Positive signs I saw last week
My write up won’t be very long this week. I just got back from two AGM’s of our groups (XLProjects and AerOceaNetwork) in Budapest and so rather than go over a new topic I really wanted to point out some things that I saw last week that let me know things are going in the right direction.
First of all, both networks were drastically up in attendance. And this was noticeable from those who were at our 2013 AGM’s. This made them happy and it made us happy.
The percentages of attendees at the welcome reception were probably the highest I have ever seen. AerOceaNetwork had a nearly 95% attendance rate and that is very hard to do. XLProjects was over the 85% mark. And this is a great sign.
And another sign that things were heading in the right direction was that the second afternoon scurry, a scourge to any meeting, was greatly alleviated in both groups this year. That is not to saw it wasn’t still there and that there is nothing left to work on. However, it was noticeably improved. More people stayed to the end of the day than had been the cases in the past.
And another purely anecdotal thing I noticed was that we were getting more thank you’s and congratulations than before. And they were heartfelt. So I will come back with my own heartfelt thank you to each and every one of the members who made it to the meeting. I hope you gain financially from this but even more I hope you gain personally. And please remember, we are here to help if you need anything throughout the year.
Gary Dale Cearley is the Managing Director of Advanced International Networks Ltd. (AIN), one of the fastest growing and most dynamic business-to-business networking organizations in the world. AIN’s networks include AerOceaNetwork (AON), XLProjects Network (XLP), and AiO Logistics Network. Gary Dale has been in many facets of international freight forwarding for more than two decades from operations to sales to the owner of the first 100% foreign owned freight forwarding company licensed in Vietnam. The companies that he has been involved with have been both generalists and specialists. He has also worked from large European and Asian multinationals (Danzas and Hankyu Express) as well has small start up forwarders. For the past ten years Gary Dale has owned and operated AIN. He has lived in several major cities in four different countries and he is multilingual. Currently Gary Dale runs the AIN operation from Bangkok, Thailand, but travels the world over.