I spent the last week in Tampa at the annual NAEC Convention and Expo. Whew – the whole North American elevator industry gathered – what a great week. I went a couple of days early to accompany Teresa to some of her Board of Directors functions.
The NAEC has started a program to return something socially responsible to the communities where they stage events. I went one day, with Teresa and a group of primarily (maybe totally) directors and their spouses, and did a real neat thing. We traveled to the Tampa Shriners Children’s Hospital where NAEC sponsored a little party for the children and their families. Along with pizza and soda, they brought in a magician to entertain. It was a very touching and satisfying thing to participate in – allowing the kids and their family to take their minds off of their challenges for at least a while. After the party, we were given a tour of the hospital and an explanation of the Shriners mission – very enlightening. If you aren’t maxed in you charitable giving, you should go educate yourself on the Shriners work – what they do is very worthy of support.
On another day, I joined a group to take a segway tour of the local section of Tampa. If you’ve never ridden a Segway, you ought to try to find a place to do so. It’s really easy and crazy fun. Takes about 5 minutes to get comfortable and then it’s just a great way to get around. We had a ball. Our group included John & Andrea Sweeny and Dennis & Christy Lotter of Jersey Elevator and Alison Whitaker from EHC Global. Our tour guide Rob picked up on the group personality quickly and allowed us to morph our experience into part segway tour, part pub crawl. We covered probably 3 or 4 miles of the Tampa water front as well a Harbor Island. Fun Fun Fun
More on the NAEC Event next time