This blog is written by KBA Intern Justice Theodros. Justice is a Junior in the Cobb County School System.
The KBA luncheon for February of 2018 was a hit as they always are. Ollie Patterson welcomed everyone with open arms as he stood in the place of Carel Bekker for the day and led the meeting. For being just the second luncheon of the year, the room was packed full of local Kennesaw business owners and government officials. With both new and old members in attendance, the room was filled with friendly faces and the environment of the luncheon was, as it always is, electrified with the irrepressible energy that KBA always provides.
Everyone was buzzing with talk of all the upcoming events of the incoming months. Most overheard was talk of the infamous Big Shanty Festival of Downtown Kennesaw when Marlon Longacre stood on stage. But not to be overlooked, the Alive after Five, Wake Up KBA, and the KBA Business Expo were being excitedly anticipated by everyone as well. Arguably the best part may have been the speeches given by two students from the school of the month, Pine Mountain Middle School, they captured the audience’s attention and gave us insight into how KBA is really affecting and bettering the day-to-day lives of local students.
Impressively, the main speaker managed to follow in their footsteps. Tom Berger enticed the crowd with his liveliness and passion. While on stage he spoke of things to keep in mind while building your brand and your relationship with customers. The theme of his speech, “Start With Sand and One Word”, was continuously solidified as he not only taught a lesson, but simultaneously told a story. What stood out the most was his story of a trip he took to Egypt a few years ago. To stick with the theme of sand, he brought in 200 bottles of sand, with one containing sand from the desserts of Egypt, so that members of the audience could take one and keep in mind his motto. Overall, just like every KBA event, the luncheon was a major success. Everyone left in a cheery mood, people made connections, speakers inspired us, and of course we all ate some really delicious food.