Good Monday morning everyone. I hope you had a fun weekend. I would love to hear at @parnellk63 what excited you. Our excitement was attending the Norfolk First Citizen banquet on Saturday and then family birthdays party yesterday (more on those later). My bigger excitement was working a bit over the weekend. I tell people all the time that I love my job–I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. Hopefully that passion comes through in the work we do for you.
Monday, March 2nd
- On Monday Walt continued his work on a really cool ice sculpture art piece we are doing for Dragas Companies and ForKids for their upcoming Art Auction & Casino Night. This year’s, our third year working on the ice sculpture art for this event, theme is Dr. Seuss–lots of fun!
- Our partners from Fleet Printing stopped by The Studio to deliver a client print package of one of our cool designs that Denise and Cameron worked on.
- We announced on Monday that we are hiring two new fun people at JASE. The business development positions will be in direct support of our newly launched JASE Restaurants initiative. The hiring announcement is here if you or a friend are interested.
Tuesday, March 3rd
- Tuesday began early with an update conference call on a big server move for our client TRL, Inc. David and Mark Ramm of TRL worked to plan and coordinate the move of the websites, .NET apps, SQL Server data system, and all associated processes.
- Cameron attended a MyBizPpl social event with about 50 other Norfolk business owners and decision-makers. Getting out in the community and rubbing elbows with our peeps is one of the very fun adventures of our job.
- On Tuesday evening I hosted a Communications Committee meeting at The Studio for Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance where I am on the Board of Directors. Will Christopher, Jonathan Nye, Dave Mitchell and I had very productive discussions on the movement ahead of public transportation initiatives for Hampton Roads and how our organization can help promote and encourage involvement from the public. A few brews and three hours into our fun, we finally adjourned around 11P.
Wednesday, March 4th
- Wednesday was a fun creative day. The team worked on email newsletter content and designs for Mark Parnell at Mark Pressed4Time and also for Sally Horvath at Dragas Companies. Both were delivered to the respective email newsletter targeted lists and were a huge success. Each of our clients received several new leads solely from the work on the email newsletters. Yes, our team is awesome, because we make money for you! :)
- On a personal note, my close friend Frank Robertson told me that he’s applying to the Information Technology Master’s program at Virginia Tech. He’s asked me to write a letter of recommendation for his application package. Wow, what an honor. I’m very humbled.
- Nicole, Sydni and I had dinner with Jennifer, Cameron, Jeri, Mom and the rest of the close family at Plaza Azteca in Hampton. Jennifer and Cameron announced to us that Jeri is getting a baby sister in August. We already knew we had a second grandbaby on the way; we just didn’t know the sex yet. My girls–I am so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing women in my family. This Poppie is so proud!
Thursday, March 5th
- Another snow day! Well, kinda. We got a little freezing rain in Norfolk but that was about it. Not sure why I even mentioned it. :)
- The first Thursday of the month means it’s time for the Ghent Business Association general membership meeting. Fun. Lots of fun meeting with and talking to our local business friends.
- Cameron dropped in to visit Peyton Lex et al at First Choice Nurses in Virginia Beach. He hand delivered the 6×9 postcards that our creative team designed. Peyton’s team was ecstatic with how they turned out.
- I had lunch on Thursday at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club with my Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk fellow Cosmos. Our speaker at the luncheon was Elizabeth Woodard, the eBooks Librarian at the Norfolk Public Library.
- One of our long-time clients, Melvin Massey of Massey Legacy Enterprises stopped by The Studio Thursday afternoon. It’s always good to sit down and chat with another God-fearing businessman.
Friday, March 6th
- On Friday we received final approval from Rachel Newnam at ForKids on the Dr. Seuss ice sculpture art. I delivered the sketch, color specs, and lighting requirements to our friends at IceArt who will do the sculpting for us. It’s always so satisfying to hear others’ amazed reactions to our creative art. I feel like a proud Poppa.
Saturday, March 7th
- I don’t even know where to start with attempting to describe the magnitude of my humbleness I felt by attending the Norfolk First Citizen banquet at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club on Saturday evening. Nicole and I attended the award presentation to Congressman Dr. Bill Whitehurst with ~180 other local business leaders, political leaders, community leaders, and friends of Dr. Whitehurst’s. If you have a moment or two please visit this link to read more about Dr. Bill. He’s such an amazing and accomplished man.
- Saturday evening brings no rest for the technologically weary. David worked for a few hours to initiate and finalize the server move for TRL, Inc. The process was a complete success, thanks to his and Mark Ramm’s thorough planning and hard work.
Sunday, March 8th
- Sunday was family birthday celebration day. Delaney and Cameron have birthdays in March so we gathered at Jeri’s house for lunch and birthday cupcakes, strawberry shortcake and cheesecake. Gathering with the extended family is always a lot of fun.
As usual, I have to give a plug to our newest initiative, JASE Restaurants. This one is becoming a hot topic as we received several new leads last week and a couple of conversations that are already on the hot stove.
I hope you guys have a great week. Keep your chin up, your eyes open, and your ears available. You never know when a juicy bit of knowledge will come flying at you. Stop in for coffee. I’m available any time.
Your friend in Christ,