It's been a long week and an even longer day- 800 miles and still not home- but I had to let everyone who was unable to attend the show that they missed a great show! The board did a fantastic job putting it all together and I think everyone had a good time. The mounts were the most impressive I have ever seen and I have been to many! I understand that the seminars were very well attended- hats off to George for putting that huge job together. Every supplier I talked to was happy about sales. 29 more mounts than Sioux Falls and I don't know how many attended the banquet but it rivaled a World Show banquet. Thanks to everyone that attended and a big thanks to the West- you were asked to support it and you did! I would not be surprised to find that this could be the new No. 1! Thanks to all who worked the registration table with Cindy, I know it's a thankless job and I am sure you are all still soaking your feet! Another Thank You goes to Carol for handling the computer and keeping everything so organized in the competition room, she is a real jewel! This show just shows what can be done when people work together. Thanks to all again.
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I've apologized to two audiences at the show and now I'll apologize to those of you who may missed the membership meeting or the banquet. I left here on Monday with 48 scheduled seminars. When I made a plane change in Salt Lake City, Connie called to tell me that 6 of them had had to cancell. In between Salt Lake and Billings I lost 2 more and by the time I got to the contracting meeting on Tuesday morning, another 2 had cancelled. A few people were upset that I hadn't scheduled any big name or big game seminars. I assure you that wasn't my intent or my expectations. Many things happen to many people all the time and this one was an unfortunate culmination of a number of people who simply could not follow through. None of us can be sure what the morrow brings. Still, I apologize if any of you were not able to visit the single seminar you'd traveled to see based on our previous advertising. I hope you accept that and the promise that we'll strive to do better next year.
This isn't a love fest post, but Danny, Tony, Brenda, Carol, all of you guys in that competition area. I know you had a few glitches here and there, but THIS competition went as smoothly as any I've attended. Congratulations. Lets hope ALL of us can do even better next year in Louisville.
I know of not one person that would have been able to handle all the mix ups that there was at the last minute & handle them with the coolness & proffetionalism that you showed.
My hat is off to you & to the whole board for an outstading show.
Yes some of us went home with a little less air in our balloons & others balloons are a lot larger.
I learned so much from this show that I cant even begin tell you what was the best thing.
Thanks again NTA & all of the members for a great time.
My seminar was one that was cancelled. I sincerely appologize that I couldn't be there however I did not leave the NTA hanging. I had a helper who was completely prepared to uphold the seminar in full. It was this reason that I felt at ease with not being there. I was upset to hear it was cancelled anyway.
The seminar was NOT cancelled. It was rescheduled and Jeff gave it on Friday I think. Connie didn't have all the information and I apologize if you think my remarks were offensive. I put R.J. in a fix by scheduling his seminar over the NTA President's meeting, so he was forced to combine two seminars into one (which upset a few people who'd planned on visiting his last one and skipping his first one.) One person had a serious medical emergency and another had a surprise call and ordered to serve his military reserve unit. Many things happen as I said. I'm sorry Jeff Mourning never informed you that he'd filled in quite capably. I don't consider anyone who cancelled as having left us "hanging". If we couldn't adjust on the fly, then it is us who have failed.