Training Company Meetings

Training Company Meetings

Before you start to read this week’s story, let me assure you I have taken every precaution to make sure it’s safe. My laptop has been kept in a germ free sealed pouch, I have washed my hands no less than 20 times, and I apply a good dose of hand sanitizer between each paragraph.

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans for a dealer group meeting organized by my good friend Wayne Brozek. One of his speakers had to cancel, so he asked me if I was interested in coming down and talking to the group. Of course I said yes and made my travel arrangements. After that, I attended a board meeting for the Far West Equipment Dealers Association. Both meeting were extremely productive for my training company and I have great expectations for the coming year.

I liked the positive impact these meetings had for my company, but I must tell you about some of the things I enjoyed even more. I enjoyed meeting some of the equipment dealer personnel at the meeting in New Orleans. I always appreciate the opportunity to meet new people and to listen to them talk about the different challenges they face in their dealerships. I enjoyed listening to the dealers from Louisiana talk about the different cultures they have to deal with in their geographic regions. It reminded me of some of the events I attended when I worked for C&B. If I’m being honest, it made me miss the opportunities and challenges working in the dealership provided. Not enough to go get a real job at a dealership of course, but it still made me miss it a little.

I think the best part was the social hour Sunday night. Wayne and his wife Tori had just received the news their second grandchild was born. Robert Webb from American Implement was sitting at the same table and we both congratulated Wayne and Tori. This started a discussion about grandchildren and how they are the greatest joy in our lives. We all shared stories about different things our grandkids have done. I love to see how much a grandparent’s face lights up when they are talking about their grandkids. Of course my granddaughters are the best, but I didn’t feel it the appropriate venue to let them know this.

If you read my story “Just a Dumb Old Farmer” you can see why I am so passionate and proud to still be part of an industry that works alongside the hardworking men and women that are “The American Farmer.” Thanks for reading.

Next week: Outstanding Teenagers

P.S. If you can’t find any toilet paper, I know Amazon has plenty of Laker’s jerseys you can buy. Sorry Dave Zundel. I couldn’t help myself. #celticfanforlife