By pmonday on Mar 28, 2007
If you are reading this on your laptop on the Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, you probably have time to catch a glimpse of the Project Blackbox Tour at the University of St. Thomas on Lasalle Avenue. This includes all of you at the Tower or the City Center where I used to hang out.
The Project Blackbox Tour is in the middle of a 2 day event at the University of St. Thomas, here is the on the ground info from Chris! After today it is off to Rochester, MINNESOTA.
Nine of us arrived at the event site at 6:15am to begin the set up for an exciting day in Minneapolis. We were able to schedule the Blackbox Tour and the 'On the Road Executive Briefing Center (more about this later). The event was held at the University of St. Thomas. St. Thomas holds the distinction of being the only Business school that is designated as a Sun Center of Excellence.
Scott McNealy photo hangs on the wall of fame of Who's Who.
The day began with another 'Partners in Profit Session'.
While our Bob S. was addressing these strategic Partners, in the auditorium down the hall Brian W. presented to six companies with multiple attendees from each company.
Part of the On the Road EBC agenda was a private tour of the container. The EBC team (Trevor, Julie and Kate) did a splendid job of getting us executives to come to Minnesota to educate key prospects.
Once again we had a plethora of attendees on the tour.
One group video taped their tour and we learned that Bob S. will be the star of a weblog entry. We'll share the URL as it becomes available. During these sessions, we learned that the tour was featured on the CBS morning show in Milwaukee, and Dave Douglas, Vice President, Eco-Responsibility was interviewed for over 40 minutes by the local Minneapolis newspaper.
Surviving his grueling interview, Dave presented to the Partners, and hosted a CIO round-table. He met with the Dr. Puto, Dean of the Business School, Chuck Carroll (cahunna of the Lakes Region) and Tom Awe (Regional Executive for the Lakes Region).
I had the opportunity to spend time and shadow Dave during his meetings and customer visits. This man is full of passion and one can not help but become enthused about the Blackbox as well as Sun's contribution to the environment. Dave was scheduled to present to all the attendees at 5:45pm and as the time drew near, he was missing. I found him on top of the box and ready to preach and share to the masses. He smiled with relief to learn his presentation was in the 335 person auditorium.
It was the first of 2 days in Minneapolis and the Field Marketing Team received compliments about the turnout (from Sun employees) and the benefits of the presentations (from prospects and customers). What a Team effort! (pic 019).
On to another exciting day in Minneapolis (or as some refer to it Minneapple).