Mark Soberman

Mark Soberman:
President & Founder of NetPicks

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Mark Soberman

Mark Soberman

President & Founder of NetPicks

I made my first trades back in the 1980s on an options trade and from that point I was hooked. Having been a life-long entrepreneur, I was always drawn to trading since in many ways it has always felt like working a start-up. Just like a start-up company, you have to develop your product (strategy), implement your business plan (execute your trades) and bring in income (profits from trades.) However, I found that most of the training at the time was very theoretical and it was difficult to get precise training or trading systems.

I decided that I would start sharing my stock and options analysis over the internet which really was just getting going, and actually via the fax – and so begin NetPicks back in 1996. At that time, I knew I had endless passion for trading and in my mind I felt there was an opportunity to provide very specific, realistic training and exact trade signals.

In the beginning, NetPicks focuses on provide signals for stocks and options. Eventually those were followed by the futures markets and then forex. NetPicks has always been first or among the leaders in providing signals. Later with live training rooms and live educational webinars and then comprehensive trading education and courses. Not to mention, actual traders as support and coaching staff.

As time progressed we became specialists in providing education and courses specifically for active investors looking to take control of their futures, forex and stock/options trading. Empowered to learn our strategies and a skill that can be used for a lifetime. That continues to be the driving force behind our collective passion for trading and teaching traders. Which is why I have assembled such a top-notch team of Trading Coaches — each who was originally a NetPicks customer. Having been exactly where our customers are now, we can relate in a special way to the challenges, obstacles and successes of the trading lifestyle.

And, we continue to never rest on our laurels, always looking to improve our abilities, systems and training. Thanks for taking the time to learn about this great company and most importantly, how we can help guide you toward your financial goals as an active trader.

Brian Short

Brian Short:
Co-Partner & Chief Operating Officer

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Brian Short

Brian Short

Co-Partner & Chief Operating Officer

In my “former life” I was a business owner and ran a technology company involved in IT support services in the medical field. While I found that business to be rewarding it was also an incredible burden to be responsible for all my employees, contractors, overhead, and the constant whims of the business cycle. At the peak I was managing 50 people and as you can imagine it became overwhelming. I knew I wanted to break free from that cycle and this is what
inspired me to consider trading.

Back in the 1990′s I was having some incredible success trading on news and tips. Back then, you would get informed by your broker of some expected breaking news or rumors and trade on those tips. I literally felt invincible, as “tip trading” seemed to work every time you tried it. I pulled down a significant sum of money. That’s the good news.

The bad news? I literally lost the entire amount in less than a year as the whole “tip trading” approach crashed and burned — along with the markets.

This certainly got me hooked but I also realized I was trading a fad and was not building a trading business. I figured there had to be something that was better, more predictable and could sustain itself over time. In the early 2000′s I decided to divest myself from my technology company and dive into trading.

I started by trading OEX options, which at that time were quite popular – this was before the e-Mini futures basically took over. Following a signal type service I did O.K., but felt I didn’t really know “WHY” I was taking these trades since it was basically a blind signal.

Once again I felt I wasn’t following a system. That inspired me to finally start developing my own systems and learning programming. I signed up for a NetPicks service in 2001 trading stocks on a swing trading and sometimes day trading basis. I proceeded to automate much of that process and became a dedicated convert to the “NetPicks Way” which is a systemized approach to trading, putting the odds in your favor and always trading with a plan.

From there I became intrigued with forex trading and actually helped NetPicks develop their software and automation tools for forex and eventually became a Managing Partner in the business in 2004.

Ever since I have been responsible for the training, education and coaching side of the business in particular. We certainly pride ourselves on having the best coaching team in the business. Every coach was actually originally a NetPicks customer, putting them in a unique position to understand just what you’re going in during your journey to successful trading. In addition, they are still all active in the markets which keeps them fresh and up-to-date both on our systems and the realities of trading.

I certainly feel we can provide a huge short cut when someone is learning trading or trying to master their skills. Take advantage of the all the resources we offer is my best advice. Trading is a skill you want to continue to work on and improve. If you do, you can be well rewarded for the effort.

