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Renting is not fun!

March 30, 2017 Leave a comment

AuthorUmm, I mean renting a house isn’t fun. Renting an exhibit is an entirely different situation and can really be the way to go these days…

But you must wonder, what put me on this tangent?
Just reflecting on when our refrigerator died last fall and our landlord Steve did not fix the problem immediately.

My boyfriend Neil and I have been excellent tenants who’ve taken great care of the property and paid rent on time every month for 4 years, yet Steve said it would take a whole week to get the new fridge in – WHAT?!?!?!

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My Ultimate Las Vegas Experience

March 3, 2017 Leave a comment

AuthorLast month I visited a client who is involved with a lot of custom projects for museums, visitor centers and corporate environments. He said that he is always trying to create an exciting experience for visitors to those environments.

That brought back memories of an Exhibitor Show experience a few years back when I attended a couple classes conducted by Jim Gilmore, who co-wrote “The Experience Economy” with Joe Pine in 1999. Read more…

We’ve Embraced The Chaos For You

February 3, 2017 4 comments

AuthorEmbrace the chaos


We’ve all heard this phrase before
and if you’re in the trade show and event industry, you know you have to remain calm, even when you’ve silently “worked in profanity the way others work in oils or clay” – (thank you Ralphie from ‘A Christmas Story’).

You could also lose your mind, become a complete a-hole, or simply keel over from stress – none of which are appealing to most.  There are so many moving parts and pieces that need to come together to make it work that there’s no doubt why there’s a need for the well-known Plan B for every show (and keeping your cool is essential.) There’s always a solution.

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Optima Won’t Sell To You – Not Now, Not Ever

January 27, 2017 Leave a comment

AuthorThe words in the title were uttered by a participant in a vendor conference that I recently had the honor of presenting to. Right before my presentation began an individual stood up and addressed the crowd by saying “I am sorry but I have to tell you that Optima won’t ever sell to you”. As I scraped my jaw off the floor and wondered exactly how I was going to get out of the room, let alone respond, the individual went on to say: “Optima won’t sell to you but they will sell with you”.   Read more…

Happy Mistakes

January 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Author PhotoI love to cook and entertain in our home. Every year we host my husband’s family on Christmas Eve. Now, while I love to cook, I have to admit that I lean on a friend of ours who owns a really good barbeque place to do the catering for that evening. And everyone loves it. So win-win!!

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Optima and SEG, What’s NEXT!?

November 18, 2016 Leave a comment

AuthorI am about to have an anniversary. On January 2, I will be starting my 10th year with Optima. What a wonderful and fulfilling journey it has been. I have had the opportunity to travel the country and meet thousands of people in the trade show and event industry…many I consider close friends. But most of all, I have had the opportunity to tell the Optima story where quality and service is front and center and top of mind with everyone in the company.

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Introductions & Confessions

April 8, 2016 1 comment

Author PhotoI’ve got a confession. It’s time to clear the slate and move on. Tell me if you’ve done this same thing. Oh, before I begin, is there anyone out there who doesn’t like to read? Are you a kindle, iPad or some other electronic device kind of person? Or do you prefer a good printed book? I, personally, find it convenient to read from my iPad. It’s easy to buy books or check them out from the library online. But there are times when good old fashion paper with the written word suffices just fine or quite frankly, is the only thing available.  Read more…

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