Cool and the Gang

I spent the first half of seventh grade eating my lunch alone in the locker room, so I don’t have a lot of experience being part of the cool group. But last week I spent two days being part of what feels like the “in crowd” of local business owners. Corporate Alliance hosts the coolest, weirdest, most memorable-est event every November for a couple hundred business owners and execs. This year’s version had an ’80s theme, complete with mullets, pegged pants, giant Rubix Cube and Bon Jovi background music. We networked, learned and laughed. Chris Dexter and I even got a little teary while talking about — ironically — the junior high students we’re raising.

Corporate Alliance’s Jeff Rust was sporting a mullet while entertainer Jason Hewlett was spouting about his “flux capacitor.”

During the conference, I found myself bouncing to the ’80s tunes they blasted in between networking sessions. My iTunes collection is about to get it’s “cool” on when I purchase my favorite singles from my cassette tape collection — because “I can’t fight this feeling any longer” ….This gotta-see-it-to-believe-it event has inspired me to streamline and grow our business. It has also reminded me to have a little fun along the way, which is why I’m glad Matt and the kiddos (swimsuits in hand) came up to join me for the last night at Zermatt.

Two months of gymnastics class means that a luggage cart is an Olympic venue to Lindsey, who is my 5-year-old Mary Lou Retton (my ’80s hero!).