after another pleasant and highly productive T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
conference, the 25th show in pioneering
series that ended Saturday morning (June 1) at
the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
My last post from Las
Vegas had highlights from the final 24
hours of the big event with the exception of
Saturday morning's Farewell Breakfast (we
had to head for the airport right after
that, so I didn't get a chance to include
it until now).
A scene from the Farewell Breakfast at
the 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas conference Saturday
morning (June 1) at the Bellagio Hotel.
left: Holland's Hennie Groot Lipman
fuels up for his long trip home at
T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'S farewell breakfast
I didn't want
to leave the farewell breakfast out of our
show coverage because it is much more
than an afterthought - in fact it is
one of my favorite things about
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. The work is all done, there
are no more sessions to prepare for or
appointments you have to keep - just an
opportunity to spend a final hour
or two with great friends and
colleagues in the show's most relaxing
environment. In my opinion, spending that
quiet time with them is the perfect
way to end a busy week before everyone
heads their separate ways.
A lot of
people leave town the night before, or
early before this breakfast, but I
make it a point to leave time in my travel
schedule for it. Over the years some of
the most valuable time I've spent
at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has been at this
usually aren't more than two or three dozen
people in the room at any one time, so it gives
you time to do some table hopping and often see
people you didn't get a chance to see earlier in
the week. It feels like the clock has
basically been stopped and you can enjoy longer
conversations than you were able to during
the more hectic business days of the conference.
would breakfast be without coffee? And
what would our industry be without our own
gregarious "Mr.Coffee" - Coffee.org
owner Bill McClure (at left) with T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Co-Founder Howard Neu at Saturday
morning's Farewell Breakfast. Bill was
also the guy who got Bouquet.com for $30,000
in Thursday's live domain auction at
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas.
breakfast those who stayed through the final
minutes of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas 2013 started
making their way home. Many of them were already
planning to do it all again when T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
returns October 20 for the start of their
9th anniversary show at the Ritz
Carlton on Florida's Fort Lauderdale
Beach. I'll be there, of course, and you can
bet I'll be at that Farewell Breakfast again!