School’s In, School’s Out
Another year, another CEDIA EXPO on the way.
Where has the time gone? It seems like this show has been around forever, but in fact it started only 17 years ago, from the humblest of beginnings. Today, it’s one of the largest trade shows in America, and a fact of life for the tens of thousands of people involved in the custom electronics industry. Its phenomenal growth has led to the creation of a second annual show, to kick off next April in Las Vegas.
Most of us now have experienced Denver as host once, and hopefully the kinks will be ironed out and we’ll all know where to head at night to get some decent grub and possibly (probably?) tie one on.
I’m here to tell you, though, that you don’t need to wait until you touch down in Denver to get some education. The issue you hold in your hands would very much like to school you. Take a look at our “Points of View” columnists on page 10; they have strategies for you on employee and customer relations, marketing your expertise, writing contracts and managing risk. Heck, Ira Friedman—the best columnist in the business, for my money—begins a year-long series that outlines a whole new way for you to do business.
It’s been real…and so have you
I’m wrapping up my final issue of CustomRetailer, and this column is my final task. I’ve decided to take a calculated risk (Frank Sterns’ column on page 34 was a big help in this regard)—I’m making a career change and moving into the world of public relations and marketing. My significant other Betsy and I are packing our bags and moving from the hustle and bustle of our beloved and native Philly to the, um, not-so hustle-and-bustle of southern Rhode Island.