A New Year, A New Website, and New Announcements!
Last year was an amazing year for Show Ready Events. We had a great combination of challenge and success with both new and existing relationships. Some of our highs included the successful execution of the FIRST Championship Event, the fun had at the Sydney Robotics Competition, the dirt in the teeth at the SAE Baja event, the thousands of happy attendees at the Healthcare Design Show, and the fog permeating our pores at the Plasa Focus shows.
I also was happy to find myself sitting at a table with trusted partners Mike Goff and Kim Anastasiou, as well as Kari and Sandy working on our professional chops. What started as a noble attempt to gain our CMPs through our own Micro New Hampshire study group, evolved into wonderful industry discussions of not just how things are but how they should be. It is amazing when you put yourself in the proper environment for intellectual extractment (my word, not in Websters yet) what will come out. I learned so much from my colleagues that I found myself rehashing conversations on my ride home. Someday maybe I will get my CMP but the Convention Industries Council seems to have conspired against me to do so.
This year we start off with an updated SRE website, which Kevin put a bunch of time into. I believe that the look is more modern, and the content easy to find. I would love to hear your feedback and suggestions. As always do not hesitate to contact me.
I have also made some strategic moves for the company. Shawnna Estrella is now the Director of Operations and Events. In this role, amongst many things, she will lead our talented team of event professionals, provide key planning and logistical support to our clients, and dispense advice to me- something that I readily appreciate. Anyone who knows Shawnna always first describes her upbeat positive personality and “Can Do” approach to problem solving. I am selfish. I expect that from her. What I most appreciate about her is her mature experience and ability to look at things in new ways. Shawnna is never satisfied with the “Same Ol’”.
Mindy Woodard is now our Senior Manager. Mindy has an amazing and interesting background. She brings a modern approach to problem solving using technology combined with a personality that you just can’t help but love. When you get to know Mindy, you know that she is an amazing blend of Brainiac intelligence, great ideas, and positivity all wrapped in a kick ass delivery reminiscent of the modern day Wonder Woman!
Beyond what I have said about Shawnna and Mindy, the thing I am most proud of with them- as well as the rest of the team- is that they are great people first. They are committed to family and friends. They also understand what I have learned again and again in life- that the right thing is not always the easy thing. And that you sometimes only have one shot to do the right thing. They all just happen to be great event professionals too!
We are a great family. Not every person in this world gets a chance to be part of a great family. Most are either not part of a family, or part of a mediocre family, or a semi-interactive family. Think of all of your friends and colleagues and remember what you have learned about their families. Isn’t this true? I am blessed to have two great families.
With all of this being said, I am very excited about 2016! I recently told my staff that what we do is solve problems for a living. Some big, some small, some in between. I look so forward to being a part of that both for my clients and for my family this year!