Update: Winter 2020
Like many friends and colleagues who live and work in the destination resort travel industry, the novel Covid-19 Virus-turned-pandemic, and its unintended economic consequences, has become an unparalleled disruptor and game-changer for many, myself included. Both professionally and personally, my focus on what matters has shifted, and with it, my priorities and initiatives:
- Insights Collective: Believing that I am well versed and positioned, and feeling compelled to help an industry that has been very good to me, I jumped in head-first. The result is the Insight Collective, launched this spring with a group of destination resort colleagues – over 250 years of combined experience and created , created as a platform for broad-based collaboration and focused on the pandemic economy, the current “ab-normal,” and the emerging new realities upon which a new, sustainable economic foundation and lifestyle must be addressed. With good results and momentum to date, the Collective is establishing a permanent organizational platform and now planning a more extended, sustainable business case for 2021 and beyond. For more, visit www.theinsightscollective.com.
- Advisory Group of Denver Inc: My own business goals will be around the post-pandemic economy and specifically at any “table” where private and/or public sector resort community decision-makers plan for the new paradigm forthcoming and would benefit from a well-versed, data-driven, unbiased third-party perspective. When doing so, I will continue to utilize the platform/systems of Advisory Group and leverage resources of the Insights Collective Team as appropriate. For more, check out www.adv-grp.com.
- Personally: My family and I remain healthy and seemingly less impacted to date than many. At writing, we’re sequestered in the San Diego area, where a vacation has been extended, in part by California’s lockdown and non-essential travel restrictions. We’re making the best of it, taking care to stay safe and able to spend much of our time outdoors, including hiking, biking, and have re-engaged in golf, where - even with its inherent frustrations – it provides a pleasant relief from the darker days now and in the near term. Alas, the more ambitious “bucket list” of excellent adventures (major sailing, international travel, etc.) will have to wait for better days.
Finally, with both the interest and discretion to help those doing good work for an industry in need, I welcome expressions of interest from those whose focus is the greater good of the resort-community econ-system in which many of us live and work