It was to be the most important meeting in the history of the company. At the meeting were all of the Executive Committee, the Board and the bankers. The planner selected a five-star resort hotel since one of the requirements made by the Chairman was “this is going to be a very difficult meeting so pick a place that can give us a few hours outside of the meeting room, maybe a golf course or something like that...”
Naturally, the planner thought, the promise of a five-star resort with their reputation would be ideal.
But there was one major problem she could not foresee.
Her boardroom at the five-star resort was across the hall from the resort’s 18,000 square foot ballroom, which just happened to be hosting the three thousand-person annual Alpha Alpha Alpha fraternity convention.
Rewind. “It was to be the most important meeting in the history of the company….” The planner remembered a presentation by a very polite and informative young man named Andy about a very private lodge called Cabin Bluff. She recalled that he said something about the fact that the lodge was only booked by one group at a time. It was very private. She sent Andy an email.
Fast forward. The CEO came up to the planner at the bonfire on the final night and said, “This was perfect.”