January 10, 2007I am not too big to admit when I’m wrong (if you’ve met me, you know I’m not too big at any time), and boy, was I wrong. The new retail guy lasted all of 3 days. It became clear to me in pretty short order that he was not the right guy. I’m glad I found out early, and I wasn’t going to wait to do something about it. I gotta tell you though, he was a hell of a good interview. It was really a blessing though, because the good news is that I got Jennifer back. Jenn is the woman who was running the store for the year before all this changing around. It was her leaving (to go work for her father) that caused the change in the first place. But she missed us, and was bored to tears at her new job, so she came back. Having her back is great. It’s like putting on your favorite pair of shoes after not wearing them for a while, they just fit right. She’s only been back for 2 days, but is already making a big difference. Now that Bret is gone, it is getting clearer just how bad she was screwing things up. Again, it really wasn’t her fault, the job was just bigger than shoe could handle.
We continue to sell every car we can get our hands on, and we continue to need cars, in a big way. If you or anyone you know has an exotic car that they’d like to sell, please email me. We’ll pay top dollar, or will be happy to put it in here on consignment. Cars we sold recently include, another 599, a black 430 spider, a 2005 Arnage T, a Phanthom, and a red 360 spider.
We also booked 2 more big parties, one for the Superbowl, and the other for NBA all star weekend. Both are parties with about 1000 people, and while I can’t give you exact dollar figures, I can tell you that this is becoming a very profitable part of our business. The more of these events we do, the better we get at doing them. I’m going to be investing in new lighting and some A/V equipment, so it will be easier and even more profitable. As more and more people find out about us as a venue for events of all sizes, I really think we can do as many as 12 per month. I’ve enlisted the help of a friend and neighbor who is in the event business, and puts on over 1200 weddings per year. With his help, we’re streamlining the entire process. Having the event revenue is just another advantage of being in the forum shops. Sure, the rent is very expensive, but we have so many sources of income that it easily justifies it.
I spent the day yesterday at the CES show. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the largest trade show in Las Vegas with over 150,000 attendees. It is incredibly big and incredibly crowded, but it’s worth it. Every new gadget you can imagine was on display and available for testing. From new 108” LCD TV’s to the coolest new video games and controllers, to phones, MP3 players, to whatever you can imagine. I’d say the coolest thing I saw was Honda’s new robot. This is a human adult sized, human emulating (a head, 2 arms. 2 legs, standing upright) robot. If you didn’t know better, you’d swear that it was a guy in a robot suit. This thing moved liked a person, in every way. It went up and down stairs, and even shifted its weight when standing. It can lift huge amounts of weight and never gets tired. I’d say this is the first step in what we’ve all seen in sci-fi movies like irobot. Now it’s only a matter of time until robots live among us.
I’m booked solid with meetings all week. As I hinted in my last blog, there is so much exciting stuff going on here, and I wish I could share it with you, but it’s not ready to be public knowledge just yet. 2007 is going to be an incredible year, and it’s already started off in that direction. Stay tuned, it’s going to be a fun ride!