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The keyword this week was TRAVEL. It seems like we covered all three corners of the Commonwealth since Monday, traveling to see friends, clients and vendors…
Monday (11/11) – Veteran’s Day – On Monday morning Kelley “Philly” Miller and I traveled to beautiful downtown Irvington, Virginia and presented creative concepts to our clients at Northern Neck Insurance. The Northern Neck area is beautiful this time of year and the drive “to and fro” was a nice, relaxing way to kick off a Monday. The fact that our clients love the new logo, tagline and the creative work is just icing on the cake.
Our clients are FUN. Northern Neck Insurance CEO Pete Cammarata and Executive VP Jerry Wachter are pictured above with their band “Bay Ridge Blues Brothers.”
On Monday afternoon we paused to reflect and give thanks to our nation’s Veterans, and I shared a story with the team about Col. Van T. Barfoot, one of our nation’s greatest heroes. If you’ve never heard of Col. Barfoot’s distinguished service to our nation, click here. I guarantee you’ll be impressed.
Tuesday (11/12) – On Tuesday my travels took me to Lynchburg and Charlottesville. It was good to catch up with Justin Rossbacher at Abandon Films and tour their very cool office space in the Brewery Building on the “Hill City’s” new riverfront. Lynchburg is my hometown and it was good to see sooo much construction and new business activity, especially at Lynchburg College, where we met some very nice folks in the Communications department.
After scarfing down two Texas Inn cheesy westerns and a bowl of chili “all the way”, I headed north to Charlottesville to see a VERY, very rare event: two AP Top 25 Virginia basketball teams play each other. Molly “Florida” Quarles, Lindsey “Chesterfield” Durfee, Dustin “Gainesville” Hennessy and I had the privilege of watching #14 VCU down #25 UVA, 59-56, at JPJ Arena. #GoRamsGo
Wednesday (11/13) – Wednesday morning started with a quick conference call with theNational MS Society, and it was good to learn of so many wonderful new research initiatives in the fight against MS. I traveled down to the Chesterfield Chamber’s monthly luncheon and had the pleasure of hearing James Hopper, Secretary of Veteran Affairs and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth, speak to an overflow crowd.
On Wednesday evening I met with Noah Pearcy and Hal Dowdy, our partners at Broadscope Media, and we toasted our mutual successes in 2013 – a whopping 13 video productions and record-setting six Telly Awards – over oysters and bourbon at Rappahannock. #mmm
Thursday (11/14) – On Thursday Molly locked me in the office and made me work… all day. Media strategies for 2014, new creative concepts for Yard Works and new radio for Capital Ale House were just some of my workaday accomplishments, but I was able to travel – back in time – to The Hippodrome for Comcast Spotlight’s Client Appreciation Party where we donned 1920’s garb and played “Guys and Dolls” all night.
“Flappers” Sammy, Lindsey, Kelley and Molly travel back in time to 1929.
Friday (11/15) – And so, after a busy Friday, I have sights set on the weekend, but no travel plans. Football, basketball, football. Last week, the Mighty Sharks of Alberta Smithimproved to 10-0, winning their division by beating the Gordon Patriots 38-6. On Saturday afternoon, Jack and the crew play undefeated Woolridge and the winner advances to the CQL Superbowl on 11/23. Tomorrow night, my beloved alma mater VCU (#14 in the AP and #10 in BPI) plays Winthrop (ranked #223 in BPI), and I almost feel sorry for Winthrop. #SorryNotSorry
On Sunday, I’ll be watching NFL football but am too superstitious to watch the Redskins. When I watch them, they lose. When I don’t, they win. #ItsOnlyWeirdIfItDoesntWork