While planning for Host Analytics World 2017 was a huge task, I must say we had a blast welcoming and hosting more than 700 EPM rockstars in the iconic home of country music, Nashville.
A year of preparation all led to an amazing event packed full of highlights, insights, customer interactions, and many takeaways to make every attendee’s experience the best it could be.
In case there's anything you missed, or if perhaps you could not be with us, here's my rundown of the top 5 highlights from Host Analytics World 2017 – Perform.
#5 - Tic and Tie Went #AWOL
Host Analytics mascots Tic and Tie hit the road to Nashville this year to do a little boot scooting with our attendees at the conference party. Not only were they a huge hit with our attendees yet again, but were sharing the FP&A love out and about on the streets of Nashville as they discovered all the great things to do in Nashville – from the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame to Host Analytics World 2017.
#4 - Presentations, Workshops, Demos, and More…..
Multiple workshops, presentations, campfire sessions, and demos were major highlights during the event – allowing our attendees to learn more and dive deep into our products. It was great to watch them in action. Thank you to all our speakers who filled the agenda with fantastic case studies, practical tips and tricks, and lessons learned for all attendees. If you missed any of the sessions, they’re available for viewing at www.hostanalyticsworld.com.
#3 - Daymond John's 5 Shark Points for Success
I get the opportunity to work with many keynote guest speakers, and Daymond John is up there as one of my all-time favorite keynotes. I am a huge fan of the TV show “Shark Tank.” In fact, it’s a regular family gathering in our household to watch aspiring people pitch to the Sharks every Friday night, and see what the outcomes will be. I never thought that one day I would get to meet one of them in person.
To have Daymond at our event was exciting – I couldn’t wait. What would he be like? Is he as tough-looking in person as he in on TV? As it turned out, he was just the opposite. Not only is he a successful entrepreneur, but also a philanthropist, US ambassador, and family man. And when he wowed our Finance audience for over 60 minutes – there was not a dry eye in the room.
Put simply, Daymond John emphasized his “5 shark points for success” – set goals, do your homework, Amor, remember you are the brand, and no matter what, keep swimming. And in them, there’s plenty of wisdom to be found to help us all in whatever we’re doing. Did I also mention what a super nice guy he is?
#2 - Dave Kellogg Keynote
Every year our attendees look forward to the opening keynote. They’re always in for a real treat when our CEO Dave Kellogg takes to the stage for the opening of Host Analytics World – and this year he didn’t disappoint. Highlighting our customers is always a key theme for Dave’s keynote session, and he was head to toe rocking it in Host Analytics customer gear as he kicked off the event. You can check out his full keynote here, along with all of our other great keynote sessions at www.hostanalyticsworld.com.
#1 - Host Analytics World Gives Back + Inspiring Finance Rockstars
Host Analytics World is not just about innovation, learning, and having fun. It’s also about giving back. This year, in conjunction with one of our great customers, Thrivent Financial, we helped homeless children have a better night of sleep through supporting one of my favorite charities – Project Night Night.
Attendees stuffed packages that we sent to two Nashville shelters, along with nearly 600 children’s books that attendees donated and brought to the event and displayed onsite for our Host Analytics World Book Drive. These were boxed up and donated back to Project Night Night to use in future packages for homeless kids. Thank you to all who supported this great cause!
What does it take to be a Finance Rockstar? Dedication, hard work, love of the job, and a willingness to always share ideas and success with your peers. We honored 4 individual Finance stars who do just that and, in turn, not only achieve outstanding results in various aspects of their day-to-day jobs, but are strong advocates and support to the Finance community at Host Analytics World.
My warmest congratulations to Reggie Newsome (NPR), Lee Johnston (LT Apparel Group), Ryan Scafidi (Boston Red Sox), and Paula Pouliot (accepted by Nino Storelli of Martin Brower) – thank you for being our customers and all that you do for the Finance community!
And that’s a wrap for Host Analytics World 2017. We have already begun planning for next year’s event in Dallas, and I want to take the opportunity to thank all of those who attended the event this year and all of those who participated in so many ways to make it such a success. Most of all, I love to see and catch up with all the customers who I correspond with during the year, as well as meet new ones at the event.
Thank you all for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be with us at Host Analytics World. You are all #EPMRockstars!
See you next year in the heart of Dallas – save the date: May 21 – 24, 2018!