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Winner Winner, y’all

March 24, 2017 2 comments

AuthorWith EXHIBITORLIVE a week plus in the rear view mirror, it is tempting to recap the buzz of the show floor and all the groovy emotional points of the show, but I am going to skip that as it has been done and I am going to focus on a very serious matter. The matter of sharing what is apparently an extremely important matter and cornerstone of the 2017 Optima EXHIBITORLIVE experience – WHO WON THE DANG GUMBALL COUNTING CONTEST!

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Do Airports Have Brands?

February 24, 2017 1 comment

AuthorSitting at gate A10 this morning in STL, I was watching the world and interesting people walk by and started thinking about the Dollar Shave Club Guy and when TWA ruled the St. Louis airport and airspace.

See, the DSCG came out of a marketing and ad agency background and from what I understand, had an ah-ha moment a few years back about getting shaving tools and advice and realized that 4 out of 5 dentists agree that most men have no clue as to what they are buying and why. Read more…

My New Year’s Resolution

December 30, 2016 Leave a comment

AuthorLet’s face it. 2016 has been a weird year. David Bowie died, Prince died, the Cubs won the World Series (which as a Cardinals fan, I find extremely upsetting), and we all got faced with the most unappealing political decision of all time.

Seems like friends and family members have suffered from more unexpected health issues and tragedies than usual. It’s been a bit harrowing, hasn’t it? I think at this point we all feel our lives hang in the balance to some extent. Who knows what the future will hold?

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If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

December 16, 2016 4 comments

AuthorSo . . . I’ve never been a fan of selfies. In my opinion (Legal disclaimer:  Not the opinion of Optima or Taylor Corporation), selfies are narcissistic . . . oh, look at me . . . how many likes can I get???   Ugh!

Now – enter, the selfie stick, a complete game changer!  Why?  Because you’re not taking a picture of yourself by yourself with a selfie stick. You will ultimately draw crowds typically made up of friends and possibly strangers too!  And that’s exactly what we experienced at EDPA Access 2016!  Which brings up the question – why is it a called a “selfie” stick then??? Read more…

I Would Not Have Expected That

October 28, 2016 1 comment

AuthorAn observation shared by many in this industry is that there are more folks closer to retirement than their thirtieth birthday. An assessment that was first pointed out to me by an I&D supervisor 4-5 years ago when he said – “look around the floor, there are more of us wearing bifocals than not”. A positive of all this experience amongst us is certainly the fact that there is never a shortage of opinions and tenured opinions at that. I see this manifest itself in two ways, but not necessarily both being good. The first is, ultra-fast problem solving. I could type a list as long as my arm of MacGyver like people in this industry and one I have to point out is Rich Johnson.

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GPS, Common Sense Killer or Helper?

October 21, 2016 Leave a comment

AuthorFirst off, I love me some GPS. I have nicknamed my GPS driving partner ‘Mandy Magellan’ based on the explorer Sir Ferdinand…
I’ll admit it, I talk to Mandy as I am driving – when I miss a turn because the heads-up to turn was 21 feet from the intersection, I have been known to scream at Mandy for not telling me sooner. Read more…

I Created An Algorithm

September 9, 2016 Leave a comment

AuthorMany of today’s youth do not get credit for their skillful use of computers, math, and the ole Rubik’s cube. Enter recent high school graduate and new college freshman Connor Wright. Over the summer, Connor was recently named Facebook’s artist in residence and he spent several weeks creating a portrait of Alan Turing (see image below), but he did not use paint or ink or even Crayola Crayons, nope, Connor used 6,534 dominos. Yeah dominos. This is his latest project that combines a number of his skills and passions. Math, science, art, and good ole wondermentality. Our business is full of skill, drive, and an absolute dose of wondermentality.

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