happy thanksgiving 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ve been following your posts, tweets, and status updates about everything that you’re thankful for, and now we want to share thoughts on that from the TBEX staff.

Rick Calvert, CEO:

I am thankful for my family, friends, for having a dream job and the amazing group of people that I work with. There are so many other things I am thankful for but that’s a good start.

 Dave Cynkin, CMO:

I’m thankful for the fact that I currently have not one, but THREE lip balms in my possession. I typically misplace them shortly after purchase, and honestly it’s quite vexing. Now I have extras. This is bliss. 🙂

I’m thankful for the fact that my kids are still young enough to want a hug every day. And every day, I take advantage of this opportunity. These are truly good days.

I’m thankful for the fact that my wife seems to really like me. I’ve had her fooled into thinking I’m ‘a find’ for over 20 years. What was she thinking, picking a goofball like me? She must’ve been crazy.

I’m thankful to have met so many nice people in recent years. Full of passion, spirit and creativity. So many willing to share with others, and spreading their positivity to those around them. Friends, however briefly engaged amidst busy days, brighten them all.

I’m thankful for my health, which in my lineage has not been doled out liberally. I work hard to keep it, I sometimes slip. But for now I have it, and at times, I feel youthful and vibrant. That is a gift, the most precious kind, and one that I will share with others however I can.

Jessica Spiegel, Community Manager:

I’m thankful for my passport & the privilege of using it. I’m thankful for every teacher who told me that yes, writing skills really were going to be useful in my life, even though they hadn’t even heard of the internet yet. I’m thankful for an incredibly supportive family who may not understand what the heck I do for a living, but who cheer me on regardless. I’m thankful for the bizarre menagerie of friends I never would have met without blogs, social media, and traveling. Oh, & I’m thankful for pumpkin pie. I mean, let’s be honest.

Patti Hoskings, Director of Business Development:

I am thankful for my healthy children, love of God, amazing friends, and brilliant clients.

Carrie Hebert, Business Development:

All the simple things in life we so often take for granted.  I am thankful for my supportive and loving husband, my children, family, friends, shelter, food, and my health.  Most of all, OPPORTUNITY!

Jim Craven, Business Development:

With 30+ years in travel, on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for home…

 Home, the United States of America, I’m thankful for the freedoms for which our forefathers fought;  we are best when we tolerate and defend those freedoms. 
 
I’m also thankful for the comfortable couch in my living room, there’s nothing like coming home after a long trip and sleeping on your our couch (home couch surfing).
 
Dorothy probably said it best, “Home, there’s no place like it…”   
Matt Long, Business Development:

This year I’m thankful to be able to do what I love and have family to support me through it all.

Dani Goren, Director of Operations:

I am thankful for my husband and dog, Abby:)

Chris Castro, Registration and Technology Director:

I’m thankful for my friends and family, my dog Ash, the 20 days of the year without rain.  I am also thankful that I was able to take my first trip to Europe with TBEX, and had a great experience walking the Camino Portugues.  – Happy Thanksgiving!

Mary Jo Manzanares, Conference Director:

I’m thankful for a life that embraces travel, both personally and professionally. I’m thankful to have wonderful people in my life to love, and who love me back. And I’m thankful for each new day that serves as a reminder that I have another opportunity to be the best person I can be.

All of us here at TBEX wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

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