Have some notes to put up on the last morning session from ECEF last week. I had to leave unexpectedly due to a sudden illness immediately after lunch - one that saw me in an ER in Bedford, PA around midnight. All better now. So I wasn't around to blog the afternoon sessions, sorry Mike and Sam.
But before we get to that, for those of you who don't get Event Marketer magazine (and why not?), this month's cover feature was on Pierce Promotions, the Portland, ME, corporate event management company founded by ex-Reed, ex-Diversified ops guru Clint Pierce. Pierce had just won this year's "EX" awards for a campaign his company did for Verizon.
Can't say I'm a close friend, but the couple of years we were both at Reed, we talked a few times. You could sense that Clint was looking for something else, something bigger. A VP ops career was just not going to be enough. Around 1990, Clint left Reed and Connecticut to move to Portland and Diversified and not too long after founded Pierce Promotions. Many of us thought starting an events business in Maine was nuts, but Pierce Promotions is now considered one of the top event management firms nationwide.
Still, despite the obvious business and financial success, perhaps the thing that impresses us most about Clint is that nearing 50, he still has his hair and that Matthew Perry/Chandler sort of carefree, youthful look about him.
It's always great to see quality folks from this industry succeed following a different track than the standard tradeshow management promotion ladder. Especially when they take the risk of opening their own shop and getting it to fly. So congrats Clint, and continued success.