Will Feibel

Will Feibel:
Futures & Commodities Analyst

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Will Feibel

Will Feibel

Futures & Commodities Analyst

What are you currently trading?
I trade futures, specifically the 144 tick TY (10 year treasury notes) and the 89 tick S (soybeans). I’ve also traded the Dow, S&P, Nasdaq, and Russell 2000 eminis in the past. At this point I’m considering adding the TF (Russell 2000 emini) to my trade plan.

And where are you from?
I’m German, grew up mostly in South America, and have lived in the US since my freshman year in college. I live in Princeton, New Jersey and have resided in this area for the past quarter century or 25 years, whichever sounds lower :)

So why did you become a trader?
I started trading stocks a little over ten years ago, swing trading using the CAN SLIM strategy popularized by Investors Business Daily. I was laid off from my banking job a few years later and decided to give full time trading a shot. The idea of working from home appealed to me, and trading is a business that requires relatively small upfront investment and low operating costs. I consider myself a fortunate man because this decision allowed me to be with my children as they grew up, instead of stuck on a late commuter train from New York City.

And how did you hook up with NetPicks?
I was a customer of NetPicks’ first release, the UTM (Ultimate Trading Machine). This was my introduction to futures and day trading. I then jumped on the Universal Market Trader (UMT) as soon as it was released because I’d been happy with the UTM’s performance and had a great deal of respect for the NetPicks team. I felt they were upfront with us customers and committed to our success.

We old timers became very active in the UMT members’ forum, discussing setups, backtests and performance. It was through the forums that I got to know Troy Noonan and Mike Rykse. As time went on a core of us devoted a lot of time to helping newer members through the forums. Later on Brian Short started his semi weekly online live training and we all migrated to that.

I felt I had a lot to contribute to the membership because of my experience with the system, and once Troy became active with the NetPicks team he suggested to Brian that I become a coach for the mentorship program. I jumped at the opportunity. I enjoy working with people and get a great deal of satisfaction from helping others succeed in trading, that’s why I’m thrilled to be a NetPicks Trading Mentor and Coach.

Finally, I have great respect for everyone involved at NetPicks, starting with Brian and Mark, the Coaches, Cheryl in Customer Support, everyone. They are all committed to the system and to the membership.

What do you think sets the NetPicks Trading systems apart from the rest?
Because it works. I’ve traded the Universal Market Trader, Ultimate Swing Trader and Seven Summits Trader on several instruments and backtested it on more, and with rare exceptions the system has shown robust performance. It seems no matter where I apply it, I always get 60% to 65% win rates and equity curves that sawtooth from the bottom left to the top right of the chart. Like all systems they have their drawdowns, they’re not the holy grail, but for something so simple and straightforward they’re remarkably successful.

How many other courses, strategies, etc. did you try before finding your current method?
Not many really. The only other system I followed seriously was the CAN SLIM as stated earlier. Other than that I’d subscribed to several on line trading sites but none of them had anything as powerful, flexible and robust as what NetPicks offers.

What are the top benefits you think members have gotten from the mentor classes and/or live training rooms? Why do you think the mentor class is so successful?
The mentorship programs helps students gain confidence in the system and in themselves. Through a combination of backtesting and both group and one-on-one instruction they learn the three key elements to trading success: a methodology, effective money management, and mental discipline. You need all three to succeed in trading and I believe that we deliver that through the mentorship program. If, I should add, the students puts his time and effort into it. The daily live training further reinforces what students learn in the mentorship program, and I feel that the mentorship students get more out of the live training than those members who haven’t participated in it. They experience first hand and in real time the principles that they learned, they see how experienced traders put the system into action every day, they learn the subtleties of our money management techniques, and perhaps more importantly they witness the moderators’ mental attitude and discipline once they’ve entered a trade, whether that trade results in a win or a loss. And it’s that mental attitude and discipline that will, in the end, make or break a new trader.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with traders considering a NetPicks trading system?
Yes. First of all, they’re not the holy grail. Every trade is not a winner and there will be drawdown periods. Second, do not expect to start with a $5,000 account and make a million in six months, or $10,000 a month right off the bat. What the system will do for the committed trader is allow him or her to gradually build their account, and as the account grows they can increase the number of contracts and/or instruments they trade until they eventually build their account to a size that makes full time trading possible. These systems are incredibly flexible and robust, and they have the best support I’ve seen anywhere in this business.

