tested worldwide that are most appropriate to FCM at Hog Cay’s bio-diverse conditions, and will immediately help prevent the environmental impact that would otherwise be caused by irresponsible tourism. FCM will also contribute to social development in two major ways; first, by helping to formalize the tourism industry in the area, FCM will provide higher quality and sustainable employment for local communities. The second social benefit lies at the very core of the Finding Corte Magore project, which is to further educational opportunities for children locally (working to keep them in school), as well as to engage and educate children globally about environmentalism.