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This City Became World Famous in 1978

30 Oct

What city did JR Ewing make famous in 1978? Guess correctly in the comments and I’ll send you a prize.

CLUE: Pictured below is  the Reunion Tower, the Hyatt Regency and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (background).

CLUE: The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was designed by  Santiago Calatrava. Construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2012.

CLUE: Although the observation deck is closed for renovation, locals and tourists alike enjoy the spectacular city views from a top of Reunion Tower at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 Mon – Thurs.

CLUE: Reunion Tower’s white globe was replaced in 2012 with thousands of multi-colored LED lights, each one hand placed around the top of the tower.

REVEAL: Dallas, Texas Congratulations to our winners! I should have another photo challenge the week of Nov. 12th.

Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Claim token: 8AP8VFMA3FS9

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A Renowned Architect

4 Sep

For today’s Travel Tuesday photo contest, we look at architecture.  What famous museum commissioned I.M. Pei to design the structure below.

I’ll post more clues throughout the week, but I’m sure most of you are very familiar with this museum.  For a bonus, what other notable buildings has I.M. Pei designed?

CLUE: Mona Lisa

CLUE: Cupid’s Kiss

REVEAL: Musée du Louvre

 

Musée du Louvre

A Best Place to Live in America

21 Aug

CNN Money Magazine announced its 2012 list of Best Places to Live this week and my city just happened to make the top 10.  Guess the name of this city and I’ll send you a gift.

CLUE: One of the two Texas cities to make the  top 20.  It ranked high for its schools, quality health care, economy, rolling hills, historic town square and overall quality of life. And just until recently, the city is only 30 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

CLUE: This Texas city is home to Adriatica, a unique development mirrored after a village in Croatia, complete with streets made of stone.  Believe me, you won’t think you’re still in Texas when you enter the grounds of Adriatica.

CLUE: This Texas city is home to the largest collection of crape myrtle trees in the world.

CLUE: The historic courthouse in this this city’s downtown square has been converted to a performing arts center. Lindsay Buckhingham of Fleetwood Mac performed there last week.

REVEAL: McKinney, Texas ranked the Second Best Place to Live in America in 2012 (CNN/Money Magazine).  McKinney is located 30 miles north of Dallas.

Did your city make the list?

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A Change in Latitude Can Greatly Affect Attitude

2 Aug

Yes, nothing works like travel. Compared to group incentive travel, individual travel awards are different, highly motivational, dependable and affordable.  So what are the advantages of individual incentives?

  1. Award winners can choose their own travel destination.
  2. They can travel when it is most convenient for them based on their individual schedules, needs and/or responsibilities.
  3. You won’t have your top sales performers all out of the office at the same time.
  4. Individual travel awards are more popular with spouses/guests.
  5. These awards are priced substantially less than group incentive trips, based on the elimination of the on-site staffing, destination management company transfers and activities, and no group food & beverage events.

Create your own escape by choosing from hundreds of US and international cities and resort destinations…virtually an unlimited selection of recreational, entertainment and cultural activities.  I’m willing to bet I have a travel award tailored to your budget.

It’s not the thought that counts. It’s the award! 

When a Luxury Caribbean Resort Just isn’t Enough

10 Jul

Sometimes, you just need the whole island! This resort can accommodate exclusive incentive groups in a variety of accommodations, which include 32 Ocean View Rooms, 20 Beach Front Jr. Suites, and three luxury Villas.

What is the name of this island resort?

CLUE:  This resort is on the largest private island in the British Virgin Islands and it was owned by the Amway Corporation from 1978 until 2001 when full ownership was transferred to the Van Andel family, co-owners of Amway.

CLUE: Sports Illustrated selected this locale for its 2011 swimsuit edition.

CLUE:  The resort is steeped in intriguing pirate lore and unspoiled landscapes. Breathtaking deep blue seas meet five, pearl-white beaches, while lush palm groves and verdant tropical mountains.

CLUE:  England may have invented the butler, but Peter Island has invented the “Island Host” program, an intuitive guest services program. From the moment you arrive till the moment you depart, your personal Island Host will tend to your every need: from unpacking, island itinerary, assuring every in-room amenity is to your liking, private island picnic lunches, candlelit beachside dinners and more.

REVEAL: This is Peter Island Resort & Spa

Peter Island Resort and Spa

Peter Island Resort and Spa

Believe It or Not, Boston is an Excellent Incentive Trip Destination

14 Jun

Boston is a great location for meetings and conventions, but it’s also an excellent destination for group incentives.  Earlier this month, I assisted our “sister company”, Crossing Boundaries, with a client’s incentive trip to Boston.   The Four Seasons did a superb job, as usual, and our Designated Management Company (DMC), Best of Boston, excelled.   The client treated their top independent insurance agents to private “buy-out” dinners at Fenway Park’s Right Field Roof Deck (pictured), where they enjoyed a beautiful evening watching the Red Sox play the Detroit Tigers.  Lobster rolls, anyone?

Following that, the group enjoyed a private evening at the JFK Library and Museum, and ended with an evening at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  Daily activities included guided tours around Boston, and day trips up the North Shore; South to Newport, Rhode Island and one to Lexington and Concord.

As part of the trip, the top agents could choose from a number of optional activities including biking tours, walking tours, rowing on the Charles River, an “academia” tour of Harvard and MIT, art museum tours, and of course, Sam Adams Brewery.

These agents were definitely treated to the “Best of Boston”.   And, Boston is one of America’s best cities to visit.  Wouldn’t you agree? 

Are Your Sales Improving or Falling Flat?

2 May

I’m hooked on CNBC. (It’s airing in the background as I type.) I find myself comparing my own views with what I’m hearing in the media.  From where I sit, it seems that the US economy, albeit better than Europe, is definitely not a “rising tide floating all boats.” We’re not out of this recession.

Yes, there are some outstanding companies delivering stellar results.  They launch innovative products and services, continue to show sales growth, beat quarterly expectations, raise guidance, traders and investors respond, and shareholder value rises.  They know how to “connect the dots”, and wow, they deliver.

The media often jumps to companies like Apple, Amazon, and other “best of breed” brands who are exploiting tremendous opportunities at the moment.  But, most businesses go into battle every day with products and services less differentiated than the iPhone or iPad, in industries with fewer barriers to entry, and with what seems like scores of competitors with thinly differentiated products and services at relatively the same price points.

In these difficult economic and political times, I find that sales executives around the country are struggling with the following challenges:

  • How do I create focus for our sales force to ensure that they will hit their sales goals in the upcoming quarter?
  • How do I keep our dealers and distributors excited about selling our products quarter after quarter, year after year?
  • How can I rev up and maintain employee morale?
  • What’s a fresh and innovative approach to motivate our sales team?

If any of these questions are “top of mind”, you’re in good company.  Many sales and marketing executives that we’re  working with right now have similar problems, problems that we are helping to solve.  We know salespeople, dealers and distributors!  Everything that we do is designed to inspire them and, ultimately, deliver results.

If you are interested in creating a highly motivated sales team and driving sales results, please allow us the opportunity to show you how Conlin can help.