Publisher Renee Wagner Dazzles with Inspirational Media Platform

Publisher Renee Wagner Dazzles with Inspirational Media Platform

Her visionary creation of ‘The Mag’ has showcased motivational stories from Toby Keith to Jill Zarin

Renee Wagner has always believed in the power of inspiration. It is why the mom of two also holds the title of visionary entrepreneur. As the publisher and creator of the prolific media platform THE MAG, she has elevated the way other women consume news.

Her dream to tell stories that matter began years ago when she first launched her brand from a singular idea. Wagner wanted to show that the most notable humans on the planet were not just pretty people or those in charge of massive corporations. She was out to prove that the real leaders of the world are those that fully embrace the power of giving.

As an entrepreneur she has turned a business model into a prosperous company that has revolutionized philanthropy by shining a light on those that give as much as those that receive. Her seasonal magazine and video production company takes on subject matters that spotlight charitable work and dedicated days to help. Through both pages and episodes, the audience relates to a community that is passionate about being the best version of themselves. Individuals from all walks of life make a profound difference through their own talents and even challenges as shown in each highlighted story throughout the year.

The brand is a visually stunning luxury lifestyle platform which aims to inspire through a glossy print publication along with the renowned The Magazine Lifestyle TV Network. From star-studded covers to articles and interviews with profound figures, Wagner demonstrates that she can use her voice to be a guide for the changemakers of the world. Her magazine alone has featured exclusive covers and features with country music legend Toby Keith, actress Tiffany Haddish, television star Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers, singer Idina Menzel, Real Housewives of New York City’s Jill Zarin and Luann de Lesseps to sports stars like MLB’s Johnny Damon and NFL player Donovan McNabb.

The Mag delves into their careers that made them as it pays tribute to their charitable endeavors. The publication along with video content attracts audiences who also want to consume the latest news on the biggest fundraisers and social events around America. From charity-driven galas in the Hamptons to the winning circle of The Kentucky Derby and to the popular Celebration Exotic Car Festival, Wagner is on the cutting edge of taking readers and watchers on exciting journeys across the country. Foundations benefit from her message as she spreads goodwill and fundraising with such groups as Make-A-Wish, The Toby Keith Foundation and OK Kids Korral, the Bobby Zarin Memorial Fund, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith’s Janie’s Fund.

“It’s been a long process to get to this status and the work perpetually continues. My ambitious vision is not one that comes to the forefront with ease, and I am okay with that,” Wagner reflects “But when you are a woman that has learned to keep going and going despite the odds you just sort of do the impossible.”

The vision only continues to flourish. Wagner most recently produced a star-studded benefit concert in Florida. On November 4, The Mag in partnership with OCC Roadhouse hosted the First Annual Veterans Tribute in Clearwater, Florida. Thousands of attendees from around the globe attended the star-studded music festival and awards ceremony that was filmed by Discovery Channel. In the hallowed halls of OCC Roadhouse Museum, television personality and philanthropist Paul Teutul Sr. was honored with a lifetime achievement award.

Grammy-nominated musician Jimmie Allen headlined an epic performance with special appearances by former active-duty Green Beret and NFL legend for the Seattle Seahawks, Nate Boyer. The remarkable evening began with a celebrity red carpet with national media followed by a night of music. Additionally, the event was a special showcase benefiting Operation Healing Heroes.

“As I gear up for my next chapter focusing on groundbreaking entrepreneurs and trailblazing philanthropists in America, I am inspired by all these prolific individuals,” she says. “We will raise money and have a good time. We are fortunate enough to also have so many incredible celebrities who are coming together for one magical night to honor our American heroes.”

For all her incredible success over the years, the media mogul never forgets her own inspiration – her family. Coming from humble beginnings in a small city south of Boston, Wagner was the youngest of six children to a single mother. Her childhood was far from easy, but she knew she was destined for more.  In adulthood with the driving force of her husband behind her, Renee knew she wanted to leave a legacy for her children and realized how valuable her time was as well as how important it was to help shape the future.

“My two gorgeous children and my dutiful, grand husband motivate me to be a changemaker through my work. My 11-year-old-daughter and my 9-year-old son bring me so much joy and, in many ways, have created my current success. If it was not for the glorious loyalty of my family I would not be where I am today.”

The courage to change the world through the better as an entrepreneur resonates deeply with her family as much as it does with the people who are lucky to work with her. But when asked about her career she will quickly tell you that she feels like the one that is blessed the most.

“Being an advocate for yourself, your family, and those around you makes you proud. I am using my voice and doing it with no fear.  I fight for a brighter future for all. I am so very, very fortunate that I can be myself and at the same time find a way to empower all those that believe in me. I have as much faith in them and in humanity. Together and in unity we can change the world for the better.”

Embrace these formidable thoughts and make your own glory is the advice this featured Boston Business Women’s visionary will always proclaim. Here is to those who put peace, harmony, and prosperity above all else.

 

 

Inside Our Inaugural Salute to American Heroes

Inside Our Inaugural Salute to American Heroes

The Magazine Lifestyle hosted the first-ever “Salute to American Heroes” celebrity benefit concert for veterans. The star-studded evening was hosted by Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning television host and daughter of a WWII POW at OCC Road House in Florida. Publisher Renee Wagner produced the magical moment that took place in front of over 700 guests.

