Four Years . . . It Feels Like Four Months

March 2010
by Robert Goodman

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Four Years . . . It Feels Like Four Months

by Robert Goodman

Jan Nathan called me almost four years ago and asked me if I would serve on the board of what was then Publishers Marketing Association. It took me perhaps five seconds to say yes, four of which were spent getting my tongue back in the correct position for talking. To this day, I am still humbled that it was Jan who asked me. I feel especially blessed in hindsight, because Cevin (Bryerman), Kassahun (Checole), Maggie (Lichtenberg), and I were the last members to have been personally invited to join the board by Jan herself.

My first board meeting was later that year in New York, in August, during New York sauna season, when the weather squashes the entire world into a shell an inch or two away. The meeting room was a typical New York hotel room—cramped and in need of supersizing. When I walked in, most of my new board colleagues were already there, people I had known previously only by name and reputation. I felt like the new kid who was afraid he would have to prove himself. I found a left-hander’s corner seat and tried not to call attention to myself. That was hard to do.

I don’t remember many details from that first board meeting. I do remember feeling awes…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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