February 6, 2015

This January I visited NYC for the 2015 National Retail Federation Big Show. 33,000 people attended. Along with very interesting speakers, we got to see some of the bells and whistles of 21st century retail. Lots of this revolves around ever increasing sophistication of mobile technology: How we are identified as consumers and sold to!… Read more »


December 23, 2014

For many years we have been creating gifts for the USO celebrating their Person of the Year award. This award is presented at their gala in October. This year it was awarded to Toby Keith, previous year’s winners included Admiral Mullen, General Jim Jones, and General Richard Myers. At the Gala this year I got… Read more »


August 25, 2014

The Protocol School of Washington held its Global Education Summit and their 25th anniversary Gala this August in Washington DC. A keynote speaker was Ambassador Peter Selfridge , the new Chief of Protocol for the USA. It was particularly kind of him to attend, as he was in the middle of the Africa Summit, with… Read more »


July 24, 2014

I had the great honor and joy of being a guest lecturer at Georgetown University earlier this week. I was invited to speak to Prof.Skuba’s class on Global Retail. I first met Prof. Skuba in the store, we were chatting about Retail and it’s role in the Economy. This led him to consider teaching a… Read more »


February 15, 2014

I was very fortunate to meet President Clinton after his speech to our trade association. I mentioned to him that Chelsea had bought from us the gift she gave him and Hilary for their 25th Wedding anniversary gift! Immediately, he asked me if I mean the silver vase. He told me that every day he… Read more »


February 1, 2014

The other week I came back from our annual National Retail Federation Show in NYC. The highlight must have been meeting President Bush! He shared a remarkable story about his first meeting with President Putin in Moscow where he had requested a one on one with Putin, without staffers. As they both settled in for… Read more »