Musical performers included Grammy-nominated Jimmie Allen and national recording artist Dave Bray USA. Other highlights of the evening included appearances by Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers, and Nate Boyer, Green Beret, former NFL player and actor. The event was filmed for later broadcast on Discovery Channel and other national networks.

A tribute to humanitarians as well as an awards ceremony honoring two American heroes also took place. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Paul Teutul Sr. for his ongoing work as a television personality, philanthropist, and outspoken supporter of U.S. veterans.

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited Operation Healing Heroes and Oscar Mike.

The mission of Operation Healing Heroes is to preserve history by documenting and honoring the lives of U.S. military heroes and their families, one story at a time. Oscar Mike works to keep a vibrant, connected community that keeps America and her veterans “on the move” by actively supporting and improving mobility, accessibility, mental health, and well-being. Additional benefitting charities included MVP: Merging Vets & Players, Paws and Warriors and Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

 

Photo credits: AB3 Visuals / Anthony Bove III

 

Nate Boyer – A Duty to Empower Mankind

Nate Boyer – A Duty to Empower Mankind

Special Salute to American Heroes Edition

The definition of an American hero is one of those conventional phrases that is rooted in deep honor and tradition. While it is a term that is well-known it is not one taken lightly. To utter the words is to speak volumes on why a person deserves the title.

Nate Boyer is one of those coveted people who warrants the moniker. His storied life is worthy of a best-selling novel with chapters or rich, page-turning material that captivates the imagination. As a United States Army Green Beret, football player and entertainment personality he has embarked on a personal mission for decades that pays tribute to the pride that being an American citizen represents.

Nate Boyer at First Annual Salute to American Heroes

The icon, who grew up in California, didn’t lead an ordinary young man’s existence. In 2004, becoming a relief worker in Sudan so he could help refugees of the War in Darfur was a unique and heartfelt start to a life of service. Shortly after he enlisted in the United States Army and later was accepted into the Green Berets. After several tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, he respectfully earned an honorable discharge after years of service.

First Annual Salute to American Heroes

His long list of duties included Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, 10th and 1st Special Forces Group, and he even over the time completed multiple Joint Command Exchange Training Missions to Israel, Bulgaria, and Greece. His experiences and the tragic memories of 9/11, which inspired him to enlist in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces candidate to begin with, drove a passionate determination that was what made him graduate with a Green Beret initially.

A next step in Boyer’s life led him to the gridiron where he began as a player for the Texas Longhorns, where he served as the starting long snapper on from 2012-14. Then in 2012 Boyer received the Disney Spirit Award at the ESPN College Football Awards, which was followed by the 2013 National Football Foundation Legacy Award. Boyer was even named the 2012-13 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year and became the first-ever recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. In 2014, he was also an Academic All-American.

Going from a college football walk-on player to signing with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2015 was a huge follow up and next big step in his adult career. It was at this time that he famously advised Colin Kaepernick who had been sitting during the National Anthem that if he could not stand for the flag, then taking the knee would be more respectful.

Boyer continues to be actively engaged with several Veterans Service Organizations as well as several other non-profits. Sports and military service continue to imbue his philanthropic ways.  As the co-founder and board president of Merging Vets & Players, his mission to be a changemaker continues. MVP empowers combat veterans and former professional athletes by connecting them after the uniform comes off; providing them with a new team to assist with transition, promote personal development, and show them they are never alone.

“I’m just glad that there’s at least a good amount of people that have supported me and supported MVP,” says Boyer. “They have rallied around what we’re doing, which is all the dirty work, the tough stuff. So many of our staff members use this big platform to truly give fully to the veteran community. You see a shift. You see them go from someone that maybe was a little bit isolated or didn’t believe in themselves to doing some incredible stuff and taking charge. It helps them emerge as a leader. When you see that growth that’s what is really rewarding.”

Helping men and women who served address the challenges that combat veterans and former professional athletes face in transition once the uniform comes off is a duty that he takes seriously. It is also an attitude that has made him a compassionate figure and leading authority in global media.

“It’s just such a big part of who I am,” reflects Boyer. “Living in the uniform for quite a while – whether it was camouflage or the football jersey – was a big part of my life. There were challenges and hardships. I always remember what shaped me. I try to do the best that I can to continue to tell those stories and help change the narrative about who we are and what we’re capable of doing. I think it’s going to forever be with me as far as being a part of that community and doing everything I can to service it.”

In 2017, Boyer appeared in the “Madden NFL 18” video game’s story where he portrayed Captain McCarthy, a soldier who assists protagonist Devin Wade in rediscovering a love for football. There was also a popular ESPN documentary about the icon called “The Long Shot.” “MVP” followed and was his directorial debut. The project documented the true story of the formation of the organization that was co-founded with Jay Glazer. In 2023, he began hosting the Discovery Channel reality competition series “Survive the Raft.

And for all his success, he continues to focus and put on the forefront philanthropy by finding ways to always help others feel the same level of upward mobility.

“Getting people to trust and to believe that not only you care, but that you believe they are worth it is key,” he emphasizes.

Pride and an attitude that “anything is possible” is not only inspirational. It is a driving force behind the overall principles of being an American hero that deserves grand appreciation. It is a motto of Boyer that carries the empowering message that builds the American hero that we need more than ever today.