Where do you work and what does your job entail? As of January 2017, I am a district sales coordinator with Aflac. I currently manage a group of six employee benefit specialists from my office at 3417 73rd St. In addition to Aflac, we represent other employee benefits like major medical and legal service plans. We are also very pleased to be an agent for the Chamber’s West Texas Employer Health Plan with UnitedHealthcare®.
How did you get involved with the Chamber and what keeps you involved? My wife, Kim and I became members of the Lubbock Chamber about 10 years ago. Within a few years, I joined the Ambassador program and was hooked. The Ambassador program gave us an awesome area to focus in on and to develop friends, business associates, and deep relationships that will last a lifetime. The “people” of the chamber is what keeps me involved. As a current member of the Leadership Lubbock class, the relationships just keep getting better and better.
As the 2019 Chairman of Business Expo what are you hoping to accomplish? In the 2019 Business Expo, I am hoping to help member businesses get the best return on their investment. These members invest not only money to be there, but also their time as well as employee time away from work. Because of this huge commitment, I want to do my best to provide each exhibitor with the best environment to “show off” their business. In addition, as a committee we want to provide a great place to network with not only the public, but also with other Chamber businesses.
Do you have a favorite Business Expo memory/story? If so, what? Although being a volunteer for Business Expo is by far my favorite way to participate, one year, we decided to have a booth. The theme that year was the Olympics. My office team banded together, came up with a theme, and developed a “shooting” game with a target and some toy guns that use foam darts. We had more people come by and take a shot, while laughing and having a lot of fun. We even shot some of the foam darts and hit some of the large hanging signs from the ceiling. Although we were caught by a security guard, at least Eddie didn’t catch us. Don’t tell him.
What advice do you have for a new Business Expo exhibitor? As a new exhibitor, my advice would be to make an effort to plan on making MANY business connections that will be vital to your business in the months following the Business Expo. The relationships that are created at this event could become your center of influences in the months ahead. Make an effort to get out from behind your booth and network with others and plant seeds. Don’t be in heavy sales mode, but rather learn from other businesses and focus on what they are doing. Observe seasoned exhibitors to discover new ideas for the following year, when you come back to the Business Expo in 2020.
Why do you think it’s important for businesses to exhibit at Business Expo?
I think it’s important to be a part of Business Expo because where else can you expose your business in a climate-controlled environment to literally thousands of public participants and hundreds of other business owners? If you miss it or choose not to participate, you could be missing YOUR next big customer.
"Make plans to be in attendance. If you can be an exhibitor, fantastic. If you can be a volunteer and help us make 2019 the best ever, fantastic. If you can be there in attendance on Business Expo, fantastic. Don’t miss out. Come be a part of Business Expo on January 24, 2019.”