You’ll probably think I’m nuts for saying this, but I love working this time of year. There’s method to my madness, though. The phones are typically a bit quieter and the emails a bit fewer. The people you connect with are generally in pretty good spirits as they enter holiday mode.
I enjoy the process of wrapping up the year—writing holiday cards to customers, sending out media kits for 2013 to prospects, getting in those last invoices to accounting and those last expense reports for the year. (So you don’t think I’m a raging workaholic, I also try to use up some remaining vacation days for fun things like lunches with friends and shopping for my husband, brothers and sisters or nieces).
Even more so, I enjoy the planning for next year. There’s something special about turning the page to a new year and all of its possibilities.
For those of us in the cold Northeast, there’s also something special about starting 2013 in the warmth of South Beach (and it’s not because my two favorite college football teams are playing for the national championship there).
South Beach will be my first stop next year when the rail travel schedule kicks off. It is the location for the NRC/REMSA event. NRC alternates east and west with its conference and always picks a warm, sunny location—places like Coronado or Palm Springs, California, or Fort Lauderdale or Miami. The organizers have a winning formula that combines a great location, dynamic speakers, timely information on subjects that suppliers and contractors need to know, a busy exhibit hall and an environment for relaxed networking.
The Pocket List/RailResource team will be out in force at NRC/REMSA and will have a booth there once again this year. Please look for us in Booth #7.
On behalf of the entire Rail Group, I wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy New Year.
—By Kathy Keeney
Kathy Keeney is Publisher of the Rail Group at UBM Global Trade. The granddaughter of a railroader, she has been writing about railroads for more than 25 years. She is a past president of The League of Railway Industry Women and served on the board of directors for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.