With the Quote 2 Cast Summit now only weeks away, a conference agenda built around the Teaming for Success theme is beginning to form up nicely. Quote to Cash luminaries from four continents are clamoring to speak or be empaneled, subject-matter experts from the vendor and client side alike are jockeying for the prime speaking slots, and the glut of legitimate news outlets and shady paparazzi asking for press credentials has this ATG marketing team member skipping scheduled naps to try to stay on top of things.
Nearly all the allotted session time slots have been filled – except for one glaring omission on the conference agenda. You see, ever since we started planning this year’s summit way back at the beginning of last week, there has been a single 45-minute time slot in the late afternoon blacked out.
I asked Holly Foster, VP of Delivery at ATG, about it and she dodged the question with her own questions. “How did you get into my house? What are you cooking? And why are you wearing my clothes?”
Very cagey misdirection, Holly. Cagey, indeed.
And ATG SVP of Strategy Tom Stergios completely stonewalled me by saying nothing and letting his kids throw rocks at me until I fell out of his tree and ripped my squirrel sack.
Well, an afternoon of concussion testing gave me just the clarity I was looking for. The Summit’s flagship session will surely be the one event nobody is yet talking about, or even willing to confirm. It’s all very much on the down-low, but I believe I’ve solved the mystery of the empty time slot on the conference’s afternoon agenda. There’s going to be a special surprise announcement made at that time.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to be honored with the inaugural Quote 2 Cast Lifetime Achievement Award.
I know what you’re thinking – how can they give out a lifetime achievement award when it will only be the second Quote 2 Cast Summit ever held? Allow me to lay out my evidence before you dismiss the idea as yet another Zima-induced delusion of grandeur.
I’ll concede that it is a bit unusual to see somebody presented an LTAA (that’s what those of us that will have one call it) so early in an event’s history, but it could simply be a hearty acknowledgement of all of my achievements – my lifetime achievements – that ATG would like to pay homage to. When I take a moment and think back, phew…I did some achieving in my many years in and outside the womb.
It’s a strong case I’ve presented. I know this.
I’ll wrap this up with a bit of advice for those of you attending the ATG Quote 2 Cast Summit on August 1-3 here in Missoula. Bring some formal wear. Nothing about the theme or culture of our summit warrants it, but I’m pretty sure we’re all in for a big surprise come conference time, and you don’t want to be the only person inappropriately dressed for such a prestigious and, dare I say, historic event.
Oh, and practice your curtsies. In Montana, we curtsy our award winners.
Quote to Cash luminaries from four continents are clamoring to speak or be empaneled, subject-matter experts from the vendor and client side alike are jockeying for the prime speaking slots, and the glut of legitimate news outlets and shady paparazzi asking for press credentials has this ATG marketing team member skipping scheduled naps to try to stay on top of things.