Hello from Baltimore . . .
Great opening session this morning! A couple of highlights:
Contracting Business editor-in-chief Mike Weil emerging dressed as a birthday cake. And that was an improvement over some of the stuff he wears to the office!
Keynote speaker Brian Parsley was funny and motivating. His basic message is one we've all heard: about the importance of committing to make you company the best it can be. However, his approach was unique. He didn't lecture or chastise, simply pointed out that while you always start out with good intentions, it's very easy to get sidetrackeded by the day-to-day. The difference being "it would be nice to improve" and "I'm comitted to improve." A good point he made: People "want" to exercie, but if they were told they'd die tomorrow if they didn't excercise10 minutes per day, they'd commit to it! Look at your business the same way.
Tom McCart's induction into the Contracting Business HVAC Industry Hall of Fame was very emotional and touching, as his wife Diane accepted the award.
Finally, Charlie Greer brought the house down by proposing to his long-time girlfriend Deborah in front of the packed house. What a ham! She said yes anyway. . .