Minnesota Businessman Teams with International Boxing Legend, Roberto Duran

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John Laub teams with Roberto Duran to launch Blue Bridge Media a business that is redefining the taxicab in Panama.

John Laub founder of Minnesota Lending and the newly established Minnesota Mortgage Network is teaming with Panamanian patriot and boxing legend Roberto Duran to launch Blue Bridge Media. On a trip to Panama Laub noticed the lack of advertising on taxicabs in Panama. Imagine the landscape of New York City without its beloved taxi tops. Panama is covered with billboards, television and poster advertising but had yet to capture the essence of taxi top advertising.    

Blue Bridge Media is bringing taxi top advertising to Panama’s 25,000 taxicabs. Major corporate advertisers and taxicab operators have lined up for the opportunity to touch the masses with their message. Each taxi cab driver will be paid an upfront fee of $10 plus a monthly contract fee of $30 to attach the taxi top to their vehicle. Blue Bridge Media will maintain and monitor advertising on all of the vehicles.

Laub and Duran met in the Twin Cities in the spring of 2005 and quickly forged a friendship. For the launch of Blue Bridge Media, Duran has opened the doors of Panamanian business to support this new venture. The Panamanian government has embraced Minnesota native, John Laub, as have residents. Laub and Duran are bringing job opportunities and financial security to thousands.

Roberto Duran has held the titles of the WBC Lightweight Champion, WBC Welterweight Champion, WBA Light Middleweight Champion, WBC Middleweight Champion and WBA Junior Middleweight Champion. His lights-out right punch has stopped opponents from Esteban De Jesus, to Dave y Moore, to Sugar Ray Leonard. This has arguably made Roberto Duran one of the 10 best boxers of all time.

Laub is an expert in the fields of financing and lending. His former company originated nearly 1 billion dollars of mortgages in the first 4 years. His newest venture, Minnesota Mortgage Network, is quickly emerging as the most competitive mortgage group in the Midwest. Laub is a 33-year-old serial entrepreneur and a frequent contributor to Twin Cities non-profit organizations. Laub serves on the Board of Smile Network International and is working to coordinate a mission trip for Smile Network to Panama.

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