Fido, Felines, Fitness, Family and Friendships
I credit Megan Erber from Brynn Speaks Promo with the brilliant idea to do a 5K Fun Run/Walk at the Expo. It seemed like (and was) a perfect fit to the program. With my plate full, and having no clue how to coordinate an event like that, I told her to have at it.
We worked through some of the details for the event, and Megan was prepared to handle it all. Unfortunately, days before the Expo, it was discovered that her beloved dog Bella would need surgery during the week of Expo. Megan needed to cancel her trip to Las Vegas.
Many were concerned about Bella's tumor and surgery. With plans already started, Megan reached out to a few people for help, and immediately Charity Gibson from Green Banana Promotions, Roni Wright from The Book Company, Michele Jennrich from Howard Miller Clock Company, and several others stepped up to help.
The event was great, but more importantly it showed that friendships are what really make our industry special. When Megan had something come up in her personal life, people immediately stepped up to help. And those who knew what was happening truly cared about Bella—who by the way is doing great now.
In another example of industry heroism, Robby Cordes with Showdown Displays shared this heart rendering story. Robbie took the red-eye out of Phoenix at 11:45 PM one night after attending business meetings. Unfortunately, TSA pre-check, used by frequent travelers, was down. He had to go through the regular screening process most of us are familiar with. Your shoes and jacket come off and your laptop goes in a plastic bin. Robby hadn't done this in years. It was it late at night, he was out of his airport routine, and he was the random one that got picked for more screening. Bad luck!