Rollercoaster or Parallel Trains

July 01, 2014 | 1859 Views

Rollercoaster or Parallel Trains

Calvin Banks, CHT

Vice President of Training and Development | Benchmark, A Global Hospitality Company

As I close out my time as CHART President, I would like to take a moment to reflect on not only the past 2 years as President-Elect and President, but the 4 years in total I have been blessed to be a part of the board.

The past 4 years many have seen some ups and downs in the training world. Budgets were slashed and increased, positions were eliminated and brought back, but at the end of the day we all have ended up doing more. This is also what I have seen from CHART during this same time period… more. We have had more first time attendees, more vendors, more ideas, and more breakthroughs.

With more competency workshop opportunities, we have had a total of 419 members/attendees complete at least one competency course and we had a record 78 complete a competency track in Colorado. More ideas saw the birth of CHART Talks which debuted at the Miami Conference. The Colorado Springs conference saw the largest winter resource gallery with more venders and the largest winter attendance since Nashville in 2006.

All of this was done with a great staff, an awesome board, and an even better group of members. The promising news is that Patrick and the Board will continue to move this organization forward. CHART’s future is bright as long as you are a part of it.

I leave you with a message from a conversation I had with Barbara Glanz a few years ago. Most people look at life as a roller-coaster with many ups and downs, peaks and valleys. However, life is more like two trains on parallel tracks. On one track are all of the good things that happen in life and on the other are all the not so good things that happen. Each day, better yet each moment, we have a choice of which train we will ride. I encourage you to ride the positive one.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you in this capacity and I look forward to serving you in a new capacity in the future.

All Aboard!


This blog first appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of CHART's newsletter FlipCHART

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