Thursday, October 05, 2006

Dinner with Rick Caro


A small group of us (Gregg Herring, our publisher; Margaret Peterson, who heads up our show group; Amy Fischbach, our managing editor; and me) had the pleasure of dining last night with our Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Rick Caro, president of Management Vision. He arrived from New York yesterday afternoon (what ended up being a nine-hour trip for him due to weather delays), and rode to the hotel with our national sales manager, Marty McCallen, who happened to arrive at the airport at the same time.

We met in the beautiful lobby of the Palmer House Hilton, one of the show hotels, and all five of us piled into a taxi for a 10-minute drive to Ambria, an elegant restaurant in the Gold Coast area of Chicago. Rick is a big fan of Richard Melman restaurants (he's the guy who has the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants) and Ambria is one of his restaurants. It was definitely worth the trip. Not only was the restaurant beautiful and the food delicious, but listening to Rick recount stories about his visits to clubs all over the world and tell us about his vacations with his wife and a group of Harvard Business School friends of hers was entertaining.

All but one of us indulged in the desserts, and Rick, being a huge chocolate fan, indulged in the flourless chocolate cake, which looked decadent. By the time we left, the wind had picked up and the temperature had dropped, but a taxi soon arrived and we piled in again for the ride back to the hotel.

I'm preparing my remarks this morning for the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Rick today at 11:30 am in room N427. I'm meeting with him and Gayle Sayers, our keynote speaker, about 30 minutes prior to the presentation. I'm excited to meet Mr. Sayers because not only was he a great Chicago Bears football player, but prior to that he was a Jayhawk from the University of Kansas. Great school, I have to say from personal experience!

I'll blog later today about the presentations.

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