January 15, 2010 on 2:05 pm | In Random Musings | 1 Comment
I like surprises. I think it is nice when something unexpected happens – obviously as long as that surprise is a positive experience. For example, I had never had a surprise birthday party until this past year. I was completely caught off-guard and was more than grateful to the people involved in planning and attending. As a more recent example, I was given a small Christmas gift from someone who I never expected anything from. I was very touched. In both of these examples, the surprises were planned in advance and showed me that these people cared enough to make it happen.
Over the years, our small triathlon company here has grown into a large triathlon company but we are so small in the grand scheme of the world in which we live in. One of my favorite surprises here at TriSports.com is seeing the unsolicited support of our customers around the world. Our customers are spreading the good word of TriSports.com without our knowledge. When I first started with the company over 6 years ago, I most likely knew everyone wearing a TriSports.com T-Shirt or logo on their tri top but now that has changed dramatically. Now I see and hear TriSports.com all over. I have traveled a fair amount this year and here are my favorite TriSports.com surprises from the road:
- TriSports.com Decal in Baltimore Safeway Parking Lot (2000 miles from Tucson) – It was cold. There was snow on the ground. I was making a quick grocery store run. I get out of the car, start rushing toward the entrance and then stop in my tracks. The car I parked next to had a TriSports.com Decal on their back window. Just so random – it made my day.
- TriSports.com Quebec Customer (2300 miles from Tucson) – Part of my job is meeting with vendors and sometimes visiting their facilities. I can tell you that almost trip visiting a vendor results in a conversation from one of their employees talking to me about how they order from us. It makes me smile and it is always unexpected even though it happens almost every time. I picked Quebec for this example because it just happens to be the most recent example.
- TriSports.com Uniform at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon (9100 miles from Tucson) – When I was in Thailand this past month, one of the biggest triathlons in Asia was going on – the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. Just before the swim start, I catch a quick glance of Mr. Race Number 150. See picture below. I have no idea who this gentleman is, but he was sporting the TriSports.com colors on the other side of the globe. The race was about to begin so I was not able to introduce myself.
Thanks to all you out there helping us build the TriSports.com and making us proud – especially you Mr. Race Number 150.