At the October Board Meeting, the Directors made a decision that I would take a more "hands on" role with lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, at least in the near foreseeable future. After I regained consciousness from a decision that would send me somewhat out of my comfort zone, I forged ahead and started working right away on a plan of action.
I've always believed that in order to accomplish great things, you must first surround yourself with great people. Thankfully a few great people at the NAB were more than willing to help. In fact, they have taken me under their wing and, for all intents and purposes, are coaching me from the sidelines. My first "big game" (if you will) is coming up December 13th, as I meet with staffers from the Kentucky delegation in DC.
I tell you all of this to further explain my strategic and intentional decision to add a second night to the 2019 Fly-In. Having made the trip no less than 10 years myself, it has always been frustrating that by late afternoon the group has dwindled because so many are making the mad dash to the airport. The addition of a second night allows for an undisrupted full day of visits on Wednesday and the potential to host a Kentucky themed reception for our delegation and their staffers. Events such as this allow for a greater ability to have unique and face-to-face relationships with key individuals.
I also want to thank Dale Thornhill for his willingness to serve and assist with the logistics of next years trip. In fact, at the suggestion of the NAB, Dale and I will be making a trip to DC in advance of the Fly-In, to lay some preparatory ground work for the visits. I confidently believe that you will notice a more coordinated and hospitable dynamic when we arrive at the offices in late February.
But all the planning and ground work in the world will not be impactful without you. That's right, the most important part of the trip is your willingness to sacrifice time away from the office and your passion for the issues that are relevant to broadcasters here in the Commonwealth. I would strongly encourage anyone who has never participated in the Fly-In to consider doing so. Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions that you may have.
More specific details will be coming soon.