The first time I met my wife I was struck dumb. Those that know me are aware that I am not usually lost for words, but on this occasion I could not believe the beauty that had just walked into my life. I made an idiot of myself as I mumbled an introduction but fortunately she ignored the incoherent burbling and accepted my blurted invitation to dinner. The rest as they say is history.
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Being a parent means you are used to kids wanting to know when things are going to happen. It might be a birthday or anniversary or depending on your God, it could be one of the various annual present giving occasions like Christmas that kids just love. It is not so much the event that is the exciting bit, although that clearly plays a part. No – it is much more the build up to it. That is when you notice the excitement starting.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 | By Louis Gordon
I recently attended Graphics of America with Ohad Axelrod, Landa’s Segment and Product Manager, who gave a keynote address about Nanography®. We also took the opportunity to meet a number of our US customers—along with Kobi Ulmer our Director of Worldwide Sales and Kristof Dekeukelaere, our US Sales Manager.
The current Mrs. Mulvaney delights in telling people that she is not the sole focus of my affections, despite the fact we have been together for 24 years now. Rather shamefaced I have to agree. We share our marriage with Nottingham Forest Football Club (or “soccer club” as the Americans insist on it), with whom I have been enamoured for over 50 years. My club have been in the doldrums since the late seventies when they won the European Club Championship twice in successive seasons, so life has been a bit gloomy on winter Saturdays in the last few years.
My old boss used to say that you have to have somewhere to go during the day – otherwise your wife or partner will find you something to do. He was referring to going to work of course, but I am reminded of his old adage as I write this blog at my kitchen table, trying to avoid being asked to empty the dishwasher or feed the cat. I am actually working in the kitchen because I want to look at the range of packaging in the Mulvaney household as I prepare my presentation for the Packaging Innovations Conference at the NEC in Birmingham later this month.
When I heard that my Landa colleague, Product Line and Segment Manager, Ohad Axelrod, was going to Goa to speak and wanted some sales support, I was on the case like a shot. I reckoned a few days in a balmy South Indian resort on the Arabian Sea at the end of February were just what were needed. I had mentally packed my sari, flip flops and swimming costume, and was working out how to get there when he corrected me….
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” as the old marketing slogan goes, but not if you are attending the four day EFI Connect conference held there last week. My North American sales colleague, Kristof Dekeukelaere, was part of the Landa team supporting Benny Landa when he took part in the opening “fireside chat” with EFI CEO Guy Gecht, and has been busy reporting back to us. That is, of course, what has been going on in the conference during the day. What my young, single and good looking colleague has been up to at night has definitely “stayed in Vegas”!