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President's Message: Grit, Grind and Grin

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 1/14/21 11:22 AM

First of all, Happy New Year! I am thrilled to welcome the year 2021. I know for certain we have a lot of challenges and changes ahead, but I’m going to use all the grit I have to grind out a successful year, and when and where I struggle, I’ll grin and bear it.

I know you’ve all heard the saying from the Greek philosopher Epictetus, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” Well, years ago (in 2008 to be exact), I received a calendar from a local charity that had these sorts of phrases on each daily calendar page. It was filled with inspirational quotes and sayings designed to keep you motivated throughout the year.

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President's Message: Stories for the Holidays About Strength, Courage and Dedication

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 12/14/20 3:30 PM

“Success doesn’t come by wishing and wanting… it comes by doing.”

I honestly don’t remember where exactly I saw or heard that. I must have been in a hurry though, because I wrote it just that way in my phone notes app… with no further explanation. I usually write more so I can refer back to it later. Regardless, the fact of the quote does not change – success requires work.

I’m in the middle of a book right now sent to me by an industry friend whom many of you will know. His name is Gene Lumsden, and the book is called “Grand: How to Take Your Shot at the American Dream.” Gene signed it and sent it to me a while back and I’ve been reading it now over the past few days.

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President's Message: It's a Matter of Perspective

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 11/13/20 12:20 PM

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been taking a very deep dive into all things aviation, as I’m working toward a life-long dream of getting my private pilot license. When I say deep dive, of course, I mean studying things in ground school. Fortunately, there have been no deep dives in my actual piloting (I’m going to make sure it stays that way too).

For anyone who flies a lot, whether commercial or on a private airplane, you know all too well that your perspective on things is considerably different when up in the air. You see things from a much bigger and broader perspective.

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President's Message: Sometimes You just KNOW, you know?

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 10/15/20 5:13 PM

As a young man, I came across publicly as a pretty outgoing guy. But on the inside, I was often terrified of facing rejection, of being wrong, of failing. When it came to dating, my hands would sweat and I’d turn into a nervous wreck. Asking a girl out on a date was very hard for me.

So imagine my shock and surprise when I first saw the woman I would eventually marry on a volleyball court prior to my senior year of college and I leaned over to a buddy and said, “You see that blond, I’m going to marry her.” I was dead serious, but he laughed at me hysterically. He knew full well that I hadn’t even met her yet.

As you can see, now I had some figuring out to do in order to make that statement come to fruition.

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President's Message: Listen More, Speak Less

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 9/14/20 12:02 PM

Today I’m wondering, how exactly is it that television news operations are still in business? When last I worked in television news, revenues were derived from advertisers. And businesses only part with marketing dollars to advertise during programs actually being watched. There was a very sophisticated way of measuring viewership and costs of ads varied depending on just how popular the show was.

At least that’s how it used to be. I know I’m starting to get old (I’m reminded of it often by “family and friends”), but I’m not THAT old.

I imagine there’s a very similar advertising structure in place today. But can someone please explain how they pay all these reporters and know-it-all commentators on TV today? If ratings still determine advertising revenue, there can’t be much profit.

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President's Message: Make Hay When the Sun Shines

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 8/13/20 8:30 AM

I don’t know who coined the phrase, “You’ve got to make hay when the sun shines,” but they were absolutely a genius.

When I was younger, and how shall we say this… not really eager to help out every single day in the field… I didn’t really understand the point of that saying. I mean, I had things to do, you know, like sleeping, partying with friends, and of course more sleeping. So when good ‘ol Dad would trot out the phrase, I would often cover my head with a pillow and pretend it really wasn’t sunny. As you can imagine, that didn’t go over so well. So off to the field I would go.

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President's Message: Simple Things

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 7/13/20 2:45 PM

Sometimes, it’s just good to be reminded of the simple things.

For example, I was on a call the other day with a variety of colleagues who are also actively involved in the National Association of Wholesalers, when one of my colleagues mentioned, “I’d rather be wrong than not try.”

I’m certain you’ve heard that statement, or some variant of the axiom, throughout your life and career. I know I have. Shakespeare said it like this: “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

My friend’s reference to this concept was said about her attempt to return to normal (as much as possible) and getting things back on track in their office for the clients she represents in the association world. And you know what, she’s absolutely ‘spot on’ with the notion.

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President's Message: The Show Must Go On

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 6/11/20 8:00 AM

In the immortal words of the band Queen, “The show must go on.”

And the 2020 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting is going to happen. We continue to see movement and changes in the re-opening of our economy and in hotels, event spaces and pretty much every other business and service you can think of. This is true now in many states.

In the case of the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, they are actually going to be hosting some fairly large events in July, August and September, long in advance of our arrival. The hotel has developed protocols regarding events at their facility. We’ve posted information from the hotel, along with a whole host of information on a SPECIAL COVID-19 webpage as a part of our NASGW Expo website. You can find it here: https://nasgwexpo.org/covid-resources#.

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President's Message: Moms, Dads and Life Lessons

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 5/13/20 1:45 PM

I love baseball.

Ok, so I love a lot of sports, but I desperately want baseball to return this summer. I really hope it does. I don’t care if it’s a shortened season. The crack of the bat and ball coming together is a sound I’ll never get tired of hearing.

 Growing up in the ’70s and '80s just outside a small town in North Dakota, baseball was our life in the summer. And my small town was actually rather well-known for its baseball prowess. There are probably state championship banners still hanging from the rafters in the old school gymnasium, right there next to the words of our old school fight song.

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President's Message: Standing Together, Standing Strong

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 4/17/20 11:17 AM

I want to go back in time just a few months, to October and our annual NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting in Orlando. Every year we kick off our show with an annual banquet and awards show. For those of you in attendance, you’ll remember I talked rather candidly about the tough year for shooting sports distribution in 2019.

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