Chicago Fall Seminar

Bob Carter

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Forum Donor
Jun 16, 2000
A lot, and I mean a whole lot, of framers missed a great opportunity this weekend.

Sure there were some great classes for framers, and the CPF and MCPF exams were a highlight. Your Board met and discussed matters important to our future. A lot of worthwhile things.

But what you really missed was being able to talk and discuss business matters with a group of people that reallyweren't in your trade, but experience the exact same problems as we do.

I think we are a fairly friendly bunch, but we can't hold a candle to these photo guys. They like us, they like each other, they share like there is no tomorrow. It was unbelievable.

Sure it was great to see some of my old friends. Rob had a great meeting showing off some neat toys, and it's always fun to spend time with Mark and Kerry. Shared some quality time with William and so many others

But the real reward was watching these PMA people interact. Two great seminars are a must at the next trade show you go to: Bill McCurry and Bob Negen. Unbelieveable. If an old know it all like me leaves enthused and excited, you can imagine what the mere normal people will get. It requires a lot of listening and a little introspection,but everyone can pick up a nugget or two.

We had a great Round Table of Marketing ideas where Bill McCurry got people actually sharing marketing ideas with each other. Several key people actually had to get up in front of the entire group and explain something they had done well and had the group quiz them. At every table of 8 or 10 people, there was at least one framer amongst all these photo people and every single person had to share a marketing idea to their table.

Each table then selected the best idea and presented that to the group. It was unbelieveable. Can you imagine a bunch of framers doing that so willingly and with such fantastic ideas?

In fairness two of the ideas presented were actually from framers and you could see real interest from all the others. I thought the sharing was contagious. I haven't counted the business cards exchanged and the emails exchanged.

This is the real value of association.

If you miss it in Orlando in February, you truly will miss a great opportunity