Last night's Awards of Excellence program at WPPI and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award was a complete surprise. It left me with what I consider an underwhelming response. Seriously, as I went to sleep I thought of everything in my heart, that never came out through my lips! A couple of lame stories about Tony Corbell and Bambi Cantrell, a thank you and then I became a deer in the headlights.
So, here's what I wish had come into my head...
In 1987, after seventeen years at Polaroid, I joined the professional side of the industry as President of Hasselblad USA. So, twenty-nine years ago is where my journey started and it continues to be amazing. I know it sounds sappy, but I love this industry. I love the artists I've met along the way, and while so many of you were thanking me last night, my thanks goes to all of you.
Tennyson wrote in Ulysses, "I am a part of all that I have met." Well, each of you has become a part of me. I've learned something from every person I've met and worked with. Many of you have inspired me to chase down new ideas, projects and even created the stimulus I needed to start my own company in 2009. Your entrepreneurial spirit sets a standard every day, reminding me never to slow down chasing my dreams.
I know it's called a "Lifetime Achievement" but I'm hardly ready to slow down. My thanks starts with WPPI and their recognition of my "trip" so far. Thank you Tony and Bambi for your kind words - nothing beats long time friendships. A big thanks to so many of you for your encouragement and friendship over the years. And, to those of you in the "inner-circle" of my network what a kick it is to share this non-stop journey.
Last on the list, but really first - Sheila, you continue to be my best buddy, my muse, coach, partner and often advisor. It's time to see what the next path brings into our life together. Sure do love ya.
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