Recapping VenueConnect 2011

It’s been over a week since the IAVM VenueConnect in Phoenix closed. This is the mother of all conferences for venue managers (think arenas, civic centers, large theaters) and for all those who service them (seating, architects, food/beverage, ticketing, publications). For my company, TicketForce, falling into the provider category, it was incredible to have this event take place in our hometown – giving many on our team the chance to attend and get a glimpse who don’t normally travel to conferences.

We loved seeing our bright orange TicketForce Welcomes You to Phoenix registration bags dot downtown – spotted by friends who were just driving through. I thought they made everyone’s outfits look super summery and will be a fashion statement long after everyone returns home…

We also added our client event, FaceTime to the beginning of the conference – hosted at Celebrity Theatre – so we started the week off at full speed, and ended it climbing through mazes at the Arizona Science Center.  Continue reading

It’s the Right Time

My uncle, Freeman Mast, was the most successful business person in my family – outside of my entrepreneur grandma who raised chickens and dogs along with the kids, a grandpa running Rudy’s Refrigeration , and a host of farmers. Uncle Freeman grew up in a town of 1000, got a business degree after serving in Vietnam, and landed a job with Marathon Oil. Before his career was done, he was in the top handful of executives for Marathon, creating a distribution system that earned him accolades and recognition beyond his industry.

When I was young, my mom proudly showed me a magazine clipping that had made it into the family circle letter. “Look at this article about your Uncle Freeman!” Fame was impressive to me at any level, and I read the article and still remember the single sentence that described his success:  “Getting the right product to the right place at the right time.”

Simple, right? If so, then, why all the attention and promotions for him when he got it right?

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