Shane Daly

Shane Daly:
Forex Analyst

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Shane Daly

Forex Analyst

What are you currently trading?
I got started in Forex mostly due to the low initial capital required. I am not a fan of demo accounts and thought that would be the best way to learn to trade. I eventually started to enjoy the nature of FX and trade it to this day. I diversify with both day and swing trading. I am looking at other markets to trade outside of currencies. Given the success some have had with TY, I may take a look at that. I keep my focus on four currency pairs…. GBPJPY, GBPUSD, EURUSD, EURJPY.

And where are you from?
Toronto, Canada is where I am from and currently live. However, the call of the west coast is mighty tempting. That is the great thing about being a trader… you can live virtually anywhere you choose.

So why did you become a trader?
There is much more to life than 9-5, Mon-Fri, weekends off and a few weeks vacation every year. I have many outside interests that I wanted to stay a part of and trading would allow me to do that. Last year it really paid off as my wife and I had a baby. We both get to stay home and watch her grow. Now that is living. If you keep in mind trading is a business and take the education seriously (including working on your psyche), it is a realistic target that people can have.

And how did you hook up with NetPicks?
Anybody read The Secret?? I bought the trading system in October of 2008. I was impressed with the professionalism of the company and what I felt was a real desire to help traders succeed. Trading can really be the road to a better life and the NetPicks company not only understands that, but aims to help traders reach that goal. Who would not want to be a part of that AND contribute to that goal? Karma can be a blessing. I kept in the back of my mind that I wanted to be a part of the company. I decided to open a blog highlighting real money trades I had taken with to not only help upstart traders, but also highlight the system for those unaware of it. I contributed in the FX live room and out of the blue, Brian Short emailed me and the rest…..is history.

What do you think sets the NetPicks Trading systems apart from the rest?
Simple answer…. I have been successful with them. 90% mechanical. 10% art. Be disciplined to stick to your plan…your trading edge….and the goal to be a trader full-time is not out of the realm of possibility.

How many other courses, strategies, etc. did you try before finding your current method?
Two. A general trading course and Fibonacci. I took a lot of great info from them. I was doing “o.k” but was sort of haphazard with my trading. NetPicks Universal Market Trader (UMT) grounded me. The kicker for me that made me take out the credit card was watching Mark trade “live”. He wasn’t “tracking” a trade, he was trading them for the public to see.

What are the top benefits you think members have gotten from the mentor classes and/or live training rooms? Why do you think the mentor class is so successful?
I don’t have to “think” what they have gotten benefit-wise… the many emails I receive tell me. Probably the overwhelming theme is “motivation”. When traders see others succeeding, and not simply with backtested results but real money on the line trading, it helps them believe that they can do it as well. That is the KEY to succeeding….believing you can. It is easy to get caught up looking for the “grail”, the “secret indicator” and it helps having someone keep you grounded and ensuring you keep it real. That is why I put out the “Regroup” project. It was to help traders slough off bad habits they may have gotten and force them to trade one plan. Only when you have the basics (including the mindset), should you venture into other territory.

Mike Rykse

Mike Rykse:
Options Analyst

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Mike Rykse

Mike Rykse

Options Analyst

What are you currently trading?
The main market I trade is the 10 Year U.S. Treasury Note which I trade on an active basis using the 144 tick chart. I also trade the Russell 2000 emini futures contract using the 292 share bar chart. Swing trading stocks using options is the third part of my trade plan. I take my entries off both the 195 minute and daily charts.

And where are you from?
I am from Kalamazoo, Michigan which is a small town 2.5 hours from Chicago. I still reside there to this day.

So why did you become a trader?
I started trading in 2002 during my freshman year of college. While studying business, I decided to do a research project on the stock market. From that point on, I have been addicted to the financial markets. I love working with numbers and I enjoy the new challenges that trading brings every day.

