Governor Mike Pence 2014
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It would have been impossible for me to predict, back in 2014 that Governor Mike Pence would be the next Vice President when he took the stage at my client’s Annual event; The Indiana Society of Chicago’s Annual Dinner.

Governor Pence and his wife were very friendly to me and it was another nice evening for all in attendance.

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The Dinner is held every year to celebrate  and spend time together with old friends, meet new ones and  socialize with fellow Indiana natives. Why Chicago you might ask ? There are as many theories on why as there are people who have attended the 100 year plus dinner.

Whatever the reason(s) are, it’s an excuse to go somewhere different and enjoy the coming Holidays with fellow Indianans. Many business,  political and educational-based attendees gather each December ; some simply connected in some way with an Indiana school or business and socialize together before the coming Holidays. It’s always a fun event !

For more information go to:  http://indianasocietyofchicago.org

 

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Closing down 2016
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It’s been a frantic year and I am in the last part of finishing my assignments for 2016.

It seemed I was often spending more time in airports than at home.

As most people in the meetings industry are aware of,  this is a very common situation. Sometimes I even forgot which city I was in !

Myself and my associates were kept quite busy, photographing, processing images onsite for daily social media needs or doing both at the same time ! Next year we will be adding video to our website as we bring our videographer partners to the forefront. I was a filmmaker at one time but chose, for most of the last thirty years to concentrate on still photography. I am debating on doing some selective moving image making myself but I will most likely emphasize my relations with several videographer partners I work with on an ongoing basis both in the USA and overseas.

Here are a few images from my travels this year…. many more to come !

 

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Mid-Year review
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It has been a busy year so far and I have been on the road frequently.

June in particular, found me going from California to Louisiana ( I covered  two back to back conferences in New Orleans )  and then went straight with my associate Jeff Callen to cover the Annual DIA Show; this year in Philadelphia .

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I have a brief respite thankfully from out of town travels and will work on my next event here in Chicago;  the Annual NATS conference.

Then it’s on to Minneapolis and finally Toronto …finishing up the month with another corporate event for Boeing in Chicago.

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A new year begins.
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I just returned from Mexico City yesterday . I worked on yet another exciting UltimaMedia conference; Automotive Logistics Mexico. This was the second time this event was presented and attendance and interest on the part of  both locals and international visitors was high.

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Double Defense
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I had the pleasure to photograph two former Secretaries of Defense; Mr. Leon Panetta and  Mr. Robert Gates last November in Chicago for TMA Midwest.

The annual event and dinner is handled with great expertise by Glatz Management Group.  Sue Fischer, Christine Glatz and their staff , have managed to make this intensive  evening proceed with smoothness and enjoyment for all the attendees of the TMA Midwest each year.TMA-6303 copy

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2015 in review
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Another busy year has just passed by me and I can look back with some sense of accomplishment. It was a difficult year in terms of the loss of several clients due to budget concerns and logistics.

And at the same time I acquired more clients to replace them.

I spent, as usual,  a good portion of my time traveling. I went from California to New York City and went it seemed to most of the major cities from New Orleans to Washington DC to Minneapolis and Long Beach. I had a number of Chicago jobs this year as well.

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My trusted associates,  Warren Perlstein , Jeff Callen and Erchel Raymond were covering events and processing images for me as well; going to Boston and Toronto as well as St. Louis and San Diego. Between the three of us we kept it all going and met the deadlines

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I did yet another stop in Paris covering two conferences there for ICJR and the European division of DIA as well as covered the Annual FFI conference in London and another addition of the Mexico Upstream conference in Mexico City for the CWC Group.

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I rounded out the end of the year in Rome for CWC Group’s World LNG Awards conference and exposition.

This year promises to be equally busy and with more travel for myself and my two associates, I’ll be back in Mexico City in a few weeks for the now Annual Ultimamedia Group’s Mexico Automotive Logistics conference and back to Italy in Sorento this time for the annual ICRS  medical Congress.

Another highlight that is confirmed is another trip to the offices of UNESCO in Paris for the HVP conference featuring some of the brightest minds in genetic research internationally.

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A new year
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Although the year started well with an interesting assignment for a Dutch company that was holding a green business event here in Chicago, I unfortunately lost out on a large trade show and conference for a long time client because of a snowstorm. It occurred all throughout the Midwest and East Coast and grounded many flights; almost shutting down air traffic at Midway and O’Hare for three days.

Fortunately,  my client was understanding and they had their staff cover the event in my place. This rarely happens but it was very frustrating and we are already looking forward to next year’s event, provided there are no more major storms to keep me from traveling to my destination. I had also expected to leave for Mexico at the beginning of March but my client had to postpone their energy conference to May. I am already covering their event in Austin that month but neither myself nor any of my associates can cover the Mexican event since all of us are booked for assignments. More frustration.

The weather did cooperate finally a week after the storm and I found myself working in Anaheim for this year’s Medical Design and Manufacturing Show. It was well attended and once again featuring  many diverse suppliers and and a variety of industry experts and attendees from all over the USA and international locations brought together to find out the latest technologies in the ever-changing medical device industry .

 

 

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2014 recollections
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As 2014 comes to a close I can look back on a very busy and productive year .

In particular, from the period of May through July,  I was on the road traveling from location to location and never got back home to Chicago the entire time. Strange indeed !

I went from Chicago to Denver for my long time client; ACNM and then to Paris for the 4th HVP conference at Unesco and then to Portland for The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Water Management conferenceAWMA14-Day1_0051

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 AWMA 2014 conference. Long Beach, California.

I was in New York and made two stops in California afterwards.  My two associate photographers were also busy . Jeff Callen covered several events as did Erchel Raymond. All in all it was a productive year.

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BioMed 2014 Show.  San Jose California

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EASL 2014 Conference. London , England.

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NASPA 2014 conference.  San Antonio, Texas.

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TMA Midwest 2014 Executive Speakers Forum. Chicago, Illinois.

 

We travelled everywhere from Detroit and Portland to San Jose and Ft. Worth Texas.Next year promises to be more of the same, with conferences throughout North America and Europe and…?

 

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A New Year
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This marks my 24th year in business as a freelancer. I never feel comfortable however,  that I have arrived at some point where I don’t have to worry about business. I always think one should be skeptical about good fortune since business, like life,  will always change and adaption is always necessary.

And yet for the first time I am more than satisfied at the state of my business. I have a excellent set of regular clients, I have acquired many new ones and my year is almost completely booked. One of my new clients has selected me to cover several of their trade shows across the country and it will be the start of new partnership for us both. Here are a few images from just one of the many shows they produce in the USA.

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Last assignment of 2013
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From my last event of 2013. Sports anchorman Mike Adamle of NBC Chicago doing an interview with The Indiana Society of Chicago’s Guest honoree, Bobby Knight, the renowned basketball coach of, most notably ; The Indiana Hoosiers.Bobby Knight

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