It's not that hard: Do it. Do it right. Do it right now.
by Jon W. Sparks
I recently was flying into the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport from Tokyo, a numbing 12-hour experience on All Nippon Airways that was made tolerable by being able to score some extra wasabi sauce.
As we taxied to the gate, a flight attendant uttered my name over the intercom and said that I should check in with ground personnel on arrival.
Having your name announced over a PA is unsettling. I checked texts, but all seemed quiet at home. The Boeing 777 slowly, slowly extruded its passengers as I nurtured my anxiety, thinking that I had to navigate customs and go to another concourse in short order.
When I finally stepped out of the door, a young man with ANA was there holding a card with my name on it. Ashish Adhikari greeted me and briskly explained that because of the hurdles to be jumped in a relatively short turnaround time, that he would help me get through it.
by Jon W. Sparks
Our cover package is a keeper for anyone who has to put together an event, whether a meet-and-greet in a private room in a restaurant or a big shindig in an auditorium with food and music and presentations.
There’s an interview with Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, who offers insight into the present state of Memphis tourism and the future of conventions. You’ll also find a terrifically useful list of venues in and around town where you can stage your event.
Meanwhile, Jody Callahan interviewed event planners to see how the industry has changed and Aisling Maki has a feature on the growing number of taprooms, breweries and distilleries that will host events. And if you’re planning a presentation, check out Andrea Wiley’s column for tips on making it effective.
Elsewhere in the issue, see Frank Murtaugh’s interview with Latino Memphis leader Mauricio Calvo, Jane Schneider’s profile of the forward-thinking ER2 recycling operation, and Samuel X. Cicci’s Q&A with outgoing Rhodes College president William E. Troutt.
And don’t miss David S. Waddell’s fascinating look at “E-conomics,” where the rapidly changing global information marketplace is wildly different from the one-time dominant manufacturing and oil sector — but they still have some resemblance to the “bully monopolies” of yore.
by Richard J. Alley
Ten years ago this magazine was founded as Memphis Business Quarterly. Twitter was launched. George W. Bush was president and Willie Herenton was mayor. Memphis was still a Delta hub. The housing bubble was on the cusp of bursting, taking with it the homes and hopes of many Americans. And my daughter was born. The last of our four children, my wife and I foolishly believed we had everything under control. Genevieve proved to be . . . “spirited” in the whitewashed parlance of the day. She would go on to turn our world upside down.
Business is that way, isn’t it? You have a plan, you’ve put numbers on paper and crunched those numbers to within a decimal point of their lives, and you’ve planned for every contingency. And then the bubble you didn’t see goes “pop” and takes the largest financial institutions along with it.
In this issue, we look at three Memphis companies also celebrating their decade anniversary, and get a hint at their secrets to success, and just how they coped with the unexpected obstacle of recession.
Back in 2006, Andy Cates headed up the Value Acquisition Fund, a real estate investment firm. He’d spearheaded the formation of the Soulsville Foundation and its components — the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Stax Music Academy, and the Soulsville Charter School — and it seemed that the world was his to take. To top off all of that success, he was our first cover story (and cover model!). For our anniversary, we once again asked Andy to sit with us and share his thoughts on Soulsville, Mud Island redevelopment, and the state of Memphis business.
A lot has changed in the past decade, but the one constant for us has been our advertisers who believe in what it is we’re doing and in the stability of the city’s reputation, its industries, and those industries’ leaders. Without them there never would have been an MBQ; there would be no IMB. We are eternally grateful for their confidence in and support of us.
My daughter turned 10 this year and we got her a bicycle. When she’s on it, she soars as if there is no limit to where she might go. It’s the same feeling we get when we look at the past decade of business in Memphis and as we put this magazine together six times a year. The feeling is there when I read it as well, and I hope you feel the same.
Thank you for an amazing 10 years. Here’s to an even better future.
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