And how did you hook up with NetPicks?
I started working for NetPicks during the summer of 2008. I was a longtime member of the NetPicks trading systems and was really excited to be asked to come on board to help train new members. I really enjoy the interaction with fellow traders. The community of traders is one of the best features of working for NetPicks. When I first started trading, I was fortunate to have a few experienced traders walk alongside me to help me become a successful trader. It was a goal of mine early on to someday provide that help to other traders. NetPicks gives me the opportunity to do just that every day.

What do you think sets the NetPicks Trading systems apart from the rest?
I love the NetPicks trading methods because they allow me to trade so many markets with just one system. They really gives me the flexibility to adjust to the ever changing market conditions in today’s financial world. The Seven Summits Trader (SST) is simple but yet powerful, which can be a difficult combination to find in a trading system.

How many other courses, strategies, etc. did you try before finding your current method?
I tried numerous other trading systems before finding the SST. I spent thousands of dollars searching for a system that would produce consistent results. The SST is the one of the few systems that I have used that has given me the results I am looking for.

What are the top benefits you think members have gotten from the mentor classes and/or live training rooms? Why do you think the mentor class is so successful?
The mentor class is so powerful because it gives traders the opportunity to work with coaches that have been through the same struggles. The program is designed to cover all the aspects of trading that are often overlooked by the retail trader. Best of all, the coaches are there to help develop a personal trade plan and then hold the trader accountable to that plan. Not only do the coaches have years of experience in the markets, we are all trading the systems in our own personal trading each day.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with traders considering a NetPicks trading system?
I started out as a customer of NetPicks so I have seen both the customer side and the business side. I can tell you that all the coaches at NetPicks are all committed to doing everything we can to help you become a successful trader. I have put the system to the test each day for the past 2 years with my hard earned money. If you are looking for a system that will help you become the consistent winner that all traders want to be then the NetPicks Seven Summits Trader is for you.

 

Troy “TJ” Noonan

Troy “TJ” Noonan:
Developer - Counter Punch Trader, Trend Jumper

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Troy “TJ” Noonan

Troy “TJ” Noonan

Developer - Counter Punch Trader, Trend Jumper

In all roles, he has trained traders from all walks of life from all around the world. Troy initially came to NetPicks as a customer of the NetPicks Universal Market Trader. But after seeing his excellent in-the-market performance and instructive technique he was soon recognized as a valuable asset and asked to join the company.

Troy has over 17 years of extensive trading experience in forex, futures, and stocks and is passionate about teaching others the art of trading. He has extensive experience in developing comprehensive trade plans for individual investors including risk management, money management, and trade psychology.

He is also an accomplished entrepreneur, having a direct hand in cultivating multiple businesses ranging from entertainment, service-based, and non-profit organizations alike.

Ron Weiland

Ron Weiland:
Forex & Futures Analyst, Trading Coach

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Ron Weiland

Ron Weiland

Forex & Futures Analyst, Trading Coach

What are you currently trading?
I have been trading the Futures market for 3 years now. Before that I was trading Forex since 2000. I like to swing trade the Forex using Ultimate Swing Trader and trade the Russell 2000 using the Seven Summits Trader on the 233 tick.

And where are you from?
I was born in Jacksonville, Florida and live in West Palm Beach, Florida now. So, I guess you can say I am a true Florida native.

So why did you become a trader?
I became a trader because I wanted a lot of free time and wanted to be able to grow my accounts faster than 7% a year. I like the action of being in the market and I have had to tame that beast with my trade plan. Overtrading can get you into trouble. I also, wanted to be able to make a living while traveling the word and have found I can do this with the system and training.

And how did you hook up with NetPicks?
I started out as a Ultimate Trading Machine owner with NetPicks and then moved to the Universal Market Trader and now the Ultimate Swing Trader. I liked all the systems and saw success in different capacities with them all. I called up Brian and said, “You are growing and can use some help, can’t you?” The rest is history! I was one of the first coaches and have enjoyed teaching and learning from all of my students.

