Smart Breakin in NYC
New York, New York. A city so nice they named it twice.- Alvin York
In the last 3 weeks Smart Break has been working hard and networking to the fullest. After two events in Helsinki, I decided we should attend the FACC (Finnish American Chamber of Commerce) meeting in New York City. I knew that this trip would be a bit of a stretch and hoped that I could conjure up some meetings to fill some gaps in our trip. The idea that we could go to New York and sight see was far from the truth.
Back on the grind again with Wild card Robbie (Raisoft CEO, my boss). This time we were off to the big apple for a board meeting with the FACC. We joined the FACC shortly after I began working for Raisoft, in hopes to bring Smart Break and Raisoft to the US market. Since joining we have recieved newsletters and made some crucial contacts for our progression in the US market. So we knew that a board meeting would be a good place to start and show that we mean business.
The first flight was easy breezy. The only problem we faced was the one hour connection time between flights in london. Now to a veteran traveler like myself, this is enough time to make it through duty free and grab a cold ham and cheese wrap that was freshly made one week prior. But then we realized that we were on the complete opposite side of the terminal than our departure gate. We still needed to go through security checks and make it there on time. This short time came with a small stress level that flooded my mind like a cold shower. I was lazer focused on the task at hand. That meant no time for a stuffed paddington bear and Redbreast Single Pot Still 21-Year Irish Whiskey. My son will be upset he doesnt get his gift. And I was really excited about getting my daughter the bear. Business first though!
We made the flight by the skin of our teeth. Actually they were closing the doors and we were 2 of the 3 missing from the flight. The last person must have felt like a real bozo for being late. Sheesh. That flight was great and landing in New York was super easy and customs was very quick. Then came the obstacle or journey getting to the Hotel. Now this was our first time in New York City. So it was only logical we took a cab to the hotel. Well instead of a cab we took an uber. Good thing we got an uber driver that looked like he just got his license and drove like he had stolen jewels in the trunk. So this future formula 1 driver was winding through the traffic and the grass proving to us he is good at driving fast in New York City. Now I have no clue what Robert was thinking at this moment but I am sure it was similar to what I was thinking- “sure hope this isn’t the way I go….in an audi with a preteen proving he could drive fast in NYC.” The highlight to the ride was when I asked him if he had lots of driving tickets….which he replied in an enthusiastic “ how did you know!” Fortunately we made it to the hotel only to find out that this must have been the biggest hotel in NYC. The amount of tourists were unbearable. I needed a breather and a hot shower.
We made it to the room only to discover that these were not the Hotel Scandic rooms we were accustomed to. And they certainly didn’t reach the same standards as them also. This hotel reminded me of the film Ghost Busters. I just felt like Bill Murray had been here before catching slimy ghosts and ghouls. But the shower worked and that is all that mattered. After a quick three S’s (if you are not familiar with these, they are sh#*, shower, shave), we were off to the first meeting of this trip. Needless to say this meeting was a delight and a good start to the meetings to come.