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MRI’s 2009 Consultant of the Year!

Nico here again. For those of you who didn’t make it to MRI’s Global Conference, I have a very important announcement to share.  My father was awarded the MRI’s Best in Class Consultant of the Year award for 2009.

I just got off the phone with him and he gave me a full debrief.  The event itself was Friday night, and then he spent the day on Saturday meeting with clients and friends, old and new. He and my mom took off for a day in Manhattan yesterday, and they’ll be back later tonight.

As I spoke to him, the emotional effect and power of the moment was obvious in my father’s every word.  I shouldn’t be surprised that it would affect him so, especially when you consider that he’s been serving  the MRI family for over 16 years.  (I’ll get him to share a little more of his history and story here at the blog and in next week’s newsletter.)  He told me that Gary Williams and Evan Davis were awesome when they gave him the award and that the well-wishes and “it’s about time” congratulations from everyone were pretty overwhelming.  I wish I could have been there.

On my own account, I’d like to say thank you to all of you who voted for my father.  I know how hard he works and how much in puts into serving everyone he encounters.

Certainly an award like this makes you think about things.  As we spoke, we did some reminiscing and the one thing he said more strongly than any other was how important it is that we look back to the past in order to see our way to the future.  The award he won comes from many years of learning just who the MRI family is and what makes it tick.  But, the question of where we’ve all been is nowhere near as important as where we’re all going.

Of course, I told him personally, but he’ll need to read about it here, too…

CONGRATULATIONS, PAPA!  You’ve deserved it for a long time.


  1. The Consigliori wrote:

    Nico, thanks for your posting here! And thanks to everyone from those who voted for me to the team at MRI Corporate, to everyone who attended the Global Conference. As soon, as I can, I plan to write up some of the answer, Nico, to your question about my story behind the award. Here, let me just list out a few background facts, by way of the moments I’ve been able to share with the MRI family at conferences previously…

    1. January, 1994, Jim Dykeman (who was my very first MRI client) ran the Western Regional Conference in Anaheim, and I was the keynote speaker there.

    2. November, 2002, Gary Williams organized the Global Conference, and brought me in as one of the main speakers. My presentation was called “Dragon Boys” and I don’t mind bragging that more than one person brought that presentation up to me this past weekend, as still being of some meaning to them. You’ll be hearing a bit more about that presentation again, soon…

    3. March, 2003, Jim Jacob’s guest when he received Manager of the Year following his $1 + million dollar year with/out any PC or other leverage!

    4. September, 2003, Kaye Salikov invited me to participate in a Q & A together with Brad Smart during his Keynote Presentation at the Orlando Global Conference.

    5. January, 2005, Karl Dinse organized the Western Regional Conference and brought me in as the Keynote Speaker.

    6. September, 2009, Skip Freeman invited me to be the speaker for Sherri Buckner’s Power Hour.

    7. October, 2009, the MRI Franchisees vote me the Best in Class, Consultant of the Year.

    As I mentioned yesterday, in looking back to the past we find a springboard from which to leap toward the future. Meeting Tony (not Terry–I’ll fill you in on that later) McKinnon and Evan Davis for the first time, having the chance to hang out with Alan Schonberg and Gary Williams again after a few years, and also meeting so many of the field service staff of MRI Corporate…well, it was just a blast. I sure hope it won’t be so long before we get to hang out together again! But the real power, as always, is in the franchisees, of course. There were so many old and new friends to spend time with and learn about this past weekend. In fact, if I can get to it later today, that’s what I’ll focus on in my next post.

    *What did MRI’s franchisees teach me this weekend?*

    I’ll try to capture some of their inspiration and teaching, just as soon as I can.

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 10:32 am | Permalink
  2. Bob Meissner wrote:

    I couldn’t be more pleased. Couldn’t be. Like Nico, I feel both a sense of relief and gratitude that the MRI family has put on clear, non-tainted glasses and looked closely at Pat and his contributions as an MRINetwork consultant. His untiring, dedicated, long-term and often ground-breaking efforts to enhance recruitment performance at many levels for MRI Managers and their teams, is what this honor is all about.
    Congratulations Pat!

    Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8:35 am | Permalink
  3. Dan Ł White wrote:

    p…I must tell you that your initial video is a impressive presentation!
    I felt a personal contact immediately and I’m not one to be easily swayed.
    I want to thank you and Nico for your kind assistance and this opportunity!

    Sincerely, dan ł white

    Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

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