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Bravo for Baseball! May 17, 2010

Posted by Roger Rickard in Advocacy, Uncategorized.
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In news report from the Phoenix Business Journal last week, Mayor League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig brushed off calls to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Phoenix because of Arizona’s new immigration law.

Coalitions of major Arizona Business Groups have written the Commissioner asking to keep the 2011 All Star game in Phoenix. “We understand the MLB is facing pressure to reconsider Phoenix as the site of next year’s All-Star Game; however, a relocation decision will equate to lost jobs for innocent citizens, including our Hispanic community,” the letter states. “Arizona has a proven track record in executing safe, enjoyable and successful major events.”

Read more: Selig has no plans to move All-Star Game from Phoenix – Phoenix Business Journal:

The Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to boycott Arizona businesses.  The National Basketball Association Western Conference Playoff Finals pits the Los Angeles Lakers against the Phoenix Suns.  Do you think the Lakers will boycott the playoff games being played in Arizona?  Thus forfeiting the very games they worked all year to play in.  I think not. 

An economic boycott affects both those boycotting as well as the party they boycotted.  The 50 plus years of United States government economic boycotts to Cuba have not worked to topple the Castro regime.  The United Nations and United States government sanctions against Iraq didn’t change the political climate in that country. 

Oh, the boycotts will hurt.  They will hurt workers and small businesses. They will hurt 200,000 plus people who work directly in the hospitality industry. They will not hurt the state legislature. I believe we should have a serious debate in this country regarding immigration reform  –  maybe, just maybe, Arizona has stirred the debate pot enough to let it boil onto the national legislative radar.  Let’s all hope so.


Defining REvent August 21, 2009

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Some may be wondering what is REvent.  Well, let me begin by defining the word REvent.

REvent is a recurring explosive awakening that releases creative energy!  You say what?  OK, but what does this mean to you and me.  Well, we are about creating and releasing a new energy for business in the meetings, events and hospitality industry. Our goal and objective is to work with individuals and organizations on how to REthink, REtool and REinvent – in other words how to cope with change, create change and deal with a changing marketplace.  If you want to increase your influence as a leader in an ever-changing culture, then you will have to REthink the tools and perspectives you use today.

Watch this blog for more information to follow. Take a look at the site, REvent LLC

Hello world! August 14, 2009

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Welcome to R World a blog about the activities of REvent  and Roger Rickard.

Have you ever noticed that when your mind is awakened or drawn to something new, that name suddenly pops up everywhere you go?  Call it coincidence, call it REcognition, call it REvent.  REvent is about change agents and being responsible in how we do it.  We are REthinking, REtooling and REinventing strategic business practices for the meetings, incentive and event industries.

I am the Chief Business Solicitor of REvent, LLC and a recognized leader of the hospitality industry. I’m and educator, writer, trainer and speaker of issues that affect the meetings, incentive, convention and event industries.

The purpose of the blog is to educate you on the issues that affect these industries and to provide a location for dialoge. Watch for additional information.  It’s good to be blogging.