Last week I had the opportunity to be among “Legends” – promotional products industry legends that is: Bob Davis, MAS, Paul Lage, MAS, Gene Geiger, MAS, and facilitator Joel Schaffer, MAS. I was a panelist at a “Future of the Industry” education session at the AzPPA Expo and because there I was there sitting second from the right I got referred to as a “legend” as well.
When they first started promoting the program it was Industry Superstars which made me uncomfortable enough. After all, I was the only one on the panel – and probably in the entire room – that never made or sold a promotional product. I sensed that legend was a bit over the top even for the others although they come closest to the true meaning of the word.
Being a panelist with four of my industry ‘heroes,’ yes heroes is a better word, was fun. They are incredibly quick, bright, intelligent, thoughtful and wickedly funny. When Gene Geiger, deep in debate with Paul Lage, deadpanned from an old “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update skit, “Paul, you ignorant slut,” I thought I was going to lose it.
Joel Schaffer did a super job of keeping everyone in line and asking relevant questions. It was good to be around two 2012 Hall of Fame inductees, Bob Davis and Paul Lage, and to spend time with my someday-to-be-hall-of-fame heroes Joel Schaffer and Gene Geiger.
Kudos to show chair Molly Ginnish, AzPPA president Bruce Perryman and the entire AzPPA team for a successful education session and show.