A Heart-Felt Thank You!

A Heart-Felt Thank You!

by Danny Summers

The Fall Event for 2022 is over and this is the perfect time to say THANK YOU. And we have so many people to say THANK YOU to... Every Group Center that participated, all of our Partners for Success and Sponsors, and of course all of our Group Service Providers. I also want to express our sincere appreciation to our Guest Speaker, Darren Abbott of Hallmark Cards whose presentation was described as" incredible." I will be sharing more details about Darren's message in the coming weeks.

Another Group Center said, "The way you were able to tie each presentation together made it feel like one fluid and consistent message to The Group." I responded with, "Somehow it all just comes together. I would like to be able to say it was all planned out moment by moment… but it wasn’t 100%. It is also amazing how our team works independently and somehow thinks concurrently to converge at the same point. The other thing that really amazes me is how our Group discussions steer our focus and attention in the same direction."

We have a lot to be thankful for as we reflect on this year's event. After going through the postponement of 2020, the shift to a 12-month virtual program, and then in 2021 our Canadian Centers had issues attending, to be able to welcome everyone to The Fall Event 2022 to share and collaborate face-to-face is a wonderful feeling. This is a perfect place to share one of the Group Photos we took on Tour Day at Suburban Lawn & Garden (south Kansas City location). Be sure to click on this image to see a larger version of this photo. There are a lot of happy faces here!

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We have so much more to share from of The Fall Event 2022. Some are highlights from presentations. Others are recognition of our Awards Program Winners. And there are insights from both panel discussions and breakouts. All-in-all, this was one big think-tank of collaborative ideas...Thank you all!


We've Got BIG NEWS
WDR is Going On-Line!
If you were at The Fall Event 2022, you already know this but if you were not, this is BIG news. Beginning in 2023, the Weekly Department Review will be an online function. Tim Quebedeaux highlighted details during his presentation at The Fall Event.

We will be sharing more details in the coming weeks and offer some online sessions prior to the new year to get ready. Our goal is to provide a similar feel and function you are accustomed to but also offer so much more capability to drill down into the numbers being shared. Watch for details being shared later this fall!

With this year's Fall Event over now is the time to mark your calendar for The Fall Event 2023... September 25-28, 2023, in Cincinnati, Ohio! This will be the perfect place for The Fall Event with a wonderful city to explore and so many GROUP Centers in the immediate area. As always, much more details will be coming in the following months but for now... make sure to block off that week on your calendar. You will be busy and out-of-town (unless of course, you are one of the Centers in the southern Ohio area... you'll just be busy)!

Sharing is at the heart of The Group and your ideas are very important. If you have any trouble logging into The Group WebSystem, please let me know. Are you and your staff all subscribed to our eLists such as GroupEs, Retail-Grower, Retail-Landscape, Owners-Only, and a number of others? Need help subscribing? Let me know so I can show you how you can sign up.
Thanks for sharing!

Danny Summers
[email protected]
Tel: 678-909-7770
Cell: 678-761-7145

REMEMBER: Your interaction (by phone and email) with Group Service Providers such as Tim Quebedeaux, Sid Raisch, John Kennedy, Jean Seawright, and of course Danny Summers are included in your retainer!

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