Madison+Main’s Weekly Report 10/7/13

Even though it still feels like Summer, we were in full Fall mode at Madison+Main this week. And that means a) lots of charity events where I have to wear golf clothes and b) lots of charity events where I have to wear black tie and tails. I made several trips to the dry cleaner this week. It’s a good thing I own 2 tuxedos.

Monday (9/30) – I ate at Beauregard’s Thai Room three times this week. Woohoo.

Starting on Monday, I had a great lunch with Mark Fetter, Publisher of Fifty Plus Magazine and Richmond Parents Monthly. Mark and I chatted about generational similarities between Boomers and Gen Y, and looked for new opportunities to work together. Be sure to check out our recent ad for Lucy Corr Village in Mark’s Magazine. (Thanks Mark, for being an avid reader of the M+M Weekly Report!)

Madison+Main Moment in History: On September 30th, 2005, I started Madison+Main with one employee and zero clients. On September 30th, 2013, we celebrated our 8th birthday by taking the entire crew out to the State Fair of Virginia. Happy Birthday to us!

Tuesday (10/1) – On Tuesday, Account Executive and Marketing Ninja Sammy Yatco and I traveled to the beautiful Strasburg, Virginia to meet with the leaders of First Bank to discuss their 2014 Marketing Plan. We love thinking ahead and preparing for the future, so that’s why we’ll have their 2014 plan done before Halloween.

On Tuesday evening, I was back in Richmond and fortunate enough to attend the Central and Eastern Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society’s Dinner of Champions event at the Jefferson Hotel. Last week I was on a boat and this week I was in a tux. It’s tough being a gangsta. The dinner, honoring Luck Stone Chairman Emeritus, Charles S. Luck IIIwas a big hit, raising over $355,000 for people struggling with MS. Special thanks to Account Executive and smoked turkey leg connoisseur Sarah Dawes Murphy, who was unfortunate enough to be my date.

Sarah samples a smoked turkey leg from the State Fair of Virginia.

Wednesday (10/2) – On Wednesday, I got my 2nd opportunity to eat at Beauregard’s by dining with long time friend and LeClairRyan Partner Will Shewmake and new friend Mark Chimento, President of Hy-Tech Property Services.

On Wednesday night, I traded in my tux for a Rotary golf shirt and greeted more than 5,000 people at the Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival. The event, which supports over 20 local charities, had a record turnout and perfect weather for the 25th straight year.

Thursday (10/3) – On Thursday morning, I secured my Foursquare Mayorship of the prestigious Commonwealth Club by attending a meeting of the Insiders, a notorious secret society of business leaders who control everything that happens in Richmond. Ooops! Since this email is seen by almost 4,000 people, I guess the secret is out… #justkidding

By the time lunch time rolled around on Thursday, I was hoping that my friend and CEO of the Virginia Cancer Institute Tom Gallo would have chosen any other food in Richmond except Thai. But you guessed it, for lunch we were back at …Beauregard’s. In all seriousness, Tom and I had a great conversation and it was good to reconnect.

On Thursday evening I participated in a very exciting and very rewarding Chesterfield Chamber board meeting, because my good friend Danna Geisler recently assumed the role of President of the Chamber and helped preside over the meeting. Congratulations Danna, and if you missed the news click here to read the article.

Friday (10/4) – “Friday, Friday, Friday…” I had that stupid Rebecca Black song stuck in my head and now you do too. It was a fun and fab Friday, spent mostly at FUMA (Fork Union Military Academy), where we had lunch with the cadets and great meetings with Director of Communications CPT Dan Thompson, President RADM J. Scott Burhoe and Director of Admissions COL Steve Macek.

The best news? I didn’t have to have Thai food. The worst news? I have to drive to Swan Dry Cleaners to pick up my tux, so I can see this year’s Woman on the Move winner Lisa Schaffner at the “United for UNOS Soirée.

In sporting news, the mighty Sharks of Alberta Smith continued their undefeated run through the northern division of the Chesterfield Quarterback League, by blanking Providence 20-0. Tomorrow night we take on our arch-nemesis Clover Hill at Grange Hall Elementary. Let me know if you want to see the game, because I’ve got the hook up for tickets.

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