The Other Side of a Businesswoman
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --IC Places, Inc. (OTCQB:ICPA) At
Punch TV, a network recently acquired by IC Places, the senior executives and
staff are busily launching the Fall Season. For example, a Punch TV original
mini-series: EROS: EMMANUEL AND ME that will air from October 22 – October 28,
2012. EROS: EMMANUEL AND MEis a true love story of a man 30 years of age who
falls in love with Armentha "Mike" Cruise, a woman 35 years his senior. But
separately from the mini-series, Armentha "Mike" Cruise is not an unknown
In April 1988, she founded Aspen Personnel Services, a human resources
management and staffing company that was located in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Within years of its birth, Aspen was being lauded for the rapidity of its
growth and the quality of its services. Indeed, Armentha Cruise, or "Mike" as
she is known to her friends, family and business colleagues, had accumulated
awards such as: the 1995 BEST in Washington DC Tours presented to Aspen and
the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from the Guild of Professional Tour
Guides; the 1997 National Supplier of the Year Award from the National Council
of Corporations; and the 1996 and 1997 INC. Magazine Award as one of the 500
fastest growing private companies in the country. Ms. Cruise was also
chronicled in "Women of Achievement in Maryland's History" a statewide school
textbook featuring prominent women, and in 2001 was awarded the "Customer
Service Award" by Working Woman Magazine. Aspen also garnered the 2002
Business of the Year Award from the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce. More
recent awards include the 2006 and 2007 Lockheed Martin STAR Award and
Preferred Supplier two years consecutively; the 2009 Media Recognition and
Publication (MBE Magazine June 2009 issue); the 2011 DC Chamber Champion of
Women in Business Award; the Vanguard Award for Business Success and Longevity
presented by the Maryland DC Minority Supplier Development Council and the
2012 Washington Business Journal "Business Leader Award". Aspen experienced a
growth rate in revenues from $39,000 in 1988, to $11 million in 2000 to close
to $50 million today. Today, despite experiencing a number of challenges from
2008-2011, Aspen Personnel, now known as the Aspen Group, Inc., has sustained
sales of more than $45 million and delivers human resources management and
staffing services at sites throughout the United States as well as abroad.
With a Bachelor's from Morgan State University, a Master's from American
University, and a brilliant mind that developed its business savvy when she
began collecting rents for her entrepreneurial mother at the age of nine, Mike
Cruise has indeed, established a place for herself in the world of business.
But, today, Armentha "Mike" Cruise is in the world of news for a reason
outside of her business acumen. Mike, a petite, beautiful woman whose presence
can be felt the moment she enters a room, has allowed her love life to become
the foci of the Punch TV original mini-series, EROS: EMMANUEL AND ME.
According to Joseph E. Collins, President of IC Places and Founder of Punch
TV, and Steve Samblis, CEO and Chairman of the Board of IC Places, a company
that acquired Punch TV in July of this year, Mike's (the businesswoman's)
story is a perfect one for the EROS series. "There's a cynicism that has
developed about love and relationships these days," says Joseph Collins. "With
EROS, we wanted to bring viewers hope by offering true stories of true love,"
says Steve Samblis.
"When Ms. Cruise's story came to our attention, the story of her marriage at
the age of 60+ to a young businessman of 30 years of age, we knew that we
wanted to do it as a Punch TV original," Joseph Collins continues, "But, for
me, the real clincher was the fact that Mike is such an excellent
businesswoman. As a result, by allowing Punch TV to probe into this very
sensitive area of her life – her marriage to Emmanuel - we were also able to
integrate some important other economic messages to the public, such as the
importance of quantitative skills to what happens during an economic
When queried regarding "why" she allowed her story to be told. Armentha "Mike"
Cruise, President and CEO of the Aspen Group for the last 24 years, offers a
simple answer, "Perhaps my story will inspire hope by letting others know that
we are never too old to experience true love and that magic really does exist.
We must not be afraid to take risks; living in fear especially when we receive
a gift. Seize it and simply get rid of the fences that prevent love from
entering and living an enchanted life that we sometimes think is impossible to
EROS: EMMANUEL AND ME is scheduled to air on Punch Television Network from
October 22, 2012 to October 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm PST. Please contact your local
carriers for exact dates and times.
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