What do you think sets the NetPicks Trading systems apart from the rest?
I like NetPicks because we teach people more than just the system. We teach them how to be successful in whatever they do! The systems work, you just have to try and take “you” out of the trading. The variety of markets you can trade is also fantastic. I will be using the Ultimate Swing Trader on stocks and options later this year!

How many other courses, strategies, etc. did you try before finding your current method?
Very few. I traded Ultimate Trade Machine and then Universal Market Trader and now Ultimate Swing Trader. I don’t need anything else.

What are the top benefits you think members have gotten from the mentor classes and/or live training rooms? Why do you think the mentor class is so successful?
I think the live trading rooms are one of the best teaching/learning tools we offer. No other company, puts themselves on the line in a room full of traders and calls trades with their system so people can watch and learn. If the system did not work, we would not have close to 100 people there every day! I have learned so much from my students in the Mentor class and the feedback I get from them tells the story of the success of the program. They are better traders, bottom line. The mentor class is invaluable for anyone who truly wants to be successful in trading. What you learn is critical to your success, no matter what system you use to trade. And that is why you trade right, to be successful? I know I do.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with traders considering a NetPicks trading system?
Yes, we don’t just sell you a program that you might or might not use. We teach you and show you how to use it, EVERYDAY! We are traders first, so we know what you need to win. You won’t find a company dedicated to your success anywhere out there. Hopefully, you find us first, but if not, we will be the last! See you in the rooms.

Bob Malinowski

Bob Malinowski:
Options Analyst

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Bob Malinowski

Bob Malinowski

Options Analyst

What are you currently trading? 
Day trade: crude oil futures, Russell futures, silver futures Swing trade: Stock and ETF options

And where are you from?
I was born in Riverside, California and moved to Springfield, Virginia (Northern Virginia suburb of Washington DC) with my parents when I was 7.

So why did you become a trader?
Previously worked for technology consultant firm, then started my own media software company, sold it and wanted to continue to work for myself from home and have flexibility to help my wife raise the family.

And how did you hook up with NetPicks?
I have traded all the NetPicks systems. They are all great and have a positive edge, but SST most closely matches my trading style. Now I exclusively trade SST because it supports day and swing trading. It is easier to keep track of the rules from one system while coaching and preparing trading classes

What do you think sets the NetPicks Trading systems apart from the rest?
NetPicks under promises and over delivers. Coaches place clients’ needs first, and go the extra mile to assist them. That is the way I have always treated my customers.

How many other courses, strategies, etc. did you try before finding your current method?
Approximately 12!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with traders considering a NetPicks trading system?
Take it from someone who has tried many systems and worked with many other trading firms, there may be a number of good systems out there, but NetPicks offers all the other components necessary to become a successful trader: continuous training, coaching, money management and psychology, and support tools like the Ultimate Trade Analyzer. Also, NetPicks is not a homogeneous firm. The coaches are not all cut from the same mold, and each one offers unique perspectives, skills, and training expertise.

James Kessick

James Kessick:
Analyst

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James Kessick

James Kessick

Analyst

James has 7 years of trading experience in both US and European markets, with a broad experience of many different futures products. As a proprietary trader, his focus is currently on equity index futures. A strong belief in charting and their ability to show market intent is the backbone of his methodology. James is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to share and discuss ideas with anyone willing to listen! James received his honors degree in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, England.

Adnan Younes

Adnan Younes:
System Developer, Dynamic Swing Trader

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Adnan Younes

Adnan Younes

System Developer, Dynamic Swing Trader

What are you currently trading?

Mainly Forex and CFDs and little Futures.

And where are you from?

I was born in California but was raised between the US and Saudi Arabia

So why did you become a trader?

You can’t put a price on freedom. Even though I used to make 10K / month. I was working 10 to 12 hours a day. Since I retired from corporate life, I was able to travel to 3 different cities and live around 8 months in each and enjoy life as a trader.

And how did you hook up with NetPicks?

By 2013, I have probably bought every single system NetPick’s offered. I was trading two of them already. I remember that I had so much time on my plate to kill after retiring from my last corporate job and wanted to fill it up with trading related tasks. I called Brian and offered to help NetPicks in their PTU’s weekly update and since they’ve known me very well at that point it wasn’t a difficult decision to make on their part I imagine.

