NEWS FROM PARENTI & ASSOCIATES
As I begin this letter, I am struggling to find the right words for what has occurred since my last installment of this newsletter. I can’t think of one single person that hasn’t been affected by this year’s calamities. When our grandkids were younger, Curtis and I took a few of them to see the very first Jumanji film. So, as we approach December, I have teased my now grown and almost grown grandchildren by saying we are just about to enter Level 12 of the Jumanji game. Every single month seems to outdo the last! It feels like we just get out of one drama, and here comes the next one. Is life imitating art, or is art imitating life? I haven’t an answer to that one yet. All I can say is this year is almost over, and a new year will begin—just be careful what you wish for!
ON A SAD NOTE
It is with great sadness that I announce that we lost Pam Fishcher, a true superstar in the world of sales whom I had the privilege of knowing and loving these last 25 years. She was one of the most dedicated, talented, and hardworking professionals in our field that I have ever known. Pam seemed to have this uncanny knack of knowing things about the industry before anyone else, and without fail, had my back on every situation that arose in our most competitive careers.
Pam joined the Rep Network that I formed way back in the day when it was in its early years. The group was together for 13 years, and we had a lot of great times together. She was a very cherished member of the group, and everyone loved her. As a team, we would all get together and host events for our valued clients each year. We had some fun times in those days. We kept a small nucleus together and would celebrate each other’s birthdays so that we didn’t lose touch. We were down to five of us in January when I last saw her in person, along with Carol Allworth, Andrea Thomas, and Paulina Sparkuhl. I noticed then she was not her usual self, and sadly I was not too far off in my concerns about her. She was loved by many of you as she was by her fellow associates and the manufacturers she represented. Pam was admired for all her vendor supported sponsorships over the years in NEWH. She took no prisoners when it came to the competition, however. Pam was a multi-million-dollar seller for decades. She was a legend in our world. I am pretty sure the first ones to greet her on the other side were Sammy and Sydney, her beloved doggies. So, I raise a glass to you, my dear friend Pam, and cherish the time we had together in this lifetime!
Due to the issue at hand, most manufacturers have been hesitant to create new products in abundance this year, so we have had a limited number of introductions to date. We will most likely try to ramp up in 2021 if the world allows for such grand plans. In the meantime, I have had a lot of fun co-presenting with Jennifer Haggard on Zoom and all other formats this year.
Jennifer and I and a group of other fellow reps joined forces, and we held a fantastic event at Tivoli Village in mid-October that was well attended and enjoyed by the clients that came. If you were one of the lucky ones that joined us, thank you for attending our event. If not, I’m so sorry we missed you that evening; however, we hope to have more exciting events like that down the road.
ALL THAT JAZZ …
Chic Compass released a new edition of the magazine but strictly digital this time around and began a fun new podcast called Chic Compass Connection that you can find on all the traditional podcast sites and our own website. If you want to check out the latest edition of the magazine over the holidays and listen to a few of our podcasts, visit www.chiccompass.com, and you can access it all on the site.
We were very fortunate to have an intimate afternoon to celebrate the VIVA Awards for the Forgotten Song Foundation in early October. It was hosted at The Vegas Room, a recent sponsor of the foundation. Prior to the world changing lanes on us all, we were able to give out $10,000 in grants and scholarships once again this year. We raised a respectable amount of funds during this event but not quite enough to hit the mark of giving out our usual $10,000 in 2021. We know we are not alone in the world of non-profits trying to stay afloat during these most challenging times. However, we will survive this time and hope for the best and a few angel donors between now and next year’s awards. With all that said, in place of my traditional Thanksgiving gifts for the holidays, I have chosen to donate to The Forgotten Song Foundation this year along with Three Square and a few other local charities in honor of all my clients.
Please stay well and safe during these most surreal times, and I hope you have a heartfelt holiday season ahead. May 2021 be kinder to us all, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in person without a mask at some point in the following year. Until then, I am sending my sincere gratitude to each and everyone one of you who has continued to support the products I represent during this most challenging year. And now more than ever before… “May your days be merry and bright and may all your wishes come true.”