Deer Creek to Blowing Rock
Where will you meet great people in beautiful settings? In deep woods at the center of Ohio or among the hollers of northwestern North Carolina? Both.
The chambers in Ohio met last week in the wonderful lodge in Deer Creek State Park near Columbus and the Carolina execs traveled to the tops of the Blue Ridge for their annual meeting. With only a modest travel marathon, I managed to make both getherings.
Some of ACCE's best friends and mine filled the ranks of both meetings. Jordan, V'Soske, Sartelle, Millard, Nelson, Davis . . . the regular gangs were all there, but so were the new kids. Whether chamber virgins, aspirational sophomores or seasoned pros, they all asked the same questions: "What's happening 'out there'?" "What's working?" "Who's making money? How?"
Were my answers from the podium adequate? Doubtful. Was I motivated by the energy, courage and intellectual curiousity of these leaders of businesses and communities? Absolutely.
The sliver of a moon over Hickory and the clear bright sun through the hardwood branches in the Buckeye state had their own inspirational powers.