There is nothing quite like being in New York City for the holidays, which I was lucky enough to experience earlier this week.
Unlike many previous holiday trips, when going down Fifth Avenue was a race to get from one store to the next just to warm up from the cold and wind, Manhattan this year was comfortably chilly (i.e., 40–to-45 degrees), balmy in fact by New Yorkers’ standards. Having spent the last 20 years in Phoenix, I’ve become accustomed to slightly warmer temps, so it was really refreshing to feel the chill, bundle up and absorb the fun holiday spirit all around me.
I was blessed with a great reason for my visit. As one of eight finalists for my professional association’s member-of-the-year award, I flew in for the Direct Response Marketing Alliance’s annual Winter Bash, at which the winner was named.
Spoiler alert: I didn’t win. Congratulations to Denira Borrero of Miami-based Omni Direct, the 2015 DRMA Member of the Year. She is a gracious, talented and most deserving winner – truly a great ambassador of/for the DRMA.
Meanwhile, attending the Winter Bash was a real joy. It lived up to every expectation, except one: The food was way better than I ever would have guessed for a beer pub! The New York Beer Co. put out an amazing spread, from fresh veggies and hummus to thin-crust pizzas, wings, onion rings and more. The vibe matched the food; everyone was in the holiday spirit in a big way!
Thanks to the DRMA for nominating me, prompting this all too-brief, but beautiful holiday travel experience.