Natural disasters are something to avoid at all costs, but something interesting occurred when Hurricane (er, Tropical Storm) Fay hit Florida in late August–it whipped up a weird energy–a strong group dynamic–at the 2008 Senior Market Advisor Expo.
More than one attendee pulled me aside and said something along the lines of: “I’ve attended your past expos and really enjoyed them. But, man, I don’t know what you did this time. This show is great! It really blows other shows away.”
I guess we’ll have to blame the success, at least to some degree, on the storm.
Held at the Royal Pacific Resort, the expo had the makings of something special to begin with, including terrific motivational speakers like John Boe and Scott Burrows, great networking events and a special session on SEC 151A.
But Fay seemed to bring everyone together. And there was good reason for that. The storm delayed several flights and cancelled others. Those who made it to Orlando had invested time, money and shaken a defiant fist at the sky to get there.
I can’t list all the highlights from the Expo in this space, but for those who weren’t there, here are a couple of items that stood out to me: