This past week I’ve been full of random thoughts. It was a big week on several fronts.
First off, Happy Presidents Day. Many of you have the day off; if you do, warm wishes for a relaxing day as the snow falls.
Last Thursday evening was the Chamber’s 154th Annual Meeting. We had the great honor of welcoming as our keynote speaker General Paul Nakasone, the Director of the NSA and Commander of US CYBERCOM. The evening was a great success, and the energy in the room was palpable. The event extended far beyond the formal program; people really enjoyed coming together! Some of the memorable moments I’ll take with me:
Sunday also marked the Closing Ceremonies of the 2022 Olympics. What to say about this one? Some of the finest athletes ever to compete, yet the Games were shadowed by politics and COVID – and illegal drug accusations. Norway broke the record for the most gold medals at a single Olympic Winter Games at 37! Team USA finished in the top 5 in the medal mix, and we saw outstanding performances from so many, including: Nathan Chen winning his first career gold; Afton native Jessie Diggins bringing in the final medal (of 2 she won this year); the historic recognition of Elana Meyers Taylor as she earned her 5th Olympic medal in bobsledding, making her the most decorated African American Winter Olympian; Erin Jackson becoming the first Black gold medalist in individual speed skating; Team USA’s Mixed Team Aerials, the underdogs, bringing home the Gold. And so many others.
The Olympic motto is, “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together.” Let that inspire us as we continue our work together.
See you in the trenches.
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