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September 25th, 2009 COMMENTS
Word on the Street by Kevin Carty

Word on the Street by Kevin Carty

It’s almost “Randy” time!

This week I am using this forum for a totally different purpose,  but something I feel very passionate about and want to share with you.

15th Annual Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic
October 12, 2009
at Berkeley Hills in Duluth, GA

Every October since 1995, our industry quietly holds what many of you have heard me refer to as “our industy’s most important and impactful” event of the year. That event is called The Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic. It is held each fall in Atlanta. The Mission Statement below explains the objectives of the event:

“The objective of the Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic is to help families in the exhibition industry who have suffered severe tragedies or face insurmountable medical expenses. Our commitment is to provide financial and emotional support to all past and present recipients and their families.”

For nine years now, I have attended this event. I remember, and never will forget, the first time I attended and how much it impacted my life. Each year when I attend the Randy, my sense of pride in the trade show industry increases.

It’s a unique time where we can come together, not just as customers, vendors or competitors . . . but as a unified industry that really cares about its own.

If you have ever been, you know exactly what I am talking about!

So, I thought I would throw out a challenge to you all — Join me and all the others at this year’s event. You don’t have to golf if you are not a golfer. They also have a tennis event. And if you are not a golfer or a tennis player, then you can join us for the banquet. The banquet is where you will really see what this industry stands for!

For those who have attended in the past, please share your Randy thoughts and past experiences by commenting below.

And to those of you who have often considered it, but never attended, please come this year and help make it another amazing event. I, along with many others, can guarantee that it will be one trip that you will never regret!

Have a safe and restful weekend.

Be Well!

–Kevin Carty


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