Oct 16, 201207:34 AMAfter Hours
with Jody Glynn Patrick
A dash of Henck, touch of Breuer, and a pinch of Blaska? Welcome to the IB Expo!
This is probably your last reminder for the IB Expo tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 17, when WIBA radio’s Mitch Henck will be broadcasting his morning talk show on-site from 8 to 11. Stop by Booth 100 to meet him when the trade floor doors open at 10 a.m., and weigh in on how you feel about his “Outside the Box” commentaries!
We’ll also boast our own IB celebrities at the Alliant Energy Center. “Left Business Brain” columnist Tom Breuer is prepared for bashings at the registration desk, where he’ll be signing copies of his books Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O’Reilly or Fair and Balanced, My Ass: An Unbridled Look at the Bizarre Reality of Fox News, both for sale at the on-site IB Bookstore. (He also wrote The Brotherhood of the Disappearing Pants: A Field Guide to Conservative Sex Scandals with co-author Joseph Minton Amann, but it must have sold out – we couldn’t secure enough copies for the expo.)
Likewise, a little birdie told me that you also will have the opportunity to meet IB’s conservative “Bring It!” columnist and blogger David Blaska at the event – he’ll be open to comments and conversations, so watch for that familiar face. And certainly our moderate editorial director Joseph Vanden Plas will be at the IB Booth (222) collecting your feature story ideas.
As I mentioned last week, my husband will be facilitating the “Ask an Expert” panel discussions, and Kevin would be happy to sign copies of our book During, which will also be available at the IB Bookstore, created and staffed by Barnes & Noble for the expo. But back to the business of experts. Kevin is sales manager for Humana and a former Chris Lytle sales coach; you’re invited to come prepared to play “stump the moderator” after the four Q&A panel discussions: He’s a great consult for your toughest sales management questions, and yes, he still reads palms.
Then track me down between events. I’m part of the scavenger hunt for Booth Tag again (scan the code on the back of my name badge for extra points), though this year, my staff was kind enough to let me know that before I was beset with people wanting to see my ID. (Last year, I thought I was being set upon by Homeland Security over some misunderstanding!)
The trade show floor opens at 10 a.m. with free admission and on-site registration, and after the trade show closes at 4 p.m., stick around for an incredibly fun IB Introductions networking mixer that goes until 7.
Who says business is boring?! Check out our scheduled events at MadisonBusinessExpo.com and set your iPhone alarm for 10 a.m. to join the fun.
A different subject entirely
I’m closing this week on a very poignant and personal note: Kurtis Welton is hosting a one-year memorial event for his late wife, Maria, this Friday, Oct. 19, at Blessed Sacrament School, 2166 Hollister Ave., Madison (basement). Friends are invited to gather at 6:30 p.m., with prayers at 7 p.m., followed by a Mexican dinner catered by La Hacienda. I will be traveling then, so to contribute, I’m sending the invitation along for business friends who know the family. If you would like to join in this celebration of Maria’s life and loves, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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