What a difference a week makes…
Last Wednesday my wife Shelby and I were enjoying our last couple of hours of our two week Florida road trip on sunny South Beach in Miami. Today, I’m listening to and watching 30 mph hour winds blow rain and snow around our valley here in Bozeman, MT. We certainly pay a high scenery tax to live in this beautiful place!
We had a great time mixing business and pleasure during our time in Florida. The trip started with what’s become a yearly trip to the Florida Philanthropic Network’s annual conference in Orlando. I was able to host a great gathering of current customers (see picture #1 below) Erin Baird, Anne Douglas, Cherie Simmers and Ami Palmer. Also joining us was Sharon Wood from Johnson Scholarship Foundation who was not a customer at the time, but I’m thrilled to report that Sharon officially joined our customer list before I made it home to Montana.
Shelby and I spent most of the week following the FPN conference touring Florida on vacation. Elizabeth Frazier from our customer Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation (see picture #2 below) graciously hosted us in her suite for a game so I was able to satisfy my sports fix as we started the vacation. We were able to get in some hiking and canoeing in Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park before working our way through the Keys over several days. I think there was even one day over the course of the week where I didn’t respond to a single work e-mail!
We ended our trip in Miami for the Council on Foundation’s Family Philanthropy Conference (see picture #3 below) and enjoyed renewing relationships with long-time partners and customers as well as meeting many of our newer clients for the first time. We enjoyed connecting with clients from Ittleson Foundation, Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, Mead Family Foundation, Merck Family Fund, The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Colorado, The George B. Storer Foundation, The Russell Family Foundation, Island Foundation, Family Philanthropy Advisors, Carolyn Foundation and Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation. We also enjoyed conecting with our partners from Association of Small Foundations, National Center on Family Philanthropy, Foundation Center, Strategic Philanthropy, GMA Foundations, Arabella Advisors and of course our contacts at Council on Foundations. Meeting our customers and hearing of your experiences with our software is one of the most rewarding things we do, so this was a great trip and it has me even more excited to hit the road again for the many users groups and conferences we have on our schedule over the coming weeks.