Every day we need to contemplate how to best spend our precious work hours. A few months ago, our team met to determine if we should take part in the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City. We knew it would take time to plan what we wanted to do, and attending the League Conference would certainly eat up a good part of a week. We made the decision to move forward.
So, earlier this month a team of four spent the better part of a week at the N.J. League of Municipalities Conference. It was my first League Conference in years, not only as a registered attendee but as an exhibitor in the Convention Center. While we gave away a fair share of pens, pads and red-and-white striped mints, we had the opportunity to interact with thousands of people – some of whom we knew and were happy to see us there, and many of whom we met for the first time. We took advantage of every minute spent there and walked many miles in order to do so.
While there we also represented the interest of several clients, and in particular, Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy), who is set to be the first to build an offshore wind farm in New Jersey, ten miles off the coast of Atlantic City. We worked cooperatively with our friends at the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey to host a highly successful meet-and-greet reception on opening night of the Conference that welcomed more than 250 key decision makers, who at that time of night (6:30 p.m.) were ALL talking business.
We even squeezed in two successful media events while in town – the unveiling of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino sign at Route 30 & Virginia Ave, with Matt Harkness, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City; Joe Jingoli, CEO of Joseph Jingoli & Son Inc.; and Jack Morris, CEO of Edgewood Properties, all co-partners of the project. We also officiated the “topping off” ceremony for South Jersey Gas’ new, state-of-the-art corporate headquarters.
We truly combined the best of all worlds – running successful events, networking, bridge-building and fun! We had delicious meals at Girasole, Anthony’s, The Continental and a sampling of nearly everything on the menu at Buddakhan. Atlantic City was at its best – busy and vibrant – with many signs of growth that we are excited to support by working with clients who do business there.
We left the conference and Atlantic City feeling that our time was well spent. Here’s to next year! We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for Atlantic City, our clients and Thomas/Boyd Communications, and we look forward to spending more time there.