What do you think sets the NetPicks Trading systems apart from the rest?

We can put a whole list to answer this question but I believe that the number one reason the systems are successful is that its developed and traded by full time traders for the purpose of making more money in the market for themselves first and foremost. Offering it to traders around the world is just a bonus.

How many other courses, strategies, etc. did you try before finding your current method?

Too many to list but I think I have easily gone through 50 systems and easily more than $100k searching for someone legit to teach me a profitable system. Not all systems were bad but the few good ones didn’t fit my personality.

What are the top benefits you think people get when using your NetPicks Dynamic Swing Trader program?

a)   Robustness: Having a well thought out system that is based on logic used by institutional traders. The system’s logic is timeless and hence needs no optimization. It pretty much work on any chart you slap it on.

b)    Time: Trading profitably in less than 10 minutes a day (perfect for those transitioning from full time jobs to full time traders)

c)    Profitability: considering the little time investment needed per chart (10 seconds), you can trade many pairs at the same time which means you diversify your risk and increase potential profit. From back testing we show you how to get 10% risking 1% per trade.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with traders considering a NetPicks trading system?

I personally struggled to make the switch to full time trader until I found NetPicks and I am someone who have definitely been around the block. DO NOT hesitate to get started with one of our systems. Make sure you understand your personality and pick your system accordingly. Are you a swing trader, day trader, scalper or a long term trader. Based on your answer we have the perfect fit for you. We are 10 coaches here at Netpicks and each of us has their own cup of tea and definitely at least a couple of us will share the same preference that you have and will be more than happy to help you choose the perfect trading system for YOU.

Cheryl Nofziger

Cheryl Nofziger:
Customer Support Manager

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Cheryl Nofziger

Cheryl Nofziger

Customer Support Manager

Today we have an interview with the queen of NetPicks, Customer Support Manager, Cheryl Nofziger. Cheryl holds the keys to the kingdom, so to speak; she is what makes NetPicks run smoothly and assures that customers get the care and support they need. Her goal at NetPicks is to make certain customers know that we care about their success and offer friendly, professional support. I had an opportunity to have chat with her earlier this week – enjoy this short interview!

So Cheryl, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Sure, I’m a married mother of three children. My daughter, Ambria, is a professional photographer, my other daughter, Sydney, is studying to be a nurse and and my son, Quinn, is studying business finance and playing baseball. I live in Ohio… and I’m not giving out the city, because I don’t want to be stalked [laughs].

You know these days, you can never be too safe [laughs]. Can you share with us a little about your background and how you came to work for NetPicks?
Brian Short, long time friend (Ed: and NetPicks Managing Co-Partner) asked me if I would be interested in working for NetPicks and I was very much interested. I was a stay at home mom for many years and then worked part time for Brian at a technology company and later worked part-time as a home interior decorator and sales person at a furniture store. I started working part-time for NetPicks in May of 2006, which eventually led to more full time. So I quit my other job since I liked the NetPicks job so much more!

I agree 100 percent that NetPicks *is* a fantastic place to work – great staff, coaches, and customers. So what made you decide to quit your job and work for NetPicks full time?
I love the people in the company – they truly are caring and fun people to work for. Plus, I like the idea of working out of my home!

Well, with a company culture that’s caring and fun, it’s no wonder you fit in so easily. And who wouldn’t want to work from home? So tell us what exactly you do on the day-to-day…
I handle all the phone support, email support, making sure products ship out, taking care of customer accounts and subscriptions, affiliate payments, and all the other good administrative assistance stuff :)

Sounds like a handful! With all those duties, what would you say is your favorite part of working with NetPicks?
I love talking with customers and getting to know them. I love to hear how NetPicks has made money for customers and how satisfied they are, and how they enjoy our support and products. I want our customers to know that we genuinely care for their success and I want to be there for them to offer first class support. I get to talk with people from all over the world and I just really enjoy that aspect.

Great, thanks for sharing and shedding some light on what goes on behind the scenes at NetPicks!
Thanks for having me!