ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS…
Nothing says cycle of life more than a rotating table
Set of Eight (8) Chairs and Matching Table With Turn Table
from Dealer Guevara Gallery
This month was gone in a moment. When I was younger, the period before the end of the school year would mercilessly drag on in the summer heat. The four blank walls of concrete block were my only companions from the drone of the teacher; which perhaps is why white walls bring me comfort today. I would daydream of life as a carefree adult. Little did I know, that carefree meant less free and, that work would insure rapid time pass. Reflecting on this now brings me to life’s inevitable cycles.
When I sat in those rooms, I could not have imagined the sudden loss of some of my childhood pop culture icons within a few days of each other: Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, and most recently Billy Mays, the pitch man with his trademark beard. I think for all the people who grew up within that same moment that I had, it seemed to be an end of an era and perhaps a reminder of just how old we are becoming.
But, I have always been an optimist and, feel that hopes and dreams do spring eternal, especially in New York City. I have so much real excitement and enthusiasm for our attempt to revolutionize the on-line listings market. I feel that competition is good, and that my need to excel has pushed all our competitors’ in various ways to do more and try to live up to my dreams and theirs’ of what could be.
With VandM 2.0, I think we have started doing just that. We have introduced to the site, translation into 36 languages, we have opened offices in far flung locals, recognizing our global economy, we have been working to monetized social and business networking without losing the fun, we have improved our search capability to save time and end frustrations, we have expanded our scholarship to help provide free research, and we have steady held fast in a tough economy to build our brand — and with it all, I never lose my drive and joy. I really feel blessed to be able to do what I love. Some of my team asks me how I can stay up for days, how I can work this hard, and my answer is simple — I love it — and I love and respect our dealers – I am working for them. As a small business owner for many years, I know exactly what it is like to struggle and make it on my own. SMALL BUSINESS is what makes America great.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that we are fortunate enough to work with a giant in the Ad world, John Ferrell, to help shape our upcoming ad campaigns. He has brought his years of experience, as well as his child-like spirit to craft a great set of ads for us. To get a sneak peek of this year’s campaign, click here.
We have been working with our tireless PR firm and they have struck again, ANTIQUE WEEK has done a large full page article about VandM and its conquering “Napoleon”. To read why I was compared to the short emperor of Europe, click here.
So with all this positive energy, which directly helped our dealers — bringing just under 70,000 unique visitors to our site last month, record sales doubling any other month, you can see why, although it is always tough to say goodbye – endings are always hard – but beginnings are just around each corner.