By Colleen Walton, Marketing Strategist, Brand Acceleration, Inc.
and Jim Walton, CEO, Brand Acceleration, Inc.
Colleen and Jim were in Dallas April 18-21 for the Southern Economic Development Council‘s Meet the Consultants event — a day-and-a-half conference that brings together economic development professionals and regional site selectors to discuss trends in the industry.
Colleen: My trip to Dallas started off kind of weird.
Jim: What happened?
C: I got recognized by a TSA agent.
J: That is weird…
C: He looked at my ID, looked at me, and said, “I’ve seen you before, haven’t I?”
J: That’s a sign that you travel a lot.
C: You’re telling me…
J: We got to have Bojangles chicken together!
C: Yes! We were at this same Bojangles eating the same meal (the two-piece leg-and-thigh combo) exactly a year ago.
J: We do love Bojangles. I wish they were in Indiana.
C: I think I once heard Bob Leak jokingly pronounce it bo-HAHN-glaze, and I can’t unhear it.
J: I remember Bob and a few other guys doing crazy Rick Flair “Wooo…” imitations in Kansas City. There’s something I’ll never unhear.
C: Meet the Consultants is one of my favorite events of the year.
J: Agreed. The sessions are really great.
C: You spent more time in the sessions than I did (Note: I herniated a disc about four days before MTC, so I spent a good share of the conference in bed). What’d you think?
J: As always, the sessions were outstanding. I was especially interested in a session where site consultants spoke about trends in technology, robotics, and cyber security. These are huge disruptors.
Brand Acceleration hosted a pre-reception reception in the Second Floor Kitchen bar. Fifty lucky conference attendees received free drinks on us.
J: That reception was amazing. We had such a huge turnout.
C: The bar was packed with SEDC people. Everyone had a great time.
J: We know economic developers love great conversation and free drinks. That’s the perfect combination.
C: We need to do that again at the Annual Conference.
J: Oh, definitely! We’ll have to print more drink tickets.
C: They’re a hot commodity.
We used our free afternoon to stuff ourselves full of Texas barbeque.
J: What was the name of that place?
C: Oh gosh… it was a pun… Cattleack. Like Cadillac, but meaty.
J: We stood in line for what… an hour?
C: At least!
J: But it was worth it.
C: I ate a pound and a half of pork ribs.
J: I’ve never been more proud of you. I’ve seen you devour a tray of oysters, but had no idea what you could do with a platter of ribs.