My first experience in Germany at the K show was in 1995. I was so impressed with the show, I vowed I would be back. After starting my own business in 1996, I wasn't in any position to make it back to the show in 1998. But I knew I had to go this year, and I did.
As I walked the show I was amazed at the lack of U.S. personnel on hand at many of the booths. I thought about not coming myself after the events of Sept. 11, but I felt by staying home, I would be giving in to the terrorist's wishes. And I am amazed that others didn't feel the same way. I, too, have loved ones I left behind with concern. My wife and two daughters, one just 15 months old, mean the world to me. But if you really care about your family, your business, your country, I suggest you start going about the business of running your business or stand the risk of losing it.
I didn't get an order at the show. I got the opportunity to meet with people, some customers, some suppliers, from around the world who are not hiding in their homes or offices. It is one of the greatest places to see new technologies and new products. Many companies were looking for U.S. companies to represent them in the states. And if you have never been to Germany, it was a wonderful experience to see how a transit system should work and how good beer can taste. I experienced it nightly. The people were friendly and the food was great. I never felt safer.
As a result of going, I am looking at some new potential business opportunities for the future, while many of you were sitting around opening up mail. Who was safer?
Can't wait for the next K show.
Commercial Plastics Recycling Inc.