Friday, November 13, 2009

Tryon Palace - Biggest Win Yet!

The Harris Partners is pleased to announce that Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC has selected us for their major rebranding effort, including the launch of the new NC History Center, scheduled for August 2010.

This is just the kind of project we like - getting in on the ground floor and starting to rebuild. This project will include three phases. The first will be a strategic analysis of the attraction, its target audience, and competition. The second will focus on the new strategic positioning for Tryon Palace, and the third will be the creative execution of that positioning. We can hardly wait to get started!

The competition for this assignment was fierce. There were six companies in the running, with three finalists selected. And we got the great news today that we won! Smart thinking won out over bricks and mortar!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Breaking Ground on a New Cancer Center at Duke

I've just returned from the groundbreaking for the new $700 million Cancer Center building at Duke. What a wonderful celebration! And what a building! This will make such a difference in the lives of our patients and families. The building should be completed in 2011.

We combined the meetings of both of the Cancer Center boards to help celebrate the groundbreaking. I so enjoy these meetings, as well as seeing wonderful friends.

You may remember my posting in July about my friend, Dr. Neil Spector, regarding his heart transplant. I saw Neil for the first time since his surgery at this meeting, and he really looks wonderful. Everyone was trilled to see him, and I think that was the best medicine he could have. He's back at work now, and trying to get back into his old routine slowly but surely. What a miracle!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Election Night!

Last night was election night here, and I was the campaign manager for my long-time friend Robbie Perkins. He was running for re-election to the Greensboro City Council at large.

Needless to say, he won! I'll take some of the credit, but Robbie is really just what this community needs in terms of leadership. This will mark his 15th year serving on Council, and his accomplishments are well-known and recognized. I'm very proud of him!

We both really enjoy campaigning, so it's been an especially fun three months for us. We'll have to see what 2011 brings!